24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

The ilb team

Helene Zinnecker

Intern Young Program


Helene Zinnecker, born in 2001 in Berlin, is an intern at the ilb’s Young Program. She studied French and German Language and Literature at the University of Bonn and the Sorbonne Université Paris. Thanks to multiple internships during her studies, she was able to gain experiences in publishing, press relations and in the management and production of cultural events, most recently at the Book and publishing office of the Institut français Germany. Now she supports the ilb during an internship at the Young Program.


Lena Klinkenberg

Program Assistant


Lena Klinkenberg, born in Mönchengladbach in 1995, is a program assistant at the 24th ilb. She studied German Language and Literature, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, and Art History at the University of Bonn. During her studies, she gained experience in PR and events in the book industry. After finishing her master’s degree in Modern German Literature, she completed a traineeship at the publishing house Kiepenheuer&Witsch. She then worked there in the events department and subsequently in a PR agency.

Portrait Maud Ruget

Maud Ruget

Projektmanagerin »Wortzauber gegen Buchfrust«

Maud Ruget, born in France in 1990, oversees the project »Wortzauber gegen Buchfrust« at the 24th ilb. She studied Business Administration at HEC Paris and obtained a master’s degree in literature at Université Paris Nanterre. From 2016 to 2017, she worked at the book and publishing office of Institut Français Germany, where she was responsible for the cultural year as part of the guest of honor presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair. She then worked as a freelance production manager and author in Berlin. She also co-founded Netzwerk französischsprachiger Autor*innen Berlin e.V. (Network francophone writers Berlin).

Portrait Nora Nohre

Nora Rohde

Student Assistant in Administration, Logistics, and Production


Nora Rohde, born in 1998 in Solothurn (CH), is Student Assistant in Administration, Logistics, and Production at ilb. She studied German Language and Literature, and History at the University of Bern (B.A.) and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Applied Literary Studies and Contemporary Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. During her studies, she gained experience in local journalism at Stadtradio RaBe in Bern and at a local newspaper, where she was able to publish her first smaller contributions and articles. In 2023, she already completed an internship in the Young Program of ilb.


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.


Sydney Noemi Stein

Communications Associate

Sydney Noemi Stein, born in Dresden in 2000, is a Communications Associate at ilb. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Area Studies Asia/Africa from Humboldt University Berlin and studied Arabic at the University of Malta. After working as a Student Assistant at the Department for Transregional Southeast Asian Studies at HU Berlin and living in Malta and Amman (Jordan), she returned to Berlin to join the international literature festival berlin as an Assistant in Program/ Communications/ Logistics. At her home university, she published first articles on the intersections of art, activism and human rights in South and Southeast Asia.


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

Deputy Head of Young Program, School Communication and Production

Henrike Schmidt, born in Lüneburg in 1994, is deputy head of Young Program, where she is also responsible for school communication and production. 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 joined the ilb as deputy head of Young Program.


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.


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.


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.

Lavinia Frey

Lavinia Frey

Festival 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.