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    • Sam Abraham

      Reporter, Economic Times

      Sam Abraham works with the Economic Times and writes on sports, mostly on Indian football - in the hope of staying ahead of this particular curve. His reporting in Germany will focus on youth football and development of talent at the home of the world champions. At the same time, he will try to understand how the process of scouting for talent helps improve the game in Europe. He will also try to track down the German cricket team while there.

    • Namrata Acharya

      Assistant Editor, Business Standard

      Namrata Acharya is an assistant editor with Business Standard in Kolkata. Over the last ten years of her career as a journalist, she has extensively travelled to remote parts of West Bengal and written several analytical pieces on rural economy and banking. She has reported at length on agrarian distress in rural West Bengal, financial exclusion, microfinance and labour laws.  In 2011, she was awarded the World Press Institute fellowship, USA and Thomson Reuters Foundation scholarship, London. 

    • Sohini Chattopadhyay

      Freelance journalist

      Sohini Chattopadhyay writes on politics, public health and the arts. She works independently, and is based in Kolkata. She has won the Ramnath Goenka award (2015) and the International Committee of the Red Cross prize (2014) for her work. She is a Chevening scholar and Asia Journalism Fellowship recipient. During her time in Germany, her research mainly focussed on Gender discourse in German Media and politics and public health and medical insurance. 

    • Vineet Gill

      Reporter, Sunday Guardian

      Vineet Gill is a Delhi-based journalist, currently working with the Sunday Guardian. His writings — on literature, visual arts, music and cinema — have appeared in The CaravanGuernicaHimal SouthasianOpen and the Hindu Business Line among other publications. 

    • Arfa Khanum

      Senior Anchor, Rajya Sabha TV

      Arfa Khanum is a broadcast journalist and currently works as a Senior Anchor with Rajya Sabha TV, the official Broadcaster of the Upper House of the Parliament of India. Previously associated with NDTV, she has worked closely with Aamir Khan on his TV blockbuster 'Satyamev Jayate'. Her areas of interest are international affairs and issues of social justice. In the last decade and a half, Arfa has covered a wide range of political developments in India and reported from a number of conflict affected areas in the world - Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal. 

    • Radhika Santhanam

      Assistant Editor, The Hindu

      Radhika Santhanam is an Assistant Editor at The Hindu, based in Chennai. She obtained a Masters degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and a postgraduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She works on the The Hindu's editorial and opinion pages. Apart from commissioning and editing stories, she has written opinion pieces on gender, caste and politics, and done reportage on literature, dance and theatre. 

    • Nimish Sawant

      Journalist, Firstpost

      Nimish Sawant is a technology journalist based in Mumbai. He handles the technology section - tech2 - of a national news and opinions website Firstpost. He has written extensively on technology in terms of features, analyses, reportage. He regularly does gadget and component reviews and also writes on cultural topics for Firstpost's Weekend section. 

    • Sukhada Tatke

      Freelance journalist

      Sukhada Tatke is a freelance writer based in Houston, TX. She writes on urban planning, society, culture, politics among other things for American as well as Indian publications. Her stories and essays have appeared in Texas Monthly, The Establishment, Quartz, Caravan, Scroll etc. Prior to being a freelancer, she was a staff reporter and feature writer at The Hindu in Mumbai for a year. She started her career as a civic beat reporter for The Times of India in Mumbai where she worked for five years.


    • Nina-Marie Bust-Bartels

      Nina Marie Bust-Bartels works as an editor for Deutschlandfunk Nova and as a reporter for the radio station SWR2 Kultur. She has been reporting from Turkey, Greece, Bangladesh and India. Her focus lies on science journalism, gender issues and transculturality - espeacially Germans abroad. Furthermore she is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Marburg at the Department of Political Science about civil defence groups (Bürgerwehren) in Germany.

    • Bhavya Dore

      Freelance journalist

      Bhavya Dore worked for the Hindustan Times in Mumbai for five years until December 2014, first covering education and then the Bombay high court, and has been freelancing since. She has written on criminal justice issues, culture and sports for various national and international publications including the BBC, Pacific Standard, Forbes, Mint, Scroll, Caravan, and others. She has reported from South Africa, Germany and France. During her time in Germany she reported on football, culture, the Nazi war trials and refugee issues. She has previously been a recipient of two reporting fellowships in India and a Press Club Award. 

