• Aleksandra Dulkiewicz

    Mayor of Gdańsk

    Born July 10, 1979, in Gdańsk. Polish local government activist and lawyer, previously deputy mayor of Gdańsk for economic policy (2017–2019). Ms Dulkiewicz studied law at the University of Gdańsk...

    Born July 10, 1979, in Gdańsk. Polish local government activist and lawyer, previously deputy mayor of Gdańsk for economic policy (2017–2019). Ms Dulkiewicz studied law at the University of Gdańsk (2006) and Paris Lodron University in Salzburg (2004–2005). She was active even in primary school and became politically involved before she had the right to vote herself. After the assassination of mayor Adamowicz on January 13, 2019 she took on his duties as acting mayor of Gdańsk. In by-election on March 3, elected city mayor winning over 80% of votes as the first woman mayor in the history of Gdańsk. As a successor to the late mayor’s political legacy she continues to work for Gdańsk with passionate commitment for the most important values cherished by the people of Gdańsk: freedom and solidarity. Aleksandra Dulkiewicz is a single mother with an 11-year-old daughter, Zosia.

  • dr Jacek Kołtan

    Director’s Representative for Research at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland

    PhD, philosopher and political scientist. He studied at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin (Germany). He has been a fellow of the KAAD scholarship...

    PhD, philosopher and political scientist. He studied at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin (Germany). He has been a fellow of the KAAD scholarship fund in Berlin (2001–2007) and a visiting scholar of the CUA in Washington DC (2012). His research interests cover social and political theory, history of solidarity idea, social movements, hermeneutics as well as social design and anthropology. He is author of Solidarity and the Crisis of Trust (ed., 2016), Anthology. European Solidarity Centre Permanent Exhibition (ed., 2015), Solidarność. A Peaceful Revolution (ed., 2009), Der Mitmensch. Zur Identitätsproblematik des sozialen Selbst ausgehend von der Frühphilosophie Martin Heideggers und Karl Löwiths (2012). He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and the Warsaw University.

  • Olena Boytsun

    Luminate

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

    Olena is Investment Director at Luminate, a philanthropic investment firm set up by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. Luminate 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, Luminate creates opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic and social change.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Anna Kuliberda

    Coach, Trainer, Facilitator

    Coach, educator and facilitator supporting activists and non profit organizations in management, innovation and change with the "Human not Robots" perspective. Founder of "The Radical Act of Self-Care", a community...

    Coach, educator and facilitator supporting activists and non profit organizations in management, innovation and change with the "Human not Robots" perspective. Founder of "The Radical Act of Self-Care", a community against activists' burnout.

  • Sandor Lederer

    K-Monitor

    Sandor Lederer is the co-founder and director of K-Monitor, a non-profit public funds watchdog based in Budapest, Hungary. K-Monitor was founded to improve the levels of transparency, accountability and the...

    Sandor Lederer is the co-founder and director of K-Monitor, a non-profit public funds watchdog based in Budapest, Hungary. K-Monitor was founded to improve the levels of transparency, accountability and the rule of law in Hungary. Civic participation and technology driven solutions are among the organizations key instruments. Beside K-Monitor’s tech focus, the organization is also active in anti-corruption advocacy and research. Sandor was contributing to the European Commission’s Anti-corruption Report as the Local Research Country Correspondent for Hungary. He is a European Young Leader at Friends of Europe, a GMF alumni and an Obama Fellow.

  • Alexey Sidorenko

    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.

  • Salome Barker, Georgia

    Shame Movement

    Salome Barker is a freedom fighter and civil rights activist, a founding member of the “Shame Movement” based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Salome is a journalist with 10 years of experience...

    Salome Barker is a freedom fighter and civil rights activist, a founding member of the “Shame Movement” based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Salome is a journalist with 10 years of experience working in marketing and communications. After the Georgian government violently cracked down the peaceful anti-occupation protest held in front of Parliament last year, Salome and her friends organized the non-stop 100 days of “Shame” against the Georgian government and Russian occupation, and founded a civic movement under the same name.

  • Kelly Halseth

    ePaństwo Foundation
    Code for All

    Kelly Halseth has an array of experience in the non-profit and public sector as a community organizer, collaboration enabler and capacity builder. With a background in social work and an...

    Kelly Halseth has an array of experience in the non-profit and public sector as a community organizer, collaboration enabler and capacity builder. With a background in social work and an eye for making the world a more socially just place, she has led and managed initiatives throughout the U.S., Canada and globally utilizing civic tech, human-centered design and collective impact approaches to tackle complex social issues. Kelly is currently the Program Director of Code for All. Outside of work, you'll probably find Kelly indulging in her love of playing bass guitar, cooking, cuddling with cats or making pottery.

