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.

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.

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).

Günter Bartsch

Günter Bartsch is Managing Director of Netzwerk Recherche, the German association of investigative journalists. In this role, he oversees the association’s conferences and workshops. Following a traineeship a s a journalist at Allgäuer Zeitung, Günter Bartsch took over as its news editor until 2002, after which he became a freelance journalist. He has conducted seminars on analysing and investigating PR campaigns, lobbying and think tanks. Currently he is promoting nonprofit journalism in Germany as a new model of financing elaborate forms of journalism. Günter holds a degree in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.

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 freenet.de, 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.

Werner Eggert

Werner is the Founding Director of Interlink, and 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, 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 coach and consultant for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in Windhoek. Werner began his career as a journalist working for several media organizations in Germany.

Christina Elmer

Christina Elmer works as a data and science journalist at Spiegel Online. She specializes in finding information on the Deep Web by digging deep into Internet platforms, chat rooms and databases. 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.

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.

Friederike Grothe

Friederike Grothe co-founded Grothe Medienberatung in 2005. The agency offers consulting for public affairs, policy and communication projects. Clients include the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the German regulatory authorities for private broadcasting, and the public broadcaster ZDF. Previously, Grothe worked as Head of Communication and Culture Programmes at Bertelsmann Buch AG and in other positions at Bertelsmann. For several years she taught at the Department for Journalism and Communication Research, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, and as guest lecturer at various universities. Friederike Grothe trained as a journalist at the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich.

Maike Haselmann

Maike Haselmann`s field of expertise is social media and she has been conducting trainings in this area for many years. She has worked for Twitter and held the position of Social Media Editor at FAZ Online and Spiegel Online. Maike has worked for companies across all media sectors and has abundant experience in print, radio and TV broadcasting. She worked for Mare TV, a German documentary producer, and won a scholarship from "Stiftung Aufarbeitung", a foundation that supports research on crimes committed by the dictatorship in the GDR. Maike is currently based in Berlin and plays an important role in Twitter's strategy to strengthen its position on the German market.

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 is the Founding Director of AGILOG, an agency for intercultural event management, which focuses on projects in the field of international cooperation and development. For more than 14 years, Andrea has been responsible for the organization and coordination of international conferences and seminars in Germany and abroad. She has worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Deutsche Welle Akademie amongst others. She holds a master’s degree in geography and communication and is certificated in project management. Andrea has strong ties to the South American country Colombia where she lived for some years.

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.

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.

Tamara L. Nehls

Tamara L. Nehls serves as Interlink's administration officer and has been doing so at other institutions as well. Tamara is a recent graduate of the University of Hamburg with a BA in English and German Language and Literature. A Hamburg native, she has also lived in the US, Northern Ireland, and Chile, and she has travelled to various other countries, always keen on discovering new perspectives. In her free time, she is a senior editor and contributor for the student magazine tbajournal.com, musician, and aspiring polyglot.

Bertrand Pecquerie

Bertrand is CEO of the Global Editors Network (GEN). Prior to this he was the Director of the World Editors Forum (WEF), the organization for editors within the World Association of Newspapers (now merged with IFRA). From 1996 to 2002 he headed World Media Live, a Vivendi Universal subsidiary in charge of international websites (including Cannes Film Festival and Tour de France), in seven different languages. From 1989 to 2001, he served as CEO of the World Media Network, a press syndicate that unites major newspapers around the globe (including El Pais, La Stampa, Libération, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Standard, Al Ahram, An Nahar, Yomiuri Shimbun, Folha de S. Paulo, and La Nacion). Formerly, Bertrand was a lecturer at the «Institut d’Etudes Politiques » in Paris.

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.

Lillian Siewert

Lillian Siewert is the Administration and Program Officer at the Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism. Lillian mostly works behind the scenes to make sure that our operations run smoothly. A journalist by training, she still does freelance writing for several German publications such as Süddeutsche Zeitung and Spiegel Online. Her focus topics include sustainability, alternative lifestyles and business models, as well as innovative entrepreneurial ideas. Lillian has strong ties with the Canadian province of Québec where she lived for a year and learned the Québecois dialect.

Dirk Uhlenbrock

Dirk Uhlenbrock is master photographer and has for a quarter-century worked as a press photographer for many major German publishers. Dirk is known for his portraits and event photography. His clients appreciate his ability to make himself virtually invisible while working – but that does not rule out his ability to direct his subjects at events as well. For about five years now, Dirk has accompanied international training programs for journalists as a photographer. Dirk Uhlenbrock lives in Hamburg and – when he’s not on the road – works in a studio near the River Elbe. And when he doesn’t happen to be working, he enjoys relaxing by taking long walks along the banks of the great river.

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 e.tv in 2001. Joe has received various prestigious awards and received an honorary doctorate in Law from Rhodes University.

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.

Joachim Vögele

Joachim Vögele is a journalist by training and has worked as a journalism trainer and coach since 2003. He is an expert in online learning and has developed e-learning and blended learning courses with the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, GIZ's International Institute for Journalism, Bertelsmann's Intajour and Deutsche Welle Akademie. Previously he was with the Internet division of the Stuttgarter Zeitung, holding the position of Deputy Director. Joachim holds an MA in Communications from Hildesheim University. He also holds the Certificate in Online Education and Training from the University of London.