team
Klaas Glenewinkel

Klaas Glenewinkel co-founded MiCT with Anja Wollenberg, and has been the director since 2004. Before starting MiCT, Glenewinkel founded a variety of other media-related and online endeavours. While living in Japan in the 1990s, he launched a cultural magazine called Superball. After returning to Germany, Glenewinkel set up an early German version of MySpace, an online community for young artists, called Kulturserver, followed by a cutting edge cultural-technology company, Streamminister.

In 2004, after his first visit to Iraq, Glenewinkel launched Telephone FM, a community radio show for young people in Baghdad, which was managed from Berlin; this was one of the first of MiCT’s successful projects in a nation in transition. In 2012, having seen many media institutions in post-conflict territories fail due to lack of business nous, Glenewinkel co-founded Plural Media Services, an organisation that helps media find ways to be economically sustainable.

In 2011 Glenewinkel was named an Ashoka Fellow – these Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs seen as providing innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change society.
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Anja Wollenberg

Anja Wollenberg is one of the founders of MiCT and together with Klaas Glenewinkel, she has been a director at MiCT since 2004. She is in charge of research and public relations at MiCT as well as project design and project evaluation. This involves adapting project plans as circumstances change and reviewing how successful each project has been, in terms of its desired aims.

Her main field of interest and expertise is media development in post-conflict and transitional countries; in particular, she has expertise on Iraq, Tunisia and Libya. Wollenberg studied Psychology at the Freie Universität in Berlin and in her role at MiCT, has contributed to several academic collections of research.
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Zanko Ahmad

Zanko Ahmad is the Kurdish editor for the Iraqi current affairs and journalism training website, Niqash. org. He mentors, coaches and supervises Iraqi Kurdish journalists working for the site in the north of the country and in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. He also edits the stories before they appear online.

Ahmad has been a journalist since 1998 and has held several senior positions in the region, working as an editor for the Awene newspaper, as editor-in-chief for Awenekan magazine, which he founded, and editorial manager for Hawlati, the first independent Kurdish newspaper. Besides working for Niqash, he is also the deputy Editor-in-Chief of Shar magazine and the Sharpress website.

Ahmad has worked right around the region as a correspondent, covering conflict situations in unstable, extremist-controlled areas and in the Qandil mountains where he covered fighting between the Turkish army and Kurdish guerrillas.
Yesser Afghani

Yesser Afghani works as an editor on the Syrnet radio project that MiCT is part of. His job involves supervising the content that Syrian radio journalists produce as well as editing scripts and assessing the results of the broadcast work. He also assists with forward planning for Syrnet stations.

Afghani has a background in business and visual communication and has been with MiCT since November 2014. He has a Masters degree in communication and media from the Technical University of Berlin and a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Damascus.
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Sven Recker

Sven Recker is part of the chief editorial staff at MiCT. He has been with the organisation since 2009. He is co-editor-in-chief of Correspondents and editor-in-chief of the annual newspaper, The Niles. Before joining MiCT, Recker, who has a background in media and developmental politics, worked for a number of German newspapers and magazines. Recker also spent several years working as a project manager in disaster zones in South East Asia.
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Rose-Anne Clermont

Rose-Anne Clermont has been the English editor at Correspondents since May 2012. Clermont moved to Berlin from New York as a Fulbright Journalism Fellow in 1999. As a journalist she has contributed to Die Zeit, Der Tagesspiegel, Spiegel Online, The New York Times and USA Today.

Prior to her move to Germany, Rose-Anne was a reporter at New York magazine. She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Rose-Anne has also authored a book, published by Bertelsmann, about being an immigrant in Germany.
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Roberta Pasini

Roberta Pasini is the Project Manager for the multi-country Correspondents.org website, which publishes work by journalists from Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Pasini started working for MiCT in April 2015 and her job involves organisation and administration of capacity-building workshops for journalists in the countries covered by the website.

Previous to starting at MiCT, Pasini was the country representative in Gaziantep, Turkey, for the organisation No Peace Without Justice, which works for the protection and promotion of human rights and international justice. Pasini, who has travelled widely in the Middle East, has a Masters degree in Cultures, Institutions and Languages of the Mediterranean area from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
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Roman Deckert

Roman Deckert is MiCT’s expert on Sudan and South Sudan, previously acting as editor-in-chief on several MiCT projects, including the Sudan Electionnaire and Sudan Votes. Deckert is also a regular contributor to other MiCT projects. Deckert first went to Africa as an exchange student during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Between 1997 and 2000 Deckert worked in Khartoum as a manager and teacher at the Sudanese-German Cultural Society. His first trip to what is now South Sudan was in 2000 to do academic research.

Before joining MiCT, Deckert worked for the Berlin Information Centre for Transatlantic Security as an analyst looking at the proliferation of small arms and ammunition.
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Ramy Ryad

Ramy Ryad is the coordinator of MiCT’s Egyptian project; his work involves organizing the NGO’s activities in that country. Previous to starting with MiCT in 2012, Ryad worked at another Egyptian NGO, which specialized in the promotion of women’s rights.

Ryad has a degree in Oriental Languages and Literature from the University of Cairo and he is currently studying for a Diploma in Cultural Development at the same institute’s Faculty of Arts.
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Qassim Khider

Qassim Khider heads the office at the Media Academy Iraq in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. In his role, he consults with local media organizations and manages training or media consultancy services as needed. Previous to working with MiCT, Khider was a reporter at the local English language newspaper, Kurdish Globe. He has also worked as a media consultant for a number of international companies and NGOs in Iraqi Kurdistan.
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Philipp Hochleichter

Philipp Hochleichter works for MiCT as a project manager and project coordinator. He often works on special events that MiCT organises, such as, for example, 2013’s two Media and Makers conferences in South Sudan and Sudan. Hochleichter also works on special tasks that need extra attention and management, such as, for example, the setting up of an FM radio antenna in conflict-riven Syria.
As well as working with MiCT, Hochleichter is a practising artist and also works in theatrical and event production.
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Petra Schoenenberg

Petra Schoenenberg has been with MiCT since 2012. She is the head of Human Resources for the entire organisation. Schoenenberg focuses on contracting and procurement as well.

Previous to joining MiCT Schoenenberg worked at other non-profit organisations in a number of different roles; she studied business administration and economic education in Berlin and is also a yoga teacher.
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Paola Stablum

Paola Stablum is the project manager in charge of the Correspondents project and she also helps in the development of other MiCT projects. Paola joined MiCT in 2011 and before this, she worked as a project manager on various international-donor-funded projects, for Agriconsulting Europe in Brussels and for ABU Consulting in Berlin.

Stablum holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Trieste University and a European Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratization, with a focus on European Union fundraising.
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Maral Jekta

Maral Jekta manages MiCT’s project in Iraq, the Media Academy Iraq, which is based in Erbil in Iraq, as well as the Iraqi current affairs website, Niqash.org. Jekta has been working for MiCT since January 2011 when she moved to Iraqi Kurdistan, to assist in setting up the Media Academy premises and staff. At the same time, Jekta was a contributing editor for another MiCT project, the German-language website “”Wirtschaftsplatform Irak”, which focused on business and the Iraqi economy.

Prior to joining MiCT, Jekta worked as an education expert for various projects.
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Mirvat Adwan

Mirvat Adwan has worked at MiCT since 2007 in various editorial roles. Currently she is a supervisor and editor with MiCT’s Syrian Radio Network project. She has also worked as an Arabic editor at MiCT websites, Correspondents and Niqash, as well as organising the Babel Now exhibition, the Iraq Votes and Iraqiscope projects and various Open Eye awards.

Previous to joining MiCT, Adwan was an editor at the Syria View website, published by the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, and also at another online publication, Thara, one of the first websites to focus on the rights of women and children in Syria.
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Majid al-Bunni

Based in MiCT’s Berlin offices, Majid al-Bunni works on the NGO’s Syrian project, the Syrnet radio network. He acts as the project’s social media editor and also works as a multi-media editor for the various radio stations broadcasting on Syrnet. This involves working with audio and written media as well as visual media occasionally.

Al-Bunni is originally from Syria and has been working with MiCT since late 2013. Previously he produced and presented programmes on Baladna FM, one of the stations broadcasting via Syrnet. Al-Bunni’s background is in international relations and global affairs – he was studying at Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi in Istanbul before moving to Germany.
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Leila Bendra

Leila Bendra is the Arabic editor for MiCT’s website, The Niles, which works with journalists and media producers  in Sudan and South Sudan. Originally from Morocco, Bendra lived in Juba for several years, where she interacted with the website’s journalists daily and organised a number of workshops and other events for MiCT.

