Elke Held was born in Cologne in 1967. Despite growing up liberal, she briefly enjoyed a Catholic upbringing as the student of an Ursuline boarding school - resulting in her turning away from faith during puberty. After graduating from high school she spent a year au-pairing in Paris and then studied psychology at the University of Trier.
After completing her studies, she attended a one-year PR training course at the German Academy for Public Relations and worked fee-based for various non-profit organisations. Afterwards she worked as a psychologist in child and youth welfare for several years. Elke Held has been a member of the gbs management team since 2008 and is responsible for the newsletter editorial, the gbs website, and the foundation's office in Besslich (Schmidt-Salomon office). As of 2014 she is business manager of the Giordano Bruno Stiftung.
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Phone: +49 (0)651 9679503
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