Editor in Chief of News, RTL NEWS
Gerhard Kohlenbach chairs meetings of the Bonn Institute's four partners. He follows news by the minute, and he's convinced that focusing on the negative does not benefit society. Kohlenbach began his career studying journalism in Dortmund and taking part in a professional training program at ZDF, one of Germany's two major public television broadcasters, where he later worked on its flagship news show. His extensive broadcast news experience also includes German private TV station VOX and 27 years at RTL, where he has served as head of news, among other things. Kohlenbach's motto, "Be first, but be right," has proven tried-and-true in the era of fake news and the 24/7 news cycle.
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Managing Director of Business Administration, Deutsche Welle
Barbara Massing has been part of DW's executive team as Managing Director of Business Administration since 2014. She began her journey with Deutsche Welle in 2006, starting as an officer in distribution. Later, she led the Strategic Planning Department for six years. For two years, she represented DW as a member of the international advisory group "Science and Society" for the EU Commission. Barbara Massing was born in 1971 and studied law and history in Hamburg and Berlin (Humboldt University). She completed her second state law examination in Berlin, specializing in administration and international media law. After working as a producer and for ARD and WDR, she practiced media and Internet law. From 2004 to 2006, she worked as an assistant to the managing board at ARTE Germany.
Editor in Chief, Rheinische Post
Moritz Döbler has been editor in chief of the Dusseldorf regional daily Rheinische Post (RP) since early 2020. Before joining RP, he was editor in chief and later managing director of the Bremen daily Weser-Kurier. Döbler began his career working for the wire services, including Germany's dpa in Hamburg and Munich and Reuters in Berlin, where he served as digital executive editor and bureau chief. He then spent 10 years at the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel. Döbler studied business administration and did his journalism training at the Henri Nannen School in Hamburg.
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CEO & Founder, Constructive Institute
Ulrik Haagerup is the CEO of the Constructive Institute in Aarhus, Denmark, which he founded in 2017. Haagerup has worked as an investigative journalist, served as editor in chief of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten (1994-2002) and the Nordjyske Media group (2002-2007) and was director of news at Danish public broadcaster DR. Haagerup trained at the Danish School of Journalism. In 2021 he helped found the Bonn Institute for Journalism & Constructive Dialogue. Haagerup was awarded the Cavling Prize, the Danish equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, in 1990.
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