My expertise is in the area of project management in the private and humanitarian sector. My focus has been on emergency intervention, migration, education, documentary photography and the prevention of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Moreover, I have committed to the facilitation of healing of trauma, and the prevention of trauma through drama therapy, photography, film and the application of other theatre practices and story telling.
I am a German national and my acquired cultural sensitivity and knowledge of 5 languages (German, French, English, Spanish and Russian) coupled with my professional experiences in Russia, Europe and Asia, make me a person that can adapt easily to new environments and relate easily to people of different nationalities and with various cultural backgrounds.
I have a 5 year background in human trafficking and forced labour that I gained through individually led field research as well as through my work as a Project Manager at ILO's Force Labour program, where I became as well familiar with the exploitation of children.
Most recently I also worked in human trafficking shelters and safe houses with survivors of human trafficking and children of women in forced prostitution in Nepal facilitating healing through the arts.
A solid educational and professional background with the focus on Management, International affairs, Humanitarian Action, Visual and Performing Arts, Education and Drama Therapy supports my sincere interest in a continuous career that interlinks these aspects. It is my goal to continue using my skills that I gained from humanitarian emergencies as well as work on projects that integrate photography and story telling as a mean for innovative approach for awareness raising and education and healing for children, adults and communities as a whole.
Besides my academic background in management, politics and humanitarian action, I worked in the field with vulnerable communities in hospitals and prisons, and I explore through my work in photography and theatre how art and creativity are a catalyst for education, awareness raising, empowerment, dialogue, healing and change.
As a humanitarian, I worked in the field with Doctors without Borders in the Break-away Republic of Moldova and the German Embassy in Nepal during the Maoist conflict. In Nepal, I led investigations on torture during the Maoist conflict in Nepal and interviewed the army, police forces, victims and lawyers, led visa interviews and provided psychological counseling to prisoners. In Transnistria, which is the break-away republic of Moldova, I worked again in prisons and constructed with 16 prisoners a medical clinic.After my assignment with MSF I remained in Moldova and continued my academic research that involved investigations on Human Trafficking in Moldova and I returned on a regular basis over a period of two years to Transnistria as a documentary photographer on a freelance basis.I am a certified investigator for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) committed by humanitarian Aid Workers and have received the Investigation Skills Training by the International Organization for Migration in May 2011. From May 2011 onwards I also conducted awareness raising workshops for IOM's staff with the application of case studies on the Prevention of SEA committed by humanitarian Aid Workers and I have just recently had the opportunity to apply theatre in this context during an investigation workshop with humanitarian aid workers.
Prior to this experience I was a Project Manager at the International Labour Organization in charge for the implementation of projects to fight Human Trafficking and Forced Labour (FL) in the Caucasus and Western Balkans. In the framework of an ILO-IOM joint project I educated the police force and government officials on the prevention and investigation of Human Trafficking and FL in the Western Balkans. My most recent 2-year academic research that has been submitted in the framework of an Advanced Master in Humanitarian Action is based on anonymous witnessing of humanitarian aid workers about their work and impact in North Korea. For the presentation of my research on North Korea I prepared a theatrical performance with the objective to explain the context of North Korea to humanitarian aid workers through the means of theatre.
My main concern is the ethical approach for the depiction of human suffering that needs to be respected by all means to preserve human dignity.I have always been eager to take up management roles in challenging and even volatile environments and I have experienced through my education and several projects in social documentary theatre and drama therapy how this medium can be used successfully to address a variety of contemporary social issues, including the ones that I have been working on, such as HIV/AIDS, Human Trafficking, Trauma, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, reconciliation, conflicts, oppression, self - development and - esteem. I strive to improve the well being of people mainly through the creation of spaces for awareness raising, education, empowerment and healing.