Qatar Germany 2017

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During Qatar Germany 2017 we invite various German artists and experts to join our programs. Here you find more information on our guests coming to Doha throughout the year.


Gerhard Oppitz © Gerhard Oppitz German pianist Gerhard Oppitz is internationally considered to be one of the most outstanding Brahms experts. In 2009 Gerhard Oppitz was awarded with the Brahms-Award by the Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein. His artistic work is shaped by his interest in performing complete cycles of one composer which he has done not only for Brahms’ works but also for Bach’s Wohltemperiertes Klavier and the sonatas of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. The young Oppitz has played the piano since the age of five and gave his first concert when he was 11 years old. After studying with Paul Buck, Hugo Steurer and Wilhelm Kempff in Stuttgart and Munich he started his international career in 1977. In 1981 he started teaching as the youngest professor up to this date at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and he has been teaching there until 2013. He has been performing internationally as a soloist with numerous conductors and orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the Symphonic Orchestras of Boston, Detroit and San Francisco among others.


David Niemann © David Niemann German conductor David Niemann is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising conductors of his generation. Second prize winner of the 2015 Malko Conducting Competition, in February 2015 he was appointed Assistant Conductor at the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, working alongside chief conductor Michael Schønwandt from the 2015/2016 season onwards. In 2013 he assisted Emmanuel Krivine in a production of Schumann’s Manfred at the Opera Comique Paris. Operatic highlights also include Così fan tutte and Die Fledermaus at the Academy of Music, Leipzig, as well as a production of Christian Jost’s opera The Arabian Night at the Academy of Music, Hamburg. Initially, David Niemann had been a passionate violinist. He commenced his conducting studies in 2007 as a pre-student at the Folkwang University of his hometown of Essen with David de Villiers. He continued his studies at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki with Leif Segerstam, at the Dutch National Masters of Conducting Programme with Ed Spanjaard and Jac van Steen, in addition to the Academy of Music Hamburg with Ulrich Windfuhr, from which he holds a Master’s degree. David Niemann is supported by the prestigious German conductors’ programme Dirigentenforum, of which he is a member.


Ute Krause @ Random House/ Isabelle Grubert Ute Krause has been working as a children’s book writer and illustrator for the past 30 years. She has illustrated around 400 books and authored another 22. Her work has been turned into films for children’s T.V., into radio plays, nominated for children’s book prizes and translated into many different languages. Six of her books have been translated by Abu Dhabi translation initiative KALIMA into Arabic. She grew up in Asia and Africa and lived for six years in New York. Ute Krause’s picture book Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon (also translated into Arabic) has been nominated for the Florida Reading Association Award, for the Montana Treasure State Picture Book Award and the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award 2012.


Claus Löser © Claus Löser Since 1980, Dr. Claus Löser has been creating lyrics, music and films. He graduated from Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in 1995, later obtaining his PhD there. In 1996, he founded the Experimental-Film-Archive East ex.oriente.lux. Since 1990, Löser has worked as a cinema director in Berlin, and since 1992 as a film critic and author for magazines and books, specialising in German and East European film history. He is also a lecturer and a consultant for film festivals, museums and public film promotion.


Almila Bagriacik © Almila Bagriacik For the first time, Almila Bagriacik appeared in the award-winning drama "Die Fremde" (The Stranger, 2010). Various roles followed in cinema and television formats. Her first leading part was in Hördur - zwischen den Welten (Hördur – Between Worlds, 2015), for which she was nominated by the German Film Critics Association as Best Actress in 2015. In the second part of the ARD feature film trilogy about the murder of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) Die Opfer – vergesst mich nicht (The Victims – Do not Forget Me, 2016) she played the leading role of Semiya Simsek. For this performance Almila Bagriacik was nominated as Best Actress for the New Faces Award 2016 of German Bunte magazine. In the ARD TV series, Kommissar Pascha (Inspector Pascha, 2015/2016), Almila Bagriacik has played the full-length central character of police officer Jale Cengiz. In 2016 she played another continuous leading role in the TNT mini-series 4 Blocks. The broadcast of both productions is planned for spring 2017.

Louisa Marie Summer

Louisa Marie Summer © Louisa Marie Summer Louisa Marie Summer (born in Germany) is a socially concerned visual storyteller with a Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, 2010. She lives in New York and Munich working worldwide on projects documenting daily life of disadvantaged groups. Her work has received international recognition and been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions all over Germany and Europe. Summer’s photographs are in museum and private collections and featured in several major international magazines such as National Geographic, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Leica Fotografie International and Le journal de la Photographie. In 2012 her book Jennifer’s Family was published by Schilt Publishing in Amsterdam.

Gregor Schmidt

Gregor Schmidt © Gregor Schmidt Gregor Schmidt was born in Berlin in 1988. He studied communications design at HTW University of Applied Sciences from 2012 to 2013 as well as photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. His photographies has been shown in Mailand, Hamburg, Dresden, Mexico and Switzerland. In 2015 he participated in the competition gute aussichten for young German photographers and was awarded for his work Waiting for Qatar. This series of photographies feature the Gulf state Qatar and its preparation for the Soccer World Championship 2022. Gregor Schmidt lives and works in Berlin.

