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, born in 1958. Director-General of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). 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.
Dr. Willi Steul, born 1951, Director-General of Deutschlandradio. Studied ethnology, philosophy, Catholic theology and history in Oxford, Paris, Frankfurt and Kabul. 1970 doctorate. Freelancer and correspondent for daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television. 1972-1973 ethnological field studies in Afghanistan. 1973-1975 scholarship and further education at the "Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses e.V." in Munich. 1974-1975 reporter and presenter, Südwestfunk regional studio Tübingen (SWF). 1976-1977 field research, lecturer in ethnology at the University of Kabul and deputy-director of the Kabul office of the Südasien Institut of the University of Heidelberg. 1978-1979 political editor, SWF Baden-Baden. Missions as ARD-approaching Middle East correspondent in Beirut, Lebanon. 1980-1982 SWF correspondent in Bonn, in addition special correspondent of the ARD for Afghanistan. 1982-1987 ARD radio correspondent for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. 1988-1989 editor-in-chief "Aktuelles Zeitgeschehen", SWF Baden-Baden. 1990-1991 ARD radio correspondent for disarmament, UNO and Switzerland in Geneva. 1991 special correspondent Gulf War. 1992-1994 deputy director SWF/SDR studio in Bonn. 1994-1998 editor-in-chief and deputy director Deutschlandradio Berlin. 1998-2004 regional broadcasting director Baden-Württemberg and deputy Director-General Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart (SWR). Since April 2009 Director-General Deutschlandradio.
Minu Barati, born 1975 in Berlin. Producer and author. 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. 2001 - 2005 studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb, Producers Class). 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, born 1948 in Maribor, Slovenia. Adviser to the Director-General for International Relations and Programming Cooperation at RTV Slovenia (Radio TV Slovenia). Journalist. 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, born in 1954 in Mannheim. Director-General of Südwestrundfunk (SWR). 1973-1978, 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.
Roger de Weck, born in 1953 in Switzerland. Director-General of SRG SSR. Graduated in Economics at the University (HSG) in St. Gallen in 1976. Afterwards had articles published in the "Tribune de Genève", the "Weltwoche" and the Hamburg weekly newspaper "Die Zeit". From 1992 to 1997 editor-in-chief of Zürich’s "Tages-Anzeiger" and member of the Tamedia company management. As of mid-1997, editor-in-chief of "ZEIT". From 2001 to 2010 journalist. Presentation of the television programme "Sternstunde Philosophie" on SF 1 and President of the Foundation Board of Trustees of the "Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies" in Geneva. Since January 2011, Director-general of SRG SSR. Holder of honorary doctorates of the Universities of Lucerne and Freiburg. Lecturer at the College of Europe in Brügge and Warschau/Natolin, member of the Foundation Board of the International Charlemagne Prize of the City of Aachen, Groupe de veille France-Allemagne at the Institut Montaigne Paris. Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the magazine "Critique internationale" in Paris. Publisher of the foreign policy book series "Standpunkte" (Edition Körber-Stiftung Hamburg), Board of Trustees Theodor-Heuss-Stiftung Stuttgart.
Frank Elstner, born in 1942 in Linz/Austria. Presenter, journalist and producer, practical training 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.
Dr. Reinhart Freudenberg, born in 1932. Member of the Freudenberg Foundation. Attended school and studied law in Geneva. Scientific work and lawyer in Mannheim. In 1961 joined the Freudenberg group of companies founded by his great-grandfather. Up to 1969 manager of the tannery, 1972 personally liable partner and a member of the Management Board. 1988 - 1997 Chairman of the Management Board in succession to his brother Hermann Freudenberg. 1997 - June 30, 2005 Chairman of the Board of Partners of Freudenberg & Co KG. 2003-2012 Chairman of the board of trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation. Since 2004 member of the board of trustees of the CIVIS media foundation.
Michael Hirz, born in 1952 in Neukirchen-Vluyn. Programme Managing Director of the ARD/ZDF Current Affairs and Documentary channel PHOENIX. Studied Languages and Political Science in Cologne and Bonn. 1977 traineeship and subsequently correspondent at the regional daily newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. 1981 editor and chief staff writer at the Press Office of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). 1986 Deputy Director of the Media and Public Relations at WDR. 1988 senior editor on the weekly ARD TV talkshow "Presseclub". 1991 Moved to the Department of Domestic Affairs, head of various talk shows. Developed and headed up a magazine on European affairs in the Department for Foreign Affairs. 1998 head of the editorial department "Kultur aktuell" at WDR television. 2002 head of the newly-launched Culture department and Deputy Director of the Culture and Science section. From February 1, 2008 Programme Managing Director of the ARD/ZDF Current Affairs and Documentary channel PHOENIX.
Peter Limbourg, born 1960 in Bonn. 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.
Lutz Marmor, born 1954 in Cologne. 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.
Aydan Özoğuz, born in 1967 in Hamburg. Minister of State at the German Federal Chancellery and German Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Member of Parliament. 1986 - 1994 Studied English Studies, Spanish Language and Literature as well as Human Resources Management. Master's Degree.1994 - 2009 research assistant at the Körber Foundation, Hamburg. Since 2004 member of the SPD Hamburg. 2001 - 2008 member of Hamburg's City Parliament. Since 2009 a Member of the German Federal Parliament. Since 2011 Deupty Party Chairwoman of the SPD. Since December 2013 Minister of State at the German Federal Chancellery and German Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration.
Christian Petry, born in 1941. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation. Studied history and sociology in Tübingen, Berlin and Constance. 1970 teacher and social scientist at the Birklehof School and at Weinheim Comprehensive School. 1974-1987 development of the regional educational centre in Aurich/East Frisia. Development and management of regional offices for the promotion of foreign children and teenagers in North Rhine-Westphalia up to 1984. 1985-2009 Executive Director of Freudenberg Foundation in Weinheim. Since 2002 board of the Karl Konrad & Ria Groeben Foundation. Since 2004 member of the Executive Board of the European Rome Education Fund. Various publications on the history of student resistance during the Third Reich, on questions of educational reform and intercultural communication. 2003-2009 Deputy-Chairman of the Partners’ Meeting of the CIVIS Media Foundation. Since 2010 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Freudenberg Foundation.
Prof. Dr. Karola Wille, born in 1959 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz). 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 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, born 1949 in Dresden. Human Rights politician on a European and national level, author and painter. 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, born in 1960 in Vienna. 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, born 1962. 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 Confict and Violence” at the University Bielefeld. Since 2007 head of the projects “Group-focused Misanthropy” and “Groupfocused Enmity in Europe” at the “Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Confict 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. Since 2012 Member of the CIVIS Board of Trustees.