Cigdem Aker

Head of Strategy & Innovation - Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V., Germany

Cigdem Aker is head of strategy and innovation at the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.). In this position she is responsible for all innovation actions geared towards stimulating an innovation culture in the German book market. One example is the international accelerator program CONTENTshift. Prior to that she was working in different positions at German publishing houses like Holtzbrinck ePublishing, Zeitverlag, Wiley-VCH and the digital publishing specialist Bookwire. With a focus on digital publishing she has studied bookselling and publishing management in Leipzig and book sciences in Mainz. In her spare time she is voluntarily involved as chairwoman with Junge Verlagsmenschen e.V., Germany’s largest network of young professionals in the book industry.

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