Sophie Pownall

Sophie Pownall handles internal and external communications, manages the ESJF’s social media accounts, and acts as a liaison to the press. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Contemporary European studies at the University of Bath. Her academic interests include feminism, democracy, social movements, memory politics and culture and EU foreign policy. She earned her […]

Klara Vlahčević Lisinski

Klara is originally from Croatia, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Multimedia in Zagreb and Paris. Her master’s, EU and International Relations, Klara did at CIFE – Centre International de Formation Européenne, in Nice, Berlin and Rome, and she is currently doing her second master’s on Conflict, Peace and Security. She was […]

Philip Carmel

Phil has been Chief Executive Officer of the ESJF since its foundation in 2015. Born in the UK, Phil has lived in Israel, France and Belgium and was International Relations Director of the Conference of European Rabbis based in Brussels, where he set up and was Executive Director of the Lo Tishkach Foundation, a database […]

Dame Helen Hyde

Studied at Witwaterstrand University South Africa, King’s College London, Yad Vashem, Israel and the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Education London. A career in teaching culminated in becoming Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls. She has been an External Advisor to School Governors, an Executive Mentor to a number of Headteachers, […]

Michael Mail

Michael Mail

Michael Mail studied law at Strathclyde University in Glasgow followed by Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Brandeis University in Boston. He has had a 35 year career in the charity sector with senior roles in several leading UK-based charities. Michael is a member of the Executive Committee of UK-ICOMOS (International Council […]

Katja Grosse-Sommer

Katja received a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2017, and has also enjoyed studying history in Seattle, Berlin, Heidelberg, Stockholm and Hamburg. She has been involved in projects including exhibits, publications, workshops and seminars dealing with the Holocaust and remembrance of World War II in- and outside of academia. Katja is part […]

Ninja Stehr

Ninja Stehr studied History at the University of Hamburg with a focus on media, gender, and culture in the 20th century. After graduating with a master’s degree, she did a traineeship in a studio for exhibition design in Berlin, specializing in museum education and editing. In March 2020, Ninja joined Centropa Hamburg’s team to assist […]

Fabian Rühle

Fabian Rühle develops programs and runs seminars for schools all over Europe and Israel, and writes grant proposals for Centropa. Fabian emigrated from East Berlin to West Berlin in 1988. He has an M.A. in American History from Rutgers and the Free University of Berlin. Before joining Centropa in Vienna, Fabian worked for the American […]

Edward Serotta

Edward Serotta is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker specializing in Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Edward has worked in Central Europe since 1985. Between 1996 and 1999, he produced three films for ABC News Nightline. Edward has published three books – Out of the Shadows, Survival in Sarajevo and […]