Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich is currently on sabbatical. Since the founding of MERICS, she was Director of Communications. Prior to taking on this position, sinologist and radio journalist Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich worked at ARD-Hauptstadtstudio, reporting on economic, financial and foreign policy. From 2000 to 2005 she was bureau chief of the new ARD studio in Shanghai. She also worked on the editorial team of the radio station SWR2, where she was a senior editor and radio presenter. Lohse-Friedrich learned how to manage a regional broadcasting institution when she worked as Personal Assistant to the director of rbb (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting). She studied Sinology and Political Science in Heidelberg, Beijing and Leiden (the Netherlands).