Leyla Acaroglu is a leading sustainability strategist and an expert on lifecycle and systems thinking in design, production and consumption. She is a designer, social scientist, educator, TED speaker and passionate proponent of sustainability in and through design. Her work challenges people to see the secret life of everyday things and the underlying systems that make up the world.
Maliam Acio is a social development consultant and a Right Livelihood College Junior Scientist who worked with international development NGOs, before becoming a senior consultant with POP Human Resource and Management Consultants, a company that carries out development and human resource and management consultancy for the government, cooperatives, and private companies. With a wealth of over 9 years of experience, Maliam is a PhD scholar in Development Studies at the University of Ghana in Accra. Her research focuses on displacements caused by oil and gas production in Ghana and Uganda.
Since 2013, Corina Ajder has worked as an independent researcher for the Clean Clothes Campaign, focusing on Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. She co-authored the Stiched Up report (2014) and the Labour on a Shoestring report (2016) and has helped produce numerous documentaries. Corina has an L.L.M from Saarland University (Germany) and a Master in Public Administration from the Central European University (Hungary).
In 2000, Dorothy Aken‘Ova founded The International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE) as a non-governmental and non-profit organization that works at the grassroots and policy levels to reduce resistance to enforcing reproductive health and sexual rights in Nigeria. Dorothy grounds her work in the harshly conservative environment of northern Nigeria. Dorothy and her staff have suffered physical threats, regular harassment, two officially sanctioned efforts to silence her by shutting down INCRESE and revoking her passport, and imprisonment for their work with victims of Shari’a law. The work of INCREASE is possible thanks to the support of influential community members (as well as international organizations) and Dorothy’s exceptional ability to meaningfully engage with all actors in this struggle without modifying her core message.
Fouzieh Melanie Alamir has been working on defence, security and peacebuilding issues for many years. After stations in academia, the German Ministry for Defence, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, and the private enterprise IABG she has begun work as a self-employed consultant.
Her practical experience covers Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, and Ghana among others, she has published numerous articles.
Edvin Aldrian is a Research Professor at the Center for Research and Development at the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics. He also serves as the IPCC Working Group I Vice Chair, WMO Regional V Climate Working Group Vice Chair and is part of the WMO Expert Team on Comission of the Climatology group on Infrastructure and Institutional Capacity. He is the chairman of the Indonesian Society of Hydrology and Indonesian Society of Agrometeorologists. He obtained his PhD from Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, while gaining his Master's degree from Nagoya University, Japan, and Bachelor's from McMaster University, Canada. He mainly works on global and regional climate issues including climate changes and is an active speaker for Climate Change Sciences.
Alastaire Sèna Alinsato works at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Université d’Abomey-Calavi in Benin and is an assistant researcher at the Economic Analysis Unit of the President of the Republic of Benin.
Furthermore, Alastaire is Special Adviser to Fulbert Gero Amoussouga, head of the Economic Analysis Unit and a member of the UN’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He’s a member of several research networks such as the African Economic Research Consortium and has published articles on development in Africa.
Lydia Mawuenya Amedzrator is a researcher at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security. Her research interest is on emerging security issues.
Thora Amend has been a member of IUCN´s commission for Protected Areas for more than 20 years.
She also forms part of its Task Forces on Protected Land- and Seascpaes, and on Governance. In the context of development cooperation, Thora has been involved in biodiversity conservation, the management and monitoring of protected areas, environmental communication, training and community involvement.
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning is the Provost and Academic Vice President for all academic programs at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana, and a clinical professor in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on Conflict Resolution. Among his other international roles, he served as the African Union’s first Expert on counter-terrorism, peace and security.
Kwesi has written numerous book chapters, monographs and articles in many international peer reviewed journals.
Dewi Fortuna Anwar straddles the world of academia, political activism and government.
She is a research professor at the Research Center for Politics – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI) and serves as the deputy secretary for political affairs to the vice president of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also the chairman of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, the Habibie Center, a private think-tank based in Jakarta.
From 2001 to 2010, Dewi was the deputy chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities-LIPI. She had served as assistant minister / state secretary for foreign affairs during the Habibie administration (1998-99). Dewi was a visiting researcher at CSEAS, Kyoto University in 2010 and a visiting professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in 2007. She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Australia, while her Master and Bachelor (Hons) were from SOAS, University of London, England. She has written widely on Indonesia's foreign policy, Indonesia's democratization as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues.
Grace Arach is the founder of the FOWAC Foundation for Women Affected by Conflicts and has worked several years for the Caritas in Gulu, Palabek, in Northern Uganda, taking responsibility for over 800 war affected and highly traumatized children. During an assault of the LRA, Grace was herself abducted, but quickly released.
Grace was born in Kitgum, Uganda, and holds a degree in Social Work. She is currently doing a master's on International Development at the University of South Wales in Australia. Afterwards, she will return to Uganda and continue her work.
Juan Arellano is a former developer and systems analyst, worked for many years in the Peruvian public administration. He is now editor at Global Voices en español, a blogger since 2001 and founder of the first directory of Peruvian bloggers. He maintains interest in topics as diverse as citizen journalism, Amazonian cultures and communities, open data and South American politics. He also contributes or has contributed to: Periodismociudadano.com, informacioncivica.info, Futurechallenges.org.
Napoleón Arturo is a Colombian human rights activist. He has years of experience working with victims of the Civil War in several parts of Colombia. He has received death threats and been prosecuted for his political engagement.
Daniel Asare-Kyei is a geo-information scientist, an agricultural economist and a proud farmer. In 2012, he joined Esoko Networks to become the Ghana country manager. He started his career as a project officer with ADRA in an integrated food security program where he worked with 5.000 smallholders to increase their productivity. Later, he also founded Eucharia Farms Ltd. and has been a consultant on geographic information system mapping projects, agribusiness and ICT for agriculture. In the scientific field, he conducted pioneering research in post-harvest management of perishables and pursues a doctorate degree in climate change risk and vulnerability assessment in West Africa.
Noémie Audibert is Project Development Manager at SALT Academy, an NGO that promotes girls' rights and tackles gender discrimination through sports-based programs in Cambodia. She earned her Master's degree in International Humanitarian Law and Project Management at the Institute of International Humanitarian Studies in France before embarking on a four year journey across Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia working in the humanitarian and development sectors.
Nana Oforiatta Ayim was born and raised in Germany, England, and Ghana where she continues to live and work. She received an MA in Art History and an MPhil in African Languages and Cultures from the University of London. Working as a cultural historian, writer and filmmaker, Oforiatta Ayim explores narratives of representation and becoming, as well as of inclusion and exclusion; and is particularly concerned with what are considered alternative historiographies. She is the founder of the ANO research initiative, and has written for numerous publications including Manifesta (2014) and Kaleidoscope (2012). She has shown her films widely in venues, such as such as Witte de With, Netherlands (2015); LIAF, Norway (2013); Tate Modern, UK (2012).
Dr Therese Azeng is a lecturer at the Department of Economic Policy Analysis at the University of Yaoundé 2 (Cameroon). Her primary research interests include development economics, with a particular interest in the economic analysis of armed conflicts, political instability, governance and regional integration. Her current research projects include youth economic vulnerability and violence in developing countries and post-conflict management in African countries.
Oumaima Azzelzouli holds a joint MA degree in journalism from City University of London and Aarhus University. She has worked freelance for various English-speaking publications covering cultural, financial and social issues. Her interests revolve mainly around immigration, gender-related issues and finance.
Chelsey Baker is a mentor at Rockstar Youth. She's a leading UK entrepreneur, business mentor and media expert. Furthermore, she's the author of "The Pocket Mentor" and the creator of "Broadcasting Your Business", a pitch, press and publicity programme.
Silvana Baldovino holds a degree in law from University of Lima/Peru. After her studies she worked in a special project on land grant and registry (PETT) in the public sector. She also worked for the National Commission on Andean, Amazon and Afro Peruvian Communities (CONAPA) as well as law firms.
Today she works for the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law and is involved in several initiatives committed to the preservation of biological diversity in Peru.
Ibrahim Bangura is consultant for the EPES Mandala team and for other organisations with expertise in the broad field of Security Sector Reform. Together with Robin Poulton he studied at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone; they were students in the same place, but in different centuries.
Shukria Barakzai represents Kabul Province as a Member of the House of the People, the lower house of the National Assembly of Afghanistan, and is a member of the Defence Committee. She was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2005 and has worked as a lawmaker ever since.
Shukria is also the founder of the weekly "Aina-e-Zan" newspaper (Women's Mirror) and Head of the Asian Women Organisation.
Under the regime of the Taliban and during the civil war, Shukria gave secret education classes to girls. Afterwards she became a member of the Constitution Commission.
Shukria holds a bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Geology from Kabul University.
Geraldine de Bastion works as a lead consultant and project manager for newthinking communications in Berlin.
She previously worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH (GIZ) as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the areas of information and communications technology for development, knowledge management, education, business development, corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships.
Geraldine's recent work has been focussing on citizen journalism and media development in Africa and open and decentralized technologies.
Kurt-Michael Baudach is project manager at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL's Service Agency Communities in One World.
He is involved in the projects "World Cup Brazil 2014 – Germany 2006/2011: Partners for Sustainable Urban Development" and "50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015". The Service Agency is a competence centre for German municipalities interested in development issues and it acts as a partner for municipal development cooperation.
Kurt-Michael has been an advisor to development cooperation projects since 15 years, mainly on Latin American issues. He has working experience from Bolivia, Ecuador and Brazil. Kurt-Michael holds a masters degree in geoecology.
Alice Bayer holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies from SOAS University in London, United Kingdom. Her thesis focussed on indigenous rights in Mexico.
She is currently the International Media Coordinator at the tribal rights organisation Survival International. There she is involved in campaigns for the protection of tribal people's land rights and against prejudice in the media.
Michael Berkowitz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013 to shape and oversee the new 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Most recently, he was the deputy global head of Operational Risk Management at Deutsche Bank. Between 2005 and 2008 he had management roles for DB in Mumbai, India and New York. Until 2005, Michael was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in New York City. He worked on major planning initiatives, including the New York City Coastal Storm, Biological Terrorism and Transit Strike contingency plans. At OEM he led an initiative to create OEM’s Public-Private Emergency Planning Initiative and its Ready New York citizen preparedness campaign.
Thomas Berthold is a political and cultural scientist. He works as a consultant for the Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees primarily responsible for intake conditions for unaccompanied and accompanied minor refugees. Thomas Berthold works with a range of networks on refugee policy and the rights of the child, including the National Coalition Germany – Rights of the Child Network, Human Rights Forum, and Federal Guardianship Forum. He has published a number of articles and studies, and has given presentations at expert events and to the general public.
David Betge is a political scientist and doctoral fellow at the German Heinrich Boell Foundation. His dissertation compares Indian and South African land redistribution efforts. In addition to his academic work, he has worked in civil and political education for more than five years now, focussing on racism, media literacy and global learning.
Hannes Bickel holds a masterʹs degree in Political Science and is a skilled photographer. He completed the FIFA‐CIES Programme in Sports Management in 2010. Since 2005 Hannes has worked in the field of development through sport and gained experience through various projects linked to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
After his thesis on the integrative role of sport in the South African transformation process, he joined the GIZ's Youth Development through Football (YDF) project early in 2008. Until April 2011 Hannes was responsible for the development of regional YDF activities in South Africa and throughout nine African countries and the project's networking activities.
After joining the Business Unit Private Sector Cooperation at the GIZ's headquarters, Hannes currently works as an advisor to the BMZ in the newly formed Sector Programme on 'Sport for Development'.
Matt Birkinshaw does social science research with a focus on urban development, infrastructure and politics in south Asia, and to a lesser extent, southern Africa. He is currently writing up a PhD at the London School of Economics on water governance in urban India. He has been involved in research on urbanisation and migration, technology and urban innovation, and urban displacement.
Manuela Boatcă is Professor of the Sociology of Global Inequalities and principal investigator of the Research Network desiguALdades.net at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include world-systems analysis, gender and violence research, postcolonialism and decoloniality, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and Latin America. She is author of From Neoevolutionism to World-Systems Analysis. The Romanian Theory of ‚Forms without Substance’ in Light of Modern Debates on Social Change, 2003 and co-editor of Decolonizing European Sociology. Transdisciplinary Approaches (with E. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez & S. Costa), 2010 and Globale, multiple und postkoloniale Modernen. Theoretische und vergleichende Perspektiven (with W. Spohn), 2010. The article is a revised fragment of chapter 6 in her recent book, Global Inequalities Beyond Occidentalism, Ashgate: Farnham, 2015
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Thilo Bode founded the German NGO foodwatch in 2002. In the 90s, he had been working with Greenpeace – he initially ran Greenpeace Germany before taking the helm of Greenpeace International.
Thilo has protested in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, against nuclear weapons testing, and was briefly imprisoned for his actions. In 2001, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Federal Cross of Merit, for his dedication to environmental conservation.
Thilo studied political economics and holds a PhD from University of Regensburg on direct investment in developing countries. He then worked for the KfW development bank and the GTZ, before he moved into the private sector.
Luna Bolívar Manaut is a Spanish journalist and editor at Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster. She works for DW's Spanish digital programme and is a producer for the Spanish broadcast news. Since 2008 she has also supported the DW-Akademie, the DW's department for journalistic training and development cooperation.
Luna is Europe correspondent for Periodismo Humano, a not-for-profit online magazine aimed at offering high quality journalism from a human rights perspective. She joined the project right after its formation in 2010.
Francesco Branca is the Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO). He has served as President of the Federation of the European Nutrition Societies and was a senior scientist at the Italian Food and Nutrition Research Institute. He holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery with a specialization in Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and a PhD in Nutrition from Aberdeen University.
Michael Braungart studied Chemistry and Process Engineering in Konstanz and Darmstadt (Germany). In the 80s he was working for Greenpeace and helped to set up its chemistry department. In 1985 he received his doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Hannover. Braungart is founder and the Scientific Director of EPEA, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency, which was founded in 1987; co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia and founder of the Hamburger Environmental Institute (HUI). For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. He has worked with a number of organizations and companies across a range of industries, and has developed tools for designing eco-effective products, business systems and intelligent materials pooling. Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart holds the Academic Chair Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and is professor at several other universities in Germany (Leuphana University, Lüneburg; Munich University of Technology) and the Netherlands (Delft University of Technology; University of Twente).
Diala Brisly began as a cartoonist at the Syrian-based Spacetoon channel in 2001, where she received her first training and soon began as a layout artist for a variety of cartoon TV shows. Currently she works with the magazine “Zaiton & Zaitonah” as well as “Zawrak”. Her career has spanned over a number of different activities, including layout design, animation, concept art, painting, comic books, and character design. Artistic participation in campaigns and political events has been a driving force for Diala, and several themes have consistently run through all her projects such as social justice, freedom, and human rights. She started making murals in refugee centers in 2014, to support education and give positive messages to kids who have suffered through war, and still suffer after fleeing.
Michael Brzoska is Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
He is Chair of the Council of the German Foundation for Peace Research and Principal Investigator in the CLISAP (Climate System Analysis and Prediction) excellence cluster of research at the University of Hamburg.
He has published widely on economic and political issues related to armed conflicts, arms production and trade, military spending, security policy and sanctions.
He holds a degree in economics and political science.
23-year old Alix grew up in Ontario, Canada. She arrived in Cambodia in August of 2012 as a six-month volunteer, and is now Programs Officer.
She holds an undergraduate degree in International Development with a focus on environmental issues from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of sports, and has been lucky enough to travel extensively in Canada, the US, and throughout Latin America. Alix has been skateboarding since 2006.
Gisela Burckhardt is a development expert and executive board of FEMNET e.V. Her latest book "Todschick. Edle Labels, billige Mode – unmenschlich produziert" was published by Heyne.
FEMNET is part of the German platform of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) dedicated to awareness raising to improve working conditions in the garment industry worldwide. With the FairSchnitt project FEMNET works with students majoring in fashion-related areas, providing them early in their careers with information about the challenges facing the global garment industry.
Clementine Burnley works as a senior project manager for Adelphi.
Her work focuses on natural resources governance and conflict early warning. Her area of expertise includes environmental security. As a private consultant, she has worked on several projects to derive indicators of environmental status from a combination of earth observation and ancillary data.
She is author of several peer-reviewed papers, as well as numerous reports.
