László Andor Department Head, Department of Economic Policy, Corvinus University Budapest & former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014)
László Andor is Head of Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University (Budapest), Senior Fellow at FEPS (Brussels), and Senior Research Fellow at IMK (Hans Böckler Stiftung). He was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II Commission (2010-14). From 2005 until 2010, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (London), representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia. After stepping down from the Commission, he has been involved in lecturing and research in other leading academic institutions as Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and as Visiting Professor at ULB (Brussels) and Sciences Po (Paris). He also became Policy Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn), a Senior Fellow at EPC, a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe. Between 1991 and 2005, he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest, and he was editor of the social science journal Eszmélet. He was also a regular columnist for the weekly business magazine Figyelő and the daily Népszava. Since 1998, he has been member of the trustees of the European Studies Foundation in Budapest. He has written and edited books in English and Hungarian on economics and international relations. He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at Sofia University of National and World Economy in May 2014 and the Legion of Honour by the French President in August 2014. Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaszloAndorEU
Lucia Annunziata Editorial Director Huffington Post, Italy
Friederike Baer Historian, USA
Friederike Baer is Associate Professor of History and Interim Division Head of Arts and Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. A native of Germany, Baer studied at Göttingen University before completing her undergraduate degree at Boston College and a Ph.D. in early American history at Brown University. Her research, which has been supported by organizations such as the American Philosophical Society, German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), focuses primarily on the experiences of German-speaking people in North America in the periods of the War for American Independence and Early Republic. Her publications include the monograph The Trial of Frederick Eberle: Language, Patriotism and Citizenship in Philadelphia’s German Community, 1790-1830, a microhistory that uses the 1816 legal trial of around five dozen German Americans as a prism through which to explore prevalent notions of citizenship, language, and patriotism in the early American republic. Dr. Baer is currently completing a book-length study of the American Revolution from the perspective of the estimated 30,000 German soldiers that participated in the war on the British side.
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Susanne Baer Constitutional Court Judge, Germany
Susanne Baer serves as Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany. She was elected by the German parliament, the Deutscher Bundestag, in 2011 to the First Senate, for a 12 years term. She is also the Professor of Public Law and Gender Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and a James W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and has taught at CEU Budapest, in Austria, Switzerland and Canada. She received honorary doctorates from the University of Michigan in 2014 and from the Universities of Hasselt and Luzern in 2018 and was elected a Coresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. Justice Baer studied law and political science and joined movements against discrimination and domestic violence; she directed the GenderCompetenceCentre to advise the German federal government on gender mainstreaming 2003-2010, and the co-drafted German standards for equality in research. At Humboldt University, she served as Vice-President and as Vice Dean and Director of Gender Studies, founded the Law and Society Institute Berlin and the Humboldt Law Clinic in Fundamental and Human Rights.
Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay Director, Germany
Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay is a German-Turkish film director and playwright. He is co-founder of the film production company "filmfaust". He received a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation to pursue his studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. His final film project entitled Oray premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2019 and won the "Best First Feature Award".
Barry Colfer Deakin Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford
Barry Colfer holds a PhD in European politics from the University of Cambridge whose research interests include European integration, industrial relations, comparative politics, and the politics of the UK and Ireland. He is a Deakin Visiting Fellow at Saint Antony's College at the University of Oxford, undertaking research in the current state of the French trade union movement. He is also a researcher at the Policy Network think tank, where he has been focusing on the future of work, European politics, and the consequences of 'Brexit' for Europe, with a focus on Ireland. He is also a teaching fellow at Sciences Po in Le Havre, France, where he teaches Political Science. Colfer previously worked at the Irish and European parliaments and remains actively involved in political networks throughout Europe. He has delivered invited papers at more than ten international conferences, including the European Sociological Association (2017), the ULB-Cambridge Wiener Anspach workshop on the Future of Europe (2016), the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) (2015), the Industrial Relations in European Conference (IREC) (2015), the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL) (2015) on topics including: ‘The sources of trade union power’, ‘Trade union responses to new EU economic governance’ and ‘Greek and Irish unions in the 2008- crisis’.
Mark Gilbert Historian, USA/Italy
Katya Gorchinskaya Journalist and former CEO of Hromadske Television, Ukraine
Katya Gorchinskaya is a Ukrainian journalist and media manager, former CEO of Hromadske Television, a bold media organization that was started by journalists in 2013 as a prototype of a public broadcasting service in Ukraine. Previously, she was Managing Editor for Investigative Programming at RFE/RL, working for both the Central Newsroom and the Ukrainian service of this international organization. Before that, she held the position of Deputy Chief Editor at the Kyiv Post, Ukraine's international award-winning, English-language newspaper. She has also worked as Regional Coordinator for Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a global journalistic NGO that specializes in corruption investigations, and has contributed to many international titles throughout her journalistic career, including The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Politico, Al Jazeera and the Economist. Ms. Gorchinskaya is a sought-after speaker at international and domestic events on Ukraine's media, current affairs, politics and corruption fight. In 2014, she was a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria. She founded an international festival for investigative journalists MezhyhiryaFest, and the annual national award for the best journalistic investigation.
Kristina Haverkamp Managing Director, German Energy Agency, Germany
Kristina Haverkamp has been dena’s (Deutsche Energie Agentur 'German Energy Agency') Managing Director since October 2015. In this role, she holds responsibility for the financial and administrative matters of the company, in addition to key topics related to international cooperation and sustainability in the transport sector, – which allow her to build on her experience in European economic and environmental policy. Born in Dortmund, Kristina Haverkamp studied law in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. She began her career in the Foreign Office as a consultant in international environmental policy, and later became a rapporteur for the transport sector at the Federal Cartel Office. Subsequently, she held positions at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Finance, and, most recently, at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU. Here, as Head of the Department of Economics, the ministerial adviser was in charge of energy, environmental, and industrial policy, as well as policies related to small and medium-sized enterprises. Kristina Haverkamp is a member of the scientific advisory board of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie (ADEME)) and is on the Board of the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR).
Tom Nuttall The Economist, Germany
Tom Nuttall has been the Economist’s Berlin bureau chief since November 2018. Before that, he spent four years based in Brussels writing the Charlemagne column. He has also worked as US west coast correspondent in Los Angeles, and as an editor on the Europe desk in London. Before joining The Economist, Nuttall worked as an editor at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank, and spent several years as a senior editor at Prospect magazine.
Marie Naaß Director of Public Relations and Advocacy at Sea-Watch, Germany
Adam Nossiter Paris Bureau Chief at The New York Times, France
Adam Nossiter is Paris bureau chief at The New York Times. Previously, Nossiter served as Paris correspondent and before that, the West Africa bureau chief for The Times. He served as a Times national correspondent in New Orleans from 2006 to 2009. Before that, he did varying stints as a Times reporter from 2005 to 2006 and from 1995 to 1996. He also worked as a Times stringer from 1992 to 1994 and from 1996 to 1997. Before joining The Times, Mr. Nossiter worked for The Associated Press as a Louisiana political reporter from 2003 to 2005. From 1987 to 1991, he was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specifically focusing on Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Before that, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times as a reporter from 1985 to 1987. He began his career at The Anniston Star, where he worked as a reporter from 1984 to 1985. Nossiter led the Times team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for coverage of the Ebola epidemic. He also won a George Polk award in 2015 for the coverage of the disease. Adam Nossiter is the author of “France and the Nazis: Memories, Lies and the Second World War” (Methuen Publishing Ltd., 2003) and “The Algeria Hotel: France, Memory and the Second World War” (Houghton Mifflin Co., Methuen, 2001). He also wrote “Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers” (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1994), for which he was a finalist for the Southern Regional Council’s Lillian Smith Award for best Southern nonfiction in 1994. He has had featured articles in The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Le Monde, the National Journal, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune Book Review. This biography was taken from https://www.nytimes.com/by/adam-nossiter
Fintan O'Toole Author and Commentator, Ireland
Fintan O'Toole is an Irish columnist, literary editor, and drama critic for The Irish Times. Amongst others, he has won the European Press Prize (2017), the Orwell Prize for Journalism (2017), and was named the Columnist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 (NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards). His most recent book "Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain" was published in 2018.
Matthias Pabsch Artist and Author, Germany
Matthias Pabsch lives and works in Berlin and the Uckermark. His artistic mediums are painting, sculpture and photography. He has published books on art, architecture and urban design. He is adjunct Professor at Duke University and lectures for Stanford University and the University of Notre Dame (USA).
Rafał J. Pastwa Journalist, Poland
Rafał J. Pastwa is a journalist, theologian, and editor-in-chief of the ‘Gość Niedzielny’ in Lublin, Poland. He graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, and is author of three literary publications, two scientific books and educational and preventive books for children. Pastwa won the ‘Angelus lubelski’ award in the field of media culture in 2016. He conducts research in the field of media science, focusing, inter alia, on the problems of modern journalism, the relationship between the media, culture, theology and politics.
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Sasha Marianna Salzmann Author, Berlin
Sasha Marianna Salzmann is a German playwright, essayist, theatre curator and writer in residence at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin where she was artistic director of the studio theatre, Studio Я, from 2013 to 2015. She is co-funder of the culture magazine freitext, and she also co-founded NIDS - New Institute for Drama - where she gives workshops on political writing. Her work is translated, shown, and awarded in over 20 countries. In 2016/2017, she was voted "The German speaking theater maker of the season". In 2017, Salzmann finished her first novel Ausser sich 'Beside Myself', which was translated into 15 languages and won the Mara-Cassens Prize.
Sophie Scheytt Director of Public Relations at Sea-Watch, Germany