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We are proud to present six inspiring keynote speakers for NEEDS 2021. The keynote speakers are paired to create interesting and dynamic discussions.

Each pair address one of the three conference themes: Drawing from experience, Playing with Realities and Imagining Futures.

Drawing from Experience

Margareta Wahlström

Margareta Wahlström is the President of the Swedish Red Cross and former head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Kerstin Cuhls

Kerstin Cuhls is a scientific project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). She is in the International Editorial and Advisory Boards of different Journals...

Playing with Realities

Ben Anderson

Professor Ben Anderson is a cultural-political geographer at Durham University, UK. Throughout his empirical work, he is concerned with how futures are encountered, related to, and made present...

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt is an associate professor of Japanese modern literature at Nagoya University, Japan, whose work has focused on geographies of marginality and marginalization in...

Imagining Futures

Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca Bryant is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. She is an anthropologist of politics and law whose work has focused on ethnic conflict and displacement, border practices...

Nick Wiltsher

Nick Wiltsher is a philosopher, working as an associate senior lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden.