Board of Directors

Esther Tenberg
PhD Candidate
MF Norwegian School for Theology, Religion and Society

esther.tenberg [at]

Profile on MF Website

Buddhism, Social Media, ICT, Online Ethnography, Digital Methods

Benedict Mette-Starke
PhD Candidate
University of Konstanz

benedict.mette-starke [at]

University of Konstanz profile

Digital Rights, activism, infrastructure, anthropology of ethics, material culture studies, media, political anthropology, anthropology of techniques and technology, anthropological research, Myanmar, Southeast Asia, Europe

Georg Winterberger
Social Anthropologist
University of Zurich, ISEK – Social and Cultural Anthropology

georg.winterberger [at]
georg.winterberger [at]

Economic Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Law, Anthropology of Religion, Burmese Studies, Myanmar, Southeast Asia, West Africa


Jella Fink
Cultural Anthropologist
TU Dortmund, Germany

jellafink [at]

Material Culture, Economic Anthropology, Media Anthropology, Anthropology of Development, Handicrafts, Weaving, Cultural Heritage, Knowledge Transfer, Identity, Mobile Technologies, Cultural Change, Globalization, Transnationalism, Gender, Economy, West Africa, Myanmar

Felix Hessler
Study of Religions Scholar

felix.hessler [at]

Peace Education, Buddhism in Myanmar, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Religion and Conflict, Theatre of the Oppressed

Mia Kruska
Student (M.A) Modern South and Southeast Asian Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

B.A. History at University Leipzig

miakruska [at]

Reporter in self responsibility, Asia with focus on Myanmar and the history of the Shan, oral history interviews from qualitative social research


Diana M. Tobias
Goethe-Institut Myanmar
MA Modern South- and Southeast Asian Studies, Humboldt-University of Berlin
BA Popular Music and Media, Uni Paderborn

diana.tobias [at]

Burmese Motion Picture, Cultural work, Media, Music

Johanna Neumann
PhD Student Southeast Asian Studies
Humboldt-University of Berlin

johanna.neumann [at]

Zat Pwe (performance art, theatre), Contemporary art (painting), Nationalism and Nation-Building, History Textbooks (as used in school)

Rainer Einzenberger
University Assistant  (prae doc)
University of Vienna

einzenberger [at]

Development studies (focus on political science), Politics of Southeast Asia (focus on Myanmar and Thailand), Land and resource politics, Critical geography, Indigenous movements

Dr. Uta Gärtner
Specialist in Myanmar Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

uta.thanthan [at]

Myanmar language, area studies

Judith Beyer
Social Anthropologist
University of Konstanz

judith.beyer [at]

Political and legal anthropology (state, community, ethnicity, authority, property)

Michael Lidauer
Social and Cultural Anthropologist

michael.lidauer [at]

Elections and Democratisation, Peace and Conflict, Peace Process, Peacebuilding, Civil Society, international support mechanisms

Cordula Meyer Mahnkopf
Contemporary Historian
Ph. D., FU Berlin, Germany

mc [at]

International Relations, Political Economy, Contemporary History

Tristan Hinkel
Subject specialist for Southeast Asia, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
MA South- and Southeast Asia Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

tristan_hinkel [at]

Myanmar Language and Linguistics, Myanmar Music, Pop Culture, Media

Jennyfer Hake
Instructor for foreign languages/Translator

jennyfer.hake [at]

German, English as a foreign language, Intercultural Training

Mandy Fox
Journalist and Lecturer and researcher at the Chair of Southeast Asian Studies
University of Passau

kontakt [at]

Ethnic and religious conflicts in Southeast Asia and Myanmar, particularly in connection with the group of Rohingya, migration research, nation-building processes, community media in countries of transition, media and press freedom

Dr. Georg Noack
Dept. South and Southeast Asia
Linden-Museum Stuttgart

noack [at]

Art, Material Culture, Literature, Beliefs;
Bamar, Karen, Kayah

Gunnar Peters
Burmese language teacher, translator

info [at]

Myanmar language, dictionary work, Shan

Friedlind Riedel
Music Studies, Anthropology
Bauhaus-University Weimar

friedlind.riedel [at]

Nat Pwe, Zat Pwe, Performing Arts in Myanmar, Gender and Cultural Techniques of Transformation, Cultural history of music and sound in Southeast Asia, Philosophy of Feelings, Philosophical Anthropology

Dr. Sina Hardaker
Academic Councilor and Postdoc Researcher
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

sina.hardaker [at]

Economic Geography, Retail Research, Retail / Assessments, Social Geography, China, Southeast Asia (especially Myanmar), USA, Special Economic Zones

Wolfgang Heinze
Projektleiter Philippinen
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Wolfgang.Heinze [at]

