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.