The agency founder Jürgen Scheunemann started out working as a journalist for various media in the US, the UK and Germany. He was a writer for Berlin’s leading daily Der Tagesspiegel, worked as associate producer for the BBC Television (Panorama) and published various books, feature stories and regular articles in German, US and UK publications and with publishing houses such as Hemispheres, Frankfurter Rundschau, Random House and Dorling-Kindersley, to name but a few. Later on he was a writer for some of Europe’s largest PR agencies such as EURO RSCG, ABC and Ketchum PR.
Jürgen Scheunemann studied History, German, Psychology and Political Sciences at the University of Maryland, the Free University of Berlin and graduated there in 1997. A Fulbright, DAAD and DFG scholar, he also served as Fox Fellow at the Center for Regional and Area Studies at Yale University (1998-2000). In 2001, he founded scheunemann – communicating for berlin.
Born in Northern Germany, Jan Schleifer first studied Sociology and Political Science at the Leibnitz University in Hannover, Germany, as well as the University of Costa Rica. He graduated in 1996 in Hannover and started working as a PR consultant for various leading European PR agencies such as EURO RSCG and ABC Hamburg, before transferring to the EECH Group AG Hamburg, where he worked as the corporation’s Communications Director until mid-2008. Since then, Mr. Schleifer has been heading the Hamburg office of the agency and leads the agency’s engagements in the area of transport and city marketing.
Before joining scheunemann – communicating for berlin in 2010, Jonathan Gosberg worked at several top public relations agencies in New York City, carrying out PR efforts for various Fortune 500 clients across markets ranging from chemicals and plastics, to big pharmaceuticals. Jonathan provides corporate and business-to-business PR support for clients, including identifying and securing editorial opportunities in the trade and mainstream media. Before entering the world of public relations, Jonathan spent several years at ABC News in New York, working as a news researcher for World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20 and Good Morning America. Jonathan has a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in History from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Volker Thoms has been working for scheunemann – communicating for berlin since September 2011. He has six years of senior level experience in international public relations, corporate communications, political communications, corporate publishing and international communications. The 33-year-old has a Master's degree in Political Communications from the University of Leeds (UK) as well as a Magister's degree in Political Science, Public Law and Economic Policy from the Westfälische Wilhelms University of Muenster (Germany).
Before he teamed up with scheunemann – communicating for berlin, Volker Thoms had worked for a leading German communications agency in Berlin, primarily consulting institutional clients such as several directorate-generals of the European Commission. Earlier, he worked at a Düsseldorf PR agency, leading projects for key account clients such as Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany, Deutsche Post, German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Koelnmesse. In addition, he has been freelancing as a writer for papers such as Berliner Zeitung, Neue Westfälische and Westfälische Nachrichten.
Annely Güthoff, raised near Düsseldorf has been working as an Event and Hospitality Consultant for the past 15 years. She has a Magister’s degree in Contemporary History, Political Sciences and Gender Studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin and has been a Visiting Assistant Researcher at the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences of the Yale University. Ms Guethoff is currently writing her doctorate thesis at the JFK Institute of the FU Berlin and has been teaching International Business at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin) since 2009. After positions at the AEG KuW GmbH, ISTAF Berlin (one of the leading track and field events in the world) and Berlin’s leading coffeeshop brands EINSTEIN COFFEESHOPS, she has been with scheunemann – communicating for berlin since 2003. She is in charge of planning, organising and realising all events as well as media support. She has since then supervised high-quality events, such as the re-opening of the US Embassy in Berlin and the accompanying public festival, several Cinema for Peace Galas, as well as GDF-SUES and SUEZ Environment events across Europe.