Robert started working for IFAW Germany in 2005. First he was responsible for wildlife trade issues. And since February 2017 he is representative of the German office. He is campaigning nationally and internationally on topics as wildlife trade (CITES, wildlife trade via Internet), elephants, wolves and marine mammals. His overall aim is to help protecting wildlife from commercial exploitation and habitat loss.
Before Robert joined IFAW he worked for several other conservation organizations in Germany, inter alia for one of Germany’s biggest Nature Conservation Organization NABU. Topics of his work and engagement were for example renaturation of rivers and floodplains, promotion of renewable energy, campaigning against wild animals in circuses. Already during his study of Geography at the University of Marburg, Germany, he supported the local GREENPEACE group for several years, campaigning against using nuclear energy and genetic engineering in agriculture and food, and for the establishment of a beech grove National Park in Germany.
Growing up in a very rural region in the Black Forest with a great nature and environment, Robert’s interest and fascination for animals were already aroused during his childhood and youth. This interest remains till today and for him it is a stroke of luck and a great privilege that he has always been able so far to combine it with his profession.