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Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva is the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She is responsible for directing the European Union's budget resources toward helping people in need during humanitarian crises, such as the food crises in the Horn of Africa and Sahel, or conflict situations such Sudan or Syria and those affected by disasters, whether natural or caused by human activities such as industrial accidents. Her work also involves the development and promotion at EU and international levels of effective humanitarian sector policies including food assistance and nutrition as well as of humanitarian-principled responses to crises. Her work on international cooperation includes cooperation with governments and regional organizations in the area of disaster management and humanitarian aid. Before joining the European Commission in 2010, she held the position of Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank Group. She has also worked as a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and as an associate professor at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Kristalina Georgieva holds a PhD in Economics.



Mohan Munasinghe

Mohan Munasinghe

Prof. Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for work on climate change and sustainable development as Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4). He is Chairman, Munasinghe Inst. of Development; Professor of Sustainable Development, SCI, Manchester University, UK; and Distinguished Guest Professor, Peking University, China. He has earned graduate degrees in engineering, natural sciences and development economics from Cambridge (UK), MIT (USA), and McGill and Concordia Universities (Canada), and several honorary doctorates (honoris causa).

He has over 40 years of public service – highlights include Senior Energy Advisor to President of Sri Lanka; Advisor to US Presidents Council on Environmental Quality; and Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank. He has received many international prizes and medals, authored 92 books, and over 400 papers on sustainable development, climate change, food security, energy, environment, transport, urban infrastructure, water resources, disasters, and telecommunications. He is Fellow of several Science Academies, and editorial board member of more than a dozen international journals.



Óscar Kardinal Rodríguez


Óscar Kardinal Rodríguez

H.E. Óscar Cardinal Rodríguez, S.D.B., is the President of Caritas Internationalis. Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 1942, he entered the Salesian order in 1961. In 1993, he was named Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, and in 2001 he became his country’s first cardinal. He has also been the President of the Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM) and a member of several Pontifical Councils, including the Council for Social Communications, the Council for Justice and Peace and the Commission for Latin America. He is a staunch defender of human rights and continues to challenge leaders of the world’s richest nations to keep their promises to increase and improve development aid to the world’s poorest countries. He was elected Caritas Internationalis President in 2007.



Thomas Stelzer

Thomas Stelzer

Thomas Stelzer has been Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs since March 2008.
Before, he was Permanent Representative of Austria to United Nations Offices in Vienna. He has held a number of diplomatic and international posts, including Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York and Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
He obtained his doctorate in law from Vienna University, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a diploma in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.



Tesfai Tecle

Tesfai Tecle

Tesfai Tecle is special advisor to Mr. Kofi Annan, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) from 1975 until 2008. From 2005 – 2008 he was Assistant Director-General and Head of Technical Cooperation Department of FAO. Tesfai Tecle has over 35 years of experience in advisory management and technical work in the field of international agriculture, rural development and food security, mostly related to policy advice and promoting investment in developing countries by international financing institutions (IFIs) and bilateral and multilateral donors (such as the World Bank, Regional Development Banks, International Funds, the European Union and Arab Funds). Tesfai Tecle holds a Ph.D. in International Economics and Development.





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Benedict Alo D’Rozario


Benedict Alo D’Rozario

Benedict Alo D’Rozario is the Chief Executive Director of Caritas Bangladesh since 2005. He was born in 1956, comes from Tumilia Catholic Parish of Dhaka Catholic Archdiocese. After having completed M. Sc. in Psychology from the University of Dhaka, Benedict Alo D’Rozario started working for the Episcopal Commission for the Justice and Peace in 1982. He obtained MS in Sociology from the University of Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1986 and he also holds a Ph. D. degree in Development Studies from the University of Bath, England. He has been working with Caritas Bangladesh for 25 years. Benedict Alo D’Razorio is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican, Rome; a member of the Editorial Board of The Pratibeshi (the only Catholic weekly in Bangladesh); and a member of the Humanitarian Committee of Caritas Internationalis in Rome, Italy.



