Speakers of the Adult Education Conference

Opening Ceremony

Joachim Gauck

Joachim Gauck
President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In 2012, Joachim Gauck was chosen as the eleventh President of the Federal Republic of Germany. From 2001 to 2004 he was the German member of the Board of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna, and from 1991 to 2000 Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR. From 1965 to 1990 he was in the service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg and worked for many years as a pastor.

Sandra Scheeres
Senator for Education, Youth and Science for the State of Berlin

Sandra Scheeres has a degree in Education. Since 2011 she has been the Senator for Education, Youth and Science. Until 2011 she was a board member of the Berlin SPD group and its youth and family affairs spokesperson in the local parliament. In 2011 she once again won a direct mandate from her Pankow constituency in Berlin. Until 2006 Sandra Scheeres worked as a research consultant at the Association for Children and Youth Services (AGJ).

Dr. Eva Lohse
President of the Association of German Cities

Dr. Eva Lohse is a lawyer and, since 2002, Mayor of Ludwigshafen. The CDU politician has been a member of the presidium of the Association since 2005 and was Vice-President of the German Association of Cities in 2013. Dr. Lohse has been President of the Association of German Cities since 2015. She is the first person from Rhineland-Palatine to head the Association of German Cities.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
President of the German Adult Education Association e.V. (DVV)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer studied Law and Political Science at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Trier. Since 2011 she has been Prime Minister of Saarland and Chairperson of the CDU-Landesverbandes Saar. She was elected President of the German Adult Education Association in 2015. She has been a member of the CDU Federal Executive Committee since 2010 and Member of the Saarland Parliament since 1999. Between 2000 and 2011 she held a variety of ministerial posts in the Saarland.

Forum 1: Digital Education Revolution -
How do expanded learning environments change learning?

Dr. Jörg Dräger
Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Foundation

Dr. Dräger has been a member of the board of the Bertelsmann Foundation in the fields of education, inclusion and democracy since 2008, as well as CEO of the Centre for Higher Education Development. In early 2012, Dr. Dräger was also appointed as an associate faculty member of the Hertie School of Governance and teaches Public Management there. His book, The Digital Education Revolution (DVA Verlag) was published in autumn 2015, co-authored with Ralph Müller-Eiselt.

Mareike Hachemer

Mareike Hachemer
Teacher and Finalist of the Global Teacher Prize

Nina Oberländer
Head of Education Marketing, VHS Bremen

Nina Oberlander is the Head of Education Marketing at VHS Bremen. The threads running through her life are curiosity and the willpower to create communication channels. This most assuredly has to do with the fact that due to her international childhood she had to constantly engage with the new. Through her study of Visual Communication she learned that in graphic design content is more important than outer appearance. Thus, she arrived at Education Marketing, or, Education Design, as she herself would call this field of work.

Prof. Dr. Josef Schrader
Scientific Director of the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning

Prof. Dr. Schrader has been Scientific Director of the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning in Bonn since 2012 and Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen since July 2003. He conducts research on teaching and learning, the use of digital media and the professionalisation of staff in adult and continuing education. A further focus of his work is the structure and guidance of the education system, in the comparative-international perspective as well.

Moderator: Dr. Christoph Köck
Director of the Hessischer Volkshochschulverband e.V.

Dr. Christoph Köck has been the Director of the Adult Education Association of Hessen since 2013. Before that he worked as Educational Director and Deputy Director of the Association for three years. At the Bavarian Adult Education Association, between 2001 and 2010, he collected a diversity of experience as a department head. Alongside education policy, his work focuses on the topics interculturalism, education marketing and digitally enhanced learning processes.

Forum 2: Smart City and Smart Country
Networkes Education spaces in the city and in the countryside

Dr. Ludwig

Dr. Michael Ludwig
Chairman of the Association of Austrian Adult Education and Chairman of the Wiener Volkshochschulen

Michael Ludwig studied political science and history at the University of Vienna. He was Course and Project Director in adult education from 1984 to 1986 and Educational Director of a Vienna Volkshochschule from 1986-1991. He was head of the provincial offi ces of the Dr. Karl Renner Institute in Vienna between 1991 and 2007, and on the Provincial Council from 1994, and then a Member of the Federal Parliament from 1996 to 1999, as well as a Member of Provincial Parliament/City Council in Vienna from 1999 to 2007. Since 2007 he has been Councillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal and Education and since 2010 Federal Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ).

