Dr. Leo GABRIEL
Speaker, Counter-summit "Enlazando Alternativas 2", Vienna
Studied law and political science at the University of Vienna and political anthropology in Paris where he represented the foreign students during the 1968 movement.
Since 1970 he lived for many years in Latin America. From 1972-76 extensive travelling through South America as a documentary filmmaker of social movements in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. In 1978 he founded an independent press agency (Agencia Periodistica de Información Alternativa - APIA) in Nicaragua for the German speaking media. Since 1986 Dr. Gabriel became the scientific director of the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut für zeitgenössische Lateinamerikaforschung (Institute for contemporary studies on Latin America) in Vienna and guest professor at the universities of Zurich, Managua and Mexico. Between 1992 and 1996 he was editor in chief of "Nueva Tierra Nuestra". The scientific and journalistic work of Dr. Gabriel is focused on the organizing processes in Central and Southamerican indigenous and peasant cultures and their contribution towards the structuring of a Latinamerican Civil Society. More recently his harsh criticisme of the consequences and dangers of the globalisation of transnational capitalisme lead him to the outline of a globalized struggle for participatory democracy. 1998 he founded the so called Clean Clothes Campaign in Austria. He participated in the constitution of the first World Social Forum in january 2001 in Puerto Alegre and from 2002 on in the European Social Forum of Florence, Paris and London. Today he is one of the principle organisers of the "Summit of Alternatives" which is going to take place from may, 10th to 13th 2006 simultaneously with the presidential summit between heads of State of Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union. From 2001 to 2005 he was the coordinator of LATAUTONOMY (www.latautonomy.org).