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Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Dewi Fortuna Anwar straddles the world of academia, political activism and government.

She is a research professor at the Research Center for Politics – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI) and serves as the deputy secretary for political affairs to the vice president of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also the chairman of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, the Habibie Center, a private think-tank based in Jakarta.

From 2001 to 2010, Dewi was the deputy chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities-LIPI. She had served as assistant minister / state secretary for foreign affairs during the Habibie administration (1998-99). Dewi was a visiting researcher at CSEAS, Kyoto University in 2010 and a visiting professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in 2007. She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Australia, while her Master and Bachelor (Hons) were from SOAS, University of London, England. She has written widely on Indonesia's foreign policy, Indonesia's democratization as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues.


Aurel Croissant

Aurel Croissant is Professor of Political Science at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg.

His main research interests include the comparative analysis of political structures and processes in East- and Southeast Asia, the theoretical and empirical analysis of democracy, civil-military relations, terrorism and political violence.

He has published widely, is co-editor of several book series and journals, and sits on the Academic Advisory Boards of the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) and the Bertelsmann Transformation-Index (BTI).

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Hammaad Qayyum Khan

Hammaad Qayyum Khan is a PhD scholar at the Australian National University focusing on the US foreign policy decision-making process towards Iraq.

He has been a visiting researcher at The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA.

Hammaad has also worked as a journalist for two of the leading English language newspapers in Pakistan, "The News International" and "Daily Dawn".


Roger Lee Huang

Roger Lee Huang is a PhD Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong.

He has previously worked at Lingnan University, the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, and Academia Sinica. Furthermore, he has interned with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Yangon, Myanmar.

He holds a MSc degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University.


Štěpánka Busuleanu

Štěpánka Busuleanu is a PhD Candidate at the "Civil Society and External Democracy Promotion in Post-Socialist Europe" Programme at the European Viadrina University of Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.

She holds degrees in Psychology and East West Studies from University of Regensburg, Germany and degrees in German and Russian from the Western Bohemian University of Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Štěpánka worked for several organizations and institutions in Central and Eastern Europe.


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.


Luna Bolívar Manaut

Luna Bolívar Manaut is a Spanish journalist and editor at Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster. She works for DW's Spanish digital programme and is a producer for the Spanish broadcast news. Since 2008 she has also supported the DW-Akademie, the DW's department for journalistic training and development cooperation.

Luna is Europe correspondent for Periodismo Humano, a not-for-profit online magazine aimed at offering high quality journalism from a human rights perspective. She joined the project right after its formation in 2010.


Maren Zeidler

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.


Stefanie Groth

Stefanie Groth is postgraduate student of Global Media and Postnational Communication at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom.

She holds a degree on Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Communication Studies from Erfurt University, Germany and Berlin University, Germany. In her studies, she focuses on International Political Communication in the Middle East, media and development, and the interplay of culture, identity and politics in Arab societies.

She works as Speech Programme Editor at SOAS Radio and gained experience in Syria, during Arabic language studies at the University of Damascus and in Tunisia, as an intern at the GIZ and the African Development Bank.


Tobias Lorenz

Tobias Lorenz holds a PhD in economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke. His thesis was about social entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid. Previously he studied philosophy, linguistics and business administration at the University of Stuttgart.

Tobias has worked on human-technology interaction both at DaimlerChrysler Research & Technology as well as the Alcatel SEL Foundation for Communication Research. In 2007 he joined the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics as a project manager for educational projects.

In 2010 he launched Glovico.org which he envisions to be the world's largest Fairtrade language school at some future point.


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.


Anayetur Rahaman

Anayetur Rahaman is an economic reporter at Daily Sun, a national English daily in Bangladesh. Previously has worked as a news editor at Bangladesh Betar, the National Radio Broadcast.

Anayetur holds a post graduate degree in communication and journalism from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.


Frank Habann

Frank Habann is Professor for Media Economy at the University for Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany.

His main research interests include Media and Development, and Media Innovations. Frank Habann worked as a lecturer at several universities across Europe and has published widely on Media Economy.

He holds a degree in Business Administration from University of Bayreuth, Germany and Cologne, Germany.


Patrick M. Condon

Patrick M. Condon is the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.

He also works as a senior researcher at UBC's Design Centre for Sustainability. He began his academic career at the University of Minnesota.

Furthermore, Patrick has worked as Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Westfield Massachusetts and at Moriarty Condon Landscape Architects in Minneapolis and Vancouver. Since 1996 he has been involved in PMC Associates Community Planning in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Patrick holds a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts. He has published several books on sustainable city design and received numerous awards such as the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence and the American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Research, both in 2010.


Prudence Robinson

Prudence Robinson is a Partner Strategist and Research Fellow with MIT's Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores the real-time city by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked hand-held electronics. With the oversight of the Senseable City Consortium, she works closely with city administrations and industry members worldwide.

Prudence holds a master's degree in Environmental Monitoring, Modeling and Management from King's College London. Her current research focus is on urban energy use and new fine-grained approaches for the environmental sensing of the city.


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.


Robin Ried

Robin Ried is a Global Leadership Fellow and Head of the Real Estate & Urban Development Industry at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Prior to joining the WEF, she worked at HR&A Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in real estate, economic development and policy advisory for public, private, and non-profit clients.

From 2004 – 2005, Robin was on a Fulbright Scholarship in Barcelona, Spain, on the topic of integrating environmental considerations into urban redevelopment projects. She holds a master's degree in City Planning from the University of California.


Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti is a teacher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and directs its Senseable City Lab. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Science Museum in London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 200 publications. He also is a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24.

Furthermore, Carlo is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management, a program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and a curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin. He was named a member of the Italian Design Council and Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government.

The architect and engineer Carlo holds a doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.


Petra Kneuer

Petra Kneuer is Senior Trial Lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since January 2008, leading the prosecution of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo.

Prior to joining the ICC, she spent 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor in Germany. In her capacity as Senior Public Prosecutor of the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor General she investigated and prosecuted members/supporters of terrorist organizations including Ansar Al Islam and Al Qaida.

She also served as Deputy Spokesperson and argued appeals before the Federal High Court of Justice. Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, she served as Germany's Principal Liaison Officer to the Counterterrorism Section of the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 2002 until 2005.

Subsequently she established the sub-office of the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor General at the new Joint Counterterrorism Centre in Berlin. Since 1998, she is a member of the judiciary examining board of the Land Saxony-Anhalt for state examinations.

Petra Kneuer participated in the Minds for Change conference:
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Moshe Zuckermann

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.


Erica Gies

Erica Gies is a freelance environmental reporter who lives in San Francisco.

Her work appears in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Wired News, Grist, World Watch magazine, KALW radio, and other outlets. In 10 years on the environment beat, Erica Gies has covered energy, water, climate policy, green business, green building and urban planning, waste, ecosystem biology, and more.

She holds a masters degree in literature from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor in English and journalism from Northern Arizona University.


Lucio Yaxón Guarax

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.


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.


Laura Cwiertnia

Laura Cwiertnia works as a freelance journalist mainly for the German weekly DIE ZEIT and ZEIT Campus. She is Head of the Economics, Society and Politics Department at Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal (Magazine on Latin America, Spain and Portugal). Laura holds a degree in Regional Studies on Latin America from the University of Köln.


Alison Evans

Alison Evans is an economist with over 25 years experience working in international development. She has been Director of ODI, the UK's leading think tank in international development and humanitarian policy and practice, since 2009. Alison has extensive experience working in research, policy and evaluation with strong geographic expertise in southern and eastern Africa, southeast Asia and the Balkans. Alison is a frequent participant in advisory boards across the bilateral and multilateral development system.

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Andris Piebalgs

EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who has occupied key positions in both the national and European political fields.

During the first Barroso Commission, starting in November 2004, he was the European Commissioner for Energy. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso Commission.

In 2011 he was invited to join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-Level Group on "Sustainable Energy for All", leading the task force on universal access.

In recognition of his leadership in European energy policy, in 2009, the Energy Efficiency Global Forum presented him the Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards for his "outstanding contributions to the advancement of energy efficiency". Before joining the Commission, Andris Piebalgs pursued a political career, operating strategic ministerial portfolios, and helping Latvia to play its role in the EU.

Andris Piebalgs participated in the Minds for Change conference.

Minds for Change conference

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