Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia

From 2004-2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was a Member of the European Court of Auditors. She has previously worked as the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia and as an Economic Advisor to Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar. She has graduated from the University of Tartu in the field of genetics and completed master’s studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Republic of Estonia

Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Johannes Hahn has been Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) since November 2014 and previously served as Commissioner for Regional Policy. He has also held the position of Federal Minister of Science and Research, as part of the Austrian Federal Government.

Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Eiki Nestor
Speaker of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia)
Eiki Nestor is the Speaker of the Parliament of Estonia, Riigikogu and also the longest-serving member of the Riigikogu in the history of Estonia. He has graduated from the Tallinn University of Technology, holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering. Eiki Nestor has been the Minister in charge of regional affairs from 1994 to 1995 and the Minister of Social Affairs from 1999 to 2002. He is a member of the Estonian Social Democratic Party and has been leading the party fraction in the Riigikogu. He is the founder of football club FC Toompea.
Eiki Nestor is a recipient of the Estonian Order of the National Coat of Arms, 5th class and recipient of the Order of the Grand Cross of the White Rose of Finland. As the Riigikogu Speaker, he presides over the work of Riigikogu and believes that the people themselves are the greatest value of Estonia.
Jaan Reinhold
Director of Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership, Estonia
Hennadiy Maksak
Co-chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee

Hennadiy Maksak is the head of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. From 2016 he is a member of SC of Ukrainian national platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum. Member of Civic Council under the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. In 2012-2014 was a member of Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

Ales Bialiatski
Belarusian human rights defender

Ales (Aliaksandr) Bialiatski (born 1962), Belarusian human rights defender, one of the participants of pro-democracy movement in Belarus since 1980s. Former director of the Maksim Bahdanovich Literary Museum. Chairperson of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” (since 1996), one of the leading human rights organizations in Belarus; writer, author of several books of essays. Member of the Belarusian PEN-Centre. Former vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Former political prisoner (2011-2014). Released early following a powerful campaign of international solidarity. Winner of several human rights awards. Lives in Minsk.

Emmet Touhy
Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership
Marian Lupu
Deputy President of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), Chair of the Democratic Party of Moldova faction in the RM Parliament

Marian Lupu led the DPM from 2009 until 2016, together with a team which appreciates his honesty. He believes in social-democracy, in a state which would be sufficiently powerful to be able to protect the many. He believes in balance and peace. He is economist by profession, PhD in Economy. He started his career as Executive Director of TACIS-Moldova Program, afterwards holding consequently a number of positions in the Ministry of Economy, being appointed as Minister of Economy in 2003. Since 2005 he has dedicated himself to the political career, being elected as the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

Jeff Lovitt
Chair, New Diplomacy

Jeff Lovitt is the Chair of New Diplomacy (www.newdiplomacy.net), which focuses on civil society engagement in policymaking, security policy reform, and media standards. He was Editor in 2016-17 of two Council of Europe studies on Civil Participation in Political Decision-Making in the Six Eastern Partnership Countries, and is Editor in Chief of the Eastern Partnership Index 2015-2016. He provides risk monitor consultancy to UNDP and is a member of the International Experts Panel of the Open Government Partnership. He twice served as co-Chair of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

Plenary Session Government-Civil Society Relations in the EaP: Progressing towards Partnership?
Diana Jablonska
Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission Deputy Head of Unit Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership

Diana Jabłońska is Deputy Head of Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). She works in the Unit which deals with the Eastern Partnership, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus. She focuses in particular on the development of Eastern Partnership, people to people contacts and support to civil society. Diana started her career in the Polish national administration where she was responsible for the first EU funded programmes for cohesion policy. She joined the European Commission in 2003 and worked in different areas related to employment, education, regional and cohesion policy. She has a vast expertise in policy development and supporting reforms with a very strong knowledge of EU assistance programmes. She has a background in international relations and political sciences.

Kakha Gogolashvili
Director of EU Studies at Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies

2011, 2013, 2016 Member of the Steering Committee of EaP CSF. 1998-1999 Acting Head of Mission of Georgia  to the EU, Deputy Head of the Mission.  2000-2002 Director of Department for Relations with the EU, MFA Georgia. During last 15 years he was warking as a researcher at GFSIS and was actively advising Georgian Government on European Integration related policies through number of international projects, engaged in training and capacity building of Georgian young professionals in Euroepan Integration. 2015-2016 Chairman of EaP Civil Society Forum Georgia National Platform.  Member of Steering Committee of the EaP Civil Society Forum.

Urmo Kübar
Civil Society Adviser to the President of Estonia; former CEO, Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organizations; European Citizens’ Prize Winner 2013

Urmo Kübar is the civil society adviser to the President of Estonia. He has been involved in Estonian civil society development since 1999 when he, as an undergraduate student, co-founded a monthly civil society newspaper to raise public awareness about the growing nonprofit sector. While serving as the CEO of Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations in 2006-13, his team was mostly focused in implementing new means to encourage public participation and civic activism. Main areas of interest: relations between civil society and public sector, public participation, philanthropy, leadership.

Dovilė Šukytė
Co-chair of the EaP CSF Steering Committee

Dovilė Šukytė is a Policy Analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Center in Vilnius. She also serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Her research interests include Russian foreign policy as well as democratization and reform in the Eastern Partnership countries, Central and Eastern Europe, and Western Balkans.

Irina Tochitskaya
Deputy Director and Academic Director of the IPM Research Center (Minsk, Belarus)

Dr. Irina Tochitskaya has more than 20 years of research and management experience. Irina earned her Ph.D. Degree in Macroeconomics and M.Sc. Degree in Statistics. Her professional interests include trade policy, innovation and growth, energy sector development, enterprise development, applied econometrics. In 1996 she took the position of Chief Specialist at the Joint Stock Bank “Belarusbank”, Minsk, where she was responsible for investment, money – flow, operation – cost analysis. In 1999-2000 she was awarded the fellowship of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC), then she spent five month as a Visiting Faculty at the Department of Economics at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). Since 2003 Irina has been working as a Deputy Director and Academic Director of the IPM Research Center (Minsk, Belarus).

Luc Van Looveren
Voka – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland, Senior Advisor EU relations

The Antwerp-Waasland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an employers’ organization that brings together businesses from its region. The Chamber is an independant, politically neutral and interprofessional organization that covers multiple sectors. It counts +/- 3000 member companies. Mr. Luc Van Looveren has been working at the International Department on EU related matters since 1987. During these years he developed practical tools and courses aimed at helping business support organizations and enterprises in EaP countries and elsewhere to identify and understand the EU’s legal requirements for bringing certain products on the markets. This concerned in recent years especially courses and individual consults on EU market access rules for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

Richard Giragosian
Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), Armenia

Richard Giragosian is the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent “think tank” located in Yerevan, Armenia (www.regional-studies.org) and serves as both a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe’s Natolin Campus and Senior Expert at Yerevan State University’s Centre for European Studies (CES).  He is also a contributing analyst for al Jazeera and Oxford Analytica, a UK-based global analysis and advisory firm.  From 2002-2006, Giragosian served as a guest lecturer for the U.S. Army Special Forces and, for nine years, as a Professional Staff Member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress.  He has also worked as an analyst for Abt Associates Inc., a social science consulting firm, and was a research consultant for the New America Foundation and the Center for National Policy (CNP) in Washington.

Guillaume Van Der Loo
Researcher in the Europe in the World Unit of CEPS

Dr. Guillaume Van der Loo is a researcher in the Europe in the World Unit of CEPS. His research and publications focus on EU external relations law and policy, in particular the EU’s neighbourhood relations. He obtained a PhD in Law (2014, Ghent University) on the EU’s new generation of Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas signed with the Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. At CEPS he is involved in several projects focussing on the trade dimension of the ENP. For example, he is a co-author of 3 ‘handbooks’ on the Association Agreements and DCFTAs concluded with the Eastern Partnership countries, developed in the context of the SIDA-funded ‘3 DCFTAs’ project. He also published a monograph on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and DCFTA (Brill/Nijhoff, 2016). Guillaume is also involved in several training projects for civil servants of ENP. Guillaume is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent European Law Institute (GELI) focusing on the legal dimension of the EU’s trade policy.

