Thomas Seifert (AUT)
Thomas Seifert is an international correspondent with the Austrian daily newspaper „Die Presse“. His reporting includes the Balcans, the Russian Federation (he reported the war in Chechnya in 1999 and 2000 from Grosny both from the Russian and the Chechen perspective) Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has filed stories from New York in the aftermath of 9-11 and crossed the border to Afghanistan on 10-11 where he reported the fall of the Taliban from Kabul. Seifert reported the war in Iraq from Baghdad in March/April 1999 and celebrated his 35th Birthday on April 9, 2003 on Firdous Square, as Saddam Husseins statue fell. He went back to Iraq and Afghanistan several times.
His book „Schwarzbuch Öl“ („The Black Book on Oil“), which he co-authored together with Klaus Werner came out in 2005. It was a bestseller and was translated into Arabic, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. For this book, he did research in Iraq, Iran, U.A.E., Kuwait and Saudi-Arabia.
He has since broadened his focus to Asia (China, India, and the Korean Paninsula) and is currently working on a book project on the Pacific Era and the implications of the rise of Asia for the European Union and the world.
In the past two years he dedicated his time to work on a video documentary and book project called “next.Asia – How Technology and Asias Youth will change the World”.