Speakers of the 2015 forum
Mr Harald RANGE, Germany, Former Attorney General of Germany
Mr. Harald Range was the Federal Public Prosecutor attached to the Federal High Court of Germany (2011-2015). He has been holding different positions in the prosecution services in the German land of Lower Saxony, including Prosecutor General and director of the criminal departement of the Ministry of Justice there. As Head of the Federal Public Prosecution he was responsible for the investigation in cases of Espionage and Terrorism and other severe crimes against state's interests. He was president of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and is the German national representative in the CCPE.
Mr Matthew RICE, Advocacy Officer, Privacy International, United Kingdom
Matthew Rice is an Advocacy Officer at Privacy International working across the organisation engaging with international partners and strengthening their capacity on communications surveillance issues. He has previously worked at Privacy International as a consultant building the Surveillance Industry Index, the largest publicly available database on the private surveillance sector ever assembled. Matthew graduated from University of Aberdeen with an LLB (Hons.) and also has an MA in Human Rights from University College London.
Ms Ana Lis RODRÍGUEZ NARDELLI, Argentina, Research Director at Fundación Democracia en Red/DemocracyOS Foundation
Ana Lis Rodríguez Nardelli is the Research Director of Democracia en Red Foundation and peer of The Net Party (Partido de la Red). With a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology (UBA) and MSSc in Human Development (FLACSO – UN), she has focused her research on gender, public policies, and citizen participation from an anthropological perspective. She is passionate about building more equal and vibrant democracies through civic engagement using open source technologies like DemocracyOS.
Mr Petre ROMAN, Prime Minister of Romania (1989-1991)
Petre Roman (1946) is a Romanian politician who was Prime Minister of Romania from 1989 to 1991. He was the first Prime Minister since 1945 who was not a Communist. He was also the president of the Senate from 1996 to 1999 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000. He was leader of the Democratic Force party, which he founded in 2005. Currently, he is a member of the National Liberal Party and a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 90 former democratic statesmen, which works to strengthen democratic governance and leadership.
Ms Anna RURKA, Poland, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
Anna Rurka is the president of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe. A social pedagogue graduate of the University of Warsaw, she is now Senior Lecturer in Sciences of Education at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. Within the Conference of INGOs, she represents the European Committee for Home-based Priority Action for the Child and the Family in their Environment (EUROCEF). Through her professional and volunteer activities, she connects social work, human rights and democratic governance, including the experiential perspective of people living in the context of vulnerability.
Ms Alexandrina-Livia RUSU, Romania, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Permanent Representation of Romania to the Council of Europe
Alexandrina-Livia Rusu is Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Romania to the Council of Europe since August 2015. She holds an MA from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest and a PhD at the Doctoral School within the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She previously served in the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations in New York, the Romanian Embassy in Rome and General Consulate in Milan. In the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was part of diplomatic team preparing Romania’s accession to the European Union. She held posts as Director for EU External Relations and European Correspondent (2003-2007) and coordinated the elaboration of Romania’s first National Strategy on the international development cooperation policy adopted in 2006. Her experience covers also the Western Balkans area, the regional cooperation formats, election monitoring (Palestine in January 2005, Turkey in July 2014).
Mr Jean-Jacques SAHEL, Vice-President, Europe & Civil Society (Global Stakeholder Engagement), ICANN
Jean-Jacques Sahel is a strong advocate for the open Internet and multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance, in Europe and beyond. For over 15 years in both the private and government sectors, Jean-Jacques has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs. He leads ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, civil society and user groups throughout the region. Working closely with the Internet community across Europe, he is focused on enhancing awareness, capacity and participation of all stakeholders in ICANN. Before joining ICANN in 2014, Jean-Jacques headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions.
Ms Snežana SAMARDŽIĆ-MARKOVIĆ, Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe
Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković is since 2012 Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe, in charge of the Organisation’s action promoting democratic innovation, governance, participation and diversity. Her responsibilities include the policy areas of education and youth, local democracy, cultural policies, election assistance, the protection of human dignity, gender equality, children’s rights, and the rights of minorities, societal defences against discrimination, democratic citizenship, social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and democratic responses to crisis situations. Previously, Snežana has held numerous positions in the Serbian Government including as Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Neighbouring Countries; Assistant Minister of Defence (2005-2007) and Co-President of the Serbia-NATO Defence Reform Group; member of the Foundation Board of WADA, Minister of Youth and Sports (2007-2012) and President of the Fund for Young Talents.
Ms Milena SANTERINI, Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and Intolerance
Milena Santerini is Full professor of Pedagogy and Director of the Centre for Research on Intercultural Relations at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. She has promoted research and training activities on plurilingualism, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, and social projects on racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-gypsism. In 2013 she was elected member of the Italian Parliament and joined the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Since April 2015, as General rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance of the Parliamentary Assembly, she coordinates the activities of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance.
Mr Chamsy SARKIS, Syria/France, Co-founder of SMART & ASML
With a PhD in Human Genetics, after 10 years in Genetic Engineering at the French CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) and his own biotech company, Chamsy Sarkis co-founded SMART in 2011, at the start of the Syiran uprising, a Syrian Civil Society Organization providing non-violent activists in Syria with technical and other needed support. Two years later, Chamsy Sarkis began supporting Syrians on the ground to print and distribute independent news throughout the war-torn country. He also helped launch a radio, a news agency, a video production unit, as well as other media services.
Ensuring security and bringing surveillance under control
Liberating society from fear and nurturing the desire for freedom
Freedom of information in the “age of terror”
Protection of journalists and freedom of information
Framing freedom of expression? Between media regulation and the protection of personal data
Civic Action for Media Freedom
Who is controlling the internet? Toward a transnational model of democratic accountability