Professor of Russian and Soviet Studies, University of Rennes II. Her main field of academic interest includes: Russian influence strategy in France and in Europe, now in the Soviet past, relations between art, politics and society in Russia since 1940, oppositions in Russia since 1917, history and memory problems in the ex-Soviet Union and in Central and Eastern Europe.


A Czech journalist and musician, working as a commentator and analyst for the daily newspaper Lidove noviny. Before, he worked for Hospodarske noviny and weekly Respekt, the latter of which he co-founded after the velvet revolution (1989) as the country‘s first independent media outlet. His main field of interest is economic politics, namely Eurozone crisis or European integration. He writes his daily blog Monitor on internet and provides analysis for Czech Radio and Television. With his lectures he visits international conferences and universities. He teaches journalism at New York University in Prague. During the Communist era he was a member of Czechoslovak dissent and signed the human rights petition Charta 77. He was involved in samizdat publishing and underground music culture. Chaiman of the board of trustees of Institute for Politics and Society, former chairman of the board of trustees of Vaclav Havel Library. Repeatedly awarded the best journalist in the country (Ferdinand Peroutka Award, 2010).


A Polish poet, fiction writer, journalist, a lead singer in bands: Świetliki [Fire-flies] and Czarne Ciasteczka [Black Cookies]. He made his debut with the book Cold Countries published in 1992 by Fundacja brulion Publishers, although he was discovered by the critics and recognised as one of the most genuine representative of the brulion generation before his official debut. He was awarded many literary prizes, including The Georg Trakl Award, The Kościelscy Award, Grand Prix in a competition organized by brulion magazine, the Jan Twardowski Award. He was also awarded with Polityki Passports Award, but he refused to collect it. He is also a several-time-nominee of the Nike Literary Awards and in 2006 his book Music of the Middle was chosen as the Kraków Book of the Month. In 2009, he received Gdynia Literary Award in fiction for his detective story Jedenaście [Eleven]. While receiving the award he said: I want to congratulate the Jury and my publishers for having such a cool writer.


Head of the POLITICO Office in Warsaw. A former Editor-in-Chief of the Polish Forbes monthly (published by Onet-RASP Group). In the past, he was also the chief of Warsaw and Moscow branches of Reuters, Vice-President of the Interfax agency (in charge of English business webportals), and a Member of the Board of ITI. He also worked as a reporter for Associated Press and Reuters.


Professor Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth is an economist and has been Director of Open Europe Berlin since August 2012. He has been Professor of International Governance in the Law and Economics department at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, since October, 2011; the Managing Research Associate at the Walter Eucken Institute in Freiburg since 2002; Research Associate at the Centre for European Studies in Brussels, Belgium, since 2009; Associate Fellow at the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2009; a visiting lecturer at the Baltic International Academy in Riga, Latvia, since 2008; a member of the Council on Economic Policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin since 2007; and Rapporteur of the Working Group “European Governance” within the European Ideas Network (EIN) in Brussels since 2002. His major fields of research are in New Institutional Economics, Economic Theories of Politics (Public Choice Theory), Theories of economic systems, Evolutionary Economics, Social and Legal Philosophy and History of Ideas.


Associate Professor and Chair at the Media and Communications Department at ELTE University in Budapest. His fields are public service media and problematic media representations and in cultural sociology. He has worked as a scholar in the UK and the US. His works have been published in five languages. Active in media policy initiatives.


She was appointed as the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) in March 2016. Olga has got PhD degree on Finance at the Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine, had been studying at University of Applied Sciences of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Academy of Capital Market Leaders at Lesław A. Paga Foundation (Poland). Olga has 8 years' experience in lecturing at Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine, University of Greenwich (London, UK), as well as at the Jean Monnet Program of Erasmus +. Has got an experience in corporate governance and international cooperation.


