Project Manager of the Leuphana Innovation-Incubator “Platform for sustainable aviation fuels”, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Dr. Averdunk is project manager of the “Platform for sustainable aviation fuels” which cooperates with Lufthansa AG and Yale University and is part of the Leuphana University’s innovation incubator. Over several years, Katharina has examined means to produce biofuels in a way that does not compete with food production. In this context, she undertook field studies in Thailand, Romania, Madagascar and Tanzania. Before Katharina came to the Leuphana University, she worked as a project manager for Q-Cells and for the Boston Consulting Group (2004-2007). Katharina studied Economics in Luxemburg, Paris, Oxford and Berlin and holds three diploma and a PhD in Environmental Economics from the Carl-von-Ossietzky University.
The research project "Platform for Sustainable Bio Jet Fuel Production" aims at developing concepts on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production of vegetable oils and pushing on its commercial implementation. For the duration of the project, from 2011 to 2014, it is funded with a total volume of € 2.7 million by the European Union and the State of Lower Saxony. Concepts developed include the cultivation of Macauba palm trees in silvo-pastoral systems and intercropping of field pennycress and camelina sativa. The idea for the platform was provided by Dr. Katharina Averdunk and Thilo Zelt who are also its initiators. The interdisciplinary research team is headed by Prof. Dr Schaltegger, head of the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) and Prof. Klein (Institute for Ecology at the Leuphana University Lüneburg). Prof. Bailis (Yale University) and Prof. Burritt (University of South Australia) also support the 16-member research team on an international level.
Dr. Günther Bachmann
General Secretary of the German Council for Sustainable Development, Germany
His academic background in landscaping and soil science prompted him a long expertise on soil protection and soil contamination with the Federal Environmental Agency. Since 2001 he is directing the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development in the position of his Secretary General. Dr. Bachmann is also active in international networks on sustainability. He serves on several boards of foundations and projects, is a public and academic speaker, and frequently publishes about issues of sustainability, with the latest publication being the book “future lab germany" in July 2013.
The Council consists of 15 public figures. Its tasks comprise developing contributions to implement the National Sustainability Strategy, specifying concrete areas for action and projects, as well as making sustainability an important public issue. Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is continuing the national Sustainability Strategy.
Education Co-ordinator, Transition Network, United Kingdom 
Carlisle has created and leads on two blueprint education programs for the Transition Network: Schools in Transition and One Year in Transition (an enterprise and skills-based learning journey for people in their 20s). After a long career in the art world (art critic for The Times, deputy head of exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, initiator and director of The Festival of Muslim Cultures 2006), Isabel took up the challenge of creating learning experiences that equip young people for a low-carbon and ecologically aware future. In 2010 she co-founded the Quince community of practice of radical educators for an ecological world-view. She is also one of the team that has created a Community Charter for the UK that empowers local communities to become stewards of their eco-systems, as part of the movement to make Ecocide an international crime against Peace. 
Liberation Theologian and Globalization Critic, Mexico
Dr. Castuera holds a doctor degree and was born in Puebla, Mexico where he attended the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla studying Economics and Business Administration. His studies were cut short by the closing of the university as a response to students’ political activism. In 1960 he received a scholarship from the Spanish American Institute in Gardena, California and moved to the United States. He has a Doctorate in Religion from the Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Castuera has worked as a pastor and professor during his entire career. For 25 years he taught the contemporary theology courses at the Summer Course of Studies of the Perkins School of Theology. He edited a collection of sermons preached on the Sunday following the Los Angeles riots in 1992. The book "Dreams on Fire, Embers of Hope" was a best seller and was honored as one of the top ten religious books of 1992. Currently Ignacio leads the Latin American Project of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont California and works with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. on a variety of scholarly projects.
Category Leader CR Product & Strategy, Tchibo GmbH, Germany
Dierks was born in North-Rhine Westphalia and studied environmental sciences at today’s Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. After his graduation in 1998 he was a freelancing trainer and coach. In 2002, Dierks started working for Tchibo GmbH in Hamburg as a personnel trainer and developer. Since 2006 he has been pursuing his career at Tchibo as a sustainability manager within the Corporate Responsibility department. Today, Dierks holds the position of Category Leader Product & Strategy within this staff department and is responsible for the holistic sustainability design of the Tchibo assortments and processes. Some of his lighthouse projects and initiatives are: LOTOS, PCF pilot project, Cotton made in Africa, GFTN. In his position he is inter alia member of the advisory board of “Bündnis für Verbraucherbildung”, member of the advisory board of the climate protection initiative CPI2 as well as member of the committees “environment” and “energy” of the trade association HDE.
