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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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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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Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of both Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. He is a serial blogger and author of several books, among those “21 Stories of Transition” (2015) and “The Power of Just Doing Stuff “ (2013). He was recently awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent's top 100 environmentalists and one of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a keen gardener and one of the founders of New Lion Brewery in Totnes and a Director of Atmos Totnes, a very ambitious community-led development project. He tweets as @robintransition.

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Lisa Schäfer

Lisa studied Political Science and History in Darmstadt and Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently research assistant and Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Politics at FernUniversität Hagen.

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Kenny Ewan

Kenny Ewan, CEO and founder of WeFarm, obtained a degree in his native Scotland before moving to Peru to work with an international development NGO as Regional Director for Latin America. He was based in Latin America for 7 years, specialising in work with isolated, indigenous communities across the region, supporting local people in designing and implementing sustainable and practical development projects. Kenny returned to the UK in 2009 where he led the development of WeFarm as part of a UK charity's start-up initiative.

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Uwe Schneidewind

Uwe Schneidewind is President and Chief Research Executive of the Wupptertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Professor of Innovation Management and Sustainability at the University of Wuppertal. From 1998 to 2010, he was Professor of Production Management and Environment at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and served as University President from 2004 to 2008. Uwe Schneidewind is a member of numerous scientific and political committees, including the Club of Rome and the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Together with Mandy Singer-Brodowski, he published the book “Transformative Wissenschaft – Klimawandel im deutschen Wissenschafts- und Hochschulsystem” in 2013.

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Anne Vestergaard

Anne Vestergaard is an associate professor at the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Copenhagen Business School. Her research revolves around mainstream discourses of morality with a particular interest in tensions brought about by the fading division of labor between commercial and non-commercial organizations. This interest is pursued in two strands of research, one concerning humanitarian communication, the other concerning CSR communication. Anne’s work has been published in academic journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics and Corporate Communication. Together with Julie Uldam, she is the editor of Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

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Julie Uldam

Julie Uldam is an associate professor at Roskilde University. Her research explores the relationship between online media and civic engagement from three avenues of enquiry: (1) challenges to political participation, (2) corporate surveillance of social movements, and (3) interactions and collaborations among civil society, government and business. Julie's work has been published in academic journals such as New Media & Society, and the International Journal of Communication, Policy & Internet. Together with Anne Vestergaard, she is the editor of Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

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Thant Sin

Thant Sin is currently pursuing his master's degree in Media and Development at SOAS, University of London. He regularly writes for Global Voices about news dealing with citizen media in Myanmar. Previously, he worked in the Development and Peacebuilding sector in Myanmar, traveling around the country.

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Hildegard Willer

Hildegard Willer lives in Lima, Peru where she works as a journalist and communications expert. In the Andes region she reports for publications such as KNA, NZZ, taz, welt-sichten, edits the website of Informationsstelle Peru e.V., and teaches journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her interests include the environment and journalism research in Peru. Her study “Social Conflicts and Local, Public Spaces” was published by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in 2015.

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Amitesh Grover

Amitesh Grover is a performance-based artist and curator. His interdisciplinary, contemporary art projects create ‘performance communities’; he invites people in specially constructed ‘situation rooms’, often connecting participants transnationally, through internet and mobile technology. His work has received critical acclaim in the domain of performance and visual art, and won him several awards and residencies, of which his most recent nomination was for Forecast Award for Emerging Curator (HKW, Berlin 2015). His works have been shown in performance festivals, galleries, exhibitions, the internet, and other public spaces around the world. He lives and works in New Delhi, India, where he also teaches and writes on performance, interactivity and knowledge-production.

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Charles Lindholm

Charles Lindholm is University Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Boston University. He has written extensively on the Swat Pukhtun and on the Middle East. Other topics include authenticity, radical social movements, American culture, charisma, psychological anthropology, belief, and emotion. He currently divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Tho Ha Vinh

Tho Ha Vinh is Program Director at the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of ”A Call to Care”, a curriculum designed to promote the development of compassion in all the schools in Bhutan and Vietnam from kindergarten through to university. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Eurasia Foundation, as well as Buddhist teacher (Dharmacharia) in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. Tho Ha Vinh holds a Ph.D. in psychology and education, has been a professor of education at several universities in Europe and Vietnam, and published a number of books (including Grundrecht auf Glück; Nymphenburger Verlag).

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Eva-Maria Spiller

Eva-Maria Spiller holds an M.A. in International Development Studies from the Philipps-University of Marburg as well as a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, Journalism and Politics from the Technical University of Dortmund. She worked as a freelancer for a local newspaper and interned and worked with several German radio and TV stations such as phoenix, SWR and WDR. She gathered her first hands-on experience in the development context during an internship in Madagascar with the DAAD.

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Peter Strack

Peter Strack holds a PhD in the social sciences. After working for 9 years in the Press Department of terre des hommes, Germany's head office, and 15 years as Regional Office Coordinator for South America, he works as part-time coordinator for the Swiss-based Interteam development organisation in Bolivia and as a freelance author since May 2015. His work focuses on children, youths, human rights, violence and intercultural relations. He is a regular contributor to "ila", a German monthly journal on Latin America, and the "taz" newspaper's Latin America Blog.

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Friederike Habermann

Friederike Habermann is an author, activist and independent academic, as well as an economist and historian. She holds a PhD in political science.

 

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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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OuiShare Collective

OuiShare is a global community and think tank. Ouishare works to build and nurture a collaborative society by connecting people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust.

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Edvin Aldrian

Edvin Aldrian is a Research Professor at the Center for Research and Development at the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics. He also serves as the IPCC Working Group I Vice Chair, WMO Regional V Climate Working Group Vice Chair and is part of the WMO Expert Team on Comission of the Climatology group on Infrastructure and Institutional Capacity. He is the chairman of the Indonesian Society of Hydrology and Indonesian Society of Agrometeorologists. He obtained his PhD from Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, while gaining his Master's degree from Nagoya University, Japan, and Bachelor's from McMaster University, Canada. He mainly works on global and regional climate issues including climate changes and is an active speaker for Climate Change Sciences.

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Anton Scholz

Anton Scholz studied History, Philosophy and Anglistics in Germany and South Africa. Further, he holds a Master's degree in African Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Anton has worked as freelance journalist for several newspapers and has experience as journalist, researcher and volunteer on the African continent. Currently, he is working at the Berlin office of the ONE Campaign.

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Brenda Burrell

Brenda Burrell is a Zimbabwean information activist and co-founder of The Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe. For the last seven years, she has lead the Freedom Fone project, an open source software development initiative focusing on two-way communication with mobile phone users via IVR, SMS and voice mail. Brenda is motivated to bridge the gaps that separate people from the information they need to stay informed, engaged, productive and healthy. To this end, her work often integrates technology to amplify issues, encourage feedback and crowd source information.

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Abiol Lual Deng

Abiol Lual Deng is a humanitarian, researcher and international development professional with ten years of international experience, including in some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, such as Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (M.Phil hons), Ms. Deng's career has ranged from the private sector to international non-governmental organizations and government agencies in Africa, Europe and North America. Ms. Deng focuses primarily on geopolitics in Central and East Africa, social policy, humanitarian affairs and the role of social media in conflict in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa.

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