Michel Onfray

Freedom Games 2018

A contemporary French writer and philosopher who promotes hedonism, atheism, and anarchism. He is a highly prolific author on philosophy, having written more than 100 books.

He has gained notoriety for writing such works as Traité d’athéologie: Physique de la métaphysique (translated into English as Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), Politique du rebelle: traité de résistance et d’insoumissionPhysiologie de Georges Palante, portrait d’un nietzchéen de gaucheLa puissance d’exister and La sculpture de soi for which he won the annual Prix Médicis in 1993.

His philosophy is mainly influenced by such thinkers as Nietzsche, Epicurus, the cynic and cyrenaic schools, and French materialism. Onfray writes that there is no philosophy without self-psychoanalysis. He describes himself as an atheist and considers theist religion to be indefensible.

Onfray has published 9 books under a project of history of philosophy called Counter-history of Philosophy. In each of these books Onfray deals with a particular historical period in western philosophy. The series of books are composed by the titles I. Les Sagesses Antiques (2006) (on western antiquity), II. Le Christianisme hédoniste (2006) (on Christian hedonism from the Renaissance period), III. Les libertins baroques (2007) (on libertine thought from the Baroque era), IV. Les Ultras des Lumières (2007) (on radical enlightenment thought), V. L’Eudémonisme social (2008) (on radical utilitarian and eudomonistic thought), VI. Les Radicalités existentielles(2009) (on 19th and 20th century radical existentialist thinkers) and VII.La construction du surhomme: Jean-Marie Guyau, Friedrich Nietzsche (on Guyau´s and Nietzsche´s philosophy in relation to the concept of the Übermensch). VIII Les Freudiens hérétiques (2013). IX Les Consciences réfractaires (2013).

Onfray was a high school philosophy teacher for two decades until he resigned in 2002 to establish a tuition-free Université Populaire (People’s University) at Caen, at which he and several colleagues teach philosophy and other subjects.

Michael J. Abramowitz

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President of Freedom House.  Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs.

He was previously National Editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive.

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Marci Shore

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Associate professor of history at Yale University. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński’s The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968; The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and most recently, The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution.

Photo: Rostyslav Kostenko

Brendan Simms

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Professor of History of European International Relations, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Peterhouse. He has been involved in policy work through the (Conservative) BOW Group, the (Labour) Foreign Policy Centre, the British Irish Association, and the Bosnian Institute (London).

He is also co-president of the Henry Jackson Society and President of the Project for Democratic Union. He has been interviewed by BBC 4, BBC World Service, RTE, and numerous Balkan radio programmes. Simms has given lectures in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia on various aspects of the Bosnian War.

An author of numerous articles and reviews for the Times Higher Educational Supplement, Observer, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Spectator, The times, Independent, Evening Standard, London Review of Books, and Wall Street Journal. Publications: Unfinest hour. Britain and the destruction of Bosnia (2001),  Europe. The struggle for supremacy, 1453 to the present (2013), among others.

Brendan Simms will join Freedom Games for the second time.

Stefan Chwin

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A highly prolific Polish novelist, essayist, literary critic, and historian of literature whose life and literary work is closely linked to the city of Gdansk. He holds a post of Literature Professor at the University of Gdansk, his professional interests are focused on romanticism.

In the 1980s, he was a member of the editorial board of the renowned Transgresje series. The best-known novel by Stefan Chwin is entitled Hanemann (1995). It has been translated into German, Swedish, Spanish, and English. The plot of the novel is set in Gdansk in the wake of World War II.

He penned numerous books, including Romantyczna przestrzeń wyobraźni (1988), Literatura i zdrada (1993), Samobójstwo jako doświadczenie wyobraźni (2010), Samobójstwo i grzech istnienia (2012), Miłosz. Interpretacje i świadectwa (2011), Miłosz. Gdańsk i okolice (with Krystyna Chwin, 2012), Krótka historia pewnego żartu (1991), Esther (1999), Złoty pelikan (2003), Kartki z dziennika (2004), Żona prezydenta, Dolina Radości, Dziennik dla dorosłych, and Panna Ferbelin (2011), Ein Deutsches Tagebuch (2015), and Srebrzysko. Powieść dla dorosłych (2016), among others.

He is also an author of several fantasy books: Ludzie-skorpiony and Człowiek-litera (published as Max Lars) and essays, such as Zwodnicze piękno (2016).

In 1997, he received the Erich Brost Danzig Award for his merits on Polish-German reconciliation.


Photo: Marcin R. Chwin

Shalini Randeria

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Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.

She is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the American Ethnologist, Public Anthropologist and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the journal Comparative Migration Studies. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Central European University (CEU), the Academic Advisory Board of the Wien Museum as well as the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.

Her research foci include the anthropology of law, state and policy, particularly the transnationalisation of law, normative pluralism; reproductive rights, population policy and gender; displacement and privatisation of common property resources; the anthropology of globalisation and development; post-coloniality and multiple modernities; and civil society and social movements.

She studied at the universities of Delhi and Heidelberg, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Free University, Berlin in 1992, and habilitation in 2002.

She was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich, as well as Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Central European University Budapest, and has held Visiting Professorships at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, at the University of Vienna and at EHESS, Paris as well as at the Berlin Social Science Research Center and the Free University of Berlin. 

She has been a Member of the Senate of the German Research Council (DFG), President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York and as member of the Editorial Board of Annual Review of Anthropology.

Recent edited volumes include: Migration and Borders of Citizenship (with Ravi Palat, special issue of Refugee Watch. A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, 2017); Border Crossings. Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt (vdf Hochschulverlag, 2016); Politics of the Urban Poor (with Veena Das, special issue of Current Anthropology, 2015); Anthropology, Now and Next. Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity. Essays in Honour of Ulf Hannerz (with Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Christina Garsten, Berghahn Publishers, 2014); Jenseits des Eurozentrismus. Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (with Sebastian Conrad und Regina Römhild, 2nd edition, Campus Verlag, 2013); and Critical Mobilities (with D’Amato, Gianni, Panese, Francesco, Ruedin, Didier, and Ola Söderström, Routledge, 2013); Eckert, Andreas and Shalini Randeria, eds. Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung (Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 2009); Fuchs, Martin, Antje Linkenbach, and Shalini Randeria, eds. Konfigurationen der Moderne: Diskurse zu Indien (Special issue, Soziale Welt 15, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2004).

