CIVIS Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees assumes an important representative function for the organisation. The Board of Trustees acts in the civil society in order to effectively present the interests of the organisation to the public. The members of the Board of Trustees have a right to nominate programme contributions which are worthy of prizes in the European media prize.

Tom Buhrow
Director-General of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation

Studies of history and political science at the Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn. 1984 Exams. 1985-1986 traineeship at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. 1986-1992 editor and reporter at WDR Television, duty editor and TV presenter of “Aktuelle Stunde”. 1992 Reporter ARD Tagesschau/Tagesthemen North Rhine-Westphalia. 1994-1999 TV-correspondent in the ARD-Studio in Washington. 2000-2002 correspondent in the ARD-Studio in Paris. 2002 Head of the ARD-Studio in Washington. 2006-2013 presenter of the ARD Tagesthemen. Presenter of several TV prize-giving ceremonies of the CIVIS Media Prize. Since July, 2013 Director-General of Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation.

Stefan Raue
Director at Deutschlandradio, deputy chairman of the advisory board CIVIS Medienstiftung for integration and cultural diversity in Europe

Study of History at the Universities of Freiburg and Bielefeld. 1985 Master’s degree (M.A.). Traineeship and regional politics reporter at Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). 1990-95 managing editor and editor in chief at RIAS TV and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. 1995-2011 deputy head of politics at Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), responsible for election programmes and special broadcasts (incl. G8 summit in Heiligendamm and NATO summit in Baden-Baden), party conference reports and TV debates. 2011 first tri-media editor in chief at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). Since September 2017 director at Deutschlandradio. Deputy chairman of the CIVIS advisory board.

Minu Barati-Fischer
Producer and author, managing director of "Jooyaa Filmproduktion". Member of the German Producers Alliance

Studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb, Producers Class). Initially gathered practical experience in several production companies, among other things, in the areas of screenplay translation and editing, content development and production assistant. Also worked working as a proof-reader. After working as a TV producer and in the development of content for film and television. 2008 spent time abroad in the United States. 2009 founded the production company "Jooyaa Filmproduktion". Worked as managing director, producer and writer. Development and production of several TV and movie projects. 2012 film debut with "Ausgerechnet Siberien" ("Siberia of all places"). Member of the German Producers Alliance. Member of the Advisory Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Macromedia University of Applied Science. Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation.

Boris Bergant
Adviser to the Director-General for International Relations and Programming Cooperation at RTV Slovenia. Former Vice-President of the European Broadcasting Union

Studied journalism at the University of Ljubljana. Editor in the foreign affairs department, Editor-in-chief of news and current affairs at Radio-RTV Slovenia. 1986–1990 Chairman of the Slovenian Association of Journalists. 1982–1992 President of the International Association of Public Television in Europe (Circom Regional). 1990–1992 and since 1996 member of the Administrative Council of the EBU. 1993 Deputy Chairman of the EBU-Television Committee. 1998-2008 Vice-President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Since 2006 Advisor to the Director-General for International Relations and Programming Cooperation, RTV Slovenia. Winner of several media prizes. Numerous publications in the field of foreign affairs and the media.

Peter Boudgoust
Director-General of Südwestrundfunk (SWR). President of the Franco-German channel ARTE

Studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim. 1979-1981, legal internship with completion of 2nd state examination. 1981-1984, Head of Social Affairs Department for the Main-Tauber Administrative District Office. 1984-1986, Press Officer of the Regional Council Stuttgart. 1986-1994, State Ministry Baden-Wurttemberg; most recently Head of Department I (Personnel, Budget, Finance, Media, Information and Communication Systems). 1995-1998, Legal Officer and Finance Director of Südwestrundfunk. October 1998-April 2007, Director of Administration of Südwestrundfunk, Managing Director of SWR Holding GmbH. January 1999 - December of 2000 Chairman of the ARD Finance Commission. Since May 2007, Director-General of Südwestrundfunk. January 2009-December 2010, ARD Chairman. Cooperation on numerous commissions of the ARD and ZDF, among others, member of the Strategy Group of the ARD, member of the Finance Group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Chairman of the ARD/ZDF Working Group Broadcasting Licence Fees. In charge of central pay negotiations for the ARD. Member of the ARD Negotiation Group Election Reporting Contract.

