• Paweł Adamowicz

    Mayor of the City of Gdańsk

    Pawel Adamowicz has been holding the office of the Mayor of Gdansk, Poland since 1998. A lawyer by education, he graduated from the University of Gdansk. He strongly believes that...

    Pawel Adamowicz has been holding the office of the Mayor of Gdansk, Poland since 1998. A lawyer by education, he graduated from the University of Gdansk. He strongly believes that open data and new technologies can change cities and the world for better. His city is one of the leading cities in Poland for implementing openness policy.

  • Orkhan Adigozel

    Independent social activist

    Orkhan was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Orkhan was once a semiprofessional capoeira performer, until he had an accident where he lost his mobility. Currently he's working on finishing studies at...

    Orkhan was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Orkhan was once a semiprofessional capoeira performer, until he had an accident where he lost his mobility. Currently he's working on finishing studies at Azerbaijan State Economic University, after a long break due to the accident. Orkhan is an activist who is trying to raise awareness about disability issues and human rights. He writes about those issues in social media and several news outlets like Meydan TV and Radio Liberty. From time to time he likes participating in flash mobs and initiating discussions on taboo topics.

  • Aida Ajanović

    Zasto Ne?

    Aida is a lawyer by profession. Currently holding the position of Head of Research and is also a Team leader and coordinator of the "Istinomjer"- first BiH member of the...

    Aida is a lawyer by profession. Currently holding the position of Head of Research and is also a Team leader and coordinator of the "Istinomjer"- first BiH member of the International Fact Checking Network. Before joining “Why not” team and NGO world, Aida gained work experience in public sector, working on projects of judicial reform in the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina and as director of the Sarajevo office of international Legal-Consulting Company, IKRP Rokas & Partners. Aida also works on raising awareness about autism and life with autism.

  • Nadiia Babynska (Virna)

    Project Coordinator
    at Technovation Ukraine

    Nadiia is an open data, freedom of information, media-expert, project coordinator, trainer from Ukraine. She was a project manager of the Open Data Portal of Ukrainian Parliament project (UNDP, OPORA),...

    Nadiia is an open data, freedom of information, media-expert, project coordinator, trainer from Ukraine. She was a project manager of the Open Data Portal of Ukrainian Parliament project (UNDP, OPORA), an expert of Apps4Cities (open city data) in Ukraine (TechSoup, OPORA). Nadiia is an expert of the open data project in TAPAS (USAID, UKAID), coordinate the Youth innovation challenge for human right and democracy U-inn (UNDP) and volunteer, co-cordinator of the Technovation Challenge in Ukraine.

  • Toby Baker

    Assistant Programme Manager
    Education, Nesta

    Toby works in Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. He is particularly interested in how technology can be used collaboratively to tackle problems more effectively and co-authored Nesta’s recent ‘What next...

    Toby works in Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. He is particularly interested in how technology can be used collaboratively to tackle problems more effectively and co-authored Nesta’s recent ‘What next for digital social innovation?’ report. As part of Nesta’s grant-giving team, he helps to design and deliver practical programmes that test new ways to help young people gain the skills and experience they will need in the future.

  • Olena Boytsun

    Director, Investments
    at Omidyar Network

    Olena is Investment Director at Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm set up by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. Olena leads investment activities in Central and Eastern Europe within Governance &...

    Olena is Investment Director at Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm set up by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. Olena leads investment activities in Central and Eastern Europe within Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative and brings 15+ years of multifaceted work and study experience in the business and academic spheres in Europe, US and Asia to her role. As impact investor, Omidyar Network creates opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic and social change.

  • Palina Brodik

    Project Manager at Media Initiative
    for Human Rights and Free Russia House

    Palina is a project manager at Media Initiative for Human Rights and Free Russia House in Kyiv and is an ad hoc partner of Civil Network OPORA. She took an...

    Palina is a project manager at Media Initiative for Human Rights and Free Russia House in Kyiv and is an ad hoc partner of Civil Network OPORA. She took an active part in realization of the Ukrainian chapter of Personal Democracy Forum in 2016 and fully took over the coordination of PDF Ukraine in 2017. Her background includes international organizations such as UNDP offices operating in Ukraine and Belarus, and The Advocates for Human Rights in US, as well as a business sector in Russia. She participated in more than 10 international election observation missions, including missions carried out by the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations.

  • Attila Bujdosó

    Editor of Social Design Cookbook

    Attila Bujdosó is a UX designer, researcher, cultural broker based in Budapest, Hungary. He currently works at BlackRock as Lead UX Designer and is finishing his upcoming book Social Design...

    Attila Bujdosó is a UX designer, researcher, cultural broker based in Budapest, Hungary. He currently works at BlackRock as Lead UX Designer and is finishing his upcoming book Social Design Cookbook. Before joining BlackRock, Attila co-founded collaboration software startup Opp.io, led creative digital projects at Kitchen Budapest new media research lab, curated and co-edited Subjective Atlas of Hungary, was curator at the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre and worked as architect at ONL.

  • Miguel Arana Catania

    Director of Citizen Participation
    of the Madrid City Council

    Miguel is the director of citizen participation of the Madrid City Council, where the international participation project Consul (www.consulproject.org) is developed. He has worked designing and implementing digital tools and...

    Miguel is the director of citizen participation of the Madrid City Council, where the international participation project Consul (www.consulproject.org) is developed. He has worked designing and implementing digital tools and participation strategies in innovation laboratories as Medialab-Prado, European projects such as D-CENT and in different political spaces such as Ahora Madrid or the 15M movement.

  • Sam Chang

    President of Negative Vote Association

    Mr. Chang is the founder and President of Negative Vote Association, an NGO in Taiwan dedicated to the improvement of democracies by allowing voters to have the option to vote...

    Mr. Chang is the founder and President of Negative Vote Association, an NGO in Taiwan dedicated to the improvement of democracies by allowing voters to have the option to vote Against instead of For. Mr. Chang was invited to present this proposed reform at the World Forum for Democracy in November, 2017. After the presentation, a senator from Italy said she would introduce this concept to the Italian parliament, and a student representative from Eastern Europe wanted to introduce this reform in his college for elections of student leaders. A citizens' initiative, led by Mr. Chang, to implement this reform in Taiwan, is on-going with the target to collect 281,745 signed petitions this year in order to have the proposition put on ballot by the Nov. 24, 2018 election date. In addition to his full time, volunteer work at the Negative Vote Association, Mr. Chang also serves on the boards of several public and private companies in Taiwan. He is also an independent mergers & acquisitions, private placement advisor with over 40 years of banking and business experience working for multinational institutions. Mr. Chang received his MBA from The Wharton School in 1977, and A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1974.

  • Vakhtangi Chkhenkeli

    Future Starts Today

    Vakhtang is a lawyer from Georgia. Born in Sokhumi, his family moved to Tbilisi after war. He holds MA in private law from Ilia University. Working for numerous public and...

    Vakhtang is a lawyer from Georgia. Born in Sokhumi, his family moved to Tbilisi after war. He holds MA in private law from Ilia University. Working for numerous public and private organizations, currently he is a Lane Kirkland scholarship program research fellow. He represents "Future Starts Today", Georgian NGO working with blind and visually impaired persons. Since 2010 he has been involved in organizing training in using white stick, social taxi, vision-transmision of sport events and other programs for the blind. Next goal for the organization is adoption and digitization of libraries and museums in Georgia.

  • Filip Muki Dobranić

    Today is a new day,
    Institute for other studies

    Filip literally runs on batteries. This has afforded him the attention of such wonderful people as TSA agents, security officers in parliament buildings, and the occasional prison guard. While he...

    Filip literally runs on batteries. This has afforded him the attention of such wonderful people as TSA agents, security officers in parliament buildings, and the occasional prison guard. While he spent almost half of his life as a classical guitarist he ditched long nails to study philosophy and sociology of culture at the University of Ljubljana. In 2013, he co-founded Today is a new day, institute for other studies where he’s responsible for hacking and <3. The institute is experimenting with ways the Internet can be leveraged to tweak “democracy” into something slightly more sustainable.

  • Esra Dogramaci

    Senior Editor for Digital
    at Deutsche Welle

    Esra is Senior Editor for Digital at German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). She has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs. In less than a year...

    Esra is Senior Editor for Digital at German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). She has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs. In less than a year since joining, Esra was responsible for leading the most successful digital initiative at DW, which by partnering with Twitter broadcast the German election results and coverage, breaking all previous digital records at DW. Before joining DW, Esra was the BBC's first digital consultant working across a variety of presences including the flagship news and current affairs show Newsnight, HardTalk, and the Travel Show, as well as projects with the Arabic and Turkish services. She also led the World Service's YouTube team across 20 languages with results stretching to 550% growth in one year and gaining a nomination for best digital team at the British Media Awards in 2016. Esra also worked for Al Jazeera in Qatar and Turkey where she was part of the award winning team for coverage of the Arab Spring, and prior to that at UN headquarters and UNICEF, working in communications/new media throughout. She's also a former full time athlete, having represented Australia in Ice Hockey.

  • Dona Dzambaska

    Copywriter at Reborn.mk
    and Valuer.ai

    Dona is a writer. She is both the editor of Reborn.mk, a webzine that promotes the culture in Macedonia, and a senior copywriter for Valuer.ai, a Copenhagen based startup. Before...

    Dona is a writer. She is both the editor of Reborn.mk, a webzine that promotes the culture in Macedonia, and a senior copywriter for Valuer.ai, a Copenhagen based startup. Before taking a turn towards the world of copywriting, she used to work as a project coordinator in the Metamorphosis Foundation in Skopje. Dona spends most of her time trying to convince people that X-files is the greatest thing to come out of humanity. Her love for words is borderline creepy.

  • Floriana Fossato

    Member of Advisory Board at Centre for Media, Data and Society
    CEU School of Public Policy, Budapest

    Floriana is an independent observer of the post-Soviet media landscape in Russia and other FSU countries. She has extensively written about the impact that media have on Russian society since...

    Floriana is an independent observer of the post-Soviet media landscape in Russia and other FSU countries. She has extensively written about the impact that media have on Russian society since 1996, first as a journalist, then as an analyst. Floriana has lived and worked in the region for over 20 years. She served as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of New Media and Society at the New Economic School in Moscow and previously she worked as Senior Expert and EU Policy Advisor for a number of projects implemented by the Internews Network in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. More recently she has contributed to a number of reports assessing vulnerabilities to propaganda in a number of countries in Eurasia. Floriana holds a MA in political sociology from the University of Manchester.

  • Mariam Gamkharashvili

    Co-founder and Project
    Manager at ForSet

    Mariam is a co-founder and project manager at ForSet, an organization with an enthusiastic team and a mission of making communications effective using design, technology and data. She has been...

    Mariam is a co-founder and project manager at ForSet, an organization with an enthusiastic team and a mission of making communications effective using design, technology and data. She has been working in the field of data storytelling for over 4 years and has developed a number of stories, communication and advocacy campaigns. She believes that using modern approaches in communication is the only way to stay relevant and interesting in the age of technology.

  • Marcin Gerwin

    Specialist in sustainable development
    and social participation

    Marcin holds a PhD in political studies. His main areas of interest are deliberative democracy and sustainability. He initiated and co-organized the first citizens' assembly in the city of Gdańsk,...

    Marcin holds a PhD in political studies. His main areas of interest are deliberative democracy and sustainability. He initiated and co-organized the first citizens' assembly in the city of Gdańsk, Poland. He is a co-founder of Sopocka Inicjatywa Rozwojowa, an informal group of residents in the city of Sopot, which lead to organizing a first participatory budgeting process on the city level in Poland. Marcin is also author of “Food and Democracy” and “Climate-Friendly Food”.

  • Sanskruti Ghosalkar

    Consultant, Open Government

    Sanskruti’s interests lie in open government and education, and how technology can be leveraged to address development challenges. She worked as a consultant with UNESCO-IIEP (Paris) on Open School Data...

    Sanskruti’s interests lie in open government and education, and how technology can be leveraged to address development challenges. She worked as a consultant with UNESCO-IIEP (Paris) on Open School Data and Open Government in Education. Sanskruti holds two graduate degrees in Education and Contemporary India from the University of Oxford.

  • Adriana Groh

    Founder of wepublic & Program
    Manager at Prototype Fund

    Adriana Groh works for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany as Program Manager at the Prototype Fund. Previously, she studied Political Science and European Public Policy and Governance in Frankfurt am...

    Adriana Groh works for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany as Program Manager at the Prototype Fund. Previously, she studied Political Science and European Public Policy and Governance in Frankfurt am Main and in Maastricht. She is interested in how digital tools can improve democratic participation and communication. In 2016, Adriana started the project “wepublic” that aims to create new digital tools for citizens and politicians.

  • Jarosław Gwizdak

    District Court Katowice-Zachód
    in Katowice

    Jarosław is a Law and Administration graduate and a judge in the District Court Katowice-Zachód (President until April 30, 2017). He publishes in legal periodicals, he is a lecturer at...

    Jarosław is a Law and Administration graduate and a judge in the District Court Katowice-Zachód (President until April 30, 2017). He publishes in legal periodicals, he is a lecturer at the Law and Administration Department of Silesia University and at the University of Social Sciences and Humaniteis in Warsaw (SWPS). Jarosław received the main award in the first edition of the "Civic Judge of the Year 2015" by Court Watch Polska. Co-creator of "TEDx Lex" in Katowice. Leadership Academy for Poland 2017 graduate. Retired urban partizan and persistent patriot of the quarter, enthusiast of micro cooperatives and social innovations. Speaks English, German, Czech and Silesian. Compulsory consumer of mass and high culture. Bass player and lead vocals in the worst group in the world "The Judges". His dream: to write a book about justice administration in the air of Filip Springer's "13 floors".

  • Feng Hao

    Reader in Security Engineering, School of Computing, Newcastle University

    Feng received his PhD in 2007 in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. He has a mixture of industrial and academic experiences. Prior to starting his academic career, he worked...

    Feng received his PhD in 2007 in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. He has a mixture of industrial and academic experiences. Prior to starting his academic career, he worked in security industry for 6 years. In 2010, he joined Newcastle University as a lecturer and was promoted to Reader in 2014. With colleagues, he designed several cryptographic protocols including J-PAKE, YAK, AV-net, OV-net, DRE-i, DRE-ip, J-PAKE+, SPEKE+ and SSE (Secure Storage & Erasure). In particular, J-PAKE was adopted by Mozilla Firefox in 2010 for a secure sync service; it has also been adopted by the Thread Group as an industry standard for IoT, built into Google Nest, ARM mbed OS, Palemoon, OpenSSL, NSS and Bouncy castle, and standardized in ISO/IEC 11770-4 (2017) and RFC 8236. He led the design of DRE-i, the first E2E verifiable e-voting system without tallying authority. Based on this work, he received a prestigious €1.5m ERC starting grant (2013-2018) and an ERC proof-of-concept grant. He was a lead editor of a book “Real-world e-voting: design, analysis and deployment”, published by the CRC press in 2017. His first paper in PhD "combining cryptography with biometrics effectives" (Hao et al., IEEE Trans. Comp. 2006) was ranked the top in Classic Papers, released by Google in June 2017, in the category of "Computer Security & Cryptography". Currently he serves in the editorial boards for IEEE Security & Privacy and the Journal of Information Security and Applications.

