Silke has a background in museums and heritage conservation. From 2004 she led a team of museums educators at the multimedia history exhibition The Story of Berlin before moving to New Zealand in 2007.
For almost a decade she worked in management roles with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga caring for historic places. For 7 years she was the manager of national heritage icon Old St Paul’s, a Category 1 historic place. While working at Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga she led significant interpretation and conservation projects. She also implemented new education and event opportunities for heritage buildings connecting with stakeholders in the tourism, museums, events and education sector.
Silke has a Masters in Museums & Media Studies, Linguistics and English Philology from the Free University of Berlin.
In her first year with the NZ National Commission Silke was involved in the planning and delivery of the Youth Diversity Forum in 2019 hosted by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO in response to the Christchurch Mosque Attacks.
For the past two years Silke has been working on the New Zealand contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and most recently on the implementation of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Programme in Aotearoa.