Janis Rungulis
Strategic Communications Expert at the East Stratcom Task Force of the European External Action Service

Janis Rungulis has been part of the EU’s East Stratcom Task Force since 2015. For the last two years Janis has been developing communication campaigns across the Eastern Partnership region to raise awareness about tangible benefits that the EU is bringing to people there. He also takes part in the team’s efforts to address pro-Kremlin disinformation. Previously Janis Rungulis was the spokesperson of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Brussels dealing with education, environment, telecommunications, transport, energy and other topics.

Celia Davies
Head of Fundraising at Meydan TV

Celia Davies is Head of Fundraising at Meydan TV. She has worked since 2010 with human rights and media NGOs in the EAP region, including two years in Baku, Azerbaijan. Celia has previously worked as a consultant for Transparency International, Save the Children, Swedish Public TV, the BBC, Cambridge Centre for Human Rights and Governance, Edinburgh University School of Law, and the Centre for Constitutional Transitions. 

Raul Rebane
Independent media analyst, expert of media and communication and a publicist

Raul Rebane graduated from the University of Tartu in 1977 with a degree in journalism. 1977-1997 worked at ETV as a sports commentator, editor and program manager, and in 1998-1999 as a program manager for TV1. Has worked 12 times at Olympic Games as a commentator, team manager and member of the European Broadcasting Union’s  Information Group. Since 1999 has been working as a consultant, teacher and strategy adviser. Raul Rebane was one of the first experts who in the 1990s started to research the cases of information warfare, psychological operations, and psychological defence. He wrote many articles, translated books to Estonian, and participated in dozens of conferences on this topic. In recent years, Mr Rebane was acknowledged as a publicist who is writing about problems in Estonian society. The newspaper Postimees chose Raul Rebane the leader of public opinion of Estonia in 2017.

Andriy Kulakov
Program Director, “Internews-Ukraine”

Andriy Kulakov has solid managerial experience with mass media and non-government organizations. Before joining Internews-Ukraine, Mr.Kulakov worked for the Channel 5 and for the International Renaissance Foundation. As a Program director of Internews Ukraine he is responsible for administration of all Internews-Ukraine’s projects, including those funded by the EU Delegation, USAID, World Bank, EU member states’ embassies, etc. He is also a consultant in communication and PR, in particular for awareness campaigns and strategies. He is a trainer in communication, advocacy and media literacy. He has contributed to Ukrainska Pravda, Den’ Newspaper, Telekritika etc. Mr.Kulakov is an editor and co-author of several manuals and books in media- and journalism-related issues published by Internews-Ukraine. Andriy Kulakov is also one of the co-founder of Ukrainian Aspen Club, a local NGO uniting the alumni of Aspen Seminars in Ukraine.

Boris Navasardian
President, Yerevan Press Club, EaP CSF Steering Committee, Armenia

Boris Navasardian started his journaistci career in 1979.And parallel to it since being elected as the President of the Yerevan Press Club, the first independent association of journalists in Armenia, in 1995, he has been actively engaged with the civil society and expert community. In 2009-2017 he was several times elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, acting as country facilitator of CSF in Armenia, as CSF Working Group 1 (Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance and Stability) coordinator and also as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Forum.

Parallel panel: Media and Disinformation in the EaP and the EU
David Marghania
Openness and transparency advocate, eGovernance reforms architect, expert in anti-corruption and electronic public procurement evangelist

David is a lawyer with hands-on experience in successful reform implementation in various spheres of eGovernance. During his 14 years-long career David has been deeply involved as public servant in eGovernance reforms carried out in Georgia from 2003-2012. During his service at the Parliament of Georgia, Ministry of Justice of Georgia and State Procurement Agency of Georgia, David was a principal drafter of legislation and co-author of the reform concepts for property registry, civil registry, business registry (Ranked #1 in the World for that time by the World Bank) electronic public procurement implementation and many more. David was a member of Georgia’s negotiating team in EU – Georgia DCFTA in Public Procurement. He was actively contributing to Anti-Corruption Interagency Council under the Government of Georgia. Ge-GP (Georgian e-Government Procurement) platform, created from scratch in 2010 was architected and managed by David and later became basis and good practice to follow for Ukraine, Moldova, Tajikistan and other countries in eastern Europe, central Asia and Africa. Since 2012 David continues his involvement in electronic public procurement reforms in Ukraine and Moldova as international expert/consultant. His contribution resulted in the creation of the innovative eProcurement system Prozorro in Ukraine which covers 100% of all public procurement, while in Moldova new eProcurement system M-Tender is operating in the pilot mode since January 2017 and covers low and medium value public procurement contracts.

