YES! 2015 Discussants

The YES! 2015 Discussants

The YES! aims to promote an inspiring intergenerational dialogue between leading decision-makers of today and students. The YES 2015 discussants support the YES! teams with their expertise and challenge the solution proposals of the participating schools at the YES! 2015 on October 12 and 13. They give feedback and help the students to further elaborate their ideas and to bulid a world the youth of today wants to live in tomorrow.

George Akerlof

University Professor, Georgetown University

Carreer

  • Ph.D. in Economics, MIT
  • Former Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley
  • Co-winner, Nobel Prize in Economics
  • Former President of the American Economic Association

George Akerlof and his son Robert Akerlof discuss the solution proposal of our YES! project groups  during the Global Economic Symposium (GES).

Robert Akerlof

Assistant Professor, University of Warwick

Carreer

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University
  • Former Postdoctoral Associate, Sloan School of Management, MIT

Robert Akerlof and his father George Akerlof discuss the solution proposal of our YES! project groups  during the Global Economic Symposium (GES).

Festus K. Akinnifesi

Deputy Strategic Programme Leader, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Carreer

  • Ph.D. in Agronomy (Farming Systems), University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1995)
  • Former Principal Scientist & Regional Director for Southern Africa, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Former Visiting Professor, Universidade Estadual de Maranhao, Brazil
  • Former Extra-Ordinary Professor and Member of the Board, Faculty of Forest and Wood Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Platinum Award (Top Published Scientist), World Agroforestry Centre, 2008, 2009 and 2010

Mr. Akinnifesi discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the Anne-Frank- Schule Bargteheide for the topic Food Security through More Intense Crop Production.

Torsten Albig

Minister-President, Land Schleswig-Holstein

Carreer

  • Former directly elected Lord Mayor, Kiel, Germany
  • Former spokesman, Dresdner Bank group, Frankfurt am Main
  • Headed the federal ministry’s of finance communications department as its spokesman

Alexandra Borchardt

Managing Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Carreer

  • Ph.D.in Political Science, Tulane University, New Orleans
  • Author of Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt
  • Former Senior Editor Positions in the Politics and Business Sections, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Former Teamleader and Correspondent, Financial Times Deutschland
  • Former Editor, Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Alexandra Borchardt discusses and moderates the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Schule Neumünster and the Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf for the topic Dealing with the Challenges of Urban Development, in affiliation to the session How to Build Sustainable Cities for the Next Urban Billion? of the Global Economic Symposium.

Photo: (c) Frank Rumpenhorst

Claudia Buch

Vice-President, Deutsche Bundesbank

Prof. Dr. Buch will give a keynote on the topic “Challenges for Financial Stability” and discusses the solution propsals of the YES! Teams of the Max-Planck-Schule Kiel and the Helene-Lange-Gymnasiums Rendsburg for the topics The Design of Fiscal Consolidation Plans und Monetary Policy – Lessons Learned from the Crisis and the Post-Crisis Period.

Chris Crozier

REDISA NPC

Mr. Crozier discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the  Humboldt-Schule Kiel and the Gymnasium Wellingdorf for the topic Re-assessing Waste Management and the Circular Economy.

Photo: (c) Jan Voth

Aart De Geus

Chairman Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Carreer

  • Former Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, Dutch National Federation of Christian Trade Unions
  • Former Partner, Boer & Croon Strategic Consultancy, Amsterdam
  • Former Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Netherlands
  • Former Deputy Secretary General, OECD

Mr. De Geus discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the Hermann-Tast-Schule Husum and the Hebbelschule Kiel for the topic Equality and Growth in Europe: From Antagonism to Symbiosis.

Cindy Fan

Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, University of California, Los Angeles

Carreer

  • Professor of Geography, Former Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Former Chair of Asian American Studies, UCLA
  • Ph.D. from Ohio State University
  • Fellow, Academic Council on Education
  • Author of China on the Move and Regular Commentator for New York Times

Prof. Fan discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Schule Neumünster and the Heinrich-Heine-Schule Heikendorf for the topic Dealing with the Challenges of Urban Development.

