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June 2015 Newsletter
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Vol. 24 No. 2
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A War of Identities: Examining the Ukraine Crisis with Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

By Rick Noack (Burns 2014)


Since the last Arthur F. Burns Berlin Dinner in 2014, there has certainly been no shortage in geopolitical crises and conflicts. Only days after the dinner took place last year, Pavlo Klimkin became the foreign minister of Ukraine. This year, on June 3rd, he travelled to Berlin to address the Burns community and to deliver a speech on the future of his country and its relations with Europe and Russia.


Describing the current crisis in eastern Ukraine as an "experiment with the human psyche," Klimkin portrayed the conflict as a tipping point with far-reaching consequences for the future of Europe. "It's a war of identities," Klimkin said. The minister, who served as the Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin between 2012 and 2014, spoke in fluent German to the assembled crowd, hosted by Deutsche Bank.


Referring to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the minister drew parallels between the end of communism and today. He argued that eastern Germans were applauded for their willingness to seek freedom in the 1980s, whereas today, Ukrainians were being punished for pursuing the same goals. Closer Ukrainian ties to Western Europe and NATO would help Ukraine to succeed in the future.


Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin addresses the crowd.

According to the Ukrainian foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to separate Europe into two parts. If he succeeds, Russia would dominate the east of the continent. Klimkin emphasized that Ukraine and other countries should continue to seek closer ties with the European Union.


"Russia does not need Donbass," Klimkin argued at the event, referring to the eastern region in conflict. According to him, Russia's real intentions behind supporting the separatists in eastern Ukraine were not of an economic nature. Instead, Russia aimed at weakening the European Union, according to Klimkin.


The minister showed confidence that many inhabitants of areas that are currently under Russian or separatist control would eventually support the Ukrainian government. Klimkin also emphasized the unlikelihood of a potential partnership between Russia and Ukraine. He strongly refuted claims that most Western observers and politicians had secretly given up on Crimea and the separatist-held territories in eastern Ukraine.


Directing his words toward the attending journalists, Klimkin said that the integrity of the media was essential in resolving the tensions and portraying the current situation correctly. He expressed his gratitude to the attending journalists for examining the complexities of the crisis.


Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, president of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, thanked Klimkin for delivering his compelling speech.


Foreign Minister Klimkin was introduced by the Canadian Ambassador to Germany, Marie Gervais-Vidricaire. For the first time in the history of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, this year's participants will be welcomed by the Canadian Ambassador in Washington, D.C., later this summer.


Rick Noack writes about international news for The Washington Post. He spent his Burns Fellowship in 2014 at the Post, where he wrote 87 articles, more than any previous participant of the fellowship. Originally from Dresden, his work has appeared on CNN, TIME.com, in DER SPIEGEL, Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, sueddeutsche.de, and ZEIT ONLINE/ ZEIT Magazine, among others.


Trustees Sabine Christiansen and Ines Pohl with alumnus Nikolaus Blome (Burns 1993).
Attendees in the Deutsche Bank Atrium.
Canadian Ambassador to Germany Marie Gervais-Vidricaire.

2014 Arthur F. Burns Awards


The 2014 Arthur F. Burns Awards were presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Berlin Alumni Dinner on June 3. The awards recognize German and American Burns alumni for an outstanding journalistic piece on the political, economic or cultural situation in the respective partner country or on the transatlantic relationship.


The 2,000 Euro award for the best German contribution went to Markus Feldenkirchen, the Washington correspondent of Der Spiegel magazine for his article "Die Wanderarbeiterin," published in the 50/2014 edition. It describes the life of a young American girl of Portuguese descent who becomes worn out by the low wages and hard work in the American fast food industry and finally dies of exhaustion. Feldenkirchen empathizes with the desperate situation of an exploited class, and holds President Barack Obama partially responsible. According to his critique, social politics have turned the American dream on its head: One starts at the top, drudges day and night, and ends up at the bottom -- from the middle class to dishwashing. It is an important piece that shines light on a troublesome aspect in the United States. Feldenkirchen was also a Burns award winner in 2002.


