Our Speakers


We proudly present our speakers!



We are looking forward to presenting the following speakers to you during the One World Convention on Social Business. Errors, omissions and changes excepted.



Bonergie – Gabriele Schwarz and Michael Appel


The purpose of this social business is to support people in poverty and to improve their living conditions. To decrease poverty, Bonergie sees the key in giving access to energy – in this case solar energy in the form of private Solar Home Systems. These systems offer not only light but also the possibility to use electrical appliances to start a small business. For them, a human economy can be generated without dependency on donations. Bonergie’s target market is currently West Africa and they have started in Senegal. (Bonergie) Two representatives of Bonergie will be speaking at our conference: Gabriele Schwarz and Michael Appel.


Gabriele Schwarz is responsible for the strategy of the company, sales and marketing as well as investor relations. Gabriele has been entrepreneur for 20 years. With her own marketing agency she has supported many companies in building up their own business.


Michael AppelMichael Appel is responsible for finance and controlling and for the business reports for Bonergie’s investors. Michael is also their PR-manager and responsible for all media contacts. Michael has a degree in Public Relations and Communications Management. For many years he has been the project manager in a Marketing agency.


These two people from various academic backgrounds will run the workshop on Friday, May 20th, 2011, titled “Social Entrepreneurship: What is the difference to a Social Business? How can I become a Social Entrepreneur?” Additionally, they will inform you about their work at our Best Practice Fair on Friday afternoon.


Boris Berg

Foto Boris BergGerman TV-journalist Boris Berg has been working for „Bayerisches Fernsehen“ (BR, local radio- and-TV broadcaster of Germany’s province Bavaria) for many years. Born in 1963 in Hamburg he soon moved to the other end of Germany and spent his childhood in Munich where he studied Political Sciences, History, Geography and Communication Sciences. Having finished his studies he moved to the city of Tübingen where he specialized in the sector of media. In 1991 he started his journalism-career working for SWF (broadcasting-union) and moved back to Bavaria one year later. Since 1992 he records political, economical and cultural events in Bavaria for the well-known TV-program “Abendschau” and others. Since 2002 his focus, primarily on regional politics, now lies on cultural and scientifical topics, being covered in reportages and other genres. Boris Berg also produces “Making-Of”-documentaries, accompagnying the shooting of crime drama series. With his profound knowledge and long time experience as a journalist our participants will have the chance to get to know him on Friday, May 20th. Boris Berg will be the workshop-leader of “Social Business and the role of media / My project and the press”.


Verena Bauer

Foto BauerVerena Bauer, Italian citizen living in Austria, wrote her diploma-thesis on „Microcredit as an instrument of development cooperation“ – the topic that is subject of our panel-discussion on Saturday, May 21st, in which Verena Bauer will take part. In her thesis she put a focus on the granting of microloans by the Venezuelan women’s development-bank BANMUJER and therefore lived for a research-period in Venezuela. Furthermore, she did field studies in the framework of the EU-project “Kinship and Social Security” (KASS) in Austria to investigate on the role of family-ties for guaranteeing social security. Internships at the GTZ (now GIZ, German Company for International Cooperation) in Germany and the Philippines complete Verena Bauer’s CV. In Philippinean capital Manila she worked in a Microinsurance Innovation Program for Social Security (MIPSS) where she was part of a team developping a Microinsurance in the health sector. Health is also the domain in which she currently works: As a research-assistance in the health care sector at the Austrian marketing research company GfK. Furtermore, Verena Bauer voluntarily works for Oikocredit Austria, being a member of the board.


Bastian Borregaard


Foto Bastian BorregaardBastian Borregaard is working as parliamentary assistant in Brussels to Birgit Schnieber-Jastram, German Member of the European Parliament and of the European People’s Party. He has studied European History, South Asian History and Political Sciences and has worked for the Federal Council for Media and Information in Germany and for Mrs. Schnieber-Jastram when she was Member of the German Bundestag and later Member of the Hamburg Parliament. He gained a lot of useful insights about the work of a parliamentarian and especially how politics works within the EU and the European Parliament. His main areas of work are the development policy and relations between Turkey and the EU.

Bastian Borregaard will be running a workshop on European development cooperation on the 21st of May. He will put an emphasis on the European integration process concerning this subject: Is there one EU policy or does every state pursue its own national development policy? You’re going to find this out with him on Friday.


