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Suman Sahai

Suman Sahai is the founder and convenor of Gene Campaign, an Indian non-governmental organisation. Before returning to India to establish Gene Campaign, she did research on genetics at Heidelberg University.

She was honored with the 2004 Borlaug Award for her outstanding contribution to agriculture and the environment.

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Fady Salah

Fady Salah is an Egyptian political analyst and independent journalist based in Cairo. He holds a bachelor’s in Political Science, and he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Euro-Mediterranean Studies. Fady writes for several international think tanks, including The Atlantic Council and Bertelsmann Stiftung's Future Challenges. He is also Egypt's Political Analyst at The Atlantic Post and the head of Feature Editorials section at Ideaneurs magazine.

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Maria Salam

Maria Salam holds a degree in English Literature from University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. She is a news editor at Banglanews24.com, the country's largest online news portal.

Previously she worked for The Diplomatic Journal, a Bangladesh based journal on diplomatic activities.

She is an alumnus of theInternational Institute for Journalism (IIJ) of the GIZ.

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Hartmut Sangmeister

Hartmut Sangmeister is a professor for development economics at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany.

He leads the study group on development cooperation of Alfred-Weber-Institute at Heidelberg University. Recently, his research focused on international development cooperation and problems of socio-economic development in Latin America.

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Adèle Naudé Santos

Adèle Naudé Santos, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, she is the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. She is also Principal Architect in the San Francisco-based firm Santos Prescott and Associates. Her projects include affordable and luxury housing and institutional buildings. Currently, she is working in Guatemala and has several projects under construction in China.

Adèle has received many housing awards and honours including the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. She holds a master's degree in Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University as well as a master of Architecture and a master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Oswaldo Samuel Costa Santos

Oswaldo Samuel Costa Santos is part of the national coordination of the Brazilian Landless Workers' Movement (MST - Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra).

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Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair at the Committee on Global Thought at New York City’s Columbia University. She is author of several books. Her latest book is ‘Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy’ (Harvard University Press 2014).

Saskia has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, Top 100 Thought Leaders by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI), Top 50 Global Thinkers of Prospect Magazine 2014, and receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.

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Nora Sausmikat

Nora Sausmikat heads the China Programme at the Stiftung Asienhaus in Cologne. She holds a post-doctoral degree in Sinology and specialises in political reform and civil society. She has written for various international publications, such as the South China Morning Post.

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Lisa Schäfer

Lisa studied Political Science and History in Darmstadt and Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently research assistant and Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Politics at FernUniversität Hagen.

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Torsten Schäfer

Torsten Schäfer is a journalist who focuses on environmental topics. He has been working as an editor for GEO International, Deutsche Welle, Stern.de, taz, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Torsten holds a master's degree in journalism, political science and European studies and a Ph.D in political science.

Furthermore, he works as an editor for Alumniportal Deutschland. Alumniportal Deutschland is an online community for people from all over the world who have studied or were trained in Germany. It offers them an opportunity to secure and expand their acquired contacts and to use them for their professional development. Alumniportal's members exchange ideas, get in touch with German institutions and companies and present their skills.

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Miriam Schaper

Miriam Schaper studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at the University of Hamburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After several years as a corporate sustainability consultant, she currently serves as an advisor for ethical risk assessment for tourism at the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics and is completing a doctorate on corporate responsibility at the University of Hamburg.

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Mark Schauer

Mark Schauer is the coordinator of the initiative "Economics of Land Degradation – ELD" at GIZ.

Before joining GIZ, Mark worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as the Head of the Central Office of TEEB. Furthermore, he worked at the German Federal Ministry for Environment's (BMU) Division for International Nature Conservation as a coordinator for projects which linked economic and ecologic issues.

Mark holds a master's degree in Forestry Management.

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Joseph Schechla

Joseph Schechla has focused most of his research and field experience on popular movements and legal defense of economic, social and cultural rights within the UN Human Rights System.

Having previuosly served as program coordinator with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Gaza, Palestine) and director of democratic development programs (AMIDEAST, Washington DC), since 2000, Joseph Schechla has been Cairo-based coordinator of the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), an umbrella organization linking some 450 member organisations in 80 countries promoting the human right to adequate housing.

