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SPEAKERS & CONTRIBUTORS

 

 

Dirk NiebelHis Excellency Dirk Niebel
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Dirk Niebel is Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. He was born in 1963 in Hamburg, studied administration in Mannheim. He was a founding member of the Young Liberals. From 2005 to 2009 he was FDP General Secretary. View full curriculum vitae

 

Lilianne PloumenHer Excellency Lilianne Ploumen
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands

Lilianne Ploumen was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the 5th of November 2012. Previously, she was Chair of the Labour Party (PvdA) from October 2007 to January 2012. Lilianne Ploumen also worked for the development organization Cordaid, first as head of quality and strategy and later as director of international programmes. She has also worked as a director for Mama Cash, an international fund supporting women’s initiatives between 1996 – 2001. Additionally, she held the position of Vice Chair of the Evert Vermeer Foundation and was a member of the Labour Party’s South-North Committee. In this capacity, she advised on the topic of international cooperation. Lilianne Ploumen holds Master’s Degrees in Social History and Strategic Marketing Management.

 

Helena HelmerssonHelena Helmersson
H&M
Head of Sustainability

Helena Helmersson has been part of the Group Management Team at Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) since December 2010, when she became Head of Sustainability. She first joined Hennes & Mauritz in 1997 as a Budget Controller in the Buying Office and later became Section Manager. She moved to Bangladesh to work as HR Manager at the Production Office in Dhaka and then Helmersson moved to Hong Kong to join the Production Office as Department Manager for Underwear. After moving back to Stockholm, Sweden, she took on the role of CSR Manager for Social Responsibility and Supply Chain until 2010 when she took on her current role.

 

Md. Atiqul IslamMd. Atiqul Islam
President of BGMEA & Managing Director of Islam Garments Ltd.

Mr Md. Atiqul Islam studied commerce at Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Already during his studies in 1985 he became the Director of Islam Garments Limited and also member of BGMEA. His company Islam Garments Limited was in the following also given the “Best Vendor Award” by Wal-Mart Inc. for several times. From 1997 onwards Mr Islam additionally also worked as Chief Coordinator for the famous BATEXPO for several years. In 2013 Mr Islam became president of BGMEA, the apex trade body that represents the export oriented woven, knit and sweater garment manufacturers and exporters of the whole country.

 

Roel Nieuwenkamp
OECD
Chair of OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct

Roel studied Economics, Law and Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked at the European Commission and was a consultant in New Zealand on the issue of results oriented government. He worked for several years as management consultant at Arthur Andersen. In 1998 he became interim manager at the Ministry of Education. From 2001 until August 2006 Roel was managing director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From September 2006 until May 2013, he was director of the International Trade Policy & Economic Governance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities concerned i.e. trade policy (WTO), investment treaties, corporate social responsibility, and the regulation of strategic goods. Next to his job he wrote his PhD dissertation about the interaction between ministers and top civil servants. Since 2010 he is part-time Professor of Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. Roel was Chair of the OECD Working Party on International Investment and in that capacity chaired the negotiations on the 2011 update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Since June 1st 2013, Roel is Chair of the new OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct in Paris. He supervises the Corporate Responsibility work of the OECD, invests in outreach to non-adherent countries and provides leadership to CSR programmes, e.g. on the Financial Sector, Mining Sector, etc.

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Ashim RoyAshim Roy
NTUI, India
Steering Committee Asia Floor Wage Alliance

Ashim Roy has been the General Secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI) since its founding in 2006. He has over 25 years of experience in the trade union movement. As the President of the Chemical Mazdoor Panchayat he has led several union battles in Gujarat. Ashim Roy also has a long and rich association with social, political and human rights movements. He is an active member of the steering committee of the Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

 

Manuela TomeiManuela Tomei
International Labour Organization
Director, Conditions of Work and Equality Department

A sociologist by education, Manuela Tomei was appointed Director of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department, International Labour Organization (ILO), with effect from 13 February 2013. Until then, she had been Director of the Labour Protection Department since 1 September 2011, and she was Officer-in-Charge of the Social Protection Sector since 1 August 2012. Prior to that, Ms Tomei held various posts in the ILO, both at Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in the ILO’s field offices. While Chief of the Conditions of Work and Employment Branch of the ILO, she was the lead coordinator of the preparatory work which culminated in the adoption of the new international labour standards on decent work for domestic work by the International Labour Conference in June 2011. She is also the main author of the two Global Reports on discrimination at work produced by the ILO in 2003 and 2007 in the framework of the follow-up to the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. She has written and provided policy advice on a range of subject matters, including gender, poverty and work, informal and atypical work, and wages and the gender pay gap.

