Ranga Yogeshwar: moderator, science journalist and man with a mission

23. June 2020 – Katharina Schlangenotto

“I give lectures at home and abroad on topics that are particularly close to my heart,” says Ranga Yogeshwar about himself and his job, which is more of a calling for him. Maybe already a mission.

Ranga Yogeshwar is known as a presenter of the science program “Quarks” on the WDR, which he gave a face from 1989 to 2018. Growing up in Luxembourg with an Indian father and a Luxembourg mother, he was initially drawn to music: he completed a music education with a focus on piano at the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg. He then studied experimental physics with a focus on “Experimental Elementary Particle Physics and Astrophysics”. Ranga Yogeshwar graduated as a physicist and then started his career on TV.

He is particularly interested in innovation, the digital revolution, artificial intelligence, the energy transition, the media and education. In his book “Next Exit Future: Stories from a Changing World”, which he published last year, he gives a fresh look at the changing world.

From the point of view of his own direct experience, he looks at “an increasingly global world, the digital upheavals or changes in the media, looking at the new role of women or the value of old cultural assets.”

Ranga Yogeshwar: His message:

“We are in the midst of an epochal change: the digital revolution, advances in genetic engineering or the developments in artificial intelligence are having a fundamental impact on our lives. There are certainly worrying developments in this world of change. In some areas it is urgent that we rethink and change the course we are currently on. But reflected progress also offers a great opportunity: for the first time in history, we are able to change our own world in a direct way.”

Ranga Yogeshwar speaks and writes in a plausible, stimulating and, above all, understandable way.

In an interview with the German VdK newspaper last year, he spoke about artificial intelligence and the phenomenon of fear that goes with it for many people. He sees the general fear of letting go.”It is interesting that the term” fear “is immediately used for the term” artificial intelligence “. Why? There is a fear of letting go. We have to replace this by opening up to new possibilities. If we look at the development of the past decades and centuries, the bottom line is that progress is very positive for all of us – this is also the result of my book. Of course, we have to think about the meaningfulness of all innovations. We have the challenge of making progress reflective. But if we can do that, progress will be a big win.”

With his clever lectures, Ranga Yogeshwar takes a bit of care out of the new, and at the same time gives an outlook on what may await us.

He gives his lectures in German, English and French and can now be booked through Premium Speakers: ranga-yogeshwar@premium-speakers.com

Ranga Yogeshwar

Economist, Journalist & Author