Who I am
Where I’ve been
Who I am
Where I’ve been
Who I am
Where I’ve been

Gerald Drißner (Drissner), born in 1977, grew up in Austria in a mountain village in the Arlberg region. He is a graduate economist and Arabist. He learned journalism at Germany’s most renowned journalism school (Henri-Nannen-Schule).

Gerald Drißner has lived in more than half a dozen countries. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

Gerald Drißner
  • Gerald is an experienced skier and alpinist, having grown up in one of the best ski areas in the world: the Arlberg region.
  • He has been programming since his youth and was connected to the outside world via his mailbox (BBS) even before the Internet.
  • Gerald attended secondary school in Innerbraz in Klostertal.
  • Later he graduated from the commercial college  in Bludenz.
  • He then studied economics at the universities of Innsbruck and Münster (graduating in 2003 with a degree in economics; Mag. rer. soc. oec.).
  • Gerald has more than twenty years of experience in magazine and newspaper journalism and has been working as a freelance journalist for over 15 years.
  • He started as a freelancer at the Vorarlberger Nachrichten at the age of 16.
  • During his studies, he did a traineeship at the Austrian news magazine profil in Vienna.
  • After completing his training at the Henri Nannen School of Journalism (2004/05) in Hamburg, he was a staff-reporter at Stern magazine in Hamburg.
  • Later, Gerald left the position at his own request to study Arabic in Egypt.
  • In Cairo, Gerald worked as a guest editor at the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm.
  • Gerald has lived abroad for over twelve years in the Middle East, North Africa (Egypt, Tunisia), Turkey and Greece.
  • Gerald studied Arabic at the University of Alexandria/Egypt (2007 – 2012)
  • He has visited the most important Arab countries.
  • Gerald was one of the few German-speaking journalists to experience the Arab Spring in Egypt firsthand, as he was studying Arabic in Alexandria at the time.
  • During the financial and refugee crisis, Gerald lived in Athens (Greece) for two years and dealt intensively with the economic and social consequences.


Gerald writes about everything – but preferably about his area of expertise: