de-news.net was established by Thorsten Koch, MA, PgDip. He has been a writer and researcher since 1995. As a journalist, Koch has made a career in, successively, the fields of regional, IT, financial, and political reporting.
Besides, he is an NGO Manager, having served, among other roles, as a Senior Expert on Mauritania for Amnesty International. Since 2017, he has engaged in the field of soft counter-extremism. In this regard, Koch is the founder of the non-profit Policyinstitute.net which also emphasizes ways to counter hate and capacity building in the Sahel.