Since 2007, Firmin Kami Adjahossou has been providing expert advice to the leadership of the Catholic Church in Africa (SECAM) on peacebuilding and mediation, development policy, public engagement and political dialogue for the promotion of a just and inclusive society.
He assisted with the setting-up and coordination of SECAM Working Groups on Migration and Development, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Reconciliation and Peace Building, HIV/AIDS; Governance and Democratic Transitions.
Firmin has facilitated and moderated dozens of workshops, conferences, fora and training sessions on various social and political issues.
With his knowledge and skills, he created a network which allows him to cooperate with partners in 38 countries and to engage with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations.
Houssem Aoudi is a Tunisian entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in media, civic engagement and social innovation.
Houssem is the co-founder and CEO of Cogite Coworking Space, the country’s first coworking community. Cogite is home to a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs, artists, activists and young professionals, and has taken a leading role in cultivating an entrepreneurship community across the country.
Houssem is also founder and CEO of Wasabi, a media and communications company that specialises in creating platforms for community-building and open expression.
In 2014, Houssem was appointed Director of the Media Center for the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE). Moreover, Houssem co-founded and curates TEDxCarthage, the country’s first and largest TEDx event.
Pascal Atangana was born in 1979. After his BA in German Studies, he attended the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in international relations.
He joined the Ministry of External Relations in 2007, focusing on the Francophonie Department. After three years, he was appointed assistant research officer in the Diplomats’ Careers Management Unit (the Permanent Secretariat).
In 2012, he was awarded an Indian scholarship and obtained an international advanced diploma in human resource planning and development. He took part in the two-month training for German-speaking diplomats in Berlin in 2014. He recently participated in the professional short course at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Nuclear Non-Proliferation (3–7 October 2016).
He enjoys reading autobiographies, watching and playing soccer, and travelling.
Gabriela is a specialist on environmental management, sustainable development, public policy and international cooperation. She has more than seven years of work experience on climate change, biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation and peace. Her work has always involved partnership development, fostering rural and indigenous communities’ dialogues, harmonising financial resources and public policies, multi-level governance coordination, facilitating negotiations and capacity building.
Gabriela works as a consultant to the Global Environmental Facility, the World Bank and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on developing sustainable productive landscapes in Mexico. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Master’s in Peace Studies from Kyung Hee University. She has worked in local and international projects in coordination with governments and international agencies such as GIZ, KfW, FAO, GEF, AECID, JICA, IFAD and UNDP.
She is an advocate and a vibrant communicator who is passionate about developing innovative and inclusive strategies to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.
Brisa has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as a specialisation in Global Governance from the German Development Institute (DIE).
In the past ten years, she has collaborated with various institutions of civil society, academia and international development cooperation on projects related to such topics as strengthening civil society organisations, good governance, migration and NGOs diplomacy. In addition, she has participated as a civil society delegate in various forums and high-level meetings held within the framework of the United Nations and other international organisations.
Brisa has also written various opinion and academic articles about fair trade, migration, NGOs diplomacy and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
She currently works as an independent consultant designing and carrying out external evaluations of civil society and public institutions projects, as well as facilitating and systematising meetings and multi-stakeholder dialogue processes.
He is an Albanian political scientist and former diplomat. He studied political sciences, history and philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, graduating in 2005 with an M.A. in International Relations with a thesis on “The future status of Kosovo. Actors, positions, options”.
Since then, Egin's research and teaching experience has included a Herder Scholarship at the Alfred-Toepfer-Foundation (2005), a Robert-Bosch-Fellowship at the IWM in Vienna (2007), research and teaching positions at the University of Vienna (2008, 2009, 2015, 2016), and participation in the Transformation Thinkers Conference in Berlin (2008).
His expertise lies in topics such as transitional justice, political parties, the state-church relationship and media literacy with special focus on South Eastern Europe.
Egin has also worked as an Albanian diplomat in Vienna (2008-2013).
