Board of Directors (2018-2019)

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.


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

is a Professor at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland. She is an author of the book Radio studenckie w Polsce (Student radio in Poland) and Radio społeczne – trzeci obok publicznego i komercyjnego sector radiowy (Community radio – the third sector of broadcasting along public and commercial). She also was guest editor (together with Judith Purkarthofer) of the special issue on community radio of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media [15:2, 2017]. Her research interests centre on community media and she is involved in the promotion of community media in Poland. Urszula is a member of 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).



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 .


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

Henry Loeser is a research fellow in MEDIT and teaching member of the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School faculty of Tallinn University since 2017. 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.

Lina Chawaf (France)

Executive manager in Rozana for Media, Paris, France since June 2013. Over 25 years experience in broadcasting, management directing and producing. Journalist who has been working for TV, radio, newspaper since 1992. She has made hundreds of TV commercials and many TV clips for Unicef. She has  established 2 radios station in Syria (Arabesque – Mussika) and she has been a program  manager of Arabesque radio for 7 years . She has written some articles for newspaper (Baladna in Syria  – Almoustakbal in Canada) and Magazines (Shabablek and Sabaya in Syria ). She has been working as a media consultant with IMS and she works as a trainer for   journalists. She has been working as  a TV reporter (Orient  TV) and she had her program on the radio for 2 years (Arabesque). which defend the human, women and children rights. She is now the Editor in Chief in Radio Rozana , the Syrian radio that  exists in Paris /France . It’s a radio which is the voice of all the Syrians and to whom have no voice.

Dragana Jovanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

As a founder and editor in chief of the media operating within the civil society organisation (UPSMedia,, I am very interested in development of encouraging environment for community media in the Western Balkan countries – legislation, funding and freedom of expression. My possible contribution are in the fields of project cycle management – especially, in the projects design phase. I am an economist by vocation. Currently, I am enrolled in the phd programme in the field of communicology. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work in a diverse and multicultural environment,
which is crucial part of this engagement.


Miriam Meda (Belgium, Spain)

MIRIAM MEDA holds a Ph.D. in Journalism (Complutense University, Madrid), and a MA in Communication with Social Purposes: Strategies and Campaigns (Valladolid University, Spain). She is co-author in so many papers and articles in the field of her expertise -community media, communication for social change, journalism professionals…) published in Fragua, Los Libros de la Catarata, Dykinson, Instituto de RTVE…) and also she has wrote for scientific journals such as Commons and Athenea Digital. She has participated in many national and international conferences about the topics pointed above. She has been the General Coordinator of the Spanish Community Media Federation (Red de Medios Comunitarios, ReMC), member of the Board and Project Officer at the Association of Community Media Broadcasters (AMARC, European division), and expert member in the authors’ rights and professional working groups in the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). Miriam has also worked as a journalist and researcher in different institutions: Onda Fuenlabrada, Uno-Seis Aranjuez, Extremadura Actualidad, Radio Ritmo Getafe, Spanish National Council Research (CSIC) and Rey Juan Carlos University. Currently, she is member of the Expert Group in Audiovisual Regulations of the Community Media Forum of Europe (CMFE), founder of the association Citizens Media Hub (Belgium) and founder of the radio Onda Vital (an online radio for the integration of the Spanish-speakers in Belgium).

Ragnar Smittberg (Sweden)

Ragnar Smittberg has been manager for Radio Eskilstuna between 1990 – 2012 and from 2010 and still manager for TV Eskilstuna. Today he is also manager and editor for, a local online news media in Eskilstuna. He has been a teacher in media at senior high school level. He has participated in several Leonardo projects in Europe and has attended AMARC Europa meetings. Ragnar is a board member in NRO (Swedish National Organisation for Community Radio) and in CMS (Community Media Sweden).

Jean Ngendahimana

Jean Ngendahimana is Founder and Director of Migration Heute, an Oldenburg-based non-profit advocacy organization focused on communicating migrant and refugee inclusion policies. In addition, Jean is a graduate and researcher in European Migration Studies at the University of Oldenburg. He is a country representative in the Erasmus Mundus Association in Rwanda, and is an outspoken public advocate for migrant rights in Germany. He has lived, worked and studied in Rwanda, Germany, Norway and Slovenia.


David Rushton

David Rushton has been researching, writing and working on local TV since 1983. Before 1983 David worked as an artist and writer editing,and between 1990 and 2000 David taught communications policy and media production at Queen Margaret University College establishing an MA in Small-scale TV: Broadcasting, Production & Representation in 1999. Since 1989 David has been director of the Institute of Local Television, and since 1999 he has been a board member of the Berlin based Open Channels for Europe! lobbying on a common EU community and local TV ‘public service’ policy and is now a member of the CMFE with the same objectives.