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Sven Scheid

Sven Scheid works as a Senior Policy Advisor at Genocide Alert. Further, he works a research associate at the University of Köln, Germany.

Sven Scheid's experience covers issues of international human rights protection as well as peace and conflict, with a regional focus on African countries.

Previously, he worked for the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Human Rights Watch and InWEnt.

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Oliver Schmidt

Oliver Schmidt holds a Master's in Economics from the University of Muenster (Germany) and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Speyer (Germany). He has worked for GIZ in German international cooperation in Uganda and India since 2004. Oliver has taught as a lecturer or guest lecturer at universities in Germany, the Netherlands, India and Uganda. He has published and edited a wide variety of papers and books on development issues, particularly in the area of microfinance.

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Clara Schmitz-Pranghe

Clara Schmitz-Pranghe holds a diploma in Regional Sciences of Latin America from Cologne University, where she studied political sciences, economics, Ibero- and Latin American history and Spanish.

She is currently working with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Clara's recent research has focussed on security sector governance and commercial security provision in developing countries. Other research interests include migration and diaspora engagement.

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Uwe Schneidewind

Uwe Schneidewind is President and Chief Research Executive of the Wupptertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Professor of Innovation Management and Sustainability at the University of Wuppertal. From 1998 to 2010, he was Professor of Production Management and Environment at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and served as University President from 2004 to 2008. Uwe Schneidewind is a member of numerous scientific and political committees, including the Club of Rome and the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Together with Mandy Singer-Brodowski, he published the book “Transformative Wissenschaft – Klimawandel im deutschen Wissenschafts- und Hochschulsystem” in 2013.

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Anton Scholz

Anton Scholz studied History, Philosophy and Anglistics in Germany and South Africa. Further, he holds a Master's degree in African Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Anton has worked as freelance journalist for several newspapers and has experience as journalist, researcher and volunteer on the African continent. Currently, he is working at the Berlin office of the ONE Campaign.

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Leon Schreiber

Leon Schreiber is a Senior Research Specialist at Princeton University, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin. Originally hailing from the Namaqualand region of South Africa, he also went on to earn BA and MA degrees from Stellenbosch University. Schreiber has done extensive fieldwork research on these topics in countries ranging from Brazil to Kenya, Liberia, Nepal and South Africa. He is also an op-ed writer for one of South Africa's foremost Sunday newspapers, and regularly appears in the media as a political analyst and commentator.

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Katja Schuler

Katja Schuler holds a degree in German and Political Science from Heidelberg University. She is currently working as a journalist for MediaCompany, a German communications agency. Before that she was working as an editor for Schwäbische Zeitung, a German regional daily.

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Margot Schüller

Margot Schüller is a senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg. Her research focuses on economic development in China and East Asia.

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Christian Schulze Gronover

Christian Schulze Gronover is group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Department for Functional and Applied Genomics in Aachen.

After his doctoral studies at University of Münster he worked as a researcher at the Scottish Crop Institute in Dundee, Scotland and as a Post-Graduate at University of Münster.

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Uli Schwarz

Uli Schwarz is a geographer and Managing Director of up-filmproduction. Together with his wife, Dr Petra Dilthey, Uli Schwarz primarily works on development cooperation issues with his film and video production company.

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Claudia Schwegmann

Claudia Schwegmann is the founder of the OpenAid project and board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany (OKF). OpenAid promotes open data and transparency in development cooperation and became part of the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2012. Since 2009 OpenAid has organised trainings and conferences on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and open data in Germany and other European countries. The most recent project of OpenAid is www.offene-entwicklungshilfe.de

Claudia Schwegmann she is a theologian, political scientist and organisational development consultant by training. She works as a freelance project evaluator and consultant in organisational change and online tools in Germany and developing countries, primarily in Africa.

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Tanya L. Schweinberger

Tanya L. Schweinberger is studying International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Tanya is particularly interested in the foreign policy and political system of the People’s Republic of China. After she graduates in 2016, she will pursue a doctorate at the University of Geneva.

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Heiko Schwiderowski

Heiko Schwiderowski holds a degree in Economics from Kassel University. He is head of division for sub-Saharan Africa and Development Policy at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).

Previously he worked as senior project manager for the German-African Business Association and as deputy director for an automotive supplier in Namibia.

