Portrait of Ina Verstl
Dr. Ina Verstl

Who I am is a whole collection of things. I am a journalist. A chronicler. An awful lot of my life I spend as a foreigner when I am abroad on research trips. Call me an outsider. That thing of being slightly apart. As a journalist, particularly in first-person journalism, you have to be the person who stands back, who stands aside and listens.

However, websites must have “bios”, so here is an edited version of mine.

Born in Munich. Educated in England. Studied economics, philosophy and literature in Munich, Hull, and Oxford. My doctoral thesis “The Quarry of the Self – Bildung and the Subversion of Identity” was accepted by the University of Zurich.

Until 1997 I was press officer at the Munich Trade Fair Corporation, one of the world’s leading trade fair organisations. Freelance journalist ever since. I am currently a special feature writer and commentator for Brauwelt International.

Journalists tend to write books. My first one was on the globalisation of the brewing industry. Called Beer Monopoly and co-authored with Ernst Faltermeier, it was released by Hans Carl Publisher in November 2016.

We are currently working on our next book which focuses on the legacy of globalisation in the brewing industry.

Although I generally share Groucho Marx’s attitude to clubs, I make an exception for the European Network of Business Ethics (EBEN), of which I am a member.

These days, I call Berlin home.