Dr. Felicitas von Peter
Felicitas von Peter founded Active Philanthropy in 2006 as a platform for philanthropists and social investors committed to change the world for the better.
From 1998 to 2006, she worked as a director with the Bertelsmann Foundation, where she ultimately headed the foundation’s national and international donor education programmes. From 2004 to 2006, she co-chaired the international program The Philanthropy Workshop, offered in co-operation with the Rockefeller Foundation.
Felicitas studied at the universities of Heidelberg and Bonn as well as at Sciences Po in Paris. She holds an M. Phil and a Ph. D. in history from the University of Cambridge, UK. From 1997 to 1998, she was a post-doc at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE) and, in 2002, a fellow at the Center for the Study of Philanthropy at City University New York.
She is a board member of various foundations and NGOs in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands and was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.
Nadine Bütow supports Active Philanthropy as communications expert and digital strategist. She is responsible for public relations and external communication and aims at raising the awareness for Active’s topics.
Nadine looks back on more than 15 years of experience as a communication strategist. From 2005 to 2015 she worked for the international consultancy Brunswick Group. Out of Berlin, London and San Francisco, she accompanied Fortune500 and DAX30 companies as well as start-ups and NGOs in questions of positioning, crisis communication, leadership and change management as well as digital and online communication.
Since 2015 she has been self-employed and is leading the communication network CommsART. Additionally, she is an online entrepreneur. In her honorary office at the Digital Media Women, she is committed to creating a greater visibility for women on German stages and panels. For Nadine, the topic of climate is a matter close to her heart. She considers the urgency to act in the climate crisis as one of the big communicative challenges and remits.
Henrike Doebert leads Active Philanthropy’s advisory for private and institutional funders and joined Active Philanthropy in 2020.
Henrike previously worked for 10 years at Climate Analytics, a climate science and policy institute with headquarters in Berlin. Before taking on the role as their COO in 2017 she led the Project Management team and managed key projects of the organization. This included flagship projects which focused on advisory and skill building activities for climate negotiators and other key representatives from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the context of the international climate change negotiations.
Before entering the climate world, she worked at the European Headquarter of iTunes in Luxembourg gaining experience in the corporate world. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, majoring in Conflict and Security Studies and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Dresden University, Germany.
Johanna Fuhrhop supports Active Philanthropy as an analyst.
In fall 2020, she received the M. Sc. in Global Business & Sustainability from the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) focusing on climate change strategies, non-profit management and cross-sector partnerships. Previously, she completed the B. Sc. in Economics and Social Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the B. Sc. in Psychology from the University of Vienna.
During her studies, she gained practical experience in nonprofit- and CSR consulting at the Wider Sense GmbH, in strategy consulting at Deloitte Consulting and as an Assistant at the Boston Consulting Group.
Daniel Großbröhmer is Active Philanthropy’s grant analyst and ensures that our philanthropists’ investments achieve maximum impact.
Previously, he worked with the German donor organisation Bread for the World for nine years. Most recently, he was based in Yangon, Myanmar, where he provided impact assessments on development projects and advised local NGOs on strategy and project planning.
Daniel holds an MBA in International Management from Berlin School of Economics and Law / Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge and a B. A. in Modern Languages, Culture and Economics from Gießen’s Justus Liebig University.
Charlotte Hornung compiles climate insights in an accessible way and carries Active Philanthropy's messages out into the world. As communications manager, she always keeps an eye on the big picture.
Previously, Charlotte worked at the non-profit think tank Energy Watch Group and at the communications consultancy DWR eco. Among other things, her responsibilities there included the communication of the latest scientific findings, policy recommendations and clean business solutions.
Charlotte completed her Master's in Public Affairs and Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris and Hertie School of Governance Berlin in 2016. She received her Bachelor's degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. At the organisation Häuser der Hoffnung – Schulbildung für Afrika (Houses of Hope - School Education for Africa), she volunteers for an additional issue close to her heart: the empowerment of girls and women.
Sandra Khusrawi coordinates the development of a new project at Active Philanthropy: A digital platform that enables users to learn about the causes and effective solutions to climate change and support selected projects.
Before joining Active in 2021, Sandra worked for 5 years at PHINEO, a non-profit analysis and consulting company. There, she was responsible for the conceptional development of funding initiatives, identified and managed high-impact projects, and consulted large-scale donors. On behalf of the Foundation Schüler Helfen Leben and as a peace worker, she supported educational projects for children and youth and the work with war veterans in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. In a program of the Robert Bosch Foundation, she collected first experiences with European youth encounters.
Sandra holds a master’s degree in political science and philosophy. Her studies took her from Dresden via Sarajevo to Berlin and Potsdam.
Gabriele Liautaud coordinates Active Philanthropy’s grant services. She advises our philanthropic clients and manages their charitable portfolios in close dialogue with them.
Gabriele brings along more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy. Before she joined Active Philanthropy in 2007, she worked with the Bertelsmann Foundation, where she was project manager for the national as well as the international Donor Education Programmes and coordinated a Germany-wide platform of actors involved in children’s issues. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for Arvato Bertelsmann.
Gabriele studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms and completed an apprenticeship as commercial assistant before entering academia.
Dr. Johannes Lundershausen
Johannes Lundershausen provides Active Philanthropy’s scientific focus on climate change issues.
Before joining Active Philanthropy in 2020, he worked with the German Committee Future Earth, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), covering climate and sustainability issues with a joint focus on science and policy.
Johannes holds a Ph. D. on the role of science in the social discourse on environmental change from the University of Tübingen, a Master’s degree in human geography from University College London and a B. A. in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Surrey.
Marie Pägelow supports the team as a real all-rounder in the office and takes care of all kinds of organisational and administrative tasks.
Marie completed school in the summer of 2020 and passed her A levels at the Max-Delbrück-Gymnasium and is now studying economics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin.
Since 2011 Marie has been engaged in an honorary children advisory board for the Children aid organisation ‘Children for a better World e.V.’
Yvonne Schönherr is a project manager and supports the development of two new platforms at Active Philanthropy: A digital platform that enables users to learn about the causes and effective solutions to climate change and to support selected projects. And a micro-learning platform for climate-conscious foundations and those who want to become so.
Previously, Yvonne worked for 12 years at the non-profit environmental media developer ECOMOVE International e.V.. There, she managed national and international projects in the field of education for sustainable development, among others for the National Climate Initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. In addition to coordinating projects, she was co-responsible for designing learning content on the subject of climate protection. Following her work at ECOMOVE, she obtained a certificate as a project manager for the classical and agile approach.
Yvonne studied political science and Indology. Her professional career took her from Hamburg to India and now to Berlin.
Karolin Strunz is the backbone and nerve centre of Active Philanthropy. As executive assistant, she administrates everything administrable, from book-keeping via schedules and HR to IT. She also provides the logistical support for our expeditions, workshops and events for philanthropists and social investors.
Before joining Active Philanthropy in May 2018, she worked with an early-stage venture capital firm. From 2012 to 2014, she managed the office for the then new start-up SumUp as one of its first employees.
Karolin completed an apprenticeship as business administrator in Berlin in 2006.