BODIES

The bodies of the non-profit CIVIS Media Foundation are: the Shareholder’s Meeting, the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board. The CIVIS Media Foundation awards the European CIVIS Media Prize for Integration and Cultural Diversity in Europe. It has been honouring European programme achievements in film, TV, radio, internet and cinema since 1988. CIVIS has also been hosting annual media conferences since 1999. The CIVIS Media Foundation provides support for networking among journalists and programme developers who deal with the diverse range of issues relating to the immigrant community in Europe.

Shareholder’s meeting

Partners of the CIVIS Media Foundation are Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), on behalf of the ARD, and the Freudenberg Foundation. The partners’ meeting sets the annual financial framework for the organization and decides on the programme and projects of the CIVIS Media Foundation.

Eva-Maria Michel

Legal Counsel for WDR, Deputy WDR Director General

Studied law in Heidelberg and Tübingen. Legal clerkship in Stuttgart. Then worked at Süddeutscher Rundfunk and Saarländischer Rundfunk. Legal Counsel for WDR since 1997. Chairwoman of the Legal Commission of ARD and ZDF since 2001. Deputy WDR Director General since 2008. Chairwoman of the CIVIS shareholder meeting since 2008.

Dr. Pia Gerber

Executive Director of the Freudenberg Foundation

Studied social education, with a secondary degree in political- and education science in Heidelberg. Worked with disadvantaged youths, people with a migration background and in the field of “political education”.  Municipal Commissioner for Women. Work in the field of education and further education and training social workers. Doctorate awarded in 2005. Since 1999 employee of the Freudenberg Foundation, becoming the Executive Director and a member of the CIVIS shareholders meeting in 2010. 

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees exercises an important representative function for the non-profit CIVIS Media Foundation. The Board of Trustees is active in civil society so that the interests of CIVIS can be effectively represented in public. The members of the Board of Trustees advise the shareholders' meeting. The members of the Board of Trustees have the right to suggest prize-worthy programme entries for the European Media Prize.

Tom Buhrow (Chairman)

ARD Chairman, Director General of WDR

Studied history and political science in Bonn. Completed an internship at WDR, then worked as an editor at WDR television, presenter of Aktuelle Stunde NRW reporter for Tagesschau and Tagesthemen. From 1994: ARD correspondent in Washington, then Paris, managed the studio in Washington. 2006-2013: presenter of Tagesthemen. Director General of WDR since 2013; ARD Chairman since 2020.

Stefan Raue (Deputy Chairman)

Director General of Deutschlandradio

Studied history in Freiburg and Bielefeld. Completed an internship and worked as a reporter at WDR. 1990-1995: Chief Editor at Rias TV and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. 1995-2011: Deputy Head of Political Affairs at ZDF, then appointed as the first tri-media Editor-in-Chief at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk; Director General of Deutschlandradio since 2017.

Minu Barati-Fischer

Author, Executive Director of Jooyaa film productions
 

Studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb production course). Gained practical experience at various production companies and as a lecturer. Work as a TV producer and creating material for film and TV. 2009: foundation of the production company Jooyaa. Work as an executive director, producer and author. Development and production of several projects for TV and cinema. 2012 cinema debut with “Ausgerechnet Sibirien”.

Boris Bergant

Consultant on international relations and projects for the Director General of RTV Slovenia

Studied journalism in Ljubljana. Worked as an editor at RTV in Slovenia. Chairman of the Slovenian Journalist’s Association from 1982-1992 President of the International Association of Public TV Stations in Europe. 1998-2008: Vice President of the European Broadcasting Union. Consultant for international relations and projects of the Director General of RTV Slovenia since 2006.

Frank Elstner

Journalist, presenter, producer
 
 

Internship at Badischen Neuesten Nachrichten. Presenter, Chief Speaker and Deputy Programme Director at Radio Luxembourg, Director of Radio at RTL. TV presenter, including on the programmes Fernsehlotterie, Spiel ohne Grenzen, Montagsmaler, Menschen der Woche. 2002-2009: conception and presenting of Verstehen Sie Spaß?, and, since 2006, Die große Show der Naturwunder (with Ranga Yogeschwar).

Andreas Freudenberg

Educator and Culture Manager
 

Since the end of the seventies, work as an initiator and co-creator of numerous culture projects, including Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin, the Simdi Now festival and the CREOLE music competition. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation since 1998 (Chairman since 2018). Since 2008, Executive Director of the Global Music Academy and founder of the private Global Music School.