Brenda Burrell is a Zimbabwean information activist and co-founder of The Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe. For the last seven years, she has lead the Freedom Fone project, an open source software development initiative focusing on two-way communication with mobile phone users via IVR, SMS and voice mail. Brenda is motivated to bridge the gaps that separate people from the information they need to stay informed, engaged, productive and healthy. To this end, her work often integrates technology to amplify issues, encourage feedback and crowd source information.
Jorge Cabrera Medaglia is Professor for Environmental Law at the University of Costa Rica. He works as a legal adviser at Costa Rica's National Biodiversity Institute and is Lead Counsel at the Biodiversity Law Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.
Amongst others he acted as a Consultant for UNCTAD, ECLAC, IICA and IUCN.
Agnès Callamard is the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19.
Agnès founded and led HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), the first international self-regulatory body for humanitarian actors. At HAP she oversaw field trials on accountability to beneficiaries in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone.
Agnès is the former Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI). She played a key role in establishing an effective senior management system and also led AI's policy work on women's human rights. Agnes has published broadly and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School in New York.
Agnes is one of the Panelists of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2011 in Bonn.
For more information about Article 19, please visit: www.article19.org
Paula Cardenau has more than fifteen-years experience working in the social entrepreneurship field.
During the past four years she has worked towards advancing the social business as a tool for systemic change in underprivileged communities. She launched and leads the Social Business Initiative in Ashoka in Latin America.
Simultaneously she has focused strongly on writing about and disseminating experience and best practices in the field, and linking new actors who are key to the development of an adequate ecosystem that would allow social business to emerge.
She holds a licentiate degree in Politics and has completed her post-graduate studies in CSOs and Social Development.She is board member and strategic adviser for several social enterprises.
Thomas F. Carter is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Sport at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne, United Kingdom.
His main research interests focus on the politics of identity, mobility and governance within global sport. He has written extensively on Cuban sport and international labor migration within the global sport industries, including his award winning book The Quality of Home Runs.
He has been Research Fellow in the School of Anthropological Studies at the Queen's University of Belfast and has taught in the US and UK. He earned his PhD and MA from the University of New Mexico and his BA from St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minnesota).
Frederik Caselitz is editor-in-chief of Digital Development Debates since June 2014. He studied political science, economics and public law in Bonn and Puebla, Mexico and worked as a freelance journalist for different newspapers and magazines. Before joining DDD he was researcher at TU Darmstadt’s project ConPar on indigenous participation in Latin America.
Penhleak (Pinkie) Chan is currently the Managing Editor of Open Development Cambodia (ODC), an open data initiative which independently aggregates and maps publically available data to illuminate Cambodia’s development trends. She has worked with Deutsche Welle Akademie to provide data-driven journalism training to local journalists in Cambodia. Pinkie is interested in using innovations in open data and digital media to solve local issues. She holds degrees in ‘Economics’ and ‘Business & Management’.
Patrick M. Condon is the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.
He also works as a senior researcher at UBC's Design Centre for Sustainability. He began his academic career at the University of Minnesota.
Furthermore, Patrick has worked as Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Westfield Massachusetts and at Moriarty Condon Landscape Architects in Minneapolis and Vancouver. Since 1996 he has been involved in PMC Associates Community Planning in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Patrick holds a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts. He has published several books on sustainable city design and received numerous awards such as the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence and the American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Research, both in 2010.
Sir Gordon Conway is a Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa.
From 2005–2009 he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development. Previously he was President of The Rockefeller Foundation and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.
Gordon was educated at the Universities of Wales (Bangor), Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis) in agricultural ecology. In the early 1960's, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture.
Gordon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2005. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex and was recently President of the Royal Geographical Society.
He has authored "The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century" (Penguin and University Press, Cornell) and co-authored "Science and Innovation for Development" (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, UKCDS). His most recent book "One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World?" has been published in October 2012.
Zeljko Crncic studied Political Science, Spanish and Croatian at the University of Mainz from 1998 to 2005. He works at the German Development Institute in Bonn in the Training Department. Until 2014, he worked with graduate and Ph.D. students at the University of Kassel. Between 2006 and 2010, he completed his Ph.D. on the indigenous CONAIE movement in Ecuador. His main interests are social movements, conflicts, resources, and human rights.
Aurel Croissant is Professor of Political Science at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg.
His main research interests include the comparative analysis of political structures and processes in East- and Southeast Asia, the theoretical and empirical analysis of democracy, civil-military relations, terrorism and political violence.
He has published widely, is co-editor of several book series and journals, and sits on the Academic Advisory Boards of the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) and the Bertelsmann Transformation-Index (BTI).
For further information please refer to www.uni-heidelberg.de
Laura Cwiertnia works as a freelance journalist mainly for the German weekly DIE ZEIT and ZEIT Campus. She is Head of the Economics, Society and Politics Department at Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal (Magazine on Latin America, Spain and Portugal). Laura holds a degree in Regional Studies on Latin America from the University of Köln.
Olivier De Schutter is the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008.
He is also a Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and at the College of Europe (Natolin); as well as a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University and Visiting Professor at Columbia University.
In 2002–2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union
Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, he has been the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights.
His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance. His most recent book is International Human Rights Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010).
Olivier holds a PhD from University of Louvain and an LL.M. from Harvard University.
Patrick Delaney is an editor at Digital Development Debates since October 2014. After studying political science and philosophy in Hamburg, Germany and Paris, France, he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University of Berlin, as a lecturer in political science at the University of Hamburg and at the press and public affairs office of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Currently he works as a freelance journalist and as a reasercher at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture.
Patrick published on the prospects that commons-based modes of production hold out for ageing societies.
Markus Demele is a research associate at the Oswald von Nell-Breuning Institute for Social and Business Ethics of the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt/Main.
He holds a degree in Economics and a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Frankfurt University. He spent two semesters at the Jesuit Hekima College, School for Theology, focusing on ethnological studies and moral theology. For his final thesis he conducted a field study in Hoima, Uganda, on Rural Savings & Credit Schemes and their impact on human development.
His main research fields at the Nell-Breuning Institute are developing economies mainly in African countries, ethics of labour and business ethics. His doctoral dissertation examines the impact of German companies on the ILO´s Decent Work Country Programme in Kenya.
For more information, visit www.sankt-georgen.de/nbi.
Abiol Lual Deng is a humanitarian, researcher and international development professional with ten years of international experience, including in some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, such as Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (M.Phil hons), Ms. Deng's career has ranged from the private sector to international non-governmental organizations and government agencies in Africa, Europe and North America. Ms. Deng focuses primarily on geopolitics in Central and East Africa, social policy, humanitarian affairs and the role of social media in conflict in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa.
Megan Detrie is a multimedia journalist based in Cairo, Egypt who writes regularly on agriculture, politics and the Middle East. The former food security and agriculture reporter at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, she has reported on agriculture issues in Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
Based in the MENA region since 2006, Megan holds a bachelor of arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Miquel became a photographer in the 1990s and is a member of Agence VU'. His first photo-stories, on Maya Indian communities, were shot in Guatemala, a country he has been traveling for over 15 years.
Next, he turned to documenting the consequences of the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War. He camped with the guerrillas, shared the refugees' daily life, and recorded testimony from the families of victims of the genocide carried out by Guatemalan Army regulars.
Since 2007, Miquel Dewever-Plana has been photographing the endemic violence plaguing Guatemala, the gang wars and widespread corruption. He met Alma in 2008, and was inspired to help her make a confession.
Papa Ansoumana Diatta is a development worker from Senegal. He currently works for the Italian non-governmental organisation Comunità Promozione e Sviluppo (CPS) as an administrator and accountant. He's a local assistant supervisor at CHYAO project – "Struggling against vulnerability of children and youth in Senegal."
Papa has been involved in different development projects on vulnerability of minors and forced child labour, supported by the Senegalese government, UNICEF and the World Bank.
Papa Ansoumana holds a master's degree in business administration with a focus on finance and accountability.
Gina Lisselle Rosario Diaz is founder of “Green Hope DR”, an environmental youth project being implemented in the Dominican Republic. She is lawyer, teacher of Environmental Law and pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations. She is involved in various youth platforms such as the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY) and Caribbean Environment Youth Network (CYEN).
Simon Didszuweit works as freelance consultant at Media Development Coordination and Project Development of Deutsche Welle Akademie.
Political scientist by education, Simon is co-author of DWA policy papers on media, development and participation. He contributes to he outlining and strategy of projects and has experience in implementation, supporting television and radio in Laos and Vietnam.
In 2011 he was among the organizers of "Forum Media and Development" (FoME) Symposium in Bonn and panelist at the meeting of the EU-AU Working Group on Freedom of Expression and Human Rights in Tunis, both focussing on the impact of digital media on journalism, development and civil society.
Bärbel Dieckmann is president of the German Welthungerhilfe. She was mayor of Bonn from 1994 to 2009. Since 1972, she has been a member of the German Social Party SPD. Between 2003 and 2009 she was a member of the executive board of the SPD and from 1999 to 2009 she was a member of the party executive. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) and the German Sustainability Award Foundation. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute and of DGVN’s presidium (United Nations Association of Germany). Among other things, she was chairperson of the World Mayors' Council on Climate Change (founded on the occasion of the 11th Conference on the Parties on Climate Change), executive president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (Brussels) and member of the policy committee of the Association of German Cities. Bärbel Dieckmann studied Philosophy, History and Social Sciences at the University of Bonn and was a teacher between 1974 and 1995, most recently as director of studies at a comprehensive school and grammar schools.
Deputy Director-General Dr Ingolf Dietrich heads the Special Unit ‘Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Dr. Dietrich is responsible for processes relating to the thematic positioning and the negotiation of the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The issues covered by the special unit are the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, and overarching post-2015 topics such as global partnership, universality, monitoring and sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Prior to this, he headed the Directorate "Climate; poverty reduction; sectoral policies; Latin America", the Southern Africa Division and the Division "Policy issues of bilateral development cooperation; development effectiveness; evaluation". In the course of his work at the BMZ, he also dealt with various policy and sector issues and worked at the German embassies in Lima, Peru, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York. Dr. Dietrich studied agricultural science at Munich Technical University and Berlin Technical University. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from Munich Technical University.
Franz Dietrich is an expert for regional and business development with over 30 years of experience in promoting innovation and commercializing technology with the assistance of technology business incubators (TBI), science and technology parks.
In the last eight years, he has realised the development and installation of TBI in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for the GIZ (formerly InWEnt).
Janosch Dietrich is a communications-scientist and co-founder and chairman of the travelling film festival and non-profit organisation Moviemiento, which runs projects in Europe and over-seas.
In the past few years he has also worked on sustainable tourism projects in South-East Asia. At the moment he is employed at the Berlin based organisation ICJA with focus on international volunteering programmes.
Dr Petra Dilthey earned her doctorate as an ethnologist, director and filmmaker. She works with her husband, Uli Schwarz, for up-filmproduction. The profits generated by film marketing go into the association they founded, up4change e.V. The couple presents their aid projects in Brazil, India and Kenya on their website:
Michael Dohr studied Development Studies in Bonn. After various stays in Cambodia, he is now a UN Youth Volunteer in India, based at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Delhi/India. Michael is part of a group of German UN Youth Volunteers who are supporting the overall UN post-2015 process within their respective country of assignment with a view to increase people’s participation and engagement through volunteerism.
Frank creates and organises cultural events, amongst them exhibitions and festivals on behalf of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe Institut. He studied journalism, dramatics and psychology in Berlin and Rome, contributed to several human sciences research projects and worked as a journalist. His TV-feature "Tombstones fabricated by children's hands" (arte) has been nominated for the Prix Europa and awarded with the Kindernothilfe's media prize.
Marieke van Doorninck is the Advisor for Public Affairs of the International La Strada Association, based in the Netherlands.
Apart from devising lobby and PR strategies at the international level and monitoring European, EU and UN developments in trafficking and human rights issues, she has a publishing record covering issues of trafficking, emancipation, sex work and migrants' rights.
Next to her work for La Strada International, Marieke van Doorninck is member of the city council of Amsterdam, representing the Green Party.
Patricia Dorsher is a James E. Jernberg Public Service Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, focusing on global policy and nonprofit management.Patricia was launch editor for Feedback Labs and previously worked on empowerment-based models with victims of domestic violence and in the Japanese government on issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and immigrant support.
Marcos Eguiguren is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). He has a wealth of experience including banking, consulting, management, research, and training and development in the corporate, banking and telecom sectors. Next to his involvement in GABV, he is entrepreneur and co-founder of SingularNet, a professional services firm focused on helping organizations incorporate sustainability in their business operations, Professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), and Supervisory Board member of Triodos Bank.
In international cooperation since 2001 Erik Engel's work has focused on food security and natural resource management. He oversaw microfinance projects and cash based interventions in Tajikistan and Uganda and guided teams of consultants for SLE in participatory strategy development and assessments. With a master in Geography and Anthropology from Berlin he currently studies Environmental Management in London.
Linda Engel studied Political Science and attended afterwards the Centre for Rural Development (SLE) at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She was one of six team members to conduct the study for the KfW. Linda has just started working for the German development cooperation GIZ in Dar es Salaam.
Comfort Ero, as Crisis Group's Africa Program Director, oversees the organisation's work in West, Central, Southern and Horn of Africa.
She first joined the organisation in 2001 as West Africa Project Director, before serving for three years as the Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Liberia.
Prior to Crisis Group, she was Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Alison Evans is an economist with over 25 years experience working in international development. She has been Director of ODI, the UK's leading think tank in international development and humanitarian policy and practice, since 2009. Alison has extensive experience working in research, policy and evaluation with strong geographic expertise in southern and eastern Africa, southeast Asia and the Balkans. Alison is a frequent participant in advisory boards across the bilateral and multilateral development system.
Alison Evans participated in the Minds for Change conference:
Kenny Ewan, CEO and founder of WeFarm, obtained a degree in his native Scotland before moving to Peru to work with an international development NGO as Regional Director for Latin America. He was based in Latin America for 7 years, specialising in work with isolated, indigenous communities across the region, supporting local people in designing and implementing sustainable and practical development projects. Kenny returned to the UK in 2009 where he led the development of WeFarm as part of a UK charity's start-up initiative.
Dr. (Chief) Joy Ngozi Ezeilo is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. She is a human rights lawyer and a professor at the University of Nigeria.
She has served the Nigerian government in various capacities, including as Honourable Commissioner for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Enugu state and as a Delegate to the National Political Reform Conference. She has consulted for various international organizations and is also involved in several NGOs, particularly as Founding Director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), working on women's rights and democratic governance.
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo has published extensively on a variety of topics in the field of law, gender, human rights, peace and conflict resolution. Furthermore, she has received several prestigious national and international awards.
In 1999, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine, and in 2001 she was invited to the University of California, Riverside, as a Regent Professor. She was conferred with a national Honour-Officer of the Order of Nigeria (OON) in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to nation building in the area of legal scholarship, advocacy, civil society movement and community service.
Shenggen Fan has been Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.
Shenggen joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI's programme on public investment before becoming the Director of the Institute's Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.
Shenggen is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security. He received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor's and master's degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.
Tithe Farhana is a journalist from Bangladesh. She has written for the Global South Development Magazine, the New Agriculturist, Guardian Development Blog and Next Women from the UK, for the Indian magazine Agriculture today, and for the Thomas Reuters Foundation from the US. She is also a content writer for Matio o Manus, an agriculture programme from the BTV national TV station.
Tithe has been working as communications coordinator at Plan Bangladesh, the regional office of Plan International, and communication consultant at the International Rice Research Institute.
Jordan Flaherty is a journalist and TV producer based in New Orleans. He is author of the book Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, and supervising producer of The Laura Flanders Show.
Laura Fletcher emerged into documentary making from her career in broadcast journalism. Since 2002 she has worked as a television, radio and multimedia journalist for the Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ. She joined RTÉ in her early twenties and has worked in almost every section of the newsroom, on television, radio, and online, both at home and abroad. In 2010 Fletcher took a sabbatical to work with media and human rights organisation Media Monitoring Africa in Johannesburg in South Africa. While there, Fletcher also produced two radio documentaries on human trafficking, and set up training programmes for young journalists.
From 2011 to 2014 Fletcher filmed, directed and largely funded the documentary African Pride. It won the Best Human Rights Film Award at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh in July 2014, where it had its national and world premieres. It also won the Green Rose for Best Documentary with a Global Message at the Jaipur International Film Festival in February 2015.
