Talks at TYPO Berlin 2017


Susanne Koelbl

Foreign Correspondent / Spiegel (Berlin)

Susanne Koelbl, born in Munich, author of books, award-winning foreign correspondent of DER SPIEGEL, host of salons, lover of Persian poetry, Berlin-based owner of a dacha, had an eye-opening experience in the Balkans 15 years ago: A small group of international diplomats, soldiers and helpers stopped the killing and the war.

Koelbl has written about conflicts and how to solve them ever since. 70 times she traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as to North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and dozens of other places. The conflicts continue, but she is driven by the knowledge, why there are confrontations, and what it needs to end them.


We leave in order to leave behind what is limiting or threatening us. That’s true of adventurers, as well as refugees, vacationers, and seekers.

But what happens when the foreign suddenly shows up at your door?

Breathe in, breathe out. Then plunge in to the fray and swim!

Susanne Koelbl is an award-winning foreign correspondent for Spiegel magazine, who has travelled in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Gaza, and Iraq. She has initiated a poetry project (, owns a dacha, and has been a war correspondent in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and the Balkans. She loves her Bavarian homeland, has a fondness for its sweet, warm omelettes and lakes, and is a fan of Impulse Europe. After years of exploring extremes, she has found a near-perfect stance between near and far.


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