Liia Hänni
Adviser to the President of Republic of Estonia, Senior Expert for e-democracy, e-Governance Academy

Liia Hänni is physicist by education; she holds a Ph.D. degree.  She worked 20 years in science doing research on astrophysics. During revolutionary events in Estonia at the beginning of the nineties of the last century, Liia became actively involved in politics as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister responsible for property reform.  She has been active on constitutional and the EU affairs. From the beginning of 2005 Liia Hänni is involved in the e-democracy programme of e-Governance Academy. She promotes use of ICT for democratic governance and empowerment of citizens.  Liia is a founder of the CS OGP Roundtable in Estonia and a member of the OGP Coordination Council, a cooperation forum engaging various partners from public sector and Civil Society.  From November 2016, Liia serves as an Adviser to the President of Estonia.

Sahil Mammadli
ASAN, Leading Advisor

Sahil Mammadli works at the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASAN xidmət). During his career at the State Agency for over 5 years, he has worked in various positions and contributed to many innovations for public sector productivity of the organisation. ASAN xidmət  establishes a user-friendly, citizen-centric, responsive and digitally advanced public service delivery system for efficient and transparent access to key public and private services for citizens and foreign residents of Azerbaijan. Sahil has conducted various researches in the topic of advancing public service and social innovations in Azerbaijan and increase efficiency in service delivery process.

Sinziana Poiana
Civil Society Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission

Sinziana – Elena Poiana is currently a Civil Society Policy Officer for the European Commission (DG NEAR) covering Neighbourhood East countries. Before joining the European Commission, she was a researcher and Regional Cooperation Officer for the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) in Bucharest, coordinating SAR’s activities and network in South Eastern Europe and the wider Black Sea region. Her main areas of expertise are public accountability, local democracy and social and civil rights. She also held a number of short-term positions, including with the Foreign Policy Commission of the Romanian Senate, the Romanian Embassy in Washington DC, Open Society Institute in Budapest, the World Bank Office in Bucharest and the International Organization for Migration. Up until 2014 she was involved in setting up a number of non-government organisations and networks, in Romania and abroad. She holds an MA in Public Policy from the Central European University in Budapest.

Hille Hinsberg
Expert, Praxis

Hille is  currently working  as  an expert in open government, sharing her experience in civil society participation and policy-making. Her most recent assignment was with Estonian Government Office, advising  a policy for Social Innovation. Hille also serves at International Expert Panel of  the  Independent Review Mechanism. The IRM is the research arm of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and carries out review  of  implementing national action plans  in 75 countries. Working with the highly respected Estonian think tank Praxis, Hille has a solid list of policy research work in her portfolio.   She has initiated civic Open Data initiatives, to name just a few: Meieraha.eu, the Estonian state budget visualization and personal tax burden calculator; Government Watch for monitoring political pledges; visualizing public services of municipalities.

Yuliya Ivakhnina
Head of the Open Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine

Yuliya Ivakhnina is the Head of the Open Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. She joined the NABU team in early 2016.  Open Office – is a brand new unit for law enforcement bodies of Ukraine, which deals with stakeholders engagement, networking with NGOs. It is a unique platform for discussions and a learning unit. Before joining the NABU for 5 years Yuliya was engaged into international advocacy for HIV and Hepatitis C treatment for 16 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She is still a part of Policy Steering Committee at European AIDS Treatment Group, International advocacy organization. She has also been an international trainer in sphere of media actions development, network building, media advocacy, strategy and communication platform development, NGOs consolidation with means of media, joint campaigns, inner reforming. Besides Yuliya has more than 10 years of practice in journalism working as a free-lance journalist, section editor, staff writer at top Ukrainian and international media such as Forbes, Focus, Forum Daily USA, Kyiv Post. She is fluent in English. Also speaks French and Italian.

