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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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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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Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder is ILO Director-General since October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international decision-making on issues that affect the world of work.

The Director-General wants the ILO to play a role in difficult global situations – such as economic crisis – and on the national agendas of countries undergoing change, especially where the world of work is at stake.

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Paola Simonetti

Paola Simonetti is Coordinator of Development Policy and Trade Union Development Cooperation Network at the International Trade Union Confederation.

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Verena Hölzl

Verena Hölzl works as a freelance journalist in Myanmar since 2015. Her work has been published by dpa, Spiegel Online, Deutsche Welle and tageszeitung. She writes mainly about the democratization of the former military dictatorship.

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Corina Ajder

Since 2013, Corina Ajder has worked as an independent researcher for the Clean Clothes Campaign, focusing on Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. She co-authored the Stiched Up report (2014) and the Labour on a Shoestring report (2016) and has helped produce numerous documentaries. Corina has an L.L.M from Saarland University (Germany) and a Master in Public Administration from the Central European University (Hungary).

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Therese Azeng

Dr Therese Azeng is a lecturer at the Department of Economic Policy Analysis at the University of Yaoundé 2 (Cameroon). Her primary research interests include development economics, with a particular interest in the economic analysis of armed conflicts, political instability, governance and regional integration. Her current research projects include youth economic vulnerability and violence in developing countries and post-conflict management in African countries.

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Hannah Schilling

Hannah Schilling is doctoral researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Berlin Technical University. She is interested in the transformation of work and social security in the context of digitalization, and explores options for comparing the experiences of young workers in Abidjan and Berlin in order to advance a global sociology of work in cities.

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Iffat Gill

Iffat Gill is the founder of The Code To Change, an initiative to empower women to participate in the global digital economy. An international NGO leader, activist, digital strategist and social entrepreneur, Iffat is working on gender equality and economic empowerment of women through digital inclusion. She has been at the forefront of shaping the global policy debate around skills gap and gender digital divide.

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Christian Lichtenberg

Christian Lichtenberg completed his MA in cultural studies and political science at European University Viadrina. He works in political education, journalism and activism where his central focus is on the sociology of religion, post-colonialism and universal basic income.

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Oumaima Azzelzouli

Oumaima Azzelzouli holds a joint MA degree in journalism from City University of London and Aarhus University. She has worked freelance for various English-speaking publications covering cultural, financial and social issues. Her interests revolve mainly around immigration, gender-related issues and finance.

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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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