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1er Andrzej Ancygier (Ph.D) specializes in European climate policy with focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Currently he is working as a research fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. There he is analyzing German-Polish cooperation in the area of renewable energy. He is also coordinating a project dealing with the impact of the European emission trading scheme (EU ETS) on the energy intensive industries. Since 2011 Ancygier has been teaching a course “European Environmental Policy” at the New York University in Berlin and has recently been teaching a number of courses dealing with European Integration, European Economic Policy and Global Challenges at the Free University in Berlin.
Istvan Hegedüs István Hegedűs is the chairman of the Hungarian Europe Society, a Budapest-based NGO. Hegedűs has become politically active at the very beginning of the Hungarian regime-change. In 1989 he participated at the national roundtable negotiations on the transition to democracy as a delegate of the opposition groups. He was a permanent member of the media committee during the talks. He became a liberal member of the first free elected Hungarian Parliament in 1990 and also served as the vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Following this period, Hegedűs started to work as a free-lanced scholar and lecturer. He holds a PH. D. in sociology and currently lives mostly in Brussels.
KHering Katharina Hering is a Project Assistant at the Progressive Zentrum. She studied political science in Munich and Cork and focused on social movements, direct democracy and nationalism in Germany and Eastern Europe. Previously she worked at the Munich Security Conference and was she was spokesperson for education policy at the Students Union of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.
alenakrempasa klein Alena Krempaská is rapporteur of the Future Lab „State of Democracy“. She works as a program director in the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Institute since 2012. Meanwhile, she is finishing her studies of International Relations at University of Comenius in Bratislava, following studies at Sciences Po Paris. She took part in the project Academy of Social Democracy for young social democrats that is coordinated by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. She is a long-time human rights activist and worked amongst others as a project manager and spokesperson for the civic organization People against Racism for 3 years, served as a chair of the Board of Amnesty International Slovakia and is currently a member of the board of Slovak Anti-Poverty Network. She is known for her engagement in political anti-corruption activities.
Lesay Ivan Mgr._2869 Ivan Lesay works as a European Affairs Advisor to the Slovak Minister of Finance.
DianaPotjomkina Diāna Potjomkina is a Research Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Previously she worked as project manager and counsellor for European Movement – Latvia, and as a lecturer for a Riga Stradins University course. Her main research interests include Latvia’s foreign policy and Europeanization processes; external relations of the EU and the USA, as well as civic participation in decision-making.
1x1 Lucia Najšlová is a Senior Research Fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Research Fellow at Charles University in Prague, and Editor-in-Chief of ‚V4. She has written extensively on EU’s relations with its neighbours, with a special focus on Turkey. Her research interests include external perceptions of the European Union and the East-West communication gap.
Kacper Szulecki is an assistant professor at the University of Oslo. Previously he was a Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hertie School and a Guest Researcher at the Department of Climate Policy of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and a researcher at the Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration” in Konstanz. He is also board director of the Environmental Studies and Policy Research Institute, a research network based in Poland; as well as an editor of the online weekly “Kultura Liberalna”. He studied political science and sociology in Warsaw, Oslo, Amsterdam and Konstanz.
PhD Zoltan Pogatsa Zoltán Pogátsa teaches economics at the University of Western Hungary. He is an international political economist working on questions related to development, public policy, the economics and politics of European integration, as well as issues related to Central Europe and the Balkans.
Sabrina Schulz.jpg Dr. Sabrina Schulz is rapporteur of the Future Lab „Energy policy“ and Head of Office of E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism in Berlin. E3G is an independent not-for-profit organization that works in the public interest to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development. Sabrina is also a Policy Fellow at the Progressive Zentrum in Berlin. Her fields of expertise are climate, energy and resource policy and politics, including their humanitarian and security dimensions. She has worked as a Policy Advisor at the British High Commission in Ottawa and for think tanks and NGOs in London, Washington D.C, and Berlin. She studied Public Policy and Management in Konstanz, Louvain-la-Neuve and Potsdam and holds a Masters degree and a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth.
maria Maria Skóra is rapporteur of the Future Lab „Social and Fiscal Policy“. She is a PhD candidate at Wroclaw University of Economics and is particularly interested in gender, family policy and gender equality. She worked at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Warsaw and for the UNDP Project Office in Poland. Currently she is an expert for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Warschau and the All-Poland Trade Union Association.
peter weisenbacher Peter Weisenbacher is a Slovak journalist and activist. He is executive director of the Human Rights Institute, co-founder and former director of Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava. Also known as the co-organizer of protests for human rights in China during the visit of Chinese President in Slovakia in 2009 and a series of anti-corruption protests in 2012 known as Gorila. From 2006 to 2010 he was chairman of Amnesty International Slovakia. Between 2010 – 2012 he was a committee member in Slovak governments Council for Human Rights. Holds a PhD. for information science and lectures at Comenius University Bratislava and Masaryk University Brno.
Selina2 Selina Vancance leads the monitoring of the implementation of European Structural and Cohesion Funds in Latvia and coordinates advocacy work for strengthening sustainability and public participation in regional policy. She holds a degree in Politic Science, MA in Environmental Management and is currently pursuing a PhD. Previously implemented activities to achieve the maximal improvement of environment by investing financial resources in implementation of environmental infrastructure development projects. She is experienced in the analysis of support policy in areas related to energy efficiency, sustainable usage and production of renewable energy (sustainability criteria development) and the impacts of International financial institutions on sustainable development.
Hipo_fondi_papildus_FS_002 Aldis Austers was awarded a degree of engineering in administration of business foreign relations at Riga Technical University in 1995 and a degree of master of advanced international studies (MAIS) at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in 1998. During his career as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 1995 to 2002, Austers was posted at the Mission of Latvia to the EU, where he was responsible for economic cooperation affairs between Latvia and the EU, and the coordination of Latvia’s accession negotiations to the EU. From 2003 to 2011 Austers worked for the Bank of Latvia as a specialized attaché in the rank of counselor at the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU and was in charge of financial regulation, monetary policy, the exchange rate, and general economic policy affairs. Currently Austers is a researcher at Latvia’s Institute of International Affairs and a guest lecturer at Riga Stradiņš University. His fields of interest include monetary economics, political economics, the migration of people, and European integration. His recent publications in local and international research journals were devoted to the economic, social, and political consequences of the financial crisis in Latvia and Latvia’s preparations to join the Eurozone.
Jószef Peter Martin József Péter Martin is Executive Director of Transparency International in Hungary, former editor-in-chief of Figyelő, Hungarian economic weekly. Prior to his current position he worked as consultant and EU expert.
Liutauras Liutauras Gudžinskas is a Head of Northern European Studies Center at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius University). He is also the current President of Lithuanian Political Science Association and editor-in-chief of the „Baltic journal of political science“. From 2004 till 2009 he worked at the Office of Prime Minister of the Lithuanian Republic.
Liutauras Karlis Bukovskis is the Deputy Director and researcher and at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA). He is also a guest lecturer on the global political economy and the economic diplomacy of the EU at universities in Latvia.
Kari Käsper Kari Käsper is one of the founders of the Estonian Human Rights Centre (EHRC) and also teaches European Union law and studies public administration in doctoral level at Tallinn University of Technology. He manages the equal treatment advancement projects at TUT, a part of which is the campaign “Diversity Enriches”.
Dominik Dominic Owczarek is an Analyst and Project Manager at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw. He holds two M.A. degrees in philosophy and environmental psychology and is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sociology (UW), stipendist at Freie Universität-Berlin and at Jagiellonian University. His fields of study among others are social dialogue and civic participation.
Dominik Helena Rozeik has worked in Praxis since 2009 both as analyst and project manager. Her research projects focus on entrepreneurship including SMEs development, private and public sector restructuring, evaluation of different business support programs and sectorial labour studies. Before, Helena was working as a researcher at the University of Tartu, a research assistant at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies and as an economy analyst at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Tartu in ownership structure changes and enterprise restructuring.
Dominik Daniel Hegedűs is program officer of the Robert Bosch Center for Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin and a visiting lecturer at the Institute for East-European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in political science and worked previously for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Public Foundation for European Comparative Minority Research. His research interests include the European and foreign affairs of the Visegrad Countries and most currently the Russian influence in East-Central Europe.
Dominik Adam Krawczyk is an independent investment professional focused on alternative investments. He started his career in Bank Pekao in Structured Finance and Investment Banking Department, where he was involved in loan syndication processes for key players across various industries in Poland.  Adam also worked as an analyst in Investment Banking Division at Citigroup in local office in Warsaw. He studied economics at Warsaw University and passed all three levels of the CFA Program.