Our Authors

Bijan Kafi

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.


Christina Kamlage

Christina Kamlage is a project manager at the GIZ Department of Environment, Energy and Water. She is in charge of programmes on environment and disaster prevention.


Athina Karatzogianni

Athina Karatzogianni holds a PhD degree in Politics from University of Nottingham and a Masters degree in International Conflict analysis from Kent University.

She is a lecturer at the University of Hull and published widely on economic and political issue, especially related to cyber conflict.


Sina Kamala Kaufmann

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.

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Camino Kavangh

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

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.


Hammaad Qayyum Khan

Hammaad Qayyum Khan is a PhD scholar at the Australian National University focusing on the US foreign policy decision-making process towards Iraq.

He has been a visiting researcher at The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA.

Hammaad has also worked as a journalist for two of the leading English language newspapers in Pakistan, "The News International" and "Daily Dawn".


Emmie Kio

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.


Olga Kisselmann

Olga Kisselmann is an intern at Digital Development Debates and is currently studying Sociology and Development Studies at the University of Bonn.

She holds a BA in Oriental and Asian Studies from the University of Bonn and was a DAAD fellow at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.

Olga worked as freelance translator, interpreter and contributor for the New York based lifestyle and culture magazine Jing Daily.


Volker Kitz

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.


Simone Klein

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

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

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

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

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.

Petra Kneuer participated in the Minds for Change conference:
Minds for Change conference

Video statement by Petra Kneuer:


Tobias Knobloch

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 Kohn

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

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.


Gudrun Kopp

Gudrun Kopp was Germany’s Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2009 to 2013. 


Wolfgang Kraushaar

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

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

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).


Matthias Kroll

Matthias Kroll is economist and participated in founding a consulting organisation in environmental management and got his doctorate in monetary theory and policy.

He intensively explores how state spending could be financed by the central bank through money creation without causing inflation.

Since May 2010, Matthias has also provided his support as a consultant to the Future Finance Commission of the World Future Council (WFC).


Alexia Krug

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

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.