Kathleen Waak has studied art and classical archeology (M.A.) at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU). From 2016 to 2021, she was the managing director of the interdisciplinary central institute Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Cultural Technology Research at HU, and from 2014 to 2016 in the office of the Cluster Image Knowledge Gestaltung. Since October 2021, she is the managing director of the cluster. She is responsible for managing the office and for the financial and administrative coordination of the applicant universities and the other partners involved.