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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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Prisca L. Watko

Prisca Watko holds a Master’s degree in Media Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Cultural and Media Studies and Economics. With work experience at the Ghanaian Observer in Accra as well as editorial and cultural assistant for the Goethe-Institute in France, she is committed to the transcultural exchange of knowledge. Prisca is currently interning at Digital Development Debates.

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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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Kofi A. Annan

Kofi Annan is chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, and of the Africa Progress Panel. He is a former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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Bärbel Dieckmann

Bärbel Dieckmann is president of the German Welthungerhilfe. She was mayor of Bonn from 1994 to 2009. Since 1972, she has been a member of the German Social Party SPD. Between 2003 and 2009 she was a member of the executive board of the SPD and from 1999 to 2009 she was a member of the party executive. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF) and the German Sustainability Award Foundation. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute and of DGVN’s presidium (United Nations Association of Germany). Among other things, she was chairperson of the World Mayors' Council on Climate Change (founded on the occasion of the 11th Conference on the Parties on Climate Change), executive president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (Brussels) and member of the policy committee of the Association of German Cities. Bärbel Dieckmann studied Philosophy, History and Social Sciences at the University of Bonn and was a teacher between 1974 and 1995, most recently as director of studies at a comprehensive school and grammar schools.

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Mario Pezzini

Mario Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre. Before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions at the OECD. Before becoming Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, he was Head of the Regional Policy Division that covers policy analysis on urban development, rural development, regional competitiveness and public governance. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and has held posts at US and Italian universities as well. Mr. Pezzini has also served as an advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and on think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, the European Commission, and Nomisma in Italy). Mr. Pezzini started his career in the government offices of the Emilia-Romagna Region

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Carlos A. Monteiro

Carlos A. Monteiro is Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo. His research lines include secular trends and biological and socioeconomic determinants of nutritional deficiencies and obesity, food processing in the food system and human health, and food and nutrition programs and policies evaluation. At the present, he is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, of the WHO Nutrition Expert Advisory Group and the Working Group on Science and Evidence of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. In 2010, he received the PAHO Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health.

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Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned scientist and activist in the fields of biodiversity, agro-ecology and gender. She holds a Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and is a Right Livelihood Award Laureate. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.
Her organisation Navdanya is a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.

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Oliver Schmidt

Oliver Schmidt holds a Master's in Economics from the University of Muenster (Germany) and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Speyer (Germany). He has worked for GIZ in German international cooperation in Uganda and India since 2004. Oliver has taught as a lecturer or guest lecturer at universities in Germany, the Netherlands, India and Uganda. He has published and edited a wide variety of papers and books on development issues, particularly in the area of microfinance.

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Francesco Branca

Francesco Branca is the Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO). He has served as President of the Federation of the European Nutrition Societies and was a senior scientist at the Italian Food and Nutrition Research Institute. He holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery with a specialization in Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and a PhD in Nutrition from Aberdeen University.

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Marzella Wüstefeld

Marzella Wüstefeld is Technical Officer at the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN). She has been involved in policy evaluation with focus on food and nutrition security, and worked with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in planning and implementing bilateral multisectoral nutrition programmes. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Justus-Liebig-University Gießen in Germany, and was awarded an MSc Epidemiology by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in UK.

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Laura Hille

Laura Hille studied Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Hamburg. While studying she worked at the Department for Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg and at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. After finishing her Masters degree in 2014 she currently holds a scholarship at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and works on her doctorate in media culture, in which she researches new forms of the merging of men and machine.

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Frédéric Viala

Frédéric Viala is the founder of ENTOFOOD, an innovative Malaysia-based start-up providing sustainable insect protein for fishmeal substitution. He has more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship management and start-up development. Frédéric Viala is business oriented with strong ethical value: social and environmental impacts.

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Barbara Ilse Petzold Horna

Barbara Ilse is an artist and cultural anthropologist. She was born in Lima, Peru in 1985. Growing up surrounded by painting, photography, dancing and theater, artist practice has always been an integral part of her development. She earned a master’s degree in ethnology, political science and Ibero- Romance philology at the University of Bonn where she also worked as a lecturer. Today she is an independent artist and lecturer in Sao Paulo.

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Juan Arellano

Juan Arellano is a former developer and systems analyst, worked for many years in the Peruvian public administration. He is now editor at Global Voices en español, a blogger since 2001 and founder of the first directory of Peruvian bloggers. He maintains interest in topics as diverse as citizen journalism, Amazonian cultures and communities, open data and South American politics. He also contributes or has contributed to: Periodismociudadano.com, informacioncivica.info, Futurechallenges.org.

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Yvonne Franke

Yvonne Franke teaches political science at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. Her research interests include Global Political Economy, the Global Agro-Food-System, and development theory with a regional focus on Latin America. In her doctoral thesis she analyzed how the issues of food security, monetary policies and social narratives are intertwined in Argentina. Her goal is to introduce qualitative methodology into the study of Global Political Economy.

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Oscar Mañón Vázquez

Oscar Mañón Vázquez is a freelance videographer and photographer from Mexico City. He studied Visual Arts at UNAM. His recent projects include documentaries about indigenous people as well as music videos.

