born 1963 in Stuttgart, married, three children.
Film producer (owner of Valentin Thurn Filmproduktion / THURNFILM
Writer and director of numerous television documentaries for WDR, ZDF, SWR, Arte, NDR, BR, ORB, HR, ZDF, Deutsche Welle TV, Transtel and Swiss TV broadcaster DRS.
Author for radio features (various ARD-channels and Deutschlandradio) and for newspapers and magazines such as Die Zeit, Die Woche, Natur & Kosmos and Merian.
Editor of several non-fiction books, for example on desertification ("WüstenErde"), about environmental issues in Eastern Europe ("Klassenfeind Natur") and a corresponding directory ("Adressbuch Umweltverbände Osteuropa").
Teaching and lecture appointments at the Goethe-Institut in Mumbai, India; Miguel Alemán Foundation in Mexico; eco-tourism-conventions in Johannesburg/ South Africa and Guayaquil/ Ecuador; Netzwerk Recherche (association for investigative journalism); the RTL journalism school in Cologne; Environmental Media Centre Macedonia; Dritte Welt Journalisten Netz (Third world journalists network); and the German branch of the European Business Ethics Network;
Lecturer at Cologne University of Applied Sciences.
Co-founder and secretary general of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists