Speakers

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Michael McNulty

National Democratic Institute (NDI). USA

Michael McNulty has more than 15 years of experience managing and providing technical assistance for democracy support programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America on election observation, electoral reform, open election data, and civil society advocacy. Previously, he managed civil society and electoral programs in NDI’s Ukraine office and was the manager for NDI’s programs in Central Asia and Turkey. Prior to that, he worked for a local government strengthening program in Peru, launched a civil society program in Afghanistan, and developed publications on microfinance in conflict-affected countries. He has also participated in international election observation missions with the Organizational for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).

Cosmin Pojoranu

Funky Citizens, Romania

Cosmin uses the intersection of culture, technology and communication as starting places for the race for a more representative democracy. He uses communication tactics he learned by doing to lure people into being „civically fit”, socially conscious and all the other buzzwords you can think of. For instance innovation, which he has a soft spot for. He draws inspiration and uses vernacular acquired from the various communities he was part of. He is a sort of connector-relay, transforming the info he receives into meaningful „what’s in it for me”s before passing it on to the right people.

Oleksandr Kliuzhev

 Civil Network OPORA, Ukraine

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.

Olha Aivazovska

Civil Network OPORA, Ukraine

Olga Aivazovska is coordinator of the Civil Network OPORA NGO, international expert in electoral matters, parliamentarism and development of draft laws.  Ms. Aivazovska was a team-lider of national nonpartisan observation missions in Ukraine with over 20,000 activists involved from 2010 to 2016, and participated in electoral observation in more than 10 countries of Europe. Olga represents Ukraine in political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine-Russia-OSCE) settling the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, is a Member of the National Unity Council under the President of Ukraine, and Board Member of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels. Was included in top 100 most influential and most successful women of Ukraine in 2014 and 2015 (according to political editions the Focus magazine and the Novoe Vremia).

Shu Yang Lin

Re:architect, Taiwan

Shu Yang Lin is re:architect of PDIS, who has worked with international teams as designer and creative technologist before co-founded PDIS with the Digital Minister of Taiwan. She leverages her passion and skills in interaction design and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) to rethink the interaction between the government and the civil society. The computer science background helps her assist the digital transformation in Taiwan’s open government scene. Her work as re:architect in PDIS means constantly reflecting and reshaping the culture in the team and overall in the government.

Mor Rubinstein

360Giving, UK

Mor Rubinstein is the Data Labs and Learning manager at 360Giving, a UK initiative that supports organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way. Previously, she was the community coordinator for Open Knowledge International, an NGO that promotes open data to empower civil society. She also led the efforts on the Global Open Data Index. In her spare time she is a board member of The Public Knowledge Workshop (Hasadna) an open data and civic tech NGO in Israel.

Khrystyna Skopyk

Women Who Code, Ukraine

She is a computer linguist at a leading product company in Kyiv. Besides her job, she wants to apply one day the NLP (natural language processing) and make the language of Ukrainian laws accessible to other people besides jurists. She believes that an open and comprehensive communication is the key to success and, therefore, it should be focused on in the first place. The topical issues: percentage of women in STEM (science, technologies engineering, mathematics) and successful carrier for women. That’s why she has been in WWCode since its foundation, and has become its director lately.

Nataliya Ilchenko

Women Who Code, Ukraine

QA Engineer (ISTQB certificated), works in a leading Ukrainian IT company, learns the programming and helps women to develop as IT specialists. Natalia has been the Head of Women Who Code in Kyiv (one of the largest organization uniting women developers). She organizes training events, seminars and workshops, where women can exchange experience and learn how to grow as specialists.

Ruslana Velychko - Tryfenyuk

Dani Mist, Ukraine

Coordinator Dani mist/Apps4Cities – initiative of promotion the idea of opening city data which are important for each citizen of Ukrainian cities. Organizer of Apps4Citites Challenge Competition which has captured all cities of Ukraine and in the first stage has collected 68 ideas of city services. Within the Apps4Cities project the largest city portal of open city data has appeared in Ukraine.

