BETH PERRY

Researcher

Beth Perry is a professorial fellow of the Urban Institute, at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her research focuses on processes and practices of urban transformation, coproductive urban governance, citizen participation and the just city. Beth oversees a collaborative programme of work between academics, individuals and organisations supporting progressive social, spatial and environmental changes in the North of England. She is a founder and member of the Action Research Collective, part of the Jam and Justice Project committed to coproducing urban governance for social innovation.

LUC DORAY

Local government

Luc Doray is the general secretary of the Office for Public Consultation of Montreal.

JEAN-MARIE GOATER

Local government

Jean-Marie Goater is the 15th assistant delegate, for Local Democracy, on the Rennes City Council.

ANNA-KARIN BERGLUND

LG Association

Anna-Karin Berglund holds a Ph.D. in social and economic geography from the Uppsala University in Sweden. She is a senior advisor on participation processes with the civil society at the Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting, where she supports Swedish municipalities and county councils in their collaboration and dialogue with civil society organizations.

YAGO BERMEJO

Researcher

Yago Bermejo is the Director of the Collective Intelligence Laboratory for Democracy and the coordinator of the project for the connection of Medialab Prado with the Department of Open Government, Participation and Transparency of the City of Madrid. ParticipaLab focuses on collaborative research in relation to democratic innovation and the development of new instruments for citizens’ participation in democratic processes. Most of the work done by this laboratory is related to Decide Madrid, the citizens’ participation platform of the Madrid City Council.

MARION ROTH

NGO

Marion Roth is the Director of Décider Ensemble, a think tank specialising in governance. She previously completed a Master's in public affairs at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France. Roth completed her initial training with a Master's in political and public institutional communication and also has experience in working for local government.

XABIER BARANDIARAN

Researcher

Xabier Barandiaran is a researcher and professor at the Universidad del País Vasco in Spain. He has previously coordinated the digital platform Decidim Barcelona and the Decidim Project. Moreover, he has been head of Democratic Innovation on the Barcelona City Council. As an activist, Barandiaran works on the intersection between technology and politics with special emphasis on participatory democracy, autonomous movements, free culture movements and hacktavism.

GEORGES TSHIONZA

Nat. government

Georges Tshionza Mata is a technical assistant on the Steering Committee for the Reform of Public Finances of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Specifically, he is in charge of guaranteeing financcial transparency. Nowadays, he leads the partnership between the government and civil society for the implementation framework for the reform, specifically leading the approach to participatory budgeting at national level.

CARLES AGUSTÍ

Supra-local gov.

Carles Agustí i Hernàndez is responsible for open government on the Provincial Council of Barcelona. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on topics related to transparency, quality of democracy, open government and the relationship between the administration and citizens. In the past, he has served as the General Secretary of the IOPD and the Commissioner for Citizens’ Participation and Associationism on the Barcelona City Council.

MARÍA BECEDAS

Consultant

María Becedas is a consultant in citizen's participation for the ethicoo.org network, where she coordinates a multidisciplinary team. She is a specialist in the design of participatory analogical-digital processes, accompaniment, deepening democracy, facilitation and collaborative events. She has redesigned decidim.org platform for capacitation platform, while also creating and developing official training programs for municipal technicians and entities.

RUTGER GROOT WASSINK

Deputy Mayor

Rutger Groot Wassink is Vice-Mayor and the alderman for Social Affairs, Democratization, and Diversity in the City Government of Amsterdam. He is the leader of GroenLinks Amsterdam, which became the biggest party in the recent local elections in March 2018. Before the elections Rutger and the leaders of both the Socialist Party and the social democrat PvdA formed the Left Pact, which made a plea to make Amsterdam a Fearless City. The three parties formed a coalition with the social liberal D66.

LINA GAST

UCLG

Lina Gast is an anthropologist and architect. She works for UCLG World Secretariat as part of the UCLG Learning Team, expediting the exchange of knowledge and practices between local governments worldwide. Gast is also the co-founder of Cities+, a bi-annual publication that explores urban issues through specific, changing themes.

IMANOL LASA

Supra-local gov.

Imanol Lasa Ceberio Zarautz is Councillor for the Department of Governance and Communications of the Guipuzcoa Provincial Council, Spain. Previously, among other posts, he has also been the spokesman for the opposition at the Zarautz Town Council and Director of Citizens’ Participation for the Guipuzcoa Provincial Council.

QUIM BRUGUÉ

Professor

Quim Brugué Torruella is a professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Girona and President of the Asociación Española de Ciencia Política. His research experience has been closely associated with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Institute of Government and Public Policies, which he directed between 2010 and 2014. He was also the General Director of Citizens’ Participation for the Generalitat of Catalonia, from 2003 to 2007.

DAVID ALTMAN

Professor

David Altman works as a professor of Political Science at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also an associate researcher at the Agencia Nacional Uruguaya de Investigación e Innovación and has twice won the Uruguayan National Award of Political Science. His main line of research focuses on direct democracy mechanisms and these days he is studying the political consequences of citizens’ participation through popular initiatives and referendums.

PATRICIA MARTÍNEZ

Researcher

Patricia Martínez García holds a Ph.D in political and administration sciences from the Universidad del País Vasco. Her doctoral thesis was “Female Empowerment in Governance Contexts. The Experience of Fisherwomen in Galicia and the Basque Country”. Nowadays, she develops her research as a partner in the Aradia cooperative. She also collaborates with the research group Parte Hartuz at the same university.

TETIANA LOMAKINA

ALDA

Tetiana Lomakina is the delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Mariupol. Her team is engaged in the promotion of good governance, democratic tools and the protection of human rights and freedoms. She has been working in NGOs for more than 20 years, on issues such as children and youth, families in difficult life-circumstances, support of internally-displaced persons, building dialogue between local authorities and citizens. LDA Mariupol cooperates with municipal bodies, local NGOs and citizens implementing project and initiatives.

BABA NDIAYE

Supra-local gov.

Baba Ndiaye is the President of the Departmental Council of Kaolack in Senegal. He is an expert in management and sustainable development and leads the Senegaese network of territorial collectives for participatory budgeting. He is also President of the Supervisory Board of the National Agency for the Construction of Public Buildings.

MARJATTA PELTONEN

Local government

Marjatta Peltonen is a project manager at the Helsinki City Executive Office. She is a member of the Citizen Interaction team, which develops and maintains digital participation platforms and promotes the citizens' equality as users of services. Her current work focuses on enhancing the impact of citizens' feedback with regard to city operations. This requires developing digital channels and tools for receiving and analyzing citizens' feedback.

