anne poggenpohl
Design & environmental sciences

I am a designer, environmental scientist and impact-driven business builder fueled by curiosity and optimism. I consider design as a tool to understand current socio-ecological challenges and to effect systemic change by envisioning and creating the what-does-not-yet-exists. Enviu’s circular economy domain is currently my playground to radically reimagine the way we produce and consume today.
I hold a Bachlors in ‘Integrated Design’ and an International Masters in Environmental Sciences. Combining my professions brought me to revealing opportunities to reduce single-use plastics in Indonesia, work on food loss in Paris, and at the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food. My drive to explore made me a dedicated co-founder of the Young Explorers Camp in Germany’s Black Forest National Park since 2014. The camp encourages young adults to explore the beauty and fragility of nature and equips them to become ambassadors for our environment.
Curious and would like to collaborate? Get in touch with me!


since 2018

2018 - 2019

Nov – Apr 2017

since 2014

2013 – 2017
2014 – 2015
2008 – 2011

professional experience

Venture Builder in Circular Economy, ENVIU, Rotterdam/Jakarta
Leading the ideation and validation of venture pilots through human-centred design and the lean start-up method // Building local ventures that provide products/services that reduce the usage of (single-use) plastics at the source // Building partnerships to catalyze impact // Planning and budgeting for projects // Raising Funding
Guest Lecturer: »Sachets in Java, and beyond«, Guest Lecture at Brawijaya University Malang, Indonesia, March 2019 // »Systems Thinking and Sustainability in Cologne«, One Week Projekt, Köln International School of Design (KISD), TH Köln
Campaign Coordinator and National Strategy on Food Waste Reduction, »Zu gut für die Tonne«, Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, Bonn
Co-Founder and Creative Lead at the Young Explorers Camp, Abenteuer Schwarzwald, Pangaea Project e.V. and Fair Film Productions
Visual Communication and Public Relations, Stiftung Energieeffizienz
Research Assistant / Exchange Tutor, KISD, TH Köln
Media Designer and International Junior Project Manager, Bertelsmann AG


2015 - 2018
March 2016

2011 – 2015
2008 – 2011


International Master of Environmental Sciences (IMES), University of Cologne
Field Research and Joint project, Institute of Environement Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India
Industrial Design, École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI), Paris
B.A. Integrated Design, Köln International School of Design (KISD), TH Köln
Apprenticeship, Media Designer for Digital and Print, Bertelsmann AG


2015 - 2017
2013 - 2015

2010 - 2015


Involvement & Skills

Mentor, NextGen Cup Challenge, OpenIDEO
Judge at Emballé 3.0, Conseil National d'Emballage, Paris
Representative of the IMES Cohort, University of Cologne
Student Council, Student representative at the Improvement Committee & International Committee, Köln International School of Design
Pedagogical assistant and organization of sailing trips and leisure for mentally and physically challanged people, Lebenshilfe Gütersloh e.V.

German (native), English, French, Dutch
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, Solid Works, Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, EndNote, prototyping with different materials, storytelling, photography


Nov 2019

Jan 2017

Dec 2016

May 2016

Dec 2015
Nov 2015
Dec 2014
Aug 2014
Jun 2014

Exhibtions, Talks & Publications

Three reuse entrepreneur stories transforming Indonesia’s plastic crisis , Think DIF Festival 2019 by Ellen MacArthur Foundation
»Urban Artists: l’art au cœur de la transformation« In: Revue sur Mesure – Issue #1, by V. Douwes, A. Poggenpohl, R. Bianchetti
Talk »Reimagining the 'urban nature' concept: Ecological restoration through a new process of urbanization« at International Conference on Health, Environment and Education, University of Cologne
Exhibition of »Bien Bon« and »Crumbled Cup« at Grow I Degrow. Design between Excess and Calculus, Cologne
»Virtually / Sustainable « In: Messedesign Jahrbuch 2015, S. 278- 283, av edition GmbH
Bachelor Thesis at Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAKK), Cologne
Talk on »Code of Surrealism« at Next Level Conference, Dortmunder U
Exhibition »Code of Surrealism« at Gamescom, Cologne
Exhibition »C'était Bien Bon« at Jeunes Satellites, Paris


Jun 2017
2015 - 2017
Nov 2016
Aug 2015
Feb 2015
2011 - 2015
Jul 2011

Awards & Scholarships

Re-awarded: UN-Dekade for Biological Diversity for »Abenteuer Schwarzwald«
Scholarship, Kölner Gymnasial und Stiftungsfond
Lucky Strike Junior Design Award, Special Recognition
UN-Dekade for Biological Diversity for »Abenteuer Schwarzwald«
1st place »Coup de Couer« with »C'était Bien Bon«, Conseil National d'Emballage
Scholarship »Deutschland Stipendium«, TH Köln
1st place Coverdesign for GAG Cologne with Simone Fahrenhorst
Best Apprentice in the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, IHK Ostwestfalen

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