BEING BLACK AND GERMAN
Panel discussion at the Havana Club on 03 June 2018, at 11 a.m.
Host: Sarah Bergh
© Raphael Dernbach
© Jermain Raffington
© Maurice Weiss
© Tiranke Diallo
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE AFRICA POLICY OF THE FEDERAL FOREIGN OFFICE
Sarah Bergh | © Bugs Steffen
Ambassador Georg Schmidt
The Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, ambassador Georg Schmidt, will be talking with Sarah Bergh and take position on current questions concerning the German Africa policy. Afterwards, the visitors of the Africa Festival will have the opportunity to participate in the following discussion with questions and comments.
Georg Schmidt was born in 1963 in Freiburg, Germany. He studied in History, Economics and Chinese and entered the Foreign Service in 1995, during which time he was also working for the German Embassy in Mali. His postings include Japan, Sri Lanka and Mali. From 2006 to 2010 he worked on African (and Asian) Affairs with Federal President Horst Köhler. He served as Head of Division for Asia, Australia, Africa and International Development for two more Presidents of Germany, Christian Wulff and Joachim Gauck. In 2014 he moved back to the Foreign Office and has since been Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel.
Sarah Bergh studied education, psychology and theatre arts. For over ten years she has worked freelance in her office for art and cultural projects. The focus of her work is the political education, especially the topics of migration pedagogics, discrimination and racism. Since 2015 she has been working at the pedagogical Institute in Munich. Ever since the 19th Africa Festival she has been a host of the event.