The menac team

Anna Saraste
annaAnna Saraste is a master’s degree student at the University of Tampere, Finland. Anna has worked at the Finnish Broadcasting Company as a news anchor as well as directed two documentary films. Currently she works as a freelance journalist and moderator in Berlin. Anna is one of the coordinators of menac.

Pascale Müller
pascale2Pascale is a freelance storyteller, data lover and the second coordinator of menac. She holds a Bachelors degree in sociology and studied one year at the Danish Media and Journalism School (DMJX). Former employers include the German TV channel ZDF, Jordan Times, Syria Deeply, ProJourno, FAZ, Tagesspiegel and others. Pascale lived and worked as a journalist in Europe and the Middle East. She mostly writes about MENA politics, women’s rights and currently studies magazine journalism at Zeitenspiegel Reportageschule Günter Dahl in Reutlingen, Germany. Pascale is one of the coordinators of menac.

Radka Pudilova
radkaRadka is passionate about countries undergoing political transitions and especially in the role that civil society and media play in such process. She is MPA student with concentration on global media and communications with BA in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean studies. At the moment, Radka is working on her thesis concerning NGO accountability while doing consultancies on foreign aid to transitioning countries.

Lisa Zeller
lisaLisa is studying International Development and Transcultural Communication. She is Secretary General of Youthpress Austria, which is where she first heard of menac. Her studies had raised her interest for the MENA region and she joined the team in 2012. Currently, she is working as a freelance journalist and translator. She lives in Vienna but calls Cape Town her second home.

Basma Elmahdy
basmaBasma is an Egyptian journalist who built a reputation of covering human rights issues for prominent daily newspapers as Al-Masry Alyoum after the 25 January revolution in Egypt and she is interested in learning and teaching peace journalism approaches in conflict zones. She is a certified trainer on democracy and tolerance from Munich University and on journalism from Deutsche Welle Academy. She is an Arabic speaking facilitator of the Committee on Human right and Democratization in the African youth movement. She holds a BA in journalism from Mansura University and passed the pre-master year at Cairo University in journalism postgraduate studies.

Nedim Hadrovic
nedimNedim Hadrovic is from Sarajevo, where he also currently resides. He has spent the majority of his life living and studying abroad, in countries such as Egypt, Iran, Malaysia and Singapore. He has studied digital media and film in Malaysia and journalism in Germany, with his visual work having been shown at galleries and festivals in Malaysia, Singapore and New York City, and his written work published in Deutsche Welle, OpenDemocracy and Muftah. He is currently preparing his debut documentary on Syrian refugees in Istanbul and is working on launching a citizen journalism platform in Bosnia.

Hilaria Espin
hilaria1Hilaria is a journalist and a communication specialist. She holds a BA in Journalism, an MA in Radio Communication and an MA in Developmental Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. She has worked as a journalist for different radio stations and TV channels in Spain such as Onda Madrid, Radio Nacional de España and Television Española. As a communication expert she has worked in Greenpeace International, Eurochild and recently in Right4Children, a non-profit organisation based in Nepal. She has studied Arabic and several courses about Islamic culture.  Her main focuses are children rights and media education. She is currently based in Spain and works as a freelancer.

Agnija Kazuša
AgnijaAgnija holds an MA in Communication Science. She is a freelance journalist, writer and youth worker. In her work, she focuses on such topics as intercultural dialogue, gender equality, integration, socioeconomic inequality, and education. Her stories have been published in Latvian, Belgian and Italian media, as well as her own blogging platform Travel to Tell the Tale. Agnija has completed a Creative Writing course in Latvia and written two novels, one of them “Three Cups of Egypt” has been published online by a women’s portal Sievietes Pasaule. As a co-founder of FEJS Latvija, Agnija has implemented several projects for young media makers, and inspired local youth to be active citizens.

Hossam Soltan
hossamHossam has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. In August 2014, he earned a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at KDI School of Public Policy in South Korea. In 2011, he earned certificates in agribusiness, global leadership and professional and personal development from Muscatine Community College in IA, USA. In 2007, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Beni Suef University in Egypt. Hossam has worked for the Ministry of Solidarity in Egypt as a financial auditor over NGOs in Minia City as well as a project manager for an NGO in Egypt. He has experience in volunteering for many NGOs in Egypt, USA and South Korea. He considers himself a journalism dabbler.

Assaad Thebian
assaadAssaad is a freelance journalist and blogger. His blog was nominated for the Best Arabic Blog by Deutsche Welle magazine in 2010. He currently runs a media and research center project specialised in monitoring the Lebanese media sphere ( He is a digital media strategist and trainer, a certified Google Analytics and Advertisements, and winner of the ArabNet 2013 Creative Combat. He published Arabic poetry books and is an amateur photographer.

Maria Caroline Wölfle
mariaMaria studied Cultural Anthropology, Communication Science and Political Science in Berlin, Hamburg and Buenos Aires. Currently she attends the German Journalism School in Munich. Her focus is on the role of religion and culture in conflicts, especially in the Middle East and Latin America.

Katarzyna Mortoń (Kate)
KateKate has an MA graduate in Political Science focusing on International Relations. She is the co-founder  of menac and a former board member of the European Youth Press. Project manager on several areas connected mainly to the international public sphere and civil society with a focus on media capacity building and a creative manager on art-performances (movement and visuals). Occasionally publishing as a journalists/media-maker and a former intern in the Polish Embassy in The Islamic Republic of Iran, Teheran.


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