Itir Akdogan

Itir Akdogan holds a PhD from the University of Helsinki. She is a researcher, lecturer, and activist on e-democracy. Her field of research include e-participation, e-governance, and youth. Among her innovative online and offline courses are e-citizens in network society, social media, and alternative media and democracy. Itir is also a local democracy activist. She`s been involved in the youth sub-program of the Local Agenda 21 Turkey Programme. She`s worked both at home and in global processes for the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes. She was the youth representative from Turkey at the World Summit on Information Summit WSIS. These experiences made her an invited speaker for several international events and invited author for academic articles as well as opinion articles for international media published in more than 5 languages. Her expertise and experience on new media allows her freedom of mobility. As an academic, she will give her next online course on "right tools for e-participation" at the University of Helsinki. At the same time, as an activist, she will train members of local youth organizations on "effective online communication" in Turkey. Itir Akdogan is the author of "Digital-political Fantasies in Istanbul, an analysis of the perceived role of ICT in changing local institutional politics, activism, and identity" (http://www.helsinki.fi/crc/Julkaisut/Digital_political_fantasies_in_Istanbul.pdf)

Petra Berner

Petra Berner has led the Latin America Department of the Deutsche Welle Academy since 2005 and is responsible for the strategic and conceptual positioning of media development projects in South and Central America. In the region, she manages numerous projects relating to academic and vocational training of media professionals, which are carried out with universities locally. She has worked as an instructor for the "International Media Studies" master's program of the Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the University of Bonn, and the DW Academy.

Jay Cousins

Jay has been known to positively hack conferences when he gets bored - establishing a Guerrilla Coffee Bar at one event, and spontaneous speed dating at another. He doesn't accept the status quo and questions everything. Go find him if you want to hack the conference - he's probably dressed like a leprechaun (green shirt, ginger beard).
For the last 2 1/2 months he's been working in Cairo on a development project which aims to bridge the gap between development and grass roots through enabling spaces - icecairo.
He hates email, and Facebook, but sadly is still a prolific user of both. Jay is constantly experimenting with new forms of communication and project management. He facilitates events with parties instead of meetings, and creates his own open source real world social media tools.
Jay is constantly experimenting with new forms of communication and project management. He facilitates events with parties instead of meetings, and creates his own open source real world social media tools.

Moritz Eckert

Moritz Eckert, 33, was born in Heidelberg and grew up at intervals in Nairobi, Kenya. After finishing his secondary education, he completed his alternative civilian service in the emergency medical services with the German Red Cross and then traveled on several relatively long trips. He studied recent/modern history, sociology, African studies in Berlin, but left the university before the completion of his basic studies. He then worked for three years as an ad copy writer at the Hamburg advertising agency Jung von Matt. In 2007, he co-founded betterplace.org. The betterplace.org site makes it possible in particular for small grassroots initiatives throughout the world to collect donations over the Internet and social networks. It is Germany's largest donor community, has 75,000 members and was able to channel 5 million euros in donations to aid projects in 140 countries in 2012 - including a number in the field of university education. Another Eckert project is more of a hobby: the marcel-ist-reif.de website, which provides the average person with the opportunity to comment "live" on televised football games.

Roger Fischer

1996: Entry into the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as consultant for DEG investment promotions, export guarantees and shareholding management.
1999: Consultant regional development policy - South Africa
2002: Deputy commissioner for the budget, BMZ
2007: Advisor to the Germany executive director at the World Bank Group, Washington D.C., United State
2011: Deputy director of the education department, BMZ
2012: Director of the Internet, social media and citizen communication, BMZ

Nadja Gmelch

Nadja Gmelch studied Language, Business, and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau in Germany and holds a master's degree in European Policy on Development Co-operation by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Since 2006, she has worked for the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP - www.acup.cat) where she is in charge of international development co-operation. In addition to the development of strategic documents in the area of international developing co-operation, she also has experience in collaborating with African and Haitian universities, especially in the area of university-industry relationships, doctoral education and capacity building through the improvement of university management.

