SPECIALIZED in generalism.

FUTURE CITIES. STORYTELLING. DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION. IDEATION. CLIMATE COMMUNICATION. WRITING. MENTAL HEALTH. PHOTO, VIDEO & EDITING.

THInking outside experience and routine.

Being an expert is great. But if everyone is focusing on detail, the bigger picture can get lost. In an ever more complex, complicated and elusive world divided into areas of expertise, I build bridges between people, ideas, industries and projects. 

crossing borders AND creating connections

I help experts to situate highly specific, complex work within a holistic social narrative. I support companies and institutions in making products, services and solutions more accessible and understandable to internal and external stakeholders and the general public.

JAck of all trades OR mastEr of none?

More like an idea navigator. A content guide. A topic mediator. A knowledge broker. A project facilitator. A network architect. A stakeholder manager. An innovation coach. A communication advocate. And a passionate storyteller.

WHAT I DO.

Consulting firm in the fields of urban development, smart cities and digital transformation. Co-founder & partner.

Non-profit association for the sustainable digitalization of Basel metropolitan area. Co-CEO.

Independent Alliance for Research and Development in the field of Climate Crisis Communication. Founder and President.

Activist for openness about and acceptance of mental illness in private and professional life.

Developer and regular guest lecturer of a performing arts entrepreneurship and communication seminar at ZHDK.

+20 years of freelance writing and storytelling for theatres, newspapers, museums, websites, festivals, agencies, blogs and events.

WHO I AM.

I studied creative writing for the stage at the Berlin University of the Arts and for many years worked as a freelance playwright and dramatic advisor with my production company based in Berlin.


Today I live in Basel where I co-founded schaefer | hansen, a consulting company focusing on sustainable urban development and digitalisation projects in the context of smart cities.


As the co-managing director of Smart Regio Basel, a non-profit association, I am committed to the sustainable, smarter development of the Basel metropolitan region. 


As a freelance consultant and campaigner, I am involved in the fields of mental health and climate communication where I can put my expertise and experience to good use.


I am married and share the care of our 4-year-old daughter with my wife, who works in communications and culture.

CONTACT.