Speakers

The Opening Week is very exciting to welcome expert guests in the field of this year's topics, „Sharing in a Globalized World“. This year, our experts come from all over the world to visit Leuphana and greet the first-semester students. Each guest has been individually selected to participate in the Opening Week. This year, we have guest participating on many different levels. There are input speeches, debates, evening talks, keynotes as well as interviews. We appreciate all the guests traveling to Lüneburg to share their input, expertise and visions about „Sharing in a Globalized World“.

Here you can find all keynote speakers, the guests who give an impulse and the academics who advise project groups. Please scroll furthert down to learn more about all guests.

 

 

Keynotes

Speaker at the Opening Ceremony: Climate scientist Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob is Head of the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, and visiting professor at Leuphana University, Faculty of Sustainability. She holds a PhD in meteorology, was Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and Coordi-nating Lead Author for the IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5 °C”. Her research interests focus on regional climate modelling, the hydrological cycle, and adaption to climate change. She is member of the European Commission’s Mission Board on “Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation”.
 

Daniela Jacob
Simon and Ben Szreter, Hilary Cooper

Simon Szreter, Hilary Cooper and Ben Szreter are co-aut­hors of Incentivising an Ethical Economic . This  was one of two ent­ries to sha­re the in­au­gu­ral In­sti­tu­te for Pu­blic Po­li­cy Re­se­arch (IPPR) eco­no­mics pri­ze in July 2019, the third lar­gest pri­ze in eco­no­mics, for their an­s­wer to the ques­ti­on, “What would be your ra­di­cal plan to force a step chan­ge in the qua­li­ty and quan­ti­ty of the UK’s eco­no­mic growth?” Read more

 

Friederike Otto (Fredi) is the Acting Director of the Environmental Change institute and an Associate Professor in the Global Climate Science Programme where she leads several projects understanding the impacts of man-made climate change on natural and social systems with a particular focus on Africa and India. Fredi is co-investigator on the international project World Weather Attribution which aims to provide an assessment of the human-influence on extreme weather in the immediate aftermath of the event occurring.

 

Friederike Otto
Thomas Pogge

Ha­ving re­cei­ved his PhD in phi­lo­so­phy from Har­vard, Tho­mas Pog­ge is Leit­ner Pro­fes­sor of Phi­lo­so­phy and In­ter­na­tio­nal Af­fairs and foun­ding Di­rec­tor of the Glo­bal Jus­ti­ce Pro­gram at Yale. Pog­ge is a mem­ber of the Nor­we­gi­an Aca­de­my of Sci­ence as well as co-foun­der of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an in­ter­na­tio­nal net­work ai­ming to en­han­ce the im­pact of scho­lars, teachers and stu­dents on glo­bal po­ver­ty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team ef­fort toward de­ve­lo­ping a com­ple­ment to the phar­maceu­ti­cal pa­tent re­gime that would im­pro­ve ac­cess to ad­van­ced me­di­ci­nes for the poor world­wi­de. Read more

 

Andreas R. Kirchschläger is the CEO of the elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization and the President of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation. He serves as a board member of the HSG Foundation, GCA Altium Corporation, PG Impact Investments AG and some of elea’s portfolio companies. Andreas is a visiting lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. As Managing Director and President of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, he led the annual International Management Symposium St. Gallen for more than one decade. Andreas holds a Master’s degree in Law and Economics from the University of St. Gallen. Read more

Andreas R. Kirschschläger
Kristina Lunz

Kris­ti­na Lunz is an award-win­ning hu­man rights ac­tivist, co-foun­der and Ger­ma­ny di­rec­tor of the Cent­re for Fe­mi­nist For­eign Po­li­cy, and ad­vi­sor to the Ger­man Fe­deral For­eign Of­fice. She was also re­cent­ly na­med on the For­bes 30 un­der 30 list. Kris­ti­na is an At­lan­tik Brücke Young Lea­der, As­ho­ka Fel­low as well as BMW Foun­da­ti­on Re­s­pon­si­ble Lea­der. Pre­vious­ly she worked for the UN De­ve­lop­ment Pro­gram­me in NYC and Myan­mar, as well as for a fe­mi­nist NGO in Co­lom­bia. Read more