The jury also gave a special commendation to Rick Noack, a journalist from Dresden, who was a Burns Fellow at The Washington Post last summer. In only two months, he published a total of 87 articles in his host paper and online, as well as commentaries on a wide range of national and international topics. In almost 30 years of the Burns Fellowship, he set a record. At the age of 19 and 20, Noack was not accepted as a finalist in the Burns Fellowship since he was too young, but at the age of 21, he finally claimed his spot and truly did not disappoint.


The jury awarded the 2,000 Euro prize for an American contribution to Andrew Curry. He was recognized for his piece "Off the Wall," published in the magazine National Geographic Traveler in November 2014. With great attention to detail and thoughtful prose, he takes the reader on a stroll through four districts of Berlin. The result is a visually stirring tribute to the diversity and vitality of Berlin's district culture, presented by an outside observer.


George F. Kennan Commentary Award


This annual award is presented by the board of trustees of the Internationale Journalisten-Programme and is given to a journalist who published a remarkable commentary related to the transatlantic relationship or the United States in a German publication last year. The winner receives a certificate and a 2,000 Euro prize.


This year, Uwe Schmitt, a longtime correspondent and reporter at the Welt-Gruppe, was awarded the George F. Kennan Commentary Award. In his essay "Der Fremde," published in the Welt am Sonntag on September 21, 2014, he tells the moving story of a German who becomes reacquainted with his homeland after living abroad for 15 years. By observing strange aspects of German society and simultaneously commenting on his daily life and the culture in his host country of the United States, he illuminates cultural differences. He begins his article with the statement "Pardon, I forgot how to be German," and concludes with a shy declaration of love for Berlin and Germany.


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), Michael Bröcker (Rheinische Post), and Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).



Burns winner Markus Feldenkirchen, Kennan winner Uwe Schmitt, Burns winner Andrew Curry and State Secretary Stephan Steinlein.


San Francisco Burns Alumni Dinner Tackles the Future of Journalism

By Steve Kettmann (Burns 1999)


Tech oracle Kara Swisher led a brisk, opinionate-at-the-speed-of-a-Tweet discussion with Jonathan Abrams, founder and CEO of Nuzzel, and Joanne Bradford, formerly the head of partnerships at Pinterest, at the San Francisco Burns Alumni Dinner on June 10. A highlight of the dinner, now held every second year at the German Consul General's residence in San Francisco, is hearing from the irrepressible Swisher, a longtime Wall Street Journal columnist and now co-executive editor of her startup Re/code. She is a class of 1992 Burns alumna and currently on the Burns board of trustees.


From left: Bradford, Abrams and Swisher.

The group offered a mild defense of the throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks habit of more and more media outlets,

arguing that even at its finest, journalism has always had a hit-or-miss quality. That may be true if one is citing Hearst-style 

yellow journalism, but is at odds with the journalism-as-a-higher-calling ethos that is drilled into many of us as young reporters and as Burns fellows. Their larger argument seemed to be that paying for a lot of deep reporting is not usually a good business model, and business models tend to trump all.  


Abrams said he wished he saw more investigative reporting in technology journalism, and added: "What I think is bad is how 99 percent of the scoops of the tech industry blogs are just rumors of a funding or acquisition a week before they were going to announce it anyway."


Swisher is not one to lament the old days. When one of the Burns alumni sounded her out on whether it bothered her that fewer young people were going into journalism, she shot back: "There were too many before, right?"


As someone with more than a million Twitter followers, Swisher is also not one to mourn the move toward speed and easy appeal, versus the deeper rewards of thoughtfulness and slow, plodding research -- like that which recently toppled longtime FIFA boss Sepp Blatter after years of brazen corruption.


What does she look for in young people she hires?


"If you don't understand social, we're not hiring you," she said. "If you need lessons in Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, you're not working for us. I think they have to still have the same basic things of curiosity, fairness and accuracy. We stick with those pretty strongly. Point of view is really important now. Expertise is important. ... We're going to go more toward personality and expertise, but high-level expertise, versus just mouthing off."


Steve Kettmann (Burns 1999), formerly Berlin correspondent for Wired.com, is the author or co-author of nine books, including four New York Times best-sellers. @stevekettmann


Trustee Marcus Brauchli speaks with Kara Swisher and another guest.


