MARTIN⠀WILHELMSince 2010 Martin has been working as Managing Director of Citizens For Europe (CFE), which he founded in 2009. Starting as an activist organization, he developed CFE into today’s social business and civil society organization, operating across Europe. Today, Martin drives the strategic, personnel, financial and thematic development of CFE with a focus on inclusive leadership, diversity and impact. Born in Rostock he went to high school near Hamburg and completed his M.A. in macroeconomics, political and communication science in 2006 with residences in Sweden and Serbia. From 2004 – 2008 he worked for public and private international originations such as the Goethe Institute, German Development Agency and European Movement, with long-term residences in France and Serbia. In 2008 he moved to Berlin working for a private foundation.
FIDÉLITÉ⠀NIWENSHUTI-MUGWANEZASince the end of 2023, Fidélité Niwenshuti-Mugwaneza has been working as a public relations officer at Citizens For Europe in the Strong Against Racism Action Fund. With an M.A. in Applied Cultural Studies, she specialises in the dimensions of human communication. In her professional career, she has held various positions, including assistant director at an integration theatre and production and editorial assistant at rbb Berlin Brandenburg. As project manager and assistant to the management at the Jewish Film Festival, she took on administrative tasks and successfully coordinated the marketing campaign; at eat! berlin GmbH, she realised marketing campaigns and was responsible for social media management. Her work is characterised by a focus on intersectionality, empowerment and decolonisation, which she implements in reports, podcasts and audiovisual projects. Her commitment to Citizens For Europe and the fight against racism reflects her passion for an inclusive and just society.
Public Relations Officer
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DR.⠀LINA⠀VOLLMERDr Lina Vollmer took over the scientific management of Vielfalt entscheidet in 2024. She was previously a diversity and anti-discrimination officer at the University of Cologne and helped to establish the university's strategic area of racism criticism. She conducted equality data surveys at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and dedicated her doctorate to measuring the professionalisation of equality work at universities using a mixed methods design. She studied social sciences at the University of Mannheim.
Ben Manuš Liehr has been working as an education officer at CFE since January 2023. He works in the project Action Fund Strong Against Racism and can use his diverse professional career as a great resource there: Ben has been officially working as an extracurricular political education officer since 2015, but he already started organising and conducting workshops and (educational) events on various socio-political topics in 2007. These include: Diversity, Racism, Prejudice Aware Education, Inclusion and the broad field of Group Based Xenophobia. He has also been involved voluntarily and politically in racism critical and queer networks for many years. In 2018, Ben graduated from the University of West London with a B.A. in Management. He has used his previous professional experience and skills as a facility manager in a children's and youth recreational facility, in start-ups as a business development manager, recruiter and event manager for the following areas at CFE so far: Together in the team, he creates concepts for the accompanying programme. He is also the contact person for actors and cooperation partners in the Action Fund and supports the project management in expert discussions, consultations and events.
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Juan Vivanco is a research scientist at “Vielfalt entscheidet. He supports the department’s research and project execution with a focus on data science. He also coordinates Citizen For Europe’s compliance with privacy laws and policies. He is particularly interested in the usage of data for the design and improvement of policy and the empowerment of civil society, as well issues of migration and indigenous representation.
Previously, he was a consultant for the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Latin America, working with disenfranchised groups to support the awareness of and respect for human rights in business contexts. In Germany, he supported the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of public policy at a local and international level at the Technopolis Group, and conducted quantitative research on innovation for the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research (ZEW). Juan has also worked in governmental and non-profit contexts in Chile and Ecuador. He is involved in various initiatives within the migrant and LGBTQ+ community in Berlin, which feed into Citizens for Europe’s intersectional approach. Juan was born in Santiago, Chile, and completed his undergraduate and graduate education in economics, politics, and history in Frankfurt, Bremen and Potsdam. He holds holds a master’s degree from the University of Potsdam in Public Policy. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and German.
Data Analyst and Research Scientist
SOPHIE⠀ALI⠀BAKHSH⠀NAINISophie Ali Bakhsh Naini joined CFE in 2019. Since then, she has worked in various projects and as a management consultant. Since 2022, she has been working as an education officer in the project Action Fund Strong against Racism. She previously worked in Hamburg as an education officer specialising in culture and diversity at W3 - Werkstatt für Internationale Kultur und Politik. As a qualified trainer for social justice and diversity (FH Potsdam), she has advised institutions on the subject of anti-discrimination and diversity in the past. She continued her training in diversity-oriented organisational development at RAA Berlin (Regionale Arbeitsstellen für Bildung, Integration und Demokratie e.V.). Sophie studied cultural studies and sociology in Berlin and Frankfurt Oder with a focus on visual culture and postcolonial theory and researched resilient image politics and anti-Muslim racism. Since 2021 she has been studying Psychotherapy Science at the Sigmund Freud Private University.
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THAO⠀TRANThao Tran has been a marketing officer at Vielfalt entscheidet since December 2023. She studied Cultural Studies (B.A.) and Comparative Literature and Art Studies (M.A.). She gained her first professional experience in cultural institutions such as Aufbau Verlag, the Goethe Institute and various Berlin theatres. Before joining Citizens for Europe, she worked as a content manager for several years and has in-depth knowledge of content development, social media and SEO.
In recent years, Thao Tran has worked intensively on the topics of racism, especially anti-Asian racism, sexism and queerophobia. She has been active in social media against discrimination.