Speakers 2021

Due to the current entry restrictions, especially for people from the Global South, we have decided to postpone the WorldEthicForum until August 2022. It is very important to us that the voices from the Global South are heard at the WorldEthicForum. This page lists all the speakers who would have participated this October. We are now clarifying which of the speakers will also participate in next year’s WorldEthicForum.

Dr Auma Obama
Initiator of the Sauti Kuu Act Now Awards

Auma Obama is the initiator of the Sauti Kuu Act Now Awards, which were launched in Berlin in 2015. The awards recognise children and young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who dedicate themselves to social, humanitarian and environmental projects. Dr. Auma Obama is also a widely read author. She is a member of the World Future Council.

Photo: Elke Pouchet

Prof. Dr Vandana Shiva
Initiator of Navdanya

Vandana Shiva will join the WorldEthicForum via video conference.

Vandana Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Dr. Shiva is a Founding Board Member of many important organizations such as the International Forum on Globalisation and Diverse Women for Diversity. She is a member of the World Future Council.

 

Dr C. Otto Scharmer
Senior Lecturer and Co-Founder of the Presencing Institute

Otto Scharmer will join the WorldEthicForum via video conference.

Otto Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence. He launched an annual innovation infrastructure called Societal Transformation Lab that supports teams on reinventing economies and advancing democracies. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda. He is a member of the World Future Council.

Dr phil. Andreas Weber
Writer and journalist

Andreas Weber obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy in 2003 with the thesis Natur als Bedeutung. Versuch einer semiotischen Theorie des Lebendigen. He has worked as a journalist for publications such as Die ZeitGEOMerian and Greenpeace Magazin. In his monographs, such as Alles fühlt. Mensch, Natur und die Revolution der LebenswissenschaftenBiokapital. Die Versöhnung von Ökonomie, Natur und Menschlichkeit and Lebendigkeit. Eine erotische Ökologie, he promotes concepts such as sensation, subjectivity and beauty as fundamental for interpreting the world.

Photo: Valentina Bosio-Raynard

Dr Bayo Akomolafe
Author and speaker

Bayo Akomolafe is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the Executive Director and Chief Curator for the emergence network – A Post-Activist-Project - and host of the online course We will dance with Mountains. He is author and editor of We will tell our own story! with Professors Molefi Kete Asante and Augustine Nwoye, and These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home.

Christian Felber
Initiator of the „Economy for the Common Good“

Christian Felber is a writer, university lecturer and contemporary dancer in Vienna. He is the initiator of the Economy for the Common Good and the Cooperative for the Common Good. Several bestsellers include Change everything. Creating an Economy for the Common Good and Money. The new rules of the game, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. The Economy for the Common Good received the ZEIT-Wissen Award in 2017.

Photo: Robert Gortana

Dominik Waser
Co-Initiator of grassrooted and Climate Activist

At 23 years, Dominik Waser has already co-initiated significant projects in the sector of sustainable agriculture and food system. He coordinates and directs the organization grassrooted and he is the creative mastermind of the initiative. As (almost) full-time activist for Climatestrike Switzerland and Zurich he coordinates Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft – which takes a stand for a social, peasant and agro-ecological agriculture. He is also a campaigner for the people’s initiative For a Switzerland without synthetic pesticides.

Emanuele Coccia
Author and Associate Professor for Philosophy

Emanuele Coccia is Associate Professor for Philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. He wrote extensively on art, ecology, landscape architecture and fashion. He is the author, among other publications, of The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture and Metamorphosis both translated in several languages. In 2019 he was scientific curator of the exhibition Trees at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain. 

Helmy Abouleish
CEO of the SEKEM Initiative, Councillor of the World Future Council, and President of Demeter International

Helmy Abouleish is CEO of the SEKEM Initiative in Egypt. SEKEM promotes sustainable development in ecology, economy, societal and cultural life. SEKEM is regarded as the Egyptian pioneer in organic farming and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award. He was for a long-time campaigning in national and international politics to promote responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and tackling the greatest challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security. He is a member of the World Future Council.

Ina Praetorius
Co-founder of WiC (Economy is Care)

Ina Praetorius studied theology and German studies. She works as an independent author and speaker. Among other things, she has had teaching assignments and held guest lectures on theological ethics at the Universities of Zurich, Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Freiburg im Breisgau and Berlin. She advocates the integration of the unpaid care-sector into the field of economics and dedicates herself to the unconditional basic income. Since September 2020 she writes a column for the German “Handelsblatt”.

Marcus Pan
Permaculture designer, teacher and advisor

Marcus Pan is an internationally active permaculture designer, teacher and advisor. Currently, he cultivates the Permaculture Auenhof near Feldbach in Switzerland with dedication – it is a farm for classes of the Academy for Permaculture DesignHis deep connection to nature and to life, and also his experience with and knowledge on interconnections facilitate his designs of fertile and nutritious permaculture gardens, landscapes and cities.

Marie-Claire Graf
Global change maker and speaker for ambitious climate action

Marie-Claire Graf is a global change maker and speaker of climate change mitigation. She was part of the Climate Change Movement Switzerland from the very beginning and gave a  speech at the United Nations summit in New York. She is leading several associations and movements in the fields of climate action, sustainable development, youth and women’s empowerment and education, such as the Sustainability Week International.

Martin Ott
FiBL Foundation President and Member of the Fintan Foundation Board

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of organic agriculture. Martin Ott is also a practical farmer and future thinker. For all his enthusiastic listeners, experts, radio listeners, and film viewers, he records his observations and experiences in books. This is how his book Kühe verstehen came into being. A book about understanding cows. With it, he addresses the deep longing of people for a more respectful coexistence with farm animals.

Minna Salami
Writer and lecturer

Minna Salami is a feminist theorist and founder of the multiple award-winning blog Ms Afropolitan. She is the author of Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone, a critical book exploring universal ideas with an Africa-centred, decolonial and feminist perspective. She is co-director of the feminist movement, Activate, and a Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva. She sits on the advisory board of the African Feminist Initiative at Pennsylvania State University and the editorial board of the Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Sahel.

Prof. Dr Peter Messerli
Director of Wyss Academy for Nature, Professor of Sustainable Development

Peter Messerli is professor for sustainable development and director of the Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern. He focuses on increasingly globalized and competing claims on land, rural transformation processes and spatial manifestations of their outcomes in the Global South. He has extensive experience in science-policy interactions from the local to the global level. He is co-author of the UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR).

Dr Ralf Nacke
Executive coach and management consultant

With a doctorate in law and economics, he spent half his life working as a consultant on reorganization and restructuring projects. Today, Ralf Nacke is committed to an economy based on the common good and is a member of the board of directors of the Economy for the Common Good Movement in Switzerland.

Simone Rosa Miller
Moderator, author and philosopher

Simone Rosa Miller is the cultural editor of Deutschlandfunk Kultur, where she moderates the philosophy program Sein und Streit. She is also a guest author from 10 to 8 and regularly appears as a guest in various formats. Her philosophical work deals with the concept of authority and the climate crisis. Simone Rosa Miller lives as a freelance author in Berlin and writes for quality newspapers like Die Zeit.

Photo: Johanna Ruebel

Tilla Künzli
Co-Initiator Urban Agriculture Basel

Tilla Künzli cares deeply about nature. As an observer of clouds and a shuffler of ideas, she renders her appreciation of nature visible through aesthetics and humor. She invites the public to contribute. In this manner, the common responsibility for our earth is shared through active participation and education as well as networks which are built playfully. Through benign provocation she creates attractive alternatives to conventional consumption. She is a co-initiator of Urban Agriculture Basel.