Paula Schwarz is an investor, political consultant and a friend.

She was born as an heiress of a large pharmaceutical company in Germany, Schwarz Pharma. Her mother is Greek.

WDF created own metrics and tools based on big data to help the people move from a need for ‚economic functionality‘ to their right as individual, beautiful and free parts of a collective society. Some of the information about this is public on


WDF works in close partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN, Paris), UN Academic Impact and other research driven institutions.

The collective result of WDF is the Cloud Nation.

Before setting up WDF, Paula founded the mobile think-tank for innovative solutions to mass-migration, Startupboat.

Startupboat builders coordinated the usage of 100+ million € in donations in the field of tech for humanitarian aid in 2015, 2016.

In late 2019, the project was relaunched as with a new focus. Supported platforms focus on SDG3 Health, SDG 8&9 Decent Work and Economic Growth and Innovation and SDG 10 reducing Inequalities.


After finalizing her studies on Political Science at the FU Berlin 2009, Paula completed a special training at the University of Stanford. She served as advisor to the humanitarian fellows of the Institute For The Future (IFTF). In 2018, Capital Magazine awarded Paula for the 2nd time as one of the 40 best innovators in Germany under 40. In 2016, she was the first social entrepreneur to be selected by Forbes as part of the 30 best social entrepreneurs under 30. In 2016, she won the Impact Award of Ashoka in Greece. She serves as Ambassador for the electronic car Sion at Sonomotors, which drives with an autonomously recharging solar battery. Paula lives between the island of Samos and Berlin.