Before and alongside my work as a coach and trainer I spent nearly fifteen years in different positions in various research institutions. As a PhD candidate, I worked in a third-party funded research project and I received a scholarship while in a graduate school. As postdoc, I taught and I wrote a grant proposal. Changing tracks from an academic career path to a non-academic one is something I have done myself: Having become a research manager, I coordinated a PhD program, reformed a mentoring program and contributed to setting up career development units for postdocs. I got to know both public and private universities as well as non-university research institutions.

It fills me with great joy when I contribute to eye-opening moments. It is what I loved about academic teaching and what I now love most in my workshops. I am especially happy when people discover how to design life and work in a way that best suits them. In order to make this passion into a career, I completed training to be a business coach and specialized as a career coach. I am certified for the LINC Personality Profiler to support in finding what suits the individual person best.

Work is part of life. You will be happier when you design your life yourself. I want to contribute to that.


Further Training

Systemic Business Coaching (2014-2015)
isi Berlin; certified as “Systemic Coach” by Systemische Gesellschaft

Career Coaching (2018)
 artop Berlin

LINC Personality Profiler (2021)
Lüneburg Institute for Corporate Learning

Academic and Professional Background

Coach and Trainer (since 2016)
freelance, in Berlin and Germany

Associate for talent management (2016-2019)
at the head office of the Helmholtz Association, Berlin; work focus: career orientation measures for postdocs

Associate for PhD Affairs (2014-2016)
at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Dr. rer. pol. (2011)
Free University Berlin, with distinction
Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
subsequent work as postdoctoral researcher

M.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Public Law (1999-2005)
Greifswald, Tampere/Finland, Hamburg

My working languages are English and German.

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Certificate Business Coaching
Certificate Career Coaching
Certificate LINC Personality Profiler


I have worked for

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine | Hertie School PhD Programmes & Career Development | UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research | Büro der Frauenbeauftragten (Uni Bamberg) | DZNE German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases | Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KIT) | Büro für Innovation und Gründung (Uni Bamberg) | Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers (member of coach pool) | European School of Management and Technology Berlin | DESY | Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society | German Center for Lung Research (DZL) | CRC 1027 (Saarland University)

I am glad to collaborate with EAF Berlin as an Associated Expert.