Speakers

Job Shipululo Amupanda

is a social justice activist from Namibia and one of the founding members of the “Affirmative Repositioning” Movement, a radical youth organization advocating for economic freedom in general and living space and fair distribution of land in particular. He teaches Political Science at the University of Namibia, where he serves as associate dean at the Faculty for Business and Management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Namibia, as well as a Honorary Degree and Master of Arts in Political Sciences from the Stellenbosch University.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "YouthPowerVisions".

María Paulina Baena

is a moderator and one of the authors of La Pulla, a video column that was founded by five journalists at the traditional Colombian newspaper “El Espectador”. The column represents a digital practice of utilizing the youtube format in order to communicate important issues of Colombia's national agenda in a simple language. Since March 2016, 80 episodes were broadcast over El Espectador, reaching more than 200 Million viewers. La Pulla breaks with women's' role in the media and stands for a new spontaneous way of digitally spreading and stimulating current debates. La Pulla proves that viral content can be created successfully via thorough research and authentic journalism.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "YouthMobilised: Protest twittering and Influencing".

Mohammed Bawendi

is a Libyan blogger and activist from Tripolis, Libya. Since 2017, he is the board director of the Libyan Bloggers Network, a network of local bloggers who aim to make a contribution to peace-building through factual reporting and fighting against hate preaching. In addition, Mohammed Bawendi is the founder of the Interpreters & Translators Club in Libya and has worked as translator and consultant for various embassies and NGOs in Libya.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "YouthMobilised: Protest twittering and Influencing".

Markus Beckedahl

is the founder of re:publica and has been blogging at netzpolitik.org since 2003. He is a co-founder of the Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. (Digital Society) and a partner at the newthinking GmbH. Since 2010, he has had a seat on Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg's (Media Authority Berlin-Brandenburg) Media Council. Between 2010-2013, Beckedahl was further a member of the German Bundestag's Enquete Commission on Internet and Digital Society.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "YouthMobilised: Protest twittering and Influencing".

Manjita Chaudhary

is a human rights activist advocating for education, girl's and woman's rights and the eradication of slave labor in Nepal (Kamalari system). Together with Urmila Chaudhary and others, she founded the organization Freed Kamalari Development Forum (FKDF), which liberates young domestic slaves and places them in special schooling and training programs. Manjita served as FKDF's president for three years. At the moment, she is studying Sociology and Rural Development at the Mahendra Multiple Campus of the Tribhuvan University in Ghorahi, Dang. She has a son and lives in Ghorahi with her partner.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Urmila: For freedom".

Urmila Chaudhary

is a human rights activist advocating for the eradication of slave labor in Nepal (Kamalari system), as well as for education and girl's and woman's rights. At the age of six, her parents sold her as a Kamalari; she was rescued only 11 eleven years later. Urmila caught up on her education and together with other affected persons founded the organization Freed Kamalari Development Forum(FKDF), whose president she later became as well. The organization frees young domestic slaves and places them in special schooling and training programs so they can lead independent lives. She has been the recipient of, amongst others, the Alice Salomon Award in 2018 and the Theodor Haecker Award in 2017, both from Germany. Urmila's great goal is to become a lawyer and thus defend the rights of young girls in Nepal.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Urmila: For freedom".

Khaled Davrisch

is a Kurd from Syria, hailing from Raʾs al-ʿAin near the Turkish border. He has lived in Germany since 2001. As an activist for Jugendliche ohne Grenzen (Juveniles without Borders, JOG), a national alliance of juvenile refugees, he has been fighting for the rights of young immigrants without right of residence. He advocates for an acceleration of the reception process and giving refugees expedited access to individual mentoring and career advancement services. Besides working as a course coordinator for the basic vocational training courses in care work at the Paulo Freire vocational school, he is involved in the youth initiative Schule ohne Rassismus – Schule mit Courage (Schools without Racism – Schools with Courage) as a school supporter.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "Access to training: Pathways towards a future occupational career for young refugees".

Rafaela Mae L. David

is a board member and international secretary of the Philippine Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party. From 2015 to 2018, she was the fourth name on the party list. From 2013 to 2016, she was the chairperson for the party affiliated youth organization Abkayan! Youth. In this function David led essential campaigns for the wellbeing and development of young people: Parenting, sexual and reproductive rights, public budget and political participation. Currently, she is the director of the Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN), a NGO aimed at young people with its seat in Quezon City. Since 2014, she has also coordinated the FES Academy of Political Management (APM) for young leaders and activists.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "YouthPowerVisions".