Samantha Caccamo


Foto Samantha CaccamoSamantha Caccamo holds a BA in Journalism and Communications with a Minor in Asian Studies from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles. She is the founder and CEO of Social Business Earth (SBE), a social business centre based in Lugano, Switzerland, whose business goal is to solve social problems and not to maximize profit. SBE’s mission is to raise awareness on social business and implement new social businesses to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, according to Professor Muhammad Yunus’ principles. She travelled extensively in Bangladesh and other developing countries to conduct research on social problems and participated in an intensive training program at Grameen Bank where she learned in person the benefits of empowering the poor and building an inclusive economic system through innovative business models such as microcredit and social business.

Samantha will be participating in the panel discussion about the future of Social Business and the role of youths on Sunday, 22nd.

Dr. Bernd Geier


Foto Dr. Bernd GeierBernd Geier is an author, consultant, and speaker with expertise in the field of consultancy, intercultural competences, and social business. He is the director of “Marenas consulting for sustainable businesses” in Munich. He offers and holds workshops addressing these areas, related to leadership and management, in large enterprises as well as universities in Europe and abroad. It is his vision to, through the work of Marenas, “ to have a share in creating meaningful projects that make the world a little better“. Bernd has travelled the world, he knows what people are all about, and, due to his charisma, you will soon find out that he is the man to help you become and stay motivated and energetic. He helped us, the organizing-team of the conference, to plan this whole event – and he will teach YOU, the participants, how to organize your own project. In this spirit, he will hold the Open-Space-Workshop on Project-management that will take place on Thursday, May 19th. This will lay the foundation for our working-groups and will be the basis of the participants’ knowledge on how to realize one’s own ideas and set a project into motion – or even more…


Kurt Gerhardt


Foto Kurt GerhardtKurt Gerhardt worked as a journalist for the German radiostation WDR-Hörfunk from 1968 until 2007 as well as a chief representative of the German Development Service (DED) in Niger, West Africa. Thus he knows about the difficulties of the development aid and cooperation in Africa first-hand. He is also co-founder of the political initiative “Grundbildung in der Dritten Welt” (“Primary education in third world countries”) and acts as chairman of the association “Makaranta e.V.”, both are promoting education in African countries with an emphasis on Uganda and Niger. (Makaranta) Kurt Gerhardt is going to run the workshop “Stop development cooperation, stop giving aid to Africa! Examination of the demands of the Kenyan James Shikwat” on Saturday, 21st May 2011.


Dr. Florian Grohs


Foto Florian GrohsDr. Florian Grohs is Managing Director of Oikocredit Germany. He has already worked for Oikocredit as Regional Director for Middle and Eastern Europe and has been responsible for the project partners and regional agencies in this region. Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative society which empowers disadvantaged and marginalized people all around the world with credit and helps them to help themselves.
In his lecture on Friday evening, Dr. Grohs will present the work of Oikocredit in the field of microfinance and will provide information about how cooperative societies in developing countries work through the example of the regional project partners of Oikocredit.

Stefanie Lämmermann

Stefanie LämmermannStefanie Lämmermann works for the European Microfinance Network (EMN) where she is in charge of reseach and project management. The EMN, with offices in Paris and Brussels, is a Non-Governmental Organisation whose mission it is to promote microfinance as a tool to fight social and economic exclusion. Furtermore the Network promotes micro entrepreneurship and self-employment, being supported by the European Commission. The European Microfinance Network currently has 85 members and partners located in 21 European countries. They come from different horizons and represent all the aspects of a growing sector: Amongst its members, EMN has practitioners as well as financial institutions or organisations specialised in research on microfinance. Stefanie Lämmermann holds a diploma in Social Anthropology from the university of Freiburg, Germany, and obtained a Masters Degree in “European Project Management” at the “Sorbonne” in Paris. Her focus lies on gender and entrepreneurship, migrants, and young entrepreneurs. With these main focus areas and the EMN being a major actor in the microfinance field in Western Europe, Stefanie will hold a workshop on Saturday morning, May 21st. The workshop is titled “Microfinance in Europe: Actors, Programmes, Institutions”. Participants will get an overview of the current situation of microfinance in Europe and its status in European politics.

