Panel discussion December 7, 2015

Dr Imme Scholz

Deputy Director German Development Institute

Dr Imme Scholz is deputy director of the German Development Institute (DIE – Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik). She is a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development. Between 2002-2009, she was head of the environmental department at DIE. She has published extensively on climate change and development; institutional development and environmental policy in developing countries; natural resource management, particularly sustainable forest use. In the 1980s, she studied sociology at the Free University of Berlin where she also obtained the degree of Dr. phil. for a thesis on the determinants for entrepreneurial innovation capacity in the Amazon tropical timber industry. She became a research fellow at DIE in 1992. Between 1999 and 2002, she was on leave and worked as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon for German development cooperation. 


The 2030 Agenda – An Opportunity For
Strengthening International Cooperation

Samuel Zan Akologo

Executive Secretary Department of Human Development Caritas Ghana

Samuel Zan Akologo is Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana and Head of the Department of Human Development of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference since 2011. Zan previously held Country Director positions for SEND GHANA (A national policy research and advocacy organization) and Amnesty International. His academic background is Public Policy and Government Reform from University of Westminster (UK). Zan's research interest is in Migration and Development where he has written and commented on very extensively. 

Since 2013 to date, he has followed very proactively  the Post 2015 Development Agenda process from the work of the Open Working Group that drafted the SDGs. In this regard Zan is one of the main persons that supported Caritas Internationalis advocacy work towards the Post 2015 Development Agenda. 


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Martine Schommer

Director of the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Martine Schommer is the Director of the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and non-resident ambassador to Mali, Niger, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Besides that, during 2015 she participated in the negotiations of the international agreements reached at Addis Ababa on Financing for Development and in New York for the Sustainable Development Goals. Martine Schommer has also held the position of Ambassador to Berlin, Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador to China and Diplomatic adviser to Prime Minister Juncker. 

Dr Danny Sriskandarajah

Secretary General Civicus (World Alliance for Citizen Participation)

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. Headquartered in Johannesburg, CIVICUS is the global civil society alliance with members in more than 140 countries. Prior to moving to South Africa, Danny was based in the UK for 15 years, where his roles included Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. Danny is the author of numerous reports and academic articles on international migration and economic development. He sits on the boards of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation and International Alert. He has been a consultant to several international organisations and is a co-founder of the Ockenden Prizes. Danny holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. 


Christian Scharff 

President IMS - Inspiring More Sustainability

Since its creation in 2007, Christian Scharff is President of the "Inspiring More Sustainability" (IMS) Luxembourg, a cluster of corporations working towards the development of policies regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Luxembourg,  and President of the Committee for the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg since its set up in 2012. Its engagement in the field of CSR in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region has been rewarded with the Gold Medal of the European Merit in 2010.

Christian Scharff is also partner at PwC Luxembourgin Advisory, Human Resource Services.

Tanya Cox

Co-Chair European Steering Group Beyond 2015

Tanya Cox is the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager at Plan International’s EU Office. Since 2011, she led the work of the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force (ETF). As Co-Chair of the ETF, she guided European organisations to influence the EU's position, both in Brussels and at Member State level, in the sustainable development negotiations, with considerable success in pushing for a people- and planet-centred approach. Now that “Agenda 2030” has been agreed, she is involved in civil society discussions about how to influence and monitor EU implementation of the SDGs.

In addition, she works with all EU institutions and the Member States to adopt ambitious strategies on children's rights, child protection and gender equality.

Previously to Plan International, Tanya worked with Save the Children for seven years and Human Rights Watch for two years, both posts being based in Brussels. She has a background as an international consultant specialising in communication.

Agenda 2013: What now?

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Anders Henriksson

Principal Advisor Policy Definition DevCo, European Commission's Directorate - General for International Cooperation and Development

After serving in the Swedish Foreign Ministry (1985-1988), the World Bank in Washington DC (1988-1994), and the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU (1994-1998), Anders Henriksson joined the European Commission in 1998, holding a series of high profile posts, including Negotiator for Lithuania‘s accession to the EU (2000-2003), Director for the Horn of Africa, East and Southern Africa, Indian Ocean and the Pacific (2003-2006) and Head of the Commission Representation in Sweden (2006-2009). 2009-2011 he was seconded by the Commission to the Swedish Foreign Ministry for collaborative work on the Eastern Neighbourhood, after which he pursued work on the same region outside the Commission until earlier this year. Last September Anders Henriksson joined the senior management of the Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) in Brussels, where he serves as Principal Adviser for Policy Definition.

