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Our Team

We continiously work with numerous international journalists, media experts and trainers.

The activities of the Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism are coordinated by a small administrative team at our office in Hamburg. Here are some of the ressource persons we have regularly worked with. If you  are interested in joining us in our efforts, please contact the Managing Director.

Ujjwal Acharya

Ujjwal Acharya is the South Asia Regional Coordinator for the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). He is also Research Director of the Center for Media Research – Nepal, a small NGO based in Kathmandu Nepal where he leads research projects on digital media. He has worked at major national dailies including Nepal Samacharpatra, The Kathmandu Post, Republica and Annapurna Post in various capacities from trainee reporter to digital editor, and is a media rights activist, having served as the executive committee member of the Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) and the chair of the Digital Media Committee (2011-14). He has also worked in the area of media development and rights with UNESCO Kathmandu.

Erik Albrecht

Erik Albrecht is a freelance journalist for radio, web, and TV. He reports for German public radio. As a researcher, Erik specializes in new forms of journalism and the effects of digitization on media ecologies. As a trainer of trainers, he has been part in setting up various programmes for journalism and media management in Ukraine and Belarus. Previously, Erik worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow reporting for German media outlets. He earned a master's degree in Journalism at TU Dortmund University with a thesis exploring journalistic culture and press freedom in Russia. He is currently based in Berlin and Sheffield.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas works as an investigative journalist at the Ghanaian newspaper The New Crusading Guide and for Al-Jazeera. His pieces have uncovered several scandals and won him a number of prizes, among them the Nafali Prize for Journalism. Born in 1978 in Accra, he attended the Ghana Institute of Journalism and later, law school. The main topics of his work are human rights violations in the West African region. Anas prefers not to be photographed, mainly because he often conducts his investigations by posing as a civilian and collecting the information secretly. It is his belief that a journalist’s job includes providing evidence for misbehavior and criminal conduct in order to strengthen civil society.

Tarek Atia

Tarek Atia is the CEO and Founder of the Egypt Media Development Program in Cairo. In addition, he serves as publisher of Mantiqti, the newspaper of downtown Cairo, and Zahma, the curatedArabic news website. In the past, Tarek has worked as Assistant Editor in Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, and his writing has been published in prominent international media outlets including the Washington Post and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Since 2006, he has worked in media development, designing and implementing capacity-building programs for over 5,000 journalists, editors and mangers working across print, broadcast and online platforms. He has also been an adjunct lecturer at Cairo University’s Faculty of Mass Communications.

Artem Babak

Artem Babak works as a journalist for Transparency International in Ukraine and deals with investigative and fact-checking projects. Before, he worked for Internews Ukraine and the fact-checking project at Mohyla University in Kiev. Besides his main job, Artem conducts a lot of media literacy trainings. He joined the Interlink Academy in the beginning as a course participant and then quickly advanced to become a trainer himself. Artem lives with his wife and children in Kiev.

Nadiia Babynska

Nadiia Babynska is a Ukrainian journalist, media trainer and expert for open data and freedom of information projects. Nadia participates also in anti-corruption initiatives and youth projects. She has in-depth experience as an investigative reporter. Nadiia has been part of Interlink’s Ukrainian Summer Schools for Young Bloggers and Citizen Journalists as a Chief Trainer ever since they were started in 2016. Nadiia lives in Chernivtsi but traveling is part of most of her projects; and hence you might meet her anytime anywhere in Ukraine or abroad.

Denys Bihus

Deniz Bigus is a Ukrainian journalist who works as an author and anchorman for the weekly investigative TV show “Nashi Groshi - Our Money”. He specializes in investigating public procurements, state corruption, connections between government and business, and illegal assets of former officials. He is also the initiator of several crowd-sourcing projects such as GarnaHata (research on the ownership of real estate) and Declarations (digitization and analysis of assets declaration).

Werner Bogula

Werner Bogula started his online career in 1995. After working in the German founding team of AOL/Bertelsmann, he joined the new economy fray. From 1999 to 2002 he worked for, helping to turn it into Germany's second largest online service as Head of Content and Editor-in-Chief. Between the years of 2003 and 2006, Bogula coached journalists in Berlin for the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) and ran his first Marathon. In 2006, he founded his start-up jogmap, a sports community that was eventually taken over by the German media giant Holtzbrinck. From 2010 until this day, he has travelled the world, providing consultation to media companies and media schools in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Dmytro Bondar

Dmytro Bondar works as an investigative journalist and TV producer at the Rivne office of Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine. He entered into journalism in 2014 and his former career steps were the investigative research project and website The Fourth Estate. Dmytro won the Honor of Journalism Contest 2017 and a nomination in the competition Hope of Journalism. Dmytro lives in Rivne west of Kiev.