Angela Lawaldt

Angela LawaldtAngela Lawaldt is with BonVenture (BonVenture), Germany’s first Social Venture Capital Fund, where she advises and finances Social Businesses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. At BonVenture she focuses on social topics and oversees the Swiss operations. She has helped to create the “Social Reporting Initiative” which promotes impact-based reporting of Social Enterprises. Previously, she led the venture and fundraising efforts at Ashoka Germany. Angela Lawaldt has been also active as a Social and Business Entrepreneur. While at university she founded an arts-based youth program in Bosnia and Kosovo with the UNV that empowered young children in post-conflict areas to initiate change in their own lives. Her interest in human development and innovation led her to also co-found a student management consultancy and a biotech-start up. Angela Lawaldt studied psychology, business and intercultural management at the Universities of Jena and Oxford. She has German and Iranian roots and worked and lived in Germany, Canada, the UK and Israel. Angela Lawaldt will give a workshop on Friday, 20th May, and she will show you with the help of a case study how to set up your own social business.


Sandra Lukatsch


Foto Sandra LukatschSandra Lukatsch, born in 1983, has already put a focus on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility during her studies of business economics at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and Berlin. Early she turned her attention to the social and economic responsibility of companies and gained practical work-experience in this field during an internship in Argentina. Working in the sector of environmental management after her studies Sandra Lukatsch currently operates in a publishing house that publishes magazines and books concerning sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. “Forum CSR” and “EcoWorld” are two of her working areas. Besides that, Sandra Lukatsch is the author of a book called “Corporate Social Responsbility in the Supply Chain in China”. During our Conference she will hold a workshop titled “CSR: Social Entrepreneurship between demand and reality” in which partcipants will actively get to know the challenges and difficulties in the CSR-sector.


Phil Mader


Foto Philip MaderPhil Mader, having the German as well as the American citizenship, is Doctoral Fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Köln, Germany. After working as a journalist and assistant in financial reporting on microfinance banks (ProCredit Holding) – including work-experiences in Macedonia and Kosovo – Mader studied Economic and Development Studies at the University of Sussex and the University of Cambridge. He was also a visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University from August 2010 until February 2011. His dissertation project was on Microfinance for water and sanitation: social dynamics in the transnational governance of common resources. Having a quite critical look on microfinance, Phil Mader will enrich our panel-discussion on Saturday, May 21st, and his position towards the topic will certainly create a controversial debate.


Dr. György Molnár


György Molnár from Hungary is senior research fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest. One of his research interests includes the advantages and disadvantages of microcredits given to the poor. Beside his work at the Institute of Economics, he is also a board member of the Kiútprogram, a pilot project of the “Pan-European Coordination of Roma integration Methods – Roma inclusion: self- employment and microcredit”. Their mission is to help Roma people living in deepest poverty by giving them microcredits in order to create income-generating ability through self- employment. It is a nonprofit private limited company which works in the formal economy with long term goals. György Molnár will give an interactive workshop on Saturday, 21st May. He will tell you about his work with the Roma minority and microloans but mainly you will critically reflect the sense of such a concept and if it’s adaptable in other European countries with other minorities.


Günter Nooke


Günter Nooke is currently G8-Africa-appointee of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the BMZ (Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development). In this position he is, among others, responsible for the implementation of the G8-Africa-Action-Plan, which is a cornerstone for the cooperation between the G8 nations and African countries. Nooke has been politically engaged for a long time and has also held the position of responsible Officer for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German government. During his career he has thus gained important experience in the field of development cooperation.

In his lecture on Saturday morning, May 21st, he will give a first introduction and an overview of what exactly development cooperation is, which ways of approaching this cooperation exist, and how it has evolved and changed in recent years from “development aid” to “development cooperation”. Günter Nooke will also indicate turning points and significant treaties in the relationship with developing and emerging states. Furthermore, he will point out how national development policy is embedded in the development cooperation system of the European Union, a topic that can be dealt with in detail during a workshop the same day.


Daniel Nowack

After studying at the University of Cooperative Studies Stuttgart and Glamorgan Business School and working for Merck & Co, Daniel Nowack became a team member of the Grameen Creative Lab in Wiesbaden and is currently  Project Lead of “Social Business City Wiesbaden”.

