16 OCT - STORYTELLING MATTERS
Belina Raffy is based in Berlin and giggles a lot. She helps people working on environmental and social issues to collaborate and communicate with more love, creativity, and power. She is the collaboration coach for a science accelerator lab with partners including NASA and ESA. And she has run her compassionate stand up comedy course (for complete comedy beginners) over 44 times in 10 countries.
Lawyer and PhD candidate at the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights in Berlin
Juan Auz is an Ecuadorian lawyer and a PhD candidate at the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights in Berlin. Before this, he was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). His research lies at the junction of human rights and climate change law, focusing on Latin America. Juan has previously worked for several years in Ecuador on indigenous peoples' rights in Amazonia as the co-founder of Terra Mater and Executive Director of Fundación Pachamama. He holds an LL.B. from Universidad de las Americas in Quito and an LL.M. in Global Environmental Law from the University of Edinburgh. Juan is a member of CIVICUS, the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law, the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment and the European Society of International Law (ESIL).
Documentary filmmaker and Senior Video Producer, WWF Germany
Anne Thoma is Senior Video Producer at WWF Germany and a documentary filmmaker. She studied international politics and human rights in London and Geneva. In her long-format documentaries "Painful Peace" (BR/arte) about post-conflict Kosovo, and her award-winning film "Miles & War" (ARD/Arte) portraying three peace-meadiators, she has documented the effects of war on civil society. She has filmed in various conflict zones including Kosovo, Darfur, and Libya. As video producer at WWF Germany her focus is environmental storytelling and regular video production, as part of WWF's public communication strategy and large-scale political campaigns. For that, she has filmed in a number of project areas including the Amazonas and the Arctic. As WWF video producer,she is also responsible for producing communication videos and developing new storytelling formats.
As the Head of Programming & Industry at the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival, taking place annually in Halle(Saale), Germany, Irem is responsible for the overall programming and scheduling of the festival, as well as the curation of its Film and performing arts programme, with the aim to render science accessible to the general public, and encouraging the dialogue and collaboration between scientists and media professionals.
Prior to that, Irem has served as Head of International Development of Sunny Side of the Docs, in France, focusing editorially on specialist factual genre and immersive content, and has gained extensive experience and strong knowledge on the international co-productions.
Double majored in Film Studies and Arts & Culture Management, she lives in Berlin, and speaks Turkish, English and French.
15. OKT - COLLABORATIVE WORK
freelance editor and writer
Nina Englert is a freelance editor and writer for social media projects in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin. During her studies of ethnology, Islamic studies and history at the University of Hamburg, she developed a keen interest in ethnographic film and worked as a tutor at the institute. An internship in documentary film at Norddeutscher Rundfunk was followed by freelance work for the Instagram and YouTube presences of @ndrdoku and @eurovision_de, among others. This was followed by implementations on Snapchat and TikTok for other clients. In spring 2021, she began working on the Instagram project @ichbinsophiescholl of SWR and BR as deputy editorial director. Since the end of the project, Nina Englert has been working on Instagram projects as a freelance writer for WDR and NDR.
16. OKT - STORYTELLING MATTERS
PR and marketing consultant, actress, director and co-theatre manager
PR and marketing consultant, actress, director and co-theatre manager.
Has been working for distribution and production companies in the areas of PR, sales and marketing since 2007. 2014 Founded IJK | presse + marketing, which takes care of the individual planning of distribution and marketing concepts for feature films and documentaries. In 2016, she founded the distribution label DOCS (currently dormant) with Salma Abdalla, the first distributor only for documentaries. In 2009, she founded the philosophical theatre bluatschwitzblackbox together with the director/author Jürgen Kaizik.
Paul Rieth works as a Audience Designer, Crowdfunding & Marketing consultant and producer based in Berlin, Germany. After his studies of Media and Communication and Sociology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg focusing on film and new media, he graduated from the Professional Media Master Class (PMMC) and extended his knowledge and skills in the field of professional film production. In 2015 he published his first book "DOK&CROWD" about financing and distributing documentary films in Germany. In 2017 he became part of TorinoFilmLab, where he is the tutor in the field of Audience Design for Feature Lab. He lectures at different universities, institutions and festivals. His company GET YOUR CROWD consults and supervises marketing and crowdfunding campaigns for its clients, always with a customer-centric approach. Besides strategies GET YOUR CROWD produced different forms of video content (non-fiction film & corporate).