Ciara is a certified Career & Business Coach with expertise in public relations, economic negotiations and cultural diplomacy. As former British diplomat with over a decade of international experience in business and government negotiations, she brings broad knowledge of intercultural, political, economic and technological developments to her work. Ciara has trained at Ashridge Business School and is a certified member of the QRC federation of coaches and consultants. She has also worked as a graduate mentor and career development coach for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Today, Ciara draws on her wide-ranging experience and personal insight to both enable clients to create careers and businesses that are aligned with their values and bring the highest form of expression to their skills and talents.
Ms Farjon Israel is a diplomat of the State of Israel.
She studied art and film history, French culture and culture research for an MA at Tel Aviv University from 2002 to 2007.
She started her career in the NGO sector, where in her last position she was project manager in the Israel Center for Civil Society.
Ms Farjon Israel joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 she worked as a desk officer for the International Organisations Department, the Eurasia Department and the Latin America Department.
Before coming to Berlin, Ms Farjon Israel was posted as First Secretary and Consul in Santo Domingo. Since 2014 she has been the spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel in Berlin.
She is married and a mother to Omer.
Assistant Director at the Montreal Institute of International Studies (IEIM) based at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Kim has over 15 years of experience in international relations.
She was political adviser to the Minister of Culture and Communications of Quebec (2003-2007) and worked at the Canadian Embassy in Vienna (1999-2001).
She is currently completing a Ph.D in Political Science. Her research focuses on trade agreements, especially the trade-culture-telecommunication nexus.
A graduate from McGill University, she has presented academic papers in the United States, Spain and Canada and conducted seminars on culture and international relations, as well as on international political economy.
She recently co-edited a book (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) on the impact of globalisation and new technologies on emerging forms of global governance.
Nicola Forster is the Founding President of the Swiss crowdsourced think tank foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) as well as a social entrepreneur and public sector innovator. He is a co-founder of the political movement Operation Libero, the German grass-roots think tank Polis180, several foraus spinoffs around the globe, the staatslabor as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab. With his innovation consultancy crstl.io, Nicola advises different foundations, international think tanks and foreign ministries on creative formats and strategic innovation. He is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Bern Hub (World Economic Forum) and sits on the boards of the WEF Open Forum Davos, Fondation Science et Cité (as Vice President), Law and Economics Club as well as Foundation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. Nicola is a Swiss Ashoka Fellow and Mercator Fellow. He has been ranked among the top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 by The Diplomatic Courier. Nicola regularly contributes to Swiss and international media and is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator (e.g. with the Open Situation Rooms design thinking format).
Nicola holds a degree in law (lic.iur./MLaw) and has studied in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne. He is currently based in New York, Berlin and Switzerland and has lived in a wide range of countries, including Ethiopia, Russia, Australia and Belgium.
Tibi Galis has been the Executive Director of AIPR since 2006.
Born and raised in Romania, he obtained a B.A. in Law and Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca. He received an M.A. in International Politics and Political Development from the University of Manchester, and obtained a Ph.D. from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, with a focus on transitional justice.
Previously, Galis worked as an Associate Researcher for the UK Parliament, helping develop the UK position with regard to the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and as rapporteur for the Swedish Government at the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on the Prevention of Genocide.
Blair Glencorse is Founder and Executive Director of the Accountability Lab, an incubator for creative, youth-driven ideas for accountability and transparency around the world.
Blair is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Anti-Corruption and Transparency.
Previously, Blair was a Social Impact Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, an advisor to the now President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, and worked for the World Bank on issues of governance and development.
He is an Echoing Green Fellow and winner of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award, the World Technology Award and the D-Prize.
Sebastian Haug is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where his research focuses on the positions and roles of so-called ‘rising powers’ in global development governance.
Prior to moving to Cambridge, Sebastian worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and then in Mexico, where he was in charge of UNDP’s South-South cooperation and strategic partnerships portfolios.
As a former Mercator Fellow on International Affairs, Sebastian studied political science and international relations in Paris, St Andrews and Berlin. He holds a Vice-Chancellor’s Award from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science from the University of Oxford.
Salam is the Deputy Director of Arab Reform Initiative (www.arab-reform.net).