Jordis Antonia Schlösser

Jordis Antonia Schlösser © Tilman Müller Jordis Antonia Schloesser (*1967, Goettingen) earned her diploma in photography 1996 in Dortmund from Prof. Arno Fischer and became a member of Ostkreuz-agency a year later. She worked in almost every part of the world for prestigious magazines like Geo, Stern, National Geographic and Spiegel. In 1998, she was admitted to the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass. Among other awards, she received the International Yann Geoffroy Competition and a World Press Photo Award. In her most recent works, she photographed the jet set in Berlin's New West or Chinese immigrants producing clothes in Tuscan sweatshops under the label made in Italy. After long years in Havanna und in Paris, Jordis Antonia Schloesser has been living and working in Berlin since 2008.

Irit Neidhardt

Irit Neidhardt © Irit Neidhardt Irit Neidhardt is running mec film a distribution company for films from the Middle East and North Africa. She is co-producer of several award winning Arab documentary films and has been curating in the field of Middle Eastern cinemas since 1995. She is author of various articles on subjects related to cinema and the Middle East, focusing on issues of co-operation and financing. Irit Neidhardt is member of the board of the German edition of the Global Media Journal and of German quarterly inamo. She is member of the German Documentary Association (AG DOK), German Association of Art House Theatres (AG Kino-Gilde) and The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) and has served as mentor of the cross-cultural program of the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

The Constitute

The Constitute © The Constitute The Constitute is a design and research studio based in Berlin run by Christian Zöllner and Sebastian Piatza. By combining artistic and scientific practices they create interactive experiences for the public space.
Founded in early 2012, arising from the urban media art collective, The Constitute worked with several international cultural institutions and exhibited their works worldwide. Currently their focus is on the investigation of narrative and diegetic prototypes as well as the building of more public and social sustainable interfaces. Beside that, The Constitute is actively working in the fields of teaching rapid prototyping and design fiction as a creative practice.

Christian Zöllner

Christian Zöllner © The Constitute Christian Zöllner was born in 1981. He comes from a product design background and is constantly moving towards interaction design, design research and design teaching. He has worked in design studios in Paris and Vienna. Zöllner has taught at the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel and at the University of the Arts in Berlin where he hosted projects on experimental product development for more than six years. In 2014 he worked as guest professor for Design Fiction at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle.  In addition, he gives workshops, courses, talks and lectures worldwide on topics such as science fiction, spatial strategies and design in detail and overall. Since 2012 he has been running The Constitute together with Sebastian Piatza. His main activities are design research, external communication and concept development.

Sebastian Piatza

Sebastian Piatza © The Constitute Sebastian Piatza was born 1985. He holds a MA in product design and has been awarded several times for his works on neurological, social and optical phenomena.  In addition to his design practice, he  gives workshops, runs a very successful club night in the city of Dresden and tours Europe with his DJ collective. At The Constitute he is responsible for prototyping, internal communication and all financial business relations.


Alexander Jentsch

Alexander Jentsch © The Constitute Alexander Jentsch was born in 1985. He studied industrial design in Dresden, Berlin and Havanna. 2015 he graduated as a master student at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin with a work on bluetooth tracking systems. During his studies in Havanna he created works on topics such as Do It Yourself, ownership and the state of poverty. Since 2016 Jentsch has been working as a freelance designer with The Constitute on projects related to material, code and fabbing culture. He is responsible for the project future-heritage which brings together off site 3D scanning and ceramic 3D printing.


Julian Heun © Niclas Dietrich German author and poetry slammer Julian Heun was born in 1989. He is a student of German literature and lives in Berlin. Since 2007 he has been performing on various poetry slams for which he has been awarded with several prizes, among others twice with the German Poetry Slam Prize and twice the Berlin Poetry Slam Prize. He has been visiting international poetry festivals in Europe, Africa, South and North America with the support of the Goethe-Institut. Julian Heun is a project manager  of the renowned Berlin Poetry Festival and he moderates the monthly Bastard Slam together with Wolf Hogekamp. Furthermore, he takes part in various reading ensembles such as the Lesebühne Spree vom Weizen and the Spoken-Word-Ensemble Allen Earnstyzz. Besides this he hosts together with Till Reiners the monthly radio show Poetry Blue Moon on the Berlin radio station Radio Fritz vom rbb. His first book Strawberry Fields Berlin was published in 2013.


Dominique Macri © Jörg Sobeck German poetry slammer and actress Dominique Macri has been writing and performing since her childhood. She has been performing as an actress since 2003 as part of the improvisation theatre group fast forward. She has given workshops internationally, among others with Crumbs and Steve Jarrand in Canada and with Randy Dixon in the USA and she has worked as a director for various theatre and video productions. She moderates poetry slams, congresses and festivals regularly and has been performing as a poetry slammer all over Germany and Europe since 2007. In 2010 she was chosen as artist in residence by the International Spokenword Performance Smoke and Mirrors - together with Julian Heun. Her first poetry picture book zeitverdichter was published in 2010. In 2014 she won the international German Poetry Slam Championship with her spoken word duo Team Scheller.

Alf the Juggler and Frederik

Alf the Juggler and Frederik © Alf Neuber Alf Neuber has been performing as a juggler for more than 20 years. His first performances were as a member of a circus in Arnsberg in the Sauerland region. Alf engages children and adults of the audience as supporters in his program. His performances have brought him various engagements nationally as well as in Japan and Saudi Arabia. When he is not juggling with fire, he does so with up to 14 cigar boxes. And also in the discipline of sport stacking he and his son Frederik are successful. At the world championship 2012 Frederik won the title and they both collected several national titles. And as traditional, medieval jugglers they even use burning cans for their stacking performances.

