Meet our team

We are Active Philanthropy: a dedicated team of experts in both climate and philanthropy with decades of experience and the ambition to change the world.
Founder & Managing Partner

Dr. Felicitas von Peter

E: vonpeter(at)activephilanthropy.org

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 and the Netherlands and was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Learning Journey & Curricula

Henrike Doebert

E: doebert(at)activephilanthropy.org

Henrike Doebert joined Active Philanthropy in 2020. She is responsible for Active Philanthropy's online and offline learning opportunities for donors. This includes the Climate + Philanthropy Learning Journey but also the conceptualization of tailor-made philanthropy curricula and other learning formats.

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.

Climate Grants & Portfolios

Johanna Fuhrhop

E: fuhrhop(at)activephilanthropy.org

As a project manager, Johanna Fuhrhop coordinates the development of The Climate Solutions Hub - Active Philanthropy's new platform for funders who wish to engage in climate action. On the Hub, funders can learn about the climate crisis, explore philanthropic intervention points, and take action by accessing a pool of reviewed climate projects open for funding.

Previously, Johanna supported Active Philanthropy as an analyst. During her studies, she gained 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.

She holds a M. Sc. in Global Business & Sustainability from the Rotterdam School of Management, a B. Sc. in Economics and Social Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a B. Sc. in Psychology from the University of Vienna.

Climate Grants & Portfolios

Daniel Großbröhmer

E: grossbroehmer(at)activephilanthropy.org

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.

Climate Grants & Portfolios

Sandra Khusrawi

E: khusrawi(at)activephilanthropy(dot)org



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.



Executive Assistant

Anneke Kirsch

E: kirsch(at)activephilanthropy.org

Anneke Kirsch supports our Managing Partner, Felicitas von Peter, in the day-to-day operations of Active Philanthropy and is making sure that the many moving parts around our internal and external communication are working smoothly. 

Before joining Active Philanthropy, Anneke completed an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Potsdam, the Free University of Berlin, and the Humboldt University, and a B.A. in China Studies and Social Sciences from the University of Cologne. During her studies, Anneke held various positions as working student and intern at the German Foreign Ministry, the Mercator Institute for China Studies, the International Bureau as well as the Chair of Chinese Legal Culture. She has lived and studied in China and Sweden and speaks fluent Mandarin.

Climate Grants & Portfolios

Gabriele Liautaud

E: liautaud(at)activephilanthropy.org

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.

Climate Knowledge

Dr. Johannes Lundershausen

E: lundershausen(at)activephilanthropy.org

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.

Communications Manager

Esther-Marie Merz

E: merz(at)activephilanthropy.org

Esther-Marie Merz leads Active Philanthropy’s communications. She develops our communications and marketing strategies, oversees our public relations, newsletter and social media, and creates content for different audiences. Her motto: enable new paths for constructive joint action with clear messages around the topic of climate change.

For more than 20 years, she worked as a journalist and realized reports as a freelance South America correspondent for ORF, Schweizer Fernsehen, Deutsche Welle, Arte, and UN-TV. As press and culture officer at the Swiss Embassy in Peru, she developed communication strategies to promote Swiss culture abroad. From 2020 to 2022, she worked in Berlin at Ifok GmbH as a consultant.  She is a co-founder of SIETAR Argentina, an international platform for interdisciplinary and professional exchange on intercultural issues in science, business, and society.

Esther-Marie earned her Magister Artium in Political Science and General Rhetoric from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen in 2000. In Buenos Aires, she completed a Master's degree in Neurolinguistic Programming in 2013. Since 2020 she is a certified intercultural trainer. 

Operations Manager

Karolin Strunz

E: strunz(at)activephilanthropy.org

Karolin Strunz is the backbone and nerve centre of Active Philanthropy. As operations manager, she administrates everything administrable, from finance via legal and HR to IT. She also provides the logistical support for our expeditions, workshops and events for philanthropists and social investors.

Before deliberately joining Active Philanthropy in May 2018, she worked with an early-stage tech VC. From 2012 to 2014, she managed the office for the then new start-up SumUp after she had spent more than five years in administration and marketing of a large corporation.

Karolin completed an apprenticeship as business administrator in Berlin in 2006.


Nadine Szemkus

E: szemkus(at)activephilanthropy.org

Nadine Szemkus supports our Climate Solutions Hub as an analyst. 

Prior to joining Active Philanthropy, Nadine gained her first experiences in philanthropy as a graduate intern at the Robert Bosch Foundation and while still a student, she worked as a project assistant at an international non-profit organisation. 

Nadine holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Business Management from the University of Ulm. She completed her Bachelor's degree in International Cultural and Business Studies B.A. at the University of Passau. 



Louis Wilß

E: wilss(at)activephilanthropy(dot)org

Louis Wilß works as an analyst for Active Philanthropy.

Before joining Active Philanthropy, Louis gained insights into philanthropy through a graduate internship at the Robert Bosch Stiftung and an internship at the Liaison Office for Foundations & Corporations at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). During his studies, he gained research experience in Central Asia, worked for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and was a research assistant for the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).  Louis holds an M.Sc. in Geographical Development Studies and a B.Sc. in Geographical Sciences from the Freie Universität Berlin.