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About Valerie Marouche
Valerie joined the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in 2018 as a member of the Strategy team, where her focus was on the Foundation’s overall annual planning, strategic development, organizational development, and impact analysis. However, her European-Mediterranean heart and her enthusiasm for the impact potential of change networks eventually led Valerie to take on her new role as one of the Foundation’s European Network Organizers. Since April 2020, she has been building and activating our community of Responsible Leaders across Europe, focusing on Northern Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
Before entering the world of philanthropy, Valerie worked at a strategic public affairs consultancy, mainly with international clients in the fields of technology and healthcare, building on her previous international experiences: for the German Embassy in Rome, she drafted a PR strategy and co-organized a German-Italian film festival; for a Berlin-based start-up, she developed an internationally oriented CSR strategy (focusing on Latin America); and in the United States she volunteered with various non-profits working with socially vulnerable children and single mothers.
During her studies of political science, journalism, communications, and Italian philology in London and Berlin, she found her inner balance by teaching statistics courses to undergraduates by day and writing interviews or concert and album reviews for cultural and music magazines by night. She never accepted any bribes, of course – except, perhaps, good music, black coffee, and smiling eyes.