Strasbourg 5-11 October 2012

World Forum for Democracy

Speakers

 Mr Sébastien Abgota (Benin) Journalist,International Advisor in communication

Former Vice-President of the High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC). Beninese representative of INTERMEDIA-Consultants SA of swiss law (representative of UNESCO)

Mr Boris Akunin (Russia) Writer, Co-founder of the Voter's League

Philologist, critic, essayist.

Mr Ahmed al-Senussi (Lybia) Member of the National Transitional Council, Sakharov Prize winner 2011

 

Mr Faiysal Alikhan (Pakistan) Founder and Executive Director of the NGO Foundation for Integrated Development Action (FIDA)

A non-governmental organization focusing on development issues in the southern districts of Pakistan's frontier province and tribal area. 

Mr Hasan Almustafa (Saudi Arabia) Journalist

With his Twitter and Facebook accounts,he uses the hashtag #Sidibouzid (wich is the hometown of  Mohamed Bouazizi). Helped the Tunisians to avoid government censorship, the hacking of their e-mail and social web accounts.

Mr Imed Ammar (Tunisia) Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

 

 Mr Vijay Anand (India) Co-founder and President of "5th Pillar"

Coordination Committee Member of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).  Founder of AIMS India Foundation, a nonprofit organization working towards strengthening and empowering rural communities.

Ms Maite Azuela (Mexico) Founder of the movement "Dejemos de Hacernos Pendejos"

Member of the National Citizens Assembly (ANCA). Journalist, blogger and activist in social networks. She mobilizes local communities through social networks for education, political reform, transparency and access to information.

Ms Nicola Barrach (USA) Director for civic and new media initiatives, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

Mr Hervé Barraquand OIF programme "Press Freedom and media pluralism"

Programme specialist of "Press freedom and media pluralism" at the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Graduated in Information Science and Communication (CELSA/Paris IV), in International Relations (Paris X) and in Economics (University of Quebec in Montreal). He is teaching international communication at CELSA.

Mr Joachim Beck (Germany) Director of the l'Euro-Institut de Kehl

Expert and trainer on Public Management, Impact assesment, cross-border ccoperation.

Mr Olivier Beer United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to the European Institutions in Strasbourg

 

Mr Luca Belgiorno-Nettis (Australia) Founder, "The newDemocracy Foundation"

Director of Transfield Holdings, Sydney Harbour Tunnel and Perisher Blue. In 2009, he was awarded the member of the Order of Australia for his philanthropic and community endeavours. In 2005 he founded The newDemocracy Foundation.

Ms Souhayr Belhassen (Tunisia) President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), North-South Prize 2011 Laureate

Journalist, militant in Human rights and feminist. Vicepresident of the Tunisian League of Human rights and then president in 2007. Received the 2011 Takreem prize of the Arab woman for her action in favour of Human rights

Ms Pelagie Belomo Essono (Cameroon) Catholic University of Central Africa

PhD in political sciences « Order and public security in state building in Cameroun », University of Bordeaux, France. Professor, researcher at the Catholic University of Central Africa, focusing on security policies.

Mr Moncef Ben Slimane (Tunisia) President of "Lam Echaml"

Lam Echaml is a group of 60 associations of civil society and independent initiatives for a modern, republican and democratic Tunisia.

 Mr Abdel-Ilah Benkirane (Maroc) Head of government of the Kingdom of Morocco

Appointed member of the Special Commission for the reform of education and training. Elected deputy of the electoral constituency of Salé Al Madina in 1999, 2002, 2007 and 2011. Appointed member of the "Higher Council of Education" in 2006. Took part in various national, Arab and international forums. Appointed head of government by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in 2011.

Mr Youssuf Mohamed Benyoussuf (Lybia) Chairman of Misrata City Council

 

Ms Deborah Bergamini (Italy) Chair of the Executive Commitee of the North-South Centre Chair of the North-South centre of the Council of Europe, Chair of the Sub-Committee on media and Information Society of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Journalist for the newspaper "La Nazione". Member of the Italian Parliament(Committee for Transport, Posts and Telecommunications). Since 2008, Member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Since 2009, Chair of the Executive Council of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.

Ms Pernilla Bergkvist (Sweden) Politician, Sigtuna

Vice-chairman of the liberal peoples party in the municipality of Sigtuna, Sweden. Political adviser for the liberals in the county council of Uppsala and also newly appointed EU-ambassador for the liberals in the region of Uppsala. Ms Bergqvist took the initiative for Sigtuna as a city of refuge for persecuted writers. After two years of writing articles, holding press conferences and meetings the municipality became an ICORN member.

Mr Sali Berisha (Albania) Prime Minister of Albania

Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tirana (Albania) in 1967. Founder and President of the Democratic Party (DP) in 1991. President of Albania in 1992, re-elected in 1996. Since 2005, Prime Minister of Albania.

Ms Shaazka Beyerle (USA) Senior Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

Researcher, writer and educator specialized in non-violent action. Researcher at the "Center for Transatlantic relations, School of Advanced International Studies" SAIS) at John Hopkins University.

Ms Zohra Bibou (Algeria) Human Rights activist

 

Mr Anne de Boer (Netherlands) Co-ordinator, European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP)

Cofounder and current coordinator of Green East-West Dialogue. Former member of the European Green Foundation. Project  representative at the "Bureau of Helling" in the Netherlands.

Mr Youcef Boukoucha (Algeria) National Secretary for Youth, "Front of socialist forces in Algeria"

 

Mr Andrew Bradley Director, Office of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) to theEU

Assistant Secretary-General, Political Affairs and Human Development, ACP Secretariat, Brussels (2005 - 2010). Since 2010, Director at the Office of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) to the EU, Brussels.

Mr Antonio Braga (Portugal) Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

 

Ms Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg) Member of the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe, Chair of the ALDE Group

Former Minister of education and sports of Luxembourg (1999-2004). President of "Liberal women".Chairperson of the Liberal and Democrats (ALDE) Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2009.

Sir Nicolas Bratza President of the European Court of Human Rights

Studied at Wimbledon College and Brasenose College, Oxford. PHonoris causa Doctorate of the University of Essex and the University of Glasgow. First United Kingdom member of the European Commission of Human Rights. First United Kingdom judge of the European Court of Human Rights. Elected President of the Court in 2011.

Mr Paul Bromberg (Colombia) Former mayor of Bogota

Physicist and Colombian politician. In 1995, Director of the Institute of Culture and Tourism of the city of Bogotá.In 1997, Mayor of Bogotá. Professor of the Department of Physics of the National  University of Colombia.

Ms Kinga Brudzinska Polish Institute of International Affairs

 

Mr Zbiniew Bujak (Poland) Co-founder of the "Solidarity" movement

Labour organizor and pro-democracy activist. Led the Solidarity underground in the Warsaw region from the imposition of martial law in 1981 until his arrest in 1986. Was released in a general amnesty in 1989. Received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1986 and is a Speak Truth To Power Defender. Served as Minister of Customs, one of the most important posts in the Polish government until his retirement from politics in 2002.

Mr Gianni Buquicchio President of the Commission for Democracy through law (Venice Commission) 

In 1990, contributed to the creation and became Secretary of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). Member and President of the Venice Commission since 2011.

Mr Guy Buchsenschmidt (Belgium) Chief of Staff, Eurocorps

Belgian Chief of Staff of Headquarters Eurocorps in Strasbourg since 2011.

Ms Antonella Cagnolati Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 

Ms Kim Campbell Former Prime Minister of Canada, Chair of the World Movement for Democracy,Member of the Club de Madrid

Former Minister of National Defence and Justice of Canada (1990-1993), then former Prime Minister of Canada. Founding member and former Secretary General (2004-2006) of the Club of Madrid. Chair of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy. Member of the advisory board of the Arab Democracy Foundation.

Mr Andy Carl (United Kingdom) Executive Director of the "Conciliation ressources" Foundation

National coordinator of the central America Human Rights Committee, UK (1986-1994). Worked for International Alert (1989-1994) on peace initiatives in southern Africa, Europe, Liberia, the Philippines, Colombia, Iraq etc.

Mr Mevlüt Çavusoglu (Turkey) Former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2010-2012)

Member of Parliament, since 2002.

Mr Hamid Chabat (Morocco) Mayor of Fes

Mayor of Fès municipality since 2003. Deputy of the electoral district Fès-Nord since 2002. Secretary of the General Union of Moroccan Workers (UGTM) since 2009.

Mr Titus Corlatean  Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania 

 

Mr Jean-Paul Costa (France) President of the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg) and former President of the European Court of Human Rights

Judge elected in respect of France at the European Court of Human Rights, in November 1998. President of the Court from January 2007 to November 2011. Current President of the Strasbourg International Institute of Human Rights.

Ms Nadia Cuk (Serbia) Deputy Head of Office of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade

Guest lecturer at the Central European University Budapest, Novi Sad University, University of Birmingham, Alternative Academic Network Belgrade and others. Author of numerous publications on regional policies issues.

 Ms Carine Dartiguepeyrou (France)Researcher and expert in future studies, President of the Club of Budapest

Doctor in political science, graduated from the London School of Economics and future analyst. Member of the think tank Digital Future of the Institute Mines-Télécom, member of the scientific committee of the "Institut des Futurs souhaitables" and president of the scientific committee of "Cercle de Prospective RH (Groupe RH&M)". President of the "Club de Budapest France".

Mr Pavol Demeš (Slovakia) Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund

Former Minister for International Relation of the Slovak Republic (1991-1992). Former foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997). Since 2000, Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund in Bratislava.

Mr Vincent Devauchelle (France) Deputy Director, l'EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse

 

Ms Rokhaya Diallo (France) Journaliste with RTL, Association "Les indivisibles"

Led the local Council for Youth in La Courneuve municipality and campaigned for the anti-discrimination association "Mix-Cité" and for the alter-globalization organization ATTAC. Since 2009, TV commentator for "La Matinale" on Canal plus channel as well as for the programme "Le face à face" on RTL radio. Since 2011, she presents the programme "Fresh Culture" on Le Mouv' radio as well as a monthly programme "Egaux mais pas trop" on LCP channel.

Ms Rabiatou Serah Diallo (Guinea) President of the National Transitional Council (CNT)

Guinean trade Unionist.First African woman to access the leadership of a national Union (the National Confederation of Workers of Guinea (CNTG) in 2000.

Ms Alimata Diarra (Mali) Human Rights lawyer, Malian Association of Human Rights (AMDR)

Afiliated to the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)

Ms Denise Dresser Professor of Political Science, Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology

Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme. Author of numerous publications on Mexican politics ans U.S-Mexico relations. Editor of a political column for the Mexican newspaper "Reforma" and contributing Editor at the "Los Angeles Times". On May 2010, was awarded the "National Journalism Prize".

Mr Mikolaj Dowgielewicz (Poland) Vice-Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank

Secretary of State in the Office of the Committee for European Integration and Vice-President of the European Committee of the Council of Ministers and Secretary of the Committee for European Integration. Secretary of State for European Affairs and Economic Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Secretary of the Committee for European Affairs.

Mr Mohamed Edaomar (Morocco) Mayor of Tetouan

 

Ms Melissa Eddy Europe correspondent of the International Herald Tribune

Berlin Correspondent for The International Herald Tribune.

Mr Mostafa El Bied (Morocco) Journalist

 

Ms Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt) Writer, winner of the North-South prize from the Council of Europe (2004)

Former Director General of the Health Education Department, Ministry of Health of Egypt. Founder and Vice-President of the Association of African Women for Research and Development. Former Head of the United Nations for Women's Programme in Africa (ECA) and the Middle East (ECWA). Since 1982 founder and President of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA). Co-Founder, Arab Association for Human Rights (1983-1987). Founder of Noon Magazine (1989-1991).

  Mr Wendelin Ettmayer (Austria) Ambassador, author on international affairs

Ambassador to Finland (1994-2000) and to Canada (2000-2003). Former Permanent Representative of Austria to the Council of Europe until 2009.

