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SprecherInnen und Mitwirkende

Auch dieses Jahr dürfen wir wieder 50 herausragende SprecherInnen, globale Changemaker und Mitwirkende auf Schloss Kirchberg begrüßen.

Mayor Rommel Arnaldo, Arms to Farms, Philippines

Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Philippines, will present his lighthouse project "Arms to Farms" Program, utilizing organic agriculture to pacify his region amid severe poverty and conflict. His initiatives earned him the prestigious Galing Pook Award for local governance and presidency of ALGOA, an international organic farming organization.

Helmy Abouleish, SEKEM, Egypt 

Helmy Abouleish is the CEO of SEKEM Initiative in Egypt. SEKEM promotes Sustainable Development in a holistic approach; Ecological (biodynamic agriculture and its promotion, sustainable water management, renewable energies), Economic, Economy of Love (sustainable production of phytopharmaceuticals, organic textiles and food), Societal (sustainable community development) and Cultural (individual potential unfolding in Schools and university, integrative health, holistic research). Helmy Abouleish is the Chair of Ecotec and Sekem Development Foundation (SDF). 

Charlotte Dufour, Conscious Food Systems Alliance Secretariat (UNDP), France

Charlotte Dufour has been working on food systems and nutrition for over two decades, with NGOs (Action Contre la Faim, Groupe URD), with the UN FAO for 12 years, and with various organisations as a consultant since 2017 (SUN Secretariat; 4SD/Food Systems Summit Dialogue Support Team). She worked primarily in Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa, before working at global level. She is also an instructor of Ananda Yoga and meditation and co-founded the NGO Listening Inspires. She presently lives in Burgundy, France, where she and her husband are creating a retreat center.

Sheelah Bearfoot, Poetry for Planet, USA

Sheelah Bearfoot (Chiricahua Apache) is an environmental justice advocate who has had the privilege of working with and learning from dozens of grassroots organizations. After earning a degree in Genetics and Plant Biology from UC Berkeley and gaining research experience in Indigenous food sovereignty, she worked at the Native American Health Center in San Francisco for two years as a diabetes-focused health educator before earning a Master of Environmental Health at Johns Hopkins, where she continued her focus on Indigenous health disparities. She's especially interested in mitigating the negative health impacts caused by exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Currently, among her many hats, she's an Environmental Health and Justice Program Manager at Poetry for planet. She writes poetry for many reasons, but a key one is that she believes some concepts are best understood through the metaphor and wordplay poetry allows.

Simon Krämer, European Alliance for Regenerative Agriculture, Germany


Simon Krämer wrote his Master’s thesis in close cooperation with the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, using a living systems approach to analyse the political economy and ecology of Europe’s agri-food system. The thesis designed a governance program for performance-based payments, emphasizing local empowerment, public goods, and agricultural resilience rooted in soil health. Currently, as a policy steward at the European Alliance for Regenerative Agriculture.

Ivo Degn, Climate Farmers, Spain

Ivo is the co-founder and Managing Director of Climate Farmers. During the last 10 years, he has contributed to the development of a robust European social entrepreneurship ecosystem. In 2019, he decided to return to his roots in agriculture and build a company that would serve as a facilitator of systemic change in the agrifood sector. He's deeply committed to effective systemic change beginning from within and from the collective. Climate Farmers has since its founding facilitated the emergence of the European farmer community and pioneered regeneration-aligned legal, funding and leadership systems.

Professor Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald, Akademie Schloß Kirchberg, Germany


Professor Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald is an honorary professor at Humboldt University Berlin, specializing in agricultural, nutritional, and environmental ethics. He served on the board of the Schweisfurth Foundation for Sustainable Agricultural and Food Sciences from 1988 to 2020. Since December 2021, he has been leading the Akademie Schloss Kirchberg, focusing on sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

Kish Johnson, Advancing Eco Agriculture / IntegrityGrown™, USA

Originally from the UK, Kish Johnson serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships & International Business for Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading U.S. Regenerative agronomy company founded by John Kempf in 2006. Through its industry-leading use of Plant Sap Analysis, advanced agronomy and a portfolio of crop nutritional products, AEA has been at the forefront of regenerating agricultural soils as well as on-farm financial profitability.
Steffen Reese, Naturland e.V., Germany

Steffen Reese has held various leadership roles in the field of organic agriculture and fair trade. Since 2006, he has been the Executive Director of Naturland e.V., and has served on the boards of several organizations including the Forum Fairer Handel and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Germany. His extensive experience and commitment to sustainable practices are reflected in his work with the Pestizid Aktions Netzwerk Deutschland (PAN), the Leading Organic Alliance (LOA), and IFOAM Organics International.

Dr. Mercy Asamoah, Bunso Cocoa College, Ghana


Dr. Mercy Asamoah, a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ghana, has dedicated her career to rural sociology, working with the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana and later as Deputy Director at the Cocoa Health and Extension Division. Currently, she serves as the Rector of Bunso Cocoa College, leading practical trainings and an academic diploma course focused on cocoa and coffee agronomy and extension. Passionate about empowering women and youth, she collaborates on research and skill development initiatives, including a partnership with Ecoland Ghana for organic agriculture training.

Sundeep Kamath, Convenor of the Biodynamic Silk Road, India


Sundeep Kamath is the former Secretary of the Biodynamic Association of India & a former Board Member of IFOAM Asia. Currently he is a recognised Demeter Advisor, advising multiple projects in Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, India, Iran, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Türkiye. He is supporting the journey of the Municipality of Kauswagan in the Philippines to go beyond organic to Biodynamic as well as a couple of districts in Croatia & Iran to become Bio Districts.

