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June 2014 Newsletter
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Vol. 23 No. 2
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German, U.S. Officials Tackle Tough Year in Relationship at Burns Dinner

By Andrew Curry (Burns 2003)

 

It has been a rough year for transatlantic relations, and neither of the speakers at the annual Burns Alumni Dinner in Berlin on June 4 avoided tackling the contentious issues that have challenged the relationship between the United States and Germany over the past year.

 

The morning after last year's Berlin dinner, leaked documents from the U.S. National Security Agency were published. They revealed widespread data and intelligence collection efforts that included monitoring the communications of top German government officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, making his first appearance at the Berlin alumni dinner this year, was on the spot to address what has undoubtedly been the most difficult issue of his short tenure. The slow drip of articles in the American and German press has dominated German-American relations, making cooperation on other treaties and foreign policy initiatives difficult and eroding some of the esteem Germans have long held for their American allies.

U.S. Ambassador John Emerson addressing guests.

Nonetheless, Emerson praised Germany's media. "One of the things I was struck by and appreciate regarding Germany is the quality and depth of German journalism," Emerson said. "You haven't made my job easy, especially after the NSA allegations, but that's a good thing."

 

Emerson suggested that the media in both countries are playing an important role in challenging authorities on both sides of the Atlantic. "The way government responds to criticism is a key part of what keeps government accountable and responsible," he said.

 

Emerson was there in part to introduce the evening's keynote speaker, recently-appointed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. In his introduction, Emerson nodded to the historic nature of her appointment. "As the first female minister of defense, your appointment carries not only symbolic but substantive importance," he said. "Every time the glass ceiling is broken, it sends a signal that our societies are improving."

 

Von der Leyen began her speech with an on-point history lesson, bringing up the biography of the Burns program's namesake, Arthur F. Burns. An economist and ambassador to West Germany between 1981 and 1985 -- the height of the Cold War, Burns was born in eastern Europe and emigrated to the United States as a boy, a potent symbol of the close ties between the U.S. and Europe.

 

Towards the close of his tenure as ambassador, von der Leyen said, Burns gave a succinct evaluation of Germany: "A good ally, and a stable democracy, but a nation still uncertain of itself."

 

Thirty years later, she said, Burns' take still has resonance. "The most important question for Germany right now is what do we expect from ourselves? We want to work with our European and transatlantic partners, but we want to do it in a smart way." 

Federal Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen giving her speech on transatlantic relations.

That, von der Leyen, said, will take hard work on Germany's part. She used the NSA spying case as an example. Germany, she said, is at least in part to blame for failing to invest in intelligence-gathering technology of its own over the past two decades, leaving it dependent on -- and vulnerable to -- the United States. "We've been asleep at the wheel in research funding in this area for 20 years," von der Leyen said, a rare public critique that sent a few in the audience fumbling for their Twitter accounts.

 

As German defense minister, von der Leyen's view of the Bundeswehr's role is deeply informed by Germany's post-war tradition of pacifism. "You have to understand, the military can never be the solution -- it can be part of the solution, but diplomacy and economic cooperation must always take the fore," she said.

 

The alumni dinner, held the day after U.S. President Barack Obama appeared in Warsaw, was also an opportunity for journalists to probe von der Leyen's stance on the rapidly evolving crisis in Ukraine and the German government's response. "I'm very happy to hear Obama signal that the U.S. is going to stay engaged in Europe and in NATO," she said. "We haven't forgotten what it's like to be on the eastern edge of Europe, and it's good to know the U.S. still has our back."

 

Andrew Curry is a freelance journalist based in Berlin. He has written for U.S. magazines including National Geographic, Wired, Slate and Smithsonian, and is a contributing editor at Archaeology. He spent his 2003 Burns fellowship at Welt am Sonntag in Berlin.

 

Canadian Chargé d´affaires Eric Walsh, representing the new partner country.

Nearly half the alumni from the class of 2011.

Attendees of the dinner.

2013 Burns and Kennan Award Winners

The 2013 Burns Award winners.
The 2013 Arthur F. Burns Awards honored articles on a range of issues -- from an openly gay boxer's fight against homophobia, to deportation of Americans to Germany, and Obama's unsuccessful attempts to curb the U.S. gun lobby. The German Foreign Minister awards the prizes to one German and one American Burns alumni, who published an outstanding story during 2013 on a political, economic or cultural issue in the partner country or on transatlantic relations.