Dr. Pia Gerber

Executive Director of the Freudenberg Foundation

Studied social education, with a secondary degree in political- and education science in Heidelberg. Worked with disadvantaged youths, people with a migration background and in the field of “political education”. Municipal Commissioner for Women. Work in the field of education and further education and training social workers. Doctorate awarded in 2005. Since 1999 employee of the Freudenberg Foundation, becoming the Executive Director and a member of the CIVIS shareholders meeting in 2010.

Peter Limbourg

Director General of Deutsche Welle
 

Studied law in Bonn, completed an internship at the Deutsche Fernsehnachrichten Agentur. 1996-1999 Europe and NATO correspondent for SAT1 in Brussels. Leading journalistic positions held at ProSieben, N24, SAT1. Co-presenter of several TV duals among leading candidates in federal elections. Director General of Deutsche Welle since 2013.

Gilles Marchand

Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation

Studied sociology in Geneva. Worked as a publisher, manager and consultant at various French language media. 2001-2010: Director of Television Suisse Romandie, from 2010 Director of Radio Television Suisse. Member of the Supervisory Board of Euronews. Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation since 2017.

Lutz Marmor

Director General retired
 

Studied business in Cologne, worked as a management consultant. 1983 Finance Department of WDR. 1991 Administrative Director at Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (later: rbb). 1995-2006: Administrative Director of NDR. From 2006 Deputy Director General of WDR, from 2008 Director General of NDR. 2013-2015 Chairman of ARD 2013-2015. 2008-2019 Director General of Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

Eva-Maria Michel

Legal Counsel for WDR, Deputy WDR Director General

Studied law in Heidelberg and Tübingen. Legal clerkship in Stuttgart. Then worked at Süddeutscher Rundfunk. 1996 Legal advisor and Data Protection Officer at Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR). Legal Counsel for WDR since 1997. Chairwoman of the Legal Commission of ARD and ZDF since 2001. Since April 2001 member of the Supervisory Board of the Filmstiftung NRW (Film Foundation NRW). Deputy WDR Director General since 2008. Chairwoman of the CIVIS shareholder meeting since 2008.

Stefanie Schneider

Director of the SWR regional broadcaster for Baden-Württemberg
 

Studied Romance and German studies Tübingen. Worked at various private broadcasters. Moved to SWF in 1991, then to SDR in 1997 where she worked as a reporter and presenter. From 1998, management positions held at Südwestrundfunk, including as Broadcasting Director of SWR4 BW and Programme Director of SWR4. Parallel activities for the French film festival in Tübingen (head of festival between 1992 and 2003). Director of the SWR regional broadcaster for Baden-Württemberg since 2014.

Dr. Mohsen Sohi

CEO of the Freudenberg Group, Chairman of the shareholder’s meeting of the Freudenberg Foundation

Studied mechanical engineering, aviation and aerospace engineering at Columbia and St. Louis, awarded a doctorate in science from the Washington University, pursued management studies in Philadelphia. Held management functions at ALLIED SIGNAL, Honeywell, NRC. Became CEO of Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership in Plymouth/Michigan in 2003. Chairman of the Executive Board of the Freudenberg Group since 2012. Chairman of the shareholder’s meeting of the Freudenberg Foundation.

Annette Widmann-Mauz

MdB, State Minister in the Federal Chancellery, Commissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration

Studied political science and law in Tübingen. At MdB since 1998, member of the Executive Board of the CDU since 2012. 1995-2015 Chairwoman of the Women’s Union of Baden-Württemberg. 2009-2018 State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health. Federal Chairwoman of the Women’s Union since 2015. Minister at the Federal Chancellery, Commissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration since 2018.

Ulrich Wilhelm

Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk

Attended the Deutsche Journalistenschule (School of Journalism) in Munich and studied law in Passau and Munich. Work as a freelance journalist since 1983, especially for Bayerischer Rundfunk. 1991: senior civil servant at the Bavarian Ministry for the Interior, then at the State Chancellery. Government spokesperson in Bavaria (1999-2003) and on the federal level (2005-2010). Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk since 2011

Prof. Dr. Karola Wille

Director General of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

Studied law in Jena. Academic work and teaching at the University of Leipzig. Joined the Legal Directorate of MDR in 1991, became a director in 1996. 1997/98: Head of the Legal Commission of ARD and ZDF. 2002: made Honorary Professor of Media Law at the University of Leipzig. Director General of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk since 2011.

