Biography: Thando Tilmann has an interdisciplinary MPhil in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, where she studied public policies and regulations needed to manage natural resources more effectively. For the past ten years, she worked at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), an international, interdisciplinary centre of scientific excellence located in Potsdam, Germany. During her time there, she gained extensive experience in international conference organisation and the facilitation of stakeholder engagement, through her work in several third-party funded projects. Currently, she is a Coordinator at the Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS). She grew up in and is part of a multi-cultural household, and lived and studied on four different continents. These experiences have made her particularly conscious of cross-cultural communication practices.