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Olivier De Schutter

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

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

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

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

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 Dewever-Plana

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

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

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

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

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.


Dr Ingolf Dietrich

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

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

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.


Petra Dilthey

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

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 Domhan

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

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

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.