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Martina Schwingenstein

Martina Schwingenstein studied Cultural Anthropology, Intercultural Communication and Business Administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her master’s thesis on “The Social Entrepreneur – a cultural analysis of a leitfigur in the post-material economy”. In 2013 she was awarded the Sustainability Prize for Scientific Papers from the “Münchner Ring Nachhaltigkeit” granted by the Selbach Umweltstiftung. Today she works for the Robert Bosch Stiftung in “education” and “school quality development”. In her free time she writes for transformations-blog.com – “a new medium at the interface of anthropology and journalism with the aim to reach a wider audience with anthropological research insights”.

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Charlotte Seager

Charlotte Seager works as a journalist for The Guardian. She writes for Guardian's Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise Networks as well as the Guardian children's books site.

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Bianca Seberkste

Bianca Seberkste currently works in the Internet, Social Media and Public Communication Division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. In addition to communication in new media in particular, she specializes in the Balkan Region. She studied Political Science and Slavic Studies in Heidelberg with a focus on South-eastern Europe. In her article, Bianca expresses her personal view rather than the official policy of the ministry.

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Martin Seeliger

Martin Seeliger is social scientist and is currently pursuing his doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societes. He has published a number of different articles and books on popular music, especially on German Gangsta rap.

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Joseph Sekiku

Joseph Sekiku is the Director and Founder of FADECO community radio in Karagwe, Tanzania. He improves economic opportunities for small-scale farmers by advising them on how to strengthen post-production control over their products and get greater access to global markets. In 2007, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow, an international NGO supporting social entrepreneurship.

Watch and listen to Joseph Sekiku giving a tour of his working environment at Fadeco community radio on youtube.

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Kyra Sell

Kyra Sell is chief editor of Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal (Magazine on Latin America, Spain and Portugal).

She studied Regional Studies on Latin America at University of Köln. Beside her engagement with Matices, she works as a freelance journalist.

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Jochim Selzer

Jochim Selzer was born 1969 in Kiel. He got his first Personal Computer in 1983 – years before he passed his A-Levels in 1988. He got in touch with Internet, Usenet and Mailboxes for the first time in 1989. He holds a diploma in mathematics and works in the IT-Department of a logistics company in Bonn, Germany.

Jochim Selzer works as a Data Protection Officer at the protestant church. Since March 2013 he is among the co-organizers of many CryptoParties, which were held in several cities.

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Shamil Shams

Shamil Shams works for Deutsche Welle’s Urdu and Asian English services in Bonn, Germany. He has worked for Pakistan's leading English newspaper The News, and has contributed articles for Dawn, Newsline and other Pakistani magazines and newspapers.

Originally from Karachi, Shamil has worked with various non-governmental development organisations in Islamabad including the policy research think-tank, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

He holds a Master of Science in Media and Communications from London School of Economics (LSE) and an MA in English Literature from Karachi University.

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Yehuda Shaul

Yehuda Shaul, 29, was born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family. After graduating from a yeshiva high school in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Yehuda served in the IDF as commander and platoon sergeant in the 50th battalion of the Nahal Brigade from 2001 to 2004.

In 2004, Yehuda founded "Breaking the Silence" with a group of fellow veterans, where he currently serves as the organization’s Co-Director and Foreign Relations Officer.

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Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned scientist and activist in the fields of biodiversity, agro-ecology and gender. She holds a Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and is a Right Livelihood Award Laureate. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.
Her organisation Navdanya is a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.

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Shirazuddin Siddiqi

Shirazuddin Siddiqi is the Country Director in Afghanistan with BBC Media Action. He is a former lecturer at Kabul University and fled to Pakistan in 1994, where he joined BBC Afghan Education Projects and was responsible for many projects including the long-running radio soap opera in Dari and Pashto, “New Home, New Life”. As Afghanistan's Country Director, he launched the TV debate show Open Jirga in Autumn 2012.

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Anne Siebert

Anne Siebert is a research fellow and PhD student in International Development Studies at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Currently, she conducts her PhD research on food sovereignty movements at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She gained extensive teaching experiences in social science and research methodology at both universities. Anne was responsible for project evaluations in Uganda and Indonesia and for the coordination of MSc Programs in Economics with Afghan Universities at the IEE.

