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  • Simon Berry
    Simon Berry

    Simon Berry is the founder of Cola Life, which is acharity that aims to use Coca Cola's distributionchannels to provide remote communities in thirdworld countries with essential medication and watercleaning tablets. He came up with this idea in 1988 while working on the British Aid Program.


  • Maritta Koch-Weser
    Maritta Koch-Weser

    Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser is CEO of The Global Exchange for Social Investment – GEXSI, a UK Charity and LLP.

    She has a distinguished career in international development, as an anthropologist and environmentalist, and has led major environmental & social assessment tasks and investment programs in the agriculture, forestry, mining, energy, and urban-industrial sector.

    She worked at the World Bank for 20 years where she held senior managerial positions and is closely associated with the build-up of environmental & social programs and policies . She also served as Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union.

    Mrs. Koch-Weser is the Founder/ President of Earth3000, a globally oriented non-profit organization that was founded in 2001. Earth3000 supports strategic innovations in governance for environment and development through academic, executive, advisory, board, project, and outreach engagements.

    She is currently coordinating the "Amazônia em Transformação - Historia e Perspectivas" Program at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Sao Paulo University, Brazil.


  • Fabian Hemmert
    Fabian Hemmert

    Fabian Hemmert ist Designforscher. Er wuchs in Deutschland auf, studierte Mediengestaltung und Interface-Design an der Universität Bielefeld und an der Fachhochschule Potsdam. Er arbeitete für Nintendo of Europe und Marvel Comics, heute forscht er für seine Doktorarbeit bei den Deutsche Telekom Laboratories. Das Thema der Arbeit: Die Technik menschlicher machen.

    Fabian Hemmert is a design researcher, born and raised in Germany. During his studies towards an M.A. degree in Interface Design, he worked for Nintendo of Europe and Marvel Comics. He currently finishes his PhD at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, with a focus on new ways of interacting with technology.

    Twitter: @fabianhemmert

  • Matthias Kröner
    Matthias Kröner

    Matthias Kröner is the CEO of FIDOR Bank AG, where he is responsible for investor relations, corporate communications, strategic development and communities. He is a passionate and knowledgeable entrepreneur and has developed many innovative concepts into successful business models. With vast experience of creating new media presence on the pedestrian zones of the internet, Matthias Kröner provides insights into how to be best positioned in the market place.

    Twitter: @Kroener_M | Website:

  • Achim Peters
    Achim Peters

    Prof. Dr. Achim Peters is an obesity specialist who lives and works in Lübeck. He developed the "Selfish Brain" theory and since 2004 has been leading a clinical research group. In 1998 Achim Peters formulated the basic model of the “Selfish Brain" theory as well as its axioms. His explanation was based on published data records from classical endocrinology-diabetology and the modern neurosciences, but argued from both a mathematical standpoint and from a system theoretical standpoint. This represents a completely new methodological approach for obesity research and diabetology. The "Selfish Brain" theory has been reinforced in central aspects by the DFG supported Clinical Research Group "Selfish Brain: brain glucose and metabolic syndrome" using experiments carried out on test subjects.


  • Raul Krauthausen
    Raul Krauthausen

    "Raul Krauthausen ist in Berlin aufgewachsen und hat sich schon frühdazu entschieden, in seinem Leben in der Welt etwas zu verändern.Raul war an der Universität der Künste eingeschrieben, studierteDesign thinking, entwickelte eine Kampagne für den »Alternativen NobelPreis« und moderierte eine Radioshow, wo Menschen mit Problemenanrufen konnten. So wurde er selbst mit Armut, Missbrauch undEinsamkeit konfronierte, wie man es viel in den Nischen unsererGesellschaft findet.Von diesen sozialen Themen beeinflusst kam Raul mit Freunden zusammenauf die Idee, die Sozialhelden ins Leben zu rufen. Die Sozialheldensind ein soziales Unternehmen, bestehend aus einer Gruppeaußergewöhnlicher Umdenker, welches bis heute schon viele Preisegewonnen hat. Raul ist einer dieser kreativen Köpfe.Die Sozialhelden verzeichnen bereits eine große Erfolgsgeschichte. Zuwelchen dieser erfolgreichen, nachhaltigen und innovativen Projektenzählen »Pfandtastisch helfen«, eine in Deutschland bekanntenPfandspenden-Aktion für soziale Projekte sowie »Deutschland sucht denSuperZivi«, eine Radio Casting Show zur Suche des besten Zivis.Momentan konzentriert sich Raul voll und ganz auf und denAufbau einer Community um herum."

    Twitter: @raulde | Website:

  • Philipp Selenko
    Philipp Selenko

    Philipp Selenko holds a doctorate degree in biochemistry and is the group leader for In-cell NMR at the Leibnitz Institute of Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) in Berlin. He was the first scientist to employ high-resolution NMR spectroscopy to study proteins inside live cells. The overall aim of his research is to develop tools for observing biomolecules in their native cellular environments and at atomic resolution.

    Prior to his appointment as group leader at the FMP, Selenko held a fellowship in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacologiy at Harvard Medical School and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.

    LinkedIn: Philipp Selenko

  • Janine Wedel
    Janine Wedel

    Janine R. Wedel writes about power, influence, and governing through the unique lens of a social anthropologist.  A professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, Wedel is the first anthropologist to win the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Previous award recipients include Mikhail Gorbachev and Samuel Huntington.

