The team of Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.
Our vision is a world in which animals are perceived by humans as well as being treated animal friendly and with respect. The following people support this:
Chairman of the association
As chairman, Bettina Praetorius is the backing and the driving force of the association. As a political scientist, she has always been committed to, among other things, the environment, cultural exchange, human rights and a fair development policy. Improving the living conditions of animals around the world is her special concern. An eye-to-eye cooperation and a sustainable and educational animal welfare approach are very important to her.
Deputy Chairman of the association
Dr. med. Wolfgang Kohn is convinced that "we need a global rethinking in order to change the situation of the animals in the long term for the better". Wolfgang Kohn is a specialist in internal medicine and specializes in diabetology and nutritional medicine. After studying human medicine in Hamburg-Eppendorf, he now works in the group practice Diabetes Team Berlin. About his commitment to the Welttierschutzgesellschaft Dr. Kohn says the following: "Animals, like humans, feel joy and pain, happiness and unhappiness. Therefore, we should treat them with respect and empathy at all levels.”
Director Katharina Kohn brings the different projects together and ensuring that resources are used in the best possible way. The fundraising expert had previously been responsible for the funds acquisition of the association. Therefore, it remains very important to her to maintain the high degree of transparency. For Katharina Kohn, animal welfare also means "taking responsibility", because if everyone contributes only a small part, we can all together improve the world for the animals. (Before misunderstandings occur: The management and the deputy are in no relationship)
During her studies in Rome, Joana Ciraci showed her heart for animals by volunteering at the state animal shelter for the socialization and placement of dogs and eventually adopted an Italian street puppy. After several years of professional experience in sales and marketing at a publishing house, she now reports for WTG in newsletters, our donor magazine, in blog articles and on the social media channels about the latest developments in projects and other animal welfare issues.
Donor support and fundraising
"In my next life, I will be an elephant" says Katharina Felsenstein. She is an absolute elephant fan and became aware of us in autumn 2014 through our Sumatra project. Through her years of experience -for example in publishing, sales and customer service as well as film promotion -, she is particularly ambitious in supporting the areas of donor care and fundraising.
Irina Fronescu grew up 30 kilometres from the bear sanctuary we support in Transylvania (Romania). She always pursued a profession committed to the protection of animals. After studying Economics in Vienna, she promoted animal welfare as a political campaigner for around 7 years. Since 2021, she coordinates wildlife projects for the Welttierschutzgesellschaft - including the bear conservation project in Romania.
Maike Hausmann always knew that she wanted to practice a profession devoted to helping animals. After graduating from high school, she moved to England to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. She also took every opportunity to gain practical experience in animal shelters, wildlife rescue centers and national parks around the world. Now she works at the Welttierschutzgesellschaft as a trainee in the field of communication and fundraising as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Student trainee for the campaign
Since Kim Krehl became the proud owner of two cats as a teenager, she knows how vulnerable and worthy of protection animals are. Out of a desire to offer this protection to animals worldwide and as part of her studies in Communications, she completed an internship with the WTG's communications team in 2019. Since 2020, she supports the campaign "Stop animal suffering in social networks" as a student trainee.
Student trainee for public relations
Until the end of her bachelor's degree, Katharina Lobermeyer primarily concerned herself with global animal welfare issues in her free time. Then, in 2019, she immersed herself fully in the professional environment of this matter of the heart through a federal volunteer service at the WTG. Enthusiastic about global animal welfare work and in addition to her master's degree in International Relations, she now supports the team in the area of press relations.
Dr. Theres Manthey
Theres Manthey has led an environmentally conscious and animal welfare-friendly lifestyle since her youth. For her, protecting animals means not only doing without certain things, but also not silently accepting animal suffering. There was therefore never any doubt that she would pursue a professional career in animal welfare. After her studies and several years as a practicing veterinarian and animal welfare officer, Dr. Manthey now works as the coordinator of the farm and wildlife projects at the Welttierschutzgesellschaft.
Press and public relations
Millions of migratory birds, which are hunted annually in the Mediterranean region, brought Christoph May on the topic of bird protection - and a little later to animal welfare in general. His major concern is to awaken a broad interest for the needs of animals. He implements this in the Welttierschutzgesellschaft in the field of Press- and public relations and can draw on several years of experience in
Dr. Dirk Meyer
“One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human”. Back in 2004, Dr. Dirk Meyer used this quote by Loren Eisely to start off his diploma thesis for which he shadowed previously-confiscated Orang Utans in Sumatra on their journey back to freedom. After completing his doctoral thesis in Biology in 2011 and numerous month-long trips to rainforests all over the world, Dr. Meyer decided to fully return to Germany in early 2019. As one of our project coordinator here in Berlin, he primarily focusses on the protection of stray dogs and cats.
Monitoring and evaluation
After many years in New Zealand and her work there as an evaluator, Natascha Pancic now supports our monitoring and evaluation activities. The active commitment in animal welfare advances her work in the area of monitoring and evaluation. She gathers important information from our global animal welfare projects and campaigns, evaluates them, and ultimately ensures that we can achieve the best possible long-term animal welfare results.
Head of Communication
In her job as a journalist, Wiebke Plasse was always particularly interested in animal welfare and nature conservation topics. Since she decided to work full-time in animal welfare, she supervises parts of fundraising and communication activities of WTG and is responsible for a balanced and interesting presentation of our work - on our website, in newsletters and flyers as well as in video clips and radio features.
As a nurse and veterinarian, Daniela Schrudde is especially important in the balance between animals and humans. During her career as a veterinarian, she gained experience in projects around the world focusing on the protection and welfare of animals, while always involving the local population through socio-economic measures and education. She continues this approach as Programme Director of WTG e.V..
The enthusiasm for animal welfare becomes quickly very clear in a conversation with Stefanie Timm. Today the economic communication scientist is responsible for the administrative and editorial support of our animal welfare projects. Her responsibilities include the presentation of our projects on the website and the commentator ship of recent developments, as well as the creating cooperation agreements and the auditing of project expenditure.
In her childhood, Anja Zieke spent many weekends on her grandparents’ farm. Her enthusiasm for animals persisted and so she took a cat a few years ago. At the Welttierschutzgesellschaft Anja Zieke has now followed her passion: As a fundraising consultant, she supports the implementation and optimization of fundraising activities.
Our special team members
First, there is Frida. She enriches our everyday work in many ways, for example, through her creative attempts to open the trash can to get to the leftovers of our lunch.
And second, the male Darwin. When asked in his shy but charming way to be petted, no one can say no.