Kosima Weber Liu
Kosima Weber Liu has been an Executive Board Member and Associate Director since the founding of the EEMP. A native German she has been residing with her family in Beijing for over 30 years.
Kosima studied at Bonn University and the China Languages and Cultural University and then pursued her graduate studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Indiana University in Bloomington. With her major in Sinology she also studied European Social and Economic History, Comparative Religion, Tibetan Studies and Chinese Art History.
Coming to China first in 1979 as an exchange student, she then achieved a two-year scholarship the next year to further pursue her China Studies in Beijing. She has worked as an arts buyer, professional photographer and since 1995 as director of Image at Work, a graphic design company. She developed a passion to capture the essence of China in her photographs, documenting old temples and Beijing's ancient trees. Her photographic work has been exhibited in such exclusive venues as the Beijing Liao Jin City Wall Museum, the Forbidden City Ancestral (East) Hall, the Confucius Temple and in 2009 the Summer Palace. Kosima has worked on various video productions in China, India, DPRKorea and Mongolia. Kosima has visited DPRK over 30 times.
Kosima has been running the EEMP DPRKorean project since 2001 focusing to raise awareness for sustainable development and nature conservation as key development factors. Since 2003 the EEMP has been cooperating with PIINTEC, a DPRKorean NGO on topics like renewable energy and organic farming and was successful in building an Environmental Information Media Center in Pyongyang.
The center has, at times, up to 15 environmental experts working and functions as intermediate media library of national and foreign materials to various institutions and organization. It holds workshops and film screenings, translates and versions films for broadcast and produces a newsletter to governmental and academic institution. 2010 saw holding the third International Workshop on Environment in Pyongyang and two Practical and Theoretical Trainings in Biodynamic Organic Farming as well as the beginning of a modest eco-community project. The true highlights of the DPRKorean project are the two visits by Dr. Jane Goodall in 2004 and 2006.Kosima has been promoting the concept of Environmental Security as the groundwork for a meaningful contribution to building peace on the Korean Peninsula.