Rasul Jafarov
Chairman of the Human Rights Club

Rasul Jafarov is Chairman of the Human Rights Club, Baku-based non-governmental organization focusing on promotion and protection of fundamental political and civic freedoms, as well as democratic development. Due to difficulties for operation of independent NGOs in Azerbaijan he continues his activities on individual basis. He is delivering existing problems in the field of human rights to local and international community via various campaigns. Sing for Democracy, Online Expression Initiative, Art for Democracy, the Working Group on Unified List of Political Prisoners are among of these activities.

Beata Jaczewska
Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund

Beata Jaczewska, Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund, former Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Poland, lawyer, negotiator and long-term civil servant. Having graduated from several prestigious universities such as a University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and her PhD studies at Warsaw School of Economics, she is an expert in UN/EU decision-making processes and international economics. She also holds a degree from the University of Cambridge in European law. In 2013, Beata Jaczewska was a Head of Polish Delegation to UNFCCC COP19/CMP9 Climate Summit in Warsaw.

Giorgi Kldiashvili
Executive Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)

Giorgi Kldiashvili is a founding member and Executive Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). He has over seven years of experience working on openness and transparency issues in Georgia and internationally. He has been carrying out projects, studies, assessments and trainings for different international organizations and foundations. Giorgi Kldiashvili is an author of a number of publications related to access to information, anticorruption policy and good governance, accountability and transparency, e-Governance and e-Democracy, open data, civil service and public administration, media and internet. In addition to his work in applied policy research with IDFI, as a historian by specialty he has academic credentials as a researcher, undertaking studies in American and Soviet Studies. He is professional archive researcher, working in the history archives of Georgia and abroad for more than a decade. Giorgi holds graduate degrees in Contemporary History and worked as a professor of American Studies at the Institute of American Studies at Tbilisi State University. Giorgi Kldiashvili is a CSO Steering Committee Member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). He is a co-chair of the platforms of the executive and legislative OGP in Georgia and a co-chair of the Access to Information Working Group at the Anti-Corruption Council of Georgia

Boris Iarochevitch
Head of Division at the European External Action Service

Boris Iarochevitch was born in Brussels on August 1958.He graduated in Engineering in Belgium, and later obtained a Master in International Business Management in Moscow. He holds a Diploma in Islamic Studies (University of Sarajevo) and Certificates in International Relations and Geopolitical Analysis (UCL Belgium). He joined the European Institutions in 1993. During his career, he has served in Senegal, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Georgia. He is currently Head of Division at the European External Action Service, dealing with the Eastern Partnership, regional cooperation and the OSCE.

Maris Jõgeva
Executive director for the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO)

Maris Jõgeva is an executive director for the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO), the only cross-sectoral civil society network in Estonia with  a mission to advocate for the development and promotion of civic action and civil society in Estonia. She is also member of the Board in the European Network of National Civil Society Associations (ENNA), representing interests of organised civil society in Europe. Her main expertise is government-civil society relations, funding of civil society and involving civil society in public policy making. Before joining NENO she worked for the Ministry of Interior on issues concerning civil society development, and later for Open Estonia Foundation, mostly focusing on civic education and capacity building of CSOs. She has masters degree in social work and social policy from Tartu University, and has closely participated in national as well as European civic initiatives.

Svetlana Karaleva
Belarusian Organization of Working Women (BOWW) Chair
Merle Pajus
Board Member of Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre

Merle Pajus has been involved in gender eguality and civil society  issues  through the various activities of Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre (a grassroots, non-profit, non-governmental organisation with the aim to advance gender equality in all spheres of life), including managing  development cooperation projects in Armenia and Ukraine. The work in Ukraine in close cooperation with local NGOs has been targeted at integrating internally displaced women into civil society and expanding their opportunites on the labor market. She applies her knowledge of project managemant in her work as project advisor at Tallinn University.

