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Ellen Heinrichs

Founder & CEO, Bonn Institute

Ellen Heinrichs began her career at the regional newspaper Rheinische Post and came to Germany's foreign broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) via positions at international organisations. A trained journalist, she first helped establish the DW Akademie and then drove digitalisation in DW's programming. She helped found the internal network DW Minds and the DW Innovation Lab. She was the first German to be a fellow at the Constructive Institute at Aarhus University in Denmark. Heinrichs is a speaker, Agile Culture Coach and Solutions Journalism Trainer. She is currently training to become a certified mediator.

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Alexander Sängerlaub

Head of Future of Journalism

Well-informed societies are Alexander Sängerlaub's idea of utopia. In 2014 he founded Kater Demos, Germany's first constructive political magazine, serving as its director and editor in chief. At Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin-based think tank, Sängerlaub developed the organisation's expertise on strengthening the digital public sphere while also leading projects on disinformation and digital news literacy. As director of the think-and-do tank futur eins, he advises non-governmental organisations, foundations and policymakers on the structural changes caused by digitalisation. Additionally, Sängerlaub has served as an external expert in the German Parliament's committee on digital affairs.

alex.saengerlaub@bonn-institute.org futur eins
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Donata v. Below-Ritter

Communication & Events

Constructive communication is what Donata von Below-Ritter is all about: She studied theatre and media at the University of Bayreuth, as well as international media studies at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the DW Akademie in Bonn. She gained experiences both in front of and behind the camera and provided copywriting at the international agency Ogilvy & Mather in Dusseldorf. Von Below-Ritter also has served in editorial capacities for the Rheinische Post newspaper and German TV station Phoenix. She currently manages the Bonn Institute's internal and external communications and is always looking at the world with diverse perspectives.

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Lisa Urlbauer

Journalism Training Coordinator

For Lisa Urlbauer, nothing beats constructive journalism. Following stints in Aarhus, Amsterdam, Valencia and New York, she joined the Bremen daily newspaper Weser-Kurier as a journalism trainee. She spent two years working for the Solutions Journalism Network in New York and Germany and has promoted the uptake of solutions-oriented journalism in Europe ever since. Her efforts to spread the practice earned her the Grow Fellowship from Netzwerk Recherche, a German non-profit dedicated to strengthening quality journalism. Lisa Urlbauer coordinates the Bonn Institute's journalism training programs and events and is an expert für local journalism.

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Katja Ehrenberg

Skillsharing & Methods

Katja Ehrenberg is passionate about the intersection of theory and practice. An expert in solutions-oriented communication, she's interested in what inspires human development. At age 35 she was invited to become a professor of business and media at the Hochschule Fresenius, an applied sciences university in Cologne, where she also helped design the school's psychology program. Ehrenberg, who has a doctorate in psychology, has authored numerous publications in her field and worked as a freelance organisational consultant for a diverse range of companies.

katja.ehrenberg@bonn-institute.org Katja Ehrenberg
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Jens Niggemann

Business Manager

When it comes to expenses, Jens Niggemann is an expert. Before joining the Bonn Institute, Niggemann managed finances for the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband (Association of German Adult Education Centres) in Bonn. He also served as a long-term advisor for Agiamondo, a Catholic development organisation dedicated to supporting civil society worldwide. In addition to business administration skills, Niggemann brings a wealth of cross-cultural knowledge and extensive experience working with diverse sponsors to the Bonn Institute.

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Astrid Prange de Oliveira

Author & Editor

Keep moving and move others: That's the motto of Astrid Prange de Oliveira. She spent eight years as the Brazil correspondent for the national daily taz, during which time she reported from across Latin America. After returning to Germany, she served on the newspaper's supervisory board. Prange de Oliveira has worked as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and editor for the national weekly Die Zeit and the former national weekly Rheinischer Merkur, as well as for the national radio station Deutschlandfunk and international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Her journalistic work has been honoured with the Lorenzo Natali Prize for human rights coverage, awarded by the EU Commission, and the Development Policy Media Prize, awarded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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