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Born in 1966, raised in Germany and Switzerland. She studied sociology in Bielefeld and Paris and did research on visual sociology and ethnography.
She has been with the Festival since 1995 in the capacity of head of the International Competition, the Children's and Youth Cinema and the Market. Additionally she is in charge of international festival policies. In this context she has been a member of the board of the European Coordination of Film Festivals from 1996 to 2000 and has been president of the International Short Film Conference from 1998 to 2003. Since 1996 she has been jury member at numerous international film and video festivals, including Split, Venice and Cork.