The founders of Tchibo GmbH, Max Herz and Carl Tchilling-Hiryan, came up with the company’s name in 1949 by combining the first syllables of the surname Tchilling and the German word for bean, Bohne. Today, the name represents a unique business model, combining unrivalled expertise in the science of coffee roasting and excellent consumer goods presented in campaigns that change every week.
Dr. Frank Glante
Director of the Soil Protection Commission (KBU), Federal Environment Agency, Germany
Dr. Glante studied biology at the Humboldt University in Berlin with a major in plant physiology. From 1984 to 1991 he cooperated in various projects on the use of bacterial and fungal symbioses in agriculture at the Müncheberg Research Centre for Soil Fertility (now ZALF e.V.). He earned his doctorate degree in the selection, propagation and application of mycorrhizal fungi on maize and lucerne in 1988.  He is a research associate at the Federal Environment Agency since June 1991 as well as Head of the ”Soil Quality, Soil Monitoring” section since November 1992. Dr. Glante is a staff member of the Soil Protection Commission (KBU) Office since January 2007.
Managing Director, Accenture Management Consulting, Germany
Holst is leading the Accenture Sustainability Services Practice in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In this role he helps clients to integrate sustainability into their core business. He has been in Consulting for about 13 years and has led many projects on strategy formulation, organizational change, benchmarking and reengineering. In addition to Accenture Alexander Holst worked in London for Merrill Lynch in M&A as well as for Black & Decker in the European Marketing Department. Furthermore, he worked three years for Phoenix AG, an automotive-supply company in Hamburg, Germany. Holst holds an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and has originally studied European Business in Osnabrück and London. Moreover, he is an Alumni of the Cambridge University Business & Environment Program. He was a scholar of the US Congress and the German Bundestag and spent one year in the USA. Holst lives with his wife in Berlin and has three daughters.
Lars Holstenkamp
EnERgioN , Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Holstenkamp has been working at the University of Lüneburg as a research fellow in several third-party funded projects since 2006. Currently, he coordinates the scientific team of the research project EnERgioN (“Generation, Storage, and Marketing of Renewable Energy in the North German Region”). He studied economics, specialising in international development (development economics, international financial management, cultural anthropology), at the University of Trier from 2003-2006, and economics and African languages at the University of Hamburg from 2001-2003. He teaches qualitative methods (expert interviews) within the complementary studies.
The competence tandem EnERgioN addresses the issue of how regional power from renewable energy sources can be locally stored and distributed. For this purpose, the research team assesses the installation and design of virtual power plants, which interconnect small, decentralised and usually privately-run power producers. The team establishes a multidisciplinary evaluation tool which allows them to analyse applications for municipal utilities under different energy market scenarios.
Institute for Integrative Studies, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Holz is a research assistant at the Institute of Integrative Studies at Leuphana University. As a cultural scientist (M.A.) and lecturer she works on questions of the enhancement and implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in academic and professional domains. Her research focuses especially on the theoretical framework of the cultural dimension in ESD. Currently she is preparing her PhD thesis in this field. Verena Holz worked in several transdisciplinary and international projects in the context of culture and sustainable development.
Associate Professor in Sustainability Science, Lecturer in Economic History, Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Jerneck is a doctor and senior lecturer in economic history and associate professor in sustainability science at Lund University, Sweden. Her research and teaching is oriented towards processes of social, structural, and institutional change mainly in relation to poverty, inequality, development and sustainability. In research on adaptation to climate change impacts in rural livelihoods, she has studied the politics of development and sustainability. Within sustainability science she is exploring how theories on adaptation, transition and governance can be combined with qualitative methodology such as grounded theory, situated analysis and narrative walks. In addition, she is interested in how social theory like symbolic interactionism, institutionalism and various critical theories of discourse and power, including feminist and gender perspectives, can be useful in sustainability science and for increased sustainability. Her contribution to the emerging field of sustainability science centers mainly on knowledge structuring, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.