 

Patron and U.S. Ambassador John Emerson listening to Burns Award winner Amrai Coen (Burns 2013).
The 2,000-Euro prize for the best German contribution went to Amrai Coen (Burns 2013), an editor at the weekly Die Zeit. Her winning story, "Sie nannten ihn Ente (They called him Duck)," was published on October 17, 2013. The author accomplished a rare feat of art: through painstaking observation, detailed description and a clever narrative, Coen used sports reporting to create a political text about homophobia in macho societies. Her portrait of featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico -- the first boxer to publicly admit his homosexuality -- allows readers to fight alongside Cruz and to share his suffering and loss.

 

Two other German journalists received honorable mentions from the jury. Rieke Havertz (Burns 2012), an editor at taz - die tageszeitung, wrote about President Obama's attempt to enact stricter gun laws after the massacre in Newtown, Conn. Over the course of six weeks in Obama's hometown of Chicago, she researched the failure of these efforts and its causes and wrote a remarkable five-part series titled 'The Power of Guns,' published in late July and early August 2013. Max Holscher (Burns 2013), a volunteer at the Hessische-Niedersächsische Allgemeine, spent his Burns Fellowship at the Miami Herald, where -- in addition to writing numerous articles -- he shared with readers his unique observations on everyday life in the United State through a weekly column. In his column, Holscher wrote about various topics and conversations in a tone that was sometimes ironic, sometimes thoughtful, but always informative and entertaining.

 

The jury awarded the 2,000-Euro prize for the best American contribution to Mike Giglio (Burns 2008) for "William Suess thought he was an American, until the day he was deported," published on Buzzfeed.com in October 2013. The story is the result of five years of research that began during his Burns Fellowship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, followed by several research trips to Germany. Giglio tells the story of a man who was born in Germany, but raised in Missouri, a U.S. soldier and convicted criminal who was unexpectedly deported at the age of 49 due to stricter U.S. immigration laws. It's a story of a man arriving at deportation camp in Germany, an entirely unknown land, but the place of his birth.

 

Mike Giglio (Burns 2008) accepting the Burns Award, with jury member Claus Strunz looking on.

 

The George F. Kennan Commentary Award is given annually to a journalist who has published a commentary in a German publication during the past calendar year. The content of the commentary must be a remarkable exploration of issues concerning the United States or the transatlantic relationship. The award includes a 2,000-Euro check.

 

The jury awarded the 2013 Kennan Award to Eric T. Hansen, an American who has lived in and reported from Germany for the past 25 years. In "Wider die transatlantische Amnesie (Against transatlantic amnesia)," published in Neue Zürcher Zeitung on October 7, 2013, Hansen impressively describes how Europe covers up its own weakness in world politics with Schadenfreude over the loss of power in Washington. Hansen thinks Europe thus missed a unique opportunity. Instead of speaking with one voice internationally and setting moral standards in global crises, the debate became side-tracked finding fault with the United States, a partner who was instrumental in managing crises on the continent for the past century. "Europe has probably only about ten years, maybe less, to take advantage of the current weakness of America," Hansen wrote.

 

The jury for both awards is composed of trustees, former award winners and journalists Sabine Christiansen, Dr. Christoph von Marschall (Tagesspiegel), Claus Strunz (Axel Springer), Stefan Kornelius (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and Gordon Repinski (Der Spiegel), as well as Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).

  

New Trustees for IJP
 
The German board of trustees for the Internationale Journalisten Programme had several changes at the start of the 2014-2016 tenure. The parliamentary group of the Greens will be represented by Claudia Roth, also vice president of the parliament. The parliamentary group of the Linke (Left) is represented by Gesine Lötzsch, also chairwoman of the influential budget committee. The editors-in-chief of Der Spiegel and taz-Die Tageszeitung, Wolfgang Büchner and Ines Pohl respectively, have also joined the board. Both their publications are home to large numbers of Burns alumni. Joining Mathias Döpfner are two more Burns alumni who have become trustees: Dominik Wichmann (Burns 1995), editor-in-chief of the weekly Der Stern, and Michael Bröcker (Burns 2010), newly appointed editor-in-chief of the regional daily Rheinische Post.
From left, Stern editor-in-chief and new Burns board member Dominik Wichmann (Burns 1995) with Burns Awards jury member Stefan Kornelius of Süddeutsche Zeitung.