JOAN FONT

Researcher

Joan Font Fàbregas is a researcher at and the Director of the Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados-CSIC. He has also been professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Research Director of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociales. His publications include “Citizens and Public Decisions”; “How do We Vote in Referendums”, with Braulio Gómez; and “What we Know about Polls”, with Sara Pasadas.

PIERRE-LOÏC CHAMBON

Local government

Pierre-Loïc Chambon is the Head of local democracy for the city of Grenoble, in France. His main tasks consist of testing out new citizens’ tools and practices. In the past, he worked in the areas of youth, local development and city policies.

AFAF ZADDEM

ALDA

Afaf Zaddem is the ADL (Local Democracy Agency) delegate in Tunis, the premier agency in the Mena Region, based at Kairouan, where she works on the promotion of good local governance, citizen participation and sustainable development. She has worked as an expert in the development of the capacities of associations, participatory democracy, and active citizenship, dialogue between civil society and local authorities and decentralised cooperation.

DANAE MOYANO

Consultant

Danae Moyano Rodríguez is a historian and has always been concerned about the non-conventional human bonds that are established between people and political ideas. Specifically, Moyano is interested in the political participation of ethnic minorities and the political narrative expressed through street art. At the same time, she is also a specialist in topics related to the institutional development of participatory perspectives.

NELSON DIAS

World Bank

Nelson Dias is a consultant, working for the World Bank on the implementation of participatory budgets in a number of municipalities and regions in Mozambique, Mexico and Russia. He has also provided consultation services for different municipalities in Portugal, for the creation, implementation and evaluation of participatory budgets among others, and also for the United Nations and the Government of Cape Verde with regard to the implementation of participatory budgets in four municipalities. Dias is the coordinator of Portugal’s Network of Participatory Municipalities.

YANINA WELP

Researcher

Yanina Yelp is the leading researcher of the Centre for Democracy Studies and Co-Director of the Centro Latinoamericano de Zúrich, both affiliated to the University of Zurich. Also, she is a founding member of the Red de Politólogas platform. Her main line of research focuses on political, non-electoral participation, and in particular on the comparative analysis of direct democracy and participatory mechanisms, as well as the use of digital channels for political activity.

ANTÒNIA ROSELLÓ

Int. cooperation

Antònia Rosselló has, since 2015, been the Director of Fons Mallorquí, an NGO that supports decentralized cooperation. After her studies in sociology and social work, she joined Fons Mallorquí and involved herself in the Sahrawi refugee cause. For 6 years she also monitored the work of the Fons Mallorquí in Central America and was in charge of the Fons headquarter in Nicaragua.

HANNE BASTIAENSEN

NGO

Hanne Bastiaensen is a sociologist working for Demsoc, an NGO with the aim of achieving greater participation and dialogue in democracy. She leads the organization’s thinking on participatory budgeting and participative processes in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Before that, Bastiaensen was the Project Manager for the participatory budgeting process for the city of Antwerp, in Belgium. She also designed the process and was responsible for its implementation in the city.

MWAMIKAZI ESPÉRANCE

Supra-local gov.

Mwamikazi Espérance Baharanyi is a regional deputy and chief of the local government of Luhwindja in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has become a prominent female leader in her country due to transformation and promotion of development that she has initiated in the area where she works, for the implementation of modern communitary infrastructures, based on the participatory budgeting approach. She received the Africités 2015 Honorary Award.

ARI BRODACH

Local government

JAMES ORGAN

Professor

James Organ is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and an expert in the area of participatory democracy. James works extensively with civil society organisations and advises EU institutions on developing EU level citizens’ participation. He is currently leading an EACEA 'Europe for Citizens' funded project on the future of EU democratic participation in partnership with WeMove.EU. This consists of mini publics in four EU member states and online deliberation, and will conclude with a conference to be held in Liverpool on 5th December 2018.

JAN MELLEBEEK

Local government

Jan Mellebeek has been active in community work for the last 15 years and has a degree in Social-Cultural Work and a Master’s in Social Work. Previously centred in Brussels and Antwerp, he has been working for the City of Leuven since 2008. Along with a team of community managers they have been engaged in building a dynamic and welcoming city for all inhabitants, based on intense networking and partnership work with citizens, local organisations and government services.

JOSE P. GARZA

NGO

Jose P. Garza is the director of the Workers Defense Project organization. He has a broad-based experience in the defense of the rights of workers and low-income communities. He also worked for the Obama Administration and fought to ensure that people can join together to improve their working conditions and support their families, regardless of their immigration status.

PAOLA PIERRI

Professor

Paola Pierri has more than 15 year-experience working with civil society organisations across Europe on different issues: from migration, to gender equality, to mental health and social justice. As a researcher, she is interested in exploring innovative approaches to citizen engagement and how democracy could be reinforced and ‘re-designed’ by working collaboratively with groups that are usually marginalised. Alongside her academic work, she works currently at WeMove.EU to build a EU wide citizen movement make Europe stronger and more inclusive.

MIREN FERNÁNDEZ

Local government

Miren Fernández is the Mayor of Betoño, in the Basque Country, and for over 15 years has been President of the Association of Municipal Councils in Vitoria-Gasteiz. She is the council representative on the Sectorial Council for the Environment, on the Social Council of the Municipality, while also presiding over the Territorial Council of the Rural Area. Among others, she is an active member of the Rural Women’s Network of Araba and Gasteiz.

IMANOL TELLERIA

Professor

Imanol Telleria is a professor of Political and Administration Sciences at the Universidad del País Vasco, Spain. Nowadays, he is head of the Master's in Participation and Community Development at the university and lectures in the Master's in Governance and Political Studies. He is also engaged in research activity linked to these participatory processes and, specifically, to urban governance and communitary projects within the participatory democracy research group Parte Hartuz.

EDURNE IRIGOIEN

Local government

Edurne Irigoien is the Head of the Cabinet of Territorial Coordination and Public-Social Cooperation for the Madrid City Council. She deals with topics such as local decentralization and territorial rebalancing policies, among others. Before that, she was responsible for the communication of the Federación Regional de Asociaciones Vecinales de Madrid, the federation of neighbourhood associations of Madrid, and she is associated with this and other citizens’ initiatives.

