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.