Vivian Schröder is an Impact Producer and field-builder. Together with the Human Rights FilmFestival Berlin she is co-curating its Forum since 3 years as well as hosted and co-curated the Climate Story Lab Berlin in 2020. Next to advocating for impact campaign work in Germany, she also teaches the subject and produces impact campaigns. Campaigns she currently works on are MYRIAD and a collaborative project in development on climate justice. She is a member of the GIPA.
CEO & founder of Taskovski Films, London based world sales and production company with offices across Europe
For 20 years, Irena is working as film consultant/expert on impact distribution, marketing,financing and festivals for many film institutions e.g. HBO Europe, TRT world, Asian Cinema Fund, Dok.incubator CZ, Sources Germany, and Head Tutor at Emerging Producers – at Ji.hlava IDFF CZ. She is a founder of the training program initiative the art of creative producing and distribution #DocsConnect Taskovski Film Training for Conscious Creative leaders”.
Irena studied in Prague and graduated from FAMU. She also studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem and obtained a master’s degree at the National Film & Television School in London, UK.
She is a 5Rhythms movement mindfulness facilitator and coach for conscious leadership, personal and professional growth for film industry members. Irena is a passionate environment, peace, and human unity activist and mental health ambassador for film industry professionals. Irena is a mother of an 8 year old son.
Dr. Lewis Akenji
Dr. Lewis Akenji is the Managing Director of Hot or Cool Institute, a Berlin-based public-interest think tank that champions science-based collaboration towards building a sustainable civilisation. He has been featured on several global and local media outlets, including BBC, the Times, Reuters. He has consulted with organizations including UN agencies, the Asian and African Development Banks, the European Commission, ASEAN, and has served as technical or science-policy adviser to several national government delegations, including Finland, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, Hungary. Lewis conceived and led the 1.5-Degree Lifestyles project, analysing potential contribution of lifestyle changes to the aspirational 1.5 °C target. He has an M.Sc. Sustainable Resource Management and a Ph.D. Political Economy.
Director for MEAL and Advocacy in Action Against Hunger Foundation India
Deepali Bhattacharya has worked in the development sector for the past two decades. Post her M.Phil she decided to join the NGO sector in India in 1997 and since then she has worked in leading INGOs and NGOs in India. Currently, she serves as director for MEAL and Advocacy in Action Against Hunger Foundation, she aims to develop joint monitoring committees for communities to assess the work done by development organisation for the wellbeing of the people. She is passionate about strengthening Children’s, Women’s and Sex worker’s Rights. Previously she has worked for UNICEF, Action Aid Int., Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai, CRY (Child Rights & You), SPJIMR Mumbai, Concern India and Tetra Tech Development Services (for a USAID project).
Global Campaign Lead (Biodiversity) at Greenpeace International
Savio Carvalho has worked for over two decades in the Development, Humanitarian and Human Rights sector across several countries and continents. In his current role, he provides strategic direction for Greenpeace’s global campaign on Food, Forest and Biodiversity. Previously, he was Global Advocacy and Campaign Director at WaterAid and Director of the Demand Dignity Campaign at Amnesty International and has worked for Oxfam Int. and Oxfam UK in various positions. Mr. Carvalho has managed several developmental, humanitarian and campaign programmes in different countries and his current campaign priorities are the global food crisis, massive loss of tropical rainforests and greenwashing/false solutions by corporate actors.
Claudia J Ford
Professor and Chair of Department of Environmental Studies at State University of New York
Claudia J. Ford
Claudia J Ford has enjoyed a career in international management, development, and women’s health spanning four decades and all continents. In addition to degrees in biology, midwifery, business administration and creative writing she holds a PhD in Environmental studies. She is currently working as Professor and Chair of the department of Environmental Studies at State University of New York at Potsdam. Research and teaching areas: ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, gender studies, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice and international business among others. Board member of Soul Fire Farm Institute and Fellow of the Panel on Planetary Thinking of the Justus Liebig University Giessen.