Nora Kie­fer has been working for the Ger­man Af­ri­ca Foun­da­ti­on (Deut­sche Afri­ka Stif­tung) as Sci­en­ti­fic Ad­vi­sor­sin­ce 2018. The in­sti­tu­ti­on, which is fi­nan­ced by the Fe­deral For­eign Of­fice, is com­mit­ted to pro­mo­te a dif­fe­ren­tia­ted image of the Af­ri­can con­ti­nent in Ger­man po­li­tics and the pu­blic. Pre­vious­ly, Nora Kie­fer ad­vi­sed the exe­cu­tive­board of the Fe­deral Mi­nis­try for Eco­no­mic Co­ope­ra­ti­on and De­ve­lop­ment (BMZ) as part of the GIZ sec­tor pro­ject 'Fu­ture De­ve­lop­ment Po­li­cy'. At the GIGA In­sti­tu­te of Af­ri­can Af­fairs, she con­duc­ted re­se­arch in Tan­za­nia and Gha­na, as well as in In­dia and Sri Lan­ka. Nora Kie­fer stu­di­ed Busi­ness Psy­cho­lo­gy (B.Sc.), Po­li­ti­cal Sci­ence (B.A.) and Peace and Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­dies (M.A.) in Lüne­burg, Ham­burg and Edin­burgh. Read more

Nora Kiefer
Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of From What Is to What If?, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events. An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur.

 

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He is the author of 16 books, including "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything", which has been translated into over 25 languages. Don’s most recent and ambitious book "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World" was co-authored with his son, Alex Tapscott, a globally-recognized investor, advisor and speaker on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, whose 100+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations. Read more

Markus Beckedahl

Markus Beckedahl is founder and editor-in-chief of netzpolitik.org and has been dealing with social issues on the way to a digital society for over 20 years. He is co-founder and partner of newthinking communications GmbH, an agency for open source strategies and co-founder of the re:publica conference, Europe's leading Internet conference. Markus Beckedahl was an expert in the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag on "Internet and Digital Society" between 2010 and 2013 and has been a member of the Media Council of the Landesmedienanstalt. Read more

 

Konstantin Kuhle is member of the Bundestag since 2017 and has been Secretary General of the FDP Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) since 2018. He was Federal Chairman of the Young Liberals (JuLis) from 2014 to 2018. Since that period he is an elected member of the FDP Federal Board. From 2009 to 2014 he studied law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and at Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. He was a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V. (German National Merit Foundation). He passed his first legal state examination in 2014 and worked as a legal clerk at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court Hamburg from 2015 until 2017, when he passed his second legal state examination (bar exam). Since 2017 he works as a lawyer in Hannover. From 2009 to 2013 he was employed in the constituency office of a member in the state parliament of Lower Saxony. From 2010 to 2017 he held a position as a student assistant and teaching assistant at a chair of public law at Bucerius Law School. Konstantin Kuhle was born in 1989 in Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony.

Konstantin Kuhle

Impulses

David Abson

I am junior professor of sustainability economics in the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University. My research interests are relatively broad but are largely focused on system thinking approaches to understanding the intersection between economic activity, human well-being, biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource use. Much of my research is focused around agricultural/land use sustainability. Read more

David Abson
Götz Bachmann

Götz Bach­mann is Professor for Digital Cultures at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM) and con­ve­nor of the Ba­che­lor Ma­jor Di­gi­tal Me­dia. His re­se­arch in­te­rests fo­cus on the in­ter­sti­ces of so­cia­li­ty, di­gi­tal me­dia, tem­po­ra­li­ties and or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons. He is the aut­hor of an eth­no­gra­phic mo­no­gra­phy on ‘Kol­le­gia­lität’ (= col­le­gia­li­ty), and has done fur­ther fiel­d­work in Fin­land, UK, Ja­pan and Chi­na. In for­mer po­si­ti­ons he has been aca­de­mic di­rec­tor of the In­cu­ba­tor-Clus­ter Di­gi­tal Me­dia at Leu­pha­na, speaker of the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) and Se­ni­or Lec­tu­rer at the Cent­re for Cul­tu­ral Stu­dies, Golds­miths, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don. Outs­ide the aca­de­mic re­alm, he is the head script­wri­ter for the kid’s co­mic ma­ga­zi­ne KNAX.

Prof. Dr Günther Bach­mann has hea­ded the of­fice of the Ger­man Coun­cil for Sustainable De­ve­lop­ment sin­ce it was first es­ta­blis­hed in 2001. Fol­lo­wing his stu­dies in land­scape ma­nage­ment, Dr Bach­mann was re­s­pon­si­ble for fe­deral soil con­ser­va­ti­on po­li­cy wi­t­hin the Ger­man Fe­deral En­vi­ron­ment Agen­cy. He is Jury Chair­man for the Na­tio­nal Ger­man Sustaina­bi­li­ty Award and the Next Eco­no­my Award. He has also re­cei­ved an ho­no­ra­ry pro­fes­sor­ship from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg. Read more

 

