Bernd Knopf works as a media officer in the Federal Chancellery at the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, where he previously headed public relations as press spokesman.  Born in Westphalia, he has worked as an office-head for various members of parliament, as a research assistant at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University and as a freelance journalist. His work focuses on migration, media and human rights. Knopf has been involved in voluntary refugee work and Turkish solidarity work for many years. For foreign projects he travelled frequently to Turkey and other countries of the Middle East. He is 59 years old, speaks English and Turkish and lives in Berlin.