Dr. Martin Frick
Since November 2021, Dr. Frick has joined the WFP Global Office Germany in Berlin as Director. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Special Envoy to the Food Systems Summit 2021 and served as the Senior Director of UN Climate Change (UNFCC) where he was overseeing the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the secretariat’s Climate Action work. From 2015 - 2017, he served as Director for Climate Change at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). As Ambassador to the international organizations based in Germany (2012-2015), he helped building up the UN’s sustainability hub in Bonn. Dr. Frick has been a German diplomat since 1996. He holds a PhD in Law and a diploma in International Relations. He was a senior fellow at Demos, New York as well as a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Paula Gioia (they/them) grew up in the urban areas of Brazil and, years after migrating to Germany, became a peasant farmer and beekeeper in a collective farm in Brandenburg, Germany. They are a member of the German farmer’s association AbL e.V. and of the European coordination committee of Via Campesina and LaVia Campesina Int., and actively contributed to the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. For years, Paula has been fighting for the rights of peasants, the struggle for climate justice, peasant agroecology and food sovereignty. Strengthening of peasant youth, and the inclusion and self-empowerment of gender and sexual diverse persons in the rural context got their special and passionate dedication. Paula is carrying the mandate to represent the global peasants farmers in the UN Committee on World Food Security.
Lisa Göldner is a Climate & Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Germany. She is an expert on German, EU and international climate policy and is committed to climate justice and a rapid phase-out of coal, oil and gas. Together with three families, Lisa filed the first climate lawsuit against the German government at the Berlin Administrative Court in 2018 and coordinated the climate constitutional complaint of nine young people two years later, which led to the historic climate protection ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court in April 2021.
Editor and reporter for DIE ZEIT
Christiane Grefe, political science and journalism school in Munich, freelance work for Süddeutsche Zeitung, natur, GEO, Wochenpost, since 1999 editor and reporter in the Berlin office of DIE ZEIT with a focus on ecology, globalisation, health. Published numerous non-fiction books, most recently: "Bioökonomie - neuer Raubbau oder Wirtschaftsform der Zukunft" (Bioeconomy - new overexploitation or economic model of the future) at Antje Kunstmann Verlag.
Guwoly Stella Henry
Nutrition Program Manager, Warrap State in South Sudan, Action Against Hunger
Guwoly Stella Henry
Guwoly Stella Henry is a South Sudanese currently working with Action Against Hunger as Nutrition Program Manager for Warrap State in South Sudan. She holds a BSc degree in Health Sciences with a major in Dietetics and is currently pursuing a Master degree in Public health. Prior to her assignment with ACF, she was the Nutrition Advisor at Johanniter International Assistance South Sudan program (JIA) and before joining JIA, worked as the Emergency Nutrition Coordinator at Islamic Relief worldwide (IRW). She closely works with beneficiaries, line ministries and other organizations to amplify empowerment of vulnerable populations to alleviate and prevent hunger and malnutrition using local resources and knowledge.
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Dr. Bärbel Kofler
Dr Bärbel Kofler (SPD) holds the position of Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Before being appointed to this role in December 2016, she was the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid for five years. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2004, where her previous roles included Development Policy Spokesperson of the SPD parliamentary group and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Dr Kofler has a doctorate in linguistics.
Christine Mhundwa is a journalist who has covered current affairs, politics, and financial markets in sub-saharan Africa and Europe. Mhundwa has worked for organisations including CNBC Africa and Bloomberg and is currently based between Berlin where she presents Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s (DW) flagship Africa bulletin and general news, and Brussels where she reports as a Europe Correspondent. Mhundwa has specialised reporting knowledge in the field of European-African policy, affairs, and partnership.
Dr. Hannah Neumann
Peace and human rights spokesperson of "The Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA)".
Dr. Hannah Neumann
Hannah Neumann is the peace and human rights spokesperson of "The Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA)" group, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee (DROI), DROI coordinator for the group, member of the Committee on Security and Defence Policy (SEDE) and the Committee of inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware (PEGA). Hannah Neumann has a PhD in media sciences and peace and conflict studies. Her academic career brought her to Ilmenau, Berlin, Manila and Monrovia. She worked as a self-employed expert and consultant for peace projects, i.a. in projects for the UN, GIZ, the European Commission, the DGAP, GPPi and aid organizations. She advised ministries and NGOs on campaigns on anti-discrimination, promotion of democracy, climate protection on the local level and human rights. From 2013 until 2016, she worked as policy advisor in the German Bundestag.
