Our Authors

Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma is a speculative designer and researcher. She specialises in combining the fringe, ethnographic research process and public perception to produce unusual platforms of engagement. She is most recently a global shaper for the World Economic Forum.

She founded the 'Fringe Benefits' projects to convert design methods into surprising services to broaden our perspective on a future involving the fringes. These appear as spa therapies in cat ladies' homes, doorstep water filtration sessions by conspiracy theorists and historical village tours for stranded passengers by Heathrow activists.

For the "Farmification" project, Lisa Ma stayed in a joystick factory in Shenzhen, China and dived into the intimate lives of migrant workers. After observing how the vertiginous waves of production renewal have pushed the workers to the fringes, she created a part-time farming scheme where the migrant community combine farming with manufacturing to act as a buffer between innovation cycles.

Lisa holds a master's in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, London. She has worked as a designer in London at Conran and Pentagram and Berlin at Deutsche Telekom, and collaborated to produce and present TEDLive in Edinburgh.


Achim Maas

Achim Maas is working as a senior project manager at adelphi.

His main areas of work are the interlinkages and between natural resources, violent conflict and peace on all levels of society.

He studied political science, sociology, history and economics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. Subsequently, he concluded his studies with a Master in International Politics and Security Studies at the University of Bradford.


Barbara Mabanza

Barbara Mabanza is the founder of KrauseLocke.de, an online beauty portal for black women in Germany. KrauseLocke.de gives hair and skin-care tips and opens a room for discussion on topics such as racism, integration and belonging.

Barbara studies law at University of Bonn.


Filipe Russo Maciel

Filipe Russo Maciel is part of the national coordination of the Brazilian Landless Workers' Movement (MST - Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra).


Isabel Makhoul

Isabel Makhoul is a graduate student in International Development at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA/Sciences Po) and has gained broad experience in Latin America, studying and working in Argentina, Mexico and Nicaragua. After interning with the Development Policy Forum of GIZ in Berlin she is currently conducting field research for her master thesis on real estate markets in Brazil and the formalization processes in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro.


Oscar Mañón Vázquez

Oscar Mañón Vázquez is a freelance videographer and photographer from Mexico City. He studied Visual Arts at UNAM. His recent projects include documentaries about indigenous people as well as music videos.


Julia Manske

Julia Manske is a researcher at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin based think tank, where she works at the intersection of digital policies and global development. Julia is also a research affiliate with Data-Pop Alliance, a global alliance on data and development co-created by various academic institutions such as the MIT Media Lab. Julia studied social anthropology and social science at LMU, Munich and UNAM, Mexico City.


Alvin Marcelo

Alvin Marcelo studied to be a general and trauma surgeon and currently heads the University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center.

He is the manager of the International Open Source Network for ASEAN+3, a top research centre for free and/or open source software founded by the UNDP in cooperation with the former InWEnt (now GIZ). He also heads the Community Health Information Tracking System - CHITS


Oliver Märker

Oliver Märker is Managing Director at Zebralog GmbH, which consults with public agencies in the planning and realization of e-participatory procedures on local, regional, and federal level.

Oliver Märker studied geography, sociology, and psychology at the University of Bonn. He received a PhD from the University of Oldenburg in 2004 for his doctoral thesis: "Online-Mediation as an instrument for sustainable urban and regional planning".


Helen Marquard

Helen Marquard is the Executive Director of SEED, an initiative founded by the UN Environment and Development Programmes, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Prior to joining SEED, Helen was a Deputy Director in the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she was responsible for the UK's international, EU and bilateral programmes on sustainable development, and also held the position of Deputy Head of the Environment Policy Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Helen was previously a researcher in medical molecular biology, holding positions in Manchester, Cologne and Aachen.


Jens Martens

Jens Martens has been director of the European office of Global Policy Forum since its foundation in late 2004.

He was a member of the Coordinating Committee of Social Watch. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Development and Peace Foundation.

Previously, he was member of the Executive Board of the German NGO World Economy, Ecology and Development (WEED). From 1997 until 2004 he worked at WEED as Director of its Programmes on International Environment and Development Policy and on Corporate Accountability.


David C. Martínez-Amador

David C. Martínez-Amador, is a college professor and former Fulbright-Laspau recipient.

He teaches the history of the mafia in different universities in Central America. He has travelled extensively throughout Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica identifying the characteristics of the ritualistic violence produced by Mexican organized crime organizations.


Ahmad Masour

Ahmad Masour is a psychologist, community coach and author. He was born in Tira, an Arab village near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ahmad has been living in Germany for eight years now. He works as coach and mentor for the "Heroes" project in Berlin and as a researcher at "ASTIU – Arbeitsstelle Islamismus und Ultranationalismus" (Working group on Islamism and Ultranationalism). Ahmad is a member of the "Deutsche Islam Konferenz" (German Islam Conference) and a consultant for the European Foundation for Democracy. He specialises in topics such as integration, radicalisation, racism, anti-Semitism and pedagogy for migrant families.

In Israel, Ahmad has worked for several youth projects promoting peaceful relations between Jews and Arabs. Ahmad studied psychology, sociology and philosophy at University of Tel Aviv and clinical psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin as a Goethe Institute fellow.


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.