Joan Chirwa

Joan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. Her experience in a top management position at The Post (now liquidated) as Managing Editor exposed her to wider media operations and advocacy for press freedom. Joan has on several occasions spoken at key international events on the media landscape in Zambia and formed the Free Press Initiative Zambia, a platform on which she and her colleagues keep pushing for professionalism in journalism through constant training and press freedom in Zambia. Since 2019, Joan also works as a trainer for Interlink Academy.

Alexandra Dracheva

Alexandra is one of our Junior Project Managers. She is at the end of her Bachelor degree in Media and Communication studies and is passionate about the organisation of events and projects, different types of media and environmentalism. She likes learning about new cultures and meeting international people.

Werner Eggert

Werner is the Founding Director of Interlink Academy, and he also works as a media consultant and journalism trainer for various institutions in Germany and abroad. Werner has been active in international media development for more than twenty years. He has recently established several e-learning projects for Deutsche Welle Akademie in Myanmar and Ukraine, and from 2010 to 2014 was at the helm of Bertelsmann's innovative Intajour project. Earlier, he was the Editor-in Chief of the Educational Television and Radio Channel TIDE in Hamburg, and worked as a Senior Project Manager at the International Institute for Journalism (now part of GIZ) in Berlin. In the 1990s, Eggert worked for several years as a consultant for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in Windhoek. Werner began his career as a journalist working for several media organizations in Germany.

Katharina Finke

Katharina Finke works as a freelance specialist at Interlink Academy. In addition, she is a freelance journalist reporting from around the world for TV, print and online media. Her stories focus on environmental issues and human rights. Katharina has also published three non-fiction books by Random House, National Geographic, Piper. Besides that Katharina works as an editor, producer, moderator and coordinator of journalistic event, like the GIJC19. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management & and a master’s degree in Journalism.

Christina Elmer

Christina Elmer works for Spiegel Online and is a member of the editorial board. Christina is specialized in data and science journalism. Before joining Spiegel Online in May 2013, she worked at Stern magazine, where she examined hacked Nazi files and Wikileaks-data. Until 2011, Elmer worked as a research trainer and editor for the German press agency dpa. She was part of the team that set up Germany’s first department for data journalism and computer-as¬sisted reporting, also at dpa. Elmer’s special interest is science. In 2007, she won an award for a feature on ecological problems that was published in a national newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Bijay Gajmer

Bijay Gajmer is a multimedia trainer for the Center for Media Research, Interlink’s local partner organisation in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before, he worked as a multimedia journalist/producer for Bijay has been a professional photo journalist for 15 years, most of it at a photo agency and for a daily newspaper in Kathmandu. Bijay has won numerous awards for photography including the Nepal Photo Of The Year Award in 2014.

Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media and citizen-based journalism, is professor of practice in media literacy at the Arizona State University. Gillmor joined the San Jose Mercury News in 1994, writing a widely read column and blog that chronicled the dot-com revolution in Silicon Valley, and technology’s wider impact on policy and society. His blog is believed to have been the first by a journalist for a mainstream journalism organization. He is the author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People,” and “Mediactive”, books on citizen journalism that are widely recognized as the first to explain how the collision of journalism and technology has democratized the creation of and access to media, and why it matters. He has been an early-stage investor in several new media startups including Silicon Valley-based Wikia Inc., founded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and Seesmic, an online video company. He also co-founded and continues to advise the Knight-funded Citizen Media Law Project.

Claus Hesseling

Claus Hesseling is Director of Journalism Programs and Prinicpal Trainer at Interlink Academy. He started working as an online journalist in 2001, and since 2008 has been a reporter and producer for Germany’s public TV and broadcasting network ARD. As a data journalist, he creates “data-driven” TV documentaries. For more than 10 years now, he has worked as a media coach with clients from all over the globe.

Andrea Kambergs

Andrea Kambergs manages the projects for Interlink Academy and cooperates strongly with our project partners worldwide. Andrea has been working with Interlink's Director Werner since 2005 when they organised together a journalism training in the city of Accra in Ghana. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in geography and communication and is a certified project manager. She has strong ties to the South American country Colombia where she lived for some years.

Bikash Karki

Bikash Karki is an experienced photo journalist in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, he works with the Annapurna Post. Bikash leads the Photojournalists' Club, the umbrella union of the photojournalists in Nepal and is a founding member of the Center for Media Research - Nepal (CMR-Nepal). He is engaged in training photo and video journalists and now has established himself as a multimedia and mobile journalism trainer for Interlink Academy among others after participating in Interlinks’s Train the Trainer project before.

Mykola Kostynyan

Mykola Kostynyan is a trainer and consultant based in Kiev, Ukraine. He helps journalists and human rights defenders with digital security issues. In his workshops, he gives advice to small and medium-sized organizations on how to identify potential digital threats and how to protect their computers and data from hacking. Most of his activities take place in Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries and he regularly travels to Georgia and the Baltic. Mykola holds a university degree in economics.

Dominik Krebs

Dominik Krebs is a Hamburg-based graphic designer and video producer with his own company, Howwework. In his work as an online developer, his focus is on user interface design and Wordpress as a toolkit for online media development. He regularly supports the Interlink Academy in matters of brand development and online communications. Dominik studied communication studies in Vienna and graphic design (communication design) in Hamburg.

Katharina Kütemeyer

Katharina Kütemeyer is a journalist and media consultant specialized in social media. Before being responsible for the digital development of WESER-KURIER (regional newspaper) as Managing Editor and Member of the Editorial Board, she developed the social media section at Stern magazine. Starting her career in Frankfurt/Main writing about the FIFA World Cup 2006, she has since worked for national and regional papers, various magazines as well as television. Katharina is currently based in Bremen and Hamburg.

Lukas Eggert

Lukas works as a Junior Project Manager and Administration Officer at the Interlink Academy. He looks after the projects with our partners, keeps our online publications up to date and our archive in order, and he supports trainers and lecturers whenever needed whenever needed. Lukas holds an M.A. in European and Asian Affairs and an LL.M. in International Relations. Lukas is now based in Hamburg but lived in China for several years. He speaks Chinese fluently. Lukas likes traveling, and his preferred destination is China, of course.

Tatiana Mostipan

Tatiana Mostipan holds a master´s degree in journalism and works as a correspondent for a local TV channel in Sumy/Ukraine. For several years, she organized summer camps for young Ukrainian journalists. After participating in Interlink’s UkrainianTrain-the-Trainer project in 2018, she became one of the trainers in Interlink’s “Summer School for Young Journalists” and “Media Literacy in Ukraine”.

Clayton Moyo

Clayton teaches broadcast media at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. He previously worked for Radio Dialogue, an independent radio station that pioneered alternative broadcasting in Zimbabwe. He is also a consultant working with independent local media organisations in mobile journalism training. Clayton researches on digital media cultures and social minorities' narratives in alternative platforms and has presented academic papers at conferences on the subject. He is currently fascinated by open source intelligence and he hopes to work with young journalists who are enthusiastic about it as well.

Joseph Mwenda

Joseph is a Zambian investigative journalist with more than 15 years of media experience. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of News Diggers, an independent daily newspaper in Zambia. Joseph is an alumnus of the International Academy where he studied multimedia journalism in 2012/13. Joseph made his real journalism impact as a photo journalist at The Post Newspaper in Zambia before ascertaining his position as the newspaper's investigative asset on the political desk. After the closure of The Post, Joseph set up News Diggers which is the most relevant private newspaper in Zambia now.

Zenzele Ndebele

Zenzele Ndebele is a journalist, media consultant and coach based in Zimbabwe. He has worked for Radio Dialogue, a community radio initiative, for the past 14 years, and currently holds the position of Radio Editor. Zenzele is also a part-time lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology, and recently set up an organization called the Village Media, which specializes in social media training for young people. Zenzele holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

Manfred Redelfs

Manfred Redelfs, born 1961 in Germany, is the Head of the Research & Investigations Unit at Greenpeace Germany. A journalist by training, he worked for the news program at Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg before concentrating on investigations. He studied political science and journalism in Hamburg, Washington, Berkeley and Oxford. His PhD thesis is about Investigative Reporting in the United States. Besides his job with Greenpeace in Hamburg, Manfred works as research coach for several publishing houses and vocational training programs for journalists.