BRUNO KAUFMANN

Journalist

Bruno Kaufmann is the Global Democracy Correspondent of the Schweizerische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft, which broadcast democracy news in 10 languages. He is also the Director of International Cooperation at the European Democracy Foundation and co-chairs the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy. Until 2017, he was a member of the city government in Falun (Sweden), where he chaired the Election and Democracy Commission. Bruno is the author of the "European Passport to Active Citizenship", available in 22 languages, and the "Global Passport on Modern Direct Democracy".


ALIZÉE FINE

Local government

Since 2017 Alizée Fine has been working on the Citizen Participation Mission Team in Strasbourg. After completing her studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, Alizée spent a number of years working in the sphere of social economics and solidarity in both Toulouse and Strasbourg.

DONATELLA DELLA PORTA

Professor

Donatella della Porta is the Director of the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos) and is the Dean of the Department of Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. Among the main topics of her research are social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, police and protest policing. She is also an Honorary Doctor at the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest and Gothenburg.

STEFANIA PAOLAZZI

Consultant

Stefania Paolazzi works as a project manager and facilitator at the Fondazione Innovazione Urbana analysis center in Italy. Specifically, she works within the framework of the Neighbourhood Labs Project and supports the implementation of the Digital Agenda in the municipality of Bologna. Paolazzi has a background in public policies studies and holds a postgraduate Master's in Smart Communities Design and Management. Moreover, she has previous work experience with local authority networks in both Italy and Brussels.

JESSICA DUFRESNE

Lawyer

Jessica Dufresne is a lawyer based in Quebec, Canada. She is particularly interested in investigating the role of local governments in the granting of fundamental right to food. Sensitive to the improvement of food accessibility for all, which is why she installed the first communitary fridge in Canada, with headquarters in Montreal.

MARC PARÉS

Professor

Marc Parés is a geographer and political scientist. He leads the research group on  Urban Governance, Commons, Internet and Social Innovation for Government and Public Policies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he also lectures. His investigation is centered in the fields of urban governance, citizen participation, urban political ecology, environment management and social innovation.

ALICE TOOMER

Journalist

Alice Toomer McAlpine is a community journalist and organiser. She also trains citizens and public and third sector workers in the practice of community organising through the program The Company of Community Organisers.  As co-editor of the independent media project The Meteor, Alice has been applying community organising principles to the process of establishing The Meteor as a multi stakeholder media co-operative. Alice is a member of the Association Research Collective and co-leads the GM Decides Project.

RICHARD RAFIDISON

Consultant

Richard Rafidison is the Capacity Building Director of the Madagascar Local Development Fund. He has trained and provided support for municipal actors for the adoption of participatory budgeting process for the last ten years, promoting the principles of good governance, including citizen's participation, transparency, inclusion and accountability in the management of projects and the identification of development actions. As part of his promotion of participatory budgeting, he has supported the networking of 200 communes in Madagascar.

PAOLO SPADA

Researcher

Paolo Spada is one of the developers working at Participedia, an open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the field of democratic innovation and public engagement. He is a specialist in participatory action research and has contributed to the implementation of a variety of democratic designs including, among others, deliberative polls, citizen assemblies, participatory budgeting and e-deliberation platforms. Spada’s research explores the diffusion and impact of governance and social innovations aimed at deepening democracy in public administrations, parties and organisations.

ROSA BORGE

Professor

Rosa Borge Bravo is an associate professor of Political Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where she teaches the Political Analysis Master's and the Administration and E-government Master's. Previously, she worked as Associate Director on the PhD Information and Knowledge Society Program, and as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan and a senior researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

NILS MUNTHE

LG Association

Nils Munthe is a senior adviser in the field of participation in complex issues. He is engaged in development work at the Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting, and provides support for Swedish municipalities and county councils in their work with participatory process in complex issues.

YVES CABANNES

Researcher

Yves Cabannes is an urban specialist, activist and scholar. Over the past forty years he has been involved in the research and development of solutions for urban issues, people-led initiatives and local democracy in different regions of the world. He also supports, researches, teaches and advocates for participatory budgeting, urban agriculture and housing rights. He became Emeritus Professor of development planning at University College London in 2015.

 

VALERIY ZHONDOROV

Local government

Valeryi Zhondorov is the Minister of Finance of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic.

MIKEL ARMENDARIZ

Councillor

Mikel Armendariz Barnechea is an alderman of Pamplona, Spain. He is also a lawyer since 1995. He is specialized in criminal and penitentiary law, although he also handles other topics such as family.

LARISSA GALDINO

Researcher

Larissa Galdino de Magalhães Santos is an associate researcher on the research network support program for the recovery of the Rio Doce Basin, in Brazil. She is also an investigator of public policies at the Jones dos Santos Neves institute and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Campinas, in Brazil. Her researches are concerned with open government ecosystems; political algorithms, as support for decision-making; and collaborative data.

CELIA CUMBE

Councillor

Célia Cumbe is an alderwoman at the Maputo City Council, where she coordinates the Rede Mocambicana de Orcamento Participativo. Cumbe has a degree in Governance, Public Administration and Accounting from Unversidade Eduardo Mondlane and the Instituto Superior Politécnico de Moçambique.

LUCRECIA ADEVA

Local government

Lucrecia Adeva is a general administration technician, working in the legal branch of the Madrid City Council. She counts on 12 years of experience as Head of Heritage Management Legal Services, in the Department of Economy and Finance, currently holds the post of Deputy Director of Citizen Participation and Voluntary Organisations; and, among other responsibilities, works as Coordinator of the Participatory Budgets Process for the Madrid City Council.

MANDIONE LAYE KEBE

Activist

Mandione Laye Kebe is a Senegalese photographer. Since 2017 he has led the citizens' initiative Save Dakar, which aims to educate the population in the need to respect public spaces and raise their awareness about environmental problems and individual responsibility for the interest of the group, among others.

ALBERTO MARTÍNEZ

Consultant

For the last 20 years Alberto Martínez has collaborated with the government of the City of Mexico on questions related to citizen participation. He has been responsible for introducing processes in over 700 of the communities that form part of one of the world’s largest cities, also one of the cities with the highest levels of insecurity and poverty, with specific results in terms of the creation of public spaces and facilities for thousands of people under the neighbourhood rescue scheme. He has received international recognition for his work on various occasions, including an award from the IOPD.

