The slogan is Public Affairs for Social Change. Because there are not enough experts who want to make a difference for those who need it the most. In order to obtain social change, a variety of things need to come together: Policy knowledge, strategic skills, commandment of digital and conventional campaign tactics and an effective network.
Our multifaceted field of competence results from the combination of consulting for civil society organisations and foundations on the one hand and reputable political and economic know-how on the other.
Our consultancy can be a mediator between non-profit and for-profit. We guide you through the jungle of political structure and decision-making. We build bridges between Anglo-Saxon and Continental approaches. Strategic support for the smart integration of modern communication technology. And creative input for low- and no-budget campaigns.
Sylvie Hahn came to us in 2019 from a business consultancy where she supported the German Association of the Automotive Industry for more than a year, organising – among other projects – the New Mobility World and IAA Conference 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, involving +240 speakers. Before this, she had been working for almost two years at the intersection of private and public sector as a project manager for GIZ, focusing on Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sylvie also gathered experience at the largest Consulate General of the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Economy of European Integration (Berlin School of Economics and Law) and acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK.
Marius Hasenheit also joined our team in 2017 and acts as a researcher and communications consultant at seebohm.berlin. His work focusses on digital public affairs and social media campaigns. As a partner at sustentio and freelance journalist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or Deutschlandfunk, he prepares complex content in an accessible as well as exciting way. An ability that he further developed as co-editor of the nationwide print medium transform Magazin. Marius Hasenheit has an excellent reputation within the sustainability community, which is why he is also part of the twitter ranking "Nachhaltige 100" ("Sustainable 100"). He studied Biogeosciences (B.Sc.) in Jena and Global Change Ecology (M.Sc.), and is a part of Bavaria's elite network in Bayreuth.
Before joining our team in 2019, Carolina served as a communications professional for the European Parliament Liaison Office in Munich, where she helped boost the voter turnout of the elections in 2019. Prior to this assignment she organised the political communication of a business association in Germany's largest state, North-Rhine-Westphalia, worked with a correspondent's office as well as with one of Germany's leading PR agencies, fischerAppelt. After studying PR and Communication Management (B.A.) and Crossmedia Publishing and Management (M.A.), she did a postgraduate class at the Freie Journalistenschule Berlin until 2020.
Before Austrian-born Philipp Grüll joined seebohm.berlin in 2021, he had worked for years as a freelance journalist, most recently for the EU affairs-medium EURACTIV as well as Tagesspiegel Background. He wrote analyses focusing on digital and economic policy. Before, he acted as editor-in-chief for the NGO "Option 2.0" and worked as a copywriter for various clients. During his studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, he organized a conference on global citizenship with the Austrian ex-president. Later, he gained practical experience in the UN and EU. In addition, he was a social worker during his studies: from 2015 to 2017, he managed a shelter for asylum seekers together with other students.
Sergius Seebohm is a public affairs expert with about 15 years of experience in political communication and consulting. As Communications Director he contributed to the growth of the world’s largest campaign platform, Change.org, which grew in Germany from 60,000 to over 2 million members in less than 18 months. Before this, he was head of communication for the advocacy organisation ONE.
For over five years he was in charge of various lobby efforts for poverty reduction, global health and transparency. In addition, he prepared numerous high-level meetings for individuals such as Bono, Bill Gates or Bob Geldof and masterminded award-winning campaigns. Before joining ONE, Sergius served as a strategic communications consultant for clients such as the Federal Government of Germany, Coca-Cola, Bayer and studiVZ. For the P.E.N. Writer’s Association he organised the communication for the World Congress – and won the renowned PR Report Award for outstanding performance.
His political expertise is complemented by two years at the WestLB bank and an MBA from the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin, which he completed top of his class.
Transparent and fair practice in advocacy and political communication is an integral part of our work. To promote this cause Sergius Seebohm is serving in honorary capacity on the board of the German Association of Political Consultants (degepol) as well as in the German Council for Public Relations (DRPR).
Valentina Barbagallo is an independent consultant with seven years of professional experience advocating for policy change at the European Union level with the public, private and civil society sectors. She helps clients navigate the Brussels bubble with tailor-made strategy development, regulatory analysis and stakeholder engagement. During her four years as EU policy & advocacy lead for the development organisation ONE, she planned and executed a wide range of EU campaigns across more than 15 policy areas. During this time, she secured major advocacy wins such as passing transformative transparency legislation in the extractives and anti-money laundering sectors and contributing to convert an imminent aid cut to the EU budget into nearly 1 billion Euro in additional funds for development. Previously, Valentina worked as a policy officer in the Ambassador’s team at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, including during its Council Presidency. Valentina also gained experience working for the European Centre for Government Transformation (ECGT) at Accenture and acquired communication training at the European Commission Representation in Milan. She holds an M.Sc. in Law from Bocconi University and an M.A. in EU Political Studies from the College of Europe.