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DAFNE strengthens its presence in Brussels

Brussels – 6 October 2017. DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe) is pleased to announce the appointment of Max von Abendroth as its Brussels-based Executive
Director as from 1st October 2017.
“This significant addition to our team will strengthen our strategic and mutually supportive relationships with relevant organisations in Brussels, ensuring the national reach and breadth of the donor and foundation membership base of our 25 national associations enhances the effectiveness of advocacy work for the foundation sector across Europe”, said DAFNE Chairman Felix Oldenburg, CEO of Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen in Germany.
“With a permanent representative in Brussels we will be able work more closely with the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and others to strengthen our collective voice in Brussels
to inform positive developments and address and mitigate against legislative initiatives that could potentially undermine the effectiveness of philanthropy in Europe.”
Max has been working since 2009 as the Executive Director of the European Magazine Media Association, EMMA, in Brussels, representing 15.000 press publishers across Europe
vis-à-vis the European institutions. In 2012 Max initiated the Future Media Lab. think tank linking media innovation and public policy. He was co-founder and director of the start-up “Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insight”, AEMII. Max sits on the Board of Fondation EURACTIV #Media4EU.
Gerry Salole, Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre, welcomes the appointment of Max von Abendroth: “Max brings a wealth of experience of managing and
representing a European network, in the field of media, he will be a great asset to Europe’s foundation sector. I am looking forward to further developing our collaboration with DAFNE in order to help improve the operating environment for institutional philanthropy.”
“I am very much looking forward to join DAFNE at this crucial moment, when it is forming a competent and impactful interest representation alliance for Europe’s foundation sector” says Max von Abendroth, recently appointed DAFNE Executive Director.