Alfred Diebold

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Born1953 (age 67–68)
Heidenheim an der Brenz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
NationalityGerman
CitizenshipGermany
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Economics
  • Master of Economics
  • Doctoral degree in economics
Alma mater
  • San Diego State University
  • University of Hohenheim
  • University of Stuttgart
  • New York University Tisch School of the Arts
  • Scuola Romana di Fotografia
Occupation
  • Economist
  • Author
  • Photographer
  • Filmmaker
AwardsITB Berlin Buch Awards (2017)
Websitealfreddiebold.de

Alfred Diebold (born 1953) is a German economist, author, photographer and filmmaker.[1]

Education

Diebold was born in Heidenheim an der Brenz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He studied economics in Tübingen, Germany and at the San Diego State University, USA, (Bachelor of Arts Economics 1976[2]), University of Hohenheim, Germany, (Diplom-Ökonom equivalent to Master of Economics 1979[3]) and received a doctoral degree in economics[4] from University of Stuttgart in 1987. He studied film[5] at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, USA, in 1997 and photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia, Rome, Italy, 2013-2014.

Career

From 1980 to 1981 he was a scientific assistant at the Institute for Social Economics at University of Stuttgart where he received his doctorate with a dissertation on agricultural systems in developing countries. From 1982 to 1987 he held positions with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome (Italy), Bangkok (Thailand), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) as economist and deputy FAO representative for Tanzania and Seychelles. In 1987 he joined the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) for which he served as a program manager and desk officer in Rabat (Morocco) 1987-1990, Bonn (Germany) 1991-1993, Warsaw (Poland) 1993-1996, Almaty (Kazakhstan) 1997-1999, Kathmandu (Nepal) 2000-2002, Berlin (Germany) 2003-2007 and Tirana (Albania) 2007-2009.

After the fall of the Soviet Union he coordinated the realization of a three week-long journey of the former chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel, to all states of the FSU in February and March of 1992, documented by articles of Christian Schmidt-Häuer[6] in the German weekly “Die Zeit” and by Herbert Riehl-Heyse[1][7] of “Süddeutsche Zeitung [2] as well as a 45-minute TV-program[8] by writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge based on footage by Alfred Diebold.

Posted to Kathmandu (2000-2002) he created the website: www.nepaldemocracy.org [3]. In Berlin (2003-2007) he supported the integration process of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union.

From 2006 onwards Alfred Diebold started with expeditions to Svalbard, Greenland, North Pole, Antartica. In 2010 he published a travel book “Kreuzfahrten Nordmeer und Arktis” ("Expedition Cruising in the Arctic")[9] which received the ITB book award in 2017[10] and has since gone in 3rd edition.

In 2008 Alfred Diebold was nominated as a candidate of the Social Democratic Party of Germany for the European Parliament. He was running his campaign in Südwürttemberg [4] in May and June 2009[11][12][13]. During this campaign he was accompanied by a professional camera team. Their footage became part of the award winning 85-minute film ”Souvenir”[14][15][16], which was first screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Forum-Section in 2014.

In 2010 Diebold became Technical Director of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (EC-IFAS). He produced a 85-minute documentary with the title “From the glaciers to the Aral Sea”[17] and several short films, which show the challenges of Central Asia´s countries regarding transboundary water management, glaciers melting and climate change[5]. Alfred Diebold is the author of the Syr Darya chapter of the World Bank publication “Reaching Across Waters”[18] and co-author of the book “Water Unites”[19]. In 2013 he started to teach at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty Social Marketing, Environmental Economics and Water Management. Since 2014 he has been advising UNESCO in Almaty and the United Nations Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA), based in Ashgabad, on climate change and transboundary water management in Central Asia.

Since 2016 Alfred Diebold has been teaching documentary filmmaking at the Marubi film school in Tirana. He produced the films “I am alive”, “Say goodbye to Tirana”, and “Toronto”. In December 2017 Diebold had a photo exhibition in Tirana titled “Choreography of Happiness”[20] with images of North Korea. He also published books about travelling by dogsled in Eastern Greenland, the Uyghurs in Kashgar[21]. His latest book “Remains of Paranoia”[22] is about the remains of military installations from Albania´s communist past.

Today Alfred Diebold lives in Berlin.

Books and publications

  • Water Unites - From the Glaciers to the Aral Sea[23]
  • Reiseführer Kreuzfahrten Nordmeer und Arktis: Norwegen, Spitzbergen, Island, Grönland, Kanada, Alaska und russische Arktis[24]
  • Remains of Paranoia[25]
  • Publication “The Impact of Glacier melting on national and transboundary water systems in Central Asia”[26]
  • Publication “Glaciers melting in Central Asia: time for Action”[27]
  • Deutschlandfunk Essay Reihe Wasserzeichen: Der Aralsee zwischen gottgegeben und preisgebunden[28]
  • Blog-Beiträge Hapag Lloyd cruises[29]

Exhibitions

  • "India Moving", Heidenheim, Germany, 2005
  • "Albania Votes", Tirana, Albania, 2009
  • "Water unites", Berlin, Germany, 2012[30]
  • "Palio", Siena, Italy, 2017
  • "Choreography of Happiness", Tirana, Albania, 2017