    Her new book Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market (Basic Books 2009) was named Book of the Month by The Huffington Post in January.  She has also published the prize-winning Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe (Palgrave 2001); The Unplanned Society (Columbia University Press, 1992); and The Private Poland (1986), which was likened by the Christian Science Monitor to Hedrick Smith's The Russians.

    Wedel has contributed congressional testimony and articles and opinion pieces to more than a dozen major outlets, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Nation, The National Interest, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, Politico and Salon.  She writes a featured weekly shadow elite column in The Huffington Post.  Her media appearances range from MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR to Al Jezeera, while her stops on the university lecture circuit include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Chicago, Berkeley, and Oxford.

    A four-time Fulbright fellow, Wedel has also won awards from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Institute of Peace, the German Marshall Fund, the Eurasia Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the New America Foundation, among others.

    Wedel developed and directs the initiative on Outsourcing National Security at the New America Foundation. She is co-founder and convener of the Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy (IGAPP).

    She received a B.A. from Bethel College, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


  • Tobias Wallisser
    Tobias Wallisser

    After studying architecture in Berlin, Stuttgart and New York, Tobias Wallisser worked in the United States, Netherlands and Germany. For 10 years Tobias was Associate Architect at UNStudio in Amsterdam, where he was responsible for a series of high profile projects like the Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum which has attracted worldwide attention for its innovative spatial concept.

    2007, he co-founded LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) with Chris Bosse and Alexander Rieck. LAVA is an architecture think tank with offices in Stuttgart and Sydney and operates as a network of specialists. They gained recognition with the prototype for the future hotel, the Schumacher Tower, the green void installation and their winning competition entry for the center of the Co2-emission-free city Masdar.

    Since 2006, Tobias Wallisser is Professor of Innovative Construction and Spatial concepts at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart.


  • Sebastian Dittmann
    Sebastian Dittmann

    Sebastian Dittmann was Born in 1980 in Plauen, Germany.

    He has worked in the fields of media, IT and virtual worls. After his graduation in media economics at the technical university of Ilmenau he founded Audanika GmbH, a company dedicated to creating digital virtual music instruments.

    At their core these instruments transform complex harmonic concepts into easy to use graphic user interfaces so users are not required to understand these concepts anymore in order to use them intuitively.

    Twitter: @dittsn

  • Maha Alusi
    Maha Alusi

    A story teller from an early age, I was born in the city of a thousand and one nights, into a family with a history of storytelling, spiritual healing, philosophical teaching and writing.

    I studied in the inspirational city of London, at the avant-garde Architectural Association School of Architecture. My creativity has been nurtured in Berlin, my home for the last seventeen years. Here my passion for visualising time has manifested itself through short story writing and creating art, including:

    ‘The Media Garden’, a 30 metre installation of poetry in motion. A time Machine created for the German Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hannover.

    ‘Alusi Ephemeral Art’, founded in 2004, selling the concept of time passing, in the form of art works of wax consumed by the music of changing flames.

    The most valuable in all this need for visualising time, is finding joy in creating a story in answer to the meaning of life, a little story of moments of happiness and their influence on my life, a story I would love to share with many people.

    Twitter: @AlusiDaughter

  • Peter Lovatt
    Peter Lovatt

    Dr Peter Lovatt is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he heads the Dance Psychology Lab. Before embarking on an academic career Peter was a professional dancer. Peter has a BSc in Psychology and English (University of Surrey), MSc in Neural Computation (Stirling University) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology (Essex University). Peter carried out his post-doctoral research at Cambridge University and he founded the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire in 2008. Peter carries out experimental psychological research in dance and dancers, exploring areas such as Dance and Thinking, Dance and Perception, Dance and Hormones and Dance and Health. Peters is actively engaged in promoting the public understanding of science and of engaging a wide range of people with science and its application. Peter’s research has been reported widely in the international press, on the radio, and on TV programmes around the world. For more information on Peters research see


  • Simon Halsey
    Simon Halsey

    Simon Halsey, principal conductor of Rundfunkchor Berlin since 2001, is internationally in demand as a conductor and lecturer. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, has been engaged as guest lecturer and conductor at the University of Minnesota (2009) and Yale University (2011), and is International Chair of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Born in 1958 in London, he was appointed director of music at the University of Warwick at the age of 22. From 1982 he has been director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, and from 1989-94 was director of the Salisbury Festival and chorus master of Flemish Opera, Antwerp. From 1997-2008 he was engaged as guest conductor then principal conductor of the Hilversum Radio Chorus.

    Twitter: @simonhalsey | Website:


9am - 10am Registration
10am - 11.30am Session 1
Simon Berry
Maritta Koch-Weser Rainforest stock exchange
  TED Video
Fabian Hemmert Phones that touch us
Matthias Kröner Netbanking
11.30am - 12.30pm Coffee Break
12.30pm - 2pm Session 2
Achim Peters The Selfish Brain
  TED Video
Raul Krauthausen
Philipp Selenko Dynamics in the nano world


2pm - 3.30pm Lunch Break
3.30pm - 6.45pm Session 3
Janine Wedel Shadow Elites
Tobias Wallisser Masdar/City of Clouds
  TED Video
Sebastian Dittmann Soundprism App
Maha Alusi Storytelling
Peter J Lovatt Dance into the future
Mike Meiré TBC
Simon Halsey Performance





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