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Auma Obama

Dr. Auma Obama
Head of the Board Sauti Kuu
Dr. Auma Obama was born in Kenya and grew up there. She pursued university studies in Germany, where she received a master's degree at the University of Heidelberg. After receiving her master's degree, she completed studies at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and received a doctoral degree from the University of Bayreuth at the same time.

Dr. Obama is a member of the World Future Council and a member of the Governing Council of the Kilimanjaro Initiative. She is a book author and offers presentations and keynotes all over the world on the topic of ecological, economic and social sustainability.

She is the founder and Chair of the Sauti Kuu Foundation. The term 'Sauti Kuu' comes from the Kiswahili language and means 'Strong Voices'. The Foundation seeks to give disadvantaged children and young people a voice, and to awaken and strengthen their potentials. Working from the principle of 'helping people to help themselves', the Foundation provides support and motivation to enable young generations to take their destiny into their own hands and successfully control their own future.

Wolfgang Bosbach

Wolfgang Bosbach
Member of the
German Bundestag
Wolfgang Bosbach was born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Following training as a retail merchant, he became the manager of a supermarket and went on to graduate from the Rheinische Akademie in Cologne as a State-Certified Business Economist. Wolfgang Bosbach took his school-leaving [Abitur] qualifications in adult education before continuing on to successfully complete a degree in law at the University of Cologne.

Wolfgang Bosbach has been a member of the CDU since 1972. From April 2003 until 2005 he was Deputy Chairman of his party in North Rhine-Westphalia. He served as CDU/CSU parliamentary group chairman for internal and legal affairs in the German Bundestag from 2000 until 2009. He has been Chairman of the Committee on Internal Affairs of the German Bundestag since November 2009. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Judicial Selection.

"'Currently I work side by side with many former and active football professionals (and more and more celebrity friends) and serve as a patron in support of the "Platz da" project sponsored by the organisation GOFUS.' This project aids children and young people from economically weaker backgrounds, helping them develop in ways appropriate to their ages. The successes achieved in this regard over the past 7 years have been considerable. Working together with partners, local governments and cities, this has resulted in a total project volume of more than EUR 3,500,000. This is also the kind of success I sincerely wish for Dr. Auma Obama for her project – the Sauti Kuu Foundation."

Janina Otto

Janina Otto
Aid worker
Janina Otto: Following studies in 'Social Justice' that took her to South/East Africa for several years, the economics graduate worked for Welthungerhilfe (Bonn) in the area of emergency aid programmes and rehabilitation for Sudan and Zimbabwe. This was followed by several years' work in Nairobi, Kenya, as Executive Director of the Ana Kwa Ana Foundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to advocacy on behalf of street children, HIV/AIDS orphans and 'women's empowerment'.

Socially disadvantaged children and refugee children are of particular concern to the mother of two. This is why she works with the World Future Council, among others, on behalf of children's rights.

Dr. Berndt Schmidt
General Director
Dr. Berndt Schmidt, the Artistic Director, General Director and Producer of Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin, studied economics and social sciences at the University of Augsburg, where he received his doctoral degree with honours in 1993.

After joining Bertelsmann AG in New York, in Frankfurt am Main he worked as Deputy Managing Director of Logic Records, a successful dance-music label of the Bertelsmann Music Group, and as Managing Director of its foreign holdings in New York and London. After other management posts in the music and film area, the cultural manager shifted to the special world of theatre: in 2002 as Executive Vice President of the musical 'Ludwig II – Sehnsucht nach dem Paradies' in Füssen, Germany; and in 2004 as Regional Manager South for two musical theatres, Apollo and Palladium Theater in Stuttgart, operated by Stage Entertainment.

Since November 1, 2007, he is Artistic Director and General Director of Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. Dr. Berndt Schmidt is also the producer in charge of that theatre's Children's Shows and Grand Shows. Since he joined Friedrichstadt-Palast, ticket sales have more than doubled, and annual capacity utilisation has risen, from 64 percent in 2008 to 91 percent in 2013. For THE WYLD, Berndt Schmidt put together the largest budget in the theatre's history. The budget threshold of EUR 10 million was exceeded for the first time, making the Grand Show at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin currently the costliest show production outside of Las Vegas.

Tafara Plauschinat

Tafara Plauschinat
Member of the
young ensemble
Tafara Plauschinat aged 17 has been a member of the Young Ensemble of the Friedrichstadt-Palast for a number of years. After starting out in dance, she has continued to develop as a solo vocalist and actress over the years.

Sibylle Bassler

Sibylle Bassler
ZDF Mona Lisa
Sibylle Bassler was born in Freiburg, Germany. After completing university studies and practical training, she worked as a writer for the ARD television network and for the then-Südwestfunk network in Baden-Baden and hosted TV shows in the regional, 'third' channels. In 1988, she moved to the ZDF network, where she filed many reports for the 'ML mona lisa' programme from abroad, from countries including Russia, Romania, India, the United States, Greenland and Canada. In many of her segments, Sibylle Bassler dealt with violence against children, incest, trafficking in women or pornography.

In addition to many other awards, Sibylle Bassler was presented with the Order of Friendship of the Knights Order of the Griffin for her 'brave and courageous' commitment and her outstanding journalistic work. In 2012 she was named 'Righteous among women' by BISER International for her sustained coverage from Bosnia, and in 2011 she received the Media Prize of the 'Alliance for Children' Foundation for her sustained reporting on child abuse.

At the University of Freiburg and the University of Tübingen, she periodically instructs aspiring journalists in practical workshops lasting several days. She is in demand as a presenter at events of social and political relevance and is herself an invited participant in panel discussions. She has been in charge of the 'ML' editorial staff since July 2008. Sibylle Bassler has been a Board member of the 'Sauti Kuu' Foundation since 2015.