Günther Bachmann
Jelena Bäumler

Je­le­na Bäum­ler has re­cent­ly joi­ned the sustaina­bi­li­ty fa­cul­ty of Leu­pha­na. She is a Pro­fes­sor for Pu­blic and In­ter­na­tio­nal Law, ha­ving gai­ned her law de­grees in Mu­nich and Ber­lin and hol­ding an LL.M. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wes­tern Cape, South Af­ri­ca, she has worked and taught around the world, in­clu­ding Tan­za­nia, Li­be­ria, Rus­sia, Chi­na and New Ze­a­land. Her work fo­cu­ses on the re­la­ti­ons among sta­tes, chal­len­ges in de­si­gning sustainable tra­de ru­les and glo­bal re­gu­la­to­ry ap­proa­ches to en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­len­ges. Read more

 

Manuela Bojadzijev is Professor of Globalized Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Vice Director of BIM since April 2018. From 2010-15, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and previously at Freie Universität Berlin, City University (University of London), Goldsmiths (University of London) and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Transit Migration project).  During her PhD she was PhD Fellowship at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt.

 

Manuela Bojadzijev

Aria­na Don­gus is a re­se­arch as­sis­tant at Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts in De­sign Karls­ru­he. Af­ter gra­dua­ting from Eu­ro­pean Me­dia Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pots­dam, she worked as a fre­e­lan­ce jour­na­list and film ma­ker and stu­di­ed di­rec­ting with a fo­cus on do­cu­men­ta­ry forms at the self-or­ga­nis­ed film school film­Ar­che in Ber­lin. She is a PhD can­di­da­te at Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts and De­sign at Karls­ru­he sin­ce 2018 whe­re she also co­or­di­na­tes KIM, a re­se­arch group for cri­ti­cal stu­dies in ar­ti­fi­ci­al in­tel­li­gence. In ex­plo­ring the in­ter­sec­tion of bio­metrics, co­lo­ni­al pasts, new forms of work and ma­chi­ne in­tel­li­gence, she cont­ri­bu­tes to a cri­tique of to­day’s di­gi­tal eco­no­mies.

Ariana Dongus
Marian Feist

Marian Feist is a senior researcher at the United Nations University. He specialises in global environmental politics and currently works with the German Advisory Council on Global Change on sustainability in the digital age. Marian holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where he was based at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change. 

Katrin Fritsch

Katrin Fritsch is a data and society researcher and writer. She is co-founder of MOTIF Institute for Digital Culture, an independent think tank that operates at the intersection of technology and society. In her work, Katrin advocates for sustainable technologies and bold visions of the future. She creates formats that enable public engagement in digitalisation and that ensure both an ethical and environmentally just approach to technologies. Read more

 

Laura Hille studied Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Hamburg. She is a PhD student at Leuphana University Lüneburg and works on Biohacking, Biopolitics and the (bio-)technological reformulation of life. Her research interests follow the merging of men and machine and the questions that arise when technology goes under the skin. Read more

 

Laura Hille
Steffi Hobuß

Steffi Hobuß is the Academic Director of Leuphana College. She has also been Vice Dean for Internationalization at the Faculty of Culture until 2017. She has been teaching philoosohy and cultural studies at Leuphana University since 1996. In 2010/11, she was visiting professor for cultural memory at Karstads Universitet, Sweden. She studied philosophy, German language and literature, history, education and social psychology and completed her Dr.phil. in 1994 at Bielefeld University (on Wittgenstein about expressivity). Her research fields include philosophy of language, theories of Bildung/higher education, philosophy of culture, postcolonial theory, gender studies, ancient Greek philosophy.

Marc Kleinknecht is a Professor for Educational Science. His research focuses on teaching and learning in classroom and teachers' professional developement. Togehther with his team, he investigate how video-feedback fosters (student-)teachers thinking and acting.

Marc Kleinknecht
Susanne Leeb

Susanne Leeb is an art scholar and teaches contemporary art with a focus on transnational art history at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Together with Ulf Wuggenig she runs the Kunstraum of the University of Lüneburg. She is currently Vice President for Research. Read more

Ferdous Nasri is a developer, Bioinformatics student, and Code Curious organiser, which is a non-profit organization offering free programming workshops to women without any background knowledge in coding. She contributes to many OpenSource projects including diversitytickets.org, which helps conferences reach a more diverse audience, and has co-authored two programming books. She is a feminist, music lover, and fascinated by different languages; a total travel aficionado!" Read more

 