Democracy, Human Rights and Economic Freedom, Kachin, International Relations

Prof. Dr. Tobias Cremer
Forest Scientist
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

Tobias.Cremer [at]

Professor for Forest Utilization and Timber Markets

Sustainable Forestry, Agroforestry Systems, Short Rotation Coppice Plantation, Hydrothermal Carbonization, Water hyacinth

Carolin Hirsch
Sociologist, PhD student
University of Konstanz

Carolin.hirsch [at]

Cultural Sociology, Political Anthropology, Anthropology of Food, Anthropology of Activism

Kyithar Swe
German Language Teacher, Translator and Interpreter (German <–> Burmese)
self-employed and as part of the work at Goethe-Institute Myanmar

swe.kts [at]

Language Classes (German as a foreign language, Burmese as a foreign language), Burmese Literature, travelling, freedom, respect eachother, sense of responsibility

Hans-Bernd Zöllner
Theologian; freelance researcher on South-East Asia
University of Bonn (affiliated)

habezett [at]

Burmese-German relations, political and economic history of Myanmar, Theravada Buddhism and society

Samia Akhter-Khan
Studentin MSc Psychologie
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Samia.akhterkhan [at]

Psychology, Development Cooperation, Age research

Christiane Voßemer
PhD Candidate Sociology of Development
Vienna University

Christiane.vossemer [at]

Border Studies, Migration, Health and Development

Laura Hornig
Social Anthropologist, PhD candidate
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

hornig [at]

Borderlands and migration, informal economic strategies in households and small businesses

Martin Hoeck
CEO and analyst
Hoeck International UG

info [at]

Election observation, diplomacy, business consultancy

Dr. Felix Wilhelm Siebert
Postdoctoral researcher
Friedrich Schiller University Jena

felix.siebert [at]

Traffic psychology

Steffen Schödwell
Psychologist & Psychotherapist in training
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie (apb) e.V.

Steffen_schoedwell [at]

Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Transcultural Psychotherapy & Psychiatry

Dr. Felix Girke
Social/Cultural Anthropologist
HTWG Konstanz

felix.girke [@]

Cultural Heritage, Ethnicity, Tourism, Political History, Urban Development, Memory

Renate Verspohl
teacher, managing director of the nonprofit organisation
Burma Projekt Berlin e. V.

r.verspohl [at]

education and health projects in Myanmar

Nicole Häusler
Social Anthropologist; Responsible Tourism Consultant; Organisational Development Consultant
Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute, University of Sustainable Development Eberswalde

Nhaeusler.consult [at]

Tourism Governance, community involvement in tourism, tourism and peace

Tobias Esche, MA
Travel Book Author, managing partner Azure Sky Travel in Yangon
HU-Berlin & Potsdam University

tobias [at]

Tourism, car trips to the most remote border regions and restricted areas of Myanmar, research in the Political Archive of the German Foreign Office on General Ne Win & on Myanmar and the two German states

Sandra Portenschlager
Project coordinator, Anawati award for innovation
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

sandra_portenschlager [at]

Muslim–Christian dialogue in Germany, heritage and tourism in Southeast Asia

Benjamin Gollasch

PhD student, subject area: history
University of Hamburg

benjamin_gollasch [at]

Colonial history, imperial biographies, provenance research on colonial collections in ethnological museums

Thet Aung Naing

Film Translator (Burmese and German)
B.A. (German), Mandalay University of Foreign Languages

kratos.kratos1993 [at]

Detlev F. Neufert

Director, writer, producer, Naga research
GMMA – German Myanmar Media Association

dfneufert [at]

Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Nagaland

Kei Namba

Independent Consultant, Political Scientist
PhD, Free University of Berlin

nambakei [at]

Colonial history, imperial biographies, provenance research on colonial collections in ethnological museums

Lena Zimmer

Evaluation and Programme Specialist, Social and Cultural Anthropologist, M.A. Humanitarian Affairs
European Commission

lena [at]

Crisis-management and peace building, migration and refugees, children, ethnic minorities, gender equality, monitoring & evaluation

Felix Haas
Managing Director
Progress Asia Consulting Co., Ltd. (Myanmar)

felix.haas [at]

Personal Website:

Corporate Website:

Private sector development, Macroeconomic developments, Peace, conflicts and political economy, International Relations of Myanmar

Lukas K. B. Nagel

Asian Studies & Peace and Conflict Consultant
Asian Studies (Lund University, Sweden)
B.A. Chinese/ East Asian Studies (Free University, Germany)

lukacad [at]

Youth activism in Myanmar, Interethnic relations, Kachin State, non-violent resistance, Identity Politics, Conflict Transformation