Constance Achom Okollet
Chairperson of Osukuru United Women Network
Constance Achom Okollet
Constance Achom Okollet is a farmer and the chairperson of Osukuru United Women Network (OWN); OWN is a platform for the voiceless and started in 2007 due to climate change happenings. The activities OWN is involved in are; Advocacy and lobbying with government, Policy Makers and NGOs for community programmes for the benefit of rural communities. OWN also advocates for environmental programmes at all levels. Currently, over 2000 women, men, youths, older persons and people with disability are active in OWN. Constance is interested in the impacts of climate change and how it is affecting communities, how people are coping with floods, long-term droughts and harsh weather conditions among others.
Dr. Meike Riebau
Dr. Meike Riebau, lawyer and doctoral candidate with a dissertation on European migration law, Co-Director Advocacy&Policy at Save the Children Germany, and a human and children's rights activist.
Head of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network International
Harjeet Singh is a global expert on the issues of climate impacts, migration, and adaptation. He has supported countries across the world on tackling climate change, coordinating emergency response and disaster resilience programmes. He is the Head of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network International and serves as Global Director – Engagement and Partnerships at the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. He is a member of the UN Technical Expert Group on Comprehensive Risk Management. Harjeet co-founded Satat Sampada, a social enterprise that promotes sustainable environmental solutions such as organic food and farming in India and beyond.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan
Climate justice activist with Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines and Fridays For Future Philippines
Mitzi Jonelle Tan
Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a full-time climate justice activist based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of the Philippines. She is also an organizer with FFF International and FFF MAPA (Most Affected Peoples and Areas) making sure that voices from the Global South especially are heard, amplified, and given space. She is committed to changing the system and building a world that prioritizes people and planet, not profit, through collective action.
Dr. Kira Vinke
Dr Kira Vinke is the director of the Centre for Climate and Foreign Policy at the German Council on Foreign Relations. She is also Co-Chair of the German Government's Advisory Council on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding and a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). There, she led the East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities project before joining DGAP. She worked as a consultant for GIZ and the Asian Development Bank. She has extensive field research experience in South Asia, the Pacific and the Sahel. Dr Vinke completed her doctorate (summa cum laude) at Humboldt University in Berlin on the topic of climate change and migration. Roles: Board of Trustees of World Vision Germany, member Action against Hunger Germany e.V., and in the Dev. Service and Hum. Aid Committee of Bread for the World.
Thin Lei Win
Thin Lei Win is an award-winning Italy-based multimedia journalist specialising in food and climate issues for various international news media including through her own newsletter Thin Ink. Her extensive global experience includes nearly 13 years working as an international correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Thomson Reuters media company, covering topics ranging from climate change and resilience to food insecurity and refugees and displacement. She is also a sought-after speaker and moderator on food, agriculture and climate change. Born and raised in Myanmar, Thin has lived and worked in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and most recently, Italy, and has reported from many parts of Asia, Africa and Europe.
Save the Children, Global Director Child Poverty, Climate and Urban
Yolande Wright is responsible for driving impact and ensuring best-evidenced programming and policy across Save the Children for work to address child poverty and climate change, including in urban contexts. Before joining Save the Children, Yolande worked at the UK Government’s Department for International Development (now FCDO) for over 20 years, most recently in leadership roles in the UK’s Ebola response 2019 the Conflict Humanitarian and Security Dept (CHASE), and as Head of Profession for the Livelihoods Cadre. She has experience working with governments, the UN and wider multilateral system, and civil society organisations in humanitarian and development contexts. She started her career as a livelihoods, environment and climate adviser – working for 10 years in various posts in Africa and Asia. She holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University (1997).
Ms. Aya Chebbi, a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet (2018 – 2021). She received the Gates Campaign Award and was named in Forbes Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women, New African Magazine List of 100 Most Influential Africans, and Top 20 List of Apolitical 100 The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government. Her story and talks have been critically acclaimed by the Guardian, Huffpost, Jeune Afrique, France24, Deutsche Welle and more.
Zanele is a Broadcast Professional, a lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology, a mentor and current Board chair of Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) a NPO championing empowerment and access to equal opportunities for women in the South African film and TV industry. Zanele has over 25 years’ extensive experience with an intimate understanding of the film, television and broadcasting industry gained through her work in local, regional and international markets. She began her career in Television and Film in 1993 at Penguin Films, one of the leading independent production companies in South Africa, as a researcher and producer of short form factual content.
