Speaker 2022

17 OCT- DON’T STARVE OUR FUTURE

Lewis Akenji
Director Hot or Cool Institute Berlin

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@hotorcool                      
@lewisakenji

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. 

Deepali Bhattacharya
Director for MEAL and Advocacy in Action Against Hunger Foundation India

 

Deepali Bhattacharya
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). 

Savio Carvalho
Global Campaign Lead (Biodiversity) at Greenpeace International

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@SavioConnects

Savio Carvalho
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. 

Michael Fakhri
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

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@MichaelFakhri

 

Michael Fakhri
Michael Fakhri is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. He is also a Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law.

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.

Martin Frick
Director of the World Food Program Global Office Germany 

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@cmfrick

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
Member of the coordination committee of European Coordination Via Campesina

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@ECVC1

Paula Gioia
Paula Gioia 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. She is 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. Since years she is 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 her special and passionate dedication. She is carrying the mandate to represent the global peasants farmers in the UN Committee on World Food Security.

Lisa Göldner
Climate & Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Germany

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@lisagoeldner

Lisa Göldner
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.

Christiane Grefe
Editor and reporter for DIE ZEIT

 

Christiane Grefe
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.

Bärbel Kofler
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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@BaerbelKofler

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
Anchor and Europe Correspondent at Deutsche Welle

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@mhundwa7

Christine Mhundwa
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.

Meike Riebau
Co-Director Advocacy&Policy at Save the Children Germany

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@Meike_Riebau

 

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.

Harjeet Singh
Head of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network International

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@harjeet11

Harjeet Singh
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

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@mitzijonelle

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.

Kira Vinke
Director of Center for Climate and Foreign Policy

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@KiraVinke

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 provided her expertise as a consultant for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (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.

Yolande Wright
Save the Children, Global Director Child Poverty, Climate and Urban 

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@WrightYolande 

Yolande Wright                                                                                               
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).

18 OCT - NEW NARRATIVES

Aya Chebbi
Pan-African Feminist & Diplomat

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@aya_chebbi

Aya Chebbi

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.

Rosebell Kagumire

Schriftstellerin und panafrikanische Feministin

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@RosebellK

Rosebell Kagumire

Rosebell Kagumire (sie/ihr) ist Schriftstellerin und panafrikanische feministische Aktivistin, die an der Schnittstelle von Medien, Gender, Race und Entwicklung arbeitet. Sie ist Herausgeberin und Redakteurin bei African Feminism, Ratsmitglied des Nalafem Collective, wo sie dieses Jahr zusammen mit anderen Autorinnen das Buch "I am Nala" herausbrachte, und Herausgeberin der Buchs "Das Patriarchat herausfordern: Die Rolle des Patriarchats beim Abbau der Demokratie". Rosebell sitzt im Beirat des Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, das Weltwirtschaftsforum zeichnete sie als eine der Young Global Leaders unter 40 aus. Sie hat einen Master-Abschluss in Medien-, Friedens- und Konfliktstudien von der UN-mandatierten University of Peace in Costa Rica, ihr Grundstudium in Mass Communication absolvierte sie an der Makerere University, Uganda.

Emma Inamutila Theofelus

Stellvertretende Ministerin für Informations- & Kommunikationstechnologie Technologie der Republik Namibia

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@EmmaTheofelus

Emma Inamutila Theofelus

Emma Inamutila Theofelus ist 25 Jahre alt und stellvertretende Ministerin für Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie der Republik Namibia. Als Jugendaktivistin engagierte sich Emma in den Bereichen Gender, Kinderrechte, nachhaltige Entwicklung und Jugendarbeitslosigkeit, sie vertrat Namibia als jüngstes Mitglied im Forum der jungen Parlamentarier*innen der Interparlamentarischen Union und war unter anderem stellvertretende Sprecherin des namibischen Jugendparlaments sowie Junior-Bürgermeisterin der Stadt Windhoek. Sie hat einen LLB Honours Degree der University of Namibia, ein Diplom in Business Management der Amity University in Indien und ein weiteres in Afrikanischem Feminismus und Gender Gender Studies der University of South Africa. In ihrer neuen Funktion plant Emma, die Aktivitäten und Programme der namibischen Regierung besser zu kommunizieren, eine digital gebildete Nation zu schaffen und bei der Vorbereitung der Republik Namibia auf die 4. industrielle Revolution zu helfen.

Annina van Neel

Beraterin für Umwelt und kulturelles Erbe

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@AnninavanNeel

Annina van Neel

Annina van Neel setzt sich für den Erhalt afrikanischer Begräbnisstätten und die Selbstermächtigung von kolonialismus- und sklavereibetroffenen afrikanischstämmigen Communities ein. Sie selbst wuchs im Namibia der Post-Apartheid auf und arbeitete als Umweltbeauftragte im britischen Überseegebiet St. Helena. In der Vernachlässigung und einseitigen Aufbereitung des Kulturerbes erlebt sie Entmenschlichung und Marginalisierung durch Kolonialismus, Sklaverei und des institutionalisierten und systemischen Rassismus. In der Neuinterpretation archäologischer Funde und schriftlicher Überlieferung der afrikanischen Begräbnisstätten von St. Helena mit der örtlichen Community fand sie eine einzigartige Möglichkeit, sich mit einer schwierigen, von Traumata geprägten Geschichte zu verbinden. Um diese heilende Arbeit auch auf andere afrikanischstämmige Gemeinschaften auszudehnen, gründete sie eine globale Initiative für afrikanische Begräbnisstätten. Annina arbeitet als Vorsitzende und Leiterin des Bereichs kulturelle Rechte bei der Gleichstellungs- und Menschenrechtskommission von St. Helena, sensibilisiert für rassistische Ungerechtigkeiten bei der Erhaltung des Kulturerbes und ist als Impact Produzentin und Hauptdarstellerin Teil des Dokumentarfilms A Story of Bones.

26. SEPTEMBER 2022