Haykuhi Harutyunyan
Protection of rights without borders EaP CSF Steering Committee
Nino Elizbarashvili
The Georgian Association” Women in Business”(GAWB) President
Raivo Altmets
Estonian SME Association (EVEA)
Ludmila Stuparu
Center for Innovation and Policies from Moldova, Program Coordinator
Yurii Vdovenko
Center for cross-border cooperation, EaP CSF Steering Committee
Ana Otilia Nutu
Expert Forum (EFOR) Policy analyst on energy and infrastructure
Ruslan Surugiu
AO Pro Energy, President
Oleksandra Gumeniuk
Good Deeds
Mihkel Annus
Project coordinator at Estonian Green Movement.

Mihkel Annus works as a  project coordinator at Estonian Green Movement. Together with CEE Bankwatch Network, an international network of CSOs dedicated to make public investments work for the people and the environment, and a local Georgian environmental organisation Green Alternative, he strives towards bringing the benefits of local communities at the core of the on-going hydropower development boom in Georgia. Developing great interest in renewable energy and obtaining a master’s degree in the field, he emphasises the need for sustainable development and acknowledging its possible impacts.

Ina Coseru
National Environmental Center EaP CSF Steering Committee
Grigor Yeritsyan
Armenian Progressive Youth, Vice-President
Mariia Symonova
MITLA Agency of Changes (Clean Universities anti-corruption campaign)
Karl Andreas Sprenk
Youth Policy Officer of the Estonian National Youth Council

Karl Andreas Sprenk is current youth policy officer of Estonian National Youth Council (ENL) ENL as organisation stands for recognition of youth participation. ENL was also first Estonian civic society organisation which initiated a change of constitution by lowering the voting age to 16 for local government elections. Karl Andreas has been volunteering for different youth initiatives for last 6 years and his previous experiences include vice chairman positions in Estonian School Student Council’s Union (2013-2014) and Tallinn University Student Union (2016-2017). In addition to previous his currently finishing bachelor-degree studies in a field of Political Sciences and Governance in Tallinn University

Nikolai Kvantaliani
Dzmitry Babicki
CASE Belarus Senior Researcher
Goda Neverauskaitė
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Adviser
Siarhei Antusevich
Belarusian Congress Of Democratic Trade Unions Vice President
Peep Peterson
Estonian Trade Union Confederation, Chairman
Laura Ernšteina
European Economic and Social Committee Administrator, External Relations Secretariat (REX)
Ion Manole
Promo-LEX, President of Promo-LEX
Leyla Mustafayeva
Aleksandra Kalatozishvili
Multiethnic Resource Center for Civic Education Development EaP CSF Steering Committee
Iulian Groza
Institute for European Policies and Reforms Executive Director
Elsa Tulmets
Centre Marc Bloch, Researcher
Thomas Mayr-Harting
European External Action Service (EEAS) Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia

Thomas Mayr-Harting has been EEAS Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia since 2015. Previously he served as EU Head of Delegation to the UN in New York (2011-2015) and as Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN (2008-2011). He represented Austria on the Security Council in 2009 and 2010. Thomas Mayr-Harting joined the Austrian diplomatic service in 1979. He has worked, inter alia, at the Austrian Mission to the European Communities and the Austrian Embassy in Moscow. He was Ambassador to Belgium and NATO from 1999 to 2003. Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Political Director of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, DG Near, European Commission

In September 2015, Katarína Mathernová assumed her function as Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations. She has served as Deputy Director General in Regional Policy (2007-2010). Mathernová has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-2004, 2010-2014), and in the reform government in Slovakia (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, key architect of the Slovak economy’s transformation.

Hanna Hopko
Head of the Committee on foreign affairs of the Ukrainian Parliament

Hanna Hopko is an expert in advocacy, media and political communications. She has worked for different technical assistance programs focused on the development of Ukrainian civil society and human rights defense (USAID, OSCE, NATO, UNEP, UNDP projects, Environment and Security Initiatives, etc). Hanna also worked with the Institute of Political Studies, the National Democracy Institute, the Parliamentary groups coalition “For Morality, Spirituality and Nation’s Health”. She was one of the leading members of the Civic Sector of EuroMaidan during the Revolution of Dignity. During the parliamentary elections that followed the EuroMaidan revolution, Hanna headed the list of the Samopomich (SelfReliance) Party and was elected into the Parliament of Ukraine, she was expelled from Self Reliance on 31 August 2015 for her support of amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution that would lead to decentralization. Now she is non-affliated People’s Deputy.