Anke Klitzing
Public Relations, Slow Food Deutschland e.V., Germany 
Klitzing holds a graduate degree in Food Studies and Communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo (Italy) and a B.A. in Literature and Sociology from the University College Dublin (Ireland). Since 2010, she has been working for Slow Food in Italy and Germany, where she is responsible for communications and organizational relations. She has published articles on food, society and sustainability in German and Irish publications. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Slow Food is a global grassroots nonprofit organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for food producers and good for the planet. Millions of people around the world are involved in the movement and the organization has 100,000 members in 160 countries. The movement defends biodiversity in our food supply, promotes taste education, supports a sustainable and environmentally friendly food production and consumption and connects producers of quality foods with co-producers (consumers) through events and initiatives. Slow Food Deutschland e.V. is the national Slow Food association of Germany with head offices in Berlin.
Campaigner, Greenpeace, Germany
Knirsch is a campaigner at Greenpeace: Trained as a biologist he has been working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for nearly 30 years. His area of expertise covers agricultural, environmental, trade and development issues. He started with Greenpeace in 1999 as a Trade Campaigner working on conflicts between trade rules and multilateral environmental agreements. Part of his work was to represent Greenpeace at ministerial meetings and other high level trade events. Between 2003 and 2009 he was also involved in the development, management and realization of the four bi-annual McPlanet Congresses. In his current position he is a campaigner for sustainable consumption.
Professor for Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resource, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Kümmerer is a professor in sustainable chemistry and material resources at Leuphana University. After graduation he worked as co-ordinator in the chemical department of the Institute of Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) in Freiburg. Later he was a professor for environmental chemistry and environmental hygiene at the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Freiburg. His research is focused on sustainable chemistry, material resources and aquatic environmental chemistry. He maintains a worldwide network of co-operations and is editor as well as topical editor and at the editorial board of several peer reviewed international scientific journals. Professor Dr. Kümmerer is a member of numerous national and international commissions and committees, e.g. the Commission for Water Research of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), as representative of the German Chemical Society in the management board of the EU technology platform SusChem Europe and in the executive board of the sub division of sustainable chemistry in the German Chemical Society. He regularly acts as reviewer for national and international funding institutions. In 2009 Professor Dr. Kümmerer received the Recipharm International Environmental Award for his research on pharmaceuticals in the environment and the development of strategies to solve this issue.
Professor for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research and Dean, Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Lang is professor for transdisciplinary sustainability research at the department for sustainability sciences at Leuphana University and heads its sustainability faculty. A main focus of his work is the further development of theoretical, methodological, as well as procedural foundations of sustainability sciences. In specific, his professorship deals with the collaboration and the reiterating learning processes between different scientific disciplines, as well as between science and society. The goal of these processes is the development of robust approaches to solve the pressing sustainability problems of our times. 
Head of Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, German Federal Environment Agency, Germany
Dr. Lehmann holds a doctor degree and works for the Division I of the German Federal Environment Agency (FEA) which deals with sustainability strategies and instruments, climate protection and energy, transport and noise abatement. After he graduated at the RWTH Aachen in physics he worked, among others, at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and had teaching positions at the RTWH Aachen and at the Leuphana University. The Division I of the FEA deals with several issues. For example, strategies for sustainable development are aiming at transforming significantly less raw materials and energy into pollutants in future, are becoming increasingly important. Climate protection can only be met if energy supply in industrialized countries such as Germany relies more strongly on renewable energy sources and uses all energy more efficiently. Since motorized road transport is not just a means of transport, but above all cars are a lifestyle statement. Thus, alongside technological options for reducing the environmental impact of motor vehicles, Division I is also studying ways of reaching people's hearts and minds, to persuade them to switch to more environmentally sound transport solutions.
For our Environment is the mission statement of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Founded in 1974, the UBA is Germany’s central federal authority on environmental matters. The UBA sees itself as an early warning system which detects potential future adverse impacts on mankind and his environment in a timely fashion, assesses associated risks, and offers proposals for practicable solutions.
Oceans & Biodiversity Campaigner, Greenpeace, Germany
Dr. Iris Menn studied biology with a focus on ecology and marine biology. For her diploma and PhD thesis as well as for a post doc position she worked at the Wadden Sea Station Sylt of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. Now since more than 10 years she is working for Greenpeace within the department of oceans, forests and biodiversity. As campaigner she is responsible for strategy development and implementation of national and international campaigns. This work includes political negotiations as well as work with the industry and retail sector. Her work focuses on marine conservation issues and specifically on marine reserves and fisheries. Iris Menn worked as team leader of several international Greenpeace campaigns. Menn will be accompanied by her colleague from the US, Mark Smith, who is working at Greenpeace USA and deals with fundraising issues.