Hanna Zdanowska

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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.

Elzbieta Cherezinska

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A Polish writer specializing in historical novels, a theatrologist. She graduated from the fcaulty of theatre studies of the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. As an author of historical novels she debuted in 2005 with a book written in cooperation with Szewach Weiss – Z jednej strony, z drugiej strony. Next, she published a novel based on the memories from the Lodz Ghetto, entitled Byłam sekretarką Rumkowskiego. Dzienniki Etki Daum. In Gra w kości, released in 2010, she tackles the theme of Polish Middle Ages, devoting the book to the Congress of Gniezno of the year 1000. At the same time, she released several books from the Północna drogaset in Scandinavia at the turn of 10th and 11th century.

She made the bestsellers list for the first time in 2012 with with her first book from the Odrodzone Królestwo series, set in the times of the fragmentation of Poland and contrasted with the history of Central Europe. One of her most recognized books is, however, the two-volume  Harda Królowa, about Świętosława – the daughter of the first Polish prince and the sister of the first Polish king, Boleslaw I the Brave.

Apart from the Middle Ages, Cherezinska is also interested in the World War II – which has been reflected in her book Legion – and the diplomatic games in the 19th century – her monumental book Turniej cieni. 

She writes her books in cooperation with historians, archeologists, and other experts in the field. She does not, however, shy away from enriching the stories she tells with elements of fantasy. When she published her first book on the Piast dynasty back in 2010, she wrote: “I worry that as a nation we still perceive our history as too heavy of burden. I would rather it became a practical guide in our journey”.

Ziemowit Szczerek

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A Polish award-winning writer, journalist, and translator.

He debuted as a co-author of Paczka radomskich (A Pack of Radomskie Cigarettes) (2010). His book Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje, czyli tajna historia Słowian (Mordor Will Come and Devour Us – A Secret History of Slavs) – a collection of reportage texts from a trip to Ukraine written in gonzo style – was awarded with the Polityka Passport in 2013.

His latest novel Siódemka (Seven) (2014) is devoted to Polish reality stretching along the road no. 7. Apart from that, he is the author of an alternative vision of Polish history contained in the book Rzeczpospolita zwycięska (Victorious Commonwealth) (2013).

He collaborates with a number of magazines, including Polityka, Nowa Europa Wschodnia, Ha!art, Dwutygodnik, and Tygodnik Powszechny.

Andrzej Leder

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Polish philosopher of culture, psychotherapist, and author. He has been working at Institute of Philophy and Sociology of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) since 1996, since 2010 as full professor.

In the years 1992-2012, he was a member of the editorial team of Res Publica Nowa. He was also a contributor in the Ozon magazine.

In 2015, his book Prześniona rewolucja. Ćwiczenie z logiki historycznej was nominated for the Nike Literary Award and the Kazimierz Moczarski History Prize for the best book.

Luba Jurgenson

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Born in Moscow in 1958, she is currently a full Professor at the Department of Slavic Studies of Sorbonne University. Her main research areas include: witness literature about Nazi camps and Gulag, representations and memory of mass violence in Eastern and Central Europe (20st century).

She has penned and edited several books and articles, notably on memory of Gulag and Stalin’s repressions. Reently, she published Le Goulag, témoignages et archives (Laffont 2017) written in cooperation with Nicolas Werth.

Eustachy Rylski

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Polish fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter. He debuted in 1984 with a diptich titled Stankiewicz. Powrót. 

He is the author of such novels as Człowiek w cieniu, Warunek, Na Grobli, Obok Julii, as well as collections of short stories Tylko chłód, Wyspa, Szara lotka, and essays – such as, for instance, Po śniadaniu.

He was awarded several prestigeous literary prizes.

His works have been translated into many languages worldwide.

 

Photo: www.ArekMarkowicz.pl

Paul Gradvohl

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Contemporary Central Europe is the main topic of Paul Gradvohl’s historical research and publications. Among these (co-editor): Culture et identité en Europe centrale. Canons littéraires et visions de l’his­toi­re (Paris, Institut d’Études Slaves/Brno, Masaryk University, 2011) or L’Euro­pe médiane au XXe siècle: fractures, décompositions – recompositions – sur­com­po­sitions (Prague, CEFRES, 2011). Former director of the Center for French Civilization and Francophone Studies at the Warsaw University (2012-2016), he came back to the University of Lorraine. In 2013, he published, with Violaine Gelly, a biography of Charlotte Delbo (Paris, Fayard). The book was awarded the Prix de la critique by the French Pen Club (December 2013). He started working on a global approach of Central Europe (historiographical, see Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest, 20014/2, or centered on fears since 1918 Esprit 2016/March-April, nr 423) and is often interviewed in the media about the recent events in Central Europe (Le MondeRadio France InternationaleFrance Info these last weeks).

Máté Hajba

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The director of the Hungarian Free Market Foundation, which advocates economic freedom, civil rights, and tolerance in Hungary. He is also the vice president of Civic Platform, a Hungarian organization, which runs anti-racist campaigns and promotes democratic values.

He is interested in the relationship between the state and the individual and in the concept and history of liberty.

He writes for international and national press and blogs on issues such as tolerance, international relations, and the digital economy.

To spread the concept of individualism, liberty, tolerance, and free market, he co-founded a youth organization named Eötvös Club.

A member of AMO External Staff.

Marcin Frenkel

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A Ph.D candidate in humanities at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz and a manager in a family company.

He is also a member of editorial team at the magazine Liberté! – a leading Polish political quarterly and a regular contributor of research papers to the “Civic Institute” – a political think-tank.

His publications can be found at academia.edu.

A member of AMO External Staff.

Kryštof Kruliš

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Research Fellow of AMO Research Center, his research focuses on the internal market of the EU, EU law and relations between the EU and Anglophone countries.

He received his Ph.D. in the European Law at the Law School of the Charles University in Prague in 2017, where he graduated summa cum laude his master degree in Law and legal science. He studied in Sweden at Jönköping International Business School under the Socrates-Erasmus programme. He graduated with distinction his second master programme in Anglophone studies at the Metropolitan University Prague, where he has started to give lectures.

He worked as an associate in a Prague branch of a leading international law firm where he provided legal advisory within the areas of the Czech law and law of the EU to eminent Czech and foreign clients from both private and public sectors.

In his private legal practice he has focused on the EU law and international public law issues.

