Annika Paul isn’t your typical mobility expert. A self-described aviation economist for Bauhaus Luftfahrt, Annika breaks out from what’s expected—from singing along to the Foo Fighters during a drive, to tracking her favorite basketball team in the playoffs.
Pursuing her goals in life, Annika derives her inspiration from others. She’s utterly energized by the way people reach out to make the world a better place for those they love. For Annika, this is what gets her going every day (and that first cup of coffee is a big bonus, too).
If money posed no obstacle, Annika’s next step would be to move to a quaint farmhouse in the countryside with a bed-and-breakfast. After all, as she believes, “success isn’t about winning, but about staying in the game.”
Designer and Problem Solver
When Christiane Bausback was a child, she wanted to travel the world. Back then, she figured the most efficient way to make it happen was to become a flight attendant. Here’s what actually happened: she ran toward her passions, pursuing a worldwide career doing what electrified her the most—design.
As Head of Design and Managing Director for N+P Design, Christiane has a knack for thrilling people and connecting with them on a deeper level. She hopes, in fact, that she can use her work for the good of humanity, as optimal design holds the ability to break down walls and help humans relate to one another.
Christiane is a problem-solver, an empathizer, an innovator, a go-getter. She’s always burning for more, whether that means double the caffeine or more sparkle in the sky. As she puts it, “Passions are forever. Go and get excited!”
Kids are often encouraged to reach for the stars…but Friederike Wolff took this literally. Fueled by perseverance to take on a challenge, she trained to be a space engineer, setting her sights on unmanned space exploration.
Friederike’s trailblazing spirit illuminated itself when, after earning her Bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands, she moved to the northernmost town of Sweden, working on high-altitude balloons above the Arctic Circle. Friederike took her skills to the Institute of System Dynamics and Control (German Space Agency) to work on Project MASCOT, a German-French asteroid lander, where she was responsible for moving the lander safely through unknown environments.
Friederike is a powerhouse. If she were to quit her current job at the German Space Agency today, she says she’d probably set out to decode a dead language. From the teenager captivated by space, to the adult living her dream, Friederike exemplifies what it means to reach for the stars.
Activist for more green
German speakers are few and far-between in Napa, California, but that didn’t stop Sandra Decius from wanting to soak up the language. At 13, she promised herself that she’d be fluent one day, against all odds.
Sandra’s dreams became a reality after emigrating from America and finally settling in Munich. In her professional life, Sandra exercised both sides of her brain by dovetailing from a career in engineering to marketing where she worked for 20+ years.
Sandra’s audacious leap across the Atlantic always involved altruism. Since her arrival in Germany in 1986, she has assisted migrant children and refugees passing on skills she herself learned at a young age. Today, as a BAMF-certified German teacher, Sandra continues to give back to those in need. This doesn’t diminish her role, however, as an active volunteer at Green City, where she has served for over 25 years. Sandra’s hope is that through this work, she’ll be remembered for her part in making our world greener.