He is President of the Initiative for a New Syria, a board member of The Day After association, a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St Andrews and a member of the Consultative Council of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly.
He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility, and teaches in the Masters programme on Development and Migration at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
From 2009 to 2011, he was a principal researcher at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam, and he was director of the Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO) in Aleppo, Syria, from 2000 to 2006.
He holds a DEA in political sciences from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-En-Provence, and a DEA in international relations and a BA in economics from the University of Aleppo.
Julia is an activist who is passionate about growing open communities.
She works as a project lead for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and as a consultant for The Engine Room. Julia has been running multiple community projects that foster the reuse of open data. Code for Germany, her latest project in collaboration with Code for America, is a civic tech community with 25 labs and more than 350 members across Germany.
Julia leads open data projects in close collaboration with companies and governments alike. In 2015, she co-organised the international Code for All Summit in New York, a two-day conference that brought together leading experts and practitioners in civic tech. Earlier this year she kicked off a prototype fund for civic tech projects in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Former Minister of Economics, private investor, IT entrepreneur and manager, Dr Kóka has been CEO and Chairman of Cellum since 2011.
Since graduating from medical school in 1996, he has held various positions both in the public and private sector. Dr Kóka has worked in a number of senior lead positions at various Hungarian and international IT firms.
From 2003 he served as Member of the Board of the European ICT Association based in Brussels, and Chairman of the Hungarian-Indonesian Joint Business Council.
He was appointed Minister of Economics and Transport of Hungary in October 2004 and later reappointed in June 2006. In 2007-2008 he was President of the Liberal Party and parliamentary group leader until 2010.
After leaving politics in 2010, he returned to business as a consultant to reorganise Cellum Group, and was then appointed President and CEO of Cellum Global Corp in 2011.
Geneviève Lavertu is the Senior Director of Medtronic Care Management Services – Canada (MCMS). MCMS is a provider of remote patient monitoring solutions, using digital health enabling technologies and data analytics to improve health.
She was formerly the Senior Director of Legal and Scientific Affairs and Business Development at Medtronic of Canada. Prior to this, Geneviève was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ProMetic Life Sciences Inc., and practised law with Stikeman Elliott LLP.
She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Law and Common Law; an MSc. in Politics of the World Economy from LSE (UK); and an International Diploma of Public Administration from France’s ENA.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of MEDTEQ – a Quebec-based industry-led R&D consortium, the Board of CTS – a medical technologies accelerator, and the Industry Advisory Council to the Ontario Brain Institute.
Kyle Matthews is the Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. His work focuses on human rights, international security, the Responsibility to Protect, global threats, and social media and technology.
He recently founded the Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab and the Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership project.
In 2011, he joined the New Leaders program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
He is a member of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and the Federal Idea, a think tank devoted to federalism.
Natalya was born and spent her childhood in the 1990's Kiev, prior to moving to Bavaria after elementary school. She received a degree as a state-certified interpreter for English and earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Central Lancashire in Northwestern UK.
She gained professional experience as Project Manager for the German-Russian Young Leaders Conference. As one of her current projects, she supports eHealth Africa as Admin Manager in Berlin, helping the NGO improve public healthcare in West Africa.
Natalya also acts as Deputy Chairwoman of the Young German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), working on the association's strategy as well as strengthening the internal and external network.
In 2016, she founded the non-profit enterprise Netzwerk Chancen, an advocacy platform that fights for equal opportunities for children and teenagers from low-income households in Germany.
Diego is an international advisor and consultant with 19 years of experience in fragile states, public administration and conflict and peace operations covering the UN, NATO, the World Bank, Canadian diplomacy and private sector ventures.
Diego has worked on fragility, social innovation, complex systems, institutional/social reconstruction, civil-military coordination and humanitarian issues in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Timor Leste, Colombia, Pakistan, Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Liberia, Iraq and many other countries. He has also served as Senior Peacekeeping Officer at Global Affairs Canada.
He is an advisor to the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, an associate fellow of both the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and a lecturer/researcher in humanitarian action, reconciliation/mediation, post-conflict recovery and urban conflict at universities in Canada and abroad.