Niederbayerischer Musikantenstammtisch

Niederbayerischer Musikantenstammtisch © Niederbayerischer Musikantenstammtisch Since 2003 the Niederbayerischer Musikantenstammtisch has been touring as a group of young musicians performing rather spontaneously at pubs and taverns. With their lively and strong love for traditional music they also play for those who are usually not interested. That is until they meet the Niederbayerischen Musikantenstammtisch! Then they know better: traditional folk music can be groovy. The musicians of the Stammtisch focus especially on traditional dances such as “Landler” and “Dreher”. They perform in a line-up of up to 10 players. To Doha the Stammtisch comes with a cast of four musicians.

Werner Link

Werner Link © Werner Link The magician Werner Link learnt his profession at the Academy for Magic in Pullach from 1996 to 1998. He graduated from the academy and thus became a member of the Magic Circle of Germany. During the following years he visited various national and international conventions for magicians to improve his own programs. Since 2000 he has been performing as a magician, and over the years he also included balloon art and medieval juggling performances into his repertoire. He combines magic tricks with this historic form of art and has been performing as a medieval magician at historic festivals all over Germany since 2004. In 2016 he was invited by the Goethe-Institut to show his historical magic trick show during the Janadriyah Festival in Riad.


Tätärä © Tätärä In 1988 Tätärä performed for the first time as a band at the renowned Harbour Festival of Hamburg. During the last 25 years they have been performing more than 1.000 times and have been touring 20 times. They still consider themselves the most mobile band of the world. With a changing line-up the band keeps performing in Germany as well as internationally. Their trademark is handmade and funky brass music. Sax, trumpet, trombone, flute, tuba and a strong team of percussionists create a strong and energizing sound. Tärätä plays not only for the audience, but with the audience which becomes part of the show. The band travels with a cast of eleven musicians to Doha. They play their exciting mix of styles such as rock, jazz, beat, groove, swing, Britpop, funk, punk up to classic. 

Fahad Al Obaidly

Fahad Al Obaidly © Fahad Al Obaidly Fahad Al Obaidly is a Qatari fashion expert, designer and founder of his own menswear brand after he graduated from Istituto Marangoni in Firenze. After the success of Fashioning the City Conference that he held in November 2016, Fahad starts his own initiative to support emerging designers to innovate, commercialize their creativity and access high-level business mentoring and professional services.


Robert Gädeke-Borek

Robert Gädeke-Borek © Robert Gädeke-Borek After graduating in Fashion and Design Management at AMD, he started his career in developing for luxury fashion brands, such as Otto Group, Colleen B. Rosenblat and Bugatti. He found himself in Doha to continue developing local fashion brands, learning about the Qatari consumer behavior and sharing his knowledge.


Sandra Wilkins

Sandra Wilkins © Sandra Wilkins Sandra Wilkins graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968. In 1977 she returned to her alma mater as a full time graduate and teaching assistant in the Theatre Department and in 1978 became a fulltime instructor in the Department of Fashion, promoted to assistant professor in 1985 and tenured professor in 1992. In 1992 she was named interim chair of the VCU Fashion Department and remained in that position until 1996. It was that same year that Sandra traveled to Qatar to head the Fashion program in the Shaqab College of Design Arts. In 2002 Shaqab College officially became Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar and in 2005, Sandra became the Chair of the Fashion Department.

Ricardo Eichmann

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Eichmann © Prof. Dr. Ricardo Eichmann Prof. Dr Ricardo Eichmann taught as a professor for Near Eastern Archaeology at the Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen from 1995 to 1996. Since 1996 he has been the director of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department. In this position he has worked on various international cooperation projects in the field of archaeology such as archaeological field work in cooperation with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) at Tayma in Saudi Arabia and on excavations at Wuqro in Ethiopia together with Prof. Dr. Norbert Nebes of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena and Dr. Pawel Wolf from Berlin. Since 1998 Prof. Dr. Eichmann regularly organizes the international conferences on music archaeology and co-edits the so-called “Studies in Music Archaeology”. He holds an honorary doctorate from Union of Arab Historians, Institute for Arabian History and Cultural Heritage in Baghdad. Since 2012 he has been working in the field on archaeological excavations in the South of Qatar in cooperation with the Qatar Museums.  

Alexandra Riedel

Alexandra Riedel © Alexandra Riedel Alexandra Riedel is an architect and architectural historian with a special interest in Roman and Meroitic architecture as well as cultural heritage preservation. Educated in Cottbus and Dublin, she taught building history and documentation at the University of Technology in Cottbus in Germany. She participated in surveys and excavations in Sudan, Italy, Jordan and Turkey, amongst them in Naga and Meroe. Since 2013, Alexandra has been working as a scientific staff member at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. She coordinates the Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan (QMPS) together with Mahmoud Suliman Bashir and directs the conservation section of the mission.