Anders Henriksson is an economist by training.

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Danièle Weber


Danièle Weber studied agricultural sciences and journalism. Among others she has worked in Luxembourg as a journalist for the radio and TV station RTL. During the last years, she focused on EU affairs working for different media such as the European radio network Euranet Plus, for the Luxembourgish weekly newspaper “woxx”, and the Luxembourgish public radio 100,7. 

Marie-Josée Jacobs

President Caritas Luxembourg

Marie-Josée Jacobs started her governmental career in 1992 as minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and rural development. From 1994 to 2004, Mrs Jacobs assumed the role of minister for family affairs, of social solidarity, youth and of feminine promotion. During the coalition government CSV-LSAP that emerged from the legislative elections in 2009, Marie-Josée Jacobs stayed head of the ministry for family affairs and integration and was also elected minister of cooperation and humanitarian action. In 2013, Mrs Jacobs retired and after a brief sabbatical period, took the presidency of Fondation Caritas Luxembourg..

Armand Drews

President Cercle de Coopération des ONGD

Armand Drews is a long-time labour union activist. For 25 years he was a member of the staff delegation of the BGL (Banque Générale du Luxembourg), where he subsequently became chairman then member of the Joint Committee and ultimately held a post on the Board of Directors. He is currently heading the NGO OGBL trade union Solidarity and holds the position of President of the  Cercle des ONG de développement. Armand Drews also represents his labour union on the steering committee of the National Health Fund (CNS) since 2004 and serves on the municipal council of the city of Luxembourg.

 « Des ODD* pour construire un monde plus stable. » 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Workshops

Graham Long

Senior Lecturer - School of Geography, Politics and Sociology -  New Castle University

Graham Long is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Newcastle University in the UK. He teaches and researches on issues of global justice and human rights. For the last two years he has beenresearching the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on ideas of universality, country differentiation, fairness and accountability. He has also worked with the Beyond 2015 global CSO campaign to feed  this analysis into policy discussions. Dr. Long co-wrote the Beyond2015 position papers on universality and accountability, and presented them to UN and EU member states. This year, he has been on Research Council-funded secondment to the CONCORD/Beyond2015 European Task Force.



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Francis Schartz

Chairman Conseil Supérieur pour un Développement Durable

Dr Francis Schartz is the acting Chairman of the Conseil supérieur pour un Développement Durable in Luxembourg. Holding a doctorate in environmental science he previously held the post of Director of the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck and the Nordstad Lycée Diekirch.

Nicole Etikwa Ikuku is coordinator at Action Solidarité Tiers Monde - ASTM - since 2005 . 

ASTM is a Luxembourgish NGO founded in 1969 and working in global citizenship since the early 80s. Its activities are dedicated: to the support of people and communities in developing countries by the implementation of  projects and strong partnerships with southern NGOs, to the global citizenship education in Luxembourg and to the political advocacy for social justice. 

Nicole was born in Congo and studied Sociology in Belgium. She actively represented Luxembourg during six years at the DARE Forum - the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum of Concord, and was co-chair of it. She participated at the elaboration of the Concord’s Code of Conduct on Images and Messages (2007) and the Guiding principals, as well as on the document « A journey to Quality Development Education ». 

Anna Knoll

Policy Officer European Centre for Development Policy Management - ECDPM

Anna Knoll is a Policy Officer in the Strengthening European External Action Programme at ECDPM. Having an academic background in philosophy, economics (BA) and in International Political Economy (MSc, LSE), Anna’s interests and expertise lie in the field of political economy, migration and development and trade and development. Before joining ECDPM, Anna worked at the European Commission in the Trade and Development Unit of DG Trade as stagiaire. Her current activity focuses on the International Cooperation in the context of the post-2015 global framework for development, specifically the role of the EU and policies beyond aid such as the EU’s Migration and Development policies. 


