Jan Arpe is a project manager in the Global Economic Dynamics (GED) project at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh, Germany. He has been in charge of developing GED VIZ, an award-winning visualization tool.
Some 24 years ago, Jan used to know the C64 ROM by heart. Six years later, he began to study mathematics in Mainz and Munich. Another ten years later, he got his PhD in theoretical computer science from the University of Lübeck and spent a post-doc year at the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley, focusing on computational complexity theory and algorithmic learning. In 2008, he joined the Bertelsmann Foundation, working on demographic change, societal trust and global economics. Data visualization entered his life a good three years ago.