Prior to joining MiCT, Bendra worked as a media consultant with Xchange Perspectives, which specialises in media-for-peace projects in Africa and Europe; she  has also worked at the European Peace University in Austria and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Morocco. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Communication Studies from Al Akhawan University in Ifrane, Morocco, and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on Gender and Education for Peace from the European Peace University in Austria.
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Koumay Mulhem

Koumay al-Mulhem is one of MiCT’s editors-in-chief, overseeing all editorial work done by MiCT. Al-Mulhem has worked as head Arabic editor in the MiCT offices, based in Amman and Berlin since 2006. From 2008 to late 2011 he was editor-in-chief of the trilingual Iraqi news website, Niqash.org. Since 2011, he has been co-editor-in-chief of the bi-lingual website and magazine Correspondents.org.

Al-Mulhem is a Syrian journalist, now residing in Berlin, who previously freelanced for a number of Damascus newspapers and online publications. He also worked as a reporter for the radio station Al Balad in Amman, Jordan.
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Kholoud Ramezi

Kholoud Ramezi has been the Arabic editor of MiCT’s Iraqi news project Niqash.org since 2008. Originally from Baghdad, Kholoud now acts as a mentor and trainer for journalists while commissioning and editing stories every week, sourced from a network of correspondents around Iraq. Besides working with Niqash, Kholoud also works for the leading pan-Arab newspaper Al Hayat. Prior to joining MICT she was a television reporter. Ramezi holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Baghdad.
Jess Smee

Berlin-based journalist Jess Smee edits English articles for MiCT’s Sudan and South Sudan project TheNiles.org. As a freelance journalist, she has written for a variety of publications, both online and in print, including Spiegel Online International, The Guardian and The Independent. Before moving to Berlin in 2004, she spent five years as a reporter for the Reuters news agency, working in their bureaus in London, Madrid and Frankfurt.
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Haytham el-Wardany

Haytham el-Wardany is an Arabic editor working with the Egyptian team on the Correspondents.org website. El-Wardany was born in Cairo and he worked for various newspapers there; later he was a senior editor at German state broadcaster, Deutsche Welle’s Arabic section. El-Wardany is also an author – he has published three collections of short stories in Arabic. His most recent book, How To Disappear, was published by Cairo’s Kayf Ta publishing house in 2013.
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Hatem Mohareb

Hatem Mohareb was born in 1980 in Ajdabiya City in eastern Libya and holds a Bachelor degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Benghazi. He has been a content manager for the local Ajdabiya channel as well as a correspondent for a number of television channels, including Libya, and he later served as director of its Benghazi bureau.

He now works in the Libya office of MiCT’s current affairs website, correspondents.org.
Eva Dingel

Eva Dingel has been working on project development and donor relations for MiCT since late 2014. This involves researching, writing and editing project proposals for submission to various donor organizations as well as maintaining contact with relevant staff at those organizations.

Previous to starting at MiCT, Dingel was at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the Aspen Institute Germany and various political foundations. Dingel has a PhD in political science, a Master’s degree in International Relations from Freie Universitaet Berlin and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from University College London. Dingel has done research in Egypt and also lived in Lebanon; her book, Islamist Politics in Egypt and Lebanon, will be published in 2015.
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Elias Kardouh

Elias Kardouh works for the Syrnet project, a network of radio stations heard right throughout Syria. He has been with MiCT since November 2013 and is currently responsible for monitoring the content of the various programs – this involves recording all of the shows, translating the Arabic into German and summarizing and analyzing the content.

Originally from Syria, Kardouh has a Masters degree in Business and Economics from the University of Potsdam, Germany.
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Dominik Lehnert

Dominik Lehnert is the editor-in-chief of MiCT’s website TheNiles.org, which works with journalists and media producers in Sudan and South Sudan. His job involves training journalists as well as coordinating the project on the ground in Juba. Lehnert has been working in Sudan and South(ern) Sudan since 2005, mostly for a variety of NGOs in development and also media; he has done everything from set up community radio stations to produce documentaries and films to coaching journalists.

Lehnert also has a raft of educational qualifications to his skill set – he started off studying aeronautical engineering at Stuttgart University and, after studying journalism and business administration, completed his studies with a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies at the European University Centre for Peace Studies in Austria.
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Dana Assad

Dana Assad is MiCT’s country director as well as the director of the Media Academy Iraq, based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Assad has been a journalist and editor since 1996, and has worked with, among others, Reuters, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the independent national news agency Aswat Al Iraq and Iraqi Kurdish independent newspaper, Hawlati. Assad is also the editor-in-chief of the website of independent Iraqi Kurdish newspaper, Awene.
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Dirk Spilker

As Head of Programmes, Dirk Spilker supervises the project managers and is responsible for overseeing MiCT’s various programmes. In this capacity he is the link between the managing director and the project managers. Spilker also contributes to MiCT’s research activities and works on conceptualizing new projects.

