Difficult topics have always appealed to me. That's why I studied human rights and politics.
What I learned early on in the process: It's not enough to understand complex issues. You also have to be able to communicate them. Because even the best message is worthless if it doesn't get across.
What messages have I already successfully conveyed?
That network expansion in Germany is an important task. That companies can also implement cost-cutting programs responsibly. That digitization, electrification and the energy transition cannot function without metals. That recycling management is active climate and resource protection. That mergers can be a good thing. For customers, partners and employees. That raw materials can also be mined responsibly. That Densie Mentzer is the right candidate for City Commissioner for the citizens of Mount Clemens (Michigan). That female circumcision in Africa is also a relevant topic for Scottish students. That statistics can be fun.
2015 - 2016
Main fields of study: Conflict Studies, Humanitarian Law, Globalised Crime, International Security | Thesis: "Inclusion in Colombia's Peace Process", Supervisor Prof. Christine Bell, Grade A | Graduation with merit
2014 - 2015
Programme of studies: Global Governance, Governance in the European Union, International Climate Policy
2011 - 2015
Specialization: Political Science and International Relations | Final Thesis: China, Australia and the South Pacific, grade 1 | Final grade: 1.3
German (native) | English (C2) | French (B2) | Swedish (A2) | Russian (A2)
Germany Scholarship (‘Deutschlandstipendium’) for academic achievements, 2013-2014
Edinburgh Award for Law Leaders, 2015/16
Mayr, Kerstin (2017), Inclusion in the Colombian Peace process, Political Settlements Research Programme, Edinburgh University.
Mayr, Kerstin (2016), Opening the Discourse: How to Strengthen Alliance Cohesion, Atlantic Community, atlanticcommunity.org
Mayr, Kerstin (2014), Wie und wie stark sind Menschenrechte im Rahmen der COP19-Klimakonferenz repräsentiert? In: Köpke, Sören (ed.) (2014), Globale Klimapolitik aus nächster Nähe: Bei der UN-Klimakonferenz COP19 in Warschau, Forschungsberichte aus dem ISW, Technische Universität Braunschweig, pp. 21-27.
05.2022 - present
Focus on communication and change management for digitization projects and new work in public administration | | Project Management | Stakeholder Management
03.2021 - present
Leading project teams (raw materials and energy infrastructure) | Developing communication strategies and managing implementation | International project management with budget responsibility | Ad-hoc crisis management
01.2019 - 02.2021
Steering of small project teams (raw materials and energy infrastructure) | Development and implementation of communication concepts in close sparring with the client | Planning and implementation of client workshops
01.2018 - 12.2018
Working on client projects in the raw materials and energy infrastructure sectors | Creation and editing of various text formats (press releases, etc.) | Stakeholder mapping and management | Media monitoring
03.2017 - 11.2017
Planning and conducting lessons for Adults and pupils of different grades |Holding parent meetings | One-to-one support and preparation for (school) final exams
05.2016 - 08.2016
Contributing to the development of an online database of worldwide peace agreements | Independent qualitative evaluation of peace agreements | Writing a research report on the peace process in Colombia
04.2015 - 07.2015
Preparation and follow-up of political discussion rounds and workshops as well as support in their implementation | Preparation of dossiers | Independent planning and organisation of a background discussion with foreign guests
05.2012 - 07.2014
Assistant at the interface between administration, academic staff, alumni and various contractual partners | Maintenance of various databases | Procurement
10.2013 – 03.2014
Preparation and implementation of a weekly tutorial of quantitative social research for 20 students in accompaniment to their statistics module | Lowering the failure rate in the statistics module
07.2013 - 09.2013
Involved in the planning and implementation of two local election campaigns in the Detroit area | Developing and organising creative fundraising campaigns | Coordinating and leading volunteer teams
Under my leadership, Kerstin supported the 2018 and 2019 annual press conferences and all communications on the merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH with DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG. I have always found Kerstin to be committed, professional and conscientious. Kerstin works in a solution-oriented, efficient and exceptionally fast manner. Even in stressful situations, she never loses her composure or overview and remains friendly and motivated. I particularly liked the fact that she works extremely independently on the one hand and is an absolute team player on the other. I would love to work with her again in the future and would definitely recommend her as a consultant.
Kerstin's time with us was a significant value added to our organization. ln every instance, Kerstin proved herself to be reliable, well organized, and efficient in her work. We found her to be affable, to work well with her colleagues, and to deliver measurable outcomes. Additionally, she exhibited very strong proficiency in written and spoken English. I can recommend Kerstin without hesitation and am confident that she will be an asset to whatever effort she chooses to put her considerable talents toward.
As a member of the team, Kerstin was very co-operative, communicative and reliable. Kerstin’s approach demonstrated high analytical competence, and she also showed the methodological rigour and ethically integrity necessary for the project. She completed all of the work to a high standard and repeatedly delivered on time. Her enthusiasm and drive regarding the project has extended beyond the end of her contract. She is a pleasure to work with, and very personable and reliable. I am no hesitation in recommending her to you – Kerstin would make an important addition to any team.
Together with her great colleagues at navos, Kerstin supported us in the communication of infrastructure projects. This included large projects, with the whole set of tools from stakeholder analysis to participation format to media relations, but also smaller formats such as individual press releases. I have always found Kerstin to be top prepared, very reliable and super committed. Cherry on top - working together was always a great pleasure!
Tell me about your communication challenges! But only if you are interested in my opinion.