The following details about ASAP Germany members and activities are part of a Chapter that became inactive in 2016, so are historic. A new German Chapter is currently emerging and information will be updated once the Chapter is formally established.
In January of 2014, ASAP Germany was launched as ASAP Deutschland e.V. with a big inaugural conference in Berlin.
A seven member steering board leads the chapter and coordinates its main projects.
Robert Lepenies (and Lucimara Brait-Poplawski) represent ASAP Germany in the chapter committee. Please visit www.asap-deutschland.org for more information or contact us under firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andreas Mues (a.mues(at)asap-deutschland.org) is currently working as provost at the University of Health & Sport, Technology & Arts in Berlin. He is furthermore engaged as academic director at the Berlin Research Center for Ethics and as a consultant for the German Association for International Cooperation. He is especially interested in all aspects of higher education and works for the German chapter of ASAP in the field of fundraising and finance.
Elke Brüns (e.bruens(at)asap-deutschland.org) is Privatdozent for contemporary German literature at the University of Greifswald and Adjunct Professor at NYU Berlin. She received her M.A. in German and Psychology and her Ph.D. in German from the Freie Universität Berlin. She completed her Habilitation at the University of Greifswald. She has taught at both Rutgers University and Vanderbilt University as a Max Kade Fellow and Max Kade Professor. For the past ten years, her research has focused on historical and contemporary representations and constructs of poverty in literary, cinematic, aesthetic, and political discourses. Elke established the “Poverty and Literature” area of research and, as part of a pilot project in the cultural sciences, she published the collection/anthology of essays Economies of Poverty — Social /Societal Conditions in Literature (Munich,Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2008). From 2009 to 2012, she wrote a blog on contemporary aspects of poverty (www.gespenst-der-armut.org). Elke is a co-founder and board member of ASAP-Deutschland. Her current research interests are a) the relationship/correlation between absolute and relative poverty and b) the aesthetic and symbolic dimensions of poverty.
Ellen Ehmke (e.ehmke(at)asap-deutschland.org) currently finalises her PhD on the welfare trajectory of India and the politics of implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Emplyoment Guarantee Act at the University of Kassel. She studied political science at Free University Berlin and Bogazici University, Istanbul. Ellen worked for national and international NGOs in the fields of youth and education, and as a consultant for – besides others – the ILO. Her research – as well as political – interests are labour, welfare and social protection in a global perspective. She is associated with the International Center for Development and Decent Work. For one of its research clusters she recently co-edited a book on Socio-Economic Insecurity in Emerging Economies. Building new spaces.
Henning Hahn (h.hahn(at)asap-deutschland.org) teaches Political Philosophy at the Center of Global Ethics at Kassel University and is currently stand-in professor for Political Theory at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on global justice, human rights and applied ethics (global health, economy, environment, poverty). Henning is a member of the “Initiative Strukturanreize für Globale Gesundheit”, an initiative for promoting the idea of the Health Impact Fund (http://healthimpactfund.org/). He is a founding as well as board member of ASAP-Germany, where he is responsible for the group’s public relations. Furthermore, he is working on a research project on ethical investment and plans to contribute to the project of ASAP-global on Institutional Reform Goals (http://academicsstand.org/projects/institutional-reform-goals/).
Konrad Riedel (k.riedel(at)asap-deutschland.org) studies Philosophy and Information Technology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has a keen interest in argumentation theory and democratic theory. Konrad is a freelance IT consultant for small businesses and also works as a coach and coordinator for the “WuJia-Center for cultural education and Chinese martial arts” in Berlin. He is interested in the interdependencies within and between modern economies, as well as national and international political questions and the interplay between politics and economics. Konrad is founding member and member of the steering committee of ASAP-Deutschland. He is responsible for outreach to other ASAP country chapters, for the coordination of German intervention projects, as well as for anything related to technology.
Dr. Lucimara Brait-Poplawski (l.brait-poplawski(at)asap-deutschland.org) is a lecturer at the Esslingen University on “Global Justice and Social Security” and Consultant for Development and Poverty Policy. She studied History at the State University of Londrina (UEL) in Brazil as well as Political Sciences and History at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Since 2009, she received her doctoral degree in political sciences from University of Duisburg. Her PhD thesis “Changes in the Conception of Poverty” (“Armutsverständnis im Wandel”, Ed. Peter Lang, 2009) discusses the consequences of the development politics of the World Bank and ECLAC from 1948 to 2009 for the Global South. Her research focuses on poverty and development theory of UN special agencies from social, ethical and economic perspectives. From 2010 until 2012 she coordinated the project „Global Poverty – Strategies for Social Security“ at Brot für die Welt. In this capacity, she published two reports about social security in Brazil and the Philippines. She co-organized the launch conferences of ASAP in Brazil (2013) and Germany (2014). As co-founder and steering board member of ASAP Germany, she is responsible for institutional cooperation and management. She is also coordinating a project on “Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development” and on “Social Security”. Together with Robert Lepenies she represents ASAP Germany in ASAP’s chapter committee.
Robert Lepenies (r.lepenies(at)asap-deutschland.org) is a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy at the Department of Law. His research focuses on normative arguments in economics and on the influence of economic thought in political philosophy. Robert holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship to work at the Global Justice Program at Yale University and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford and International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. Robert is coordinating ASAP’s global flagship project, the Global Colleagues Program and represents ASAP Deutschland e.V. at the country chapter committee. He is also coordinating the working group on economics and poverty.