Cora is a senior expert in the program Mega Trends at the German Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh. Her research focus is on foreign direct investment and international trade (especially the role of emerging economies). Her studies and reports have been referenced in national and international media, including The Economist, NPR, Xinhua News, El Pais, 3Sat, and Handelsblatt. Cora also is a frequent speaker on various issues related to her research, such as investment from emerging economies or investment screening mechanisms. She has, for example, presented her research at several policy institutions of EU member states and at the European Parliament. Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung, Cora was an assistant professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies of the University of Freiburg. As a freelancing consultant, she has worked on Asia-related projects with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), among others. Cora studied Chinese Studies and Economics at Heidelberg University, Shanghai International Studies University, and Tsinghua University, Beijing. She holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University. Her dissertation focused on the internationalization process of Chinese companies. It was published by the renowned German publishing house Nomos Verlag in 2015.