 


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Nazma Akter Nazma Akter
Awaj Foundation
General Secretary & Executive Director

Nazma Akter is the Executive Director of the AWAJ Foundation in Bangladesh. She monitors all project activities and manages the foundation’s relationship with relevant regional, national and international stakeholders. Before this position she gained substantial experience in different union and labor group positions. She is highly knowledgeable on the garments sector in Bangladesh and is currently actively involved in different international forums regarding labor-related topics. Nazma Akter is one of Bangladesh’s most respected and influential labor leaders.

 

Lorenz Berzau Lorenz Berzau
Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
Managing Director

Lorenz Berzau is Managing Director of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and is in charge of the overall coordination of the BSCI. Lorenz grew up in Germany and Belgium and studied law at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn (Germany). After having graduated with the second state exam in 2002, he joined the AVE (Foreign Trade Association of the German Retail Trade) in Cologne where he coordinated the AVE Sector Model Social Responsibility. Since its launch in 2003, he was also involved in the development of the BSCI. Taking over the coordination of the BSCI, he moved again to Brussels in 2004.

 

Per N. BondevikPer N. Bondevik
IEH - Ethical Trading Initiative Norway
Managing Director

Before joining IEH as managing Director in December 2010, Per N. Bondevik, trained as an economist, spent 13 years in development work with experience from a number of countries in Latin America and Africa. His experience covers field-based project management, microfinance, and development policy with a special emphasis on corporate social responsibility. IEH is a member based multi-stakeholder initiative that has been supporting its members in improving working and environmental conditions in their supply chains since 2000. Workers getting paid sufficiently to sustain a family is one of the code elements that provides the foundation for IEH ‘s work.

 

Dr Uta BöllhoffDr Uta Böllhoff
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Director-General Europe, Middle East and Asia, multilateral development policy

Dr Uta Böllhoff is Director-General of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, where she is responsible for bilateral cooperation with Asia and the Middle East and also for multilateral cooperation. She previously worked for the McKinsey & Company, Inc. management consulting firm, both in Germany and in the Middle East. In her position as senior manager, she has been responsible for public sector projects for many years, with a particular focus on national and regional economic development in developing and emerging economies and on enhancing effectiveness in development cooperation.

 

ROBIN CORNELIUSRobin Cornelius
Switcher SA
Founder & Chairman

While still a student at the University of Lausanne Business School, he had the idea of an enterprise that is to become the Switcher brand. He developed this while studying political science in the daytime and undertaking a temporary job at night as a taxi driver. The Swiss brand has become a reference for t-shirts, sweaters and polo shirts in a wealth of colours. Commitment to fair trade and environmental and social responsibility are hallmarks of the company which exist well beyond Swiss frontiers. Since 2006 the company has vouched for the total transparency of its Switcher products, through the www.respect-code.org.

 

Rudi DelarueRudi Delarue
European Commission
Deputy Head DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Rudi Delarue is Deputy Head of Unit for external relations and enlargement at the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion since October 2013. He has been Director of the ILO Office for the EU and the Benelux countries between June 2008 and July 2013. Prior to taking up this post he was a principal administrator at the European Commission since 1999 where he held posts relating to EU external relations in the field of employment and social affairs and to EU social dialogue. Between1987-1999 he was senior advisor at the Belgian Christian trade union confederation (ACV/CSC) dealing with regional, national, EU and international labour issues and with collective bargaining at Belgian and EU level. He has been member of the Belgian National Labour Council, the joint committee for temporary agency work, the EU social dialogue committee and the ILO Tripartite Committee on the Application of Standards. Mr Delarue graduated with a Law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1986 and subsequently pursued European studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has published on Belgian, EU and international labour and socio-economic governance issues. .

 

Wilbert FlintermanWilbert Flinterman
Fairtrade International
Senior Advisor, Workers Rights and Trade Union Relations

Wilbert Flinterman is Senior Advisor, Workers Rights and Trade Union Relations for Fairtrade International. A Dutch national, he was a project manager and policy advisor in Human Resources for the City of The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2001, he moved to Canada to work for the Government of Alberta. He was also employed with the Alberta Labour Relations Board as a Labour Relations Officer and with the provincial Ministry of Employment and Immigration as Manager, (Labour) Mediation Services. He is a Certified Human Resource Professional in Canada and holds a Certificate in Conflict Management from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Institute. Wilbert studied law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Alberta. At the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, he concluded a Master’s programme in Work, Employment and Globalisation, with distinction. During this programme, he was based at the Institute of Human Development in Delhi, conducting research on successful interventions to improve the protection of worker rights in the local garment industry

 


 

Pascalle GrotenhuisPascalle Grotenhuis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Head of Division Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility and Infrastructure

Pascalle Grotenhuis is head of division for the private sector and CSR within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. She is also leading the taskforce on CSR/Bangladesh. She joined the ministry 12 years ago and held various positions, a.o.at the Africa department, at Royal Netherlands Embassy in London, advisor to the DG for International Development and coordinator for the MDGs. Before that she worked at a Political Institute and for NGO’s.