2014 Burns Fellows

 

GERMAN FELLOWS

(Host media in parentheses)

 

Mr. Robin Alexander, Reporter, Welt-Gruppe, Berlin
(The Chicago Tribune)

 

Mr. Sven Boell, Correspondent, Capital Bureau, Der Spiegel, Berlin (The Wall Street Journal, New York City)

 

Ms. Franziska Holzschuh, Reporter, Nürnberger Nachrichten, Nürnberg (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Ms. Verena Klein, Reporter, Saarländischer Rundfunk (TV), Sarrbrücken (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto)

 

Ms. Chris Koever, Editor-in-Chief, Missy, Berlin
(VICE, New York City)

 

Ms. Frauke Narberhaus-Luepke, Reporter, Spiegel Online, Hamburg (The Boston Globe)

 

Mr. Rick Noack, Freelance journalist, Dresden
(The Washington Post)

 

Ms. Andrea Rexer,

Correspondent, Frankfurt Bureau, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Schwalbach (The Tyee

 

Ms. Tanja Schuhbauer, Senior Editor, Schwäbische Zeitung, Weingarten (The Oregonian, Portland)

 

Mr. Michael Watzke, Correspondent, DeutschlandRadio, München (WNYC, New York City)

 

Ms. Antje Windmann, Editor, Der Spiegel, Hamburg

(TBA)

 

U.S./CANADIAN FELLOWS

(Host media in parentheses)

 

Mr. Umair Irfan, Reporter, Environment & Energy Publishing, Washington, D.C. (Die taz, Berlin)

 

Mr. Peter Mellgard, Freelance journalist, New York, NY
(Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich)

 

Mr. Jack Nicas, Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago, IL (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin)

 

Ms. Clare Richardson, Freelance journalist, New York, NY

(Deutsche Welle TV, Berlin)

 

Ms. Maya Shwayder, UN and New York Correspondent, The Jerusalem Post, New York, NY (Die Welt, Berlin)

 

Mr. Tomas Urbina, Associate Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

(The Local, Berlin)

 

Ms. Rachel Williams, Reporter, The Arab Tribune, Union Grove, AL (Nürnberger Nachrichten, Nürnberg)

 

Ms. Leslie Young, Senior Web Coordinator, Investigative Data Desk, Global News, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

(Zeit Online, Berlin)

Most of the German class of 2014.
Holbrooke Research Grants - Call for Applications


Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) interviews the second officer of a car transporting vessel in Rhode Island as part of his Holbrooke Grant researching the transatlantic free trade agreement.

Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP) and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships are providing a special opportunity for journalists with a passion for research and storytelling around the globe.
 
The Holbrooke Research Grants offer stipends of up to €4,000 to as many as 10-15 print, broadcast and new media journalists. Grantees will be selected by an advisory board, including professionals and trustees working in journalism.
 
The grants were recently renamed to honor Richard Holbrooke and his outstanding service in the field of international relations and specifically the German-American relationship. Holbrooke was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author and investment banker. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994 and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1994-1996. He also helped form the American Academy in Berlin and was its founding chairman. Most recently, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He died in December 2010. These travel and research grants honor his legacy of cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy.
 
Who: All IJP and Burns alumni are eligible-both newsroom staffers and freelancers.
 
What: The grants support ambitious journalism projects including, but not limited to, the global economic crisis. Joint projects between journalists from different countries are encouraged, but individual projects will also be considered. A transatlantic perspective should be part of the project.
 
When: The deadline is ongoing throughout 2014 until funds are exhausted.
 
Selection Criteria: When choosing, we consider each candidate's professional accomplishments and potential; his or her individual and organizational commitment; and the potential impact of the proposed journalistic project. For collaborative projects, each applicant should submit a separate application that incorporates the jointly developed project proposal. Click here for details on what to submit.
 
Requirements: The program will only review completed applications endorsed by a news organization. Stories must be published or broadcast within four months of grant award date. Eighty percent of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining 20 percent to be paid upon publication or broadcast.
 
Where: Please send your application to burns@ijp.org or researchgrant@ijp.org.
 
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding comes from the transatlantic program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).


The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship News is published four times a year by the International Center for Journalists.
 
Burns Program Staff
Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, IJP
Emily Schult, Program Director, ICFJ
Lyndsey Wajert, Program Officer, ICFJ 
Leigh Burke, Burns Fundraising Consultant 
Maia Curtis, ICFJ Consultant
 
Named in honor of the late former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and former Federal Reserve Board chairman, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program fosters greater understanding of transatlantic relations among future leaders of the news media.
 
The Burns program was established in 1988 in Germany by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (formerly the Initiative Jugendpresse) and was originally designed for young German journalists. In 1990, the fellowship expanded to include American journalists, making it a true exchange. In 2013, it expanded to include Canadian journalists. 
 
Each year 20 outstanding journalists from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries. The program offers young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as "foreign correspondents" for their hometown news organizations.
 
Fellows work as part-time staff members at host newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations. In addition to covering local news, fellows report on events for their employers back home, while learning more about their host country and its media.
 
This competitive program is open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station or news agency, and to freelancers. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but is encouraged.