He has been cooperating with AMO since 2014. In 2016, he founded registered institute Spotřebitelské forum and became a chairman of its board.

Martin Reguli

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An analyst at the Slovak F. A. Hayek Foundation. He focuses primarily on the areas of economics, social policy, and foreign affairs at the level of Slovak Republic and the European Union.

He participated in the formation of education and information portals,  as well as delivered lectures.

He has direct experience in working in the legislative chamber and with the research projects in the areas of foreign policy and the political development in the CEE countries.

A member of AMO External Staff.

Peter A. Gloor

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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.

Karim Jebari

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

Leszek Balcerowicz

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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.

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

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A Representative of the Civic initiative ”Free Courts”. The Pro Bono Lawyer for 2016. A member of The Right to Help Foundation and the Zbigniew Holda Association. The coordinator for NGO relations of Direct Bar Association in Warsaw.

Jacek Dukaj

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Polish award-winning science fiction writer, philosopher by education. Winner of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010), Śląkfa (2000, 2007, 2009), Żuławski Award (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), Kościelski Award (2008) and the European Union Prize for Literature (2009). In 2013 Dukaj received Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. Winner of the Kościelski Prize 2008 for his novel Ice. He made his debut very early, at sixteen years old, in the journal Fantastyka, and quickly gained recognition as one of the most promising writers of literature of the fantastic (some consider him a successor to Stanisław Lem). He has been many times given the Janusz A. Zajdel Award, which has a great deal of prestige in fantasy circles. Tomasz Bagiński made an animated film called Cathedral based on motifs from a Dukaj short story, garnering an Oscar nomination in the process.

Maria Åsenius

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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.

Maria Peszek

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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.

Adam Wajrak

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A journalist cooperating with the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, a naturalist, and a traveller. A nature protection activist. The author of books about nature, eg. Wilki (Wolves), Umarły las (Dead Forest), and To zwierzę mnie bierze (I’m Taken with this Animal). He is a honorary citizen of Rzeczpospolita Ptasia, an initiative for bird-lovers. He was awarded with the medal of Nature Protection League (LOP).

Marcin Świetlicki

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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.

Jacek Dehnel

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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.

Cécile Vaissié

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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.

Katarzyna Lubnauer

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Head of Parliamentary Club of the Nowoczesna party, MP of the VII convocation. Former city councillor in Lodz. Academic lecturer at the University of Lodz. She regularly publishes articles in the Liberte! magazine and since 2014 writes a blog in the domain. She was involved in the Secular School initiative, promoting a civic legislative project in favor of putting a stop to financing lessons of religion from state budget. Apart from that, she is also a member of Institute of Tolerance, which organzied the LUTA project for refugees.

Ferenc Hammer

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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.

Michael Wohlgemuth

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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.

James W.A. Murray

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Head of Business Development for BioCarbon Engineering, an ecosystem restoration company that uses exponential technologies, such as autonomous robotics and big data to enhance intelligence on ecosystems and increasing the rate of restoration; gathering inventory data and surface data. He has also worked in venture capital, consulting, taught entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford and had two company exits.

Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz

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A Polish politician, a lawyer, and MP and spokesperson of the .Nowoczesna (.Modern) party. She formerly worked in private legal companies and the office of the Polish Human Rights Defender, and cooperated with the Forum Dialogue Among Nations foundation. In 2015, she was appointed as the spokesperson of the Nowoczesna party. After being elected an MP, she now is a member of the Committee for Health and the Committee for Justice and Human Rights.

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

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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.

Robert Biedroń

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The Mayor of the City of Słupsk since 2014. For many years he has been a consultant for numerous Human Rights organizations, both in Poland and abroad. He is also a co-founder and a long-standing president of the Campaign Against Homophobia. Since 2009, he has acted as the president of the Podkarpacki Institute, which is an organisation focused on the development of civil society. On October 9, 2011, he was elected as a Member of Parliament. He was a vice chairperson of the Justice and Human Rights Committee and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe and General Rapporteur on LGBT people of the Assembly. In the years 2008-2016, he was a member of the Human Rights Advisory Board by the Open Society Foundation. Since 2015 member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Council of Europe. Since 2016, he has also been a member of the Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement and Protection launched by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Stanisław Bielecki

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A professor of technical sciences, recognized biotechnology authority ( in particular: molecular and industrial biotechnology), food technology, related disciplnes and bioeconomy. Currently, the main areas of his scientific investigation are: molecular and industrial biotechnology, bioeconomy, biopolimers and in particular bacterial cellulose and its applications, applied biocatalysts, molecular engineering of enzymes, enzymatic synthesis of oligosaccharides, biocatalysis in nonconventional systems. Professor Bielecki is an author or co-author (scientific attainment features) of over 200 research papers, 51 patents and 10 patent applications. He is a director of the IBT, a member of the Council of the European University Association (EUA, 2016-2020), member of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel at the European Commission (2016-) and a member of: the Biotechnology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Innovation Council of the Lodz Region, and the Foundation of Polish Rectors. Moreover prof. S. Bielecki has many years of experience in managment of higher education institution. He was a rector of the Lodz University of Technology in 2008-2016. He is a member of national and international scientific organizations and expert teams working in the field of biotechnology and bioeconomy. He is an author and co-author of a series of reports and expert opinions on the strategies and perspectives of biotechnology and bioeconomy development in Poland.

Borys Budka

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A Polish MP, Civic Platform. An experienced lawyer, member of the local government and parliamentarian. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Silesia, is a holder of a PhD in economics, as well as a lecturer at the Department of Law of the University of Economics. He has represented the parliament before the Constitutional Tribunal over 60 times. In 2015, he served as the Minister of Justice. Since 2016, he is the Vice-President of Civic Platform.

Joanna Mucha

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A member of Civic Platform since 2003. In 2007, she became an MP from the Lublin electoral region.She was a member of the Committee of Health and the Committe of Public Finance. She was the head of a special sub-committee for an act amending the former act on pharmaceutical chambers and a member of a continuous sub-committee for public health as well as a continuous sub-committee for financial institutions. She was a secretary of the Committee on Bioethics Convention. Between November 18, 2011 and November 27, 2013, she was a secretary of the Minister of Sport and Tourism. Currently, she is the Vice-President of the Special Committe for Derelugation. She is also a member of the Committee on Public Finance.

Marta Lempart

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The initiator and leader of Women’s Protest in Poland.

