Familiarize yourself with our keynote and workshops speakers before making your way to Witten.  Below you shall find the list of participants with short introduction that is still under progress.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Natascha S. Neudorfer

Natascha S. Neudorfer is Professor of Political Economy at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany. Previously, she was Associate Professor and Birmingham Fellow in International Security at the University of Birmingham. Before that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Munich (LMU) and Amsterdam University College. Natascha holds a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Essex. She is associate editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies.

Natascha is a comparative civil war and corruption expert working on both developing (mainly Africa) and developed countries and has an extensive background in research design, quantitative research methods (inferential statistics and machine learning), qualitative and mixed methods. Her subfields of political science are political economy, comparative politics and international relations.

Víctor Cobs-Muñoz

Human geographer from Chile with master’s degrees in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Management. His expertise lies in social-ecological systems, environmental justice, place theory, and the study of sacrifice zones. As a dedicated lecturer and doctoral researcher at the Department of Spatial Planning of TU Dortmund, he employs theoretical approaches to analyze the dynamics within sacrifice zones and unravel the layers of environmental injustices.

Dr. phil. habil. Jan-Christoph Heilinger

"I work in the field of practical philosophy. My research is characterised by the ambition to identify practical problems, to undertake conceptual analysis of the underlying philosophical and ethical issues, and to contribute to developing responses that advance knowledge and contribute to practice. This approach draws upon both my philosophical training and my collaboration with practitioners and experts from different disciplines. My work is inspired in particular by the Enlightenment tradition, American pragmatism, and contemporary feminist and intersectional political philosophy; it is committed to the ideals of relational equality and (global) justice."

Dr.Rer.Pol Pavlos Roufos

Dr. Roufos is an expert in the fields of political science and economics and a great example of intertwining those fields which is what PPE is all about. As one of our keynote speakers, he will contribute to the PPEC with his expertise in the topics of Political Economy, European Integration, Global Gorvernment, German-European History & Political Economy, 20th Century Political Economy and more. We are very grateful for his participation.


Bruno Della Sala

Bruno Della Sala is a PhD Student at the Department of Philosophy, Politics and Economy at Witten/Herdecke University. He takes part in the DANGER project with Professor Bormann, studying political violence in democracies. He focuses on autocratization phenomena, political violence, and conflict. He has also worked in the past in conflict-related project at the University of Uppsala, such as ViEWS and the UCDP.

Amin Al-Ait

Human Geographer with Master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management, specializing in social-ecological systems, environmental justice, and sacrifice zones. His work focuses on analyzing air pollution, health inequalities, and environmental injustices, especially their impact on disadvantaged communities. Now, as a Research Assistant and PhD Student at the Spatial Modelling Lab, he’s studying the dynamics of sacrifice zones from a critical realist perspective, exploring concepts of place and geographical space.

Amin, a Cloud Data Engineer and the creator of the cloud app QGI (Quantitative Geopolitical Intelligence), is pioneering the intersection of Data Science and Geopolitics. With a deep passion for data-driven analysis, Amin is committed to transforming the accessibility and comprehension of geopolitical patterns. His work on QGI aims to provide a novel approach to understanding political behaviors of nations, challenging traditional news mediums. Amin envisions QGI as a fundamental tool for anyone interested in cross-cutting fields, striving to make it an essential resource for data-driven analysis and country profiling.