The Grameen Creative Lab is a joint venture between Muhammad Yunus and the entrepreneur Hans Reitz, which aims at raising awareness of Social Business, for example by consulting and supporting corporations as well as the public sector with regard to social business. An example for the work of the GCL is “Social Business City Wiesbaden”, a partnership between the GCL and local representatives from business, media, society and politics who have come together to demonstrate how sustainable business ideas can solve social challenges in developed nations.

In his lecture on Friday morning, May 20th, Nowack will give an insight into his work for the Creative Lab and its methods to promote Social Business in all areas of life. Thus, you will learn more about the development of Social Business in recent years and how it developed a success story.


Daniel Philipp


Foto Daniel PhilippDaniel Philipp is Managing Director and co-founder of MicroEnergy International (MEI), a globally active company dedicated to the development of energy services based on microfinancing in regions with poor infrastructure and low incomes. MEI is a company that gathers a team of international experts and practitioners in the field of energy and microfinance who bring a sound background in energy engineering & economics. Through international experiences in enterprise development services, specifically in Asia, Africa, and South-America, MEI has generated expertise in the development of product service systems, quality management, market research, knowledge transfer, and business financing in the context of energy services and can rely on strong partnerships with companies all along the international and regional energy supply chain.

Since 1995 Daniel Philipp has been involved with microcredits for developing aid policy. In this regard he was engaged on a non-profit basis in this field on policy level.

In 2002/2003 he conducted a deep research in cooperation with the Technische Universität Berlin on the enterprise Grameen Shakti, an affiliate of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which successfully sells photovoltaic systems in rural areas based on microfinancing. In 2004 he founded the consulting company MicroEnergy International together with his co-researcher Ms Noara Kebir.

Daniel Philipp will tell you more about this poverty fighting idea on the Best Practice Fair on Friday afternoon. Additionally he will participate at our panel discussion on Saturday, 21st of May.


Patrick Sapy


Foto Patrick SapyPatrick Sapy is graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences (Grenoble, France) and from the Universities of Paris & Strasbourg (France). He joined Adie, one of the main european Microfinance Institution, in 1993 as a Credit Officer. After a few years in retail banking (Banques Populaires (FR) and SanPaolo bank (It)) he came back to Adie as Regional Manager in Paris (2001) where he developed 8 new branches. He became Adie’s CFO and then, Director of Partnerships in 2003 until 2008. After three years in supporting and financing the creation of new social entreprises as National Delegate of Social Entrepreneurship in Reseau Entreprendre, a french entrepreneurs’ federation, he is appointed general manager of MicroStart Scrl, a belgian cooperative joint venture between BNP Paribas Fortis and Adie. The European Investment Fund will soon be a shareholder of the Company. MicroStart Scrl will launch in 2011 a pilote program in Brussels and will open two branches in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the belgian capital. It will offer microcredits and business support to people who wants to create or develop a small business and do not have acces to traditional banking solutions.

Björn Schmitz


Foto Bjoern SchmitzBjörn Schmitz is working as Research Director for the Centre for Social Investment (CSI), a central academic institution at the University of Heidelberg connected with the business, social science, law and theological faculties. The CSI carries out research to improve the theoretical and practical understanding of social investment, civil society, as well as volunteering, foundations and social economy institutions. In order to disseminate the findings and raise awareness for its field of research, the CSI as well engages in teaching and advisory services. Björn Schmitz started working for the CSI after studying Business Administration, Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology in Mannheim and Heidelberg and working for SAP. His research topics are among others Social Entrepreneurs, Civic Engagement and Education, Social Change and Social Impact Measurement. Currently, Schmitz is involved in the project “Entrepreneurship in the Social Sphere”. This project will analyse the organisation, communication, financing and markets of social enterprises. Its aim is to find out more about how applicable social enterprises are, what impact they have and where their limits lie. The project also wants to find an answer to the question if and how social enterprises fit together with the welfare state.

Schmitz will present some of his findings to you in the panel discussion about the future of Social Business and the role of youths on Sunday, 22nd May.

