Klaas Glenewinkel is one of the founders of MICT and together with Anja Wollenberg, he has been a director of MICT since 2004. Before starting MICT, Glenewinkel had founded a variety of other media-related and online endeavours. While living in Japan in the 1990s, Glenewinkel launched a cultural magazine, Superball. After returning to Germany, Glenewinkel set up an early German version of MySpace, an online community for young artists, called Kulturserver, followed by cutting edge cultural-technology company, Streamminister; the latter provided video and audio online and to TV stations and other media institutions.
In 2004, after his first visit to Iraq, Glenewinkel launched Telephone FM, a community radio show for young people in Bagdad, managed from Berlin; this was one of the first of MICT’s successful projects in a nation in transition. In 2012, having seen many media institutions in post-conflict territories fail due to lack of business nous, Glenewinkel co-founded Plural Media Services, a for-profit organisation that helps media find ways to be sustainable in difficult situations.
In 2011 Glenewinkel was named an Ashoka Fellow – these Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs seen as providing innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change society.