Dr. Verena Metze-Mangold

Dr. Verena Metze-Mangold
President of the German Commission for UNESCO

Dr. Metze-Mangold has been the President of the German Commission for UNESCO since 2014. She was Chairman of the Technical Commission Communication and Information and represented Germany for eight years in the Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO programme "Information for All". Doctor of Political Science and Social Science, she worked full-time as a journalist from 1987 to 2011 in the directorship of the Hessischer Rundfunk. From 2006 she was Managing Director of the Hessian Radio Film Fund. She teaches, moderates, publishes and coaches.

Ties Rabe
Senator of the Department of Education and Vocational Training, Hamburg

Ties Rabe studied Education at the University of Hamburg. From 1991-2002 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Elbe-Wochenblatt-Verlag. From 2002 to 2006 he was Managing Director for the SPD Hamburg and subsequently taught in a high school until 2011. Since 2011 he has been Senator of the Department of Education and Vocational Training in Hamburg. In 2012 he was made President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK). Since 2015, Ties Rabe has been the Coordinator for Education and Science of the SPD-governed federal states and co-opted member of KMK Presidium.

Steffi Rohling

Steffi Rohling
Director of the Association of Adult Education Centres of Rhineland-Palatinate

Steffi Rohling has been the Director of the Association of Adult Education of Rhineland-Palatinate e. V. since 2007. With a degree in Education, Ms. Rohling is a member of various committees at the state and federal level, including on the Technical Committee Pedagogy/Organisation and on the Statistics Commission of the State Advisory Council for Further Education of Rheinland-Pfalz as well as on the Council of SWR Broadcasting. Chair of the Organisation and Finance Committee of DVV, she is a board member of DVV and also on the Supervisory Board of telc gGmbH.

Gerald Swarat

Gerald Swarat
Project coordinator for Smart Rural Areas for Smart Rural Areas for the Fraunhofer IESE, Berlin

Gerald Swarat studied History and Germanic Culture. He coordinates the issues surrounding the Smart Rural Areas Research Programme for the the Fraunhofer IESE in Berlin. A highlight project is the "digital villages" in Rhineland- Palatinate. Gerald Swarat also directs the initiative "Digital Region - From the countryside, for the country" for the Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory e. V. (Internet & Society Collaboratory Association). He gained professional experience in sales and project controlling as well as in the offi ces of members of parliament and newsrooms. In the past year he has also led a project for the BMBF Science Year "Future city".

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Martin zur Nedden
Scientific Director and Managing Director of the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu)

Since 2014, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. zur Nedden has been invested with an honorary professorship for Urban Development and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Business and Culture (HTWK) in Leipzig. Previous to that, he spent seven years as Mayor and Deputy for Urban Development and Construction for the City of Leipzig. From 2013-2015 he was President of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning (DASL), and is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Federal Foundation for Building Culture.

Dr. Ingrid Schöll

Moderation: Dr. Ingrid Schöll
Director of the Volkshochschule Bonn

Ingrid Schöll studied German, History and Education in Bonn and in Bordeaux. She received her doctorate in Education at the University of Duisburg/Essen. After her first state examination she worked on projects in the former Pädagogische Arbeitsstelle (today the German Institute for Adult Education) and as a seminar leader in vocational training. From 2002 to 2008 she was spokesperson for the Large Metropolitan Adult Education Centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Among other responsibilities, she was in Morocco and Belarus as an advisor for DVV International.

Forum 3: Digitisation and Economy 4.0 - How do our work environments change?

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser
President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB)

Prof. Dr. Esser, after training within industry and attaining his Abitur, studied Economics and then Business Administration and Business Education through second-chance education. From 1989, he worked as a researcher at the Department of Economic and Social Education at the University of Cologne. In 1991 he went to the Research Institute for Vocational Education in the Crafts at the University of Cologne (FBH), where he served in various roles for 13 years, most recently as Deputy Director. At the end of 2004, Prof. Esser took the post of Head of the Vocational Training Department at the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) in Berlin, where he worked until 2011 when he assumed the office of BIBB President.