Róża Thun

Freedom Games 2017

She has served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Poland, representing Civic Platform since 2009, being returned to Brussels at the 2014 European elections. Previously, she was involved in two anti-communist organizations (the Student Committee of Solidarity and the Workers’ Defence Committee) in the People’s Republic of Poland. After the fall of Communism, she was the chairwoman of the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation, a non-governmental organization promoting European integration. Thun was also the head of the European Commission representation to Poland between 2005 and 2009. Since 2011 she has been Vice President of the European Movement International.

Oksana Zabuzhko

Freedom Games 2016

Ukrainian novelist, poet, essayist, and public intellectual. Her works has been translated into multiple languages. As a trained philosopher and cultural critic, Zabuzhko publishes essays and non-fiction works. Zabuzhko also turns to the Ukrainian history. Her most recent novel, The Museum of Abandoned Secrets (2009), deals with three different epochs (World War II, 1970s, and early 2000s), and, in particular, the topic of Ukrainian Insurgent Army, active in Ukraine in the 1940s and 1950s, and either demonized or silenced by the Soviet historiography. Oksana Zabuzhko’s most famous non-fiction book is Notre Dame d’Ukraine. It focuses on the Ukrainian writer of the fin-de-siècle era, Lesya Ukrayinka (1871-1913), but is also a study of the Ukrainian intelligentsia of that time and their cultural values. More specifically, in this groundbreaking volume Zabuzhko shows Ukraine’s European legacy in regard to the tradition of chivalry and the ways in which it shaped the Ukrainian literature and mentality. Her book Let My People Go won the Korrespondentmagazine Best Ukrainian documentary book award in June 2006, The Museum of Abandoned Secrets — Best Ukrainian Book — 2010.

 

Joanna Bator

Freedom Games 2016

Polish writer. Academically, a philosopher and Cultural Studies specialist. She devoted herself to literature after having previously worked at the universities in London, New York and Tokio. She was a freelance contributor to Gazeta Wyborcza daily. She is the author of several novels: Piaskowa Góra (2009), Chmurdalia (2011), Ciemno, prawie noc (2013) and a forthcoming Rok Królika (2016), as well as numerous essays and reports. Her works have been translated into German, French, Hibrew, Ukrainian, Macedonian, Slovene, Czech and Hungarian. She was awarded numerous prizes for her work, eg. Nike Literary Prize or Swiss Spycher Literaturepreis. In 2014, she was a Visiting Professor in the field of world literature at the University in Brno. In the years 2015-2016, she lived in Berlin as an  Artist-in-Residence of the German DAAD foundation.

 

Andrzej Stasiuk

Freedom Games 2016

One of the most successful and internationally acclaimed contemporary Polish writers, journalists and literary critics. He is best known for his travel literature and essays that describe the reality of Eastern Europe and its relationship with the West. After being dismissed from secondary school, Stasiuk dropped out also from a vocational school and drifted aimlessly, became active in the Polish pacifist movement and spent one and a half years in prison for deserting the army – as legend has it, in a tank. His experiences in prison provided him with the material for the stories in his literary debut in 1992. Entitled Mury Hebronu (“The Walls of Hebron”), it instantly established him as a premier literary talent. After a collection of “Love and non-love poems” (Wiersze miłosne i nie, 1994), Stasiuk’s bestselling first full-length novel Biały kruk (English translation as White Raven in 2000) appeared in 1995 and consolidated his position among the most successful authors in post-communist Poland. Together with his wife, he also runs his own tiny but, by now, prestigious publishing business Wydawnictwo Czarne, named after its seat.

Jerzy Hausner

Freedom Games 2016

Polish politician and economist, former MP, minister in the cabinets of Leszek Miller and Marek Belka, member of the Monetary Policy Council. From 1994 to 1996 he served as Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office. He coordinated preparatory work for, and worked to implement, the “Strategy for Poland” – at the time the key government program of economic and social development of the country. In February 1997, in the Government of Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, he was appointed Undersecretary of State at the Prime Minister’s Chancery and Government’s Commissioner for Social Security Reform. He served as: Former Minister of Labour and Social Policy (2001–2003), Minister of State Treasury (2004), Minister of Health (2004), Minister of Economy (2003–2005), Deputy Prime Minister (2004).He is also Professor of University of Economics at Kraków. In his research, he is interested in the interaction of economy and politics (political economy, public economy and public administration.) He has authored 231 publications, 48 books, 58 journal articles, and 38 chapters in books. He holds membership in the Polish Economic Association, the Scientific Association of Organization and Management, and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.

Francesca Borri

Freedom Games 2015

Italian journalist, specialising in Middle Eastern affairs. She has written books on Kosovo, and on Israel and Paestine. She is currently covering the war in Syria.

Jan-Werner Mueller

Freedom Games 2015

Professor of Politics at Princeton University since 2005. He has been a Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and a visiting fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute of Advanced Study, Collegium Helsinki, Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Remarque Institute, NYU, the Center for European Studies, Harvard, as well as the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, the Ludwig Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, the Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris. Professor Müller is a co-founder of the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA), Berlin, Germany’s first private, English-speaking liberal arts college. He is the author of Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification and National Identity (2000), A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought (2003), among others.

Liao Yiwu

Freedom Games 2015

Chinese author, reporter, musician, and poet. He is a critic of China’s Communist regime, for which he has been imprisoned. His books, several of which are collections of interviews with ordinary people from the lower rungs of Chinese society, were published in Taiwan and Hong Kong but are banned in mainland China; some have been translated into English, French, German, Polish and Czech. In 2003, he was awarded a Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grant. In 2007, he received a Freedom to Write Award from the Independent Chinese PEN Center. Authorities prevented him from attending the award ceremony in Beijing. In 2011 he was awarded the German Geschwister-Scholl-Preis and in 2012 the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. In his address at the price ceremony in the Paulskirche, Liao Yiwu described China as “the source of global disasters” and an “ever-expanding garbage dump”. He concluded his speech with the wish that “for the peaceful well-being of all humanity, this empire (China) must break apart”.

