Mr. Patrick Leusch
Patrick H. Leusch is Head European Affairs at the Director Generals Office of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international Broadcaster since October 1st 2017. In this capacity Patrick is responsible for international relations especially to European Institutions and partners.
Before taking this position Patrick was Managing Director of the Global Media Forum, the global conference on media and foreign policy, organized annually by Deutsche Welle. He also was CEO of the DW Media Services GmbH, a company owned by Deutsche Welle. Patrick has been for many years Head International Relations of DW Akademie. He was responsible for the organization’s advocacy activities, international networking and fundraising and he represented the organization in a range of partnerships with international agencies, networks and towards political bodies, such as the European Commission or UN.
Patrick is Belgian and grew-up bilingual French-German. He holds a Master in Psycho-Pedagogy. He worked for many years as an independent TV and Radio reporter, editor and producer. He was a senior editor for leading German broadcasters and served as the correspondent for Western Africa or the German public radio, ARD, in Rabat Morocco.
In 1999 he merged his interest in psychology, pedagogy, development cooperation and journalism and became a trainer and consultant for journalists and media executives in Africa, the Arab region and Asia. After joining DW Akademie, Patrick was in charge of all projects in the French speaking part of Africa for many years. In 2008 he became Head Project Development at DW Akademie and build a dynamic team that started successfully developing innovative comprehensive long term media development strategies and projects for international donors and partners.