Our strength lies in the interplay of competences

The team comprises members from a variety of disciplines and combines scientific know-how with practical expertise in the area of communication. The team's core is made up of scientists who possess additional experience in marketing, PR or mediation. This core is complemented by colleagues who have years of specialist experience in journalism or advertising.

The genius team

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Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus
Managing Director

The post-doctoral biologist offers strategy consultation and is a certified mediator as well as a moderator of large groups. She is the founder and managing director of genius gmbh. She is also professionally active as a lecturer at the Quadriga University in Berlin and as president of the IHK Darmstadt.


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Marina Rieg
Managerial Assistant

The trained business manager has been at genius gmbh since 2006 with focus on project control, resource planning and project bookkeeping. She also is active in the organisation and realisation of events.


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Dr. Klaus Minol
Senior Consultant, chief scientist

Studied biology at the TU Darmstadt and acted as a consultant for plant biotechnology during his doctoral work. He is co-founder, partner and chief scientist of genius gmbh. His areas of focus include scientific studies, online information platforms and marketing strategy.


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Dr. Jens Freitag
Senior Consultant, director of the Berlin office

Work of the post-doctoral agricultural scientist includes research at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm. Since 2007 he has been active at genius gmbh as senior consultant with focus on renewable agriculture, nutrition, genome research and bioeconomics.


File 330Dr. Elisabeth Benecke

With a B.Sc. in Geography with Applied Economics and M.A. as well as doctorate in International Relations, Elisabeth worked as expert for renewable energies, climate change and energy and climate politics at the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation in Berlin as well as the Verbraucherzentrale Hessen e.V.. She joined Genius as Consultant in 2015. Focus areas: Renewable energies and energy politics; climate change and environmental politics; HR and organizational development.


File 331Nele Herrmann Valente
Consultant, Berlin office

Studied Philosophy, Hispanic Studies and International Relations in Glasgow and Barcelona and spent significant time on assignments and study-leave in Mozambique, Portugal and Spain. She completed a traineeship in Public Relations and worked as marketing director for Berliner vorwärts Verlag and Network Media GmbH. At Genius: Public Affairs.


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Christiane Freitag

Study of chemistry. Training for public relations consultant at in Heidelberg. Supports editorial and public affairs projects at Genius. Subject areas: plant biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, nutrition and foodstuffs.


File 254Kevin Zdiara

Studied European Studies (B.A.) and Philosophy (M.A.) in Chemnitz, Düsseldorf, Erfurt and New York. He has written as a freelance journalist for various German and English-language publications. At Genius his focus is on events, editing, studies and public relations.


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Nina Parzych
Junior Consultant, Berlin office

Studied sociology, psychology and pedagogy at the University of Trier. Worked at an educational institution and the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. At Genius: online editor, event management, public relations, public affairs and studies.


File 204Martin Schulz 
Junior Consultant, Berlin office

Studied Corporate Communications and Journalism at HMKW-Berlin as well as economics at FU Berlin. Experience: science communication (RatSWD/German Data Forum, GWI); location marketing and public relations (medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg); journalism (die-reporter news agency). At genius: public relations and public affairs, online-editor, studies and events.



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