Photo: (c) Sven Wied

Anna Maria Hoefler

Head of Social Media, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Carreer

  • Head of Department “Social Media” at the world’s largest research infrastructure for economic literature & coordinating institution of Leibniz-Research Alliance Science 2.0
  • Current areas of work: Science 2.0, Social Media, New Media Technologies, ZBW’s EU office
  • Former research assistant at the Institute for Knowledge Management (IWM) at the Technical University of Graz, Austria
  • Former external lecturer at the Chair of Innovation and Technology Management, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Studies of International Business Administration at University of Vienna & University of Wales, Swansea,United Kingdom / PhD studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics, University of Graz, Austria

Dr. Hoefler moderates the discussion on the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the Helene-Lange-Gymnasium Hamburg and the Gymnasium Kaiser-Friedrich-Ufer for the topic Brave New Media World? How the Internet Spreads Information Across the Globe.

Derek Kruse

ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Carreer

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Intereconomics – Review of European Economic Policy
  • B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University
  • M.A. in European Studies from University of Hamburg
  • Former bond trader for Allston Trading, Chicago
  • Former Robert Bosch tutor for English and American culture, Zwickau

Derek Kruse discusses the solution propsals of the YES! Team of the Helene-Lange-Gymnasiums Rendsburg for the topic Monetary Policy – Lessons Learned from the Crisis and the Post-Crisis Period.

Christine Lang

Managing Director, Organobalance

Carreer

  • Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Technical University Berlin
  • Professor for Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Technical University Berlin
  • Co-Chair, German Bioeconomy Council
  • Former Group Leader for Molecular Biotechnology, Hüls Chemie Forschungsgesellschaft

Prof. Lang discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the Anne-Frank- Schule Bargteheide for the topic Food Security through More Intense Crop Production.

Portrait Rolf Langhammer

Rolf J. Langhammer

Former Vice-President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Carreer

  • Professor, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallandar
  • Former Head of the Research Department “Development Economics and Global Integration”, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
  • Adjunct Professor, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
  • Consultant to a number of international institutions (EU, Wolrd Bank, OECD, UNIDO, ADB), and to German ministries
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (1995 – 2007)

Prof. Dr. Langhammer moderates the discussion on the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the RBZ Wirtschaft Kiel for the topic Promoting Economic Mobility; of the Gymnasiums Wellingdorf and the Humboldt-Schule Kiel for the topic Re-assessing Waste Management and the Circular Economy; of the Max-Planck-Schule Kiel for the topic The Design of Fiscal Consolidation Plans; of the Anne-Frank-Schule Bargteheide for the Food Security through more Intende Crop Production; of the Hebbelschule Kiel and the Hermann-Tast-Schule Husum for the topic Equality and Growth in Europe: From Antagonism to Symbiosis and of the Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasiums Preetz for the topic The End of the Age of King Coal.

Philippe Legrain

Writer, commentator, political economist and political entrepreneur

Carreer

  • Visiting senior fellow. London School of Economics’ European Institute
  • Author of European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right (2014)
  • Former economic adviser to the President of the European Commission
  • Former special adviser to World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore

Mr. Legrain discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the Gymnasiums Altenholz and the Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp for the topic Migrants Knocking on Europe’s Doors: Towards a Coherent Response to Irregular Immigration.

Alexander Likhotal

President, Green Cross International

Carreer

  • Ph.D., Moscow Institute of International Relations
  • Former Vice-Rector, Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USSR
  • Former Advisor to President Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Member, Club of Rome & Board of Trustees, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Councilor, World Future Council

Alexander Likhotal discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the  Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasiums Preetz for the topic The End of the Age of King Coal.

