„Without my mountaineering equipment, I can’t go on vacation.“

Portrait Arne Spieker
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Arne Spieker

What made you decide to work at ifok?  

I love the variety at ifok: no project is like any other. I am confronted with new challenges every day – for example in our highly political energy system transformation projects. Here we do pioneering work and at the same time develop our tact and sensitivity in tried and tested processes. And let’s not forget our great colleagues.   

How long have you been part of the ifok team and where were you before? 

I started as a Fellow at ifok in 2011. My first professional experience, however, was as a logistics manager in freight forwarding. That wasn’t enough for me! I went back to school, got my leaving certificate and started studying at the University of Hohenheim. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant, investigating the communicative aspects of the arbitration proceedings around Stuttgart 21 – a transportation and urban planning project – this is probably where my love of infrastructure projects developed.    

What sets you apart at the office?   

I like to call myself a generalist. I particularly enjoy working on tricky strategies or tactics. Among my colleagues, I am known for systematically thinking through content and finding the common thread in every tangled knot. I also have a lot of experience as a conflict mediator.  

What do you do in your spare time?    

I am a passionate mountaineer and climber. I never go on holiday without my climbing equipment.  

What do you do particularly sustainably? 

I avoid flying or driving. I travel about 90 percent of my routes by train, bike or on foot.  

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