Mr Vincent de Paul Emah Etoundi Member of the National Assembly of Cameroon

Former General Secretary of Community of Yaoundé III. Since 2007, Deputy at the National Assembly of Cameroon. Delegate to the Interparliamentary-Union. Member of the National Committee of Human Rights and Liberties.

Mr Kaabi Faical deputy Mayor of Kairouan in charge of external relations

 

Mr Eynulla Fatullayev Journalist and editor-in-chief of the Azerbaijan-based independent Russian-langage weekly "Realny Azerbaijan" and Azeri-language daily "Günd?lik Az?rbaycan"

Was imprisoned for four years in Azerbaijan for his criticism of government policies. In 2009, was awarded the CPJ International Press Freedom Award for "defending press freedom in the face of attacks, threats or imprisonment." Awarded UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2012.

Mr Luis Fernández (Mexico) Foundation "Participando por Mexico"

Graduated in Political Sciences and International Relations from CIDE – SciencesPo and in Administration and Public Policies from CID – NUS, Singapour. Founder and Dean of "Participando por Mexico AC".

Mr Ali Ferzat (Syria) Political cartoonist, Sakharov Prize winner 2011

Published more than 15,000 caricatures in Syrian, Arab and international Newspapers. Member of the Arab cartoonist's Association. Has been grabbed and beaten up by Syrians pro-regime militiamen because of his work. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2012

Mr Veysel Filiz (France/Turkey) Member of the Bureau of the Bureau of the Conference of INGOs

Vice president of COJEP international (Multicultural Youth Council). Spokesman of EMISCO (European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion). Expert in minorities and particularly on the fight against Islamophobia, as well as intercultural relations and between minorities and majority within inclusive citizenship.

Mr Mohamed Salah Fliss (Tunisia) Mayor of Bizerte

Symbol of the fight for Human rights in Tunisia. One of the leaders of the opposition movement PERSPECTIVES. Former president of the special delegation of Bizerte in the aftermath of the revolution. Received the insignia of "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" in 2012.

Mr Alain Fontanel (France) Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg in charge of Finance

Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg and Vice-President of the Urban Community of Strasbourg(CUS) in charge of finance. Regional adviser. National Secretary of the Socialist party in charge of the Federations.

Mr Michel Foucher (France) Diplomat, experts with the High Institute for Defense Studies

Geographer, geopolitician. Since 2007, teaches at the "Ecole normale Supérieure", The" Paris Institute of Political studies "(IEP) and the "National School of Administration". Director of training, education and research at the "High Institute for Defense Studies" (IHEDN).

Mr Gérard Fuchs (France) Head of International Cooperation, Jean Jaurès Foundation 

 

Mr Diego Garcia Sayan President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Peruvian Foreign Minister (2001-2002). In 2007, Chief of the Electoral Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Guatemala. General Director of the Andean Commission of Jurists and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague).

Mr Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon (Philippines) Undersecretary for Political Affairs,Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines

Was named the youngest committee member that drafted the 1987 Constitution. Member of the Liberal Party. Democracy activist and advocate of social reforms.

Ms Annette Gerlach (Germany) Ancherwoman, Arte

Began her journalistic career at the magazine "Nouvel observateur", and then joined the channel ARTE, where she presents the program ARTE Kultur in French and German.

Mr Ashraf Ghani (Afghanistan) Chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness

Former Hamid Karzai's chief advisor in his interim administration. Finance minister during the transitional administration (2002 – 2004). Elected "best finance minister of Asia" in 2003 by Emerging Markets. Chancellor of Kabul University (2004-2005). Co-founder and chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE).

Mr Jameleddine Gharbi (Tunisia) Minister of Regional Development and Planning

Professor and Vice president of Jendouba University.  President and founder of an association for development and investment and leader of strategic thinking for the North South development, in Jendouba.

Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles (Spain) Former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

Professor of Administrative Law at the Complutense University of Madrid. Lawyer for the Constitutional Court (1980-1983). Spanish Ombudsman ("Defensor del pueblo") in 1980-1983. First Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights (1999-2006). Since 2008 Co-President of the Spain-Russia Council Foundation.

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

Contributing analyst for "Oxford Analytica", a London-based global analysis ans advisory firm. Lecturer and Senior Expert at the Yerevan State University's Centre for European Studies (CES). Consultant and adviser for several Turkish outlets and analytical publications.

Mr Jean-Dominique Giuliani (France) President of the Robert Schuman Foundation

Head of cabinet of the President of the Senate René Monory until 1998. General Director of the group Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS Sofres). Since 2001, he manages the company of international consulting J-DG.COM International Consultants that he founded. Since 2000, he is at the head of the "Fondation Robert Schuman", French think tank that works for the promotion of Europe and European research.

Ms Kinga Göncz (Hungary) Member of the European Parliament, member of the Network of Leaders United for Shared Societies (NetPLUSS) of the Club de Madrid

 

Ms Amel Grami (Tunisia) Professor at the University of Manouba

Professor of islamology, gender issues, comparative religions, Human Rights. Member of the Tunis GRIC (Islamo-chirstian research group) since 1998.  Member of  the research laboratory "Women in the Mediterranean" since 2005.

Mr Andreas Gross (Switzerland) Member of the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe, Chair of the Socialist Group

Co-founder of "Workshop for direct democracy" (1988, Zurich) and of  « eurotopia » in 1990. Member of the Swiss Parliament and member of the Parlimentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 1995. Chairperson of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs.

Mr Kadri Gürsel (Turkey) Journalist

Columnist for Turkish daily Milliyet since 2007, his main focuses are Turkish foreign policy, international affairs, Turkey's Kurdish question, as well as Turkey's evolving political Islam and its national and regional impacts.

Ms Inès Hammami (Tunisia) Vice-president of "Lam Echaml"

Lecturer in computing at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Engineer in computing and Deputy Chairman of Lam Echaml, a grouping of Tunisian civil society associations.

Mr Yannick Harrel (France) Cyber Strategy consultant and lecturer

Author of the "e-strastegy blog East-West" and a member of Geostrategic Alliance. Was awarded the "Amiral Marcel Duval 2011 Prize" for his article "Over the Rhine" published in June 2011 in the "Review of national defense".

