About me


Born in 1979 in the Southern Baden town of Lörrach, I took my A-levels at a bilingual German-French grammar school in Freiburg. My experiences in this tri-border-region made me a confident European at an early age.

In 2013 I was elected as a Member of the Deutsche Bundestag for the constituency of Heidelberg. In this term, I am spokesperson for European Policy and parliamentary whip of the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen. I am a member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union and a deputy member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

I received a Double Degree from the School of International and Public Affairs of the Columbia University in New York as well as from the Sciences Po in Paris, where I graduated top of my class. In 2010 I received my PhD from the University of Mannheim for researching the United Nations’ ability to reform.

From Brussels to Berlin

Previously, I was elected for a four-year term as a member of the European Parliament. My work there included being the spokesperson on foreign affairs for the parliamentary group of the Greens/EFA and the standing rapporteur for the EU’s Instrument for Stability for conflict resolution and rapid crisis response. Furthermore, I conducted negotiations on behalf of the Greens/EFA parliamentary group on the buildup and reform of the European External Action Service. Additionally, I worked as a permanent member and the green’s coordinator on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a deputy member of the Subcommittee for Security and Defense, the Committee for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, as well as the Budget Committee.

Before politics

Prior to my election into the European Parliament, I worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation in Brussels in the field of the European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). In advance, I was a policy advisor for the UN-Organisation for Women’s Rights (UNIFEM), where I established an action plan on the implementation of UN-Resolution 1325 on Women and their contribution to peacekeeping. In 2008, I drafted a survey together with Richard Gowan for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on the EU’s human rights policy towards the United Nations. At the same time, I was a member of the Commission on Peace and Security Policy of the Green Party. After several work- and study-related stays in Freiburg, Tel Aviv, Washington DC, Paris and New York, I now live in Heidelberg and Berlin.