Abbé Ambroise Tine

Abbé Ambroise Tine

Abbé Ambroise Tine Tine is the Secretary General of Caritas Senegal since 2007. Before that he held the position as director of Caritas Thiés after years of studying in Rome. In 2010 Abbé Ambroise Tine represented Caritas Internationalis at the UN- Millennium summit in New York. As the Secretary General Abbé Ambroisus Tine is responsible for the coordination of seven Senegalese dioceses. Caritas Senegal strongly focuses on water supply and food sovereignty. According to the Human Development Index Senegal is one of the poorest countries in the world. 17% of the population suffers from malnutrition. The primary goals of Caritas Senegal are to help directly and indirectly the poorest and most disadvantaged in the land, to coordinate humanitarian aid and to ensure help to self-help. Abbé Ambroise Tine has close ties to Germany. He was awarded for the German "Bundesverdienstkreuz" for his unifying and intercultural dedication.



John Ashworth

John Ashworth

John Ashworth is a Sudan expert. He was born in the UK in 1954. John Ashworth first came to Africa in 1976 as a young volunteer, teaching science in Idi Amin’s Uganda. After training with the Mill Hill Missionaries as a Catholic priest, he arrived in south Sudan in April 1983, one month before the war began. After serving in various roles in both north and south Sudan, he eventually moved on from the institutional priesthood but continued to work for the Church in Sudan. He headed Church Ecumenical Action in Sudan, a consortium doing relief, rehabilitation and capacity-building, then took on an advocacy role for the Sudan Ecumenical Forum. Currently he spends most of his time in South Sudan as an advisor to the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference and a peace facilitator for the Sudan Council of Churches.



Franz Fischler

Franz Fischler

Franz Fischler was the EU commissioner for agriculture between 1995-2004. The future of European agriculture was in his hands. His greatest successes were Agenda 2000, Reform 2003 and the first reform of European fisheries policies. Before assuming his role as EU commissioner, Franz Fischler was Austria's Minster of Agriculture and Forestry from 1989 to 1994. In 2005 he set up Franz Fischler Consult GmbH. For six years he led the Ökosoziale Forum. Additionally he was chairman oft he Global Marshall Plan Initiative. In 2010 he was officially nominated for the election to the Secretary General of the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Franz Fischler obtained a number of prestigious awards including eight honorary doctorates and the Grand Golden Badge of Honor of the Republic of Austria.



Erny Gillen


Erny Gillen

Erny Gillen is President of Caritas Europa since 2007 and first Vice-President of Caritas Internationalis since 2011. In 1999 he became a member of the Executive Committees of both Caritas Europa and Caritas Internationalis. Erny Gillen was ordained a priest in 1985. On 16.10.2011 he was appointed Vicar general of the Archdiocese of Luxembourg and Moderator of the Curia. At Caritas Luxembourg, he was Secretary General from 1989, then Director from 1992. Since 1996, he is President of the Caritas Luxembourg Confederation which includes 19 member organizations. Erny Gillen holds a PhD in theology and is professor of moral ethics.



Michael Hauser


Michael Hauser

Michael Hauser is the director of the Centre for Development Research of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna since 2009. He is an agro-ecologist by training. Over the past ten years, he worked on sustainable agriculture, natural resource management and livelihood transition, largely in sub-Saharan Africa with some exposure to Asia. A central focus has been on innovation and change processes in agriculture. He conducts graduate and post-graduate courses on livelihood systems and participatory methods. He further offers course on development innovation and development research. He is vice president of AGRINATURA – The European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development and board member of the Commission for Development Studies in Vienna.



Isabel Jonet

Isabel Jonet

Maria Isabel Jonet is President of the European and Portuguese Federation of Food Banks against Hunger. In that capacity she supported the creation of 15 Portuguese Food Banks.
She works on a voluntary basis in the Food Bank against Hunger since 1993. Furthermore Maria Isabel Jonet is president of the Food Bank Against Hunger Lisbon and member of the Board of Directors of the European Federation of Food Banks. She is also Founder and President of ENTRAJUDA, an innovative project in the area of social welfare that aims to providing charities with resources, management and organization tools.
Under ENTRAJUDA, she developed and launched the Volunteer Exchange, the Bank of Given Goods, and the Bank of Equipments. Maria Isabel Jonet graduated in economics at the Catholic University of Lisbon.