Nagham Mouneer Nasser

Nagham Mouneer Nasser © Nagham Mouneer Nasser Nagham Mouneer Nasser is a Doha-based Syrian journalist. In 2007 she started her journalistic career as a correspondent for the Aljazeera website in Syria before joining the channel in Doha in 2011. Nagham has co-produced Aljazeera’s only cultural program (Al-Mashaa) before moving recently to a new role as a co-producer of a program dealing with controversial literary and cultural works. She also contributes news reports to the Aljazeera newsroom. Her main interests are reading and writing.

El Mokhtar El Aballaoui

El Mokhtar El Aballaoui © El Mokhtar El Aballaoui El Mokhtar El Aballaoui is a senior producer at Aljazeera Channel. Previously he has worked for four years as a presenter for the Medi1Sat news channel in Morocco. He earned a BA in Communication with a focus on broadcasting from the High Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat in June 2007. El Mokhtar has an extensive experience of daily journalism with a track record of story-breaking political journalism. He has been a TV presenter and producer for over ten years and has covered events in Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and Qatar.

Marcus Zaiser

Marcus Zaiser © Nicole Fausel Marcus Zaiser was born in 1976 in Stuttgart, Germany. He has been working in the film industry since 1998 and has participated in far more than 100 productions in various positions. From 2000 to 2006 he studied "Film and Media" with a focus on "Cinematography" at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. For one year he studied abroad at the renowned Filmschool PWSFTViT in Lodz, Poland. Since 2007 Marcus is a Cinematographer for cinema and television. He works in a variety of genres. Also since 2010 Marcus works as a Consultant for stereoscopic film projects in addition to his camera jobs. And since 2014 he is also a lecturer.

Alex Bushe

Alex Bushe © Kathy Huang Alex Bushe is a Los Angeles-based editor and assistant editor, with extensive experience in both documentary and narrative filmmaking. He has worked with editor Joe Bini for 8 years on over a dozen films, most notably on several films with director Werner Herzog. Other notable works have been Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, and the recently-completed Lynne Ramsay noir thriller You Were Never Really Here. In 2014, he was invited to the Sundance Institute's Documentary Edit and
Story Labs
, to participate as an assistant editor. He is currently dividing his time between editing Guangzhou Love Story, an observational PBS documentary about an African-Chinese family navigating China’s xenophobic society, and directing the film Nomansland, a documentary about a mysterious uninhabited island off the coast of northeastern United States. Alex Bushe has been teaching at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg regularly since 2015.

Thorsten Schütte

Thorsten Schütte © Stephan Zaubitzer German documentary filmmaker Thorsten Schütte has worked for more than 20 years as a writer, director and producer. He produced and directed numerous television films and series, including „World Jazz” (1998), “Trip to Brazil” (2001), “The Cactus of Knowledge” (2001) and “Namibia Generation X” (2005). Parallel to his passion for music documentaries, Schütte dedicates a substantial part of his work to film-based environmental and labor activism in Southern Africa. Some of his documentaries, like “Land Matters” (2008) and “The Forgotten” (2015), deal with subjects like land ownership, affirmative action and farm workers’ rights. As a founding member of the Stolen Moments-Namibian Music History Untold Research Group, Schütte and his team members have been exploring the Namibian music culture that was almost forgotten, suppressed under apartheid. Since 2002, in Germany, Schütte has coordinated documentary and fiction studies at the internationally renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Prof. Lutz Fügener

Professor Lutz Fügener © Photographer Jochen Knoblach Lutz Fügener was born in 1965 and studied mechanical engineering (1987-1989) at the Technical University in Dresden, going on to study industrial design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design at Halle. After graduating in 1995, Lutz Fügener became a junior partner at Fisch & Vogel Design (now studioFT) in Berlin. The company specialises in design projects for road and rail. Lutz Fügener has been senior partner and joint owner since 1997. In 2000 he was appointed Professor for Transportation and 3D Design by the university at Pforzheim and he is Programme Leader for their undergraduate degree in Transportation Design. Since 2009 Lutz Fügener has been a permanent member of the jury for the RED-DOT-Design Awards, in the category of vehicle product design (Essen, Germany). And since 2013 he has been a permanent member of the Singapore jury for the same award programme. Lutz Fügener is also both author and journalist, the latter for several daily newspapers, weeklies, periodicals and blogs, writing on the subject of design in connection with mobility (regular contributor to WELT, PS-WELT, RAMP-Magazin).

Michael Mauer

Michael Mauer © Porsche AG Born in 1962, Michael Mauer has been Chief Designer for the Porsche brand since 2004 and since January 2016 has also led Group Design for Volkswagen. Mauer studied Transportation Design at the University of Pforzheim and began his career with Mercedes Benz as an exterior designer. After various senior roles within the company (including leading the Mercedes Benz Advanced Design Studios, Japan), he moved to Saab to become Head of Design. Four years later he went to Porsche as their fourth Chief Designer. In under two years Michael Mauer has taken on responsibility not only for the company’s 12 brands but also for its Future Centers in Potsdam, Belmont (USA) and Peking (China).


Kera © Dan Green Kera was born as Christian Hinz in Berlin in 1985. He occupies himself with colours, printing techniques and facade design for more than 15 years. At the same time Kera always found new impulses through his love for haptic and technically things. Especially the interconnection of working with the computer and the realization on the wall attract the artist. The playground can never be big enough. When looking at his artwork one sees a reflection of his graphic design studies, his passion for geometric lines and spaces as well as him handling spray cans, wall colour and brushes for years. His artwork is abstract but at the same time spatial. Aesthetics and graphic arts play an important role in his works.

Tomislav Topic of Quintessenz

Quintessenz © Quintessenz Quintessenz is an artist duo that dwells on materials, space and the transitions in between. Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic are Quintessenz and they have their studios in Berlin and Hannover. Having started off as a team in 2008, both of them have their roots in the graffiti scene, and worked together on projects during their time as students at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences in Hildesheim. The emphasis is on film, installation, painting and conceptual art. Always thinking “processual”, handmade is a strong priority for them. In their work they combine the analogue and the digital, and that is apparent in their workshop and in the many objects and installation they built. They like to go on tour and see where the road takes them and the freedom to experiment is what gives them the inspiration to explore new paths and ideas, and to produce great work.
2014 they got elected to one of 10 path breaking creative studios in Germany.  Currently they are working as lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim. Among their important shows and exhibition places were “Alt Stralau 4“ in Berlin, the “Knotenpunkt15“ exhibition in Hamburg, the “Analog Mensch Digital“ exhibition at the Direktorenhaus Berlin, the “WandWand“ exhibition in the city gallery in Rosenheim/Bavaria or their solo show “The Part Of Me“ in Hannover.

Birgitta Homburger

Birgitta Homburger © Lambl Homburger Birgitta Homburger was born in 1972 and now works internationally as a creative director and consultant at the interface of culture and design for businesses, publishing houses and a range of institutions. After training for the art book trade with Walther König in Cologne, she studied communication design under Professor Bazon Brock at the University of Wuppertal. In 1998 Birgitta Homburger became Art Director at the BBDO Agency, Düsseldorf, handling such clients as Handelsblatt, BMW und Allianz. Then in 2006 Birgitta Homburger founded, together with Florian Lambl, the design-oriented communications agency Lambl / Homburger. With a team of strategists, graphic designers, copywriters and photographers, the agency is consultant and advisor to business clients, including the Italian furniture producers Mattiazzi and Flötotto, as well as Authentics, Wästberg and Koch Media. Other major clients include leading institutions such as the Fridericianum in Kassel, Düsseldorf’s art gallery and Munich’s design museum, and publishers Phirania Media (Spex), Sleek, Koenig Books and Phaidon. The focus of their work is brand design, brand strategy and brand experience. Since 2012 Birgitta Homburger has been teaching industrial design at the art school in Kassel and company and business communication at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Perret Schaad

Perret Schaad © Perret Schaad Tutia Schaad
is a Swiss fashion designer and co-founder of PERRET SCHAAD. She was born in 1982 in Hanoi, spent her childhood in Vietnam and grew up in France and Switzerland. After her two first years of Fashion Design studies at the University of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD), she graduated in 2008 at the School of Art and Design Weißensee in Berlin (KHB), where she met Johanna Perret. During her studies, Tutia Schaad gained great work experience in Paris, where she pursued an internship at the design studio of Givenchy Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter in 2006. After they graduated, Tutia Schaad and Johanna Perret joined their common interest for quality and aesthetics, as well as their artistic differences into creating PERRET SCHAAD. Since their debut collection presented at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in January 2010, the two designers have defined the essence of PERRET SCHAAD’s line by cultivating their obsession for the “modern” and the “beautiful”. Besides their own line, PERRET SCHAAD has worked with well-established companies, such as shoe
company Görtz, Volkswagen, the hotel group Lanserhof Tegernsee, the theater Kammerspiele Munich and most recently MINI.

Johanna Perret
is a German fashion designer and co-founder of PERRET SCHAAD. She was born in 1983 in Munich, was raised in Germany while staying close to her French father's culture. She graduated in 2008 at the School of Art and Design Weißensee in Berlin (KHB), where she met Tutia Schaad. During her studies, Johanna Perret gained valuable work experience through her internships at Gaspard Yurkievich in Paris and Swash in London. After they graduated, Tutia Schaad and Johanna Perret joined their common interest for quality and aesthetics, as well as their artistic differences into creating PERRET SCHAAD. Since their debut collection presented at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in January 2010, the two designers have defined the essence of PERRET SCHAAD’s line by cultivating their obsession for the “modern” and the “beautiful”. Besides their own line, PERRET SCHAAD has worked with well-established companies, such as shoe company Görtz, Volkswagen, the hotel group Lanserhof Tegernsee, the theater Kammerspiele Munich and most recently MINI.

Lisa Killinger

Lisa Killinger © Lisa Killinger Lisa Killinger is a German fashion designer.
She was born in 1994 in Stuttgart and was raised in Germany. After a year spent in Atlanta in 2013, she started her fashion design studies at the School of Design at the University of Pforzheim. There, she learned to develop concepts, design collections, and sharpen both her artistic and technical skills, such as pattern cutting, draping and illustration. During her studies, she gained valuable insight into tailoring and processing technology at the fashion label “Susanne Landis” in Stuttgart, before joining PERRET SCHAAD. Currently, Lisa is a key member at PERRET SCHAAD giving support to the fashion label by helping with the development of new collections as well as the organization of fashion shows, the production and celebrity styling.