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Jasmin Siebold

Jasmin Siebold holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and studied Political Management on an undergraduate level at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently interning at the Development Policy Forum at GIZ, where she also works for DDD.

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Samanta Siegfried

Samanta Siegfried was born in 1987 and majored in media studies and ethnology in Switzerland and peace and conflict research in India. She graduated from Zeitenspiegel’s Günter Dahl Journalism School in Reutlingen and has worked as a reporter for Zeitenspiegel (including Zeit Schweiz, Stern, Tageswoche, Beobachter) since 2016. She is on the editorial board at natur magazine and active in Peace Counts projects.

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Thomas Silberhorn

Dr Thomas Silberhorn is Germany's State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Thant Sin

Thant Sin is currently pursuing his master's degree in Media and Development at SOAS, University of London. He regularly writes for Global Voices about news dealing with citizen media in Myanmar. Previously, he worked in the Development and Peacebuilding sector in Myanmar, traveling around the country.

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Stefan Sirtl

Stefan Sirtl is completing his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In 2011 he travelled through Central American with a good friend and a red armchair. In 2013 Stefan will bike through Southeast Asia.

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Carin Smaller

Carin Smaller is Advisor on Agriculture and Investment to IISD where she counsels governments and parliamentarians on the legal aspects of foreign investment in the agriculture sector.

Carin studied law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is former head of the Geneva office for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy where she monitored WTO negotiations, wrote the bimonthly bulletin Geneva Update, and provided information and analysis on agricultural issues to developing country trade negotiators and civil society groups.

Carin also worked on development projects for UNDP in Namibia, and for the Australian Aid Agency for International Development and the German Development Service in Nepal.

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Jerry Sommer

Jerry Sommer studied history and political science in Hamburg. He works as a Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). His many publications include work on security perception on Cyprus, the military budget for Greece and the nuclear conflict with Iran for the BICC.

He also works as a freelance journalist for German media (including WDR Radio, NDR Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Tageszeitung, The Atlantic Times) on topics of international security/armament policy and European politics.

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Daniela Späth

Daniela Späth holds a degree in Media and Communication from University of Augsburg.

She worked for several newspapers and TV stations (ZDF, Deutsche Welle and others). Currently she is finishing her masters degree "Journalism, Media und Globalisation"/"War and Conflict" at the University of Arhus, Denmark and the University of Swansea, UK.

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Eva-Maria Spiller

Eva-Maria Spiller holds an M.A. in International Development Studies from the Philipps-University of Marburg as well as a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, Journalism and Politics from the Technical University of Dortmund. She worked as a freelancer for a local newspaper and interned and worked with several German radio and TV stations such as phoenix, SWR and WDR. She gathered her first hands-on experience in the development context during an internship in Madagascar with the DAAD.

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Arnošt Štanzel

Arnošt Štanzel holds a degree in Political Science, History and Economy from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. He has worked as a research assistant at Collegium Carolinum in Munich, Germany and is currently doing his doctoral thesis on environmental history in Czechoslovakia and Romania under state socialism with a focus on the water sector.

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Daniel Stauffacher

Daniel Stauffacher holds a Master degree in International Economic Affairs from Columbia University, New York and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Zürich.

He worked for the district court of Zurich and the Swiss private sector before joining the United Nations in 1982 to work in New York, Laos and China. In 1990 he joined the Swiss Ministry of Economy responsible for international economic and financial cooperation. In 1995 he was posted to the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels as the Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs.

In 1999, he became an Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations in Geneva and the Special Representative of the Swiss Government for the hosting of the World Summit on Social Development 2000 in Geneva and the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 in Geneva and the Swiss Ambassador to WSIS in Tunis 2005. He was a member of the former UN ICT Task Force and the former UN Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for ICT4D.

Daniel Stauffacher is Founder and Chairman of the ICT4Peace Foundation, Special Advisor to the UN Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), the Undersecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, New York, President of the Geneva Security Forum, Member of the Board of Directors, World Wide Web Foundation, and Senior Advisor, The Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva.

Co-authors of this article are Barbara Weekes and Sanjana Hattotuwa

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Felix Steinhoff

Felix Steinhoff studied architecture at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Mimar Sinan University Istanbul and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He works as a freelance photographer and runs the “Kino am Naschmarkt“, an open-air cinema. He is currently completing his master's thesis on borders.

