Ellen Alpsten's CV - or the many things you do and love doing them



2002-2017: International Author & Freelance Journalist

2002 – 2017: Author of 17 novels (Adult, YA and Children’s books), translated into 6 languages
- 3 historic novels @ Random House Germany / 3 contemporary women’s novels @ Random House Germany / 5 Young Adult novels published @ Coppenrath Verlag, Germany
- Inventing, writing & launching the “Vincelot“ Children’s books series (books 1-6) & wide range of merchandising @ Coppenrath Verlag, Germany
- Coffee Table Book on William Shakespeare’s world & work @ Knesebeck Verlag, Germany
- Contributing Editor @ teNeues Publishing House “Cool Travel” guides on London & Paris.

2006 – 2016: International freelance journalist about travel, lifestyle, fashion, art, culture and politics for German top-titles „VOGUE“, „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, „Spiegel Online“, „FINE Europäisches Wein-Magazin“, CICERO (Politics/ Society/ Style) and the UK publications „Standpoint“, „Condé Nast Traveller“,  „VANTAGE“ and “Lodestar Anthology”.

2002-2004: Live presenter & news anchor on Bloomberg German TV / N24. Specialised in coverage of European markets & Stoxx50. Live presenter on FAZ Business Radio on DAX & Stoxx50. Composing & presenting breaking news & bulletins.

2002 – 2004: Planning, producing & presenting the show “KulturWirt” on Bloomberg German TV: the economics of fashion, art, lifestyle and travel.

2000-2002: Live Producer at Bloomberg German TV/N24 in the companies’ biggest Joint Venture to date. Gathering financial + economic news & compiling bulletins, breaking news and regular updates. Learning fast, responsible & reliable action in a high-pressure environment; working night shifts, early hours and weekends.

1999- 2000: Global Digital Editor-In-Chief at Barclays Global Investors (the world’s largest institutional investor)

1998-1999: Graduate Trainee & Account Executive at Hill&Knowlton PR. Accounts: EDS & BT; Walkers Crisps &Adidas. Generated press coverage worth 500.000 GBP in Advertising. Member of pitch to the European Central Bank: visual & verbal communication of the conversion to the Euro in the EU States.

-Higher Education-

1995 – 1998: MSc (Diplome) at the IEP Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo), Section « Communication ». Studies of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

1994-1995: International year « IAP » at the IEP de Paris with a final thesis on the successful conversion of the EU Member-states to the Euro.

1992-1994: French & German Law at the University of Cologne and Paris IV.

1991: “Cours de la Civilisation Française”, Sorbonne & ”Diplôme de Francais des Affaires” at the Chambre de Commerce de Paris.

1991: A-levels at the Maria-Theresia Gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany

-Work Experience-

July-Nov 1997: Internship at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi, Micro-finance & small and minor grants. Controlling funding process & liaising regularly with field staff to assure project progress & realisation

Aug-Nov 1996: Internship at the “Institut Culturel Francais” in New York City. Marketing & Advertising of a French Film Festival

June-Aug 1996: Internship at “L’Oreal Vienna” - Marketing “Kerastase”

June-Aug 1995: Student helper at the “European Union Summer Program” of the IEP de Paris.

-Language Expertise-

German: mother-tongue

English: bilingual education

French: perfect in word, reading and writing

Swedish: good conversational level

Swahili: good basic knowledge


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