Curt Simon Harlinghausen

Curt Simon Harlinghausen is the chairman of the social media section at the Federal Association of Digital Economy (BVDW), the head of the business development /marketing unit at the BVDW, and managing director of AKOM360 GmbH. Harlinghausen has been active in online business since 1996 and has been involved with national and international projects as a conceptualizer/strategist on social media as well as Facebook, mobile, local, SEO and digital marketing. He has worked internationally in Dublin, Qingdao, Hong Kong and the United States. Harlinghausen is an instructor in online marketing and critical topics for various colleges and economic institutions. In 2010, he was selected as instructor of the year at the DDA.

Wolfgang Kanera

Wolfgang Kanera is undersecretary and, since February 2012, the head of Subsection 20 - social development, security, human rights and governance in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Kanera, who earned a diploma in economics, began his professional career at the World University Service of Germany (Deutsches Komitee e.V.), Bonn (1977 - 1978). Since 1978, Kanera has been at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: science and education aid (1978-1981), technology, environmental protection and infrastructure (1981-1985), conceptual design, basic development policies and procedures, research, human rights (1985-1991), press and information (press spokesman, 1991-1996), United Nations (1996-1997), cross-sectoral principles, structural adjustment, private enterprise, administration (1997-2000), promotion of democracy and administration (2000), planning, basic policies and procedures for development cooperation with countries and regions, quality assurance (2000-2006), South Asia (2006-2011), the head of Subsection 20 - Asia policy; key human rights issues, governance, gender (2011 - 2012).

Lars Kilian

The education graduate studied teaching (with an emphasis on mathematics and art) and educational science (with an emphasis on adult education and educational planning) at University of Erfurt. He worked from to 2001 to 2004 as a scientific staff member in the field of educational development and accompanying research at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg on the lead federal project known as the "Virtual University of Applied Sciences." He has worked as a scientific staff member either in project management or support since 2004, on multifaceted (eLearning) projects at the Technical University. His eLearning projects include "Reuse in Software Engineering," a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering and the German Center for Artificial Intelligence, along with partners from industry. In this project, web-based tools for knowledge management in companies (including those based on wikis, social and meta tagging, discussion boards, etc.) are developed and tested. Furthermore, he worked on the cooperative project "Learning Aging," which focused on the development of web-based learning and communications offerings for seniors using mobile devices (tablets). In the area of university instruction, he gained experience in the development and execution of eLearning and blended-learning offerings, ranging from classic online seminars to the shaping of user-generated content. In addition to the application of learning content management, Web 2.0 offerings ( blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks?) came into use. He was honored with the State Teaching Award of the Southwest University Evaluation Association in 2009. In addition, he collaborated on the development of the didactic object model for the description of (eLearning) scenarios at the German Institute for Standardization (PAS 1032-2). He has provided consulting and support for continuing education and advanced education institutions in the conception and use of eLearning offerings.

Marton Kocsev

Marton Kocsev has been working with GIZ on various innovative technology projects within the private as well as education sectors. His main interest includes innovation brokerage, green technologies, and social entrepreneurship in low-income countries. He has been involved in various projects varying from one-to-one computing, business information systems, as well as technology innovation hubs. He currently works with GIZ in Cairo and coordinates the establishment of a green technology hub (icecairo). Marton is also a member of the ICT4D Collective at the University of London, where he is pursuing his PhD.

Markos Lemma

Markos Lemma was born and raised in Ethiopia. He started blogging in 2009. Since then, he has been working on promoting the Ethiopian blogosphere and encouraging different target groups to participate in this scene. Lemma co-founded iceaddis innovation hubs together with three colleagues in Addis Ababa in May 2011. As a full-time employee of GIZ, his responsibility is to manage the different communities that they support at iceaddis and higher institutions. He is a GlobalVoices author and speaks at different events and conferences about innovation hubs, African tech community, mobile technology, social media, and blogging. He has also organised various tech and innovative events, one of which was the Barcamp Ethiopia, which drew more than 700 participants.