Ferdous Nasri
Anupam Saraph

As a Pro­fes­sor of De­ci­si­on Sci­en­ces and Go­ver­nan­ce of Com­plex Sys­tems, Anu­pam Sa­raph men­tors stu­dents and teaches sys­tems, in­for­ma­ti­on sys­tems, en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems and sustainable de­ve­lop­ment at uni­ver­si­ties in Eu­ro­pe, Asia and the Ame­ri­cas. Dr. Sa­raph also works with lea­ders of sta­tes, in­dus­try and aca­de­mia to help them ad­dress their toughest chal­len­ges, ac­com­plish mis­si­ons and achie­ve busi­ness goal. He has done pionee­ring work on de­si­gning ur­ban ner­vous sys­tems for smart ci­ties, di­gi­tal go­ver­nan­ce in­no­va­tions, edu­ca­tio­nal re­forms, and de­si­gning sustainable and resi­li­ent or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons. Dr Sa­raph is also ac­tive­ly en­ga­ged in ci­vil so­cie­ty whe­re he par­ti­ci­pa­tes in se­veral en­vi­ron­men­tal, re­sour­ce and na­tu­re con­ser­va­ti­on in­itia­ti­ves, has aut­ho­red draft le­gis­la­ti­ons for ri­ver and na­tu­ral re­sour­ce con­ser­va­ti­on, right to good go­ver­nan­ce and has cont­ri­bu­ted to elec­tion and de­mo­cra­tic re­forms. Dr. Sa­raph is a re­gu­lar co­lum­nist in news­pa­pers and wri­tes on is­su­es of go­ver­nan­ce, fu­ture de­sign, tech­no­lo­gy and edu­ca­ti­on from a sys­tems per­spec­tive.

Dr. Nis­hant Shah is a fe­mi­nist, hu­ma­nist, tech­no­lo­gist and is cur­rent­ly the vice-pre­si­dent of Re­se­arch at the Ar­tEZ Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts, The Nether­lands. He works as a know­ledge Part­ner with The Di­gi­tal Earth fel­lowship with Hi­vos, and with the Fe­mi­nist In­ter­net Re­se­arch Net­work with the As­so­cia­ti­on of Pro­gres­si­ve Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. His on­go­ing work is in­vested in un­der­stan­ding the sta­te of mis­in­for­ma­ti­on, faken­ess, and vio­lence through the frame of tech­no-aes­t­he­tics ‘aes­t­he­techs’ in or­der to find new pro­ces­ses of ci­vic ac­tion. Read more

Nishant Shah
Henrik von Wehrden

The work of Henrik von Wehrden focuses on applying methods in a new context to create novel knowledge. His research spans across many spatial scales and groups of organisms, as well as explored the normative dimensions of methodological research. Henrik is the dean of the faculty of sustainability at Leuphana University and is glad to learn something as a dean every day. 

Cheryce von Xylander is an American (US) scholar who has lived and worked in the USA, England, France, Australia, Russia and Germany. She studied "Symbolic Systems" at the University of Stanford, an emphatically transdisciplinary course of study dedicated to the field of artificial intelligence. Afterwards she studied the History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Chicago where she obtained first the M.Phil, then the Ph.D. degree. She was employed at the Deutsches Museum for Masterworks of Science and Technology in Munich and has been affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neuroscience in Munich as well as both the MPI for the History of Science and the MPI for Human Development in Berlin. Read more

Cheryce von Xylander

Academics

David Abson

I am ju­ni­or pro­fes­sor of sustaina­bi­li­ty eco­no­mics in the Fa­cul­ty of Sustaina­bi­li­ty at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty. My re­se­arch in­te­rests are re­la­tive­ly broad but are lar­ge­ly fo­cu­sed on sys­tem thin­king ap­proa­ches to un­der­stan­ding the in­ter­sec­tion bet­ween eco­no­mic ac­tivi­ty, hu­man well-being, bio­di­ver­si­ty con­ser­va­ti­on and sustainable re­sour­ce use. Much of my re­se­arch is fo­cu­sed around agri­cul­tu­ral/​land use sustaina­bi­li­ty.

David Abson
Alessandra Asteriti

Ales­san­dra As­te­ri­ti is Ju­ni­or Pro­fes­sor of In­ter­na­tio­nal Eco­no­mic Law at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty and Pro­gram­me Di­rec­tor of the Hu­man Rights and Go­ver­nan­ce Mas­ter at the Pro­fes­sio­nal School. She has an MA in An­ci­ent His­to­ry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rome, an MA in Hu­man Rights from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Es­sex, and an LLM and PhD in In­ter­na­tio­nal Law from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Glas­gow.

Pau­la Bi­al­ski, known to some as “the ha­cker-whi­s­pe­rer," pri­des her­s­elf in her sharp skill of be­fri­en­ding all sorts of tech­ni­cal­ly-sav­vy nerds, which she has suc­cess­ful­ly done du­ring her eth­no­gra­phic stints with hip­pie back­pa­cker-and-couchsur­fing ha­ckers in Mon­tre­al or, more re­cent­ly, map­ping and na­vi­ga­ti­on cor­po­ra­te ha­ckers in Ber­lin. At Leu­pha­na, she can be found co-co­or­di­na­ting the Di­gi­tal Me­dia BA pro­gram whi­le at the same time tou­ring and com­po­sing with the in­credi­b­ly-fa­mous-in-Po­land in­die pop sen­sa­ti­on, Pau­la & Ka­rol. 