Mr Omar Hejira (Maroc) Mayor of Oujda

 

Mr Alexandre Heully (France) Executive director of the European magazine cafebabel.com

Co-founder, Executive Director and publisher of Babel International. Translated in 6 languages, cafebabel.com is the first European online media, relying on a network of 1,500 contributors all around Europe to promote a European public opinion.

Mr Jean-Marie Heydt (France) President of the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe expert for the projects "Human dignity and social exclusion" and "Education for democratic citizenship". Currently President of the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs, General Director at AGF67 and University lecturer at the University of Haute-Alsace.

Mr Laurent Hincker (France) Lawyer at the Paris and Strasbourg Bars, President of the Association of Education and European Law Research of Human Rights (AFREDH)

Lawyer at the Strasbourg bar since 1971. Expert in Human rights, he pleaded many cases before the European Court of Human Rights. University professor since 2007. He is currently an Attorney before the Hague International Criminal Court. He is also the top manager of the Law Firm Hincker & Associates.

Ms Sharon Hom Executive Director of "Human Rights in China"

Since 1995, advisory board of Human Rights Watch Asia and since 1998, member of Committee on Asian Affairs of the Bar Association (New York). Member of the US China Committee for legal education exchanges with China (1990-2000).

 Mr Chenjerai Hove (Norway) ICORN guest writer from Zimbabwe/Stavanger

Prize-winning Zimbabwean poet, novelist, essayist and playwright. He has won several literary and human rights awards, including the Zimbabwean Literary Awards and Noma Award for Publishing in Africa for his novel 'Bones.' Hove's books have been translated into several languages, including Japanese, Norwegian, Dutch, French, German, Swedish, Serbian and Spanish.His latest memoir, 'Homeless Sweet Home' was published in the United States. Hove was Guest Writer of the City of Stavanger where he currently lives.

Mr Denis Huber Executive Director of the North-SouthCentre, Council of Europe

 

Ms Geneviève Jacques (France) Representative from International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and of the Cimade National Committee

 

Mr Kim Jae Hyo (South Korea) Secretary General of the Association of North East Asia Region (NEAR)

Secretary General of the Association of North East Asia Regional Governments (NEAR). Served as Member of the Board of the Global Association of Exhibition Industry (UFI). Between 1976-2005, held various positions in Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and finished his term as vice president.  Was a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University in New York City and also studied at Globalization Course in the Sejong Institute, Korea. Author of "Untold Story of Overseas Chinese Network".

Ms Nuzhat Jafri (Canada) Member of the Administration Council of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), Executive Director, Office of the Fairness Commission

Manager of Global Experience Ontario, the information and referral centre for internationally trained persons at the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Developed a cultural policy framework at the Ministry of Culture of Ontario Government. Director at the former Employment Equity Commission.

Mr Thorbjørn Jagland Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Former Prime Minister (1996-1997) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000-2001) of Norway. President of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) from 2005 to 2009. Secretary General of the Council of Europe since 2009. In 2009, elected Chairman of Norwegian Nobel committee which awards the Nobel Peace Prize every year.

Mr Roman Jakic (Slovenia) Member of the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe

Deputy of the National Parliament of Slovenia since 1990, serving three terms. Member of the European Parliament from 2003 to 2004. Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1997 to 2005 and since 2012.

Mr Zbiniew Janas (Poland) Politician, former member of the "Solidarity" movement

Polish politician, member of the opposition in the Polish People's Republic. During the martial law in Poland, he was hiding from the secret police and participated in the underground leadership of the trade union. Between 1985 and 1989, activist of the underground Polish-Czechoslovak Solidarity. Since 1989 and until 2001, deputy to the Sejm from the Siedlce constituency. Was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Mr Tariq Kabbage (Morocco) Mayor of Agadir

Current mayor of Agadir for the Socialist Union of Popular forces (USFP)

Mr Aristotle Kallis (United Kingdom) Professor of Modern History at Lancaster University

Researcher of interwar European fascism with a particular focus on the German and Italian cases.

Mr Othmar Karas (Austria)Vice-President of the European Parliament

Ms Aline Karim (Lebanon) Journalist

Lebanese journalist. Signed open letters for peace and respect of Human rights between countries of the Middle-East.

Ms Tawakkol Karman (Yemen) Political activist, journalist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner

Graduated in Political Science from the University of Sana'a (Yemen). Co-founder of the group Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) promoting Human rights (2005). Co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work".

Ms Sylvie Kauffmann (France) Executif Editor of "Le Monde"

Correspondent of the Agence France Presse in London (1980-1984), Warsaw (1984 – 1985) and Moscou (1986-1988). Former correspondent of Le Monde, in Washington and New York. Editorial Director, at "Le Monde" in Paris since 2010.

Mr Masahiro Kawai (Japan) Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute

Former Deputy Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Japan. Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo.

Mr Habib Kazdaghli (Tunisia) Profesor of Modern History, Dean of the Faculty of Literature, Arts and Humanities at Manouba University

Symbol of democratic resistance in Tunisia and of the local civil society's refusal to be intimidated by extremist pressure groups trying to impose their own rules inside the universities.

Mr Guy-Dominique Kennel (France) President of the "Conseil Général du Bas-Rhin"

Former Literature teacher and former School Director. Mayor of Preuschdorf from 1989 to 2008. Since 1992, the Departmental Assembly Councillor for the Canton of Woerth. Since March 2008, President of the Bas-Rhin General Council.

Mr Frans Diale Kgomo (South Africa) Judge President of the Northern Cape Division of the High Court

 

 Mr Andreas Kiefer (Austria) Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Director of the European Affairs Service of Land Salzburg regional government (1996- 2010). Member of the CoE's Committee of Experts on local and regional government institutions and co-operation (LR-IC). Was elected Secretary General of the Congress in 2010.

Mr Ban Ki-Moon Secretary General of the United Nations

Foreign Minister of The Republic of Korea (2004-2006). Secretary General of the United Nations since 2007.