    • Subodh Ghildiyal

      Senior assistant editor/ Joint political editor

      Subodh Ghildiyal is a Senior Assistant Editor/Joint Political Editor with The Times of India in Delhi (since 2005). He reports on politics, covering the principal national opposition party Congress besides some regional outfits. He also covers two Union ministries - social justice and rural development. Caste/religious issues are his other areas of interest. An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, where he majored in French language and culture, he did his diploma in journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Bangalore. In Germany, he would research the subject of “refugees”, their assimilation in the new society and other dimensions to the issue.

    • Julia Jaroschewski

      Freelance journalist

      Julia Jaroschewski is a reporter, freelance foreign correspondent, and founder of BuzzingCities Lab, a think tank focusing on digitalization and security in informal settlements like the Favelas in Rio de Janeiro or the Townships in South Africa. She works for Die Welt, Spiegel Onlineor WIRED Magazine – covering mainly foreign politics, organized crime, the drug war and security policies. She studied in Portugal, has an M.A. in Political Sciences from Berlin, worked for the United Nations in New York, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Mozambique and as a multimedia reporter for Deutsche Welle and N24. She has lived and worked in countries like Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and South Africa. As a fellow of the Media Ambassador Program in 2016 she worked on the impact of digitalization and also extensively reported on the situation of the health of women, the politics and security around the Indian-Pakistan border region. 

    • Karola Körber

      TV Producer

      Karola Körber has been a TV producer and editorial journalist for the German public Broadcasting company- the ZDF for almost ten years now. She worked as author for a children’s science magazine and now works as producer for a children’s new program. Her films offer a wide range from finding out about deep--‐water pressure in a science experiment, to an in--‐depth human portrait about a young street dancer. She also produces news coverage and explanatory pieces for the well‐known children’s news  program, which is a daily life show for young viewers aged eight to thirteen years. While in India, she shot a two piece documentary on organic cotton farming in northern India and the conditions of fair trade T-shirt production in India’s biggest Retail Industry in Tirupur, South India. Her documentaries were broadcasted on ZDF . 

    • Fabian Kretschmer

      Fabian Kretschmer is a freelance journalist based in Seoul. Since 2014, he has been reporting on the Korean peninsula for a wide range of German-language publications. His research on North Korean refugees culminated in his first book publication “So etwas wie Glück” in August 2015. In spring 2017 he traveled across the Sino–Korean border to report on the economic transformations happening in North Korea. Prior to that, Fabian Kretschmer lived in Vienna where he was writing for the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. With scholarship-programs of the Bosch foundation he has reported in-depth from China and India. 

    • Sunaina Kumar

      Sunaina Kumar is a Delhi-based independent journalist, with a focus on development, gender, social trends, and culture. She has worked for about thirteen years with publications like the Indian Express, Open Magazine, and Tehelka, as reporter and editor. She contributes news features to places like Vice, Al Jazeera, BBC, Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, Die Zeit, and news sites in India like Scroll.in, The Wire and Mint. As Media Ambassador 2016, she worked with Die Zeit in Hamburg and reported widely from Germany on social and cultural topics. She was awarded the Global Health Grant 2017 by the European Journalism Centre. She has a passion for international affairs and foreign policy and contributes to the European think tank, European Council on Foreign Relations.

    • Rema Nagarajan

      Rema Nagarajan is a senior assistant editor at the Times of India, Delhi. She writes mostly on public health policy and other health-related issues but also covers other development issues including disability rights, gender and primary education. She was awarded the BMJ South Asia award for Healthcare Journalist of the Year 2015 by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 2011-12, a Hubert Humphrey fellow at the University of Maryland on the Fulbright exchange programme in 2005-06 and was at the University of Westminster, London on the Chevening Journalism fellowship programme in 2000. In Germany, her topic of research is the health insurance system and delivery of affordable healthcare.

    • Prathap Narayanan (Nair)

      Prathap Nair is an independent journalist who writes feature stories on environment, culture, food and travel. He moved to Stuttgart, Germany in late 2016 from where he reports for various web and print publications across the globe. His work often explores the intersecting zones of food and travel. 

    • Mohit Rao

      Environment reporter

      Mohit Rao is an environment reporter for the The Hindu based out of Bengaluru. Much of the initial journalism was at the coastal tow of Mangaluru, where he covered communal conflicts, caste equations, agrarian crisis and human rights issues. The stories saw him being selected for the Young Connectors of the Future 2015 programme, conducted by the Swedish Government, in 2014 and 2015. Now, he primarily environment and wildlife in the state of Karnataka, with a keen interest in long-form journalism. During the three-month MBID programme, he was at Die Tageszeitung where he maintained a blog for the German paper, apart from writing on Bangladeshi refugees, Net Neutrality among other topics.