Sandra Flicke-Lötzsch is project assistant at the division for Business Development and Infrastructure at InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. Before, she worked for Handelsblatt publishing group.
Salomé Flores is coordinator of the Centre of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime Victimization and Justice, a joint project with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) and the United Nations Office against Drug and Crime, which promotes international standards and provides technical assistance for improving crime and justice statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Flores has also served as an adviser to the Vice-Presidency of Public Security, Justice and Comptroller Affairs at the INEGI, where she specifically addressed duties related to victimization surveys and public safety statistics. She formerly held several other positions at the Secretariat of Public Function. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Americas - Puebla, studied Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Canberra University, and studied Applied Statistics and Strategic Management at the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico.
Teresa C. Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative. She also is board chair of Ileia - the Centre for Learning on sustainable agriculture and the secretariat of the global AgriCultures network and of iied, the International Institute of Environment and Development.
She is an active World Connector and serves on the board of Cordaid, one of the biggest international development organisations and on the board of WWF Netherlands. Teresa is a member of the expert panel of the Sustainability Benchmark Award of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 2009 Teresa was elected one of 100 sustainability leaders in the Netherlands.
She holds a degree in Anthropology from Leiden University and previously worked for the ILO, USAID, OECD, UNFCCC and for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (amongst others).
Isabelle has been working as a journalist and author since 1991. Her stories on human rights, women, migrants, and economic development are regularly published in both the French press and abroad (Géo, Marie-France, Figaro Magazine, Grazia, VSD, Photo Magazine, etc.).
Between 2001 and 2002, she co-directed "Euroland," a series of documentaries about Europe for Italian television. Two years later, she published Odyssée Moderne, voyage aver les migrants clandestine, du Sahara à la Grande Bleue (Editions Images En Manœuvres), the story of her crossing the Sahara with African migrants bound for Europe.
Isabelle also writes books for children, and founded an international photojournalism prize 12 years ago, at the Perpignan Visa pour l'Image Festival. Three years before publishing the documentary, she began working with Miquel on recording Alma's story.
Yvonne Franke teaches political science at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. Her research interests include Global Political Economy, the Global Agro-Food-System, and development theory with a regional focus on Latin America. In her doctoral thesis she analyzed how the issues of food security, monetary policies and social narratives are intertwined in Argentina. Her goal is to introduce qualitative methodology into the study of Global Political Economy.
Iriann Freemantle is a researcher based at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Her research focusses on migration, social cohesion, conflict and xenophobia. She is particularly interested in exploring how conflict between different groups in South Africa's mobile, diverse and marginalised informal settlements can be prevented in the short and long term.
Hans Henrik Fricke holds a bachelor of arts in architecture. He is currently based in Tokyo, learning the Japanese language as a scholar with the German Academic Exchange Service. He is interested in urbanism especially in the urban fabric of Asian megacities. Furthermore, he is a passionate about outdoor sports, such as hiking and telemark skiing.
Thomas Fues is Head of Department “Training” at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Previously he works as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at University of Duisburg-Essen and at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). From 2001 – 2004 he was the One World Representative of the State of North Rhine Westphalia. After his work for the Parliamentary Caucus of the Green Party in the German Bundestag he worked several years as a free-lance consultant.
Patricia Galicia holds a university degree in Communication and Education with a focus on Gender Studies.
She is the founder of "Red Mujeres al Aire" (Network of Women on air), an association of women in broadcasting. It fosters the reunion, capacity building and radio production of women with various ethnical backgrounds from the different regions of Guatemala.
Cindy Gallop is a New York based advertising consultant, and founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn projects. Gallop studied English Literature at Somerville College at Oxford University, and received a MA from Oxford University in English Language and Literature and a MA from Warwick University in Theater of the European Renaissance.
At the 2009 TED conference, Gallop launched the makelovenotporn.com website in a 4-minute TEDTalk that the TED blog described as "one of the event's most talked about." The goal of makelovenotporn is to provide more realistic information about human sexuality than that provided by hardcore pornography.
Dennis Geef holds a Master of Arts degree in American Language and Literature Studies (American English Studies) from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn where he is currently earning his Ph.D. He has recently finished his dissertation dealing with the subject of the critique of capitalism in contemporary American science fiction literature. Apart from his academic career he volunteers at Bonn's branch of CARE International.
Erica Gies is a freelance environmental reporter who lives in San Francisco.
Her work appears in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Wired News, Grist, World Watch magazine, KALW radio, and other outlets. In 10 years on the environment beat, Erica Gies has covered energy, water, climate policy, green business, green building and urban planning, waste, ecosystem biology, and more.
She holds a masters degree in literature from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor in English and journalism from Northern Arizona University.
Iffat Gill is the founder of The Code To Change, an initiative to empower women to participate in the global digital economy. An international NGO leader, activist, digital strategist and social entrepreneur, Iffat is working on gender equality and economic empowerment of women through digital inclusion. She has been at the forefront of shaping the global policy debate around skills gap and gender digital divide.
Michael Gleich is a journalist, book author and moderator. After working for WDR, “Natur”, and “Geo”, he got together with colleagues to promote solution-oriented multimedia projects. Like Peace Counts: How can conflict regions return to peace? He is primarily interested in the question of how to best encourage and feed the human spirit.
Christian Gmelin holds master degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the Freie Universität of Berlin. During the last four years he worked for the German development organization InWEnt, Capacity Building International, Germany.
Since 2010 Christian Gmelin is senior project manager at GIZ' e-learning centre and responsible for marketing and website of the GC21 E-Academy.
Héctor Lozano Gonzáles is a communications professor at the Peruvian Universidad Privada del Norte, a photographer and a visual artist. Furthermore, he was a writer and editor at the university magazine “Día Treinta”.
Héctor has set up three photography exhibitions and a collective performance at the 1rst International Gathering of Visual Arts in Toluca – Mexico, 2004. The exhibition “Antiestres” was shown at Daniel Rodríguez Hoyle Library of Universidad Privada del Norte in 2007, “Epidermis” was presented in 2011 at Impromptu gallery of El Culturaland in 2012 at Alliance Française of Trujillo, and “El cielo a medio hacer” was exhibited at the Azur gallery of Alliance Française of Trujillo, together with Emma Ebintra, in November of 2012.
Malte Goßmann holds a Master's degree in Social Science and gives talks on rap and masculinity from an intersectional perspective. Both as a researcher and as a hip hop activist, he is interested in the rebellious side of rap music.
Frank Jan de Graaf is professor for International Business at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. He also holds a position at the Amsterdam Business School.
His research focuses on governance issues in international business, with a focus on international networks, market entry, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He is co-founder of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (NSFM).
Frank Jan started his career as a financial journalist.
Jörn Grävingholt is Political Scientist and Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn.
His research focuses on external support to fragile states and on the politics of governance interventions. He is currently member of the Advisory Council for Civilian Crisis Prevention to the German Federal Government.
Previously, Jörn Grävingholt assumed numerous appointments to EU and OSCE election monitoring missions and election analysis projects in Russia. He has been research fellow at the Federal Institute for East European and International Studies in Cologne, Germany.
Wolfgang Grenz is Secretary General of Amnesty International Germany. He has been working with Amnesty International since 1979.
Wolfgang Grenz is a board member of the German UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe (UN Refugee Relief) since 2010. He is also a member of the Expert Forum of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of the German Government.
In 1986 Wolfgang Grenz cofounded the German NGO Pro Asyl. He holds a degree in Law from Cologne University, Germany.
Stefanie Groth is postgraduate student of Global Media and Postnational Communication at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom.
She holds a degree on Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Communication Studies from Erfurt University, Germany and Berlin University, Germany. In her studies, she focuses on International Political Communication in the Middle East, media and development, and the interplay of culture, identity and politics in Arab societies.
She works as Speech Programme Editor at SOAS Radio and gained experience in Syria, during Arabic language studies at the University of Damascus and in Tunisia, as an intern at the GIZ and the African Development Bank.
Amitesh Grover is a performance-based artist and curator. His interdisciplinary, contemporary art projects create ‘performance communities’; he invites people in specially constructed ‘situation rooms’, often connecting participants transnationally, through internet and mobile technology. His work has received critical acclaim in the domain of performance and visual art, and won him several awards and residencies, of which his most recent nomination was for Forecast Award for Emerging Curator (HKW, Berlin 2015). His works have been shown in performance festivals, galleries, exhibitions, the internet, and other public spaces around the world. He lives and works in New Delhi, India, where he also teaches and writes on performance, interactivity and knowledge-production.
Jascha Grübel holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and is currently studying Science, Technology and Policy with a focus on future city development at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Right now, he is gathering work experience at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London where he is involved in creating 3D visualizations for simulations of London.
Lena Guesnet is a a researcher at BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion). Her research focus is on the link between natural resources and conflict. She has conducted case studies on the influence of natural resources on violent conflict in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Chad. She also conducts research on how good resource governance can prevent conflicts surrounding natural resources. Lena Guesnet holds a Diploma (MA-equivalent) from Marburg University in Political Science, Law, Peace and Conflict Studies.
Miriam Gutekunst is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Munich. As part of her dissertation project, she did research in Morocco on migration, borders and the meaning of love and marriage in this context. With colleagues, she founded a new medium at the interface of anthropology and journalism: transformations-blog.com. The aim of this project is to reach a wider audience with anthropological research insights.
Eric Gutierrez works as a Senior Adviser on Accountable Governance at Christian Aid.
Previously he worked for ActionAid and WaterAid and as a consultant, i.a. for Transparecy International. Eric holds a degree in Economics and Politics from University of the Philippines (Diliman) and in Social and Political Theory from University of London.
He published widely on economic and social issues, covering especially violence and conflict and water and sanitation.
Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero was born in Cuba in 1969.
A lifelong rights activist, she was forced to go to an "education center". During her imprisonment she became an active member of "Ladies in White". As an independent journalist she was imprisoned in "Manto Negro". Among others she worked for The New Cuban Press and for Radio y TV Marti.
In 2010 she was forced to join her partner Jiménez Posadas in exile. She currently works as a journalist for Miscelaneas de Cuba, an independent online magazine, and Cubanet in order to help fighting the human rights abuses in Cuba.
Yazan Halwani is a Lebanese street artist based in Beirut. His distinctive “calligraffiti” style is a mix of Western graffiti and Arabic calligraphy that uses the shape of Arabic script to create meaningful portrait murals. He has already painted in Lebanon, Tunisia, Germany, France and Dubai. Yazan earned his Bachelor’s in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2015.
Gerd Hankel is a legal scholar at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. He studied at the Universities of Granada, Spain, in Mainz and Bremen, Germany, and holds degrees in Romance languages and literature and in law. From 2000 to the end of 2001 he was on the team of researchers from various disciplines that created the Institute’s exhibition Crimes of the German Wehrmacht: Dimensions of a War of Annihilation 1941-1944.
Gerd Hankel’s current research focuses on dealing with the legal aspects of the genocide and the reconciliation process in Rwanda, on international humanitarian law and on the law of human rights.
Benno Haupt holds a diploma in Geography. The content of his thesis was protected area management and the dealing with conflicts with a regional focus on a protected area in Bolivia.
Currently he is employed as an intern at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in the Programme Implementing the Biodiversity Convention and assists in the preparations for the next Conference of the Parties 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.
Javier Hernández is the National Cooperation Officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Mexico. He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and a Master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development. For over more than 15 years, Javier has collaborated with different UN agencies in Mexico and Central America, designing and coordinating cooperation projects in the region and working on drugs and crime prevention, capacity development, and knowledge management.
Hans R. Herren is one of the world’s leading experts on biological pest control and sustainable agriculture. Herren’s Swiss-based Biovision Foundation is committed to helping farmers in Africa combat hunger, poverty and disease through an agro-ecological approach. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 2013 for designing and successfully implementing a biological control programme to prevent the outbreak of a new pest threatening the cassava root in Africa. Since 2005, Herren has also served as president of the Millennium Institute in Washington D.C., which envisions the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental factors, and issues of peace and security.
Ben Herson is the founder and creative director of Nomadic Wax – a fair trade music, film and events production company. Ben is also an educator with ten years of classroom experience in public and private schools and lectures regularly at institutions of higher learning.
In 2006, Ben co-founded the Trinity International Hip-Hop festival, the first international hip-hop festival in the United States, and began touring to colleges and universities throughout the United States. In 2007, he developed an award-winning seven part documentary series on youth, hip-hop, and politics in West Africa titled "African Underground: Democracy in Dakar", which was screened at film festivals and theatres internationally.
Ben is also a consultant and media producer for clients that include MTV, USAID, US Department of State and the Institute for Private Investors. He produces and hosts a bi-monthly radio show on New York public radio (WNYE) featuring urban music and political discourse from around the world and has produced and hosted shows for WBAI (NYC) and KEXP (Seattle).
Ben holds a B.A. in African Studies and Anthropology from Hampshire College and did post baccalaureate studies in Wolof (a West African language) at Columbia University.
Benoît Hervieu has headed the Americas Desk of Reporters Without Borders since February 2005.
He is a graduate from the Paris school of journalism and has worked for several regional and national media, including the weekly *Réforme* and public radio *France Culture*.
Benoît, who is a long-term Latin-America enthusiast, has made several trips throughout almost all of South America. He has reported on coca growers in Bolivia, the crisis in Argentina, the new evangelical movements in Brazil and the history of the dictatorships in the Condor Plan countries.
Laura Hille studied Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Hamburg. While studying she worked at the Department for Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg and at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. After finishing her Masters degree in 2014 she currently holds a scholarship at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and works on her doctorate in media culture, in which she researches new forms of the merging of men and machine.
Berthold Hoffmann is deputy head of the Division for Business Development and Infrastructure and Senior Project Manager at InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany.
Prior to his engagement with InWEnt he worked with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Delegation of the European Commission to the International Organisations in Vienna and in the Faculty for International Politics at the Technical University Dresden.
He holds a degree in International Relations from London School of and in Advanced European Studies from University of Bonn.
Verena Hölzl works as a freelance journalist in Myanmar since 2015. Her work has been published by dpa, Spiegel Online, Deutsche Welle and tageszeitung. She writes mainly about the democratization of the former military dictatorship.
Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of both Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. He is a serial blogger and author of several books, among those “21 Stories of Transition” (2015) and “The Power of Just Doing Stuff “ (2013). He was recently awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent's top 100 environmentalists and one of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a keen gardener and one of the founders of New Lion Brewery in Totnes and a Director of Atmos Totnes, a very ambitious community-led development project. He tweets as @robintransition.
Jed Horne is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported throughout the Western Hemisphere as well as Japan, Somalia and Europe.
His books include Desire Street about a Louisiana death row case, and Breach of Faith about Hurricane Katrina. He was part of a team awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper coverage of the hurricane and has been interviewed on most major television and radio news shows.
Annabelle Houdret works as Senior Project Manager at adelphi. Her research and consulting activities focus on water and other natural resources as well as on development and security with particular emphasis on water conflicts and policies in the MENA region, Africa and Europe.
Ms Houdret studied political science with a focus on conflict and graduated in political science from the University Paris VIII as well as from the Free University of Berlin. She completed her Franco-German PhD on water conflicts at the Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Paris VIII.
Jochen Hunold holds a master degree in Political Science, History and Ethnology. He is interested in issues of infrastructure, sport and development. From 2012 to 2014 he was employed at Phoenix, Bonn. Currently he works as a freelance and online journalist. In 2014 he was living in Lima where he did an internship at Mares Pedagogía school.
Friedel Hütz-Adams has been working as a researcher at SUEDWIND-Institute since 1993. He published various studies on value chains on different products including chocolate, mobile phones and cars. Additionally he took part in multi-stakeholder conferences and is member of the advisory boards.
Lydia Illge is researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) in Berlin, Germany.
She holds Masters degrees in Business management and Economics. Her fields of research include assessing the contributions of businesses towards sustainable development and corporate sustainability management. Before becoming a researcher she worked for a regional economic development company in Germany.
Teresa Incháustegui Romero is General Director of Inmujeres - Institute of Women of Mexico City (Instituto de las Mujeres del D.F. México). From 2009 to 2012 she served as Deputy of the Mexican Congress representing the Federal District. She has published more than three dozens of articles and book chapters and is currently teaching at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) (Autonomous University of Mexico City).
Kristina Jahn is manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Sustainability Services team and responsible for Biodiversity Management aspects.
