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.
Marlies Klugmann studied Development Studies at Bonn University and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. Her interests are in ICT for development, media studies and journalism. She gathered her first hands-on experience in the development context as a guest teacher in Indonesia and worked with the German broadcaster WDR. She completed her Master’s degree with a thesis on media coverage during international catastrophes and is currently interning at Digital Development Debates.
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.
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.
Sina Kamala Kaufmann is the author of Politik im Web, which looks at the social and political impacts of digital and technological progress. At the moment she researches and writes about utopian futures and works as a freelance communications specialist for tech companies and development organizations.
Brototi Roy has a M.Sc. degree in Economics from TERI University, New Delhi. She is the co-founder of Degrowth India Initiative, and also an elected executive council member of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics.
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.
Fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is one of the most courageous and outspoken human rights activists in Africa. Operating within a hostile and repressive environment, Nabagesera has shed light on human rights violations, and has successfully used the judicial system to advance LGBTI rights. She has overcome threats to campaign against repressive laws and uses a range of creative and innovative tools to continue breaking myths and stereotypes surrounding LGBTI people in Uganda and elsewhere. Kasha Nabagesera is Right Livelihood Award Laureate (also known as “Alternative Nobel Price”).
Copyright: Portrait of Nabagesera by Christine Dierenbach.
Danny Ramadan is a Jack-of-all-trades who found his calling in activism, civil justice, journalism and creative writing. As an LGBTQ activist, he has been involved in coordinating online and on-the-ground efforts to support gender and sexual minorities in Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and his birthplace, Syria. Danny is passionate about the values of volunteerism and democracy, and the causes of social justice and LGBT refugees’ rights. His commitment to and advocacy of refugees’ rights across Canada is expressed through his work as an experienced journalist, storyteller, and public speaker. Today, Danny is the Volunteer Coordinator at QMUNITY, B.C.'s queer resource centre. Each day, he strives to give back to the community that has welcomed and embraced him since his arrival in Canada in September 2014. He is the Grand Marshal for Vancouver's 2016 Gay Pride Parade.
Emily Rose Yates is a 24 year old accessibility consultant, travel writer and TV presenter, having most recently worked on a Lonely Planet guide to accessible Rio de Janeiro, after consulting on inclusion for the city's underground transport system, MetroRio. She also works for Enhance the UK, a disability awareness charity petitioning for inclusive sex education, and her recent BBC3 documentary 'Meet the Devotees' delves into the taboo world of disability and sexuality. Emily is starting a PhD in Women's Studies at the University of York this October. A wheelchair user herself, she hopes she can help to lift the clouds of limitation for the disabled community as a whole.
Samanta Siegfried was born in 1987 and majored in media studies and ethnology in Switzerland and peace and conflict research in India. She graduated from Zeitenspiegel’s Günter Dahl Journalism School in Reutlingen and has worked as a reporter for Zeitenspiegel (including Zeit Schweiz, Stern, Tageswoche, Beobachter) since 2016. She is on the editorial board at natur magazine and active in Peace Counts projects.
Michael Gleich is a journalist, book author and moderator. After working for WDR, “Natur”, and “Geo”, he got together with colleagues to promote solution-oriented multimedia projects. Like Peace Counts: How can conflict regions return to peace? He is primarily interested in the question of how to best encourage and feed the human spirit.
Jan Rübel was born in 1970 and grew up in Aurich/East Frisia. He studied Islamic studies and the history of the Middle East in Hamburg, Beirut and Tel Aviv. Rübel worked as state correspondent at the Near and Middle East Club in Hamburg, held an internship at the Axel Springer School for Journalism and was a political editor at “Die Welt” newspaper for two years. Moved to the “Welt am Sonntag” in 2005, and served as parliament correspondent for the CDU, CSU and FDP for two and a half years. He joined the development editorial board at Axel Springer in May 2007, and has worked at Zeitenspiegel since January 2008 where he is now a partner. Mr. Rübel also writes as a political commentator for “Yahoo”.
Esther Nakkazi works as a freelance Science and technology journalist, a Senior Reporter for Scidev & University World News and as a media trainer. She is based in Kampala, Uganda. Currenty she takes part in a Journalist in Residence Program at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.
Florian Sturm has studied English, Communication and Political Science at University of Jena and Bangor University, Wales. After completing a media traineeship in Hamburg, he now works as freelance journalist and translator. Since 2016 he is part of JournAfrica!‘s editorial team.
Jörg von Minckwitz earned a bachelor in economics from Dresden University of Technology and has run Blockchain Consulting for four years. He is a serial entrepreneur at the bitcoinsberlin Bitcoin incubator, founded Germany’s largest fintech coworking space, transistor Berlin, and is the cofounder of the Bitwala payment company.
Kageni Muse is a journalist based in Nairobi. She has worked for Kenya's two largest newspapers, Nation and The Standard, as a writer and editor in the last nine years specialising in women, business, urbanisation and social issues. She is passionate about empowerment, travel, faith and families.
Leon Schreiber is a Senior Research Specialist at Princeton University, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin. Originally hailing from the Namaqualand region of South Africa, he also went on to earn BA and MA degrees from Stellenbosch University. Schreiber has done extensive fieldwork research on these topics in countries ranging from Brazil to Kenya, Liberia, Nepal and South Africa. He is also an op-ed writer for one of South Africa's foremost Sunday newspapers, and regularly appears in the media as a political analyst and commentator.
Philipp Raasch has been involved in parkour since 2003, and teaches parkour for the ParkourONE interest group. He is a certified educator and studied sport, health and prevention at the German Sport University Cologne.
Noémie Audibert is Project Development Manager at SALT Academy, an NGO that promotes girls' rights and tackles gender discrimination through sports-based programs in Cambodia. She earned her Master's degree in International Humanitarian Law and Project Management at the Institute of International Humanitarian Studies in France before embarking on a four year journey across Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia working in the humanitarian and development sectors.
Diala Brisly began as a cartoonist at the Syrian-based Spacetoon channel in 2001, where she received her first training and soon began as a layout artist for a variety of cartoon TV shows. Currently she works with the magazine “Zaiton & Zaitonah” as well as “Zawrak”. Her career has spanned over a number of different activities, including layout design, animation, concept art, painting, comic books, and character design. Artistic participation in campaigns and political events has been a driving force for Diala, and several themes have consistently run through all her projects such as social justice, freedom, and human rights. She started making murals in refugee centers in 2014, to support education and give positive messages to kids who have suffered through war, and still suffer after fleeing.
Elizabeth Norman is a freelance writer and regular correspondent for the organisation Safe World for Women specialising in human rights, conflict and development. Elizabeth is particularly interested in issues relating to children in conflict, especially the underreported issue of child piracy. In 2013 she received a distinction from the University of Sheffield for her Master’s thesis entitled “How should we legislate at the international level with regards to child pirates?”