    • G Sampath

      G Sampath is a journalist, critic and writer based in New Delhi. He is currently the Social Affairs Editor at The Hindu. In his commentary and analyses, he likes to explore the social and cultural dimensions of public policy, economics, politics, and technology. He also writes regularly on labour rights, welfare, human rights, and caste conflict. He was previously a columnist with Livemint, and a deputy editor and books editor with Daily News and Analysis (DNA) in Mumbai. He is the author of How to Make Enemies and Offend People (Penguin Viking, 2013), a book of satirical non-fiction, and Autoplay: Not-so Stories (HarperCollins, 2017). 

    • Petra Sorge

      Freelance journalist

      Petra Sorge is a freelance print and online journalist based in Berlin. She writes on German and international politics, migration, digitalization and the media. She is a part-time assistant managing editor with the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". Before that, she was commissioning editor for the monthly political magazine Cicero. She is also the treasurer of the Indo-German Media Network, member of the German investigative repoter's network "Netzwerk Recherche" and jury member of the Initiative News Enlightenment. She regularly travels to India. In 2017 she won the Global Health Grant by the European Journalism Centre and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a research on silicosis in India's stone mining and crushing industry.


    • Kabir Taneja

      Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, a premier think tank .He works on areas concerned with Indian foreign policy, the Middle East, conflict and counter-terrorism. He regularly writes on the said topics with bylines in The New York Times, The Hindu, Politico, Quartz, The Diplomat, The Huffington Post, Mint etc. 

    • Julia Wadhawan

      Julia Wadhawan works a freelance editor and author in Hamburg. She was trained at the Georg von Holtzbrinck-Schule and the Handelsblatt- Verlag. Her work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, online-media and radio such as Deutsche Welle, Wirtschaftswoche, Zeit Online, Deutschlandradio or the youth-offspring of Spiegel Online. She has been extensively covering topics of digital economy and advertising for the special-interest-magazine Absatzwirtschaft and got elected as „Special-Interest-Journalist of the year 2017“. In India she took a closer look at economic developments, the startup-sector and human rights-issues such as women rights and caste. She continues reporting from India. In 2017 this work is being supported by the European Journalism Centre.

    • Fiona Weber-Steinhaus

      Fiona Weber-Steinhaus is a German-British journalist based in Hamburg. She works part-time as an editor at NEON Magazine, focusing on society and culture. For six months of the year, she works as a freelance reporter for media outlets like stern, NZZ am Wochenende, Reportagen and Die Zeit. Before attending the Henri Nannen Journalism School in Hamburg, she studied Politics, Theatre Studies, and Communication Science at Trinity College, Dublin and at the Universities of Glasgow and Münster She is a member of the journalists`collective Kill your Darlings.

    • Irmgard Wutscher

      Political reporter and head of department

      Irmgard Wutscher is the head of the politics department and a reporter at Radio FM4, the young and bilingual radio station of Austrian Public Broadcasting Corporation ORF. In the position as head of the politics department, she follows international and national political developments. As a reporter and duty editor she mainly reports on social policy and sociopolitical issues such as Migration, Education, Womens Rights and Gender Equality. In 2011 she did a Mini-Feature-Series for the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day called “100 years of herstory” - which received a radio award.


    • Shravan Bhat

      Freelance journalist

      Shravan Bhat was born in Bangalore, India, and has lived in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, the U.K., Germany and Israel. After graduating from Aston University in the United Kingdom with a BSc business and international relations (including an Erasmus exchange year at the European University Viadrina in Germany), he joined Forbes Magazine in Mumbai, India. As senior correspondent, he focused on renewable energy, clean-tech start-ups, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, and European affairs. During his stay in Germany, he completed a summer fellowship with Manager Magazin in Hamburg, Germany. At Jackson, he focused his MA studies on international renewable energy finance, focusing on emerging markets. Last summer, he interned with the solar energy developer Gigawatt Global in Jerusalem, Israel. He has also contributed to the Yale Journal of International Affairs and continues to be a columnist for The Hindu.


    • Ragini Bhuyan

      Ragini Bhuyan works as a staff writer at the Mint. Earlier she worked as an editor with The Economist group. She writes mainly on energy, on issues pertaining to northeast India. 

