At the Contemporary Carlowitz Summit, hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the German Council for Sustainable Development, Future Challenges spoke with Klaus Töpfer (Interview in German). Töpfer is the former German Minister for the Environment and a former Executive Director of the UNEP. In our conversation, we discovered that he is a strong believer in youth and in the generations to come, but that he is deeply concerned about some of our new technologies.
Manouchehr Shamsrizi (24) is a Global Justice Fellow at Yale University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts as well as the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy. His academic activities includes membership in several think-tanks including the "beta-group" of ZEIT Foundation, Google's Co:llaboratory, the German Council on Foreign Affairs, Siemens "Future Influencer", British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Wilton Park’s Atlantic Youth ForumWilton Park's Atlantic Youth Forum and the "Yunus Brainpool", a Generation Y advisory board of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Creative Lab. He was elected a "European Future Leader", a "One Young World Ambassador", a "Leading Digital Native" (IBM), a "Sandbox Global Ambassador" and twice a "Leader of Tomorrow" at the St. Gallen Symposium. Manouchehr is a strategist for StartUps, especially consulting Private Equity firms and VCs. He is dramaturg of the "Center for Political Beauty" (Zentrum für Politische Schönheit), consisting of more than one hundred performance artist as well as a Senior Advisor to the "What took you so long" Foundation's disruptive-filmmaking Team. His first directed play (“incipit parodiae – wir zweifeln zuwenig und zuviel”) was perform first at the MorgenLand Festival at TAK Liechtenstein. He published on geopolitical, sociological and philosophical issues, is columnist of the REVUE - Magazine for the Next Society and was a speaker at universities as well as TEDx.
Manouchehr holds a BA in Political Science, Economics and Cultural Studies from Zeppelin University (where he was also the coordinator of the European Center for Sustainability Research) and is a student of Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance's Master of Public Policy class of 2014.