Prof. Dr. Holger Simon

verrocchio Fellow – Innovation consultant and consultant for cultural businesses in the field of digital transformation

Holger Simon

The art historian Prof. Dr. Holger Simon is an innovator and entrepreneur. He is founder and managing director of Pausanio GmbH & Co. KG. Pausanio develops digital applications in the cultural sector, advises cultural companies in the field of digital transformation and accompanies them during change processes.

Worth knowing

Prof. Dr. Holger Simon can look back on more than 20 years of experience in digital cultural management. During this time he has initiated innovative projects such as the prometheus image archive in 2001 and the Digital Historical Archive Cologne in 2009. In 2014 he was awarded the title of “digital head of Germany” by the German Informatics Society and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Prof. Dr. Holger Simon researches and publishes on topics of digital transformation, innovation management in cultural industries and cultural entrepreneurship. Through the Pausanio Academy, which he founded in 2013, he prepares the employees of cultural institutions for the digital world and offers a certified course to become a Digital Officer & Data Scientist in Cultural Heritage.

His contribution as verrocchio Fellow

Benno van Aerssen and Holger Simon are currently researching to identify principles of action for managers that have repeatedly proven to be effective over the centuries. They started their studies at the time of the Renaissance. The Renaissance period has triggered unique developments in economic, technical, religious, social and cultural areas. It brought forth artist-students like Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, who did not see themselves “only” as craftsmen, but who created “godlike” new worlds, which their recipients had never seen before. Global players, large banks and mass communication are phenomena that already emerged in the Renaissance. The modern world would be unimaginable without the innovations of the Renaissance.