Films and videos

Film Year Length Language Notes
On the way to a market economy[31] 1994 48 min. German, English, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Albanian and Ukrainian
Economies in Transformation[32] 1995 6 x 28 min. English, German, Russian and Polish Series of 6 videos
Like in Poland 1995 3 x 30 min. English, German, Russian and Polish Director Vladimir Rerich, producer Alfred Diebold
Albania – out of bunkers 1995 30 min. English, Ukrainian and German
Sentimental Journey – Transsiberian Railway[33] 1996 60 min. Russian Director Vladimir Rerich, producer and camera Alfred Diebold
Sweet Surrender 1997 8 min. English
Aus der Vogelperspektive[34] 1997 43 min. German and Russian
Human Rights and Freedom of the Press 1997 40 min. English and Russian
Every vote counts 2008 28 min. English
From the glaciers to the Aral Sea – water unites[35] 2012 85 min. English, German and Russian
I am alive 2018 57 min. English and German
Everyone goes his own way 2018 40 min. English and German
Say goodbye to Tirana 2019 37 min. English
DET Democracy and Economies in Transformation[36] 1995-96 19-48 min. English, Russian and German YouTube channel

Awards and honors

  • Honorary Professor of Turan University, Almaty, Kazakhstan - 1998 [37])
  • ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) Buch Awards - 2017[38]

References

  1. "Alfred Diebold Biography". IMDb (Internet Movie Database). Amazon.
  2. Diebold, Alfred. "The Degree of Bachelor of Arts Economics". San Diego State University, USA.
  3. Diebold, Alfred. "Diplom-Ökonom equivalent to Master of Economics". University of Hohenheim, Germany.
  4. Diebold, Alfred. "The Doctoral Degree in Economics". University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  5. Diebold, Alfred. "Office of Summer Sessions Letter". New York University.
  6. Schmidt-Häuer, Christian. "Selbst die ewige Flamme ist erloschen". Die Zeit, newspaper.
  7. Riehl-Heyse, Herbert (1993). Am Rande des Kraters: Reportagen und Essays aus drei bewegten Jahren. Germany: UVK. ISBN 3896690345.
  8. Kluge, Alexander. "Reise an den Rand des Kraters". TV-program. dspt.tv.
  9. Diebold, Alfred (February 2019). Kreuzfahrten Nordmeer und Arktis. TRESCHER. ISBN 978-3897944381.
  10. "ITB Book Awards 2017, Press Release". ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse).
  11. "Dr. Alfred Diebold - unser Kandidat für die Europawahl". SPD Kreisverband Biberach an der Riß.
  12. "Dr. Alfred Diebold, Kandidat zur Europawahl, zu Besuch in Sternenfels". SPD Sternfels.
  13. "SPD-Kreismitgliederversammlung mit Europakandidat". SPD Bad Schussenried / Bad Buchau.
  14. "Souvenir, Film (2014)". Filmtank.
  15. "Dokumentarfilmfestival in Duisburg". Souvenir (2014). Faust-Kultur.
  16. "The Film Program of DOK.fest MÜNCHEN". Souvenir (2014).
  17. "Water Unites - From the Glaciers to the Aral Sea". Film (Alfred Diebold/ Christoph Pasour). Waterunitesca.
  18. "Reaching across the waters". The Syr Darya River basin, page 20. The World Bank, 2012.
  19. Water Unites - From the Glaciers to the Aral Sea. Trescher Verlag. 2012. ISBN 978-3897948006.
  20. "'North Korea's 'Choreography of Happiness' opens at Kalo Gallery". Tirana Times. December 1, 2017.
  21. Diebold, Alfred (June 24, 2020). Kashgar und Karakorum im Sommer. Blurb. ISBN 978-1715104740.
  22. Diebold, Alfred (October 7, 2019). Remains of Paranoia. Blurb. ISBN 978-0464423249.
  23. Water Unites - From the Glaciers to the Aral Sea. Trescher Verlag. 2012. ISBN 978-3897948006.
  24. Diebold, Alfred (2019). Reiseführer Kreuzfahrten Nordmeer und Arktis: Norwegen, Spitzbergen, Island, Grönland, Kanada, Alaska und russische Arktis. Trescher Verlag GmbH. ISBN 978-3897944381.
  25. Diebold, Alfred (October 7, 2019). Remains of Paranoia. Blurb. ISBN 978-0464423249.
  26. Diebold, Alfred (September 2013). The Impact of Glacier Melting on National and Transboundary Water Systems in Central Asia. United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).
  27. Diebold, Alfred (May 2015). Glaciers Melting in Central Asia: Time for Action. United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia UNRCCA.
  28. Diebold, Alfred (June 2014). Der Aralsee zwischen gottgegeben und preisgebunden. Deutschlandfunk.
  29. Diebold, Alfred (July 2015). Expedition Island & Grönland. Hapag Lloyd cruises.
  30. "Water Unites". Exhibition.
  31. "On the way to a market economy". DET - Democracy and Economies in Transformation.
  32. "Economies in Transformation". DET Democracy and Economies in Transformation.
  33. "Sentimentale Reise". DET Democracy and Economies in Transformation.
  34. "Aus der Vogelperspektive". DET Democracy and Economies in Transformation.
  35. "Water Unites - From the Glaciers to the Aral Sea". Waterunitesca.
  36. "DET - Democracy and Economies in Transformation". YouTube channel.
  37. Diebold, Alfred. "Honorary Professor". Turan University, Kazakhstan.
  38. "ITB Book Awards 2017, Press Release". ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse).

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