Work experience

BLUE 21 e.V., Unfairtobacco: Various positions, most recently policy advisor: 2003-2020

  • Project, campaign and strategy development
  • Research and analysis, conceptualization and writing of
    publications (factsheets, reports and others)
  • Presentations and workshop contributions at national and international conferences as well as for the general public
  • Public relations (press releases, interviews)
  • Social media (Facebook and Twitter; graphics, photos and videos)
  • Active membership in NGO networks, contribution to the development of mutual advocacy positions and campaigns; national and international networking among actors from public health, human rights and sustainable development
  • Initiation and coordination of German Network for Children’s Rights and Tobacco Control
  • Advocacy (among others at negotiations for the WHO FCTC, COP6-COP8)
  • Funding applications to private foundations, contribution to funding applications to public funders

Freelance researcher and author: Since June 2012

  • Research and analysis for various organizations (e.g. International Development Research Centre, Unfairtobacco, German NGO Forum Environment and Development, Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice, World Health Organization)
  • Focus on tobacco control, human rights and workers rights, sustainable development, supply chains, tobacco industry strategies to avoid regulation

BBC World Service, Freelance journalist: Oct. 2015 – Oct. 2017

  • TV documentaries “Welcome to Germany” I and II about the integration of refugees in Gera, Eastern Germany (fixer, assistant producer), published in Dec. 2015 and Oct. 2017
  • Longterm radio documentary “Die Klassen” about Syrian refugees in Berlin, Germany (co-producer, audio recordings and pictures), four parts, published Feb. 2016 to Sept. 2017

Forum Smokefree (Germany), freelance campaigner: Nov. 2013 – March 2014

  • #DortmundKills campaign against the InterTabac Asia trade fair that was organized by the publicly owned German Westfalenhallen GmbH in Bali, Indonesia, in February 2014
  • Development of the campaign strategy
  • Networking with and generation of support of national and international organizations
  • Multilingual online petition on Change.org with 12,000 signatures
  • Photo petition, social media and website (multilingual)
  • Result: The trade fair in Bali was cancelled and the InterTabac Asia was stopped altogether

Language skills

According to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

  • German (native speaker)
  • English (C2)
  • French (B1, currently in training)


2004 – 2013: Studies of Cultural Anthropology and Intercultural Communication Studies (M.A.) at Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
M.A. Thesis: Opening Malawi’s Tobacco Black Box (2012)

Recent media appearances

February 2016, Deutschlandfunk Nova: Eine Stunde Talk (one hour talk programme about me and my advocacy for the regulation of tobacco industry; German only)

November 2016, Bayern 2: Heat Not Burn – Die Zukunft des Rauchens (programme about e-cigarettes and the tobacco industry, my contribution was a description of tobacco industry marketing strategies; German only)

Membership in professional networks


2006 – 2011: Scholarship of Heinrich Böll Foundation