Current Team

Martin Wilhelm, Director
Martin Wilhelm sets up the organisation’s strategic plans and coordinates international partnerships, fundraising activities and project and the organisational development.  Prior to CFE, Martin worked in different public and civil society organisations across Europe. He grew up in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Daniel Gyamerah, Project Manager “Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in leadership”
Daniel manages our flagship project „Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in Leadership“ and is responsible for its strategic setup. He is passionate about inclusive structures and ways to connect with the ‘impossible’. Besides working for CFE he is the Head of Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V. – a community based empowerment project in Wedding – and the co-founder of the Network Inclusion Leaders (NILE). Before joining CFE he has researched on racism in the German education system and worked as a Fellow for Teach First Germany at a secondary school in Berlin. Prior he gained experiences in the Social Science Research Center, the German Bundestag, the German Embassy in Ghana and Adelphi consult. Daniel holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance. He grew up in Tübingen, Germany.
Foto-LucienneLucienne Wagner , Research fellow “Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in leadership”
Lucienne graduated in 2014 with a degree in Social Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin. She also studied Gender and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she conducted research on critical diversity politics funded by the DAAD. She worked as a qualitative researcher at the FU Berlin on age and gender from 01/15-07/16. Lucienne is also a qualified social justice and diversity trainer and is passionate about finding ways to connect critical race theory and queer politics to challenge institutions.
Samera Bartsch FotoSamera Bartsch , Research fellow “Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in leadership”
Samera supports the research project „Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in Leadership“. Besides she works as an evaluator for the Evaluation Institute Univation GmbH where she gained experience in quantititave and qualitative research methods in political programmes and projects concerning education, labour market and anti-discrimination. She also teaches at the FU Berlin about political rights of migrants.
DSC_6436klein KopieNasiha Ahyoud , public relations officer – Vielfalt entscheidet – diversity in leadership
Nasiha is responsible for the press and public relations of our Project “Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in Leadership”. Previously, she has worked as a journalist and editor, was press officer for a local authority and worked for several social media agency. Nasiha holds a master in German literature and studied political science and sociology. Her interdisciplinary master thesis focused on storytelling in political theories.
Séverine Lenglet, European Media and Communications Officer
Séverine is responsible for our Press and Public relations, our video production  and media trainings. She is also co-coordinating our European projects. Besides working for CFE, she is also engaged in European Alternatives, a partner civil society organisation promoting democracy, citizenship, equality throughout Europe. Prior to this, Séverine worked as a project coordinator, such as a journalist, Communications Officer and video-maker for print media, televisions as well as for institutions, foundations, companies and NGOs from all over the world. Séverine grew up in Brittany, France.
LucileLucile Gemähling, European Project Coordinator
Lucile supports the Europe team as project coordinator. She grew up in Lyon, studied geography, sociology and city development in Lyon and Bremen, and is currently enrolled in a Master programme for creative and autobiographical writing at Alice-Salomon-Hochschule in Berlin. She has previously worked for other European civil society organisations where she was responsible for project coordination and communication. She also offers free-lance redaction and translation services.

Friends and Colleagues: our inspiration!

Over the years, Citizens For Europe has been collaborating with a pool of young international professionals that have inspired the organisation and contributed to its development. Thanks to their creativity and various skills, these brilliant friends and colleagues have enabled CFE to accomplish great things in the fields of diversity, citizenship, migration, political participation and representation.

