The ECPMF Team


Dr Lutz Kinkel Dr Lutz Kinkel (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Dr. Lutz Kinkel

Managing Director

Lutz represents and manages the ECPMF. Lutz worked in German press for more than 20 years, giving special focus to the areas of politics and media. He was an editor at Spiegel-Online and and more recently head of the stern-online office in Berlin. He did his Masters degree at Hamburg University in history, politics and economics. His dissertation examines the life of Nazi film director Leni Riefenstahl. Lutz teaches journalism at the Akademie für Publizistik, Hamburg.

Sophie Albers Ben Chamo Sophie Albers Ben Chamo (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Sophie Albers Ben Chamo

Press and communications officer

Sophie is an experienced journalist, who has worked for major media outlets in Germany. She holds a Master's degree in film and media studies from Bonn University and completed her training as a fact-checker for Der Spiegel. During her career she has gained wide expertise in online journalism and social media, most recently for eight years at Stern Online. At the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom she works on editorial coverage, writes press releases, and answers media enquiries. Sophie co-ordinates all mainstream and social media activities and is responsible for the overall ECPMF internal and external communications and dissemination strategy.

Stephanie Koch Stephanie Koch (photo: Anja Kunisch)

Stephanie Koch

Event Manager

Stephanie is taking care of the organisational management of events and projects like the ECPMF’s conferences, study trips and fact-finding missions.

Before joining the ECPMF team, she worked for domestic and international cultural institutions in the fields of project and event management, evaluation work, organisation of Artist-in-Residence programmes and exhibition work. As a project manager she supervised a research project on the European Capital of Culture programme and the monitoring of German entries.

She received her academic education in Arts, Cultural Sciences and Cultural Policy at the University of Leipzig, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and at the University of Hildesheim.

Hartwig Künkeler Hartwig Künkeler (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Hartwig Künckeler

Head of Finance

Hartwig has worked as a financial auditor since 1976 and has served on the board of BDO AG, one of Germany’s largest audit firms operating worldwide, from 1997 to 2007. Following his retirement, he started his own auditing business and provides counsel to various non-profit organisations. He holds a number of honorary positions and serves on the board of several associations and charitable foundations.

Flutura Kusari Flutura Kusari (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Flutura Kusari

Legal Advisor

Flutura is a media lawyer and is responsible for the ECPMF’s legal support. She has worked for various civil society organisations in Kosovo that focus on human rights, freedom of expression and the rule of law. For several years Flutura worked on complex investigative articles and TV programs, editing them to keep them within the law. And she worked closely with journalists on fact-checking, protection of sources, whistleblowing, access to public documents and copyright. She publishes articles on the latest developments regarding the right to freedom of expression and the freedom of the media. She holds an LLB and LL.M degree in Law and is currently pursuing her PhD studies in Media Law at Ghent University.

Andreas Lamm Andreas Lamm (photo: ECPMF/Trimborn)

Andreas Lamm

Art Director |  Deputy Managing Director

Andreas Lamm is an accomplished photographer, videographer and website designer who also lectures at the journalism department of the University of Leipzig. He is the ECPMF webmaster responsible for constantly updating the website and system admin and works closely with colleagues at the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso in Rovereto, Italy, to synchronise the Resource Centre archive with the live front end of the website. Andreas is also responsible for all visual and graphic content and for corporate design. In addition he takes care of HR and supports the boards. Andreas gained his Magister Artium in Communication and Media Science, American Studies and Psychology.

Nico Matheis Nico Matheis (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Nico Matheis

Administrative Officer

Nico is in charge of financial, legal and HR matters concerning the ECPMF. As Administrative Officer he directly assists the Head of Finance. He holds a master’s degree in European Studies and has gained international work experience in Brussels for Deutsche Lufthansa AG and through working for the American Consulate General in Leipzig. Dedicated to numbers, Nico keeps track of the day-to-day bookkeeping and contract compliance. He communicates with the EU Commission and our other public funders on an operational level.

Christian Schult Christian Schult (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Christian Schult

Assistant Manager

Christian is a trained foundation manager and received his academic education in Media Design at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Christian contributes expertise in international project management  and has been working at the crossroads between media, the third sector and the public sphere. Besides supporting the back-office, Christian is responsible for the ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence programme and the ECPMF’s emergency response.

Nora Wehofsits Nora Wehofsits (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Nora Wehofsits

Advocacy Officer

Nora is responsible for all advocacy activities at the ECPMF in order to foster media freedom and representing the mission of the Centre in the public and political debate. In addition, she advocates for the ECPMF by liaising and mobilising cooperation. Moreover, her tasks include developing and coordinating projects and creating funding concepts. Nora’s work experiences in Germany and abroad include different journalistic and editorial occupations as well as strategic corporate and science communication, for instance in the field of sustainable development. She has an academic background in Communication Science and International Criminology, with theses about media impacts on criminal justice and the relation of press freedom and corruption.


Jane Whyatt Jane Whyatt (photo: ECPMF/Lamm)

Jane Whyatt

Editorial Team

Jane is responsible for creating and curating web content at the ECPMF and supporting the ECPMF’s activities. She is an experienced journalist, documentary-maker and producer with a strong track record in campaigning for press and broadcasting freedom, diversity and plurality of media ownership. As a journalist she covered the Falklands conflict and UK general elections dating back to the 1980s and she has worked as a lecturer and academic leader at London’s top journalism schools. She has won the CRA Race in the Media Best Documentary Prize, the BJTC Award for Excellence in Journalism Education (twice), the Guardian/Unltd Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Olympic Inspire Mark, London 2012. Jane took a degree in Modern European Studies (Politics, French and German) at the University of Bristol, UK.