Receiving the First Prize of the ECToH Young Professional Award of the European Cancer Leagues (February 2020)
Receiving the First Prize of the ECToH Young Professional Awards of the European Cancer Leagues (February 2020)

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