FAVO: Falk Breitkreuz, Volker Schlott, Sander De Winne © FAVO Falk Breitkreuz, Germany (bass clarinet & mbira)
Volker Schlott, Germany (soprano sax & cajon)
Sander De Winne, Belgium (vocals)

FAVO was founded in 2009 by German saxophonist Volker Schlott and clarinetist Falk Breitkreuz who had been playing together in various ensembles. After touring through East Africa as “Favo” with the Goethe-Institut in 2010, they have recorded two albums as an ensemble. In 2013 FAVO was joined by Belgian singer Sander de Winne and they played small stages and festivals in Germany. In 2015 Volker Schlott and Falk Breitkreuz started working on their first album with Sander De Winne which they performed during its release tour in Germany and Belgium in 2016. In Doha they will perform their own compositions as well as adaptations of A. Piazolla, The Beatles, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bobby McFerrin and many more.

Peter Wouda

Peter Wouda © Volkswagen Group Design Director Vehicle at Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe
Peter Wouda studied Transportation design in Pforzheim and London. Since he graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1996, he has been working as a designer for the Volkswagen Group. Peter started his career in Volkswagen Headquarters in Wolfsburg before going to Skoda, where he was leading the Exterior Design between 2000 and 2006. He was responsible for the exterior design of the second generation Skoda Octavia, Skoda Fabia and the Skoda Roomster as well as the concept cars Roomster and Yeti. Since 2006 he has been leading the Exterior Design Department in Volkswagen Group Design Studio in Potsdam, near Berlin. Together with his international team, he has been responsible for creating 12 showcars and many proposals for production designs for Volkswagen and other group brands such as Audi, Skoda, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ducati and Porsche. His team created the designs and final appearance of the Volkswagen XL1, among many others. Today Peter Wouda is responsible as Design Director for all vehicle concepts that are under development in the Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe. With his team he is working on designs and mobility solutions for future vehicles and mobility concepts of the Volkswagen Group. The first Volkswagen Group Concept car “SEDRIC” - presented in 2017, was developed under Peter Wouda's leadership.

Professor Stefan Diez

Professor Stefan Diez © Gerhardt Kellermann Internationally Stefan Diez is one of the most renowned of contemporary German industrial designers. Born in Freising in 1971, he grew up there in a family of carpenters. After his own carpentry apprenticeship, he studied industrial design in Stuttgart, working even then as assistant to Richard Sapper and later with Konstantin Grcic in Munich. After graduating in 2002 he founded his own studio in Munich. He and his team work on a wide range of projects, including furniture, crockery, lighting and other objects of daily use, many of which have been awarded international prizes. Much of the Stefan Diez production is done collaboratively with well-known international specialists such as e15, emu, Hay, Rosenthal, Wagner, Thonet, Magis, Hermès or Vibia. In 2017 the Cologne’s museum for applied arts (MAKK) honoured Stefan Dietz’s achievements with a comprehensive solo exhibition. His work can be found in the New York Museum of Modern Art and in Munich’s museum of design, die Neue Sammlung. Stefan Dietz teaches industrial design at the art school in Kassel with effect from October 2017.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Kaenders

Prof. Dr. Rainer Kaenders © Volker Lannert/Universität Bonn Prof. Dr. Rainer Kaenders is professor of mathematics and its education at University of Bonn. After his study of mathematics and physics, he received his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Nijmegen in 1997. Following the completion of his studies as a teacher he taught Mathematics in School for five years. His current research focuses on the subject-bound questions oriented towards mathematics teaching (so-called Stoffdidaktik) to conceptualize the role and use of mathematics in teaching. Prof Dr Kaenders is founding member of the GeoGebra Institute at the University Cologne/Bonn as well as chair of the National Exercise Committee of the Federal Mathematics Competition in Germany (Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik). He is Advisory Board Member of the German Mathematical Olympiad since 2011. Furthermore he is engaged in multiple projects to encourage pupils and young students for mathematics through innovative teaching didactics. 

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Grötschel

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Martin Grötschel © Judith Affolter Grötschel has been President of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2015. He studied mathematics and economics at Ruhr University Bochum (1969-1973), obtained his PhD in 1977 at University of Bonn, was mathematics professor at University of Augsburg (1982-1991) and at TU Berlin (1991-2015) as well as Vice President (1991-2012) and President (2012-2015) of the Zuse Institute for Information Technology Berlin. He was President of the German Mathematical Society (1993-1994), Secretary of the International Mathematical Union (2007-2014), chaired the DFG Research Center MATHEON “Mathematics for Key Technologies” (2002-2008).
His scientific awards include the Leibniz, the Beckurts, the Dantzig, the Fulkerson, and the John von Neumann Theory Prize. He is a member of five scientific academies, including NAE (USA) and CAS (China) and holds four honorary doctoral degrees.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig

Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig © Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig Prof. Dr. Matthias Ludwig studied mathematics and physics at the University of Würzburg. He has taught in schools for more than 8 years. Ludwig earned his PhD in mathematics at the University of Würzburg in 1997 on the topic of porjects in mathematics instruction. Since 2011 he is full professor for mathematics education at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He was visiting professor in Shanghai, Melbourne, and South Africa. His area of research includes inquiry and project based learning, space geometry, mobile learning (new technologies) and modeling and application. Matthias Ludwig was editor for schoolbooks and magazines and lead the working group ‘Geometry’ of the ‘Society for Didactics of Mathematics’ for ten years. Currently he is leader and coordinator of an EU-founded project called ‘Mobile math Trails in Europe’.

