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    Prof. Dr. phil. Martin Dinges - Speaker
    Prof. Dr. phil. Martin Dinges was Deputy Director of the Institute for the History of Medicine of Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart. He has published books and articles on homoeopathy in India, most recently ‘Medical Pluralism and Homoeopathy in India and Germany (1810-2010). A Comparison of Practices’.

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    Therese Hayes - Curator - Guest
    Born and raised in France, Therese Hayes’ interest in Indian culture started in London, with the influence of her Indian dentist. Later she studied Far Eastern Civilization at the University of Washington, USA. Twenty years ago Mrs. Hayes became one of the initial sponsors when the Palm Springs International Film Festival was created. Although still a sponsor, her primary dedication has been to bring quality Indian cinema to the Palm Springs Festival as well as other festivals, including the Bangkok International Film Festival. Mrs. Hayes used to be a consultant coordinator for the Mumbai Film Festival. She is on the board of Film Trust India and various other advisory panels. In 2003 she co-founded Dreamnotes Inc. with Ustad Nishat Khan for the promotion of Indian Classical Music and produced four concerts.

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    Uma da Cunha - Curator - Guest
    Uma da Cunha’s work in cinema spans programming, writing and casting. Her career started in 1974 with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Govt. of India. In 1978, she set out on her own, organising film festivals and related events in India and internationally, writing for leading newspapers and publications, casting for films such as Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’, Mira Nair’s ‘Kamasutra’, Jane Campion’s ‘Holy Smoke’, Dev Benegal’s ‘English, August’ and Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Lagaan’. She has assisted major festivals such as those at Cannes, Berlin and Venice and more recently, Toronto and Busan. As well as having been a founder-advisor to several Indian film festivals held outside of India (London, Los Angeles, Stuttgart), Uma da Cunha has also held Indian film sessions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Image. In 1966 she edited ‘Montage – A Monograph’ on Satyajit Ray. In 2009, she served on the International jury for the Cannes Film Festival’s section Un Certain Regard. She has also programmed a section, now called ‘Discovering India’, at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star ever since its inception. In October 2018, she launched the organisation On Global Screens, to support quality cinema through services including subtitling in English, casting, programming, and festival consultancy. At its forefront is the journal On Global Screens (formerly Film India Worldwide), focused on India’s independent and regional cinema movement, for which she is editor and publisher. Uma da Cunha currently writes on film festivals for the online daily newspaper TheCitizen.in.

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    Aijaz Khan - Filmmaker
    Aijaz Khan’s debut film ‘The White Elephant’ (2009) premiered at the prestigious International Film Festival of India, travelling to more than ten film festivals including New York Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. Aijaz has been active in the advertising industry, directing and producing advertising films, for over a decade. Most recently, Aijaz directed ‘Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat’, which was well received at the box office.

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    Sumi Mathai - Filmmaker
    Sumi Mathai is a Mumbai-based writer and director. She began her career in advertising as a copywriter and gradually inched her way into filmmaking. Her debut short film ‘Detour’ won her a Special Jury Mention at the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival in 2017. She is currently working on a web series that she classifies as an ‘adulthood comedy’. She also finished her first feature film script.

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    Dar Gai - Filmmaker
    Dar Gai was born and brought up in Kiev, Ukraine. From the age of 10, Dar Gai was part of the Ukrainian theatre group ‘Incunabula’ as a theatre director for plays and street performances. She founded the art organisation ‘Molfarnist’ and organized two theatre summer festivals in Ukraine. After obtaining a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a minor in film and theatre, Dar Gai was invited to India to teach screen writing and film appreciation at ‘Whistling Woods International’ in Mumbai. Since then, Dar Gai has been writing and directing feature films, TV shows, commercials, short films and music videos in India. Her first narrative feature ‘Teen Aur Aadha’ was co-produced by noted Indian filmmaker Mr. Anurag Kashyap. Dar Gais second film ‘Namdev Bhau in search of silence’ premiered at the Busan International Film Festival.

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    Sonal Sehgal - Actor
    Sonal Sehgal is an Indian actress best known for playing the female lead role in Nagesh Kuknoor’s ‘Aashayein’. She has also headlined tv series ‘Saara Aakash’ and ‘Hotel Kingston’. Playing in Rahat Kazmi’s ‘Mantostaan’ won her several awards and accolades in film festivals across the world. She will be seen playing the protagonist in ‘Lihaaf’ based on Ismat Chugtai’s most controversial story of the same name directed by Rahat Kazmi and co-produced by Oscar winner Marc Baschet. An alumni of the New York Film Academy, New York, Sonal has also co-written the screenplay of ‘Lihaaf’ along with the director of the film.

