Trainers

Kairzhan Albazarov

Originally, from Almaty, Kairzhan is a graduate of the Institut Français du Pétrole, IFP (Paris, France) and the Kazakh-British Technical University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). He has over 9 years experience working with oil and gas projects in Denmark, Kazakhstan and the United States. In 2017 he started experimenting with podcasting and set up the podcast “Find your B – Найди в себе Батыра”. In Kazakhstan a “Batyr” is a warrior and fighter. 

The podcast is aimed at helping Kazakh youth with self-realisation, confidence, personal freedom and to find the strength to deviate from destructive social patterns and societal pressures. The podcast is conducted in an interview format. Despite a lack of podcasting culture in Kazakhstan, the project has gained a significant audience and has helped thousands of young men find themselves and reassess their lives.

Mariam Bajelidze

Mariam is a social media specialist, lecturer and trainer.

One of the organizer and founder of Georgian civic movement “In the service of the country”. 

Mareike Britten

My quest in life is to find ways to help creating a more sustainable and just society.
My personal mission has always been to contribute to a world that was bigger than my own. My journey began when I joined the protests against the yearly nuclear transports through Germany and became a climber for the environmental organisation Greenpeace. I went on to study International Politics and traveled the world discovering beauty, hospitality but also injustice and deep poverty.
Fueled by a deep interest and passion for people and the well being of our planet I started my career working in development education in the UK. To create broader political change I became a passionate strategist and capacity builder working for Greenpeace International, the Global Campaign for Climate Action and Climate Action Network International. My experiences training people in and leading international teams through strategy development and project planning processes led me to my current path, as facilitator and trainer. On my way I have been trained and have tested different participatory methodologies and frameworks to create system change using design thinking that now form the heart of my practice.

Andy Carvin

DFRLab

Andy Carvin is an award-winning journalist who has pioneered new forms of online collaboration for more than 20 years. He is Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), where he leads the lab’s training and capacity-building efforts.  Andy was founder and editor-in-chief of reported.ly, a social news initiative at First Look Media. Using social media and digital forensic tools, reported.ly covered breaking news stories around the world, with a particular emphasis on human rights and social justice. From 2006 to 2013, Andy was senior strategist at NPR, where he founded the company’s social media desk and developed new reporting techniques to improve the quality and diversity of NPR’s journalism. In early 2013, Andy released the book Distant Witness: Social Media, The Arab Spring And A Journalism Revolution, published by CUNY Journalism Press. 

Maros Chmelik

Center for Community Organising

Maros is a graduate of the Political Science of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He completed internships in Spain, Syria and the USA. 7 years ago he returned from abroad to Slovakia, to Banská Bystrica and since then he has been working in the non-governmental sector.

Currently, he is the head of the Center for Community Organizing (CKO) based in Banská Bystrica, Central Slovakia, which focuses primarily on topics such as civic engagement through community organizing and prevention of extremism and radicalization.

Oktawiusz Chrzanowski

Akcja Demokracja

Strategist for hopeless cases. In for social and political/policy change since almost 10 years after coming back to Warsaw, my hometown, from emigration in The Netherlands. I have spent this time being an activist and expert for civic democracy and participation working with communities and local governments together for more inclusive standards of power sharing (publishing some cool and comprehensive books on the topic for practitioners), incubating social innovations (author and head of TransferHUB, one of the most effective incubators in Poland), fighting for LGBT+ rights, eg: initiator of the comprehensive strategy to achieve marriage equality in Poland by 2025 or initiator, co-author and driving power behind Warsaw LGBT+ Declaration, first and so far the only policy in Poland addressing precisely LGBT+ community needs. Currently working for Akcja Demokracja, (Polish multi issue, ‘digital first’, progressive, people powered organization) as a head of movement development unit. And also sill and always an LGBT+ activist – doer and member of the board in Love Does Not Exclude association.

Tijana Cvjetićanin

UG Zasto Ne

Tijana has been the co-creator, editor and author on the two only fact-checking platforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Istinomjer, set up at 2010, which tracks and rates the statements of public officials and implementation of pre-election promises of political parties in BiH; and Raskrinkavanje, set up in 2017, which is a media fact-checking project.
She was also the lead editor of ‘FemFacts’, an international fact-checking project of News Mavens, which analysed reports on women and women-related issues in European media.
Tijana currently serves on the Advisory Board of the International Fact Checking Network.