ELBERT KRASNIQI

ALDA

Elbert Krasniqi is the delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Kosovo since 2011 and Country coordinator of the Italian non-profit organisation of de-centralised cooperation Associazione Trentino con i Balcani. Krasniqi was elected as a member of the Municipal Council of Peja, in the 2013 local elections in Kosovo. He was also  Deputy President of the Council and a member of the Assembly of the Association of Kosovo Municipalities in the period 2014-2017. 

GALA PIN

Councillor

Gala Pin is a councillor at the Barcelona City Council, responsible for the Ciutat Vella district. She is also responsible for participation and territory. She is a specialist in digital communication linked to the defense of online rights and freedoms. She has been involved in housing rights and the city for more than 10 years. Among other movements, she is involved in the neighbourhood movement of La Barceloneta, in which she has worked for the recovery of cooperative memory and a citizen's port.

JAIME JUANEDA

Local government

Jaime Juaneda is the Director of Neighbourhood Policies for the City of Córdoba, Argentina, where he promotes spaces for citizen participation and territorial organisation, as well as taking charge of the control and auditing of neighbourhood organisations, among others. He is a public relations officer, community manager and a member of the Argentina IOPD.

ALBA DOBLAS

Councillor

Alba Doblas is an alderwoman on the Cordoba City Council, Spain, as well as fourth deputy mayor and the delegate for citizen participation, finance, health, consumption and housing, and serves as the Councillor/Secretary for the Local Government Board. Doblas is also a lawyer specialising in family law. The Cordoba City Council incorporates the Commission for the Promotion of the Ruta Sur, in order to collaborate with other local governments on the generation of collaborative knowledge for democratic innovation in the local sphere.

JILLIAN JOHNSON

Mayor pro tempore

Jillian Johnson is the Mayor Pro Tempore of the city of Durham, in the USA, a long-time community organizer and activist. She is currently on the coordinating team for Durham for All, an organization working to build a multi-racial, cross-class, political vehicle in Durham. She is also a board game designer and has worked on a cooperative game that imagines the development of a future communitarian society in Appalachia after 100 years of climate change.

YADER CHAVERRÍA

NGO

Yader Alfonso Chavarría García has formed a part of the Tuktan Sirpi Children’s Association since he was 9 years old, where he was involved in the communications area before becoming a social communications professional. Currently he is in charge of the area of boy, girl and adolescent communicators and accompanies protagonist and participatory processes within the framework of collaboration on a project financed by the NGO Educo.

 

INGRID PERSSON

Local government

Ingrid Persson is the networking team coordinator for the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. In recent years she has been working on a participatory project, going by the name of “A life without violence”, which aims to improve the possibilities of the children from these places to live a life without violence in a long-term perspective.

ADA COLAU

Mayor

Ada Colau Ballano is Barcelona's first-ever woman mayor. Part of her professional life has been devoted to researching and championing human rights, with special emphasis on housing rights. She has spent the last twenty years building up her professional and political skills, through her academic studies, her work in civil organisations and her participation in social movements.

WERONIKA ŚMIGIELSKA

Activist

Weronika Smigielska is a political and social activist based in Krakow, Poland. In 2014, along with other activists she managed to organise a local referendum through the Krakow Against Olympics initiative. Its aim was to mobilise people to vote against the city's application for the Winter Olympic Games 2022. Since January 2017 she has been the Vice-President of the Miasto Wspólne Association, which was founded to continue the fighting for the benefit of the city. Besides that, she is a member of the Ogniwo Cooperative, an independent cultural centre/café/bookstore.

YU-SHAN TSENG

Researcher

Yu-Shan Tseng is a second-year PhD student in Human Geography. Her research investigates the possibilities and implications of Open Source Software enabled public participation platforms, specifically in Decide Madrid and Taiwan. This research is based on a comparative and participatory approach, working with the Citizen Participation, Transparency and Open Government Department of the Madrid City Council and Public Design Innovation Space in Executive Yuan (Taiwan).

ANDRÉS FALCK

Consultant

Andrés Falck is a geographer, specialising in urban and regional development, with years of experience in the area of decentralized cooperation. He has coordinated different cooperation projects in countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Morocco or Peru, among others. His professional career is linked to the formation of collaboration networks among civil society organizations and local authorities, cooperating with different entities to reach this goal. Falck has focused his work on programs that support participatory democracy policies.

DIEGO HIDALGO

Local government

JAUME LÓPEZ

Professor

Jaume López Hernández is a lecturer at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as well as a social scientist. His fields are, among others, democracy and citizenship, theories of collective action and the management of the commons. He has a doctorate in Political Science and Administration, also from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

ÁLVARO BLANCO

Researcher

Álvaro Blanco Morett is a researcher at the Universidad de Málaga and in the Coglobal, organization specialising in citizens' participation processes and democratic innovation. In the latter, working in the communication area, he has taken part in projects such as Acción Comparte, a European cooperation project that studies the perception of participatory processes in Nicaragua; and in Ágora Infantil, a participatory democracy program for children in Andalusia.

ALICE EL-WAKIL

Researcher

Alice el-Wakil is a PhD researcher at the Universität Zürich and at the Zentrum für Demokratie of Aarau. Within the field of political theory, her investigations focus on democratic institutional design and innovation from a normative perspective. In her current research project, she is studying popular vote processes (initiatives and referendums) and argues for a reassessment of the democratic credentials of these procedures.

GIOVANNI ALLEGRETTI

Reg. government

Giovanni Allegretti is Co-Chair of the Independent Authority for Promotion of Participation in Tuscany (Italy) for the mandate 2014-2019. He is also an architect, planner and senior researcher at the Centre of Social Studies of Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, where he directs the PhD “Democracy in the XXI Century”. He is also a visiting fellow at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Allegretti coordinated the international Project “EMPATIA: Enabling Multichannel Participation through ICT Adaptations” and, as a consultant, has worked for the World Bank, the Council of Europe and United Cities and Local Governments.

Vitalie Sprînceană

Activist

Vitalie Sprînceană is a sociologist, blogger, journalist and urban activist based in Chișinău, Moldova. He is also a co-editor at PLATZFORMA.MD, a website for social, economic and political critique. He is interested in and argues for inclusive democratic public spaces, social justice, free knowledge and a plurality of worldviews and practices.

 

TATIANA DE FERAUDY

Researcher

Tatiana de Feraudy is a researcher and works at Décide Ensemble, a think tank specialising in governance issues. Inside the organization, she manages the Observatory of Civic Technology and Digital Democracy. Her investigations are focused on digital citizen participation and engagement tools. She previously worked at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations of France and the United Nations Environment Programme.

