Haron Wachira was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2010 for his "entire value chain intervention model" for rural wealth creation. Recently, he has been nominated for the Ashoka Globalizer, in order to take his idea to a global level.
Previously, Haron served as a Chairman of the Tana Water Services Board. For his innovative contributions in the water sector during that time, he was awarded a Head of State Commendation by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in 2005.
Haron has long worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and later as an independent consultant, he has established several businesses and consulted with blue chip companies in ICT and management.
Haron holds a postgraduate diploma in computer based information systems from Sunderland University and is currently doing an MBA in leadership at the University of Liverpool.
Kristie Wang is a writer and has been a content producer and media mobilizer at Ashoka Changemakers since 2010. She blogs about health, the environment, social finance, and the world’s food systems. Her work has appeared via The Rockefeller Foundation. Kristie is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction writer and is at work on a novel.
Chuck Waterfield is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Microfinance Transparency and of MFI Solutions. Previously he worked at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and, amongst others, at CARE, MEDA and the Small Business Development Program in Bolivia and Haiti.
Chuck trained over 3,000 microfinance professionals and has developed the industry standard financial planning software.
He holds a degree in Public Affairs from University of Minnesota and in Electrical Engeneering from University of Iowa.
Prisca Watko holds a Master’s degree in Media Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Cultural and Media Studies and Economics. With work experience at the Ghanaian Observer in Accra as well as editorial and cultural assistant for the Goethe-Institute in France, she is committed to the transcultural exchange of knowledge. Prisca is currently interning at Digital Development Debates.
Lena Wendt is a freelance journalist for NDR Television, and a photographer, VJ and blogger. She studied journalism at the University of Applied Sciences in Hannover before completing a traineeship at RTL and working at NTV and Al Jazeera. She lived in Cape Town for a time as a freelancer for a travel magazine. Over the past 11 years, Wendt has enjoyed a number of backpacking trips to various places in the world and Africa in particular. She will be spending the next one and a half years exploring West and Central Africa and blogging about her experiences.
Marita Wiggerthale is Policy Advisor for Food Security and Global Agricultural Trade Issues at Oxfam Germany. In her work she focuses on the right to food, agriculture, agro-ecology and land, and deals with food price volatility and international agricultural trade. She holds a Masters degree in Policy, Economics and Pedagogy. Before moving to Oxfam Germany, she acted as Secretary General to the International Catholic Rural Youth Movement in Brussels and was involved in advocacy work on trade policies for Germanwatch.
Ruveni Wijesekera is a Project Manager at the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD).
She manages a project on sports and play for interethnic dialogue among children and youth in Sri Lanka. She has completed many trainings in the field of conflict transformation and is a certified mediator (inmedio/SDC). She has completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation from ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich).
Ruveni Wijesekera holds a masters degree in English and American Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna and the University of Exeter.
Hildegard Willer lives in Lima, Peru where she works as a journalist and communications expert. In the Andes region she reports for publications such as KNA, NZZ, taz, welt-sichten, edits the website of Informationsstelle Peru e.V., and teaches journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her interests include the environment and journalism research in Peru. Her study “Social Conflicts and Local, Public Spaces” was published by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in 2015.
Aled Williams is a political scientist specialised in international relations.
His current work for the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at the Chr. Michelsen Institute focuses on development aid policy, corruption, institutional governance arrangements and the management of natural resource endowments. He has previously served as a policy researcher for Transparency International based in Berlin.
Alan is a photographer and educator currently circumnavigating the world to document the lives of twenty-somethings. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Photography from New York State University.
Camilla Wirseen is one of the founders of the Peepoo project. She has been responsible for the day-to-day activities since its inception in 2005. In 2008, she left her position as Head of Photography at Scandinavia's leading stock photography agency Johnér to dedicate all her time to Peepoople.
Today Camilla is Peepoople´s Project Director. Since fall 2010, she has worked as Director and Manager of the initial launch project in Kenya. Presently she is also starting up a similar project in Bangladesh in a slum setting in Dhaka.
Christian Wolff holds a degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (SMVO).
He studied political science, islamic science and economics at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and is currently working on his Ph.D. Project entitled: "Liberal Thought within the egyptian Muslim Brotherhood - Freedom, State and Citizenship within the islamist discourse".
Ruth Wolter holds a degree in Art History from Cologne University and a Master degree in journalism from University of Arts Berlin (UdK).
She works as a freelance journalist for online and print media, producing documentary videos and reports on art and society topics. Lately she has been to India and Mexico for several research projects.
Marzella Wüstefeld is Technical Officer at the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). She has been involved in policy evaluation with focus on food and nutrition security, and worked with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in planning and implementing bilateral multisectoral nutrition programmes. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Justus-Liebig-University Gießen in Germany, and was awarded an MSc Epidemiology by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in UK.