Laila Berning has a background in Environmental Science and is currently enrolled in MSc. Environmental Governance which provides her with the opportunity to better understand and manage the linkage between the natural and social environment. She studied Environmental Engineering at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain for one year as a part of her ERASMUS exchange. She has worked in disaster risk management at the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and in the renaturation of swamps at the Office for Minimal Invasive Swamp Renaturation of Dr. Pascal von Sengbusch in the black forest in Germany. During her internship at the national park Waddensea in Lower Saxony she focused on the field of environmental education. Laila fluently speaks German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Following her passion and given her profound understanding of different cultures and interrelated ecological and social issues, she cofounded OneLife in order to contribute to tackling urgent challenges such as climate change and simultaneously improve the livelihood of vulnerable groups of people and future generations. She is convinced that the exchange of financial means, knowledge and technical expertise will successfully accelerate improvements in terms of ecological, social and economic sustainability.
Saji Zagha is a Palestinian entrepreneur and a MSc. Environmental Governance candidate at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg. He holds a BA. in economics from Birzeit University and has learned from and worked with various institutions and organizations around the world including, the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute -MAS, Cal-Earth – The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, Midwest Permaculture, Ka’Way Monti School for Sustainability (Peru), and Birzeit University’s Advancement Office. His latest building project was in eastern Chad, where he helped manage the construction of multiple superadobe structures and the finishing work of a Surgical Health Clinic for Adventist Health International. His areas of expertise include, environmental sustainability, political science, economic analysis, fundraising, superadobe, dome and vault building, rocket-mass heaters, earth ovens, passive climate control, and greywater reuse. Saji aims to enable the worlds most disadvantaged communities to improve their income, welfare, health, and climate change resilience. In order to achieve his passion, he cofounded OneLife.
Annika Roes studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Freiburg majoring in Governance and International Relations at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. During her studies she was able to get a profound understanding of a variety of topics and areas while focusing especially on Turkey and Southeast Asia. When first hearing about OneLife, Annika Roes was especially convinced by the approach of creating equal partnerships that OneLife is committed to. She believes that the cooperation between small and medium size businesses in the area of green economy is a future oriented approach that is profitable and valuable both for the consumers and for the participating companies. Her role in OneLife is mainly research and PR. The scientific research that takes into account various economic, social, and environmental factors is crucial for strategic planning and risk reduction when it comes to investing in a new market. Annika Roes could already gain experience in research during her internship in the Arnold-Bergstraesser research institute in Freiburg. She also was an intern at the institute for political education of the county of Baden-Wuerttemberg (Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, LpB ) where her tasks included communication with clients, coorganizing events, and research. She is currently still working at the institute where she conceptualizes and does workshops for students. She has experience of working in an international team as she was part of the volunteer group ReVi in Izmir that provided humanitarian aid and worked towards creating job opportunities for refugees living in Turkey. In addition to her one year stay in Turkey, Annika Roes has also lived for one year in the USA and in France and she fluently speaks and writes German, English and French. Moreover, she speaks Turkish on a conversational level and has recently started learning Persian.
Patrick Schultes studied law at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is currently working as a research assistant and Ph.D. student at the Institute for Public Law (European Union Law and International Law) at University of Freiburg. Patrick is interested in European food law, more specifically in the regulation of food information and food labelling in the European Union. At OneLife, Patrick is responsible for research, in particular legal and compliance issues.