Melanie is the Secretary General of Youth For Understanding’s Global Office and responsible for leadership, strategy, and implementation. Her responsibilities include building and managing the Global Office, planning and delivering the current transformation process and Global Strategy together with the member organizations of our global network. and working closely with members and stakeholders to support our global operations. Originally from Germany, she is mostly based in Brussels, but travels the world to link up with the global YFU community.
Melanie is a mission-driven and results-oriented transformational thinker and leader, and a passionate global citizen. She has a strong background in multi-stakeholder convening, organizational development and sustainable agriculture and supply chains (in coffee). Melanie has a Master in Latin American Studies, Economics and Political Sciences from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. She has lived and worked in Brazil, Guatemala, Peru and the Netherlands, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
I love to inspire others – especially young people – from all around the world to take a truly global perspective, enhance their identity and find a place and role to contribute to making our world a better place!
Prior to joining YFU, she has worked for 15 years in International Cooperation and Development, where she a.o. successfully lead the development of the Common Code for the Coffee Community as well as the 4C Association and its successor, the Global Coffee Platform. She has served on the Board of Directors of the ISEAL Alliance, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Bonsucro, the Global Platform for Sustainable Sugarcane.