Aside from her fact checking work, she has authored and co-authored several research studies and policy papers in areas such as political accountability, media/discourse analysis, media freedoms, EU integrations of BiH and government openness.



Ryan Davis

Main Street One

Ryan has over fifteen years of experience in progressive digital strategy, getting his start as a member of Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential web team. From there, he contributed to dozens of campaigns as a digital communications lead. Ryan launched the social media team at Blue State Digital, where he partnered worldwide with top advocacy organizations and campaigns. As the leader of Main Street One‘s digital team, Ryan works to remediate the damage caused by disinformation. He’s been awarded twice for digital by the American Association of Political Consultants. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @RyanNewYork. 

Gergő Hajdu

aHang

I hate to be online all the time so I only use online in order to meet some folks offline. And of course to ask them to take action. Petitions, e-mails, phone calls, stickers, solidarity walks, protests etc. Or civil disobedience, if needed. That’s how we mobilised more than 300 cities and villages in the countryside (10% of Hungary’s 3200 municipalities) during our home care fee campaign. That’s how we coordinated 200+ volunteers and organised a pre-election amongst the opposition with 70k voters in Budapest (which resulted a landslide victory of the opposition in Budapest in October, 2019).  When I co-founded an org called aHang (=theVoice) we got a professional methodology from OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network). The methodology works. People power makes it work. And we learn all the time, we try and fail, try and win. I think the main thing is to stay stubborn. Not as an individual but as a team, as a community. Interesting times anyway…

Maria Maciocha

Outriders Labs

Marysia Maciocha  Born and raised in Poland. 14 years ago embarked on a solo trip around the globe, she dedicated her time and energy to unconventional exploring the world on search of amazing people, unique places and immersing stories.

A sushi addict, a bookworm and a total chatter box. 

She photographs the world from 2005, blogs about travel on My Travel Affairs Blog from 2011 and from 2014 she teaches and consult on social media trends and technics. 

My Space, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, Pinterest, VK, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, YouTube, Vine, Vero, you name it, she explain it. TikTok and Firework are her latest obsessions!

Jelisaveta Miletic

Njuz.net

Jelisaveta is a graduate of a Management and production in theater, radio and culture at University of arts in Belgrade (Serbia). In previous period she worked in various independent projects such as theater plays, short films and festivals. Also, she worked in marketing sector for one International company and as a content creator for social media channels for local brands.

Now she works for a satirical web site Njuz.net as a marketing coordinator and content creator. Njuz.net writes fictional news since 2010. The authors received many awards for their work and contribution. They have published 3 books and currently work as a co-creators of a satirical television show ”24 minutes with Zoran Kesić”, one of the most popular TV shows in Serbia.

Salome Barker

Salome Barker is a journalist within 10 years of experience working in social media. A founding member of the Marijuana decriminalization movement “2nd June”, a civil rights activist and one of the organizers of non-stop 100 days “Shame Protests” against Georgian government and Russian politics in Summer of 2019.

Weronika Nockowska

Weronika is an actor, comedian and improviser based in Warsaw. She graduated from the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. She performs in Warsaw theatres ( Teatr Współczesny, Teatr Polonia, Teatr Warsawy). She performed one of her shows (“Najdrozszy”) 265 times and and counting. Since  2014 she is a member of Klub Komediowy – one of the most important comedy and improv scenes in Poland. She currently performs there every week in various improv shows, including improvised musicals. In her work she tries to keep a balance between art of repeating in a dramatic theater and art of inventing new situations in improv.

Karolina Norkiewicz

Karolina (born in 1987), a Polish philology graduate from the University of Warsaw. She has completed numerous theater improvisation courses, incl. at theaters in Chicago (iO, the Annoyance). Karolina has professional experience in public relations, event management and creative industry. So far, she has cooperated within workshops, among others with actors from the Zagłębie Theater in Sosnowiec, employees of Volkswagen, IKEA and the Copernicus Science Center. Every day she plays, writes and teaches improvisation at the Comedy Club in Warsaw, where she also serves as a repertoire manager.

