The Team

Passionate about everything from project management to multimedia journalism or investigations, our team comes from diverse professional and personal backgrounds.


Pascale Müller


Pascale is a freelance multimedia reporter and editor based in Berlin. Employers include Der Spiegel, Tagesspiegel, MiCT, Middle East Eye, Jordan Times, Syria Deeply, and others. Pascale lived and worked as a journalist in Europe and the Middle East. She mostly produces stories about migration, politics and women’s rights. She holds a BA in sociology, graduated from the German journalism school Günter Dahl and studied in the Master Erasmus Mundus at the Danish Media and Journalism School (DMJX).


Radka Pudilova

Fundraising and Policy Expert

Radka Pudilova is a project coordinator at Open Society Fund Prague where she looks at illiberal tendencies in public spaces. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies (SciencesPo Paris) and MPA with concentration on Global Media and Communications (School of Public Policy at CEU). Prior to joining OSF Radka worked as Western Balkans officer at the Czech Development Agency allowing her to work in the region. Radka has done research on NGO accountability, transformation aid and post-conflict education and she has lectured on topics of Islam and migration. Her current passion is new technology, especially the IoT and sharing economy domains.

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Basma El3oufy

Media Trainer

Basma Eloufy is an Egyptian writer and journalist. She works as a digital content producer at the Egyptian MBC TV, as a freelance trainer with DW Academy and freelances as a reporter for IJNet.

Basma is the author of three short story books, one of which deals with sexual harassment in Egypt. She was selected as one of the shortlist winners of the Anna Lindh foundation's short story competition in 2015. She is the winner of the 2016 Children's Literature Competition, organized by the Egyptian ministry of culture. 

Nedim Hadrovic


Nedim is a filmmaker, digital journalist and media activist from Sarajevo. He is active with, and a cofounder of, various civic initiatives across Europe, from media to environmentalism. He has been published by Deutsche Welle, Balkanist, CafeBabel, Muftah and OpenDemocracy. His visual work has been shown in Malaysia, Singapore, New York and Sarajevo. Nedim runs vidiovo, his own digital news startup in Bosnia. When he's not home, he works on whistleblower protection and travels for assignments, workshops and trainings related to media freedom and innovation.


Ghazi Mabrouk

Media Trainer

Ghazi Mabrouk is an investigative journalist specialising in the Middle East, North Africa and EU affairs. He holds a degree in journalism from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, and a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Belgium. He has four years of professional experience as an editor for news websites, news agencies and radio, such as the state-run Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) and Transit website. Currently he works for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). 


Hossam Soltan

Regional Media Adviser

Hossam works in the field of development and humanitarian aid for the United Nation World Food Program. He has 5 years of experience in development and project management. Hossam holds an MA in public policy from KDI School of Public Policy in South Korea and an MA in international cooperation and development from the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia - Scuola Superiore IUSS in Italy. He is interested in international politics, human rights and cooperation for development. He writes about social, political and economic issues.

Daniela Sala

Education Coordinator

Daniela Sala is an Italian Rome based journalist. She holds an MA in Journalism. She works as a contributor for Radio Radicale and as a freelance for different media outlet. Her work has been published in Il Corriere della Sera, Avvenire, Vita and Il Fatto Quotidiano.

She has been reporting as a video and radio journalist from the Middle East and from across Europe. Her current work focuses on migration, civil and women's rights, disability and the middle east.


Annabella Stieren

Communication Manager

Annabella is a multimedia journalist from Berlin with a background in politics and psychology. She has lived and worked as a journalist in Europe and the Middle East mostly reporting about conflict, politics, migration, human rights and global economy. She graduated form the University of Amsterdam and the Danish School of Media and Journalism with a master's degree in Journalism.

In 2016 was awarded the Reporters in the Field Fellowship from Robert Bosch Foundation and produced a multimedia story about bedtime stories for children refugees. She recently co-founded the production company Springroll Media and works as a director of documentaries and short films.

Basma Elmahdy

Media Trainer

Basma is an Egyptian journalist with more than five years experience in the most prominent print and online media outlets in Egypt (e.g. Al-Masy Al-Youm, Al-Youm Al-Sabaa). In 2015 she co-founded the journalism start-up Al Manassa. She has been awarded a scholarship to purse  the Erasmus Mundus Journalism Master in Denmark and the UK, her specialism is war and conflict. Basma covers political transitions in the Arab world, focusing on democracy, human rights, women issues and civil society. She is a certified trainer on journalism from Deutsche Welle Academy. 


Theodosia Gournelou

Media Trainer + Blog Editor
Theodosia is a Greek journalist based in Frankfurt. She holds an MA in Journalism, specialized in reporting on conflict from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has worked as Editor-in-Chief for Greek news websites and among former employers are the National Greek News Agency and the Spanish magazine “El Periódico de la Publicidad”. She is reporting on human rights since 2012. Currently she works as a freelance journalist.