Jernej Pikalo is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ljubljana and former Minister of Education, Science and Sports of Slovenia.
He was educated at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Warwick (UK) and has authored and co-authored four books and more than twenty peer-reviewed articles.
He has worked across disciplinary boundaries in international teams at the University of Warwick, Bristol University, European Inter-University Centre in Venice, and at the Bifrost University in Iceland.
He has managed and led academic projects financed by the European Union and Council of Europe, mainly on civic education in the global era. He was a chairperson of the Programme Council of RTV Slovenia and member of the board of the Institute of Autism in Ljubljana.
Frequently contributing to Slovene media, he lives in Ljubljana with his wife and two children.
Ivana Ponjavic serves as Elected Advisory Council Member of the Global Diplomacy Lab. She worked as Communications Officer of the Head of the Negotiating team for accession of Serbia to the European Union from 2013 until 2016. Prior to that, she worked as Public Relations and Project Manager at the European Movement in Serbia in the period 2007 - 2013. She led the media team of the international conference Belgrade Security Forum from 2010 to 2013.
As a participant of the “Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from Western Balkans”, organised by the European Fund for the Balkans, she was an exchange civil servant of the Training for International Diplomats department at the German Federal Foreign Office in 2015.
She is a graduate of the Hertie School of Governance (Executive Master of Public Administration) in Berlin, of the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and of the Diplomatic Academy at Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab, BMW Foundation HQ Responsible Leaders Network, Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Network, European Fund for the Balkans Alumni Network, and Bucerius Governance Network.
Jasdeep Randhawa is an international development and legal consultant with more than eight years of work experience spanning five continents. She has worked for UN-Habitat as the Programme Manager for Local Authorities, the Urban Legislation Advisor and the Regional Partnerships Advisor for Implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). She has consulted for the OECD, the Governments of India, New Zealand and Australia, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on access to water security and sanitation services. She currently works as a Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank, Washington DC.
She is passionate about tapping into the huge potential amongst young social entrepreneurs in India to localise the implementation of the SDGs, particularly in the fields of water, climate change, urbanisation, innovation and skills development.
Jasdeep has been selected to represent India at the G20 Youth Forum, and as a fellow of the Global Diplomacy Lab, the BMW Foundation, the Global Governance Futures programme and Global Table and has presented policy recommendations on global governance issues pertaining to climate change, the refugee crisis, water security, digital technology and building trust in post-conflict societies.
Jasdeep has also served as a law clerk to a senior judge in the Supreme Court of India and as a judicial marshal in the High Court of Hong Kong. Jasdeep has taught courses in law and public policy in India, New Zealand, Kenya and the United States.
A recipient of several international scholarships and awards, Jasdeep holds a Master’s in Law from Yale, a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from the University of Oxford, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai.
Jasdeep is a travel junkie, having made her way to 47 countries, and an amateur photographer.
Mome Saleem has a strong background in global governance, peace and security, gender, diplomacy and training for conflict resolution through dialogue.
She has a keen insight into the needs of developing countries and is a well-versed and proficient public speaker in the languages of Urdu, English and Punjabi.
She has conducted training sessions on peacebuilding, transformation, conflict resolution and gender mainstreaming and media content analysis on peace and gender.
Mome Saleem is a Programme Coordinator at Heinrich Böll Foundation Islamabad, Pakistan. Before, she has worked at the think-tank “Sustainable Development Policy Institute” in Islamabad.
Her research interest focused on human security and gender as a cross-cutting theme. Mome has produced research publications on subjects with relevance to Pakistan.
She is coordinator of the Council for Women Parliamentarians.
Susanne Salz’s key areas of expertise and interest are sustainable development and global governance. She is working as Advisor on multi-stakeholder-partnerships at GIZ. Previously, Susanne started the United Actors, an innovative start-up in the global governance scene, worked at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign, at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the OECD and UN Volunteers. In 2012, Susanne managed the involvement of local governments in the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development on behalf of ICLEI. In her free time Susanne enjoys rowing and competes in 100km rowing races on the Rhine.
