My experiences so far have been shaped by my education and work in the academic sector. I have been guided by particular research questions, but also how information technologies can assist us in establishing conclusions. I have worked both voluntarily and professionally in interdisciplinary and multilingual settings that necessitated intercultural knowledge, team leading skills and the capacity to coordinate complex projects.

Work experience

Programme Manager, since 2019, China Programme of Stiftung Asienhaus, Cologne

Graphic designer, 2014, logo for the Chinese in Africa/ Africans in China Research Network, China-Africa Knowledge Project (CAKP), Social Science Research Council, New York

Database and website developer, 2012—2013, online companion for the publication A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture, Prof Dr Barbara Mittler, Heidelberg University

Team manager, 2009—2012, IT department, Centre for East Asian Studies, Heidelberg University

Website developer, 2011, reconceptualisation of the European Virtual OPAC for Chinese Studies, Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University

Tour guide and interpreter, 2010, educational trip to China on the occasion of the 400th death anniversary of Matteo Ricci, CPH Nuremberg and Lasalle-Haus Bad Schönbrunn

Student assistant, 2006—2008, IT department, Centre for East Asian Studies, Heidelberg University

Tour guide and interpreter, 2007, youth encounter trip to China, CPH Nuremberg

Talks and presentations

Presentation, 2018, 'Access denied? Research access and knowledge production on the Copperbelt', workshop of the University of Oxford 'Comparing the Copperbelt: Political culture and knowledge production in Central Africa', Kitwe (Zambia)

Presentation, 2017, 'Ruined infrastructures? Abandonment and appropriation in a Zambian township', conference of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture 'Materialities of Postcolonial Memory', Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Presentation, 2015, 'Mining with Chinese Characteristics: Sino-Zambian Encounters on the African Copperbelt', AFRASO conference 'African-Asian Encounters (II): Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships', Cape Town (South Africa)

Discussion, 2014, 'China in Africa', Grassi-Museum, Leipzig

Presentation, 2014, 'China und Afrika: eine Begegnung auf Augenhöhe?', lecture on China's presence in Africa of the Ladanyi Foundation, Zurich (Switzerland)

Presentations, 2008, Delegate of Guyana to the Social and Economic Council of South America, Harvard Model United Nations, Puebla (Mexiko)


PhD Social Anthropology, 2014—2018 (publication pending), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

M.A. Chinese Studies, 2005—2012, Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University

A levels, 2002—2004, St. Benno Gymnasium, Dresden

Voluntary service

Chinese language teacher, 2011, Makumbi (Zimbabwe)

English language and mathematics teacher, 2009, Kalimpong (India)

Teacher for office applications, 2005, Anekal (India)


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