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BUFA STAFF & BRIEF BIOS
The Cast

BUFA is host to a family of professionals with a range of different backgrounds. We are proud to form a collaborative ecosystem that is constantly evolving, working and learning together as we move forward into a new and exciting era at BUFA.

Clive Nichol

Clive is the Managing Director of BUFA. He has a vision to make beautiful workspaces and buildings accessible for purpose-driven, creative and forward-looking people. He bought the site for the new owners in 2015 and is now overseeing the redevelopment of the property following the guiding principle of "celebrating soul, soil and society". Clive is also the CEO of Fabrix Capital, a young and energetic real estate company in London, focusing on purposefully repurposing buildings.

Clive Nichol
Managing Director
Hans Peter Mathiesen

Hans Peter joined BUFA in 1999 and is an expert in his field. He studied communications engineering and is responsible for the daily operational processes in the dubbing and mixing studios. He coordinates all requests for these studios and makes sure that projects run smoothly from start to finish. Furthermore, Hans Peter is responsible for all IT-related inquiries on campus.

Hans Peter Mathiesen
Head of Postproduction & IT
Benjamin Kafka

Benjamin is responsible for connecting the dots and creating momentum towards the new identity of the site. His aim is to make unlikely ideas and connections inevitable. Previously he co-founded the Berlin-based Agency for Applied Utopia, and worked for GIZ and the United Nations Development Programme. He holds an MA in international and development economics and is a practitioner of various coaching and facilitation methodologies.

Benjamin Kafka
Project and Partnership Lead
Klaudia Krauss

Klaudia joined BUFA in 2016 as Operations Manager. Klaudia has a versatile background in PR, digital communications and project management. Prior to working for BUFA she helped a variety of companies such as WWF Germany to build and manage their online presence. She has lived and worked in Barcelona as a Communications Manager, supporting an airport consultancy and a mobile airport terminal start-up.

Klaudia Krauss
Operations Manager
Laureen Mauss

Laureen joined BUFA in June 2016 and is responsible for studio enquiries and bookings. She coordinates the BUFA film series as well as many more events and cooperations on site. Laureen has extensive experience as a production manager, first assistant director and junior producer. She has worked with a range of independent and public production companies in Germany such as Arte and ZDF. She has also worked alongside major brands such as Mercedes Benz.

Laureen Mauss
Studio & Film Event Manager
Thora Maiworm

Thora joined BUFA in 2000 as secretary to the board, then moved to the administration as a commercial employee and is now responsible for the entire accounting department of BUFA. Before that she worked as an administrative employee at the Technical University of Berlin, for example for the science exhibition for the 750th anniversary of Berlin and as a senior secretary for the CAD project, a cooperation project with the Berlin Senate. Afterwards she was secretary and commercial employee at the engineering company Heick & Partner.

Thora Maiworm
Administration
Hauke Kaphengst

Hauke joined BUFA in 2019 as Event Space & Logistics Coordinator. He is a trained carpenter and has studied civil engineering. Before joining BUFA, he worked as a freelancer in the rock´n´roll concert business, in exhibition construction, and as a technical manager. During his studies, Hauke became a bartender and four years ago decided to join a bar in Berlin as managing partner. At BUFA he oversees upgrading and compliance of the technical studio equipment, he coordinates our non-film events, and he helps the site become more beautiful with his hands-on attitude and skill.

Hauke Kaphengst
Event Space & Logistics Coordinator
Tim Lüschen

Tim joined the team in 2020 and is supporting the transformation of the site into a place for the "celebration of soil, soul, society". Foci include community engagement, stakeholder outreach and sustainability research. Previously Tim worked for GIZ and various other projects that included topics like human-nature connection and citizen participation. He holds an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, UK, and a BSc in Environmental Science from Wageningen University, NL.

Tim Lüschen
Junior Sustainability Catalyst
Sebastian Baack

Sebastian joined BUFA in 2008 as a Re-recording mixer & sound engineer. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Recording Arts.

Sebastian Baack
Re-Recording Mixer
Wolfgang Sebel

Wolfgang joined BUFA in 1978 and has been working as a Sound Engineer ever since.

Wolfgang Sebel
Recording Sound Engineer