Dr. Beate Winkler

Author, painter

Studied law before becoming the founding director of the present EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna and a consultant in the think tank of the President of the EU Commission. Initiator of new forms of cooperation in politics, media, science and non-governmental organisations. Numerous publications.

Dr. Alexander Wrabetz

Director General of the Austrian public broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk

Studied law in Vienna before completing a traineeship in the clearing house and banks of the Österreichische Sparkassen. Assistant to the Management of Österreichische Industrieholding. From 1992, worked for Voest Alpine and Vamed. 1998-2006: Commercial Director of ORF. Director General of Österreichischer Rundfunk since 2007.

Advisory Board

The Programme Advisory Board of the non-profit CIVIS Media Foundation is made up of journalists and media experts in responsible positions. Exceptions are possible. The function of the Advisory Board is to examine the projects of the CIVIS Media Foundation and to adopt recommendations for the Executive Director and the Shareholders' Meeting. All members of the Advisory Board work on a voluntary basis.

Jona Teichmann (Chairwoman)

Editor-in-Chief of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Studied German studies, history and political science in Dortmund. Worked on a freelance basis for the Rheinische Post, editor at WDR (youth radio, Mittagsmagazin, the current affairs editorial department, WDR Radio Studio Bonn, Funkhaus Europa) since 1990. 2009 - 2019 Head of Regional Radio Programming. Editor-in-Chief for Radio since 2019. 

Ulf Köhler (Deputy Chairman)

Head of Feature Editorial Department MDR Figaro

Studied journalism and eastern European studies in Leipzig before completing vocational training as an electronic technician. Internship at the news agency ADN. Work as a freelance author since 1989. Member of radio Features Group of the European Broadcasting Union. Head of Feature Editorial Department MDR Figaro since 2002.

Thomas Baumann

Head of Political Talk Formats at rbb-TV
 
 

Studied political science, communication and psycholinguistics in Munich. Work as a broadcasting reporter and editor at Bayerisches Fernsehen and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. Work as a reporter, planning editor and ARD correspondent in Prague. Deputy Editor-in-Chief for TV at the ARD Capital Studio in Berlin from 1999-2006. ARD Editor-in-Chief for TV from 2006-2016, 2016-2018 Deputy Editor-in-Chief for TV and Deputy Head of the Capital Studio. Head of Political Talk Formats at rbb-TV since 2019.

Rainald Becker

ARD Editor-in-Chief, ARD Coordinator for Politics, Society and Culture
 

Studied social sciences, political science and Catholic theology in Duisburg. Internship at Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR/SWR). From 1986 editor at SDR, 1999-2006 TV correspondent at the ARD Capital Studio in Berlin; until 2008 Head of SWR “Weltspiegel” editorial department and correspondent at the ARD Capital Studio in Berlin. From 2009 Deputy Editor-in-Chief for TV at the ARD Capital Studio in Berlin. ARD Editor-in-Chief and Coordinator for Politics, Society and Culture since 2016.

Sofie Donges

Head of N-JOY Current Affairs at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Deputy Programme Manager

Studied Scandinavian studies, political science and organisation in Frankfurt am Main and the Open University of Hagen. Worked as a freelance author for various ARD broadcasters. From 2000, worked as a reporter and editor at Hessischer Rundfunk (hr) then at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). 2007 - 2008 NDR programme volunteer. Worked as a substitute in the ARD studio in London in July 2010. Deputy Programme Manager and Head of N-JOY Current Affairs since 2012. September 2013 Project Manager of “Kanzlercheck”.

Ellen Ehni

Editor-in-Chief of WDR Television, Head of the Programme Division Politics and Current Affairs

Studied German and French law in Cologne, Berlin and Paris before completing an internship at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). Joined WDR in 2004, working as a correspondent in Paris, Head of the Programme Group “Economy and Law” and the presenter of the “Plusminus” and “Brennpunkt” broadcasts. 2016 Head of the Programme Group “Current Affairs, Europe and Abroad”. Editor-in-Chief of WDR Television since 2018.
 