She has 9 years of professional experience in strategy consulting, including the development and communication of global CR-Strategies and the design of top-level stakeholder dialogues on occasions like the World Economic Forum in Davos or the COP meetings of the CBD and the UNFCCC.
Kyle James is an American journalist, editor and media trainer. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and has filed radio, print and online stories for European, US and Asian media outlets. He also works in media development and has extensive training experience in Asia, calling Cambodia home for several years.
Jackline Jazrawi is captain of the Palestinian national women's soccer team. She plays for the Diyar Club from the city of Bethlehem, where she also serves as a trainer and sports coordinator. She joined the club when it was founded in 2008, and has played as a defender for the national team ever since.
Jackline holds a degree in Biology and Medical Technology from Bethlehem University.
Timothy Jenkin is a writer and long-time political activist. He was involved in the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1970s and 80s and sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for his activities, but escaped from captivity after 18 months.
He lived in exile in the UK from 1980 until 1991 when he returned to South Africa after the unbanning of political organisations. During this period he worked as a writer and trained activists for the ANC underground.
Since 1997 he has been running his own IT company and developed the Community Exchange System (CES), a global alternative exchange network.
Brendon Johnson is a co-founder of the Baladini project. He has experience working in all aspects of the social entrepreneurship field for over 10 years. Previously to Baladini, Brendon worked with the Nile Project, an organization that employs music, education, and social innovation programs to promote transboundary peace. Before that, he worked with the Egyptian-based incubator Nahdet el Mahrousa where he consulted with over 25 social enterprises and nonprofits on issues of financial sustainability and strategic planning. He has also worked with Fortune 100 companies in developing socially-responsible programing for emerging markets. In 2005, Brendon founded, built, and managed the grassroots organization Aid to South Africa.
Selina Juul is a founder of the Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark (Stop Spild Af Mad), Denmark's largest non-profit consumer movement against food waste. The Stop Wasting Food movement is influencing politicians and helped putting the topic of food waste on EU's and UN's agendas.
Selina Juul has published a leftovers cookbook, written over 80 articles on food waste (among them with two ministers) and is a speaker at many international conferences, among them TEDxCopenhagen.
Bijan Kafi worked for non-profit organizations and social entreprises in Georgia, Egypt and other African countries. He writes on topics as civic chance in developing countries and the influence of modern technologies on this chance.
He has published in the German Newspaper Zeit, on OpenDemocracy, in D+C Development and Cooperation, welt-sichten and for the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Sina Kamala Kaufmann is the author of Politik im Web, which looks at the social and political impacts of digital and technological progress. At the moment she researches and writes about utopian futures and works as a freelance communications specialist for tech companies and development organizations.
Camino Kavanagh is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her research is centred on transformation in strategic affairs, with a specific focus on how cyberspace has evolved into a domain of strategic competition between states and she engages in different initiatives and projects on this subject.
Camino is also a Senior Fellow at NYU's Centre on International Cooperation and currently serving as an advisor to the Kofi Annan Foundation on the evolution of organized crime and drug trafficking in West Africa. She has worked with United Nations peace operations in Guatemala and Burundi and other international organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean.
She holds a master's in Contemporary War Studies and a master's in Human Rights Law.
Lisa Abou Khaled was raised in Beirut and started working with UNHCR in Lebanon in March, 2013, in the Bekaa Valley before moving back to Beirut in 2015. She studied International Affairs and Political Science at the Lebanese American University. Before joining UNHCR, she has worked for production companies and a Lebanese TW station. After completing my university studies, she have interned with UNDP and OHCHR.
Emmie Kio works with Plan International Kenya, an organization that focuses on ensuring children rights are realized in societies all over the world.
Besides, she is a an agriculture crusader, a change agent and a trained social reporter using social media to inform about the benefits of agriculture in bridging the unemployment gap for youths in Kenya.
Emmie holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness Management from Egerton University.
Volker Kitz studied law in Cologne and New York and is an active member of the bar. For years he worked as a successful lobbyist for companies in the media. Many current laws are based in part on his influence. Today he lives in Munich as an author and teaches the art of persuasion.
Sarah Klein has worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH from 2009 to 2013. Sarah holds a Master's degree in political science. She was chief editor of Digital Development Debates from 2010 to 2013.
Simone Klein holds a degree in International Management and Business Education from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Economics from Lund University, Sweden.
She carried out several studies about CSR and partnerships. She is a doctorale candidate at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. holds a degree in International Management and Business Education from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Economics from Lund University, Sweden.
She carried out several studies about CSR and partnerships. She is a doctorale candidate at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
Reiner Klingholz, born in 1953, is the Director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, a think tank for issues of demographic change, and author of the book “Sklaven des Wachstums. Die Geschichte einer Befreiung” (Slaves of Growth. The story of a liberation, available only in German), published by Campus Verlag in 2014.
Thomas Kluge is member of the executive board of ISOE (Institute for Social-Ecological Research) in Frankfurt, Germany.
He holds a degree in law and social sciences from Frankfurt University. He received his doctoral degree from Frankfurt University as well and qualified as a professor at Kassel University, Germany, with a habilitation treatise on "water and society".
Thomas is lecturer at Kassel University and project manager of CuveWaters – Integrated Water Resources Management in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin (Central-Northern Namibia).
Marlies Klugmann studied Development Studies at Bonn University and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. Her interests are in ICT for development, media studies and journalism. She gathered her first hands-on experience in the development context as a guest teacher in Indonesia and worked with the German broadcaster WDR. She completed her Master’s degree with a thesis on media coverage during international catastrophes and is currently interning at Digital Development Debates.
Petra Kneuer is Senior Trial Lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since January 2008, leading the prosecution of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo.
Prior to joining the ICC, she spent 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor in Germany. In her capacity as Senior Public Prosecutor of the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor General she investigated and prosecuted members/supporters of terrorist organizations including Ansar Al Islam and Al Qaida.
She also served as Deputy Spokesperson and argued appeals before the Federal High Court of Justice. Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, she served as Germany's Principal Liaison Officer to the Counterterrorism Section of the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 2002 until 2005.
Subsequently she established the sub-office of the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor General at the new Joint Counterterrorism Centre in Berlin. Since 1998, she is a member of the judiciary examining board of the Land Saxony-Anhalt for state examinations.
Tobias Knobloch worked in IT business for several years, then wrote a doctoral thesis on thought experiments and computer simulations. After that he worked as a political consultant and co-founded a social software startup. Tobias is now responsible for Web, Social Media and Open Data at the German Federal Ministry for Ecomomic Cooperation and Development. Spare time is filled with family and discussions about the chances and risks of digitization.
Alice is a freelance journalist and translator. She is an editor of Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal (Magazine on Latin America, Spain and Portugal) and worked for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz as well as the newsportal on Latin America, amerika21.
Alice studies Economics at the University of Cologne.
Andrea Kolb is an experienced marketing expert and social entrepreneur. She studied economics and cultural management.
After having worked for different agencies in Frankfurt, London and Monaco, she founded the agency "Calliope-inspiring brand communicaton" in Munich in 2001.
She developed marketing projects for Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank AG, o2 Germany, Mercedes-Benz and others. In 2006 she moved to Berlin.
In 2007, together with her husband, Bernd Kolb, she realised the concept of AnaYela - "A place of Inspiration" in the Medina of Marrakech - that won already 4 times the World Hotel Award. In May 2011 she started the social business "ABURY". Under the positioning of "Beyond Fashion", ABURY combines the desire for style and ethics, exclusiveness and sustainability in a unique and innovative concept.
Wolfgang Kraushaar, born in 1948, holds a Ph.D. in political science and studied political science, philosophy and German language and literature in Frankfurt. He worked at the Didactics Centre at Frankfurt University from 1978 to 1982, completed his dissertation on structural changes at German universities in 1982, and has worked at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research since 1987. His research focuses on protest movements and modern terrorism. Dr Kraushaar was a guest professor at Beijing Normal University in 2004. He is currently working on a monograph entitled "Nacktprotest! Zwischen Zivilisationsgewinn und Schamverlust" (Naked Protest! Between civilisational progress and a loss of shame).
Stefan Kreutzberger, born in 1961, has a degree in political science and works as a freelance journalist, author and media consultant in Cologne.
His work focuses on environmental and consumer issues along with development policy. He is the author of the book "Die Essensvernichter" (lit.:"The Food Destroyers") and collaborated on the related film "Taste the Waste". He recently partnered with an association to found the "Foodsharing" project, an online platform where people can exchange their leftover food.
Peter Kreuzinger is Senior Project Manager at Basketball for Development, a German NGO.
He is a certified engineer and has been working as a vocational teacher at the Vocational Training Centre Winneba, Ghana/Westafrika and for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH's Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (PSMNR) in Cameroon (amongst others).
Alexia Krug v. Nidda is a research associate at ISOE (Institute for Social-Ecological Research) in Frankfurt, Germany.
Her main area of reserch is water ressources and land use, and she coordinates the CuveWater project. She holds a degree in Social Work from Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg, Germany and a masters degree in Human Ressource Management and Development from Manchester University, Great Britain.
Alexia worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Namibia.
Rahul Kumar is a Delhi-based development journalist. He writes about and photographs issues related to NGOs, the environment, development and urban affairs. He is a British Chevening Scholar and was selected for a Thomson Reuters Foundation fellowship. He has undergone training with Radio Nederlands Wereldomroep and is currently working with an international non-profit organisation.
Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change. He is a graduate of Communication and Media from Egerton University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Nairobi. He has contributed to Thomson Reuters Foundation, Guardian UK, TakePart, among others. He was a GroundTruth Project fellow in 2015 and collaborated with 50 other journalists worldwide to investigate World Bank’s complacency in funding projects that have led to eviction of indigenous people from their ancestral lands.
Ute Lange is Head of Corporate Communications at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL – Service for Development Initiatives in Bonn. She previously worked for InWEnt- Capacity Building International and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Ute studied Scandinavian and English Studies in Bonn, Munich and Berlin, after which she worked as the Assistant to the “Washington Post’s” Germany Correspondent in Berlin from 1991 to 1994. She then interned at the “Tagesspiegel” in Berlin, working as an editor for foreign and security policy with a focus on German military policy. She was also an editor for security policy at "Intr@net aktuell", the German Bundeswehr’s central internal online media, and headed up the Distance Learning Congress project at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg.
Additional roles over the course of her career: Press Relations Officer IHK Flensburg, Press Relations Officer FH Westküste, reporter for “The Californian” in Salina, California, Assistant to the Board of the “Expert Commission on University Structure in Schleswig-Holstein”.
Ute volunteers her time at "Women in International Security Germany - WIIS.de", a foundation that promotes women in foreign and security policy.
Dariusz Łapiński is coordinator for fan work of the PL.2012, the state owned organization that coordinated the preparations for the UEFA EURO 2012™ in Poland.
He holds a degree in Political and Culture Science and a PhD in Philosophy and worked at the German-Polish European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. He has a broad expertise in the field of fan work.
Barbara Lassen holds a degree in Landscape Ecology and a MA in International Environmental Policy.
She works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in the Programme Implementing the Biodiversity Convention, and is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).
Currently her work focuses on biodiversity governance by indigenous peoples and local communities, and on access to genetic resources, traditional knowledge and benefit sharing.
Roger Lee Huang is a PhD Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong.
He has previously worked at Lingnan University, the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, and Academia Sinica. Furthermore, he has interned with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Yangon, Myanmar.
He holds a MSc degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University.
Matthias Leese studied Political Sciences in Hamburg and Freiburg, Germany. He works as a Research Associate at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
He is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen.
Jure Leko studied ethnology, sociology, and geography at the University of Bonn. He obtained his Master of Arts in 2007, and was later awarded a doctoral thesis stipend by the University of Bonn. He was subsequently employed as a researcher at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology. Jure Leko has been working as researcher at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” since April 2012, where he is involved in a research project on the legal struggles of Roma refugees for recognition.
Willi Lemke was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in March 2008.
The Special Adviser leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to promote understanding and support for sport as aninstrument for development and peace, and encourages dialogue, collaboration and partnerships in this area.
Willi Lemke has over 25 years of professional experience in both sport and politics. From 1999 to 2008, he served as Senator for Interior and Sport as well as Senator for Education and Science of the State of Bremen, Germany. Wilfried Lemke was General Manager of Werder Bremen for 18 years, one of the top football clubs in Europe.
Throughout his career he has been a dedicated advocate for the importance of sport in education and society. He notably engaged in fundraising, the initiation and facilitation of various international relief projects.
Willi Lemke holds a degree in Sport and Educational Sciences from Hamburg University.
Markos Lemma is specialised in ICT and innovation management consultancy. He is a co-founder of the iceaddis innovation hubs network in Ethiopia.
Markos has been working for GIZ since 2007 as a technical advisor and ran the ePrivateSector Development project until 2011 as a project coordinator.
He is a blogger and GlobalVoices author. He speaks in different conferences about innovation hubs, tech communities, mobile technology, social media and blogging. He also organises different tech events in Addis Ababa.
Jörn Leonhardt has worked as a PR trainee in Corporate Communications at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2010. During the European Football Championship 2012 in Ukraine he worked in press relations in support of the "Fair Play" AIDS prevention project.
Jörn Leonhardt studied German, Musicology and Literature at the University of Mainz in Germany.
Christian Lichtenberg completed his MA in cultural studies and political science at European University Viadrina. He works in political education, journalism and activism where his central focus is on the sociology of religion, post-colonialism and universal basic income.
Volker Lichtenthäler joined the E-Learning-Center of InWEnt in July 2008 as a senior project manager being responsible for InWEnt's Regional Capacity Building for E-Learning in Africa and is now also in authority for the GIZ's Global Campus 21 E-Academy.
In recent years, he has been working as a consultant for private companies as well as non-profit organisations.
He obtained a Masters´ degree in German Studies and Latin American Studies of the Free University Berlin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications in Education of Dublin City University, Postgraduate Certificates in Open and Distance Education of the Open University/UK and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development Cooperation from the Technical University Kaiserslautern.
Charles Lindholm is University Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Boston University. He has written extensively on the Swat Pukhtun and on the Middle East. Other topics include authenticity, radical social movements, American culture, charisma, psychological anthropology, belief, and emotion. He currently divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Sanibel Island, Florida.
Tobias Lorenz holds a PhD in economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke. His thesis was about social entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid. Previously he studied philosophy, linguistics and business administration at the University of Stuttgart.
Tobias has worked on human-technology interaction both at DaimlerChrysler Research & Technology as well as the Alcatel SEL Foundation for Communication Research. In 2007 he joined the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics as a project manager for educational projects.
In 2010 he launched Glovico.org which he envisions to be the world's largest Fairtrade language school at some future point.
Lisa Ma is a speculative designer and researcher. She specialises in combining the fringe, ethnographic research process and public perception to produce unusual platforms of engagement. She is most recently a global shaper for the World Economic Forum.
She founded the 'Fringe Benefits' projects to convert design methods into surprising services to broaden our perspective on a future involving the fringes. These appear as spa therapies in cat ladies' homes, doorstep water filtration sessions by conspiracy theorists and historical village tours for stranded passengers by Heathrow activists.
For the "Farmification" project, Lisa Ma stayed in a joystick factory in Shenzhen, China and dived into the intimate lives of migrant workers. After observing how the vertiginous waves of production renewal have pushed the workers to the fringes, she created a part-time farming scheme where the migrant community combine farming with manufacturing to act as a buffer between innovation cycles.
Lisa holds a master's in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, London. She has worked as a designer in London at Conran and Pentagram and Berlin at Deutsche Telekom, and collaborated to produce and present TEDLive in Edinburgh.
Achim Maas is working as a senior project manager at adelphi.
His main areas of work are the interlinkages and between natural resources, violent conflict and peace on all levels of society.
He studied political science, sociology, history and economics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. Subsequently, he concluded his studies with a Master in International Politics and Security Studies at the University of Bradford.
Barbara Mabanza is the founder of KrauseLocke.de, an online beauty portal for black women in Germany. KrauseLocke.de gives hair and skin-care tips and opens a room for discussion on topics such as racism, integration and belonging.
