Max von Abendroth joins DAFNE as Brussels-based Executive Director


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The Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe recently made a strong addition to their team. As of 1st October 2017, Max von Abendroth took the position as DAFNE’s Brussels-based Executive Director.

Max von Abendroth.

This addition allows DAFNE to become more involved with organizations within Brussels and across the country, strengthening strategic and mutually supportive relationships and enhancing ‘the effectiveness of advocacy work for the foundation sector across Europe,’ according to DAFNE Chairman Felix Oldenburg, CEO of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen in Germany.

It is not hard to see how this will improve the effectiveness of relations between foundations in Germany and across Europe.

‘With a more permanent representative in Brussels we will be able to 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 effective of philanthropy in Europe’ Oldenburg comments.

It is clear that DAFNE and the EFC are dedicated to their goal of working together to support philanthropy across the continent.

Chief Executive Gerry Salole 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.’

Max has been the Executive Director of the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) in Brussels since 2009, representing 15,000 press publishers across Europe. He also initiated the Future Media Lab think tank linking media innovation and public policy and was co-founder and director of the start-up Accelerating European media Innovation and Insight. He will be a welcome member to DAFNE’s team.

‘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.

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