Field of interests: open data, service data, cities data and city services. 

For a long time was engaged in monitoring of the electoral process as the regional coordinator, participated in international observation. Worked with the sphere of residential services, energy saving, alternative energy sources therefore became interested and began to work with open data of cities and services for cities, which was very important, but not a popular topic in Ukraine.

Krzysztof Izdebski

ePanstwo Foundation, Poland

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 researcher 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.

Anna Sienicka

TechSoup Europe, Poland

Anna is responsible for the strategic direction of TechSoup in Europe. Prior to that Anna worked in the the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives. She has also held a position of the head of the legal group of the Council for Public Benefit Work and was a member on the Polish Prime Minister’s Social Economy Task Force.

Denys Bihus

Clerical Hundred, Ukraine

Denys Bihus is the leader of TOM 14, a group of investigative journalists in Ukraine. In 2013, he launched a very popular anti-corruption television program, Nashi Hroshi (Our Money) that led to the firing and prosecution of government and law enforcement officials. Denys also coordinates the activities of thousands of volunteers, known as the “Kantselyarska Sotnya” (“The White Collar Hundred”), who were restoring documents shredded by the team of Former Ukrainian President Yanukovych and then paper asset declarations of before 2015. He is one of five anti-corruption activists honored with the 2017 Democracy Award of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Alexandr Shchelokov

E-Data.gov.ua, Ukraine
Founder of the resource 007.org.ua, where the first roBots Bot007 and BI Bot were created for the public finance sector. Organizer of the national competition of journalistic investigations and analytic researches “E-investigation”.

Yuryy Granovsky

Ahenty Zmin, Ukraine
UX Designer and Project Manager at the Agents of Change, formerly Leading Expert at the USABILITYLAB Ukraine.
Actively uses and gladly shares his knowledge about human-centered design, coordinates the course “UX. Human-Centered Design” in the school “Projector”.
Yurii also shares his experience in adaptation of usual methods and instruments used to design city space and communications.

Jillian C. York

Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA/Germany

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist whose work examines state and corporate censorship and its impact on culture and human rights. Based in Berlin, she is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina. Jillian co-founded Onlinecensorship.org, an award-winning project that seeks to encourage companies to operate with greater transparency and accountability toward their users as they make decisions that regulate speech. She is a frequent public speaker on topics including censorship, surveillance, and the impact of social media on our lives and our societies. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Quartz, The Washington Post, and Die Zeit, among others.

Matthiew Stender

Onlinecensorship.org, USA/Germany

Matthew is a Berlin-based Tech Ethicist who examines the ethical and cultural implications of emerging technology. His research looks into the ways proprietary algorithms impact human agency and analyses the power dynamics between humans and machines. Matthew is project strategist for Onlinecensorship.org and sits on multiple working groups for the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

Nicole Anand

The Engine Room, USA

Nicole focuses on growing organisational impact at The Engine Room through leading the development of strategic learning systems. She is a political economist focused on mixing methods to solve complex governance problems. She specialises in civic and public sector innovation, open government, and international development. Prior to The Engine Room, Nicole worked across sectors, including in civil society organisations in the USA and India, and the World Bank and Google.

Richard Youngs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Richard Youngs is senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law programme of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and professor of international relations at the University of Warwick, UK. He is author of 12 books on different aspects of international democracy and is currently coordinating a project on new forms of civic activism.

Nedim Useinow

TechSoup, Poland

Nedim is a project coordinator with an extensive experience in the third sector, in implementation of educational and civic projects dedicated to Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. He has worked at the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk and Warsaw-based Solidarity Fund PL, where he coordinated the Poland-Canada Democracy Support Program aimed at supporting of decentralization reform in Ukraine.

Currently at TechSoup he works on Dani Mist / Apps4cities project focused on opening public data in Ukraine.