Annina van Neel campaigns for the preservation of African burial sites and the self-empowerment of African communities affected by colonialism and slavery. She herself grew up in post-apartheid Namibia and worked as an environmental officer in the British Overseas Territory of St Helena. In the neglect and one-sided treatment of cultural heritage, she experiences dehumanisation and marginalisation through colonialism, slavery and institutionalised and systemic racism. In reinterpreting archaeological finds and written traditions of the African burial sites of St Helena with the local community, she found a unique way to connect with a difficult history marked by trauma. To extend this healing work to other African-descended communities, she founded a global African Burial Sites Initiative. Annina works as the Chair and Head of Cultural Rights at the St Helena Equality and Human Rights Commission, raises awareness of racial injustices in heritage conservation and is an impact producer and lead actress of the documentary film A Story of Bones.
Rosebell Kagumire (she/her) is a writer and Pan-African feminist activist working at the intersection of media, gender, race and development. She is a publisher and editor at African Feminism, a council member of the Nalafem Collective, where she launched the book "I am Nala" this year with other writers, and editor of "Challenging Patriarchy: The Role of Patriarchy in Dismantling Democracy". Rosebell sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, and the World Economic Forum named her one of the Young Global Leaders under 40. She holds a Master's degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the UN-mandated University of Peace in Costa Rica, and her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University, Uganda.
Renzo Martens gained recognition with the films Episode I and Episode III: Enjoy Poverty. In 2012, Martens established the art institute Human Activities and its “reverse gentrification program” on a former plantation in DR Congo. Together with the Congolese Plantations Workers Art League CATPC, he employs artistic critique to build a new world — not symbolically, but in material terms. Their latest collaborative work includes White Cube and Plantations and Museums.
Emma Inamutila Theofelus
Deputy Minister of Information & Communication Technology of the Republic of Namibia
Emma Inamutila Theofelus is 25 years old and Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Namibia. As a youth activist, Emma has been involved in gender, children's rights, sustainable development and youth unemployment, represented Namibia as the youngest member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union's Forum of Young Parliamentarians, and served as Deputy Speaker of the Namibian Youth Parliament and Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek, among other positions. She holds an LLB Honours Degree from the University of Namibia, a Diploma in Business Management from Amity University in India and another in African Feminism and Gender Studies from the University of South Africa. In her new role, Emma plans to better communicate the Namibian Government's activities and programmes, create a digitally literate nation and help prepare the Republic of Namibia for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Peggy King Jorde is an activist and cultural projects consultant with an international practice in cultural heritage advocacy for marginalized communities. She led the efforts that realized the New York African Burial Ground Memorial and Interpretive Center, which precipitated her becoming a principal subject and a producer for the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival documentary "A Story of Bones." Peggy is the principal of KING JORDE Culturals, a multidisciplinary professional practice designed to help advocate, guide, and cultivate meaningful engagements between marginalized communities, civic authorities, design professionals, and project developers to memorialize sites of conscience and cultural heritage spaces. A native of Albany, Georgia, and a product of American apartheid, Peggy is no stranger to activism. She has more than 25 years of experience in civic design, planning, historic preservation, and community engagement. She served under three NYC mayors providing comprehensive oversight of capital construction at New York's iconic museums and cultural landmarks. Under King Jorde's leadership, the first national memorial honoring enslaved Africans was built in New York, now known as the African Burial Ground Memorial and Interpretive Center.
film director, screenwriter and producer
Lars Kraume graduated from the Berlin film school DFFB in 1997 with his award-winning debut film "Dunckel". Since then he has worked on 30 television and feature film productions as a writer, director or producer. In 2016, his feature film „The People vs. Fritz Bauer“ won german film awards in seven categories. His next feature film „The Silent Revolution“ premiered at the Berlinale in 2017. In 2019, his drama series „A New Era" about the beginnings of the Bauhaus in Weimar ran on ZDF. In March 2023 his new feature film be released. “The Craniometrist” is about the genocide of the Herero and Nama people during the German colonial era.
