Members of the Board of Directors

Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling (born 1963), Frankfurt
Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
Middle East Fellowship
Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowship

Legal studies. Dr jur. Freelance journalist, especially for the FAZ and for various weekly publications. 1993-1997 working as a magazine publisher. 1997 joined the German broadcaster ZDF. Since 2000 head of International Affairs ZDF. Member of the supervisory committees of the European Broadcasting Union and of Arte. Book publications about Germany, the United Nations and France.

Dr. Janko Jochimsen (born 1964), Berlin
Chair of Finances

Law studies in Berlin, PhD in law, lawyer. Then different positions at the Technische Universität Berlin. Finally head of the presidential office. Founding member of the m2-consulting consulting company. Now at urios Beratungsgesellschaft.

Martina Johns (born 1962), Berlin
The Asia Fellowship
The German-Polish Bursary

Study of sinology in Hamburg, China and Bonn. 1986 trainee at NDR, afterwards TV reporter for ARD in Asia and regional programmes. 1993 political editor at ZDF. 1995 - 2000 Head of the department of International Relations, now freelance journalist. Various book publications about China's economy.

Anke Plättner (born 1963), Berlin
The Dutch Bursary

Friedensdienst Aktion Sühnezeichen (Action Reconciliation Service For Peace), Amsterdam. School voor de Journalistik, Utrecht. Trainee at Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln. Afterwards, editor, senior editor, host of various TV programmes and documentaries. 1999 - 2009 correspondent at the Berlin office of TV-news channel Phoenix. 2010 - 2013 WDR correspondent in Berlin. Now freelancer and TV anchor for ARD. Alumna Arthur Burns Fellowship (1993).

Miodrac Soric (born 1960), Düsseldorf
The German-Eastern European Journalists' Bursary

The German-Turkish Bursary


Bureau Chief Deutsche Welle Washington D.C.. 2006-2009 editor-in-chief at Deutsche Welle radio. Starting 1999 editor-in-chief of foreign language programmes at Deutsche Welle and head of the Eastern Europe department at DW. 1995-1999 head of the Russian department. 1991 "Kurt-Magnus' award of ARD. Study of Slaviv, political science and German philology in Cologne, Moscow, Kiev and Munich. Member of the board of curators of the Michael Zikic Foundation, chairman of the Orthodox Church Parishioners in Bonn, Former member of the board of Reporters without Borders.

Martin Spiewak (born 1964), Hamburg
The German-Latin American Fellowship

Study of history and Spanish in Hamburg and Madrid. "Deutsche Journalistenschule" in Munic. Editor for four years at "Deutsches Allgemeine Sonntagsblatt" in Hamburg. 1997 - 1999 freelance journalist (reports, analyses and features). Since July 1999 editor at the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" at the department 'WISSEN' (education, medical ethics). Since 2004 member of in the Berlin office of the weekly. Several awards for in-depth reporting.

Vassilios Theodossiou (born 1971), Berlin
The German-Northern European Journalists' Bursary
The George Weidenfeld Bursary

Study of Law, Political Economy and Philosophy in Göttingen, London, Bonn and Speyer. Doctoral candidate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Works as lawyer.

Marco Vollmar (born 1970), Cologne
The Southern African Bursary

Study of political science, history and economics in Bonn and Paris. Traineeship at Deutsche Welle (DW), business editor at Deutsche Welle TV and correspondent at the capital department of MDR in Berlin. 2006- 2011 Deutsche Welle Radio, now WWF Board member. Since 2005 programme manager of the South African Programme.