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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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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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Raphael Thelen

Raphael Thelen is a foreign correspondent based in Leipzig. He studied political science, philosophy and economics in Bonn and earned a degree in journalism from Zeitenspiegel Reportageschule. As a reporter, he has worked in more than 15 countries and his pieces have been published in major German newspapers and magazines. In the past few years, he lived in Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, covering the aftermath of the Arab revolutions, and refugee and migration issues. He joined DDD’s editorial team at the beginning of 2016.

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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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Thomas Silberhorn

Dr Thomas Silberhorn is Germany's State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Michael Berkowitz

Michael Berkowitz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013 to shape and oversee the new 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Most recently, he was the deputy global head of Operational Risk Management at Deutsche Bank. Between 2005 and 2008 he had management roles for DB in Mumbai, India and New York.
Until 2005, Michael was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in New York City. He worked on major planning initiatives, including the New York City Coastal Storm, Biological Terrorism and Transit Strike contingency plans. At OEM he led an initiative to create OEM’s Public-Private Emergency Planning Initiative and its Ready New York citizen preparedness campaign.

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Jascha Grübel

Jascha Grübel holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and is currently studying Science, Technology and Policy with a focus on future city development at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Right now, he is gathering work experience at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London where he is involved in creating 3D visualizations for simulations of London.

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Tanya L. Schweinberger

Tanya L. Schweinberger is studying International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Tanya is particularly interested in the foreign policy and political system of the People’s Republic of China. After she graduates in 2016, she will pursue a doctorate at the University of Geneva.

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Jed Horne

Jed Horne is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported throughout the Western Hemisphere as well as Japan, Somalia and Europe.

His books include Desire Street about a Louisiana death row case, and Breach of Faith about Hurricane Katrina. He was part of a team awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper coverage of the hurricane and has been interviewed on most major television and radio news shows.

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Jordan Flaherty

Jordan Flaherty is a journalist and TV producer based in New Orleans. He is author of the book Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, and supervising producer of The Laura Flanders Show.

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Matt Birkinshaw

Matt Birkinshaw does social science research with a focus on urban development, infrastructure and politics in south Asia, and to a lesser extent, southern Africa. He is currently writing up a PhD at the London School of Economics on water governance in urban India. He has been involved in research on urbanisation and migration, technology and urban innovation, and urban displacement.

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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar is a Delhi-based development journalist. He writes about and photographs issues related to NGOs, the environment, development and urban affairs. He is a British Chevening Scholar and was selected for a Thomson Reuters Foundation fellowship. He has undergone training with Radio Nederlands Wereldomroep and is currently working with an international non-profit organisation.

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Laura von Puttkamer

Laura von Puttkamer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Global Urban Development and Planning. Laura has spent time in India, Ethiopia and Brazil and is interested in community programs and urban design. She is also blogger who focuses on participatory urban development and offers a platform for innovative ideas and solutions for future cities.

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Francisco Mata Rosas

Francisco Mata Rosas is photographer, researcher and lecturer at the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico City. He holds a Master’s degree in visual arts. His works have been displayed in more 150 shared exhibitions, 80 individual exhibitions in 51 countries. He is author of nine books with photographic essays.

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Markus-Michael Müller

Markus-Michael Müller is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at ZI Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin and Co-Principal Investigator of the “Police-Building and Transnational Security Fields in Latin America” research project at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 - Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, located at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on transnational security governance and violence with a regional focus on Latin America. His most recent publications include: The Punitive City: Privatised Policing and Protection in Neoliberal Mexico (London: Zed Books, 2016).

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Teresa Incháustegui Romero

Teresa Incháustegui Romero is General Director of Inmujeres - Institute of Women of Mexico City (Instituto de las Mujeres del D.F. México). From 2009 to 2012 she served as Deputy of the Mexican Congress representing the Federal District. She has published more than three dozens of articles and book chapters and is currently teaching at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) (Autonomous University of Mexico City).

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Salomé Flores

Salomé Flores is coordinator of the Centre of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime Victimization and Justice, a joint project with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) and the United Nations Office against Drug and Crime, which promotes international standards and provides technical assistance for improving crime and justice statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean.



Flores has also served as an adviser to the Vice-Presidency of Public Security, Justice and Comptroller Affairs at the INEGI, where she specifically addressed duties related to victimization surveys and public safety statistics. She formerly held several other positions at the Secretariat of Public Function. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of the Americas - Puebla, studied Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Canberra University, and studied Applied Statistics and Strategic Management at the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico.

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Javier Hernández

Javier Hernández is the National Cooperation Officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Mexico.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and a Master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development. For over more than 15 years, Javier has collaborated with different UN agencies in Mexico and Central America, designing and coordinating cooperation projects in the region and working on drugs and crime prevention, capacity development, and knowledge management.

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Yazan Halwani

Yazan Halwani is a Lebanese street artist based in Beirut. His distinctive “calligraffiti” style is a mix of Western graffiti and Arabic calligraphy that uses the shape of Arabic script to create meaningful portrait murals. He has already painted in Lebanon, Tunisia, Germany, France and Dubai. Yazan earned his Bachelor’s in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2015.

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Sam Tarling

Sam Tarling has covered a wide range of issues across the Middle East and beyond, including the wars in Syria and Iraq and the ensuing refugee crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the 2011 uprising and subsequent unrest in Egypt and the war in Libya for some of the world's leading news organisations and aid agencies.

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Hans Henrik Fricke

Hans Henrik Fricke holds a bachelor of arts in architecture. He is currently based in Tokyo, learning the Japanese language as a scholar with the German Academic Exchange Service. He is interested in urbanism especially in the urban fabric of Asian megacities. Furthermore, he is a passionate about outdoor sports, such as hiking and telemark skiing.

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Felix Steinhoff

Felix Steinhoff studied architecture at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Mimar Sinan University Istanbul and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He works as a freelance photographer and runs the “Kino am Naschmarkt“, an open-air cinema. He is currently completing his master's thesis on borders.

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Lisa Abou Khaled

Lisa Abou Khaled was raised in Beirut and started working with UNHCR in Lebanon in March, 2013, in the Bekaa Valley before moving back to Beirut in 2015. She studied International Affairs and Political Science at the Lebanese American University. Before joining UNHCR, she has worked for production companies and a Lebanese TW station. After completing my university studies, she have interned with UNDP and OHCHR.

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Carlin Carr

Carlin Carr is an urban development professional focusing on gender, affordable housing and poverty issues, primarily in India. She is based in Boston and Mumbai.

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Charles Newman

Charles Newman is a trained architect and has worked across numerous regions of East Africa. He was most recently the Director Emeritus of Kounkuey Design Initiative’s (KDI) Kenya office in Nairobi. Charles is a 2018 Master’s in Design Studies Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Anthony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change. He is a graduate of Communication and Media from Egerton University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Nairobi. He has contributed to Thomson Reuters Foundation, Guardian UK, TakePart, among others. He was a GroundTruth Project fellow in 2015 and collaborated with 50 other journalists worldwide to investigate World Bank’s complacency in funding projects that have led to eviction of indigenous people from their ancestral lands.

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