Emily Rose Yates is a 24 year old accessibility consultant, travel writer and TV presenter, having most recently worked on a Lonely Planet guide to accessible Rio de Janeiro, after consulting on inclusion for the city's underground transport system, MetroRio. She also works for Enhance the UK, a disability awareness charity petitioning for inclusive sex education, and her recent BBC3 documentary 'Meet the Devotees' delves into the taboo world of disability and sexuality. Emily is starting a PhD in Women's Studies at the University of York this October. A wheelchair user herself, she hopes she can help to lift the clouds of limitation for the disabled community as a whole.
Lucio Yaxón Guarax, alias Nim Alae, is a political activist and rapper. He devotes himself and his music to coming to terms with the civil war crimes in Guatemala, his home country.
From 2005 to 2009 he contributed to the evaluation of over 80 million documents that were found in the former archives of the National Police and that record the atrocities the government and other state bodies committed during the war.
He scored the documentary "La Isla – Archives of a Tragedy", written and directed by Uli Stelzer, in 2009. In 2009 Lucio Yaxon had to flee from Guatemala and was given political asylum in Germany.
Atran Youkhana has been a project coordinator at the Wings of Hope Germany foundation for peace and trauma work in the Near East since 2014. He has also been active in intercultural peacebuilding with young knowledge multipliers from a range of countries for decades. Youkhana received a Master of Arts in Political Science from the JGU in Mainz where his research centred on the Near East conflict. He was born in Dohuk in Northern Iraq and has lived in Germany with his family for 20 years.
Maren Zeidler is an editor at Digital Development Debates web magazine, and lived in Turkey for eleven years. She studied political science, history and cultural anthropology at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany and development studies at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, Great Britain. Maren has worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since 2010.
Jean Ziegler is a former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He also taught at the l'Institut d'études politiques de l'Université de Grenoble. Jean is also qualified as a lawyer, with doctorates in law and in sociology from the University of Berne and an appointment before the Bar of Geneva.
He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland from 1981 to 1999. He has also held several positions with the United Nations, especially as Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2000 to 2008, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council from 2008 to 2012.
Jean's most recent book is Destruction massive. Geopolitique de la faim which first appeared in 2011 in French at the publishing house Seuil. Spanish, Italian and German editions have also appeared since. An English edition will be published by New Press soon.
Dominik Ziller is a fully qualified lawyer who worked in the German government's Press and Information Office from 1994 to 1998 in a range of positions, such as in the Legal Department and the Government Spokesman's Office.
From 1998 to 2011 he had different roles in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: appropriations in bilateral and multilateral operations units until 2006, Head of the Budget Department from 2006 to 2010, Head of the Asia, Governance, and Human Rights Department as of May 2010.
Since May 2011, he has been on leave to the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) where he heads up the Migration Division and is a member of the GIZ Executive Management Committee.
Moshe Zuckermann has been a professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel since 1990.
From 2000 to 2005 he also headed the Institute for German History at TAU. Additionally, Moshe has been the Academic Director of the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna, Austria since 2009.
Moshe lives and was born in Tel Aviv, but spent ten years in Germany. He studied sociology, politics and history at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of numerous books, most of them on Israel and Germany.