Dr. Helge Fuhst

Editor-in-Chief of ARD-aktuell
 

Studied political science and history in Hannover and Washington. Internship at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), author for the NDR Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen. 2012-2013 Moderation Editor of ADR Tagesthemen in Hamburg. 2013 personal advisor to Tom Buhrow, Director General of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Also acting as the Deputy Head of the WDR Directorate in Cologne. 2017: Head of "Central Tasks and Programme Management" at phoenix in Bonn, as well as Deputy Programme Managing Director at Phoenix; from 2018 Programme Managing Director. Editor-in-Chief of ARD-aktuell since October 2019.

Tina Hassel

Head of the ARD Capital Studio, Editor-in-Chief of Television

Studied German studies, history and political science in Cologne and Bordeaux before completing an internship and working as an editor at WDR including work as a correspondent in Paris and Brussels and as Head of the Programme Group for Europe and Abroad; ARD Head Correspondent in Washington from 2012-2015. Head of the ARD Capital Studio and Editor-in-Chief of Television since 2015. Presenter of “Bericht aus Berlin”.

Manuela Kasper-Claridge

Editor-in-Chief of Deutsche Welle
 

Studied journalism; editor at Deutsche Welle since 1992 Held a leading position in the Economy department from 1998. 2012 Head of the main department for Economy, Science and the Environment. Member of the Committee for Communications and Media of DIHK and on the Board of Trustees of the Ifo Institute in Munich. Editor-in-Chief of Deutsche Welle since 2020.

Georg Mascolo

Head of research cooperation WDR, NDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung, ARD Expert on Terror

Legal assistant by training, completed an internship at the Schaumburger Zeitung. Worked at Der Spiegel from 1988, first in TV, then print including work as a correspondent in Washington and as co-manager of the Berlin office. Editor-in-Chief of Der Spiegel from 2008 - 2013. Head of the research cooperation of WDR, NDR and Süddeutscher Zeitung and expert on terror at ARD since 2014.

Sonia Seymour Mikich

Publicist, honorary member of the CIVIS Advisory Board

Studied political science, sociology and philosophy in Aachen. Completed an internship at the Aachener Volkszeitung and at WDR. Worked as an editor and reporter. Worked as an ARD correspondent in Moscow and Paris. 2002 - 2011 Editor-in-Chief of the ARD TV magazine show, Monitor. 2014 - 2017 Editor-in-Chief of WDR Television. Freelance publicist since 2017.

Anja Reschke

Head of Programme Department Culture and Documentation at Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Studied political science, history and social psychology in Munich, internship at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). Work as a freelance author for Panorama, Extra 3, NDR Aktuell and as presenter of Panorama, Extra 3, Zapp and Wissen vor acht - Zukunft. Head of Domestic Policy Department from 2015-2019. Head of Programme Department Culture and Documentation at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) since 2019.

Schiwa Schlei

Head of Programme WDR COSMO
 

Studied history, political science and media in Düsseldorf and Prague. Completed an internship at the Rheinische Post. Worked as an editor at SWR, WDR. Built up and managed digital channels of WDR 1LIVE since 2006. From 2015 Deputy Head of Programme WDR COSMO, since 2017 also Deputy Head of Development of Digital Products. Head of Programme WDR COSMO since 2018.

Peter Schöber

Executive Director and Head of Programming at ORF III TV, Culture and Information

At ORF Radio since the end of the eighties. Editor of the Information Department, 2007 - 2009 Head of Programme Development for Television. Executive Director of the TV broadcaster ORF/TW1 since 2010. Management of Europe-wide media projects. Executive Director and Head of Programme of ORF III TV, Culture and Information since 2011.

Bakel Walden

Director for Development and Services at SRG SSR

Studied media planning, media development and media consulting in Siegen and Poitiers. Completed an internship at RTL in Cologne, then worked in strategy development at the RTI headquarters in Luxembourg and at Greek subsidiary Alpha TV. Head of Programme Strategy at Swiss Radio and Television from 2012-2017. Director for Development and Services at SRG SSR since 2018.

Dr. Gualtiero Zambonini

Honorary member of the CIVIS Advisory Board
 

Studied philosophy in Rome. 1970-1973: worked as a freelance journalist, then took a teaching post at the Ruhr University as well as doing academic research at the Alfa research centre in Neuss. Editor at WDR radio since 1976. 1983: Head of the Italian radio editorial team and Deputy Head of the editorial team for foreign languages. 1995 Head of the Programme Group Forum Europe. 1999-2003 Head of the programme group Funkhaus Europa. 2003-2016 Commissioner for Integration at WDR.