Speakers

Jakub Rok

Jakub works at the University of Warsaw, where he’s preparing his PhD in local sustainable development. He’s a member of the Dobrze Food Co-op, responsible for managing evaluation and recruitment. When not in Warsaw, you can usually find him in the forest. It has started with outdoor education for kids, but recently he got captivated by the social movement of forest protectors called Camp for the Forest, located in Bialowieza.

Nino Macharashvili

Nino is a co-founder and director at ForSet, data-driven communications organization based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Prior to this, she worked as a data journalist and projects coordinator at JumpStart Georgia for almost 5 years. Nino holds BA in Journalism and MA in Creative and Media Enterprises. With the passion of connecting data enthusiasts from various professional backgrounds and sectors, Nino founded DataFest Tbilisi in 2017 – the first annual international data event in South Caucasus.

Neema Iyer

Neema Iyer is the founder and director of Pollicy, a civic technology organization based in Kampala, Uganda. Pollicy uses data, design and technology to improve how citizens and government engage around public service delivery. She has a Masters in Public Health from Emory University and has worked on large-scale mobile and digital projects across Africa as part of TTC Mobile (previously Text to Change) and Viamo (previously VOTO Mobile). She currently leads the design of a number of projects focused on building data skills, on fostering conversations on data privacy and digital security, and on innovating around policy. Social media handles: @pollicyorg @neemaiyer

Elena Calistru

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 in which they can see an impact. 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 public sector reform.
Contact: www.funky.ong// elena@funky.ong

Katarzyna Zwolak-Szwechowicz

Kasia, TechSoup Europe Communication Wizard, for over 2 years connects activists with technology and updates the world what’s going on in TechSoup. She does what she likes best: she writes, records, creates graphics, videos, newsletters and presentations, she runs social media and websites. And she’s keep learning because the technological revolution is not standing still.

Avnik Melikian

Avnik is a feminist activist who has built her career in a variety of roles while devoting her efforts to the democratization of Armenia. Avnik currently holds the position of Projects Coordinator and Advocacy Officer at “Society Without Violence” NGO – a women’s rights organisation in Armenia, which implements projects aimed at raising women’s political participation and fighting gender-based stereotypes.
Avnik is also the co-founder of the newly established “Compass for Political Dialogue” initiative. In this capacity she coordinates the implementation of activities aimed at creating a platform of cooperation for civil society and political parties. Earlier in her career, she was the Vice-President on Strategy Development of the “European Youth Parliament” organisation in Armenia.
As an independent researcher and trainer engaged in community development projects, Avnik is passionate about civic activism, civic participation and non-formal learning

Brandon Oelofse

Brandon Oelofse is currently Manager and Senior Trainer at RNTC and trains globally. He is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker and his work has been represented at numerous festivals, including Cannes and the Oscars.
He is a company director of Vuselela Media, a South African non-profit organisation that develops grassroots journalism in disadvantaged communities. In 2014 he co-authored “Making the Media Work for You” – a guide for civil society organisations on how to access the media and use it for change.

Brandon collaborates with the Dutch Foreign ministry, Spark and others on Counter Extremism communication in the MENA region and runs training of journalists and communication experts in the field of radicalization.

Tudor Bradatan

Tudor Brădățan is the Executive Director of Declic, a Romanian association of online campaigning, fighting injustice, destruction of the environment, inequality and human rights abuse. He studied Sociology and European Affairs, but earned his experience as a campaigner fighting large scale mining projects in Romania, especially the Rosia Montana project. The campaign to stop it, initiated in 2002, evolved into Romania’s biggest social and environmental movement. Tudor was throughout the years part of the strategy and communication team, working together with a very determined group of people to craft the messages and activities that successfully prevented Europe’s largest gold mine from happening .

Borna Sor

Borna Sor writes and hosts the satirical television show Prime Time on the regional news channel N1. He also writes columns and hosts an English language podcast for Total Croatian News. His work has appeared on Al Jazeera, Balkan Insight, and Gloria. Previously he was a writer and star for tv shows NewsBar on RTL, as well as Montirani Proces on HRT. He is the author and editor of hundreds of satirical articles for the website NewsBar.