Andrea Pauline Martin

Andrea Pauline Martin

Vice-Chairwoman of the Executive Board, Joachim Herz Stiftung

Carreer

  • Former head of the program area Personal Development at the Joachim Herz Stiftung
  • Former director for European Affairs at the Department of International Affairs at the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Culture and the Arts
  • Former representative of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Culture and the Arts for EU educational programs, mandated by the Bundesrat (Federal Council)
  • Former member of staff at the Department of Quality Assurance with focus on programs to support gifted and talented students and to provide gender-specific support for girls and boys at the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Culture and the Arts
  • Former high school teacher (Gymnasium) in Bavaria

Thomas Mirow  

Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, HSH Nordbank AG

Carreer

  • Degree in Political Science, Bonn University
  • Former President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Former Deputy Finance Minister, Germany
  • Former State Minister For Urban Development and for Economics, Hamburg
  • Member of the Global Advisory Board, Rothschild

Dr. Mirow discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the Hermann-Tast-Schule Husum and the Hebbelschule Kiel for the topic Equality and Growth in Europe: From Antagonism to Symbiosis.

Andy Ridley

Managing Director, Circle Economy

Mr. Ridley discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Teams of the  Humboldt-Schule Kiel and the Gymnasium Wellingdorf for the topic Re-assessing Waste Management and the Circular Economy.

Dennis J. Snower

President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Carreer

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Princeton University, USA
  • Professor of Economics, Kiel University
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research, London
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Future of Work, Bonn
  • Former Professor of Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London

Stefan Thewissen

Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Carreer

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), University of Oxford
  • Associate Fellow of Nuffield College and the Department of Social Policy, University of Oxford
  • External consultancy for the OECD, World Bank and Global Fund
  • Former Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Leiden University

Dr. Thewissen discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the  RBZ Wirtschaft Kiel for the topic Promoting Economic Mobility, in affiliation to the session Income Inequality and Mobility of the Global Economic Symposium.

Photo: (c) ZBW/ Pepe Lange

Klaus Tochtermann

Director, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Carreer

  • Member of the High-Level Expert Group “European Open Science Cloud” of the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  • University Professor for Media Informatics, University of Kiel
  • Former University Professor in Computer Science at Graz University of Technology
  • Habilitation (2nd doctorate degree) in “Applied Information Processing and Communication”, Graz University of Technology

Photo: (c) Bettina Keller

Barbara Unmüßig

President, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Carreer

  • M.A. in Political Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin
  • Co-Founder and Former Spokeswomen, Forum on Environment and Development
  • Co-Founder and Executive Chairperson, World Economy, Ecology and Development
  • Co-Founder and Member of the Board, German Institute for Human Rights

Mrs. Unmüßig discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the  Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasiums Preetz for the topic The End of the Age of King Coal.

Photo: (c) Worldbank

Jos Verbeek

Advisor to the Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, World Bank

Carreer

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Tinbergen Institute of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Former Manager of the Global Monitoring Report in the Development Economics Vice Presidency, World Bank
  • Former Lead Economist in the Africa Region, Poland and the Baltic Countries, World Bank

Jos Verbeek discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the  RBZ Wirtschaft Kiel for the topic Promoting Economic Mobility, in affiliation to the session Income Inequality and Mobility of the Global Economic Symposium.

Photo: (c) Nicor

Thilo Weichert

Advisor, Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise

Carreer

  • until 2015 data protection officer of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein at the ULD
  • until 2004 chairman of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz (DVD)

Jos Verbeek discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the  RBZ Wirtschaft Kiel for the topic Promoting Economic Mobility, in affiliation to the session Income Inequality and Mobility of the Global Economic Symposium.

Ole Wintermannn

Ole Wintermann

Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Carreer

  • Dr. Phil., Universität Greifswald
  • Member, German Government 2.0 Network
  • Co-Founder of the Blogger Platform Futurechallenges.org & weye.info

Dr. Wintermann discusses the solution proposals of the YES! Team of the Helene-Lange-Gymnasium Hamburg and the Gymnasium Kaiser-Friedrich-Ufer for the topic Brave New Media World? How the Internet Spreads Information across the Globe.