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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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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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, Since 2011, he has been co-editor-in-chief of the bi-lingual website and magazine

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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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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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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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 as General Manager, Director of Finance and project manager; She studied business administration and economic education in Berlin, holding a Master’s degree in business administration. She is also a compassionate 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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Roberta Pasini

Previously Roberta Pasini has been the Project Manager for the multi-country website, which publishes work by journalists from Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. At present she manages Start FM a radio station for those who fled Mosul. 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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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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Dominik Lehnert

Dominik Lehnert is the editor-in-chief of MiCT’s website, 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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Cathrin Schaer

Cathrin Schaer has been with MiCT since 2011 and she is the editor-in-chief of MiCT’s website, 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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Katarzyna Gerwatowska

Kasia Gerwatowska is Head of Finances for the entire organisation and has been working for MiCT since 2016. She is supporting project managers with administration duties, providing necessary financial documentation and monitoring projects as well as the organisation 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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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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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.
Kholoud Ramezi

Kholoud Ramezi has been the Arabic editor of MiCT’s Iraqi news project 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.