Referenten / Expert Speakers

Academic Directors

Prof. Dr. Alexander Kauertz


Professor of Physics Education
Director, Center of Teacher Education (ZLB), Landau Campus
Deputy Speaker, Graduate School Teaching & Learning Processes (UpGrade), Landau Campus
University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

Alexander Kauertz is professor of physics education at the University of Koblenz-Landau since 2012. He is Director of the Center of Teacher Education (ZLB), Landau Campus and the Deputy Speaker of the DFG Graduate School Teaching & Learning Processes (UpGrade). He has been an expert participant of the two International Expert Meetings on Systems Thinking in Landau: "The Definition and Dissemination of Systems Thinking" (November 2016) and "The Development of the Program on Systems Thinking and the Masters Curriculum on 'Global Challenges and Human Responses'" (June 2018). Since 2018 he has worked with a prototype module for the development of teaching materials on systems thinking for teachers in schools. Alexander was professor of physics education at the Pedagogical College Weingarten (2009-12) and worked as a part-time teacher for physics in a high school in Dortmund (2008-09). He studied physics and mathematics for teachers at secondary schools at the University of Dortmund before joining the Graduate School „Science Teaching“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the Department of Physics. After his PhD (2007) he worked as a researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the Department of Physics.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marcus Naumer

NaumerAssociate Professor for Psychology
Scientific Coordinator of the Graduate Academy Learning•Society•Environment, Landau Campus
University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

Marcus Naumer is Scientific Coordinator at the Graduate Academy Learning•Society•Environment, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, and Associated Professor for Psychology at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Frankfurt, Germany. From 2011 to 2017 he was Member of the Board of Directors of the Center of Health Sciences of the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. At the same time he was Deputy Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology of the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. In 2006 Marcus received his PhD. in Psychology and Neurosciences from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and in 2011 the Venia Legendi (Habilitation) in Psychology from the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Frankfurt, Germany.


Expert Speakers and Instructors

Amanda Anthony

AnthonyPolicy Expert (Sustainability)
Moderator of "The World's Future: A Sustainable Development Game"
Centre for Systems Solutions, Wroclaw (Poland)

Amanda Anthony joined the Centre for Systems Solutions in the role of Sustainability Expert in 2018, in which she moderates simulations, builds and manages relationships with potential and existing partners, and supports the development of new games. Her path prior to joining Centre for Systems Solutions is colorful, including work in journalism and education policy administration, as well as as an educator and a small business owner. All of them have been tied together by one theme, though: storytelling. It’s safe to say that Amanda has wide-ranging interests and a desire to make at least her corner of the world a better place. She is a morning person. Amanda is a graduate of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago with a master's degree in public policy. She also holds dual bachelor's degrees from Purdue University in chemistry and political science.


PD Dr. Stefan Göbel

GöbelAssistant Professor (Academic Councilor) and Head of the Serious Games Group
Multimedia Communications Lab - KOM,
Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany)

Dr. Stefan Göbel is an assistant professor with a permanent position as academic councilor, lecturer and head of the Serious Games group at the Multimedia Communications Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). Research topics cover the development (authoring, creation), (personalized, adaptive) control and (technology-enhanced) evaluation (and effect measurement) of Serious Games. Dr. Göbel is also driving the interdisciplinary key research area on "Serious Games" at TUD level ( )and provides lectures and practical courses in Serious Games and Game Technologies. Dr. Göbel has extensive experience in initiating, managing and coordinating projects – both publicly funded and industrial – on regional and (inter)national level. Stefan Göbel holds a PhD in computer science from TUD and has long-term experience in Graphic Information Systems (GIS; topic of the dissertation is 'Graphic-Interactive Access to Geodata Archives', being prepared at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics), Interactive Digital Storytelling, Edutainment and Serious Games. Dr. Göbel is the author of 100+ peer reviewed publications and serves as PC member and reviewer at different conferences (e.g. ACM Multimedia, CHI, ICME, Edutainment, EC-GBL, ICEC or FDG) and organizations (e.g. European Commission, Austrian Science Found and Swiss National Science Foundation). 


Gerid Hager

HagerResearch Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management Program
Co-Moderator of "The World's Future: A Sustainable Development Game"
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg (Austria)

Gerid Hager, MA, MSD, MScBA is a systems educator and researcher with experience in training, game facilitation and participatory systems modeling with different stakeholder groups, including smallholder farmers in Zambia, Shell strategy team, the OECD and the European Commission. She has carried out research on systems thinking and learning, focusing on how tools and methods facilitate understanding about systems. She was Head of Education at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, a public center placed at the interface of Art, Science, Technology and Society. She holds a master’s degree in System Dynamics and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bergen (Norway), the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and a magister degree (univ.) in Art and Textile Design Education from the Art University in Linz.