Prof. Dr. Ahmad El-Guindy

Prof. Dr. Ahmad El-Guindy © AGYA, Judith Affolter Prof. Dr. Ahmad El-Guindy holds the position of Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Cairo University. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the topic of theory of numbers in 2004. Prof. Dr. El-Guindy is member of the American Mathematical Society and Egyptian Mathematical Society. He is very interested in rising awareness for the social relevance of mathematical education and enhancing the skills of young math talents beyond school. One of his aims as member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is to introduce young Arab students to activities such as the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

Mehdi Benchaabane, M.Ed.

Mehdi Benchaabane, M.Ed. © Mehdi Benchaabane, M.Ed. Benchaabane is currently the Director of the Education Development Institute, a member of Qatar Foundation. His role is to lead a team of educators who offer professional learning and development programs to math teachers, support curriculum improvement and build leadership capacity in schools. Prior to his arrival to Qatar in 2014, he taught mathematics in international schools in Egypt and Canada and served as Deputy Chief Examiner for the International Baccalaureate.
Benchaabane is an educator who is passionate about student learning in general and specifically in the field of mathematics. He spent his career teaching students the beauty, elegance and usefulness of mathematics and training teachers on how to develop their students’ mathematical thinking through inquiry, exploration and problem-solving. 

Cynthia Bolton, M. Ed.

Cynthia Bolton, M. Ed. © Cynthia Bolton, M. Ed. Cynthia Bolton, M. Ed., is currently the District Coordinator of Gifted Programs for the Qatar Foundation. Previously, she was the Gifted Coordinator for the International School Stuttgart (ISS), Germany and The Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She has taught masters classes in gifted education at Arizona State University. She is a seasoned presenter in many areas of gifted education at both national and international conferences including: the European Council for High Ability Bi-Annual Conference, The Association of German International Schools Annual Conference and The Qatar Foundation Teaching and Learning Forum. Bolton has spent her entire professional career developing programs for gifted and talented students and advocating for their needs. She received her Master’s degree in Gifted Education from Arizona State University.

Johann Beurich

Johann Beurich © Johann Beurich Johann Beurich has started to write songs in German about mathematical topics like the quadratic formula when he himself was still in school. He also produced videos for these songs and published them on YouTube on his channel "DorFuchs" (meaning "the fox"), where he gained over 120.000 subscribers. After finishing school in 2012, he studied mathematics at the University of Technology Dresden. Since October 2017 he is working as a research assistant in the field of analysis while he does a doctorade in the field of analysis.

Dr. Andreas Fischer

Dr. Andreas Fischer Dr. Andreas Fischer © Jubeiha Studios Dr. Andreas Fischer is a science and technology consultant from Germany. He received his PhD in the subject of statistical physics in 2008 from Chemnitz University of Technology. Dr. Fischer is a member of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society) and an alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is working at the borderline between academia and industry to further the link between research and education on the one hand and its applications on the other. His main research objectives deal with numerical simulations and the efficiency improvement of thermal machines.

Al Jawhara Hassan Al Thani

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Sociology of Education and Cultural Studies from New York University, AlJawhara joined Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education Office. During her first year at work she realized that there was a pressing need to address the social, emotional and cultural climate of the schools and reconnect them to the context in which they operate. AlJawhara helped establish the position of School Culture Coordinator, which she currently holds, and works to develop student and teacher understanding of the importance of community and culture in the cultivation of tomorrow’s leaders.

Professor Mateo Kries

Professor Mateo Kries © Bettina Matthiessen Born in 1974, Mateo Kries has been director of the Vitra Design Museum since 2011. He studied art history and sociology at Berlin’s Humboldt University and has worked in the Vitra Design Museum since 1995 in different roles: Curator 1997-2000, Head of Vitra Design Museum, Berlin 2000-2006, and Head Curator 2006-2010. During these periods of office, Kries was responsible for many different exhibitions and was one of the founders of the Berlin festival, ‘Designmai’. Kries has published numerous books and articles on designers such as Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Joe Colombo and Konstantin Grcic, as well as on the social, political and media theory background to design and architecture. In 2010 he published his book entitled ‘Total Design – Die Inflation moderner Gestaltung’, in which he takes a critical look at the current understanding of design.

Stefan Weidner

Stefan Weidner © Stefan Weidner Stefan Weidner, born in 1967 in Cologne, where he presently lives, is a German writer, translator and literary critic. He has studied Arabic and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Göttingen, Damascus, Berkeley (CA) and Bonn. Weidner has published several volumes of fiction, travel writing and essays, focusing on the relations between Islam and the West. As a translator he has presented to the German public some of the most eminent contemporary Arab poets such as Adonis, Mahmoud Darwish, Badr Shakir as-Sayyab, Nizar Qabbani and others. In 2016 he published the first complete German translation of Ibn al-Arabi’s most famous volume of poetry, “Tarjuman al-ashwaq” (The Interpreter of Desires). Currently he is preparing the first anthology of classical Arab poetry in German since the 19th century. Since 2001 he is also editor-in-chief of Art/Thought – Fikrun wa Fann, a bi-annual journal published and distributed by the Goethe-Institut in English, Arabic and Persian. He contributes to the cultural pages of some of the main German newspapers and radio stations such as FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Deutschlandradio. For his fiction he was awarded the Clemens-Brentano Prize of the city of Heidelberg in 2006. For his work as a translator from the Arabic he received the Johann-Heinrich-Voss Prize of the German Academy for Language and Poetry (2007) and the Paul-Scheerbart Preis of the Rowohlt Foundation (2014). Weidner has been a guest professor for “Poetics of Translation” at the Department of Comparative Literature at the Free University of Berlin and is currently teaching as a guest professor at the University of Bonn. His latest publication, “Anti-Pegida” (2015/2016), has been translated into Arabic.  Stefan Weidner is a member of the German PEN-Club and a founding member of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne and a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry in Darmstadt.