Noelani Dubeta

Climate Policy Assistant - Climate Action Network Europe

Noelani Dubeta is a practitioner and researcher specializing in the intersection between human well-being and climate change, seeking to foster a new global sustainable development paradigm grounded in initiatives, such as the SDGs and the development paradigm of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness. She has worked internationally on various climate and well-being initiatives, such as well-being, social and environmental policy research for the New Economics Foundation in London and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Vancouver, as well as working on a well-being and ecosystem services survey for a pro-poor UNEP assessment in Thailand. She has presented and facilitated on various social, economic and environmental justice topics in North America, Europe and Asia. By embedding concepts of human well-being into applied climate policy, research and program initiatives, Noelani hopes to foster engagement for the promotion of ‘sustainable well-being’, to encourage our ability to flourish within the planets limits in the name of climate and social justice. Noelani is part of Climate Action Network Europe’s delegation to COP21. Noelani holds an MSc in Well-being and Human Development.

Sustainable Development Goals - Relevance for Climate and Energy


Rilli Lappalainen

Secretary General Kehys (Finnish NGDO platform to the EU) & Co-chair European Development Education multi-stakeholder group

Rilli Lappalainen is the secretary general of Kehys, Finnish NGDO platform to the EU, and co-chair of the European Development Education Multi-Stakeholder Group. Rilli has worked for many years at local, national, European and international levels with global citizenship education and awareness raising. Kehys is the current leading organisation of DEEEP project (www.deeep.org).


Norry Schneider

Coordinator Luxembourg Transition Platform

Norry is trained in natural sciences and system analysis (ETH Zurich). He is cofounder of the citizen initiative Transition Minett and has recently started to work for the Luxembourg Transition platform with the Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg (CELL). His focus lies on citizen mobilisaiton in the context of local climate actions. Keywords are resilience prototyping, facilitation of cooperative networks and support of local projects (urban gardening, energy coops etc.). Before joining CELL professionally he has worked for 10 years at Caritas Luxembourg in the department for international cooperation. 

Jerôme Chaplier

Coordinator European Coalition for Corporate Justice

Jerome Chaplier is the Coordinator of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ). He has a Master in Political Sciences (International Relations) from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Among his previous positions, he conducted field research on poverty reduction in several African and Asian countries and he has worked for Oxfam-Belgium for five years.

Since 2011 Jerome Chaplier has worked on EU reforms on corporate human rights and environmental reporting, on access to justice for victims of corporate human rights violations, on the EU implementation of the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and on the EU strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Business and Human Rights - Coherent action at national, regional and international levels is needed

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Deirdre de Burca

Member of European Steering Group Beyond 2015 and Director of Advocacy for World Vision EU Office

Deirdre de Burca is the Director of Advocacy for World Vision's EU Office. World Vision is an international relief and development non-governmental organisation working in almost 100 countries around the world, providing support to vulnerable children and their families and supporting them in overcoming poverty and injustice. Deirdre was a member of the Steering Group of Concord's Beyond 2015 EU Taskforce which has recently concluded its work. She is closely involved in current discussions on establishing a cross-sectoral civil society alliance at EU level to monitor the implementation of the SDGs by the EU and its member states. Deirdre has a particular interest in issues of governance and accountability and will use the recently developed Beyond 2015 Discussion Document on Governance and Accountability as the framework for the moderation of this session.


Background note on governance & accountability - Beyond 2015 ETF workshop

Nicole Etikwa Ikuku

Coordinator Action Solidarité Tiers Monde - ASTM

Nicole was born in Congo and studied Sociology in Belgium. She actively represented Luxembourg during six years at the DARE Forum - the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum of Concord, and was co-chair of it. She participated at the elaboration of the Concord’s Code of Conduct on Images and Messages (2007) and the Guiding principals, as well as on the document « A journey to Quality Development Education ». 

She is chair of Frères des Hommes Luxembourg.


Camille Gaudin

Project Manager IMS

Camille has joined this year IMS Luxembourg – Inspiring More Sustainability, the Luxembourg leading network on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is involved in the development of the Part&Act project, which objective is to facilitate and raise awareness among companies that are members of IMS Luxembourg to maintain privileged relations with organizations as part of Company-Organization partnerships. With a Master’s degree in Marketing Design and Creation from Audencia Nantes School of Management, Camille has specialized in CSR through her professional experiences, particularly in the field of sustainable sourcing. 