  • Darko Brkan

    Zašto ne?

    President of CA „Why not“, one of the most prominent Bosnian NGOs that promotes civic activism, government accountability, and the use of technology and digital media. He is also board...

    President of CA „Why not“, one of the most prominent Bosnian NGOs that promotes civic activism, government accountability, and the use of technology and digital media. He is also board president of the regional network ActionSEE, member of the Board of TransparenCEE network and a member of the International Advisory Board of ePanstwo Foundation. He holds degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo and Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo and University of Zagreb. His professional interests are technology, digital and social media, elections and political processes, civic activism and participation. He was a Draper-Hills Summer fellow at Stanford University in 2013 and a Reagan-Fascell fellow in 2012 at the Forum for International Democratic Studies in Washington. He was the Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund for 2018/19 and Facebook International Fellow at Personal Democracy Forum in 2018. Darko is a member of the Advisory Board for the Open Government Partnership for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Piotr Ostrowski

    All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ)

    Piotr Ostrowski is the Vice-President of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ), the largest trade union confederation in Poland. He is responsible for economic and international policy within the...

    Piotr Ostrowski is the Vice-President of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ), the largest trade union confederation in Poland. He is responsible for economic and international policy within the OPZZ. In 2005-2018 he was the Head of the OPZZ International Department representing the OPZZ at the European and global forum (ETUC, ITUC, ILO). Piotr Ostrowski holds a PhD in sociology (industrial relations) and is an active lecturer at the University of Warsaw.

  • Tomáš Kriššák

    Open Society Foundation, Slovakia

    Tomáš Kriššák is a Cognitive Security expert, co-author and project manager of the Checkbot app. Runs several media literacy seminars and programs reducing impact of disinformation. Author of educational project...

    Tomáš Kriššák is a Cognitive Security expert, co-author and project manager of the Checkbot app. Runs several media literacy seminars and programs reducing impact of disinformation. Author of educational project Slobodovo. Activist and comics enthusiast.

  • Francisak Franak Viačorka

    Digital Communication Network, Belarus

    Francisak (Franak) Viacorka is the Director of the Training Unit at Digital Communication Network and Digital Media Strategist for the U.S. Agency for Global Media. He is an editor for...

    Francisak (Franak) Viacorka is the Director of the Training Unit at Digital Communication Network and Digital Media Strategist for the U.S. Agency for Global Media. He is an editor for the weekly “USAGM Digital Trends” newsletter. His research focus is on Russian and Chinese efforts to influence and control smaller actors, spread disinformation, and build sovereign internet infrastructures. He often shares his expertise at international events; he also trained more than 80 international and local media organizations and NGOs. Franak graduated from American University in Washington D.C. (M.A.) and Warsaw University in Poland (B.A.), and also studied at Belarus State University, Georgetown University, and European Humanities University.

  • Olga Aivazovska

    OPORA, Ukraine

    Olga Aivazovska is the Head of the Board of the Civil Network OPORA, international expert in electoral matters, parliamentarism and development of draft laws. OPORA is one of the key...

    Olga Aivazovska is the Head of the Board of the Civil Network OPORA, international expert in electoral matters, parliamentarism and development of draft laws. OPORA is one of the key NGOs which catalyze changes in Ukraine through citizens engagement and advocating for good governance. Olga was the director of national nonpartisan observation missions in Ukraine with over 25,000 activists involved in 2010-2019, and participated in electoral observation in more than 10 European countries. She actively participated in the Revolution of Dignity (2013-2014) in Ukraine, and volunteered in a Kyiv hospital on the day protesters were shot. Olga represented Ukraine in the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine-Russia-OSCE) settling the conflict in Eastern Ukraine (2016-2018), and was a Board Member of GNDEM. She was listed as one of the top 100 most influential women in Ukraine in 2014-2020 (according to Focus magazine and Novoe Vremia). She is an alumnus of Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development Program at Stanford University, and Ukrainian School of Political Studies.

  • Priscillia Ludosky

    Yellow vests, France

    Priscillia Ludosky is an owner of a small organic cosmetics online store, co-founder of the yellow vests movement, co-founder of the Citizens League association, member of the "Gilets Citoyens" collective,...

    Priscillia Ludosky is an owner of a small organic cosmetics online store, co-founder of the yellow vests movement, co-founder of the Citizens League association, member of the "Gilets Citoyens" collective, and initiator of the French Convention for Climate.

