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Frederik Caselitz

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.

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Patrick Delaney

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.

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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.

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Laura Thompson

Laura is currently the Deputy Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She is responsible for assisting the Director General in administering and managing the Organization; conducting the political dialogue and building IOM relationships with governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector; as well as in defining policies, strategies and prioritised action.

Prior to this position, Laura was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva. She also served at the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva in a prior occasion and at the Delegation to UNESCO. In addition to her diplomatic experience, Laura has held posts as Legal Counsel in two UN Organisations.

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Chantal Mouffe

A political theorist educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Between 1989 and 1995 she was Directrice de Programme at the College International de Philosophie in Paris.

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Miriam Gutekunst

Miriam Gutekunst is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Munich. As part of her dissertation project, she did research in Morocco on migration, borders and the meaning of love and marriage in this context. With colleagues, she founded a new medium at the interface of anthropology and journalism: transformations-blog.com. The aim of this project is to reach a wider audience with anthropological research insights.

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Manuela Boatcă

Manuela Boatcă is Professor of the Sociology of Global Inequalities and principal investigator of the Research Network desiguALdades.net at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include world-systems analysis, gender and violence research, postcolonialism and decoloniality, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and Latin America. She is author of From Neoevolutionism to World-Systems Analysis. The Romanian Theory of ‚Forms without Substance’ in Light of Modern Debates on Social Change, 2003 and co-editor of Decolonizing European Sociology. Transdisciplinary Approaches (with E. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez & S. Costa), 2010 and Globale, multiple und postkoloniale Modernen. Theoretische und vergleichende Perspektiven (with W. Spohn), 2010. The article is a revised fragment of chapter 6 in her recent book, Global Inequalities Beyond Occidentalism, Ashgate: Farnham, 2015

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Ralf Oetzel

Ralf Oetzel is a senior project manager at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) with 35 years of life and professional experience in Central and South America. He currently heads the GIZ-implemented EU-Project "Protection of human rights in migration situations" (PRODEM) in the border area between Ecuador and Colombia. He is a specialist in issues of international migration, refugees and human trafficking.

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Oliver Pieper

Oliver Pieper has worked for GIZ and the Deutsche Welle Akademie (as a development worker) in Ecuador since 2012. His work focuses on strengthening quality journalism especially in community media. He has also worked for the Deutsche Welle and Deutschlandfunk as an editor and moderator specialising in Latin American issues.

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Atran Youkhana

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.

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Zeljko Crncic

Zeljko Crncic studied Political Science, Spanish and Croatian at the University of Mainz from 1998 to 2005. He works at the German Development Institute in Bonn in the Training Department. Until 2014, he worked with graduate and Ph.D. students at the University of Kassel. Between 2006 and 2010, he completed his Ph.D. on the indigenous CONAIE movement in Ecuador. His main interests are social movements, conflicts, resources, and human rights.

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Thomas Berthold

Thomas Berthold is a political and cultural scientist. He works as a consultant for the Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees primarily responsible for intake conditions for unaccompanied and accompanied minor refugees.
Thomas Berthold works with a range of networks on refugee policy and the rights of the child, including the National Coalition Germany – Rights of the Child Network, Human Rights Forum, and Federal Guardianship Forum. He has published a number of articles and studies, and has given presentations at expert events and to the general public.

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Jure Leko

Jure Leko studied ethnology, sociology, and geography at the University of Bonn. He obtained his Master of Arts in 2007, and was later awarded a doctoral thesis stipend by the University of Bonn. He was subsequently employed as a researcher at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology. Jure Leko has been working as researcher at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” since April 2012, where he is involved in a research project on the legal struggles of Roma refugees for recognition.

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Arnošt Štanzel

Arnošt Štanzel holds a degree in Political Science, History and Economy from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. He has worked as a research assistant at Collegium Carolinum in Munich, Germany and is currently doing his doctoral thesis on environmental history in Czechoslovakia and Romania under state socialism with a focus on the water sector.

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Uli Schwarz

Uli Schwarz is a geographer and Managing Director of up-filmproduction. Together with his wife, Dr Petra Dilthey, Uli Schwarz primarily works on development cooperation issues with his film and video production company.