Civil servant for the Dutch Ministry of interior and Freedom Fighter for West Papua. After the murder of my father Arnold Ap, my mother, three brothers and I fled to the Netherlands. I entered the Dutch army because I wanted to contribute to international peace and security. And gave a good foundation to my turbulent youth. But also discipline, knowledge and experience, which I have used for the storytelling campaign in the past 10 years. In the meantime I am known as an all-round activist, who is committed to political, human rights and climate activism. Because in West Papua all three elements have common ground. In the Netherlands I try to give the climate debate a more indigenous perspective, because in order to solve climate change in less than 10 years, we don’t have to turn around the facts, but to point out what needs to be raised. And West Papua is a story that includes all elements and as international spokesperson of Free West Papua Campaign i tell that story with passion, so that we can inspire each other to win the important battle and stop climate change.
Mette Hoffman Meyer is CEO and Founder of THE WHY Foundation. Mette was previously head of documentaries and co-productions at Denmark’s public service broadcasting cooperation and Editor of the factual series Documania. She is a multi-award-winning producer, and has helped to finance films like the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and the Sundance award-winning film: The Red Chapel. As the CEO of THE WHY Foundation, she has produced five award-winning global media campaigns.
Per Byman, born in 1965, is the Executive Director of NRC Germany, the German branch of the international NGO Norwegian Refugee Council, a position he has held since 2018. Between 2012 and 2018, Byman was Secretary General of the Humanitarian Foundation of Swedish Public Television and before that he worked for 7 years as Humanitarian Director of the Swedish Development Agency.
After studies in Eastern European Studies at Uppsala University (for Prof. Dr. Magnusson) as well as at Humboldt University in Berlin (Prof. Dr. Segert), Byman started working in Bosnia-Herzegovina for the international Caritas network in 1992. He left Bosnia in 1997; but continued to work with the Balkan region until 2005 - first with Caritas and then with Sida, the Swedish Development Agency. Since 2012, Byman has been on the board of BIRN, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
Born in 1971 in the town of Chervonograd in Lviv region. In 1997 he graduated from Kyiv State Institute of Theatrical Art. During the 1990s he completed several shorts, the most popular being MERMAID that participated in more than 80 festivals. His awards include a 1997 gran-prix Alternative IFF, Romania, 1997 award for “best visual solution”, Hannover IFF, Germany; 1997, jury special mention “best artistic decision”, Film-Video IFF, Italy,1998. His feature film debut, CAR WASHER (2010) was screened in Karlovy Vary IFF. In 1999 Volodymyr created and runned TV show SV SHOW with Verka Serduchka. Author, director and co-producer of the project MUDAKY (FUCKERS. ARABESQUES) and UKRAINE, GOODBYE!, almanacs of short films, participated in the Berlinale, Silver leopard of Locarno IFF 2012, Clermont Ferrand 2013 and was a nominee for European academy award. In 2013 he finished his film THE GREEN JACKET, which was in competition at the San Sebastian IFF, Warsaw IFF and Tbilisi IFF. Winner of the National Taras Shevchenko Prize, 2018 Co-founder and producer of #BABYLON’13
Director of Media and Corporate Communications at Save the Children in London
Sean Ryan is Director of Media and Corporate Communications at Save the Children in London. He was formerly Foreign Editor of The Sunday Times, Britain's biggest broadsheet newspaper, and later Associate Editor responsible for campaigns, news features and digital editions. Sean was educated at Oxford, became a reporter specialising in health, environment and science, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes in the U.K. He has covered Save the Children's responses to crises in Syria, Somalia and Myanmar, and has led the drafting of a global cross-sector pledge on ethical storytelling.
Well-informed societies are Alexander Sängerlaub's idea of utopia. In 2014 he founded Kater Demos, Germany's first constructive political magazine, serving as its director and editor in chief. At Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin-based think tank, Sängerlaub developed the organisation's expertise on strengthening the digital public sphere while also leading projects on disinformation and digital news literacy. As director of the think-and-do tank futur eins, he advises non-governmental organisations, foundations and policymakers on the structural changes caused by digitalisation. Additionally, Sängerlaub has served as an external expert in the German Parliament's committee on digital affairs.
