The Global Perspectives Initiative’s Team

The Global Perspectives Initiative was founded in Berlin by Dr. Ingrid Hamm and Stephan Balzer. Today, the initiative’s team includes seven permanent and freelance employees, who dedicate their work to increase Germany’s international responsibility in global development cooperation. An advisory board supports the initiative since 2018.

 

The Founders

Stephan Balzer, Dr. Ingrid Hamm

Dr. Ingrid Hamm
Ingrid Hamm is deeply engaged in the international dialogue about global development. She has worked in large German foundations for three decades and most recently directed the Robert Bosch foundation. Today she consults various German and international organizations.

Stephan Balzer
Stephan Balzer has always been interested in new ideas and visions: for 15 years he has been leading the Berlin based idea and innovation agency red onion. Stephan established the TEDx conference format in Germany and brought the Singularity University Summit to Berlin to advance the discourse on the challenges of digitalization and technological disruption.

 

Project Management

Informationen on our team will follow, soon.

 

The Advisory Board

Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo
Amadou Diallo is CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa. He is the founder of Saloodo! GmbH. Previously, he served as CEO DHL Freight, CEO Africa and South Asia Pacific DHL Global Forwarding. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Logistics Divisions and Managing Director for the integration of Exel and DHL. Mr. Diallo has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, banking, express and logistics industries. Mr. Diallo is Chairman of Amref in Germany and in the boards of Welthungerhilfe, Africa 2.0 and Schiller International University.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Huber

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Huber
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Huber is one of the most prominent theologians in Germany. Huber is a progressive thinker in ethical questions. He served as bishop of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg from 1994 until 2009. He was the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) from 2003 until 2009.
 Today, he works as a publicist and theology professor at the Berlin Humboldt University in Heidelberg and in Stellenbosch (South Africa). He also holds numerous honorary offices. For example, he is chairman of the board of trustees of the Garrison Church foundation in Potsdam.

Dr. Anja Langenbucher

Dr. Anja Langenbucher
Dr. Anja Langenbucher is Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s European Office. She manages the foundation’s policy, advocacy, government relations and communications activities in Europe. She has previously worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a range of roles including managing the EBRD’s technical assistance program and as a transaction leader in the agribusiness team leading both debt and equity transactions. Anja also worked at the IFC / World Bank in Washington D.C. and for the European Commission in Brussels; she started her career at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich. Anja holds a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Economics.

Dr. Stefan Mair

Dr. Stefan Mair
Dr. Stefan Mair is a renowned Africa expert and a member of the BDI’s executive board. He studied Political Sciences, Economics and Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He held a scholarship from the ifo-Institute for Economic Research and was subsequently awarded his doctorate in Political Sciences. In the following years he worked as an advisor on Africa at the Foundation for Science and Politics (SWP), becoming head of the research group Africa and Middle East at the SWP in 1997. From 2002 to 2010 he was a member of the SWP’s institute management and also held the position of research director from 2007 to 2009. Since November 2010 he has been a member of the Executive Board of the BDI.

Dirk Messner

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner
Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner is director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS). He has been co-director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research of the Duisburg-Essen University since 2011. Messner was director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn from 2003–2018. Based on his research areas, he is engaged in high-level political advisory boards: since 2013 he is co-chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN) since 2014. He has been co-chair of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 since 2017. From 2007–2017 he was a member of the China Council on Global Cooperation on Development and Environment (CCICED).

Andreas Rickert

Dr. Andreas M. Rickert
Dr. Andreas M. Rickert is CEO and founder of the PHINEO gAG. Previously, he worked for the Bertelsmann Stiftung as director of the Civil Society program and acted as assistant to the board. Andreas also worked as Senior Governance Specialist at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Prior to this he was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, Inc. globally working on public sector and healthcare projects. As Engagement Manager, he spent four years primarily in the public and healthcare sector. Dr. Rickert is a member of various committees, such as the German Council for Sustainable Development, the European Commission’s Expert Advisory Committee on Social Entrepreneurship and the G7 initiated Task Force on Impact Investing.

Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz
Michael Schwarz was appointed as Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator in 2014 and heads the International Affairs Division. Since 2010 he has been responsible for International Affairs. He has worked in the foundations sector since 2005 when, after working for a time as a consultant at CNC, an international strategic communications consultancy, he took up a position at Robert Bosch Stiftung. He studied public policy and political science in Germany and the US.

Ruben Vardanyan

Ruben Vardanyan
Ruben Vardanyan is an Armenian-Russian impact investor and social entrepreneur. He serves on the advisory boards of the IFC (World Bank Group) and Fundação Dom Cabral business school in Brazil. He is also a board member at Ameriabank and SOLLERS amongst a host of other companies, NGOs, public and professional organizations. Ruben is known both for his commercial projects (investment companies Troika Dialog and Vardanyan, Broitman and Partners) as well as his deep reaching philanthropic programs, such as the first UWC college in Eastern Europe. In 2015, Ruben co-founded the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.