Attendees gather for a group photo.


2015 Burns Fellows



(Host media in parentheses)

Ms. Pia Dangelmayer, Investigative Resesarcher, ARD and Puls, Munich 
(ProPublica, New York City)


Ms. Nora Gantenbrink, Editor, stern, Hamburg

(L.A. Daily News, Los Angeles)


Mr. Martin Gropp, Staff Reporter and News Desk Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt



Mr. Volker ter Haseborg, Reporter-at-Large, Bilanz, Hamburg

(The Miami Herald)


Ms. Maris Hubschmid, Editor, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

(The Seattle Times)



Ms. Marie-Astrid Langer, Foreign Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich  
(The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco)



Ms. Andrea Maurer, Editor, Aspekte, ZDF, Berlin
(VICE, New York City)


Ms. Annett Meiritz, Staff Writer, Spiegel Online, Berlin

(VOX, Washington, D.C.)


Ms. Lisa Nienhaus, Staff Reporter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt

(VICE, New York City)


Ms. Julia Smirnova, Correspondent, Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag, Moscow

(The Washington Post)


Mr. Dominik Stawski, Reporter and Editor, stern, Hamburg

(Mother Jones, San Francisco)


Mr. Florian Willershausen, International Chief Reporter, WirtschaftsWoche, Berlin

(The Chicago Tribune)



(Host media in parentheses)


Mr. David Blanchard, Producer, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR

(Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich)


Mr. Eliot Brown, Real Estate Reporter, The Wall Street Journal, New York City


Mr. Daniel Guillemette, Associate Producer, CBC Radio One, Toronto 
(NPR, Berlin)


Ms. Emmarie Huetteman, Junior Reporter, The New York Times, Washington, D.C.

(The New York Times, Berlin)


Mr. Carl Jaeger, Producer, KMSP-TV, Minneapolis, MN

(Deutsche Welle TV, Englischer Dienst, Berlin)


Ms. Debbie Pacheco, Associate Producer, CBC Radio, Toronto

(The Local, Berlin)


Mr. Max Rosenthal, Reporter, Mother Jones, Washington, D.C.

(Spiegel Online, Berlin)


Ms. Anna Russell, Reporting Assistant, The Wall Street Journal, New York City

(Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Munich)


Ms. Ilona Viczian, Deputy News Editor, Al Jazeera English, Washington, D.C.

(Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin)


Mr. Dustin Volz, Tech Policy Correspondent, National Journal, Washington, D.C.

(Handelsblatt Global Edition, Berlin)


Most of the German class of 2015 fellows.

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 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 2015 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.

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship News is published four times a year by the International Center for Journalists.
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Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, IJP
Emily Schult, Program Director, ICFJ
Lyndsey Wajert, Program Manager, ICFJ 
Leigh Burke, Burns Fundraising Consultant 
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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,


This is the season that we hope to see many of you! Nearly half of all alumni living in Germany attended the Arthur Burns Dinner in Berlin on June 3, where our guest of honor was the Ukrainian Foreign Secretary Pavlo Klimkin. On June 10, our alumni on the West Coast had the chance to attend our biennial San Francisco Dinner at the residence of the German Consul-General. And those who missed out on last February's Burns Dinner in New York will have a chance to get together at the annual reception for the new class of fellows in Washington on July 29, this time hosted by the Canadian Ambassador to the United States at his embassy. The Canadian Ambassador to Germany and patron of the program introduced Foreign Secretary Klimkin at the Berlin dinner. These two examples show how Canada has become an integral part of our program.


Besides hosting dinners, we are currently arranging placements for the new fellows on either side of the Atlantic, and we hope that many of you will have a chance to meet with them during their placements, possibly in your home city.


Last but not least, please read about the recent Arthur F. Burns Award winners, which were presented at the Berlin dinner. We hope the prize money is just one incentive for all alumni to regularly submit what they have published about the partner country and culture during the past year.


Wishing you a great summer and see you soon!





Alumni News

Rob Brofman and his partner Justin became the proud fathers of twins in Los Angeles.