Mikhail Kasyanov

Freedom Games 2015

Russian statesman and politician, Prime Minister of Russia in the years 2000-2004 and minister of finance in 1999-2000. Currently, he is a co-chair of the political party RPR-PARNAS, the leader of movement People’s Democratic Union and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. Kasyanov was one of the leaders of the opposition coalition The Other Russia and an active participant of Dissenters’ Marches. In 2008 he was refused registration as a candidate in the election of President of Russia. In 2010 he co-founded the coalition For Russia without Lawlessness and Corruption and was co-chair of the People’s Freedom Party. Since 2012 Mikhail Kasyanov is a co-chair of the registered political party, Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS). He is an active speaker during protest rallies For Fair Elections.

Agnieszka Lichnerowicz

Freedom Games 2015

Polish journalist. A graduate of international relations at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). Head of the Foreign Desk of Radio TOK FM and host of the station’s Światopodgląd program. As a correspondent Agnieszka reported elections around the world, political conflicts as well as international summits. She is particularly interested in issues related to changes and developments in political systems, transformation, resistance movements and human rights (among other countries she travelled to Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia, North Africa and Myanmar). She is the laureate of the R. Kapuściński award of the Polish Press Agency as well as other prices.

Jakub Zulczyk

Freedom Games 2015

Polish prose writer, screenwriter and journalist writing for several Polish magazines – PlayboyElleWprost and Tygodnik Powszechny. He debuted in 2006 with the novel Zrób mi jakąś krzywdę (“Harm me Somehow”), in 2008 he published Radio Armageddon which in 2015 was adapted for the stage of the Wroclawski Teatr Współczesny. Żulczyk is also the author of the novels Instytut (2010), Zmorojewo and Świątynia (“The Temple”, 2011). For the most recent book Ślepnąc od świateł (“Blinded by the Lights”, 2014) he was nominated to Polityka Passports Award and Gwarancje Kultury Prize. He is one of the most popular writers of the young generations.

Teele Pehk

Freedom Games 2015

Urbanist at the Estonian Urban Lab, competence centre of urban thought and action created in 2006. For five years Teele was leading the Estonian Urban Lab and ran several projects on raising citizen enthusiasm, educating about urban living environment, participatory planning and community development. Currently she runs the public call for ideas to shape Tallinn’s central seaside. She is also the CEO of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly, a state foundation working on such democratic processes as the public sector reform and platform for collective petitions. Teele has been educated at Tartu University in economics and at Tampere University in human geography. She is one of the 100 innovators in the list of New Europe 100, initiated by the Polish foundation Res Publica.

Peter Pomerantsev

Freedom Games 2015

British journalist, film director, producer of Russian heritage. Born in the UK to Russian émigré parents, spent almost a decade in Moscow working as a TV producer, making documentaries and reality shows for Russian audiences. After graduation he moved back to Moscow where he lived for nine years. He moved back to London in 2010. He cooperates with the London Review of Books. His works have been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, Newsweek and Atlantic Monthly, as well as on the NewYorker.com. website.

Ivan Krastev

Freedom Games 2015

Bulgarian political scientist, philosopher, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, co-founder of European Council on Foreign Relations, and permanent fellow at the IWM, Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. In 2008 he was ranked 85th in the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll. He was also the Research Director of Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism, a three-year project carried out at the Center for Policy Studies (2004-2006). Krastev authored many publications, e.g. Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (2004). Europe’s Democracy Paradox, The American Interest (2012), In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (2013), among others.

Sylvie Kauffmann

Freedom Games 2015

Editorial director of Le Monde. She was editor in chief from 2010 to 2011, before which she led the newspaper’s in-depth reporting section. From 1996 to 2001 Kauffmann was the newspaper’s New York bureau chief, moving from her post as correspondent in Washington, DC. She reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union as eastern and central Europe correspondent from 1988 to 1993, having joined Le Monde in 1987 as Moscow correspondent. Before joining the newspaper Kauffmann worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Paris, London, Warsaw and Moscow.

Adam Bodnar

Freedom Games 2015

Polish lawyer, social activist, Human Rights Defender. In 2004–20015 he was working with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights – first, as a co-founder, hen as the coordinator of Litigation Program, finally as the head of the legal department and President of the board. Expert in the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In 2013-2014 Bodnar was a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture. In 2001-2004 he worked as a lawyer in Weil, Gotshal & Mangers law firm. Since 2006 he has been giving lectures at the law and administration department of the University of Warsaw. Until the time of assuming the post of Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, PhD cooperated with various non-governmental organizations, including Panaptykon Fund (chairman of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Polska (member of the Programme Council), Prof. Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and the member of the Management Board). He was also a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at Batory Foundation and of the editorial team of kulturaliberalna.pl. In 2011 he was awarded with the Tolerance Prize by the Polish LGBT organizations. In 2013 he received a scholarship within the scope of German Marshall Memorial Fellowship programme. He became the Human Rights Defender in September 2015.

Román Skrýpin

Freedom Games 2015

Ukrainian media-manager, journalist, television host, Chief of the Ukrainian Independent Media Union, Founder of Hromadske.TV. Skrypin is the co-author of the Channel 5 so-called “true news”. In 2009, he became the author and the host of television program “Truth of Roman Skrypin” at TVi television channel. In 2012 Skrypin decided to start an internet television channel. This idea eventually became Hromadske.TV. After the April 2013 ownership dispute at TVi 31 journalists resigned from TVi, as they believed that they could no longer “guarantee our audience to provide objective and unbiased information”. Many of them eventually joined Hromadske.TV.

Inga Springe

Freedom Games 2015

Founder and Director of the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re: Baltica. Springe was an investigative journalist at the daily newspaper Diena. Her investigations have focused on organized crime, corruption and smuggling in Latvia and the Balkans, work that led to changes in Latvian law and action against public officials. Springe was a Fulbright/Humphrey program fellow studying journalism at the University of Maryland, through which she completed affiliations at theWashington Post, Mother Jones magazine and The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Philippe Legrain

Freedom Games 2015

British political economist and writer. He specializes in global and European economic issues, notably globalisation, migration, the post-crisis world and the euro. A visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute, he is a former adviser to European Commission president José Manuel Barroso from 2011 to 2014. A commentator for BBC TV and radio, he has written for various newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, the Wall Street Journal Europe and the New Statesman. Legrain is the author of four books: Open World: The Truth about Globalisation, which is a counter-argument to Naomi Klein’s No LogoImmigrants: Your Country Needs Them was shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year AwardAftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis; and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right, which the Financial Times calls “essential reading”.