Isabel Makhoul is a graduate student in International Development at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA/Sciences Po) and has gained broad experience in Latin America, studying and working in Argentina, Mexico and Nicaragua. After interning with the Development Policy Forum of GIZ in Berlin she is currently conducting field research for her master thesis on real estate markets in Brazil and the formalization processes in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Oscar Mañón Vázquez is a freelance videographer and photographer from Mexico City. He studied Visual Arts at UNAM. His recent projects include documentaries about indigenous people as well as music videos.
Julia Manske is a researcher at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin based think tank, where she works at the intersection of digital policies and global development. Julia is also a research affiliate with Data-Pop Alliance, a global alliance on data and development co-created by various academic institutions such as the MIT Media Lab. Julia studied social anthropology and social science at LMU, Munich and UNAM, Mexico City.
Alvin Marcelo studied to be a general and trauma surgeon and currently heads the University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center.
He is the manager of the International Open Source Network for ASEAN+3, a top research centre for free and/or open source software founded by the UNDP in cooperation with the former InWEnt (now GIZ). He also heads the Community Health Information Tracking System - CHITS
Oliver Märker is Managing Director at Zebralog GmbH, which consults with public agencies in the planning and realization of e-participatory procedures on local, regional, and federal level.
Oliver Märker studied geography, sociology, and psychology at the University of Bonn. He received a PhD from the University of Oldenburg in 2004 for his doctoral thesis: "Online-Mediation as an instrument for sustainable urban and regional planning".
Helen Marquard is the Executive Director of SEED, an initiative founded by the UN Environment and Development Programmes, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Prior to joining SEED, Helen was a Deputy Director in the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she was responsible for the UK's international, EU and bilateral programmes on sustainable development, and also held the position of Deputy Head of the Environment Policy Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Helen was previously a researcher in medical molecular biology, holding positions in Manchester, Cologne and Aachen.
Jens Martens has been director of the European office of Global Policy Forum since its foundation in late 2004.
He was a member of the Coordinating Committee of Social Watch. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Development and Peace Foundation.
Previously, he was member of the Executive Board of the German NGO World Economy, Ecology and Development (WEED). From 1997 until 2004 he worked at WEED as Director of its Programmes on International Environment and Development Policy and on Corporate Accountability.
David C. Martínez-Amador, is a college professor and former Fulbright-Laspau recipient.
He teaches the history of the mafia in different universities in Central America. He has travelled extensively throughout Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica identifying the characteristics of the ritualistic violence produced by Mexican organized crime organizations.
Ahmad Masour is a psychologist, community coach and author. He was born in Tira, an Arab village near Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ahmad has been living in Germany for eight years now. He works as coach and mentor for the "Heroes" project in Berlin and as a researcher at "ASTIU – Arbeitsstelle Islamismus und Ultranationalismus" (Working group on Islamism and Ultranationalism). Ahmad is a member of the "Deutsche Islam Konferenz" (German Islam Conference) and a consultant for the European Foundation for Democracy. He specialises in topics such as integration, radicalisation, racism, anti-Semitism and pedagogy for migrant families.
In Israel, Ahmad has worked for several youth projects promoting peaceful relations between Jews and Arabs. Ahmad studied psychology, sociology and philosophy at University of Tel Aviv and clinical psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin as a Goethe Institute fellow.
Francisco Mata Rosas is photographer, researcher and lecturer at the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico City. He holds a Master’s degree in visual arts. His works have been displayed in more 150 shared exhibitions, 80 individual exhibitions in 51 countries. He is author of nine books with photographic essays.
Annalisa Mauro is Programme Manager of the International Land Coalition (ILC).
She worked in America Latina and Albania in rural participatory appraisal for development projects. In 1999, Annalisa joined the International Land Coalition Secretariat based in Rome where she managed the Community Empowerment Facility funded by World Bank and IFAD through which 52 land-related empowerment projects have been supported. She has been coordinating the strengthening of the ILC Latin America platform composed by land-concerned organizations and the expansion of the global Land Reporting Initiative.
Annalisa is a citizen of Italy where she earned her master in Sustainable Project Planning and her university degree in Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florence. She also studied Social Development at the Imperial College at Wye, University of London and Natural Resources Institute, Wye UK.
Simon Maxwell is a Senior Research Associate of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and was the director of ODI from 1997-2009.
Before joining ODI, Simon spent 16 years at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He has worked in Kenya and India for the UN Development Program and in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration.
He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.
Since 2009, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, is the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki was Prime Minister of Niger from November 1997 until January 2000. As Prime Minister of Niger, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki played a catalyst role in enhancing the social dialogue in the country. He initiated the creation of relevant technical committees in charge of the negotiations with social partners. Before, he had been Minister in charge for African Integration and Cooperation as well as Foreign Minister of Niger. Next to his political career Mayaki has been professor in Niger, Venezuela and Paris. He also created and led the Public Policy Analysis Circle (Cercle d'analyse des pol itiques publiques) a think-tank focusing on health and education policy.
Morrigan McCarthy is a documentary photographer and writer currently circumnavigating the world to document the daily lives of twenty-somethings. She studied English Literature at Conneticut College in New London, Connecticut and Documentary Photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and is a Fellow of the Maine Arts Commission in Visual Arts.
You can see more of Morrigan's work at www.morriganmccarthy.com
Hinrich Mercker is director of the Development Policy Forum (Dialogue, Event Design and Event Management) in Berlin, which is part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Since 2008 he has been a fellow and research affiliate at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), Cambridge.
Jonas Metzger is research fellow and PhD candidate in Social Science at the Justus Liebig University. From 2011 until 2014 he worked in a research project on seed systems in Tanzania and Namibia. His areas of expertise are development studies, social transformation of smallholder livelihoods in Sub-Sahara Africa as well as qualitative research methods. As a freelance consultant, Jonas did research in various fields, for example on social and economic causes of malnutrition in Malawi and on ageing society in Germany. Since 2013, he is co-editor for the online-journal 'conditio humana. Beiträge zum Verlust von Leib und Welt'.
Wenzel Michalski joined Human Rights Watch in September 2010 as the Germany Director, responsible for communications and advocacy.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Michalski worked in journalism for more than 20 years, specializing in news and current affairs. He served as managing editor, presenter, and London bureau chief for ProSiebenSat1, one of Germany's leading broadcasters.
Prior to that, he was commissioning editor for documentaries at ARD/NDR public television. In his position, Michalski will work towards giving Germany a stronger voice in support of human rights. Michalski graduated from Hamburg University, where he studied history and politics.
Malaquen Milgo is Technical Advisor in the Water Sector Reform Programme of GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, (formerly GTZ) in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya.
Malaquen Milgo has worked on urban water issues for over twenty years.
Carlos A. Monteiro is Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo. His research lines include secular trends and biological and socioeconomic determinants of nutritional deficiencies and obesity, food processing in the food system and human health, and food and nutrition programs and policies evaluation. At the present, he is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, of the WHO Nutrition Expert Advisory Group and the Working Group on Science and Evidence of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. In 2010, he received the PAHO Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health.
Pedro Morazán is Senior Researcher at the Institute SÜDWIND in Germany. His current research focuses on the EU Development policy (Latin America, BRICS, Blending, etc.), social standards in international Trade and Financing for Development. He conducted field research and project evaluations in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
A political theorist educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Between 1989 and 1995 she was Directrice de Programme at the College International de Philosophie in Paris.
Markus-Michael Müller is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at ZI Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin and Co-Principal Investigator of the “Police-Building and Transnational Security Fields in Latin America” research project at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 - Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, located at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on transnational security governance and violence with a regional focus on Latin America. His most recent publications include: The Punitive City: Privatised Policing and Protection in Neoliberal Mexico (London: Zed Books, 2016).
Kageni Muse is a journalist based in Nairobi. She has worked for Kenya's two largest newspapers, Nation and The Standard, as a writer and editor in the last nine years specialising in women, business, urbanisation and social issues. She is passionate about empowerment, travel, faith and families.
Kate Müser, 33, produces and hosts DW's weekly youth radio magazine, Pulse, and oversees DW's English-language culture website. Originally from northern California, Kate Müser studied Piano Performance at Indiana University Bloomington and Modern European Studies at Columbia University in New York City. She has made Bonn her home for the past 10 years and joined DW's editoral staff in 2006.
Fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is one of the most courageous and outspoken human rights activists in Africa. Operating within a hostile and repressive environment, Nabagesera has shed light on human rights violations, and has successfully used the judicial system to advance LGBTI rights. She has overcome threats to campaign against repressive laws and uses a range of creative and innovative tools to continue breaking myths and stereotypes surrounding LGBTI people in Uganda and elsewhere. Kasha Nabagesera is Right Livelihood Award Laureate (also known as “Alternative Nobel Price”).
Copyright: Portrait of Nabagesera by Christine Dierenbach.
Leila Nachawati is a Spanish-Syrian communication strategist and human rights activist with a special focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She is a professor of Communications at Carlos III University in Madrid, where she is currently studying her PhD on media and repressive contexts. She writes for several media like El Mundo, Eldiario.es, Global Voices Online and Al-Jazeera. Follow her on Twitter:
Esther Nakkazi works as a freelance Science and technology journalist, a Senior Reporter for Scidev & University World News and as a media trainer. She is based in Kampala, Uganda. Currenty she takes part in a Journalist in Residence Program at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.
Reema Nanavaty is the General Secretary of the Indian Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), the single largest union of informal sector workers. Reema oversees 3200 self help groups (SHG), 110 co-operatives and 15 federations totaling 428,281 members.
She negotiated the first ever IFAD loan to rebuild lives of 60,000 earthquake affected rural women and is running post conflict reconstruction for 40,000 members affected by 2002 riots. She is leading a rehabilitation programme in Afghanistan and in Srilanka and a vocational training in agro and rural livelihood security; she is expanding activities of the Trade Facilitation Centre and heads the ICT cell to connect technological information with the farm women.
Reema Nanavaty initiated the food security covering one million households through its rural distribution network, named RUDI, where women farmers and labour trade their agro-produce with each other. Furthermore, Reema is spearheading the Hariyali–Green Energy and Livelihoods Initiative to provide 2,00,000 mostly farm women access renewable energy tools of cookstoves and solar lights.
Anirudh Narla is a tech startup enthusiast who did his bachelors in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship in Singapore and is currently helping Entrepreneurs in Ghana build their billion-dollar company. During his free time he is seeking out new adventures, travelling and trying his hands at photography.
Lundquist Neubauer is a sociologist and media scientist who works as a public relations manager. He is currently Communication Manager at Verivox GmbH. His thesis “Bad News for Africa?! A comparative analysis of Ghanaian and German news reporting” developed while he was in Accra, Ghana for a few months. He also works for the German NGO Ampion as a communication consultant. Since 2013, Ampion has organised venture buses through 15 African countries, bringing young African and international entrepreneurs in contact with potential investors. To date Ampion has helped create over 30 new companies. International start-up founders can register for the Ampion bus programme at
Ina Neuberger works as Media and Communications Manager at WFC.
She has a degree in political science and used to work on the management board of the German communications agency Straub & Linardatos. There she built up and managed different units. As Senior Consultant she looked after clients in finance, health, tourism and mobility.
Beforehand she ran her own brand communications agency. She took over the management of the media and communications department in the WFC head office in January 2011
Charles Newman is a trained architect and has worked across numerous regions of East Africa. He was most recently the Director Emeritus of Kounkuey Design Initiative’s (KDI) Kenya office in Nairobi. Charles is a 2018 Master’s in Design Studies Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Susanne Nickel works as a freelance journalist and for the Deutsche Welle in Bonn. She is responsible for online editing and press and public relations as part of the preparations for the Global Media Forum. Since 2006 she has run her own journalist agency (sun media. agency for media communication).
Susanne Nickel has also worked for a number of radio stations, government administrations and institutions in the German state of North Rhine–Westphalia, and the federal government in Berlin. The sun media agency offers a range of services including website development, print media design of all kinds, and concept development for public relations. Susanne Nickel specializes in the environmental sector with a focus on sustainable development in particular.
Elizabeth Norman is a freelance writer and regular correspondent for the organisation Safe World for Women specialising in human rights, conflict and development. Elizabeth is particularly interested in issues relating to children in conflict, especially the underreported issue of child piracy. In 2013 she received a distinction from the University of Sheffield for her Master’s thesis entitled “How should we legislate at the international level with regards to child pirates?”
Seember Nyager works as Chief Executive of the Public and Private Development Centre (www.procurementmonitor.org), a non-profit organization registered in Nigeria, whose activities are aimed at increasing citizens’ participation in governance in a way that improves the integrity of public and private sector processes. Seember oversees public procurement monitoring activities among civil society organizations and professional bodies across Nigeria. Seember has offered peer learning support to the Core operations unit of the World Bank Africa region in the formation of contract monitoring coalitions in other African countries and using her organization’s portal as case study, won the WBI and GIZ supported procurement innovation challenge. Seember is also one of 17 sprinters, convened by the World Bank Institute, to author and champion open contracting practices across the globe. Previously, Seember has been engaged as script writer and has assisted in the production of radio drama and magazine programs for aimed toward stimulating social change. Seember has a personal interest in actively contributing to the deployment and use of appropriate ICT tools that stimulate and support decentralized media; thus, increasing the space for individuals to participate in governance at various levels and is devoted to working in spheres that promote the values of democracy
Holly O'Connell is a marketing and communications officer at the Oikocredit International Office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. She previously worked as a newspaper journalist in Melbourne, Australia.
After travelling to Uganda on behalf of Oikocredit earlier in 2010, she met microfinance clients and cooperative members from rural and urban areas.
Ralf Oetzel is a senior project manager at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) with 35 years of life and professional experience in Central and South America. He currently heads the GIZ-implemented EU-Project "Protection of human rights in migration situations" (PRODEM) in the border area between Ecuador and Colombia. He is a specialist in issues of international migration, refugees and human trafficking.
Ogheneruno Okiomah, is a Nigerian-American designer, social-entrepreneur and architectural educator.
She specializes in ecosystem design, the nexus of economic development and sustainable design. She is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) and has served as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Hampton University since 2011.
She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Maa-Bara, a social enterprise spin-off of her Masters Thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Franziska Ollendorf is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the Justus Liebig University, Germany, and in Rural Development Studies at the Jean Jaurès University, France. Her thesis analyses the transformative role of private sustainability standards in the cocoa value chain. Franziska has broad experience with (participatory) research on policy effects and sustainable rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda).
Gorik Ooms is a human rights lawyer and a public health scholar. During most of his professional career he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium, of which he was the executive director from August 2004 until June 2008. In August 2008, he joined the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. Since 2010 he is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and since 2013 a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp.
Mark Mathew "Marcus" Operiano works as Database and Communications Officer for Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines. He is a member of Leonard Cheshire Disability Young Voices and of UNICEF's Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities. Recently, he was appointed as one of A World At School Global Youth Ambassadors for Education. He has been involved in several projects towards the realization of the rights of people with disability.
Leny van Oyen, a Dutch national, has some 25 years of professional experience, with particular emphasis on private sector development related programme design, management, monitoring and evaluation.
She worked from 1985 – 2002 for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and held both field and headquarters positions. End 2002 she started a second career, created her own firm (Enterpride Consulting) and has carried out a range of private sector and trade development related assignments in Africa and Asia for different clients.
Milena Paglia holds a BA in Oriental Culture and Civilizations and a MA in African and Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Bologna (Italy).
She works at a freelance journalist for online media and as a freelance translator for Global Voices. Her main focus is on the Arab world, particularly on the topic of mass media and political and social change in the MENA region.
She has dedicated her univerity career to the study of Arabic to learn which she has travelled to Tunisia and Syria. She is now intern researcher at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (Barcelona).
Sonja Peteranderl is a freelance journalist who reports from abroad on politics, the economy and digital trends for print and online media such as Spiegel Online, the Tagesspiegel and the Freitag weekly. She studied in Berlin and Munich, graduated from the Deutsche Journalistenschule (DJS), and was awarded a scholarship as part of the Deutsche Studienstiftung and Dr Alexander and Rita Besser Stiftung's foreign correspondent programme.
Together with journalist Julia Jaroschewski, also a foreign correspondent programme scholarship recipient, she has been following developments in the Brazilian favelas in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup with the BuzzingCities multimedia project since 2011. In 2013 they moved to the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro to blog from the favela live. Together they are also investigating the influence of the internet on the slums.
As a Senior Programme Manager at GIZ (former InWEnt), Thomas Petermann is responsible for capacity building programmes in the fields of natural resources management, including water development, nature conservation and integrated land use planning.