Before joining MiCT in 2010, Spilker worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation out of South Africa and Berlin. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Humboldt University, Berlin, and a Diploma in Media Studies from the Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media.
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Christine Liehr

Christine Liehr manages MiCT’s project in Mali, which works closely with the country’s sole television broadcaster. She also works on developing new projects and is responsible for updating MiCT’s social media accounts.

Prior to joining MiCT, Christine worked as a marketing and project manager for the social enterprise Friends-International in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and contributed to a data-journalism project with the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. Christine holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in European Management and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Westminster in London.
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Cathrin Schaer

Cathrin Schaer has been with MiCT since 2011 and she is the editor-in-chief of MiCT’s website Niqash.org, working with journalists in Iraq. Schaer has been a journalist for over 15 years and as a long-time freelancer, her work has been published in a variety of international publications, from the New York Times to the South China Morning Post to the Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. Previous to starting at MiCT, Schaer worked as an English editor at German current affairs website Spiegel Online.
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Anke Fiedler

Anke Fiedler has been a freelance consultant with MiCT since 2009 and her main tasks revolve around the research, design, monitoring and evaluation of  MiCT projects.

Fiedler studied communication, sociology and psychology at the Universities of Munich and Paris and in 2012, she completed her doctorate. Fiedler worked on projects at UNESCO in Amman and in Paris. She was also a researcher and lecturer at the University of Munich.
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Najat Abdulhaq

Najat Abdulhaq is the project manager of MiCT’s radio network project Syrnet and responsible for coordinating the TV component of the Sudan and South Sudan project The Niles.

Prior to joining MiCT, Abdulhaq was involved in a range of journalistic academic activities focusing on the Middle East, mainly as an editor at DW TV where she also worked on numeros short and long reportages.

Abdulhaq holds a PhD. in political sciences and economy from the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg and has a number of academic publications, amongst them a book on the economic role of the Jewish and Greek communities in Egypt before the Nasser era.
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Katarzyna Gerwatowska

Kasia Gerwatowska has been working as a financial assistance for MiCT since 2016, supporting project managers with administration duties, providing necessary financial documentation and monitoring projects finances.

Before joining MiCT, Kasia worked as Third-Party Funds Coordinator at Max Planck Institute supporting the researchers in all matters of administration and management Third Party Funding projects (EU, DFG, BMBF, DAAD etc.).

Kasia studied at the University of Warsaw, Poland and University of Potsdam, Germany, and she holds a Master’s degree in Finance.
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Rana Al-Aqabani

Rana Al-Aqabani was born in Sweida—in southern Syria—in 1982. She has been working as a journalist since 2003, and contributed to the Libya Press news agency throughout 2009. Together with other Libyan journalists she founded the Libyan Observatory for Freedom of Expression. She also worked as editor-in-chief for the ‘Libyan Spring’ blogspot. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the Libyan section of Correspondents.org.

 
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Lara Eckstein

Lara Eckstein joined MiCT in 2016. As assistant to the management, she supports the administrative work, helps to organise meetings and conferences, and is the focal point for media requests.

The role of journalists in conflicts and peace-building processes has been her main field of interest throughout her studies: She explored the options of conflict-sensitive journalism at local level in her bachelor thesis before completing a master in Peace and Security Studies. She also compiled articles, films and radio pieces for various media.

Before joining MiCT, Lara Eckstein worked for an NGO focussing on the relationship of climate change and gender issues. During a research project in Bangladesh, she was able to see the impact of climate change with her own eyes. In 2015, she attended the 21st climate conference in Paris as a civil-society observer with the Women&Gender Constituency.
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Khabat Karimi

Khabat Karimi works as an accountant and coordinator in the administration of MiCT’s Iraq projects. He is based in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. Karimi is a Norwegian with Kurdish roots and studied international management in Oslo. Before joining MiCT he gained professional experience in various business sectors, including telecommunications, oil & gas, and construction.
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Anna Antonakis-Nashif

Anna Antonakis-Nashif is a freelance consultant with MiCT and her main tasks revolve around research, monitoring and evaluation of MiCT projects. She is a political scientist and a doctoral candidate at the Free University Berlin, where she also lectures on gender theories in the MENA region. Her research focuses on social mobilizations and women’s participation in Tunisia and includes intersectional theories and theories of (counter)public spheres. She was granted a fellowship in the project “Elite Change and New Social Mobilization” at the Institute for foreign and security studies SWP in Berlin from 2013-2015 and has published on Tunisia in different journals and outlets.
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