Martin Lees

LeesChairman, OECD-IIASA Task Force on Systems Thinking, Anticipation and Resilience
Rector Emeritus, University for Peace of the United Nations
Former Secretary-General, Club of Rome International

Martin Lees is currently Chair of the joint OECD-IIASA Task Force on Systems Thinking, Anticipation and Resilience. He has been engaged for many years on issues of climate, environment, development and economic growth. After five years in industry in Britain, Martin Lees joined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1971 in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. He was responsible for the OECD's Programme on Innovation in the Procedures and Structures of Government and for the “InterFutures” Project on the Future of the Advanced Industrial Societies in Harmony with that of the Developing Countries. From 1980 to 1984 he was Executive Director of the United Nations Financing System for Science and Technology for Development and, in 1984, he was appointed UN Assistant Secretary General. From 1983 to 1987 he was Executive Director of the InterAction Council of former Heads of State and Government. During more than 35 years of cooperation with China, he initiated the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development in 1992. Between 1990 and 1996 he developed and implemented programmes in the Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union as Director General of the International Committee for Economic reform and Cooperation. From 2001 to 2006, he was Rector of the University for Peace of the United Nations and is now Rector Emeritus. From 1995 – 2008 he was Moderator of the International Advisory Board of the Toyota Motor Corporation and, from 2008 to 2010, Secretary General of the Club of Rome. He has also served as Senior Adviser to the President of COP 20 in Lima and moderator of the Gorbachev Task Force on Climate Change.


Dr. Katherine Muñoz

MunozInterim Professor for Organic Chemistry
Interdisciplinary Research Group for Environmental Studies (IFG-Umwelt), Landau Campus
University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

Katherine Muñoz has been a member of the interdisciplinary research group for environmental studies (IFG-Umwelt) since 2012. She worked as curriculum developer for the interdisciplinary study program Human and Environment (Mensch & Umwelt). She is responsible for the management of interdisciplinary research projects and cooperations. Her teaching activities are focused on the fields of interdisciplinary research and work, environmental chemistry and organic chemistry, the last as part of the teaching activities belonging to the organic chemistry chair. Due to her training as a chemical pharmacist, she had the possibility to work in different research fields from food quality to human exposure and environmental monitoring. Her interdisciplinary experience was consolidated as member of the IFG-Umwelt group, by working in joint projects with colleagues from psychology, communication and environmental sciences.


Prof. Dr. Henning Pätzold

PaetzoldProfessor of Adult Pedagogy in Organizations
Director, Professional MA-Program "Personnel and Organization", Koblenz Campus
University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Henning Pätzold holds the chair for Education With an Emphasis on Research and Development in Organizations at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz Campus since 2011. He is Director of the Professional MA-Program "Personnel and Organization”at Koblenz Campus and vice dean of the Faculty 1: Education. His research topics cover organizational education, theory of adult learning, educational responsibility and systems thinking in organizational contexts. He holds a Masters Degree in Adult Education and a teachers degree for higher education in mathematics and political sciences. Before joining the University of Koblenz-Landau he was working at a college in Mannheim, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and as a Senior Researcher at the German Institute for Adult Pedagogy. Henning has published over 100 articles and written or edited about a dozen books in a variety of areas of organizational education and adult education. Henning Pätzold chaired the section on adult education of the German Educational Research Association (DGfE) from 2012 to 2016, he is also member of the European Society for Research on Education of Adults (ESREA).


Dr. Elena Rovenskaya


Program Director, Advanced Systems Analysis Program
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg (Austria)

Elena Rovenskaya is the Program Director of the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program at IIASA. She is also a Research Scholar at the Optimal Control Department of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (on-leave). Her scientific interests lie in the fields of optimization, decision sciences and mathematical modeling of complex socio-environmental systems. In her function of the ASA Program Director, Dr. Rovenskaya is leading a team of 35+ scientists who focus the latest developments in applied mathematics and modeling to expedite the transfer of application to methods and methods to application to either solve problems that cannot be addressed by existing tools or solve problems more efficiently.




Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund

SiegmundProfessor of Physiscal Geograpy & Geo-Education
Dep. of Geography - Research Group for Earth Oberservation (rgeo)
UNESCO Chair on World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve Observation and Education
Heidelberg University of Education and Heidelberg University (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund is Professor of Physical Geography and Geo-Education at the Heidelberg University of Education since 2004, and Honorary Professor at the University of Heidelberg since 2006. He holds the UNESCO Chair on World Heritage and Biosphere Observation and Education since 2016. One of his particular fields of expertise is the advancement and use of modern geotechnologies in environmental and sustainability research as well as education for sustainable development. His own research focuses on regional climate geography, climate Change and climate adaptation, geoecology, environmental monitoring and modelling, applied remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) as well as environmental and geographical education. He is a founding member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE). He is a member of the Baden Württemberg Council for Sustainable Development and of the University Forum of the National Platform Education for Sustainable Development. He studied business education with an emphasis on geography at the University of Mannheim and worked as a school teacher and at universities before he became first a professor at the Karlsruhe University of Education in 2002.


Organizational Support

Dr. Christian Dorsch

DorschOfficer for Strategic Program Development
Presidential Office Mainz
University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)

Dr. Christian Dorsch is trained as political scientist with a particular focus on international relations. He has a Master’s degree in political science, history and sociology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and a Master’s degree in international law and the settlement of disputes from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He also spent a year as a graduate exchange student at Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. His practical work experience ranges from youth and local politics in his home town to German federal politics in Berlin and international relations at the United Nations in New York. Before joining the University of Koblenz-Landau, Christian worked at the University of Bamberg, Germany, where he was responsible for the University’s Model United Nations program and worked as a researcher in a project on the decision-making of United Nations Security Council, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). One of the key features of this project was to treat the Security Council and its sub-organs as a decision-making system to check for insights that the predominant view of the Council as a mere forum of power politics would miss. He joined the University of Koblenz-Landau in 2014 to work for the University's top management. Since then he has managed and supported a number of strategic research, transfer and internationalization projects of the University.