Dr. Christian Fiebig

Dr. Christian Fiebig
Director of VHS Böblingen-Sindelfingen e. V.

Christian Fiebig studied philosophy in Trier and Stuttgart and received his doctorate for his thesis on Pleasure and Knowledge. Among other things, he was the Director of the Academy for Rural Areas of Baden-Württemberg, Director of Communications for the Media and Film Company in Baden-Württemberg and in 2004 launched the eLearning portal www.ich-will-schreiben-lernen.de at DVV. His work focuses on digitalisation of work processes, urban lifestyles and the bringing of aesthetics into education.

Dr. Constanze Kurz
Head of the “Future of Work” Department on the Executive Board of IG Metall

Dr. Kurz has been the Political Secretary on the Executive Board of IG Metall since 2009, and directs the “Future of Work” Department. Previously, she was a research assistant at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI) and worked at the University of Darmstadt as the representative for the Sociology of Technology Professorship. Her research focused on processes of change in labour as well as technological and organisational innovations. Her current areas of work include technology, research and labour policy, the topics technology and labour, as well as industry 4.0.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster
Chairman of the nonprofit German Telekom Foundation

Prof. Dr. Schuster studied law and earned a doctorate in civil law. Subsequently, he studied at the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. From 1986 to 1993 he was Mayor of Schwabisch Gmund and then, until 1997, Mayor for Culture, Education and Sport for the city of Stuttgart. As Primary Mayor of Stuttgart he directed the history of the city from 1997 to 2013. Prof. Dr. Schuster is, among other things, Member of the Council for Sustainable Development of the Federal Government, Chair of the European Foundation for Education, Honorary President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) in Brussels and Honorary Vice-President of the world association of municipalities United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Barcelona.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster
CEO of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Professor Wahlster holds the Chair of Computer Science at Saarland University and, as CEO, directs the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, the world's largest research institution in this field, with more than 800 scientists. His research on human-computer interaction has received many awards, among others, the Zukunftspreis (Future Prize) from the President of the Federal Republic, the Federal Order of Merit First Class and three honorary doctorates.

Moderation: Susan Link

The journalist Susan Link has been a member of the team of the ARD Morning Magazine since 2011. Ms. Link was born in Thuringia and moved to Wuppertal in 1990 with her family. After her Abitur, she became a moderator at the local radio station while pursuing her German Studies. At Radio Wuppertal, she completed a radio internship and from 2002, for eight years, was the presenter for news and a series of interviews with the largest private radio station, Radio NRW.

Interjection! Education campaign for refugees: Promoting integration and providing perspectives locally - worldwide

Dr. Gerd Müller

Dr. Gerd Müller (MdB)
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Dr. Müller was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection from 2005 until 2013 and, among other things, in charge of International Relations and World Food. Since 1994 he has been the directly elected Member for the constituency of Kempten, Oberallgäu and Lindau in the German Bundestag. Until 1994 he was a member of the European Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
President of the German Adult Education Association e.V. (DVV)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer studied Law and Political Science at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Trier. Since 2011 she has been Prime Minister of Saarland and Chairperson of the CDU-Landesverbandes Saar. She was elected President of the German Adult Education Association in 2015. She has been a member of the CDU Federal Executive Committee since 2010 and Member of the Saarland Parliament since 1999. Between 2000 and 2011 she held a variety of ministerial posts in the Saarland.

Dr. Ernst Dieter Rossmann
Chairman of the German Adult Education Association e.V. (DVV)

Dr. Rossmann is a psychologist with a doctorate in Sports Science. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Bundestag with a focus on education policy, and since 2002 a board member of the SPD parliamentary group as well as spokesman for the SPD federal state group Schleswig-Holstein. He has been active as spokesperson for the Working Group on Education and Research of the SPD parliamentary group since 2009. Dr. Rossmann has worked as a full member of the Committee on Education, Research and Assessment of Technology Consequences since 1998. He is also a deputy member of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Constantin Schreiber

Moderation: Constantin Schreiber
Journalist and Moderator

Constantin Schreiber, is a presenter and reporter at RTL and n-tv. Since September 2015, he has moderated Germany's fi rst Arabic programme for refugees, Marhaba, for which he was awarded the Grimme Prize. Schreiber is also the publisher of the international bestseller 1000 lashes, the writings of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Constantin Schreiber is a lawyer, was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University and did a traineeship at Deutsche Welle. He is fluent in Arabic.

