Jürgen Runge (1962) is a Professor of Physical Geography and Geoecology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. He is the director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF). As an environmentalist and consultant he has worked for many years in West and Central Africa on the evolution of tropical landscapes, former and recent climate changes. He is the editor of the series ＂Palaeoecology of Africa＂ and a member in several scientific editorial boards. The outcome of his studies has been used for regional planning (land use, infrastructure, management of natural resources). From 2007-2010 he was working for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) leading a subregional project on geological resources, transparency and good governance in Africa. Currently, he is involved in capacity development measures such as international summer schools and training workshops.
Assogba Guézéré (1970) is an Associated Professor of Human Geography at the University of Kara, Togo. For many years he has been working on the topics of urban and regional planning and challenges of public transport in the countries of the global South. As a regional expert and consultant, he was active for World Bank. He is the director of the PREDES centre (Pôle de Recherche et d’Expertise sur la Dynamique des Espaces et des Société) where he is involved in inter- and transdiciplinary projects. In 2016 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at University of Kara, also responsible for international exchange and collaboration.
Laldja Kankpénandja (1974) is a Geographer and Geomorphologist specialised in tropical ecosystem dynamics, land use, sustainable rural development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Since 2005 he has been applied as lecturer in teaching and research at the University of Kara, Togo. In 2016 he graduated in geomorphology at the University of Lomé. As member of the PREDES centre (Pôle de Recherche et d’Expertise sur la Dynamique des Espaces et des Sociétés) he has been working in collaboration with non-governmental organisations on environmental and social topics in Togo.