Born to a German dad and Irish mum, I grew up across Europe. In 2009 I found myself in South Africa, where I finished school in Cape Town before packing up and moving to the Eastern Cape to study. I started my bachelors degree at Rhodes University in Makhanda in 2014 and majored in Law, Economics and German. I then did a post-graduate LLB before moving back to Cape Town to join Fairbridges Wertheim Becker Attorneys for my articles.
During my final years at university I got involved with the Restitution Foundation and facilitated a dialogue series at a private school in Makhanda dealing with topics around restitution. Our focus was to find an understanding of what restitution is, why it is necessary, and what it looks likes practically in South Africa today.
I was introduced to the Institute for Healing of Memories when I attended the International Conference for Healing and Justice in 2019. This conference explored the relationship between healing and justice using case studies to highlight the need for true transformative justice across the globe.