  • Fanny Hidvégi

    European Policy Manager
    at Access Now

    Fanny is Access Now’s European Policy Manager based in Brussels. Previously, Fanny was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she focused on E.U.-U.S....

    Fanny is Access Now’s European Policy Manager based in Brussels. Previously, Fanny was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she focused on E.U.-U.S. data transfers. For three years Fanny led the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Program of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union where she engaged in strategic litigation with journalists and other NGOs, participated in the fight against the national data retention law in Hungary, and promoted privacy enhancing technologies. Fanny also worked as a consumer protection lawyer both in the public and the private sector.

  • Roman Imielski

    National Editor of Gazeta Wyborcza

    Roman is a National Editor at Gazeta Wyborcza. Former secretary and director of the international department of Gazeta Wyborcza, Editor-in-Chief of Wyborcza.pl, author of numerous articles about Russia, Ukraine, European...

    Roman is a National Editor at Gazeta Wyborcza. Former secretary and director of the international department of Gazeta Wyborcza, Editor-in-Chief of Wyborcza.pl, author of numerous articles about Russia, Ukraine, European Union and translatlantic relations. He comments on Polish and international affairs in online media. He has worked in Gazeta Wyborcza since 1995, first in Katowice, since 2001 - in Warsaw as a Deputy Editor in the sports section, then as a chief of the local editorial board and secretary of Nowy Dzień. Roman graduated from Silesia University, the history faculty.

  • Krzysztof Izdebski

    Board Member and Policy Director
    at ePaństwo Foundation

    For years, lawyer providing legal consultations on access to public information and re-use of public sector information, drafting legal opinions and representing NGO’s and other clients in court proceedings. He...

    For years, lawyer providing legal consultations on access to public information and re-use of public sector information, drafting legal opinions and representing NGO’s and other clients in court proceedings. He is also a reasercher in the field of combatting and preventing corruption. Recently he published: Transparency and Open Data Principles : Why They Are Important and How They Increase Public Participation and Tackle Corruption.

  • Nonso Jideofor

    Regional Sub-saharan Africa lead
    at the Engine Room

    Nonso is the regional Sub-saharan Africa lead at the Engine Room, an international, multi-disciplinary team that is singularly focused on supporting partners to use data and technology to increase their...

    Nonso is the regional Sub-saharan Africa lead at the Engine Room, an international, multi-disciplinary team that is singularly focused on supporting partners to use data and technology to increase their impact. Research is an integral part of his work in contributing to the impact of partners. He applies user-centered design and design research to supporting partners in their transparency and accountability work.

  • Birgitta Jónsdóttir

    Poetician

    Birgitta is a Poetician and a former parliamentarian for the Civic Movement & Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament & chairman for IMMI (International Modern Media Institute). She has helped...

    Birgitta is a Poetician and a former parliamentarian for the Civic Movement & Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament & chairman for IMMI (International Modern Media Institute). She has helped create two political movements since 2009, the Civic Movement and the Pirate Party 2013, both parties were successfully elected into the Icelandic Parliament. Birgitta was selected as one of the International Politician of the Year in 2016 by Der Spiegel and short listed for the WTN awards in policy in 2014. She specializes is 21st century lawmaking with focus on direct democracy, freedom of expression, information and digital privacy within the local and global context. Expert in direct democracy and citizen engagement building bridges of know how between parliamentary bodies and civil society in regard to policies of the digital age. Served as a member of Nato Parliamentary Assembly and the IPU. She was elected to the human rights committee for parliamentarians at the IPU and successfully proposed and wrote a resolution for the IPU titled Democracy in the digital era and the threat to privacy as a co-rapporteur with Mr. H. J. Juhn. Birgitta was a WikiLeaks volunteer and spokes person in 2010. She played a crucial role in WikiLeaks release of the Collateral Murder. In 2010 she introduced the IMMI resolution in the parliament of Iceland with the aim of resurrecting her country out of its post crisis misery as a Digital Safe Haven for freedom of expression, information and digital privacy. The creation of the IMMI laws is ongoing. Birgitta is a regular contributor to the Guardian and various other publications. She is a pioneer in web development in her own country and has published books her own and by others, both locally and globally. She has appeared in documentaries and features and even in a Hollywood film, her favourite documentaries she has been part of so far are: WikiRebels, We steel secrets and Meeting Snowden. She believes individuals can and should change the world.

  • Tudor Juravlea

    User Experience Architect
    & Innovation Trainer

    Tudor is a user Experience trainer who coaches teams in Design thinking, Design Sprints and Lean UX. In the last 10 years he delivered projects in industries such as Telecom,...

    Tudor is a user Experience trainer who coaches teams in Design thinking, Design Sprints and Lean UX. In the last 10 years he delivered projects in industries such as Telecom, Banking and Energy and worked for companies such as: Orange, ING, Vodafone and E.ON. Since 2017 he is the Incubation Officer for all Code for Romania projects. He loves to work with innovators, believes in active civic involvement and in using design methods for social change, therefore he has mentored several NGOs and start-up incubators. He is one of the founders for the first professional UX association in Romania.

  • Jacek Karnowski

    Editor-in-Chief of the biweekly "Sieci"

    Editor-in-Chief of the weekly "Sieci", co-creator of the portal wPolityce.pl and the wPolsce.pl TV. In the past, radio and TV reporter, leader of the reporters team in Telewizja Plus, chief...

    Editor-in-Chief of the weekly "Sieci", co-creator of the portal wPolityce.pl and the wPolsce.pl TV. In the past, radio and TV reporter, leader of the reporters team in Telewizja Plus, chief of "Panorama" and "Wiadomości". Born in Koszalin, brought up in Warmia. Sociologist.

  • Basil Kerski

    Director of the European Solidarity Centre

    German-Polish manager of culture, editor, publicist, and political scientist. He grew up in Poland, Iraq and West Germany. He studied political science and Slavic studies at the Freie Universität Berlin....

    German-Polish manager of culture, editor, publicist, and political scientist. He grew up in Poland, Iraq and West Germany. He studied political science and Slavic studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is the director of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk and since 1998 an editor-in-chief of the bilingual Polish-German journal DIALOG, and a contributor to Przeglad Polityczny [Political Review]. Mr Kerski worked as an expert in international politics for the Aspen Institute Berlin, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Social Science Research Centre (WZB) in Berlin, and the Bundestag. He is an author of more than twenty German, Polish and Ukrainian books analysing history and politics. Many of his articles were published in magazines and newspapers, among others: Die Welt, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Internationale Politik, Limes, New Eastern Europe, Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Tygodnik Powszechny. In 2001–2005 he was a lecturer in Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin, in 2011 in Institute of History at Humboldt University Berlin. During his academic carrier he was a guest of many prestigious universities in Europe and USA, e.g. Sorbonne, Georgetown University in Washington, Columbia University in New York. Member of the Polish PEN Club. Mr Kerski received many awards and distinctions: The Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland, the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis. Father of two sons, lives in Gdańsk and Berlin.

  • Julia Kloiber

    Project Lead Open Knowledge
    Foundation Germany

    Julia is the Founder of Code for Germany (https://codefor.de/) and the Co-Founder of the Prototype Fund (https://prototypefund.de/). She develops strategies and concepts to innovate programs for the digital world. In...

    Julia is the Founder of Code for Germany (https://codefor.de/) and the Co-Founder of the Prototype Fund (https://prototypefund.de/). She develops strategies and concepts to innovate programs for the digital world. In the past couple of years she has been running multiple projects that foster the reuse of open data and promote transparency.