 

Martin GuziMartin Guzi
WageIndicator Foundation

Martin Guzi is a postdoctoral researcher at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the CERGE-EI in Prague. During 2009-2013 Martin worked at IZA in Bonn as a Resident Research Affiliate on topics related to welfare migration in Europe and the analysis of work incentives created by social welfare systems. Since 2010 Martin is a team member of scientific research group in the WageIndicator project. At the conference Martin will introduce a new concept of the WageIndicator living wage based on online data.

 

Jenny Holdcroft Jenny Holdcroft
IndustriALL Global Union
Policy Director

Jenny Holdcroft is Policy Director at IndustriALL Global Union. She is in charge of IndustriALL’s global campaigns on Sustainable Industrial Policy, living wages and precarious work. She is currently involved with implementing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, signed between IndustriALL and more than 100 global garment brand companies.

Prior to the 2012 merger of the International Metalworkers Federation into IndustriALL, Jenny was responsible for the Electronics and Aerospace industries. She was a Director at the IMF from 2001 and previous roles included Director of Equal Rights and EPZs. Jenny’s background is with the Australian trade union movement where she started as a shop steward and official before working as an organiser and industrial officer with public sector and tertiary education unions.

 

Kristin KomivesKristin Komives
ISEAL Alliance
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Dr. Komives has been Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at the ISEAL Alliance since 2010. In this position, she leads ISEAL’s work on impact measurement and reporting. She also supports the certification systems in the ISEAL Alliance in the development of rigorous monitoring and evaluation systems and coordinates ISEAL’s member working group on living wage. Before joining ISEAL, Kristin was a Senior Lecturer in environment and sustainable development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, engaged in applied research on access to water and energy, pro-poor subsidy design, environmental planning and poverty reduction in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted large-scale household surveys, policy and project evaluations, and impact evaluations for a wide variety of international organisations. Dr. Komives obtained a Masters in Regional Planning and a PhD at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

 


 

Edwin KosterEdwin Koster
Social Accountability International (SAI)
European Representative

Edwin Koster heads up Max Value, a consultancy on CSR and sustainable supply chain management based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also serves as Lead Trainer and Authorized European Representative of Social Accountability International (SAI). On behalf of SAI he is involved in the development of a new methodology for living wage estimates in rural and urban settings. He co-authored SAI's Implementation Guide on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Edwin also advises companies, standard setting organizations and not for profit organizations. Throughout his career, Edwin has worked closely with organizations like: Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci Group, IFC, DEG, BSCI, the Better Cotton Initiative, ETI, WWF, Solidaridad, MADE-BY and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Anne LallyAnne Lally
Fair Wear Foundation

Anne Lally consults for Fair Wear Foundation on policy and strategy, with a special focus on living wages. Anne has worked with FWF on various projects and publications, including the Fair Wear Formula and Climbing the Ladder to Living Wages. She has thirteen years of experience with a range of international workers’ rights initiatives, including Clean Clothes Campaign, Fair Labor Association, and the Joint Initiative for Worker Rights and Corporate Accountability. Before moving to Cambridge, England in 2008, Anne was Executive Director of the Fair Trade Resource Network in the United States. She has a Masters from Columbia University, where she focused on human rights and international economic policy.

 

Clare LissamanClare Lissaman
Consultant on Ethical and Fair Trade
Board Director of Ethical Fashion Forum

Clare Lissaman is a consultant on ethical and fair trade and a board director of the Ethical Fashion Forum, the industry body for ethical fashion. She has extensive experience in ethical sourcing and supply chains, has advised clients large (Tesco, Gap, M&S) and small as well as the Fairtrade Foundation, Traidcraft and the Department for International Development amongst others. Her focus is the impact of trade on the poor. She has run pioneering research projects looking at different ways of measuring impact of work on both financial and non-financial poverty. Clare is also co-founder of the award winning ethical menswear label Arthur & Henry.

 

Professor Doug Miller Doug Miller
University of Northumbria, UK
Emeritus Professor

Doug Miller is Emeritus Professor Worker Rights in Fashion at the University of Northumbria, UK. Between 2000 and 2008 he was research director at the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers Federation, where he worked on networking trade unions in international subcontracting chains, assisting the Global union in the negotiation and implementation of the first international framework agreement in the sector. In 2008 he returned to the University where he took up a chair in ethical fashion. His applied research interests are implementing a living wage, social labelling. He is currently advising IndustriALL on its approach to worker compensation in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh.

