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    • Samuel 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. During his stay in Germany, he will be working closely with the editorial team at SWR in Stuttgart. 

    • 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. In Germany, her reporting interests pertain to the country’s three-tier banking system and the role of cooperative and savings banks in the economy. During her stay in Germany, she will be working closely with the editorial team at the Handelsblatt in Frankfurt.

    • 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 focus would be on Gender discourse in German Media and politics and public health and medical insurance. During her stay in Germany, she will be working closely with the editorial team at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich. 

    • Bernd Eberhart

      Freelance journalist

      Bernd Eberhart is a freelance science journalist based in southern Germany. As a biologist, he is mainly interested in ecology, neurology and agriculture. He also writes on educational and technology topics and has so far published in publications like Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung or Bild der Wissenschaft. During his stay in India, he wants to learn and write about organic agriculture in India, the country’s efforts to become one of the leaders in science worldwide and the ever-present clash between economic development and environmental issues – and about its possible solutions.

    • Vineet Gill

      Journalist, 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. In Germany, he will be researching the cultural histories of cities like Berlin and Hamburg, with special focus on their museums, libraries and other such publicly-funded institutions. The idea is to identify workable models of cultural development that can be replicated in Indian cities. He also intends to study emerging trends in contemporary German culture that are expressive of certain cosmopolitan values today being undermined by a resurgent conservative class across Europe. During his stay in Germany, he will be working closely with the editorial team at the TAZ in Berlin.

    • Martin Jahrfeld

      Freelance journalist

      Martin Jahrfeld is a freelance journalist based in Berlin with focus on Business affairs and economic transformation. He has written extensively about Media and Marketing, travel and tourism, digital transformation of the retail industry. He has worked for several German Business magazines like werben & verkaufen, Fvw international, acquisa and for newspapers like taz, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit. Furthermore, he loves to write pieces about his travels. From 2014 to 2017 he has worked as deputy editor-in-chief for Handelsjournal, a special interest magazine for the German Retail Industry. In 2017 he was awarded the „Fachjournalist des Jahres“ by the Council of Deutsche Fachpresse. 

    • 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. Her reporting interests in Germany include Socio-economic reasons behind the rise of the right wing in Germany and challenges for inclusivity. During her stay in Germany, she will be working closely with the editorial team at the Deutsche Welle in Berlin.

    • Jessika Knauer

      Freelance journalist

      Jessika Knauer is a Berlin-based journalist and editor. Most recently, she worked as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of ARTE magazine, the periodical of the European TV channel ARTE, and acted as the conduit between the Berlin editing team and the Franco-German editorial departments at ARTE. She is currently supporting the research and realisation of a documentary film. She is mostly into long-form narratives and specialised on reports and features on cultural, social, and knowledge-related topics like environment, science and history. During her stay in India, she plans to research the business of spirituality, the Indian production of cashmere and the culture of the Anglo-Indian minority.

    • Natalie Mayroth

      Freelance journalist

      Natalie Mayroth is currently working as a freelance journalist and photographer for print media as taz, die Tageszeitung, as well as for different online media such as Bento/ Spiegel Online or Vice Media. Next to women and social issues her main interests are art, media and music topics. She graduated in 2014 from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich with a master’s degree. Natalie has been a fellow of the Media Ambassadors China exchange program for journalists and will continue her research on women and the impact of digitalization on India.

    • 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. While in Germany, she intends to report on women immigrants, the growing Jewish population, and the rise of the Right. During her stay in Germany, she will be working closely with the editorial team at the ZDF Magazin MonaLisa in Munich.

    • 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. During his stay in Germany, Nimish hopes to report on the Energiewende program in Germany, the smart city phenomenon seen in German cities and how India can benefit from their success. During his stay in Germany, he will be working closely with the editorial team at Die Welt in Berlin.

    • Holger Schäfer

      TV Author

      Holger Schäfer works as TV author for ZDF and SWR and reports on political, cultural and scientific subjects. Recently he covered the challenges of refugees in Germany and the development of the health system. He has been to India a couple of times, worked as a teacher for TV journalism and German language in Margao and has written for the Website of Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi. His reporting in India will focus on the conditions of the rivers, the consequences of mining bans in the hill regions, if and how the living together of people from different religions and cultures in India works.

    • Antje Stiebitz

      Freelance journalist

      Antje Stiebitz is a freelance journalist and has published in newpapers and magazines like the Berliner Zeitung, P.M.-Magazin or Deutsche Universitätszeitung (duz). At the moment, she is working mainly for the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur, writing for different radio-programmes like Religionen, Zeitfragen or Weltzeit. Her main areas of interest are Religion and South Asia, migration and social inclusion, environmental issues and dance. During her stay in India she intends to focus on the understanding of patriotism and nationalism in India. 

    • 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. In Germany, her reporting interests include multilingualism, sex education and refugees' stories. During her stay in Germany, she will be working closely with the editorial team at Die Zeit in Hamburg. 

    • Markus Wanzeck

      Managing editor, Natur

      Markus Wanzeck is managing editor of natur, a monthly magazine with a focus on nature, environment and sustainable living. He also works as an author for Zeitenspiegel, a reporter and photographer’s cooperative and is chairman of the German-Chinese Media Network, an association founded by alumni of the journalists exchange programme "Media Ambassadors China - Germany". During his time as a fellow of the “Media Ambassadors China – Germany” program, he worked as a guest journalist at the state-owned newspaper China Daily in Beijing in 2009. Since then, he has returned to China every year. During his stay in India, he wants to find out more about India's environment problems - and solutions.

    • Nicola Wettmarshausen

      Freelance journalist

      Nicola Wettmarshausen is a freelance science journalist based near Tübingen. She studied chemistry, fine arts and scientific filmmaking. So far she has contributed to the German and Swiss Radio on a wide range of topics like biogas in Africa, particulate matter, green and social businesses, citizen science projects etc. Simultaneously, she has also produced videos mostly on science and environmental topics. During her time in India, she plans to cover environmental issues and wants to find out more about the DIY- and makercommunity in India. 

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