Mr Geo Sung Kim (South Korea) Founding President of "Transparency International – Korea"

Participated in the democracy and Human Rights movements in Korea between 1977-1980 and was twice imprisoned. Founding Secretary-General of Transparency International (TI) Korea, established in 1999. Executive Officer of the Council for the Korean Pact on Anti-Corruption and Transparency (K-PACT). Commissioner of Korea Independent Commission Against Corruption (KICAC). Board Member of Transparency International (TI).

Ms Dismas Kitenge Senga (RD Congo) President of the NGO "Group Lotus RDC"

Congolese NGO for the defense of Human Rights and Development. International Federation for Human Rights member

Mr Jacques-Paul Klein (USA) Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations

Former head of three main United Nations peacekeeping operationsin Europe and Africa. From 1999 to 2003, appointed by Kofi Annan, he puts his experience to the coordination of UN offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ms Anne Koch (United Kingdom) Regional Director for the Europe and Central Asia, Transparency International

Former Deputy Director of the BBC English World Service.

Mr Andrei Kolesnikov (Russia) Journalist, Novaya Gazeta

Former columnist, deputy editor of "New Times" and Izvestia daily. Opinion editor in "Novaya Gazeta", columnist in" Vedomosti" and "Gazeta.ru". Member of the board of the Yegor Gaidar Foundation. Member of the Commitee for the Civil Initiatives (Alexei Kudrin Committee).

Mr Koffi Kounte (Togo) President of the National Commission for Human Rights

President of the French Speaking Association of National Commissions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Mr Alexey Kudrin (Russian) Former Minister for Finance

"Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, and Chief of the Administration on Trade, Economic and Scientific-Technological Cooperation (1996). Deputy Prime Minister (2000-2004 and 2007). Finance Minister of the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2011. "

Mr Willie Kwansing (Fidji) Secretary General, Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

Mr Dominique Lagrange (France) Deputy Director, National Instituteof Territorial Studies (INET)

Training Director of the National Institute of Territorial Studies (INET)

Ms Catherine Lalumière (France) Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, President of the European Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe

Former Minister and Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1989-94) and former Vice President of the European Parliament (2001-2004).

Ms Hélène Lambatim (Chad) Vice-President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council

Member of the National Commission of human Rights. Former President of the Association of Women Lawyers of Chad, specialized in the promotion of Women and Children's rights.

Mr Yehuda Lancry (Israel) Former Ambassador to France and the United Nations

Doctorate in French Literature from Nice University in 1986. Former Head of Shlomi Council (1983-1992. Former Ambassador of Israel to France (1992-1995). Permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations (1999).

Mr Fabrice Larat (France) Director, Centre of administrative expertise and research (CERA) of ENA

Lecturer in political science in Germany at the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim until 2008. Editor of the "French review of public administration".

Mr Gérard Latortue (Haïti) Former Prime Minister of Haïti

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Leslie François Manigat. Former UN official. Former professor of economics at the State University of Haïti. Co-founder (1961) of the Graduate Institute of Economics and Business Studies (IEHCE).

Ms Maria Leissner (Sweden) Secretary General of the Community of Democracies

Adviser to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).Ambassador of Sweden to Guatemala (2000-2004). Head of an international project on democracy in Iraq, organizes by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) (2004-2005).

Mr Janez Lenarcic (Slovenia) "Director of the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights"

Graduated in International Law from Ljubljana University. Former Slovenian Ambassador to the OSCE (2003 – 2006). Former State Secretary for European Affairs (2006). Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to the OSCE since 2008.

Mr Yves Le Tallec (France) Vice-President of the "Conseil Général du Bas-Rhin"

Member of departemental Assembly for the Robertsau, Strasbourg

Mr François-Gilles Le Theule Director of European Affairs, National School of Administration (ENA)

Director of the Center for European Studies in Strasbourg. Civil administrator Of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Mr Jean-Pierre Liouville (France) Vice-President to the Lorraine Regional Council, Member at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 Ms Elizabeth Linder (USA) Facebook's Politics & Government Specialist for Europe, Middle East & Africa

Joined Facebook in 2008, where she now serves as Facebook's global governance strategist. Ms Linder liaises with government agencies, public administrations, political figures, and think tanks across the region. Prior to joining Facebook, Elizabeth focused on politics and education at YouTube as part of Google's Global Communications & Public Affairs team.

Ms Barbara Lochbihler (Germany) Chair of the subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament

General Secretary of Amnesty International Germany in Berlin (1999-2009). Secretary of  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva (1992-1999). Founding member of the German institute for Human Rights in Berlin. Since 2009, member of the European Parliament.

Mr Vladimir Lukin Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian Federation

Specialist of Russian-United States relations and former Ambassador to the United-States. Served as deputy Chairman of the Russian Duma. Since 2004, Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation. Member of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe.

Mr Helge Lunde (Norway) Executive Director, International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), Stavanger

Led the International Festival of press freedom and literature Kapittel from 1998 to 2005. Was also in charge of Stavanger's development (Norway) as a city of refuge for persecuted writers. Executive Director of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) since its creation in December 2005.

Ms Lydia Madero Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of europe

From 2000 to 2006, Senator of the Republic representing the State of Tamaulipas. Vice president of the Women's committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In 2006, president of the National Institute for Social Development (INDESOL).

Ms Asmaa Mahfouz (Egypt) Activist and blogger, Sakharov Prize winner 2011

Egyptian activist. Co-founders of the April 6 Youth Movement. Called on Egyptians to demand respect for their Human Rights through a video posted on Facebook. One of the five recipients of the 2011 "Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought", awarded for their historic contributions to "changes in the Arab world".

Mr Jean-Paul Makengo (France) President of the General Conference of the European Coalition of Towns against Racism (ECCAR), Deputy to the Mayor of Toulouse

Regional Councilor of Midi-Pyrénées. Assistant diversity and equality at city council of Toulouse, he aims to bring together all the players struggle against discrimination.

Mr Antoine Malone (France) Quebec representation to France

Professor at the "Institute of Political Studies", Paris. Since July 2010, Attaché of Political Affairs, Enforcement and relation development with the authorities, political actors and French officials.