Roland Lindenthal

Roland Lindenthal is the head of the education department in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Previously, he held ministry positions responsible for German development cooperation with South Africa and Namibia (2007-2008) as well as for the UN organisations UNDP and UNOPS (1999-2000) and development policy statistics (1996-1998). Lindenthal holds a diploma in economics; he began his professional career at the International Labor Organization (ILO), where he worked at both the Geneva headquarters (1990-1996) and in member states (South Africa and Indonesia). He later worked for the UNDP in country offices in Zimbabwe and Indonesia.

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Almut Rieke

Since mid-2009, Almut Rieke has worked as a scientific staff member at the Institute for Technology in the Tropics at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. There she supports lecturers at the Institute and the CNRD project with teaching media in curriculum development and is responsible for building up the Virtual Center, a communication and collaboration platform. She considers social media to be important component of the collaboration due to the project partners' distribution around the world. After receiving her diploma as a business information scientist at the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences in 1992, she worked for a long period in industry before beginning a master's program in educational media at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2004. She was able to complete this online course of studies successfully in 2007, earning a master of arts degree, and then deepen her experience with further work at an agency and at the University of Cologne. Ms. Rieke began her research work on the use of various Web 2.0 tools as the foundation for the development of the Virtual Center at the CNRD project's partners.

Matthias Rothkoegel

Matthias Rothkoegel is a B2B marketing consultant and managing director of the Dsseldorf-based Engage Marketing GmbH. Working with his team, he develops concepts and strategies for better interactive marketing. In addition to marketing automation and lead management, his emphases include search engine marketing (SEM & SEO), social media and content marketing. In doing so, he invariably addresses the issue of how companies can succeed in building up and optimizing an online dialog with customers and other interested parties. Rothkoegel, who earned his diploma in economics, employs game-theory concepts to create marketing campaigns and communication processes and to develop appropriate marketing strategies. Since 2002, Rothkoegel has worked in the B2B field. The stations on Rothkoegel's career path include the classic medium-sized company as well as international companies and highly specialized niche firms. His private and professional interests have always dealt with ways to use technology to improve communication between companies and customers.

Felicitas Schnabel

Felicitas Schnabel is content manager of the Internet platform "Alumniportal Deutschland" in the Development Co-operation and Alumni Programmes section of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She is responsible for content development, marketing, and co-operation with higher education institutions in this joint project of DAAD, GIZ, CIM, Goethe, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her special focus lies on the development of webinars and other innovative online exchange formats.
Mrs Schnabel holds an M.A. in international information management from the University of Hildesheim, Germany. She completed study visits in France and the United States. Prior to her current position, she worked in project and media management as well as higher education marketing.

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Ben Scott

Ben Scott is a Senior Adviser to the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung in Berlin. Previously, he was a Policy Adviser for Innovation at the US Department of State, where he worked at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. In a small team of advisers to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he worked to help steward the 21st Century Statecraft agenda with a focus on technology policy, social media, and development. The path-breaking social media efforts at the State Department have resulted in a global social media audience of more than 10 million people a day. Prior to joining the State Department, he led the Washington office for Free Press for six years, which is the largest non-profit organisation in the US dealing exclusively with media and communications policy. As policy director for Free Press, he headed a team of lawyers, researchers, and advocates, and directed a public interest policy agenda to expand affordable access to an open Internet and to foster more public service journalism. He was frequently called as an expert witness before the US Congress. Before joining Free Press, he worked as a legislative aide handling telecommunications policy for the then Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a PhD in communications from the University of Illinois.

