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Stephan Erfurt studied Communication Design at the Universität GH Essen. From 1984 to 1989 he was an assistant to Evelyn Hofer and Hans Namuth in New York. Between 1984 and 1999 he worked as a freelancer for the magazine of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In 2000 he founded C/O Berlin together with the designer Marc Naroska and the architect Ingo Pott. Since January 2013 he has been the chair of the board of directors at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Following her studies of Literature and Business Economics in Düsseldorf, Montpellier und Naples, Karin Hänsler worked in management positions in the fields of brand marketing, sales and communications. In 2004 she joined C/O Berlin to supervise the development of collaborations and partnerships. Since 2013 she has been the Managing Director at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Marc Naroska began his career as a typesetter and subsequently studied Design in Potsdam. Since 2001 he has managed his own design studio in Berlin. In 2000 he founded C/O Berlin together with the photographer Stephan Erfurt and the architect Ingo Pott. He is a permanent member of the board of trustees at the C/O Berlin Foundation and responsible for its brand strategy and design.
Felix Hoffmann studied Art History and Cultural Science in Vienna and Berlin. In the context of the program “Museumskuratoren für Fotografie” (museum curators for photography) at the Krupp Foundation, he worked at the Fotomuseum in Munich, the Kupferstich Kabinett Dresden and Museum Folkwang in Essen. He curated numerous international exhibitions and published various scientific texts and books. Since 2005 he has been the head curator at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Ann-Christin Bertrand studied Art History at the University of Osnabrück and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Since 2010, after holding professional positions in Vienna and Paris, she has been in charge of the C/O Berlin Talents program. She created the C/O Berlin Book Days and the new exhibition format „Thinking about Photography“ featuring new positions in photography in the digital age. She is also active in the international debate about the future of the medium.
Ulrike Neumann started her career in the social sector. In 2010 she switched to culture and completed an apprenticeship as a picture editor at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie und Gestaltung in Berlin. Since 2012 she has been studying Museography at the HTW Berlin and has been working for various collections, among others the Helmut Newton Foundation. In 2015 she joined the C/O Berlin Foundation as a curatorial assistant and registrar.
Mirko Nowak studied German Language and Literature as well as Culture and Media Management in Tübingen, Budapest and Berlin. In 2003, after working for the Goethe Institute and PR agencies, he founded his own company, through which he coordinates the external communication and marketing of numerous international clients from the music and art industry in German-speaking countries. In 2002 he became head of communications at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Stefanie Kinsky studied Media Science and Museum Management and Communication in Potsdam and Berlin. She worked for different online magazines as an editor and photographer and is specialized in online communication for cultural institutions. In 2012 she became online manager at the C/O Berlin Foundation and is responsible for the institution’s website and all social media channels.
Cecilia Ritter studied Communication Science and Spanish Philology in Leipzig, Barcelona and Berlin. She was responsible for the planning and production of numerous cultural events and worked as a project and event manager for an international fashion fair in Barcelona and Berlin. In 2015 she became the personal assistant to Stephan Erfurt and is also responsible for tourism marketing and events.
Bryndís Th. Sigurjónsdóttir completed an apprenticeship as a media designer in Reykjavik, Island, and studied Communication Design with a focus on typography and editorial design at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel. Since completing her master she has been working for different design studios in Berlin before she joined the C/O Berlin Foundation as a graphic designer in 2013.
Nadine Lenkewitz graduated from the Lette Verein Berlin with a degree in Fashion Design and worked for various international fashion labels. After an extended work stay in Barcelona, she studied Cultural Sciences with a focus on Social Media for cultural institutions at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt-Oder. In 2014, she joined the C/O Berlin Foundation as a project assistant.
While studying Art Sciences, Art History and Philosophy, Sandra Sydow soon put a focus on contemporary art and above all photography. She was a freelancer for the former newspaper De:Bug, which covered aspects of electronic life. She also worked for various galleries and exhibition projects. In 2008 she joined C/O Berlin as a reception employee, since 2014 she has been head of the team responsible for visitor care.
Albert Müller completed an apprenticeship as a retail bookseller and studied Art History and Philosophy in Munich and Greifswald. He has many years of experience as a bookseller, working with the whole range of books on offer, including classic antiquarian books. He worked for the bookstore in the Museum of Photography/Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin and now manages the bookshop of the C/O Berlin Foundation, together with Raluca Blidar.
Raluca Blidar studied Law at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She completed her legal internship at the Higher Regional Court Hamm before she studied Photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin and at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. She carried out various exhibition projects and, in 2010, she became the manager of the bookshop at C/O Berlin. Since 2015, she has been a participant of the Goldrausch postgraduate program.
Kirsten Mintert completed an apprenticeship as a banker and studied Business Economics in Bremen and in Le Havre/Caen, France. For more than 20 years she has been working in the non-profit sector, including Oxfam Germany, where she implemented a finance and accounting unit. She is responsible for the strategic financial planning of the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Katrin Zech graduated with a degree in Business Studies and started working as an accountant in different companies in 1992. Since 2005 she has been responsible for the financial accounting at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Sibylle Kufus studied Interior Design in Munich. Since the end of the 1980s she has been involved in the design and production of local and international exhibition projects, mostly dealing with historical themes of art and culture. Since 2008 she has managed the circle of friends of C/O Berlin and is also responsible for the education programs Junior, Teens and Perspectives at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Frauke Menzinger initially studied Literature and Art and then switched to the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden in order to study Stage and Costume Design. Since graduating in 2001 she has worked as a freelancer both for theatre and film production. In 2010 she took on the role of artistic director for the education programs Junior and Teens at the C/O Berlin Foundation.