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.
Christof Hoyler studied Cultural Anthropology and Rural Development in Germany, Portugal and Spain. His occupational career was shaped since 1994 by humanitarian aid missions to African conflict areas such as the Angolan civil war, the Great Lake region conflicts and the Sahel food crisis. Since mostly a decade his missions are focused on best development practice for private sector development, green economy, capacity building, professional training and investor relations with African stakeholders.