Dr. Christian Sauer 
works as an independent consultant for newsroom organization and news team leadership in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He coaches and supports many editors and leading editorial staff, mainly for print and online news organizations.

Elisabeth Niejahr and fellow alumnus Peter Dausend (Burns 1998) published a book titled Operation Röschen about chancellor-hopeful and German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen (Campus).


Nikolaus Blome, Berlin bureau chief for Der Spiegel, is leaving the weekly news magazine. Nicola Clark, a Paris-based reporter for The New York Times, broke the news that the pilot of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps on March 24 was alone in the cockpit and had locked out his colleague as the plane entered its fatal descent.


Marko Martin published his new book, Madiba Days: A South African Journey (Wehrhahn Publishing House, Hannover). Ina Ruck, who spent many years as a Moscow bureau chief, will start as the new Washington bureau chief for ARD German TV in July.


On May 1, Gregor Peter Schmitz, previously with Spiegel in Washington and Brussels, started his new position as Berlin bureau chief of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's leading business magazine.



Dr. Nikolai A. Behr and his production company Brain Script won a Gold Communicators Award of Excellency for his 2014 promotional video "Tackling the Future" for the BayWa corporation. They also won an Intermedia Globe Gold Award at the WorldMedia Festival in Hamburg for their promotional film for the Peter Maffay Foundation.

Famous German rock star Peter Maffay and Dr. Nikolai A. Behr celebrating the WorldMedia Festival's Gold Award for their promotional video of the Peter Maffay Foundation. Photo credit: Jürgen Strack, PMS
Please see Peter Dausend's news under 1992. Michael Sahm became the managing director of Forest Carbon Group GmbH in Frankfurt in April. Volker Weidermann, who recently left 
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung as head of the literary section for the weekly Der Spiegel, will also start hosting with three colleagues a new version of the "Literarisches Quartett" on national ZDF television. The show will air six times per year and is about new books and authors. After spending three years in Afghanistan representing the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Adrienne Woltersdorf is now back in Berlin working as the desk officer for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar for the FES. Colleagues who need contacts and information regarding those countries, please contact her via her new email address: adrienne.woltersdorf@fes.de.



Margaret Rankin has accepted a position with the Business Council for International Understanding, a non-profit founded in 1955 by President Eisenhower to facilitate dialogue and alliances between world businesses and political leaders. She works as a director in their government contracts division. In June, she moved from the D.C. area to Greenwich Village, New York.


David Schraven is now head of CORRECT!V, Germany's first nonprofit investigative newsroom.



Annie Baxter has been formally hired by the national radio program Marketplace and started her permanent post on June 1. She'll continue to report from Marketplace's parent company headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will focus on agriculture and the food supply chain. James Hagengruber is now the public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Praia, Cabo Verde.  



Lennart Paul now works as a press officer for Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). TK is a German health insurance company with more than nine million members.  



After five years working at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Daniela Gerson is now becoming an assistant professor of journalism at California State University in Northridge. Her specialty is community, participatory and ethnic media. If anyone is involved in interesting projects that touch on those themes in the United States, Germany, or elsewhere, she would love to learn about them! She can be reached at dgerson@usc.edu. In June, Manuel Hartung is leaving the management of Tempus Corporate, the corporate publishing company of Zeit-Verlag, to head the "Chances" section at the weekly Die Zeit.


Mario Kaiser will move with his wife Gypsy to Philadelphia, where she was promoted to communications director at Eisenhower Fellowships. He will continue as a freelance writer for Der Spiegel and others.



Moira Herbst had a baby girl, Uschi, in October. She still lives in New York City. Stefan Tomik, staff writer at Frankfurter Allgemeine, just published his first book, Unter Engeln und Wasserdieben: Tausend Kilometer auf dem Israel National Trail (DuMont). The book is about his walking trip along the 1000km Israel National Trail. He walked the whole country in 10 weeks from Eilat to Kibbuz Dan close to the Lebanese Border.  Doris Tromballa was appointed project supervisor for the development of the ARD e-learning platform "alpha lernen" that focuses on teaching English via the web and television. She will transform the famous TV show "Telekolleg" (broadcast since 1967) into an up-to-date online learning tool. She is currently casting a presenter for the tutorial videos and plans on issuing the first 10-15 lectures by the beginning of 2016. This summer, she will be shooting in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and India.