  • Oleksandr Kliuzhev

    Civil Network OPORA

    Oleksandr has broad experience in organizing and analyzing the monitoring campaigns in Ukraine’s elections, is the co-author of some draft amendments to the electoral legislation. He implemented successful initiatives on...

    Oleksandr has broad experience in organizing and analyzing the monitoring campaigns in Ukraine’s elections, is the co-author of some draft amendments to the electoral legislation. He implemented successful initiatives on the citizens’ participation in decision-making processes and access to public information at the local level and a development of civil society. In particular, he is the co-author of one of the first draft regional target program for promoting civil society development in Ukraine. Since 2014, he has been active in protecting the rights of internally displaced persons, in particular, he co-sponsored the bills on election rights of IDPs. Oleksandr is board Member of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels.

  • Katherine Klosek

    Director of GovEx at
    Johns Hopkins University

    Katherine has been dedicated to social policy at all levels of government since 2006. Originally from Baltimore City, Katherine currently serves as Director of Applied Research at the Center for...

    Katherine has been dedicated to social policy at all levels of government since 2006. Originally from Baltimore City, Katherine currently serves as Director of Applied Research at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, Katherine helps local governments rethink the ways they have traditionally worked, and translate policy recommendations and promising practices into action. Katherine began her career in Governor O’Malley’s StateStat Office, advancing progress toward statewide economic opportunity and health policy goals as part of the StateStat performance management team. Before joining GovEx, Katherine directed Baltimore City's Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, leading a coalition of public and private actors in planning and implementing evidence-based strategies to eradicate hunger and improve family stability. Katherine received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Conflict Resolution from Salisbury University, and a Master of Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Magdalena Kuenkel

    Programme Manager at
    Centre for Public Impact

    Lena is a Programme Manager at CPI developing and overseeing CPI's engagements with governments and their partners. She works closely with governments around the world on questions of government effectiveness...

    Lena is a Programme Manager at CPI developing and overseeing CPI's engagements with governments and their partners. She works closely with governments around the world on questions of government effectiveness and legitimacy. She led CPI's research on government legitimacy and co-authored a report on Finding a more human government. By bringing together citizens, government officials, academics and other interested parties, she aims to understand what legitimacy means to people today and what governments can do to strengthen it. She is an experienced strategy and management consultant with a focus on impact measuring and public policy effectiveness. Prior to joining CPI, Lena worked at a boutique consulting firm specialised in the UK government, charity and social enterprise sector. She led the delivery of client engagements including the development of a new operating model for a leading research charity, an impact management strategy for a social enterprise and an economic feasibility assessment for a group of local authorities. Lena has also worked at the European Commission, where she worked on the Country Specific Recommendations to the German government as part of the European Semester. Lena studied business and economics and holds Master's degrees from the University of St Andrews and the University of Cambridge. Outside of work, Lena is an avid runner and theatre fan.

  • Maciej Kuziemski

    Policy Fellow
    School of Transnational Governance
    European University Institute

    Maciej is a policy entrepreneur interested in governance of emerging technologies, sustainability transitions and public sector innovation. He used to run Coalition for Polish Innovations and media literacy programmes in...

    Maciej is a policy entrepreneur interested in governance of emerging technologies, sustainability transitions and public sector innovation. He used to run Coalition for Polish Innovations and media literacy programmes in Burma, co-founded a social enterprise reskilling refugees and worked for Polish and UK governments

  • Pavol Lacko

    Data Analyst at
    Fair-Play Alliance

    Pavol is Data Analyst at Fair-Play Alliance, a Slovak watchdog organisation using open data and investigative journalism to highlight uneconomical and unethical activities in managing public resources. Over the last...

    Pavol is Data Analyst at Fair-Play Alliance, a Slovak watchdog organisation using open data and investigative journalism to highlight uneconomical and unethical activities in managing public resources. Over the last years he worked on many data driven stories uncovering close ties between politics and business or wasting public funds. Fair-Play Alliance’s findings often serve as an initial kick for responsible state authorities to start their own investigations or administrative controls. Pavol has a Diploma degree in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.

  • Sandor Lederer

    Co-founder & CEO at K-Monitor

    Co-founder and CEO of K-Monitor, a watchdog NGO for public funds in Hungary. Sandor holds an MA in International Studies from Corvinus University, Budapest. K-Monitor was founded with the aim...

    Co-founder and CEO of K-Monitor, a watchdog NGO for public funds in Hungary. Sandor holds an MA in International Studies from Corvinus University, Budapest. K-Monitor was founded with the aim of raising awareness about the issues of corruption and to bring a new level of transparency in the field of governance for the purpose of fostering democracy and the rule of law in Hungary. K-Monitor runs technology projects, conducts research and advocates for legal reform. Sandor is the local country correspondent for the EC’s anti-corruption report, was a GMF fellow and a NewEurope100 challengers.

  • Jacopo Leone

    Democratic Governance Officer at the OSCE Office
    for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

    Jacopo has been working as a political officer for over six years in the field of democracy assistance and governance, with a focus on parliamentary strengthening, political party assistance, anti-corruption,...

    Jacopo has been working as a political officer for over six years in the field of democracy assistance and governance, with a focus on parliamentary strengthening, political party assistance, anti-corruption, public integrity, and civil society development. Currently working as a Democratic Governance Officer at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), he monitors political developments and provides assistance to OSCE participating States on democratic governance issues, with a particular focus in strengthening integrity in parliaments and political party systems, promoting inclusive political institutions and youth and women’s political participation. Before joining ODIHR, he worked for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, NATO, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and the European Parliament, among others. Jacopo holds an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Stefanos Loukopoulos

    Co-founder and Director
    of Vouliwatch

    Stefanos is the co-founder and director of the non for profit parliamentary monitoring organization Vouliwatch. He holds a BA in Political Science an MA in International Relations and one in...

    Stefanos is the co-founder and director of the non for profit parliamentary monitoring organization Vouliwatch. He holds a BA in Political Science an MA in International Relations and one in International Conflict Analysis. He completed his studies in the UK and Belgium. He has worked for important NGOs both in London and Brussels as well as in the European Parliament. Stefanos is a founding member of the international association “Parliamentwatch Network” and a standing member of the “Council of Citizens Control” of the Greek public broadcasting service. In recent years he is involved actively both at national and international level in the fields of open government, civic technology and the freedom of access to information.

  • Catherine Mahoro

    Treasurer of European Network
    of Migrant Women (ENoMW)

    Catherine has been in the Financial and Non-Governmental Organisation sector for over 12 years. In Dublin, Ireland where she resides, she has sat in various boards including Vocational Education Centre...

    Catherine has been in the Financial and Non-Governmental Organisation sector for over 12 years. In Dublin, Ireland where she resides, she has sat in various boards including Vocational Education Centre (VEC), Integrating Ireland and Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA). Catherine is also the current Treasurer of European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW). She is also an entrepreneur and the Founder of Down to Basics (DoToBa), which is a network of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Ireland. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Kimmage Development Studies in Ireland and studied in Community Development and Influencing Policy. With an expertise in Finance, she also has a strong track record in Fund Raising and Strategic Planning.

  • Olga Malchevska

    Multimedia Producer at BBC

    Olga is a multimedia producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, she has worked as the BBC Ukrainian Desk Editor (2016 - 2018). Before joining BBC, Olga was awarded Vaclav...

