Board of Directors (2016-2017)

Photo copyright University of OsloJudith Purkarthofer, President/Communication (Oslo, Norway)

judith.purkarthofer [at]

Judith works as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Multilingualism across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo, and has a strong focus on multilingual settings (schools, media, biographies, …). Her interest is in participatory practices, media as multilingual practice for plurilingual speakers, etc.  Master thesis on language choice in community radio, research on Community Radio and multilingual producers in 2008 and in 2010 on multilingual programming in Austrian community radio. Participatory projects on women’s radio history in Europe and language learning and experience in community media. Member of different research groups and organiser of regular meetings around community radio (ARRG, 2006-2011), participation in diverse conferences on community media. President of CMFE from autumn 2015.

helmut_1Helmut Peissl, Treasurer (Bad Eisenkappel, Austria)

Helmut is involved in community media since the 80ies and is actually managing director of COMMIT, a community media organization which develops and offers trainings and realizes research projects for the community media sector in Austria. He was responsible for several studies for the Austrian media authorities and the ministry of education on community media policy, public value of community media and on the contribution of community media to lifelong learning. He also worked as an expert for the Council of Europe’s report on “Regional Media and transfrontier co-operation” and has specific research interest on media in multilingual societies. He is a founding member of the CMFE and was member of the board 2004-2011, before being elected treasurer in 2015.

gabriella_velicsGabriella Velics, Vice President/Membership (Szombathely, Hungary)
Membership Officer: membership[at] (for membership enquiries)

Gabriella Velics, Ph.D. in Language Sciences, is an associate professor in Department of Communication and Media Sciences, University of West Hungary, based in Szombathely. She managed the University’s community radio station – Berzsenyi Radio –, and led several award winning student radio projects during its seven years operation. She continues activity and serves community radio movement as member of the board of Community Media Forum Europe since 2010. She teaches sociology, media pedagogy, social communication and theories of publicity, PR and media relations, radio broadcasting. Her research interests include the community radio system and its function in social communication; but also education of journalism, professional relation of PR and journalism. She has a background as a sociologist, journalist and radio presenter.

urszulaUrszula Doliwa, Secretary  (Olsztyn, Poland)
urszula.doliwa [at]

(PhD) is an Assistant Professor and the Vice Director of the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland. She is an author of the book Radio studenckie w Polsce (Student radio in Poland). Nowadays her research interests centre on community media. Involved in the promotion of the idea of community media in Poland. She has been a member of the Community Media Forum Europe Experts Group, the Polish Communication Association, the Radio Research Section of ECREA and the Editorial Board of the Polish journal Media-Kultura-Komunikacja Społeczna (Media-Culture-Social Communication).
Marko Ala-Fossi Marko Ala-Fossi (Tampere, Finland)

Director of EMPOWERHOUSE, providing an online meeting ground and information-cum-capacity building site for community radios. Active in the budding community radio movement in Denmark since 1980, co-founder of Denmark’s first women’s community radio, and on the team pioneering community TV in Denmark in 1985-1987.  Worked with community media as community development platforms in many countries in many parts of the world. On the steering committee of the first AMARC conference 1983, on the board of WIN Europe during the 90s and managing UNESCO’s to date biggest media development project in Mozambique.  Having an extensive international community media network upon which her most recent book builds: EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community .

JS portrJacob Schulze (Stockholm, Sweden)

Jacob’s working life in media started with TV-journalism, with the national broadcasting company SVT and many years as a freelance journalist. During one year Jacob was assisting lecturer in journalism at the University of Stockholm. He was a stringer for Nordic media in Brussels 1992-1995. This led to become audiovisual adviser to the European Commission, working with press and media affairs related to Sweden. In that capacity Jacob met Christer Hederström. Further on he initiated several EU-funded projects for enhancing diversity in media, especially public service. Several projects have included participants from other Member States of the EU. Jacob is presently working as an education and communication consultant with his own company. Member of the board of CMS, Community Media Sweden, the umbrella organization for RÖK and NRO, the TV and Radio community media associations.

LHLawrie Hallett (UK)

Campaigning for community radio since the 1980s, Lawrie Hallett teaches radio and journalism at the University of Bedfordshire. He is a trustee of Future Projects in Norwich, which runs the local community radio station there, Future Radio. Formerly a consultant to the Community Media Association in the UK Trained as a radio journalist, Lawrie is also a former broadcast radio regulator at Ofcom, where he worked on community radio licensing and digital radio planning. A regular evaluator of applications to the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Scheme, his research interests are currently focused on digital broadcasting and the regulation of community-based services in a changing broadcast environment.

henry_loeser_3Henry Loeser, PhD
Tallinn, Estonia

Lecturer in media studies at Masaryk University since 2006, and author of academic publications examining issues regarding community broadcasting. In 2008, founded the Media Innovation Center at Masaryk University, establishing radio and television stations with accompanying academic curricula. In 2016 awarded PhD for research into community broadcasting participation and policy. Since 2017, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. In the field of ICT4D, since 2003, founder and director of the NGO RadioExpert, supporting community media with training and consultation on projects worldwide. Currently active in projects supporting development of media literacy and professional skills for youth in Europe, including Roma Youth Radio and Girl TV.
amarc-dublin-PB-121b2Patrice Berger (France)