Tomas Ryska

Tomas is a social anthropologist, economist and documentary filmmaker. He has received a number of international awards, such as the Grand Prix at the Russian Anthropological Film Festival from the Russian Academy of Sciences or the Grand Prix at the Ekofilm International Film Festival from the Czech Ministry of Environment.

His films have been included in the 'special selection' of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) or the ASTRA Visual International Anthropology Film Festival. Between 2005 and 2012, he was a director of the international non-governmental organization United World of Indigenous Peoples (UWIP). He is an assistant professor at the Department of Strategy, University of Economics, Prague where he specializes in the complex interrelations between design, ethnography, and strategy. His research focuses on humanitarianism and international development. He has written a doctoral thesis Enterprising Faith: Ethnography of Faith-Based Development in Contemporary Thailand at the University of California - Berkeley. He firmly believes in the tradition of ethnographic research.



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