Researcher, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Dr. Muraca is a Post-doc researcher with the DFG (German Research Foundation) research group 'Post-Growth Societies' at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena since January 2012. From 2008-2011, she was a lecturer at the University of Greifswald (environmental philosophy, political philosophy, theory of sustainability, feminist philosophy, ethics). In 2008 she received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Greifswald with a dissertation on process philosophy as a theoretical background for a theory of strong sustainability. In 1998 she graduated in Philosophy from the University of Turin (Italy).
President, Doshisha University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Murata is currently Professor of Political Science at the Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Professor Dr. Murata holds a B.A. in Political Science from Doshisha University, a M.A. in Political Science from Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Kobe University. Dr. Murata also holds his M.Phil. in Political Science from the George Washington University where he studied as a Fulbright student from 1991 to 1995. Professor Dr. Murata received various awards: the Yomiuri Merit Award for New Opinion Leadership; the Shimizu Hiroshi Award from the Japanese Association for American Studies; the Yoshida Shigeru Award; the Suntory Academic Award. Professor Dr. Murata's specialties include the history of US-Japan alliance, Japanese foreign and defense policy, and American foreign policy in East Asia. Dr. Murata is an author of four books in Japanese and many articles and chapters both in Japanese and English. He is also a frequent commentator for Japanese newspapers and TV.
Professor for Physical Geography, Lund University; Lead Author, IPCC and UNEP GEO Assessment Report
Prof. Dr. Lennart Olsson is Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founding Director of LUCSUS – Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. Olsson is also the Coordinator for a Linnaeus programme, LUCID, sponsored by The Swedish Research Council for the period 2008-2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Geography from Lund University (1985) specialising in desertification and particularly the use of GIS, remote sensing and spatial modelling to study the interaction of nature and society in semi-arid Africa. His research fields include human-nature interactions in the context of land degradation, climate change and food security in Africa and globally. His current research focuses on the politics of climate change in the context of poverty and food security. He has had research positions in Australia, USA and Hong Kong. He participated in several international assignments and was Lead Author on the IPCC report on Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF and Lead Author on the GEO-4 Global Environmental Outlook. He is currently coordinating lead author for the chapter on livelihoods and poverty in the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Olsson has supervised several Ph.D. candidates and is currently Director of the newly established Research School in Sustainability Science and the Programme Director of the LUMES programme, Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. He is also member of several editorial boards, such as Geographical Review, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, and Global Environmental Change. He is also one of the executive editors of the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development.
Junior Professor for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Vechta, Germany 
Dr. Rieckmann has a PhD in Educational Sciences of the Leuphana University and is Junior Professor for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with a particular emphasis on key competencies, at the Institute for Social Work, Educational and Sports Sciences at the University of Vechta, Germany. His research interests are teaching and learning in higher education, competence development and assessment, and (higher) education for sustainable development.
Prof. Dr. Debra Rowe
President U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; Advisor Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium; Founder and Facilitator Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability
Dr. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, Senior Fellow at Second Nature and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She helps the private sector catalyze successful business models for the triple bottom line of sustainability. She also helps higher education faculty and staff, K-12 associations and other private and public institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula and training, research, policy, culture, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships. Dr. Rowe is staff consultant for a U.S. Department of Education funded project entitled “Sustainability Improves Student Learning”. She has also been professor of energy management and renewable energy for over 30 years at Oakland Community College. She has developed curricula in sustainable development and sustainable living. These courses are used by students and businesses, and as professional development for K-12 and college faculty. Dr. Rowe helps other colleges and universities create their energy management, renewable energies and sustainability programs with U.S. National Science Foundation support. Dr Rowe is presently chairing the Technical Advisory Group and the Green Jobs Policy Community of Action for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In these roles, she convenes energy and sustainability experts, collects and reviews resources, and authors overarching documents for AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Resource Center. This Resource Center is designed to share curricula, partnership and civic engagement models, skills and competencies, quality criteria, promising practices and more resources relating to sustainability and green energy. Through the American Association of Community Colleges, she was also a U.S. Designee to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ for their international sustainability group and has compiled and posted curricular resources from multiple countries for this group. Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications on the integration of sustainability into education.
