[ Online Editor ]
Elisabeth Nöfer is studying International Communication Sciences in London for her Master’s degree. She previously studied cultural and media studies in Bremen and Amsterdam. She is an alumni of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. During her studies she gained professional experience as a local and online journalist at the taz and Weser Kurier. Through her voluntary work as press spokesperson for the Democracy Project Gesellschaftsdenken e.V. she discovered her interest in politics and digital media.
Since April 2020 she has been supporting the further development of online communication at polisphere as an editor.
[ Head of Technical Development & Creation ]
Florian Löffler studied political science and modern history with a focus on populism, extremism and European integration in Rostock, Gothenburg and Potsdam. After completing his studies, he gained extensive experience in the start-up sector with various digital tools from 2015 to 2018 and worked as an editor in communications agencies.
Since September 2018 he supports polisphere as project manager and is responsible for the further development of formats like politservices, but also for the technical elements and the design.
[ Accounting ]
[ Intern ]
John Boer studied political science and economics at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. A stay abroad led him to spend a semester at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he was able to fully live out his passion for US politics. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he gained his first professional experience in internships in an office of the German Bundestag and at the journal Internationale Politik.
Since mid-March 2020 he has been supporting polisphere as an intern in social media work and project operations.
[ Intern ]
Kathina Mehring studied business administration at the University of Mannheim. Especially during her semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh she dealt with the effects of economic trade on society, e.g. in the course of the financial crisis. She is also involved in AEGEE-Europe, one of the largest interdisciplinary student initiatives in Europe, as Policy Officer of the Civic Education Working Group.
Since February 2020, she has been supporting the polisphere team in general project operations as an intern.
[ Head of Online Communications ]
Melika Gewehr studied political science at the University of Hamburg, specialising in global governance, political economy and international relations. She then studied documentary film directing at filmArche.
After working for Startnext, Social Impact and EYZ Media among others, she has been in charge of online communication and its further development at polisphere since October 2019. She is also involved in various projects.
[ Project Assistant ]
Nuria Köchling studied Communication in Social and Economic Contexts in Berlin, specializing in Media Psychology and Organizational Communication. During her studies, she gained experience in corporate communications, strategy and program management at various agencies and in consulting. She also worked as an assistant dramaturge at the Maxim Gorki Theater. Currently, she is studying Culture and Technology with a major in Philosophy at the Technical University of Berlin.
Since February 2019 she has been supporting the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation as a Project Assistant at polisphere in professionalising the communication of its offices around the world.
[ Project Manager ]
Paul Naudascher studied sociology, economics and politics with a focus on development cooperation and international relations in Friedrichshafen and Amsterdam. After having gained experience at the Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica and the GIZ in Brussels during his studies, he worked as an independent consultant for a think tank, a strategy and a political consultancy in Berlin. At Demokratie Innovation e.V. he co-organizes “geloste Bürgerräte” – councils comprised of randomly selected citizens to supplement our representative democracy.
Since February 2019 he has been supporting the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation as a project manager at polisphere in professionalising the communication of its offices around the world.
[ Head of politjobs ]
Paulina Kiekenbeck is in the final stage of her interdisciplinary studies in sociology, politics and economics at the Friedrichshafen Zeppelin University. She completed parts of her studies in Colombia and South Korea and gained experience during a practical semester in the international office of Bread for the World in Vietnam.
Back in her adopted home of Berlin, she has been supporting the Heinrich Böll Foundation since July 2019 as project assistant at polisphere in professionalising the communication of its country offices around the world.
[ Managing Director ]
Philipp Sälhoff studied applied cultural sciences at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg with a focus on political communications. From 2012 to 2014 he worked as a consultant for digital communication and participation processes at IFOK, a strategy and policy consultancy. Subsequently, he helped to build up the team, project operations and, in particular, the international network of the social-liberal think tank Das Progressive Zentrum until 2018.
Since summer 2018, he has been the managing director of the 20-year-old polisphere network, reorganising it both organisationally and strategically.
[ Intern ]
Samira Kohrt studied European Studies at the University of Passau with a focus on political science and English cultural area. In the course of her studies, she dealt with the various facets of politics through internships at the German Embassy in Prague and the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in Stuttgart.
Since April 2020 she has been supporting the polisphere team as an intern in general project operations.
[ Intern ]
Robert Nagel is studying Global Communication: Politics and Society at the University of Erfurt. His interest in politics and communication was awakened primarily through internships in the press offices of the Thuringian State Chancellery and the Thuringian State Parliament. There he also worked on a commission of inquiry on racism and discrimination in 2019.
Since May 2020 he has been supporting polisphere as an intern in the project operation.
[ Project Assistent ]
Vanessa Berthold studied International Relations at the Karlshochschule International University. Her focus is on intersectionality, human rights and international cooperation.
After her internship at polisphere in 2019, she returned in April 2020 and supports polisphere in various projects focusing on civil society and communication.