Dr. Christopher Hepp, apder.org: Mechanisms and Major Players in International Disaster Management [Web]
Chris Hepp (APDER) is a medical Doctor holding a Master in Humanitarian Assistance (Bochum/Deusto-Bilbao) and a Master in Health Policy Planning and Finance (LSE & LSHTM). He has worked for NGOs, various United Nations Agencies, the European Commission (ECHO) and for the International Red Cross mainly in Coordination and Planning and he is lecturing occasionally Humanitarian Affairs in various universities. Chris made his first experience with Aerial Photos and their use in Planning & Coordination Processes respectively mapping in Rwandese Refugee Camps in 1994. As a member of the United Nations Disaster Coordination and Assessment Team (UNDAC) he became aware of the importance not only of aerial photos but also the capturing of the 3D impression. In 2010 Chris was one of the founders of APDER which is a small non-profit NGO specialized in supporting coordination and planning processes with visual information in disasters, emergencies and recovery, thus focusing on low cost ‐ high tech application tailored for developing countries. In 2012 APDER made the first field test in Haiti.
Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß, Aalen University: Inequality, Bubbles and Crashes - Why Rising Inequality is Economically Unsustainable [Web]
After working as an investment banker at Dresdner Bank group Dr Christian Kreiß joined Aalen University as professor of Finance in 2002. He studied economics in Munich and wrote his dissertation about cartel price policy 1924-1932. He gave MBA-lectures on investment banking at University of Maine, USA, in 2004 and 2006. He wrote two books, many publications, is giving lots of public presentations and has been several times on TV and radio. Favorite subjects of research: planned obsolescence, financial crises, alternative theories in economics.
Dr. Michael Kalff, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences: Great Transition: shifts from industrial to sustainable society
Michael Kalff studied educational science in Freiburg (Germany) and Buddhist philosophy in New Delhi (India), he did his doctoral thesis on the quest for sustainable models of wealth. After some years of research and projects at Wuppertal Institute (Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von WeizsÃ¤cker) Mr. Kalff started his own office for sustainability projects near Freiburg, working for UNESCO, ministries, education institutions. He defines sustainable development as the succeeding integration of the globes ecological, social and economic limits into global society (Globopolis). Itâ€™s a process similar to past transitions, like shifting from stone age to agrarian age or later on to industrial age.