Mr Ilgar Mammadov (Azerbaïdjan) Director of the Baku School of Political Studies

Former vice president of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party (AMIP). Founder of the REAL movement. Former board member of the Open Society Institute. Former director of the National Committee on Euro-integration Azerbaijan.

Mr Michel Mangenot (France) Lecturer, University of Strasbourg

Senior lecturer in Political Science at the University of Strasbourg. Head of mission of the President of Strasbourg University to the European Public Administration Pole (PEAP).

Mr Pietro Marcenaro (Italy) Chair of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Politician, trade-unionist and former university professor. From 1980 to 2000, active member of the Italian Federation of metalworkers (FIOM) and of the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL). In 2006, elected Deputy in Torino. In 2008, elected Senator in Piemonte.

Mr Ivan Marovic (Serbia) Co-founder of OTPOR movement

One of the founder of Otpor, student resistance movement that played a critical role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Otpor's representative in the democratic opposition of Serbia (DOS) coalition. Advisor with various pro-democracy groups worldwide and one of the leading trainers in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict.

Mr Miklos Marschall (Hungary) Deputy Managing Director, Transparency International

Founder and former Executive Director of World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) (1994-1998). Former Deputy Mayor of the city of Budapest (1991-1994). Member of the board of the International Center for Non-Profit Law (ICNL) and of the advisory board of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI).

Mr Moez Masoud, (Egypt) Television and radio presenter, religious leader and activist from Egypt

Television host, speaker and activist who focuses on the fields of spirituality, de-radicalization, and Islam in the modern world. Founder of Al-Tareeq Al-Sah Institute in Egypt, Masoud is a research affiliate with the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.

 Mr Federico Mayor (Spain), President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, former Director General of Unesco

Minister of Education and Science (1981-1982). In 1987 he was elected to the European Parliament. After being Deputy Director-General of UNESCO from 1978 to 1981, he returned to the Organization as Special Adviser to the Director-General (1983-1984), whom he succeeded in 1987.

Mr Aristides Mejia Former Vice President of the Republic of Honduras

Legal adviser of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) (1999–2002). Executive Director of the Programme for Modernization of the Administration of Justice. (1998–2003). President and Judge of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (2004–2005). Secretary of National Defense (2006-2009)

Mr Jean Claude Mignon (France) President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Former enterpreneur. Since 1988, Deputy at the National Assembly. Since January 2012, President of the Council of Europe Parlimentary Assembly.

 Mr Pierre Morel (France) Director of the Observatory "Pharos" for the pluralism of cultures and religions, Paris

 

Mr Alberto Moreno Pérez (Colombia) Judicial Field Officer, United Nations Development Programme

Graduated in law from the Sabana University (2004), Magister in Human RIghts and Democratization from the Externado University of Colombia and University Carlos the Third of Spain (2010). Since 2009 is working on the field in the Meta Department in Colombia.

Ms Claudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé Professor at the National University of Colombia

Professor at the Department of Social Work, National University of Colombia. Researcher at the Centre of Social Studies (CES). Co-founder of the Afro-Colombian Group of studies (GEAS).

Mr Georges Mpaga (Gabon) President of the Board of Directors, « Réseau des organisations libres de la société civile pour la bonne gouvernance au Gabon » (ROLBG)

Assistant National Coordinator of « Publish what you pay Gabon ». Member of the Executive Board Network against small Arms Control in Central Africa. Member of Amnesty International.

Mr Marin Mrcela (Croatia) President of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)

From 2000 to 2008, Judge of the County Court, Zagreb (Criminal Department ; corruption and Organized Crime offences, War Crime). Since 2008, criminal judge at the Criminal Department of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia. Council of Europe Expert in the field of Criminal Law.

Mr Chris Nash (United Kingdom) Asylum Aid/European Network on Statelessness

Worked in the refugee and migration field for 15 years, initially as an asylum lawyer and then at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International. Consultant for The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid. Co-author of the 2011 joint UNHCR/Asylum Aid study Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom.

Ms Tinatin Ninua (Georgia) Political Corruption Programme Coordinator, Transparency International

Program coordinator at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on democracy assistance programmes, including political party building, parliamentary strengthening, voter education and women's political participation. Worked for the UNDP project on capacity enhancement of electoral administration and citizen participation in the electoral processes in Georgia.

Mr Donatus Obi (Nigeria) International Initiative for Peace

Associate member of the Nigerian Institute for Administration. Previously worked for the Ministry of Defense.

Ms Laure Ognois (Germany) Director of International Relations, "DeutscheUniversität für Verwaltungswissenschaften", Speyer

Lecturer at the University of Tübingen in Germany and Tbilisi State University in Georgia.

Mr Krzysztof Olendzki (Poland) Historian and diplomat, former Vice-Minister of Culture and National Heritage

 

Ms Vanessa Ortiz (USA) Transition Program Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Founder of In Women's Hands.Consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Mr Oriano Otocan (Croatia) President of ALDA

Involved in numerous education programmes and international conferences on cooperation, European affairs, democracy and political cohesion and development. President of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) since June 2012.

Mr Fathallah Oualalou (Morocco) Mayor of Rabat

Successively elected town councillor in Rabat and since 1977 Deputy at the House of Representatives. He has managed the Parliamentary Group of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) between 1984 and 1998. Appointed Minister of the Economy and Finances in 1998 and then Minister of finances and privatization from 2002 to 2007. Professor in economy at the Law department of the Universities of Rabat, Casablanca and at the "Ecole Nationale d'Administration" in Rabat.

Ms Hande Özsan Bozatli (Turkey) Chair of the Commitee on Culture, Education, Youth of the Assembly of European Regions

Dermatologist. During two years, family planning trainer at the Ministry of Health in Ankara. President of EU and International Relations, Istanbul Provincial Council.

Mr Evan Papp (USA) US Agency for International Development

Programme Manager, "Outreach & Public Affairs" at the United State Agency for International development (USAID).

Mr Jules Patenaude (Canada) Expert in Public consultation

Coordinator in public consulting of the City of Montreal. Senior officer of the Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

Mr Srirak Plipat (Thaïland) Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Transparency International

Director of the International Mobilization Programme at Amnesty International (AI) in London. As Director of AI Thailand, he co-founded the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Network in Thailand. Member of the Working Group for the Establishment of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and Member of the Sub-Committee for Human Rights Protection of the Thailand National Human Rights Commission.

