Frederik Caselitz is editor-in-chief of Digital Development Debates since June 2014. He studied political science, economics and public law in Bonn and Puebla, Mexico and worked as a freelance journalist for different newspapers and magazines. Before joining DDD he was researcher at TU Darmstadt’s project ConPar on indigenous participation in Latin America.
Deputy Director-General Dr Ingolf Dietrich heads the Special Unit ‘Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Dr. Dietrich is responsible for processes relating to the thematic positioning and the negotiation of the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The issues covered by the special unit are the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, and overarching post-2015 topics such as global partnership, universality, monitoring and sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Prior to this, he headed the Directorate "Climate; poverty reduction; sectoral policies; Latin America", the Southern Africa Division and the Division "Policy issues of bilateral development cooperation; development effectiveness; evaluation". In the course of his work at the BMZ, he also dealt with various policy and sector issues and worked at the German embassies in Lima, Peru, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York. Dr. Dietrich studied agricultural science at Munich Technical University and Berlin Technical University. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from Munich Technical University.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair at the Committee on Global Thought at New York City’s Columbia University. She is author of several books. Her latest book is ‘Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy’ (Harvard University Press 2014).
Saskia has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, Top 100 Thought Leaders by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI), Top 50 Global Thinkers of Prospect Magazine 2014, and receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.
Patrick Delaney is an editor at Digital Development Debates since October 2014. After studying political science and philosophy in Hamburg, Germany and Paris, France, he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University of Berlin, as a lecturer in political science at the University of Hamburg and at the press and public affairs office of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Currently he works as a freelance journalist and as a reasercher at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture.
Patrick published on the prospects that commons-based modes of production hold out for ageing societies.
Dennis Geef holds a Master of Arts degree in American Language and Literature Studies (American English Studies) from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn where he is currently earning his Ph.D. He has recently finished his dissertation dealing with the subject of the critique of capitalism in contemporary American science fiction literature. Apart from his academic career he volunteers at Bonn's branch of CARE International.
Nadine Piefer is a Ph.D. researcher at the Department of Political Science at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and a freelance consultant. Her research and consultancy work focuses on new development partners, triangular cooperation and energy relations with the BICS. She works in these fields as consultant for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), e.g. in South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Germany. Nadine Piefer is the project manager of the international interdisciplinary research project “Challenges of European External Energy Relations with Emerging Powers”. She studied Political Science and Sociology in Darmstadt, Mexico City, Freiburg, Durban, and New Delhi and holds a master degree of the Global Studies Programme.
Pedro Morazán is Senior Researcher at the Institute SÜDWIND in Germany. His current research focuses on the EU Development policy (Latin America, BRICS, Blending, etc.), social standards in international Trade and Financing for Development. He conducted field research and project evaluations in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Michael Dohr studied Development Studies in Bonn. After various stays in Cambodia, he is now a UN Youth Volunteer in India, based at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office in Delhi/India. Michael is part of a group of German UN Youth Volunteers who are supporting the overall UN post-2015 process within their respective country of assignment with a view to increase people’s participation and engagement through volunteerism.
Mark Mathew "Marcus" Operiano works as Database and Communications Officer for Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines. He is a member of Leonard Cheshire Disability Young Voices and of UNICEF's Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities. Recently, he was appointed as one of A World At School Global Youth Ambassadors for Education. He has been involved in several projects towards the realization of the rights of people with disability.
Gina Lisselle Rosario Diaz is founder of “Green Hope DR”, an environmental youth project being implemented in the Dominican Republic. She is lawyer, teacher of Environmental Law and pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations. She is involved in various youth platforms such as the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY) and Caribbean Environment Youth Network (CYEN).
In 2000, Dorothy Aken‘Ova founded The International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE) as a non-governmental and non-profit organization that works at the grassroots and policy levels to reduce resistance to enforcing reproductive health and sexual rights in Nigeria. Dorothy grounds her work in the harshly conservative environment of northern Nigeria. Dorothy and her staff have suffered physical threats, regular harassment, two officially sanctioned efforts to silence her by shutting down INCRESE and revoking her passport, and imprisonment for their work with victims of Shari’a law. The work of INCREASE is possible thanks to the support of influential community members (as well as international organizations) and Dorothy’s exceptional ability to meaningfully engage with all actors in this struggle without modifying her core message.
Gorik Ooms is a human rights lawyer and a public health scholar. During most of his professional career he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium, of which he was the executive director from August 2004 until June 2008. In August 2008, he joined the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. Since 2010 he is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and since 2013 a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp.
Tim Röing works for the Right Livelihood College at the Center for Development Studies in Bonn. He is a graduate student at Bonn University, mastering in Sociology and Development Studies. His research focuses on the influence of international actors on rural development in Georgia.
Leyla Acaroglu is a leading sustainability strategist and an expert on lifecycle and systems thinking in design, production and consumption. She is a designer, social scientist, educator, TED speaker and passionate proponent of sustainability in and through design. Her work challenges people to see the secret life of everyday things and the underlying systems that make up the world.
Kyle James is an American journalist, editor and media trainer. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and has filed radio, print and online stories for European, US and Asian media outlets. He also works in media development and has extensive training experience in Asia, calling Cambodia home for several years.
Penhleak (Pinkie) Chan is currently the Managing Editor of Open Development Cambodia (ODC), an open data initiative which independently aggregates and maps publically available data to illuminate Cambodia’s development trends. She has worked with Deutsche Welle Akademie to provide data-driven journalism training to local journalists in Cambodia. Pinkie is interested in using innovations in open data and digital media to solve local issues. She holds degrees in ‘Economics’ and ‘Business & Management’.
With his company, jfp-films, Johannes Preuß has produced films for international DC since 2010. To date his work has primarily been on financial and agricultural projects in West Africa. In a series of short films and the recently released “E Go Better” mini-series, he explores cinematic and entertaining ways of increasing financial literacy. He often collaborates with local film makers and lay actors. His approach is based on the ‘participatory video’ method.
Mr. Preuß is currently studying directing at The Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. He holds advanced degrees in political science and journalism. In addition to films for DC, he also works on scenic projects, music videos and documentaries, and holds workshops.