Rainer Scheppelmann
former Head at the Hamburg Coordination Centre for Climate Issues in the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment for the City of Hamburg; Co2olBricks; CLUE, Germany 
Scheppelmann was the head at the Hamburg Coordination Centre for Climate Issues in the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment until July 2013. He has been the coordinator of the project EUCO2 80/50 within the METREX network (2007-2011) with the participation of 14 European metropolitan areas ( Scheppelmann leads the rollout of reMAC (Regenerative Energy for Metropolitan Areas and Cities), a sophisticated investment planning tool for energy, within the METREX network. He currently also is a partner in the project Co2olBricks, an INTERRREG IVb project that intends to combine cultural heritage and climate protection, and in CLUE (Climate Neutral Urban Districts), an Interreg IVc project which aims to identify best practices in climate protection. He previously was the head of  Strategic Cooperation at, a PPP enterprise, coordinator of the Hamburg Public Internet in the Ministry of Finances, and Government Spokesman in the Hamburg Senate Chancellery. He worked as a teacher for History and Spanish from 1974-1996 and was a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg from 1989-1994. Scheppelmann holds  degrees in Romance Languages and Literature as well as in History.
Category Leader Governance and Stakeholdermanagement, Tchibo GmbH; Speaker, Hamburg Future Council, Germany
Dr. Schindler is a Category Leader of Governance und Stakeholdermanagement for Tchibo GmbH. Before that she was responsible for the corporate responsibility strategy of the drugstore chain Budnikowsky GmbH & Co. KG. She is also currently speaker of the Hamburg Future Council where she focuses on inter- and transdisciplinary issues. Furthermore, she is an experienced journalist who has worked for several daily newspapers. She is a published academic author of studies in the field of corporate responsibility. Graduated from Hamburg University in sociology and political science, Dr. Delia Schindler became a member of the working group who has evaluated the “International Women University on Technology and Culture” and its service center. In summer 2009, she completed her PhD thesis where she compared the structures of urban development between the cities of Hamburg and Vienna and identified influences and new patterns of sustainability governance.
President, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany 
Prof. Dr. Spoun has been President of Leuphana University since 2006 and Guest Professor for University Management at the University of St. Gallen’s Business Administration department. He is involved in different nonprofit initiatives. Trained as an economist and political scientist at Universities in Switzerland (HSG), France (HEC Paris, Sciences Po), Germany (Munich) and the US (University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor) he was part of the University of St. Gallen's full time faculty of Business Administration for six years. In addition to researching and teaching, he was in charge as delegate of the President for a fundamental curriculum reform to establish new Bachelor and Master programs (1999 – 2006). His research interest focuses on change in public organizations and on the aims, theory, methodology, and practice of higher education. Publications include the edited volume „Studienziel Persönlichkeit“ with Campus, the beginners’ textbook „Erfolgreich Studieren“ with Pearson and „Virale Kommunikation“ with Nomos.
Head of Environment and Social Policy, Otto Group, Germany
Streubig joined the Otto Group (Hamburg) in 1993 after taking his degree in mathematics. His career was characterised by four very different stages – after managing various IT-related projects within the Sales department he reorganised the processes and structures of various group companies as a Senior Manager in 'Internal Corporate Consulting' from 2001 onwards, and was also in charge for operational project control of the business process optimisation at Group Head Office in Hamburg. His next position was Head of 'Import Control', where he was responsible from the beginning of 2005 for the control of the worldwide importing organisation of the Otto Group in the most important source markets. He then became Head of "Environment and Social Policy" in June 2007, where he controls the Group's activities in the field of 'Corporate Responsibility'. Andreas Streubig has been a guest speaker at various events in the textile and CR environment. He chairs the working group on "Sustainability in Logistics" of the Hamburg Logistics Initiative and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International (SAI) and the Board of Directors of Textile Exchange (TE).
The Otto Group’s activities are structured into three business segments - Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Services. The Group’s core business is retail via the channels of e-commerce, catalogues and stores. Providers of retail-related financial and logistics services are grouped around the multichannel retail business. The Otto Group mission is embraced in the motto “The Power of Responsibility”. It represents the values to which the Group and all its companies are firmly committed: Profitability, Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability. They apply for every one of the employees, or over 53,000 people in more than 20 countries.