A Polish journalist. Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Gazeta Wyborcza daily. Between October 1989 and July 1990, he was Lech Wałęsa's spokesman. In 1991, he published Wódz (Eng. The Chief), which was critical towards Wałęsa. It was later re-published in 1992 in the USas Lech Wałęsa. Democrat or dictator? He joined the editorial team of Gazeta Wyborcza in 1992. In January 2007, he became the deputy Editor-in-Chief. Event: Digital Propaganda as a Challenge for the Media


Media expert interested in the relationship between new media and cultural participation. His research interests include the Internet, computer games, transformation of television, contemporary culture, and informal distribution of information. He collaborates with numerous public cultural institutions, businesses and NGOs. He is also the co-creator of Kultura 2.0 [Culture 2.0], a project devoted to cultural transformations in the digital era as well as Medialab, the first Polish initiative combining social activism, art and technology. He was the principal investigator on numerous research projects, including Młodzi i media (Youth and Media), Tajni kulturalni (Secret Agents of Culture], and Obiegi kultury (The Circulations of Culture). Author of several books, such as Wirtualny plac zabaw. Gry sieciowe i przemiany kultury współczesnej (Virtual Playground. Online Gaming and Transformation of Contemporary Culutre, 2006), and Media, wersja beta (Media. Beta Version, 2014). Co-author, together with Alek Tarkowski, of Dwa zero. Alfabet nowej kultury i inne teksty (Two Zero. The Alphabet of New Culture and Other Texts, 2015). He is also Deputy Editor of Kultura Popularna (Popular Culture), a peer-reviewed academic quarterly journal. At SWPS University, he lectures on new media, pop culture, and audiovisual culture. Event: How Computer Games Change Cultural Behavior?


Co-founder and President of the Panoptykon Foundation, which deals with human rights protection in the context of new technology development. Polish lawyer specializing in human rights and technology. She is a graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Law and Administration Department, and the University of London’s Development Studies program in the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is also the Vice-President of European Digital Rights, a coalition of over 30 organisations. She serves as an advisor to the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative and to the Minister for Administration and Digitalization in Poland. She is also a member of the International Commission of Jurists (Polish section) and the Internet Society. Event: Facebook's Algorithmic Factory


Member of European Parliament (European Group EPP). Polish politician and cultural scientist. In 1981-1989, he was an active member of the underground Solidarity movement. In 1991, and in 1992-93, he was Deputy Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, in 1991, the Minister thereof. In 2008-2009, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. In 2011-2013, he was the first Minister of Administration and Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2016, he is also a member of the board of the Civic Institute.


Polish journalist and writer, the author of numerous travel, fantasy, and jorunalistic books. Since 1997 he works for the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, where he writes about mass culture and Internet. He's an expert in the works of Stanisław Lem. He authored the book Co to są sepulki? Wszystko o Lemie (2007) - an encyclopaedic guide to Lem's works, as well as Lem's biography Lem. Życie nie z tej ziemi (2017) and a script to the documentary film by Borys Lankosz Autor Solaris about Lem. He was awarded by the Silesian Fantasy Club with the Śląkfa award for the Publisher of the Year 2008 for publishing a collection of Stanisław Lem's works by the Agora publishing house. Event: Was Lem a Liberal? Meet the author of Lem. Życie nie z tej ziemi


She debuted as an actress in 1993. She performed in the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, Studio Theatre and National Theatre in Warsaw. She appeared in numerous films, tv series, and theatrical plays - including Polish Television Theatre. In 2005, she started her music career and created a music performance and recorder the Miasto mania album. Three years later, she recorded Maria Awaria. Both albums received very positive reviews and thus made Peszek one of the most popular alternative Polish artists. In 2012, she released her third album, Jezus Maria Peszek, which was both an artistic and commercial success. Her music is characterized by controversial lyrics and performances. Maria Peszek will be one of the speakers during Freedom Games 2017.   Sorry Polsko: Jacek Żakowski z Marią Peszek o Polsce i nowej płycie (Polityka, 2012, in Polish)  

Zaraza puchnie i wybuchnie: Rozmowa z Marią Peszek o strachu i artystycznej reakcji na ten strach, w przeddzień premiery płyty „Karabin” (Polityka, 2016, in Polish)


Vice President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. He holds Master’s degree in economics from Vilnius University and is currently pursuing joint doctoral studies at the ISM University of Management and Economics and the University of Angers, France. His areas of research include monetary policy and financial markets.