Continuing education campaign for the digital society

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
Federal Minister of Education and Research

Johanna Wanka has been Federal Minister of Education and Research and member of the German government of Chancellor Angela Merkel since February 2013. For nine years, from 2000 to 2009, she was Minister of Science, Research and Culture in Brandenburg and from 2010 to 2013 she served in the same capacity as a Minister in Lower Saxony. Johanna Wanka worked for many years in research and teaching and was selected as Rector of the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg from 1994 to 2000, after having been appointed in 1993 to the Professorship of Engineering Mathematics. Johanna Wanka has been active in civil society for many years. From 2009 to 2010 she was Chairwoman of the CDU faction in the Brandenburg parliament, and from 1990 to 1994 she was a Member for the Merseburg district.

Forum 4: Digital - global - inclusive
More equitability through digitisation? (Forum in English)

Dr. Beate Blüggel

Dr. Beate Blüggel
Director of the Volkshochschule Aachen

Beate Blüggel was already working as a lecturer for the local VHS and at the British Army of the Rhine during her studies in Münster, then after that as a full-time Educational Assistant at the KVHS Vogelsberg and VHS Cologne. From 2005 to 2008 she was a consultant for language marketing for DVV, then head of the RAA and Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Integration Cologne. Since 2013, she has been the director of the VHS Aachen. As Equality Offi cer she is a board member of the Association of Adult Education of NRW and the First Chair of the DVV Committee "Gender and Diversity" as well as a board member of the DVV. She has been a member of the WDR Broadcasting Council since 2015.

 

Camilla Croso

Camilla Croso
President of the Global Campaign for Education

Camilla Croso has been President of the Global Campaign for Education since 2011 and coordinates the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education, a campaign which seeks to infl uence policy making both at a regional, national and international level. She graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1994 and received her master in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics in 1998.

 

 

Lê Huy Lâm

Lê Huy Lâm
Director SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning, Vietnam

Lê Huy Lâm is the Director of the SEAMEO Regional Centre in Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL), based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has a background in teaching English language skills and Teaching with Technology. His experience involves teacher-training, syllabus design and programme planning and management. His main interests are lifelong learning policies and teaching methodology, especially teaching and learning enhancement through effective use of technology.

Dr. Katrin Bornemann

Dr. Katrin Bornemann
Division for Education and the Digital World of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Katrin Bornemann holds a PhD in media and communication science. She has worked for GIZ, USAID, DWA, academia, and NGOs in the area of ICT for development and media. From 2011 to 2014 she managed a project on the use of ICT to promote transparency, active e-citizenship, and communal management in Serbia. Her current project is to design the Ministry‘s “Digital Agenda for Development”. She also focuses on the potentials of ICT in the refugee context.

 

 

Sandra Lee Morrison

Sandra Lee Morrison
President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

Sandy Morrison is the President of ICAE, a global NGO which advocates for the right of adults to education and lifelong learning. She also served as President of ASPBAE, Asia South Pacifi c Association for Basic and Adult Education from 2004-2008 and was inducted into the International Adult and Community Education Hall of Fame by the University of Oklahoma in 2009. As an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, her research and professional specialty focuses on adult education, education for sustainability and the application of indigenous models in addressing social, environmental and developmental issues to improve livelihoods for indigenous peoples and peoples of the Pacific.

 

Michael Trucano
Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist, World Bank

Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, serving as the organization's focal point on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical working level, Mike provides policy advice, research and technical assistance to governments seeking to utilize new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their education systems.

Moderation: Constanze Abratzky
Deutsche Welle and phoenix

Constanze Abratzky is a journalist and a Media Trainer. As a presenter of the live TV broadcast Phoenix – The Day she analyses current events with experts and enjoys the fact that this format leaves room for further inquiries and follow-up. As a Trainer at the DW Academy, the right to freedom of expression, coupled with responsible journalism, is important to her. Confident before microphone and camera, she reports on professionals from government, business and civil society.