Dr. rer. nat. Andreas von Bubnoff is professor of science communication at the English-speaking Rhine-Waal University in Kleve, Germany. He is also a freelance science journalist and multimedia producer mostly for American and European media, and co-founder of a global citizen science project that collected sound recordings during the Corona pandemic called Pandemic Silence Project. His work has appeared in many media outlets including the Washington Post, The Guardian, WIRED, Nature, Southeast Asia Globe, ORF, DIE ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and RiffReporter, as well as in anthologies such as The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has won several awards for his work, including the Grimme Online Award.
Franziska is Senior Researcher with seven years experience working on Oxfam’s inequality campaign and leading programme evaluations. She has worked with partners in the international development and academic sectors on planning, implementing and communicating complex research, resulting in top academic publications, as well as varied technical and non-technical outputs. Her specialty lies at the intersection of generating evidence, pushing policy and strengthening campaigning.
Alexandra Wolf has been the programme director of re:publica Berlin since 2016 and is responsible for the festival management since June 2019. She studied biology, culture & technology as well as art science & art technology. As a concept designer, curator and strategic consultant, she founded the agency selector.berlin in 2017. Her areas of focus are culture, immersive arts and science. re:publica Berlin is a festival for the digital society and the largest conference of its kind in Europe. The participants of re:publica form a cross-section of our (digital) society. They include representatives from science, politics, business, hacker cultures, NGOs, media and marketing as well as bloggers, activists, artists and social media experts.
Producer and Director
Graduated from the Kyiv National University of Theatre and Cinema as a film director. In 2014, she co-founded the film production company Tabor Production. Her documentary SCHOOL NUMBER 3, co-directed by George Genoux, is based on her experience as volunteer worker with children in the city of Mykolaivka in the Donetsk area, which the war partly destroyed. The film premiered at Berlinale 2017, winning the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury, and received a Special Award at HumanDOC Festival in Warsaw. Her debut short film SOLITUDE was selected to Odesa IFF and Raindance in 2019 and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Ukrainian Film Academy Awards 2020. Yelizaveta created theater plays as ‘’Songs of the garden’’ based on the texts of Ukrainian philosopher and poet Hrygoryi Skovoroda. Directed plays in the documentary theater form in the Theater of Displaced People(Kyiv), Constance theatre (Germany), was the main director of social theater project ‘’Class act East-West’’. In 2020 was author of idea and co-author of documentary multimedia project Time Suburbs. Yelizaveta was a participant at Berlinale Talents, TorinoFilmLabExtended, The Write Retreat, MidPoint Feature Launch and others. She is a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy and European Film Academy.
Professor, Head of Department for Modern Art History at the TU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy is the head of the Department of Modern Art History at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 2016-2021, she also held a professorship at the Collège de France in Paris. In 2018, together with the Senegalese scholar Felwine Sarr, she compiled the report "On the Restitution of African Cultural Assets" on behalf of the French President Emmanuel Macron. She has received numerous awards for her research and academic teaching. Most recently, her book "Africa’s Struggle for Its Art: History of a Postcolonial Defeat" and the two volumes "Beute - Eine Anthologie zu Kunstraub und Kulturerbe" (with Isabelle Dolezalek and Robert Skwirblies) and "Beute - Ein Bildatlas zu Kunstraub und Kulturerbe" (with Merten Lagatz and Philippa Sissis).
Tahir Della has been an activist in the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland since 1986/87 and is an integral part of the younger Black movement in Germany. Initially active in the local Munich ISD group with a focus on community work, film festivals, lecture and panel events and various other campaigns. His focal points include the annual national meeting of the ISD, the campaigns "Stop Racial Profiling" and "Decolonisation of Public Space", which opposes colonial racist street names in German cities. Since January 2016, he has occupied the promoter position for decolonisation and antiracism, which ISD will be in charge of for the next three years.
Principal Advisor in Digital Safeguarding at Child Wise
Nikki is an experienced leader with a demonstrated successful history in Child Protection, Safeguarding, Training, Coaching, Strategic Planning and Policy and Systems Development. Nikki has worked in both Government and Non-Government Organisations throughout her career and is currently Principal Advisor in Digital Safeguarding at Child Wise. Nikki has worked alongside colleagues at Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) and with the Police in the UK to disrupt online child sexual exploitation and support victims and their families. She has also worked with partners such as the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), eSafety and the National Office of Child Safety (NOCS) developing programs and resources for professionals, parents/carers and children and young people. These included the areas of Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Online grooming and Sexual Exploitation.