Paula Bialski
Simone Borgstede

Si­mo­ne Borgste­de Ph.D. is a uni­ver­si­ty-teacher and ac­tivist. Trai­ned as a so­cio­lo­gist and his­to­ri­an, her area of teaching in­clu­des Fe­mi­nist theo­ry in a post­co­lo­ni­al per­spec­tive and ‚the re­fu­gee’ in the his­to­ry of po­li­ti­cal ide­as. She has done re­se­arch on ra­cism, se­xism, clas­sism and their in­ter­sec­tions. No­wa­days, she tri­es to make space for the ac­tors’ per­spec­tives in her re­flec­tions on so­ci­al ac­tivism as squat­ting or re­fu­gee strugg­les

Pro­fes­sor Mi­cha­el Braun­gart is the co-foun­der of Crad­le To Crad­le, a de­sign prin­ciple for crea­ting pro­ducts with po­si­ti­ve eco­lo­gi­cal im­pact. In his work, he in­spi­res peop­le all over the world to cont­ri­bu­te to a healthy hu­man foot­print. At Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty he is Pro­fes­sor for Eco-De­sign and Eco-Ef­fec­ti­ven­ess.

Michael Braungart
Le Cao

Le Cao

Ori­gi­nal­ly from Cheng Du, Chi­na, I am a doc­to­ral stu­dent in the in­sti­tu­te of cul­tu­re and aes­t­he­tics of di­gi­tal me­dia at the Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg and also have taught in Thai­land and Chi­na for 5 ye­ars. My main field of re­se­arch is di­gi­tal me­dia and cul­tu­re, es­pe­cial­ly film and te­le­vi­si­on me­dia and do­cu­men­ta­ry cul­tu­re re­se­arch. My main pro­ject is to de­sign me­dia pro­ducts for a glo­bal au­di­ence. In con­nec­tion with this, I also in­ves­ti­ga­ted the in­te­gra­ti­on and col­li­si­on of so­ci­al me­dia in the con­text of glo­ba­liza­t­i­on. I'm a fair avid fan of the mo­vies, ea­ting at good re­stau­rants in Ger­ma­ny, wal­king, tra­ve­ling and fit­ness. 

Aria­na Don­gus is a re­se­arch as­sis­tant at Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts in De­sign Karls­ru­he. Af­ter gra­dua­ting from Eu­ro­pean Me­dia Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pots­dam, she worked as a fre­e­lan­ce jour­na­list and film ma­ker and stu­di­ed di­rec­ting with a fo­cus on do­cu­men­ta­ry forms at the self-or­ga­nis­ed film school film­Ar­che in Ber­lin. She is a PhD can­di­da­te at Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts and De­sign at Karls­ru­he sin­ce 2018 whe­re she also co­or­di­na­tes KIM, a re­se­arch group for cri­ti­cal stu­dies in ar­ti­fi­ci­al in­tel­li­gence. In ex­plo­ring the in­ter­sec­tion of bio­metrics, co­lo­ni­al pasts, new forms of work and ma­chi­ne in­tel­li­gence, she cont­ri­bu­tes to a cri­tique of to­day’s di­gi­tal eco­no­mies.

Ariana Dongus
Lea Gathen

At se­ni­or le­vel in high school, Lea Gathen found out that she and her fri­ends Lisa and Leon were the only stu­dents in the Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge cour­se to have grown up mo­no­lin­gual­ly. This time in the mul­ti­cul­tu­ral school com­mu­ni­ty, as well as one-year stays ab­road in the USA, In­dia and Tur­key shaped her cos­mo­po­li­tan and to­le­rant at­ti­tu­de towards peop­le with a mi­grant back­ground. Af­ter stu­dy­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­ces (B.Sc.) and edu­ca­tio­nal sci­en­ces (M.A.), Lea Gathen now works as a re­se­arch as­sis­tant at the Fa­cul­ty of Edu­ca­ti­on on the sub­ject of di­gi­tiza­t­i­on and in­clu­si­on of re­fu­gees.

Thomas Gegenhuber is assistant professor for business administration with an emphasis on digital transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. As part of his doctoral studies, funded by grants from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, he visited the University Alberta, FU Berlin and the University of Edinburgh. Read more.
 

