Publix will be a new home for all those who work in journalism, shape the public sphere and strengthen democracy. This requires a strong team!

Maria Exner

Founding Director

Maria, a journalist and the founding director of Publix. She guides our mission, in addition to building the team and designing the Publix program. Previously, Maria served as editor-in-chief of ZEITmagazin and deputy editor-in-chief of ZEIT ONLINE, where she developed innovative, civil society-oriented projects, including Germany Talks and the Z2X Festival of Ideas. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration and the Grimme Online Award, in addition to being recognized as Magazine Editor-in-Chief of the Year.

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Mia Pascale Bergert

Residents & Collaboration Lead

Mia Pascale is responsible for the Publix Community and is the first point of contact for all those who want to work in the space in the future. Mia Pascale studied political science, administration and international relations in Friedrichshafen and Buenos Aires, and she previously worked as a consultant to the board and Publix project coordinator at the Schöpflin Foundation in Lörrach and Berlin. She has been part of Publix since the very beginning. Following the planning work of the past several years, she is now extremely excited to see the project coming to life.

Katharina Klün

Program & Experience Lead

Katharina Klün adds years of experience in the conception and implementation of large-scale events to the Publix team. She was, for instance, responsible for international culture marketing projects of Red Bull as well as the Opening events of the fashion fair Bread & Butter in Berlin and Barcelona. As the director of “Q Berlin”, she modernized the flagship conference of the city of Berlin. Most recently, Katharina managed the architecture and design department of a Berlin agency.

Justina Kilinski

Head of Operations & Finance

Justina brings distinctive commercial and start-up experience to the Publix team and has built co-working spaces in Germany and abroad. Most recently, she worked as an investment manager at a Berlin-based venture capital firm, and before that, she was involved in building the photography center Chaussee 36. At Publix, Justina is responsible for finances, process set-up and operations. She is looking forward to turning an idea into a new institution.

Miriam Walther

Project Manager Program / Membership / Fundraising

Miriam has many years of experience in fundraising, building organizations, developing and operationalizing membership models and program development, as well as in-depth knowledge of the media and culture industry. Before joining our team, she was the managing director of the Swiss media company Republik. At Publix, she supports the director in the development of the areas membership, program and fundraising and their implementation. Afterwards she will be the co-director of the cultural institution Gessnerallee in Zurich.

Deniz Tomm

Finance Managerin

Deniz ist bei Publix die erste Ansprechpartnerin für alle kaufmännischen Fragen, kümmert sich um die Optimierung von Workflows, blickt auf Budgets und erstellt Forecasts. Deniz ist in der Schweiz aufgewachsen und hat türkische Wurzeln. Sie hat die letzten fünf Jahre in einer Agentur für digitales Marketing als Prokuristin und Assistenz der Geschäftsführung im Bereich Finance & Legal gearbeitet. Jetzt bringt sie ihre Expertise für Finanzen bei Publix ein.

Johanna Giebel

Assistant to the director

Johanna is Maria’s right-hand woman. She coordinates the calendar, prepares for appointments and takes care of organisation so that Maria can focus on other things. She also helps out Henning with communication on the website and with social media activities. Prior to joining Publix, Johanna was digital content manager for the Pierre Boulez Saal of the Barenboim-Said Akademie. 

Julian Büchler

Work-study student

Julian supports us with office organisation and project-related tasks. In addition to his work for Publix, he is completing his master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology with a focus on intersectionality and qualitative data research. Julian has already gained significant experience in administration and project coordination through his work as a graduate assistant at Berlin’s Free University and for an NGO that focuses on anti-racism educational work.

Levent Tezcan

Technical custodian

As technical custodian, Levent has his eye on all of the building’s technical facilities – whether in the basement, in the attic, inside or outside. He is our liaison for fire protection – and he jumps in to fix loose cabinet doors in the kitchenette if need be. In short, Levent makes sure that operations at Publix run smoothly and safely for everyone in the building

Lilja Kloth

Office Manager

As office manager, Lilja keeps the trains running. After completing her history studies, Lilja collected a wide range of experience in various positions in the film industry. Most recently, she spent eight years with the localisation company VSI Berlin in the area of office and project management. As office manager, Lilja will be making sure that everything is perfectly organised ahead of the opening of Publix and beyond.

Carolin Kohl

Projektmanagerin Programm und Veranstaltung

Carolin bringt langjährige Erfahrung in der Organisation von Kulturveranstaltungen und -projekten mit. Ob Panel-Diskussion, Lesung oder Konferenz – Carolin wird dafür sorgen, dass die Veranstaltungen im Haus reibungslos ablaufen und die Besucher:innen sich auf ein spannendes Programm freuen können. Zuletzt verantwortete Carolin die Berlin Art Week als eine der größten Kunstveranstaltungen Berlins.

Henning Naujoks

Communication Lead

Henning is responsible for sharing externally all of the exciting things there are to say about Publix. He relies on his many years of experience as a copywriter, digital campaigner and communications all-rounder. Prior to joining Publix, Henning was team leader for digital communications at the German Energy Agency, helping to spread the word about Germany’s transition to renewable energies. He is now committed to helping Publix tackle issues that are just as vital to our society.

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Sabine Peitzmeier

Architect/Client Representation

Sabine is an architect and represents the interests of the Schöpflin Foundation as the client. She is the point person for all building-related issues surrounding the completion of the Publix space. After leading construction projects as a planning architect in Berlin, Sabine spent more than 10 years managing construction projects in Germany and abroad for the German Society for International Cooperation. Her passion is now aimed at ensuring that the AFF architects’ design for the Publix building is realized as a space for manifesting the ideas of the team and the community.

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Ralph Ziegler

Facility Management

Ralph will be in charge of the technical infrastructure for the 6,000-square-meter Publix space. Ventilation and lighting will be his responsibility, along with supporting all users with day-to-day needs concerning the physical space. Ralph is a master electrotechnician and an expert in facility management with more than 20 years of experience in building control technology. He has been involved in the successful development of numerous facility management organizations. Currently, he is actively involved in construction of Publix and is keenly looking forward to interacting with all the people in the space and in the neighborhood.

Village One

Design and digital Infrastructure

Village One is a democratically organized studio for opinionated design and technology with a strong focus on meaningful projects. In partnership with Publix, Village One is developing the visual presentation and digital infrastructure of the space.

The following organizations work permanently in our building and help us breathe life into Publix.

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