I was born in Wedel (Holst.), a town on the banks of the Elbe River downstream from Hamburg, Germany.
Most recently I have joined the German Council on Foreign Relation, DGAP in Berlin. I am a Senior Fellow in charge of the think tank’s Asia Programme.
In 2016 I have founded the Engagement Policy Centre in Berlin. The EPCentre is a Think Tank dealing with Research into international and domestic conflicts, resolution strategies and that provides a platform for dialogue and rapprochement.
Between 2013-16 I was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Asia Program at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm Sweden. My research focused on Regional Security in East Asia, Chinese foreign and domestic policies, EU policy towards Asia, conflict analysis particularly in Myanmar and the Korean Peninsula. My work combines regional and country expertise with practical knowledge in policy analysis, conflict resolution and mediation as well as dialogue, capacity building, consultancy and engagement projects.
My previous employments include Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).
I visited and received degrees from the following Universities: University for Economy and Politics Hamburg (HWP): Sociology, London School of Economics and Politcal Science (LSE): International Relations and International History, and Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU): Mandarin.