Kai Rüsberg

Kai Rüsberg has been working in public TV and radio for the ARD network in Germany since 1993. After studying at the faculty of economic, political and social sciences at the RUB University of Bochum, Germany, he started into journalism at a private local radio station and ran an agency for public relations. Following his discovery of the web and his #MoJo - mobile journalism, he developed the #oneshot web video reporting technique for rapid news production via smartphone and now teaches it globally.

Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini is a Costa Rican journalist and currently the James Madison visiting Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City. Giannina is also the founder and coordinator of the investigative unit of the Costa Rican daily La Nación, where she worked from 1994 to 2014. Born in 1970, Giannina majored in Mass Communications at the University of Costa Rica, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2001-2002. Using her method of data journalism, her investigative unit uncovered corruption scandals, which led to the opening of the criminal proceedings against and arrest of two former Presidents of Costa Rica. Her accomplishments in investigative journalism have won her honors such as the Ortega y Gasset Prize, the Best Journalistic Investigation (TILAC), and a special citation in the Maria Moors Cabot awards. She is a jury member of the Data Journalism Awards organized by the Global Editors Network and Google.

Silvia Stöber

Silvia Stöber works for the German public TV and broadcasting network ARD, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, contributes to Faktenfinder, a fact-finding project by ARD, and works as an editor for the Tagesschau. Previously, she was an editor for Deutsche Welle and the radio broadcaster Deutschlandradio. She is specialized in reporting on developments in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Stöber has received a number of scholarships for journalistic investigation and work and travel as a journalist in the South Caucasus. She holds an M.A. in Communication Science, Sociology as well as French Language and Literature.

Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova

Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova is a media literacy trainer and a journalism instructor at Zaporizhzhia National University, Ukraine. She holds PhD in Social Communications from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. Her thesis was devoted to exploring global online news and westernization of Ukrainian media. Katerina has intensive international experience as a Fulbright scholar in USA and fellow of various media programs in Germany, Poland and Sweden. In 2019, Katerina joined Interlink as a trainer for trainers in the Project Media Literacy in Ukraine’s Regions.

Simon Eggert

Simon Eggert is one of our seminar assistants and he regularly helps out with the general administration at the Interlink Academy. Simon’s main occupation, however, is studying. His subject is Industrial Engineering. Simon devotes much of his leisure time to sports, especially Thai boxing and Soccer. Another favourite of his is traveling. His preferred destinations are Canada and Southeast Asia, but curiosity takes him to other places too. Simon was born in Namibia in Southern Africa, but he has spent most of his childhood and youth in Hamburg.

Joe Thloloe

Joe Thloloe is the Director of the South African Press Council, based in Johannesburg. He was the South African Press Ombudsman from 2007 to 2013. He was also the chairperson and founding member of the South African National Editors’ Forum. Born in Soweto, he joined the Pan African Congress (PAC) while still at high school. In 1960, he was sentenced to prison for his role in the PAC anti-pass campaign and came into contact with professional journalism through Drum/Post reporter Matthew Nkoane. After his release, he became a reporter for World (then Bantu World) in 1961 and has since worked for several newspapers. Joseph was elected president of the Union of Black Journalists from 1975 until it was banned in 1977. Due to his ongoing commitment to the black civil rights movement, he spent years in prison during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1994 he joined the Television news of the public service South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as Editor-in-Chief, moving to the private television channel in 2001. Joe has received various prestigious awards and received an honorary doctorate in Law from Rhodes University.

Volodymyr Torbich

Volodymyr Torbich is a Ukrainian journalist and media trainer. He currently works as the Editor in Chief Fourth Estate (, a website for journalistic investigations. Volodymyr has experience in newspaper, television, and online journalism. As a trainer, he focusses on investigative journalism, research, access to public information, media ethics and interview techniques. He is also involved in our Ukrainian Summer Schools for Young Bloggers and Citizen Journalists. Volodymyr originally was trained to become a school teacher for history and Ukrainian language. Volodymyr lives with his family in the city of Rivne west of Kiev.

Henk Van Ess

Dutch-born Henk van Ess is specialised in new media, social media and data journalism. Henk is obsessed with finding news and stories in data. He is deeply involved in the worldwide training of information specialists, multimedia & web editors. His latest books are "Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporters", "The best ideas of 2013", "Handboek Datajournalism" and "The Google Code". Henk has been giving webinars in Interlink's e-learning modules for several years.
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