President of Lithuanian Free Market Institute, political and NGO activist. His field of analysis at LFMI encompasses energy, transport, and competition policies. He participated in several high-level working groups of legislation of energy, was a member of working groups of “Sunset” (reform and closing down government agencies), and “Sunrise” (cutting red tape, improving conditions for businesses) commissions for the Lithuanian government. Moreover, he has also worked as a teacher of Economics and an adviser to a CEO of an energy company.


Polish writer, journalist at “Polityka” magazine. He is mainly interested in topics concerning processes of modernization and postmodernization, social networks, social communication and influence of media (especially New Media) on social and political actions. Since 1999 he has been working for “Polityka”, a major Polish weekly magazine. Bendyk teaches at Warsaw School of Social Psychology and Center for Social Studies at PolishAcademy of Sciences topics concerning social networks, knowledge management and digital culture. At Collegium Civitas he has a lecture on modern ideas. He wrote two books, “Zatruta studnia” (“The Poisoned Well”, 2002), which won several prizes and was nominated to the Nike 2003 Prize, the most important Polish literary award and “Antymatrix. Czlowiek w labiryncie sieci” (“Anti-Matrix. A Man in a Labyrinth of Networks”, 2004). He is writing a blog: bendyk.blog.polityka.pl.


Before Hanna Zdanowska became the Mayor of the City of Lodz, she served six years as the Director of the Office of Lodz Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2006, Hanna Zdanowska became the Councilor of the Lodz City Council, and later the Vice-Mayor of Lodz in charge of education, sport and EU funds. In autumn 2007, she was elected a Member of the Polish Parliament from the Civic Platform list. She served as the Deputy Chairman of the Special Commission “Friendly State” for matters related to the reduction of bureaucracy. On December 13, 2010 Hanna Zdanowska, after the victory in the elections for the local government was sworn for the position of the Mayor of the City of Lodz. She was elected for a second term by the Lodz inhabitants already in the first round of the elections in 2014.


In March 1993, she began to work in the Government Offices in Stockholm, first as Deputy Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and then as a Political Adviser to the Minister for Culture and Immigration. Between May 1995 and January 2002 Maria Åsenius was Desk Officer for the ELDR Group in the European Parliament before becoming Political Adviser to the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, a position held until July 2004. She was a member of Olli Rehn’s cabinet (August 2004 to June 2007) and Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Olli Rehn at the European Commission in Brussels. After her work as State Secretary for European Affairs in Stockholm she has been Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström since January 2010.


Polish economist, founder and Council Chairman of Civil Development Forum. The Head of the Department of International Comparative Studies at Warsaw School of Economics. Former President of National Bank of Poland (NBP). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist Polish government after the World War II. Doctor honoris causa of over a dozen of universitites in Poland and abroad. Awarded with the Order of the White Eagle, among others.


Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stokholm. He works on moral philosophy, the ethics of technology and political philosophy.


A Polish poet and writer. He translates from English (Philip Larkin, George Szirtes, W.H. Auden) and Russian (Osip Mandelsztam), as well as songs to the music by Astora Piazzoli. Editor of the English anthology Six Polish Poets published in London in 2008 by Arc Publications. In 2005, he was awarded the Kościelski Award and in 2006 received the Polityka Passport Award. He made his poetry debut with the publication of Żywoty równoległe, which featured on the cover a  positive feedback by Czesław Miłosz.


Political strategist, director of the Hungarian liberal think tank Republikon Institute and member of the board of the European Liberal Forum.


Research Scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT's Sloan School of Management where he leads a project exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks (COIN), Founder and Chief Creative Officer of software company galaxyadvisors. He is also a Honorary Professor at University of Cologne, Honorary Professor at Jilin University, Changchun China, Distinguished Visiting Professor at P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and a lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). Previously, Peter was a Partner with Deloitte Consulting, leading its e-Business practice for Europe, a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the section leader for software engineering at UBS.