Our Authors

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.


Ute Lange

Ute Lange is Head of Corporate Communications at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL – Service for Development Initiatives in Bonn. She previously worked for InWEnt- Capacity Building International and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Ute studied Scandinavian and English Studies in Bonn, Munich and Berlin, after which she worked as the Assistant to the “Washington Post’s” Germany Correspondent in Berlin from 1991 to 1994. She then interned at the “Tagesspiegel” in Berlin, working as an editor for foreign and security policy with a focus on German military policy. She was also an editor for security policy at "Intr@net aktuell", the German Bundeswehr’s central internal online media, and headed up the Distance Learning Congress project at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg.

Additional roles over the course of her career: Press Relations Officer IHK Flensburg, Press Relations Officer FH Westküste, reporter for “The Californian” in Salina, California, Assistant to the Board of the “Expert Commission on University Structure in Schleswig-Holstein”.

Ute volunteers her time at "Women in International Security Germany - WIIS.de", a foundation that promotes women in foreign and security policy.


Peter Lanzet

Peter Lanzet is a social scientist and works as development officer for the Church Development Service in Bonn (Evengelischer Entwicklungsdienst – EED) for the "development finance and debt relief ".

He is co-spokesman for the Working Group on International Financial Institutions and Poverty Reduction at the Association of Development NGOs.


Dariusz Lapiński (Łapiński)

Dariusz Łapiński is coordinator for fan work of the PL.2012, the state owned organization that coordinated the preparations for the UEFA EURO 2012™ in Poland.

He holds a degree in Political and Culture Science and a PhD in Philosophy and worked at the German-Polish European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. He has a broad expertise in the field of fan work.


Barbara Lassen

Barbara Lassen holds a degree in Landscape Ecology and a MA in International Environmental Policy.

She works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in the Programme Implementing the Biodiversity Convention, and is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).

Currently her work focuses on biodiversity governance by indigenous peoples and local communities, and on access to genetic resources, traditional knowledge and benefit sharing.


Roger Lee Huang

Roger Lee Huang is a PhD Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong.

He has previously worked at Lingnan University, the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, and Academia Sinica. Furthermore, he has interned with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Yangon, Myanmar.

He holds a MSc degree in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University.


Matthias Leese

Matthias Leese studied Political Sciences in Hamburg and Freiburg, Germany. He works as a Research Associate at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

He is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen.


Jure Leko

Jure Leko studied ethnology, sociology, and geography at the University of Bonn. He obtained his Master of Arts in 2007, and was later awarded a doctoral thesis stipend by the University of Bonn. He was subsequently employed as a researcher at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology. Jure Leko has been working as researcher at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” since April 2012, where he is involved in a research project on the legal struggles of Roma refugees for recognition.


Willi Lemke

Willi Lemke was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in March 2008.

The Special Adviser leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to promote understanding and support for sport as aninstrument for development and peace, and encourages dialogue, collaboration and partnerships in this area.

Willi Lemke has over 25 years of professional experience in both sport and politics. From 1999 to 2008, he served as Senator for Interior and Sport as well as Senator for Education and Science of the State of Bremen, Germany. Wilfried Lemke was General Manager of Werder Bremen for 18 years, one of the top football clubs in Europe.

Throughout his career he has been a dedicated advocate for the importance of sport in education and society. He notably engaged in fundraising, the initiation and facilitation of various international relief projects.

Willi Lemke holds a degree in Sport and Educational Sciences from Hamburg University.


Markos Lemma

Markos Lemma is specialised in ICT and innovation management consultancy. He is a co-founder of the iceaddis innovation hubs network in Ethiopia.

Markos has been working for GIZ since 2007 as a technical advisor and ran the ePrivateSector Development project until 2011 as a project coordinator.

He is a blogger and GlobalVoices author. He speaks in different conferences about innovation hubs, tech communities, mobile technology, social media and blogging. He also organises different tech events in Addis Ababa.


Jörn Leonhard

Jörn Leonhardt has worked as a PR trainee in Corporate Communications at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2010. During the European Football Championship 2012 in Ukraine he worked in press relations in support of the "Fair Play" AIDS prevention project.

Jörn Leonhardt studied German, Musicology and Literature at the University of Mainz in Germany.


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.


Volker Lichtenthäler

Volker Lichtenthäler joined the E-Learning-Center of InWEnt in July 2008 as a senior project manager being responsible for InWEnt's Regional Capacity Building for E-Learning in Africa and is now also in authority for the GIZ's Global Campus 21 E-Academy.

In recent years, he has been working as a consultant for private companies as well as non-profit organisations.

He obtained a Masters´ degree in German Studies and Latin American Studies of the Free University Berlin, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications in Education of Dublin City University, Postgraduate Certificates in Open and Distance Education of the Open University/UK and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development Cooperation from the Technical University Kaiserslautern.


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.


Tobias Lorenz

Tobias Lorenz holds a PhD in economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke. His thesis was about social entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid. Previously he studied philosophy, linguistics and business administration at the University of Stuttgart.

Tobias has worked on human-technology interaction both at DaimlerChrysler Research & Technology as well as the Alcatel SEL Foundation for Communication Research. In 2007 he joined the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics as a project manager for educational projects.

In 2010 he launched Glovico.org which he envisions to be the world's largest Fairtrade language school at some future point.