Realitaeten-Bureau Bureau

Susanne Schardt, M.A.

Susanne SchardtSusanne Schardt studied Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Historical Ethnology and History of Arts at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. After finishing her studies in 1989 with her master thesis on “Übersetzen als interkulturelle Vermittlung” (Translation as intercultural intermediation), Susanne worked at the drug policy coordination office of the municipality of Frankfurt am Main from 1990 to 1993. There she was responsible for drug policy consultation to local authorities, among other issues. From 1993 to 2001 she was director of the European cities’ network “European Cities on Drug Policy (ECDP)”.

During her studies she worked as tv moderator for “Schüler Express” and “Ferienkalender” at the ZDF and was trained as a film dubber in Berlin in 1986 and 1987. She worked as a freelance translator for films and screenplays in Berlin and Frankfurt. Between 2000 and 2002 Susanne was a freelance consultant for German NGOs and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ (now Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) in Venezuela, India and Ivory Coast. From 2002 until 2006 Susanne was deputy teamleader of GIZ's "Development-Oriented Drug Policy Programme" where she was mostly responsible for harm reduction and addiction prevention. Since 2002 she is an author for "Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG" and in 2006 for the "Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsinformation & Co. OHG, GWI" on issues regarding team management and job satisfaction.

In 2001 she founded Realitäten Bureau and works as consultant on issues such as drugs and HIV/AIDS, youth empowerment, and local agenda-processes. Project consultations, evaluations and training workshops have led Susanne Schardt in many countries on all continents.

In her "parallel life" Susanne is a jewellery artist with her own label "Sweet Nothings".


Peter Klös, M.A.

Peter KlösAfter a vocational training as building constructor and concrete worker Peter studied cultural anthropology and European ethnology, pedagogy and political science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. In 2001 he earned his master’s degree. Currently he is working on his dissertation on „human ecology. About the emergence, career and perspectives of a theoretical concept“ (Humanökologie. Zur Entstehungsgeschichte, Karriere und Perspektive eines theoretischen Konzepts“)

During his studies Peter worked in different research projects about intercultural subjects: E.g., he investigated for the office for multicultural affairs of the city of Frankfurt am Main about packaging in different cultures. With the MANIFESTA 4, biennial film festival contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main“ he led the project „The reviewed place – orientations in the city of Frankfurt“ (Der aufgearbeitete Ort - Orientierungen im Stadtraum Frankfurt) and worked as an author. From the winter semestre in 2003/04 until September, 2005 Peter was co- manager in the research project "Frankfurt from the outside" (Frankfurt von außen) at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt. In 2004 a lecture tour on the subject „intercultural understanding“ led him to the Philippines. In 2005 Peter Klös became a team member with Realitäten Bureau where he works above all on intercultural subjects. Between 2005 and 2009, Peter held a teaching assignment at the Fachhochschule Erfurt. Since April, 2007 he is publisher of the series "Living Environments" (Lebenswelten) of the Paulo Freire publishing company in Oldenburg.


Birgit Stanzel

Birgit Stanzel is a romanist and biologist and studied pedagogy for the Third World. Within the scope of her studies she finished an exchange program for bilingual education in Mexico. In Mexico her career also began in the development cooperation: In 1985, after the earthquake, Birgit Stanzel was a CIM-expert who supported Mexican women's organisations in the construction of an infrastructure for child-care and rehabilitation. From 1995 to 1997, she worked with GIZ for reconstruction and infrastructure programmes as well as for the development of participation mechanisms in El Salvador before she switched to subjects like street children, drug abuse and youth empowerment in Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela. From 2005 to 2008, she supported youth empowerment and participation, youth exchange, peace-keeping, and professional education in Kosovo and Serbia and supported the establishment of youth ministries. In both countries school parliaments local youth offices were also built up with the support of GIZ; in Serbia, the youth exchange project "Welcome to Germany" was carried out. These activities were also supported and accompanied by Realitäten Bureau.

Then, Birgit Stanzel moved to Guatemala. Here she supported mediation, conflict management peace-keeping, and civil security on behalf of GIZ to support the construction of an inclusive society in cooperation between state and civil organisations at municipal level.

Even after her retirement, Birgit Stanzel is still actively involved in projects on conflict management and peace-keeping. In September 2017, she was a lecturer at the Colegio de San Louis Potosi in Mexico where she carried out a seminar on project development and management in development work.

BIrgit Stanzel's CV (in Spanisch)


Patricia Kramarz, M.Sc.

Patricia Kramarz is a degreed social worker (University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt am Main) and holds a Master in International Health (Charité Berlin, tropEd). She has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of HIV and drug use. For 14 years Patricia was a social worker in Germany, mainly in services for people who use drugs (in particular young people) and sex workers. From 2007 to 2014 she worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as technical advisor on Harm Reduction issues.

Patricia Kramarz was amongst others responsible for the Public Private Partnership Project for Methadone Substitution, which worked from 2007 until 2010 in the countries Nepal, India, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. From 2011 to 2014 she was leading the GIZ Harm Reduction Project in Nepal, which supports the Nepalese government in the implementation and scaling up of a national OST programme. Since July 2014 she supports the project as freelance consultant from Berlin. Since 2016 Patricia works as international consultant in the field of Harm Reduction and joined the team of Realitäten Bureau at the end of 2015.


Jörg Schmidtmann

Jörg SchmidtmannJörg Schmidtmann is a degreed social pedagogue (FH) and systemic addiction therapist. From 1992 until 1998 he worked in various areas of addiction therapy and counselling. Since 1999 he is manager of the "Rotlintstrasse" of Integrative Drogenhilfe e.V. in Frankfurt am Main, an assisted living community for long-term drug users undergoing substitution therapy. Another main focus of his work are preparatory courses and trainings for medical-psychological investigations (MPU). Jörg holds these trainings already since 20 years - either in the form of weekend seminars or as one-on-one consultations.

Jörg Schmidtmann is also a debt counsellor for drug users and a trainer for voluntary addiction counsellors. In 2006 he joined the team of Realitäten Bureau and works in the area of addiction counselling in the workplace and MPU preparation.


Michael Tuchert

Michael Tuchert has a diploma as social worker and works in drug services for more than 20 years. Since 2012 he is a legal guardian for persons with mental disorders. Before he began his studies of social work in 1991, he already worked as a qualified hotel expert in the area „Food and Beverage“ at various hotels in Germany and abroad – especially in Asia. There he also collected intercultural experiences. For 15 years, Michael was manager of Europe's largest integrated drug service "EASTSIDE" of „Integrative Drogenhilfe e.V.“ in Frankfurt am Main.

In 1995 he began an additional education as a REFA organizer with special focuses on organisation, data collection, project management in organisations, guidance and cooperation, labour laws, quality management and organisational evaluation. Since 2004 he is also a social management expert. Michael also has an education in „Motivational Interviewing“. Since 2004 he is a trainer in “KISS”, a group-therapy programme for the self-determined reduction of the consumption of illegal drugs. Michael Tuchert joined the team of Realitäten Bureau in early 2009. He offers individual addiction and crisis counselling in the workplace.

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