CIVIS Advisory Board
The Advisory Board consists of 13 persons, who are professionally involved in the media field and hold responsible positions there. Exceptions are possible. The task of the Advisory Board is to examine the projects of the foundation and to make recommendations to the Executive Director and the Partners’ Meeting. The members of the Advisory Board work on an honorary basis.
Jona Teichmann, born in 1963 in Mettmann. Head of Programme Department for Regional Radio Programmes (WDR). Studied Journalism, History and Political Science. Worked on a freelance basis for the Rheinische Post. Traineeship. 1990 editor with WDR Radio for youth radio programme "Riff", WDR 2 "Mittagsmagazin", WDR 5 editorial "Zeitgeschehen" and correspondent in the WDR Radio Studio Bonn. 1999 assisted in developing the integration programme Funkhaus Europa and was initially editor-in-chief of the German language "spoken word" programme. 2003-2009 Programme Chief of WDR Funkhaus Europa. Since June 2009 Head of Programme Department for Regional Radio Programmes of Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
Ulf Köhler, born 1966 in Zwenkau near Leipzig. Head of Feature editorial department MDR Figaro. Deputy chairman of the advisory board of the CIVIS Media Foundation. Vocational training as a skilled electronic technician with A-levels, practical traineeship with the news agency AND, 1998-1995 studied journalism and eastern Europe sciences in Leipzig. Since 1989 freelance author. In addition to reports for journals first documentaries for broadcasters. 1995, after a stay abroad in Moscow, predominantly freelance author and editor for several ARD institutions. Since August 2002, head of MDR feature editorial department. Kurt Magnus Prize 1995 for "Let’s drink to Mischa - Russia in March". Member of radio feature programme group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Since 2003 Deputy chairman of the advisory board of the CIVIS Media Foundation.
Thomas Baumann, born in 1961 in Hof an der Saale. ARD editor-in-chief and coordinator for politics, social and cultural affairs. Studied political science, communication science and psycholinguistics in Munich. During his studies, he already worked as a sports reporter for the tabloid newspaper "tz" and on a freelance basis for the radio department of Bayerischer Rundfunk. After being awarded his masters degree, he worked as a reporter, planning editor and managing editor for the programmes "Bayernstudio", "Rundschau" and "Rundschaumagazin" at Bayerisches Fernsehen. In 1991 he was responsible for the establishment of the television news service of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. Between 1994 and 1998 he acted as ARD correspondent for the Czech and Slovak Republics. Head of the ARD Studio Prague. 1999-2006 deputy editor-in-chief television in the ARD Capital Studio in Berlin. Since July 2006, ARD editor-in-chief and coordinator for politics, social and cultural affairs.
Rainald Becker, born 1959 in Tönisvorst/Lower Rhine. ARD editor-in-chief and coordinator for politics, society and culture. 1978 A-level. Trained as motorcar mechanic. Studied social science, politics and catholic theory at the University of Duisburg. 1985 graduation. Scholarship-holder at the Institute for the Promotion of Young Journalists.1986 internship at Süddeutsche Rundfunk, SDR (since 1998 Südwestrundfunk SWR). Already during his studies, up to 1986 freelancer and a reporter for the WDR Television for the Dusseldorf and Cologne regional studios, for the "Aktuelle Stunde" and sports broadcasts. 1986 editor for home affairs at SDR Television in Stuttgart. 1990 switched to a position as editor in the foreign affairs department, as of 1993 as senior editor, travel correspondent and presenter of "ARD-Weltspiegel". 1999-2006 TV correspondent in the ARD's capital studio in Berlin. 2006-2008 deputy head of department, responsible for "Television Abroad and Europe" as well as head of the "ARD-Weltspiegel" editorial team (SWR). 2009 deputy editor-in-chief TV in the ARD's capital studio. Since July 2016, ARD editor-in-chief and coordinator for politics, society and culture.
Sofie Donges, born in 1981 in Bremen. Director News/Current Affairs at Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR). Deputy Programme Manager N-Joy. 2000-2003 studied Scandinavian Studies and Political Science at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt. 2003-2007 studied politics and organization at the Open University of Hagen. Freelance author for, among others, hr, SWR, WDR, Deutschlandradio, rbb, SR and BR. 2000 - 2007 reporter and editor at Hessischer Rundfunk (hr), first of hr3, later of hr-xxl and YOU FM. February 2007 - July 2008 NDR programme volunteer. August 2008 - October 2009 reporter for NDR info. July 2010 substitute in the ARD-Studio London. October 2009 - August 2011 editor of N-Joy. Following that, parental leave. Since June 2012 Director and Deputy Programme Director of N-Joy. September 2013 Project Manager "Kanzlercheck". Awards.