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Frankly Speaking

Dear Alumni,                  

 

Once again, a new group of Burns Fellows -- the class of 2014 -- is ready to start their fellowship program later in July. After its test run last year on the 25th anniversary of the fellowship, Canada is now a firm third leg of our transatlantic exchange program. Two Canadians will join their U.S. colleagues to travel to Germany, and two Germans will spend their fellowship in Toronto and Vancouver respectively. Please reach out to the new fellows if they are hosted near you during August and September. You can find the list of new fellows and their host attachments in this newsletter.

 

Nearly half of all German alumni attended the annual Arthur F. Burns Alumni Dinner in Berlin on June 4. This year's guest of honor and speaker Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's first female federal minister of defense, was introduced by Burns patron and U.S. Ambassador John Emerson. The 170 guests were once again graciously hosted by Deutsche Bank in their Berlin headquarters. Claus Strunz represented the jury of the Arthur F. Burns and George F. Kennan Awards in presenting the 2013 prizes for journalistic excellence (read about the awards in this newsletter). Alumni winners Amrai Coen (Burns 2013) and Mike Giglio (Burns 2008) received lots of applause for their remarkable reporting, both initiated during their fellowship -- Amrai with VICE in New York and Mike with Frankfurter Allgemeine in Frankfurt.

 

The next opportunity for alumni to get together is the traditional reception for the new fellows hosted by new German Ambassador to Washington Peter Wittig on July 22. We will also host a meeting for alumni in Bavaria to meet the U.S. fellows during Oktoberfest in Munich on September 19. Let us know if you are in the area and can join us for one of these events.

 

I hope you have a sunny and relaxing summer ahead of you. Please keep us posted on what happens in your professional and personal lives, so that we can stay connected and keep you up-to-date on new alumni activities of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program.

 

Best for now,

Frank

Alumni News
1995

Wulf Schmiese is changing positions within ZDF. He is leaving the morning news, which he has co-anchored since 2010, to become a correspondent in ZDF's capital bureau covering national politics.

 

1997

Eric Jansson will welcome a new baby in July, their fourth child. Andreas Wunn, ZDF's Latin America correspondent since 2010, published his second book on Brazil just in time for the World Cup to start. It is titled Brasilien für Insider.  

 

1998

Doris Schnetzer published her first book, Living Their Soul Purposes: Interviews With 25 Healers. Her intention in writing the book was to make information and stories about lesser-known healing techniques accessible to the general public, and to inspire people who want to live a more passionate, intentional life. Volker Weidermann published a book about the summer of 1936 called Ostende (Kiepenheuer & Witsch).  

 

2000

Oliver Becker is working on the final segment of his documentary series on "Football and Development" in Namibia, Mozambique, Brazil and Afghanistan. He is filming the Afghanistan segment in June. 

 

Sandra Ratzow will leave Hamburg and NDR to become the new ARD TV correspondent in Washington, starting January 2015.

        

2001

David Schraven, head of the investigative department at the daily Westdeutsche Zeitung, is leaving WAZ this month. Together with a non-profit organization, he is exploring the possibility of starting a German version of ProPublica.

2002

Ashley Fantz of CNN is now a digital news desk editor and reporter, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her year-long reporting project, "The Uncounted," was published in March 2014. It details the struggle of military family members -- spouses, siblings and parents -- who have contemplated or committed suicide amid the pressures of 12 years of non-stop war, multiple deployments and caring for wounded warriors. Though it's estimated that 22 veterans a day kill themselves, the suicides of military family members go uncounted by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kerstin Kohlenberg will leave headquarters of the weekly Die Zeit later this summer to become their new correspondent in New York.

 

2005

Curt Nickisch completed the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he studied how advances in computing are disrupting middle-class jobs in the United States. He has returned to Boston's NPR station WBUR-FM, where he covers business and technology. 

 

2007

Philipp Abresch, currently a correspondent in ARD's Tokyo bureau, will become the new ARD bureau chief in Singapore in September, covering the ASEAN region. Damaso Reyes

spent the first half of 2014 as the artist in residence at AKKU studio in Switzerland. During his residency, he exhibited "And They Called Themselves The Europeans" -- an outdoor, multimedia installation composed of images and audio from his long term project, The Europeans.  

 

    

2009

Clay Risen published a new book in April titled The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. Fellow alumnus Steve Kettmann (Burns 1999) interviewed Clay about his new book in an interview for the Huffington Post. Clay's last book, American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit, was published in November 2013. Björn Winter is now hosting the regional TV news show "17:30 Sat.1 Regional" for the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. He became part of the team of anchors in March 2014. He continues to work as an on-air reporter and editor for Sat.1.  
Björn Winter

2010

On May 1, Henning Engelage began working as a communications advisor in Berlin for Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft, the German insurance association. Shaun Halper is starting his academic teaching career in September as a lecturer at Yale University in New Haven. Susann Reichenbach had a son, Jannis Mika, on January 28.

