Christiana Bukalo is the co-founder of Statefree and Trustee of the European Network on Statelessness. Christiana was born in Germany to West African parents and has been affected by statelessness since then. Motivated by her increasing frustration around intransparency, lack of information and the communication gap between stateless individuals and organisations, she decided to create www.statefree.world, a digital platform for stateless people and their allies (NGOs, academics, lawyers etc.). Statefree’s mission is to facilitate communication, information sharing and connection between stateless individuals and their advocates by providing a space that enables community building. Prior to starting Statefree Christiana worked various areas, some of which included Communication, Change Management, Organisational Development & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.Christiana Bukalo website
Denis started his career in the Refugee-Law-Clinic Bochum, as a legal consultant. He is the author of several articles published by the Human Rights League of France. Denis has been a delegate for ELSA international NGO in the committee on enforced disappearances. He graduated from the Strasbourg University as a Master of fundamental Rights. Since then he is pursuing his second Master degree in Human Rights and international humanitarian law at the Pantheon-Assas university in Paris.
Female Fellows e.V.
Female Fellows e.V is a non-profit organisation with the mission to empower, inform, include and integrate third-country national women alongside host country female fellows in social, economic and political aspects of their societies in Germany and in Europe. Our vision is to build a society where everyone, including women with migrant and refugee background in Germany and Europe, have a decent and comfortable life together with their female fellows.Female Fellows e.V. website
Helena-Ulrike Marambio is a human rights advocate, holding a Magister in political science (University of Cologne, Germany) and a LLM in human rights (University of York, United Kingdom). She is researching issues related to the protection of stateless persons in Europe, and especially in Germany. She previously hold different positions in Amnesty International in Chile and the UK. She also worked with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Chile.
Prof. Dr. Judith Beyer is an anthropologist based at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She specializes in political and legal anthropology and conducts long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar) and increasingly in Europe. Her research focuses on the anthropology of law, the anthropology of the state, and theories of sociality and social order. Her current thematic interests are: the concept of community, practices of traditionalization, common sense, statelessness and ethnomethodology. Judith also produces country of origin expert reports for British asylum cases, in which she regularly encounters statelessness. Currently she is working on setting up an interdisciplinary research initiative provisionally entitled “Statelessness in Europe (SIE). Expert activists and the challenge of childhood statelessness in European nation states."Judith Beyer website
Katia Bianchini is a researcher at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, where she is conducting research on refugee law and statelessness. She holds a law degree from the University of Pavia (Italy), an LL.M. in Comparative Laws from the University of San Diego (California, USA), and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of York (UK). Her doctoral thesis provided an empirical and legal analysis of how the 1954 UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons is implemented in ten EU states. She has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen). Before engaging in research, she practised immigration and refugee law for ten years in the UK and the USA for about 10 years.Katia Bianchini website
Manuela Sissy Brucker
Manuela Sissy Brucker has practiced as a lawyer in Berlin for 12 years. She is on the honorary board of the NGO Christopher-Street-Day in Berlin, and in November 2012 published a dissertation on Human Rights and the right to a nationality.
Hello, I am Mheadeen Kadora, Palestinian of origin, born in Syria, stateless, I grew up in Syria and received my education until I got a degree in information engineering, currently, I am in Germany to complete my education and obtain a master's degree.
My name is Moussa Mbarek and I fled Libya more than five years ago and have been living in Dresden ever since. I am Tuareg and come from Ubari, an oasis region in the southwest of Libya.
My goal was always to study. Between my desire to become an engineer or to study art stood my origins. Like many other Tuareg, I have no citizenship in the country where I was born. This heritage determines my life, also here in Europe.
When the conflicts in Libya made a normal life so unbearable that you could be shot by the rival militias at any time and your wages were not enough to survive, I made my way to Europe.
Here I fight for an open society with the means of art and the mediation of cultural diversity. A central point of my exhibitions is the topic of statelessness. This artistic approach has often succeeded in drawing people's attention to this issue and developing an understanding for the necessity of political action.
Reinhard Marx has practiced as a lawyer in Germany since 1983 with a specific focus on immigration and refugee law as well as law on statelessness and citizenship. He is the author of law books and numerous contributions in journals with respect to these items.Reinhard Marx website