Multilingual, outgoing and open-minded I'm a young professional in the International Relations and Development sectors. An SOAS graduate in Social Anthropology of Development, I worked on migration/refugees, development, and global justice for NGOs, think-tanks and development agencies in Europe, Latin Americ, Africa and South Asia. Currently I'm fighting for tribal peoples' rights from the Berlin office of Survival International, while representing thousands of Young Greens within the Federation of Young European Greens [FYEG] as their Co-Spokesperson.
Hindi [currently taking classes]
Swahili & Arabic [basic]
Latin [translation only]
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Environment & Climate Fellow
AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative, Addis Ababa/Brussels/Abidjan
OCTOBER 2017 - NOVEMBER 2017
In late autumn 2017, me and 35 other young activists – 18 from Europe and 18 from Africa – got selected from among more than 7500 applicants to represent the African and European youth at the high-level 5th EU-AU Summit in Abidjan.
Divided into six thematic clusters, we spent the six weeks after the Abidjan Youth Declation was presented at the AU-EU Youth Summit, to turn the Declation into a precise agenda. The Youth Agenda will now form the basis of the next four years of EU-Africa youth cooperation in the fields of peace and security, environment and climate, business and job creation, arts and culture, education and skills, and governance and political inclusion. We have been an active part of the summit and presented our agenda to leading European and African politicians, including the High Representative and Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, the Chairperson of the African Union Moussa Faki and dozens of heads of states, who endorsed and praised our work.
SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL, Berlin
APRIL 2017 - PRESENT
Survival is helping tribal peoples to defend their lives, protect their land and determine their own future. Tribal peoples are contemporary societies who suffer some of the worst discrimination and exclusion of our time. Their basic human rights cannot be sacrificed on the altar of "progress" or Western interests. For decades Survival International has been a strong partner of tribal peoples from around the world. We fight those in our own societies who commit serious human right abuses against tribal communities, including governments, companies and – if necessary – environmental protection groups.
From Berlin, I am currently mainly working on our Tribal Conservationists campaign.
FEDERATION OF YOUNG EUROPEAN GREENS (FYEG), Europe
MAY 2016 - PRESENT
In May 2016 FYEG's General Assembly elected me as a Member of its Executive Committee - the day to day leading committee of the European Green Party's youth wing. I'm responsible for the coordination of FYEG's 38 member organisations across Europe and coordinate projects and campaigns on Western Sahara and Europe's arms trade. With these events I try to foster a global mindset for other Green topics, including migration, and encourage our activists to look beyond Europe's Southern borders. A big task is the thorough reinvention of the Global Young Greens network before and around the Global Greens Congress in March 2017 with a complete overhaul of its structures and missions.
FYEG's 2017 General Assembly elected me as Co-Spokesperson, together Kim van Sparrentak. The two of us are now responsible for representing the Federation towards partners and the public.
EuroBRICS Project Coordinator
Laboratoire Europeén d'Anticipation Politique (LEAP), Paris
October 2015 - JUNE 2016
After taking part in the First EuroBRICS Young Leaders' Summit 2015 in Helsinki, my voluntary involvement in the creation of this new transcontinental youth network, lead to me being asked by LEAP's president to work full-time for the Paris-based think tank. For almost a year I was taking care of the EuroBRICS project, the biggest part of which consisted of coordinating and structuring the evolving network and being the connection between an increasingly independent network and its creator LEAP.
I planned and conducted a four-weeks deployment to India's capital New Delhi, to evaluate the feasibility of the Second EuroBRICS Young Leaders' Summit, while acquiring partners, sponsors and a venue. After leaving LEAP I am still involved in the network in a leading position and coordinated key events such as our participation in the Shanghai Y20 Conference and others.
GIZ, Lubumbashi [DR congo]
March 2015 - August 2015
Congo was always a region that intrigued me with its ethnic and natural diversity and its complicated politics. So I could not have been happier to get the chance to live some months in the DRC to conduct fieldwork for my MA dissertation in GIZ's Lubumbashi office and the rural communities around the city. I planned and conducted my second research project in order to get first-hand data on the functioning (and malfunctioning) of International Development for vulnerable rural communities in the vicinity of mines and national parks. The outcomes of this project were my MA dissertation and a report for GIZ, which increased GIZ's awareness of the (not always positive) effects of even the most participatory development projects.
MA Social Anthropology of Development
SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES (SOAS), LONDON
September 2014 - September 2015
Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz [Germany]
September 2010 - March 2015
During my year in London I focused on Human Rights, Indigenous Affairs, Health and Climate Change in the framework of International Development. This course helped me to connect the various threads of my previous studies into a coherent academic base for my future path. Multicultural, vibrant and highly political -- SOAS was the most inspiring place I could have imagined for my postgrad studies.