Christian Salewski was winner of the CNN Journalist Award 2015 in the online category for his multimedia feature "Die GPS Jagd! Was passiert mit unserem Schrott?" It aired on Arte. Shant Shahrigian's paper The Riverdale Press, where he is editor, was named best in class by an association of New York community papers in the spring. The newspaper covers the northwest Bronx where there was once a large German immigrant population. Shant has found that the Bronx still lives up to its German roots through a rise in local breweries. They even sell a locally made Kölsch at the Bronx Ale House. 

On the job investigating housing complaints.

Aaron Wiener recently started a new job as senior editor at Mother Jones, based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes freelance story pitches from Burns alumni!



Moritz Honert had a second child: his son Johan Levi Jakob was born on June 2.



Johannes Gernert will be in the United States in July as a Kellen Fellow, traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Chicago to Philadelphia conducting research on how algorithms change the way police and courts work in the United States. Jonathan Stock became a father in May to son Johann. He was also awarded in absentia the Cramer Reportage Award for his reporting on the Israeli army during the last conflict in Gaza.

Takis Würger published Knockout: Das Leben ist ein Kampf, a collection of the 20 best stories on boxing (Ankerherz).



Max Holscher has a new position at his paper the Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine. He is now a correspondent/reporter for politics (Landespolitischer Reporter) in the federal state of Hesse.  



Verena Klein changed jobs after returning from her fellowship in Canada last year. On March 1, she became an adviser to the director-general of Saarländischer Rundfunk. Previously, she worked as a radio and television reporter, editor and presenter of a radio show on Saarländischer Rundfunk. Andrea Rexer, financial editor at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, gave birth to a son, Jakob Maximilian Matt, on May 11 in Munich. 


In March, Tomas Urbina left the CBC for a new job with VICE Canada. He is now a producer with the mobile video news and culture show DAILY VICE, a 6-minute show that goes out in the DAILY VICE app and is published to the web. It's the first show of its kind for VICE and a model for new shows that they are developing now in the United States. Tomas also won a Gabriel Award for best documentary and was a finalist from the New York Festivals for his documentary Black Box.



Lisa Nienhaus was awarded The Herbert Quandt Medienpreis for her work on "Wie kommt das Geld in die Welt," published in May 2014 in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.


Upcoming Events

Washington Reception: 

July 29, 2015
Canadian Embassy


2015 Fellowships:
July 28 - Sept. 30, 2015


North American 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. BindenagelHenry Kissinger Professor of Governance and International Security, University of Bonn, Germany
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli,
Co-founder and Managing Partner, North Base Media; 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. 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)

John Honderich, Chair of the Board, Torstar Corporation

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
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

The Honorable Hugh D. SegalMaster, Massey College

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

Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House

Wayne T. SmithChairman of the Board and CEO, BASF Corporation

Kara SwisherCo-CEO, Revere Digital; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code; and Co-Executive Producer, The Code Conference

Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)

Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC 
Legal Advisor:
Phillip C. Zane, Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University

German Trustees


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


Patron: The Honorable Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Canadian Ambassador to Germany


Sven AfhüppeCo-Editor-in-Chief, Handelsblatt

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, Former Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel

Tom Buhrow, Director-General, WDR

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Editor-in-Chief, Der Tagesspiegel

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

Prof. Monika Grütters,

State Minister for Culture and Media

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Former Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank

(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

Ines Pohl, Editor-in-Chief, die taz

Dagmar Reim, Director-General, RBB

Claudia RothVice-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, Former Editor-in-Chief, Stern

The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in North America and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2015 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.

Sponsors in the U.S.
A.T. Kearney
BMW of North America, LLC
Brauchli-Farley Fund
Comcast NBCUniversal
EII Capital Management, Inc. 
The Ford Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Lufthansa German Airlines
Paramount Group, Inc.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Individual Contributions
David Detjen

Jacob Heilbrunn

Stanford S. Warshawsky

Sponsors in Germany
Allianz SE
Auswärtiges Amt.


Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
Goldman, Sachs AG
Siemens AG