the voice team

VOICE is incredibly diverse - the project is dedicated to collecting stories of individuals from all over the world. This means bridging geographical distances, cultural differences, and languages. We connect with VOICE writers from a large number of countries, and currently work in four different languages. This would not be possible without an amazing team of volunteers  willing to dedicate their time, skills and experience to the project. The VOICE team currently has eleven members from six different countries, speaking ten different languages.

Annina Lux - Project Coordinator

Annina is the founder and project coordinator of VOICE, responsible for the project and the coordination of the VOICE team. She was born in 1992 in Germany. She has lived and worked in various countries, including the UK, where she finished school and obtained a BA in History from Durham University, and Bolivia, where she worked in a rural hospital. Her experience in Bolivia has led her to establish VOICE. Annina holds a Master in International Security from SciencesPo Paris. She currently lives and works in Berlin. She speaks German and English as well as Spanish and French.

Catherine Banner - Writing Advisor

Catherine’s role is as writing advisor to VOICE, as well as as deputy project coordinator. She is a writer born in the UK in 1989 and living in Turin, Italy. After studying English at university, she worked as a teacher of English and literacy. She has published a trilogy of young adult novels as well as one adult novel, The House at the Edge of Night She currently writes full-time for Penguin Random House. She speaks English, Italian and French and is passionate about finding new ways to use creative writing to share individual stories. More about Catherine and her books can be found on her personal website,

Sheila Chepkoech- Regional Contact Africa

Sheila is a Kenyan national with a great passion to help people, especically those living in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she is originally from. It is this passion that drove her to pursue development studies as a career. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from United States International University- Africa (USIU-Africa) and has pursued a Master’s degree in International Development at the Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPo, in the past years. Sheila is also sharing her personal experiences as a VOICE writer. She currently lives in Nairobi.

Caterina Belardi - Regional Contact Middle East

Part-Italian and part-Lebanese, Caterina grew up rolling spaghetti with one hand and biting off kebab skewers with the other! Growing up she was immersed in the fullness of the Mediterranean heritage. She grew up in Rome, and then moved on to living in Beirut and Boston for her undergraduate studies in Business and Journalism. After working in New York for a year, she resumed her studies and moved back to Beirut to pursue a masters in History and International Relations. She spent her second year in Paris at SciencesPo writing her thesis on Historical Journalism in Lebanon. She currently lives in Beirut.

Bárbara del Bosque Salmerón - Regional Contact Latin America and Translator (Spanish)

Bárbara works as Regional Contact for Latin America and Spanish translator. She was born in Veracruz, México and has a Bachelor in Nutrition and Food Science. She has been involved in talks and workshops about healthy eating and nutrition in different towns and communities in México, Brazil and Paraguay; where she has been a volunteer in educational projects. She is a promoter of social volunteer exchanges in an NGO because she believes having that kind of experiences enhances our world and human relations and perceptions. She currently works in a governmental hospital and a private practice and is also studying to become an Emergency Medical Technician. She speaks Spanish, English and some Portuguese.

Alena Gold - Media and Communication Manager

Alena is responsible for the communication and the media management of VOICE. She has a Bachelor in European Studies from the Technical University of Chemnitz and has studied for a semester at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She also has a Media and Communication Masters from the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. Alena speaks German, English and Spanish and a little Russian, French, Czech and Italian. She currently lives in Jena, Germany.

Florian Wintermeyer - Connect Germany Coordinator and Translator (German and French)

Florian is our Connect Germany Coordinator and works as a German and French translator for VOICE. He is holds a double Master from SciencesPo Paris and FU Berlin. He speaks German, French and English, and has a good proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese.

Anna Werner – Communications

Anna supports VOICE in all communication-related topics and takes care of our social media channels. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration in Osnabrück and Seoul and spent a lot of time abroad. Anna is currently studying for a master's degree as an online student at Napier University in Edinburgh, while working and living in Frankfurt. Besides German and English, Anna also speaks a little Spanish and Chinese.



Alexander Punter - Technology and Web Master

Alex joined VOICE in order to provide technical support and website maintenance. He is a British science graduate currently studying for a Chemistry doctorate in Marseille. He speaks English and French.

Jonas Lux – Graphic Design  and Web Support

Jonas works on graphic design for the website, events, publications and the book. He comes from Germany, where he currently attends High School, and has spent a year in New Zealand as an exchange student. He speaks German and English.


Former Team Members

Anouck Teiller - Regional Contact Asia and West Africa

Anouck works as Regional Contact for West Africa and Asia. She was born in 1995 in France. She holds a Masters from SciencesPo Paris, where she studies International Security. Anouck spent one year in Thailand studying Asian affairs and enjoyed this opportunity to travel all around South-East Asia. She currently lives and works in Paris. Anouck speaks French, English and German and has some notions of Thai and Russian.

Philina Tempelmeier – Connect Germany Team

Philina joined VOICE to work on the Connect Germany Programme. She was born in 1993 and grew up in Germany. She has lived in the UK for 5 years, where she finished school and graduated from Durham University with a BA in Economics and International Relations. Philina currently studies law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She speaks German and English as well as some French.

Interested in joining the team?

There is an incredible amount of work going on "behind the scenes", from communication with writers, the translation of stories to the management and maintenance of the project´s online and offline presence. And, of course, our Connect projects... If you are interested in joining the VOICE team, please contact us at, or through the contact form for further details! More information on volunteering with VOICE can be found in the FAQs.


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