Antonis Ekizos

is a research associate at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He has studied Sports Science at the National Kapodistrian University in Athens and has completed a Master's degree in “Biology of Human Performance” at the Maastricht University. He is currently earning his doctorate in the field of Biomechanics and has received several science and business awards. His interests range from the improvement of human performance to health policy over dealing with new technologies and the colonization of Mars. He would like to return to Greece but is struggling with the conditions in his home country.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "Should I stay or should I go?".

Susan Gluth

is a director, cinematographer and producer. Until 2003, she studied documentary film directing at the HFF Munich and has since shot and produced her films herself. Susan Gluth also works as a cinematographer for documentaries and loves traveling to various countries to do so. Over a period of six years the film Urmila - My Memory is my Power was made in Nepal. The film tells the story of human rights activist Urmila Chaudhary and was released in 2016 in Germany. Susan Gluth's films are being shown at international film festivals and have received various national and international awards.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Urmila: For freedom".

Jeannette Gusko

is the regional manager Germany for GoFundMe, one of the largest platforms for social crowdfunding worldwide. Her work is focussed on how access to money in civil society can be newly distributed. Before this, she had been responsible for campaigning and communication management for the campaign platform Change.org in Germany as well as internationally starting in 2012. She was significantly involved in campaigns such as #BringBackOurGirls, #Neinheisstnein (No means no) and an initiative regarding new anti-stalking legislation in Germany. Jeannette Gusko writes and speaks regularly on the subjects campaigning, political communication, and community building and policy.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "YouthMobilised: Protest twittering and Influencing".

Sonja Hegasy

is the associate director of the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. She studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at, among others, the American University in Cairo and Columbia University in New York, where she earned her Master of Arts in Middle East Studies and Languages in 1990. After this, Dr. Sonja Hegasy completed her doctorate at the Free University Berlin with a dissertation on state and civil society in Morocco. She has been working at the ZMO since 1998 and was made associate director in 2008. Her research focus lies on civil society, youth movements, remembrance politics, global society and globalization.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Middle East and North Africa: Youth and politics in the wake of the „Facebook-Revolution”".

Reiner Hoffmann

has been regional manager for the North-Rhine region at the Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (Industrial Union for Mining, Chemical and Energy Workers, IG BCE) since November 2009. In October 2013, he was voted to be a member of the managing executive committee of the DGB (German Trade Union Federation) and took office in February 2014. In May 2014, he was elected chairman of the DGB for the first time and was re-appointed for a second term in May 2018.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event Trade union network: Young voices from East Central Europe.

Christine Hübner

is earning a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh, where she researches the attitudes of young people regarding citizenship, national identity and political participation in different European states. Before this, she studied Social Sciences, Psychology and Business Administration at the Jacobs University in Bremen as well as in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Christine has worked as market and consumption researcher and in her professional life led international survey projects. Here, she gained comprehensive experience with qualitative as well as quantitative methods.

In her research, Christine is especially interested in the motives and barriers citizens feel regarding their participation in political processes. Together with her colleagues at d|part, she has published scientific findings on the participation of young people in political processes, voter motivation through online election campaigns and the concept of political legitimacy. At d|part, Christine coordinates the focal research area on the meaning of political participation for individuals.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "How young people in Germany (did not) vote. What now?".

Panagiotis Iliopoulos

is a pianist and performer. He has worked at various theaters, mainly in the German-speaking region (i.e.HAU Berlin, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Neuköllner Oper Berlin, Teatro Due Parma). Since 2015, he has taken over the musical leadership of the Staatsoper Berlin's youth club. In addition to his artistic activity, he also works as a teacher of music and history at the Gail S. Halvorsen Schule in Dahlem (Berlin). He cannot imagine returning to his home country Greece at this time.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "Should I stay or should I go?".