Adam Michnik

Freedom Games 2015

Polish historian, essayist, former dissident, public intellectual, editor-in-chief of Poland’s largest newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza”. Brought up in a family of committed communists, Michnik became an opponent of the communist regime at the time of the anti-Jewish purges in the party. He was imprisoned, first, after the 1968 March Events, then, after the imposition of the Martial Law in 1981. Michnik also played a crucial role during the Polish Round Table Talks, as a result of which the communists conceded to call elections, which were subsequently won by Solidarity. Even though he has withdrawn from active politics he has “maintained an influential voice through journalism”. He is a laureate of many awards and honors, including a Knight of the Legion of Honour and European of the Year.

Malgorzata Bonikowska

Freedom Games 2015

Co-Editor of „THINKTANK Magazine”. Małgorzata Bonikowska has a PhD in the humanities and she specializes in the issues of foreign relations (with particular emphasis on the European Union) and communication in public institutions. A graduate of the University of Warsaw (Italian studies), the Paris-Sorbonne University (history and political studies) and PWST (State Collage of Theatre, culture history), she also finished two PhD programs – in Poland (Polish Academy of Science) and abroad. She attended specialization studies at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at the Columbia University in New York within the Fulbright Scholarship. Between the years 1995-1998, she worked as an editor in TVP, a Polish public broadcasting corporation. From 1998, she was in charge of the Centre of the European Information in the Office of the Committee of European Integration. She prepared and executed the government program regarding informing the society about the Polish integration with the EU and created a network of Regional Centres of European Information. In the years 2001-2008, she was an expert for the European Commission and Chair of the EC’s Information and Communication Program in Poland and later in Bulgaria. Since 1997, she has been active in didactic and research activities, and is an academic lecturer and government advisor. Author of over 80 publications and several books, she promoted over 100 bachelor’s and master’s degrees graduates as well as graduate students.

Yuri Dzhibladze

Freedom Games 2015

President of the Moscow-based Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, which he founded in 1998. The Center is a Russian public policy and advocacy NGO, focusing on a wide range of human rights and democracy issues, including freedom of association and assembly, protection of human rights defenders, torture and enforced disappearances, combating xenophobia and discrimination, among others, in a number of countries, including Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. Working with partners, the Centre has a particular interest in making analysis and developing recommendations on strategies of the international community to promote positive change in human rights and democracy in the post-Soviet region. The Centre actively works with inter-governmental organisations such as the OSCE, the UN, and the Council of Europe. Yuri Dzhibladze is an author and editor of books, research papers and articles on human rights and democracy, and regularly speaks at conferences.

Osamu Okamura

Freedom Games 2015

Czech-Japanese architect, program director of reSITE international festival and conference on more livable cities, editorial supervisor and former editor-in-chief of professional architecture magazine ERA21. Lecturer at Architectural Institute in Prague and Visegrad Intercity Seminar in Architecture at STU in Bratislava. External lecturer at Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University in Brno, at SU Strasbourg and IISCE DSW in Wroclaw. Independent nominator of European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award – for the Czech Republic. Member of the Board of Experts of the European Prize for Urban Public Space. Expert adviser of Metropolitan Sounding Board of Prague City Council in the issues of urban development. Currently, Okamura lives in Brno and Prague.

Vitaly Portnikov

Freedom Games 2015

Ukrainian editor and journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Tvi. Since 1989, he works as the analyst of the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, specializing in post-Soviet countries, and cooperates with the Russian and Ukrainian services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. As a freelance journalist he has been publishing articles in various newspapers and magazines such as: Russian Russkij TelegrafKommersantVedomosti, Vremya MN, Vremya novostej, Moskovskiye Novosti, Obshaja gazeta, Ukrainian Den’, Korrespondent, Profil, Delovaja Nedelja, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, Kontrakty, Novynar, Glavred, Latvian Biznes & Baltia, Telegraf, Estonian Estonia, Postimees, Polish Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Belarusian Belgazeta. In 2007, he was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the Media-Dom holding and the Ukrainian newspaper Gazeta24. Since 2008, he has been the author of the weekly TV-show ”Kyivski pohliad”. Vitaly Portnikov is the winner of the “Zolote Pero 1989”, the award of the Ukrainian Association of Journalists. He has also been nominated for the title of the Journalist of the Year in Ukraine.

Jacek Zakowski

Freedom Games 2015

One of the most influential and opinion-forming Polish journalists and columnists, commentator of “Polityka” magazine. He is a well-experienced in public debates liberal-leftist polemist who criticizes Polish political circles for their dismissive attitude to knowledge and their anti-intellectual syndrome. As a regular supporter of culture, he took part in the social campaign “Kultura się liczy”(“Culture Matters”, 2010). In his opinion, treating the reality in a non-integral manner is one of the greatest mistakes of Polish politicians, as the state is an interdependent system. Collaborator of Gazeta Wyborcza (1993-2002) and host – together with Piotr Najsztub –of one of the first Polish television feature programmes ‘Tok-szok’ (1997-1999). Since 2002, he is a political commentator of the weekly Polityka. He also hosts programmes at Radio Tok FM and TVP Info. Another field of his activity is being the Journalism Program Director at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw.

Jaroslaw Gugala

Freedom Games 2015

Polish journalist, TV news anchor at Polsat TV and Polsat News.A diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Uruguay between 1999 and 2003. Since October 2007, is one of the main presenters of release events on weekdays. Director of Channel One of the Polish TV and of the Television Information Agency in the 1990s. Since 2003 journalist of the private TV POLSAT. Anchorman on TV POLSAT’s main news programme Wydarzenia, commentator and publicist on POLSAT NEWS. Former head of News and the Publicist News and Information Division. Co-operates with numerous press titles and radio stations. Tutor of journalism at the Warsaw University and the Melchior Wańkowicz College of Journalism in Warsaw; recently joined the teaching staff of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Graduate of the Iberian Studies Department at the Warsaw University (M.A. studies) and of Economics at the Collegium of Socio-Economics of the Warsaw School of Economics (Ph.D. studies).

Marcin Swiecicki

Freedom Games 2015

Polish politician and economist. He is a former deputy minister of economy, former minister for foreign economic relations as well as a former mayor of Warsaw. Święcicki was the secretary general of the Consultative Economic Council from 1982 to 1989. He served as deputy minister of economy and then minister for foreign economic relations from 1989 to 1991 in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki. In 1989, he was also elected to the Parliament and served for two terms from 1989 to 1991 and from 1993 to 1996. He was the mayor of Warsaw from 1994 to 1999. Then he served as an advisor to the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamku on economic reforms from 1999 to 2000. From February 2002 to 2005 he was the director of economic and environmental affairs at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In 2011, he was again elected to the Parliament.

