Thomas Hoerz studied Agriculture in Hohenheim, Germany and Refugee Assistance in Oxford, UK. In 1990 he started to work abroad in a GTZ food security program in Tanzania, moved later to food assistance with GTZ in East Africa and continued humanitarian work with Oxfam, the World Food Programme, UNHCR, FAO and several NGOs. During part of the 1990s he focused on household energy and environmental stabilization in refugee hosting areas.
Torsten Striepke is working since 1973 in countries of the Southern hemisphere either on long-term (volunteer/expert) or short-term basis (consultancies). His whole life has been dedicated with growing enthusiasm and engagement to the eradication of poverty in varying jobs and capacities. Since 2011 he is concentrating on proposal writing for various consultancy firms and on the promotion of entrepreneurship development programmes for illiterates which he developed and successfully tested in Bangladesh, Morocco and Nigeria.