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    Archana Phadke - Filmmaker
    Born in 1986 in Mumbai, Archana Phadke is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her short film as a director, ‘Uski Baarish’ (2013) was screened at various international film festivals including the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and others. She has produced and edited the feature-length documentary ‘Placebo’, an Indo-Finnish co-production and co-edited ‘Raghu Rai – An Unframed Portrait’. Her debut documentary ‘About Love’ has premiered at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.

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    Sapna Bhavnani - Filmmaker
    Sapna Moti Bhavnani was awarded the ‘IBelieve’ award and the ‘FemEmpowerment’ Award for her work with ex sex workers. Currently she is writing a book and starting the festival journey with her directorial debut documentary called ‘Sindhustan’. The film was picked as one of the 24 films to pitch at DocEdge Kolkata where it won The Griffith Film School Award.

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    Lokesh Vijay Gupte - Filmmaker
    Lokesh Vijay Gupte was born and brought up in Pune. He started his career as a theatre actor. He has done plays for commercial as well as experimental theatre and received appreciation in form of many awards. He has worked as an assistant director with the renowned Marathi actor and director Vinay Apte for more than five years. He learned editing there and started his own editing studio, working as an editor on many TV shows, short films and documentaries. ‘Ek Sangaychay…unsaid Harmony’ is his directorial debut.

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    Srijit Mukherji - Filmmaker
    Srijit Mukherji is one of the leading filmmakers, screenwriters and lyricists of India. He is known for his critical as well as commercially successful films like ‘Autograph’ (2010), ‘Baishe Srabon’ (2011), ‘Jaatishwar’ (2014), ‘Chotuskone’ (2014) and ‘Rajkahini’ (2015) among others. ‘Jaatishwar’ won four National Awards in 2014 and Srijit Mukherji won two more the following year for his film ‘Chotuskone’. ‘Rajkahini’ was an official selection at 16 international film festivals including Indian Panorama 2015, IFF of Kerala 2015 , Imagine India IFF at Madrid 2015 and many more. His latest film ‘Uma’ has been an official selection at seven international film festivals in 2018.

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    Shammi Singh - Filmmaker
    Shammi Singh from Stuttgart was born to a German mother and an Indian father. He grew up and attended school in Germany before he worked for a marketing agency. Again and again he visited his father’s home, India. ‘Women’s voice – India’s choice‘ (2018) is his first documentary film.

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    Shubhada Varadkar - Dancer - Guest
    Shubhada Varadkar’s individuality, versatility and sensibility grew under the guidance of her guru Padmavibhushan Shri Kelucharan Mohapatra. Shubhada shares her strong bond with Bharata Natyam, but Odissi still is her first love and reason to exist. Being praised as prima dona of Odissi by critics, Shubhadas dance emphasizes the true spirit of Odissi as the dance of love and passion in its purity. Her deep engagement for this form of dance brought her awards such as Sringar Mani, Priyadarshini, Maharashtra Gourav, Mahari Award, Kala-Ratna-Preis, just to name a few, and a Senior Fellowship by the Indian ministry of culture. Shubhada, a national artist for Doordarshan, is also an artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

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    Andrei Severny - Filmmaker
    Andrei Severny has directed and produced visionary films, including the narrative feature ‘Condition‘ (2011), the documentary ‘Teaching to See’ (2012), the experimental art film ‘Gravitation: Variation on Time and Space’ with the American Ballet Theatre’s prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, and the documentary feature ‘Inside Risk: Shadows of Medellin’ (2016), which combines interactivity, audience participation and live performance in a genre-shattering glimpse into the future of the film-theatre space. Severny is also a noted visual artist and wrote influential articles on the future of cinema.  

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    Aaquib Khan - Speaker
    Aaquib Khan is a freelance journalist from Mumbai participating in the fellowship programme “Media Ambassadors India – Germany” organised by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He has previously reported on conflicts, politics and human rights from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan. His reports were published extensively,  so by ‘The Caravan‘, ‘IRIN‘, ‘The Wire‘, ‘The Diplomat‘, et al. In the course of his research fellowship, he investigates framing strategies of right-wing populist groups as well as the rise of nationalist media in Germany.

