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Claudia Wessling

Director of Communications

Claudia Wessling is the acting head of the MERICS communications department. Wessling previously worked at the foreign policy desk of news agency Agence France-Presse in Berlin. From 2010 to 2015 she reported on German politics as an AFP correspondent. Also a freelance science reporter, she specialises in mathematics, information technology, and digitisation, and has written for publications such as Heise Technology Review, Tagesspiegel, and Handelsblatt. Wessling gained experience as a press officer at the representative office of Taiwan in Germany. She studied Chinese, Indonesian, and economics in Bonn, Wuhu and Yogyakarta, before training as a science journalist in Berlin.


Matthias Morbe

Communications Manager

Matthias Morbe is in charge of online strategy and deals with media relations. Previously he acted as assistant to the management for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Morbe holds a Master´s degree in China Studies from the Free University of Berlin and also studied Public and Media Relations at the Deutsche Presseakademie in Berlin. He studied Sinology and Chinese language at the University of Trier and Xiamen University, and gained practical experience at the Consulate General of Germany in Shanghai.



Dörte Ahlrichs

Communications Manager

Dörte Ahlrichs deals with press and public relations work at MERICS. She previously worked as an educational consultant for the non-profit association „Initiative D21“ in Berlin. Prior to that, she spent five years as a project manager at a communications agency an as freelance PR consultant. She earned a Diploma in Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication at the University of Hildesheim.


Hannah Seidl

Trainee Communication

Hannah Seidl is a trainee in the communications department at MERICS. She studied sinology and German philology at the University of Vienna. During her studies she spent one year at Xiamen University and gained practical experiences at the Austrian TV broadcaster ORF and as an intern student at MERICS.




Sabine Muscat

Freelance Scientific Editor

Sabine Muscat is an international communications consultant and a freelance print and television journalist. In Washington, DC, she reported for the German television news channel N24 and the business magazine Capital, among others. From 2008 to 2012, she was the Washington Correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland after working as the paper’s Asia Desk Editor from 2003 to 2007. She continues to contribute to the Wall Street Journal, China Dialogue, and other publications. Muscat started her career in journalism at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She studied sinology in Heidelberg and Hamburg before graduating with an MA degree in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich is currently on sabbatical. Since the foundation of MERICS, she was Director of Communications. Prior to taking on this position, sinologist and radio journalist Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich worked at ARD-Hauptstadtstudio, reporting on economic, financial and foreign policy. From 2000 to 2005 she was bureau chief of the new ARD studio in Shanghai. She also worked on the editorial team of the radio station SWR2, where she was the senior editor and a radio presenter. Lohse-Friedrich learned how to manage a regional broadcasting institution when she worked as Personal Assistant to the director of rbb (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting). She studied Sinology and Political Science in Heidelberg, Beijing and Leiden (the Netherlands).


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