Our Authors

Ronnie de Camino Velozo

Ronnie de Camino Velozo is Deputy Director General at Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) at Costa Rica. He holds a degree in Forest Engeneering from University of Chile. After his doctoral studies at Freiburg University he did his postdoctoral studies at University of Goettingen.

Has worked practically and academically in forest management and plantation forestry, with Universities, local communities , Governments and the private sector and has been consultant of multilateral and bilateral organizations as well as member of the Founding Board of Trustees of CIFOR and member of the Board of the Tropenbos Foundation.

He is President of the Latin American Chair of Forest Landscape Management, President of the Iberoamerican Model Forest Network, Member of the Steering Committee of the National Forest Program Facility and of the Reference Committee of the Growing Forest Partnership Initiative


Eva-Maria Verfürth

Eva-Maria Verfürth is a freelance journalist and PR-consultant who specialises in development cooperation. She worked as a freelance editor of Digital Development Debates from 2011 to 2013.

Previously, Eva-Maria worked in the communications department of InWEnt - Capacity Building International, Germany, and was editor in chief of matices, a German magazine on Latin America.

Eva-Maria holds a masters degree in Latin American Studies from University of Köln.


Anne Vestergaard

Anne Vestergaard is an associate professor at the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Copenhagen Business School. Her research revolves around mainstream discourses of morality with a particular interest in tensions brought about by the fading division of labor between commercial and non-commercial organizations. This interest is pursued in two strands of research, one concerning humanitarian communication, the other concerning CSR communication. Anne’s work has been published in academic journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics and Corporate Communication. Together with Julie Uldam, she is the editor of Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.


Frédéric Viala

Frédéric Viala is the founder of ENTOFOOD, an innovative Malaysia-based start-up providing sustainable insect protein for fishmeal substitution. He has more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship management and start-up development. Frédéric Viala is business oriented with strong ethical value: social and environmental impacts.


Tho Ha Vinh

Tho Ha Vinh is Program Director at the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of ”A Call to Care”, a curriculum designed to promote the development of compassion in all the schools in Bhutan and Vietnam from kindergarten through to university. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Eurasia Foundation, as well as Buddhist teacher (Dharmacharia) in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. Tho Ha Vinh holds a Ph.D. in psychology and education, has been a professor of education at several universities in Europe and Vietnam, and published a number of books (including Grundrecht auf Glück; Nymphenburger Verlag).


Gerhard Vinnai

Gerhard Vinnai, born 1940 in Stuttgart, studied sociology and psychology in Frankfurt and was Professor of Analytical Social Psychology at the University of Bremen until 2005. His central interest is the connection between psychoanalysis and critical social theory and his work has focused on violence, religion, gender relations, the critique of knowledge, and psychoanalysis in education.

Books published include: Football Mania (1970), The Misery of Masculinity (1977), The Exile of Criticism in Science. Psychology in the Universities (1993), Jesus and Oedipus (1999), Hitler – Failure and Annihilation Mania - the genesis of the fascist perpetrator (2004), Fantasy Worlds and a Nexus of Victims: the analytical social psychology of Western culture (2011).


Michael Vollmann

Michael Vollmann is head of the Fellowship and Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) After writing his thesis in connection with Ashoka on "Social Entrepreneurship in Germany", Michael now coordinates the search for new social entrepreneurs, helps provide support to German Ashoka fellows and holds talks at universities on social entrepreneurship.

During his studies in language, economics and cultural studies at the University Passau and Universidade do Estado de Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), he focused on international development work.

He gained some insight into this topic during his time in the civil service in Chile and Bolivia, where he was involved in creating a vocational training center in Cochabamba, and via the worldwide scout network where he volunteered his time as a youth and group leader.


Antje von Dewitz

Antje von Dewitz is the CEO of the outdoor brand VAUDE in Tettnang. After studying Economic and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau, she became a product manager at VAUDE and later took on responsibility for company communications. In 2005 she became a marketing manager. In 2009 she took over the company management from her father, Albrecht von Dewitz. She received her Ph.D. and worked at the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Hohenheim. Antje von Dewitz pursues a coporate strategy that is consistently aligned with sustainability.


Jörg von Minckwitz

Jörg von Minckwitz earned a bachelor in economics from Dresden University of Technology and has run Blockchain Consulting for four years. He is a serial entrepreneur at the bitcoinsberlin Bitcoin incubator, founded Germany’s largest fintech coworking space, transistor Berlin, and is the cofounder of the Bitwala payment company.


Laura von Puttkamer

Laura von Puttkamer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Global Urban Development and Planning. Laura has spent time in India, Ethiopia and Brazil and is interested in community programs and urban design. She is also blogger who focuses on participatory urban development and offers a platform for innovative ideas and solutions for future cities.