billi bierling female mountaineer and journalist from Germany

Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

Work Experience*

Sept – Dec 2018                                  Public Information Officer, UNOCHA, Kyiv, Ukraine

Writing press releases, reports and speeches for UNOCHA

Writing and editing reports about the humanitarian situation in east Ukraine

 

April 2018                                           Facilitator for a Strategic Planning Workshop, Kabul, Afghanistan

Moderation of a 4-day workshop for the Swiss Development Agency

 

April to July 2017                               Communications Expert, Swiss Development Agency, Tajikistan

Writing & updating communications material for the Dushanbe Office

 

Every winter since 2011                    Communications Expert, Swiss Development Agency, Bern

 Supporting HQ in all their communication work and organising events

 

Since January 2014                           Managing Director, Himalayan Database

Keeping the records of climbing expeditions in the Nepal Himalaya

 

April/May 2015                                                Deputy Team Leader, Swiss Rapid Response Team, Nepal

Setting up an aid infrastructure for Swiss Humanitarian Aid after the

devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015

 

October 2012 – Dec 2012                   Media Consultant, Swiss Development Agency, Pakistan

Developing promotional products for the SDC in Pakistan

Writing human interest stories and revamping the website

 

October 2011 – March 2012               Desk Officer for Libya, Swiss Development Agency, Bern

Writing and editing articles and speeches for the management

Drafting credit proposals and project cycle management sheets

 

August 2009 – March 2010                 Press Officer, United Nations OCHA, Islamabad, Pakistan

January 2011 – April 2011                 Writing speeches for UN Special Envoy and Humanitarian Coordinator

Producing communication products (press kits, press releases, feature articles, brochures, key messages, talking points for press conferences)

Organising press events and press visits to the field

 

July 2010 – December 2010              Press and External Relations Officer, UNHCR, Islamabad, Pakistan

Writing press releases, key messages and other public material

Writing and editing reports about the humanitarian situation in Pakistan

Visiting the field on a regular basis and writing human interest stories

 

January 2008 – August 2008             Advocacy Officer, United Nations OCHA, Jerusalem

Editing all of OCHA’s written material and updating website

Writing human interest stories for OCHA reports

 

Since January 2005                           Freelance Journalist, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

July 2001 – December 2004              Broadcast and Internet Journalist for swissinfo, Bern

Writing news and feature articles for the swissinfo website

Producing radio features and packages (digital editing)

Writing and presenting international news bulletins

February 2003                                    Associate Producer for CBS 60 Minutes

Managing a film crew for a television documentary

 

June 2000 – April 2001                      Coordinating Editor for the Financial Times, London

Coordinating news flow between the FT and the FT Germany

 

July 1999                                            BBC World Service

Work experience at the World Service Programme “Outlook”

 

Dec 1999 – May 2001                         Editor,  IKEA Magazine “room”, London

Writing and editing features for a German lifestyle magazine

 

Oct 1995 – July 1997                          German Copywriter / Editor – Cabouchon Ltd., London

Coordinating and producing a corporate German magazine

 

Feb 1994 – July 1994                          English Teacher – Volkshochschule, Munich

Teaching English grammar, conversation, reading and writing.

 

Oct 1991 – July 1993                          German Teacher – Sutton High School, Sutton (UK)

Teaching German to A-level and GCSE students.

 

Education

December 2016                                  IMPACT – Information Management Course, OCHA

 

Oct 1998 – Sept 1999                         MA in International Journalism, City University, London

 

Sept 1990 – July 1995                         Fachakademie für Fremdsprachenberufe, Munich

Degree as Tanslator and Interpreter (English/Spanish)

 

Sept 1988 – July 1990                         Fachschule für Fremdsprachenkorrespondenten, Munich

Degree as Foreign Language Secreteary (English/Spanish)

 

February 1993                                     TEFL-Diploma – Teacher Training International, London


June 1992                                          
Cambridge Proficiency in English (Grade: B)

 

Special Interests

High altitude mountaineering in the high Himalaya, ski mountaineering, climbing, swimming, cycling, running. I have led expeditions to 6,000 and 7,000-metre-peaks in the Nepal and Indian Himalaya and have travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and South America. In May 2009, I reached the top of Mount Everest as the third German woman, followed by becoming the first German woman to scale Lhotse (4th highest), Makalu (5th highest) and Manaslu (8th highest). In October 2016 I reached the summit of Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world, without using supplemental oxygen.

 

Skills and Experience

Fluent English and German (mother tongue standard), working Spanish, some Nepali, excellent communication skills; digital sound editing; PCM and logframe knowledge. I have also translated three books from German into English (‘Mountains in my Heart’ by Karin Steinbach u Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, The Fall of Heaven by Reinhold Messner and Ueli Steck – My life in Climbing).

 

*Please note that the gaps in my work experience are due to the long periods I spend on expedition – either climbing an 8,000m peak or leading commercial trips to the high mountains in the Himalaya.