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    • Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt

      Founder and Director

      Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt is Director of the International Media Center (IMC). He researches and teaches with a focus on media sociology, social media, privacy and public sphere. His current research includes the transformation of privacy in consequence of the internationalization and digitalization of the media. Dr. Burkhardt is a founding member of the Global Communication Association, and associated with numerous international organizations and think tanks. He is a member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation and several trusts to promote press freedom, human rights, and democracy. As a reviewer, among other things, the social scientist works for the European Union. Dr. Burkhardt has been appointed a Fellow of the Transatlantic Young Leaders Study Group on the Future of Europe. The media expert is a frequent public speaker for the national media, and has been quoted by such international media outlets as The New York Times and The Guardian.
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    • Pradnya Bivalkar

      Expert

      Pradnya Bivalkar is India expert and manages the International Media Center's Indian Media Ambassadors program. After graduating in Economics and being awarded a Master's Degree in German Studies at the University of Pune, she spent five years in Tübingen. From May 2009 until the end of 2011 she was a scholar in the "Wertewelten" project at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Furthermore Mrs Bivalkar was selected for a scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung to pursue a doctorade. She focuses in her doctorate thesis on contemporary impressions of India in the current literature and media (while focussing on selected works by V. S. Naipaul, Günter Grass, Ilija Trojanow, Mira Nair and Ashutosh Gowarikar) and the phenomenon of transcultural identities.

    • Tanja Drozdzynski

      Research Associate

      Tanja Drozdzynski is working as a research associate for the project „Intercultural Perspectives, Social Media and the Press “. She studied her bachelor’s program at the in “International Information management” University of Hildesheim and spent a semester abroad in at the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. She then studied her graduate degree at the HAW Hamburg in media and information studies and worked as a project assistant in the IMC, where she supported the organization of the exchange programs. During her graduate degree Tanja realized a research project regarding the internationalization of U.S. students within an internship at the UAS7 Liaison Office in New York. 

    • Bastian Kießling

      Research Associate

      Bastian Kießling is working as a research associate for the project “Intercultural Perspectives, Social Media and the Press”. He studied Journalism and Communication science at the University of Vienna and worked for the research project “Public Discourses on Climate Change” after his graduation. The project was realised by the University of Hamburg and the cluster for excellence “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction“ (CliSAP). The cluster is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and conducts fundamental research on climate change in the fields of natural, economic and social sciences. His research focuses on political communication, the processes of public opinion formation and media effects.

    • Dr. Hanna Klimpe

      Research Associate

      Hanna Klimpe is Research Associate at the Communications Competence Center (CCCOM) based within the HAW in Hamburg, where she is in charge of the developing the new Masters' program in Digital Communication (start: summer semester 2017). She studied French, philosophy, journalism and communication studies at the Universities of Hamburg and Bordeaux. After she graduated, she completed a joint PhD with the Institute for Romance Studies of the University of Hamburg and the Faculty for Social Studies of the University of Paris VII. Her PhD, which was funded by the FAZIT foundation, examined role play as a model of pragmatics for freedom of action. She has also worked as a journalist, e.g. for Financial Times Germany, daily newspaper Tageszeitung and Courrier International, as well as a PR and Digital Officer for the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. She also blogs on l'Antitude about resistance, beauty and champagne.

    • Dr. Anna Litvinenko

      Expert

      Dr. Anna Litvinenko supports the IMC German-Russian Media Program as the resident Russian expert. She teaches and researches as a Senior Lecturer at the Chair of International Journalism of St. Petersburg State University. In spring 2003, she was a fellow in the Journalists International Program (JIL) at the International Journalism College and in autumn 2011 she will conduct research at the Free Univerisity of Berlin as a scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She will also carry out an independent research project at the Institute for Publicity and Communication Sciences as part of a Federal Chancellor grant. The current focus of her work is “Media and Politics in Modern Germany: Media Democracy in the Internet Age.”

    • Haifen Nan

      Expert

      Haifen Nan manages the Media Ambassadors China-Germany program of the Robert Bosch Foundation in cooperation with the Interntional Media Center Hamburg. She studied Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University in China and Media Informatics at RWTH Aachen University. She is a doctoral candidate in “New Media and Transcultural Research” at Heidelberg University. From October 2008 until October 2011 she was selected as a DFG doctoral scholarship holder in the scope of the Excellence Cluster Asia and Europe. From January 2012 until April 2015 Ms Haifen Nan was commissioned to manage the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Chinese social media channel Weibo. She also actively promotes media exchange between China and Germany as Vice President of the German-Chinese Journalists Association since 2013.