 

 

2011

After returning from his paternity leave, Moritz Honert switched positions at Der Tagesspiegel. He is now an editor with Die Dritte Seite team in Berlin.

 

Multi-Year

This year's Henri Nannen Awards, one of Germany's most prestigious print awards, included many Burns alumni. Amrai Coen (2013) and Hannes Ross (2001) were nominated, and Gregor Peter Schmitz (1997) and Nikolaus Blome (1993), along with Der Spiegel's investigative team, received an award in the investigative category.

Upcoming Events

Washington Reception: 
July 22, 2014
German Ambassador's Residence

 

2014 Fellowships:
July 22 - Sept. 30, 2014

Trustees
U.S. Trustees (2013-2016)

Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States
Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) 
Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times 
Albert Behler, President and CEO, Paramount Group, Inc. 
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel, Senior Advisor, Strategy XXI Partners
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli, Consultant, Graham Holdings Company (Chairman
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Burt, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Martin Bussmann, Managing Director, Mannheim Holdings LLC
Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC
David W. Detjen, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, CFO, BASF SE; Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation
John Fraser, Master and Chair of Corporation, Massey College, Toronto
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP), e.V. (Burns President
Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, President and CEO, GWFF USA, Inc.
James F. Hoge, Jr.,
Senior Advisor, Teneo Intelligence (Honorary Chairman)
Ambassador (ret.) Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury 
The Honorable Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Former U.S. Secretary of State 
Christian Lange, President and CEO, EII Capital Management Inc. 
The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (Honorary Chairman) 
Richard G. Lugar, President, The Lugar Center, Former United States Senator
Dr. Daniel Mahler, Partner and Head of Americas, A.T. Kearney 
Kati Marton, Journalist and Author
Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Director, The Associated Press 
Wolfgang Pordzik, Executive Vice President, Corporate Public Policy, Deutsche Post DHL 
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines

Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House
Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)
Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC 
Legal Advisor:
Phillip C. Zane, Attorney at Law, GeyerGorey, LLP 

German Trustees

 

Patron: The Honorable John B. Emerson,
U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Dr. Thomas Bellut,
Director-General, ZDF

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bettzuege, Former German Ambassador 

Dr. Martin Blessing, CEO, Commerzbank AG

Prof. Maria Böhmer,

Member of Parliament, CDU/CSU, State Minister, Foreign Office

Michael Bröcker, Editor in Chief, Rheinische Post

Wolfgang Büchner, Editor in Chief, Der Spiegel

Tom Buhrow, Director-General, WDR

Sabine Christiansen,
Journalist, TV21 Media

Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer

Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman, Vodafone Foundation

Leonhard F. Fischer,
Co-Chief Executive Officer, RHJI Swiss Management

Dr. Rüdiger Frohn,
Chairman, Mercator GmbH Foundation

Emilio Galli-Zugaro,
Head Group Communications, Allianz Group

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Foundation
(Honorary Chairman)

Peter Limbourg, Director-General, Deutsche Welle

Gesine Lötzsch,
Member of Parliament, Die Linke

Rob Meines, Meines & Partner, Den Haag

Mathias Müller von Blumencron,
Editor in Chief of Digital Media, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rainer Neske,
Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank
(Chairman)

Ines Pohl, Editor in Chief, die taz

Dagmar Reim, Director-General, RBB

Claudia Roth,
Vice-President of the Bundestag, Member of Parliament, Die Gruenen

Helmut Schäfer, Former State Minister, Foreign Office (Honorary Chairman)

Monika Schaller,
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs AG

Steffen Seibert, Parliamentary State Secretary, Government Spokesperson

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister and Member of Parliament, SPD

Lord George Weidenfeld, Former CEO, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Publishing, London; Member of the House of Lords

Dr. Dominik Wichmann, Editor in Chief, Stern 

Sponsors
The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in the United States and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2014 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.

Sponsors in the U.S.
Alston & Bird, LLP
BASF
BMW of North America, LLC
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Comcast NBCUniversal
DHL
EII Capital Management, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
GWFF USA, Inc.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Lufthansa German Airlines
Paramount Group, Inc.

Individual Contributions
John and Gina Despres
David Detjen
Stanford S. Warshawsky

Sponsors in Germany
Allianz SE
Auswärtiges Amt.
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
European Recovery Program (ERP), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Goldman, Sachs AG
Siemens AG

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