Our Team

Our team consists of people who are passionate about the development of potential of young people and equal opportunities and who want to contribute to the realisation of the UN Children’s Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Vanessa Masing
National Director & Chair of the Board
Vanessa Masing holds a degree in Business Administration (European Business School) and a Master's degree in Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (FU Berlin). After working in venture capital until 2016, she was a Fellow in the Leadership Program of Teach First Germany from 2016-2018. She introduced the Award at an integrated secondary school in a challenged setting in Berlin. Convinced of the impact, she has set herself the goal of enabling all young people in Germany to take part in the Award programme in order to contribute to the realization of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Anja Dehghan
Coordination of Länder on national level, PR and strategic partnerships
Anja Dehghan studied journalism and communication sciences. Her passion for communication, whether in broadcasting, film or HR, has accompanied her throughout her entire professional life. Anja is responsible for the coordination of the Länder at national level, our internal and external communication as well as strategic partnerships.
Valerie Zu Rhein
Coordination of Länder on national level, Volunteering, PR & Education Policy
Valerie Zu Rhein studied Political Science and Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and the University of Birmingham, and has a Master's degree in Public Health (LMU). Through her diverse involvement in youth work and with NGOs, she is familiar with voluntary structures and the empowerment of young people. Valerie coordinates the Länder on national level, she coordinates our volunteers and liaises with education policy.
Sarah Kamau
Business Development and ORB-Support
Sarah Kamau studied social work at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin and at the University of Nairobi. She is completing her Master's degree at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since her bachelor's degree, she has been professionally and voluntarily involved in empowerment and anti-discrimination work. Sarah is responsible for (social) business development and she is happy to help with any ORB-related questions.
Arvid Radsey-Nickel
School Partners in Berlin - Brandenburg
Arvid Radsey-Nickel holds an M.A. in International Development from the University of Vienna and a B.A. in Business Administration from the HWR Berlin. Before, during and after his Master's degree, he worked in humanitarian aid (including in Haiti) and has extensive knowledge of the NGO world. Arvid is responsible for schools and other Award partners in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Iris Dikel
Shop, Invoices and Expedition Base
Iris has been with the Award since 2008. She manages the accounting, is responsible for orders and coordinates the use of the Bahnmeisterei in Osterburken as an expedition base.
Laura Berndt
Regional Manager for Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia
Laura Berndt studied Physical Education (University of Leipzig) and Outdoor Studies (Norges idrettshøgskole). She always focused on adventure education and dance and completed additional training in these areas. She has been involved in non-formal education since her youth. Today she leads political workshops and outdoor education programs. Her growing desire to initiate long-lasting and deep educational processes and to initiate social change on a structural level brought her to the Duke Award.