Speakers

Michel Onfray

Freedom Games 2018

A contemporary French writer and philosopher who promotes hedonism, atheism, and anarchism. He is a highly prolific author on philosophy, having written more than 100 books. He has gained notoriety for writing such works as Traité d'athéologie: Physique de la métaphysique...

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Michael J. Abramowitz

Freedom Games 2018

President of Freedom House.  Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs...

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Marci Shore

Freedom Games 2018

Associate professor of history at Yale University. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński's The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism...

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Brendan Simms

Freedom Games 2018

Professor of History of European International Relations, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Peterhouse. He has been involved in policy work through the (Conservative) BOW Group, the (Labour) Foreign Policy Centre, the British Irish Association...

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Stefan Chwin

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish novelist, essayist, literary critic, and historian of literature whose life and literary work is closely linked to the city of Gdansk. He holds a post of Literature Professor at the University of Gdansk, his professional interests are focused on romanticism...

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Shalini Randeria

Freedom Games 2018

Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy..

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Hanna Zdanowska

Freedom Games 2018

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...

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Elzbieta Cherezinska

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish writer specializing in historical novels, a theatrologist. She graduated from the fcaulty of theatre studies of the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. As an author of historical novels she debuted in 2005 with a book written in cooperation with Szewach Weiss...

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Ziemowit Szczerek

Freedom Games 2018

Polish award-winning writer, journalist, and translator. He debuted as a co-author of Paczka radomskich (2010). His book Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje, czyli tajna historia Słowian was awarded with the Polityka Passport in 2013...

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Andrzej Leder

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Polish philosopher of culture, psychotherapist, and author. He has been working at Institute of Philophy and Sociology of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) since 1996, since 2010 as full professor...

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Luba Jurgenson

Freedom Games 2018

Born in Moscow in 1958, she is currently a full Professor at the Department of Slavic Studies of Sorbonne University. Her main research areas include: witness literature about Nazi camps and Gulag, representations and memory of mass violence in Eastern and Central Europe (20st century)...

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Eustachy Rylski

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Polish fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter. He debuted in 1984 with a diptich titled Stankiewicz. Powrót. He is the author of such novels as Człowiek w cieniu, Warunek...

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Paul Gradvohl

Freedom Games 2018

Contemporary Central Europe is the main topic of Paul Gradvohl’s historical research and publications. Among these (co-editor): Culture et identité en Europe centrale. Canons littéraires et visions de l’his­toi­re (Paris, Institut d’Études Slaves/Brno, Masaryk University, 2011) or...

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Máté Hajba

Freedom Games 2018

The director of the Hungarian Free Market Foundation, which advocates economic freedom, civil rights, and tolerance in Hungary. He is also the vice president of Civic Platform, a Hungarian organization, which runs anti-racist campaigns and promotes democratic values...

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Marcin Frenkel

Freedom Games 2018

A Ph.D candidate in humanities at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz and a manager in a family company. He is also a member of editorial team at the magazine Liberté!...

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Kryštof Kruliš

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Research Fellow of AMO Research Center, his research focuses on the internal market of the EU, EU law and relations between the EU and Anglophone countries...

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Martin Reguli

Freedom Games 2018

An analyst at the Slovak F. A. Hayek Foundation. He focuses primarily on the areas of economics, social policy, and foreign affairs at the level of Slovak Republic and the European Union...

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Peter A. Gloor

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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

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Karim Jebari

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

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Leszek Balcerowicz

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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...

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Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

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A Representative of the Civic initiative ”Free Courts”. The Pro Bono Lawyer for 2016. A member of The Right to Help Foundation and the Zbigniew Holda Association. The coordinator for NGO relations of Direct Bar Association in Warsaw

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Jacek Dukaj

Freedom Games 2017

Polish award-winning science fiction writer, philosopher by education. Winner of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010), Śląkfa (2000, 2007, 2009), Żuławski Award (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), Kościelski Award (2008) and the European Union Prize for Literature (2009)...

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Maria Åsenius

Freedom Games 2017

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...

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Maria Peszek

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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

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Adam Wajrak

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A journalist cooperating with the Gazeta Wyborcza daily, a naturalist, and a traveller. A nature protection activist. The author of books about nature

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Marcin Świetlicki

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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...

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Jacek Dehnel

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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...

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Cécile Vaissié

Freedom Games 2017

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...

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Katarzyna Lubnauer

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Head of Parliamentary Club of the Nowoczesna party, MP of the VII convocation. Former city councillor in Lodz. Academic lecturer at the University of Lodz. She regularly publishes articles in the Liberte! magazine...

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Ferenc Hammer

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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...

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Michael Wohlgemuth

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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...

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James W.A. Murray

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Head of Business Development for BioCarbon Engineering, an ecosystem restoration company that uses exponential technologies, such as autonomous robotics and big data to enhance intelligence on ecosystems and increasing the rate of restoration...

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Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz

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A Polish politician, a lawyer, and MP and spokesperson of the .Nowoczesna (.Modern) party. She formerly worked in private legal companies and the office of the Polish Human Rights Defender, and cooperated with the Forum Dialogue Among Nations foundation...

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Katarzyna Szymielewicz

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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...

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Robert Biedroń

Freedom Games 2017

The Mayor of the City of Słupsk since 2014. For many years he has been a consultant for numerous Human Rights organizations, both in Poland and abroad. He is also a co-founder and a long-standing president of the Campaign Against Homophobia...

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Stanisław Bielecki

Freedom Games 2017

He is a director of the IBT, a member of the Council of the European University Association (EUA, 2016-2020), member of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel at the European Commission (2016-) and a member of: the Biotechnology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Innovation Council of the Lodz Region, and the Foundation of Polish Rectors

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Borys Budka

Freedom Games 2017

A Polish MP, Civic Platform. An experienced lawyer, member of the local government and parliamentarian. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Silesia, is a holder of a PhD in economics, as well as a lecturer at the Department of Law of the University of Economics...

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Joanna Mucha

Freedom Games 2017

A member of Civic Platform since 2003. In 2007, she became an MP from the Lublin electoral region.She was a member of the Committee of Health and the Committe of Public Finance...