Ulrike Schneiberg

Ulrike SchneibergUlrike Schneiberg will be the “leading woman” of our two panel-discussions, taking place on Saturday, May 21st, and on Sunday, May 22nd. Being the professional journalist and skilled presenter she is, Ulrike Schneiberg will moderate the debates, challenging the experts on the panel, teasing the participants, causing controversial arguments and heated debates. For more than 30 years she has worked as a journalist in audiovisual media: Among others at BR-Hörfunk (public-law radio of the German province of Bavaria), ZDF (one of Germany’s biggest TV-broadcast stations), and HR-Hörfunk (public-law radio of the German province of Hessen). Besides that, Ulrike Schneiberg is author of a book, psychotherapist (her actual field of study), and since 1996 she has moderated public events, panel-discussions etc. on social, political and cultural topics all over Germany. In the 1980s and 1990s, she lived in Costa Rica and Indonesia for a while, working as a journalist. Among others, she documented 20 years German-Indonesian development cooperation on behalf of the GTZ (now known as GIZ, German Company for International Cooperation). Having this background she is not only a skilled and well-known journalist but also possesses expertise in the field of development cooperation, thus an ideal moderator for our discussions.



Jirina Svitáková

Jirina Svitáková is Executive Director of the Czech Microfinance Foundation (NFMF). She works on microfinance as a form of development cooperation in the non-profit sector and, among others, develops a Czech foreign cooperation platform at www.nfmf.eu. NFMF was founded to effectively support the idea of helping poor regions on our planet with the tool of microfinance. As an evaluator Jirina Svitakova also works for the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic. Within her career, her special subject was on the topic of development of microfinance in Mexico. Jirina Svitáková lived abroad in several countries and gained work-experience in Spain, the United States, Portugal, and Nicaragua. Her PhD-thesis’ topic at the department of Economic development  (Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague) is on the impact assessment of the student’s active involvement in the realization of development and research projects. Having this focus, Jirina Svitáková will enrich our final panel-discussion taking place on Sunday, May 22nd, a discussion on the future of Social Business and the role of youths.


Rebecca Szrama



Rebecca Szrama works as independent Social Business Consultant with the help of creativity workshops and conceptual social business planning. She is also very engaged in the field of private sector advancement in developing countries. This has brought her already to various countries like Ghana, Thailand and lately Haiti where she drew up a needsanalysis for the people living there as well as a plan of how to implement Social Business in Haiti.In her lecture on Thursday morning – the very first lecture of the conference – she will explain the concept of Social Business, its basic idea as well as its social and political development and value in today’s world.

Prof. Dr. Eva Terberger

Foto TerbergerEva Terberger is director of an independent evaluation sector of the development bank, belonging to „Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)” (Reconstruction Credit Institute) in Frankfurt. KfW is a German government-owned development bank that has several fields of action, among others it provides financing to governments, public enterprises and commercial banks engaged in microfinance in developing countries. Furthermore, she is professor at the University of Mannheim, Germany, for business economics, financial systems, and financing of development-projects in developing – and emerging nations. Eva Terberger was a member of the organizational committee of the “Conference on Bank Relationships, Credit Extension, and the Macroeconomy”, and is a member of “dialogue forum 2015” of the German governement to fight poverty. She also led the advisory board of the BMZ, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in Germany. She will contribute to our conference by giving a presentation on the Measurability of development polcies and instruments of the microfinance-sector. This speech will take place Saturday afternoon, May 21st, building a bridge between the content already discussed that day and the precedent days, and the future prospects of Social Business/ Microfinance that participants will deal with on the final day of the Convention. The efficiency of microfinance and its evaluation is a topic of great importance, thus Eva Terberger will share her knowledge with us.


Nicole Traxler


Foto Nicole TraxlerNicole Traxler is project-coordinator of the Social Impact Award, Vienna. This competition aims at giving Austrian students a chance to develop their own ideas for projects that solve societal problems in a creative and entrepreneurial way. Thus, it encourages young people to get active in the sector of Social Business/ Social Entrepreneurship. Having this is a background, Nicole Traxler will add to our panel-discussion on Sunday, May 22nd, on the future of Social Business and the role of youths with her knowledge and experience. Several internships, for example at Unicef in Spain, as well as an employment in the field of Consulting and an exchange-year at the University of Valencia are part of her CV. Among others, Nicole Traxler studied  Business Administration with majors in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Vienna.

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