Teaching is a learning partnership where I see myself as a coach, enabling students or people I work with to develop tools and skills to empower self-directed, self-motivated learning. I have been working with all age classes and people from many cultures, from kids in ski schools to university students to professional managers in executive education, to guiding senior groups on mountaineering endeavors.

Based on my training in didactics (see below), I am blending my skills as scientist, entrepreneurial designer, photographer, mountain guide and sports teacher for developing innovative teaching curricula focusing on learning from nature. I like to combine visual communication, storytelling and experiential learning with outdoor activities in my teaching courses.

Current teaching courses

  • Systemic Design Labs

Teaching whole systems design to engineering students. BSc/MSc courses Grand Challenges in Engineering Design and Systemic Design for Sustainability. Institute of Design, Material and Fabrication. Engineering Design and Computing Laboratory. ETH Z├╝rich, CH. See this ETH short movie selection of the ski building process and the final ski testing at the Arlberg.

  • Resilience in mountain regions

Development and teaching of this graduate block course in a blended learning format with a one-week field stay in the Italian Piedmont mountains to do experiential learning in community development, focusing on sustainable mobility concepts, footprint accounting, consumer behavior and network-based hospitality governance. Master in Economics and Communication in International Tourism: Sustainable Tourism Colloquium, University of Lugano, CH.

  • Sustainability Leadership Training

Development and teaching of this undergraduate course for students of all disciplines on management competence in sustainable development since 2005. Training on the concept of SD with embedded case studies in tourism, geography and conservation in the Nature Park Southern Black Forest. The SLT is an inter- and transdisciplinary course combining traditional lecture and seminar elements with outdoor activities, self-directed action learning, e- learning, creative visualization of story telling, and project-based, embedded case study methods applied to geography, conservation and resources management in a regional protected area. I have been evaluating the effectiveness of this program, which had been endorsed as a UN Decade for Education on SD project. Centre for Key Qualifications, University of Freiburg, Germany (in German).

Past teaching courses

  • Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry

Developing GRI sustainability reports inlcuding water and carbon foot printing. Executive Master program. Swiss Academy of Hotel Excellence, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, CH.

  • Network governance and resilience

Development and teaching of this graduate course in the Master of Science in Business Administration, Major Tourism. University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland.

  • Human-Environment Systems and Environmental Change

Development and teaching of this graduate course in the Master of Science in Business Administration, Major Tourism. University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland.

  • Sustainability Empowerment

Development and teaching of this undergraduate elective course in the Bachelor program Tourism Management. University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland.


Training and Certifications in Education and Didactics

  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education and Sustainability, graduation in 2005 (University of Rostock, GER). This program is equivalent (accepted) to Higher Education Training courses required for teaching at Universities.
    Master thesis: Sustainability Leadership Training. Development and Evaluation of a University teaching concept on Sustainable Development.

Overall teaching experience at the University level: >230 ECTS (as of 2016)

  • State certified sports teacher (Germany, graduated in 2008)
  • Mountain Guide of the German Alpine Association (graduated in 1998)

Additional experience in experiential learning and outdoor based education, including professional mountain guiding, sports teaching and team training: 18 years