 

Dr Khondaker Golam MoazzemDr Khondaker Golam Moazzem
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Additional Research Director

Dr K. G. Moazzem is an Additional Research Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). He is an industrial economist by profession and holds Ph.D. in Development Economics from the Kyoto University, Japan. His major research interests include value chain analysis, trade policy analysis, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship development and etc. Dr Moazzem regularly works as a consultant of international development organizations such as UNCTAD, ADB, ILO, UNDP and Commonwealth Secretariat etc. Dr Moazzem worked as member of different national committees including peer reviewer of the Industrial Policy 2010 under the Ministry of Industry (MoI), member of the committee on trade facilitation under the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), member of the committee for preparing draft Competition Policy under the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), member of the core group under the MoC on setting government position against Turkey’s safeguard measures on textiles and apparels. He was a member of the advisory board of the Sustainable Supplier Project (SSP) of the GIZ International Services, Dhaka.

 


 

Stefan NiethammerStefan Niethammer
3FREUNDE
Founder & CEO

Stefan Niethammer is founder and CEO of 3FREUNDE, headquartered in Rheinfelden/Germany. He earned a diploma in Business Administration after studying at the universities of Mannheim and Budapest. After graduation he worked in the screen printing industry before he, together with two friends (3FREUNDE = 3friends) founded his own company. The 3FREUNDE product line is made completely from certified Fairtrade-Organic cotton. In 2012 Stefan co-founded Mila Clothing, a CMT-factory in Tirupur/India paying living wages to their tailors. 3FREUNDE as well as Mila Clothing are members of the Ethical Fashion Forum. Stefan is also member of the Sustainable Fashion Roundtable of Switzerland.

 

Paulien OssePaulien Osse
WageIndicator Foundation
Founder & Director

Paulien Osse is the Founder and Director of the WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam. WageIndicator websites with salary, labour law and career information are available now in 70 plus countries. She is the co-developer and publisher of national Living WageIndicators on WageIndicator Websites for more than 55 Countries since 2013. By Profession, Paulien is a journalist and photographer. Among others she worked for the Dutch Confederation of Trade Unions and she is the author of handbooks on working parents, working time and career. Since 1997 she is the creator and manager of websites on labour market issues.

 

Johannes Ritter Johannes Ritter
Solution Matrix

Johannes Ritter is Partner at Solution Matrix, a consulting firm that specializes on Business Cases. Recently he has worked with a major European retailer and GIZ on the cost-benefits of living wages for textile workers across 2 Asian countries in 10 factories.. His presentation will show, how is it possible increase quality, on-time delivery, and reduce cost of the textile supply chain, while at the same time increase wages significantly. The corporate social responsibility, purchasing as well as garment factory owner perspective will be covered. Beside his consulting experience especially with soft-benefits projects he is author of over 50 journal articles and co-author of a book on how to build a solid Business Case (Ritter/Röttgers, Getting Your Budget Approved). His experience with Business Cases made him Europe’s number 1 authority on Business Case which he passed down in numerous seminars and trainings. Johannes has a background in Economics. He studied in Passau, Helsinki, and Harvard. Before joining Solution Matrix he was a consultant at IBM in Paris.

 

Sarah Roberts Sarah Roberts
Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)
Executive Director

Sarah Roberts is the Executive Director of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), a consortium of 30 international tea companies and retailers who work through ETP to support the development of a thriving tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable. Sarah has been leading ETP’s work on living wage and living income and co-convenes the ETP-Oxfam multistakeholder consortium that is working to address tea sector wage issues in a number of countries. Prior to joining ETP, Sarah worked in a range of international development and corporate responsibility roles.

 

Obon Tabroni
Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers’ Union (FSPMI)
Vice president

Obon Tabroni is the vice president of FSPMI, the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation. He has worked for Panasonic for nearly 20 years and is now an influential and well-known labour activist

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Daniel Vaughan-WhiteheadDaniel Vaughan-Whitehead
International Labour Organization

Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead worked as adviser to European Commission President Jacques Delors on Social Europe before joining the ILO in 1991, where he is today responsible for wages and working conditions around the world. In 2008, he initiated the ILO series “Global Wage Reports”, which has become a worldwide reference in this area. Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead is also Professor at Sciences Po in Paris where he leads a Casptone on Corporate Social Responsibility. He is the author of many books on social policies. He developed the ’Fair Wage approach’ to progress on wage issues along the supply chain (Fair Wages – Strengthening Corporate Social Responsibility, Edward Elgar, 2010), and is the founder and co-chair of the Fair Wage Network

