Zahra Nedjabat took over as Deutsche Welle's head of international relations and diversity on November 1. She succeeds Klaus Bergmann who is retiring after 28 years at DW.
In addition to establishing and fostering close relations with partners from the media and political realm, the position's scope newly includes the company's diversity management. This aims to promote diversity within DW as well as in representation of DW on platforms for intercultural dialogue.
"Zahra Nedjabat possesses the perfect requirements for this position," said DW Director General Peter Limbourg. "As a multilingual and cosmopolitan personality, she will promote our internationality and diversity both internally and externally."
Zahra Nedjabat studied comparative literature, Islamic studies, philosophy and history in Bonn and Paris. Before joining DW in 2018, she worked as an editor and PR project manager at media.net berlinbrandenburg e.V. and as head of corporate communications and management consultant at TRIAD Berlin Projektgesellschaft mbH. Nedjabat gained journalistic experience at BBC World and RC 93.9 FM Paris. Since 2014 she organizes the Vienna International Christian-Islamic Summer University together with the University of Vienna.
DW Director General Peter Limbourg: "I would like to thank Klaus Bergmann for the wonderful work he has done. He was a great and highly esteemed ambassador for DW on the international stage. He has carefully overseen the upcoming generation change in his previous position - a big thank you for this as well."
Lawyer Klaus Bergmann joined DW in 1991 from Radio Free Europe. He first took over the management of the HR department, before leading the administration team of DW in Berlin from 1993 to 2009. In 2009, he became the head of the new DW European Office in Brussels, and in 2012 he was appointed head of the international relations department.