Speakers

Moya De Feyter | Jason Hickel | Benedikte Zitouni | Sien Volders | Carolina Maciel de França | Tine Hens | Els Hertogen | Amina Belôrf | Olave Nduwanje | Luc Van Gorp | Gaea Schoeters | John Mussington | Line Algoed | Koen Schoors | …

Moya De Feyter

Moya De Feyter writes poetry, prose and theatre texts. She made her debut in 2018 with Tot iemand eindelijk. A year later, Massastrandingen was published, a kaleidoscopic collection in which the destruction of our living environment is central. In March 2020, she decided to set up a Dutch-language branch of Poets for the Planet. Thus began the story of the climate poets.

Jason Hickel

The British progressive economist Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist and lecturer at London University College. He is also the author of The Divide and more recently Less Is More. He writes regularly in The Guardian and Foreign Policy. Jason’s research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development and ecological economics. In his ethnographic work, he focuses on labour migration and politics in South Africa.

Benedikte Zitouni

Benedikte Zitouni is a lecturer in Sociology and head of CESIR (Centre for Sociological Intervention and Research) at the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels. She regularly brings the perspective of ecofeminism to the foreground in the media.

Sien Volders

Sien Volders studied art history and anthropology. Her debut novel Noord (2017) was praised by the press and nominated for several awards, including De Bronzen Uil and the ANV Debutantenprijs. In her novel Oogst (2020) she describes the harrowing fate of East European migrant workers in the vegetable sector in Italy. With this novel she is on the longlist of the Libris Literatuurprijs 2021.

Carolina Maciel de França

Carolina Maciel de França is an author. She was born in Pernambuco (Brazil), lived in the Netherlands and graduated in Antwerp as a literary translator. Since 2007 she has been active in the Flemish theatre world. In 2019 she graduated from the cultural leadership programme LinC Lage Landen and started her own multidisciplinary art practice. In 2020 her first short story Agatha was published in the anthology AFROLIT. Modern literature from the African diaspora (Pluim Publishers). (Photo: Karolina Maruczak)

Els Hertogen

Els Hertogen is the director of 11.11.11, the coalition of international solidarity. Since childhood, she has been active around injustice and inequality and an advocate of international solidarity. Van liefdadig naar rechtvaardig. 11 stemmen over de toekomst van internationale solidariteit (From charity to justice. 11 Voices on the Future of International Solidarity) is the title of her first book (LannooCampus, 2021).

Olave Nduwanje

Burundi-born Olave Nduwanje identifies as a non-binary trans femme (pronouns: she/her/hers). She is a published author, legal scholar, activist (anti-racism, LGBTQI+ rights, anti-capitalism, disability rights, anti-ecocide, etc.). Nduwanje has provided literary contributions to the following titles: Zwart-Afro-Europese literatuur uit de Lage Landen (2018), De Goede Immigrant (2020) and Being Imposed Upon (2020).

Amina Belôrf

Amina Belôrf writes poetry and prose. She is a social worker and columnist. Every month, she writes about the world around her for Mo*. Her poetry has been published in the Poëziekrant, DW B magazine and Het Liegend Konijn, among others. Since 2019, she has been touring with the poetic performance ‘Atlas – Antwerpen (retour)‘, about her father’s life. She made her debut with Zonder het licht te breken (EPO, 2020).

Tine Hens

Tine Hens is a historian, journalist and author of Het is allemaal de schuld van de Chinezen! (EPO, 2021). In this book, as playful as it is serious, Tine Hens turns to all kinds of climate scientists, starting from ten platitudes about the climate. A self-help book in case of climate confusion. She also wrote Het Klein Verzet (EPO, 2015).

Luc Van Gorp

Luc Van Gorp studied nursing, philosophy, theology and management respectively at KULeuven, Oxford University and Vlerick Management School respectively. In 2015 he was appointed President of CM, transforming it into a modern organisation that aims to care for people, is value driven and acts from a deep respect for human vulnerability. This year, he published his book Mensenmaat. Een pleidooi voor imperfectie (Uitgeverij Pelckmans).

Gaea Schoeters

Gaea Schoeters writes novels, theatre texts and opera librettos. She made her debut as an author with the travel book Meisjes, moslims en motoren (Girls, muslims and motorbikes), followed by the novels De kunst van het vallen (The Art of Falling) and Zonder titel #1 (Without a Title). Her recent publications include the Kate Tempest translation Tiresias (Toneelhuis/Poëziecentrum) and the novel Trofee (Trophy) (Querido), which is an ode to wild nature and a sharp critique of our treatment of Africa.

John Mussington

John Mussington is involved with raising public awareness on conservation issues, taking ideas and concerns to the larger media outlets in Antigua and Barbuda. He advocates the formulation of public policy in Barbuda, he is a leader in on-island organizations such as the Barbuda Farming Co-Op and the Barbuda Land Rights Committee. Mussington actively agitates to promote awareness of resource management issues, he actively promotes and develops policies that seek to conserve the natural and built environment.

Line Algoed

Line Algoed is an urban anthropologist specialized in participatory urban planning, affordable housing, and community development. She is affiliated with Cosmopolis, the Center for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, studying collective forms of land tenure in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on Puerto Rico and Antigua & Barbuda. She works with the Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust in Puerto Rico on international exchanges among communities involved in land struggles. She is also co-editor of the book “On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust”.

Koen Schoors

Koen Schoors is a Belgian economist and professor at Ghent University. Schoors is ranked in the top 10% of the IDEAS top economists worldwide. His main research areas include banking and finance, corporate finance and foreign direct investment. He is the director of CERISE (Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies) and deals with corporate restructuring both academically and practically. He is also an expert in the field of economic crises.