He joined DSE/InWEnt in 1993 and has since then conducted policy dialogue, professional training and regional networking with programmes in Sub-Sahara Africa, the MENA region, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and the Andes.
Barbara Ilse is an artist and cultural anthropologist. She was born in Lima, Peru in 1985. Growing up surrounded by painting, photography, dancing and theater, artist practice has always been an integral part of her development. She earned a master’s degree in ethnology, political science and Ibero- Romance philology at the University of Bonn where she also worked as a lecturer. Today she is an independent artist and lecturer in Sao Paulo.
Mario Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre. Before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions at the OECD. Before becoming Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, he was Head of the Regional Policy Division that covers policy analysis on urban development, rural development, regional competitiveness and public governance. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and has held posts at US and Italian universities as well. Mr. Pezzini has also served as an advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and on think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, the European Commission, and Nomisma in Italy). Mr. Pezzini started his career in the government offices of the Emilia-Romagna Region
Alexander works as a filmmaker (e.g. "The Bereaved", which premiered at the Max-Ophüls-Award Festival in 2010), as a writer of teleplays ("Polizieruf 110") and as a screenwriting lecturer in Berlin.
He studied dramatic writing, screenwriting and film production in Berlin and Los Angeles. He wrote theatre plays (e.g. "Vermisst", presented, inter alia, at the "Dramafest" theater festival, Mexico) and screenplays (e.g. "Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken", winner of, inter alia, the European Film Award, the Award of German Film Critics and many more).
EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who has occupied key positions in both the national and European political fields.
During the first Barroso Commission, starting in November 2004, he was the European Commissioner for Energy. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso Commission.
In 2011 he was invited to join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-Level Group on "Sustainable Energy for All", leading the task force on universal access.
In recognition of his leadership in European energy policy, in 2009, the Energy Efficiency Global Forum presented him the Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards for his "outstanding contributions to the advancement of energy efficiency". Before joining the Commission, Andris Piebalgs pursued a political career, operating strategic ministerial portfolios, and helping Latvia to play its role in the EU.
Andris Piebalgs participated in the Minds for Change conference.
Nadine Piefer is a Ph.D. researcher at the Department of Political Science at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and a freelance consultant. Her research and consultancy work focuses on new development partners, triangular cooperation and energy relations with the BICS. She works in these fields as consultant for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), e.g. in South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Germany. Nadine Piefer is the project manager of the international interdisciplinary research project “Challenges of European External Energy Relations with Emerging Powers”. She studied Political Science and Sociology in Darmstadt, Mexico City, Freiburg, Durban, and New Delhi and holds a master degree of the Global Studies Programme.
Oliver Pieper has worked for GIZ and the Deutsche Welle Akademie (as a development worker) in Ecuador since 2012. His work focuses on strengthening quality journalism especially in community media. He has also worked for the Deutsche Welle and Deutschlandfunk as an editor and moderator specialising in Latin American issues.
Isabel Pleisnitzer holds two Bachelor degrees in Economics and Comparative Cultural and Religion Science and completed her studies with a Master in Development Economics. She has been working as intern for the Development Policy Forum of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is deputy board member of the association Yatima e.V.
Jan Pospisil is an Affiliated Researcher at oiip – the Austrian Institute for International Policy and Assistant Professor for International Relations and Political Theory at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Vienna.
Since 2004 he has been working on links between the security and development complexes along with questions of fragility and armed conflicts in the periphery. His regional focal points include East Africa (Sudan and Uganda in particular) and Sri Lanka.
Robin Poulton is consultant for the EPES Mandala team and for other organisations with expertise in the broad field of Security Sector Reform. Together with Ibrahim Bangura he studied at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone; they were students in the same place, but in different centuries.
Alexandra Pres is acting as free lance consultant in the field of Capacity Development.
Having been responsible for the overall coordination of InWEnt's (German Capacity Building International) rural development division and beforehand of InWEnt's water portfolio, she has been involved in the elaboration of various policy concepts of the German Development Cooperation and bilateral agreements with the German partner countries. In this context, she closely cooperates with the World Bank Institute, the Arab Water Council and several bilateral donors, too.
With his company, jfp-films, Johannes Preuß has produced films for international DC since 2010. To date his work has primarily been on financial and agricultural projects in West Africa. In a series of short films and the recently released “E Go Better” mini-series, he explores cinematic and entertaining ways of increasing financial literacy. He often collaborates with local film makers and lay actors. His approach is based on the ‘participatory video’ method.
Mr. Preuß is currently studying directing at The Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. He holds advanced degrees in political science and journalism. In addition to films for DC, he also works on scenic projects, music videos and documentaries, and holds workshops.
Lutz Preuss is Reader in Corporate Social Responsibility at the School of Management of Royal Holloway University of London.
His research has addressed a range of cross-national issues around corporate social responsibility, not least differences in approaches to CSR between firms from developed and developing countries. He holds a PhD from King's College London and has published widely in leading academic journals in the field of CSR.
Dirk Prüfer is Professor of Plant Biotchnology at Münster University and Head of Department "Functional and Applied Genomics" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME).
After his Postdoc Studies in Cologne and Strasbourg he inter alia worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology and did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Giessen.
Detlef Puhl is Senior Advisor to the NATO Deputy Secretary General on newly emerging security threats.
From 2008 to 2011 he was Vice Director of the "Délégation aux Affaires Stratégiques" of the French Ministry of Defence in Paris. He was a spokesperson for the German Ministry of Defence from 1998 to 2001.
He has also served as Deputy Head of Faculty at the "College for International and Security Studies" at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and worked as expert on security issues for the daily "Stuttgarter Zeitung".
Isabelle Quehe is the president of Universal Love Association and the founder of the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris.
Universal Love has been promoting ethical fashion and fabrics since 1995 and supports young fashion designers by organising small showroom events in Paris called "free markets". Recently, Universal Love has decided to expand the idea of "free markets" by also arranging these events for young artists and musicians.
The Ethical Fashion Show was founded in 2004 and is the first international fair dedicated to ethical fashion.
Philipp Raasch has been involved in parkour since 2003, and teaches parkour for the ParkourONE interest group. He is a certified educator and studied sport, health and prevention at the German Sport University Cologne.
Franz Josef Radermacher is professor for databases and artificial intelligence at Ulm University. He is also the director of the Research Institute of Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n) in Ulm Germany, president of the Senat der Wirtschaft e. V. in Bonn, Germany, vice president of the Ecosocial Forum Europe in Vienna, Austria and a member of the Club of Rome.
He studied Mathematics and Economics (RWTH Aachen, University of Karlsruhe) and completed his postdoctoral degree at RWTH Aachen in 1982. His major fields of research include globalization challenges, learning organisations, risk management, responsibilities of persons and systems, environmentally compatible mobility, sustainable development, and the problem of overpopulation. Radermacher has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards for his work.
Danny Ramadan is a Jack-of-all-trades who found his calling in activism, civil justice, journalism and creative writing. As an LGBTQ activist, he has been involved in coordinating online and on-the-ground efforts to support gender and sexual minorities in Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and his birthplace, Syria. Danny is passionate about the values of volunteerism and democracy, and the causes of social justice and LGBT refugees’ rights. His commitment to and advocacy of refugees’ rights across Canada is expressed through his work as an experienced journalist, storyteller, and public speaker. Today, Danny is the Volunteer Coordinator at QMUNITY, B.C.'s queer resource centre. Each day, he strives to give back to the community that has welcomed and embraced him since his arrival in Canada in September 2014. He is the Grand Marshal for Vancouver's 2016 Gay Pride Parade.
Gabriele Ramm works as a senior advisor to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and private insurance providers with a focus on microinsurance and social protection in the informal economy.
She is a member of the Munich Re Foundation/Microinsurance Network Steering Committee for organizing the annual microinsurance conferences and is a Steering Committee member of the ILO Microinsurance Innovation Facility.
Gabriele holds masters degrees in Political Science/Mass Communication and Engineering.
Hamza Khalid Randhawa is an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2008 by the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn.
He was appointed the Executive Director of the Research Society of International Law Pakistan, RSIL, in May 2011. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Research Fellow at RSIL since 2006. His main research and teaching interests are in the areas of public international law relating to human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law and nuclear law.
He has undertaken consultancy and opinion work for State and Sub-State entities including the Ministries of Law, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Education, Defense, National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
In addition, Hamza Randhawa has remained actively involved in providing input by way of legislative drafting and opinions to ensure Pakistan's compliance to its commitments under various international treaties and conventions.
24-year old Chansopheakna from Cambodia is a skate, breakdance and DJ instructor at Skateistan Cambodia. Before joining Skateistan, he worked as a breakdance teacher at the organization Pour Un Sourire D'Enfant (PSE). He likes working with kids, and especially wants them to enjoy skateboarding as much as he does.
Pheakna has been involved in skateboarding since 2011 through PSE, and graduated from PSE with a major in construction in 2012. He says, "I think that skateboarding is the new sport in Cambodia, and when I skate, my stresses are released".
Carlo Ratti is a teacher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and directs its Senseable City Lab. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Science Museum in London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 200 publications. He also is a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24.
Furthermore, Carlo is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management, a program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and a curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin. He was named a member of the Italian Design Council and Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government.
The architect and engineer Carlo holds a doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Mohammad Rayan works as Information, Communication, Visibility and Knowledge Management Specialist in the GTZ Merang REDD Project.
He previously worked at IFC PEP Aceh-World Bank as a business analyst, as UNFPA Aceh Programme Manager and for the Swiss Borneo Tropical Rainforest Foundation. He holds a Master of Economics from Sydney University.
Laura T. Raynolds is Co-Director of the Center for Fair & Alternative Trade (CFAT) and Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. Her research links issues of academic interest with on the ground development concerns focusing on globalization, fair and alternative trade, global social movements, agrarian restructuring, and gendered labor forces.
Raynolds has done extensive field research in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has received numerous grants in support of her work, including from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Laura Raynolds is recognized as one of the world's foremost scholars on fair and alternative trade. She is a lead author and co-editor, with D. Murray and J. Wilkinson, of Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization (Routledge: 2007).
Carmen Richerzhagen holds a diploma in Agricultural Economics from University of Bonn. After her doctoral studies in Bonn she worked as a Research assistant and lecturer in the Department of Resource and Environmental Economic at the Institute for Agricultural Policy, Market Research and Economic Sociology at Bonn University.
In 2004 and 2005 she was Ph.D. Fellow at the United Nations University's Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Yokohama (Japan). Since 2006 she works as researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn.
Julian Rieck is member of the graduate college “Dictatorships as alternative Orders” at Humboldt University in Berlin where he is working on his dissertation about Spain under the Franco dictatorship. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, History and Anthropology of the Americas from the University of Bonn. In addition to Spanish and Latin American history, Julian’s recent research has focused on culture of remembrance and in particular how to cope with dictatorial and burdened past. For several years he worked as a guide in the “Haus der Geschichte” (House of History) in Bonn, where he continuously faced the question of historical responsibility.
Robin Ried is a Global Leadership Fellow and Head of the Real Estate & Urban Development Industry at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Prior to joining the WEF, she worked at HR&A Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in real estate, economic development and policy advisory for public, private, and non-profit clients.
From 2004 – 2005, Robin was on a Fulbright Scholarship in Barcelona, Spain, on the topic of integrating environmental considerations into urban redevelopment projects. She holds a master's degree in City Planning from the University of California.
Ingrid Rieser is a budding economist, educator and filmmaker who recently graduated from the “Economics for Transition” master’s programme at Schumacher College, UK. As her dissertation project, she produced the “OIKONOMOS: transforming economics education” documentary, which tells the story of the growing movement to change the education of economists. Moreover, she has worked as course coordinator at the student-led Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University. She is particularly interested in processes of transformative learning and the role of art and creativity in work on global sustainability issues.
Prudence Robinson is a Partner Strategist and Research Fellow with MIT's Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores the real-time city by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked hand-held electronics. With the oversight of the Senseable City Consortium, she works closely with city administrations and industry members worldwide.
Prudence holds a master's degree in Environmental Monitoring, Modeling and Management from King's College London. Her current research focus is on urban energy use and new fine-grained approaches for the environmental sensing of the city.
Nestor Rodríguez Lobaina was, after several years in Cuban prisons, released in 2011 – under the condition to leave the country forever.
He is one of the co-founder of the Cuban youth movement for democracy (MCJD-Movimiento Cubano de Jóvenes por la Democracia), which has been founded in 1991 in Baracoa, Guantanamo. In 2010 he started a hunger strike in order to protest against the inhuman conditions in the prison.
Currently he lives in Málaga/Spain with his wife and daughter and is writing a book about his experiences in Cuban prisons.
Tim Röing works for the Right Livelihood College at the Center for Development Studies in Bonn. He is a graduate student at Bonn University, mastering in Sociology and Development Studies. His research focuses on the influence of international actors on rural development in Georgia.
Brototi Roy has a M.Sc. degree in Economics from TERI University, New Delhi. She is the co-founder of Degrowth India Initiative, and also an elected executive council member of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics.
Jan Rübel was born in 1970 and grew up in Aurich/East Frisia. He studied Islamic studies and the history of the Middle East in Hamburg, Beirut and Tel Aviv. Rübel worked as state correspondent at the Near and Middle East Club in Hamburg, held an internship at the Axel Springer School for Journalism and was a political editor at “Die Welt” newspaper for two years. Moved to the “Welt am Sonntag” in 2005, and served as parliament correspondent for the CDU, CSU and FDP for two and a half years. He joined the development editorial board at Axel Springer in May 2007, and has worked at Zeitenspiegel since January 2008 where he is now a partner. Mr. Rübel also writes as a political commentator for “Yahoo”.
Michelle Ruesch works as a project manager for Zebralog GmbH, a Germany-based agency for online and cross-media participation. She holds a B.A. from University College Maastricht and an M.Sc. in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Her special interest lies in the ways that dialogue can help promote social change and conflict resolution. She is both a political bottom-up activist and a strong proponent of more state-initiated open participatory spaces.
Jago has been the Chief Executive of Fair Trials International since September 2008. Before joining Fair Trials, he worked as a policy specialist at the human rights charity (Liberty) and worked as a Legal Specialist in the UK Parliament, assisting the Human Rights, Home Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Select Committees. Jago is a qualified solicitor and has published and lectured widely on a range of criminal justice and human rights issues.
Guy Ryder is ILO Director-General since October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international decision-making on issues that affect the world of work.
The Director-General wants the ILO to play a role in difficult global situations – such as economic crisis – and on the national agendas of countries undergoing change, especially where the world of work is at stake.
Suman Sahai is the founder and convenor of Gene Campaign, an Indian non-governmental organisation. Before returning to India to establish Gene Campaign, she did research on genetics at Heidelberg University.
She was honored with the 2004 Borlaug Award for her outstanding contribution to agriculture and the environment.
Fady Salah is an Egyptian political analyst and independent journalist based in Cairo. He holds a bachelor’s in Political Science, and he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Euro-Mediterranean Studies. Fady writes for several international think tanks, including The Atlantic Council and Bertelsmann Stiftung's Future Challenges. He is also Egypt's Political Analyst at The Atlantic Post and the head of Feature Editorials section at Ideaneurs magazine.
Hartmut Sangmeister is a professor for development economics at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany.
He leads the study group on development cooperation of Alfred-Weber-Institute at Heidelberg University. Recently, his research focused on international development cooperation and problems of socio-economic development in Latin America.
Adèle Naudé Santos, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, she is the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. She is also Principal Architect in the San Francisco-based firm Santos Prescott and Associates. Her projects include affordable and luxury housing and institutional buildings. Currently, she is working in Guatemala and has several projects under construction in China.
Adèle has received many housing awards and honours including the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. She holds a master's degree in Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University as well as a master of Architecture and a master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair at the Committee on Global Thought at New York City’s Columbia University. She is author of several books. Her latest book is ‘Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy’ (Harvard University Press 2014).
Saskia has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, Top 100 Thought Leaders by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI), Top 50 Global Thinkers of Prospect Magazine 2014, and receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.
Nora Sausmikat heads the China Programme at the Stiftung Asienhaus in Cologne. She holds a post-doctoral degree in Sinology and specialises in political reform and civil society. She has written for various international publications, such as the South China Morning Post.
Torsten Schäfer is a journalist who focuses on environmental topics. He has been working as an editor for GEO International, Deutsche Welle, Stern.de, taz, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Torsten holds a master's degree in journalism, political science and European studies and a Ph.D in political science.
