Global Perspectives | Circle | Dezember 11 - 12, 2018

Aurora Dialogues Berlin 2018

Humanity in a Fragile World – Partnering for Change

For the second time in a row, the Aurora Dialogues 2018 took place in Berlin. On two conference days, key decision makers from across Germany, Europe and beyond met with distinguished humanitarians and Aurora Prize laureates. They discussed how multilateral and multi-stakeholder approaches can contribute to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to find solutions to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises. In light of increasing nationalism and isolationism, the role of civil society as well as potentially new, transnational partnerships posed major topics in the Dialogues. Civil society organisations perform significant tasks. They have a noticeable lead in knowledge supporting the collection of research and data. Moreover, they provide timely assistance to vulnerable populations and serve as a counterbalance to governments facilitating impact where states or public authorities fail to do so.

The former German Ambassador to the United States and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Wolfgang Ischinger, opened the conference with an impressive keynote. The Dialogues are hosted by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative in partnership with the Global Perspectives Initiatives (GPI) supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Robert Bosch Foundation, Roland Berger Foundation, UNICEF, and Ernst & Young.


  • Marguerite Barankitse, Founder Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital
  • Dr Christof Bosch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Goran Buldioski, Co-director Open Society Initiative for Europe
  • Dr Katrine Camilleri, Director Jesuit Refugee Service Malta
  • Dr Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa UNICEF
  • Dr Tom Catena, Chairman Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
  • Dr Franz Fischler, President European Forum Alpbach
  • Dr Ingrid Hamm, Co-Founder and CEO Global Perspectives Initiative
  • U Kyaw Hla Aung, Aurora Prize Laureate 2018
  • Prof. Wolfgang Huber, former Head of EKD Evangelical Church in Germany
  • Prof. Wolfgang Ischinger, former Ambassador in the USA, Chairman MSC Munich Security Conference
  • Saran Kaba Jones, CEO and Founder FACE Africa
  • Michael Keating, Special Representative Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
  • Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder Prajwala
  • Dr Anja Langenbucher, Director Europe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Christopher Lockyear, Secretary General Doctors without Borders International
  • Cem Özdemir, Member of the German Parliament and Founding Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Regina Pötke, Member of the Executive Board Roland Berger Stiftung
  • Dr Andreas Rickert, Founder and CEO PHINEO, Advisory Board GPI
  • Megan Roberts, Deputy Director of Policy Planning United Nations Foundation
  • Prof. Joachim Rogall, President and CEO Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Düzen Tekkal, Founder and Chairwoman Háwar
  • Ruben Vardanyan, Co-Founder Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
  • Dr Michael Werz, Senior Fellow Center for American Progress, Mercator Senior Fellow (2020-2021)
  • Tania von Uslar-Gleichen, Director for Human Rights, International Development and Social Affairs Federal Foreign Office


  • Dr Dorothee Nolte, Editor Der Tagesspiegel
  • Nik Gowing, Moderator BBC

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Robert Bosch Stiftung
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Französische Str. 32, 10117 Berlin


Aurora Humanitarian Initiative 


Federal Foreign Office 

Robert Bosch Stiftung 

Roland Berger Stiftung 



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