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Head, DW Akademie

Carsten von Nahmen has headed DW Akademie since September 2018. He was DW's Senior Correspondent in Washington from February 2017 - August 2018 and had previously headed DW's News and Current Affairs Department since 2014. Von Nahmen has long worked with and for DW Akademie. He headed various DW Akademie regional divisions as of 2005 and until 2014 was DW Akademie's Deputy Director.

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Coordinator, Media Development

Natascha Schwanke initially joined DW Akademie as a trainer, consultant and project manager and went on to head the Africa division for three years. She was appointed DW Akademie's Deputy Head and Coordinator for Media Development in March 2019. Schwanke is a journalist and for many years worked on TV and radio programs for various German broadcasters.

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Head, Asia and Europe

Michael Karhausen holds a degree in administrative law but decided to become a journalist instead. He initially worked for a Hong Kong news agency but in the mid-1990s became a freelance reporter, editor and host for German radio and TV programs. He also spent many years training DW Akademie journalism trainees. Karhausen became head of DW Akademie's Asia and Europe division in 2016.

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Head, Latin America

Rodrigo Villarzú has headed DW Akademie’s Latin America division since 2013. He was previously in charge of various special projects. Prior to joining DW Akademie, Villazú worked as a journalist for Deutsche Welle and helped set up a number of DW editorial desks.

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Head, Middle East /North Africa

Jens-Uwe Rahe has headed DW Akademie's Midlle East/North Africa division since 2017. He developed his journalism skills at the "Westfälische Nachrichten" newspaper and with a degree specializing on the Arab world, worked on international cooperation projects for the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He later worked as an editor for the German public broadcaster ZDF and as a reporter and editor for DW.

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Head, Policy and Concepts

Petra Berner has headed DW Akademie's Policy and Concepts division (previously Strategy and Consulting Services) since 2014. She initially joined DW Akademie as a trainer and project manager for Latin America and developed DW Akademie's internal training program. She became head of DW Akademie's Latin America division in 2005 and later headed the Research and Development division from 2012-2014.

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Head, Education and Administration

Professor Dr. Christoph Schmidt holds a degree in economics and prior to joining Deutsche Welle in 1995 worked as a marketing manager and consultant for numerous corporations. He has since held various DW senior positions and in 2006 became head of DW Akademie's Education and Administration division. He has headed DW Akademie's Education and Training division since 2019.

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Head, Media Training

Daniela Wiesler-Schnalke has headed DW Akademie's Media Training division since 2005. After completing a degree in German studies, literary studies and psychology, she began working for print media in 1989. Wiesler-Schnalke spent two years working for the international service of Japan's public broadcaster NHK, and in 1994 joined DW as an editor for its German radio program.

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Head, Support und Requirements Management

Holger Hank became head of DW Akademie's Support and Requirements Management division in 2019. After completing his studies and DW's journalism training program, he began working for Deutsche Welle in 1994, initially as a radio host and editor. He went on to develop DW's online editorial desk in 2000 and in 2006 became head of its New Media department. Hank joined the DW Akademie team in 2012.

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Head, Information and Editorial Services

Paul Zimmer has headed DW Akademie's Information and Editorial Services division since 2018. He has a degree in media studies and was later a trainee at the German public broadcaster, NDR. Zimmer worked for the German exchange service DAAD in Mexico, as a news producer for Fuji TV News Network, Japan's largest private news broadcaster, and as head of PR videos for a Berlin advertising agency.

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Head, Educational Programs

André Moeller has headed DW's Educational Programs since 2009 and was previously an editor and managing editor for DW Online's German reports. He was later in charge of various multimedia programs for DW's New Media department. Prior to joining Deutsche Welle in 2002, Moeller worked as an editor for RTL Interactive, a subsidiary of the private broadcaster, RTL.

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