Sheena joined CFFP as a fellow in October 2020 in the course of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs.
She did a bachelor's degree in International Political Education at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. During that time, she also studied at Linneaus University in VÃ¤xjÃ¶/Sweden. She graduated with a master's degree in Peace Research and International Politics from the University Tuebingen. Her master's thesis is an intersectional feminist direction for the climate movement. In 2018, she completed the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York with honors. Sheena is fluent in German and English and speaks some Spanish and Swedish.
Between her bachelor's and master's studies, she worked for the Center for Political Education Baden-Wuerttemberg in the department for the prevention of extremism. She further gained years of experience as an anti-bias trainer and freelancer in political education, providing seminars on antiracism and the prevention of right-wing extremism for youth and adults.
Sheena defines herself as Black feminist, with particular interests in Black and intersectional feminism, the climate crisis, SGBV during and after conflict, conflict mediation, racism, and the rise of right-wing extremism. Her motivation at disrupting white-male-dominated and racist spaces is driven by her own story: a Black woman raised by a working-class single mom in the predominantly white Southern German countryside.