After her A-levels in Hamburg and a year of studying in Switzerland, the Northener decided to stay in the South of Germany for good. She studied business administration in Munich with a focus on tourism and started her career working with a tour operator. Since 2001, Tanja Pickenpack has been in charge of the “SympathieMagazin” sales. Sustainability and social responsibility in tourism had already been the focus of her Master’s thesis: a concept for the touristic development of Eastern Greenland. So it does not come as a surprise that her favourite destinations are the cold regions: the Arctic and Antarctic. Tanja is a sporting ace and in her leisure time she is out and about in the Bavarian mountains.