Oleg Kravchenko
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Foreign Minister
Rikard Jozwiak
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Brussels Reporter
Jan Latal
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Human Rights and Transition Promotion Policy
Ulad Vialichka
Director General of the International Consortium EUROBELARUS, EaP CSF Steering Committee
Katarzyna Wencel
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Project Coordinator
Vahan Chakarian
Technology and Science Dynamics Founder & CEO
Maksym Koriavets
Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies
Luca Ponzellini
European Investment Bank (EIB) Operations in the Neighbouring Countries Directorate
Jan Cingel
GLOBSEC Research Fellow
Sabit Bagirov
Entrepreneurship Development Foundation President
Lesya Karnaukh
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Head of Department of Strategic Environmental Policy
Marina Bantsenko
Ministry of the Environment
Anna Golubovska-Onisimova
Kamila Partyka
Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission, Policy Officer
Helen Põllo
Ministry of Education and Research, Head of the Vocational Education Department
Hovsep Khurshudyan
Free Citizen Civic Initiatives Support Center President
Gagik Galachyan
European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director
Mikayel Hovhannisyan
Eurasia Partnership Foundation
Sona Ayvazyan
Transparency International-Armenia Deputy Director
Ziya Guliyev
Center for Legal Initiatives EaP CSF Steering Committee
Zaur Akbar
Youth Club Public Union
Adriaan Palm
Special Representative for Europe and the Eastern Partnership, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Andrei Bushilo
European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head of Department
Tamar Khulordava
Parliament of Georgia Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration
Lasha Tughushi
European Initiative Liberal Academy Tbilisi (EI LAT)
Nato Bachiashvili
International Centre for Geopolitical Studies Chair
Mihai Godea
Cabinet of the Prime Minister State Advisor
Marta Wytrykowska
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Lilia Carasciuc
Transparency International - Moldova Executive Director
Peter Wagner
Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission, Head of the Support Group for Ukraine
Joanna Rohozinska
National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Senior Programme Officer
Věra Řiháčková
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat Advocacy and Membership Manager
Katerina Danilova

Katerina Danilova was Head of Communications of socio-political Opinion Festival – an open-air meeting platform for entire Estonian community that gives voice to individual citizens, opinion-leaders, media and public companies. This year more than 9000 citizens attended 130 core-issue discussions hosted by 100 organizations over a two day event in August. Through healthy and respectful debate participants set the public agenda for the following year. By being a bridge between ethnic minority and majority, Katerina also helped plenty of national initiatives to find its way to create meaningful communication and thanks to her knowledge about Estonian NGO sector, she also became a trainer for national and foreign NGOs in such topics as organizational culture, team building, growth and advocacy.

Marju Lauristin
Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats.

Marju Lauristin is an Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats. She is an active member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, where she has previously worked on the data protection package and has now been appointed rapporteur of the new E-privacy Regulation. She has an academic career in social sciences and is a Professor in Tartu University since 1995. Prof. Lauristin was one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, minister of Social Affairs of Estonia, and member of the Estonian Parliament.

Darya Mustafayeva
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat, Communications Manager
Kadi Kenk
Head of Partnerships at Let’s Do It Foundation

Kadi has been working with Let’s Do It Foundation since 2011 when she joined as a volunteer to support the growth of the movement that started in Estonia in 2008 when 50 000 people cleaned up the country together in just 5 hours. Since 2015, her main task has been developing international  partnerships for World Cleanup Day 2018, 15 September to ensure cross-sectoral support for the world’s biggest positive civic action. Millions of volunteers will be joining waste mapping and cleanup actions in 2018 to make the world SEE waste and the problems related to it and feel empowered to solve them together. Kadi’s job is to work with partners who committ to supporting civil cociety in their efforts to cleaning their communities. Kadi has graduated from Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and worked as a tax and legal consultant in PwC prior to joining Let’s Do It Foundation full time.

Natalia Yerashevich
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat Director
Tiina Ilsen
Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) Deputy Director