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Driven by the desire to get a better understanding of the bigger picture and the invisible dynamics that keep our current system in place, the SRC seemed like the perfect place for Felix to explore leverage points for sustainability transformations. Especially the integrative and holistic perspective on social-ecological Challenges has made the SRC his first choice.
Felix received a Bachelor's degree from Leuphana University Lueneburg in Environmental and Politcal Science. During his BSc, he went to study at Universidad Técnica del Norte in Ibarra, Ecuador, for one semester. For his thesis, Felix conducted research on the effectiveness of certifications for on-farm biodiversity enhancement in coastal Ecuador. More recently, he was engaged in several research projects in Cameroon, focusing on conservation and food security/sovereignty.
Apart from university, Felix has worked in several projects and programmes in Europe, South America and West Africa. This includes a one year stay in Ghana, where he worked in support of sustainable cocoa production and as a teacher. Later, he joined several conservation projects in the Ecuadorian amazon and coastal rainforests. Inspired by the experience, he and some friends created a direct-trade chocolate project, which is not only deeply engaged in conservation but also in youth education in Germany. His passion for youth education and empowerment is further expressed through his work with a Berlin-based NGO. Here, Felix is engaged as a seminar facilitator and leads workshops on topics such a sustainability, postcolonialism and inequalities in global markets.
At the SRC, Felix now wants to understand how we can bridge the current divides that seem to be responsible for keeping us locked-in the unsustainable state of the planet. These are the divides between society and nature, within society as well as spiritually within ourselves. Bridging these divide is necessary to pave our way for a truly sustainable future.