Frank Elstner
Presenter, journalist and producer. Elstnertainement

Traineeship at the Badischen Neuesten Nachrichten. 1963 presenter at Radio Luxemburg. 1966 chief speaker at Radio Luxemburg. 1968 assistant director. 1970 deputy programme director. 1972 director of the German RTL radio programme. Television presenter of "Fernsehlotterie", "Spiel ohne Grenzen", "Montagsmaler". 1981 conception and presentation of the ZDF show "Wetten, dass...?". 1982-1987 presenter of the ZDF Annual retrospective "Menschen". Since 1987 also producer of the Nobel Prize winner series "Die stillen Stars", "Nase vorn", "Aber Hallo – Die Frank Elstner Show" and the quiz show "Jeopardy". Since 2000 presentation of the talkshow "Menschen der Woche" of SWR. 2002-2009 presentation of "Verstehen Sie Spaß?" in the ARD/Das Erste. Since 2006 presentation of the ARD show "Die große Show der Naturwunder" together with Ranga Yogeshwar. Since 2013 lecturer at the Axel Springer Academy for the “Masterclass” programme. Since 2003 member of the Board of Trustees of CIVIS Media Foundation.

Andreas Freudenberg
Pedagogue and Cultural Manager. Project Manager and Managing Director of the Global Music Academy GmbH. Founder and operator of the private Global Music School Berlin.

1978–1986 Director of Studies at the Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll [evangelical academy Bad Boll]. 1987–1994 Research Assistant for the foundation of the documentation and cultural centre of German Sinti and Roma. 1994-2008 Head of “Werkstatt der Kulturen” [workshop for cultures] in Berlin, responsible for theatre and concert productions, various festivals, including „Simdi Now“ in 2004 for contemporary Turkish art. Initiator of the “Karneval der Kulturen” [Carnival of Cultures] as well as the nationwide music competition CREOLE - World Music from Germany. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation since 1998. 2000-2008 elected member of the Council for Arts in Berlin. 2010 on behalf of the City of Cologne, co-author of the concept for the later founded Akademie der Künste der Welt [Academy of the Arts of the World]. Since 2008 Project Leader and MD of Global Music Academy GmbH and in this function the founder and operator of the private Global Music School. Since 2018 Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation. Member of the Borad of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation. Awards.

Dr. Helge Fuhst
Programme Managing Director at phoenix (ARD)

Studied political science and history at the Leibniz University Hanover and American University Washington. Master's Degree and doctorate. Voluntary service at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), working as a television author at NDR Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen [regional broadcasting station Lower Saxony]. 2012-2013 Moderation Editor of ADR Tagesthemen [news programme] in Hamburg. 2013 Personal Advisor to Tom Buhrow, Director of the Westdeutscher Rundkfunk (WDR). 2015 also acting as Deputy Head of the WDR Management in Cologne. 2017 Head of "Central Tasks and Programme Management" at phoenix in Bonn, as well as Deputy Programme Managing Director at Phoenix. Presenter of the political discussion programme “Unter den Linden” from Berlin. Since 2018 Programme Managing Director at Phoenix. Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation.

Peter Limbourg
Director-General of Deutsche Welle (DW)

Studied Law in Bonn. 1987 State Exams. 1988-1989 traineeship with Deutsche Fernsehnachrichten Agentur (DFA). 1990-1996 Europa and NATO correspondent for SAT.1 in Brussels. 1996 - 1999 Studio Manager ProSieben in Bonn. 1999 Co-Editor-in-Chief of N24 and Political Director of ProSieben, as of 2001 also of SAT.1. Co-presenter of the TV-Duels 2002 and 2009. 2004-2005 as well as 2008-2009 Managing Director of Pool TV. 2008-2010 Editor-in-Chief of N24. 2008 - 2013 Main presenter of SAT.1 News and 2010 - 2013 Information Director ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland. Since 2013 a member of the Board of Trustees of CIVIS Medienstiftung. Since 1st October 2013 Director-General of Deutsche Welle.

Gilles Marchand
Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR)

Studied Sociology at the University in Geneva. Master’s degree (M.A.). 1985-1987 editor of a number of publications of TRIBUNE EDITIONS in Geneva. 1988-1990 at the French-language daily newspaper TRIBUNE DE GENÈVE. 1990-1992 media consultant at CONCEPT MEDIA SA in Geneva. 1992-2001 initially Manager, then Director of the Research, Marketing and Communications Department of the RINGIER ROMANDIE media group. 2001-2010 Director (CEO) of TELEVISION SUISSE ROMANDIE (TSR). Since 2010 Director of RADIO TELEVISION SUISSE (RTS) and member of the Management Board of the SWISS BROADCASTING CORPORATION (SRG SSR), as well as Deputy Director General. Member of the Administrative Board of the marketing company ADMEIRA. Member of the Supervisory Board of EURONEWS. 2015 President of PRIX ITALIA. Since October 2017 Director General of SRG SSR. Member of the Board of Trustees of the European CIVIS Media Foundation for Integration and Cultural Diversity.