    • Petra Pissulla

      Director Exchange Programs

      Petra Pissulla heads the international exchange programs at IMC. She has consulting experiences with the IMF and the World Bank and was selected Harvard Fellow of the “Harvard German Workshop on American Politics”. Until 2013, she was director of the Dräger Foundation, a private, non-partisan, not-for-profit operative foundation committed to promoting science and research, especially in the field of national and international economic and social order as well as in environmental matters. Petra Pissulla was a member of the Advisory Board of the START Foundation in Frankfurt am Main and member of the Stiftungsbeirat (Foundation Advisory Board) of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Since 2013 she is Member of the Board of the Amerikazentrum Hamburg. Additionally she supports the BürgerStiftung Hamburg, Hamburg's citizen foundation that promotes volunteering.

    • Jan Schacht

      Research Associate

      Jan Schacht is working as a research associate for the project “Intercultural Perspectives, Social Media and the Press”. During his undergraduate studies with a major in information management, he was selected for a scholarship program funded by the German-American Fulbright Commission called “Diversity Initiative”. He also worked for NBC Philadelphia, where he was placed as a fellow in an exchange program initiated through GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit). He then continued to work for Apple and a German software company, before taking part in a research project about the influence of social media on brand management in a renowned communications agency called Richards Partners in Auckland, New Zealand. In the context of his graduate degree in media and information studies at HAW Hamburg, he specialized in the fields of participatory communication and internet technologies.

    • Prof. Dr. Siegfried Weischenberg

      Expert

      Siegfried Weischenberg is director of the IMC Media Lab. The communication scientist and sociologist was professor of journalism/communication studies at universities of Dortmund (1979-1982), Muenster (1982-2000) and Hamburg (2000-2013). He studied sociology, history, economics (social sciences) and communications at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he received his doctorate in 1976. Following completion of his studies and work as a science editor in Frankfurt a.M., Weischenberg joined the Pedagogical University Ruhr (Dortmund) in 1976 to help establish the first integrated program of study on journalism. In 1979, following a return to professional journalism, he was appointed professor for media production at Dortmund University. [...] read more

    • Tom Wendel

      Project Assistant

      Tom Wendel works as a project assistant at the International Media Center in Hamburg where he supports the international projects. After school he did an apprenticeship as a merchant for foreign sale at a company for timber-import in Hamburg. He finished the apprenticeship and went to Spain for two months to walk the Camino de Santiago. Since September 2014 he studies the bachelor degree course 'Media & Information' at the HAW in Hamburg with majors journalism, media science and media- and information management. Tom is also very activ in the music scene. In addition to consuming miscellaneous music media he also produces his own music.

    • Nadine Wöbs

      Project Assistant

      Nadine Wöbs is working as a project assistant for the International Media Center and is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the fellows of several media ambassador programs. 2008/2009 she lived in the United States for six months. After that she graduated from acting school. Since 2014 she has been studying Media and Information (Bachelor’s degree) at the HAW Hamburg focusing on media management, information organization, information economics, media studies and journalism.
      Nadine Wöbs is working as a project assistant for the International Media Center and is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the fellows of several media ambassador programs. 2008/2009 she lived in the United States for six months. After that she graduated from acting school. Since 2014 she has been studying Media and Information (Bachelor’s degree) at the HAW Hamburg focusing on media management, information organization, information economics, media studies and journalism. - See more at: http://imch.eu/en/team#sthash.IdFXdGbM.dpuf

    • Lillian Zhang

      Expert

      Lillian Zhang is China expert and Program Director of “Medienbotschafter China – Germany” (Media Ambassadors China – Germany) at the IMC. After German language studies at Qingdao University in China, she studied International Business Management at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and Business Administration at the University of Hamburg. In 2008 she worked for Volkswagen AG in project management for research and development. Since 2009 she leads the Medienbotschafter and since 2010 she manages the cooperation with Tsinghua University in Beijing for the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Lillian Zhang is a noted speaker for German-Chinese media relations and academic exchanges. 

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