The team behind the "we"

The team behind WIR MACHEN DAS (wearedoingit e.V.) seeks to strengthen the voices of those who view migration and diversity as an opportunity. We say no thank you to policies that exclude and humiliate. No to fear and hate, to violence and resentment. Instead we welcome a diverse and positive society, one that we will help create together.

WIR MACHEN DAS (wearedoingit e.V.) was founded in 2015 as an initiative by a network of over 100 women in arts, culture and academia. Today, the association employs a dozen people in and outside of Berlin, Germany. The association also works with over 100 newcomers engaged in the cultural sector. Get to know our in-house team here.

Annika Reich

is one of the founders of WIR MACHEN DAS and now heads the team as Artistic Director. Apart from spearheading both the association and Weiter Schreiben, Annika is an author of novels and children’s books and a columnist for Zeit Online.

Sophie Boitel, the Managing Director of WIR MACHEN DAS

Sophie Boitel

Sophie Boitel is the Managing Director of WIR MACHEN DAS. Her main areas of expertise include diversity in art and culture as well as equality of opportunity and participation. In her previous work stations she worked for the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Genshagen Foundation and S27- Art and Education.

Aylin Karadeniz

Aylin Karadeniz

leads the project Meet Your Neighbours and is responsible for programme development as part of the WIR MACHEN DAS management team. She is a political scientist, political educator and consultant and sees social change as an opportunity to stimulate participatory and dialogical processes.

Dima Al Kalaji

Dima AlBitar Kalaji

is a journalist currently heading the editorial team for the WIR MACHEN DAS magazine. At Weiter Schreiben she handles the coordination and editing of Arabic texts. She enjoys long walks and talks and dancing.

Lama AlHaddad

Lama AlHaddad

is the project manager of Writing On,  Writing On – Mondial and Untold – Writing On Afghanistan. She is also responsible for event management for Weiter Schreiben. In her free time, she enjoys cycling and visiting flea markets.

Julia Kuepper

takes care of bookkeeping and the association’s administration. She likes coffee and spreadsheets with functioning formulas and exploring the world.

Bild von Patrick Kennedy. Foto: Juliette Moarbes

Patrick Kennedy

is Head of Communications at WIR MACHEN DAS. His aim is to foster the NGO's visibility by ensuring vivid interaction with the public without losing our sense for poetry on our way. Likes black tea.

Juliette Moarbes

works as a picture editor for both WIR MACHEN DAS and Missy Magazine. She studied photography and media management and has a vocational training as a picture editor.


Maritta Iseler

Art historian and photo editor Maritta studied at OKS for Photography in Berlin. She also curated international exhibition catalogues and has supervised art domestic art exhibitions. In her spare time, Maritta enjoys roller skating.

Portrait of Rebecca Ellsäßer @ private

Rebecca Ellsäßer

*1978 in Berlin, studied Romance languages and literature and worked as a freelance journalist. She has been supporting authors, publishers and institutions as a PR consultant for several years. With her November agency, she is on the road all year round in the service of literature.

Christiane Kühl, Projektleiterin Weiter Schreiben

Christiane Kühl

Christiane Kühl lives in Berlin as an author, editor and theatre maker. She works as an editor for Writing on. Occasionally she also presents events or writes texts online for the project.


Elisabeth Wellershaus

lives and works as an author and editor in Berlin. She's part of the editorial team behind the WIR MACHEN DAS magazine. Elisabeth enjoys reading about different perspectives on life between the North Sea and the Alps.

Portrait photo of Mariam Meetra

Mariam Meetra

is an author in our project Writing On and supports WIR MACHEN DAS as a project assistant for Meet Your Neighbours. She studied journalism and PR in Kabul and social sciences in Berlin, where she has lived since 2015.

Heike Steinweg