Annalisa Mauro

Annalisa Mauro is Programme Manager of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

She worked in America Latina and Albania in rural participatory appraisal for development projects. In 1999, Annalisa joined the International Land Coalition Secretariat based in Rome where she managed the Community Empowerment Facility funded by World Bank and IFAD through which 52 land-related empowerment projects have been supported. She has been coordinating the strengthening of the ILC Latin America platform composed by land-concerned organizations and the expansion of the global Land Reporting Initiative.

Annalisa is a citizen of Italy where she earned her master in Sustainable Project Planning and her university degree in Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florence. She also studied Social Development at the Imperial College at Wye, University of London and Natural Resources Institute, Wye UK.


Simon Maxwell

Simon Maxwell is a Senior Research Associate of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and was the director of ODI from 1997-2009.

Before joining ODI, Simon spent 16 years at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He has worked in Kenya and India for the UN Development Program and in Bolivia for the UK Overseas Development Administration.

He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.


Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Since 2009, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, is the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki was Prime Minister of Niger from November 1997 until January 2000. As Prime Minister of Niger, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki played a catalyst role in enhancing the social dialogue in the country. He initiated the creation of relevant technical committees in charge of the negotiations with social partners. Before, he had been Minister in charge for African Integration and Cooperation as well as Foreign Minister of Niger. Next to his political career Mayaki has been professor in Niger, Venezuela and Paris. He also created and led the Public Policy Analysis Circle (Cercle d'analyse des pol itiques publiques) a think-tank focusing on health and education policy.


Morrigan McCarthy

Morrigan McCarthy is a documentary photographer and writer currently circumnavigating the world to document the daily lives of twenty-somethings. She studied English Literature at Conneticut College in New London, Connecticut and Documentary Photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and is a Fellow of the Maine Arts Commission in Visual Arts.

You can see more of Morrigan's work at www.morriganmccarthy.com


Hinrich Mercker

Hinrich Mercker is director of the Development Policy Forum (Dialogue, Event Design and Event Management) in Berlin, which is part of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Since 2008 he has been a fellow and research affiliate at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), Cambridge.


Jonas Metzger

Jonas Metzger is research fellow and PhD candidate in Social Science at the Justus Liebig University. From 2011 until 2014 he worked in a research project on seed systems in Tanzania and Namibia. His areas of expertise are development studies, social transformation of smallholder livelihoods in Sub-Sahara Africa as well as qualitative research methods. As a freelance consultant, Jonas did research in various fields, for example on social and economic causes of malnutrition in Malawi and on ageing society in Germany. Since 2013, he is co-editor for the online-journal 'conditio humana. Beiträge zum Verlust von Leib und Welt'.


Frauke Meyn

Frauke Meyn is Programs Manager at Skateistan, a German NGO seated in Berlin. Before, she worked for Skateistan in Kambodia and Afghanistan.

Frauke Meyn holds a degree in Sport Science and has a broad expertise in Experiential Education.


Wenzel Michalski

Wenzel Michalski joined Human Rights Watch in September 2010 as the Germany Director, responsible for communications and advocacy.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Michalski worked in journalism for more than 20 years, specializing in news and current affairs. He served as managing editor, presenter, and London bureau chief for ProSiebenSat1, one of Germany's leading broadcasters.

Prior to that, he was commissioning editor for documentaries at ARD/NDR public television. In his position, Michalski will work towards giving Germany a stronger voice in support of human rights. Michalski graduated from Hamburg University, where he studied history and politics.


Erich Mies

Erich Mies is project manager in the Natural Resources and Biodiversity department at Inwent. He holds a degree in science of forestry.

After his doctoral studies at Freiburg University he worked as CIM-expert at the school of forestry in Cochabamba/ Bolivia and helped building up a research forest in the tropical lowlands.

Since 1994 he worked for the Centre for Food, Rural Development and the Environment at the German Foundation for International Development (DSE).


Malaquen Milgo

Malaquen Milgo is Technical Advisor in the Water Sector Reform Programme of GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, (formerly GTZ) in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya.

Malaquen Milgo has worked on urban water issues for over twenty years.


Carlos A. Monteiro

Carlos A. Monteiro is Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo. His research lines include secular trends and biological and socioeconomic determinants of nutritional deficiencies and obesity, food processing in the food system and human health, and food and nutrition programs and policies evaluation. At the present, he is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, of the WHO Nutrition Expert Advisory Group and the Working Group on Science and Evidence of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. In 2010, he received the PAHO Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health.


Pedro Morazán

Pedro Morazán is Senior Researcher at the Institute SÜDWIND in Germany. His current research focuses on the EU Development policy (Latin America, BRICS, Blending, etc.), social standards in international Trade and Financing for Development. He conducted field research and project evaluations in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Chantal Mouffe

A political theorist educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Between 1989 and 1995 she was Directrice de Programme at the College International de Philosophie in Paris.


Dr Gerd Müller

Dr Gerd Müller is the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.


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).


Ross Murphy

Ross Murphy, 23, is a Rockstar Youth mentee. He launched the first ever Green Deal comparison business:



Kageni Muse

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.


Kate Müser

Kate Müser, 33, produces and hosts DW's weekly youth radio magazine, Pulse, and oversees DW's English-language culture website. Originally from northern California, Kate Müser studied Piano Performance at Indiana University Bloomington and Modern European Studies at Columbia University in New York City. She has made Bonn her home for the past 10 years and joined DW's editoral staff in 2006.


Basse Mutahi

Basse Mutahi is an online journalist in Kenya working in the digital division of Nation Media Group, the leading media house in the East African region.

He is an alumnus of the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) of the GIZ.