Meet our team:

Max von Abendroth, Executive Director

Max von Abendroth joined Dafne as Executive Director in 2017. Being more than 15 years involved in leadership positions in EU public affairs, he helped setting up the joint Dafne/EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative. Max is the initiator of PEX, the European platform for national, regional and thematic philanthropy associations. He holds several Board positions in the charity sector. Max studied Economics and Business Administration at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.

Hanna Hanses, Project Officer

Hanna Hanses joined Dafne as a Legal Trainee in September 2019 and is working as a Project Officer since March 2020. She graduated in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex, focusing her thesis on climate-induced displacement. In 2018, she received her LLB Bachelor in Law from Ghent University. Hanna brings with her a multi-cultural experience, having lived in inter alia the Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland and Belgium.

Anne Loewenstein, Office Manager

Anne Loewenstein joined the team as Office Manager soon after Dafne started to operate as an independent organisation in 2019. Before joining Dafne, she was working for NEF, Network of European Foundations in Brussels. Prior to that, she held roles in Purchasing or Logistics in a variety of private companies as well as for the United Nations in Copenhagen. Over the last ten years, she has managed the offices of several small entities. She studied Marketing in Belgium.

Dr. Hanna Stähle, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Communications

Dr. Hanna Stähle is Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Dafne. She has worked in various areas, among them civil society, media and research. She worked with the Robert Bosch Stiftung from 2012 to 2015. Her responsibilities included programmes in Western and East Central Europe as well as Russia and Turkey. She holds a PhD in Slavic Cultural Studies (summa cum laude). 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. Follow her on Twitter: @hanna_staehle.

Karalyn Gardner, Membership and Engagement Trainee

Karalyn Gardner works at Dafne as the Membership and Engagement Trainee. She holds an advanced Masters in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland where she specialised in the EU’s neighbourhood and related policies. She graduated in 2019 with a BA in Classics from the University of Exeter. She has been involved in the charitable sector in the UK and has volunteered with the YMCA and the Trussell Trust.

Biray Bensu De Meulemeester, PEX Trainee

Biray Bensu De Meulemeester joined the team in October 2020 as the PEX Trainee, working on the PEX related issues. She holds an interdisciplinary MA in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives from KU Leuven, Belgium with a thesis focused on EU foreign policies and human rights. During her Bachelors in International Relations in Ege University, Turkey, Biray Bensu studied European Studies for a year in Maastricht University, the Netherlands as part of a student exchange programme.

Owen Morgan, Policy and Communications Trainee at Philanthropy Advocacy, a joint Dafne and EFC initiative

Owen Morgan joined the team in October 2020 as a Policy and Communications Trainee, working on the joint Dafne/EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative. He has held several communications roles in the non-profit sector in the UK, including at EU migrant rights charity Here for Good, and has also worked on political engagement in the United States Congress for the Northern Ireland Bureau. Owen is a graduate of University College London, having also worked or studied in Argentina, Italy and Fiji before arriving in Brussels.