Brandon Oelofse

RNTC

Brandon is currently director of RNTC (Radio Netherlands Training Center). He is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker and his work has been represented at numerous festivals, including Cannes and the Oscars. He has directed television series, commercials, short films, documentaries, new media content and is well known for his work as a music video and adverts director in South Africa.  Tough Sunday, his creative company, served clients such as BMW, DeBeers and Unilever. While his production house Media Online developed television programming for DSTV and MTV Networks.
Brandon currently chairs RNTC’s Media for Influence, Media for Behaviour Change and Media for Counter Radicalisation and Violent Extremism studies. He 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 worldwide

Tatjana Popović

Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia

Tatjana holds MA in Peace Studies from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and is a certified mediator. She is a director of Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia and an experienced trainer within conflict transformation field. She facilitated, over the last 18 years, a number of inter-ethnic dialogue seminars for teachers, ministries of education advisors and local authorities’ representatives in the Western Balkans, thus contributing to cross-border cooperation and reconciliation. Focus of her trainings is on Dialogue and Communication, Interactive Teaching Methodologies and Team work; Conflict Analysis Tools, Negotiation and Peace Mediation. Facilitating trainings for trainers with international groups (representaitves of NGOs, RIGOs, INGOs, universities), in the UK, Norway, Russia, Georgia and in Turkey enriched her experience significantly.

Achim Scarlat

Achim is a 21 year old filmmaker living in Bucharest, Romania. He’s currently working on Dezaburit, a Facebook video series that aims to provide civic and legal education in a short, simple, and entertaining format. Before Dezaburit, he spent 3 years writing, directing, and producing Qveta, a documentary/comedy film about a group of wacky teenagers attempting to make a horror movie. His hobbies include contemplating life, proper posture, and writing about himself in the third person.

Bernadett Sebály

Civil College Foundation

Bernadett Sebály is a community organizer, trainer and mentor from Hungary. A cultural anthropologist by education, she currently studies at CEU’s Doctoral School of Public Policy. She is the editor of the book titled The Society of Power or the Power of Society? The Basics of Community Organizing, a compilation of studies of American academics. She gained her experience in community organizing as an activist of The City is for All, and helped build a community organizing program in Hungary with the Civil College Foundation, where she was as a mentor of organizers. Previously, she worked for many years in international civil rights organizations as campaign coordinator and press officer. Her goal is to link the worlds of activism, civil society organizations and academia in a way that is fruitful for all.

Mark Semoil

TechSoup Europe

Mark is a digital marketing expert with a focus on social impact. His work focuses on the science behind online fundraising, online giving as well as advocacy campaigns that aim to drive awareness on some of the most pressing issues today. In the last 7 years, having worked at Google, YouTube, and most recently, with humanitarian aid, animal protection and environmental organisations; Mark’s work combines online marketing, online participation of public for positive change, and using data to generate meaningful insights. 

Mark is currently working at TechSoup and lives in Barcelona. He is currently interested in the dynamics that create behavioural shifts in societies under the influence of technology.

Hubert Sobecki

Love Does Not Exclude Association

For the past 10 years Hubert has been working for Love Does Not Exclude Association (MNW), the first Polish LGBT+ organisation campaigning for marriage equality for same-sex couples, developing and implementing communication strategies. He co-created „Article 18” – documentary on the history of struggle for LGBT+ rights in Poland – educational campaign „Orientuj się!”, as well as advocacy and lobbying actions such as Kongres Organizacji LGBT+ and Warsaw LGBT+ Declaration.

Borna Sor

Hahar

Borna 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.

Francišak Viačorka

Digital Communication Network

Franak is the Vice President of the Digital Communication Network. He also worked as the consultant for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and Creative Director of RFE/RL Belarus service. He is a co-author of award-winning multimedia projects, documentaries, and feature films. Franak conducted more than 50 training course on digital communication and New Media for activists and journalists from Europe and the United States. He is well-known expert in Russian disinformation. Recently he researched Kremlin-backed Media, think-tanks and NGO abroad, and the role of Russian orthodox church. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense, Freedom House, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, spoke at various events in the National Endowment for Democracy, Atlantic Council. Franak graduated from American University in Washington D.C. and Warsaw University in Poland, he also studied in Georgetown University, College of Europe and European Humanities University.

Karolis Vyšniauskas

Nanook

Karolis Vyšniauskas is a journalist based in Vilnius, Lithuania. He is hosting and producing NYLA, the first Lithuanian podcast supported directly by its listeners. With his team at Nanook journalists collective he’s aiming to reinvent journalism by making it more community-oriented. Karolis works previously have been published at DW and Lithuania’s National broadcaster LRT.