Dan McQuillan,

After a Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics, Dan worked with people with learning disabilities and as a mental health advocate. He took an early interest in the potential of the Internet for social change and created Multikulti, an award winning multilingual website for asylum seekers and refugees. After some personal experiences of human rights abuses, he joined Amnesty International as a global web manager where he added some oomph to their e-campaigning by introducing virals, blogging and the use of social networks. He blogs about open source activism and social innovation.

Sami Ben Gharbia,

Tony Bowden

Tony Bowden is a tech-nomad currently based in Estonia. He has been creating web-based products and services since 1993. He was a founder of one of Europe's first sucessful e-commerce companies, and subsequently led a takeover and turnaround of Ireland's oldest ISP. Recently he has been working with MySociety on - a tool for making and browsing Freedom of Information requests in the UK.

MySociety is a non-profit based charity that runs most of the best-known democracy and transparency websites in the United Kingdom, such as TheyWorkForYou and WriteToThem. MySociety has two missions. The first is to be a charitable project which builds websites that give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. The second is to teach the public and voluntary sectors, through demonstration, how to use the internet most efficiently to improve lives.

Anna Carlson

Anna Carlson is a Social Media Consultant at NixonMcInnes, the UK's largest specialist social media agency, based in the thriving digital community in Brighton. Anna has worked with and trained brands such as BMW, Channel 4, T-Mobile, O2, Coca Cola and Cisco to help them understand the new online landscape and start to engage with their audiences online. Her special interests lie in buzz monitoring, network mapping, engagement and online PR. Anna previously worked as a Corporate Fundraiser within a few major national charities in the UK, with a specific focus on building corporate sponsors’ employee engagement, encouraging volunteering and fundraising.

NixonMcInnes does work on-line that makes a difference off-line. Specifically, their mission is to create authentic, powerful, and long lasting unions between people and brands. They do this through digital media today. They call this social media goodness. They work with the bravest and most interesting global brands, helping them to embrace online social media. They pride themselves on having unique knowledge, research, high-level personal profiles, and walking-the-talk – living the new social media enabled way. Current clients include Channel 4, T-Mobile, Cisco, Oxfam, Co-op Financial Services, MoreTh>n, O2, BMW, Zurich Financial Services, NTL and Mercedes.

Jeremy Druker

Jeremy Druker was one of the founders of Transitions Online in 1999 and has been the executive director and editor in chief since then. He has contributed to publications such as U.S. News & World Report, TI's Global Corruption Report, and Oxford Analytica. He is a regular contributor on Central and Eastern European affairs to the ISN Security Watch publication and is the author of the chapters on the Czech Republic in the last three years of the Freedom House book "Nations in Transit". Jeremy also sits on the board of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Master's in international affairs from Columbia University, where he also earned his certificate in Central and Eastern European studies. A native of New York, he has lived in the Czech Republic for most of the past dozen years.

Dan Braghis

Dan Braghis is a consultant and the lead developer at the Networked Future lab. A graduate of the American University of Bulgaria with a degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, Dan oversees the process of transforming ideas into reality and ensures their proper implementation as of October 2007. Prior to that, he worked for Techfusion Inc., Ptown PC and various consulting gigs.

Levandovskyy Viktor

Krista Baumane

Krista is co-founder and Development Director of PROVIDUS, a leading policy think-tank in Latvia, where her main responsibilities are fundraising, donor relations and special interactive projects aimed at public participation. In 2001 she was leader of the team that launched, a policy website that has become an influential on-line resource in Latvia. She has worked as a consultant and trainer on e-democracy and e-participation issues in Central Asia and other regions/countries undergoing democratic development. Since 2008 she’s Chairperson of the Board of the Latvian NGDO Platform, an umbrella organisations for civil society organisation working with development cooperation. Krista’s academic background is political science (University of Latvia) and business administration (International University, Geneva, Switzerland), professional experience include Ministry for Foreign Affairs, National Human Rights Office, NGO Centre, Soros Foundation-Latvia and free-lance public relations consulting.

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