Thomas Gegenhuber
Christine Heybl

I am Chris­ti­ne Heybl, I stu­di­ed phi­lo­so­phy, bio­lo­gy and eth­no­lo­gy in Pots­dam and Ber­lin. Fur­ther­mo­re, I wro­te a the­sis about cli­ma­te jus­ti­ce ba­sed on the mo­ral theo­ry of Im­ma­nu­el Kant. Now I am very in­te­rested in or­ga­nic agri­cul­tu­re and per­ma­cul­tu­re as well as in sustainable life­sty­les as tran­si­ti­on towns. 

Steffi Hobuß

Steffi Hobuß is the Academic Director of Leuphana College. She has also been Vice Dean for Internationalization at the Faculty of Culture until 2017. She has been teaching philoosohy and cultural studies at Leuphana University since 1996. In 2010/11, she was visiting professor for cultural memory at Karstads Universitet, Sweden. She studied philosophy, German language and literature, history, education and social psychology and completed her Dr.phil. in 1994 at Bielefeld University (on Wittgenstein about expressivity). Her research fields include philosophy of language, theories of Bildung/higher education, philosophy of culture, postcolonial theory, gender studies, ancient Greek philosophy.

I (Lydia Kater-Wettstädt) am edu­ca­tio­na­list and by trai­ning se­con­da­ry school teacher. Sin­ce 2015, I am Post­doc at the In­sti­tu­te for In­te­gra­ti­ve Stu­dies (head Mat­thi­as Barth). My re­se­arch in­te­rests are edu­ca­ti­on for sustainable de­ve­lop­ment, glo­bal edu­ca­ti­on in teacher edu­ca­ti­on and pro­fes­sio­nal de­ve­lop­ment, learning and re­flec­tion in trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­ces­ses as well as mi­gra­ti­on and re­fu­gees as is­su­es of ESD and trans­for­ma­ti­on im­pul­se (re­la­ted to this in­clu­si­on and ESD). At the same time, I am se­ni­or re­se­ar­cher and co­or­di­na­tor of the re­se­arch pro­gram “Pro­ces­ses of Sustaina­bi­li­ty Trans­for­ma­ti­on” sin­ce 2017, in which I am re­s­pon­si­ble for sup­porting 12 PhD stu­dents. My teaching is most­ly in the mas­ter pro­gram for pri­ma­ry school teacher stu­dents. My doc­tor the­sis (Goe­the Uni­ver­si­ty Frank­furt) fo­cu­sed on the com­pe­tence de­ve­lop­ment of stu­dents in dea­ling with glo­bal, com­plex is­su­es.

Lydia Kater-Wettstädt
Felix Krieger

My name is Fe­lix Krie­ger and I'm a Ph.D. re­se­ar­cher at the In­sti­tu­te of In­for­ma­ti­on Sys­tems. My re­se­arch lies at the in­ter­sec­tion of sci­ence and prac­tice, pro­mo­ting the ex­ch­an­ge bet­ween both are­as. Be­fo­re star­ting the Ph.D., I ob­tai­ned a Mas­ter's de­gree from the Leu­pha­na. When not re­se­ar­ching, I en­joy tra­ve­ling and live mu­sic.

Sin­ce Ja­nu­a­ry 2010 Da­ni­el J. Lang is Pro­fes­sor for Tran­di­sci­pli­na­ry Sustaina­bi­li­ty Re­se­arch at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lu­e­n­e­burg, Ger­ma­ny, at the Fa­cul­ty of Sustaina­bi­li­ty. The main fo­cus of Da­ni­el’s work re­vol­ves around the fur­ther de­ve­lop­ment of the theo­re­ti­cal, me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal as well as pro­cess-re­la­ted foun­da­ti­ons of Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence. In par­ti­cu­lar his pro­fes­sor­ship fo­cu­ses on co­ope­ra­ti­on and mu­tu­al learning pro­ces­ses bet­ween dif­fe­rent sci­en­ti­fic di­sci­pli­nes as well as sci­ence and so­cie­ty with the aim to de­ve­lop ro­bust so­lu­ti­on op­ti­ons for ur­gent sustaina­bi­li­ty pro­blems of the 21st cen­tu­ry. Read more.

Daniel Lang
David Loschelder

Da­vid Lo­schel­der is a Pro­fes­sor for Economic and Social Psychology. Hi research focuses on human perceptions and behavior in price decisions, negotiations, conflict, as well as success and failure to exert self-control. David is fascinated by the impact of first offers and anchoring effects, the influence of precise versus round numbers, procedural framing, ego depletion, training of self control, social identity processes, smartphone usage, the interplay of posture and power, psycho-physiological measures, and meta-analyses. David is married and father of two daughters (*2013, *2014).