ELISENDA GONZÁLEZ

NGO

Elisenda González is a pedagogue, currently working at the NGO Educo as a reference for questions related to childhood protection in programs destined for Spain. She also has a broad-based experience in the field of facilitation and participation of children, both boys and girls, invigorating municipal children councils. She is passionate about questions related to fair treatment and the culture of peace, and is a believer in the transformational capacity of teams, of people and of their environment.

CARLOS GONZÁLEZ

Consultant

Carlos González is currently President of the Instituto para la Democracia de Proximidad S.C. and has held top management posts in all three Mexican federal electoral institutes. He has also served as an electoral advisor for the Electoral Institute of the City of Mexico, where he presided over the Citizen Participation Commission and was in charge of participatory budget consultations, the implementation of legal mechanisms aimed at participation and the accompaniment of citizens taking part in the city’s first constituent process.

KUMAR RAO

Attorney

Kumar Rao is Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Popular Democracy in New York, where he helps manage racial justice policy work and supports partner organizations. He is also co-author of the report Freedom to Thrive: Redefining Safety and Security in our Communities. Throughout his career, Kumar has advocated on the full gambit of progressive legal matters in the public interest, including practicing as a public defender and civil rights attorney. He has also advised NGOs in strategic planning, designing creative technology solutions and crafting communication and branding strategies.

BERTIE RUSSELL

Researcher

Bertie Russell is a research associate at the Urban Institute of the University of Sheffield in the UK. His research interests are in participatory democracy; transformational forms of co-production; the organisation of the commons and post-capitalist transition; and the rise of new forms of urban internationalism. He is a participant in the Urban Alternatives Project and a co-founder of the UK-based Municipalist Research, Advocacy and Action Network. He is a founder and member of the Action Research Collective, part of the Jam and Justice Project committed to co-producing urban governance for social innovation.

ISABEL XABIER

Local government

Director of Participation at the Cascais City Council, Portugal.

PASCAL CLOUAIRE

Councillor

Pascal Clouaire is the Deputy Mayor of the city of Grenoble, in France. He is the delegate for local democracy, the economy of proximity and Europe. He is also a metropolitan councillor and member of the Commission Nationale du Débat Public. His political career began in 1998 with Go-Citoyenneté, a local movement focused on citizens’ demands. He is also co-founder of Réseau-Citoyen, a new party in Grenoble, actor of citizens’ alliances, left-wing and ecologist, elected in the 2014 municipal elections.

COLINE BERTHAUD

Local government

ALBERTO BUSTOS

Councillor

Alberto Bustos García is the councillor for Citizen Participation, Youth and Sports for the Valladolid City Council, Spain. Bustos is linked to social movements and community development from both the activist, militant sphere and the context of work: community radios, career guidance or alternative economies, among others.

JORDI FOZ

Generalitat de Cat.

Jordi Foz is the Secretary for Transparency and Open Goverment of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He works in the Area of External Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency.

BACHIR KANOUTE

Consultant

Bachir Kanoute directs Enda ECOPOP, an organization that specialise in helping to achieve decentralization, governance, local development and reinforcement of the capacities of local authorities and leaders of civil society in Africa. Since 2011 he has coordinated the activities of the IOPD platform for Africa. Moreover, Kanoute has also led different missions in Africa and the Caribbean.

KALINCA COPELLO

Researcher

Kalinca Copello is a researcher at the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. Her work focuses on the role of information and communication technologies with regard to governmental transparency and accountability; civic engagement and the development of a political voice; and participation of marginalized groups. Copello has worked with a Shack Dwellers Organization in South Africa, indigenous communities and NGOs in Mexico, rural communities and cooperatives in India, and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

GABRIELLA GOMEZ-MONT

Researcher

Gabriella Gomez-Mont is the founder and Director of the Laboratorio para la Ciudad, in Mexico City. The Lab team is transdisciplinary and aims to design creative experiments and methodologies to tackle new citizen participation models, offering a space for speculation and trial runs, and is continuously seeking out new ways to approach relevant questions in one of the world's biggest and most complex cities.

JOSÉ LUIS SÁNCHEZ

Deputy mayor

José Luis Sánchez is Assistant Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Economy, Finances and Citizens’ Participation in Miranda de Azán, Salamanca-Spain. He collaborates with the Universidad de Salamanca in matters related to public innovation and governance and is involved in a range of different political and social movements. He is one of the promoters of the Inter-University Network of Studies for the Common Good.

PATRICIA GARCÍA-LEIVA

Professor

Patricia García-Leiva is a social psychology professor at the Universidad de Málaga, Spain. Previously she was a professor at the Universidad de Huelva, also in Spain, where she was awarded the Outstanding Prize for Teaching Quality. García-Leiva lectures, among other subjects, on “groups psychology” and has been an invited speaker on different Master's and Doctoral programmes.

CAROLA CASTELLÀ

Supra-local gov.

Carola Castellà Josa is an associate professor working at the Department of Political Science of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and is a consultant professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She also works for the Barcelona Provincial Council, providing assessment and putting together joint political/technical teams for town and city councils aimed at involving their citizens in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies related to different spheres in the world of local politics. Her professional and academic career has been associated with the analysis and evaluation of public policies, citizen participation and social and local government transformation.

SÉBASTIEN VAUZELLE

UNDP

Sébastien Vauzelle is currently UNDP Chief Technical Advisor of the CapDeL Program, on Participatory Democracy and Local Development in Algeria. He was formerly a program specialist in the Hub for territorial partnerships at UNDP Brussels, in particular dealing with the overall SDGs localisation process. He has supported this process since 2013, contributing to the participation of local actors in the design of the new Global Agenda, and then accompanying the construction of a common conceptual framework, strategic approach and roadmap, and its implementation with a Global Alliance for SDGs localisation.

MAT BASFORD

NGO

Mat is based out of Demsoc's Manchester office and has worked on projects for a wide-variety of organisations, helping them explore more participative ways of working. This has included the UK's Government Digital Service, NHS England, local government, and recently a project for Scotland's largest social housing provider. He has also contributed to reports on open government in EU institutions and on the impact of emerging digital technology on democracy.

DOLORS FERRER

Councillor

Dolors Ferrer i Orri has been the Councillor for Communication, Youth, Festivals, Transparency and Participation for l’Ametlla del Vallès, Catalonia, since 2015. She has a degree in the Science of Physical Activities and Sport and has studied for a Master’s in Teacher Training for Secondary School Education. 

