The Bertelsmann Foundation North America (BFNA) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges. Through research, debate forums, and multimedia productions, BFNA provides analysis and solutions to the most pressing economic, political and social challenges impacting the United States and Europe. To date, BFNA has produced more than 20 short- and feature-length films which have been recognized by film festivals around the world.
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Samuel George is a documentary filmmaker and analyst for the Bertelsmann Foundation, focusing on the intersection of economics, politics, the digital revolution, and daily life. Filming on the ground from the Turkish – Syrian border to the factories of Juárez, Mexico, his documentaries dive inside the social impact of critical crossroads around the globe. He serves as the Foundation’s Global Markets & Digital Advisor, and is completing a PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Jeff Cook has specialized in video editing in a career that spans four decades. Cook’s work has attracted Cine Golden Eagles, Communicator Awards, Telly Awards, Monitor Awards, Peer Awards, and the first National Daytime Emmy Nomination for The Discovery Channel.
Irene Braam joined BFNA as Executive Director in April 2016. Since then she has overseen the transformation from a traditional Washington think tank to a pioneer in tackling complicated policy issues on film. During that time she executive produced 12 documentary films, and has a slate of three documentaries in development.