Journalists, academics and senior managers - they're all active in the media field and make up the team of IMS lecturers. Find out more about them here.
Professor Dr. Christoph Schmidt studied Business and Economics at the University of Siegen and holds a PhD from the University of Cologne. He was Marketing Manager at Philips AG in Frankfurt and later worked as a consultant and manager for numerous companies. Prof. Dr. Schmidt joined Deutsche Welle in 1995 and has since held several leading positions. In 2000 he also began lecturing at universities in Germany and abroad. Prof. Dr. Schmidt was appointed Head of DW Akademie's Administration and Academic Department in 2006 and is an Honorary Professor at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Dr. Schmidt's research focuses on international media systems and human resources management. He teaches Media Economics, Media Management, Editorial Management, and Organizational and Human Resource Management.
Modules: Media Economics; Media Management; Strategic Management
Professor Dr. Michael Krzeminski is a lecturer with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. He teaches Communication Studies with a special focus on communication innovations. Prof. Dr. Krzeminski holds a Master's degree in German Studies and Philosophy and a PhD in Media Studies. He has extensive international experience in the field of international development cooperation projects. His research looks at journalism cultures and international media systems and he is the author of several publications on various areas of Media and Communication Studies. Prof. Dr. Krzeminski teaches Introduction to International Media Studies for the IMS Master’s program.
Module: Media and Development
Professor Dr. Bernd-Peter Arnold studied law in Berlin and Mainz. He initially worked for the Hessischen Rundfunk (HR) broadcaster as a reporter and editor and was later appointed as the news Editor-in-Chief. He also developed and headed HR's business channel, now called HR-Info. He was president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) from 1989-2001 and vice-president of the EBU's Radio Committee from 1999-2004. Prof. Arnold is an honorary professor at the Johannes Gutenburg University and regularly holds lectures at the university's journalism institute. He is also a consultant for domestic and foreign broadcasters. Prof. Arnold teaches IMS's Journalism module.
Professor Dr Conrad Schetter is Director for Research at BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion). In his PhD thesis, he investigated Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts in Afghanistan; his habilitation was about Patterns of Order in Violent Conflicts. Previous to his BICC position, he was employed at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, from 1999 to 2013; his last position there was Acting Director of the department Political and Cultural Change. Since 2013, he is Professor for Peace and Conflict Research at Bonn University and Director for Research at BICC. He is the chair of the Working Group Peace and Conflict Research e.V. His main research interest lies in topics at the nexus of development and security policy, such as intervention policy, civil–military co-operation, human security, ethnicity, environmental change and translocal migration. He is a regional expert on South and Central Asia.
Almuth Schellpeper holds a Master's degree in Media Studies from the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, and a Master's degree in Development Management from the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She lived in South Africa from 2003-2009 where she worked as a radio journalist, conducted DW Akademie workshops and taught Communication Studies at the Varsity College Cape Town. She also worked for several years as a TV and radio journalist for public broadcasters in Germany. Almuth Schellpeper joined DW Akademie's International Media Studies Master's program as a senior lecturer in 2009. Her teaching activities focus on Media Convergence, Media Science and Media and Politics. She also supervises Master theses and Media Practice Projects for online and radio.
Modules: Media and Education; Media, Politics and Society; Media and Development; Media and Communication Sciences; Media Practice Projects
Petra Kohnen holds a degree in English, Philosophy, Communications and Education from the University of Bonn. She has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist, presenter and media manager. She was Deutsche Welle's Parliamentary Correspondent and Chief Political Reporter and later Editor-in-Chief of DW's European Department. Kohnen taught at the Media and Communication Department at the University of Trier and prior to joining International Media Studies as a senior lecturer headed the European radio network Euranet. At the IMS she teaches Marketing and Public Relations, Editorial and Project Management, and Media Planning. She is also responsible for Media Practice Projects.
Modules: Media Management; Strategic Management; Media Practice Projects
Dr. Peter Niepalla studied law and holds a PhD from Cologne University. As part of his articling term he worked for the legal departments of Deutsche Welle and the public broadcaster WDR. He joined DW's legal department in 1992 and was appointed deputy legal advisor in 1993, focusing on labor law issues and contract negotiations. Dr. Niepalla was also DW's youth protection officer from 1998 to 2004. He was appointed DW's head legal advisor in 2003. Dr. Niepalla is also a lecturer at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (media law) and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. He has published in the area of labor and media law, and teaches Media Law for the IMS Master's program.
Module: Media, Politics and Society
Dr. Nina Denk holds a Master's degree in clinical and business psychology from the Phillips University in Marburg, and an interdisciplinary PhD from Kassel University. She joined a market research and consulting institute in 2005 and was responsible for planning and implementing international market research projects. She has expertise in quantitative data analyis using SPSS, and also in the interpretation and evaluation of results. Her research focuses primarily on empirical methods and media planning. Dr. Denk joined the IMS program as a senior lecturer in 2012. She teaches the modules Empirical Methods, Strategic Management and Media and Development.
Modules: Empirical Methods; Strategic Management; Media, Politics and Society
Dr. Esther Dorn-Fellermann has a PhD in Media Studies from the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn. She wrote her dissertation on "Civil society involvement in community radios - opportunities and constraints of participatory media work in South Africa". After completing a Master’s degree in Political Science, Media Studies and European Cultural Studies, Dorn-Fellermann worked as a Research Associate for the Bonn University’s department of Media Studies. Her research interests include participatory media and democratization. She joined DW Akademie’s Studies and Evaluation department as a Research Associate in 2014 and is currently lecturing as part of the IMS Master’s Program.
Modules: Media and Development; Media, Politics and Society