Our team

Max von Abendroth, Executive Director

Max von Abendroth joined DAFNE as Executive Director in 2017. Before he has set up and ran the European Magazine Media Association, EMMA, representing 15.000 press publishers vis-à-vis the EU institutions. He is also the founder of the Future Media Lab. and sits on the Board of FondationEuractiv #Media4EU. He studied Economics and Business Administration at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Twitter: @bxlmax.

Eugenia Arcos, Legal Affairs Trainee

Eugenia Arcos Messana is a Spanish Lawyer who joined DAFNE in September 2018 as a Legal Affairs trainee. Before she joined the team, she had been a Trainee Lawyer in several Law firms.  Eugenia recently completed a Schuman Traineeship at the Legal Service of the European Parliament, where she had the opportunity to follow current issues relating to Education, Culture, Regional Development, Agriculture, Transport and Fisheries.

Dr. James Magowan, Co-ordinating Director

Dr. James Magowan is Co-ordinating Director at DAFNE. James has been working par-time with DAFNE since 2015.  He has over 20 years ofexperience in the field of philanthropy, working with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Association of Charitable Foundations in the UK. James is also Director at the European Community Foundations Initiative.

Dr. des. Hanna Stähle, Project and Communications Manager

Dr. des. Hanna Stähle is Project and Communications Manager at DAFNE. From 2012 to 2015, she worked with the Robert Bosch Stiftung where she was responsible for media and journalism programmes. She received a PhD in Slavic Cultural Studies (summa cum laude) from the University of Passau in 2018. During her PhD studies she was a Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and gathered professional experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Carnegie Center Moscow. In June 2018, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki. Twitter: @hanna_staehle.