CLAUDIA DELSO

Councillor

Claudia Delso is councillor for Participation and Democratic Innovation on the A Coruña City Council, Spain. Delso has a degree in History of Art and has compelted postgraduate studies in Cultural Management and International Cooperation. She has coordinated local, national and international projects and processes in the field of culture and collective thinking.

SHARIZA KAMARUDIN

NGO

Shariza Kamarudin is the Programme Manager for Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) at the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) in Penang, Malaysia. She and her team are assisting the state and local councils to institutionalise GRPB in Penang.

FABIOLA MORA

Local government

Fabiola Mora has been a citizen participation and environmental education technician on the Vic Town Hall, Catalonia, for over 20 years. He also served as Head of Development on the same Town Council from 1997 to 2015. Mora is an educator, a teacher and has a Master’s in Citizen Participation and Local Politics. He has also run employment and social integration sessions at professional training schools.

MARGHERITA MUGNAI

Consultant

Margherita Mugnai has built up a decade of experience as a facilitator, trainer and participatory development expert. She is a member of Sociolab, a multidisciplinary group active in the fields of participatory and collaborative governance. She designs collaborative workshops and capacity development programmes on urban regeneration, the management of urban commons, social innovation and the circular economy. Mugnai collaborates with local government officials, NGOs, civil society organizations and international institutions. She is also a part of CitizensLab, a participatory international network for local actors for change.

DOMINIQUE OLLIVIER

Local government

Dominique Ollivier is the President of the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal, Canada. With more than 25 years of experience in management and communication, she has worked for a number of different social bodies. Throughout her career, she has also done voluntary work in many communitary organizations. Ollivier is the author of several texts and memoirs related to cultural diversity, citizen participation and adult education.

VIRGILE DEVILLE

Activist

Virgile Deville represents Democracy Earth, a foundation whose mission is to use blockchain technologies to implement liquid democracy and explore new forms of governance. He is also the co-founder of f0rk, a collective that organises hackathons to build open source software for open government. His latest venture is Open Source Politics, a start-up based in Paris that implements open source civic tech software for public institutions.

PAULINE VÉRON

Councillor

Pauline Véron is the Deputy Mayor of Paris. She is in charge of local democracy, citizens’ participation, community life and youth. She is also the Vice-President of the General Council of the city and has been elected for the 9th district of the French capital. Her responsibilities include dealing with challenges such as the implementation of participatory budgeting or the improvement and support of Parisian community life.

FERNANDO PINDADO

Local government

Fernando Pindado is the general secretary of the IOPD, and he is also commissioner for participation and active democracy of the Barcelona City Council. In the past, he was also manager area of the Barcelona City Council and manager of the Municipality of Premià de Mar. He is the author of several texts on local democracy, citizen participation and public debate.

JEAN-ERIC FRAY

Consultant

Jean-Eric Fray is member of the Association Apprenons Bâtissons le Monde and works as a consultant for companies and collectives. He is a specialist in providing support for organizations in which participation is the motor of success. Previously, he was national President of the Young Economy Chamber of France and representative of the UNESCO Junior International Chamber.

SANDRA HINCAPIÉ

Professor

Sandra Hincapié has been both professor and researcher at Mexican and Colombian universities, and has worked as an advisor for cooperation agencies and NGOs. She is a member of the National System of Investigators of Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). She is a specialist in the study of social conflicts, human rights and democratization processes. Nowadays, she is studying participation and mobilization processes in support of rights in the socio-environmental conflicts of Latin America.

Pedro J. Martínez

Councillor

Pedro Jesús Martínez is the Councillor for Citizen Participation, Culture and Development and Solidarity Cooperation on the Segura de Molina Town Council, Spain. He is also an activist, involved in various different causes, and has been a member of the Molina de Segura Social Economic Council since 2015, representing the Cambiemos Molina de Segura Municipal Group. Martínez is cofounder of Ateneo Villa de Molina de Segura. 

JOAO PAULO SARAIVA

Concillor

João Paulo Saraiva has been the Councillor for Human Resources, Finances and Information Systems for Lisbon since 2014, where he is also in charge of the relationship between the municipality and participation. He graduated in Electromechanical Engineering at the Universidade de Coimbra and has worked as Head of Cabinet for the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, President of the Instituto Portugués de la Juventud, General Director of the Order of Architects and Managing Partner of a consultancy company working in the sphere of local autarchy project management, candidacies and community funds and the respective control of the management and reporting of financial entities.

JOSEP M. PASCUAL

Consultant

Josep Maria Pascual is a Director of Urban Quality Strategies, founder and coordinator of the cities and regions movement for democratic governance AERYC (Africa-America-Europe of Regions and Cities). Pascual has provided consultation, along with development and evaluation work, on over 100 urban and regional strategy projects throughout Europe, Africa and Latin-America. He is the author of eight books on strategies and urban governance, along with numerous articles for the specialist media.

FRANCESCO PALA

ALDA

Francesco Pala has been working at the European Association for Local Democracy since 2017, as Assistant to the Secretary General, as well as Office Manager of the Association’s Brussels Office, where he deals with institutional aspects and liaising with the 14 Local Democracy Agencies. He is also Project Manager for a number of European projects funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

KATIE FINNEY

Researcher

Katie Finney has developed and facilitated processes to support the co-production of policy and strategy with different organizations in the United Kingdom. She is a leader on the Amity Making a Difference Together Community Leaders Programme, which is designed to inspire participants to co-create solutions to local challenges and build new relationships between themselves, people in their communities, elected representatives and civil servants. She is also a Co-Director of Amity.

JORDI GÜELL

Local government

Since 2011 Jordi Güell has been the manager of the Olot Town Council, Catalonia. Before that he was the manager of the Garrotxa County Council and manager of the Garrotxa Foundation, as well as leader and Director of the Integrated Centre of Advanced communications. He has a Master’s in Public Direction and Management and has completed post graduate studies in both Quality Management of Service Companies and Local and Regional Development.

SÉBASTIEN KEIFF

Consultant

Sébastien Keiff is a specialist in observation systems and territorial animation. Since 2008, he has worked at the mission of Agenda 21, of the Departmental Council of Gironde, France, where he learned about citizen participation and public policies evaluation. He is also a member of the Together International Network and a promotor of SPIRAL, a bottom-up approach to the building of co-responsibility programs for the wellbeing of all.

CARLOS MARTÍNEZ

Mayor

Carlos Martínez is the Mayor of Soria and UCLG vice-president for Europe.

YAN GUZMAN

Professor

Yan Guzman holds a Ph.D in legal sciences and is a professor of constitutional law and law theory at the Universidad de La Habana in Cuba. He is also a member of the Cuban section of the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Derecho Constitucional and author of publications related to forms of political participation in Cuba and Latin America, such as “Direct Democracy Mechanisms in Cuba: Regulative Framework and Practice” or “Reform Process, Citizens' Participation and Cuban Constitutional Reforms (1959-2002)”.

FERNANDO SANTOMAURO

UCLG

Fernando Santomauro is part of the UCLG Learning team. In 2016, Santomauro was President of the Foro Brasileño de Secretários Municipales de Relaciones Internacionales, and has also worked for the Brazilian municipalities of Guarulhos, Belo Horizonte and São Paulo, providing consultancy in the area of international relations.

JOSH LERNER

NGO

Josh Lerner is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money. Through the PBP programs, over 400,000 people in 30 cities have decided how to spend $300,000,000. Lerner completed a PhD in Politics at The New School and is the author of “Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics” and “Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy?”

ROBERTO MAIA

Local government

WILLICE ONYANGO

NGO

Willice Onyango is a Pan-African youth leader and the executive Director of The Youth Cafe, a leading regional youth organisation based in Kenya, which models and advances youth-led approaches to sustainable development, social equity, democratic governance, and economic viability practices by utilising innovative research, policy, and advocacy actions. Among others, he has previously served as global youth representative to the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

KATHERINE KNOBLOCH

Professor

Katherine Knobloch is an assistant professor at Colorado State University, in the USA. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Public Deliberation in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research focuses on political communication and civic engagement. Specifically, she explores how deliberative public processes can create a more informed and engaged citizenry.

IKER GOIRIA

Supra-local gov.

Iker Goiria Etxebarria is Director General for External Relations in San Sebastian, Spain, having previously worked as a lawyer. Goiria is also a member of a number of different bodies and entities, such as the Advisory Council on Relations with Basque Collectives, and the General Assembly of the Atlantic Trans-Pyrenean Conference.

MALIN SVANBERG

LG Association

Malin Svanberg is a senior adviser in the fields of participatory budgeting, co-creation and the prevention of violent extremisms. She works at the Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting supporting Swedish municipalities and county councils in their participatory budgeting projects and prevention work.

ALÍCIA TREPAT

OuiShare

Alícia Trepat is involved in an exploration of the new economy through the NGOs La Economía del Bien Común and OuiShare, specifically working in the areas of shared decision making and the futures of work. She is passionate about creating spaces and structures for personal growth, above all through organisational transformation and gender equity.

CAROLINA TORO

Reg. government

Carolina Toro Morales is the Undersecretary of Planning and Evaluation of the Jalisco Government, Mexico. Since 2002, she has provided accompainment and capacitation to public and civil society entities with regard to questions of evaluation and participatory planning. In the public sector, between 2010 and 2012 she held the post of General Director of Social Programs for the Secretariat for Social Development of the Guadalajara City Council, also in Mexico.

FLORENCE MOGBEKUMA

Consultant

Florence Mogbekuma Ngando is an expert in local governance, and is also a national consultant responsible for the implementation of participatory budgeting and citizens’ control on the Steering Committee for the Reform of Public Finances in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is one of the main actors to have contributed to its promotion and the implementation of participatory budgeting in the country.

BIEKE VERLINDEN

Councillor

Bieke Verlinden is an alderman of the city of Leuven, responsible for social affairs, employment and student affairs. She studied Psychology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Politics, from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel. She was elected alderman in 2012 and, as such, she now focuses on community work, city building and participation, care, social economy and poverty reduction, among others.

PAU ALARCÓN

Researcher

Pau Alarcón is a postdoctoral researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Previously he worked as associate professor at that same university and at the Universitat de Barcelona. In recent years, he has investigated and advised several public institutions and other bodies and taken part in different investigation teams looking into the causes and consequences of citizens’ participation at the local level and deliberative democracy.

LAUREN GARDNER

Consultant

Lauren Gardner is a project manager at Reboot, where she works across a range of domestic and international projects. Gardner is a user-centred design specialist with experience in design research and participatory approaches.

ANA RODRÍGUEZ

Researcher

Ana Rodríguez is a member of the network Red de Saberes, in which she co-leads a research project related to the trade system of Quito. The topics the she deals with in her daily life include participation, community and heritage. Rodriguez has been the Vice-Minister of Culture of the government of Ecuador and a professor and researcher at both the Universidad Central del Ecuador and FLASCO-Ecuador. Moreover, she is the Head of the Foundation Museos de la Ciudad and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito.

MIGUEL MELÍN PEHUEN

Activist

Miguel Melín Pehuen is an activist from the Mapuche community, in Chile. He is member of the Alianza Territorial Mapuche, an organization which aims to restore collective rights, particularly with regard to questions related to territory. At the same time, he works as a werken or messenger, especially in the gillatun or traditional ceremony that his father, a traditional Mapuche authority, directs, along with other communities.

RODRIGO SOLIZ BONILLA

Local government

Rodrigo Ricardo Soliz Bonilla is the Public Infrastructure Secretary for the La Paz City Hall, Bolivia. Previously he served as the General Secretary of the Sub-Mayoral Office in La Paz, having also worked as Maintenance Manager for the same city.

NORA DE SCHRYVER

Local government

Nora Deschryver is a community manager and participation specialist. For more than eight years, she has worked with young people with limited opportunities in the sphere of empowerment and active citizenship. For the last two years she has organised and set out guidelines for projects involving all of the inhabitants of the city of Leuven. Together with citizens, young and old, she seeks needs and opportunities to enhance community feeling, through both neighbourhood and citywide - projects. Her work is focussed on co-creating the city together with the citizens. 

ULRIKA STÖÖK

Local government

Ulrika Stöök is a development manager in the field of human rights in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. Stöök has gained broad-based experience working in socially deprived areas of that city. Recently, she has been working on the participatory project “A Life without Violence”, which aims to improve the possibilities of the children from these places to live a life without violence as a long-term perspective.

ALVARO PORRO

Local government

Alvaro Porro is a social economy, local development and consumption commissioner for the Barcelona City Council. Previously he worked as Executive Director for the Area of Socioeconomic Proximal Development at Barcelona Activa and has been an activist in areas such as responsible consumption, the social economy and participatory processes.