    Olga is a multimedia producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, she has worked as the BBC Ukrainian Desk Editor (2016 - 2018). Before joining BBC, Olga was awarded Vaclav Havel Fellowship for outstanding journalists, representing Ukraine in Prague and Washington, D.C. (2014-2015). Olga is the author of “Kremlin’s Czech Friends” (2016), an investigative documentary (the project of RFE/RL in cooperation with 1+1 Media, directed in terms of VH Fellowship. It was screened by 1+1 Media in prime time in Ukrainian and by UT in English. Russian version was broadcasted by the Russian Dozhd TV, and the Czech version was presented in Charles University in Prague). Earlier, Olga was 1+1 TV correspondent and an author of resonant series “The School of Surviving” uncovering corruption in the education system of Ukraine.

  • Constantin Malik

    Cybernetician at
    the Malik Institute

    Constantin is a cybernetician at the Malik Institute, Switzerland. He has been with the Institute for 10 years as an expert for complexity with a focus on the design and...

    Constantin is a cybernetician at the Malik Institute, Switzerland. He has been with the Institute for 10 years as an expert for complexity with a focus on the design and architecture of complex social systems. As such he has worked with cities, science organizations and international corporations alike. He is also the Executive Director of Global Relations and Development. Constantin holds a master’s degree in law and a doctoral degree in psychology. He is a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and the American Society for Cybernetics. In his book “Ahead of Change. How crowd psychology and cybernetics combine to transform legislative action” he presents a new idea of how governments could work in the future. Recently, he co-founded Sunium, an organization aimed at fighting for democracy and an open society.

  • Katarzyna Mikołajczyk

    Founder of Citizen
    Parent Foundation

    For almost 10 years, Katarzyna has been active in the NGOs in topics of inclusion, community building and using data for management. When she became a mother, she noticed that...

    For almost 10 years, Katarzyna has been active in the NGOs in topics of inclusion, community building and using data for management. When she became a mother, she noticed that there is no organization in Poland that makes it easier for parents and carers to use their cities' offer. She invited a few friends and founded an organization that works with citizens and authorities. She assumes that we are all citizens, and the fact of having a child should not exclude anyone from public life.

  • Natalia Mileszyk

    Public Policy Expert
    at Centrum Cyfrowe

    Natalia is a lawyer and public policy expert dealing with digital rights, copyright reform and openness. She works for Centrum Cyfrowe, a leading Polish think-and-do-tank focused on the digital leap...

    Natalia is a lawyer and public policy expert dealing with digital rights, copyright reform and openness. She works for Centrum Cyfrowe, a leading Polish think-and-do-tank focused on the digital leap that society is making due to the robust development of technology. She is also active in Communia Association for Public Domain and Creative Commons Poland. For the last two years she has been actively involved in copyright reform advocacy at the European level. Fot. Rafał Nowak, CC BY

  • Ewa Modrzejewska

    Expert at Stowarzyszenie 61
    MamPrawoWiedziec.pl

    Ewa combines academic work at the University of Warsaw (Rhetoric and Media Department of the Institute of Applied Polish Studies) and in the NGO – Association 61. For 9 years...

    Ewa combines academic work at the University of Warsaw (Rhetoric and Media Department of the Institute of Applied Polish Studies) and in the NGO – Association 61. For 9 years she has been co-creating the largest civc database on Polish politics: MamPrawoWiedziec.pl (trans. I have a right to know). Since 2007, the website has also been the only continuously operating Polish voting advice application, in which the questionnaires are sent directly to candidates. A graduate of journalism and public relations, a doctor of political science, she deals with rhetoric, communication and media/civic literacy topics, and recently focuses on effective data visualizations. She also follows the topics of elections and VAA.

  • Ignacy Morawski

    Director of Analysis and Business Reports in Bonnier Business Polska
    Head of SpotData Platform

    Director of Analysis and Business Reports in Bonnier Business Polska, Head of SpotData Platform. In 2017 we was listed among New Europe 100 published by Financial Times. More many years...

    Director of Analysis and Business Reports in Bonnier Business Polska, Head of SpotData Platform. In 2017 we was listed among New Europe 100 published by Financial Times. More many years Ignacy has dealt with macroeconomic and business reports. He was ranked by the National Bank of Poland and Rzeczpospolita daily among the best macroeconomic analysts in the years 2012-2016. In his career, he also worked in the bank sector as the main economist for the Polski Bank Przesiębiorczości, in the Academy of Sciences' forecast team, and in the WiseEuropa think-tank where he performed as the Head of Research, Public Policy and Governance. He started his career as an economic journalist in Rzeczpospolita daily. He graduated from the University of Bocconi in Milan (Economy) and Warsaw University (Political Sciences).

  • Katarzyna Mroczek

    Activist and freelancer

    Katarzyna is an activist, architect, artist, mother, ever-suspended between cultures, under the influence of Non-Violent Communication and a firm believer that together we can do more. Created the Women Networking...

    Katarzyna is an activist, architect, artist, mother, ever-suspended between cultures, under the influence of Non-Violent Communication and a firm believer that together we can do more. Created the Women Networking group and is a core member of the TEDxKrakow team. She loves idea of aDaSie and Eataway. As part of Leance, Katarzyna educates on the power of good communication. She remains fascinated by the fact that the atom, humans, and the cosmos are all bound by the same magic power.

  • Wiktor Nowak

    Demagog Association

    Wiktor is a Chairman of the Board at Demagog Association, the first fact-checking organization. He coordinates Fact-Checking Academy - an educational project dedicated to students and teachers from all over...

    Wiktor is a Chairman of the Board at Demagog Association, the first fact-checking organization. He coordinates Fact-Checking Academy - an educational project dedicated to students and teachers from all over Poland. He has been occupied with fact-checking for 4 years. In his everyday work he uses the knowledge of law gained at Gdańsk University. He hates lies and manipulation of politicians which mobilizes him to screen their statements and electoral promises.

  • Kasia Odrozek

    Project Manager at Mozilla

    Kasia is a project manager for the Internet Health Report at Mozilla, an activist, entrepreneur, an occasional journalist and an educated lawyer. Before joining Mozilla, Kasia led a digital nomad...

    Kasia is a project manager for the Internet Health Report at Mozilla, an activist, entrepreneur, an occasional journalist and an educated lawyer. Before joining Mozilla, Kasia led a digital nomad life leading product in her startup called TapeWrite, an audio publishing tool for journalists after she spent 4 years at Wikimedia Germany, first as a management advisor and later as a product manager in the software department. Since 2011, she has been a contributor to Global Voices, an international blogger community where she reported on digital and human rights issues in Poland and Germany. In her free time, Kasia is experimenting with the art of forming new habits by trying to change something new every month.

  • Damian Paderta

    OKNRW Institut

    Damian is a Webgeographer and works as digital consultant in Bonn - Germany. As an Open Government Enthusiast [http://openall.info/] he's the Lab Lead of the Open Knowledge Lab Bonn and...

    Damian is a Webgeographer and works as digital consultant in Bonn - Germany. As an Open Government Enthusiast [http://openall.info/] he's the Lab Lead of the Open Knowledge Lab Bonn and Co-founder of the Offene Kommunen.NRW Institut. The focus of his work lies on the development of open, responsible data, software and infrastructures for smart citizens in a resilient city.

  • Zuzana Papazoski

    Resident Director for NDI in Poland

    Zuzana is the Resident Director for NDI in Poland and legislative consultant. Zuzana manages multiple NDI projects implemented in Poland and the CEE region and has primary responsibility for the...

