“At ifok they work with so much heart and love!”

Dr. Sarah Bastgen

What made you decide to work at ifok? 

Even at university, my professor raved about ifok’s mediation work on the expansion of Frankfurt Airport in a seminar on non-violent conflict resolution, and that somehow never let go of me. At ifok, I am attracted by the enormous range of projects on THE big topics and issues of our society, and I am happy every day to be able to make my contribution to them. But also the fact that there is no pattern. Every project brings new challenges and opportunities for personal development.
I also really appreciate the working environment at ifok: And I don’t just mean the interdisciplinary team and the resulting different approaches. At the same time, ifox are incredibly enthusiastic, committed and creative. No matter which project or which area – there is so much passion and love everywhere.

How long have you been part of the ifok team and where were you before?  

I have been with ifok since 2016. Before that, I was, among other things, a research assistant in the Communication Management program and did my doctorate in political science on the democratization potentials of European NGOs at the FU Berlin. In addition, I worked as an egg-laying willow in an NGO that promotes democracy and engagement.

What sets you apart at the office? 

In short: an eye for the big picture coupled with great attention to detail. Especially in the event sector, things can get hectic. I keep an overview and a calm head, even when the place is on fire and at least 5 balls are hanging in the air at the same time. At the same time, I am always open to new ideas, want to optimize processes – especially with regard to knowledge management – and establish innovations. I am known for my commitment, my perseverance and my healthy pragmatism, both among my colleagues and my customers.

What do you especially like doing in your free time? 

What makes me tick in my working life doesn’t stop at my private life either. I have an optimization drive and want to bring structure to chaos – which usually leads to intensive use of the label machine and to my family having to be briefed more often about where our kitchen inventory is now😉. I love to try new things and bring together things that do not fit together at first glance. My environment is therefore more often in the pleasure of fancy, let’s call it fusion dishes.

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