 

Rachel WilshawRachel Wilshaw
Oxfam Great Britain
Ethical Trade Manager

Rachel Wilshaw is the Ethical Trade Manager for Oxfam GB, and a board member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Her role involves advocacy and advice for companies in relation to supply chain labour standards, with a strong focus on addressing low wages. Rachel was co-author of three Oxfam reports and a briefing paper in 2013: Labour Rights in Unilever's Supply Chain: From Compliance towards Good Practice, with Unilever; Understanding Wage Issues in the Tea Industry, with Ethical Tea Partnership; Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction: Bouquets and Beans from Kenya, with IPL and Business and Human Rights: An Oxfam Perspective on the UN Guiding Principles.

 

Daniela Zehentner-CapellDaniela Zehentner-Capell
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Division Chief Trade, Globalization, Investment

Daniela Zehentner-Capell is head of the Division Globalisation, Trade and Investment at the ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. In the ministry she is now responsible for the issue of “Living Wages” after holding various positions, such as head of policies and procedures of financial and technical support (KfW, DEG) as well as OECD and ODA. Before joining the ministry she was advisor for development policies in the German Bundestag and advisor for foreign relations.

 

John MorrisonJohn Morrison
Institute for Human Rights and Business
Executive Director

John Morrison has been Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (www.ihrb.org) since its foundation in 2009. The Institute is a global 'think and do' tank on human rights policy and practice working closely with governments, business, civil society and trade unions. Mary Robinson is the Institute's Patron and Professor John Ruggie chairs the International Board.

In this capacity, John has acted as a formal adviser to two EU Presidencies and a number of governments. This year he is chairing the Jury for the Dutch Government's Human Rights Award. Previously, John was Director of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights 2003-2009 (www.blihr.org)., Head of Global Campaigns and Community Affairs for The Body Shop International plc and Deputy Coordinator of the Bosnia Project for the British Refugee Council. John has written on issues of asylum, human smuggling. trafficking and a variety of business and human rights issues. He is currently writing a book on 'Social Licence" as a modern form of social contract.

 


 

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Jos HuberJos Huber
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Senior policy advisor for the CSR and private sector division
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Ute PetersUte Peters
up_kommunikation, Germany
Conference Manager, Logistics, Registration
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Claudia SchlangenClaudia Schlangen
Berenschot International, the Netherlands
Consultant
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Franziska SchuhmannFranziska Schuhmann
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
Intern
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Jutta SteinmannJutta Steinmann
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
Advisor
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Irina van der SlujisIrina van der Slujis
Berenschot International, the Netherlands
Senior Consultant
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Verena WiesnerVerena Wiesner
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Desk Officer
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Michael SchrenkMichael Schrenk
Graphic Recorder
(Live illustration during conference)

Michael Schrenk studied electrical engineering and photography in Munich. While completing his studies he started live illustration for consulting companies and supported large transformation workshops. He now lives in Berlin and works as a freelance graphic recorder, illustrator and photographer.

 

Lothar HerzogLothar Herzog
Director
(short film for conference)

Lothar Herzog, born in Freiburg, Germany, grew up in Paris. He studied Applied Cultural Studies in Hildesheim and San Francisco and took part in theatre productions and produced video installations for theatre and concerts. Then, he studied directing at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. His short films were presented at numerous international film festivals (among others at the Berlin International Film Festival and in Cannes). Further he is working as a trainer for filmworkshops and as a coordinator of international seminars. At the moment he is preparing a feature film that will be shot in Belarus in cooperation with Berlin based production company Rohfilm and the German TV-channel WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk).

 

Nativa Brasileira BandNativa Brasileira Band
Music
(music at reception)

Brazil is without doubt the most colourful country in Latin America; A combination of various diverse cultures, different continents and miscellaneous origins of its inhabitants. And the same can be said about Nativa Brasileira: we are colourful, cheerful, and diverse. Our music comprises various Brazilian rhythms, like Samba or Bossa, as well as other strands of music, often unknown outside of Brazil such as: Forró, Chorinho, Baiao or Brazilian Jazz. The members of our band come from different regions in Brazil, Europe and Asia. As many different streams of music as there are in Brazil, as wide is the repertoire of our group, ranging from instrumental pieces to popular vocal music from the 30s and 40s. Our current programme is called “Samba & Chorinhos” and shows the historical development of music within the country. The show includes a short dancing class of Brazilian dance for our audience, conducted by our lead singer Fausto Israel, who is a dance teacher.