Stevi Kitsou

is a lawyer and activist. She has worked for the General Secretariat for Human Rights Greece and the Greek Council for Refugees. In addition, she is active in a number of European and international issues, such as freedom of speech, hate speech on the internet, LGBTQ rights and conditions of imprisonment in Greece. She is a rapporteur for the initiative “Golden Dawn Watch” and deputy board member of the Hellenic League for Human Rights. In spite of her international experience, she has decided to live and work in Greece.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Should I stay or should I go?".

Ioanna Kryona

is a director, script author, producer and event manager who has been living in Berlin since 2008. She has realized various short film projects and promotion videos and has worked as script consultant for several feature films. This year, Ioanna was also the director of the “Hellas Film Box” Festival. She has been a volunteer for the Greek Community Center in Berlin since 2011. There, she mainly supports cultural and artistic events and has served as vice president of the board, among other positions.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Should I stay or should I go?".

Anne Lehmann

is an illustrator and graphic recorder. She studied illustration in Hamburg and Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts. Lehmann has carried out artistic projects with different groups, mainly juvenile refugees, over the space of several years. Since 2012, she has worked on developing graphic recording formats for conferences, seminars, workshops and many more, on various subjects and for clients from all areas of business, politics and civil society. Through her live drawings, discussions, different perspectives, results and agreements as well as disagreements are captured visually and statements that would otherwise be quickly forgotten are recorded as images.

At the Week of Justice 2018, Anne Lehmann will note down the results of the various events with the tools of graphic recording and present them in an exhibition during the closing event "YouthPowerVisions".

Nadine Lindner

has been at Deutschlandradio's Berlin studio since 2016. There, she works on the programs Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Deutschlandfunk Nova. Her main topics are the AfD and transport policy. Before this, she was Deutschlandradio's state correspondent in Saxony, where she observed the origins of the AfD and Pegida. She studied in Leipzig and completed her traineeship at the Deutschlandradio studios in Cologne, Berlin and Brussels. Nadine Lindner has always been interested in people's motives for becoming politically active.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "YouthPowerVisions".

Nishtha Madaan

is a researcher at IBM Research in India. In her work she deals with Algorithmic Bias and Fairness from a social perspective. She is the co-author of several research papers that were published in renowned trade journals and at conferences. She received her Master of Science in Computer Science at the International Institute of Information Technology in India. Nishta Madaan also earned a Diploma in Business Modeling at the Vienna University.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Bollywood – From one gender cliché to the next."

Stephanie Matthes

is a research associate for the focus area “Training Provision and Demand / Education Participation” at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). She supervises a project, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, that has the goal of creating a data and information base for regular reports on the topic “Integrating Refugees into Vocational Training and Work” (InGAA). She is further involved in the execution and analysis of the BA/BIIB Migration Study 2016, as well as the preparations for the BA/BIBB Study in Forced Migration 2018. At BIBB, Stephanie Matthes further focuses on the areas apprenticeship market research and career choice research. In her dissertation, which she handed in at the Bonn University at the beginning of 2018, she deals with the question of why certain jobs are not being considered by young people in the process of choosing a career.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Access to training: Pathways towards a future occupational career for young refugees".

Klaus Mindrup

has been a member of the German Bundestag for the electoral district Berlin-Pankow since 2013. He is a full member of the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well of the Committee on Building, Housing, Urban Development and Local Government. In October 2015, he has established a regular round table in his district called “Work, Education and Integration” where employers, politicians, administrations and those active in refugee work can share opinions and experiences. The employers of the round table offer jobs and training positions paid in accordance with agreed pay scales. These positions are mainly in the trade and care sectors that are open to all applicants. The focus of the round table is on model projects, such as joint training for German and refugee trainees.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "Access to training: Pathways towards a future occupational career for young refugees".

Sven Mohr

is a school principal and the director of the regional Vocational Training Center (RBZ) Eckener Schule in Flensburg, Germany. Mohr holds the position of deputy federal chairman with a focus on vocational training policy in the new Federal Association of Vocational Training Instructors, which is a merger of the Federal Associations BLBS and VLW. He is a certified industrial mechanic and completed his vocational teacher training in the subjects sports and metal technology. Sven Mohr is 55 years old.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "Access to training: Pathways towards a future occupational career for young refugees".