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    Prof. Dr. em. Jakob Rösel - Speaker
    Jakob Rösel is Professor for International Politics and Development Cooperation at the University of Rostock. Like no other, he has approached different regions of South Asia from a political, sociological and historical perspective during his scientific career with stations in Heidelberg and Freiburg. After working on the Jagannath Temple in Orissa and Eastern India in the late 60s and early 70s, he focused specifically on the formation and development of Sinhalese nationalism. His recent work also covers the Kashmir conflict, the influential Mohajir ethnic minority in Pakistan, and migration policy in Afghanistan. The fact that he also did not lose sight of the Indian Union is shown in his book published in 2008 entitled “India in the New Century” (together with Pierre Gottschlich, Baden-Baden: Nomos).

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    Anne Gaschütz - Jury
    Jury Shorts
    Anne Gaschütz grew up in Dresden, Germany before she moved to Great Britain in 2002. Six years later, with her film studies behind her, she returned to her homeland and experienced all stages of film production at the Dresden-based production company filoufilm. Since then she has been working on numerous film projects as a production assistant and production manager. She joined FILMFEST DRESDEN – International Short Film Festival in 2013 and became deputy director of the festival in 2019. She is responsible for the festival coordination and the forum ‘Visegrád in Short(s)’ and also part of the festival’s selection committee.

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    Sanjay També - Jury
    Jury Shorts
    After his move from India to Germany, Sanjay També completed his postgraduate studies of Business Informatics and International Business (MBA) in Munich. Having worked in the IT and software industry for several years, he founded Munich Masala e.V., a community for oriental culture. The associated platform www.InderNet.de has since evolved into a popular network for people in Germany who are enthusiastic about India. In 2016, Sanjay També became President of non-profit organisation Indien-Institut e.V. in Munich.

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    Konstanze Welz - Presenter - Guest
    Born into an Indo-German family Konstanze has been at the crossroads of both cultures since early childhood. She holds a master’s degree in contemporary history and completed her studies with a thesis on Indo-German cultural relations. For more than 10 years Konstanze has been in charge of all India related activities at German Films, the national agency for the worldwide promotion of German cinema. In this position she has worked with all major Indian film festivals, led delegations of German film producers and directors to India and organized co-production events to bring the film industries of both countries closer together. Konstanze left German Films in 2017 to work as a free lance intercultural consultant between Germany and India.

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    Friederike Behrends - Guest
    Friederike Behrends, CEO German Speaking Countries of the internationally active Zee Group, is responsible for the entire business in German-speaking countries. This includes the free-to-air German TV channel Zee.One as well as all digital activities such as the global OTT platform Zee5. The Zee Group is an international media company and one of the largest in India. The manager has been working for years in leading positions in German and international media companies (including Axel Springer, WDR mediagroup, UFA) and has many years of experience, particularly in the successful establishment, restructuring and expansion of companies, digital and other businesses. Her experience ranges from many years of management experience in classic companies to the development and successful establishment of start-up companies. She has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Innovative Audiovisual Content Promotion Program of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW since 2010 and has been a partner of the Institute for Media and Communication Policy Cologne/Berlin since 2013. She is also a member of the German Indian Startup Exchange Programme (GINSEP), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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    Christian Schreier - Guest
    Max-Grünebaum-prizewinner Christian Schreier began his professional career as a dancer and choreographer at various theatres in Germany. Already during this time he developed an enthusiasm for the cinematic art of narration. This led to his studies of film and television in Munich. During his studies he already worked in various positions in TV and film production for public broadcasters, private broadcasters and as a student trainee in the editorial department of Zee.One. Since 2018 Christian Schreier has been responsible as editor for various contents of the Zee.One programme.

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    Kabir Singh Chowdhry - Filmmaker
    Kabir Singh Chowdhry is film director. In 2007, he won the ‘Passion for Cinema’ award for his one-minute film, Dolly. His 42-minute film Good Morning received the grand Jury Award for Best Narrative short at the South Asian International Film Festival 2011, in New York. In December 2012, he participated in India’s first collaborative feature film The Last Act. He is the Creative Producer of “Mukti Bhavan” which had its premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and is the Executive Producer of the “Gold Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain” which won the Silver Gateway Award at MAMI 2018. In 2018 his debut feature film “Mehsampur” won the Grand Jury Prize - India Gold at MAMI and the Golden Sparrow Award for best Editing at the Diorama International Film Festival 2019. Recently he edited and is the creative director of the documentary Sindhustan (2019) which won The Griffith Film School Award at DocEdge Kolkata  and the Best Documentary at the New York Indian Film Festival 2019.