    Zuzana is the Resident Director for NDI in Poland and legislative consultant. Zuzana manages multiple NDI projects implemented in Poland and the CEE region and has primary responsibility for the implementation of the Central Europe Democracy Initiate (CEDI). The Initiative's goal is to enable political actors to engage with each other and with experts from outside of the region on efforts to reinvigorate mainstream, democratic politics. A long-time NDI staff member, Ms. Papazoski oversees as well the NDI's Western Balkans Legislative Strengthening program, a multi-year effort to strengthen the lawmaking and oversight functions of the Western Balkans parliaments, promoting transparency and accountability in national policymaking. Ms.Papazoski has demonstrated regional expertise through her work as a trainer, election monitor and legislative consultant in the Western Balkans, Central Europe and Eurasia and was a co-founder, legal advisor and board member of Civic Eye/Obcianske Oko, a Bratislava-based domestic election monitoring and civic advocacy organization.

  • Filip Pazderski

    Projects Manager and Policy Analyst
    at Institute of Public Affairs

    Filip is a lawyer and sociologist, graduate of the University of Warsaw. He also graduated from the European Master’s Degree Program in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA) in Venice. Currently...

    Filip is a lawyer and sociologist, graduate of the University of Warsaw. He also graduated from the European Master’s Degree Program in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA) in Venice. Currently at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences he is finishing his doctoral thesis on the collective memory and social integration of people from Warmia region living in Germany. Since 2010 he is a Policy Analyst and Project Manager in the Civil Society and Democracy Program of the Institute of Public Affairs in Poland. He is working on civic engagement, public participation, quality of democracy and social enterprises development, being an author of numerous expert opinions and publications on these subjects. Co-author of the Long-term policy on volunteering development in Poland prepared within Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. He planned and conducted research devoted to shaping civic competences by means of involvement in non-governmental and voluntary activities for the Institute for Educational Research (IBE). Since 2003 he is active in civil society building, as well as promotion of human rights and democratic standards while cooperating with several different NGOs in Poland and abroad. He is also one of the co-founders and since 2009 a president of the Association for the Podlasie Land DRUMLA.

  • Fran Perrin

    Founder and Director
    of the Indigo Trust

    Fran is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999. The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant making foundation that works to create a world...

    Fran is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999. The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant making foundation that works to create a world of active, informed citizens and responsive, accountable governments that together drive positive change in society. Indigo funds primarily in sub-saharan African countries. Fran is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of 360Giving, a campaign which supports grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. She was formerly an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office. In the past, she has also served as a Chair of the Board of Publish What You Fund and has been a member of DfID’s International Development Sector Transparency Panel. In 2012, Fran was named Philanthropist of the Year by Spears and in 2016 jointly received the Open Data Institute’s first ‘Women in Data’ award from Sir Tim Berners-Lee for her role in 360 Giving.

  • Kemal Pervanić

    President at Most Mira

    Kemal is a human rights activist, a former refugee from Bosnia & Herzegovina and a survivor of the Omarska concentration camp in Prijedor. After his release from the camp he...

    Kemal is a human rights activist, a former refugee from Bosnia & Herzegovina and a survivor of the Omarska concentration camp in Prijedor. After his release from the camp he was given temporary refugee status in the UK (he is now a British citizen). He is the author of The Killing Days and is the subject and producer of the documentary film Pretty Village. As a committed human rights activist, Kemal has used his experiences to help improve the lives of current and future generations. In 2006, he founded ‘Most Mira’ (Bridge of Peace) and the organisation has, in the last ten years, worked tirelessly on building peace in local communities through art festivals and other art programs involving students, young people, schools from the Prijedor region of Bosnia, as well as volunteers from around the world. He has been involved in human rights for nearly two decades, participating as key-note speaker for a number of conferences addressing issues such as reconciliation, genocide, peace-building, memorialization, and forgiveness. He regularly gives talks at schools, universities, prisons, and community centers, and has been invited to speak on TV and radio programs (BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, ABC, etc.). He is also an author of 'The Killing Days: My journey Through the Bosnian War'. ‘Pretty Village’ is his first film. Kemal holds a BSc in Management Studies from Royal Holloway University of London, a MA in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University. He was also a 2012 Human Rights Advocate from Columbia University.

  • Natalia Petrova

    PR specialist at
    International Memorial

    Natalia graduated from Geographical Department of Moscow State University in 1987. She worked with the GOOGLE at 2004 - 2008 evaluating the accuracy of the search engine, testing and analyzing...

    Natalia graduated from Geographical Department of Moscow State University in 1987. She worked with the GOOGLE at 2004 - 2008 evaluating the accuracy of the search engine, testing and analyzing the new GOOGLE products (Gmail, Gtalk, GOOGLE translation, GOOGLE Reader, etc.). Later she had an experience with National Centre for Contemporary Art, where she worked in PR Department and 'Svoya Tarelka', Russia's first studio specializing in painting on ceramics. In December, 2011 Natalia started to work at International Historical-Enlightenment, Human Rights and Humanitarian Society Memorial, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of the PR strategy, providing information support for company through traditional media and social networks, preparation of press materials, the initiation of publications and working with journalists. She was involved in organizing and creating art projects designed to present the historical memory (media support of theatre project 'Drama Pamyaty' ('Memory Drama'), was a curator of joint Russian-Austrian Project 'Tales of Two Cities', producer of the exhibition 'Drawing the Court - 2'. Natalia spent the autumn of 2016 in the Columbia University (New York) were she was a Bosch Foundation Fellow in Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability program at 2016.

  • Ondrej Podstupka

    Deputy Editor in Chief
    at SME

    Ondrej works as a managing editor and deputy editor in chief at Slovak daily SME. He also oversees development of new CMS features and special digital projects.

  • Cosmin Pojoranu

    Communication Director
    at Funky Citizens

    An activist, a journalist and a creative guy walk into a bar. Cosmin is none of them, because he dislikes labels. But if you do need a tagline for his...

    An activist, a journalist and a creative guy walk into a bar. Cosmin is none of them, because he dislikes labels. But if you do need a tagline for his work, then he could be either one, since he is a jack of all trades and master of some. When he is not busy translating NGO speak into humanese, he can be found DJIng in Bucharest, at his regular funkoteques. He enjoys gluing communities together and is anxiously awaiting for the future in which man plus machine will coexist in sweet harmony.

  • Andrew Rasiej

    Founder of Personal Democracy Forum
    Founder of Civic Hall

    Civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder of Civic Hall, a collaborative work, community center, and event space located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, NYC. He is also...

    Civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder of Civic Hall, a collaborative work, community center, and event space located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, NYC. He is also the Co-Founder of Civic Hall Labs, which builds civic technology pilots to serve the public interest. Andrew is also the Founder of annual Personal Democracy Forum the world's largest and best known gathering focusing on the intersection of technology, politics, and government. He is the Chairman off the NY Tech Alliance, a 60,000+-member organization of of New Yorkers from diverse industries working in the New York tech ecosystem who are using technology to transform themselves, New York City, and the world. He is the Founder of MOUSE.org which provides technology education in public schools in New York and many other global locations. He was a founding Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC organization using technology to make government more transparent. Andrew lives and works near Union Square in New York City, and can be followed on twitter at @rasiej.

  • Sofía de Roa

    Coordinator of Transparency
    at Podemos

    Sofía is a Spanish journalist. She studied Political Campaign at Ortega-Marañon Institute, and Digital Citizienship, Culture and Comunication at Madrid's Media Lab Prado and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, to research...

    Sofía is a Spanish journalist. She studied Political Campaign at Ortega-Marañon Institute, and Digital Citizienship, Culture and Comunication at Madrid's Media Lab Prado and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, to research on how to improve the democracy at political parties, allowing public scrutiny and participation, by introducing new forms of internal operation. In particular, she suggests to implement a Quality Indicators System, a method promoted from Asociación Calidad y Cultura Democráticas. She participated at 15M Movement and municipalist proyect Ahora Madrid. Currently, she works at Podemos, developing the transparency system.

