Who I am

As daughter of bakers and entrepreneurs from Swabia, Southern Germany, I love people and embrace cultural diversity and inclusion in everything I do. I’m a perpetual optimist, launch projects enthusiastically and with great empathy. I am addicted to the arts, films, philosophy, literature and I love sports. Find peace in my family, with our horse, in nature, on the mountains.

I am boldly courageous, a free spirit, and think out of the box.

Above all, I am down to earth, always ready for a creative endeavor, I love human beings, believe in building communities and, what’s more, I’m autonomous.

Who I am

As daughter of bakers and entrepreneurs from Swabia, Southern Germany, I love people and embrace cultural diversity and inclusion in everything I do. I’m a perpetual optimist, launch projects enthusiastically and with great empathy. I am addicted to the arts, films, philosophy, literature and I love sports. I find peace in my family, with our horse, in nature, on the mountains.

I am boldly courageous, a free spirit, and think out of the box.

Above all, I am down to earth, always ready for a creative endeavor, I love human beings, believe in building communities and, what’s more, I’m autonomous.

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Why I burn for what I do.

I have been part of the international film industry for 15 years. As a cultural manager, curator and project manager, I am responsible for large-scale projects and develop, finance and curate more than 500 events for: Berlinale Talents, Zurich Film Festival, ministries, municipalities, DFB Kulturstiftung, RUHR.2010. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung titled a portrait of me as "Always looking for variety". As a working nomad, I live in shared flats, sleep on five o'clock trains, work in umpteen cities with the most creative people in the industry. And at night, I'm a welcome party animal.

I am deeply convinced that much more creativity is possible if we build good, appreciative structures, design clear processes and define roles in a meaningful way. After many years, I realized in 2017: even with good budgets and exciting content, for me, self-leadership and teamwork is the central factor in the success or failure of projects, initiatives and companies.

It is about nothing less than employees who either rise above themselves or eke out an existence silently. About teams that reach unimagined heights together or teams that block themselves. About projects that could take off or hit the ground despite support. Only because structures and roles have not been clarified or because it is possible to deal with them if we build good, appreciative structures, design clear processes and define roles in a meaningful way.

I leave my familiar paths and go in search of a foundation for authentic visions, appreciation and dialogue at eye level. I completed three years of trainings as a facilitator and systemic coach and attended many international seminars: Embodiment, Hypnosystemic Approaches, Organisational Development, The Circle Way, Visualisation.

Additionally, I trained in agile and creative project management methods like Scrum and Design Thinking. It was an inspiring learning journey and I found what I was looking for.

The Change Animal emerges.

Equipped with a well-filled method case, I experience fascinating AHA moments with my clients in 1:1 reflection and teamwork.
We examine the core, the story, the basic assumptions and create a lot of space for the wisdom of all involved in a trusting framework.
We curiously observe what can emerge and how we can shape our reality ourselves.

Spaces of play open up and enable authentic change in the entire system, which is not prescribed but lived together.

The essence is working at eye level, flanked by appreciation, we now cooperate and reflect in an agile flow.
I am infinitely grateful for the many gifts and insights that are revealed to me every day - because the knowledge is in the system. It is basically all there, we just forget or overlook it sometimes.

Professional Milestones

Since 2017

Facilitator, Systemic Consultant, filmic reflections for Telekom Deutschland, Lufthansa and Kommunikationslotsen®, consultant for a number of start-ups and initiatives, international film projects, film festivals, IT companies, advertising agencies, film production companies, lecturer at the SOFA School of Film Advancement Poland/Georgia, committee work at the Grimme Institut and FBW Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung.

From 2014 to 2016

Berlinale Open House

Head of programme of the new Berlinale Open House audience format in the Audi Berlinale Lounge.

From 2006 to 2014 

Zurich Film Festival
Expansion of the “ZFF Zurich Film Festival” as Senior Programmer, including development and leading the Zurich Master Class as a networking platform for young filmmakers, as the program lead selecting films for the competition sections, launching of “ZFF for Kids” and “ZFF for Schools” with the Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich.

2009 and 2010

European Capital of Culture RUHR. 2010

Director of the European Film Academy - EFA Master Class RUHR and the European Film Academy - EFA European Film Week RUHR.

2005 and 2006

FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™ and DFB Kulturstiftung
Concept and implementation of the international short film competition “Shoot Goals! Shoot Movies!” in the framework of FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™.
 

2002 to 2006

Berlinale Talents 

Development, launch, producing, financing of Berlinale Talents: a unique film academy during the Berlin International Film Festival, which today includes 10.000 filmmakers from 150 countries.

2000 to 2002

ifs Internationale FilmSchule Köln

Responsible for public relations, supervision and restructuring of the Filmschule NRW into the ifs internationale filmschule Cologne.

2000

PR Agency Kohtes Klewes

PR consultant at the Düsseldorf headquarters of the Kohtes Klewes agency.

1998 to 2000

Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Employee of the press department.

1995 bis 1997

TNT Express Worldwide, European Air Hub

Executive Assistant at the European Air Hub at Cologne-Bonn Airport. Assisted in the process of closure and relocation of the site to Liège, Belgium, which affected 700 employees.