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Strong Voices, Diverse Perspectives: International Board Advises DW Akademie

Twelve international experts in media and media development are now part of DW Akademie’s “Global Reference Group” – a new, independent advisory board that consults the organization on strategic issues and provides feedback. The members from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa region met for the first time last week in Bonn and began their advisory work.

Their mandate is to offer an outside perspective and contribute their own topics and recommendations, while sharing their wide range of experience and expertise. DW Akademie’s aim is to take various regional perspectives into even greater consideration when making strategic decisions. In doing so, it aims to further strengthen the relevance and impact of its work with partners worldwide.

DW Akademie currently operates in around 70 countries, working with local partner organizations to promote media freedom, freedom of expression and unhindered access to information.

“Representation and participation are extremely important in our work: we always develop projects together with local partners. In view of the enormous challenges facing media systems worldwide, we will now not only be doing this at the level of individual projects, but also in regard to the big overarching issues in media development,” explained DW Akademie’s Managing Director Carsten von Nahmen.

“Being part of the Global Reference Group is an exceptional opportunity that allows us to pool our skills and resources to tackle global challenges. My commitment to the group is driven by the belief that, together, we can generate innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Hamouda Soubhi, co-founder and President of the Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS) in Morocco.

Going forward, the Global Reference Group will meet at least three times a year. Many of its members have already worked with DW Akademie in the past. All of them are internationally renowned media experts:

  • ̶Blandine Angbako, Centre d’Education pour une Société Durable (Centre ESD), Côte d’Ivoire
  • Htaike Htaike Aung, Myanmar Internet Project, Myanmar (currently in exile in Thailand)
  • Soumaya Berjeb, Institute de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information (IPSI), Tunisia
  • Faruq Faisel, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh
  • Erick Huerta Velázquez, Redes por la Diversidad, Equidad y Sustentabilidad A.C. (REDES A.C.), Mexico
  • Natalia Kurkiukova, Kharkiv Media Hub, Ukraine
  • Odanga Madung, Odipo Dev, Kenya
  • Mira Milosevic, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Serbia (currently in the United Kingdom)
  • Nadim Nashif, 7amleh, Palestinian citizen of Israel
  • Zenzele Ndebele, Centre for Innovation and Technology Zimbabwe (CITEZW), Zimbabwe
  • Michelle Nogales, Muy Waso, Bolivia
  • Hamouda Soubhi, Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS), Morocco

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