  • Anna Romandash

    Board Member at
    Digital Communication Network

    Anna is a journalist and communications expert from Ukraine. She is a project coordinator at European Youth Press, a media non-for-profit based in Berlin, where she oversees the work of...

    Anna is a journalist and communications expert from Ukraine. She is a project coordinator at European Youth Press, a media non-for-profit based in Berlin, where she oversees the work of Orange magazine and manages projects involving young journalists across the region. She is also a board member at Digital Communications Network, where she manages community engagement. Previously, Anna has been working with KyivPost and Day in her native Ukraine and collaborated with New Eastern Europe, EuroNews, and Hromadske TV. She holds a MA in Media Communications; her main areas of interest include visual storytelling and media branding.

  • Dmitri Romanovski

    Projects Manager
    at TechSoup Europe

    Dmitri is a manager at TechSoup Europe running the TransparenCEE project that aims to empower civic tech community through international events, cross-regional cooperation, replication and co-creation of civic tools, research,...

    Dmitri is a manager at TechSoup Europe running the TransparenCEE project that aims to empower civic tech community through international events, cross-regional cooperation, replication and co-creation of civic tools, research, and educational activities. With the background in journalism and civic activism, he worked with various international organizations such as BBC Russian Service, OSCE RFoM, Front Line Defenders, and European Youth Press. Dmitri is passionate about technology, youth empowerment, and media freedom in the former Soviet republics.

  • Serah Rono

    Developer Advocate at
    Open Knowledge International

    Serah is a computer scientist and open data specialist whose current affiliation is with Open Knowledge International. With over 5 years experience in the open data space, Serah continues to...

    Serah is a computer scientist and open data specialist whose current affiliation is with Open Knowledge International. With over 5 years experience in the open data space, Serah continues to work with communities in various parts of the world in various capacities to equip them with skills and resources that empower them to work more efficiently and make more informed decisions in their specific domains.

  • Daniel Rząsa

    Teaching Fellow, CEE
    Google News Lab

    Daniel is a journalist and a specialist in media trainings in the CEE region in cooperation with Google News Lab (Google section supporotng innovations in the media). He published in...

    Daniel is a journalist and a specialist in media trainings in the CEE region in cooperation with Google News Lab (Google section supporotng innovations in the media). He published in Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Financial Times, Citywire and Visegrad Insight. He's a graduate of MA Financial Journalism in the City, University of London and the programme of the Council of Europe in the Visegrad School of Political Studies. He received scholarships from several international journalist programmes in Belgium, Finland, Germany, US and China.

  • Nick Shchetko

    Senior Digital Editor
    for Current Time TV

    Nick is a senior digital editor for Current Time TV, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. He creates and oversees production of compelling stories, videos, infographics...

    Nick is a senior digital editor for Current Time TV, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. He creates and oversees production of compelling stories, videos, infographics and interactives. Previously he worked with The Wall Street Journal (from Kyiv and San Francisco), Minyanville (New York) and TUT.BY (Belarus) as a journalist and editor. His primary areas of interest are social media video, technology, business journalism, visualizations and data journalism.

  • Inna Shevchenko

    Leader of International
    women's movement FEMEN

    Inna is an award winning activist and leader of International women's movement FEMEN. She was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 and was given political asylum in...

    Inna is an award winning activist and leader of International women's movement FEMEN. She was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 and was given political asylum in France after facing persecutions in Ukraine. In December 2012, the French magazine Madame Figaro included Shevchenko in its list of the world's top 20 iconic women of the year. In July 2013, Shevchenko was the main inspiration for a new French stamp depicting Marianne. Shevchenko is a speaker at conferences and a columnist for the international press. She was a speaker at a debate on freedom of speech in Copenhagen on 14 February 2015 with cartoonist Lars Vilks. She was speaking about an illusion that in Western Europe people can fully enjoy freedom of speech when a terrorist opened fire in the lobby of the cultural centre, where the debate took place. Surviving the attack, Shevchenko later said, "Liberal voices should be louder than Kalashnikovs". Shevchenko has published Anatomie de l'oppression with Pauline Hillier in Editions du Seuil (2017). In November 2017, Shevchenko was awarded International Secularism award in France.

  • Alexey Sidorenko

    Director of Teplitsa:
    Technologies for Social Good

    Alexey Sidorenko is Director of “Teplitsa: Technologies for Social Good”. He is an active member of civil society and leads a collective of more than 20 individuals in various regions...

    Alexey Sidorenko is Director of “Teplitsa: Technologies for Social Good”. He is an active member of civil society and leads a collective of more than 20 individuals in various regions of Russia who spread knowledge about new tools for civil society organisations and social entrepreneurs. Throughout his career, Alexey has collaborated with various civic groups, think tanks, and international communities, including Carnegie Moscow Centre, Global Voices Online, Freedom House, and Reporters Without Borders. In 2010, he developed the “Help Map” project, an award-winning crowdsourcing initiative to help the victims of summer wildfires. Since 2012, he has run Teplitsa, a project to help Russian NGOs with IT and innovative ways of civic engagement. Alexey regularly presents at Personal Democracy Forum Central and Eastern Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography (Moscow State University, 2010) and speaks Polish, English, and Russian. In 2017, Russian Reporter magazine included Alexey Sidorenko into the ‘Russia’s 75 most respected people’ list.

  • Matt Stempeck

    Researcher at Civic Hall

    Matt has been researching and building civic tech since 2005. He has worked to advance the goals of electoral and issue campaigns, national and city governments, and academia and journalism....

    Matt has been researching and building civic tech since 2005. He has worked to advance the goals of electoral and issue campaigns, national and city governments, and academia and journalism. In 2016, Matt led the Digital Mobilization team at Hillary for America, which included the campaign's voter registration, peer organizing, and SMS operations. Matt most recently served as Director of Civic Technology at Microsoft, and is now traveling the world working on projects with a creative collective known as the Bad Idea Factory. Matt holds a Masters of Science from the MIT Media Lab and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland.

  • Matt Stokes

    Researcher at Nesta

    Matt is a Researcher at Nesta, focusing on digital social innovation (DSI), tech for good, and the social purpose collaborative economy. Matt leads the EU-funded DSI4EU project, which aims to...

    Matt is a Researcher at Nesta, focusing on digital social innovation (DSI), tech for good, and the social purpose collaborative economy. Matt leads the EU-funded DSI4EU project, which aims to support the growth of DSI in Europe. He authored What next for digital social innovation? and facilitates the DSI and collaborative economy networks of the Social Innovation Community. Prior to his current role Matt worked on education and employment at Nesta and on economic inclusion at ResPublica. He holds a BA with Distinction in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. On Twitter: @stokes_matt / @DSI4EU / @nesta_uk

  • Olha Strelyuk

    Civil Network OPORA

    From 2008 to 2015 Olha coordinated national and local monitoring campaigns aimed to observe how the External independent testing (EIT) is organized in Ukraine. EIT is the entrance exam to...

    From 2008 to 2015 Olha coordinated national and local monitoring campaigns aimed to observe how the External independent testing (EIT) is organized in Ukraine. EIT is the entrance exam to universities introduced instead of corrupt exam system. Olga also organized advocacy campaigns to increase openness and transparency of competitive selection of school-leavers to higher education institutions and improve awareness of applicants' rights. From 2016 to 2017 she worked in the state institution – Ukrainian center for education quality assessment, where was responsible for communication with consumers, mass media and the public, and coordinated the work of research and analytical departments. From 2018 she's back to NGO activity.

  • Michal Škop

    CEO at KohoVolit.eu

    Michal always connects different things together: data science and political science, web development of applications for anyone with statistics, visualizations and the academy. He runs voting advice applications for millions...

