Alphonse Muambi is author, opinion maker and Lobbyist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alphonse Muambi is also speaker and participates in (inter) national fora on Africa, global issues, strategic resources and development. He also publishes essays in newspapers such as Trouw. His book Democracy cannot eat is already in the bookstore. Alphonse Muambi also acts as a consultant in the areas described above with respect to Congo. He remains closely involved in the political process in that country.<br />
Arjen Berkvens is director of the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) and responsible for organising the Annual Africaday. He is born in Alkmaar (1968) and studied History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
Vamba Sherif is a novelist, journalist and film critic. He was born in Liberia and spent parts of his youth in Kuwait. He’s written several novels wich have been published in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. He lives in the Netherlands… It’s a dream come true. My debut novel, Land of my fathers, first published in Dutch in 1999, is now available in English… The proud Republic of Liberia was founded in the nineteenth century with the triumphant return of freed slaves from America to Africa. Once back “home,” however, these Americo-Liberians had to integrate into the resident tribes-who did not necessarily want or welcome them. Against a background of French and British colonialists busily carving up Mother Africa, while local tribes were still unashamedly trading in slaves, the vulnerable newcomers felt trapped and out of place. Where men should have stood shoulder to shoulder, they turned on each other instead.
Historian and anthropologist<br /> Specialist of African and Belge cinema<br /> Dissertation on the first years of cinema in Belgium<br /> Director of Communication and Coordinator of the Cinema Desk of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication