The International Academy of Journalism, founded in 2010, is led by Werner Eggert, an experienced coach and journalist who has worked for newspapers, television and online media for many years. He is Director and Chairman of the Management Board of Intajour. From 2003 to 2007, he worked at the International Institute for Journalism (now part of GIZ) in Berlin, where he was responsible for designing and organising training courses in multimedia, online journalism, business journalism and media ethics. In the 1990s, Eggert lived for several years in southern Africa, where he worked as a coach and consultant for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in Windhoek. Prior to joining Intajour, Eggert was Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of TIDE, an educational channel for TV and Radio in Hamburg. Werner Eggert studied journalism, political science and economics in Hamburg and London.
Swenja Kopp is working for Intajour as Program Officer. She studied journalism, communication studies and political science at the University of Hamburg and is about to finish her PhD dissertation about the professionalization of journalism in Zambia, Malawi and Kenya. Since 2007, she has regularly traveled to countries in sub-Saharan Africa to work there as researcher, journalist and media trainer. She gained further international experience as research assistant at the Chair of Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg where she was responsible for international cooperation and student exchange programs with partner universities in Tanzania and Russia.
Sigrid Thomsen is a freelance journalist specializing on development and labor. She has been trained in the editorial team of a regional daily newspaper and studied political sciences and adult education in Hamburg and Berlin. From 1984, she worked as an editor for the children’s aid organisation “terre des hommes” and did media work for the “Protestant Association of Churches and Missions in Germany”. In 1997, she went to South Africa as the director of the Southern Africa office of “Heinrich Böll Foundation”, a German political foundation. She returned to Germany in 2002 and joined an office community of freelance journalists and photographers in Hamburg. She does seminars for journalists from developing countries and writes on labor issues for trade union publications.