    • Priyanka Borpujari

      Priyanka Borpujari has been writing for various Indian and international publications about human rights abuses from different corners of India and has nearly a decade of experience. In 2011, the New York-based SINGH Foundation awarded her its Young Independent Journalist Fellowship. She was selected as the 2012-2013 International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and was based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA. She has lectured and shown her photographs extensively across American universities, both of them titled 'The Human Cost of India’s Race to Development'.


    • Sonja Ernst

      Freelance journalist

      Sonja Ernst is a freelance journalist and editor based in Cologne. She works for various online, radio and print media focusing on political and social issues. She is a political scientist. During her studies she spent several months in South Korea, i.a. at the print cooperation of the International Herald Tribune and the JoongAng Ilbo. She did her master on the conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesch. During her stay in India she will focus on the core issue of land while focussing on aspects like food security, agriculture, marginalization as well as economic growth and industrialization. As well her research will include women’s rights - with a special focus on quota for women and female members in the Panchayat Raj.

    • P J George

      P.J.George id Deputy Internet Editor for The Hindu, managing the national daily's online and social media presence.

    • Friederike Heine

      Friederike Heine is a news and features editor at the German-language service of Deutsche Presse Agentur. Previously, she has worked for publications including Spiegel Online in Berlin, as well as Legal Week, the Financial Times and the Times Educational Supplement in London. In 2013, she completed a master’s degree in Politics & Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


    • Christoph Kober

      Business journalist

      Christoph Kober is a business journalist based in Berlin. Since 2008 he has been working at Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster. His main fields of reporting have been the effects of the global financial crisis and developments in the aviation industry. As of June 2015 Christoph Kober is presenting the business segment in DW's english speaking flagship broadcast DW News. Since 2011 he has also been working as a business editor and presenter for rbb inforadio.

    • Verena Patel

      Freelance journalist

      Verena Patel is a freelance online and print journalist based in Bremen. In her work she focusses mainly on political and social issues and new ways of storytelling. 

    • Simon Riesche

      Freelance journalist

      Simon Riesche is a freelance journalist with a lot of international experience. Currently he is based in Prishtina/Kosovo where he works a development aid worker implementing various media projects. Before that he was a reporter in Washington, D.C., mainly covering U.S. politics for German and Austrian media outlets.  During the Media Ambassadors Program in 2015 he did a couple of television and radio features, and interned with NDTV in Delhi. 

    • Lalon Sander

      Managing editor, TAZ

      Lalon Sander is a managing editor for the national daily "taz.die tageszeitung". He writes about racism and integration issues in Germany and has spent time reporting on labour issues in the Bangladesh textile industry. During his stay in India he is interested in following up on developments since the elections in 2014 and covering grassroots initiatives around the country.

    • Alexander Schwabe


      Alexander Schwabe works as an editor at the publishing house Herder-Verlag in Freiburg. He mainly deals with political, social, cultural, historical and religious topics for the magazine "Christ in der Gegenwart". Earlier he worked as a senior editor at ZEIT ONLINE in Berlin. He also writes comments, analysis and reports mainly about politics and religion and church issues. During his time in India he intends to do some research on the question how religion is an obstacle or in which way it could be supportive for a society in transformation and how tradition relates to progress. In 2011 he took part in the Media Ambassador - program with China and worked as a guest-editor at the Xinhua-News Agency in Beijing.

    • Harikishan Sharma

      Special correspondent

      Harikishan Sharma is a special Correspondent at the National Bureau of Dainik Jagran in New Delhi. He covers three ministries of the Government of India i.e. Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Water Resource, River Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation. Before joining Dainik Jagran he has worked with Hindustan and Amar Ujala, leading hindi dailies. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. During his stay in Germany he intends to work on the topic 'A Dispatch from the Father Rhine to Mother Ganga: The story of making Rhine pollution-free' which includes an in-depth study of the Rhine Action Plan and what India can learn from this project.

    • Vikramaditya Singh

      Freelance journalist

      Vikram Singh is a freelance video-journalist based in New Delhi. He has produced work for the New York Times, Al Jazeera and a number of other international news organizations. His main areas of interest are conflict and the environment. During his fellowship this summer, he plans to focus his reporting on Germany’s immigration and energy policies. He’s also the co-founder of a new media startup called fusebox. 

    • Roli Srivastava

      Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation

      Roli Srivastava works with the Thomson Reuters Foundation - the charitable arm of Reuters -
      that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, resilience, and slavery, among other under- reported subjects. Prior to this, she was Deputy Editor with The Hindu where she reported extensively on health issues. She was Editor, Special Projects, with The Times of India. She has investigated medical negligence and labour rights violations, among other issues. 

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