Furthermore, he works as an editor for Alumniportal Deutschland. Alumniportal Deutschland is an online community for people from all over the world who have studied or were trained in Germany. It offers them an opportunity to secure and expand their acquired contacts and to use them for their professional development. Alumniportal's members exchange ideas, get in touch with German institutions and companies and present their skills.
Miriam Schaper studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at the University of Hamburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After several years as a corporate sustainability consultant, she currently serves as an advisor for ethical risk assessment for tourism at the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics and is completing a doctorate on corporate responsibility at the University of Hamburg.
Mark Schauer is the coordinator of the initiative "Economics of Land Degradation – ELD" at GIZ.
Before joining GIZ, Mark worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as the Head of the Central Office of TEEB. Furthermore, he worked at the German Federal Ministry for Environment's (BMU) Division for International Nature Conservation as a coordinator for projects which linked economic and ecologic issues.
Mark holds a master's degree in Forestry Management.
Joseph Schechla has focused most of his research and field experience on popular movements and legal defense of economic, social and cultural rights within the UN Human Rights System.
Having previuosly served as program coordinator with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Gaza, Palestine) and director of democratic development programs (AMIDEAST, Washington DC), since 2000, Joseph Schechla has been Cairo-based coordinator of the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), an umbrella organization linking some 450 member organisations in 80 countries promoting the human right to adequate housing.
Hannah Schilling is doctoral researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Berlin Technical University. She is interested in the transformation of work and social security in the context of digitalization, and explores options for comparing the experiences of young workers in Abidjan and Berlin in order to advance a global sociology of work in cities.
Oliver Schmidt holds a Master's in Economics from the University of Muenster (Germany) and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Speyer (Germany). He has worked for GIZ in German international cooperation in Uganda and India since 2004. Oliver has taught as a lecturer or guest lecturer at universities in Germany, the Netherlands, India and Uganda. He has published and edited a wide variety of papers and books on development issues, particularly in the area of microfinance.
Clara Schmitz-Pranghe holds a diploma in Regional Sciences of Latin America from Cologne University, where she studied political sciences, economics, Ibero- and Latin American history and Spanish.
She is currently working with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Clara's recent research has focussed on security sector governance and commercial security provision in developing countries. Other research interests include migration and diaspora engagement.
Uwe Schneidewind is President and Chief Research Executive of the Wupptertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Professor of Innovation Management and Sustainability at the University of Wuppertal. From 1998 to 2010, he was Professor of Production Management and Environment at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and served as University President from 2004 to 2008. Uwe Schneidewind is a member of numerous scientific and political committees, including the Club of Rome and the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Together with Mandy Singer-Brodowski, he published the book “Transformative Wissenschaft – Klimawandel im deutschen Wissenschafts- und Hochschulsystem” in 2013.
Anton Scholz studied History, Philosophy and Anglistics in Germany and South Africa. Further, he holds a Master's degree in African Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Anton has worked as freelance journalist for several newspapers and has experience as journalist, researcher and volunteer on the African continent. Currently, he is working at the Berlin office of the ONE Campaign.
Leon Schreiber is a Senior Research Specialist at Princeton University, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin. Originally hailing from the Namaqualand region of South Africa, he also went on to earn BA and MA degrees from Stellenbosch University. Schreiber has done extensive fieldwork research on these topics in countries ranging from Brazil to Kenya, Liberia, Nepal and South Africa. He is also an op-ed writer for one of South Africa's foremost Sunday newspapers, and regularly appears in the media as a political analyst and commentator.
Katja Schuler holds a degree in German and Political Science from Heidelberg University. She is currently working as a journalist for MediaCompany, a German communications agency. Before that she was working as an editor for Schwäbische Zeitung, a German regional daily.
Uli Schwarz is a geographer and Managing Director of up-filmproduction. Together with his wife, Dr Petra Dilthey, Uli Schwarz primarily works on development cooperation issues with his film and video production company.
Claudia Schwegmann is the founder of the OpenAid project and board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany (OKF). OpenAid promotes open data and transparency in development cooperation and became part of the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2012. Since 2009 OpenAid has organised trainings and conferences on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and open data in Germany and other European countries. The most recent project of OpenAid is www.offene-entwicklungshilfe.de
Claudia Schwegmann she is a theologian, political scientist and organisational development consultant by training. She works as a freelance project evaluator and consultant in organisational change and online tools in Germany and developing countries, primarily in Africa.
Tanya L. Schweinberger is studying International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Tanya is particularly interested in the foreign policy and political system of the People’s Republic of China. After she graduates in 2016, she will pursue a doctorate at the University of Geneva.
Heiko Schwiderowski holds a degree in Economics from Kassel University. He is head of division for sub-Saharan Africa and Development Policy at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
Previously he worked as senior project manager for the German-African Business Association and as deputy director for an automotive supplier in Namibia.
Martina Schwingenstein studied Cultural Anthropology, Intercultural Communication and Business Administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her master’s thesis on “The Social Entrepreneur – a cultural analysis of a leitfigur in the post-material economy”. In 2013 she was awarded the Sustainability Prize for Scientific Papers from the “Münchner Ring Nachhaltigkeit” granted by the Selbach Umweltstiftung. Today she works for the Robert Bosch Stiftung in “education” and “school quality development”. In her free time she writes for transformations-blog.com – “a new medium at the interface of anthropology and journalism with the aim to reach a wider audience with anthropological research insights”.
Bianca Seberkste currently works in the Internet, Social Media and Public Communication Division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. In addition to communication in new media in particular, she specializes in the Balkan Region. She studied Political Science and Slavic Studies in Heidelberg with a focus on South-eastern Europe. In her article, Bianca expresses her personal view rather than the official policy of the ministry.
Martin Seeliger is social scientist and is currently pursuing his doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societes. He has published a number of different articles and books on popular music, especially on German Gangsta rap.
Joseph Sekiku is the Director and Founder of FADECO community radio in Karagwe, Tanzania. He improves economic opportunities for small-scale farmers by advising them on how to strengthen post-production control over their products and get greater access to global markets. In 2007, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow, an international NGO supporting social entrepreneurship.
Watch and listen to Joseph Sekiku giving a tour of his working environment at Fadeco community radio on youtube.
Jochim Selzer was born 1969 in Kiel. He got his first Personal Computer in 1983 – years before he passed his A-Levels in 1988. He got in touch with Internet, Usenet and Mailboxes for the first time in 1989. He holds a diploma in mathematics and works in the IT-Department of a logistics company in Bonn, Germany.
Jochim Selzer works as a Data Protection Officer at the protestant church. Since March 2013 he is among the co-organizers of many CryptoParties, which were held in several cities.
Shamil Shams works for Deutsche Welle’s Urdu and Asian English services in Bonn, Germany. He has worked for Pakistan's leading English newspaper The News, and has contributed articles for Dawn, Newsline and other Pakistani magazines and newspapers.
Originally from Karachi, Shamil has worked with various non-governmental development organisations in Islamabad including the policy research think-tank, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
He holds a Master of Science in Media and Communications from London School of Economics (LSE) and an MA in English Literature from Karachi University.
Yehuda Shaul, 29, was born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family. After graduating from a yeshiva high school in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Yehuda served in the IDF as commander and platoon sergeant in the 50th battalion of the Nahal Brigade from 2001 to 2004.
In 2004, Yehuda founded "Breaking the Silence" with a group of fellow veterans, where he currently serves as the organization’s Co-Director and Foreign Relations Officer.
Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned scientist and activist in the fields of biodiversity, agro-ecology and gender. She holds a Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and is a Right Livelihood Award Laureate. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. Her organisation Navdanya is a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.
Shirazuddin Siddiqi is the Country Director in Afghanistan with BBC Media Action. He is a former lecturer at Kabul University and fled to Pakistan in 1994, where he joined BBC Afghan Education Projects and was responsible for many projects including the long-running radio soap opera in Dari and Pashto, “New Home, New Life”. As Afghanistan's Country Director, he launched the TV debate show Open Jirga in Autumn 2012.
Anne Siebert is a research fellow and PhD student in International Development Studies at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Currently, she conducts her PhD research on food sovereignty movements at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She gained extensive teaching experiences in social science and research methodology at both universities. Anne was responsible for project evaluations in Uganda and Indonesia and for the coordination of MSc Programs in Economics with Afghan Universities at the IEE.
Jasmin Siebold holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and studied Political Management on an undergraduate level at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently interning at the Development Policy Forum at GIZ, where she also works for DDD.
Samanta Siegfried was born in 1987 and majored in media studies and ethnology in Switzerland and peace and conflict research in India. She graduated from Zeitenspiegel’s Günter Dahl Journalism School in Reutlingen and has worked as a reporter for Zeitenspiegel (including Zeit Schweiz, Stern, Tageswoche, Beobachter) since 2016. She is on the editorial board at natur magazine and active in Peace Counts projects.
Thant Sin is currently pursuing his master's degree in Media and Development at SOAS, University of London. He regularly writes for Global Voices about news dealing with citizen media in Myanmar. Previously, he worked in the Development and Peacebuilding sector in Myanmar, traveling around the country.
Stefan Sirtl is completing his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In 2011 he travelled through Central American with a good friend and a red armchair. In 2013 Stefan will bike through Southeast Asia.
Carin Smaller is Advisor on Agriculture and Investment to IISD where she counsels governments and parliamentarians on the legal aspects of foreign investment in the agriculture sector.
Carin studied law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is former head of the Geneva office for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy where she monitored WTO negotiations, wrote the bimonthly bulletin Geneva Update, and provided information and analysis on agricultural issues to developing country trade negotiators and civil society groups.
Carin also worked on development projects for UNDP in Namibia, and for the Australian Aid Agency for International Development and the German Development Service in Nepal.
Jerry Sommer studied history and political science in Hamburg. He works as a Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). His many publications include work on security perception on Cyprus, the military budget for Greece and the nuclear conflict with Iran for the BICC.
He also works as a freelance journalist for German media (including WDR Radio, NDR Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Tageszeitung, The Atlantic Times) on topics of international security/armament policy and European politics.
Daniela Späth holds a degree in Media and Communication from University of Augsburg.
She worked for several newspapers and TV stations (ZDF, Deutsche Welle and others). Currently she is finishing her masters degree "Journalism, Media und Globalisation"/"War and Conflict" at the University of Arhus, Denmark and the University of Swansea, UK.
Eva-Maria Spiller holds an M.A. in International Development Studies from the Philipps-University of Marburg as well as a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, Journalism and Politics from the Technical University of Dortmund. She worked as a freelancer for a local newspaper and interned and worked with several German radio and TV stations such as phoenix, SWR and WDR. She gathered her first hands-on experience in the development context during an internship in Madagascar with the DAAD.
Arnošt Štanzel holds a degree in Political Science, History and Economy from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. He has worked as a research assistant at Collegium Carolinum in Munich, Germany and is currently doing his doctoral thesis on environmental history in Czechoslovakia and Romania under state socialism with a focus on the water sector.
Daniel Stauffacher holds a Master degree in International Economic Affairs from Columbia University, New York and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Zürich.
He worked for the district court of Zurich and the Swiss private sector before joining the United Nations in 1982 to work in New York, Laos and China. In 1990 he joined the Swiss Ministry of Economy responsible for international economic and financial cooperation. In 1995 he was posted to the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels as the Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs.
In 1999, he became an Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations in Geneva and the Special Representative of the Swiss Government for the hosting of the World Summit on Social Development 2000 in Geneva and the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 in Geneva and the Swiss Ambassador to WSIS in Tunis 2005. He was a member of the former UN ICT Task Force and the former UN Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for ICT4D.
Daniel Stauffacher is Founder and Chairman of the ICT4Peace Foundation, Special Advisor to the UN Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), the Undersecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, New York, President of the Geneva Security Forum, Member of the Board of Directors, World Wide Web Foundation, and Senior Advisor, The Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva.
Co-authors of this article are Barbara Weekes and Sanjana Hattotuwa
Felix Steinhoff studied architecture at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Mimar Sinan University Istanbul and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He works as a freelance photographer and runs the “Kino am Naschmarkt“, an open-air cinema. He is currently completing his master's thesis on borders.
Lloyd Stevens is a consultant with Finance in Motion, focusing on the Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF).
Lloyd holds a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a bachelors in economics and German literature from Vanderbilt University.
In 2001, Lloyd moved into the field of development finance. This work brought him to Mongolia, Haiti, Russia, Zimbabwe, and ultimately Uganda. Loyd also worked for Deutsche Bank's Social Investement Team, the Regional MSME Investment Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa and Minlam Asset Management.
Peter Strack holds a PhD in the social sciences. After working for 9 years in the Press Department of terre des hommes, Germany's head office, and 15 years as Regional Office Coordinator for South America, he works as part-time coordinator for the Swiss-based Interteam development organisation in Bolivia and as a freelance author since May 2015. His work focuses on children, youths, human rights, violence and intercultural relations. He is a regular contributor to "ila", a German monthly journal on Latin America, and the "taz" newspaper's Latin America Blog.
Florian Sturm has studied English, Communication and Political Science at University of Jena and Bangor University, Wales. After completing a media traineeship in Hamburg, he now works as freelance journalist and translator. Since 2016 he is part of JournAfrica!‘s editorial team.
Petra Stykow is a Professor of Comparative Post-Soviet Studies at the Department of Political Science at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.
She studied History at the Moscow State University (Lomonosov University), received her doctoral degree in History from the Pedagogical University at Dresden, and the "Habilitation" from the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin, in 1990 and 2004 respectively.
Areas of research interest are non-democratic politics, with a focus on Russia and the post-Soviet region, as well as questions of institutional continuity and change in non-democracies. She is the speaker of the Research Network "Institutions and Institutional Change in Postcommunism", which has received funding from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research.
Riyadi Suparno is vice executive director and senior editor of The Jakarta Post.
In 2002, he was appointed as one of the Post's managing editors and assumed this position until 2010. Prior to joining The Jakarta Post, he worked for an oil company, PT Stanvac Indonesia, and for the Indonesian-language evening daily Surabaya Post as a reporter. In 1999, he spent six months at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago, United States, as an Alfred Friendly Press fellow.
Riyadi has an undergraduate diploma from the Institute of Teacher Training and Education in Malang, East Java, Indonesia and an MSc in Public Economic Management and Finance from the University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom.
Riyadi Suparno is one of the panelists at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum's workshop"Throwing a spotlight: The media´s capacaties for facilitating economic development in Egypt".
Jacqueline Ann Surin is the co-founder and the editor of The Nut Graph in Malaysia. A journalist since 1994 first with The Star, then The Edge and theSun, she is also the author of Shape of a Pocket. She gained an M.A. in Media Studies at Sussex University in England as a Chevening scholar, and studied journalism in the United States under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship. In 2007, she received the Excellence in Opinion Writing Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for her Shape of a Pocket column which she continues to keep at The Nut Graph. She was also named by London-based Article 19 as the Pioneering Women’s Voices Candidate for Malaysia in commemoration of International Women’s Day in 2007. As of September 2010, Jacqueline is part of the collective of writers and editors who is maintaining The Nut Graph as a weekly.
Michael Szymanski is the Director of Business Development for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology's (MEST) Incubator and manages the MEST seed fund in Accra, Ghana. MEST offers a three-phase entrepreneurial program designed to foster the growth of globally successful software companies from Africa. Since 2008 MEST has trained over 100 tech entrepreneurs and has invested over .5 million in 13 tech start-ups in Accra. MEST companies have raised external capital, competed in top tech events such as TechCrunch Disrupt, Demo, and the Launch Festival, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as HealthXL and 500 Startups.
For more than six years, Michael has focused his career in emerging markets, working to grow early stage companies, attract investment, and catalyse economic development. He earned an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA from St. Norbert College.
Anna-Maria Talihärm holds an LLM degree in Information Technology Law from Stockholm University and is working towards a law PhD at Tartu University, Estonia. She is currently researching international legal cooperation on cyber security at Waseda University, Tokyo.
Previously she worked for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) in the Legal and Policy Branch, where her areas of research included European Union information society law, cyber terrorism and cyber crime.
Yuki Tanaka is Senior Advisor for Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA) and the Representative of the August 6 Hiroshima Peace Assembly, both Hiroshima-based grassroots civil movement organizations. After teaching and conducting research for almost 20 years at several different universities in Australia, he accepted a professorship for Japanese Modern and Contemporary History at Keiwa College in Niigata, Japan, and later held a research professorship at Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University from 2002 to March 2015. He has published widely on war crimes and war history and is the author of "Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US Occupation" as well as "Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II" and a co-editor of "Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History".
