Work Experience *

October 2021/October 2022

Communications Officer, Swiss embassy Kyiv, Ukraine
Adapting communication material to new situation in Ukraine

September 2020

Communications Officer, Swiss Rapid Response Team, Lesbos
Reporting on the emergency response after the fire in Moria camp

October – December 2019/ September – December 2018

Reporting/Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UNOCHA, Kyiv, Ukraine 
Drafting two annual documents (HNO and HRP)

April 2018

Facilitator for a Strategic Planning Workshop, Kabul, Afghanistan
Moderation of a 4-day workshop for the Swiss Development Agency

April – July 2017

Communications Expert, Swiss Development Agency, Tajikistan
Writing & updating communications material for the Dushanbe Office

Every winter since 2011

Communications Expert, Swiss Development Agency, Bern
 Supporting HQ in all their communication work and organising events

Since January 2016

Managing Director, Himalayan Database
Keeping the records of climbing expeditions in the Nepal Himalaya

April/Mai 2015

Deputy Team Leader, Swiss Rapid Response Team, Nepal
Setting up an aid infrastructure for Swiss Humanitarian Aid after the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015

October 2014 – December 2014

Media Consultant, Swiss Development Agency, Pakistan
Developing promotional products for the SDC in Pakistan
Writing human interest stories and revamping the website

October 2011 – March 2012

Desk Officer for Libya, Swiss Development Agency, Bern
Writing and editing articles and speeches for the management
Drafting credit proposals and project cycle management sheets

August 2009 – March 2010
January 2011 – April 2011

Press Officer, United Nations OCHA, Islamabad, Pakistan
Writing speeches for UN Special Envoy and Humanitarian Coordinator
Producing 
communication products (press kits, press releases, feature articles, brochures, key messages, talking points for press conferences)
Organising press events and press visits to the field

July 2010 – December 2010

Press and External Relations Officer, UNHCR, Islamabad, Pakistan
Writing press releases, key messages and other public material
Writing and editing reports about the humanitarian situation in Pakistan
Visiting the field on a regular basis and writing human interest stories

January 2008 – August 2008

Advocacy Officer, United Nations OCHA, Jerusalem
Editing all of OCHAS’s written material and updating website

Since January 2005

Freelancing Journalist, Kathmandu, Nepal 

July 2001 – December 2004

Broadcast and Internet Journalist for swissinfo, Bern
Writing news and feature articles for the swissinfo website
Producing radio features and presenting news bulletins

February 2003

Associate Producer for CBS 60 Minutes
Managing a film crew for a television documentary

February 2000 – April 2001

Coordinating Editor for the Financial Times, London
Coordinating news flow between the FT and the FT Germany

July 1999

BBC World Service
Work experience at the World Service Programme “Outlook”

December 1999 – May 2001

Editor,  IKEA Magazine “room”, London
Writing and editing features for a German lifestyle magazine

October 1995 – July 1997

German Copywriter / Editor – Cabouchon Ltd., London
Coordinating and producing a corporate German magazine

 February 1994 – July 1994

English Teacher – Volkshochschule, Munich
Teaching English grammar, conversation, reading and writing

October 1991 – July 1993

German Teacher – Sutton High School, Sutton (UK)
Teaching German to A-level and GCSE students

Education

December 2016

IMPACT – Information Management Course, OCHA

October 1998 – September 1999

MA in International Journalism, City University, London

September 1990 – July 1995

Fachakademie für Fremdsprachenberufe, Munich
Degree as Tanslator and Interpreter (English/Spanish)

September 1988 – July 1990

Berufsfachschule für Fremdsprachenkorrespondenten, Munich
Degree as Foreign Language Secreteary (English/Spanish)

February 1993

TEFL-Diploma – Teacher Training International, London

June 1992

Cambrigde Proficiency in English (Grade: B) 

 

Special Interests

High altitude mountaineering in the Himalaya, ski mountaineering, climbing, cycling, running. I have led expeditions to 6,000 and 7,000-metre-peaks in Nepal and India and have travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and South America. In May 2009, I scaled Mount Everest as the 3rd German woman, followed by becoming the 1st German woman to scale Lhotse (4th highest), Makalu (5th highest) and Manaslu (8th highest). In 2016 I reached the summit of Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world without supplemental oxygen and in 2019 I summited Broad Peak without using supplemental oxygen.

Skills and Experience

Fluent English and German (mother tongue standard), working Spanish, some Nepali, excellent communication skills; digital sound editing. I have written a book “I have a bike in Kathmand” and have translated other books from German into English (‘Mountains in my Heart’ by Karin Steinbach u Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, ‘The Fall of Heaven’ by Reinhold Messner and ‘My life in Climbing’ by Ueli Steck).

*Please note that the gaps in my work experience are due to the long periods I spend on expedition – either climbing an 8,000m peak or leading commercial trips to the high mountains in the Himalaya.

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