The CLEW Team
Sven Egenter heads the team as Editor in Chief and Executive Director. He covered the German, Swiss and British economies during his 12 years at Reuters, writing extensively about the financial crisis. He ran the team covering the British economy as Chief Economics Correspondent, UK in London and managed Reuters' editorial operation in Switzerland as Acting Bureau Chief in 2010. Before his career as a journalist, he worked for the EXPO2000 World Exhibition in Hannover. He taught journalism at Kingston University and holds a MS in Journalism from Boston University and a degree in economics from the University of Münster.
Kerstine Appunn is a staff Correspondent for Clean Energy Wire. She joined after working at the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag newspaper groups, where she covered general politics as well as energy and climate policy. She has an MSc in Global Environmental Change from King's College London and a law degree from the University of Kiel. She has also worked as a consultant for the International Institute for Environment and Development in London.
-- On maternity leave till June 2020 --
Sören Amelang is a staff Correspondent for Clean Energy Wire. During his 15 years at the news agency Reuters, he wrote about international business, economics and politics. He was lead writer for Reuters’ German coverage of the financial crisis and the ensuing debt crisis in Europe. He holds a BA in Development Studies from Liverpool University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex.
Julian Wettengel is a staff Correspondent for Clean Energy Wire. Before joining the team, he served as a parliamentary assistant to the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament. In this role, he was responsible for the preparation of speeches, articles and briefings for the chairman. Prior to his time in Brussels, he supported a professor at the George Washington University as a research assistant. Julian has also worked for a number of TV productions as camera assistant, sound operator and researcher. He holds a Master's degree in political science from the University of Kiel.
Benjamin Wehrmann is staff Correspondent for Clean Energy Wire. Before joining CLEW’s editorial staff, he worked for the AFP news agency in Berlin, Paris and Frankfurt, reporting mainly on domestic politics and economics. He also used to work for the German n-tv news channel as well as for dpa news agency in France. Benjamin holds a joint degree in political science from University of Bath, Sciences Po Paris and FU Berlin and a degree in economics and social sciences from FU Bolzano.
Languages: German, English, French, Italian
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Freja Eriksen is a staff correspondent for Clean Energy Wire (covering for Kerstine Appunn while she’s on maternity leave). She previously worked as an editor at Danish online news site DenOffentlige covering society and public sector innovation. She has an MA in Journalism, Media and Globalisation from Aarhus University and Universität Hamburg, where she wrote her thesis on how inhabitants of Greenland’s capital Nuuk experience climate change through the media and personal experience.
Carel Mohn develops the workshops as Director, Media Programmes for Clean Energy Wire. Previously, he worked as Communications Director, Germany at the European Climate Foundation. He was Head of Communications at the DIW economic think tank, spokesman for the consumer advocacy association vzbv and built up the first media team in the founding years of Transparency International. He holds a degree from the German School of Journalism in Munich and a degree in political science from the Free University of Berlin.
Languages: German, English, French
Eva Freundorfer is Programme Officer at Clean Energy Wire. She assists with the organisation of media programmes and other events. Previously, she worked on campaign communication and fundraising for Greenpeace in Switzerland and Germany, and before that as a staff member of both the Goethe Institut in Lomé, Togo and the non-profit arts organisation Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin. She holds a Master of Arts in History from the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Languages: German, English, French
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Martha Otwinowski is Journalism Network Manager at Clean Energy Wire. She develops network strategies for international climate and energy reporters. Prior to joining CLEW, she was Poland and Germany Correspondent for the freedom of expression organisation Index on Censorship. Previously, she lived in London and worked in research as well as project management across various sectors. She was also a Public Policy Analyst for an international start-up. Martha holds a dual Masters degree in International Politics with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe from University College London and the University of Helsinki.
Languages: English, German, Polish
+49 30 700 1435-221
Yannick Haas assists the team of Clean Energy Wire as Working Student. Previously, he worked for the GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in the public relations department of the International Climate Initiative. Having attained a Bachelor Degree in political science and history from the University of Trier, he is currently enrolled in the History master programme at the Humboldt University of Berlin focusing on contemporary history.
Languages: German, English
+49 30 700 1435-222
Renato Malaga works as a Project Assistant for Clean Energy Wire. He helps the team with general and office management tasks. Previously, he was in charge of ‘‘Patrulla Ecologica Social,’’ an environmental non-profit organisation in Peru carrying out afforestation and other environmental protection projects. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in business management from the Catolica San Pablo University in Peru and an M. Sc. in environmental and resource management from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.
Languages: German, English, Spanish
+49 30 700 1435-212