Rafi Rich

Smarter Urban iT & Strategies, Izrael

SUiTS is an urban integrator, leading Urban Innovation & Smart City initiatives for governments, local authorities, and enterprises in Israel and around the globe, recently chosen as the UNHABITAT’s consultant on Smart Cities.
Rafi has a BA in Architecture and MA in public Policy, Teaches urban planning & smart Cities at the Technion Institute of technology, at IDC college & at Bar Ilan university and is a leading tech -acceleration mentor, also acting as the chief urban advisor to Haifa’s urban innovation hub

Prior to SUiTS, Rafi was the Senior Director for Building at the Israeli ministry of interior, an initiators and founding members of the ILGBC, and the owner of Urban Giraffe architecture and urban planning studio.
He Lives in Petach Tikva, Israel with Haggit, three children and Willy the dog.

Sandor Lederer

K-Monitor, Hungary

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 challenger.

Darko Brkan

CA Why not (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Darko Brkan along with a group of young activists founded UG “Zašto ne” 13 years ago. Most of his professional and volunteer activities are tied to the organization and its activities.

He graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department for Accounting and IT, and a MBA of Strategic Management of Information at the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo. His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, digital and social media, elections and political processes, civic activism and participation, international relations, etc.

He was a Reagan-Fascell fellow in 2012 at the  Forum for International Democratic Studies in Washington, where he researched how new technologies can assist the efforts of civil society organizations. He is also a Alumni member  of the Council of Europe Academy of Political Excellence from the 2008 generation, Fletcher Summer Institute for Advanced Studies for Non-Violent Conflict from the 2010 generation, and is also a member of the Alumni for exchange student program with the United States after attending the IVLP program in 2009. He is also a member of the steering board of the US Alumni Association in BiH and Foundation “Ekipa”. He was also a member of the ACIPS political council (POLIS) during the 2010 – 2011 mandate.

Trainers

List is being updated

Nadia Babynska

Media-expert

Investigative journalist, open data and access to public information activist, trainer from Ukraine. Nadiia was a project manager of the Open Data Portal of Ukrainian Parliament project (UNDP, OPORA), an expert of Apps4Cities project (open city data) in Ukraine (TechSoup, OPORA). She is a consultant of open data project in TAPAS and volunteer, coordinator Technovation Challenge in Ukraine

Michael McNulty

National Democratic Institute (NDI). USA

Michael McNulty has more than 15 years of experience managing and providing technical assistance for democracy support programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America on election observation, electoral reform, open election data, and civil society advocacy. Previously, he managed civil society and electoral programs in NDI’s Ukraine office and was the manager for NDI’s programs in Central Asia and Turkey. Prior to that, he worked for a local government strengthening program in Peru, launched a civil society program in Afghanistan, and developed publications on microfinance in conflict-affected countries. He has also participated in international election observation missions with the Organizational for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).

Nicole Anand

The Engine Room, USA

Nicole focuses on growing organisational impact at The Engine Room through leading the development of strategic learning systems. She is a political economist focused on mixing methods to solve complex governance problems. She specialises in civic and public sector innovation, open government, and international development. Prior to The Engine Room, Nicole worked across sectors, including in civil society organisations in the USA and India, and the World Bank and Google.

Olena Ivanova

the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP)

Olena is an expert in social reforms with a twenty-year track record. She implements innovations in social services and employment policy, and is active in popularizing the concepts of universal design and inclusion, of corporate social responsibility and introduction of socially-oriented programs into business environment. Her activity also relates to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities internally displaced people and other vulnerable groups. As a teacher and trainer, she teaches at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and at the School of Public Administration. Olena actively shares her expertise and technologies of implementing innovation and social policy. At the UNDP, which she joined in 2008, Olena manages projects in social reform sector. Before she worked as a capacity coordinator at the Ukrainian Fund for Social Investments and was involved as a consultant and coach for a variety of international projects and organizations.

Alina Samko

Communications Expert, Ukraine

Alina is an expert on integrated marketing communications with 11 years of experience in for-profit and non-profit international organizations in diverse areas: politics, digital, media, investment and finance, education, social services, inclusion and urbanism.

At various times from 2014 to 2016, she worked as a PR specialist for the UNDP projects in Ukraine to promote universal design, foster inclusion of people with disabilities, provide support to the social sector reform and address the issues of internally displaced persons. Prior to this, she was a Head of the Education Centre at investment company Dragon Capital, where she also worked as a marketing and communications manager. Before Alina worked in the Ukrainian office of the National Democratic Institute of International Relations, as well as at a media project on Ukraine’s global promotion for foreign investment. She also worked in a PR agency and on various Internet projects.

Yevhen Barshchevskyi

NDI, Ukraine

Ph.D., is a Research and Innovation program officer at the National Democratic Institute office in Ukraine. Yevhen leads a number of cutting-edge projects, such as online CRM-systems, public consultation and sentiment analysis tools. Since 2015, he has been conducting trainings for the offices of Members of Parliament, political parties and NGOs on how to integrate and use CRM-systems for

institutional development, citizen outreach and communication. Yevhen has an experience with advanced quantitative and qualitative research, including implicit association tests, deliberative polling and machine learning.

Septimius Pârvu

Expert Forum, Romania

Expert in good governance and electoral processes. A decade of experience in the civil society coordinating capacity building projects for public institutions and NGOs, in areas like anti-corruption and citizen participation. Currently the leader of School for Democracy, a multi-annual program to improve skills of civic activists in Romania and Moldova; analyst of political clientelism and political financing. He managed seven rounds of independent elections monitoring and participated in similar programs in Moldova, Montenegro and Estonia. Graduate of Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest.

Dr. Marcin Walecki

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Poland

Dr. Walecki possesses over 15 years of democracy assistance and governance experience working in more than 30 countries around the world. Consulted on or conducted Council of Europe, EU, OECD, UNDEF, Canadian, U.S. and British government-funded programs in dozens countries in transition. He also presents regularly at international conferences, seminars, and has written for numerous publications on democratization, political corruption, political financing, elections, political parties, gender equality and good governance. Some of his contributions include: International IDEA Handbook on Funding of Political Parties (2003), K. H. Nassmacher’s comparative volume Foundations for Democracy (2001), Transparency International Global Corruption Report 2004, Money and Politics (Warsaw: ISP, 2005). He has recently published two studies dealing with public funding of political parties in MENA Region, and the effectiveness of political finance disclosure.

Jacopo Leone

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Poland

Jacopo has been working as a political analyst 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.

Volodymyr Tarnai

Eidos, Ukraine

Керівник відділу бюджетної політики Центру “Ейдос”,
регіональний партнер International Budget Partership в Україні, має
більш ніж 6 років досвіду в громадському секторі. Останні 4 роки
займається дослідженням питань ефективності використання бюджетних
коштів, відкритості та прозорості влади

Anatolyi Bondarenko

Texty.org.ua, Ukraine

Заступник головного редактора Texty.org.ua, керівник напрямку журналістики даних. Інженер за освітою, почав поєднувати журналістику та програмування у 2008 році, працюючи в одному із українських щотижневиків.  

З 2011 року брав участь у розробці десятків проектів із візуалізації даних для Texty.org.ua. Проекти Текстів  двічі потрапляли у фінал головного конкурсу з журналістики даних, GEN Data Journalism Awards (2012 та 2016 роки), а в 2017 році отримали перше місце в одній з номінацій.

Nikolai Kvantaliani

Association “New Group”, Belarus

Civil Society activists since 2001, Board member of National Youth Council of Belarus 2007 – 2011, Steering Committee member of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum 2012 – 2014. 2010 – 2012 organizational development consultant for NGO. More than a decade train activists from NGO. Current focus Digital Security and New Media for NGOs as the trainer, consultant, expert. Together with “Teplitsa technologies for social good” Nikolai has prepared and conducted a series of workshops on digital security and advocacy

“In my country we have a gap between NGO & technology, my mission to deliver Technology4NGO J”.