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    Nitin Shingal - Filmmaker
    Nitin Shingal is an MBA who left a corporate job to pursue filmmaking. He started his career as an assistant director with Yash Raj Films and Vinod Chopra films. In 2007, he directed his first short film ‘Kindle’, which was officially selected for the Indian Film Festivals in Stuttgart, Florence and Rome as well as for the Karachi International Film Festival, and was nominated in the Best Short Film category. He has also worked on commercials and was second unit director for the television series’ Seven’ produced by Yash Raj Films. ‘Rice Bowl’ was his second short, but first animated film and ‘Raaya’, his third short film, has also been selected for international festivals. ‘Letters’ is his latest short narrative. Most recently, Nintin Shingal has directed a feature-length film for a digital platform.

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    Constanze Weigl-Jäger - Jury
    Jury Documentary
    Constanze Weigl-Jäger studied Anthropology, Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures (Urdu) and History of South Asia at Heidelberg University and Edinburgh University. To conduct fieldwork in the context of her PhD thesis on reproductive health behaviour of Muslim women in urban North India and do internships at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Max Müller Bhawan, she has lived in New Delhi for two years. Since 2009 she has been working at Heidelberg University and was a research associate and coordinator for the Master programme ‘Health and Society in South Asia’ at the Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute until 2016. Since 2017 she has been coordinating the German-Indian cooperation project ‘New Directions in Active Ageing‘ and ‘Age-friendly Culture in India and Germany’, as part of which she has co-organised the Film Festival for Generations in New Delhi 2018.

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    Rüdiger Heinze - Jury
    Jury Feature film
    From 1988 to 1990, Rüdiger Heinze was trained as a precision mechanic. After having worked in this profession for several years, in 1996 and 1997 he completed internships with Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg and various film production companies. In 1997 he began to study at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, first Directing and later Production, graduating with his diploma film ‘Der Ärgermacher’ in 2002. Rüdiger Heinze worked as a film producer and screenwriter as well as a director and actor. His short film ‘Der Mann mit dem weißen Bart’ achieved the excellent ‘Besonders wertvoll’ rating by Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden. In 2008, he established the production company Zum Goldenen Lamm together with Stefan Sporbert, which has been developing films and documentaries for cinema and TV which have been successful in Germany and abroad ever since.  

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    Cengiz Akaygün - Jury
    Jury Shorts
    Born in Germany, Cengiz Akaygün grew up as a Kurd in Turkey and returned to Stuttgart with his family at the age of seven. While he studied Communication and Media Sciences, he lived out his passion for film by making a documentary on the identity of Kurdish students in Diyarbakir, filmed with hidden camera at actual locations in Turkey. He produced, directed and wrote his first short feature film ‘Free Monkeys’ (2014), which received several awards including the prize for the Best Film of the Genrenale festival in Berlin. ‘Der Barbier’ followed in 2016, while his third short film ‘Der Mandarinenbaum’ was awarded the grand prize in the short film category by Filmschau Baden-Württemberg in 2018. Cengiz Akaygün is currently working on the script for his first feature film, ‘Mira & der Strandgeist’

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    Kamran Sardar Khan - Jury
    Jury Feature film
    Kamran Sardar Khan, born in 1966, was working as an architect before he followed his passion and started his second career in the film business in 2001. He has worked as CEO of an independent film distribution in Stuttgart and has been involved in numerous consultancy projects for international companies, specializing in Indian cinema with the focus on Bollywood presence in Europe. In 2009, Sardar Khan he took charge of the newly established film distribution company Camino Film. Since 2018 Khan has been chairing his new film production and distribution company Weltenwandler Film in Stuttgart.

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    Ruma Dutt - Jury
    Jury Feature film
    Currently a doctoral fellow at University of Potsdam, Germany, Ruma Dutt is pursuing her comparative doctoral research on Hindi and German cinema at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include media and cultural studies, feminist theory and multiculturalism. She has been previously awarded fellowships by Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), Braunschweig and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). She has also been teaching German at the University of Delhi for the last fifteen years.

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    Krishna Saraswati - Jury
    Jury Dokumentarfilm
    Krishna Saraswati studied Documentary Film Direction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and won plenty of prizes worldwide with his student films. His desire to go beyond the documentation of social issues on film by initiating real change processess made him strike a new path after his studies. Thus he established the educational movement Funkenflug and the company Living Circles. With a multidisciplinary team he plans and builds innovative kindergartens and schools. Krishna Saraswati received a Markelstifung and a Caligari scholarship as well as numerous international awards for his work.

