The International Steering Committee, involving representatives from all partner universities as well as from the PhD and Alumni group, takes all major decisions within the ICDD. Moreover, the ICDD has established an advisory board with highly distinguished academics and practitioners in the field of development and decent work. They support the centre with reviews of and recommendations on its work and facilitate its exchange with policy makers. A number of institutions and foundations support and cooperate with the ICDD within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The ICDD in Kassel is headed by a Board of Directors of four member-elected scientists, including one representative of the DITSL.

International Steering Committee

Steering Committee & Academic Board

  • The International Steering Committee convenes at least once per year to discuss questions of all scientific and organisational matters of the center.
  • It determines the distribution of research resources and conference.
  • It selects Ela Bhatt professorship holders.
  • The Academic Board decides on the applications for membership of the ICDD Graduate School (PhD / Postdoc fellows) as well as on all academic issues related to the Graduate School. Its membership is identical with the International Steering Committee, except that no ILO representative is at this board.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherrer


  • Professor for Globalization and Politics at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Kassel
  • Areas of Expertise: International Political Economy: Governance of world markets, international labor standards, cross-national transfer of institutions, theories of the International Political Economy / American politics: Foreign economic policy making, industrial policy, labor politics
  • Website

Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert

Vice Director

  • head of the Section of Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Kassel
  • His research focuses on carbon and plant nutrient cycling in agroecosystems to analyse management effects on system sustainability, the role of organic amendments and mineral fertilisers on plant nutrient availability and product quality, and on nutrient acquisition by plants in marginal and intensive environments
  • Website

Dr. Mubashir Mehdi

Representative of the agricultural sciences universities

    Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams

    Representative of the social sciences

    Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg South Africa and chair person for the Global Labour University Programme (GLU) at Wits.

    Home Info                 

    University of the Witwatersrand

    Prof. Dr. Michelle Williams


    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Braamfontein 2000
    Johannesburg 2000
    South Africa


    Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang

    Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang is the Director of Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

    Home Info:

    Post Office Box UC 97, Cape Coast, Ghana
    eytenkorang[at] or eytenkorang[at]

    Prof. Sasmita Palo

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    Prof. Dr. Joseph Matofari

    Representative of the agricultural sciences universities

    • Senior Lecturer, Food safety and Biotechnology at Egerton University
    • Website

    Dr. Javier Becerril

    Representative of the agricultural sciences universities

    • Economía Ambiental.
    • Economía de la Agrobiodiversidad.
    • Evaluación de Impactos
    • Website

    Home Info:

    +52 (999) 983-0362 y 63


    Indira Gartenberg

    • Asia Regional Consultant (DGB Bildungswerk)
    • PhD Alumni (TATA Institute of Social Sciences)
    • Alumni Representative
    • Email

    Nomaswazi Mthombeni

    PhD representative of the ICDD Network

    Asif Hameed

    PhD representative of the ICDD Network

    Board of Directors

    Advisory Board