Our Authors

Shenggen Fan

Shenggen Fan has been Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009.

Shenggen joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI's programme on public investment before becoming the Director of the Institute's Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005.

Shenggen is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security. He received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor's and master's degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Shenggen participated in the Securing food conference 2012.


Arif Farahmand

Arif Farahmand grew up in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kabul University. After working for Afghan media, he joined Deutsche Welle in Bonn in 2010.


Tithe Farhana

Tithe Farhana is a journalist from Bangladesh. She has written for the Global South Development Magazine, the New Agriculturist, Guardian Development Blog and Next Women from the UK, for the Indian magazine Agriculture today, and for the Thomas Reuters Foundation from the US. She is also a content writer for Matio o Manus, an agriculture programme from the BTV national TV station.

Tithe has been working as communications coordinator at Plan Bangladesh, the regional office of Plan International, and communication consultant at the International Rice Research Institute.


Maike Fiedler

Maike is an intern in marketing, fundraising and event management at Bali WISE.

Maike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Sciences and Hispanistics from University of Bremen. She has working experience in both Ecuador and Germany.


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.


Laura Fletcher

Laura Fletcher emerged into documentary making from her career in broadcast journalism. Since 2002 she has worked as a television, radio and multimedia journalist for the Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ. She joined RTÉ in her early twenties and has worked in almost every section of the newsroom, on television, radio, and online, both at home and abroad. In 2010 Fletcher took a sabbatical to work with media and human rights organisation Media Monitoring Africa in Johannesburg in South Africa. While there, Fletcher also produced two radio documentaries on human trafficking, and set up training programmes for young journalists.

From 2011 to 2014 Fletcher filmed, directed and largely funded the documentary African Pride. It won the Best Human Rights Film Award at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh in July 2014, where it had its national and world premieres. It also won the Green Rose for Best Documentary with a Global Message at the Jaipur International Film Festival in February 2015.


Sandra Flicke-Lötzsch

Sandra Flicke-Lötzsch is project assistant at the division for Business Development and Infrastructure at InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. Before, she worked for Handelsblatt publishing group.


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.


Teresa C. Fogelberg

Teresa C. Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative. She also is board chair of Ileia - the Centre for Learning on sustainable agriculture and the secretariat of the global AgriCultures network and of iied, the International Institute of Environment and Development.

She is an active World Connector and serves on the board of Cordaid, one of the biggest international development organisations and on the board of WWF Netherlands. Teresa is a member of the expert panel of the Sustainability Benchmark Award of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 2009 Teresa was elected one of 100 sustainability leaders in the Netherlands.

She holds a degree in Anthropology from Leiden University and previously worked for the ILO, USAID, OECD, UNFCCC and for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (amongst others).


Isabelle Fougère

Isabelle has been working as a journalist and author since 1991. Her stories on human rights, women, migrants, and economic development are regularly published in both the French press and abroad (Géo, Marie-France, Figaro Magazine, Grazia, VSD, Photo Magazine, etc.).

Between 2001 and 2002, she co-directed "Euroland," a series of documentaries about Europe for Italian television. Two years later, she published Odyssée Moderne, voyage aver les migrants clandestine, du Sahara à la Grande Bleue (Editions Images En Manœuvres), the story of her crossing the Sahara with African migrants bound for Europe.

Isabelle also writes books for children, and founded an international photojournalism prize 12 years ago, at the Perpignan Visa pour l'Image Festival. Three years before publishing the documentary, she began working with Miquel on recording Alma's story.


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.


Luke Franson

Luke Franson is a Market Intelligence and Planning Analyst at Finance in Motion. He holds a degree in Political Economy. He worked for the European Fund for Southeast Europe and ConCap.


Iriann Freemantle

Iriann Freemantle is a researcher based at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Her research focusses on migration, social cohesion, conflict and xenophobia. She is particularly interested in exploring how conflict between different groups in South Africa's mobile, diverse and marginalised informal settlements can be prevented in the short and long term.


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.


Thomas Fues

Thomas Fues is Head of Department “Training” at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Previously he works as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at University of Duisburg-Essen and at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). From 2001 – 2004 he was the One World Representative of the State of North Rhine Westphalia. After his work for the Parliamentary Caucus of the Green Party in the German Bundestag he worked several years as a free-lance consultant.


Emma Furniss

Emma Furniss is business relations manager at Fairphone. Before joining Fairphone, she initiated her own small-scale entrepreneurial projects with positive social impact.

Emma studied business in London and has worked in process management and optimisation for a multinational production company.