  • Vukosava Crnjanski

    CRTA, Serbia

    Vukosava Crnjanski is the founder and director of CRTA, a Serbian NGO whose work focuses on the establishment of innovative and practical mechanisms and tools for citizen engagement, as well...

    Vukosava Crnjanski is the founder and director of CRTA, a Serbian NGO whose work focuses on the establishment of innovative and practical mechanisms and tools for citizen engagement, as well as advocacy for an open, accountable and democratic government. Vukosava has extensive expertise in fostering democratization, which she gained through successful leadership and management of CRTA’s advocacy initiatives focusing on election observation, fact-checking, and oversight and advocacy for institutional accountability and openness. She received the National Democratic Institute’s W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award in 2013. Under her leadership, CRTA was awarded with the OSCE 2018 Democracy Defender Award for contribution to the promotion of democracy and the defense of human rights, as well as the 2018 award of the FOI Commissioner for its contribution in the area of free access to information in Serbia.

  • Elena Calistru

    Funky Citizens, Romania

    Elena Calistru is the chair and founder of Funky Citizens, a Romanian-based NGO. Funky Citizens builds research-based, data-driven advocacy tools. Funky Citizens’ tools aim to be educational and actionable, encouraging...

    Elena Calistru is the chair and founder of Funky Citizens, a Romanian-based NGO. Funky Citizens builds research-based, data-driven advocacy tools. Funky Citizens’ tools aim to be educational and actionable, encouraging citizens to engage in accountability and government responsibility initiatives. Elena has more than 10 years of experience in civil society projects, both at national and international level. Her expertise is mainly in the area of good governance, transparency, public finance and advocacy. She strongly believes that data and online tools can empower citizens to influence the public sector reform.

  • Lenka Kováčová

    Open Society Foundation, Czechia

    Lenka is a project coordinator at OSF Prague where she focuses on public administration transparency and citizen engagement in the digital era. Her primary task is to foster the open-data...

    Lenka is a project coordinator at OSF Prague where she focuses on public administration transparency and citizen engagement in the digital era. Her primary task is to foster the open-data and civic tech communities and to help them grow. She has been working with civil society, academia, private sector and governments for more than 6 years to put together people working on public services for the 21st century. Lenka, currently on maternity leave, is also a member of the Open Heroines community and wants more women voices to be heard in open data, open government and civic tech.

  • Micah L. Sifry

    Civic Hall, USA

    Founder and President of Civic Hall, curator of the annual Personal Democracy Forum, and editor of Civicist, Civic Hall’s news site. From 2006-16 he was a senior adviser to the...

    Founder and President of Civic Hall, curator of the annual Personal Democracy Forum, and editor of Civicist, Civic Hall’s news site. From 2006-16 he was a senior adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found, and currently serves on the boards of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of nine books. In 2012, he taught “The Politics of the Internet” as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School. From 1997-2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years.

  • Anna Kieturakis

    1980's democratic opposition activist, Poland

    Anna Kieturakis is an English philology graduate of University of Gdańsk. She is a translator, publisher, school teacher and academic lecturer. Born in Moscow, in 1979-1980 she was an active...

    Anna Kieturakis is an English philology graduate of University of Gdańsk. She is a translator, publisher, school teacher and academic lecturer. Born in Moscow, in 1979-1980 she was an active member of Polish democratic opposition and an interpreter for Lech Wałęsa and the Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee (1980). In 1980-1981, she worked for the Press Office of the National Commission and the Inter-enterprise Founding Committee of Solidarity. In 1981-2009, she lived in the US, where she was a teacher and publisher. After returning to Poland, she was engaged in local initiatives for international cooperation of cities, Eastern Partnership, and expanding local democracy in Eastern Europe. She currently works at the Office of the Mayor of Gdańsk.

  • Maciej Grzywaczewski

    1980's democratic opposition activist, Poland

    Opposition activist in the 1970s, co-founder of the anti-communist Independence Movement, the Movement for Defense of Human and Civic Rights, and the Movement of Young Poland. Co-author of the 21...

    Opposition activist in the 1970s, co-founder of the anti-communist Independence Movement, the Movement for Defense of Human and Civic Rights, and the Movement of Young Poland. Co-author of the 21 demands of the workers who went on strike in 1980. Film and TV producer. In 1988-2004, director of Profilm Film Agency, in 2004-2006 director of TVP1, in 2007-2016 - president of the board of a publicly listed media company. Vice-President of Aram Rybicki Foundation and Solidarity Center Foundation.