24. ilb
Evening program: Sept 05 – 14, 2024
Young program: Sept 09 – 18, 2024

The ilb team

Dr. Simone Schröder

Head of Program

Simone Schröder, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1986, is the director of the ilb’s evening programme. She studied General and Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies and Political Science in Mainz. She then lived in London for several years and received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Bath with a thesis on nature essayism. In 2019, her book »The Nature Essay: Ecocritical Explorations« was published by Brill/ Rodopi. In addition to her work for the festival, she is a translator, editor of various anthologies and essayist. She has been awarded the Edit Essay Prize and the Essay Prize of Merkur magazine for her texts, among others, and was a scholarship holder of the LCB and the Jürgen Ponto Foundation.


Tatjana Gridnev

Head of Finances, Cooperation and HR

Tatjana Gridnev, born in Russia, studied Cultural Studies and Cultural Management in Berlin. Since 2016, she leads the finance, cooperation and personnel department of the international literature festival berlin, international literature festival odesa as well as for the other projects of the Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e.V.


Christoph Rieger

Head of Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Christoph Rieger, born in Potsdam in 1984, has headed the ilb section »International Children’s and Youth Literature« since 2011. He studied theater, film and media studies, sociology and psychology in Frankfurt am Main and Aberystwyth. In 2012, he initiated the annual ilb award »The Extraordinary Book«. From 2014 to 2017, he was a member of the Council for the Arts. Since 2015 he has curated the young program of the odessa international literature festival. 2016 to 2018 he was a member of the ZEIT lynx literary award. 2017 he directed the versfest berlin. 2022 he is a member of the special award jury of the german youth literature award.


Anouk Krämer

Student Program Assistant

Anouk Krämer, born in Jena in 2002, is studying General and Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. She already volunteered at the international literature festival berlin from August 2021 to September 2022 as part of an FSJ Kultur. Now she supports the ilb as a Student Program Assistant.


Dr. Nora Mengel

Head of ilbDigital and Program Manager

Nora Mengel, born in Berlin, is head of the ilbDIGITAL program and program manager. She holds a PhD in Eastern European History from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität [LMU] Munich, studied Eastern European Studies at LMU Munich and Cultural Studies at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt [O .], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Lomonosov State University Moscow. She gained her first professional experience in intercultural communication and political development cooperation at the Goethe Institute in Minsk [Belarus] and at the Federal Foreign Office in Moscow as well as at the Deutsch-Russisches-Forum e.V. in Berlin. After numerous research stays in Vienna and Saint Petersburg, she completed her dissertation »Biograph(i)en of the Empire« – a comparison of imperial consciousness in the Habsburg and Russian Empires at the end of the 19th century – at the Institute for European History in Mainz, for which she was awarded the Research Prize of the Institute for Personal History in 2020.


Henrike Schmidt

Head of School Communication and Production of Young Program

Henrike Schmidt, born in Lüneburg in 1994, is head of school communication and production in the ilb’s Young Program. She studied Cultural Studies with a focus on literature as well as Business Psychology at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Applied Literary Studies – Contemporary Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. In Lüneburg, she worked as a student assistant at the Institute of English Studies as well as at the Institute for Historical Studies and Literary Cultures. She worked in publishing after moving to Berlin and subsequently started her master’s degree. In 2022, she took over as production manager of the ilb’s Young Program.


Sydney Noemi Stein

Assistant Program/Communication/Logistics

Sydney Noemi Stein, born 2000 in Dresden, holds a bachelor degree in Area Studies Asia/Africa from Humboldt University Berlin and studied Arabic at the University of Malta. After working as a Student Assistant, and living in Malta and Amman, she returned to Berlin to join the international literature festival berlin as an Assistant in Program/Communication/Logistics. At her home university, she published first articles on the intersections of art, activism and human rights in South and Southeast Asia.


Charlotte Rauth

Head of Refugees Worldwide

Charlotte Rauth, born in Bonn in 1991, is head and co-editor of the publication project Refugees Worldwide 4 in the ilb’s Programme section. She studied German language and literature, cultural studies and business administration at the University of Mannheim (B.A.) and cultural mediation with a focus on literature at the University of Hildesheim (M.A.). In addition to subject-related stays abroad in Turkey (Marmara Üniversitesi, Istanbul) and in India (Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore) she co-coordinated, among other things, the pop-up exhibition Freedom Transmissions, funded by the German Foreign Office, in collaboration with the Berlin artists’ collective coculture e.V., and actively participated in the founding, conception, and coordination of the artist protection program Creative Haven Hildesheim.


Lucia Muro Schmidt

FSJ Kultur

Lucia Muro Schmidt, born in Berlin in 2005, is currently completing an FSJ Culture Volunteer Course at the international literature festival berlin. She has been supporting the ilb program department since September 2023.

Lavinia Frey

Lavinia Frey

Managing Director

Lavinia Frey, born in Hamburg in 1969, studied history, theater studies, philosophy, and dance in Zurich, Bern and London.
Since 2023, she is the director of the international literature festival berlin.

After her studies, she worked as a director, choreographer and dramaturg at the Schauspielhaus Zurich, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Staatstheater Schwerin, and Stadttheater Hildesheim, among others. In 2007, she became a co-founder and managing director of the cultural and concept agency Graf & Frey. As such she designed and implemented cultural events, festivals and symposia at the interface of politics, business, and science. In 2016, Lavinia Frey was appointed Board Member for Culture at the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss and as Managing Director of Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH. From 2018-2023, she led the Programs and Projects Department at the Stiftung Humboldt Forum as Managing Director, and was thus responsible for the international temporary exhibition program, artistic events, “History of the site”, and individual projects that she curated herself. From 2017-2023, she was also a co-project leader in the national collaborative project “museum4punkt0. Digital Strategies for the Museum of the Future”. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Akademie Deutscher Sachbuchpreis Lavinia Frey is also engaged in organizational development and is certified with the Neuwaldegg Curriculum for Systemic Organizational Development.