Buckle & Seam was founded by Marco Feelisch and Georg Wolff. They sell leather bags produced in their own factory in Pakistan. They provide the highest standard of working conditions including the complyance with anti-child labor laws as well as a guarantee for best quality materials and craftsmenship.

Renald Deppe is a musician, plays the saxophon and works as a curator. He is one of the founders of Viennas Porgy & Bess, Jazz establishment. He works regulary with musician from Pakistan within the projet makroPHONIA.

Nasser N. S. Jaffer is Chairman of Jaffer Group of companies. He provides leadership towards the achievement of the organization’s annual and long-term goals. Under his leadership and sterling guidance, the Group has progressed successfully while keeping focused on the company’s shared values.

Hasnain Kazim is a German journalist of Pakistani origin. He is a winner of the CNN Journalist Award. He has been the South Asia correspondent of Der Spiegel and was based in Islamabad, in Turkey and works now in Vienna. He has written the book Suddenly Pakistan. My life in the most dangerous country of the world. Kazim recounts his German, Indian and Pakistani origins and discusses Germany’s foreign policy.

Mr. Markus Peter, former Swiss Ambassador in Pakistan was one of the initiators of this project.

Lubna Samad grew up in Karachi as the daughter of a Pakistani father and a French mother.  Lubna left Karachi in her early 20s to pursue a graduate degree at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California.  After completing her degree, she remained in the U.S to pursue her career.  Lubna now lives in Ontario, but she still visits Pakistan every year to see her family and childhood friends. 

Adeela Suleman is a visual artist and associate Professor and Head of Fine Art Department at The Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan. She is the founding member and Director of Vasl Artists’ Association, Karachi, Pakistan.

Musicians Hannes and Andi Teichmann aka Gebrüder Teichmann produced the Karachi Files during the Karachi Soundcamp. They’ve invited musicians from Pakistan, Germany and the Maldives to create temporary rooms where musicians from diffent cultural backgrounds can meet and invent novel approaches.

The Austrian architect Waltrud Torossian-Brigaskys is successfully engaged since many years in Pakistan. Due to her initiate many projects – 4 girls schools, 2 health centres, 4 irrigation canals, the restoration of a childs hospital – to name just a few, could be realised. Torossian-Brigaskys fight against poverty and hardship has been international aproved. 100% of the donations she received were directly used one-site. Waltraud delivers planing and construction supervision free of charge and also pays for the costs it take to get and stay there.

Gudrun Wallenböck runs HINTERLAND Gallery in Vienna – an independent art space dedicated to the promotion of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects with emerging and established artists from the Middle East with focus on Iran and Pakistan. HINTERLAND is a meeting point where social, cultural, political, and relevant contemporary topics is put into discourse.

Simone Wille is an art historian, author of the book Contemporary Art from Pakistan. Development and Change. She is also the president of the Austrian-Pakistan Society in Vienna.

Stefan Winkler is the head of the Press and Cultural Section at the German embassy and director of the Goethe Institute/Pakistan in Karachi