Dr. Roda Verheyen LL.M. (London)
Partner, Attorny Günther, specialized in environmental and planning law, Germany
Dr. Verheyen is a partner at the law firm Günther, specialized in environmental and planning law, based in Hamburg. From 1998 till 2001 she was active for the international climate campaign of Friends of the Earth International. In 2002 she founded the international network Climate Justice Programme together with Peter Roderick. From 2001 until 2006 she worked as a freelance advisor for the (former) German Society for International Cooperation (GTZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD, London) and Germanwatch e.V., among others. In 2005 she received her PhD for the thesis “Climate Change Damage in International Law”. Since 2006 Dr. Verheyen is working as a lawyer for environmental associations, private parties and communities. Her main interest remains with climate and energy issues, currently including new lignite mining projects in Germany and Europe.
Junior Professor for Transdisciplinary Methods, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany 
Prof. Dr. Vilsmaier holds a doctor degree and is an assistance professor for transdisciplinary methods and associated at the Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research. After her graduation at the University of Salzburg in geography she worked and taught in several universities. Prof. Dr. Ulli Vilsmaier’s main interests in research and teaching focus on the foundations of transdisciplinarity, methods for inter- and transdisciplinary research as well as regional development and development studies. Among others she is a member of the international transdisciplinarity network on case studies for sustainable development and is working on Global TraPs – a project on sustainable phosphorus use, management and stewardship which provides an open discourse space for all stakeholders along the phosphorus supply chain in a transdisciplinary complementary and non-politicized arena.
Ralf Weber
Agriculture and Forestry Community Bauckhof, Germany
Weber is responsible for the agricultural cultivation, vegetable and potato growing at the Agriculture and Forestry Community Bauckhof. With his former occupation as bank clerk he is also responsible for administrative issues but he rather prefers going out, driving the tractor and cultivating plants.
The Agriculture and Forestry Community Bauckhof combines a variety of activities: in two mills they produce ecological products as well as demeter goods. Furthermore the community is dealing with raw materials for bakeries. On a different site one can find a lively biodiversity with cows, pigsand more and vegetables, potatoes and corn as well as sustainable forestry. The science of cultivation, the ecologic-dynamic cultivation and a community owned store as well as a hostel make the farm very interesting for groups of students and interns. In the field of social therapy the farm and certain repair garages are the basis for developing living environments and fields of education for people who might need help. The community is holder of the sponsorship for adequate farm animal housing and is known as a pioneer for sustainable agriculture.


Prof. Dr. Maik Adomssent is an associate professor at the Institute for Environmental Communication at Leuphana University. He studied Applied Cultural Sciences at the University of Lüenburg where he also received his PhD for research on Agriculture. His research interests are sustainability in higher education, sustainability communication, and knowledge production. He is one of the authors of the online Moodle Preparation Course of the WSES 2013.
David Löw Beer is writing his PhD thesis on Economic Education related to Education for Sustainable Development. He studied economics and political science at the University of Tübingen. There, he was one of the founders of “Greening the University”, a student-based initiative that aims to change university teaching and research towards sustainability and to reduce the carbon footprint of universities. After graduating, he worked for two years as a Teach First Deutschland fellow at a comprehensive school in Dortmund where he initiated various programs related to anti-racism and Education for Sustainable Development. He is one of the authors of the online Moodle Preparation Course of the WSES 2013.
Fenja Braasch is studying Cultural Science and Digital Media at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. There she is one of the founders of the urban gardening project “Leufarm”, which is a student-based vegetable garden at the main campus.
Elisabeth Gebhard has been engaging in the students’ initiative Greening the University e.V. Tübingen and the WSEN since 2010. She possesses an interdisciplinary background in International Economics and Political Science, B.Sc. from Tübingen University. Apart from her voluntary work, she has worked at the regional office of Europe Écologie-Les Verts in Lyon and for the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at Tübingen University. Her key fields of interest are: bottom-up processes for a sustainable development, education for sustainable development, participation processes, and sustainability economics.
