Our Authors

Philipp Raasch

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

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.


Anayetur Rahaman

Anayetur Rahaman is an economic reporter at Daily Sun, a national English daily in Bangladesh. Previously has worked as a news editor at Bangladesh Betar, the National Radio Broadcast.

Anayetur holds a post graduate degree in communication and journalism from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.


Danny Ramadan

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

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

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.


Chansopheakna Rath

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".

Write him at: rath@skateistan.org


Carlo Ratti

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

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

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 Riecherzhagen

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

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.


Marco Rieckmann

Marco Rieckmann has a degree in Environmental Science and works at the Institute for Environmental Communication at Leuphana University in Lüneburg.

Fields of activity: education for sustainable development, sustainability in a university context and in North-South dialogue, informal learning, development theories and policies.


Robin Ried

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Russell

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.


Lukas Rüttinger

Lukas Ruettinger works as a project manager for adelphi. His work mainly focuses on the fields of Energy and Climate as well as Resources and Governance.

During his studies of political science in Wuerzburg and Potsdam he worked intensively on development cooperation, security policy and environment.


Guy Ryder

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.