Born and raised in Germany, Frauke has lived in the US, the UK, and France after graduating from high school. She has studied political science and international relations in Berlin and at the London School of Economics. After graduating with a master's degree from the Free University in Berlin, she was on the national board of AIESEC in Germany in 2002-03. Having worked in a grassroots NGO in India for 11 months afterwards, she has been with Greenpeace International in Amsterdam between March 2004 and September 2006. Since 2000, she has been active as a freelance and volunteer trainer for social change and leadership in international networks such as AIESEC, Pioneers of Change, the START programme of the German Hertie Foundation, and We are What We Do.