As Executive Director of ISD Germany, Huberta von Voss has been responsible for the expansion of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in German-speaking and European countries since summer 2020.
As a leading counter-extremism ‘think & do tank’ and non-profit organisation, which came to be in 2006, ISD focuses on the fight against hybrid threats to democracy in order to combat the rapidly growing extremism and deepening polarisation of our societies with sustainable and innovative solutions. Under Huberta von Voss’s guidance, various multi-year projects have been completed in cooperation with the German government, and renowned foundations such as the Gemeinnützige Hertie Stiftung, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Reset.tech since the opening of the Berlin office.
Before joining ISD, Huberta von Voss was part of the leadership team of the New York-based conflict resolution organisation and NGO Seeds of Peace as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. She is the author of several books such as “Portrait of a Hope. The Armenians. Lebensbilder aus aller Welt” (Hans Schiller Verlag; Berghahn Books Oxford/New York) and “Arme Kinder, reiches Land” (Rowohlt) about child poverty in post-reunification Germany. Huberta has appeared on various German and international television programmes and is also fluent in English and French.
She serves on several boards of trustees, including as a trustee of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. Huberta von Voss received the Leo Baeck Medal and the BGA Medal of Honour by the Anglo-German Society in 2018. She is a member of the Young Leader Network of the BMW Foundation and alumni of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Begabtenförderung.
Huberta von Voss holds a Master’s degree in Modern History, Political Science and Romance Studies from the prestigious Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich). She began her career as a political journalist and was spokesperson for the President of the German Federal Parliament, Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth. From 1997 to 2020, she accompanied her husband to the embassies of Beirut, Nicosia, New York (United Nations), Washington D.C. and London. She worked as a USA and London correspondent for the magazine ICON, and in 2012 was behind the internationally acclaimed initiative “Letter to Asma”, a video letter directed to the wife of Syrian President Assad to use her influence to end the civil war. The accompanying petition to the short film was signed more than 80,000 times within one month.