billi bierling female mountaineer and journalist from Germany

Curriculum Vitae

WORK EXPERIENCE*
December 2013 – April 2014 Communications Expert, Swiss Development Agency, Bern
January 2013 – April 2013

• Organising press conferences, writing press releases
• Compiling fact sheets
• Translating media material from English into German and vice versa

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
• Organising several workshops

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

January 2011 – April 2011 &
August 2009 – March 2010 Press Officer, United Nations OCHA, Islamabad, Pakistan

• 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)
• Giving media interviews about current humanitarian situation
• 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
• Compiling reports for the donor community
• 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 outputs
• Writing human interest stories from the field for OCHA reports
• Updating website and presentations

Since January 2005 Freelance Journalist, Kathmandu, Nepal
• Writing mountaineering and political news for several publications,
• Filing radio reports on political issues for Deutsche Welle – English Service
• Assisting the Himalayan chronicler, Miss Elizabeth Hawley, in interviewing and archiving Himalayan expeditions

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
• Translating news 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.

EDUCATION
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
A six weeks TEFL training course (Grade Merit)

June 1992 Cambridge Proficiency in English (Grade: B)

SPECIAL INTERESTS
High altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas and Andes, ski mountaineering, climbing, swimming, cycling, running. I lead expeditions to 6,000 and 7,000-metre-peaks in the Nepal Himalaya and have travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and South America. In May 2009, I reached the top of Mount Everest; 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 scale Lhotse, the fourth highest.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Fluent English and German (mother tongue standard), working Spanish, some Nepali, excellent communication skills; digital sound editing; PCM and logframe knowledge.

*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.