Patrick Krãnipî Godar

Managing Director Foundation Bridderlech Deelen

In the Luxemburgish Foundation Bridderlech Deelen Patrick Godar is the responsible person for projects with indigenous peoples in the Amazonian region. For four years, he lived in the Brazilian State of Tocantins and collaborated with the Conselho Indigenista Missionário – CIMI and various indigenous peoples together with his wife. He maintains contact with them since 1988 and visits the Xerente, Krahô-Kanela and Karajá Javaé every year, in order to support their struggle for the respect of their constitutional rights. The recent violent attacks of a strong agribusiness lobby and the Brazilian government against the right of land demarcation endanger the survival of indigenous people. Together with other NGOs in Luxembourg and abroad, Bridderlech Deelen pleads for the ratification of the ILO 169 international indigenous convention by the Luxemburgish government and informs about the impact of modern society on the survival of traditional indigenous peoples. According to Patrick Godar, their mostly natural way of life and their rights are important topics in the actual climate discussion.

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Jade Buddenberg

Trainer - Collective Leadership Institute

Jade Buddenberg, is Senior Project Manager and accredited faculty member at the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) in Potsdam, Germany. Currently she is involved in building the German Platform for post-2015 Partnerships and other international partnering initiatives tied to the 2030 Agenda. Having supported effective stakeholder engagement in numerous international and German projects including the Textile Alliance, she has built extensive expertise in process design, dialogue and capacity development. Business and Human Rights is her passionate issue, working to leverage the potential of stakeholder collaboration in this respect. She also co-leads the “Young Leaders for Sustainability” program and is a guest lecturer at Heilbronn University.  She has gathered experience in the private, public and civil society sector in the U.A.E, U.K., Japan and Germany. Her background is in environmental governance and international relations with extensive interdisciplinary training in natural resource management, organizational learning, inter-cultural communication and leadership for sustainability. She holds a Master in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg, Germany and a Bachelor in International Relations and World History from the London School of Economics, UK. 


Gaëlle Tavernier

Project Manager – Pacte Climat - IMS Luxembourg

Gaëlle Tavernier is a medical anthropologist and film maker with more than 10 years experiences in humanitarian, research and psycho-social program in Africa, Latin America and London. She came back to Luxembourg and in October 2015 joined IMS (Inspiring More Sustainability) as Project Manager for Pacte Climat.


Marc Elvinger


Marc Elvinger is a lawyer. For the past 35 years he has been active in different NGOs in Luxembourg and abroad. He currently serves as President of Friendship Luxembourg, an NGO set up in 2006 in Luxembourg. Previously he was a member and served as President of the Cercle de Coopération des ONGD.


Harlan Koff

Professor Social Sciences University of Luxembourg

Dr. Harlan Koff is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Luxembourg and President of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC). He publishes in the fields of comparative regional integration, border politics, development politics and migration politics. He is President of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (www.risc.lu) where he co-coordinates the consortium’s working group on “Development, Equity and Policy Coherence.” He is also the co-editor of the journal Regions & Cohesion. Dr. Koff is presently co-editing special issues of Globalizations, the European Journal of Development Research and Local Environment in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals and he is publishing various articles on policy coherence for development.

Civil Society Alliance Workshop December 9, 2015

Seamus Jefferson

Director Concord (European NGO confederation for relief and development)

Seamus Jeffreson has been Director of CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, since January 2014.  Prior to joining CONCORD he worked for 10 years on humanitarian and development projects in the Middle East and Ethiopia with the IMC, CARE International, Trocaire and CAFOD.

Prior to his work with NGOs, he worked for the European Agency for Reconstruction in Kosovo and Serbia and as an adviser on EU regional development and cross border projects in Eastern Europe and the western Balkans. He began his career in the European Commission's technical assistance office in South Africa at the new time of the country's transition to democracy in the mid 1990s.


Marius Wanders

Civil Society Ambassador of the European Year for Development 2015


Marius Wanders is of Dutch origins and has been working in Brussels in a leadership position in the NGO world for close to nine years. Following his studies and marine career, he was involved in the management and direction of non-profit associations serving the insurance industry and specializing in medical assistance to people struck by illness or accidents while they were travelling abroad. This included a time of over 10 years as the founding Executive Director of EuroCross Belgium (1991 – 2001).

From 2002 until 2010, he served as Secretary General and chief executive of Caritas Europa. Following two consecutive mandates of 4 years, he joined World Vision in October 2010 and has assumed the responsibility as Director of World Vision Brussels & EU Representation. Marius Wanders have been closely involved in CONCORD since its creation in 2003. He was elected as a Concord board member in 2011.