Lutz Marmor
Director-General of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)

Studied business management in Cologne. Graduated in business management in 1978. 1978 to 1979 worked at GEBERA Cologne (Company for business management consulting), focusing on controlling. 1980-1983 freelance management consultant and academic assistant at the University of Cologne. 1983 Work at the central finance department of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). 1986 Head of the Accounting department. 1991 Director of Administration at Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (today rbb). Since 1992 simultaneously Managing Director of ORB-Werbung GmbH. 1995-2006 Director of Administration of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and since September 1996 Executive Director of NDR-Media GmbH. 2003-2004 Chairman of the Finance Commission of ARD. 2006-2007 Chairman of the Administrative Board of the GEZ. 2006 Director of Administration and Deputy Director-General WDR. Head of the "Digital WDR" working group. Since 2008 Director-General of NDR. Since July 2012 Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation. 2013-2015 ARD Chairman.

Detlef W. Prinz
Journalist, author and media entrepreneur. Managing Partner of PrinzMedien Holding Berlin

Owner of the PrinzMedien INTERNATIONAL Group, which includes, amongst other things, the monthly newspapers THE ATLANTIC TIMES and THE GERMAN TIMES, as well as the information and background service DER HAUPTSTADTBRIEF. Member of the National Council of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and chairman of several federal commissions. Since 2005 founding member of the IZA POLICY FELLOWS and a member of the Board of Trustees of the FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES. Chairman of the KARL-SCHILLER FOUNDATION, Berlin. Member of GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CLUB, Washington D.C.. Member of the Board of Trustees of the European CIVIS Media Foundation for Integration and Cultural Diversity. Various publications.

Dr. Mohsen Sohi
CEO of the Freudenberg Group. Head of the Board of Partners, Freudenberg Foundation Weinheim

Studied Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. 1982 Bachelor, 1984 Master, 1989 Doctor of Science, at the Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. 1998 MBA at the Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 1986 Senior Engineer, ALLIED SIGNAL, Phoenix, Arizona. 1993 Chief Engineer, Materials and Processes Aerospace ALLIED SIGNAL, Phoenix, Arizona. Director Global Product Development Automotive ALLIED SIGNAL, Detroit, Michigan. 1997 Vice President and General Manager, Turbocharging Systems ALLIED SIGNAL, Torrance, California. 1999 President, Commercial Vehicle Systems, HONEYWELL, Cleveland, Ohio. 2000 President HONEYWELL Electronic Materials, Sunnyvale, California. 2001 Senior Vice President and President, NCR Store Automation, NCR CORPORATION, Atlanta, Georgia. 2003 President and CEO, Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Plymouth, Michigan. 2010 Member of the Management Board, Freudenberg & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Weinheim, Germany. Since 2012 Speaker of the Board of Management of the Freudenberg SE, Speaker of the Management Board Freudenberg & Co. Weinheim. Trustee of the Foundation of the University of Heidelberg (Stiftung Universität Heidelberg). Member of the Board of Management, Association for Promoting Science and Education (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft), Essen. CEO of the Freudenberg Group. Head of the Board of Partners, Freudenberg Foundation.

Annette Widmann-Mauz, MdB
Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery, Commissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration

Studied Politics and Law at the University of Tübingen. Member of the Bundestag (MdB) since 1998. Member of the Federal Committee of CDU Germany (since 2012). 1995-2015 Chair of the Frauen Union Baden-Württemberg. 2000-2009 Executive Member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. 2000-2005 Chair of the women’s group in the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. Since 2003 Deputy Chair of CDU Baden-Württemberg. 2002-2009 health spokesperson. 2005-2009 Chair of the CDU/CSU working group on health. 2009-2013 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Health (Dr. Philipp Rösler/ Daniel Bahr). 2013-2018 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Health (Hermann Gröhe). Since 2015 Federal Chair of the Frauen Union of CDU Germany. Since 2018 Minster of State at the Federal Chancellery, Commissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration. Since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIVIS Media Foundation for Integration and Cultural Diversity in Europe.