 

Ketakandriana Rafitoson

describes herself as an activist. In 2006, she completed the Malagasy Young Leader Training. Ever since, she has been active in civil society, for instance as the co-founder of Liberty32, a NGO advocating for democracy. In 2013, she was the co-founder of the Wake Up collective. Wake Up has the goal of “waking up” the general public and mobilizing them to become active against the machinations of corrupt politicians and authorities. The primary tool for this mobilization is the collective's very active Facebook channel. Ketakandriana is also a writer and scientist. At the beginning of this year, she has authored a very high quality study on energy transformation in Madagascar for the FES Madagascar. The mother of three is a strong and active opinion leader for her home country.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "YouthMobilised: Protest twittering and Influencing".

Carola Richter

is a professor for International Communication at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Science at the Free University Berlin. She studied Arabic Studies, Journalism and Political Science in Leibzig and Palestine and received her doctorate at the Erfurt University on Egyptian Islamists' media strategies in the context of democratization. Professor Carola Richter is a founding member of the Arab-European Association for Media and Communication Researchers (AREACORE) and is a member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). Her research focusses on media systems and communication cultures in non-western states, with the emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Middle East and North Africa: Youth and politics in the wake of the „Facebook-Revolution”".

Marianna Skylakaki

began her career in London as Greece analyst in the investment banking department of Goldman Sachs. In spite of the difficult economic situation in Greece, she decided to return. There, she founded the award-winning news site a8inea.com, which sheds light on current developments in Greece. She is also a partner at Topos Consulting, where she consults businesses on various issues.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Should I stay or should I go?".

Michael Sommer

was elected chairman of the German Trade Union federation (DGB) in May 2002. In June 2010, he was also elected chairman of the International Trade Union Confederation (IGB). He ended his term as DBG chairman in May 2014. Since December 2013, Michael Sommer has been the deputy chairman of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

At the Week of Justice 2018 he will speak at the event "Trade union network: Young voices from East Central Europe".

Ulrike Stodt

is a graduate social scientist and has been with the Strategic Human Resources department of the Deutsche Bahn since 1999. There, she has fulfilled various functions, i.e team leader for education programs, project leader for “Chance plus – Berufsvorbereitungsprogramm” (Chance plus – Vocational Preparation Program) and personnel marketing and consulting for the internal job market. Her focus is always on qualification and integration of diverse target audiences into the DB job market. Since 2016, she has been the coordinator for the DB qualification programs for refugees. Together with Nicole Schneider, she works on developing and implementing various formats for the cultural integration of refugees within the firm.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Access to training: Pathways towards a future occupational career for young refugees".

Zarah Udwadia

at the intersection between Zarah Udwadia's research and publication interests lie subjects such as art, gender rights and women's health. As a graduate of Duke University, USA, she is currently working for the feminist non-profit organization Point of View in Mumbai, India. She is especially active regarding projects on gender questions, sexuality, technology and disabilities.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Bollywood – From one gender cliché to the next".

Johanna Uekermann

is the vice chair of the Bavarian SPD and a member of SPD party executive committee and the SPD party directory. Between 2013 and 2017, she was the federal chair for the Jusos (Young Socialists). She grew up and went to school in Straubing, Lower Bavaria, before she went to study Political Science in Würzburg, Geneva (Switzerland) and Berlin. In Berlin, she works as a research associate at the German Bundestag.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "YouthPowerVisions".

Anne Wizorek

is a self-employed consultant for digital media, author and feminist activist. She lives on the internet and in Berlin and is the founder of the community blog kleinerdrei.org, which was nominated for the Grimme Online Award. In 2013, she initiated the hashtag #aufschrei (outcry), which sparked a public debate on everyday sexism and was the first hashtag to be honored with the Grimme Online Award. In her book “Weil ein #aufschrei nicht reicht – Für einen Feminismus von heute” (Because an #outcry is not enough – for a feminism of today, Fisher Verlag) she draws up a modern feminist agenda. In January 2016, together with 21 other activists, she published a statement against sexual violence and racism under the heading #ausnahmslos (no exceptions). The campaign was awarded the Clara-Zetkin-Award for political intervention. As a member of the expert commission, Anne Wizorek contributed to the federal governments second Report on Equality.

At the Week of Justice 2018 she will speak at the event "Bollywood – From one gender cliché to the next".

Week of Justice

Coordinator
Felix Braunsdorf

Contact and Registration
Annegret Worrmann
gerechtigkeitswoche(at)fes.de

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