WASD has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the WASD network. Interested in joining the WASD expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at admin@wasd.org.uk. You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisations: Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

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Dr. Dorothea Wehrmann


Dr. Dorothea Wehrmann studied Social Sciences, Political Communication and InterAmerican Studies at the University of Osnabrück and at Bielefeld University. She holds a doctoral degree in Political Science and works as a researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). …

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Christian Pirzer

Project Manager & Consultant

I’m a passionate and results-oriented private sector development professional. I have particular expertise in inclusive business and social entrepreneurship with specialization in market systems development, access to energy and inclusive agribusiness.…

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Julia Panny

Programme Officer

Julia Panny holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as a Master of Advanced International Studies from University of Vienna. She has several years of working experience in the fields of capacity-building for climate change mitigation and adaptation, education for sustainable development and regional innovation.…

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Dr. Simona Costanzo Sow


Simona Costanzo Sow leads the Policy Coherence Team at the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development. At the Centre Simona designs and implements learning and training events and courses on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.…



Colinne Bartel currently works at AC Innovation GmbH Colinne studied at Theseus Institute – International Management Institute and Colinne is located at Munich Area, Germany.

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Dr. Michael Lewrick

Managing Partner

Dr. Michael Lewrick received his PhD from Napier University Edinburgh and holds an MBA from Bristol Business School. His research interests centres on the management issues related to the development and commercialisation of technological and business model innovation.…

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Dr. Holger Schröd


Dr. Holger Schrödl works as a research assistant in the workgroup of business informatics at the Otto-von-GuerickeUniversity Magdeburg. His work covers architectural issues of information systems. Special interest is engineering methods for information systems design and applications.…

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Dr. Elmer Lenzen


Dr. Elmer Lenzen is founder and CEO of the macondo publishing GmbH. He studied journalism and politics at the universities RUB Bochum, WWU Muenster/both Germany and UCR San José/Costa Rica. Macondo publishing is a leading publishing house in Germany for sustainability topics.…

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prof. Peter Heisig


Peter holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and a Diploma in Social Sciences from the University of G¨ttingen (Germany). He is Senior Research Fellow at the Leeds University Business School (UK) where his main research centres around Knowledge Management.…

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Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of Innovation Accelerator

Bernhard Kowatsch is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger.…

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Saravanakumar Kandasamy


Saravanakumar is an International sustainability expert with a background of expertise on sustainability labels, standards, systems, certification and accreditation. Having a total of 25years of Industry experience has spent more than 15years in the the Sustainability labelling industry.…

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Jan Ohnesorge

Associate Researcher

Jan Ohnesorge studied Development Economics at the University of Bayreuth, at Linköping University, at the University of Göttingen and at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. He used to work as a researcher  at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and is an associate researcher now.…

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Prof. Klaus Sailer

CEO of the Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship

Klaus Sailer is Professor for Entrepreneurship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of the Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD in Physics. He studied at the Ludwig Maximilian University (Chair Hänsch) in Munich and did his PhD at the Research Centre for Environment and Health (GSFForschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit – GSF).…




Dr. Hans Werner Gottinger is Professor of Economics, IME, University of Bielefeld, Germany. He is a Research Associate and Lecturer, Inst. of Statistics, Univ. of Munich, 1978-80, Ford Foundation Fellow and Visit.…

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Dr. Ramin Navvabpour


He is an entrepreneur with years of experience in business development and incubation. As a certified wealth manager (CWM) and the director of a business accelerator, he continuously has been involved in leading and coaching start-ups and young entrepreneurs.…

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Prof. Stefan Brunnhuber


Trained car mechanic – Studied Medicine and Socioeconomics in tandem – PhD in Medicine – PhD in Socioeconomics – Student of Sir R. Dahrendorf – Over 12 international guest professorships – (Medicine – Finance – Sustainability) – Two board-certified medical specializations – Multiple sub-specializations – Over 10 years as Vice-chairman of the European Institute of Medicine – Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer in Germany (Saxony) – Senator (elected in 2015) of the European Academy of Science and Arts – Member of several international working groups  in the Club of Rome, European Academy, EU Commission – Political consulting – Founding member of Alma Mater Europeae – One of 15 German members of the World Academy of Arts and Science – Endowed Professor for Psychology & Sustainability – Special expertise and experience in the impact of Life Science on sustainability issues, especially Psychology of the Anthropocene – Behavioral Finance – Post-growth scenarios – Psychology of interfaith dialogue – Over 300 publications and talks – several international lecture series – co-author of the Club of Rome report (Money and Sustainability 2014) – Co-author of one of the bestselling textbooks in Germany of the last 25 years – author of ‘The Art of Transformation’ (2016, editions in several languages in press)

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Dr. Ricardo Pinto


Dr. Ricardo Pinto received his PhD from the London School of Economics and also worked at the Centre for Economic Performance. He has 15 years of International Consultancy experience based on assignments in Central and South Eastern Europe, as well as Africa and Central Asia.…

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