Jakub Górnicki

Blogger and reporter passionated about new media, interactive storytelling and reporting projects. Graduated faculty of journalism at Warsaw University, specialized in Reportage Laboratory. He established Outriders to bridge cultures and societies by original reporting and providing global perspective through innovative storytelling. As a COO and board member of ePaństwo Foundation, he developed it into leading open data/transparency NGO globally. During six years he established Code for Poland and took it into Code for All together with Code for America. Open Cities – a program helping European cities adopt open data policies as well as Personal Democracy Forum in CEE and TransparenCEE. He remains a strong ambassador of Central Eastern Europe. Jakub is a 2014 New Europe Challenger.

Tin Geber

Creative strategist, designer, and technologist, with experience in human-centered program and service design, project implementation, and workshop facilitation. Extensive international experience with a broad range of thematic areas across the development spectrum.

Tin has been working on the intersection of technology, art and activism for most of the last decade. In his previous role as Design and Tech Lead for The Engine Room, he developed role-playing games for human rights activists; collaborated on augmented reality transmedia projects; and helped NGOs around the world to develop creative ways to combine technology and human rights (such as online platforms exposing land grabbing, microtasking tools for human rights, and even tools about tools).

Tin has a BA in Media Sciences, and is currently pursuing an MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University.

Susan Comfort

Hooked on social change since discovering how messed up our planet is, Susan Comfort has logged nearly 30 years in American nonprofits, raising millions, organizing political campaigns, serving on boards, and developing leaders. While environmentalism is her main passion, she also advocates for reproductive health and criminal justice reform, and lately, child’s play. Now she practices culture-building and organizational development with folks from nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors. She is directing a pilot project in DC (www.NonprofitWellness.org) to learn more about how physical and mental well-being affect performance and teamwork.

Klementyna Suchanow

Klementyna Suchanow is an author of three books, her recent is a biography of a Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. She is a: traveler, researcher, reporter, historian, editor, translator, academic and journalist. She combines her work with activism, especially in a field of women’s rights in Poland (Polish Women on Strike) and internationally. Currently she’s working on a book about contemporary religious fundamentalisms and human rights

Olga Popescu

Olga Popescu is Declic’s organizer for volunteers. She is mobilizing Romanians interested in different campaigns, be it Declic campaigns or petitions started by the organization’s members. Her focus is to get the causes out of the online world and transfer them into offline actions. She has also worked in other Romanian and Spanish NGOs, acquiring skills in communication, volunteer coordination, and social media.

Kateryna Kruk

Kateryna Kruk is a communications specialist and political scientist focusing on Ukrainian post-Maidan transition, international affairs and analyzing Russian disinformation campaigns in Ukraine. She is an external fellow at European Values Kremlin Watch program and an analyst at Stop Fake. Kateryna Kruk is also an author and a host of the TV program Stop Fake News which is devoted to issues of media literacy and exposing propaganda efforts.

 

Kruk took an active part in the Euromaidan protests in 2013-2014, also known as a Revolution of Dignity. For her active role in communicating the revolution to the international audience, Kruk was awarded the Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award in 2014. As a communications expert, she worked in Ukrainian government (2014, 2017) and Ukrainian parliament (2016).

Alumna of Wroclaw University and College of Europe.

 

Bilingual in Ukrainian and Polish. Fluent in English, Russian, French, and German.

Klara Kalibova

Klára Kalibová, PhD is the director of the In IUSTITIA NGO, a lawyer, analyst, and author; her main focus and expertise is on hate crime, hate speech and victims´ rights. She has undertaken research about hate crime in the Czech Republic (Lifecycle of Hate Crimes, 2017; Hate Crime Study for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency 2013; Sexual Violence in Czech Judicial Practice 2013; Forgotten Victims, 2010;). She regularly represents hate crime victims before the courts and is considered one of the most experienced Czech lawyers in the field. Recently she has focused on victims’ rights. She was a member of the preparation group drafting the Victims’ Rights Act within the Czech Ministry of Justice. Recently she contributed to the OSCE/ODIHR guidelines on assistance for hate crime victims. She is a member of the Czech Society for Criminology and the Radicalisation Awareness Network (Working Group on Voices of Victims of Terrorism). She is a co-founder and chair of the Czech Association of Providers of Services to Victims, an umbrella organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of victims’ rights. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award for her commitment to the protection of victims of bias crimes. From 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright-Masaryk grantee and spent six months in the USA at the University of Michigan, the Anti-Defamation League and the Anti-Violence Project in New York, focusing on hate crime research.