In 2012, Nandita supported the founding of querstadtein as part of the startsocial programme. She has been a member of our Executive Board since October 2019. Her main job is as Head of Strategic Cooperations at the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw). Accordingly, she also focuses her attention at querstadtein on the opportunities of cooperation and profitable networks.
Katrin is an expert on social entrepreneurship at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, has a degree in development economics and has already supported querstadtein in its development during her time as Managing Director of the German Social Entrepreneurship Network. She has been a member of the Executive Board since December 2022.
After working in the non-profit sector for 10 years Jennifer took over the management of querstadtein at the beginning of 2022. During her studies in sociology and history she placed an emphasis on the topics of migration and refuge, later gaining further practical knowledge in a part-time master’s programme on the management of organisations in the non-profit sector. Jennifer applied these qualifications while working in the fields of culture and cultural education. Today her main focus is on the topic of climate poice.
With interruptions, Rebecca has been part of the team at querstadtein since 2018. She coordinates the city tours and runs online seminars together with the city guides. She has a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and is passionate about ideas and missions that aim to change our society for the better.
Clemens is part of querstadtein as a project manager since the end of 2022. He studied social sciences and religious studies and worked on scientific research projects on civil society issues (e.g. volunteering), foundations and social movements. He is driven by topics and questions relating to improving social interaction in society.
Salome joined querstadtein in March 2021, first as a federal volunteer and then as the Tour-coordinator. After her M.A. studies in Urban Design in Malaysia, she worked as city planner in her hometown Tehran. Through her interest in raising awareness between different groups of people and building a more inclusive society, she changed her filed of work and worked as the manager in a collective-led cultural project and later co-founded an educational travel start-up in Iran. After moving to Berlin, she continues to pursue this path with querstadtein.
Birte has been with querstadtein since autumn 2022 as a voluntary tour guide. More and more often she asked herself how people survive on the streets in general and women in particular. Where do you get clothes, sleeping bags, food? How do you protect yourself from the cold and attacks? The personal stories of the tour guides from querstadtein tell about it and that is very impressive. Because of this completely different perspective, parts of Berlin appear completely different.
Gesa has been a volunteer at querstadtein since 2023. She is in the final stages of her medical studies and is happy to support the association because the city tours give her a new perspective on her hometown. She wants to help so that as many people as possible can experience this broader perspective.
Philipp, is 27 years young and became a volunteer at querstadtein in summer 2022. He got to know the association three years ago during a educational trip and was very enthusiastic about the city tour. Now he moved to Berlin for his master’s degree and he is happy to be involved with querstadtein to gain valuable experience in political education work.
Marina (25) has been a volunteer at querstadtein since January 2023, mainly for the city tours “Living on the streets”. As a human geographer with an interest in sustainable urban development, she asks herself, how urban space is perceived, how it is divided, how it can be designed fairly and who is where and where not? At the same time, as a newcomer to Berlin, she noticed that there is a particularly large number of homeless people in this city. The exchange with the city guides made her question preconceived notions and gave her interesting, valuable insights. A chance for these learning experiences should be given to as many people as possible!
Verena has been a volunteer at querstadtein since the beginning of 2023. She mainly supports the acquisition of fundings for new projects. Until she left Berlin, she was part of the office team. She would also like to support querstadtein’s commitment to more social justice from afar. Verena continues to work in the education sector at a voluntary service provider in Brandenburg.
A few years ago, Fritzi moved to Berlin for political education. She is now studying for a master’s degree in “Urban Future” and is working on social architecture and discriminatory urban development, among other things. For Fritzi, the querstadtein tours are an active contribution to enabling an open space for exchange and creating meeting spaces. As part of the team, she will accompany the tours on a voluntary basis and help to develop new tours.
Sebastian has been a volunteer at querstadtein since August 2023. He became aware of the organisation’s work at a language café and was immediately interested in volunteering.
He enjoys supporting the organisation and the tour guides and improving his German skills at the same time. Through his involvement, he has already met many interesting people and learnt a lot about Berlin. He is looking forward to meeting more fascinating people.
Sara has been a volunteer at querstadtein since August 2023. She is a German and Spanish teacher and is interested in social and societal issues such as education and integration. Accompanying tours on the topic of homelessness gives her the opportunity to look at the realities in her country from a different perspective and to become socially involved where she lives. She is looking forward to develope her own tour for querstadtein on the topic of social movements in Colombia.
Sophie has been working as a scientific consultant on the “Climate.Migration.Dialogue” project at querstadtein since January 2024. As a political scientist, she has been working academically, professionally and on a voluntary basis on the topics of migration and displacement for eight years. She is an Associate Fellow in the Migration Programme of the German Council on Foreign Relations.
Nils has been a volunteer at querstadtein since 2024 and is involved in the “Climate.Migration.Dialogue” project, where he supports the development of new tours for personal exchange between tour guides and participants on topics of social justice and ecological sustainability. As a cultural scientist, he researches global options for shaping socio-ecological transformations. He is therefore all the more pleased to be able to advocate a solidarity-based approach to the climate crisis outside of his doctorate.
Elisa has been active as a tour developer in the “Climate.Migration.Dialogue” project since January 2024. As an urban sociologist and ethnographer with a focus on South Asia, she deals with questions of political ecology, migration and flight in curatorial and scientific projects, especially with regard to the possibilities of self-organisation, individual and collective resistance and translocal solidarity. For her, critically reflecting on her own involvement in power structures that reproduce exploitation and marginalisation in a white-dominated society is a means of combating such structures.