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Lloyd Stevens

Lloyd Stevens is a consultant with Finance in Motion, focusing on the Green for Growth Fund, Southeast Europe (GGF).

Lloyd holds a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a bachelors in economics and German literature from Vanderbilt University.

In 2001, Lloyd moved into the field of development finance. This work brought him to Mongolia, Haiti, Russia, Zimbabwe, and ultimately Uganda. Loyd also worked for Deutsche Bank's Social Investement Team, the Regional MSME Investment Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa and Minlam Asset Management.

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Peter Strack

Peter Strack holds a PhD in the social sciences. After working for 9 years in the Press Department of terre des hommes, Germany's head office, and 15 years as Regional Office Coordinator for South America, he works as part-time coordinator for the Swiss-based Interteam development organisation in Bolivia and as a freelance author since May 2015. His work focuses on children, youths, human rights, violence and intercultural relations. He is a regular contributor to "ila", a German monthly journal on Latin America, and the "taz" newspaper's Latin America Blog.

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Florian Sturm

Florian Sturm has studied English, Communication and Political Science at University of Jena and Bangor University, Wales. After completing a media traineeship in Hamburg, he now works as freelance journalist and translator. Since 2016 he is part of JournAfrica!‘s editorial team.

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Petra Stykow

Petra Stykow is a Professor of Comparative Post-Soviet Studies at the Department of Political Science at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.

She studied History at the Moscow State University (Lomonosov University), received her doctoral degree in History from the Pedagogical University at Dresden, and the "Habilitation" from the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin, in 1990 and 2004 respectively.

Areas of research interest are non-democratic politics, with a focus on Russia and the post-Soviet region, as well as questions of institutional continuity and change in non-democracies. She is the speaker of the Research Network "Institutions and Institutional Change in Postcommunism", which has received funding from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

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Lakshmi Sundaram

Lakshmi is Global Coordinator of Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 270 non-governmental organisations across 50 countries committed to ending child marriage.

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Riyadi Suparno

Riyadi Suparno is vice executive director and senior editor of The Jakarta Post.

In 2002, he was appointed as one of the Post's managing editors and assumed this position until 2010. Prior to joining The Jakarta Post, he worked for an oil company, PT Stanvac Indonesia, and for the Indonesian-language evening daily Surabaya Post as a reporter. In 1999, he spent six months at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago, United States, as an Alfred Friendly Press fellow.

Riyadi has an undergraduate diploma from the Institute of Teacher Training and Education in Malang, East Java, Indonesia and an MSc in Public Economic Management and Finance from the University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

Riyadi Suparno is one of the panelists at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum's workshop"Throwing a spotlight: The media´s capacaties for facilitating economic development in Egypt".

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Jacqueline Ann Surin

Jacqueline Ann Surin is the co-founder and the editor of The Nut Graph in Malaysia. A journalist since 1994 first with The Star, then The Edge and theSun, she is also the author of Shape of a Pocket. She gained an M.A. in Media Studies at Sussex University in England as a Chevening scholar, and studied journalism in the United States under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship. In 2007, she received the Excellence in Opinion Writing Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia for her Shape of a Pocket column which she continues to keep at The Nut Graph. She was also named by London-based Article 19 as the Pioneering Women’s Voices Candidate for Malaysia in commemoration of International Women’s Day in 2007. As of September 2010, Jacqueline is part of the collective of writers and editors who is maintaining The Nut Graph as a weekly.

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Michael Szymanski

Michael Szymanski is the Director of Business Development for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology's (MEST) Incubator and manages the MEST seed fund in Accra, Ghana. MEST offers a three-phase entrepreneurial program designed to foster the growth of globally successful software companies from Africa. Since 2008 MEST has trained over 100 tech entrepreneurs and has invested over .5 million in 13 tech start-ups in Accra. MEST companies have raised external capital, competed in top tech events such as TechCrunch Disrupt, Demo, and the Launch Festival, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as HealthXL and 500 Startups.

For more than six years, Michael has focused his career in emerging markets, working to grow early stage companies, attract investment, and catalyse economic development. He earned an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA from St. Norbert College.

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