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Malika Abdoulvakhabova

Malika Abdoulvakhabova

Chechnyan living in Poland. Vice-Deputy of the Board of the Rescue (Ocalenie) Foundation acting in a field of assistance for refugees and immigrants.

Samuel Abrahám

Samuel Abrahám

PhD, studied Political Science and Political Philosophy at the University of Toronto and the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. At the latter one he obtained his doctorate. Since 1996 he is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Kritika & Kontext and during 1996-2006 he founded and directed the educational institution Society for Higher Learning based in Bratislava. During 1996-2001 he was a representative of the Foundation Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) in Slovakia, based in Princeton, U.S., specializing in inter-ethnic conflicts. He teaches political science at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Author of the book An Attempt to Analyze Slovak Society. Regularly publishes articles in Slovak and English magazines on the subjects of Slovak politics, the EU, as well as political theory. Member of the advisory board of Eurozine – an online magazine providing a network of European Cultural journals. Director of Bratislava Institute of Humanism, a nonprofit organization. Since June 2006  he is rector and lecturer of Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA).

Dorota Adamska

Dorota Adamska

Graduate of Anthropology at the University in Toronto, studied Archeology at the Jagiellonian University. 1989–1995 worked in the Ontario Parliament in Toronto. 1995- 1996 British Petroleum President’s Assistant and since 1996 Public Relations Manager for British Petroleum Poland. Coordinator of many social projects in BP. Besides that a lecturer at the Tischner European University in Cracow.

Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs

Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs

PhD in Human Sciences in 1991 (Jagiellonian University). Nowadays the head of the Research Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Centre for European Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Co-chair of the contact group "Education for Tolerance" of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the OSCE. Main areas of interest: education to enhance tolerance, intercultural education and methodology of teaching about the Holocaust.

Roman Andrejko

Journalist, director of the Radiocompania LUX, Lviv.

Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash

Is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professional Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of nine books of ‘history of the present’, including The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, The File and, most recently, Facts are Subversive. His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books and he writes a column in The Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas including in Gazeta Wyborcza. He is currently leading a major Oxford University research project on global free speech norms in the internet age, which can be followed in 13 languages on www.freespeechdebate.com, and writing a book on free speech.

Monika Baar

Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). She completed her undergraduate studies in History and Literature and Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and was awarded her doctorate in Modern History by the University of Oxford in 2002. She subsequently held positions at  the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the University of Essex. Her research focuses on modern historiography, cultural history and the history of political thought. Her recent book, Historians and Nationalism: East-Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century was published by Oxford University Press (February, 2010). She is participant of the research programme History of Political Thought in East-Central Europe (2008-2013), which is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia.

András Bakács

Holds MA in European Studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw. Since 2001 he has been working for the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Central-Eastern European research group.

Leszek Balcerowicz

Leszek Balcerowicz

Since 2000 holds the position of the president of the NBP (Polish Central Bank). 1989-1991 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and President of Economic Commitee of the Council of Ministers in the first non-communist government in Poland after World War II. In this vital period in Polands' transition he designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of Polish economy, leading it to free market economy. 1995-2000 the president of Freedom Union (UW). 1997-2000 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and President of Economic Commitee of the Council of Ministers. He has given many lectures and seminars world-wide. He is the author of numerous publications on economic issues in Poland and abroad.

Andrej Bán

Andrej Bán

One of the most renowned Slovak contemporary photographers. Photography reporter for prestigious magazines Reflex and Mlady svet. Realized photography reportages from Kosovo, the Northern Ireland, Israel. Currently works as a freelance photographer and chairs the humanitarian organization People in Peril. He is the co-founder of the Slovak Documentary Photo civic association.

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