Ulrich Wilhelm
Director-General of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Chairman of ARD

1981-1983 Deutsche Journalistenschule e.V., Munich. 1982-1986 Studied law at the universities of Passau and Munich. 1986 First state examination in law. From 1983 Freelance radio and television journalist, in particular for Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR). 1987-1990 In-service training (incl. as a Congressional Fellow at the US Congress in Washington D.C.). 1990 Second state examination in law. 1990 Freelance worker within the BR editorial department for television. 1991 Entry into the civil service as a senior civil servant, employed in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior. May 1993 Move to the Bavarian State Chancellery. 1999 - 2003 Press spokesperson for the Minister President and the Bavarian State Government, head of the department for press, public relations and media. 2004-2005 Department head of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts. November 2005 - July 2010 Head of the Press and Information Office for the Federal Government and Government spokesperson at the rank of permanent state secretary. Since February 2011 Director-General of Bayerischer Rundfunk. Since January 2013 Member of the Executive Board of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Since January 2018 Chairman of ARD and member of the CIVIS Board of Trustees.

Prof. Dr. Karola Wille
ARD Chairwoman and Director General of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)

Studied law at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Graduate. Research studies at the School of Law.1986 was awarded her doctorate in law. 1986-1991 Research Assistant at the Institute for International Studies at the University of Leipzig. 1991 qualified as a teacher (facultas docendi) in media law at the Faculty of Law. 1991 Legal Adviser in the Legal Department of the City of Leipzig. November 1991 First Adviser in the Legal Directorate of the MDR. 1991-1994 correspondence degree course at the Open University of Hagen. 1993 Deputy Legal Director, and since November 1996, Legal Director of the MDR. 1997-1998 In this function, direction of the Legal Commission of ARD and ZDF. 1997 Lecturer at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. 2002 Honorary Professor for Media Law at the University of Leipzig. Since 2003, Deputy Director General of the MDR. Since 2011 Director General of the MDR. 2016-2018 ARD Chairwoman. Representative of ARD on the Supervisory Board and Representative of the public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF on the Executive Committee of the FFA - German Federal Film Board.

Dr. Beate Winkler
Human Rights politician on a European and national level. Author and painter

Studied law, doctorate. First female director of an EU agency, the current EU Agency for Fundamental Rights based in Vienna. Development and management of this independent EU agency for nine years and afterwards consultant in the Think Tank of the President of the European Commission. The focus of her work is on the development of processes of change. She thus sees herself as a “co-pilot for diversity of opportunities”. Beate Winkler is the initiator of new forms of cooperation between politics, media, science and NGO's. Numerous articles published nationally and internationally.

Dr. Alexander Wrabetz
Director-General of Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)

Studied law in Vienna. 1983 doctorate. 1983 practice in court as legal trainee. 1982-1983 freelance work for ORF regional studio Vienna. 1984-1987 trainee programme in the head office and bank of the Austrian savings banks. Group head Trade Finance. 1987-1992 assistant to the Chairman of the Executive Board of Österreichische Industrieholding AG, 1989 granted general commercial power of representation. 1990 Secretary-General of Austrian Industries/ÖIAG. Member of the supervisory boards of several companies within the ÖIAG. 1992-1994 Managing Director of Voest Alpine Intertrading Ges.m.b.H. Linz. 1995-1998 Managing Director of Vamed Engineering GmbH & Co KG, Planungs- und Errichtungsges. m.b.H., Vienna and member of the Executive Board of VAMED AG, Vienna. Further offices in the Vamed Group. 1995-1998 member of the Board of Trustees of Österreichischer Rundfunk. 1998 to 2006 Commerical Director of Österreichischer Rundfunk. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ORF-Enterprise GmbH & Co KG. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gebühren Info Service GmbH and Managing Director of TW1 Betriebsführungs GmbH. Since 2007, Director-General of Österreichischer Rundfunk.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick
Chair of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, University of Bielefeld

Studied protestant theology and psychology. 1988-1989 research assistant for social psychology at the University of Bochum. 1990-1998 scientific research assistant for social and organizational psychology at the University of Wuppertal. 1996 doctorate. 1999-2005 assistant professor for social and organizational psychology at the University of Wuppertal. 2005-2006 research assistant at the “Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence” at the University Bielefeld. Since 2007 head of the projects “Group-focused Misanthropy” and “Group-focused Enmity in Europe” at the “Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence” of the University of Bielefeld. 2008 post-doctorate qualification. Since 2008 Professor for Socialization and Conflict Research at the University of Bielefeld. Since 2013 Chair of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, University of Bielefeld. 2016 COMMUNICATOR Award of the German Research Association. Board member of the COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION. Member of several national and international councils of experts. Numerous publications. Since 2012 Member of the CIVIS Board of Trustees.