Speakers

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dominik Waser
Co-Initiator of grassrooted and climate activist

At 23 years of age, 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 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 social, peasant and agro-ecological agriculture. He was also a campaigner for the popular initiative For a Switzerland without synthetic pesticides.

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 has been the author of 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 Design. His 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 on climate change mitigation. She was part of the Climate Change Movement Switzerland from the very beginning and gave a speech at the United Nations Climate Change summit in New York. She heads up 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.

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 from 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.

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.

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 humour. 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.