The elda team comprises renowned experts from media, politics and academia with extensive experience in strategy, political communication and civic activism.

Christian Stahl works as political consultant, author and filmmaker. He is the founder of Stahlmedien and co-founder of elda and advises politicians, NGOs and the private sector.

Sabine Abi Aad is Head of elda Middle East (honorary title). She has two master’s degrees in political public administrative science and mass communication, and 17+ years of increasing experience in the field of external relations, communication, campaigning, and advocacy.

Lina Dreßler

Lina Dressler, with a background in sociology and extensive experience as a theater project and venue manager in Berlin, has been a Project Manager at elda since 2020. Her prowess in project planning, execution, and strategic thinking has been pivotal in driving the success of numerous elda projects.

Sergiy Pudich is a film maker and producer. Originally from Odessa, he has served as project coordinator for elda in Eastern Europe, editor and filmmaking coach.

Margo Tarakhtiy has worked as a professional ballet dancer, copywriter and music teacher before joining elda in 2023 as project coordinator for our Eastern Europe programs and projects.

Michael Geller

Michael Geller curated several theatre projects and worked for a well-known theatre company in Berlin as Assistant Director and Production Manager. Geller is  Strategic Director at Stahlmedien and Concept Developer for elda.

Marc Basset is project manager at elda’s Beirut office. With a diverse background as a filmmaker, actor, educator, and writer, he brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Steffi Klein

Steffi Klein is a cultural scientist and singer based in Berlin. After working for several theatres, she is now subeditor at Stahlmedien and female leadership coach and project developer for elda.

Jessica Jorgas studied cultural sciences, history and theatre sciences in Berlin. She worked for a well-known theatre company in Berlin. Jorgas is Art Director at Stahlmedien and coach for elda.

Maike Bartsch went from international horseback tournaments to empowering women. Since 2022 she is developing and coordinating elda projects and working as Junior Coach for Stahlmedien and elda.

Dr. Leonard Novy is a political consultant and author. He serves as co-director of the Institute of Media and Communications Policy is co-founder of elda. He studied in Berlin, Cambridge and Harvard.

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