Dagmar Engel, editor-in-chief of Deutsche Welle Fernsehen (DW-TV). Studied German language and literature, political science and journalism. 1987 reporter and editor for WDR Münster. 1988-1990 reporter and presenter at RIAS-TV. 1991 deputy head of the news department Deutsche Welle Fernsehen. Between 1992 and 1995 head of news department at Deutsche Welle Fernsehen. 1995-1996 deputy head of programme "current affairs and news". 1997-1998 correspondent in Washington D.C. Since 1999 head of the "news and Tagesthema" (topic of the day) editorial department. Since 2002 editor-in-chief Deutsche Welle Fernsehen in Berlin. Since 2014 Head of DW capital studio in Berlin.
Sonia Seymour Mikich, born in 1951 in Oxford. Editor in chief television of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Traineeship at the Aachener Volkszeitung, studied political science, sociology and philosophy in Aachen. 1979-1981 scientific assistant at the Arnold-Gehlen Forschungsgruppe at the institute for Sociology of the RWTH Aachen. 1982-1984 traineeship at Westdeutscher Rundfunk, subsequently editor and reporter in the foreign television programme group at WDR. 1992-1998 ARD correspondent in Moscow, 1996-1998 Head of the ARD television studio in Moscow. 1998-2001 head of the ARD studio in Paris. 2002-2011 editor-in-chief of ARD TV magazine "Monitor". October 2011 until April 2014 head of National Affairs and Documentaries department and responsible for "MONITOR", "die story" and "Menschen hautnah" as well as for documentaries for the First German Channel ("Das Erste"). Since May 2014 editor in chief television of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Numerous awards. Numerous publications.
Anja Reschke, born 1972. ARD-moderator and Head of the domestic policy department for the program Zeitgeschehen / Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). Studied political science, history and social psychology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, during which also worked as a free reporter for the radio station “Antenne Bayern”. 1998 internship at NDR. Since 2000 freelance author of the ARD policy magazine "Panorama", “Extra 3” and “NDR aktuell”. Since July 2001, moderator of the Panorama magazine, freelance reporter for the NDR-reportage magazine "Panorama – die Reporter". Occasionally, moderator of the satirical magazine “Extra 3”, and since 2002 in the moderation team of the NDR-media magazine “Zapp”. Since November 2011, moderator of the ARD evening program “Wissen vor acht – Zukunft”. Since January 2015, Head of the domestic policy department for the program Zeitgeschehen / NDR. Publications.
Peter Schöber, born in 1970. Executive Director of ORF III Culture and Information of Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. At ORF Radio since the end of the eighties. Management positions within the context of the international Ars Electronica Festival. Project management of pan-European media projects. Graduate of CNN's International Professional Program. Numerous programme innovations in the fields of TV News, magazine, reports and documentary. Responsible editor of the ORF information department. 2007-2009 Head of TV programme development Österreichischer Rundfunk. Since 2010 Executive Director of ORF/TW 1. Since 2011 Executive Director of ORF III Culture and Information.
Mariano Tschuor, Head of department markets and quality of SRG SSR. Traineeship in theatre and drama at the "Theater Hof" in Bavaria. Trainee with the "Bündner Zeitung". 1982 Editor at Radio Rumantsch. 1990 domestic correspondent for Swiss Television DRS in Chur. 1993 Managing editor of the departments "Land und Leute" and "Volkskultur" of Swiss Television DRS in Zürich. 2003 Programme director of Televisiun Rumantscha. Since 2006 additionally editor-in-chief of RTR. National and regional theatre projects. From May 2009 until June 2014 director of Radio e Televisiun Rumantscha and simultaneously a member of the national management of SRG SSR. Since October 2014 head of department markets and quality of SRG SSR.
Dr. Gualtiero Zambonini, born in Rome in 1945. Honorary member of the advisory board of the CIVIS media foundation. Commissioner for integration of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Studied philosophy with a doctorate from the University of Rome. 1970-1973 freelance journalist for different radio programmes and news services. 1973-1976 teaching post at the Ruhr University and academic research with Forschungsstelle Alfa in Neuss. Since 1976 editor at WDR Radio. 1983 head of the Italian radio editorial team and dep. head of the editorial team for foreign languages Forum Europa. 1999-2003 head of the programme team Funkhaus Europa. 1992 CIVIS radio prize. Since 2003 commissioner for Integration and Cultural Diversity in the WDR.