Mr Andy Pollack (Ireland) Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Dublin

Secretary of Universities Ireland and the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS). Former religious affairs correspondent, education correspondent, assistant news editor and Belfast reporter with the Irish Times.

Mr Jerzy Pomianowski (Poland) Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Since 1992, he works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland where he occupied various positions of ambassador and Director of the Department of Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania. From 2008 to 2011, Director of the Partnership for Democratic Governance. Since 2011, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Mr Frank Prochaska (USA) Professor, Colorado Technical University

Professor of British history at Yale and in Oxford in 2010. Member of Somerville College. Contributes to media programmes and the press in both Britain and the US on contemporary social policy and the British monarchy.

Mr Bouden Radhouan (Tunisie) Chairman of Kaiouran borough

 

Ms Nawel Rafik-Elmrini (France) Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg in charge of European and International relations

Advisor to the Urban Community of Strasbourg. Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Mr Philippe Receveur (Switzerland) Minister of Ecology and Infrastructure, Canton of Jura and expert in cross-border cooperation

General Councillor of Bassecourt municipality for twelve years and President of the Provincial Council in 1993. Editor of the monthly political magazine of the Jura Canton "Perspectives". Elected at the local government of the Jura Canton in November 2006, heads of the health department, social affairs and human resources.

Mr Phiippe Richert (France) President of Alsace Regional Council

Senator of the Bas-Rhin Department (1992-2010). Vice-President of the Senate (2004-2008). From 2010 to 2012, Deputy Minister to the Interior Ministry in charge of the territorial Collectivities. Since 2010, President of the Regional Council of Alsace.

Mr Roland Ries (France) Mayor of Strasbourg

Mayor of Strasbourg from 1997 to 2000 and since 2008. Senator, Chairman of the Commission of Economic Affairs and Vice-President of the Commission of European Affairs of the French Senate.

Ms Ana Maria Rodriguez Rivas (Spain) Professor of Journalism and Communication, King Juan Carlos University, Madrid

Doctor from the University Complutense of Madrid (2002). Professor in journalism, publicity of the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid. Author of four books on the press and journalism and has received a National Literary award for an essay. Expert in educative innovation and European higher education. Her research area focuses on the guarantee and quality control in higher education.

Mr Igor Rogov (Kazakhstan) President of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan, Member of the Venice Commission

Vice-President of the Constitutional Court, Adviser of the Head of the State, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Minister of Justice, deputy Head of administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Head of Legal Department. Since 2010, President of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan. Member of the Venice Commission.

Ms Alexandra Rotaru (Ivory Coast) Project Manager, Advanced Research & Intelligence Services (ARIS)

Analyst in the Business intelligence Industry based in Brussels. Political Attaché with the EU Delegation in Abidjan (2009-2011). Co-founded Advanced research and Intelligence Services (ARIS) early 2011. Lead consultant on a mining public consultation and information campaign in Ivory Coast.

Ms Michèle Sabban (France) President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER)

Vice-president of the Ile-de-France Regional Council, in charge of staff, general administration and procurement contracts (1998-2004). Since 2008, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER).

 Mr Salomon (Cameroon) Member of Parliament and President of the Front of Defense for Youth in Central Africa

Member of the National assembly of Cameroon.

Mr Rachid Sassi (Morocco) Delegated Mayor of Rabat

 

Ms Sima Samar (Afghanistan) Chair of the Independent Human Rights Commission

Founder of the Shuhada Organization and the Shuhada Clinic in 1989 in Quetta, Pakistan. In 2002, assumed a cabinet post in the Afghan Transitional Administration led by Hamid Karzai. Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and United Nations Special Reporter on the situation of Human rights in Sudan. Awarded the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA) in 2008. Deputy President and then Minister for Women's Affairs to the interim government.

Mr Christian Saves (France) Political scientist, senior civil servant

Graduated in Law and Political Science from the National School of Administration(ENA). Former deputy Director of studies at ENA. Political scientist specialised in democracy.

Mr Wolfgang Schäuble Minister for Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany

Federal Minister of Special Affairs for Germany (1984-1991). Chief of the Chancellery (1984-1989). Federal Minister of the Interior (1985-1989 ; 2005-2009). Current Federal Minister of Finance.

Mr Marc Scheuer Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Former Director of Political Advice of the Council of Europe Directorate of General Political Affairs, in charge of conflict prevention. Former director of the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg. Former member of the Board of the European Centre for Minority Issues and lecturer at Strasbourg University.

Mr Sylvain Schirmann Director, "Institut d'études politiques Strasbourg"

Director of the Research Centre of History and civilization from Western Europe. Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the "Maison Robert Schuman".

  Mr Mohamed Sefiani (Morocco) Delegated mayor of Chefchaouen

 

Mr Dismas Kitenge Senga (DR Congo) President of the NGO Group LOTUS RDC

Congolese NGO for the defense of Human Rights and development. International Federation of Human Rights Member (FIDH).

Mr Simon Serfaty (USA) Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. 

First holder of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy at CSIS. Was the director of the CSIS Europe Programme for more than 10 years and remains a senior adviser to the programme. Senior professor of U.S. foreign policy with the Graduate Programmes in International Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mr Hassan Shire Sheikh (Uganda) Executive Director, "The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project"

Coordinator of the African Human Rights Defenders Project at Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada. Engages actively with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, UN Human Rights Council and Community of Democracies. Active member of the World Movement for Democracy, and is an Advisory Council member of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

Mr James E. Sirleaf General Manager, Corporate and Institutional Banking, First International Bank of Liberia

Graduated in E-Business and business administration from the Universities of Liverpool, Westminster. General Manager at FIBANK in Liberia.

Mr Igor Soltes (Slovenia) President of the Court of Auditors

 

Mr Adejare Somorin (Nigeria) International Initiative for Peace

Executive Director of the International Initiative for Peace (IIp), a think-tank he founded in 2001. Founder of Global Peace Institute based in Nigeria. President/Chief Executive Officer of ADESOMABOD Resources Limited, a private Consultancy outfit in Nigeria.