Imran is a South African diplomat in the process of completing his MA in International Relations and World Order through the University of Leicester online, with a focus on the impact that Technology is having on International Relations. He is currently an official in South Africa's Foreign Ministry, covering issues related to South Africa's position on science and technology in a multilateral organisation such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Prior to this, he served as First Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of South Africa in Berlin, Germany, from 2014 to 2017.
Since January 2005, he previously served as Desk Officer for the National Office for Coordination of Peace Missions, as well as on the USA Political Bilateral Desk.
He served his first diplomatic posting as First Secreatry (Political) at the South African Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, from June 2007 to July 2011, where he dealt with a range of issues from serving on the secretariat of the South African Mediation Team to dealing with the land issues in Zimbabwe as it affected South Africa.
Throughout his teenage years he took up various leadership positions as a student activist in organisations that stood up against apartheid and any other forms of injustice. To this day, he holds and maintains these values.
Olga is a McGill Postdoctoral Fellow in Space Governance and Research Associate at the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.
Prior to that, she worked for the Parliament of Ukraine, the German Aerospace Center, the Ukrainian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. She has been in the space sector for more than ten years, including seven years as a government official (with governmental and parliamentary experience).
An IDEST and ISU alumna, she has worked both nationally and internationally, combining public service with academic work and legal practice. Her main scientific interests lie in the fields of space security, space governance, space diplomacy, international space cooperation and commercial space. In 2013, Olga was honoured with the IAF Emerging Space Leaders recognition award.
She is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and Women in Aerospace Europe.
Paula is a former undersecretary and adviser to the ministers of economic affairs, finance and energy in Ecuador. She now works at the President’s Office in the World Bank, where she tracks and helps accelerate progress in key institutional and executive priorities.
With a background in economics, Paula has always been involved in designing and implementing public policy with the support of the international community.
As a government official, she participated in the creation of the biggest social programme in her country, restructured public debt, coordinated a dialogue for fiscal reforms, changed the hydrocarbons law; and jumpstarted a public financial management system based on south-to-south exchanges. Her expertise is in service delivery, performance and institutions.
Paula holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and has lived and studied in France, Germany, Ecuador and the United States.
Dr Ebru Turhan works as Assistant Professor for Political Science and the Vice-Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the Turkish-German University of Istanbul. She is also the coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module INSITER “Inside the Turkey-EU Relations” co-financed by the European Commission.
During 2013-2014 she was a Mercator-IPC Fellow at the IPC in the thematic area of EU/German-Turkish relations. Her current research interests lie in EU-Turkey affairs, Germany’s European policy, German-Turkish relations and the refugee crisis.
Turhan received a Master’s degree in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath and a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Cologne. During 2006-2013, Turhan worked at the Berlin Representation of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), where she held the position of Senior Expert and Project Manager.
Vivian is a Research Fellow in Agroecology and Food System Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her current work investigates relationships between policy, agricultural practices and socioecological resilience of food systems for the family farming sector in Brazil.
In 2015, Vivian received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University in the City of New York where she investigated the environmental sustainability of shade-grown coffee.
As part of her doctoral work, she lived in remote rural communities in Mexico where she learned first-hand about the challenges encountered by farming communities in making a livelihood while facing external pressures to conserve natural areas.
Vivian obtained a Master’s in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, as well as a BS in Biology and a BA in French from University of Florida in 2006.
Andreas is the managing director of a start-up owned by The Linde Group. This summer, the company launched the world’s first car-sharing service based on completely emission-free hydrogen-powered cars.
Andreas has several years of experience in e-mobility and energy storage. Prior to his work at Linde, he was as a senior management consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, focusing on renewable energy projects.
Andreas holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the Technical University of Munich and a master’s degree in strategy and international business from St. Gallen Business School, as well as an MBA from Nanyang Business School, Singapore.
Andreas has a passion for international relations and is an alumnus of Mercator Foundation’s Chinese-German Young Professional Campus 2014 and of the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance 2016.