Johannes Geibel graduated in International Economics (B.Sc.) at the Universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Cape Town (South Africa). He is currently doing his master’s in Public Economics at the Free University in Berlin. From its beginning, he has been part of the student’s initiative Greening the University and became actively involved as a chairman. In 2012, he joined the Network of sustainability initiatives in higher education aiming at promoting and supporting student initiatives in the area of higher education. Since 2013, he acts as its vice chairman.
Nora Sophie Griefhahn studied Environmental Science with focus on Environmental Chemistry at Leuphana University and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Boku) in Vienna.
Nicolas Hagemann is working on his PhD in Geoecology on the effect of biochar on microbial nutrient cycling at University of Tübingen, where he also received his MSc. He is a co-founder of the Student's Initiative Greening The University. He co-chaired the third WSES 2010 in Tübingen and is a member of the WSEN core team.
Tim Janßen studied International Business at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University as well as at AIT Ireland, continued his studies at Leuphana University in the field of Management & Entrepreneurship with a focus on green innovation.
Andre Jürges is a Bachelor student for Business Administration at Leuphana University. He is one of the authors of the online Moodle Preparation Course of the WSES 2013. 
Nina Kersten is studying Cultural Science (Major) and Politics (Minor) at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2010. Her main interest is the effect of different media and communication on society and politics. Since her second semester Nina is part of the local group of the water-initiative “Viva con Agua e. V.”. They care about water problems especially in developing countries and organize different creative, cultural happenings to strongly educate about the topic water and raise money for water and sanitation projects. Before starting in Lüneburg, Nina did a voluntary service at a nature reserve in South Africa. She wants to go to a foreign country after her bachelor studies to volunteer and travel again.
Lena Keul studied international economics in Tübingen, Germany and Recife, Brazil. In Tübingen, she co-founded the student initiative Greening the University, achieving the introduction of an environmental management system and a transdisciplinary programme for Education for Sustainable Development. Afterwards, she worked in projects for the strategy for sustainable development of one federal state in Germany and helped building the concept for education on climate protection of the city of Cologne. Today, Lena works in a company for ethical investment.
Giorgina King is studying towards her Master in History at the University of Stellenbosch. She is writing her thesis on the History of Household Waste in South Africa and is looking at a case study of a community living and working on a local landfill. Her interests lie in the intersection of sustainability, changing gender relations and the regeneration of poor areas. As a result, Giorgina has been involved in several different projects that combine these interests- including EcoMaties Sustainability Society, Habitat for Humanity, the United Nations Association of South Africa, and in 2012 she was the Sustainability representative for Stellenbosch University's Students' Representative Council. She is currently interning at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation working with female community leaders across the Western Cape, South Africa.
Johannes Kruse studied Philosophy and Economics (B.A.) in Greifswald and Spain. Currently, he is enrolled in the Master Programme Sustainability Economics and Management at the University of Oldenburg. Besides his studies, he is an active member of the student's initiative NachDenkstatt. His main task is to support the initiative's workshop teams with methodical advice on using transdisciplinary approaches to address sustainability matters.
Prof. Dr. Clemens Mader is Visiting Professor for Environment and Sustainability in the Region, Innovation Incubator, Leuphana University; Vice-President COPERNICUS Alliance – European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development; Delegate of the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research at UN Rio+20 Conference for Sustainable Development (2012); Founder of oikos Graz and former President (2005) of oikos International – Students for Sustainable Economics and Management. Lecturing in Germany, Austria, Serbia, Egypt and Japan.
Ragnar Martens already started in High School to advance innovative projects that would shape his personality early on. Among them were the development and implementation of a new study concept called “Lern AG” and the successful execution of the project “Schule als Staat” (school as a state). Besides attending high school, Ragnar also worked as a part-time employee for Aldi Sued GmbH. During his first year of studies at Maastricht University, Ragnar got involved with Maastricht University (UM) Green Office in its early stage. Applying his prior business knowledge and team leading skills, Ragnar took over the Student Coordinator position after half a year and furthered the initiative to current operations. In June 2012, UM Green Office was awarded the Oikos International Student Leadership Award which marked an important milestone in Ragnar’s plans to pursue a career in sustainable development. Ragnar majored in Management Information Systems and took a minor in Finance at Maastricht University and attended an exchange semester at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Today, he works as a project coordinator for rootAbility in Berlin. His prior experience and interests have led Ragnar to pursue a career on the verge of Technology, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Sustainable Development.
