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Who we are

Questioning, balanced, knowledgeable: We help you make sense of the Orient
Founded in 1999

Independent journalism

International network

Made with love in Berlin

Your gateway to the Orient.
Analyses, features, briefings.

zenith is an independent magazine covering the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Muslim world in general.

For more than 16 years, movers, shakers and other interested readers have trusted in the expertise of our vast network of journalists. Readers know that they can rely on us: zenith is there long before crisis starts and continues to report even after the tear gas has vanished.

With these deep resources we publish an independent print magazine in both English and German, while the Candid Foundation, the NPO behind zenith, also organises zenith Talk, zenith Photo Award and events and conferences worldwide.

The team

DANIEL GERLACH
DANIEL GERLACH
Editor-in-chief
Daniel Gerlach is co-founder and zenith’s editor-in-chief. He’s an expert on the Middle East and the Arab world and has authored numerous articles, books and films on the region.
JÖRG SCHÄFFER
JÖRG SCHÄFFER
CEO Candid Foundation
Jörg Schäffer is the Candid Foundation’s CEO and co-founded zenith. He is responsible for the strategic focus of magazine’s media brand and initiated numerous projects, such as the zenith Photo Award and zenith Talk.
ROBERT CHATTERJEE
ROBERT CHATTERJEE
Deputy Editor-in-chief
Robert Chatterjee is with zenith since 2009 and in 2016 he became the magazine’s deputy editor in chief. Born in Berlin, he previously studied History and Islamic studies and in 2005 co-founded the blog Alsharq.
LAURA GINZEL
LAURA GINZEL
Project manager
Laura Ginzel is a project manager with the Candid Foundation and responsible for strategic project planning, budgeting and the implementation of projects as well as communication with project partners and stakeholders.
FLORIAN GUCKELSBERGER
FLORIAN GUCKELSBERGER
Managing editor
Florian Guckelsberger joined zenith in 2016 as managing editor. Thus he coordinates the editorial work and various publishing projects. Previously, he was deputy editor of the debate magazine The European and lived as IJP Middle East Fellow several months in Jordan.
MARISA REICHERT
MARISA REICHERT
Marketing
Marisa Reichert is with zenith since 2015 and contact person for everything related to subscriptions and our online shop. Marisa studied Languages and Cultures of the Islamic World as well as Ethnology in Cologne.
MARCEL METTELSIEFEN
MARCEL METTELSIEFEN
Reporter
Marcel Mettelsiefen started his career as a reporter and photographer with zenith Magazine. He mainly covered the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. He filmed and directed numerous documentaries and reported from the Syria since the onset of the war. Marcel received more than a dozen international journalist awards such as BAFTA, Rory Peck and the International Emmy.

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