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Theme: perfectly Imperfect

This event occurred on
October 10, 2020
2:00pm - 1:00am CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg

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Museumsstraße 1.
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, 68165
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Gigi Kvashilava

Global Product Manager at HeidelbergCement
Coming from Tbilisi, Georgia and being the alumni of both the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and the Business School of the University of Mannheim, Gigi Kvashilava built a successful career at HeidelbergCement Group. Using his very own life experience, in his talk he demonstrates it is worthy to dare to achieve.

Josephine Hebling

UN Youth Delegate to the UN General Assembly 2019; political science student at the University of Mannheim, Germany
Young Josephine Helbing represented the German youth at the 74th session of the General Assembly and the 58th Sessions of the Commission for Social Development being the UN Youth Delegate to the UN General Assembly 2019. Besides that, Josephine is a winner of the honorary prize «Golden Pea Award» for her outstanding activity as Member of the Children and Youth Advisory Board of the German Children's Fund.

Samuel Koch

Former gymnast, nowadays actor at National Mannheim Theater, author
Samuel Koch is a former gymnast who lost the possibility to move on his own due to a serious injury in his 20s. Despite all the obstacles he studied Theatre and Drama arts and works as an actor at National Mannheim Theatre. Also, Samuel is an author of three inspiring books teaching how to del with serious life problems without losing hope and passion for life.

Sylvia Hartmann

Medical doctor, environment protection activist
Sylvia Hartmann is a passionate nature and environment protection activist. She successfully runs a bvmd-project „Mensch und Umwelt“ («Human and Environment») that offers a great range of events workshops and lectures to raise the awareness of the society about main environmental issues of today. Sylvia states that environmental protection is a source of better health and higher quality of life, that is why nature conservation always equals health protection.

Tharaka Sriram

Founder Ocean Education/ Campaigner Whale and Dolphin Conservation/ EXXpedition crew
Tharaka Sriram is a marine conservationist, with a background in Spanish, International Relations and Gender Studies (B.A.) at the University of Mannheim and an M.A. in Governance, Public Policy and Environmental History at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Tharaka has lived and worked on six of the seven continents, in the fields of marine conservation, diversity and youth empowerment, e.g. the UN (Bolivian National Commission UNESCO COMINABOL and United Nations Volunteers UNV /UNDP Côte d`Ivoire), NGOs and development cooperation institutions. She focuses in her work on the SDGs 14 (Preserve oceans), 5 (Achieve gender equality), 13 (Act for climate protection) and 10 & 16 (End racism). In 2015 she founded the ocean literacy initiative "Ocean Education", in order to fight for the creation of a worldwide network of strictly protected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Mannheim, Germany


Mannheim, Germany