Board of Directors (2011-2014)
Pieter de Wit, President (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
President of CMFE since December 2007, re-elected for a second term in 2011. Until the end of 2008 director of OLON, the Dutch federation of local public broadcasters. For more then 26 years contributed to the development of this sector, which now covers more then 90% of the Dutch households. Active on an international level since around 1990, contributing on topics like media legislation, digitalization and media pluralism.
Nadia Bellardi, Vice President (Zürich, Switzerland)
A public relations and intercultural communication specialist with experience in both the corporate and NGO sector. Project work and research focuses on intercultural, migration and gender issues.
Currently Vice President of CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe) and following the work of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) of the Council of Europe as observer.
Henry Loeser, Vice President (Brno, Czech Republic)
Convenor of the Czech Media Policy Group
Teaching member of the Faculty of Social Studies - Department of Media Studies and Journalism in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2008, founded the Media Innovation Center at Masaryk University, establishing the new university broadcast operations. Also a PhD candidate, conducting current research into Community Media, and has presented his work on the societal attributes of Community Media.
As an independent media advocate, currently serves also on the European board of directors of the World Association of Community Radios (AMARC Europe). In the field of ICT4D, since 2003, a founder and director of Radioexpert, an NGO that is active in Community Media projects worldwide, including current projects in Czech Republic, Bosnia, and South Africa.
Salvatore Scifo, Vice-President (Istanbul, Turkey)
Convenor for Communications and the Conference Working Groups
In London 2004-2011 a PhD research project on 'The development of Community Radio in Britain under New Labour (1997-2007). A member of the Community Media Association (UK) since 2004, joined CMFE in 2006 and was elected Secretary in 2007. The mandate was also extended to Communications and worked to the organizational development of the association and the improvement of administrative processes together with the colleagues on the previous Board (2008-2011).
Visiting Lecturer in Media Studies at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster (2005-2007), a Lecturer in Community Media at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University (2007–2008) and a Lecturer in Media Policy at the European Union Institute, Marmara University, Istanbul (2008–10). TUBITAK visiting research fellow (until June 2012) in Istanbul, Turkey. Since September 2012 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Communications at Maltepe University, Istanbul.
Ciaran Murray, Secretary (Dublin, Ireland)
Coordinator of the near media co-op in Dublin. Involved in community media, both radio and television, as a volunteer, producer, radio station manager and committee member for almost 20 years. Currently chairperson of Dublin Community Television and secretary of the Craol, the Community Radio Forum of Ireland.
Initiated and worked on many pieces of research including the 2003 Craol research, “Community Radio & Community Development” and the recently published, ‘Cross National comparative analysis of Community Radio funding schemes’.
Jaqui Devereux, Treasurer (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
In the voluntary sector for more than 30 years, the last six as the Director of the Community Media Association, the UK representative body for community media in all its forms. Prior to that CEO of the major local charity working with homeless young people in Sheffield – homelessness is much like community media – housing and media are the hooks by which engage people. She believes that it is the quality of that engagement that helps people to find their true voice and to change their lives.
Francesco Diasio (Brussels, Belgium)
One of the founder members of the Community Media Forum Europe. Also Secretary General of AMARC – Europe. In 2010 ed the emergency team of AMARC after the earthquake in Haiti. In 2010 and 2011 consultant for IMS – International Media Support for the development of the independent radio sector in Pakistan, and for the technical set up of the Somali refugee radio station in the Daabab camp, Kenya. With AMARC, currently responsible for the technical reinforcement of Tunisian community radios and implementation of Community Media Centres in the country.
Larry Fergeson (Nicosia, Cyprus)
Currently the Executive Director of Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) and has worked in the media field for over 20 years. Since 2006, a driving force in Cyprus for the establishment and practice of community media with a special focus on community media research and citizen inspired web-based platforms.
Christer Hederström (Stockholm, Sweden)
Convenor for Digital Radio, and Mapping and Ratings Working Groups
Coordinator of the CMFE Experts Group
A Media Advisor with a background working with the government from 1973 on radio, television and film matters including the community media report to the Ministry of Culture 2003-2004.Also the founder of the Open Channel community television in Stockholm and has been a member of the board of the Stockholm Community Radio Association. Also a background as radio operator in the merchant navy. Member of the board of the Radio Academy and the Public Service Council in Sweden.
Friederike Maier (Hannover, Germany)
Currently working at the University of Hanover, Germany in the technical field of digital radio.
Working in community radios for nearly 15 years, creating radio shows, supporting the survival of servers and networks. Also on the board of BFR (Bundeverband Freier Radios/Association of Free Radios) with over 30 member radio stations in Germany.
Gabriella Velics (Szombathely, Hungary)
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Assistant professor in Department of Communication and Media Sciences, University of West Hungary, Faculty of Arts (Savaria Campus, Szombathely), the leader of the University’s community radio station: Berzsenyi Radio. CMFE board member since 2010.
Rui Monteiro (Aarhus, Denmark)
One of the founder members of the Community Media Forum Europe. Board member of SAML, Danish Association of community radio and TV. Board member of the Danish Journalist Union in East Jutland. Chairman of NORDSAM - Nordic Multiethnic Media Association. Member of the European network "Tuning in to Diversity" and of the European network Youth4Media. Founded Indvandrer TV, the first multicultural community TV in Denmark.
Has worked in the community media field for over 16 years.Has special expertise on ethnic minority media at the nordic and european level. Founder and CEO of Aarhus Global Media - European Community Media Centre for Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue.