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Jürgen Baetz

Jürgen Baetz is a Germany Correspondent for The Associated Press and closely follows development issues.


Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz

Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz was Germany's State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2009 to 2013. 


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.


Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero

Lamasiel Gutiérrez Romero was born in Cuba in 1969.

A lifelong rights activist, she was forced to go to an "education center". During her imprisonment she became an active member of "Ladies in White". As an independent journalist she was imprisoned in "Manto Negro". Among others she worked for The New Cuban Press and for Radio y TV Marti.

In 2010 she was forced to join her partner Jiménez Posadas in exile. She currently works as a journalist for Miscelaneas de Cuba, an independent online magazine, and Cubanet in order to help fighting the human rights abuses in Cuba.


Nestor Rodríguez Lobaina

Nestor Rodríguez Lobaina was, after several years in Cuban prisons, released in 2011 – under the condition to leave the country forever.

He is one of the co-founder of the Cuban youth movement for democracy (MCJD-Movimiento Cubano de Jóvenes por la Democracia), which has been founded in 1991 in Baracoa, Guantanamo. In 2010 he started a hunger strike in order to protest against the inhuman conditions in the prison.

Currently he lives in Málaga/Spain with his wife and daughter and is writing a book about his experiences in Cuban prisons.


Anonymous Anonymous

The author was born in Iran and has German citizenship. She came to Germany to study and is currently doing research for her Ph.D. in economics. She used to work as a journalist in Iran.


Christian Wolff

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".


Bijan Kafi

Bijan Kafi worked for non-profit organizations and social entreprises in Georgia, Egypt and other African countries. He writes on topics as civic chance in developing countries and the influence of modern technologies on this chance.

He has published in the German Newspaper Zeit, on OpenDemocracy, in D+C Development and Cooperation, welt-sichten and for the Bertelsmann Foundation.


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.


Agnès Callamard

Agnès Callamard is the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19.

Agnès founded and led HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), the first international self-regulatory body for humanitarian actors. At HAP she oversaw field trials on accountability to beneficiaries in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone.

Agnès is the former Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI). She played a key role in establishing an effective senior management system and also led AI's policy work on women's human rights. Agnes has published broadly and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School in New York.

Agnes is one of the Panelists of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2011 in Bonn.

For more information about Article 19, please visit: www.article19.org


Geraldine de Bastion

Geraldine de Bastion works as a lead consultant and project manager for newthinking communications in Berlin.

She previously worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH (GIZ) as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in the areas of information and communications technology for development, knowledge management, education, business development, corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships.

Geraldine's recent work has been focussing on citizen journalism and media development in Africa and open and decentralized technologies.


Oualid Hamdi

Oualid Hamdi is Product Manager for Messaging Products at the Deutsche Telekom.

He specialises in social media. He was born and raised in Tunisia, studied in Kaiserslautern and has worked in France, Luxemburg and Germany.


Fawzia Ihsan

Fawzia Ihsan holds a degree in English Language and Literature from Kabul University.

She is currently working as a reporter for Radio Azadio (Radio Liberty) in Kabul, Afghanistan and as a freelance reporter for the blog Afghanistan Today.

She mainly covers issues related to women, children and youth in Afghanistan.

Fawzia Ihsan is a freelance journalist for the online magazine"Afghanistan Today", which publishes reports of 15 journalists, photographers and film-makers from all over Afghanistan.


Janosch Dietrich

Janosch Dietrich is a communications-scientist and co-founder and chairman of the travelling film festival and non-profit organisation Moviemiento, which runs projects in Europe and over-seas.

In the past few years he has also worked on sustainable tourism projects in South-East Asia. At the moment he is employed at the Berlin based organisation ICJA with focus on international volunteering programmes.


Patricia Galicia

Patricia Galicia holds a university degree in Communication and Education with a focus on Gender Studies.

She is the founder of "Red Mujeres al Aire" (Network of Women on air), an association of women in broadcasting. It fosters the reunion, capacity building and radio production of women with various ethnical backgrounds from the different regions of Guatemala.


Joseph Sekiku

Joseph Sekiku is the Director and Founder of FADECO community radio in Karagwe, Tanzania. He improves economic opportunities for small-scale farmers by advising them on how to strengthen post-production control over their products and get greater access to global markets. In 2007, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow, an international NGO supporting social entrepreneurship.

Watch and listen to Joseph Sekiku giving a tour of his working environment at Fadeco community radio on youtube.

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Riyadi Suparno

Riyadi Suparno is vice executive director and senior editor of The Jakarta Post.

In 2002, he was appointed as one of the Post's managing editors and assumed this position until 2010. Prior to joining The Jakarta Post, he worked for an oil company, PT Stanvac Indonesia, and for the Indonesian-language evening daily Surabaya Post as a reporter. In 1999, he spent six months at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago, United States, as an Alfred Friendly Press fellow.

Riyadi has an undergraduate diploma from the Institute of Teacher Training and Education in Malang, East Java, Indonesia and an MSc in Public Economic Management and Finance from the University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

Riyadi Suparno is one of the panelists at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum's workshop"Throwing a spotlight: The media´s capacaties for facilitating economic development in Egypt".


Volker Lichtenthäler

Volker Lichtenthäler joined the E-Learning-Center of InWEnt in July 2008 as a senior project manager being responsible for InWEnt's Regional Capacity Building for E-Learning in Africa and is now also in authority for the GIZ's Global Campus 21 E-Academy.

In recent years, he has been working as a consultant for private companies as well as non-profit organisations.

He obtained a Masters´ degree in German Studies and Latin American Studies of the Free University Berlin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications in Education of Dublin City University, Postgraduate Certificates in Open and Distance Education of the Open University/UK and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development Cooperation from the Technical University Kaiserslautern.


Maria Salam

Maria Salam holds a degree in English Literature from University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. She is a news editor at Banglanews24.com, the country's largest online news portal.

Previously she worked for The Diplomatic Journal, a Bangladesh based journal on diplomatic activities.

She is an alumnus of theInternational Institute for Journalism (IIJ) of the GIZ.


Basse Mutahi

Basse Mutahi is an online journalist in Kenya working in the digital division of Nation Media Group, the leading media house in the East African region.

He is an alumnus of the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) of the GIZ.


Daniel Stauffacher

Daniel Stauffacher holds a Master degree in International Economic Affairs from Columbia University, New York and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Zürich.

He worked for the district court of Zurich and the Swiss private sector before joining the United Nations in 1982 to work in New York, Laos and China. In 1990 he joined the Swiss Ministry of Economy responsible for international economic and financial cooperation. In 1995 he was posted to the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels as the Counsellor for Economic and Financial Affairs.

In 1999, he became an Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations in Geneva and the Special Representative of the Swiss Government for the hosting of the World Summit on Social Development 2000 in Geneva and the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 in Geneva and the Swiss Ambassador to WSIS in Tunis 2005. He was a member of the former UN ICT Task Force and the former UN Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for ICT4D.

Daniel Stauffacher is Founder and Chairman of the ICT4Peace Foundation, Special Advisor to the UN Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), the Undersecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, New York, President of the Geneva Security Forum, Member of the Board of Directors, World Wide Web Foundation, and Senior Advisor, The Gulf Research Center Foundation, Geneva.

Co-authors of this article are Barbara Weekes and Sanjana Hattotuwa


Christina Kamlage

Christina Kamlage is a project manager at the GIZ Department of Environment, Energy and Water. She is in charge of programmes on environment and disaster prevention.


Dirk Asendorpf

Dirk Asendorpf is a freelance journalist based in Bremen, a trainer for GIZ's International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) and a lecturer at Hochschule Bremen.