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    Sifra Lentin - Speaker
    Sifra Lentin is a Mumbai-based writer and Bombay History Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a foreign policy think tank headquartered in Mumbai. She writes on the history of Mumbai, India’s financial capital, and its linkages through trade, finance, banking, communities and culture with the rest of the world. Her Gateway House report on Mumbai-Shanghai Sister Cities Agreement: Challenges & Opportunities (May 2017) explores Mumbai’s relationship with Shanghai in the context of the ones she shares with her other 14 sister cities, most notably the one with Stuttgart, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2018. She was awarded the 2018-19 Herbert Katz Visiting Fellowship for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for her ongoing project on “Karachi’s Jewish Community”. Books written by her are: the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet coffee table book ‘A Salute to The Sword Arm – A Photo Essay on The Western Fleet’ (April 2007), and more recently Our Legacy: the Dwarkadas family of Bombay (March 2018) on the 250-year-old history of the eminent Halai Bhatia Dwarkadas Khimji family of Mumbai. She has also been published in three books: MARG’s ‘Indian Jewish Heritage – Ritual, Life-Cycle & Art’ (2002), One India One People’s book on Communities of India (2006), and recently in Primus Publications Mumbai Socio-Cultural Perspectives: Contributions of Ethnic Groups and Communities (2018). Sifra is a graduate in English (Honours) and a post-graduate in Law, both from the University of Bombay. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Sir Jacob Sassoon High School (Byculla, Mumbai).

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    Conrad Lobst - Guest
    Since the beginning of his adolescence, Conrad Lobst has been experimenting with cameras and was part of a famous summer holiday blockbuster series as a cinmeatographer. Since finishing high school, he has been working as 1st camera assistant on feature, advertising and documentary films with many German and international cinematographers worldwide. During his studies at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, he has developed his visual style which is characterized by imaginative and unconventional storytelling. At the same time, he specialized ins VFX cinematography. After finishing his studies in 2016, he spent multiple months in Mumbai and Northern India to shoot the German-Indian production "Once Again" (directed by Kanwal Sethi) alongside Eeshit Narain.

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    Pooja Gupte - Filmmaker
    Cinematographer Pooja Gupte is a graduate of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, India. Her love for cinematography stems from her lifelong fascination with visuals. Pooja was always a visual learner and a go-getter. By the age of 16, she had made up her mind to pursue cinematography as a career and had worked her way through to get into the premier institute in India. Her first feature film as DoP ,Crossing Bridges‘ – which she also produced – won the National President’s award in 2014. She was awarded Best Cinematography for the feature film ,Rukh‘ in 5th AIFF 2018. She also has a flair for teaching cinematography and has been affiliated with a college as a guest lecturer.

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    Paramvir Singh - Jury
    Jury Documentary
    As a child Paramvir Singh got enthusiastic about comic books and super heroes. When he grew up, his creative and visual arts skills landed him a job in advertising, in the same office where India’s legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray used to work. But the lure of the moving image led him to study cinema at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India. His experimental cinematography on his diploma film ‘Parsiwada Tarapore, Present Day’ won him the President Of India’s National Award for Best Cinematography. Paramvir Singh went on to shoot a big-budget Bollywood movie ‘EMI, Liya Hai To Chukana Padega’ and the indie film ‘Hulla’. He also shot for the feature-length documentary ‘Leaving Home, The Life and Music of Indian Ocean’. This film won the President's National Award for Best Film in Art And Culture. Thereafter Paramvir Singh went on to shoot TV commercials, short films, music videos and documentaries, co-founding one of India’s top TV commercial production companies.

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    Rajvinder Singh - Speaker
    The German-Indian writer, dubbing artist (among others from the Pro7 success series “The Big Bang Theory”), translator and head of creative writing workshops at schools Rajvinder Singh has been living in Berlin for 38 years. He is a passionate mediator between cultures, especially between Germany and India. On the Federal Government’s website he is referred to as “A Bridge Builder for Germany”. As a founding member of the initiative: “Courage against xenophobia”, he has been giving lectures at schools since 1993 and offers creative intercultural writing workshops to familiarise pupils with other cultures, reduce their fears of the “foreign” and thus broaden their horizons. The author of eleven volumes of poetry and numerous essays and narratives in German, as well as three volumes of narratives written together with the students during his writing workshops: Beyond the Horizon and Two Birds under a Linden Tree, has also led numerous school trips to India under the motto DIALOGUE OF CULTURES, a term he coined in 1993 in response to Huntington’s clash of civilizations.