Annelies Storme

With the goal of accelerating social change on a global scale, Annelies is heading the development of partnerships to engage more Fellows with the Ashoka network. In addition, she is part of Ashoka's efforts to scale up social innovations from a local to a global level. Having worked for the public and private sector, Annelies is convinced that social entrepreneurship is the right path to solving the world's most pressing problems. She joined Ashoka in 2010 in Washington DC and has been based in Frankfurt since 2012.
Prior to Ashoka, she organised conferences on corporate social responsibility in Frankfurt for two years. In Brussels, she empowered people with a chronic condition to improve their economic situation through advocacy for three years. During this time, she co-founded the European Pain League, raising awareness for people living with chronic pain across the continent. She earned a bachelor's degree in social policy and a master's degree in European Politics from the Universities of Ghent, Belgium and Leeds, United Kingdom.

Zoetanya Sujon

Dr Zoetanya Sujon is a lecturer and Canadian media and communications scholar, based in Regent College. Zoe's research is driven by questions regarding the role of new technologies in human social, cultural, and political connections. Zoe completed her PhD, entitled "New Technologies and the Idea of Citizenship: Patterns of Public Participation in Two Cases", at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This research examined the ways in which interactive technologies are shaping ideas and practices of belonging, engagement, and participation. In addition to noting the marked differences between expert and ordinary forms of participation, findings suggest that institutional practices in the creative industries are becoming more open to ordinary people and ordinary forms of participation. Her current research interests address the relationships between the cultural politics of new technologies and rights, particularly the connections between human and various forms of property rights.
Amongst a variety of research projects addressing social technologies, Zoe has also worked on the "LSE Media Policy Project" at the London School of Economics where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the social media strategy for the. This innovative project focuses on establishing a deliberative relationship between policy makers, civil society actors, media professionals, and academics in order to provide evidence based insights to strategic areas of media policy (e.g. copyright, digital participation, media literacy, open Wi-Fi and local provision).

Since 2011: GIZ, Head of Division Education, Health, Social Protection
2005-2011: InWEnt and GIZ, Director, Good Governance and Social Development Policy; Regional Commissioner for Asia
1993-2005: Senior Economist, Head of Program and Team leader; International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C.; African Department, European II Department, Fiscal Affairs Department

Dr. Taube holds a PhD in Economics from the Free University, Berlin.

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Christian Vogel

Christian Vogel studied adult education/advanced continuing training and political science at the Chemnitz University of Technology. After his studies, he worked as a lecturer at the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity European Center. In addition to his teaching activities, he was mainly responsible for the areas of internationalization, curriculum development and project management. Parallel to his professional activities, he pursued "organizational studies with an emphasis on education management" at the Hildesheim University Foundation. He is currently a scientific staff member at the BMBF's "Open Competency Region Westphalia" project in the Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences and is responsible for the development of part-time professional programs. In this regard, his sphere of activities especially included the shaping of competency-oriented study formats and hybrid forms of learning. At the same time, his focus was on the curricular and didactic integration of multimedia and interactive learning settings as a part of post-graduate remote study programs, e.g. through the conception and implementation of e-portfolios or cases studies to be worked on collaboratively. His scientific emphases are in the area of sustainability, learning and university research.


Tiemo Ehmke

Tiemo Ehmke is a facilitator and consultant in the border areas of industry, science and civil society. Among other subjects, he studied cultural management with an emphasis on culture and the economy and has worked as a conference manager, company spokesman, author and producer. As a project developer, he has worked on such issues as cross-innovation, European think tanks, entrepreneurial responsibility, art and architecture, and sustainable water tourism. In the area of development cooperation, he now focuses on the development of icebauhaus, a hub for innovation devoted to the issues of innovation, collaborative methods and the promotion of social entrepreneurship.

Katrin Bornemann

Dr. Katrin Bornemann spent more than 15 years in developing countries, including Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bolivia. She earned a diploma in economic and cultural area studies at the University of Passau. Dr. Bornemann holds her doctorate in media sciences. She has done research on social media, media cultures in Europe, and audiovisual media in Munich, Passau and London. In the context of German and international development cooperation, she works as an advisor, project manager, workshop leader, consultant and facilitator for the GIZ, the DED, ministries, NGOs, chambers of commerce and the UN on the issues of culture and creative industries, education and media in development cooperation. She currently lives and works in Serbia.