Stefanie Hansen studied applied geosciences at the Technical University of Berlin and joined the IASS in February 2015. She initially supported the team in the executive office of former director Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer. She subsequently joined the Ocean Governance and Press and Communications teams as a scientific assistant. She has been working as a programme associate for the project "STRONG High Seas - Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas" since July 2017. This project facilitates the development of comprehensive, cross-sectoral approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific.