MAY 29-31, 2019 – ATHENS
24th EAPC Conference & Polaris Awards event features cutting-edge programming on key industry trends, designed to empower attendees to leverage the latest techniques in campaign strategy and management.

EAPC's Annual European Conferences became one of the most important meetings in European politics. It is a must-attend event for politicians, political consultants, creative, strategists, media buyers, public affairs specialists, suppliers, industry leaders and media people.

EAPC's Annual Conferences also have another layer with Polaris Awards to award the industry's best works globally.
Nikos Pappas
Nikos Pappas

Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media

Nikos Pappas was born in 1976. 

He lived in the working class suburb of Kesariani. 

He joined the Youth Structures of Synaspismos (the left wing Coalition Political Party) in 1993 and he was elected afterwards Member of its Board.

He studied and worked in Scotland for several years.

He taught economics and worked as researcher in various projects at the Fraser of Allander Institute – University of Strathclyde.

He was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from Strathclyde University.

Nikos Pappas held the position of the director of Alexis Tsipras office from 2008 to 2015.

In the (January 2015) general elections he was elected as Member of the Parliament in the Athens B constituency. He was re-elected in the general election of September 2015.

He served as the Minister of State from January 2015 until November 2016.

He is currently the minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media and he is also member of the Political Council of Syriza.

Lefteris Kretsos
Lefteris Kretsos

Deputy Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media

Dr Lefteris Kretsos is the general secretary for media and communication (from March 2015 onwards), as well as the General Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (from December 2016 onwards). 

He holds a PhD in employee relations and has an extensive research and teaching experience in the UK. 

He has participated in several European research projects and other academic and policy consultancy activities concerning employee relations, social rights, inequality etc. Marketization and inequality, labour markets and economic crisis in southern Europe, young workers and trade unions are among his areas of expertise.

He co-edited two books and has authored more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals, conferences and book chapters. 

Yannis Koutsomitis

Yannis Koutsomitis

TV Producer, Eurozone Expert

Yannis Koutsomitis is television producer and Eurozone affairs analyst. 

He is a four-time Greek TV Awards recipient for primetime drama production. He is also an analyst on Eurozone affairs and a BBC World Service and Germany’s n-tv.de contributor. 

He is also an avid blogger on Twitter and his comments on the Greek crisis are cited frequently in The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Yiannis Bournous

Yiannis Bournous

Head of the Strategic Planning Office, General Secretariat of the Greek Prime Minister

Yiannis Bournous is the Head of the Strategic Planning Office at the General Secretariat of the Greek Prime Minister.

David Patrikarakos

David Patrikarakos 

Author, War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in The Twenty-First Century

David Patrikarakos is the author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in The Twenty-First Century. He is a Pointer Fellow at Yale and a Non-Resident Fellow at the School of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. He has written extensively for newspapers and magazines across the world.
Peter McLeod
Peter McLeod

Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner

Peter heads up GQR’s London office, leading the firm’s relationships with political, corporate and non-profit clients across Europe.


Beginning his career in 2005, Peter has worked in 19 countries spanning Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. 

His advice to clients on campaign strategy, reputation, and brand and issues management is built on deep qualitative and quantitative insight to public and elite opinion.


Besides national political leaders, Peter’s clients have included elite professional services firms, world-leading technology companies, carmakers and brewers, as well as trades unions, human rights campaigners and humanitarian aid organizations.


Peter joined GQR in 2013 following seven years with GlobeScan, experts in reputation, brand and sustainability research. 

During that time he spent two years in San Francisco, helping to establish the company’s presence on the US west coast. He now lives in Oxford.

Line Kristensen
Line Kristensen

NationBuilder, Enterprise Account Manager

Line has nearly a decade of experience working on campaigns on four continents - Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. 

At NationBuilder she helps political campaigns, NGOs, advocacy groups and unions attract, engage and persuade their supporters.

Line previously worked for the UK Conservative Party as Head of Strategic Campaign Planning, and helped the Remain campaign to recruit and train their national field team ahead of the 2016 European Referendum. 

For the Conservative Party, she played a key role in the recruitment and training of 100 target seat Campaign Managers ahead of the 2015 General Election, as well as in the development of Sir Eric Pickles’ 2017 General Election Review.

With a keen interest in US politics, Line has also worked on hotly contested state, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns in key swing states Florida and Virginia, including President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.

Odeta Barbullushi
Odeta Barbullushi 

Advisor to the Albanian Prime Minister

Odeta Barbullushi was born in Shkodra, Albania on June 16, 1979. She received her doctorate (PhD) in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2010. 

She holds an MA in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex, UK (2004, with Honors), and another one in International Relations and European Studies Central European University, Budapest (2003). 

She graduated in Journalism from the University of Tirana in 2001. 

In 2013, Ms. Barbullushi held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Graz Karl Franzen, Austria.


Having served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Barbullushi is the Advisor to the Albanian Prime Minister.

Mykhailo Fedorov
Mykhailo Fedorov


Mykhailo Fedorov is the Digital campaign manager of the Vladimir Zelenskyi Team, the Founder of SMMSTUDIO digital agency. 

The  main field of activities is the development of an integrated digital strategy and its implementation. 

His team has strong expertise in the area of design and targeted advertising on Facebook and Instagram. 

Our customers are car brands, educational companies and factories. Zelenskyi's victory in elections in Ukraine with 73% is the first political experience.

Stefanos Loukopoulos

Stefanos Loukopoulos

Co-Founder and Director, Vouliwatch

Stefanos Loukopoulos is the Co-founder and Director of the non for profit parliamentary monitoring organization Vouliwatch. 

He holds a BA in Political Science an MA in International Relations and one in International Conflict Analysis. He completed his studies in the UK and Belgium. 

He has worked for important NGOs both in London and Brussels as well as in the European Parliament. 

Stefanos is a founding member of the international association “Parliamentwatch Network” and a standing member of the “Council of Citizens Control” of the Greek public broadcasting service. 

In recent years he has been involved actively both at national and international level in the fields of open government, civic technology and the freedom of access to information.

Tudor Mihailescu
Tudor Mihailescu

Entrepreneur in Residence, Antler

Tudor is a researcher and entrepreneur with a passion for digital democracy. 

Tudor is a tech & politics scholar and entrepreneur with a passion for digital democracy. 

He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Antler exploring the use of AI for coordinated messaging in political and brand influencer campaigns. 

Tudor is also an expert contributor for Forbes covering civic technology innovations in Europe. 

Tudor holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Graduate institute, Geneva, with a focus on White House speechwriting and public communication strategies. 

He was awarded the prestigious Albert Gallatin Fellowship in International Affairs and the Bakala Foundation Scholarship to spend the 2017-2018 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University. 

Between 2013 and 2018, Tudor was a cofounder and community development lead at GovFaces- a Geneva-based start-up for public deliberation and citizen engagement, with activity at the European Parliament, the United Nations, in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 

In recognition for his impact, Tudor was nominated on the Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list in Law and Policy in 2017, and Forbes Romania 30 under 30 list in 2018. 

He is active in the entrepreneurship and media communities as a TEDx speaker, One Young World Peace ambassador, juror for the European Youth Award and a member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Flore Blondel-Goupil
Flore Blondel-Goupil

Sales and Business Development Director, NationBuilder 

In the last decade, Flore has been at the heart of progressive politics in Africa, Europe and the United States, first as a grassroots activist and then a campaign professional. In 2014 and 2015, she worked with Avaaz and was a pivotal part of organising the Global Climate Marches in Paris and Berlin. 


Putting her organising skills to good use she travelled to the United States to work on Bernie Sanders’ extraordinary grassroots campaign where she participated in the early primary states.


As a key part of the NationBuilder team based in London, she works in Europe Middle East and Africa. Flore helps empower political parties and movements such as En Marche and major pan-European campaigns to use technological tools to scale their impact and campaign more effectively.

Konstantinos Foutzopoulos

Konstantinos Foutzopoulos

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Thessaloniki Regional Forum

Konstantinos Foutzopoulos is the Executive Director of the Thessaloniki Region Forum, a regional organization which aims at the enhancement of cooperation among Balkan countries and the improvement of peace, stability and economic development in the region.

Konstantinos born in 1985 and is a graduate of the German School of Athens. 

He studied International Economic Relations at the Athens University of Economics and Business and holds a postgraduate degree in European Relations from the Universities Freie and Humboldt in Berlin, specializing in the Energy Security of the European Union.


He is a political consultant and an international relations expert with many years of professional experience in the private sector and international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the Greek Embassy in Berlin and the European Academy of Taxes, Economics and Law. 


He is an International Relations Advisor of the former Prime Minister of Greece and President of the Socialist International George A. Papandreou and a member of the European Affairs Committee of the political party Movement for Change.

Ken Feltman

Ken Feltman

Chairman, Radnor Inc.

Ken Feltman is the retired Chairman of Radnor Inc., a political consulting and legislative relations firm in Washington, D.C., that has affiliations with political and legislative firms throughout the world. Radnor advises foreign corporations on U.S. legislative and political issues and assists U.S. businesses in coordinating business objectives with legislative and political goals.

Radnor has worked with 45 of the largest corporations in the world and Feltman has worked with successful presidential candidates in the United States, France and Georgia. He has advised candidates in 29 countries throughout the world.

Before founding Radnor in 1985, Feltman directed legislative and political activity as a Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers. He ran successful political campaigns at the U.S. Senate and House level and was involved in fundraising and campaign management for over 200 Senate and House members, including Everett McKinley Dirksen, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Feltman is the only person to be a Past-President of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and a Past-President of the American League of Lobbyists. He was Co-Chair of the Capital Access Forum, a group that works with large financial institutions and the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide funding and assistance to small and minority businesses.

Educated at Northwestern University, Feltman has lectured or taught courses at several colleges and universities, including Cambridge University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Howard University, the University of Southern California and the University of West Florida.

He has appeared on every U.S. over-the-air television network, the BBC, CBC and several radio or television stations in Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Hungary, Georgia, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the United States. He was the regular Washington commentator for International Investor television for three years.

Feltman founded Veterans 1 in 2003. Veterans 1 assists U.S. military members and their families and supports humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and Africa. Currently, Veterans 1 is partnering in efforts to provide medical supplies and shelter to victims of hostilities in Iraq and Syria, and providing medical facilities, supplies and clean water to three African countries.

Christoph Hofinger

Christoph Hofinger

Managing Partner, SORA

Christoph Hofinger is managing partner with Günther Ogris of SORA, one of Austria’s premier political research and consulting firms. 

He serves as scientific director. Hofinger has worked as a strategic advisor in numerous successful campaigns. He has been an analyst and presenter of election night forecasts for major media outlets for more than two decades. 

Hofinger regularly speaks, teaches and writes about Framing and Emotions in Politics. He also cares passionately about solid scientific evidence, and employs both the Framing approach and social research analysis to more deeply understand right-wing populism, growing extremism, and the development of counter-strategies. 

Hofinger is editor of the volume "Emotions in Politics and Campaigning" which summarizes the highlights of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC) Vienna conference of 2010. 

He served as EAPC President from 2008 to 2010. 

Brent Buchanan

Brent Buchanan

President & Founder, Cygnal

Brent is the President & Founder of Cygnal, an innovative public opinion and market research firm that specializes in mixed-mode surveys. 

His firm was recognized by the New York Times / The Upshot as the most accurate U.S. polling firm in the nation during the 2018 election cycle. 

Brent holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public relations. Prior to starting the firm, Brent consulted with small businesses about advertising and operations. He has since worked with more than 600 candidates, corporations, and advocacy groups developing and executing successful research and communication plans. 

His experience includes United States presidential campaigns, national Republican political committees, Republican legislative caucuses, Fortune 500 companies, Super PACs, and state and national associations. 

Brent resides in Alabama with his wife, Becky, and five, children - Sam, Lilly Grace, Alex, Gray & Remy. Obviously, he spends his free time herding cats – actually a flock of six Katahdin sheep.

Sergio Jose Gutierrez
Sergio Jose Gutierrez

Founder, Espora

Sergio Jose Gutierrez is the mind behind the management of the digital strategies for 16 presidential campaigns in Europe, United States and Latin America. Furthermore, he has collaborated in more that 100 state level digital campaigns.

He is a pioneer in fostering and promoting party digital movements in the world. Disciple of Manuel Castells, graduated from Harvard, researcher at MIT and te University of Oxford in the “Network Society” topic. 

A world recognized specialist in the generation of emotional resonance and dissonance through micro-targeting. 

He has implemented multiple laboratories in the world in various areas such as: neuroscience, behavioral economy and AI. 

Known as the best digital anthropologist in the world, Sergio Jose reinvented completely the digital strategy method, which resulted from his communicational paradigm “vote: decision or personal taste”.

His firm Espora has consolidated globally, with multiples offices in Mexico, South America, United States and Europe, with presence in more than 20 countries. 

He is the digital strategist who has participated in more campaigns that have been won and the most awarded one: in the last 5 years he has been awarded countless Reeds, Pollies, Victories, Napolitans, Polaris, Palmas as the best digital strategist in the world.

Elena Papadimitriou
Elena Papadimitriou

Journalist, SKAI Media Group

Elena was born and raised in the center of Thessaloniki. Studied Journalism and Mass Communication at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, MSc in Political Science and Sociology at Athens University. 

She has been working since her student years in the Press, television, radio and online media. From 2006 to the summer of 2014, she was a member of the MEGA morning news broadcasting group. 

For five years she was a contributing writer for protagon.gr. Since July 2014, she has been working at SKAI TV and radio. 

Over the last few years, she has covered major journalistic events of European and international affairs. 

Hasan Ünal, M.A. & Ph.D.
Hasan Ünal, M.A. & Ph.D.

Professor, Maltepe University, Department of Political Science and International Relations 

 Professor Ünal did his Ph.D at Manchester University, Britain between 1987-1993. 

Upon his return to Turkey he took up a teaching position at Bilkent University in Ankara. He worked in Bilkent (1993-2008), Gazi (2008-2012) and Atılım Universities (2012-2018) all in Ankara, until he moved to Istanbul Maltepe University in September 2018. 

 He concentrates on Turkish foreign policy with special reference to the Balkans, Turco-Greek affairs as well as the Middle East. 

He has been closely following Turkey’s policy towards the war in Syria from a critical angle. Indeed he has been quite a vociferous critic of Turkey’s handling of Syria as well as Turkish policy in and towards the region over the last eight years or so. 

 He contributes to the national and international press quite often and appears on national and international channels commenting on Turkish foreign policy. 

 Professor Ünal has been awarded a number of grants to visit several countries including the International Visitor Grant, a US government funded programme to visit US in 1996 for a period of three to four weeks and a similar one by German Foreign Ministry to visit Federal Republic of Germany in early 1998 for a couple of weeks. 

 He was advisor to a special parliamentary committee on Bosnia war at the Turkish Parliament for a while (1994-1995), and he served briefly as the deputy responsible for foreign affairs to Mr. Hüsamettin Cindoruk, former Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, when Mr. Cindoruk was the chairman of Democrat Party in 2009 and 2010. 

Maurício Moura
Maurício Moura


Maurício holds a BA in Economics and a Master of Arts in the Social Sciences and a Master in Political Management. 

Doctor of Economics and Public Sector Policy. 

Recently received the Owner / President Management Program certificate from Harvard Business School. 

He taught Microeconomics as Professor of the Executive MBA - IBMEC São Paulo. He was also Professor of Econometrics at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Professor of Statistics at FMU. 

He was Senior Investment Officer at the IFC - International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in Washington, where he served the Syndications Group - for Latin America and the Caribbean. 

He was Visiting Scholar at George Washington University. 

Founder of IDEIA BIG DATA.

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

Managing Director Communication Strategy & Management Ltd.

Richard Murphy was the National Campaign Director of ‘Grassroots Out’, also known as ‘GO’, during the United Kingdom’s recent referendum on European Union membership.

‘GO’ was a nationwide mass volunteer movement. It united politicians and volunteers from all political parties, and none, into a truly effective anti-EU ground campaign. It was a grassroots campaign that worked door by door, vote by vote to help ensure that the UK voted to leave the European Union.

A former national Head of Field Campaigning for the Conservative Party, Richard is Managing Director of Communication Strategy & Management Ltd (CSM), a campaigns’ consulting firm based in the UK. CSM works alongside British Members of Parliament delivering professional advice on the construction and management of their voter communication strategies.

With more than thirty years’ experience of working with the Conservative Party, Richard has directly campaigned with seven party leaders including Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Theresa May. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in structuring and managing election campaigns at every level. He specialises in campaign strategy, ‘below the radar’ campaigning and GOTV and also trains party activists nationwide in ‘on the ground’ field campaigning techniques.

Richard has trained party professionals and political activists in countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria, Trinidad & Tobago, Moldova, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. He is a member of both the EAPC and the IAPC.
Katerina Egorova
Katerina Egorova

Founder and President, “Niccolo M” Strategic Communications

Dr. Egorova, is founder and president of the “Niccolo M” Strategic Communications, one of the leading Russian companies in political consulting and public relations. She has managed and advised political campaigns throughout Russia and in the West, including the United States, Asia and Latin America,.

She served as personal political consultant to President Boris Yeltsin and three Presidents of foreign states. She is credited with creating the Russian concept of the psychology of political leadership and leaders. Dr. Egorova has published several books, e.g. “One Cannot be Born a Politician: How to become an Effective Political Leader” (1993), “Image of the Leader” (1994), “Political Consultant", “Political Advertising” (1999), “Political Consulting” (2002), “Games with Toy Soldiers. Political Psychology of Presidents” (2004), “In the Fog of War: Offensive Military Communicative Technologies” (2010).

Dr. Egorova is a member of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC), International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC).

Bruno Waterfield
Bruno Waterfield

Brussels correspondent, The Times

Bruno Waterfield is the Brussels correspondent for The Times. 

He has been reporting on European affairs for 20 years, first from Westminster and then from the capital of the European Union. 

He reported for the Daily Telegraph from Brussels from 2006 to 2015. 

Bruno has written on European politics and history for a variety of publications. 

He regularly takes part in debates across Europe, including at the annual Battle of Ideas festival in London.

Yussi Pick

Yussi Pick

Managing Partner, Pick & Barth Digital Strategies

Yussi Pick is an award-winning campaign consultant, digital organizer and Managing Partner at Pick & Barth Digital Strategies, a communications firm specializing in online strategies for the public sector and non-profit campaigns. Among other recognitions he was named a 2013 Rising Star by Campaign & Elections Magazine and is the winner of the German Politics-Award 2014. 

In 2016, he was one of a small selected group of Europeans working in the Hillary for America Headquarter. 

Yussi is a regular pundit in Austrian and international Medie with quotes in serveral Austrian media outlets, as well as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

A Fulbright Scholar, Yussi holds a Masters Degree in Political Communication from the American University in Washington, DC and a Magister from the University of Vienna.

Mehmet Ural
Mr.Ural is senior adviser to the Metropolitan Mayor of Izmir.He has acted as a consultant and a campaign manager during general and local election for social democrat parties and candidates since 1987. Mr.Ural has been a lecturer at the University of Istanbul Faculty of Economics and at Istanbul University School of Advertising and Market Research.He occasionally continues giving lectures at different universities. Mr.Ural was a founder,partner and chairman of Yorum Publicis Istanbul,a leading Integrated communications group founded in 1981. He was a board member of the Turkish Advertising Association and is presently a member of the Advising Board and is serving as the same to the Turkish Advertising Foundation of which he was chairman for many years. Mr.Ural was a chairman of TÜSES (Turkish Social Economic and Political Research Foundation) a social democrat think tank,and board member in various other non-profit organizations with similar objectives. Mr.Ural is among the founders of EAPC and served as President in the term 2004-2006.He is currently the President of IAPC.
Thomas Borwick
Thomas Borwick

Founder, Kanto Systems

Thomas, a campaign technologist founded Kanto Systems, a full service campaign consultancy service in 2012. 

Thomas, has years of experience in data driven corporate, political and social campaigns. 

Thomas benefits from an in depth knowledge of the European and Commonwealth political arena, helping organisations navigate it’s complex institutions and make sensible long term strategic decisions with the people who run them. 

In addition, Thomas is a new media expert and enthusiast, bringing together the latest technology to build groundbreaking campaigns. 

Thomas’s most significant work includes Presidential campaigns and UK wide referenda. 

Most recently he acted as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Vote Leave campaign. 

Ned Howey
Ned Howey,

Co-Founder and CEO, Tectonica

Ned is Co-Founder and CEO at Tectonica, a leading digital studio mobilising democracy through technology. 

After almost a decade working for nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ned co-founded Tectonica in 2012. 

Since then, the company has worked with over 250 clients in 28 countries around the world, including Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche !, Sadiq Khan for Mayor, the SNP, UK Labour, and advocacy nonprofit DCI-Palestine. 

Ned is passionate about empowering campaigns and organisations with effective digital solutions. 

He collaborates with NGOs, candidates, political parties, and social-positive businesses, helping them identify their strategic goals and find the best way to achieve them in the digital space.

Ates Ilyas Bassoy
Ates Ilyas Bassoy

Creative Director, fayda

Ates writes, speaks and organises campaigns around the idea that the factors that determine the outcome of an election don't necessarily come from politics. This year Ates led the campaign of the main opposition in Turkey's local elections, who has won an election for the first time in 25 years.

Alev Kaynak
Alev Kaynak   

Content Director, Kapital Media

Alev holds a BA in Philosopy and an MA in Philosophy and Social Thought. 

She is the translator of political analyst Ian Bremmer’s “Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World”. 

She currently works as the content director of Kapital Medya, an Istanbul based media company which organizes Brand Week Istanbul and publishes MediaCat.

Sepp Hartinger
Sepp Hartinger,

President of Hartinger Consulting

Sepp Hartinger, President of Hartinger Consulting, is one of the pioneers and founders of the EAPC. 

He also was the first President of the Association from 1996 to 1998 and President of the IAPC from 1999 to 2001. 

Sepp Hartinger started his career as a campaign manager for the Social Democrats, for whom he worked until 1983 when he has founded his own communication agency. 

In the 1990s when the communist systems in Eastern Europe started to fall apart, Sepp Hartinger worked as a consultant to prepare the first democratic elections in Chech Republic, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

In the following years Hartinger Consulting emphasized on business clients and became one of the leading creative communication agencies in Austria with a special department for political consultancy. 

Since 2014 Sepp Hartinger has been the Treasurer of the EAPC and Board member of IAPC.

Kristina Wilfore
Kristina Wilfore brings a mastery of virtually all aspects of politics and grassroots organizing to Karakoyun Strategies with over 20 years of experience in campaigns and elections, policy development and civic advocacy. Kristina is a global change agent helping to create a more vibrant and accountable democracy worldwide.

She is an international development consultant who regularly trains, speaks, and writes about issues that impact people’s participation in politics, parties and parliament. With a home base in Istanbul, she works with political leaders and NGOs throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia, in countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. She is a leading expert in increasing women’s political participation through her experience forming women’s parliamentary caucuses, conducting one-of-a-kind public opinion research on attitudes toward female politicians, and forming grassroots coalitions to address barriers to women’s leadership. In 2011 the Kyiv Post awarded her expat of the year for her work to defend democracy in Ukraine.

Kristina is listed in the Women’s Media Center’s online brain trust (www.SheSource.org) as an expert in democratic development movement building and was selected as a 2015 Political Partner with the Truman Project which unites veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart and principled solutions to global challenges Americans face. Kristina is the VP of EAPC.
Selin Ozkan
Selin Ozkan

Content Associate, Kapital Media London

Selin is an event organiser and content associate who works at the Event Management Department of Kapital Media London. 

Besides leading the organisation efforts of the EAPC’s annual conferences, she regularly contributes to Kapital Media’s publications, carries out relations with potential speakers and business partners, and manages Kapital Media’s foreign relations department. 

Selin holds a B.A. in political science and history from Duke University in North Carolina.

Necati Ozkan

Necati Özkan is the founder and president of OYKU / Dialogue International, a creative advertising agency based in Istanbul. He has served as a political consultant and as a campaign manager for the Social Democrats. He concentrated in developing the communication strategy, organizing the campaign task forces and understanding voters. He has also worked for several NGO’s, politicians and mayors.

He managed political campaigns in Turkey and around. He worked as a lecturer in different universities. He won more than 40 awards including 11 Pollie Awards, 5 Reed Awards, 11 Goldie Awards, 2 Adrian Awards and several national awards.

Necati Ozkan is a past president of EAPC, and member of AAPC, IAPC and IAA.

Igor Mintusov
Russian political consultant, professional manager of election campaigns and public relations.

  • Since 1989 - CEO and Founder of the NICCOLO M Strategic Communications Agency – The First Russian PR company
  • Since 2014 - President of the Russian Association of Political Consultants /RAPC/
  • Since 2013 - President of the Russian Division of International Association of Business Communicators /IABC-Russia/
  • 2001–2005, 2009–2013 - Board Member of the International Association of Political Consultants
  • Since 2001 - Board Member of the European Association of Political Consultants /EAPC/
  • Since 2004 - Vice President of the Russian Public Relations Association (RPRA)
  • Since 2012 - Head of the Department of Public Relations in Politics and State Administration and Professor at the Saint-Petersburg National University.

Throughout the 26 years of experience, Igor Mintusov has supervised over 100 Russian and international election campaigns.

He has participated in the Russian parliamentary elections of 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011; presidential elections of 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and numerous mayoral and state elections of all levels.

International experience includes: presidential elections in Belarus (1994), Venezuela (1999), Mongolia (2001, 2005), Nicaragua (2001), Lithuania (2002) and Georgia (2012); parliamentary elections in Poland (1996), Latvia (1998), Ukraine (2002, 2003, 2007), Mongolia (2004, 2008); US Congress elections (1998).

During the Russian presidential elections of 1996 he was a personal image consultant to the Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Mr. Mintusov is a co-author of the following books: “How to create an image for politician”, “Political consultant in electoral campaigns in Russia” and “Political consulting”.
George A. Papandreou
George A. Papandreou served as Greece’s Prime Minister on the outbreak of the Greek financial crisis, managing to avoid his country’s bankruptcy, whilst applying a series of structural reforms for modernizing Greece.

 In 2010 he was awarded Germany’s Quadriga Award in the category “Power of Veracity”, for his achievements related to government Transparency. For his efforts to reform Greece he was named one of the Foreign Policy magazine’s TOP 100 Global Thinkers in 2010.

As an MP (1981-2015), he served in several government posts, as undersecretary of Culture and Minister of Education, before becoming Foreign Minister from 1999-2004.  

In 1997, as Foreign Minister, George Papandreou in collaboration with his Turkish counterpart, late Ismail Cem, achieved a breakthrough in Greek - Turkish relations, initiating a gradual rapprochement following the Imia crisis that brought the two countries almost at the edge of a war. He also played a key role in the negotiations that led to Turkey's EU candidacy in 1999 and Cyprus's entry in the European Union in 2004.

As Minister of Education, he founded the Greek Open University, which allowed for all to participate in distance studies for University degrees, he established multi-cultural schools, and instituted a minimum quota for students in Greek universities who were members of the Muslim community in Greece.

Currently he is the President of the Socialist International, the largest global political family. The SI brings together 153 social democratic, socialist and Labour parties from all continents. Currently, 53 member parties of the SI are in government and numerous represent the main opposition. The SI has a consultative status - Category I - with the United Nations .

In March 2017 in the Congress of the Socialist International that took place in Cartagena, Colombia Mr. Papandreou was unanimously re-elected President of the organization.

He is also co-chair of the Democratic Alignment , a coalition of the center left parties in Greece, composed by the Panhellenic Socialist Movement ( PASOK), the Democratic Left ( DIMAR) and the Movement of Democratic Socialists .


● President of the Socialist International

● Founder & Vice-Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation

● Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

● Founding Member and Commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP)

● Member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps

● Co- founder of the Cem-Papandreou International Peace Award

● Member of the Aspen Ministers Forum

Dr. Selin Sayek Böke
Dr. Selin Sayek Böke, is the Vice Chair responsible for Economic Policy of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) since September 2014, and was recently elected a member of the Turkish Parliament representing İzmir. Dr. Selin Sayek Böke holds a B.Sc. Degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Economics from Duke University. She has worked as a consultant at the World Bank, and an Economist at the IMF. She worked as an assistant professor at Bentley College and visiting professor at Georgetown University prior to joining the Department of Economics at Bilkent University in 2003. She worked as an associate professor of Economics at Bilkent University until 2015 and served as the Department Chair (2011-2014) and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Social Sciences (2013-2014). Dr. Sayek Böke has authored and co-authored several publications on many economic issues, mainly focusing on foreign direct investment. Dr. Sayek Böke served on the Advisory Board of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) (2011-2015). She was awarded the “Research Award” granted by Mustafa Parlar Foundation (2011),“TUBITAK Incentive Award”, granted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) (2010) and the “Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs”, granted b y the Kiel Institute for the World Economy” (2007) and the “Distinguished Teaching Award”, granted by Bilkent University (2006)
Dr. Nigel Griffiths
Dr Griffiths was elected as the first Labour MP in history in Edinburgh South in 1987 – the sole parliamentary seat held by Labour in Scotland in the 2015 Scottish National Party landslide.

Tony Blair appointed him a Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry between 1997 and 2005. He served as Minister for Construction, Minister for Competition Policy and Minister for Enterprise, heading a number of UK trade missions on four continents.

Between 2005 and 2007 Nigel was the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.

Today Nigel chairs the Midlands-based cyber security company Enforce Technology, and advises the boards of several international companies, including Cambio Technology Systems , the leading IT supplier to the Scandanavian health services. He is the co-founder of Aermoon, the airline finance company. 

During the EU Referendum campaign, Nigel was a speech writer and the author of key referendum leaflets.

He helped found The Big Issue in Scotland and has a long connection with the Arts in Edinburgh and London and chairs Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall.

A former House of Commons chess champion, Nigel’s hobbies including mountaineering, cave diving, flying helicopters and restoring classic E-types.

Stephen Dorrell
Stephen became Chair of the NHS Confederation in November 2015 and Chair of the European Movement in December 2016. He is also Chairman of Laing Buisson Ltd, a healthcare market intelligence company, and of its sister company Public Policy Projects Ltd which provides public policy advice. Stephen was a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2015 and a member of the government from 1987 to 1997, serving as a minister in the Treasury, the Department of Health and the Department of National Heritage. He was a member of the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the National Heritage from 1994 to 1995 and Secretary of State for Health from 1995 to 1997.  Stephen led Conservative Mainstream from 2001 to 2005; from 2005 to 2010 he was chair of the Conservative Public Service Improvement Group and from 2008 to 2010 he was a member of the cross-party Commission on Public Service Reform convened by the Royal Society of Arts.  Between 2010 and 2014, Stephen was the first elected chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, developing the role of the Committee as an authoritative cross-party voice on health and care policy. 
Anne Caroline Jenkin
Anne Caroline Jenkin, Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.
Prof. Matthew J. Goodwin
Matthew J. Goodwin is an academic, writer and speaker known mainly for his work on British and European politics, populism, Brexit and elections. He is Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. He lives in London.

Matthew is a trained political scientist and has been undertaking research for almost twenty years. He has published five books as well as dozens of articles, book chapters and research reports. He holds a BA (Hons) with first-class honours, M.A. and PhD. His first academic post was at a self-funded research institute at the University of Manchester, followed by a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2010, he was appointed lecturer in political science at the University of Nottingham where his various research projects were supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Hermes Fellowship and the British Academy, among others. In 2012, Matthew was awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent one year developing counter-extremism policy on full-time secondment in a UK government department. In 2015, he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and in the same year awarded an ESRC Senior Fellowship to examine Britain's 2016 EU referendum. You can connect with him on Linked In.


Matthew's distinctive contribution to social science research and the wider public debate has been recognised by several bodies. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard Rose Prize, an award that is given to one scholar annually for their contribution to the study of politics. In the same year he was awarded the Communicator Prize for his dissemination of research to non-academic audiences. In 2015, he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year for Revolt on the Right, co-authored with Robert Ford. Since completing his PhD he has attracted more than £1 million in external research funding.

Matthew has several other roles and responsibilities. Since 2008, he has co-edited the Routledge book series on Extremism and Democracy and between 2011-2015 served as a member of the UK government's working group on anti-Muslim hatred. Between 2013-2016 he served his profession as a Trustee and executive committee member of the Political Studies Association, which since 1950 has promoted the study of politics. 

Matthew is an outward-facing researcher who believes that social science should be as much about contributing to wider society as to social science. He engages widely and has worked with more than two hundred non-academic organisations. He enjoys running and eating books.

Mark Mellman
Mark Mellman, one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists, is President of the American Association of Political Consultants and CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups. Mellman, who counts among his clients Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Whip Steny Hoyer, has helped guide the campaigns of twenty-nine U.S. Senators, ten Governors, over two dozen Members of Congress, and numerous state and local officials.

In addition to Leader Reid, Senate clients include Dan Akaka, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Heidi Heitkamp, Mary Landrieu and Carl Levin. Gubernatorial clients include Jennifer Granholm, Jim Doyle and Pat Quinn. Mayors Dave Bing (Detroit), Jim Gray (Lexington) and Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans) are also clients, as are Members of Congress John Barrow, Tulsi Gabbard, Dan Kildee, Anne Kuster, Jim Langevin and Sander Levin.

Internationally, Mellman was chief strategist and pollster for Yair Lapid’s stunning rise from zero seats in the Israeli parliament to the country’s second largest party, in just one year. Earlier he helped Cesar Gavira become President of Colombia and Luli Basha defeat the international Mayor of the Year in Albania. Twice he has been honored for running the Best Campaign outside the U.S.

The Mellman Group’s string of upset victories and unparalleled accuracy recently brought the firm the prestigious “Pollster of the Year” award from the American Association of Political Consultants, the third time the Association has bestowed this coveted award on the firm.

The New York Times’ Nate Silver also cited The Mellman Group as the most accurate campaign pollster in the country. The Mellman Group also won series of Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections magazine including two for “Campaign Comeback of the Year” (for victories by Leader Reid and Senator Heitkamp); “Best Use of New Technology” (for our innovative internet-based ad testing); two for “Best International Campaign” and “Best Public Affairs Campaign” several times.

As a consultant to the Democratic Leadership, Mellman plays a central role in developing strategies on a variety of issues. Newsweek credits his work on the environment with helping “turn Bill Clinton green.” The Economist recognized him as the “brains behind the Democrats’ successful ‘Mediscare’ strategy” and Politico described the firm’s role in developing Democrats’ economic messages, noting that Mellman’s manufacturing presentation “electrified Democratic leaders.”

The firm’s string of upset victories led the Boston Globe to call The Mellman Group Washington’s “hottest” political consulting firm, and the New Republic describes Mellman as “a leading Democratic technologist.” Capitol Hill’s newspaper, Roll Call, named Mellman one of the most influential people in Washington when it comes to electing candidates to Congress. The Mellman Group was also the only Democratic firm to handle two of the Washington Post’s ten best incumbent campaigns and helped win two of the three Democratic victories among RealClearPolitics’ Biggest Upsets of 2010. In two of the three years it has awarded the title, National Journal named Mellman its “Top Insider” for providing the most accurate predictions of those election cycles. And last year Doonesbury labeled Mellman the “Prince of Polling.”

The firm has scored successes in numerous initiative campaigns, helping to defeat both California Proposition 226 (the anti-labor initiative), Proposition 38 (the California School Voucher initiative) and Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposals as well as to pass tobacco control, stem cell research, tax and bond measures in 15 states.

Respected entities also turn to Mellman for his objective, unvarnished analysis of public opinion. The U.S. Departments of Justice (under President Bush), State and Labor have all turned to The Mellman Group for critical studies, as has the World Bank. In addition, Mellman works with some of the nation’s most important public interest organizations ranging from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the AFL-CIO, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Environmental Trust, and the League of Women Voters.

Mellman’s corporate clients include Coca Cola, MGM Resorts, Intuit (the makers of Quicken), and United Airlines. His groundbreaking research has helped define how nonprofits and businesses can use the internet for online communications, selling, organizing, and fundraising.

Mellman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and graduate degrees from Yale, where he taught in the Political Science department. He served as a consultant to CBS News, and as a presidential debate analyst for PBS and The Wall Street Journal. Mellman’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal among others, and he writes an influential weekly column for The Hill, a newspaper “for and about Congress.”

Jiore Craig
Jiore Craig runs the digital practice at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, an international polling, communications, and strategy consultancy based in Washington DC, Toronto, and London. She specializes in digital work outside of the US, including advice on digital strategies and content for national-level political campaigns and progressive organizations in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Among her many non-US projects, she provided advice to the historic same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland – the first time a country succeeded in legalizing same-sex marriage by national referendum. In the wake of the major role that hacking, bots, fake news, and digital social engineering played in the 2016 US election campaign, Craig has drawn on her international experience to help a range of US clients respond to these dynamics and strengthen their online programs. Craig has developed methodologies to help clients differentiate between artificial online sentiment and wider/organic public opinion, modify US campaign technologies for different national contexts, and implement digital and campaign infrastructure in both developed and developing countries. She uses her background in public opinion research to help ensure her clients base their digital decisions and campaigns on scientifically-reliable data. Before joining GQR, Craig worked at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Dae Levine
Dae Levine is an experienced research, communications and campaign strategist specializing in issue politics, campaigns, sustainability and the non-profit sector.

Dae most recently served as Stakeholder Director for the Equality Campaign, working on the campaign to get marriage equality legalized in Australia. Prior to that she ran her own consultancy, Dae Levine Consulting, from 2013-2016, where her work spanned clients such as Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-Australia), Action Aid Australia, The Australian Greens, Fairtrade Australia New Zealand, Lendlease, Greens-NSW, and Greens-VIC. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of Republic of Everyone (2012-2013), Head of Communications and Acting CEO at Greenpeace Australia Pacific (2009-2012), and Executive Director of Essential Research at Essential Media Communications (2006-2009).

Back in the United States, she worked for Human Rights First, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Democratic National Committee, EMILY’s List and Vote for America, as well as over 40 federal election candidate campaigns spanning six election cycles.

Dae was a faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, teaching Masters courses in Applied Policy Analysis, Public Sector Marketing and Communications. Early in her career, she established the Dae Levine Group, a well-respected political fundraising firm in the United States, specializing in Democratic candidates and progressive causes. She started in politics as an Associate at Campaign Finance Consultants.

Dae has been sought frequently as a media commentator on Sky News, ABC, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC and NY1. She has been featured in Mumbrella, Campaign Brief, Campaigns & Elections Magazine (which awarded her the Rising Star of Politics Award, and twice awarded her Best Client List Award), Working Woman Magazine, Columbia Alumni Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Women.

Dae earned an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA from Barnard College.

Bruce Willsie
Bruce Willsie is the CEO of L2, the nation’s leading political data processing and technology firm and the primary commercial source for voter data used by members of Congress, numerous state legislatures and campaigns across the country. L2 maintains the nationwide voter file as well as multiple national commercial databases all through its high technology web platforms L2 VoterMapping and L2 ConstituentMapping. Born and raised in the state of Washington, Bruce is an attorney and former nuclear power plant operator on board a submarine in the U.S. Navy. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Bruce came to L2 in 1990 after a short stint as a Seattle attorney specializing in high tech contracting and business litigation.
Prof. John Curtice
Professor Sir John Curtice is Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, and Senior Research Fellow at NatCen Social Research, Britain’s largest independent research institute. He has written extensively about voting behaviour elections and referendums in the UK, as well as on British political and social attitudes more generally. He has been a co-editor of NatCen’s annual British Social Attitudes reports series for over twenty years, and is a regular contributor to British and international media coverage of politics in the UK. Curtice is also Chief Commentator at two websites, whatscotlandthinks.org and whatukthinks.org/eu, that provide a comprehensive collection of materials on public attitudes towards (i) how Scotland should be governed, and (ii) the UK’s relationship with the EU, both of which subjects have recently been the subject of major referendums.
Ken Strasma
Ken Strasma is co-founder and CEO of Strategic Telemetry and Haystaq-DNA, firms that provide predictive analytics and strategic consulting services for political campaigns, corporations, non-profits and membership organizations. Strasma began his work in politics managing statewide and legislative campaigns in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 1996, he became research director of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, a political action committee that focused on providing geographic targeting to Democratic congressional campaigns. In 2003, he formed his own firm to bring individual level predictive analytics to political campaigns. Major political clients have included the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. Other political clients have included the Democratic National Committee, most major labor unions, and hundreds of gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and congressional campaigns. After the 2008 election, Ken expanded into commercial work. Based in part on the well-publicized success of the Obama campaign, corporate clients were eager to adopt the techniques that were proven in that campaign. Haystaq now works with a wide variety of commercial clients in industries including automotive, movies, television, professional sports, and retail. Haystaq clients have a combined market capitalization of more than 700 billion $USD. Haystaq has worked on a variety of international commercial and political projects, with clients in four continents.
Dr. Thomas Hofer

1996 University training in magazine journalism (news magazine profil/University of Vienna) 

2001 Mag. phil. in communication science, English at the University of Vienna 

2004 Master of Arts in Political Management, George Washington University, Washington D.C. 2005 Dr. phil. in communication science, University of Vienna 


1996 Freelance journalist for „profil“, „Falter“ (Vienna) 

1998 Editor at the news magazine „profil“ 

2004 Political consultant at „Kovar&Köppl“, Vienna 

2006 Managing partner at public consult/Vienna 

2008 Managing partner at H&P Public Affairs/Vienna 

2011 Fellow at the „Institut für Medienpolitik“ (IfM), Berlin 

Fields of expertise: 

Campaign management 

Message development/Storytelling 

Public Affairs/PR 

Media trainings 

Crisis- and Change management 

Frequent political commentator on Ausrtrian and American politics 

Teaches courses on campaign management at: 

University of Vienna 

FH Wien (journalism)

Peter Pomerantsev
Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee.

He writes for publications including the Financial Times, London Review of Books, Politico, Atlantic and many others. His book on Russian propaganda, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes. It is translated into over a dozen languages.

He is working on his next book, which looks at developments in the 'battle for hearts and minds' across the world.

He is the Director of Arena Programme at LSE, which is dedicated to overcoming polarisation and disinformation campaigns in today's media.

Patrick Heneghan
Patrick Heneghan is the former Executive Director of the Labour Party in the UK, where he was responsible across the country for elections, data, campaigns, field organisation and insight. The general election in 2017 was his fifth general election working for Labour where he played the leading role in the management of the campaign right across the UK. Over the last ten years Patrick has pioneered much of the advances in campaign techniques and technology in the UK, overseeing and managing the UK’s first online national elector database. He set up and managed the UKs first in house data led political targeting team and has in recent years ensured that digital campaigning became part of parcel of national political campaigns. He is currently working as a private consultant on how data led insight can deliver both better strategy and organisational change. 
Ivana Maric
Ivana Maric is political pundit from Bosnia and Herzegovina daring to criticizes government and opposition alike. Almost 20 years active in political life and cooperation with political parties as a Scientific Associate in the Konrad Adenauer Foundation office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She earned her Master᾿s Degree in Economics at the University of Sarajevo. Her field of interest is the impact of political propaganda on voting behavior. She has been holding lectures and consultations on elections campaign, public relations, communication, public appearances, political marketing, social media and other subjects. Her political analyses are often published in digital and print media, and she is almost a daily guest commentator on radio and television shows in B&H and beyond. She is also a social media influencer in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ivana is member of the Board of Directors of the Open Society Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina- British Embassy Fellowship Programme.
Chuck Rocha
Chuck Rocha is from Texas and began his career as a union worker. He became the youngest officer ever to be elected of Local 746 and was later was appointed as the National Political Director. In 2009, Chuck founded Solidarity Strategies, a political consulting firm that specializes in campaign services including mail, phones, media, and general consulting. Solidarity Strategies is a 100% minority owned and operated small business. Clients vary from VoteVets, the National Council of La Raza, to Bernie Sanders for President. He is a regular contributor to FOX News as a Latino vote expert and Democratic strategist and author of op-eds for the Hill and Huffington Post. Chuck currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the Hispanic Lobbyists Association and Demos. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union program and an elected member of the District of Columbia Democratic State 
Jim Arkedis
Jim Arkedis is the president of 4DPAC, a progressive national security-focused political action committee. On January 20, 4DPAC is launching the #PutUSFirst campaign to tell Donald Trump to divest of his businesses because his foreign conflicts of interest are a threat to our security.

From 2002-2007, Arkedis was a counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. From 2007-2012, he ran the Progressive Policy Institute's National Security Project. From 2013-present and in addition to 4DPAC, Arkedis has been an international political consultant and author, publishing his first co-authored book Political Mercenaries in 2014 by Palgrave MacMillan.

Raphael Minder
Raphael Minder has been based in Madrid as the Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times since April 2010. He has written extensively on the financial crisis' impact on Spain and Portugal and the resulting political tensions, including the secessionist drive in Catalonia. He has also covered social issues, like illegal migration and domestic violence in Spain, and writes about sports and culture, including the rivalry between Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona and efforts to complete Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. Born in Geneva in 1971, Raphael has been a full-time journalist since 1993, when he started working in Switzerland for Bloomberg News. He spent 10 years as a staff correspondent for the Financial Times, working in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and finally Hong Kong as the F.T.’s Asia regional correspondent. Raphael holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He also has a Master’s degree from the Columbia’s School of Journalism in New York. Raphael has always worked in English, but also speaks French, German and Spanish.
Sam Jeffers
Sam is the co-founder of Who Targets Me? an initiative to help voters understand how political parties are chasing their vote using Facebook advertising. The project ran during the 2017 UK General Election Campaign, garnering coverage by the BBC, all major national newspapers and international media including the New York Times and Vice. The project has also been run in Germany, Austria, Chile and is currently monitoring the Italian General Election campaign.

Sam also runs The Shop, a consultancy helping clients break through difficult business problems and test new ideas using collaborative five day “sprints”, rather than expensive, long-term consulting projects. Clients include the Royal Albert Hall, The Mayor of London and UNISON, the UK’s largest trade union.

Before founding Who Targets Me in 2017 and opening The Shop in 2016, Sam Jeffers spent 7 years at Blue State Digital (the agency that helped elect President Obama in 2008 and 2012) as UK Managing Director, then Executive Creative and Strategy Director.

Sam has led client engagements with Unilever, Mazda, Google, Lloyds, The Labour Party, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tate Gallery, British Museum, Manchester City Football Club and many more.

Prior to working at Blue State, Sam ran his own digital marketing agency, specialising in arts and entertainment clients.

As a young man, he played drums in experimental rock band, Fridge, who released five albums and toured the world.

He holds a First Class degree in International Relations from LSE and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Prof. Dr. Şahin Karasar
Prof. Dr. Şahin Karasar is the Rector of Maltepe University in Istanbul. Between 1990-2005 Prof. Dr. Karasar gave lectures in several universities across Turkey and overseas, such as Anadolu University, Gazi University, Kyrgyzs Turkish Manas University and Eastern Mediterranean University. In 2005, he became the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Maltepe University, and later was appointed as the Vice Rector. Between 2010-2013, Prof. Dr. Karasar was the Senior Vice President Responsible for Training at Turkish Airlines, serving also as the President of the Turkish Aviation Academy. Prof. Dr. Karasar is a trustee of Cihan Media, and a board member of Olay TV in Turkey. Since 2014, he has been serving as the Rector of Maltepe University in Istanbul.
Matthew McMillan
Matthew Alvarez McMillan is the President of BuzzMaker, an award winning political consulting firm specializing in eCampaign management, online advertising and full service international campaigns. He has helped clients raise tens of millions of dollars and mobilize millions of people to take action. He simultaneously serves as the head of the international division of DSPolitical.

Internationally, Mr. McMillan advises prominent political leaders in the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Central Asia and Europe. He has served as a general consultant on major national elections around the world. Domestically, he works with campaigns at all levels - from city council to the U.S. Senate – in two dozen states. In addition to his electoral work, he works with some of America's leading unions, advocacy organizations and charities, helping them mobilize activists, raise money and advance their message.

Mr. McMillan has won 49 Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for outstanding political communication and was named to the AAPC's 40 under 40. He has won five Reed Awards and been named a finalist for fourteen additional Reeds from Campaigns & Elections magazine. He was named a "Rising Star" in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections (2006) and was named to the Democratic Campaign Dream Team by Aristotle International (2010). Mr. McMillan sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and served as the Chairman of the organization's 46th Annual World Conference. He also served as the Chairman of the 2016 and 2017 American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Conference & Pollie Awards. He ran the first ever Africa Political Summit and helped found the Association of Political Consultants, Africa (APCAfrica).

In early 2007, Mr. McMillan took a leave of absence from BuzzMaker to serve as the Deputy to the Chief Technology Officer on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. Previously, he worked as the lead online writer for the Campaign for America's Future and as an account manager and writer at a leading Democratic direct mail firm.

Mr. McMillan holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Columbia University. In college, he was ranked among the top ten collegiate debaters in North America.

Simon McIntyre
Following 4 years as chief of staff to a Member of Parliament, Simon founded Elected Technologies to provide software solutions to those in and seeking elected office. Three and a half years later, Elected Technologies software is now used by elected representatives in 8 Parliaments around the world and half of all Westminster MPs. Their cloud based systems power digital incumbency for hundreds of Elected Representatives and hold data on tens of millions of voters, its software and tools have powered record breaking by-election wins in Australia and helped British politicians retain their seats in snap general elections.

Denise Baron
Denise is an experienced communications professional, political strategist, and behavioural science researcher with experience in American and British public policy and politics. Denise has been helping political candidates, governmental entities, political organisations, and businesses communicate complex messages to both large general and small targeted audiences since 2009. From working for Democrats in congressional swing districts to overseeing polling for the Liberal Democrats, Denise’s experience includes communications, field and digital programs, and public opinion research. Denise holds a B.A. the University of Notre Dame and a masters (MSc) in the psychology of political communication from the London School of Economics. By returning to graduate school in social psychology and behavioural science, Denise gained analytical and tactical insight to questions of human behaviour and cognition. Since finishing this degree in 2016, she has applied these quantitative and qualitative skills to her clients’ research needs in the US and UK.

Quintin Oliver
Quintin Oliver has a global reputation as a conflict resolution and referendums specialist, playing his part in the N. Ireland peace process and bringing a reflective approach to his strategic counsel.

He lived through the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, playing his part through the emerging third (non-profit) sector as a contributor to civil society developments that led to the seminal Good Friday / Belfast Agreement of 1998; he led the cross-party “YES” Campaign in the subsequent Referendum that sealed the agreement with an 82% turnout and 71% Yes vote.

At Stratagem NI his own political and lobbying consultancy he set up in Belfast after the Referendum - he has established credibility for making a real impact for those he works with, in connecting organisations to decision-makers and securing impact and results. He has worked closely with loyalist communities in the post-agreement phase of the Northern Irish conflict as they moved from paramilitary action to re-integration.

In 2007 he was appointed head of the secretariat of the Iraq Helsinki project that brought Irish and South African political leaders together with Iraqi politicians, in classic Track Two format from which emerged the Helsinki Principles that took root after their presentation in Baghdad.

The Forum for Cities in Transition invited Oliver’s participation in 2009 to lead its international secretariat (a venture between the John Joseph Moakley chair at the University of Massachusetts and the Northern Ireland Foundation)

He has also worked on the conflicts of Cyprus (including the 2004 and possible 2017 Referendum), Colombia (2016 areferendum), Kosovo, Israel / Palestine and Uganda. He has lectured, written and consulted on his experiences on four continents.

Oliver was a personal appointee of President Mary Robinson to the Council of State of Ireland.

He has also served as a plc non-executive director (eaga plc, 2004-2011), chairs a professional body The Consultation Institute, partners with Strictly Boardroomon high level governance matters, and as trustee of Scottish anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth.

Shaun Roberts
Director of Campaigns & Elections at the Liberal Democrats since 2016 – led party fightback increasing party’s representation and diversity at the 2017 General Election. Previously helped build Which?, the UK consumer Association, into one of the most effective campaign organisations in the UK. Over thirty years experience in political and non profit sector working on campaigns in the UK and around world.


Amparo Polo
Amparo Polo is the UK correspondent of Expansion, the Spanish financial newspaper. She moved to London in 2008 and she writes about politics, finance, business and technology. She also has two blogs in expansion.com: London Calling and Solo Brexit.

She has worked for Expansion since 1995 where she started as a trainee. Between 2004 and 2007 she worked as deputy editor of Actualidad Económica, the leading Spanish financial magazine. Before joining Expansion, she worked for radio station Cadena Ser and Heraldo de Aragón.

Amparo has a degree in Journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and holds an MBA for IE Business School.  

Her main areas of interest are technology, social media and women at work. She is married and has three children.

Reza Kazemi
Starting to be active in elections campaigns, since the age of 16, Reza Kazemi became one of the youngest professional campaign consultants in Europe, when managing campaigns on national level at the age of 22. Today, Reza Kazemi is well-known as one of the experts in political marketing and communication.

Practical Experiences: As a founder of Campaigns & Technology and Kazemi-Consulting, he has been active in several interesting campaigns throughout Europe. During the last decade, he assisted several candidates on local, regional and national level - including minister presidents, candidates for the German National and the European Parliament as well as Head of Parties. Together with their partner agency “The Leadership” and including especially local politics, they have been consulting more than 700 candidates, e.g. in Germany, Austria, France and the USA. Here they became well-known, because of implementing creative concepts and new campaigning ways to engage more voters into the process of political participation and decision making.

Technical Specialization: Combining his background in Political PR and Engineering, Reza Kazemi was the first person ever, to professionally implement modern campaign technologies, like e.g. the “TalkTOO!

Telefonversammlung”, an innovative tool for mass participation, into the German speaking countries. Using the results of empirical research, he has furthermore developed scientific ways and specialized in using e.g. Facial Expression Technologies, Eye-Tracking tools, Real-Time-Response (RTR) measurements and other technologies within election campaigns.

Scientific background: Reza Kazemi spent five years writing a PhD in Political Marketing and communication, having a focus on empirical research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. During the past years, he was running several empirical studies for analyzing effects of “Modern Marketing Methods on Candidate Images”. Furthermore he is holding a university Diploma in mechanical engineering and business administration. He received a scholarship from one of the major German foundations and became known as one of the fastest students in Germany. Furthermore in the past, he has conducted empirical studies, working together with the “Steinbeis Research Center for advertisement and communication”. Also in the past he has been holding several teaching assignments from the University of Ravensburg, where his lectures were on topics like e.g. “Implementation of commercial marketing tools into political campaigns” and “Political marketing” or “Behavioral Strategies in Election Campaigns”.

Sebastian Rodriguez
Sebastian Rodriguez is a London-based entrepreneur and founder of Rollout Democracy, a consulting firm specialized in political campaign technology. 

Rollout Democracy's vision is to put pro-European Union political organizations on the cutting edge of the digital age, by providing them with technology and strategy consulting services so that they can campaign for the values upon which the EU was founded: democracy, respect for human rights, equality, and peace.

He has been involved in several campaigns in the UK, including the last two general elections and referendum campaigns, and across continental Europe, including Spain, France, and Germany.

His clients include the European Movement UK, whose anti-Brexit campaign has been nominated as Best International Grassroots Campaign at the 2018 Reed Awards, and other pan-European campaigns on issues such as reforming the EU, protecting minority rights, and more.

Sebastian earned an MPA at the London School of Economics in 2017.

Vincent Moncenis
Vincent Moncenis is the President and co-founder of DigitaleBox, political communication and strategy software since 2013, DigitaleBox is currently used by over 300 elected officials in Europe and Africa.

Alumni from ESG Paris and Cal Lutheran University Los Angeles, Vincent Moncenis is an entrepreneur with 12 year experience in digital communication and former expat in Canada and USA.

James Tumbridge
James Tumbridge is recognised as a leader in data protection with wide jurisdictional experience having practiced as a litigation lawyer in England & Wales, the United States and Canada. James has extensive experience in intellectual property, commercial litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as matters of privacy and data protection. James regularly advises clients on a global basis on the structure and approach to data collection and holding, as well as international data transfers and compliance issues. He advises clients in drafting and negotiating data processing agreements, especially on a trans-Atlantic basis. James has experience of responding to law enforcement and regulator requests for data disclosure, as well as subject access requests. Additionally as a Chair of Police Tribunals, James has considered and ruled on data protection issues arising in the context of data and policy breaches. He is also a key advisor to those engaged in political campaigns and data compliance and Licensing Chairman for the City of London. 

James’ core practice is as head of litigation and the legal team of the specialist law firm Venner Shipley, one of the leading intellectual property firms in Europe. James’ work extends to data protection matters; compliance for politicians and political campaigns, advertising and promotions, as well as issues with data capture for those dealing in virtual currency and customer data. He has been an ad hoc advisor to various UK MPs and MEPs on a range of IP and dispute issues. Through his engagement with policy makers he has extensive Government relations experience and advises clients on how to prepare for legislative changes and regulation compliance. He is presently advising the Government on the proposed Data Bill that will implement the General Data Protection Regulation.

Toni Rodon
European Doctor by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics. I am also an Assistant Professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Spatial Social Science Lab, at the Stanford University (2014-2016) and at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

I did my Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences and a Master in Political and Social Sciences at the UPF. I have also been a visiting student at Nuffield College (University of Oxford), at the Institute for Social Change (University of Manchester) and at the Juan March Foundation (Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences).

My research interests include ideology, electoral participation, political geography and political parties, as well as public opinion and the study of nationalism.

Graham Godwin-Pearson
Graham Godwin-Pearson is a co-founder of Democra, an online campaigning consultancy based in the UK. Democra specialises in website solutions for political parties, government and think tanks. As well as single websites, Democra's 'Infinity' product allows hundreds or even thousands of political websites to be built, themed and maintained almost instantly, with national control over brand and local control over content.

The first outing for this model was the Conservative Party, for whom Graham's team of developers rebuilt 240 websites in 2010. From receiving the brief, 'Bluetree' took just 2 weeks to launch. Since then, the portfolio has grown to around 700 websites, including senior Cabinet Ministers. Graham works with political consultants and parties to ensure that everyone from the Digital Director to grassroots activists have the tools and skills to utilise the Internet for political campaigning as effectively as possible.

Graham has been involved in politics since 2001, from delivering leaflets to coordinating media to standing as a political candidate himself. Graham is the board member of EAPC.
Gail Tuzzolo
Gail Tuzzolo is an experienced campaign manager, consultant and strategist working across the American west in dozens of states. She is a specialist in grassroots and field-based strategies to target voters and build broad-based coalitions for progressive change. As an advocate for worker's rights, she works closely with labor unions such as the AFL-CIO to pursue an agenda for better economic opportunity for all Americans. Gail has trained women candidates in the US and abroad and is deeply committed to increasing the political participation of women in politics.
Rick Ridder
Rick Ridder is President and Co-Founder of RBI Strategies and Research, a former presidential campaign manager and a senior consultant for six other presidential campaigns, Rick has consulted for numerous U.S. Congressional, gubernatorial, and state and local initiative campaigns. Internationally, he has worked in over 23 nations including the successful campaigns of six heads of state. His firm is one of the few firms to win Pollie Awards (the Oscars of the political industry) for creative efforts, technology applications, and management capabilities (International Consultant of the Year). Rick has also been recognized with the “Award of Achievement” from the Gleitsman Foundation for “commitment and leadership initiating social change.” He has written for “Salon,” “Campaigns and Elections,” “Australian Financial Review, “RealClear Politics,” and “The Denver Post”. He has appeared on “The Daily Show,” all major US networks, the BBC, Australian Broadcasting and a number of foreign broadcast networks. His book, Looking for Votes in All the Wrong Places, received top honors for “Humor” and “Politics” from the Colorado Independent Publishers Book Association. Rick holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, a M.S. from Boston University, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and business partner, Joannie Braden.
Vuk Vukovic
I am the co-founder and Director of Oraclum Intelligence Systems, a Cambridge-based company that uses the power of social networks and big data to predict election outcomes and uncover patterns of consumer behavior.

In addition to my role as Director of Oraclum I am completing a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College.

I hold a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, in the field of political economy. I received my BA in economics from the University of Zagreb, from which I graduated magna cum laude. During my studies I attended summer schools at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard University. I was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Clare College during the summer of 2013. I am happily married and a father of two boys.

Shane Greer
Shane is a media entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-owner of Campaigns & Elections, a B2B publishing and events business that serves the political campaign industry.

He co-founded Total Politics magazine in the UK in 2008. In the years following, he built the title into a broader media group through organic growth and the acquisition of numerous other publications and events businesses. The group was sold in 2012.

In 2011 he was recognized by Square Mile magazine as one of the Top 30 people under the age of 30 in London. In 2016 the Irish Echo recognized him as one of the 40 Under 40 Irish and Irish American’s distinguishing themselves in their field. He is the author of two books and a recovering British political pundit.

Shane lives in Washington, DC with his wife Brittany and their three-year-old daughter.
Bethan Francis
Bethan has managed fundraising and voter contact programs as an account manager and then Client Service Director at the UK’s largest progressive phone agency, Pell & Bales and is now at Strategic Communications (Stratcom), where she is currently working with CEO Bob Penner to build Stratcom’s UK and European presence, establishing Stratcom’s London and Brighton offices, and managing the UK client portfolio. Stratcom is full service political consulting and service firm, specializes shaping political strategies and in the provision of opinion research, fundraising and engagement tools. Over the past 25 years, Stratcom has developed numerous successful new campaign techniques and strategies. Services include political polling, voter contact programs, digital and phone fundraising, telephone town halls, and broadcast voice message calls. Stratcom works in Canada, the U.S. and the UK, and other countries and has helped hundreds of political candidates, unions and nonprofit groups run more successful campaigns.
Bess Mayhew
Bess is More United’s CEO and one of the co-founders behind the movement. She initially spent several months juggling volunteering for the movement around her full-time job, but in November 2016 she left her job at Ogilvy to dedicate all of her time and energy to turning More United from kitchen table dream into powerful political force. Her background is in policy, digital strategy and communications.
Dr. Vitali Shkliarov
Vitali Shkliarov is a US-Russia expert, award-winning political consultant and adviser to the current Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak. He lives in Washington, D.C. and has worked on both Barack Obama's and Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns.

He is an experienced professional, networker and entrepreneur with a unique global perspective on international relations, politics, elections, foreign policy, the EU and Russian market. Qualified and experienced to lead individuals and organizations into new sectors.
Evgeny Minchenko
Evgeny Minchenko is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MINCHENKO CONSULTING Communication Group.

Mr. Minchenko is responsible for the overall management of each of three companies within MINCHENKO CONSULTING: PR Agency “New Image”, International Institute for Political Expertise and the Government Relations Agency “Michenko GR Consulting”. He has been in the business of policy analysis, political consulting and public relations since 1993.

Mr. Minchenko is the top political analyst in Russia, a successful lobbyist and a sought after political consultant. He managed over 200 successful political campaigns in Russia and abroad, provided his expertise to a number of established international corporations, served as an advisor to many Russian government agencies, and participated in numerous successful national, regional and international research projects. In 2006, he founded and was the First Chairman of the Government Relations Committee under the auspices of the Russian Public Relations Association, and since 2015 he is the Chairman of the Political Consulting Committee of the Association. Mr. Minchenko gives lectures at the Moscow State University, Faculty of World Politics, is a member of the National Academy of Social Expertise in Russia.

Mr. Minchenko holds MA in history from the Chelyabinsk State University and studied Political Psychology at the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.

He is the author of three books: How to Become and Remain a Governor (2001), The Art of Political Consulting and Campaign Management: Experience of Russian Political Consultants; and How to Win Elections in the United States, the Great Britain and the European Union: a Campaign Management Analysis (2015).

Mr. Minchenko is also a co-author of a series of studies on the specificities of elections in the United States, European Union and the Great Britain, a co-author of the Governors’ Political Survival Rating in the Russian Federation, an author of over 100 publications on political consulting and lobbyism, and the creator of Politburo 2.0 analytical model of social interactions and decision-making among the Russian elites.
Howard Dean
Governor Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor and physician, currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

Dean serves as a MSNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America, a progressive online organization with one million members nation wide. DFA works to elect more progressive candidates to local, state and national office by providing the tools to create change.

Dean Currently serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, a democracy building organization chaired by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He has extensive experience in Southeastern Europe including in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Balkans. He has also has an extensive knowledge of Iraqi and Iranian affairs, and has spent time in China and Myanmar as a result of his NDI activities. He has been active in anti human trafficking efforts in Asia and in the United States. He lectures frequently in Europe, and is currently teaching a course on the Politics of American Foreign Policy at the Jackson Institute at Yale. He also teaches at Hofstra University’s Kalikow Institute for the Study of the Presidency and the University of Vermont.

Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean served as Governor for 12 years - the second longest serving in the state.

Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.

As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. Dean is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.

Before entering politics, Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.


He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.

Drew Westen
Drew Westen, Ph.D. is a psychologist and neuroscientist and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. He is also the founder of Westen Strategies, a strategic messaging firm. Dr. Westen is the author of three books and over 200 articles, including The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, which has influenced campaigns and elections around the world. He frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio, television, on venues such as Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and the Charlie Rose Show on PBS. He also writes opinion pieces for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, and the Huffington Post. He is a periodic columnist for the New York Times and Sunday Review. Dr. Westen has advised a range of organizations, from presidential campaigns, to nonprofits, to the Democratic Caucuses of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 
Angelika Mlinar
Angelika Mlinar is an Austrian politician, lawyer and entrepreneur. She worked for the European Commission in Slovenia during enlargement before she became programme manager at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development in Vienna. She was also the Secretary-General of the Council of Carinthian Slovenes in Austria, where she established her own business. She is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. As member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, she is focusing on migration and asylum policy and has organised several fact-finding missions to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. She actively promotes Human and Women’s rights and speaks up for a united and strong Europe. She is also a vice-president of NEOS – Das Neue Österreich, and president of NEOS Lab, the group's think-tank and academy.
Jim Margolis
Jim works at the intersection of politics, advertising and advocacy on behalf of candidates, foundations, government agencies and corporate clients. He served as senior advisor to President Obama in both the former President's campaigns for the White House, leading each cycle¹s half-billion dollar advertising effort and helping direct the campaign as part of the core strategic team. Jim also co-produced the two Obama Presidential Inaugurals and both of Mr. Obama¹s national conventions. In the 2016 presidential election, Jim served as senior advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, leading her paid advertising effort and producing the 2016 Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Nationally, Jim has earned one of the best win/loss records of any consultant in America, helping elect senators and governors from every region of the country. And overseas, Jim has directed presidential and prime ministerial contests in Latin America, Africa, Central America, Europe, and Asia.

In the business and philanthropy world, Jim has advised America¹s top corporations and nonprofits, including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cisco Systems, The Center for the Next Generation, L’Oréal, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, AFSCME, VISA, and AT&T.


Over the years, Jim has been honored with dozens of awards and gained national and international recognition for his work. Before joining GMMB, Jim served as a top appointee in both the US Senate and US House.

Safak Pavey
Şafak Pavey is a Turkish parliamentarian representing Istanbul for the main opposition social democratic party CHP; serving as a member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly and UN independent expert. During her 3 terms as an MP, she held a number of senior parliamentary and party elected-political positions as the Deputy Speaker of Turkish Parliament, Vice-chair of Turkey-EU Accession Committee and Vice-Chair of CHP for the Social and Ecological Policy. Pavey is known for her international & national policy work in the field of humanitarian affairs, human rights, peacebuilding and governance of diversity with a background of diplomacy and politics. Prior to winning a parliamentary seat in 2011, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Refugee Agency, holding managerial positons and as an external relations, communications expert at their HQs and on humanitarian missions in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Central Europe. In 2012, Pavey was honored with ‘International Woman of Courage Award’ by the US State Department presented by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. Pavey was selected as a 2015 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and 2016 Munich Young Leader by Koerber Stiftung for Munich Security Conference and is a member of European Council on Foreign Relations.
Ivan Krastev
Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna.

He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a Contributing Opinion Writer of The New York Times. His latest books in English are “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, May 2014); “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013).

He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics. His book “After Europe” is forthcoming in English (Penn Press, 2017) and in German (Suhrkamp, 2017).
Bo Krogvig
Bo Krogvig is the Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for Luossavaara – Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag, LKAB.

LKAB is an international and high-tech mining and minerals group that mines and upgrades the unique iron ore of northern Sweden for the global steel market. Sustainability is core to our business and our ambition is to be one of the industry’s most innovative, resource-efficient and responsible companies. The group had sales of more than SEK 16 billion in 2015 and employs about 4,500 people in 14 countries. Other group business include industrial minerals, drilling systems, rail transport, rockwork services and property management.

Mr Krogvig has served as public affairs and corporate communications adviser in 38 countries, directly advising heads of states and businesses on strategy, communications and public affairs. Mr Krogvig has a key understanding of the importance of sparking dialogue between stakeholders within both the private and public sector and in the basic as well as non-basic industry. Bo Krogvig joined LKAB in 2014.

He has two children and lives in Sundbyberg, Sweden with his wife .

Philippe Moreau Chevrolet
• Communication Expert mentored by Natalie Rastoin at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.

• Associate Writer for Slate.fr and The Huffington Post

• Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris on "Political Communication in Contemporary Democracies"

• Regular commentator for BBC World, France 2, France 5, BFMTV, I>Télé, LCI, Canal +, France 24, Public Sénat, France Info, RTL, Europe 1, RMC, Sud Radio, Le Monde, Le Parisien and Le Figaro, among others.

• Graduate of the CFJ journalism school in Paris

• Former Journalist for La Tribune. Former programme director for the TV channels TF1, France 5 and Arte

• Former Editorial Director for the publishing house La Martinière – Le Seuil

Heather Grabbe
Dr. Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations established by George Soros. From 2004-2009 she was Senior Advisor to European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible in his Cabinet for the Balkans and Turkey. Before joining the Commission, she was Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, working with Charles Grant on a wide range of European issues. Her academic experience includes research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and teaching at the London School of Economics. Her publications include Can the EU Survive Populism? (with Stefan Lehne, 2016, Carnegie Europe) and The EU's Transformative Power: Europeanisation through Conditionality in Central and Eastern Europe (2006, Palgrave).
Jakob Ohlsson
Jakob Ohlsson is a consultant with an unusual CV. As a self-taught activist-turned-entrepreneur he founded Reform Act – the first agency in Scandinavia focusing exclusively on political campaigns.

As Scandinavia’s leading innovator in political campaigns, Jakob has had the role of introducing modern campaign tactics and technology in a political environment that lags 5, perhaps 10 years behind the American political space. Working mostly in Scandinavian countries, but with clients in other Western European countries as well, Jakob has focused on the digital side of grassroots driven campaigns and trying to fuse digital with field.

Jakob was head of Studio 68, the Swedish Social Democratic Party's secret in-house agency; his responsibility was to scale modern american campaign tactics to a country of 10 million people with different culture and legal framework.

Jakob has won multiple Reed Awards and Pollie Awards for his work and has been awarded a Rising Star by Campaigns & Election Magazine as well as a 40 Under 40 award by the AAPC. He worked as a consultant for the GroenLinks campaign in Netherlands, building their online fundraising from scratch and helped increasing their share of the vote four times.

Amy Pritchard
Amy Pritchard is a political consultant and social entrepreneur specializing in campaign strategy for electoral candidates, parties, advocacy campaigns and nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally for political parties, civil society, and socially responsible businesses. She has been a leader in the Democratic and Progressive movement in the US for over 30 years - and worked internationally on democracy and governance for more than 20.

She is the founder and President of the Board of Democratic GAIN – an association she created in 2003 which supports Democratic and Progressive Political Professionals - individuals and organizations - through training, professional development, and employment networking. One of the United States leading experts on initiatives and referenda, Pritchard is a founder of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, an organization that provides strategic guidance to progressive ballot measures. From 1997-1998 Pritchard served as the Midwest and Northeast Political Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2003-4 she took a leave from consulting to serve full time as National Political Director of the Democratic National Committee.

Pritchard works independently and through AP Campaigns a boutique-consulting firm. She is also a senior strategist with Mission Control, a political direct mail firm working with Democratic candidates, party committees, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions and non-profit groups for ten years. Her services focus on print communications, direct mail, marketing, digital organizing, skills training, strategic planning, capacity building, and program management - focused on elections, advocacy, and governance. She recently she serves as the Voter Contact Director for For Our Future, an Independent Expenditure campaign for the Presidential Campaign and Senate races in seven states. For Our Future spent over 55 million dollars on field and voter contact working directly with 180 national and local issue based non-profit organizations (NGOs) in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

Internationally she has worked as staff, consultant, and trainer for the National Democratic Institute, Women’s Campaign International, Democracy International, and the McCain Institute in Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Rwanda, Congo, Jordan, Burma, Indonesia, Venezuela, the Netherlands, and Kenya. Pritchard’s trainings focus on voter contact, electoral organizing, message development, communications, social media, polling, research, and more.

Currently, she is working to launch a new non-profit initiative platform called Global GAIN to connect US and international political and advocacy activists and leaders to each other and with projects promoting women and children around the world.

Since November, I’ve been devastated by the loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and still processing how best channel my positive energies to fight his policies at home and around the world. I know it will remain a combination of work domestically and internationally promoting women candidates and leaders and am excited to focus on Fempo. I have a passion for training and promoting women and young candidates and civil society leaders. I especially like to teach electoral campaigning and legislative advocacy in developing countries. I am particular interest in East Africa and very excited to work and help launch FemPo.

Daniel Urena

Managing Partner at MAS Consulting Group, a public affairs firm that provides strategic support to senior management in corporate, political and institutional fields. The company offers its advisory services to corporations, governments, political leaders and civil society organizations.

Daniel has recently been recognized by british The Holmes Report as Innovator 25 EMEA 2016, an international group of "individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in an era of dramatic marketing and communications disruption". Ureña was the first Spanish consultant to be recognised as a Rising Star by US magazine Campaigns & Elections, and to win the American Association of Political Consultants' (AAPC) Pollie Award. President at The Hispanic Council, a think tank that promotes relations between the US Hispanic community and Spain and President at ACOP (Political Communication Association).

As guest speaker, Daniel has been invited by entities like Harvard University, The Brookings Institution, OSCE, The George Washington University, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, International Democratic Union, etc. in countries like USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Morocco, etc.

Celinda Lake
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Celinda and her firm are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education, and have worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor's Association (DGA), The White House Project, AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, IAFF, Sierra Club, NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, EMILY's List and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Her work has also taken her to advise fledgling democratic parties in several post-war Eastern European countries, including Bosnia, and South Africa. In 2008, Celinda worked as pollster for Vice President Biden.

Since its formation, Lake Research Partners has become one of the most respected Democratic polling firms in the country. The firm's work has moved the progressive agenda forward on a variety of issues. Working against the conservatives, Celinda’s research demonstrated that the phrase "religious political extremists” was much more communicative than the vernacular "religious right." In the healthcare arena, her research showed that talking about "reducing health care costs" and the 8 out of 10 working families without adequate health insurance was key. Her interviews and statistics have been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal as well as a variety of magazines, including Newsweek, Glamour and Marie Claire, and Celinda has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and NPR, discussing her work and providing expert commentary.

Celinda is one of the nation's foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues to women voters. American Politics calls Celinda a "super-strategist or, better yet, the Godmother," and Working Woman says she is "arguably the most influential woman in her field." She is renowned for her groundbreaking research on single women voters in conjunction with Women's Voices Women Vote and has helped elect numerous female candidates, including Barbara Mikulski, the "Dean" of Women Senators, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Blanche Lincoln, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, Patricia Madrid the first Hispanic woman Attorney General in New Mexico, and Carol Moseley-Braun in her historic victory to become the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate. Celinda also works for Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House.

Celinda has a long record of defeating incumbents, including races for Donna Edwards who beat Albert Wynn, Jerry McNerney who beat Richard Pombo, Tim Walz who defeated Gil Gutknecht, and previously Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, both of whom beat incumbents. Recently two more incumbents fell at Celinda’s hands: Conrad Burns who lost to Jon Tester in Montana in 2006, and Ted Stevens who lost to Mark Begich in Alaska in 2008. Also in 2006, Celinda was an integral part of the successful effort to help Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

Lake Research Partners has a long history of successful initiative campaigns. In 2008, Celinda polled in California to beat parental notification initiatives three times in a row. In 2006, Celinda helped with successful minimum wage campaigns in five states and was the pollster on the first successful effort to defeat an anti-gay marriage initiative in Arizona. During the 1992 election cycle, Celinda oversaw focus group research for the Clinton/Gore campaign and served as a general consultant throughout the campaign. Celinda is also credited with identifying key voter groups including Reagan seniors, NASCAR dads, waitress moms, the marriage gap and generation D. In 2005 she and Kellyanne Conway published What Women Really Want with the Free Press.

Prior to forming Lake Research Partners, Celinda was partner and vice president at Greenberg-Lake. Her earlier experience includes serving as Political Director of the Women's Campaign Fund, as the Research Director at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as a Policy Analyst for the Subcommittee on Select Education.

Celinda, a native of Montana and one of the political world's most avid whitewater rafters, holds a master’s degree in political science and survey research from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a certificate in political science from the University of Geneva, in Switzerland. Celinda received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumna Medal by the College.

Jim Walsh
Few have done more to democratize political technology than Jim Walsh, co-founder and CEO of DSPolitical.

He started out working on the local level for the South Carolina Democratic Party and a variety of campaigns in senior communications positions. Early on, he recognized the important role technology was beginning to play in our politics.

It was this passion for finding new technologies that could give Democrats an advantage that led him to Salsa Labs as Vice President. There he created product strategies that put email fundraising and web development tools into the hands of thousands of Democratic campaigns that might have otherwise been unable to afford them. Moreover, his work was directly responsible for Democratic party organizations adding millions to their online supporter lists.

Jim left to keep building the digital advertising and fundraising capabilities of Democratic campaigns, founding Rising Tide Interactive, which provides innovative digital communications, organizing, and fundraising strategies and DSPolitical, the nation’s leading voter targeted digital ad network.

Under Jim's leadership, DSPolitical become a real force to be reckoned with on the political left, providing “online ad sophistication to match Obama’s,” according to The Washington Post. Rising Tide Interactive has elected numerous senators and governors, and raised millions for campaigns and organizations fighting for social change.

Jim's vision has pushed DSPolitical's platform down the ballot to put presidential-level ad targeting on down to local races, and expanded overseas. In 2014 DSPolitical launched its award-winning self-service platform DemocraticAds.com working with more than 1,000 campaigns in all 50 states. And in 2015 DSPolitical launched its international arm, to power digital electoral campaigns in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and more."

Michael Crowley
Michael Crowley is senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico, covering foreign policy and national security from Washington. He has chronicled Obama administration policy on issues like Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, ISIS, the conflict in Ukraine and relations with China. He also writes about the foreign policy views and advisors of the 2016 presidential candidates. Prior to joining Politico in 2014, Crowley was chief foreign affairs correspondent for Time. Crowley has reported from around the world, including Iraq, China, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon and Ukraine. His work has been featured in Best American Political Writing, and he is a regular commentator on television and radio, including on CBS, CNN, NPR, PBS and MSNBC. Crowley has also worked at The New Republic and The Boston Globe and has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, New York, Slate, GQ and several other publications. He is a 1994 graduate of Yale University.
Scott Goodstein
Scott Goodstein, the founder and CEO of Revolution Messaging, has spent the past decade pioneering digital strategy and technology for political campaigns and progressive causes across the country. He led digital strategy and operations for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and Kamala Harris' 2016 senate campaign. Previously, Goodstein led social media and mobile strategy for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign where he developed social networking and mobile platforms for what was arguably the biggest, most effective grassroots organizing campaign of modern times and a watershed moment for the use of digital technology in politics. Notably, he created and implemented Obama Mobile, an advanced communication tool featuring text messaging, downloads, interactive voice response communication, a mobile web site (WAP) and an iPhone App. He also developed the campaign’s lifestyle marketing strategy, including the “street team” materials used in battleground states.

Goodstein has worked with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, SEIU, and the NAACP, among other organizations. He has been involved in more than two dozen progressive political initiatives. In 2004, Goodstein co-founded Punkvoter and Rock Against Bush, which became a $4 million young voter mobilization effort. He has conducted political trainings for the National Democratic Institute, UNICEF, Democracy for America, the Campaign Management Institute and the New Organizing Institute. He has given presentations at Columbia, American University, George Washington University and Georgetown. He has been a featured panelist at the Brookings Institute, the Milken Institute and Personal Democracy Forum. Goodstein has been invited to give keynote speeches in Australia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Russia and Singapore.

Regina Joseph
Regina Joseph is the founder of Sibylink (http://www.sibylink.com), an international consultancy based in The Hague and New York devoted to providing strategic foresight on global issues through forecasting tournaments, futures-oriented analysis, training coursework and digital solutions development. In November 2016, Joseph launched the world’s first cross-agency forecasting tournament for The Netherlands as part of Sibylink’s proprietary strategic foresight training program, thus adding to forecasting tournaments Joseph has already devised and launched for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), among others. Joseph is also co-founder of Pytho, a New York-based decision-science consultancy, which builds digital tools like NEUERTM, a quantified structural analytic technique she invented and on which she has a patent pending. Joseph is a member of the faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs’ Masters program, where, as Futures Fellow, she launched a Futures Lab in 2015. Joseph works closely with IBM Watson, and at NYU, she developed the school’s first courses in teaching cognitive computing to non-computer scientists. As part of her work, Joseph is using the IBM Watson supercomputer to deliver the first cognitive computing applications around matters of geopolitics and security. Joseph is a Good Judgment Superforecaster and was a Senior Consultant on the research team on the IARPA-funded Good Judgment Project (www.goodjudgmentproject.com). She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow, Future Security Foresight for the Clingendael Institute, a think tank based in The Hague, The Netherlands and continues to produce futures-based assessments for both the public and private sector. The organizations she has advised and trained include the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice, the OSCE, NATO and the UN, among others. In her career, Joseph has been recognized as both a pioneer and thought leader in both the analog and digital world: she was the founder and editor-in-chief of Blender, the world’s first digital magazine (delivered on CD-ROM disc); she has produced many technical firsts in the field of digital media and telecommunications; and she has also held numerous positions as a journalist and editor for traditional media companies ranging from Forbes, to Hearst to Time Warner. She continues to contribute to a variety of publications and media outlets, including the International Relations & Security Network at ETH-Zurich, Foreign Policy, Reuters and many others. Joseph is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and she received her B.A. from Hamilton College in English with highest honors (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa), and her Masters degree (M. Sci) in International Relations from New York University. 
John McTernan
John McTernan (born 1959) was a British Labour Party political adviser, political strategist and commentator. 

McTernan was Prime Minister Tony Blair's Director of Political Operations from 2005 to 2007. He then worked on the November 2007 Australian Labor Partyfederal election campaign. From 2007 to 2010 he was special adviser to two Cabinet Ministers in Gordon Brown's Labour Government: first to Des Browne, Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Defence. and then to Jim Murphy MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland from 2008 until May 2010. From June 2010 to October 2011 he was a columnist at The Scotsman, and then director of communications for the Australian Labor prime minister, Julia Gillard, from September 2011 to June 2013. He was Chief of Staff to the 2014–2015 leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, who resigned after the Labour Party lost all but one seat in Scotland, including Murphy's, in the 2015 general election.

Rick Ridder
Rick Ridder, President and Co-Founder of RBI Strategies and Research. A former presidential campaign manager and a senior consultant for five other presidential campaigns, Rick has consulted for numerous U.S. Congressional, gubernatorial, and state and local initiative campaigns.

Internationally, he has worked in 20 countries including the successful campaigns of four heads of state. He is a past President of the IAPC and his firm has received the Pollie Award as International Consultant of the Year. RBI with its over eight Pollies for their creative work is one of the few firms to win a Pollie both for management and creative efforts. Rick has also been recognized with the “Award of Achievement” from the Gleitsman Foundation “in recognition of commitment and leadership initiating social change.”

Rick holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, a M.S. from Boston University, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.
Felipe Noguera
Felipe Noguera and his firm, FNC, specialize in bringing global technology - plus his experience - to campaigns, governments, civil society, business organizations, think tanks, and advocacy groups. He has served as general consultant, strategist and pollster to over forty presidential campaigns in twelve countries, and as advisor to sixteen heads of state.

Over the past 20 years, his work took him to studying and combatting populism, first in Latin America, and more recently on a Global scale. He is currently embarked on a project to share his insights and learn more through a series of international conferences and workshops.

Former Chairman (2014-15) and President (2012-13) of IAPC, the International Association of Political Consultants, and founding president of ALACOP. First foreigner recognized by AAPC as “International Political Consultant of the Year” (2001), and for “Best International Public Affairs Campaign” (2004). At the EAPC conference in Vienna in 2010, his lecture was on “Understanding Emotions as Alternative Rationalities”.

His academic background combines Mathematics at Balliol College, Oxford, with Economics, Sociology, and an Eisenhower Fellowship on public policy and U.S. presidential campaigns. He lectures and has published pares and co-authored books on Strategic Thinking, Political Analysis, and Communications Research.
Matilda Flemming

Matilda leads EWL’s Women in Decision-making campaigns – aiming to put women at the heart of decision making in politics and business. Together with EWL members she designs EWL’s campaign for the 2019 European Parliament Elections.


Before joining EWL, Matilda led the successful civil society campaign for UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security at UNOY Peacebuilders. She has been in the leadership of a party political European-wide organization where she focused on strengthening the role of young women in politics, and she has advised the Council of Europe on youth participation as member of its Advisory Council on Youth.


She is a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and holds an MA in Development Studies – with a specialization in feminist economics - from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is originally Finnish, but have spent the last seven years in the Netherlands.

Marko Rakar

Marko Rakar (1972) is a Chief executive manager of the consulting company MRAK services ltd headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia.


Rakar has a lifelong experience in working/writing for media as well as dealing with the media. He combines his media knowledge with new technologies and was one of the earliest internet adopters in Croatia. He is a recognized lecturer and consultant the subjects of organisation, internet, new media as well as politics and statistics.


Rakar ran or participated as consultant on a number of successful campaigns and races for organisations, parties and independent candidates on presidential, parliament and muncipal elections in Europe, Asia and US.


He had worked on projects for various international institutions such as Council of Europe, European Fund for the Balkans, United Nations Development Programme, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), World Bank, Transparency International, U.S. State Department, Olof Palme International Center, Open Government Partnership and the Croatian Government. He has been for several years member of the jury for the Pollies award of the American Association of Political Consultants and a member of the jury for the World eDemocracy awards.


In his work with governments and corporations he worked as a data scientist and architect of advanced statistical, BI and predictive analytics systems designed to identify, prevent, and/or disrupt criminal and fraudulent activities, predict customer behaviour, increase process efficencies and simplify decision making.


Rakar studied Philosophy and Information sciences, University of Zagreb, speaks english fluently and is regular collumnist and author to a number of blogs, web sites, newspapers and magazines in Croatia and internationaly.

He is also recognized by World eGovernment forum as one of the "Top 10 who are changing the world of politics on the internet". Marko Rakar is a president of EAPC (Europan association of political consultants), secretary of IAPC (International association of political consultants), "School of politics" alumni (by Council of Europe), non-government expert on the subjects of open governance and data transparency and president of Croatian NGO Vjetrenjača (english: Windmill) which is dedicated to bringing transparency and promoting open governance to Croatian and international public.


Since 2012. he is also a junior fellow at the World academy of arts and sciences. In 2013. Marko Rakar received „Informatika“ medal awarded by Croatian Information Technology Association. This medal is given to the organisations and individuals for achieved results in expanding and promoting information tehcnologies.

Catherine Fieschi
Catherine Fieschi is Counterpoint’s Executive Director. In 2011, when she founded the company, her first objective was to draw attention to the social and cultural dynamics that underpin political risk but seldom receive the attention they deserve. A political scientist Catherine believes that rigorous social and cultural analysis can help leaders make better decisions, in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to founding Counterpoint, Catherine was Director of Research at The British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organisation. She led the organisation’s work on the uses of ‘soft power’ in international relations, developed its work on digital culture as an instrument of social and political change, and set up their programme on Islam and Europe.

Between 2005 and 2008 Catherine was the Director of Demos, the leading London-based think tank. At Demos, she oversaw the development of the organisation’s programme of work on radicalisation and the emergence of its work on European populisms. She also coordinated its work across the world on public service reform.

Catherine advises business and political leaders around the world. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College in Singapore; and a Senior Fellow of the London School of Economics. She is also involved in the strategic evaluation of UK universities’ social science research output in her role as assessor and advisor to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) of the Higher Education Funding Council.

Catherine is the author of numerous journal articles, as well as essays on extremism, mobilisation and identity politics. In 2008 she published In the Shadow of Democracy, an in-depth analysis of contemporary populism and its impact on institutions. She is currently writing two monographs–one on 21st century populism, and one on the trials and delights of being a European.

She frequently provides expert analysis for both the national and international media including BBC television and radio, Sky News, and Reuters, as well as other European and American outlets. A former contributing editor for Prospect Magazine, Catherine has a regular column in the Chatham House magazine, The World Today. She is also a trustee of European Alternatives, a transnational civil society organisation that promotes alternative means of citizen engagement and participation.

Catherine holds a PhD in Comparative Political Science from McGill University. She has lived in Italy, Senegal, France, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Benoit Vancauwenberghe
Benoit Vancauwenberghe is a creative director and a raging storm of ideas, words and motivation.

His goal in the world of advertising? Changing as much as possible.

To do this you need to inspire the people that will power the world in the future.

That’s why he founded 20Something, a creative agency that doesn’t work for gen Y but works with them.

Youngsters are put in the lead and experience the agency life 100%.

He woke up as a 35-year-old creative director without an office, someone else driving his company car and an intern leading the biggest client meeting of the year.
Andrés Miguel Rondón
Andrés Miguel Rondón is a Venezuelan economist living in Madrid. Alumni of UWC Atlantic College and Edinburgh University. A citizen of nowhere apart from his native Caracas, was 8 years old when Hugo Chávez began his populist Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela 18 years ago. Voracious reader of poltical philosophy, economic papers, Russian literature and all other kinds of modern searches of meaning. 

Andrés Miguel is a free-lance writer for different media, in both digital and print, including the Washington Post where he recently wrote an article comparing Trump's populism to Chávez' that went viral with over a million interactions.

Carol McDonald
Carol is the CEO of Meridian Solutions and Senior Strategist at 76 Words. She is a seasoned activist, strategist and story teller based in Washington, DC with over 20 years experience in electoral politics, issue advocacy, event-planning, and coalition-building. Before her work as a communications consultant, Carol founded the Strategic Partnerships Department at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and served as its first director. In addition, during her decade-long tenure with the organization, Carol managed the field campaign around the campaign for the Affordable Care Act, a public education campaign in partnership with the Kaiser Foundation and MTV titled, “Get Yourself Tested” and helped expand the organization’s presence in the deep South.

In 2007 Carol took a leave of absence from PPFA to join Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign where she served as Deputy Political Director in Iowa.

Carol serves her community as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of Higher Heights for America which works to elevate the political leadership of African American women, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Institute which advocates for sexual justice in faith communities . She also volunteers with Stone Soup Films, a DC-based collective of visual artists who create pro-bono promotional films for local non-profit organizations.

Nicolas Baygert
Nicolas Baygert holds a PhD in Information and Communication at CELSA (Paris IV-Sorbonne) and at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He teaches at Sciences Po Paris, the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and at the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS), where he leads PROTAGORAS, a Think Tank dedicated to political and public communication.
Guillaume Liegey
Guillaume Liegey is the co-founder and CEO of LMP (Liegey Muller Pons). LMP’s mission is to transform public opinion campaign and polling techniques by combining technology, data and human to organise large-scale direct contact campaigns. Technology has been used by over 500 political campaigns in Europe, notably En Marche, Emmanuel Macron's political movement.

Prior to LMP, Guillaume was National Field Director for François Hollande's 2012 presidential campaign. He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches a course on electoral campaigns. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard.
Bruno Jeanbart
Bath University (UK), BSC Economics and Politics (1991), Graduate from Sciences Po Paris (1993) Master of Sociology, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1994).

21 years experience as a Pollster in political and social research. Expert in electoral issues. Developed at OpinionWay online political polling, allowing this company to become precursor and leader of this methodology in France since the 2007 presidential campaign. Leading political polling also abroad, during national campaigns.

Consultant on French public opinion for French, British and American networks.
Taryn Rosenkranz

Taryn Rosenkranz is a pioneer in creating successful digital political fundraising techniques and programs to reach American voters. She is the founder and chief executive officer of New Blue Interactive, which has become a powerhouse firm, providing digital strategy services to large organizations and party committees including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), House Majority PAC and also national groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. In addition, her clients include Senators & Congressional leadership and membership as well as Congressional challengers, mayors, and even county executive races. She has also counseled hundreds of candidates, non-profits and companies on online strategies, grassroots fundraising and online advocacy.

She was named “40 under 40” of top political consultants by the American Association of Political Consultants. Her company was also awarded multiple Pollies as well as a Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections magazine for Best Spanish Language ad. She was also named as one of the CampaignTech Innovators of the Year. Her clients have raised an outstanding $300 million collectively from grassroots efforts. Her work has also been recognized by the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet with a Golden Dot award for “Online Dream Team” and multiple prestigious awards for prior cycles.

Prior to New Blue, Taryn served as managing director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where she helped to elect more Democrats to the U.S. House by developing cutting-edge digital activities and breaking fundraising records. During her seven- year tenure, she increased the DCCC’s email list by over 400% and has raised over $200 million dollars directly for the committee through grassroots outreach (mail, phone and email). As a senior advisor and consultant to the DCCC’s program, she is credited with building the multi-million dollar digital program.

Taryn has literally counseled hundreds of campaigns with her training sessions and is a featured speaker and commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and even FOX News. She has also been a featured speaker at Netroots Nation, Politics Online, AAPC, and Campaign Tech conferences and led countless training for the DCCC, Emily’s List, and the New Organizing Institute (now Wellstone Action). She was also most recently published as part of Sen. Bob Graham’s new book “America the Owner’s Manual” with tips on digital fundraising.

Taryn has both her BA and MA in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, two children and oversized labradoodle.

Eric B. Schnurer

Eric B. Schnurer has been involved with public policymaking at the highest levels for nearly forty years, when he worked in the White House during college writing speeches for President Jimmy Carter. He has served in all three branches of the federal government and for numerous state governments, as a speechwriter, prosecutor, policy advisor, general counsel, and chief-of-staff – and has worked in the private sector as a journalist, professor, business executive, and social entrepreneur.

Mr. Schnurer is founder and president of Public Works LLC, one of the leading firms specializing in improving government management, policy, and efficiency, including strategic planning with public agencies and the executive branch at the highest levels. Public Works has worked with both state agencies and governors’ offices around the country successfully to develop and implement innovative solutions to challenging problems. The firm uniquely functions as an on-going policy office and strategic planners for governors, agency heads, and other chief executives and has served as a policy office for several governors on an on-going, consulting basis.

Before founding Public Works, Mr. Schnurer was chief-of-staff to the Acting Governor of Pennsylvania, helping to oversee the operations of one of the largest state governments. He has served as an appointee of governors of both political parties on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Delaware River Port Authority, which manages a large multi-state economic development budget; on the latter, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his successful efforts to reduce waste and institute more rigorous budgeting and spending procedures.

He has served as a speechwriter, deputy press secretary, legal counsel, or policy advisor for more than a dozen governors, U.S. Senators, and presidential candidates. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies and at Union Theological Seminary, as well as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a regular contributor to Aspenia (the policy journal of the European branch of the Aspen Institute), US News & World Report, The Hill, and The Atlantic; and president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King to help end poverty.

Heather Grabbe

Dr. Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations established by George Soros.

From 2004-2009 she was Senior Advisor to European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible in his Cabinet for the Balkans and Turkey. Before joining the Commission, she was Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, working with Charles Grant on a wide range of European issues. Her academic experience includes research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and teaching at the London School of Economics.

Her publications include Can the EU Survive Populism? (with Stefan Lehne, 2016, Carnegie Europe) and The EU's Transformative Power: Europeanisation through Conditionality in Central and Eastern Europe (2006, Palgrave).

Brendan Finucane
Brendan Finucane is the CEO of a civic technology company called Vconnecta which he founded in 2012. Vconnecta works at the intersection between politics and community, between technology and relationships. Ecanvasser.com, a software app for better organizing campaigns, has powered nearly 1000 political & issue campaigns globally.

In 2016 Brendan was named one of Ireland's Top 30 Under 30.

Sven Clement
Sven Clement is a founding member and president of the Pirate Party in Luxembourg. He is the longest serving chairman of any Pirate Party and has seen the trend come and go but somehow weathered the storm. He grew the Pirate Party Luxembourg from 14 members to around 400 (0,2% of the electorate).

He leads the Pirate Party through a national and European election campaign in 2013 and 2014 with scores of 2,92 and 4,23 percent of the votes. He missed his seat in the national parliament by less than 200 votes.

By day a digital communication consultant and principal at Clement & Weyer Consulting he combines politics with actually earning his living. At the Party level, he is aiming to win the first seats for the Pirate Party in Luxembourg at the municipal level in October 2017.
Eli Hadzhieva
Born in Bulgaria in 1983, Eli Hadzhieva studied economics and political science at the Middle East Technical University, University of Manchester, King’s College London, Sciences Po Paris and l’École Nationale d’Administration. She joined the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development as a consultant in 2007 and served as a Parliamentary attaché to MEP in the European Parliament from 2008 to 2012.

Having founded EURELIZ Media and Strategic Communications and Dialogue for Europe ASBL in Brussels, she has collaborated with distinguished politicians and journalists throughout Europe, wrote numerous newspaper articles and conducted expert studies for the European institutions. She is currently heading the EU Affairs of a German political consultancy specialised in the digital sector.

She speaks English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Bulgarian.
Jim Messina
The President of The Messina Group and mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Jim Messina joined the Obama campaign from the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he was chief of staff.

In 2013, Messina also launched The Messina Group. In this capacity, Messina serves as senior advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron for the 2015 elections.
Celinda Lake
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process.

Celinda has worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor's Association (DGA), Next Generation, AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, NEA, AFT, IAFF, Sierra Club, EcoAmerica, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign, EMILY's List, the Kaiser Family Foundation and The RWJ Foundation.
Aron Shaviv
As the founder and CEO of Shaviv Strategy and Campaigns, Aron Shaviv is Europe’s leading political consultant specializing in election-campaign strategy and communications.

Aron Shaviv is a leading international political strategist who has advised and consulted for some of the top political leaders across Europe, Asia and Africa. Shaviv has recently been named as the recipient of Campaigns and Elections Magazine’s 2011 Rising Star Award for International Political Consulting and the Best International Campaign Award in 2012.

Shaviv specializes in winning election campaigns for the center-right, and offers public opinion research, campaign strategy, management and communications services to political parties and candidates, elected officials, opposition leaders and heads of state.

Shaviv has worked with senior political leaders in the U.S., U.K., the European Union, Thailand, Ukraine, Spain, Slovakia, Israel, Malaysia, Kenya, Egypt, Cyprus, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Moldova, Croatia and others.
Mark Mellman
Mark Mellman is one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists. CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups.

Mellman was chief strategist and pollster for YairLapid’s stunning rise from zero seats in the Israeli parliament to the country’s second largest party. Earlier he helped Cesar Gavira become President of Columbia and LuliBasha defeat the international Mayor of the Year in Albania.
Quintin Oliver
Quintin Oliver is a referendum specialist, having masterminded the successful 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace referendum in his native Northern Ireland and studied many others worldwide.

He advised Better Together in the tumultuous three-year Scottish Referendum debate that resulted in a 55:45 vote to remain in the UK in September 2014.
Matthew A. McMillan
Matthew Alvarez McMillan is an award winning political consultant specializing in new media strategy and international campaigns.

He has provided strategic political communications consulting to hundreds of high profile political clients in 14 countries around the world. His clients include several heads of state, governors, senators and members of Congress.

Mr. McMillan has won 45 Pollie Awards for outstanding political communication from the American Association of Political Consultants. He's won three and been named a finalist for seven Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections magazine. He was named a 2006 "Rising Star" in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections and to the 2010 "Democratic Campaign Dream Team" by Aristotle International. Rachel Maddow said of one of his campaigns, "That's the political tactical innovation of the day. I don't give awards, but, if I did, you'd win that one."

He has given presentations to political professionals and prominent elected officials in Mexico, Brazil, Italy, France, Colombia and the United States.

Mr. McMillan sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Political Consultants and is the Chairman of the organization's 46th World Conference to be held in Antigua & Barbuda in November 2013.

Prof. Volker Riegger
Mr. Riegger is the founder and president of logos Holding AG, a consulting group specializing in business and communication strategies. He is a consultant to German state and city governments, to the Chancellery and the Federal Government as well as to major firms.

Mr. Riegger was Campaign Manager for Chancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt and election campaigns to the European Parliament. He also works as Political Consultant in local and state campaigns in Germany, as well as in other European countries. He is professor at the Berlin University of Arts for Communications Strategies and Intercultural Communication Management, and a past president of the EACP and IAPC.
Erol Olcok
President of Arter, Campaign manager of Ak Party

Erol OLCOK was born in 1962 in Corum. He completed his primary and secondary education in Çorum. He graduated from Istanbul University, The Aesthetics and Art History Department in 1987.

OLCOK, stepped into the advertising industry when his professional advertising concept has not yet begun. During his student years, he founded the REKPA Ads with his friend on May 29, 1985. He changed the name of this agency in 1988 as AJANS E. OLCOK progressed significantly in advertising community with his gained knowledge and experience.

Erol OLCOK, became advisor to the press for Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor R. Tayyip Erdoğan between 1995 and 1999 besides his Head of the Agency role. On May 14, 1998 he founded ARTER Ads. He led Dogru Yol Party's general election campaign in 1999 with combining politics and advertising experience.

OLCOK creates logos, corporate identity and promotional activities for the AK PARTY in 2001 and also gave political consulting for R. Tayyip Erdogan.

Erol OLCOK, lasts his President position of ARTER Ads which has made all election campaign of AK Party since its foundation.

OLCOK, also led election campaigns in Middle East, Balkans, Far East and Georgia.
Christoph Hofinger
Christoph Hofinger is, together with Guenther Ogris, managing partner and scientific director of the SORA Institute, one of Austria’s leading political research and consulting firms. Since the 90ies, Christoph Hofinger worked as a strategic advisor in numerous successful campaigns. He regularly calculates and presents election night forecasts in Austrian TV and has published more than 50 articles and book contributions on elections and political campaigning.

He is editor of the volume "Emotions in Politics and Campaigning" (together with Gerlinde Manz-Christ). Christoph Hofinger has shared scientific and practical knowledge during various teaching assignments, e.g. at the University of Vienna. He co-founded the Lomographic Society, a worldwide analogue photo movement, and 3united, a mobile content provider. He served as president of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC) in the term 2008-2010 and is Board Member of the IAPC.

Brian Paler
Brian Paler is a Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, where he provides strategic advice to international campaigns, corporations and organizations.

Paler was a Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, managing programs to support political parties, strengthen legislatures and assist civil society organizations in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. He has also held research positions at the Middle East Institute and the United Nations Development Programme, and has lived abroad in Turkey and Slovakia.