Asfand Yar Farooqi
Asfand Yar Farooqi moved to Germany from Pakistan in 2010 with one simple goal of attaining a master’s degree. Although his father wanted him to study engineering, Asfand Yar found his calling in interacting with people more than just with machines. Studying people, their feelings, their dreams and perceptions was something Asfand was drawn to.
The student organization AIESEC provided him with the opportunity to engage in topics such as personal development and emotional intelligence, and soon Asfand Yar was working as a trainer and facilitator in these fields. Besides his interest in humans, Asfand Yar loves wandering off with his camera. While exploring the world of photography he found a connection between his perception of colors and perception of humans.
In his talk Asfand Yar will tell you about how this discovery/realization formed the base for changing his own behaviours, and could be the base for unlocking much more in people!
Prof. Dr. Axel Buether has started his career as a stone mason. After finishing his traineeship, he studied architecture, gaining a doctorate in the interdisciplinary area of neuropsychology and design with a thesis on the semiotics of perceptual space.
Since then, he worked on a variety of architecture, design and media art projects.
He was appointed in 2006 as director of the German Colour Association,an interdisciplinary association that has hosted international conferences, held competitions and provided education and training on colour for 50 years.
Prof. Dr. Buether served as Professor of Colour, Light and Space at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle (Saale) from 2006 to 2012.
After this term, he declined an appointment as a professor at Hochschule Hannover – the University of Applied Sciences and Arts for the subject of creativity and the psychology of perception and joined the University of Wuppertal as a Professor, teaching the Didactics of Visual Communication ever since.
Daniel Meza Arredondo is a doctoral researcher at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, where he develops solar cells and tries to understand how they work and how to improve them.
Daniel was born in Mexico city in 1986, and studied Photography and Physics. He fell in love with Berlin and moved there in 2011, where he has been learning a lot about the german culture.
Daniel has a passion for science communication and thinks the best way of understanding something is by explaining it to other people. He loves repairing bicycles and considers himself an unorthodox sailor and inventor of the mexican sailing knot.
Inge Schröder is Scientific Head of the Muthesius Transferpark, a newly founded Centre of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. Born in 1954, she studied Biology at Kiel University, and completed her PhD there in 1981. After that she had several jobs in different fields in business and in academia. In 2003, three years after her habilitation in Anthropology, she left the university to work for a company in the field of medical technology.
From 2007 to 2017 she was CEO of the Wissenschaftszentrum in Kie , a public company that was established to promote knowledge and technology transfer between universities and the business world.
During her university career Inge published many scientific papers and gave a lot of lectures. Since then she has continued to give talks and workshops about a broader variety of topics, nourished by her particular professional environment. Inge is very curious, she loves to learn new things and share knowledge with other people.
In her spare time, she is on stage as a (political) cabaret artist together with her group “Frauenkabarett Kronshagen”. From time to time, Inge retreats into the wilderness of East Africa, to get back in touch – with herself and the planet.
Dr. Mahasweta Saha is a Marine Chemical Ecologist and currently a Research Fellow at the University of Essex, UK. With several prestigious international fellowships and research grant awards, she completed her PhD and her first Post Doc at the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel before moving to the UK in 2016.
Dr. Saha is the winner of London FameLab 2017 finals and was among the top ten young science communicators in FameLab UK 2017. She also represented the United Kingdom at the European Researcher’s Night in September 2017.
Moreover, she was among the top four scientists invited by the British Ecological Society to represent young scientists at the Voice of Future in March 2017 at the British Parliament, Westminster, London. She was also the runner up at the British Ecological Society Science Slam in December 2016.
MisSa Blue is a well known variety performer who has gained international recognition through her highly skilled sword swallowing shows and for being one of the very few woman in the world who are still actively practising this ancient art form. After touring the world for almost a decade and headlining shows of all genre she has recently signed a leading role with the German Variety Company GOP.
In 2016 she survived a life threatening accident on stage. This has pushed her to become an activist for Performers of Colour in international show business. MisSa has since been called a role model for her fight against racism and for more visibility of black female performers in the industry.
Rawad Zyadeh is the founder of the Syrian community in Kiel and surrounding areas, community for intercultural exchange and communication.
Born in 1983, in Daraya, Syria, Rawad worked as a lawyer for 4 years. In 2014 he came to Germany as refugee at the age of 30. Due to the war in Syria, he was forced to flee the country illegally. From Syria, his way led to the Lebanon where he worked voluntarily for an organisation offering help for refugees.
Having no perspective in the Lebanon, he and his family went to Germany.
Currently, Rawad is finishing his master studies in the program "Migration and Diversity" at Kiel University. Because his ambition to help refugees has prevailed, he is additionally working as mentor, guiding refugees with regards to their academic career at The International Center of Kiel University.
However, Rawad's work is not limited to university matters, he actively leads new projects within his community during which he, his friends and all members develop strategies in order to help refugees.
Stefan Schmidt is the current Representative of Schleswig-Holstein for Migration Affairs.
In 2004, Stefan Schmidt rescued 37 refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. He was then prosecuted by the Italian authorities and it took 5 years until in 2009 he and his colleagues were acquitted.
Since this time he has tirelessly given presentations and talks to point out the situation of refugees in their worst hours of peril, risking their life for freedom. He is cofounder of the NGO “Borderline Europe – Human Rights without Borders”.
Suse Tietjen is an artist, choreographer and dance teacher based in Hamburg, Germany.
After studying Dance Pedagogy at the Erika Klütz Schule für Theatertanz und Tanzpädagogik in Hamburg, she started her own dance company, the Tanzorchester Suse Tietjen.
Inspired by the projects with her ensemble and the arising possibilities of working with dancers and artists from all genres, she decided to fulfil her dream and study a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography at the University of Roehampton in London, UK.
After the completion of her masters with distinction, she went back to work with her company and teach Classical Ballet and Limón Technique at the Erika Klütz Schule in Hamburg whilst simultaneously keeping up her choreographic work in London.
In 2016 she founded THE CURRENT DANCE COLLECTIVE for which she since has worked as director and choreographer.
Her choreographies have been shown at Resolution! at The Place, Emerge Dance Festival and the International Festival of Performing Arts OUTNOW!.