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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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Dr Gerd Müller

Dr Gerd Müller is the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Miriam Schaper

Miriam Schaper studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at the University of Hamburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After several years as a corporate sustainability consultant, she currently serves as an advisor for ethical risk assessment for tourism at the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics and is completing a doctorate on corporate responsibility at the University of Hamburg.

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Gisela Burckhardt

Gisela Burckhardt is a development expert and executive board of FEMNET e.V. Her latest book "Todschick. Edle Labels, billige Mode – unmenschlich produziert" was published by Heyne.

FEMNET is part of the German platform of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) dedicated to awareness raising to improve working conditions in the garment industry worldwide. With the FairSchnitt project FEMNET works with students majoring in fashion-related areas, providing them early in their careers with information about the challenges facing the global garment industry.

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Antje von Dewitz

Antje von Dewitz is the CEO of the outdoor brand VAUDE in Tettnang. After studying Economic and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau, she became a product manager at VAUDE and later took on responsibility for company communications. In 2005 she became a marketing manager. In 2009 she took over the company management from her father, Albrecht von Dewitz. She received her Ph.D. and worked at the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Hohenheim. Antje von Dewitz pursues a coporate strategy that is consistently aligned with sustainability.

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Brendon Johnson

Brendon Johnson is a co-founder of the Baladini project. He has experience working in all aspects of the social entrepreneurship field for over 10 years. Previously to Baladini, Brendon worked with the Nile Project, an organization that employs music, education, and social innovation programs to promote transboundary peace. Before that, he worked with the Egyptian-based incubator Nahdet el Mahrousa where he consulted with over 25 social enterprises and nonprofits on issues of financial sustainability and strategic planning. He has also worked with Fortune 100 companies in developing socially-responsible programing for emerging markets. In 2005, Brendon founded, built, and managed the grassroots organization Aid to South Africa.

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Martin Seeliger

Martin Seeliger is social scientist and is currently pursuing his doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societes. He has published a number of different articles and books on popular music, especially on German Gangsta rap.

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Malte Goßmann

Malte Goßmann holds a Master's degree in Social Science and gives talks on rap and masculinity from an intersectional perspective. Both as a researcher and as a hip hop activist, he is interested in the rebellious side of rap music.

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Martina Schwingenstein

Martina Schwingenstein studied Cultural Anthropology, Intercultural Communication and Business Administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her master’s thesis on “The Social Entrepreneur – a cultural analysis of a leitfigur in the post-material economy”. In 2013 she was awarded the Sustainability Prize for Scientific Papers from the “Münchner Ring Nachhaltigkeit” granted by the Selbach Umweltstiftung. Today she works for the Robert Bosch Stiftung in “education” and “school quality development”. In her free time she writes for transformations-blog.com – “a new medium at the interface of anthropology and journalism with the aim to reach a wider audience with anthropological research insights”.

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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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Hans R. Herren

Hans R. Herren is one of the world’s leading experts on biological pest control and sustainable agriculture. Herren’s Swiss-based Biovision Foundation is committed to helping farmers in Africa combat hunger, poverty and disease through an agro-ecological approach. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 2013 for designing and successfully implementing a biological control programme to prevent the outbreak of a new pest threatening the cassava root in Africa. Since 2005, Herren has also served as president of the Millennium Institute in Washington D.C., which envisions the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental factors, and issues of peace and security.

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Franz Josef Radermacher

Franz Josef Radermacher is professor for databases and artificial intelligence at Ulm University. He is also the director of the Research Institute of Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n) in Ulm Germany, president of the Senat der Wirtschaft e. V. in Bonn, Germany, vice president of the Ecosocial Forum Europe in Vienna, Austria and a member of the Club of Rome.

He studied Mathematics and Economics (RWTH Aachen, University of Karlsruhe) and completed his postdoctoral degree at RWTH Aachen in 1982. His major fields of research include globalization challenges, learning organisations, risk management, responsibilities of persons and systems, environmentally compatible mobility, sustainable development, and the problem of overpopulation. Radermacher has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards for his work.

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Michael Braungart

Michael Braungart studied Chemistry and Process Engineering in Konstanz and Darmstadt (Germany). In the 80s he was working for Greenpeace and helped to set up its chemistry department. In 1985 he received his doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Hannover. Braungart is founder and the Scientific Director of EPEA, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency, which was founded in 1987; co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia and founder of the Hamburger Environmental Institute (HUI). For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. He has worked with a number of organizations and companies across a range of industries, and has developed tools for designing eco-effective products, business systems and intelligent materials pooling. Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart holds the Academic Chair Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and is professor at several other universities in Germany (Leuphana University, Lüneburg; Munich University of Technology) and the Netherlands (Delft University of Technology; University of Twente).