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Isabel Makhoul

Isabel Makhoul is a graduate student in International Development at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA/Sciences Po) and has gained broad experience in Latin America, studying and working in Argentina, Mexico and Nicaragua. After interning with the Development Policy Forum of GIZ in Berlin she is currently conducting field research for her master thesis on real estate markets in Brazil and the formalization processes in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

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Jonas Metzger

Jonas Metzger is research fellow and PhD candidate in Social Science at the Justus Liebig University. From 2011 until 2014 he worked in a research project on seed systems in Tanzania and Namibia. His areas of expertise are development studies, social transformation of smallholder livelihoods in Sub-Sahara Africa as well as qualitative research methods. As a freelance consultant, Jonas did research in various fields, for example on social and economic causes of malnutrition in Malawi and on ageing society in Germany. Since 2013, he is co-editor for the online-journal 'conditio humana. Beiträge zum Verlust von Leib und Welt'.

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Franziska Ollendorf

Franziska Ollendorf is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the Justus Liebig University, Germany, and in Rural Development Studies at the Jean Jaurès University, France. Her thesis analyses the transformative role of private sustainability standards in the cocoa value chain. Franziska has broad experience with (participatory) research on policy effects and sustainable rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda).

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Anne Siebert

Anne Siebert is a research fellow and PhD student in International Development Studies at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Currently, she conducts her PhD research on food sovereignty movements at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She gained extensive teaching experiences in social science and research methodology at both universities. Anne was responsible for project evaluations in Uganda and Indonesia and for the coordination of MSc Programs in Economics with Afghan Universities at the IEE.

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Daniel Asare-Kyei

Daniel Asare-Kyei is a geo-information scientist, an agricultural economist and a proud farmer. In 2012, he joined Esoko Networks to become the Ghana country manager. He started his career as a project officer with ADRA in an integrated food security program where he worked with 5.000 smallholders to increase their productivity. Later, he also founded Eucharia Farms Ltd. and has been a consultant on geographic information system mapping projects, agribusiness and ICT for agriculture. In the scientific field, he conducted pioneering research in post-harvest management of perishables and pursues a doctorate degree in climate change risk and vulnerability assessment in West Africa.

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Katja Schuler

Katja Schuler holds a degree in German and Political Science from Heidelberg University. She is currently working as a journalist for MediaCompany, a German communications agency. Before that she was working as an editor for Schwäbische Zeitung, a German regional daily.

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Oswaldo Samuel Costa Santos

Oswaldo Samuel Costa Santos is part of the national coordination of the Brazilian Landless Workers' Movement (MST - Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra).

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Filipe Russo Maciel

Filipe Russo Maciel is part of the national coordination of the Brazilian Landless Workers' Movement (MST - Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra).

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Isabel Pleisnitzer

Isabel Pleisnitzer holds two Bachelor degrees in Economics and Comparative Cultural and Religion Science and completed her studies with a Master in Development Economics. She has been working as intern for the Development Policy Forum of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is deputy board member of the association Yatima e.V.

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Victoria Tiemeier

Victoria Tiemeier studied Political Science in Berlin, Tübingen, and Cairo. During her studies, she focused on the Middle East and urban development. She currently works for UN Habitat Egypt on the management of planned and unplanned urban expansion.

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David Betge

David Betge is a political scientist and doctoral fellow at the German Heinrich Boell Foundation. His dissertation compares Indian and South African land redistribution efforts. In addition to his academic work, he has worked in civil and political education for more than five years now, focussing on racism, media literacy and global learning.

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Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Since 2009, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, is the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki was Prime Minister of Niger from November 1997 until January 2000. As Prime Minister of Niger, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki played a catalyst role in enhancing the social dialogue in the country. He initiated the creation of relevant technical committees in charge of the negotiations with social partners. Before, he had been Minister in charge for African Integration and Cooperation as well as Foreign Minister of Niger. Next to his political career Mayaki has been professor in Niger, Venezuela and Paris. He also created and led the Public Policy Analysis Circle (Cercle d'analyse des pol itiques publiques) a think-tank focusing on health and education policy.

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Maliam Acio

Maliam Acio is a social development consultant and a Right Livelihood College Junior Scientist who worked with international development NGOs, before becoming a senior consultant with POP Human Resource and Management Consultants, a company that carries out development and human resource and management consultancy for the government, cooperatives, and private companies. With a wealth of over 9 years of experience, Maliam is a PhD scholar in Development Studies at the University of Ghana in Accra. Her research focuses on displacements caused by oil and gas production in Ghana and Uganda.

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Marita Wiggerthale

Marita Wiggerthale is Policy Advisor for Food Security and Global Agricultural Trade Issues at Oxfam Germany. In her work she focuses on the right to food, agriculture, agro-ecology and land, and deals with food price volatility and international agricultural trade. She holds a Masters degree in Policy, Economics and Pedagogy. Before moving to Oxfam Germany, she acted as Secretary General to the International Catholic Rural Youth Movement in Brussels and was involved in advocacy work on trade policies for Germanwatch.

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