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Willi Lemke

Willi Lemke was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in March 2008.

The Special Adviser leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to promote understanding and support for sport as aninstrument for development and peace, and encourages dialogue, collaboration and partnerships in this area.

Willi Lemke has over 25 years of professional experience in both sport and politics. From 1999 to 2008, he served as Senator for Interior and Sport as well as Senator for Education and Science of the State of Bremen, Germany. Wilfried Lemke was General Manager of Werder Bremen for 18 years, one of the top football clubs in Europe.

Throughout his career he has been a dedicated advocate for the importance of sport in education and society. He notably engaged in fundraising, the initiation and facilitation of various international relief projects.

Willi Lemke holds a degree in Sport and Educational Sciences from Hamburg University.


Jill Timms

Jill Timms is based in the Department of Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), where she is completing a doctoral thesis on relationships between labour rights campaigns and the CSR claims of businesses.

Jill teaches on the subject of ‘work and society’ for the Department of Sociology and Communications at Brunel University, is an Examiner for the University of London International Programme, and an Associate Tutor for the Centre for Labour Market Studies at Leicester University.

She has contributed to the Global Civil Society Project at LSE since 2001, and is on the committee of the Global Studies Associate. Jill gained a Masters in Social Science from University College Dublin, and a BA in Sociology and Business Administration from Keele University.


Wolfgang Grenz

Wolfgang Grenz is Secretary General of Amnesty International Germany. He has been working with Amnesty International since 1979.

Wolfgang Grenz is a board member of the German UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe (UN Refugee Relief) since 2010. He is also a member of the Expert Forum of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of the German Government.

In 1986 Wolfgang Grenz cofounded the German NGO Pro Asyl.
He holds a degree in Law from Cologne University, Germany.


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.


Wenzel Michalski

Wenzel Michalski joined Human Rights Watch in September 2010 as the Germany Director, responsible for communications and advocacy.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Michalski worked in journalism for more than 20 years, specializing in news and current affairs. He served as managing editor, presenter, and London bureau chief for ProSiebenSat1, one of Germany's leading broadcasters.

Prior to that, he was commissioning editor for documentaries at ARD/NDR public television. In his position, Michalski will work towards giving Germany a stronger voice in support of human rights. Michalski graduated from Hamburg University, where he studied history and politics.


Dariusz Lapiński (Łapiński)

Dariusz Łapiński is coordinator for fan work of the PL.2012, the state owned organization that coordinated the preparations for the UEFA EURO 2012™ in Poland.

He holds a degree in Political and Culture Science and a PhD in Philosophy and worked at the German-Polish European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. He has a broad expertise in the field of fan work.


Kurt-Michael Baudach

Kurt-Michael Baudach is project manager at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL's Service Agency Communities in One World.

He is involved in the projects "World Cup Brazil 2014 – Germany 2006/2011: Partners for Sustainable Urban Development" and "50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015". The Service Agency is a competence centre for German municipalities interested in development issues and it acts as a partner for municipal development cooperation.

Kurt-Michael has been an advisor to development cooperation projects since 15 years, mainly on Latin American issues. He has working experience from Bolivia, Ecuador and Brazil. Kurt-Michael holds a masters degree in geoecology.


Thomas F. Carter

Thomas F. Carter is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology of Sport at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne, United Kingdom.

His main research interests focus on the politics of identity, mobility and governance within global sport. He has written extensively on Cuban sport and international labor migration within the global sport industries, including his award winning book The Quality of Home Runs.

He has been Research Fellow in the School of Anthropological Studies at the Queen's University of Belfast and has taught in the US and UK. He earned his PhD and MA from the University of New Mexico and his BA from St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minnesota).


Ruth Wolter

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.


Gerhard Trosien

Prof. em. Gerhard Trosien, Ph.D., was active in sport policy in a development aid project organised by the IfS Frankfurt and the GTZ from 1978-1981.

His dissertation was published as a book on "Sport Organisations and the Third World" in 1987. After working for the Deutsche Sportbund in research and education, he headed up the sport-management degree programmes at the SRH University Heidelberg from 2001 to 2011.


Peter Kreuzinger

Peter Kreuzinger is Senior Project Manager at Basketball for Development, a German NGO.

He is a certified engineer and has been working as a vocational teacher at the Vocational Training Centre Winneba, Ghana/Westafrika and for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH's Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (PSMNR) in Cameroon (amongst others).


Jörn Leonhard

Jörn Leonhardt has worked as a PR trainee in Corporate Communications at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2010. During the European Football Championship 2012 in Ukraine he worked in press relations in support of the "Fair Play" AIDS prevention project.

Jörn Leonhardt studied German, Musicology and Literature at the University of Mainz in Germany.


Steve Harknett

Steve Harknett has worked in the field of disability and development for more than ten years, mainly in Cambodia and East Africa.

Being a keen long-distance runner he organised sports events in Cambodia, and became interested in the role sport can play in social development.

He is currently working in a sport-for-development project in northern Sri Lanka.

German excerpt of this article on the website of Handicap International:

Inklusion durch Sport – eine magische Pille?


Ruveni Wijesekera

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.


Frauke Meyn

Frauke Meyn is Programs Manager at Skateistan, a German NGO seated in Berlin. Before, she worked for Skateistan in Kambodia and Afghanistan.

Frauke Meyn holds a degree in Sport Science and has a broad expertise in Experiential Education.