Inga Steinmetz

Inga Steinmetz © Inga Steinmetz Inga Steinmetz lives and works in Berlin. She was born in the GDR and has moved back and forth between East and West Berlin since then. At the moment she resides near the East Side Gallery. At the age of 15 she started writing stories and drawing comics, always striving to become a full-time artist one day. She is well known for her works "Freche Maedchen - Freche Manga“, “Bruederchen und Schwesterchen” (“Grimms Manga”), "Alpha Girl" and the autobiographic "Schneeballens Fall". To this day she has drawn more than 1000 pages and written over 20 stories. She was featured in many newspaper articles and TV-broadcastings. Inga writes articles about Manga for the German newspaper Tagesspiegel and is teaching Manga for the Goethe-Institut in Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Gulf Region. She spent two months in South Korea as part of a comic-sponsorship. 

Samar S. Haddad

Samar S. Haddad © Samar S. Haddad Samar S. Haddad is a Canadian citizen of Palestinian-Syrian descent. She has been working as publisher in Syria and Lebanon since 2001 and owns her own publishing house, “Atlas Publishing”. In her role as a publisher she has participated in and organized many workshops, round tables and conferences related to the book industry and cultural issues in Syria, Lebanon and abroad. Furthermore she is the co-author of the book “Regards sur l’édition dans le monde arabe”, a collective publication of researchers on the book industry in the Arab world. Samar has been a proud member of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers since the year 2009. Recently she published books translated from German into Arabic with the support of the translation funds of the Goethe-Institut.

Joachim Dollhopf and Evi Goldbrunner

Joachim Dollhopf was born in Munich in 1971, and Evi Goldbrunner was born in Landshut in 1975. Both are graduates in Scriptwriting/Dramaturgy and Film Directing from the Film University Babelsberg Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Their films have been shown in 50 countries at 200 festivals, among them the Berlinale and the Festival de Cannes. Their work has won more than 20 awards, including a Cinema for Peace Talent Award, a Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Filmpreis and a First Steps Award, the German film industry’s most prestigious young talent award. “At Eye Level” is their feature-length directorial debut feature film.

Ina Werner

Ina Werner © Ina Werner Regina Werner is working for the German TV station ZDF as a commissioning editor in the department for fictional films focusing on children’s programmes. Among other things she has created the series “JoNaLu” for pre-schoolers, which intends to promote language skills. Within the German initiative “Special movies for children” she supervised the motion picture “At Eye Level”, which has won a lot of national and international prices including the German film award for the best children´s movie. Beside this she oversees projects with digital media students at the “Hochschule Mainz - University of applied sciences”.

Jost Althoff

Jost Althoff © Jost Althoff Jost Althoff studied Screenwriting and geoecology at the Film University Babelsberg and has been working in animation since 2012 with a focus on television for children. His films include “Hinterland” (co-directed with Jakob Weyde, 2010), “Ballast” (2012) and “Train to Peace” (also co-directed with Weyde) which he presents at Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017.


Max Philipp Glauner

Max Philipp Glauner © Max Philipp Glauner Max Philipp Glauner was born in 1982 in Freiburg, Germany. He is a director and an editor. He studied history and media sciences in Berlin while absolving internships in the fields of commercials, music videos and features. He then studied film editing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF from 2006 to 2012 where he directed several short films and graduated with the short film “Fast and Cheap” which showed on numerous international film festivals. He is working on the science fiction short “Cityboy” and the script for his debut full length feature film. He presents the short film “Train to Peace” at Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017.

Katja Benrath

Katja Benrath © Katja Benrath Influenced by theatre throughout her youth, Katja Benrath became a theatre tailor early in her professional life and worked for Pina Bausch's dance company. She then completed studies in singing and acting in Vienna, where she also discovered filmmaking. Her first short films, “Babydoll” (2011), “No One Pukes in Heaven” (2013) and “Tilda” (2015), have been screened at numerous international festivals. At Ajyal Youth Film Festival she presents her film “All of Us”. This short film is her graduation project for the Hamburg Media School. It is her first film based on a true story.

Michal Krajczok

Michal Krajczok © Michal Krajczok From the fascination of grandpa’s piano over experiments in classical and jazz music, Michal developed his passion towards music and further on towards sound for film. He moved to Berlin to study sound engineering at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in 2003 and trained himself to become elaborate in creating sound environments that concentrate the intended feeling and the aesthetics of a film. Michal can offer hands-on knowledge on all stages of film sound production, be it location sound or sound design, sound supervising and mixing. At Ajyal Youth Film Festival he presents “A Wonderful Nature: Common Chameleon”.