Team Media Ownership Monitor

Olaf Steenfadt, Global Project Director 

Olaf Steenfadt heads the "Media Ownership Monitor" project and the "Journalism Trust Initiative" at the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. For many years, he has been engaged as a consultant and coach in media development cooperation. Mandates of international organizations and NGOs lead him primarily to Southeast Europe and the Arab world. He previously worked for national German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF in various roles, including as a radio and TV presenter, investigative reporter, domestic and foreign correspondent, as well as in format development and corporate communication. Olaf is a member of the "High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation" of the European Commission and of the "Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age" at the Council of Europe. He teaches frequently at universities in Germany and Europe.

Nafisa Hasanova, Project Manager Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan

Before joining RSF, Nafisa worked on the Transdniestrian Settlement Process for the Finnish Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) founded by the former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as policy officer for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at APRODEV, now ACT Alliance EU, in Brussels. In 2008-2012 Nafisa worked as project manager EUCAM (EU Central Asia Monitoring) at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS and FRIDE) in Brussels. Nafisa, holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies from the University of Applied Studies in Fulda, Germany. She completed a BA in English Philology at the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages in Uzbekistan and gained working experience as a visiting fellow at CEPS in 2007 and through an internship at the German Bundestag (2006).

Josefine Spannuth, Junior Project Manager India, Philippines 

Before joining MOM India Josefine supported the Implementation of MOM in the Philippines as an intern. First experiences in terms of intercultural project oriented work which she made during her time at the Hope Project New-Delhi/India, shaped her studies afterwards. Studying cultural studies and digital media with a focus on postcolonial matters as well as a special curiosity for Asia, generated a major interest in the interface of sustainable development cooperation and the complex influences of media.

Lea Auffarth, Junior Project Manager Egypt and Lebanon 

Lea Auffarth is Junior Project Manager for Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) Media Ownership Monitor in Lebanon and Egypt. She studied Journalism in Germany (TU Dortmund) and Turkey (Bilgi Üniversitesi Istanbul), did a traineeship with the West German Broadcasting Corporation and worked as freelance journalist for radio and online publications. In her Master degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at King’s College London she studied national, ethnic and religious conflicts in the Middle East.

Lisa-Maria Kretschmer, Project Manager Cambodia, Philippines, Ghana, Tanzania

Lisa-Maria Kretschmer worked as Head of Research & project coordinator, and was responsible for the project implementation in the Philippines. Previously, she has worked in the field of human rights and resilience, amongst others for the German Development Agency (giz) and a Member of the German Parliament. In 2011, she supported an international research project on the role of media in conflict at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. This experience now contributes to her work for MOM as much as her previous positions in communications departments & agencies (profit & non-profit) for creating public awareness for human rights concerns. She studied political communication, journalism and economics in Germany (LMU Munich, FU Berlin), The Netherlands, Denmark and Israel.

Anna Rutz, student assistant 

Anna Rutz worked as student assistant for the Media Ownership Monitor of Reporters without Borders. At the same time she studies Communication Sciences at FU Berlin. After her graduation from school, she did a voluntary year in Peru, working for a community radio in the south of Lima. Due to further abroad experiences she has got a strong connection to Latin America.

Linda Otto, student assistant 

Linda Otto works as a student assistant for Reporters Without Borders` Media Ownership Monitor. She studied sociology and communication science at LMU Munich. Currently she is finishing her Master’s degree in Media and Political Communication at FU Berlin. Her focus lies on media and migration and since her internship in Lebanon she has a special interest in journalism during war and crisis.

Nube Àlvarez, Project Manager Mexico and Argentina 

Nube Alvarez is project manager for the Reporters without Borders project Media Ownership Monitor in Mexico and Argentina. She is a media researcher, freelance journalists and news coordinator with a focus on press freedom and media development. Ms. Alvarez has experience training up-and-coming journalists in programs that boost media skills. In her M.A International Media Studies’ thesis, Ms. Alvarez examined the experiences of Mexican journalists in exile and displacement with the aim to reflect on the phenomena of violence against press and its implications in press freedom.

Clothilde Le Coz, Project Manager Marocco, Lebanon and Egypt

Clothilde le Coz is project manager for Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) Media Ownership Monitor in Morocco. She oversaw the research for the same project in Cambodia in 2015. A French journalist, she worked extensively on media freedom and human rights in the US and in Southeast Asia, where she lived for the past 6 years. Now based in Europe, she is still travelling to work in the area of international media development and research. She is now focusing on the issue of media independence.

Ariane Schneider, accountant 

Ariane Schneider is a banker and has been working in a tax office and as consultant for the district court for many years. From 2015 to 2019, she worked in accounting for the Media Ownership Monitor.

Global Media Registry

The Global Media Registry (GMR) collects, compiles and provides – either publicly available or self-reported – datasets and contextual information on media outlets around the world.

In doing so, the objective is to enhance transparency, accountability and responsibility in the information space. Thus, the GMR facilitates better choices and decision making, both algorithmic and human, of all stakeholders. These may include every citizen and consumer, regulators and donors, as well as the private sector – for example advertisers and intermediaries (a. k. a. platforms and distributors).

By providing this public service as a social enterprise, the Global Media Registry contributes to the advancement of the freedoms of information and expression at large.

It was founded as a spin-off from the Media Ownership Monitor project, which it now operates as a non-for-profit LLC registered under German law.

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