• 1989 – 1996: MA in Art History, English and Philosophy at theUniversity of Cologne. Topic of my thesis: “The Unprincipled Observer of Surrealist Art – Studies of the Intended Viewpoint”.
  • 1993/94: studies abroad at Goldmiths´ College in London. Subjects: Art History, Radio and Print Journalism.
  • 1997: English radio service of “Deutsche Welle”.
  • 1997: “Medienspiegel”, weekly media magazine published by the “Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft”,    Cologne.
  • 1997: WDR5, Live-radio show “Hallo Ü-Wagen”.
  • 1998/1999: Training as a PR journalist at the “Fortbildungsakademie der Wirtschaft” (Academy of Business)   in Cologne.
  • 1999: “Just Publicity” Film-PR agency, Munich (three months work experience).
  •  2000: Travelling through New Zealand for three months.
  •  2000: PR Hamburg, Hamburg, Assistant to the Managing Director, copywriter and consultant.
  •  Since 2002: Freelance Journalist.
  •  2007: City & Guilds Certificate in “3D Design: Jewellery” at Coleg Glen Hafren, Cardiff.
  •  2008: Diploma in Hypnotherapy.
  •  2010: Launch of jewellery business “Helenka White Design”.
  •  2011: PTLLS training course (City & Guilds Certificate) with the Workers’ Educational Assoication South Wales (WEA) in Cardiff.
  • 2012: Editor and writer for UK Handmade