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)
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.
Dr. Ruprecht Herbst
Program Manager of VETS UNITED
As a skilled farmer and agricultural scientist, Ruprecht Herbst organizes the program Vets United (TIERÄRZTE WELTWEIT). Through his many years of worldwide experience, he knows animal welfare conditions in different countries of the world and sees education and training as the most sustainable way to improve the living conditions of animals. Even with small impulses one can cause great things for animal welfare.
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
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.
Dr. Wendy Phillips
Veterinary Manager of VETS UNITED
The passion for the animals runs like a red thread through Dr. med. Wendy Phillip's life: Started with a veterinary medicine study, her first practice as a veterinarian was in a center for injured and / or confiscated wildlife. She continued as a veterinary conduit in free castration clinics, vaccinations and veterinary treatments for domestic animals and livestock in Africa and a little later for stray cats and dogs in Thailand. Today she leads, together with Ruprecht Herbst our program VETS UNITED.
Fundraising, Online-Marketing, Video
Already in her job as a journalist, Wiebke Plasse was particularly interested in animal welfare and nature conservation topics. Since she decided to work full-time for animal welfare, she is responsible for all fundraising and marketing activities of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft, and therefore reports in flyers, our donor magazine, in newsletters, blog articles and on the social media channels. Secondly, she takes care of the conception, production and marketing of our DRTV spots as well as the video coverage from our missions.
Program director of our animal welfare work
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 professional conduct for animal welfare work.
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.
As campaigner Katharina Tölle is the head behind our dairy cow and cat-campaign. Whether position papers, press releases, articles or comments: All texts about about the campaigns come from her pen. As part of her campaign work she is also responsible for the online marketing and online fundraising activities as well as the press and public relations. Also for the follow-up campaigns, whose strategies she develops, it is important for her to sensitize as many people as possible of the living conditions of animals.
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.
In parental leave
Already during her studies in Rome, Joana Tornow volunteered at the state animal shelter for the socialization and placement of dogs and even adopted an Italian street puppy, who still accompanies her today. After several years of professional experience in sales and marketing of a publisher, she came to the Welttierschutzgesellschaft. Right now Joana Ciraci is on parental leave.
Miriam von Ingelheim
In parental leave
Growing up on a farm with a stable full of animals, her love of animals and nature quickly arose in her. To combine these creatively with her communication know-how is a matter of the heart. Right now Miriam von Ingelheim is on parental leave.
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.