Ilse­mar­g­ret Lutt­mann is a lec­tu­rer at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty. As part of her com­ple­men­ta­ry stu­dies, she of­fers cul­tu­ral-theo­re­ti­cal to­pics re­la­ted to Af­ri­ca: ur­ba­ni­sa­ti­on, tou­rism, clo­thing and fa­shion, film, re­li­gi­on, etc. As a fre­e­lan­ce pain­ter, she or­ga­ni­zes solo and group ex­hi­bi­ti­ons in Ham­burg, Ber­lin, Ha­no­ver, etc. She tra­vels re­gu­lar­ly to West and Cen­tral Af­ri­ca. 

Illsemargret Luttmann
Ralf Müller

Still at school I (Ralf Müller) came up with the ques­ti­on: „In which kind of so­ci­al or­der do we live and how do we deal wealth and live op­por­tu­nities fair?“. Get­ting first work ex­pe­ri­en­ces in the me­tal and elec­tro­nics in­dus­try I be­ca­me mem­ber of the workers uni­on IG Me­tall and star­ted vol­un­te­er work. Five ye­ars la­ter (2013) I got the chan­ce to work for IG Me­tall as a tra­de uni­on of­fi­ci­al. Sin­ce that day em­ployee-in­te­rests be­ca­me my ever­y­day job. I be­lie­ve in so­ci­al chan­ge. I am in­te­rested to ex­ch­an­ge ide­as with you and dis­cuss our sha­red fu­ture.

Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro has held the Chair of Philosophy, especially Continental Philosophy, at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2016. He is researching and teaching in the field of critique, power, public and politics and theories of subjectivity. He is also program director at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. He was previously a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts. Visiting Professor at EHESS, Paris, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, École Normale Supérieure (Lyon); Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, American University of Paris and Bari University. 

Roberto Nigro
Emer O'Sullivan

Emer O'Sul­li­van, an Irishwo­man, is pro­fes­sor for Eng­lish Li­te­ra­tu­re at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg. Her re­se­arch in­te­rests are trans­la­ti­on, com­pa­ra­ti­ve li­te­ra­tu­re, child­ren's li­te­ra­tu­re re­se­arch.

Sin­ce Ja­nu­a­ry I (Steffen Pabst) am part of the Mi­nor Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence and re­s­pon­si­ble for the strand of sustainable con­sump­ti­on. Af­ter a stu­dy se­mes­ter at the UFC in Bra­zil, I fur­ther be­ca­me in­te­rested in the im­pact of tou­rism on the en­vi­ron­ment, as well as the lo­cal eco­no­my and cul­tu­re. When thin­king about "Sharing in a Glo­ba­li­zed World", tou­rism can help to show that we are also sharing this world as a who­le.

Steffen Pabst
Ole Paulsen

Ole Paul­sen is Ma­nage­ment Con­sul­tant at MHP – A Por­sche Com­pa­ny for Mo­bi­li­ty Ser­vices & Stra­te­gy and Di­gi­tal In­no­va­ti­on & De­si­gn­ma­nage­ment. He gra­dua­ted in Ma­nage­ment & Data Sci­ence at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty and is now fo­cu­sing on the de­ve­lop­ment of data-dri­ven busi­ness mo­dels as well as plat­form eco­no­my and busi­ness in­tel­li­gence in the au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dus­try. Sin­ce 2012 he is ta­king part in the Leu­pha­na Opening Week.

Thorsten Philipp is a political scientist and Romance scholar. He works as a research advisor for the president of Technische Universität Berlin, and additionally, he is lecturer at Leuphana University, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen and the University of Freiburg. In his research, Thorsten combines analysis on sustainability theories, political communication, social ethics and pop cultures. Apart from his scientific activities, he holds an honorary appointment at the German Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND).

Thorsten Philipp
Anupam Saraph

As a Pro­fes­sor of De­ci­si­on Sci­en­ces and Go­ver­nan­ce of Com­plex Sys­tems, Anu­pam Sa­raph men­tors stu­dents and teaches sys­tems, in­for­ma­ti­on sys­tems, en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems and sustainable de­ve­lop­ment at uni­ver­si­ties in Eu­ro­pe, Asia and the Ame­ri­cas. Dr. Sa­raph also works with lea­ders of sta­tes, in­dus­try and aca­de­mia to help them ad­dress their toughest chal­len­ges, ac­com­plish mis­si­ons and achie­ve busi­ness goal. He has done pionee­ring work on de­si­gning ur­ban ner­vous sys­tems for smart ci­ties, di­gi­tal go­ver­nan­ce in­no­va­tions, edu­ca­tio­nal re­forms, and de­si­gning sustainable and resi­li­ent or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons. Dr Sa­raph is also ac­tive­ly en­ga­ged in ci­vil so­cie­ty whe­re he par­ti­ci­pa­tes in se­veral en­vi­ron­men­tal, re­sour­ce and na­tu­re con­ser­va­ti­on in­itia­ti­ves, has aut­ho­red draft le­gis­la­ti­ons for ri­ver and na­tu­ral re­sour­ce con­ser­va­ti­on, right to good go­ver­nan­ce and has cont­ri­bu­ted to elec­tion and de­mo­cra­tic re­forms. Dr. Sa­raph is a re­gu­lar co­lum­nist in news­pa­pers and wri­tes on is­su­es of go­ver­nan­ce, fu­ture de­sign, tech­no­lo­gy and edu­ca­ti­on from a sys­tems per­spec­tive.