My first degree was is in Biology, a lifelong and still ongoing passion, that helped me to develop the base of my academic workflow. It still makes a great and positive contribution to how I conceptualise the world around me in an analytical and ordered way. However, I soon realised that being a biologist only, would not allow me to make the positive contribution to our society that I strive for, because society and the environment are two sides of the same coin. This is why I added Social Anthropology to my academic portfolio. Now, neither society nor the environment adheres to our statist world order, so I added International Relations later.
I completed my Biology degree with a research project I planned and conducted on the ecology of tropical bees. My first research project led me and my hammock into the middle of the Honduran Cloud Forest for two months.
BSc International Relations
University of London International Programmes
August 2013 - May 2017
BA Social Anthropology & Spanish
Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz [Germany]
September 2012 - March 2016
The second course which I took at the same time and at the same university as and in addition to Biology. Taking a second (and later a third) course to study parallel was one of the best decisions I took in life. It broadened my horizon tremendously, including bringing it to the subject I found perfectly suited for my ambitions and the goals I have set for my life. It also allowed me learn important lessons on time management, multitasking and working to deadlines. In early 2016 I decided to drop it, as the course became redundant due to my previous Master in the same subject and to make time for more practical professional experiences.
Being a human I could not manage to be in two places at the same time, so my third undergraduate degree had to be a distance learning course. This also allows me to continue to educate myself in my free time, while during working hours I am free to acquire practical experience - no matter where I am located physically. In 2017 this course will be completed as my final undergraduate course.
VOLUNTEERING & ACTIVISM
My life and points of view were influenced considerably by my many volunteering, study- and work-trips to what some call the 'Third World'. So I figure the are important to not forget in this list of central points in my life.
From 2009 to 2010 I worked one year in a Peruvian orphanage in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. My first experience outside of Europe set the path for probably the rest of my life. While certainly not easy on an adolescent I learned a good part of the intercultural skills I possess today.
In early 2014 I spent two months in the West African country Benin to work with a small local NGO on environmental awareness raising with indigenous communities on the Southern Coast. My first time in Africa and the first important practical work as an Anthropologist in the stereotypical African hut.
In my free time I am eager to develop myself beyond academia and work. This is why I accumulated a long list of conferences, seminars, trainings and international gatherings I participated in. Crisscrossing Europe and the world besides my other obligations is sometimes a logistical challenge, but the amazing discussions I had with other young professionals and activists from around Europe and the world made it more than worth the effort! Here's an overview of my recent activities:
- AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative, 10. October - 03. December, Addis/Brussels/Abidjan
- La Voix de la Jeunesse du Sahel, 2.-6. Juni 2017, Bamako (Mali)
- Global Greens Congress, 30.03.-02.04.2017, Liverpool (United Kingdom)
- COP22 in Marrakech, 7.-18. November 2016, Marrakech (Morocco)
- Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance and Y20 Summit, 25.-31. August 2016 in Shanghai (China)
- FYEG Summer Camp "From Social Wrongs to Social Rights", 18.-25. July 2016 in Srebreno Jezero (Serbia)
- FYEG Executive Committee Retreat 2016, 13.-16. July 2016 in Belgrade (Serbia)
- General Assembly of Italy's leftist movements, 01.-03. July 2016 in Padua (Italy)
- European Development Days 2016, 15.-16. June 2016 in Brussels (Belgium)
- FYEG General Assembly, 26.-29. May 2016 in Prague (Czech Republic)
- European Youth Event 2016, 20.-21. May 2016 in Strasbourg (France)
- Speaker at Borderless Europe: Blessing or Burden, 06.-09. May 2016 in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
- EuroBRICS Week 2016, 25.-30. April 2016 in Paris (France)
- #overthefortress Mobilisation on Refugees and the Balkan Route, 24.-31. April 2016 in Idomeni (Greece)
- FYEG Working Group Meeting, 21.-24. October 2015 in Brussels (Belgium)
- EuroBRICS Post-Event, 10.-13. June 2015 in St. Petersburg (Russia)
- EuroBRICS Young Leaders' Summit, 8.-9. June 2015 in Helsinki (Finland)
- Grüne Jugend Seminar on Neocolonialism, 29.-31. May 2015 in Hamburg (Germany)
- 'Energising Bridges' International Seminar on Green Energy, 22.-29. May 2015 in Hirschluch (Germany)
- Sharing is caring! Collective Action and Common Solutions, 25. April - 02. May 2015 in Yerevan (Armenia)
These and more conferences are a great contribution to my professional and personal development. I wouldn't want to miss the many useful contacts and amazing discussions that considerably broadened my horizon. I went to the different events in various functions: as member of FYEG's Executive Committee, FYEG's Co-Coordinator for Global Justice, as Project Coordinator for LEAP or Member of the Ecosprinter's Editorial Board.
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