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Petra Dilthey

Dr Petra Dilthey earned her doctorate as an ethnologist, director and filmmaker. She works with her husband, Uli Schwarz, for up-filmproduction. The profits generated by film marketing go into the association they founded, up4change e.V. The couple presents their aid projects in Brazil, India and Kenya on their website:

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Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Nana Oforiatta Ayim was born and raised in Germany, England, and Ghana where she continues to live and work. She received an MA in Art History and an MPhil in African Languages and Cultures from the University of London. Working as a cultural historian, writer and filmmaker, Oforiatta Ayim explores narratives of representation and becoming, as well as of inclusion and exclusion; and is particularly concerned with what are considered alternative historiographies. She is the founder of the ANO research initiative, and has written for numerous publications including Manifesta (2014) and Kaleidoscope (2012). She has shown her films widely in venues, such as such as Witte de With, Netherlands (2015); LIAF, Norway (2013); Tate Modern, UK (2012).

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Martin Gommel

Martin Gommel (34) is a father, husband, and photographer. He loves life, books of photographs, and Kenyan coffee. He has recently begun working on a project about refugees in Germany.

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Laura Fletcher

Laura Fletcher emerged into documentary making from her career in broadcast journalism. Since 2002 she has worked as a television, radio and multimedia journalist for the Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ. She joined RTÉ in her early twenties and has worked in almost every section of the newsroom, on television, radio, and online, both at home and abroad. In 2010 Fletcher took a sabbatical to work with media and human rights organisation Media Monitoring Africa in Johannesburg in South Africa. While there, Fletcher also produced two radio documentaries on human trafficking, and set up training programmes for young journalists.

From 2011 to 2014 Fletcher filmed, directed and largely funded the documentary African Pride. It won the Best Human Rights Film Award at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh in July 2014, where it had its national and world premieres. It also won the Green Rose for Best Documentary with a Global Message at the Jaipur International Film Festival in February 2015.

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Nora Sausmikat

Nora Sausmikat heads the China Programme at the Stiftung Asienhaus in Cologne. She holds a post-doctoral degree in Sinology and specialises in political reform and civil society. She has written for various international publications, such as the South China Morning Post.

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Wolfgang Kraushaar

Wolfgang Kraushaar, born in 1948, holds a Ph.D. in political science and studied political science, philosophy and German language and literature in Frankfurt. He worked at the Didactics Centre at Frankfurt University from 1978 to 1982, completed his dissertation on structural changes at German universities in 1982, and has worked at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research since 1987. His research focuses on protest movements and modern terrorism. Dr Kraushaar was a guest professor at Beijing Normal University in 2004. He is currently working on a monograph entitled "Nacktprotest! Zwischen Zivilisationsgewinn und Schamverlust" (Naked Protest! Between civilisational progress and a loss of shame).

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Anton Törnberg

Anton Törnberg is a PhD candidate in an interdisciplinary project between the Complex System Group at Chalmers Technical University and the Department of Sociology and Work Science at Gothenburg University in Sweden. His thesis addresses how complexity science and complexity theoretical methods, such as agent-based modeling and social network analysis, can be applied to understanding collective mobilization and social movements. Anton is also responsible for the Resistance Studies Seminars, a continuous interdisciplinary research seminar focusing on resistance studies.

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Jochen Hunold

Jochen Hunold holds a master degree in Political Science, History and Ethnology. He is interested in issues of infrastructure, sport and development. From 2012 to 2014 he was employed at Phoenix, Bonn. Currently he works as a freelance and online journalist. In 2014 he was living in Lima where he did an internship at Mares Pedagogía school.

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Tithe Farhana

Tithe Farhana is a journalist from Bangladesh. She has written for the Global South Development Magazine, the New Agriculturist, Guardian Development Blog and Next Women from the UK, for the Indian magazine Agriculture today, and for the Thomas Reuters Foundation from the US. She is also a content writer for Matio o Manus, an agriculture programme from the BTV national TV station.

Tithe has been working as communications coordinator at Plan Bangladesh, the regional office of Plan International, and communication consultant at the International Rice Research Institute.

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Jasmin Siebold

Jasmin Siebold holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and studied Political Management on an undergraduate level at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently interning at the Development Policy Forum at GIZ, where she also works for DDD.

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Reiner Klingholz

Reiner Klingholz, born in 1953, is the Director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, a think tank for issues of demographic change, and author of the book “Sklaven des Wachstums. Die Geschichte einer Befreiung” (Slaves of Growth. The story of a liberation, available only in German), published by Campus Verlag in 2014.

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Ingrid Rieser

Ingrid Rieser is a budding economist, educator and filmmaker who recently graduated from the “Economics for Transition” master’s programme at Schumacher College, UK. As her dissertation project, she produced the “OIKONOMOS: transforming economics education” documentary, which tells the story of the growing movement to change the education of economists. Moreover, she has worked as course coordinator at the student-led Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University. She is particularly interested in processes of transformative learning and the role of art and creativity in work on global sustainability issues.

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