Anne Berquin

Anne Berquin works at the UCL St Luc University Clinics, where she coordinates the Interdisciplinary Centre for Complex Pain. This activity of accompanying people suffering from chronic pain makes her particularly sensitive to the questions raised by an increasingly technical and organ-centred medicine. At the same time, her concern for ecological and environmental issues prompted her to become interested in the transitional city movement and permaculture. This brought about an awareness of the environmental impact of health care, and then persuaded her to look further into the questions that arise from it – and which often coincide with those arising from her clinical practice.

Ⓒ Benedicte Roscot

Malcom Ferdinand

Malcom Ferdinand is an environmental engineer from University College London and completed a PhD in political philosophy from Université Paris Diderot. He is now a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine). At the crossroads of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, his research focuses on the Black Atlantic and particularly the Caribbean. He explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. He recently published a book based on his PhD dissertation entitled A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking of Ecology from the Caribbean World.

Kopano Maroga ⒸLouis Kerckhof

Kopano Maroga

Kopano Maroga (they/them) is a performance artist, writer, cultural worker and co-founding director of the arts organization ANY BODY ZINE. They are currently living in Brussels, Belgium and working as a curator and guest-dramaturge at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium. Their debut anthology of poetry, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations, was released through uHlanga press in December of 2020. They don’t believe love will save us but very much believe in the power of love as a weapon of mass construction.

Ⓒ Erwin Senden

Mieke Vogels

Mieke Vogels was the Flemish Minister of Welfare, Health, Equal Opportunities and Development Cooperation from 1999 to 2003. From 2004 until 2014 she was member of the Flemish Parliament, of the Welfare, Public Health and Family Committee and of the Housing Committee. Since 2018, she has been Chairwoman at GroenPlus and a member of the Federal advisory council for the elderly (FAVO).

Kopano Maroga (c) Louis Kerckhof

Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse

Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse is this year’s Ecopolis host. She has worked for many years as a journalist and moderator, with a preference for artistic and cultural events. Her association Point.Five aims to give a positive interpretation to the next generation of world citizens in Brussels. One way is by meeting weekly with young adolescents who need personal support and coaching.

Eric Boydens

Eric Boydens is a GP, now primarily a practitioner in the movement towards personal and communal transition, creating a place (the Droomgaard) of encounter, inspiration and deepening. He is on a quest for doctors with a gardener’s view, and for gardeners who repair the erosion of the soil, and coaches who facilitate this process. Nature and Health are inextricably linked here.

Kopano Maroga (c) Louis Kerckhof

Louis De Jaeger

Eco-entrepreneur Louis De Jaeger has travelled the world for five years. During his travels, he came into contact with various world problems, ranging from the loss of nature to malnutrition. Hopelessly searching for solutions, he discovered a passion for sustainable business. He immersed himself in natural farming, landscape design, renewable building and transport, among other things. Back in Belgium, he founded several companies, organisations and campaigns to make as big a positive impact in the world as possible.

Eric Boydens

Lidia Paz

Lidia Paz is an agronomist and environmentalist and is responsible for the work on food sovereignty and agroecology of the Bolivian NGO CENDA. One of her activities is to guide indigenous communities in setting up a seed bank of indigenous vegetables and potato varieties. This is biodiversity in practice. The seed bank protects farmers from the aggressive approach by agribusiness imposing hybrid seeds, fertilisers and pesticides on them. From her conviction and practical experience, she reflects on a caring society that lives in harmony with nature.

Kopano Maroga (c) Louis Kerckhof

Marie-Monique Franssen

Marie-Monique Franssen is a staff member of Think tank Oikos. She is also co-author of Het Ecologische Kompas (EPO, 2020) and Voor wie willen we zorgen? Ecofeminisme als inspiratiebron (EPO, 2021). She holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology.

Eric Boydens

Jan Hochadel

Jan Hochadel is an American Federation of Teachers vice president, elected in 2016, and president of AFT Connecticut since 2015.  As AFT vice president, she serves as chair of the Executive Council’s Democracy Committee, as a member of the Climate Justice Task Force, and as chair of the Career Tech Education working group.  Since 2019, she has served as a member of the Public Services International Executive Board, and co-chair of the Inter-America region.

Eric Boydens

Lies Vandemaele

Lies Vandemaele is a board member at Natuurpunt, active as a volunteer in Natuurpunt Kortrijk and Natuurpuntkoepel. She also has a heart for youth care. She guided young people in forensic youth psychiatry, worked for Integrale Jeugdhulp and is now director of Centrum voor Integrale Gezinszorg Nestel. Creating a pleasant and healthy working environment is her thing.
Kopano Maroga (c) Louis Kerckhof

Ann Demeulemeester

Ann Demeulemeester is algemeen directeur van Familiehulp, een organisatie voor thuiszorg, sociale economie en kinderopvang met 13.000 medewerkers actief in Vlaanderen en Brussel. Familiehulp is een actieve sociale en duurzame onderneming. Daarnaast is zij ook voorzitter van Zorggezind, de koepelorganisatie van de gezinszorg en voorzitter van Odisee Hogeschool.

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Jan Hochadel

Jan Hochadel is an American Federation of Teachers vice president, elected in 2016, and president of AFT Connecticut since 2015.  As AFT vice president, she serves as chair of the Executive Council’s Democracy Committee, as a member of the Climate Justice Task Force, and as chair of the Career Tech Education working group.  Since 2019, she has served as a member of the Public Services International Executive Board, and co-chair of the Inter-America region.