David Raoul Maas is studying business administration and sustainability sciences at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. As a member of the local enactus team, an organization that tries to challenge social and environmental problems by applying business models, he combined creative upcycling of paper with people in need of help and initiated the project 2ndPage. Further, he worked for one year in the photovoltaic industry as a junior consultant.
Grace Mwaura is currently graduating from University of Oxford with a Master in Geography & Environment (Sep, 2013) and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences from Kenyatta University. In addition, she holds a certificate of award in Community Based Filmmaking from the Darwin Initiative. She has been working as a professional intern at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, focused on the integration of agro forestry and environmental education issues into the Healthy Learning Programme. Previously, she served as the Secretary of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), heading all the network programmes. She now plays an advisory role in AYICC and the Intervarsity Environment Network, both of which she founded in 2006. Ms. Mwaura has also been the focal person for the African youth with the International Youth Climate Movement. She headed the African youth delegation to the UNFCCC, COP 15.
Lenka Parkanova currently serves as the President of oikos International, a student-driven organization for sustainable economics and management. Founded in 1987 in Switzerland, oikos empowers future leaders to drive change towards sustainability worldwide. Together with the management team and the oikos Executive Board Lenka supports oikos Chapters (close to 40 student clubs) run by more than 1000 bachelor, masters, and PhD students in Europe, Asia and America. Lenka also focuses on impact development in oikos. One of the outcomes of this process is the Impact Canvas, a tool which supports its users in developing a deep and impact oriented understanding of their projects. The impact canvas approach will be applied at the WSES 2013. Having background in sustainability and economics, she aims to promote fruitful discussions between these fields. Lenka is a passionate mountain hiker and dancer.
Tim Porwoll is a Bachelor student for Biology and Chemistry at Leuphana University. He is one of the authors of the online Moodle Preparation Course of the WSES 2013.
Christin Schitteck graduated from Leuphana University in April 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Business Psychology and Educational Science. She spent one semester abroad studying at Drury University, USA and is one of the founders of the student association ROCK YOUR LIFE! Lüneburg e.V. Currently she takes a gap year to gain some work experience in Adventure Based Counselling/Experience-based Training & Education. In October 2014 she plans to start her Master Studies in
Linn Sophie Tramm is studying cultural studies and business economics since October 2013 at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. She is a member of the student initiative “Zum Kollektiv” and also one of the founders of the new initiative “LeuFarm”, a corporate garden for students. Before starting her studies, she worked as a teacher and educator in Belgaum, India, where she did some social work, too.
Carla Wember studied politics and geography at the University of Tübingen, Germany and was engaged in the student’s initiative Greening the University. There, she was mostly involved in organizing the Studium Oecologicum, a study program on sustainability. She is now living in Berlin and is going to start her master’s while she works for the Network of sustainability initiatives in higher education.
Stina von Wildenradt is a Bachelor student for Mathematics and Arts at Leuphana University. She is one oft he authors of the online Moodle Preparation Course of the WSES 2013.
Sebastian Wunderlich received his B.A. in Governmental Sciences from Erfurt University. Since 2011 he has been studying Sustainability Economics and Management (M.A.) in Oldenburg. As a member of the NachDenkstatt team he focuses on transdisciplinary methods and organisational issues. Moreover, he supports the preparation of the Energiewende workshop, which deals with energy efficiency and rebound effects. Besides the NachDenkstatt, he was a member of the Knowledge Integration Unit Support Team of the Global TraPs Project (Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management).
Carina Zell holds a Master in Global Change Management from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and a Bachelor in Geoecology and Ecosystem Management from the University of Tübingen (both in Germany). She was Co-Chair of the third WSES in 2010 in Tübingen and is a core team member of the World Student Environmental Network (WSEN) since 2009. Within the WSEN she is responsible for the strategic development, the student project database as well as communication.
Fabian Ziebell is a student of the Master’s program Management and Human Resources at Leuphana University and since 2012 one of the 3 chairmen of the student association ROCK YOUR LIFE! Lüneburg e.V. He has a bachelor degree in Business Psychology and E-Business from Leuphana University and spent one semester abroad at Universidad ARCIS in Santiago de Chile. Moreover he gained practical experience during internships in Germany, USA and China. His fields of interest are organizational development and change management.


Back to the Program

Subscribe to Comments for "Contributors"