Forum 5: Our digital I: Identity and communication on the internet

Anke Domscheit-Berg

Anke Domscheit-Berg
Publicist and activist

Having worked in the IT industry for 15 years, mostly as a manager at Accenture, McKinsey and Microsoft, today Anke Domscheit-Berg is a publicist, internet activist and entrpreneur. She uses social media extensively and writes, mostly on the digital society and gender equality, in media such as SZ, FAZ, Die Zeit, Der Freitag and the Guardian. Furthermore, she has written two books. With her husband, transparency activist Daniel Domscheit- Berg, she runs the innovation lab have:lab and founded a broadband company.

Dr. Harald Gapski
Project Manager at the Grimme Institute (Marl) and Director of the Grimme Research College at the University of Cologne

After studying Communication, Philosophy and Media Studies (Essen, New York) he was a Science Associate at the European Institute for Media (Dusseldorf, 1996), then Project Manager at the European Centre for Media Literacy (Marl, 1997-2010), he received his doctorate in 2001 on the subject Media Literacy. In projects, publications and as an expert – among other things, for the Enquete (Research) Commission Internet and Digital Society of the German Bundestag (2011) – he is concerned with digital skills and media theories.

Prof. Dr. Pörksen

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen
Professor for Media Science, University of Tübingen 

Bernhard Pörksen analysed presentation styles in politics and the media in his research and as commentator in newspaper columns, on radio and television programmes and current debates. Bernhard Pörksen has published numerous articles in scientific journals, moreover, also popular science books which amusingly and bitingly describe the current media landscape. His books with the physicist and philosopher Heinz von Foerster (Truth is the invention of a liar) and the communication psychologist Friedemann Schulz von Thun (Kommunikation als Lebenskunst) were bestsellers. In 2008, Bernhard Pörksen was voted “Professor of the Year” and awarded for his teaching.

Marlene Schnoor

Marlene Schnoor
Managing Director of Hamburger Volkshochschule

 

Katja Weber

Moderation: Katja Weber
DRadio Wissen and radioeins/rbb

Katja Weber is on the radio and is curious about the net: She works as a presenter, editor and reporter for DRadio Wissen (knowledge) and radioeins/rbb. She talks about how our present functions every month on Digital Salon (DRadio Wissen/lecture hall) or in special broadcasts from and about the conference re:publica (radioeins/rbb).

Forum 6: Impact of digital technology on the self image of the Volkshochschulen

Frauke Bilger

Frauke Bilger
Associate Director for Employment and Training TNS Infratest

Frauke Bilger has a degree in Education and began her work in social research at TNS Infratest in 2001 as Director of Studies in the fi eld of Educational Research. In 2009, she transferred into Work and Vocational Training and since 2012 is the Associate Director with a main focus in the area of (vocational) adult education and literacy, also because of her work as the Head Project Manager of the BMBF research study “Further training behaviour in Germany” (AES).

 
 
Susanne Dess

Susanne Deß
Director of Volkshochschule Esslingen

Susanne Deß studied theatre and literature and since 1990 has been the head of various local adult education centres. For many years she has been active in the association’s work: from 2001 to 2004 as the 3rd Chair of the Bavarian Adult Education Association, since 2007 on the board of the Adult Education Association in Baden-Württemberg, and since 2010 as its Deputy Chair. In 2015 she was elected Deputy Chair of DVV and recently as Chair of the Board of Telc gGmbH.

 
 

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Tippelt
Chair of General Education and Educational Research at the LMU of Munich

Prof. Dr. Tippelt is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Bodies of the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) Bonn, the State Institute of Early Childhood Research (IFP) in Munich, the WiFF project of the German Youth Institute (DJI) in Munich and the Research Centre for Education of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) of Munich and Upper Bavaria. He is also a member of the Research College of DFG (Technical Group Education Science). His research focal points are in the areas: education research, further education/adult education, educational processes across a lifespan, transition from education to employment, and the professionalisation and training of educational staff.

