Art, Community Development, Global Mindset, Leadership Development, Media and CommunicationPassionate about personal and social change since a young age and coming from a family of pioneers deeply rooted in the quest of innovating education, Geraldine is interested in the way personal development interlocks with positive societal transformation. She is currently working with our network of partners and alumni around the globe to ensure that the high quality of our close-knit community is maintained as we scale. As part of Amani’s founding team, she has co-created and facilitated the curriculum of our ‘Inner Journey of the Changemaker’ course since 2013, guiding professionals from all around the world in growing their personal leadership capacities. She designed and led social innovation programs for cultural managers in East Africa with Hivos and around the world with the Prince Claus Fonds. Her writing has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Geraldine enjoys building – and being part of – communities that have the courage and moral imagination to envision a world rooted in love and aligned with our highest potential as humanity. Her work is centered around crafting inclusive, transformative and restorative experiences. She is the co-founder of East African Soul Train collective – a pop-up residency that brings together artists and creative sector stakeholders across cultures and disciplines in an intense journey on East Africa’s historic railway tracks to foster collaboration across boundaries.
Geraldine has studied both in Europe and the USA and holds a degree in adult education, music and media science from Humboldt University. Her further educational background ranges from an executive secretary diploma in Basel that opened the world of business and law to her, to intensive one year long programs in Liberal Arts, Music (Guitar/Arrangement) and Bodywork in Los Angeles before returning to Berlin in 2008. From a young age, Geraldine co-founded and led youth initiatives to foster cultural understanding, personal growth, community building, mediation and environmental protection through circus, art, adventure pedagogy and experience design.
After supporting Amani’s growth in Kenya, Brazil and India, she returned to Berlin in 2020 to start working part-time on a film with her mother – who is living with dementia – that explores our relationship to aging, death, beauty and the power of presence.