Sai Sam Kham

Sai Sam Kham

Sai Sam Kham is executive director of Metta Development Foundation, the largest local non-profit organisation in Myanmar formerly known as Burma. Since 1998, Metta has been actively working with rural agrarian communities in the remotest parts of Myanmar, providing assistance in agriculture and forestry, emergency and development,livelihood, health, education and capacity building sectors. Sai Sam joined Metta in 2003 as a volunteer in the Farmer Field School programme, which promotes sustainable agriculture and famer leadership. Since joining Metta, he has been concerned with food security, livelihood, reforestation and emergency relief programmes. He holds a Masters in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, UK.



Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly is an economic policy adviser working on the GROW campaign with a focus on governance of the food system, specifically on policy responses to the causes and consequences of high and volatile food prices and the importance of land rights for food security and human well-being. She works closely with Oxfam's emergency food security and livelihoods team on the impact of high and volatile prices on the lives of those vulnerable to food insecurity, including the extent to which global food prices filter down to local markets.
Prior to joining Oxfam, Ruth Kelly worked on UN system reform with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Albania, and on trade and development at the European Commission and at Yale. She holds an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Cambridge and an LL.B in Law and French Law from Trinity College, Dublin and Institut des Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris.



Andreas Knaut

Andreas Knaut

Andreas Knaut is CSR Director of Danone Central Europe since 2012. From 2009-2012 he was head of Corporate Communications, Health und Sustainability Germany/Austria/Switzerland and the Nordic Region. He has a special focus on corporate responsibility, ethical and social responsibility of enterprises. Before joining Danone Andreas Knaut was Executive Vice President Corporate Communications of Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG in Hamburg since 2005. Before that activity he was Division Manager of corporate communications of the “Handelsblatt” publishing house in Düsseldorf and Chief Editor of “Der Kontakter”. Andreas Knaut holds a PhD. in history. He studied modern history, history of eastern and southeastern Europe as well as communication sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich.



Franz Küberl
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Franz Küberl

Franz Küberl was born in Graz, Austria in 1953. He started his career as Secretary of the Catholic Workers Youth Organisation in the province of Styria. In 1976 he was appointed Federal Secretary of the Austrian Catholic Youth.
In 1982 Franz Küberl returned to Graz to work fort the Catholic Education Service. From 1986 to 1993 he was Secretary General of the Catholic Action in Styria (Katholische Aktion Steiermark).
In 1994 Bishop Johann Weber appointed Franz Küberl Director of the Caritas in the Austrian Diocese Graz-Seckau. Since 1995, Mr. Küberl also holds the office of the President of Caritas Austria.
Franz Küberl is married and father of two sons.



Michael Landau
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Michael Landau

Michael Landau studied biochemistry and Catholic theology at the University of Vienna and in Rome. Following university studies in chemistry, Landau entered seminar to become a priest. The 51-year-old, who is a Catholic priest, has been the director of Caritas for the Archdiocese of Vienna and the chair of the legal committee for Caritas International since 2008. The recurring theme in Father Landau’s work is that of current social issues – such as education, integration, poverty or global hunger. Caritas in the Archdiocese of Vienna is actively engaged in its major areas of focus: Moldova, the Ukraine and southern Sudan as well as disaster relief for people in need beyond Austria’s borders.



Paul Larsen

Paul Larsen

Paul Larsen has been Director of the Division of Multilateral and NGO Relations of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) since September 2008 after serving as Chief of Staff since April 2007. Paul serves as WFP ‘Sherpa’ for G20/G8 and Rio+20, and represents WFP in several interagency bodies including UNDG, HLCP/CEB and the SG’s High-Level Task Force on Food Security. Prior to joining WFP in 2007, he was Minister Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Norway to the Russian Federation with previous diplomatic postings in New York, Belgrade and Oslo since 1989. He holds a Master of Science in Politics of the World Economy program from the London School of Economics.