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Friedel Hütz-Adams

Friedel Hütz-Adams has been working as a researcher at SUEDWIND-Institute since 1993. He published various studies on value chains on different products including chocolate, mobile phones and cars. Additionally he took part in multi-stakeholder conferences and is member of the advisory boards.

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Tobias Knobloch

Tobias Knobloch worked in IT business for several years, then wrote a doctoral thesis on thought experiments and computer simulations. After that he worked as a political consultant and co-founded a social software startup. Tobias is now responsible for Web, Social Media and Open Data at the German Federal Ministry for Ecomomic Cooperation and Development. Spare time is filled with family and discussions about the chances and risks of digitization.

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Julia Manske

Julia Manske is a researcher at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin based think tank, where she works at the intersection of digital policies and global development. Julia is also a research affiliate with Data-Pop Alliance, a global alliance on data and development co-created by various academic institutions such as the MIT Media Lab. Julia studied social anthropology and social science at LMU, Munich and UNAM, Mexico City.

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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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Julian Rieck

Julian Rieck is member of the graduate college “Dictatorships as alternative Orders” at Humboldt University in Berlin where he is working on his dissertation about Spain under the Franco dictatorship. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, History and Anthropology of the Americas from the University of Bonn. In addition to Spanish and Latin American history, Julian’s recent research has focused on culture of remembrance and in particular how to cope with dictatorial and burdened past. For several years he worked as a guide in the “Haus der Geschichte” (House of History) in Bonn, where he continuously faced the question of historical responsibility.

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Gerd Hankel

Gerd Hankel is a legal scholar at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. He studied at the Universities of Granada, Spain, in Mainz and Bremen, Germany, and holds degrees in Romance languages and literature and in law. From 2000 to the end of 2001 he was on the team of researchers from various disciplines that created the Institute’s exhibition Crimes of the German Wehrmacht: Dimensions of a War of Annihilation 1941-1944.

Gerd Hankel’s current research focuses on dealing with the legal aspects of the genocide and the reconciliation process in Rwanda, on international humanitarian law and on the law of human rights.

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Napoleón Arturo

Napoleón Arturo is a Colombian human rights activist. He has years of experience working with victims of the Civil War in several parts of Colombia. He has received death threats and been prosecuted for his political engagement.

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Lena Wendt

Lena Wendt is a freelance journalist for NDR Television, and a photographer, VJ and blogger. She studied journalism at the University of Applied Sciences in Hannover before completing a traineeship at RTL and working at NTV and Al Jazeera. She lived in Cape Town for a time as a freelancer for a travel magazine. Over the past 11 years, Wendt has enjoyed a number of backpacking trips to various places in the world and Africa in particular. She will be spending the next one and a half years exploring West and Central Africa and blogging about her experiences.

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Lundquist Neubauer

Lundquist Neubauer is a sociologist and media scientist who works as a public relations manager. He is currently Communication Manager at Verivox GmbH. His thesis “Bad News for Africa?! A comparative analysis of Ghanaian and German news reporting” developed while he was in Accra, Ghana for a few months. He also works for the German NGO Ampion as a communication consultant. Since 2013, Ampion has organised venture buses through 15 African countries, bringing young African and international entrepreneurs in contact with potential investors. To date Ampion has helped create over 30 new companies. International start-up founders can register for the Ampion bus programme at

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Marcos Eguiguren

Marcos Eguiguren is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). He has a wealth of experience including banking, consulting, management, research, and training and development in the corporate, banking and telecom sectors. Next to his involvement in GABV, he is entrepreneur and co-founder of SingularNet, a professional services firm focused on helping organizations incorporate sustainability in their business operations, Professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), and Supervisory Board member of Triodos Bank.

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Arif Farahmand

Arif Farahmand grew up in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kabul University. After working for Afghan media, he joined Deutsche Welle in Bonn in 2010.

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Yuki Tanaka

Yuki Tanaka is Senior Advisor for Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA) and the Representative of the August 6 Hiroshima Peace Assembly, both Hiroshima-based grassroots civil movement organizations. After teaching and conducting research for almost 20 years at several different universities in Australia, he accepted a professorship for Japanese Modern and Contemporary History at Keiwa College in Niigata, Japan, and later held a research professorship at Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University from 2002 to March 2015. He has published widely on war crimes and war history and is the author of "Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the US Occupation" as well as "Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II" and a co-editor of "Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History".

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