Name: Billi Bierling
Date of Birth: 16 June 1967
Address: Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: Germany: +49 (0)162 700 3494 Nepal: +977 98030 345 26
October 2011 – April 2012. Desk Officer for Libya, SDC
January 2011 – April 2011 &
August 2009 – March 2010 Press Officer, United Nations OCHA, Islamabad, Pakistan
- Writing talking points for the UN Special Envoy to Pakistan and the Humanitarian Coordinator
- Producing communication products (press kits, press releases, feature articles, brochures, key messages, talking points for press conferences)
- Conducting media interviews about current humanitarian situation
- Monitoring and analysing current events, public opinion and press, identifying issues and trends and advise the management
- Organising press events and press visits to the field
July 2010 – December 2010 External Relations Officer, UNHCR, Islamabad, Pakistan
- Writing and editing reports about the humanitarian situation in Pakistan
- Compiling report for the donor community
- Going on various field trips, interviewing Afghan refugees and the internally displaced population
January 2008 – August 2008: Advocacy Officer, United Nations OCHA, Jerusalem
- Editing all of OCHA’s outputs
- Compiling case studies for OCHA reports
- Updating website and presentations
- Filming and conducting interviews in the West Bank
January 2005 – January 2008: Freelance Journalist, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Writing mountaineering and political news for several publications, such as the BBC, The Guardian and swissinfo
- Writing and editing briefing papers for the Swiss Development Agency
- Filing radio reports on political issues for Deutsche Welle – English Service
- Editing papers for ICIMOD, a non-governmental organisation in Nepal
- Assisting the Himalayan chronicler, Miss Elizabeth Hawley, in interviewing and archiving Himalayan expeditions
December 2004 – present: Expedition Leader in the Himalaya, Nepal and Tibet
- Leading mountaineering expeditions to Himalayan peaks
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)
- Presenting and producing a current affairs programme
- 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 the news flow between the Financial Times and the Financial Times Deutschland.
- Selecting and translating stories from German into English
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.
Oct 1998 – Sept 1999: MA in International Journalism, City University, London
Successful completion of an MA course in broadcast journalism. The course included writing radio news, researching and putting together radio features, presenting the news, digital and reel-to-reel editing.
Sept 1990 – July 1995: Fachakademie für Fremdsprachenberufe, Munich
Degree in Translating and Interpreting
Simultaneous and consecutive interpreting, economics, translation from & to German, essay writing
Sept 1988 – July 1990: Fachschule für Fremdsprachenkorrespondenten, Munich
Degree in Foreign Language Correspondence
Translation from and into English focusing on economic matters, Spanish, English and German shorthand.
February 1993: TEFL-Diploma – Teacher Training International, London
A six weeks TEFL training course (Grade Merit)
June 1992: Cambridge Proficiency in English (Grade: B)
September 1992: Endorsement to Certificate of Proficiency – Translation from & into German (Grade: C)
High altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas and Andes, ski mountaineering, rock climbing, swimming, cycling, running. I lead expeditions to 7,000-metre-peaks in the Nepal Himalaya and have travelled extensively in Nepal, Tibet, South Africa, Europe and South America. In May 2009, I reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world; in October 2010 I became the first German woman to scale Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, and in May 2011, I was the first German woman to reach the top of the fourth highest mountain in the world, Lhotse. In autumn 2011 I went back to Manaslu and reached the top without the use of supplementary oxygen.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Fluent English and German (mother tongue standard), working Spanish, some French and Nepali, excellent communication skills and a broad knowledge of Internet technology, and Cool Edit Pro and Dalet for digital editing. Experience in editing text and broadcast material, sub-editing, proof-reading and layout design.
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