When I was 12 years old, my father‘s business sent him to India and the whole family went with him. It was there that I got my first taste of what it is like to live in a foreign country. I stayed there for three years and then returned to Germany. I went back to India when I was 18, to work as an assistant to the manager of an automobile company. This firsthand experience of being an expatriate has sensitized me to the needs and concerns of ‘expats’ here in Germany.
Upon my return to Germany, I worked for a major automobile company in Mannheim and Stuttgart. Over the course of several years, I worked in the following departments: Foreign Affairs, Exports, Sales and Marketing. My job was to care for employees and clients from different countries. In addition, I participated in exhibitions and fairs, and organized business-trips and events. The last 8 years I worked as an assistant in a pharmaceutical company. My areas of responsibility covered International Human Resources and Benefits including Relocation.
In order to further my understanding of diverse people and cultures, I have participated in workshops concerning cultural differences. I have also travelled extensively throughout Asia, the United States and South Africa, and have taken language courses in English.
I love travelling, reading books, going to the theater, concerts and lectures in my free time. I also enjoy golfing, cycling and hiking in the mountains.
Above all, I love meeting new people. Through my life experiences, I have come to recognize that people all over the world are worthy of admiration and respect. In short, everyone has something to offer and I try to learn from each and every one of them.