Ma­ri­na Schnei­der stu­dies Ma­nage­ment and Busi­ness De­ve­lop­ment at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty Lüne­burg and is cur­rent­ly wri­ting her Mas­ter The­sis re­se­ar­ching in the field of open stra­te­gy. She works at the In­sti­tu­te of Ma­nage­ment and Or­ga­niza­t­i­on for Tho­mas Ge­gen­hu­ber, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor for busi­ness ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on with an em­pha­sis on di­gi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on.

Marina Schneider
Ingrid Leonie Severin

In­grid Leo­nie Se­ve­rin is Art & Cul­tu­ral His­to­ri­an, re­se­ar­cher, pro­du­cer and mu­se­um & ex­hi­bi­ti­on cu­ra­tor. She stu­di­ed Art His­to­ry at Rhei­nisch-Westfälisch-Tech­ni­sche Hoch­schu­le RWTH Aa­chen, Max Planck In­sti­tu­tes in Flo­rence and Rom (com­ple­ting her PhD re­se­arch at Deut­sches Kunst­his­to­ri­sches In­sti­tut & Bi­blio­the­ca Hert­zia­na) PhD in 1987. She worked as cu­ra­tor for Mu­se­ums in Aa­chen & Co­lo­gne, Stif­tung Preußischer Kul­tur­be­sitz SMPK Ber­lin and Mu­se­um für Ge­stal­tung in Zürich (ex­hi­bi­ti­ons- and work-ca­ta­lo­gues). She has been re­se­arch as­sis­tant at the In­sti­tu­te for Ad­van­ced Stu­dy Prin­ce­ton. She lec­tu­red at RWTH Aa­chen and Uni­ver­si­ty Vi­en­na, de­part­ment of Art His­to­ry with Pro­fes­sor F.T. Bach on Con­tem­pora­ry Art, spe­cia­li­zing in the Art of the Fif­ties & Six­ties. At Fraun­ho­fer In­sti­tu­te for Me­dia Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, Sankt Au­gus­tin (2000) she worked as know­ledge ma­na­ger of the de­part­ment of Vir­tu­al En­vi­ron­ments (IMK VE) and New Me­dia.

Paul Upham is Chair of Hu­man Be­ha­viour and Sustainable De­ve­lop­ment in INFU, the In­sti­tu­te of En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. His re­se­arch fo­cu­ses on the ro­les of in­di­vi­du­als in sys­tem chan­ge, par­ti­cu­lar­ly re­la­ting to en­er­gy. He uses per­spec­tives from so­cio­tech­ni­cal sustaina­bi­li­ty tran­si­ti­ons, so­ci­al psy­cho­lo­gy and so­cio­lo­gy.

Paul Upham
Hanna Weber

Han­na We­ber is a Ph.D. stu­dent at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg and part of the “Pro­ces­ses of Sustaina­bi­li­ty Trans­for­ma­ti­on” pro­gram. She re­se­ar­ches how to in­fu­se strong sustaina­bi­li­ty into the in­ter­na­tio­nal sup­p­ly chains of lo­cal food busi­nes­ses, with a fo­cus on Ger­ma­ny, Me­xi­co, Ari­zo­na and the USA. Han­na has pre­vious­ly worked at Food and Agri­cul­tu­ral Or­ga­niza­t­i­on of the United Na­ti­ons (FAO) in Rome, Ita­ly, whe­re she de­ve­l­o­ped her gre­at in­te­rest in sustainable agri­cul­tu­ral and food sys­tems. She holds a Mas­ter in Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence (M.Sc.) from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg, Ger­ma­ny.

Ilka is a Post­doc Re­se­ar­cher at the Cent­re for Sustaina­bi­li­ty Ma­nage­ment at the fa­cul­ty of sustaina­bi­li­ty. She’s got a keen in­te­rest in in re­se­ar­ching, how busi­nes­ses small and lar­ge can tack­le the ur­gen­cy of sustaina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges. With an MSc that fo­cu­sed on cli­ma­te chan­ge and po­li­cy and 10 ye­ars of working in NGOs, so­ci­al en­t­er­pri­se and star­tups, her re­se­arch is al­ways roo­ted in na­tu­ral sci­ence and the way peop­le in busi­nes­ses work.

Ilka Weissbrod