I am passionate about mountains, and fascinated by water, especially in the form of glaciers and permafrost. Natural hazards are part of nature and grasp my attention. As a glaciologist, I have researched and worked on various glaciers in the Central Himalaya, New Zealand, Antarctica, and the Alps.
From 2011 to 2018, I worked in Kathmandu for ICIMOD as Senior Glaciologist, and led two glacier monitoring programmes in Nepal and coordinated the Permafrost Special Project. I gave numerous workshops and trainings on glacier and permafrost monitoring, including leading eight field-based glaciology trainings and expeditions for students and professionals from the Himalayan region. In the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, I made a preliminary risk assessment and studied cryospheric hazards in the Langtang and Manaslu area. Other work assignments brought me to glaciers in amazing parts of Antarctica.
I hold a PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand, where I studied the mass balance of glaciers in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. My Master’s degree in Geography I obtained from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The first taste for living abroad I received during a study exchange at the University of Turku in Finland. In earlier jobs I worked in research institutes, a governmental agency and in the private sector in the reinsurance industry.
I love working with people, I am interested in good leadership, management and personal development. Meditation, painting, playing the violin and spending time in nature with great people brings me joy and peace.