Jakob Lenz

Jakob Lenz

Jakob Lenz is a member of the Austrian Delegation in international climate change negotiations since the UN Climate Chance Conference in Copenhagen 2009 and a European Union negotiator in the in the field of the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol. He studied law and political science at the University of Vienna and at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), where he specialised in the area of international law, human rights and constitutional law. Jakob Lenz was project staff member at the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Since 2008 he is employed at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria and is currently associated with the department for climate change and air quality.



Wolfgang Lutz

Wolfgang Lutz

Wolfgang Lutz is Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (a new collaboration between IIASA, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business). He joined IIASA in 1985 where he is leader of the World Population Program. Since 2002 he is also director of the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and since 2008 Full Professor of Applied Statistics (part time) at the WU. He is also Professorial Research Fellow at the Oxford Martin School for 21st Century Studies. Wolfgang Lutz received several awards and in 2010 the Wittgenstein Prize, the highest Austrian science award. Professor Lutz studied philosophy, theology, mathematics and statistics at the Universities of Munich, Vienna and Helsinki and holds a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a second doctorate (Habilitation) in Statistics from the University of Vienna.



Jane Magigita

Jane Magigita

Jane Magigita is the Founder and Executive Director, Equality for Growth (EfG) in Tanzania. EfG mission is to empower informal sector in Tanzania, particularly women to eradicate poverty through ensuring their access to legal and human right education, business related opportunities, active engagement in policy and practice reforms and capacity building.Her sixteen (16) years of work experience has been to promote women and girls’ rights in Tanzania to access justice. Her commitment and experience to promoting legal and social justice lead to her deeper understanding of economic deprivation of women hence founding EfG. As a leader she actively worked with other coalitions and networks in her country to campaign for women’s land rights, women and children protection against sexual abuses and equal inheritance rights.



Ellen Messer
Foto: Mike Lovett (Brandeis University)

Ellen Messer

Ellen Messer is an anthropologist specializing in food security, religion, and human rights. She was Director of the Brown University World Hunger Program, and currently holds visiting faculty positions at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy and Brandeis University Heller School Programs in Sustainable International Development. Her research and writing address linkages among food, globalization, and conflict, and the value-added of human-rights approaches to food insecurity at multiple levels, including legal, political-economic, and sociocultural perspectives.



Bruno Miteyo Nyeng


Bruno Miteyo Nyenge

Bruno Miteyo Nyenge is the Chief Executive Officer of the national Caritas of Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the Human Development Index the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Miteyo has been working for Caritas since more than 25 years. Moreover he is member of the Administration Council of Caritas Internationalis and the emergency response team of Caritas Africa. He is Vicepresident of Caritas Africa and coordinator of ACEAC zone. He holds a PhD in veterinary medicine and also studied agricultural engeneering. Bruno Miteyo Nyenge is born in 1954 in Likasi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is married and has four children.



Shimray Mugreiphy



Shimray Mugreiphy

Shimray Mungreiphy is a gender expert from Caritas India. Caritas India works for gender justice with a special focus to gender equity. Inequality of any kind is an obstacle to progress and human development. Therefore, Gender equity is one of the thrust areas of Caritas India to ensure that most vulnerable among the vulnerable sections of the society (particularly women and excluded) benefit from all her initiatives across various focus areas. To ensure this gender mainstreaming in the organisation and programs and partners capacity enhancement are its major initiatives. Caritas India also addresses unsafe migration and anti-human Trafficking (women and children) as important gender concerns through preventive and policy advocacy measures.



Amitava Mukherjee

Amitava Mukherjee

Dr. Amitava Mukherjee is currently a Senior Expert in the United Nations. Considered an internationally recognised expert on food security, Amitava Mukherjee has nearly 35 years experience in action research and policy planning especially in areas of poverty alleviation, food security and hunger; and livelihood development. He was the Head of United Nations Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture, Bogor, Indonesia; Head of Asian and Pacific Center for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery, in Beijing of the United Nations; the Regional Advisor for Poverty Reduction, United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok and Professor of Economics/Planning, National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India. Amitava Mukherjee has written and lectured extensively on poverty, food security, and participatory community development all over the world and has published a large number of professional Reports, articles/papers and over thirty five books. He is the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Bihar Governor's Cup for the Best Scholar, Vivekananda Centenary Gold Medal, Hem Nalini De Memorial Gold Medal, Rotary Foundation International Fellowship, and the Commonwealth Award. In recognition of his services to rural development in China he was made an Honorary Citizen, Huain County, China. Amitava Mukherjee has a distinguished academic record, being educated at Ranchi University, Ranchi, India; Rice University, Houston, USA; Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London.



