Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D. (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung)
Marcel Fratzscher is President of DIW Berlin, one of the leading, independent economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe, Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt-University Berlin, and Chair of the German government expert committee on „Strenghtening investment in Germany“. Marcel Fratzscher is member of the United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, of the advisory board of the German development, non-profit Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and of the supervisory board of the Hertie School of Governance. Moreover, he is active in several NGOs, including on the advisory board of the foundation Deutschland rundet auf, co-owner and engaged at Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung (both focusing on equality of opportunity in education for children) and member of the advisory board of the Society for German-Chinese Cultural Exchange (GeKA).
The work of Marcel Fratzscher focuses on topics in macroeconomics, monetary economics, financial markets and the global economy. In May 2018, his book „The Germany Illusion: Why we overestimate our Economy and need Europe“ was published by OUP in English. His book „The Battle for Redistribution – Why Germany is becoming more unequal“ (March 2016) analyses the economic and social impact of the high and rising inequality in Germany, while his 2014 book on Germany analyses the economic challenges for Germany and its role in Europe. He is author of a bi-weekly column in German on Zeit Online on inequality.
His prior professional experience includes work as Head of the International Policy Analysis at the European Central Bank (ECB), where he worked from 2001 to 2012; the Peterson Institute for International Economics in 2000-01; before and during the Asian financial crisis in 1996-98 at the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia for the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID); and shorter periods at the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and in various parts of Asia and Africa.
He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute (EUI); a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford, and a Vordiplom in Economics from Kiel University
Prof. Neil Selwyn (Monash University, Melbourne/Australia)
Neil Selwyn is a professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. His research and teaching focuses on the place of digital media in everyday life, and the sociology of technology (non)use in educational settings.
Neil has written extensively on a number of issues, including digital exclusion, education technology policymaking and the student experience of technology-based learning. He has carried out funded research on digital technology, society and education for the Australian Research Council (ARC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy, the BBC, Nuffield Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, Gates Foundation, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Becta, Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Save The Children, Centre for Distance Education, the Welsh Office, National Assembly of Wales and various local authorities in the UK.