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.

Mara Imbergamo, Trainee

Mara Imbergamo joined the team in March 2020 as a communication and public policy intern, focusing on the joint Philanthropy Advocacy project with the European Foundation Centre. Mara holds a Master in European Studies at KU Leuven University, and a Bachelor in Languages and Cultures at the University of Rome, Sapienza and was previously a communication and press intern for the Embassy of Sweden in Rome and an intern for the University of California, Rome Study Centre.

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.

Joanna Pienkowska, Trainee

Joanna Pienkowska joined DAFNE as Membership and Engagement Trainee in March 2020. Before this, she worked in the UK as a Policy and Communications Intern for the Association of Charitable Foundations, one of DAFNE’s members. She brings an insight into the foundation sector in the UK as well as an understanding of the workings of a membership organisation. Joanna graduated with a BA in History from University College London, and has a varied experience volunteering for different charities.

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.