Members of the Board of Directors

Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling (born 1963)
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.


Benedikt Karmann (born 1984)
Chief Financial Officer

Diploma in Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin with studies abroad at the University of Siena and University of Habana. Master of Science in London (LSE). Worked for research institutions in the health care industry, now management consultant in an international auditing and consulting company. 


Miodrag Soric (born 1960)
The German-Eastern European Journalists' Bursary
The German-Polish Journalists' Bursary
The German South-Eastern European Journalists' Bursary
The German-Turkish Bursary

Chief Correspondent Deutsche Welle (DW) in Bonn. Previously Senior Correspondent Deutsche Welle Moscow (2017-2019). Bureau Chief Deutsche Welle Washington D.C. (2009-2017). 2001-2009 editor-in-chief at Deutsche Welle radio and online. 1999-2001 head of the Eastern Europe department at DW. 1995-1999 head of the Russian department. 1991 "Kurt-Magnus' award of ARD. Study of Slavic, political science and German philology in Cologne, Moscow, Kiev and Munich. Former member of the board of Reporters without Borders. 


Martin Spiewak (born 1964)
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)
The German-Northern European Journalists' Bursary
The George Weidenfeld Bursary
The Central Eastern European Bursary

Study of Law, Political Economy and Philosophy in Göttingen, London (LSE), Bonn and Speyer. Works as lawyer.


Marco Vollmar (born 1970)
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, from 2011 - 2022 WWF Board member. Since 2005 programme manager of the South African Programme.