 Mr Christophe Spreng (Switzerland) Coordinator of the Conference of INGOs for intercultural dialogue

Since 2005, represents IofC-International at the Council of Europe. In 2008, he was appointed as special advisor to the intercultural dialogue for the Conference of INGOs.

Mr Krzysztof Stanowski (Poland) President of the Management Board of Solidarity Fund PL

Chairman of the Education for Democracy Foundation (2001-2007). Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Education from 2007-2010. Initiator and co-founder of Education for Democracy International Network. Until 2007, vice-chairman of the Steering Committee of World Movement for Democracy. Between 2010 and 2012, as Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dealt with Poland's development cooperation.

Mr Daniel Tarschys (Sweden) Professor of political science at Stockholm University, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University, specialised in the study of Eastern Europe. Former member of the Swedish Parliament for the Liberal Party in 1976-1982 and State Secretary from 1978-79 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Ola Ullsten. Secretary General of the Council of Europe from 1994 to 1999.

Mr Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon (Sri Lanka) Freelance journalist, Executive director of the Centre for Human Rights

Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) in Sri Lanka.

Ms Lhadon Tethong Director of "Tibet Action Institute"

Activist for Tibetan independence. Founder and Director of "Students for a Free Tibet" (SFT). Former co-chair of the Olympics Campaign Working Group of the International Tibet Support. Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet International.

 Ms Jozefina Çoba Topalli (Albania) Speaker of the Parliament

Elected Deputy Chair of the Albanian Democratic Party in 1997. Participated into CoE monitoring group for the elections in Ukraine, and Palestine between 2004 and 2005. Since 2005, elected Member and then Speaker of the Albanian Assembly.

Ms Francesca Traldi (Italy) Director of international relations, Magna Carta Foundation

Graduated from the University of Bologna. Research fellow at the Foundation Bruno Kessler and Brown University, (US). Director of International Relations, Magna Carta Foundation. Magna Carta foundation is an italian cultural think tank active in ecomomics, welfare and reform of State.

Ms Olena Tregub (Ukraine) Journalist and political analyst

MA in Political Science from the Central European University of Budapest. She worked as a U.S.-based foreign correspondent for the Ukrainian News Agency (www.unian.net) and Kyiv Post (www.kyivpost.com). Author of a number of publications on Ukrainian politics and international affairs.

Ms Luisa Trujillo (Colombia) Writer and researcher

Graduated in Comunication and Education  from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Political scientist, writer and researcher on non-violent conflict from the University del Rosario, Bogota. Worked with Sudanese refugees and youth in Egypt.

Mr Enrique Uribe (Colombia) Professor at the University of Strasbourg

Graduated from the University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), and from the Institute of Political Sciences of Strasbourg. From 1994 to 2011, associate professor at the "National School of Administration". Professor at the University of Strasbourg since 2000.

Ms Alexandra Veleva (France) Programme Advisor, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

Special Assistant to the OIF/Delegation for Peace, Democracy and human Rights.PhD in Linguistics from the University Paris 4.

 Mr Leen Verbeek (Netherlands) Representative of the Chamber of Regions, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Mayor of Purmerend for five years. Co-founder and chairperson of the International Tree Fund which does nature and rural projects in Latin America. Queens Commissioner in the province of Flevoland since 2008

Mr Luca Volonté (Italy) Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, President of the Group of the European People's Party

Graduated in 1993 in Political Science from the University of Milano. Since 1996, deputy at the "Camera dei Deputati". Since 2008, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Mr Steven Wagenseil (USA) Former First Deputy Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Graduated from Yale University. Chief Programme Officer of the NGO "Council for a community of democracies". First Deputy Director of the Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE. Worked at theUN's Electoral Assistance Division on parliamentary and presidential elections in the Solomon Islands (2006) and in Timor-Leste (2007).  Current Consultant at Lincoln House Printers.

Mr John Warmisham (United Kingdom) Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Municipal Councillor of Salford, since 1991.

 Mr Patrick Waschmann (France) Professor of public law at the University of Strasbourg

 

Mr Sylvain Waserman (France) Director General, "Network Gas of Strasbourg"

Graduated from the Paris National Institute of telecommunications and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). Since 2008, adviser in Foreign Affairs and mayor of Quatzenheim (Bas-Rhin). Director of Réseau Gaz de Strasbourg (GDS) since 2009.

 Mr Aalam Wassef (Egypte) Blogger and video producer

Engaged in multimedia publishing, interactive media, knowledge databases and networks, collaborating with numerous independent publishers, museums and public institutions in Europe and the US. Began the Ahmad Sherif Internet Project, a long-term body of work made of writings, online happenings using Google Ad Words, Youtube videos, hand-made animations, videos from cell phones, and songs. One of his non-anonymous videos is considered to have contributed to the remobilization of revolutionaries on January 25, 2012, after 12 months of struggling against post-revolutionary military violence.

Mr Keith Whitmore (United Kingdom) President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Elected member of Manchester City Council since 1979. Since 1996, Member of the Congress and since 2010, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

Reverend Akuila Yabaki (Fiji) Executive Director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum

Chief Executive Officer of Citizens' Constitutional Forum, a pro-democracy organization. Opposant to the military coup of 5 December 2006 in Fiji.

Ms Jilian York Director of International Freedom of Expression at the US-based Electronic Frontier Fondation, free-expression activist, journalist and travel-writer

Free-expression activist, journalist and travel-writer. Called "one of the leading scholars on internet control and censorship". Specialist on free expression and social media in the Arab world. Journalist for Al Jazeera.

Mr Mikhail Zygar (Russia) Editor in Chief, "Dozhd" TV channel

Graduate of the Department of Journalism at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and of Cairo University. Author of War and Myth (2007) and Gazprom: New Russian Weapons (2008). In 2009-2010, deputy editor-in-chief of "Newsweek" Russia. Columnist for openspace.ru, bg.ru, and snob.ru Since October 2010, Editor-in-chief of the Russian Optimistic Television Channel "Dozhd".

 

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