Sam Tarling has covered a wide range of issues across the Middle East and beyond, including the wars in Syria and Iraq and the ensuing refugee crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the 2011 uprising and subsequent unrest in Egypt and the war in Libya for some of the world's leading news organisations and aid agencies.
Raphael Thelen is a foreign correspondent based in Leipzig. He studied political science, philosophy and economics in Bonn and earned a degree in journalism from Zeitenspiegel Reportageschule. As a reporter, he has worked in more than 15 countries and his pieces have been published in major German newspapers and magazines. In the past few years, he lived in Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, covering the aftermath of the Arab revolutions, and refugee and migration issues. He joined DDD’s editorial team at the beginning of 2016.
Laura is currently the Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She is responsible for assisting the Director General in administering and managing the Organization; conducting the political dialogue and building IOM relationships with governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector; as well as in defining policies, strategies and prioritised action.
Prior to this position, Laura was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva. She also served at the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva in a prior occasion and at the Delegation to UNESCO. In addition to her diplomatic experience, Laura has held posts as Legal Counsel in two UN Organisations.
Victoria Tiemeier studied Political Science in Berlin, Tübingen, and Cairo. During her studies, she focused on the Middle East and urban development. She currently works for UN Habitat Egypt on the management of planned and unplanned urban expansion.
Jill Timms is based in the Department of Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), where she is completing a doctoral thesis on relationships between labour rights campaigns and the CSR claims of businesses.
Jill teaches on the subject of ‘work and society’ for the Department of Sociology and Communications at Brunel University, is an Examiner for the University of London International Programme, and an Associate Tutor for the Centre for Labour Market Studies at Leicester University.
She has contributed to the Global Civil Society Project at LSE since 2001, and is on the committee of the Global Studies Associate. Jill gained a Masters in Social Science from University College Dublin, and a BA in Sociology and Business Administration from Keele University.
Anton Törnberg is a PhD candidate in an interdisciplinary project between the Complex System Group at Chalmers Technical University and the Department of Sociology and Work Science at Gothenburg University in Sweden. His thesis addresses how complexity science and complexity theoretical methods, such as agent-based modeling and social network analysis, can be applied to understanding collective mobilization and social movements. Anton is also responsible for the Resistance Studies Seminars, a continuous interdisciplinary research seminar focusing on resistance studies.
Judith Torrea is a journalist who specialises in drug trafficking, organised crime and migration policies. She is author of the blog: "Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico" that reports on the drug war in the Mexican town Ciudad Juárez.
Judith Torrea has worked for several US-American media as Univision Online and the Texas Observer, as well as for Mexican, Peruvian and European media houses.
For her blog, she has received several journalism awards in the U.S., France and Spain. Among them figure the Premio Ortega y Gasset 2010 on digital journalism and the Deutsche Welle / Reporters Without Borders Best of Blogs Award.
Prof. em. Gerhard Trosien, Ph.D., was active in sport policy in a development aid project organised by the IfS Frankfurt and the GTZ from 1978-1981.
His dissertation was published as a book on "Sport Organisations and the Third World" in 1987. After working for the Deutsche Sportbund in research and education, he headed up the sport-management degree programmes at the SRH University Heidelberg from 2001 to 2011.
Alfred has created comics, games, and other works on social and environmental issues, including carbon rationing, urban planning, income inequality, and housing cooperatives. Alfred also is a leader of Bay Area Artists Unite, a comic artist and illustrator collective in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Julie Uldam is an associate professor at Roskilde University. Her research explores the relationship between online media and civic engagement from three avenues of enquiry: (1) challenges to political participation, (2) corporate surveillance of social movements, and (3) interactions and collaborations among civil society, government and business. Julie's work has been published in academic journals such as New Media & Society, and the International Journal of Communication, Policy & Internet. Together with Anne Vestergaard, she is the editor of Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
Matthew Unger is the designer and founder of Mushboo, a mushroom growing solution especially suitable for home gardening.
Furthermore, he is the president of Planet Earth Industries and founder of Planet Earth Conservation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the care and restoration of the Earth.
Matthew worked as a business consultant on marketing, with a focus on e-commerce and environmental issues. As a financial columnist at Winnipeg Free Press, he authored an investment and insurance strategies column for five syndicated newspapers.
Previously, Matthew also held lectures at the University of Manitoba on investment, banking and wealth management.
Abbie Upton works at Practical Action, a group that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.
"Our strength is our approach. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions. Thus transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.
By doing this each year we help around a million people break out of the cycle of poverty ....for good."
Ronnie de Camino Velozo is Deputy Director General at Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) at Costa Rica. He holds a degree in Forest Engeneering from University of Chile. After his doctoral studies at Freiburg University he did his postdoctoral studies at University of Goettingen.
Has worked practically and academically in forest management and plantation forestry, with Universities, local communities , Governments and the private sector and has been consultant of multilateral and bilateral organizations as well as member of the Founding Board of Trustees of CIFOR and member of the Board of the Tropenbos Foundation.
He is President of the Latin American Chair of Forest Landscape Management, President of the Iberoamerican Model Forest Network, Member of the Steering Committee of the National Forest Program Facility and of the Reference Committee of the Growing Forest Partnership Initiative
Anne Vestergaard is an associate professor at the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Copenhagen Business School. Her research revolves around mainstream discourses of morality with a particular interest in tensions brought about by the fading division of labor between commercial and non-commercial organizations. This interest is pursued in two strands of research, one concerning humanitarian communication, the other concerning CSR communication. Anne’s work has been published in academic journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics and Corporate Communication. Together with Julie Uldam, she is the editor of Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
Frédéric Viala is the founder of ENTOFOOD, an innovative Malaysia-based start-up providing sustainable insect protein for fishmeal substitution. He has more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship management and start-up development. Frédéric Viala is business oriented with strong ethical value: social and environmental impacts.
Tho Ha Vinh is Program Director at the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of ”A Call to Care”, a curriculum designed to promote the development of compassion in all the schools in Bhutan and Vietnam from kindergarten through to university. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Eurasia Foundation, as well as Buddhist teacher (Dharmacharia) in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. Tho Ha Vinh holds a Ph.D. in psychology and education, has been a professor of education at several universities in Europe and Vietnam, and published a number of books (including Grundrecht auf Glück; Nymphenburger Verlag).
Gerhard Vinnai, born 1940 in Stuttgart, studied sociology and psychology in Frankfurt and was Professor of Analytical Social Psychology at the University of Bremen until 2005. His central interest is the connection between psychoanalysis and critical social theory and his work has focused on violence, religion, gender relations, the critique of knowledge, and psychoanalysis in education.
Books published include: Football Mania (1970), The Misery of Masculinity (1977), The Exile of Criticism in Science. Psychology in the Universities (1993), Jesus and Oedipus (1999), Hitler – Failure and Annihilation Mania - the genesis of the fascist perpetrator (2004), Fantasy Worlds and a Nexus of Victims: the analytical social psychology of Western culture (2011).
Michael Vollmann is head of the Fellowship and Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) After writing his thesis in connection with Ashoka on "Social Entrepreneurship in Germany", Michael now coordinates the search for new social entrepreneurs, helps provide support to German Ashoka fellows and holds talks at universities on social entrepreneurship.
During his studies in language, economics and cultural studies at the University Passau and Universidade do Estado de Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), he focused on international development work.
He gained some insight into this topic during his time in the civil service in Chile and Bolivia, where he was involved in creating a vocational training center in Cochabamba, and via the worldwide scout network where he volunteered his time as a youth and group leader.
Antje von Dewitz is the CEO of the outdoor brand VAUDE in Tettnang. After studying Economic and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau, she became a product manager at VAUDE and later took on responsibility for company communications. In 2005 she became a marketing manager. In 2009 she took over the company management from her father, Albrecht von Dewitz. She received her Ph.D. and worked at the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Hohenheim. Antje von Dewitz pursues a coporate strategy that is consistently aligned with sustainability.
Jörg von Minckwitz earned a bachelor in economics from Dresden University of Technology and has run Blockchain Consulting for four years. He is a serial entrepreneur at the bitcoinsberlin Bitcoin incubator, founded Germany’s largest fintech coworking space, transistor Berlin, and is the cofounder of the Bitwala payment company.
Laura von Puttkamer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Global Urban Development and Planning. Laura has spent time in India, Ethiopia and Brazil and is interested in community programs and urban design. She is also blogger who focuses on participatory urban development and offers a platform for innovative ideas and solutions for future cities.
Haron Wachira was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2010 for his "entire value chain intervention model" for rural wealth creation. Recently, he has been nominated for the Ashoka Globalizer, in order to take his idea to a global level.
Previously, Haron served as a Chairman of the Tana Water Services Board. For his innovative contributions in the water sector during that time, he was awarded a Head of State Commendation by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in 2005.
Haron has long worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and later as an independent consultant, he has established several businesses and consulted with blue chip companies in ICT and management.
Haron holds a postgraduate diploma in computer based information systems from Sunderland University and is currently doing an MBA in leadership at the University of Liverpool.
Kristie Wang is a writer and has been a content producer and media mobilizer at Ashoka Changemakers since 2010. She blogs about health, the environment, social finance, and the world’s food systems. Her work has appeared via The Rockefeller Foundation. Kristie is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction writer and is at work on a novel.
Chuck Waterfield is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Microfinance Transparency and of MFI Solutions. Previously he worked at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and, amongst others, at CARE, MEDA and the Small Business Development Program in Bolivia and Haiti.
Chuck trained over 3,000 microfinance professionals and has developed the industry standard financial planning software.
He holds a degree in Public Affairs from University of Minnesota and in Electrical Engeneering from University of Iowa.
Prisca Watko holds a Master’s degree in Media Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Cultural and Media Studies and Economics. With work experience at the Ghanaian Observer in Accra as well as editorial and cultural assistant for the Goethe-Institute in France, she is committed to the transcultural exchange of knowledge. Prisca is currently interning at Digital Development Debates.
Lena Wendt is a freelance journalist for NDR Television, and a photographer, VJ and blogger. She studied journalism at the University of Applied Sciences in Hannover before completing a traineeship at RTL and working at NTV and Al Jazeera. She lived in Cape Town for a time as a freelancer for a travel magazine. Over the past 11 years, Wendt has enjoyed a number of backpacking trips to various places in the world and Africa in particular. She will be spending the next one and a half years exploring West and Central Africa and blogging about her experiences.
Marita Wiggerthale is Policy Advisor for Food Security and Global Agricultural Trade Issues at Oxfam Germany. In her work she focuses on the right to food, agriculture, agro-ecology and land, and deals with food price volatility and international agricultural trade. She holds a Masters degree in Policy, Economics and Pedagogy. Before moving to Oxfam Germany, she acted as Secretary General to the International Catholic Rural Youth Movement in Brussels and was involved in advocacy work on trade policies for Germanwatch.
Ruveni Wijesekera is a Project Manager at the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD).
She manages a project on sports and play for interethnic dialogue among children and youth in Sri Lanka. She has completed many trainings in the field of conflict transformation and is a certified mediator (inmedio/SDC). She has completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation from ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich).
Ruveni Wijesekera holds a masters degree in English and American Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna and the University of Exeter.
Hildegard Willer lives in Lima, Peru where she works as a journalist and communications expert. In the Andes region she reports for publications such as KNA, NZZ, taz, welt-sichten, edits the website of Informationsstelle Peru e.V., and teaches journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her interests include the environment and journalism research in Peru. Her study “Social Conflicts and Local, Public Spaces” was published by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in 2015.
Aled Williams is a political scientist specialised in international relations.
His current work for the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at the Chr. Michelsen Institute focuses on development aid policy, corruption, institutional governance arrangements and the management of natural resource endowments. He has previously served as a policy researcher for Transparency International based in Berlin.
Alan is a photographer and educator currently circumnavigating the world to document the lives of twenty-somethings. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Photography from New York State University.
Camilla Wirseen is one of the founders of the Peepoo project. She has been responsible for the day-to-day activities since its inception in 2005. In 2008, she left her position as Head of Photography at Scandinavia's leading stock photography agency Johnér to dedicate all her time to Peepoople.
Today Camilla is Peepoople´s Project Director. Since fall 2010, she has worked as Director and Manager of the initial launch project in Kenya. Presently she is also starting up a similar project in Bangladesh in a slum setting in Dhaka.
Christian Wolff holds a degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (SMVO).
He studied political science, islamic science and economics at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and is currently working on his Ph.D. Project entitled: "Liberal Thought within the egyptian Muslim Brotherhood - Freedom, State and Citizenship within the islamist discourse".
Ruth Wolter holds a degree in Art History from Cologne University and a Master degree in journalism from University of Arts Berlin (UdK).
She works as a freelance journalist for online and print media, producing documentary videos and reports on art and society topics. Lately she has been to India and Mexico for several research projects.
Marzella Wüstefeld is Technical Officer at the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). She has been involved in policy evaluation with focus on food and nutrition security, and worked with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in planning and implementing bilateral multisectoral nutrition programmes. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Justus-Liebig-University Gießen in Germany, and was awarded an MSc Epidemiology by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in UK.
Emily Rose Yates is a 24 year old accessibility consultant, travel writer and TV presenter, having most recently worked on a Lonely Planet guide to accessible Rio de Janeiro, after consulting on inclusion for the city's underground transport system, MetroRio. She also works for Enhance the UK, a disability awareness charity petitioning for inclusive sex education, and her recent BBC3 documentary 'Meet the Devotees' delves into the taboo world of disability and sexuality. Emily is starting a PhD in Women's Studies at the University of York this October. A wheelchair user herself, she hopes she can help to lift the clouds of limitation for the disabled community as a whole.
Lucio Yaxón Guarax, alias Nim Alae, is a political activist and rapper. He devotes himself and his music to coming to terms with the civil war crimes in Guatemala, his home country.
From 2005 to 2009 he contributed to the evaluation of over 80 million documents that were found in the former archives of the National Police and that record the atrocities the government and other state bodies committed during the war.
He scored the documentary "La Isla – Archives of a Tragedy", written and directed by Uli Stelzer, in 2009. In 2009 Lucio Yaxon had to flee from Guatemala and was given political asylum in Germany.
Atran Youkhana has been a project coordinator at the Wings of Hope Germany foundation for peace and trauma work in the Near East since 2014. He has also been active in intercultural peacebuilding with young knowledge multipliers from a range of countries for decades. Youkhana received a Master of Arts in Political Science from the JGU in Mainz where his research centred on the Near East conflict. He was born in Dohuk in Northern Iraq and has lived in Germany with his family for 20 years.
Maren Zeidler is an editor at Digital Development Debates web magazine, and lived in Turkey for eleven years. She studied political science, history and cultural anthropology at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany and development studies at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, Great Britain. Maren has worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since 2010.
Jean Ziegler is a former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He also taught at the l'Institut d'études politiques de l'Université de Grenoble. Jean is also qualified as a lawyer, with doctorates in law and in sociology from the University of Berne and an appointment before the Bar of Geneva.
He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland from 1981 to 1999. He has also held several positions with the United Nations, especially as Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2000 to 2008, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council from 2008 to 2012.
Jean's most recent book is Destruction massive. Geopolitique de la faim which first appeared in 2011 in French at the publishing house Seuil. Spanish, Italian and German editions have also appeared since. An English edition will be published by New Press soon.
Dominik Ziller is a fully qualified lawyer who worked in the German government's Press and Information Office from 1994 to 1998 in a range of positions, such as in the Legal Department and the Government Spokesman's Office.
From 1998 to 2011 he had different roles in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: appropriations in bilateral and multilateral operations units until 2006, Head of the Budget Department from 2006 to 2010, Head of the Asia, Governance, and Human Rights Department as of May 2010.
Since May 2011, he has been on leave to the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) where he heads up the Migration Division and is a member of the GIZ Executive Management Committee.
Moshe Zuckermann has been a professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel since 1990.
From 2000 to 2005 he also headed the Institute for German History at TAU. Additionally, Moshe has been the Academic Director of the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna, Austria since 2009.
Moshe lives and was born in Tel Aviv, but spent ten years in Germany. He studied sociology, politics and history at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of numerous books, most of them on Israel and Germany.