Miess_bwChristian Mieß, Communication & Development
Christian Mieß is on a quest to identify the many European public spheres. His interests center around the diverse connections between people, media and politics. Christian is also responsible for PR, and online stuff. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Greifswald University. Christian grew up near Hamburg, Germany.
Chiara Zannoni, European Projects Officer Chiara has worked at Citizens For Europe from January 2015 to February 2017. She started as a Leonardo intern, and was then supporting the management of CFE’s main European projects, NICeR and You&Me. Passionate about languages and European politics, she holds an MA in Multilingual Communication and International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Chiara grew up in Ravenna, Italy.
Sebastian Mehling, Research & Educational Advisor
Sebastian Mehling is lecturer at the European Viadrina University, where he also completes his PhD. He is with Citizens For Europe since 2010 and currently designing projects that bring civil society and academic actors together to combine knowledge and forces on the topic of diversity, urban citizenship and migration.
Catherine Wurth, previous Project Manager-Vielfalt entscheidet
Catherine is currently working as CSR manager in microfinance, social entrepreneurship and impact investment at BGL BNP Paribas in Luxembourg. Before moving back to Luxembourg, she was responsible from 2012-2015 for the conception of Vielfalt entscheidet in Berlin and coordinated a European Learning Exchange around leadership and diversity.  She holds master‘s degrees in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and in Migration, Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Catherine grew up in Luxembourg.
Julia Mi-ri Lehmann, Project manager
Julia worked with CFE from May 2014 to June 2015, as a project manager for Wahlrecht für Alle. She previously worked at the Neue deutsche Medienmacher, the Cultural Section of the Korean Embassy in Berlin, the SouthKorean National Museum in Seoul and the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. She is Member of DeutschPlus and already since 2013 engaged in the project Vielfalt entscheidet. She studied Political Sciences in Berlin, Osnabrück und Seoul (Southkorea) and completed her M.A. on Democratic Governance and Civil Society.
Gurmeet Singh, Editorial Team – Open Citizenship
Gurmeet Singh was an editor of Open Citizenship between 2013-15. He also
headed up marketing of the journal and the website. He currently works in communications in Berlin and is still involved in events and activities which aim to widen participation. He holds a degree in English and Philosophy from the University of York, and grew up in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Gizem Adiyaman, Activist and political scientist
GIZEM JIK 2014Gizem Adiyaman is a member of the activist initiative #SchauHin, a hashtag symbolic of anti-racist sentiment in Germany, and a founding member of the #ausnahmslos campaign against sexualized violence and racism. She is involved with the project Dialog macht Schule teaching political education at different Berlin schools. She completed her B.A. in Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Universidad de Granada. Currently, Gizem is doing her Master’s degree in Sociocultural Studies at the European University Viadrina and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her fields of academic and experience-based knowledge include Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, Identity and Belonging and Urban Sociology.
Arianna picArianna De Mario, Project Manager
Arianna has worked as a project manager at CFE from 2010 to 2012. After leaving Berlin, she moved to San Francisco where she founded an online platform for projects in the field of environmental and social sustainability. In 2014 she relocated to London, where she currently works as Europe Network Coordinator at Ashoka Changemakers supporting social innovators to maximise their impact, and where she runs The Sustainable London Community. Her academic background is in languages, political sciences and European Union policy making.
Lisa Pettibone, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Lisa Pettibone worked on the editorial team of Open Citizenship from its creation in 2010 until spring 2014. Lisa now coordinates a project on citizen science in Germany, and works more generally on strengthening interactions between science and society, using tools learned during her time at CFE. She holds a doctorate in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin and comes from Springfield, Virginia, USA.
Louisa Prause, Editorial Team – Open Citizenship
Louisa Prause worked as a project coordinator at CFE from 2011 to 2014 and was an editor of Open Citizenship from 2012-2014. Currently she works as a pre-doctoral researcher at the Junior Research Group “Global Change-local conflicts”? at the Freie Universität Berlin and is writing her PhD thesis on conflicts over land and mining in Westafrica. She studied in Berlin and Strasbourg and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin. She grew up in Flensburg, Germany.
Verena Namberger, Project Manager
Verena Namberger worked as a Project Manager for Citizens for Europe from autumn 2012 until summer 2013. Afterwards she kept supporting the CFE team in organising and facilitating workshops and events. She is currently writing her PhD thesis in Gender Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In her PhD project she explores new forms of labour in the bioeconomy of egg donation in South Africa from a feminist perspective. Besides, she is active in anti-racist groups in Berlin.
Serena photoSerena Didonè, Intern
Serena completed her internship at CFE in May 2012. She contributed to the organization of the Bruckenbauer Summer School, to the editing of one number of OpenCitizenship and to the other activities CFE was involved in. She completed her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Bologna with the final thesis “ CFE an organization active for the European Citizenship in Berlin 2012”. She holds a Master’s degree in Enviromental Economics from the University of Torino and is currently working for a bike messenger start up, PonyZero. Serena was born and grew up in Bolzano.
stephanie photoStephanie Nowakowski, Intern
Stephanie Nowakowski has worked as a intern( Leonardo) at CFE in 2011. She was working on the conception and organisation of events such as Democratic Community of Practice(DemCoP). She has a master degree in European Studies and a master degree in cultural management from the Free University of Brussels(BE). Stéphanie is currently working for SALTO Youth Participation RC and for the BEFR National Agency Erasmus+ as Project Officer.