Angela Mulenga


Angela Mwape Mulenga

Angela Mwape Mulenga, as a FIAN - Zambia member, she is currently spearheading the work of FIAN in Zambia in collaboration with other CSOs in the area of the Right to Food and Economic, Cultural and Social Rights. In the recent years her focus has been on defending the Land Rights of the grassroots in Zambia and Africa by identifying and examining cases of the right to food with a focus on access to land and resources and further lobby and advocate against the luck of recognition and protection of the rights of peasant farmers and marginalized groups. Angela Mwape Mulenga is a BA graduate from the University of Zambia (Sociology and Development) and conducted further studies in Human Rights and Trade and Development.



Peter Niggli
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Peter Niggli

Peter Niggli is the director of Alliance Sud since 1998. Alliance Sud - Swiss Alliance of Development Organisations - is the common platform of the six leading Swiss development organisations. Until 1998 Peter Niggli worked as journalist with a focus on Africa, economics and Swiss politics and was engaged in various political activities. Peter Niggli is an expert on Ethiopian and Sudanese politics and as well on social development. He wrote several publications on globalization and development aid. He is the author of the book "Der Streit um die Entwicklungshilfe".



Michael Nkonu

Michael Nkonu

As Executive Director, Michael Nkonu works with the Fairtrade Africa Board to develop and manage the strategic direction of Fairtrade Africa. He ensures the organisation's vision is effectively communicated and implemented to various stakeholders both within Africa and internationally to advance the cause of Fairtrade African producers.
Before moving to Africa, he worked for the Fairtrade Foundation as Africa Manager spearheading the expansion of Fairtrade activities in Africa. His work with small farmer organisations, businesses, governments and international organisations has leveraged organisational, technical and financial support for African producers. Michael Nkonu, who is a Ghanaian national, has a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food Security and Natural Resources Management from the University of Hohenheim, Germany.



Marina Ponti

Marina Ponti

Marina Ponti has been the Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Campaign since February 2003. Before joining the Campaign, Ponti was Head Campaigner at Mani Tese, an Italian development NGO based in Milan, where she lead advocacy campaigns from 1997-2002 on development issues such as trade, debt and the Tobin tax. Ponti has written several publications, including articles on development, and has contributed to numerous high-level conferences and commissions, including the World Social Summit+5 in Geneva (2000) and various UN Conferences and Commissions. Trained in Political Science at the University of Milan, she wrote her thesis on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as an instrument for international development.



Borbála Sarbu-Simonyi



Borbála Sarbu-Simonyi

Borbála Sarbu-Simonyi is sociologist and international relations specialist and also member of the agrarian working group of Védegylet. She is the coordinator of the Association for Food-Sovereignty in Hungary. Her activities are advocacy and knowledge dissemination about small-scale food systems.
Since 2006 she is active in the European movement for food sovereignty.



Ludwig Scharinger



Ludwig Scharinger

Ludwig Scharinger is consultant of the Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, where he was the director general from 1985 until 2012. He holds several supervisory and advisory board functions and has several positions at the Chamber of Commerce in Upper-Austria. Furthermore he is lecturer and Chairman of the University Council of Johannes Kepler University Linz. Ludwig Scharinger holds a PhD in social economies.



James Shikwati

James Shikwati

James Shikwati is the founder and Director of Inter Region Economic Network (IREN Kenya), a think tank that focuses on and develops ideas and strategies to enhance quality of life for people in Africa. He is also the founder and CEO of The African Executive, a leading online business opinion magazine that focuses on African issues and the Country Director of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) program present in 16 Kenyan universities. A self taught Kenyan economist, his main area of focus is development economics in Africa. He is driven by a firm belief that a Free Human Mind is the Ultimate Capital.
He serves on a Pan Africa Select Committee that network African Think Tanks, Research Institutes and Scholars keen to evaluate Africa’s engagement with China and other emerging economies. Mr. Shikwati has authored several books and hundreds of commentaries on public policy, economic development, environment, trade and agriculture. He recently co-edited a book with Prof. Jurgen Runge on “Geological Resources and Good Governance in Sub Saharan Africa.” He was named among 100 most influential Kenyans in 2007 by the Standard Newspaper, and recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.