Dr. Nitika Negi, Bio-Kontroll Institute, India/Germany


Dr. Nitika Negi, an Agriculture Entomology Ph.D. from India, is renowned for her work in Agricultural Extension activities and Organic Farming. Her research, supported by the National Fellowship (Rajiv Gandhi), spans honeybee pest management, Integrated Pest Management, organic farming, insect toxicology, and insecticide residue, with numerous publications in international and national journals. Currently, she volunteers internationally at Academy Schloss Kirchberg and works with the Certification Body, Bio-Kontroll Institut in Kirchberg, Germany.

Stephen Ashia, ABOCFA, Ghana

Stephen Ashia has worked as Manager for ABOCFA since 2011. He is vice president of Ecoland Ghana as well as the CEO of AWENCOFA, AYOCOFA, Golden Bean Organic Cooperatives and also CEO of Go Green Environmental and Sustainability Consult.

Julius Palm, followfood, Germany

Julius Palm is Deputy Managing Director at the sustainable food brand followfood and is head of Strategy & Brand. He is responsible for the brand development and reorganisation of the last five years.

Dr. Isaac Adodoadji, Ecoland, Ghana


Before his MSc in Organic Agriculture at the University of Hohenheim, Dr. Isaac Adodoadji worked with the UN-FAO in Ghana. His PhD focused on improving farmers’ livelihoods and connecting them to high-value markets through agricultural innovations. Currently, he works with Ecoland International, advising farmers on sustainable practices, and serves as the President of Ecoland e.V. in Ghana.

 

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Freyer, University of Continuous Education, Germany

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Freyer, formerly Head of the Institute of Organic Farming at BOKU in Vienna, has over 25 years of experience in organic farming and agroecology across Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America. Currently, he advises on biochar research in Ethiopia, develops agroecology curricula in various African universities, and conducts studies on organic and biofertilizers for the EU Commission. His research focuses on integrating agriculture within societal processes and facilitating transitions to sustainable, low-input farming systems.

Nora Taleb, Good Food Collective, Germany

Nora works as a self-employed consultant, supporting her clients in setting-up corporate sustainability strategies and consults for business development. She's committed to a regenerative practice, learning to ground her life and work in a living systems paradigm. She's building community around the vision of a collaborative journey with regeneration as a developmental process in the fooding system. She is a board member of the Good Food Collective, a company network with 80 food impact brands in Germany.

Antonio Andrioli, UFFS, Brasil


Antônio Inácio Andrioli, born in 1974, is a Brazilian agricultural expert with a focus on sustainable agriculture and agroecology. He served as the Vice President of the state university UFFS from 2011 to 2017 and was a member of the Brazilian Biosafety Commission CTNBio. Since 2022, he leads an observatory on the impact of soya production and advises the Federal Ministry of Agricultural Development and Family Agriculture on topics including genetic engineering and biodiversity.

Janet Maro, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), Tanzania

Janet Maro is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer responsible for Programme at Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) a local Non-Governmental Organisation that works at a national level with the goal that small-scale farmers are able to feed their families and earn an income from practicing agriculture in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

Bernward Geier, former director IFOAM Organics International, Germany

After studying agriculture at the University of Kassel, Bernward Geier was a scientist at the Institute of Organic Agriculture. He spent 18 years as director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and now works as a journalist, author and campaigner.

Felix Hübner, Campo Verde, Germany
Dr. Benard Oppong-Kusi, University College for Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Ghana
Dr. André Leu, Regeneration International, Australia

Professor Dr. André Leu, D.Sc., is the International Director of Regeneration International, overseeing 570 partners in 75 countries and working with diverse agricultural systems like agroecology, organic, permaculture, and agroforestry. With over 50 years as a regenerative organic farmer and extensive experience across six continents, he has published three books and numerous articles on sustainable agriculture. André lectures globally and engages with governments, UN bodies, and various organizations to advocate for the benefits of regenerative agriculture, while residing on his organic tropical fruit farm in Daintree, Australia.

Roman Hinz, University of Kassel, Germany

Roman Hinz is Research Associate at the University of Kassel and Sustainability Consultant as well as Policy Advisor.

Dr. Reginald Tang Guuroh, CSIR- Forestry Research Institute, Ghana


Dr. Reginald Tang Guuroh, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana and Lecturer at CSIR-College of Science and Technology, specializes in climate change, land use, and biodiversity conservation. He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology and Ecosystem Functioning from the University of Bonn, and Master's degrees in Tropical Forestry and Management from TU Dresden, and Environmental Forestry from Bangor University. With over seven years of experience in landscape restoration and more than 25 scientific publications, he has participated in numerous multidisciplinary research projects and consultancies.

Marco Schlüter, Naturland & IFOAM Organics International, Germany
Julian Stock, Good Food Collective, Germany

Julian Stock is a sustainability and brand strategist at the Hamburg-based agency blood and a board member of the Good Food Collective network. Prior to this, he spent over seven years at Germany's leading organic brand Alnatura in various roles. He is passionate about transforming the food system. His focus: collaboration, innovation, and transformation.

Fabio Volkmann, Climate Farmers, Germany
Thomas Wehinger, Bio-Kontroll Institut, Germany

Thomas is a trained farmer and holds a master degree in agriculture (Dipl. Ing. agr.) from the University of Hohenheim. For almost thirty years he's been working as a freelance consultant and in various assignment in research projects at the University of Hohenheim, the University of Freiburg and Rottenburg a.N. on sustainable land management and rural development. He was contracted by private businesses, public authorities, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, UNFAO and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. More recently Thomas has focussed on soil health, carbon sequestration and validation and verification of green claims and carbon credits working for the Bio-Kontroll Institut and supporting the team of the Academy Schloss Kirchberg.

Bobby Issac, Bio-Kontroll Institut, India