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    Shanti Bhushan Roy - Filmmaker
    Mr Shanti Bhushan Roy is a respected Indian Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Educator and Motion Picture Consultant. A former software engineer, He is an alumnus of prestigious Film and Television Institute of India-Pune. He has more than a decade of experience in Film, Television, Documentary and Digital Audio Visual medium. He has worked on almost a dozen of Fiction Feature Films, equal number of Non Fiction Films and Television programs along with programs for National and International Television Channels and TV commercials. His wide range of filmography includes fiction films like Oscar shortlisted Ballad of Rustom, Wedding Anniversary, Shuttlecock Boys & Humne Gandhi Ko Maar Diya but also Non Fiction films like Rubaru Roshni, Partners Crime etc. He has worked on the milestone TV program "Satyamev Jayate" hosted by megastar Mr Aamir Khan. He has also shot documentaries for many International foundations like Bill & Melida Gates Foundation, UNDP & Godrej Foundation. Also have worked on many TV commercials & TV programs like 24 Season 2, Incredible India etc for many National and International Television Channels. He is amongst very few Filmmakers in India to be exploring the VR, 3D-360, AR. His ,Crackle' happens to be India's first horror VR film which has been screened widely across the various VR international festivals. Since 2011 he has been working with young students of various government and private institutions like Symbiosis International University & Mumbai University. His work has been appreciated by many film critics as poetic & evocative and got featured in film and trade magazines.

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    Christine Müller-Welt, Dolmetscherin/Interpreter - Guest
    Christine Müller-Welt is a free-lance conference interpreter and translator for German and English since 1997, serving clients from politics and industry. She received a Diploma in Conference Interpreting from the University of Heidelberg, Diploma in Russian from Strathclyde University and BA in Music from the University of York. Her areas of specialisation are: architecture, renewables, automotive, mechanical & electrical engineering, IT and medicine. Christine Müller-Welt is in charge of consultancy and organisation of teams of high-calibre interpreters for all kinds of multilingual events (technical conferences, press conferences, depositions. etc.).

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    Claus Brockschnieder, Dolmetscher/Interpreter - Guest
    Claus Brockschnieder is a free-lance conference interpreter (simultaneous/consecutive interpreting) and technical translator for German and English since 1992. After his studies in Applied Linguistics at Mainz University in Germersheim and the studies and teaching assistantship at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA he graduated in Conference Interpreting. His specialisation are: business & finance (annual general meetings, supervisory board meetings), mechanical and automotive engineering (executive management meetings, technical conferences), TV sports broadcasts, talk shows and press conferences.  Claus Brockschnieder is organising multi-lingual interpreters' teams and conference consulting for events of all kinds (technical conferences, press conferences).

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    Shada Islam - Speaker
    Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics, is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brusselsby Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.Twitter: @shada_islam

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    State Minister Theresa Schopper - Speaker

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    Natalie Mayroth - Speaker
    Natalie Mayroth is a freelance journalist and photographer. She has previously reported from China and India. Her focus is on social and cultural phenomena – from equality to pop culture – in Europe and Asia. She obtained her Master’s degree in  European Ethnology, Sociology and Iranian Studies from LMU Munich. In 2017 she participated in the fellowship programme "Media Ambassadors India – Germany" organised by Robert Bosch Stiftung. She kept returning to the subcontinent ever since. Most recently, she reported on the 2019 Indian general elections.

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    Aaquib Khan - Speaker
    Aaquib Khan is a freelance journalist from Mumbai participating in the fellowship programme “Media Ambassadors India – Germany” organised by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He has previously reported on conflicts, politics and human rights from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan. His reports were published extensively, so by ‘The Caravan‘, ‘IRIN‘, ‘The Wire‘, ‘The Diplomat‘, et al. In the course of his research fellowship, he investigates framing strategies of right-wing populist groups as well as the rise of nationalist media in Germany.

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    Dr. Christian Wagner - Speaker
    Dr. Christian Wagner is Senior Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP). Key areas in his research are foreign and security policy issuesin India and South Asia. In 2015, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies (JNIAS). In 2016, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi.

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    Dr. Florian Öxler - Speaker
    Florian Öxler studied Chemistry and History of Science in Marburg, before he worked there at the Institute of the History of Pharmacy for three years. Since 2010 he has been in charge of the historical corporate archives of WALA Heilmittel / Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik in Bad Boll.