Otilia Sîrbu
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Otilia Sîrbu

Otilia Sîrbu is director of Caritas Moldova since 2003. Caritas Moldova works through its 11 diocesan offices to support those in need – children, the sick, the elderly, young people, vulnerable families, homeless and unemployed. The organization distributes food, clothing and medicines, runs children's centers and summer camps for young people, care centers for elderly, health care centers, homeless center, supports kindergartens and schools for children with special needs. Otilia Sîrbu holds degrees in social work, theology, nonprofit management, christian leadership and other, has participated in numerous international conferences as speaker and moderator.



Marcela Villareal

Marcela Villareal

Marcela Villarreal is Director of the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Since she joined the Organization in 1996, she has been Director of the Gender and Population Division, Chief of the Population and Development Service and Chief of the Gender and Development Service. Before joining FAO, she worked for UNFPA, ILO (Regional Employment Programme in Santiago, Chile), and for the Colombian Government. She has worked and published extensively in the areas of poverty reduction, gender issues, rural development, employment, social inequality, HIV/AIDS and food security inter alia. She has lead and/or participated in missions to some 40 countries.

Ms Villarreal has a PhD in Rural Sociology from Cornell University and a BA/MA in Systems and Computing Engineering from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Hewlett Foundation, the Population Council and the Rockefeller foundation. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian. She is a national of Colombia.



Helga Weisz

Helga Weisz

Helga Weisz is co-chair of the research domain transdisciplinary concepts and methods at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and adjunct professor for social ecology at the IFF-Institute for Social Ecology in Vienna. She has a background in microbiology (Masters degree from the University of Vienna) and cultural studies (Ph.D from Humboldt University Berlin) and is habilitated in social ecology at the University Klagenfurt. She has held guest professorships at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, St. Gallen University und Yale University. Areas of specialization are resource use in relation to climate change, material flow, energy flow, and physical and environmental input-output analysis at national and urban scales, society-nature co- evolution, socio-ecological theory, social and urban metabolism and integrated vulnerability assessment.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) was founded in 1992 and currently has a staff of about 300 people. PIK addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making. The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling, computer simulation, and data integration.



Werner Wutscher

Werner Wutscher

management-consultant





Patronage



 



Heinz Fischer

Austrian President





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Helmut Brandstätter



Helmut Brandstätter

Editor-in-Chief Kurier



Alexandra Föderl-Schmid




Alexandra Föderl-Schmid

Editor-in-Chief Der Standard.



Oliver Grimm
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Oliver Grimm

EU-correspondent, Die Presse



Monika Kalcsics

Monika Kalcsics

Besides being a freelance radio journalist and producer for the Austrian broadcaster ORF, Monika Kalcsics has also worked periodically as emergency aid worker for the Caritas network, most recently during the Pakistan floods in 2010, where she was communications coordinator. In 2007 she co-founded the production company name>it positive media (www.nameit.at) with the focus on covering underrepresented reports in the media.
Her combined career as a journalist and emergency aid worker has allowed her to understand the challenges we face when confronted with a humanitarian disaster and the need to report it.



Johannes Kaup

Johannes Kaup

Ö1



 



Corinna Milborn

News



Ruth Picker



Ruth Picker

Ruth Picker is managing director of Global Responsibility - Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid. She holds a degree in psychology (University of Vienna/ New York University) as well as the European master degree in human rights and democratisation. Before joining Global Responsibility, she worked as a politician.



 



Thomas Seifert

Die Presse



Sylvia Steinitz



Sylvia Steinitz

Editor-in-Chief Die Wienerin



Karin Strobl
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Karin Strobl

Editor-in-Chief "Regionalmedien Austria"