Karin Heisecke is the Director of the MaLisa Foundation since its creation in 2016 by German actor and producer Maria Furtwängler and her daughter, musician Elisabeth Furtwängler. Acknowledging the power of representation, the MaLisa Foundation is dedicated to leveraging media as part of the solution towards a just and equitable society that celebrates its diversity. The foundation forges partnerships with the industry, educational institutions and policy makers to support data collection and the implementation of evidence-based measures to address stereotypes and to promote diversity in the German TV and film industry.
With an academic background in social sciences, Karin is an expert on gender issues with more than two decades of experience in this field. She has worked in different European countries as policy and strategic communications advisor, trainer, researcher, and project manager with international organisations as well as national level organisations and initiatives. She is a founding member of the Brussels Women’s Film Festival (Elles Tournent – Dames Draaien) and has initiated, managed and advised numerous feminist campaigns and initiatives across Europe, working with film makers, journalists, musicians and other artists.