“We can give a voice to citizens who don’t feel heard. That motivates me.”

Jennifer Rübel

What made you decide to work at ifok?

ifok offers me the perfect stage to combine two of my passions: For one, I have a strong interest in political and social developments. Secondly, I can discuss them at in exciting projects with various stakeholders such as political decision-makers, experts from industry, scientists and citizens, which allows concrete solutions to be developed. The dialog with citizens in particular motivates me, as it allows me to encounter a wide variety of perspectives and we can give a voice to people who often don’t feel heard.

When did you join ifok and where were you before?

I have been working at ifok since January 2019. After completing my Master’s degree in Society and Cultures of Modernity, I started working for the non-profit Hertie Foundation in the “Jugend debattiert” program, a nationwide initiative to promote a culture of political debate. There, I learned the importance of controversial and passionate debates for social progress and how to always treat each other with respect.

What sets you apart at the office?

I consider myself a team player who focuses on and promotes the development, skills and wishes of my colleagues. For me, successful project work is always successful teamwork, and I am transparent, honest, sometimes direct 😉 and can create a good atmosphere. Developing concepts, managing projects and moderating live on stage – even if I still have a bit of stage fright, I really enjoy it!

What do you do that is particularly sustainable?

I like to cook often. I don’t waste any food – everything is used, even if this sometimes results in interesting yet delicious creations!

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