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Marta Lempart

Freedom Games 2017

The initiator and leader of Women’s Protest in Poland

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Róża Thun

Freedom Games 2017

She has served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Poland, representing Civic Platform since 2009, being returned to Brussels at the 2014 European elections. Previously, she was involved in two anti-communist organizations...

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Oksana Zabuzhko

Freedom Games 2016

Ukrainian novelist, poet, essayist, and public intellectual. Her works has been translated into multiple languages. As a trained philosopher and cultural critic, Zabuzhko publishes essays and non-fiction works...

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Joanna Bator

Freedom Games 2016

Polish writer. Academically, a philosopher and Cultural Studies specialist. She devoted herself to literature after having previously worked at the universities in London, New York and Tokio. She was a freelance contributor to Gazeta Wyborcza daily

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Freedom Games 2016

One of the most successful and internationally acclaimed contemporary Polish writers, journalists and literary critics. He is best known for his travel literature and essays that describe the reality of Eastern Europe and its relationship with the West

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Jerzy Hausner

Freedom Games 2016

Polish politician and economist, former MP, minister in the cabinets of Leszek Miller and Marek Belka, member of the Monetary Policy Council. From 1994 to 1996 he served as Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office...

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Francesca Borri

Freedom Games 2015

Italian journalist, specialising in Middle Eastern affairs. She has written books on Kosovo, and on Israel and Paestine. She is currently covering the war in Syria...

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Jan-Werner Mueller

Freedom Games 2015

Professor of Politics at Princeton University since 2005. He has been a Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, and a visiting fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute of Advanced Study, Collegium Helsinki...

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Liao Yiwu

Freedom Games 2015

Chinese author, reporter, musician, and poet. He is a critic of China's Communist regime, for which he has been imprisoned. His books, several of which are collections of interviews with ordinary people from the lower rungs of Chinese society...

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Mikhail Kasyanov

Freedom Games 2015

Russian statesman and politician, Prime Minister of Russia in the years 2000-2004 and minister of finance in 1999-2000. Currently, he is a co-chair of the political party RPR-PARNAS, the leader of movement People's Democratic Union and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin...

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Agnieszka Lichnerowicz

Freedom Games 2015

Polish journalist. A graduate of international relations at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). Head of the Foreign Desk of Radio TOK FM and host of the station's Światopodgląd program

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Jakub Zulczyk

Freedom Games 2015

Polish prose writer, screenwriter and journalist writing for several Polish magazines – Playboy, Elle, Wprost and Tygodnik Powszechny. He debuted in 2006 with the novel Zrób mi jakąś krzywdę (“Harm me Somehow”)...

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Teele Pehk

Freedom Games 2015

Urbanist at the Estonian Urban Lab, competence centre of urban thought and action created in 2006. For five years Teele was leading the Estonian Urban Lab and ran several projects on raising citizen enthusiasm, educating about urban living environment,...

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Peter Pomerantsev

Freedom Games 2015

British journalist, film director, producer of Russian heritage. Born in the UK to Russian émigré parents, spent almost a decade in Moscow working as a TV producer, making documentaries and reality shows for Russian audiences...

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Ivan Krastev

Freedom Games 2015

Bulgarian political scientist, philosopher, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, co-founder of European Council on Foreign Relations, and permanent fellow at the IWM, Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna...

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Sylvie Kauffmann

Freedom Games 2015

Editorial director of Le Monde. She was editor in chief from 2010 to 2011, before which she led the newspaper’s in-depth reporting section...

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Adam Bodnar

Freedom Games 2015

Polish lawyer, social activist, Human Rights Defender. In 2004–20015 he was working with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights – first, as a co-founder, hen as the coordinator of Litigation Program, finally as the head of the legal department and President of the board...

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Román Skrýpin

Freedom Games 2015

Ukrainian media-manager, journalist, television host, Chief of the Ukrainian Independent Media Union, Founder of Hromadske.TV. Skrypin is the co-author of the Channel 5 so-called “true news”...

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Inga Springe

Freedom Games 2015

Founder and Director of the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re: Baltica. Springe was an investigative journalist at the daily newspaper Diena. Her investigations have focused on organized crime, corruption and smuggling in Latvia and the Balkans...

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Philippe Legrain

Freedom Games 2015

British political economist and writer. He specializes in global and European economic issues, notably globalisation, migration, the post-crisis world and the euro. A former adviser to European Commission president José Manuel Barroso from 2011 to 2014...

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Adam Michnik

Freedom Games 2015

Polish historian, essayist, former dissident, public intellectual, editor-in-chief of Poland's largest newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza”. Brought up in a family of committed communists, Michnik became an opponent of the communist regime at the time of the anti-Jewish purges in the party...

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Malgorzata Bonikowska

Freedom Games 2015

Co-Editor of „THINKTANK Magazine”. Małgorzata Bonikowska has a PhD in the humanities and she specializes in the issues of foreign relations (with particular emphasis on the European Union) and communication in public institutions...

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Yuri Dzhibladze

Freedom Games 2015

President of the Moscow-based Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, which he founded in 1998. The Center is a Russian public policy and advocacy NGO, focusing on a wide range of human rights and democracy issues...

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Osamu Okamura

Freedom Games 2015

Czech-Japanese architect, program director of reSITE international festival and conference on more livable cities, editorial supervisor and former editor-in-chief of professional architecture magazine ERA21...

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Vitaly Portnikov

Freedom Games 2015

Ukrainian editor and journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Tvi. Since 1989, he works as the analyst of the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, specializing in post-Soviet countries, and cooperates with the Russian and Ukrainian services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty...

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Jacek Zakowski

Freedom Games 2015

One of the most influential and opinion-forming Polish journalists and columnists, commentator of "Polityka" magazine. He is a well-experienced in public debates liberal-leftist polemist who criticizes Polish political circles for their dismissive attitude to knowledge and their anti-intellectual syndrome...

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Jaroslaw Gugala

Freedom Games 2015

Polish journalist, TV news anchor at Polsat TV and Polsat News. A diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Uruguay between 1999 and 2003. Since October 2007, is one of the main presenters of release events on weekdays...

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Marcin Swiecicki

Freedom Games 2015

Polish politician and economist. He is a former deputy minister of economy, former minister for foreign economic relations as well as a former mayor of Warsaw

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