Working in different environments taught me, a healthy human to human interaction makes everything possible.

With over 10 years of experience in the digital field, I’ve tried many things and consider myself as design generalist. I feel comfortable to work across boundaries and explore crossroads of multiple disciplines, such as service and experience design, speculative design, strategic foresight (data) ethics and product. 

When I work with teams, I enjoy listening, asking questions and helping teams set the right focus at the right time. This drives me to lead with purpose, and helps bring the team together around a common cause.

I thrive in and evangelize for collaborative environments, where trust, psychological safety and people are the norm — here I be comfortable with the unknown and being able to navigate uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

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Current Work

icon impact — Creating the next-generation design organisation

Leading the design department and innovation company, icon impact as Senior Director Strategic Design. Supporting the company to create impact and train the next diverse generation of designers.

Sharing and exchange is inspirational, sparks creativity and growth.

As part of my work, I had the chance to share experiences, evangelize for a better data-future for professionals and academic fellows alike at conferences, events:

Clients & Product companies

I worked with teams for a variety of clients, from startups to enterprises, from private to public clients. Most of my work is NDA protected. Therefore, you find here some clients I worked for and companies I worked at. If you want to dive deeper into discussions. Please reach out.

Some of my stations

11/2021 — now
icon impact, Berlin
Senior Director Strategic Design

11/2020 — 11/2021
Head of Design
at OVIAVO, Berlin

11/2019 — 11/2020
Design Director
at MVPF Technologies, Berlin

08/2017 — 09/2019
Senior User Experience Designer
at Aperto – an IBM Company, Berlin

2015 – 2017
User Experience Designer
at Useeds, Berlin

2008 — 2016
Freelance Interface Designer
Working for various clients 

Design MBA
6 weeks Business course for designers

2016 — 2018
Master of Arts in Design 
at the University of Applied Science Potsdam

2011 — 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Interfacedesign 
at the University of Applied Science Potsdam

2008 — 2011
Digital Media Designer – Design and Technology 
at the Multi Media Berufsbildende Schulen, Hannover