Dr. Anja Brochure

Dr. Anja C. Wagner
FrolleinFlow | ununi.TV | FLOWCAMPUS

 

Anja C. Wagner is involved with global transformation in the digital turn. She is considered a creative trendsetter and describes herself as a querulous person when it comes to debates about education. Content-wise, she focuses on user experience, education policy, work organisation and our future in a networked society. Through the FrolleinFlow company she currently offers studies, lectures, consulting and various online projects. ununi.TV, with its FlowCampus, is one of these online projects.

Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg

Shelly Kupferberg, born in 1974 in Tel-Aviv, has been a moderator for over 20 years for cultural and social magazines (Deutschland Radio, aka Radiomultikulti, Funkhaus Europa, culture radio of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - rbb [Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting] and rbb TV) and works as a freelance journalist at Deutschland Radio Kultur. Her thematic priorities, alongside culture and music, are topics such as cultural education, education, civil society, democracy and participation, discrimination and migration issues. In addition to various radio shows, she moderates numerous events for different foundations, ministries, festivals and cultural institutions.

Work 4.0: Challenges for Continuing Education

Andrea Nahles

Andrea Nahles (MdB)
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs

In 1995, Andrea Nahles received nationwide attention for the fi rst time when she was chosen as Chair of the Jusos (Young Socialists in the SPD). Andrea Nahles, a scholar of Literary Studies, was elected to the German Bundestag in 1998. For four years, from 2009 to 2013, she was Secretary General, heading the SPD party headquarters.

Closing session: Digital participation for all - the Agenda

Sylvia Löhrmann

Sylvia Löhrmann
Minister of Education and Further Training and Deputy Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia

Sylvia Löhrmann worked as a teacher and expert advisor until 1995. Since 1985 she has been a member of Alliance 90/The Greens. From 1989 to 1998 she was a member of the Council and Group spokeswoman in the city of Solingen and, since 1995, a member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 2000 to 2010 she worked as chairperson of the state parliament group Alliance 90/ The Greens. In July 2010 she was appointed Minister of Education and Training of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Uwe Lübking

Uwe Lübking
Assistant Secretary of the German Federation of Municipal Authorities (DtStGB)

After studying law, Uwe Lübking worked as an advisor for Law and Government at the Association of North Rhine- Westphalian Towns and Municipalities, and from 1990 onwards as the main speaker of the Department of Youth and Social Affairs. He also served for the same topics at DStGB. Since 1998 he has headed the Department for Legal, Personnel and Organisation, Social and Youth Policy, Education, Culture and Sports at the DStGB. Uwe Lübking is the author of textbooks, commentaries and publications on local political issues, and co-author of numerous reports for the DStGB.

Dr. Ludwig

Dr. Michael Ludwig
Chairman of the Association of Austrian Adult Education and Chairman of the Wiener Volkshochschulen

Michael Ludwig studied political science and history at the University of Vienna. He was Course and Project Director in adult education from 1984 to 1986 and Educational Director of a Vienna Volkshochschule from 1986-1991. He was head of the provincial offi ces of the Dr. Karl Renner Institute in Vienna between 1991 and 2007, and on the Provincial Council from 1994, and then a Member of the Federal Parliament from 1996 to 1999, as well as a Member of Provincial Parliament/City Council in Vienna from 1999 to 2007. Since 2007 he has been Councillor for Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal and Education and since 2010 Federal Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ).

Dr. Ernst Dieter Rossmann
Chairman of the German Adult Education Association e.V. (DVV)

Dr. Rossmann is a psychologist with a doctorate in Sports Science. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Bundestag with a focus on education policy, and since 2002 a board member of the SPD parliamentary group as well as spokesman for the SPD federal state group Schleswig-Holstein. He has been active as spokesperson for the Working Group on Education and Research of the SPD parliamentary group since 2009. Dr. Rossmann has worked as a full member of the Committee on Education, Research and Assessment of Technology Consequences since 1998. He is also a deputy member of the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Johannes B. Kerner

Johannes B. Kerner has worked for ZDF since 1997 as a presenter and reporter. In addition to his own Kerner talk show and as host for entertainment shows and TV galas, he has hosted (in the area of sports) Das Aktuelle Sportstudio (The Current Sports Studio), as well as the Olympic Games and the football World Cup and European Championship several times. He has won numerous prizes, such as the Bambi, the Golden Camera, the German Television Award and was honoured with the Order of Merit in 2006 for his social engagement.

 

 

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