    Michal always connects different things together: data science and political science, web development of applications for anyone with statistics, visualizations and the academy. He runs voting advice applications for millions of users. He prepared the first thorough visualization webapp of the Czech national budget and then closed it after a few years. He has started two NGOs in two countries, both called KohoVolit.eu. He is a Data Freedom Fighter.

  • Marcin Talarek

    Creative Director and Co-founder of IRL

    Creative director and co-founder of IRL, creative boutique focused on R&D of non-standard communication ideas based on technological and cultural innovation for commercial clients and nonprofit organizations. Projects that he...

    Creative director and co-founder of IRL, creative boutique focused on R&D of non-standard communication ideas based on technological and cultural innovation for commercial clients and nonprofit organizations. Projects that he realized were awarded at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, D&AD and other major international and local festivals of creativity such as One Show, Clio, Golden Drum, Eurobest, LIAA, NY Festivals, Webby Awards, Innovation AD, Polish Ad Creators Club KTR and EFFIE. Jury president of Cyber category at Polish Ad Creators Club KTR contest, Young Creatives Cannes Cyber, jury member of Innovation AD contest.

  • Alek Tarkowski

    Co-founder and President
    of Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation

    Alek is a sociologist (PhD), copyright reform advocate and researcher of digital society. Co-founder and President of Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation, a think-and-do tank building digital civic society in Poland. Public...

    Alek is a sociologist (PhD), copyright reform advocate and researcher of digital society. Co-founder and President of Centrum Cyfrowe Foundation, a think-and-do tank building digital civic society in Poland. Public Lead of Creative Commons Poland. Co-founder of Communia, a European advocacy association supporting the digital public domain, and of the Polish Coalition for Open Education (KOED). Policy expert on open content and copyright policies, open education, and digital skills.

  • Marek Tejchman

    Deputy Editor-in-Chief
    „Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”

    Marek is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief „Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”. Journalist specializing in economy and international affairs. Currently leading news team in the biggest business newspaper in Poland (Dziennik Gazeta Prawna). Between...

    Marek is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief „Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”. Journalist specializing in economy and international affairs. Currently leading news team in the biggest business newspaper in Poland (Dziennik Gazeta Prawna). Between 2007 and 2015 anchor and commentator for TVN CNBC and TVN 24 news broadcasters. Previously working in Polsat and Radio TOK FM where he held post of Deputy Editor-in-Chief.

  • Olena Ursu

    UNDP Civil Society
    Project Coordinator

    Olena runs the civil society support project aimed at enhancing civil society organisations for participation in decision-making, advancing democratic reforms and human rights promotion. In different years, these civic initiatives...

    Olena runs the civil society support project aimed at enhancing civil society organisations for participation in decision-making, advancing democratic reforms and human rights promotion. In different years, these civic initiatives contributed to higher openness, transparency and accountability of the state bodies and local governments through open data, open budgets, development of e-tools for oversight on the quality of administrative services, and introduction of the citizen-driven innovations for better public services. Since 2017, youth civic engagement and promotion of youth innovations is the special focus of the project.

  • Zuzana Wienk

    Program Director
    at Fair-Play Alliance

    Zuzana is a Program Director of Fair-Play Alliance, a leading Slovak watchdog NGO. Fair-Play Alliance uses techniques like investigative analytical journalism to disclose cases of illicit practices in politics and...

    Zuzana is a Program Director of Fair-Play Alliance, a leading Slovak watchdog NGO. Fair-Play Alliance uses techniques like investigative analytical journalism to disclose cases of illicit practices in politics and state administration. It is also known for using modern IT tools to increase transparency, and has received international prizes for its web projects. Before founding Fair-Play Alliance, she worked as a reporter and columnist and served as a member of Slovak self-regulatory body for ethics in print media. She is a member of the OGP Steering Committee. She is among the most quoted Slovak political analysts and has been listed among New Europe 100.

  • Michał 'rysiek' Woźniak

    Chief Information Security
    Officer at OCCRP

    Network security, privacy, and media education expert. Free software activist. Participant to a number of public consultations and public debates, both in Poland and on international level, centred around new...

    Network security, privacy, and media education expert. Free software activist. Participant to a number of public consultations and public debates, both in Poland and on international level, centred around new technologies, privacy, Internet censorship, data retention, public data re-use, access to public information, Internet governance, and copyright reform. Between June 2014 and March 2015 member of the Council for Digitization at the Polish Ministry of Administration and Digitization. Co-author of the Media Competences Catalogue and media education materials, in collaboration with Modern Poland Foundation and Panoptykon Foundation. Copyright and libre licenses coach. Founding member of the Warsaw Hackerspace, active member of the hacker community in Poland and abroad. Chief Information Security Officer at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project since August 2016.

  • Peter Varga

    Regional Civil Society
    Coordinator for Europe at OGP

    Peter joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2016, as Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Europe. He supports civil society organisations across the continent in using the OGP platform more...

    Peter joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2016, as Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Europe. He supports civil society organisations across the continent in using the OGP platform more effectively to push for open government reforms and further their advocacy goals. Previously, he worked with Transparency International, supporting national chapters across the Nordic, Baltic and Central European regions, as well as devising the movement’s global internal communications policy. Earlier, Peter developed social enterprises and consulted on non-profit sustainability in emerging markets across Central Europe and Latin America, also piloting the world’s first LGBT venture philanthropy fund. He also gained private sector experience working for a global marketing agency. Peter was Fulbright Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University in 2011-2012, holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University, and a BA in Political Science from Yale University. Currently based in Berlin, he is an avid reader of history books and a blessed cheesemaker. Peter joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2016, as Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Europe. He supports civil society organisations across the continent in using the OGP platform more effectively to push for open government reforms and further their advocacy goals. Previously, he worked with Transparency International, supporting national chapters across the Nordic, Baltic and Central European regions, as well as devising the movement’s global internal communications policy. Earlier, Peter developed social enterprises and consulted on non-profit sustainability in emerging markets across Central Europe and Latin America, also piloting the world’s first LGBT venture philanthropy fund. He also gained private sector experience working for a global marketing agency. Peter was Fulbright Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University in 2011-2012, holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University, and a BA in Political Science from Yale University. Currently based in Berlin, he is an avid reader of history books and a blessed cheesemaker.

  • Olivia Vereha

    Co-founder Code for Romania
    User Experience Designer

    Holding a background in communications and customer and user experience design, since 2016, Olivia Vereha is dedicating her entire time to managing the delivery flow for all Code for Romania...

    Holding a background in communications and customer and user experience design, since 2016, Olivia Vereha is dedicating her entire time to managing the delivery flow for all Code for Romania projects. She is passionate about how technology can shape and improve our day to day lives and she is always willing to help in any way she can in building great digital tools for our society. Having a strong focus on usability and learning, her trainings usually focus on user research, analysis and functionality.

  • Svetlana Zakharova

    Communications Manager
    of the Russian LGBT Network

    Svetlana is a feminist, LGBT activist and Communications Manager of the Russian LGBT Network. She holds two MA degrees, in International Relations and Gender Studies. She has four years of...

    Svetlana is a feminist, LGBT activist and Communications Manager of the Russian LGBT Network. She holds two MA degrees, in International Relations and Gender Studies. She has four years of work experience with the largest LGBT organization in Russia – the Russian LGBT Network. In her role, Svetlana is responsible for strategic external communications, work of the website and social networks, all the printed and promotional materials. She also works with journalists and mass media in Russia and abroad and take part in the Networks relevant advocacy work. Svetlana also coordinated public campaigns against discrimination and violations of LGBT rights in Russia. In November 2017, she was elected to the Board of the Russian LGBT Network.