OCTAVI DE LA VARGA

Metropolis

Octavi de la Varga is Secretary of Metropolis, a world association of the major metropolises, and has extensive experience of international local government networks, decentralised cooperation and the international actions taken by cities.

DOINA PETRESCU

Professor

Doina Petrescu is a professor at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her research addresses outstanding questions in architecture and urban planning. She focuses on issues of co-design, civic participation, gendered practices, political ecology, co-production and urban resilience. In the last decade she has also led twelve research projects and has published eight books and over sixty articles about these topics.

LAIA PINEDA

Local government

Laia Pineda Rüegg is Head of Programs for the Institut Infància i Adolescència in Barcelona, where she coordinates programs such as "Children speak" or "Observatory 0-17 Barcelona". She also worked as Head of Projects at the Fundació Jaume Bofill between 2001 and 2015, where she coordinated the survey run by the Panel of Social Inequalities in Catalonia, along with a series of other research and evaluation projects.

JAUME ASENS

Deputy Mayor

Jaume Asens is deputy mayor in the Barcelona City Council

SONJA SOLDO

Local government

Sonja Soldo is a cultural manager based in Zagreb, Croatia. In the past she was member of the BLOK Association and she co-curated five editions of the Urban Festival, an international festival of art in public spaces. She also coordinated different collaborative projects on the local independent cultural scene, dealing with citizens’ participation in urban development and the transformation of the cultural system. She is currently working in Pogon, an institution co-founded and jointly run by the City of Zagreb and an alliance of independent cultural organizations.

FLORIE DELÉARDE

Jurist

Florie Deléarde is an environmental jurist interested in the field of participatory democracy. Her long and varied professional experience allowed her to discover the institutional framework and stimulated her interest in topics such as democratic mechanisms and the environment. Nowadays, she considers that the legibility and understanding of public policies are fundamental factors for ensuring equality among citizens and social justice.

MIRIAM SOL

Consultant

Miriam Sol is Project Coordinator and a partner of the Spora Sinergies Cooperative. She has ten years of experience as a designer and program evaluator, particularly in the field of public policies, as well as qualitative research projects. She is also an expert in communitary and participatory intervention. At the same time, she has taken part in spaces dedicated to critical thinking, neighbourhood action and feminisms.

MARA BALESTRINI

Researcher

Mara Balestrini is a human-computer interaction researcher and technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change, an innovation agency that advises cities, businesses and institutions. Her work occupies the intersection where civic technology, data, co-creation and action research meet. She is also a co-founder of SalusCoop, the first Spanish citizens’ health data cooperative.

CLAIRE DAVANNE

World Bank

Claire Davanne is a Social Development Consultant for the World Bank Group, where she coordinates a development program in support of social innovation and entrepreneurship by and for youth in the region of the Middle East and North Africa. She has also drafted a Youth Engagement Strategy in support of the Participatory Budgeting Initiative in Kenya with actionable intelligence that includes community-centred design workshops, aimed at the easing of citizens’ engagement and the institutional responsiveness of decentralized governments.

ALBERTO FERNANDEZ

International IDEA

Alberto Fernandez works at International IDEA, where the focus is on innovation and participation. He has extensive global experience in the support of political parties and public administrations and the development and implementing of innovative participatory solutions, as well as adopting digital solutions for some of the challenges that they face. Before joining IDEA, he worked at the United Nations and the Club of Madrid.

PATRICIA GARCÍA ESPÍN

Researcher

Patricia García Espín has a PhD in Political Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has worked as a participatory processes coordinator, as a researcher technician at the Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados-CSIC and as a professor at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville. Her researches focus on political participation and public opinion regarding participation.

ISMAEL PEÑA-LÓPEZ

Reg. government

Ismael Peña-López is the Director General of Citizen Participation for the government of Catalonia. Formerly, he was a lecturer at the School of Law and Political Science of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, a senior researcher at Open Evidence and an associate fellow director of Open Innovation at the Fundació Jaume Bofill. His main areas of work are related to the impact of information and communication technologies on society, particularly with regard to development, education, and political institutions.

BERTRAND FOUSS

NGO

Bertrand Fouss is co-founder and President of Solon, a Montreal-based non-profit that brings together citizens, local groups and institutions to create more participatory, equitable and low-carbon neighbourhoods. To reach this goal, Solon works on and brings together collective projects in different areas: energy in Celsius, a renewable energy cooperative; mobility in LocoMotion, a vehicles-sharing system; food, objects-sharing, public space reinventing, etc. Created by and for citizens, Solon is rooted in the commons theory and in the belief that we can do things differently.

PANTHEA LEE

Consultant

Panthea Lee is a co-founder at Reboot, where she leads teams in designing and delivering innovative policies and services, in order to advance good governance. She has directed programs in over 30 countries, including national and global implementations. Lee is an expert in helping governments, civil society, media, and citizens co-create initiatives for government transparency, civic participation, and public sector accountability. Her work has been featured on Al Jazeera, in The Atlantic, MIT Innovations Journal, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

CAMILLE MORIO

Researcher

Camille Morio is a Doctor of Public Law and works as a temporary research and teaching professor at the Université Grenoble Alpes (France). From 2015 to 2018 he has also been working on the Grenoble City Council’s creation of an application/voting device.

MIRTHA VASQUEZ

Lawyer

Mirtha Vasquez is a lawyer specialising in the environment as well as being the Executive Director of the NGO GRUFIDES, in Cajamarca Peru. Vasquez works in the defence of human rights and the environment, in particular focussing on questions such as ecological sustainability, rights to water, the solidary economy, gender equality and inter-generational dialogue as important aspects in the construction of a good life.

ANNA SUKHOVA

World Bank

Anna Sukhova is a Community Development and Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank. For the last 8 years she has worked on the promotion of participatory budgeting in Russia and has supported regional and municipal governments in the design and implementation of the Local Initiatives Support Program (LISP). Currently, she is coordinating national and regional level activities aimed at developing participatory and community development practices in Russia.

VIRGINIO MEROLA

Mayor

Virginio Merola is the Mayor of Bologna, Italy. Before that, he was the Regional Secretary of the Italian Association of Municipalities, Provinces and Regions. He has a commitment to topics such as urban planning, refugees and the improvement of city suburbs. In the past, he has been involved in associative work in support of local authorities, extending knowledge of their problems, the legislative references and the need for innovation in public management systems.

PABLO ARAGÓN

Researcher

Pablo Aragón is a researcher for the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Eurecat - Technology Centre of Catalonia. He is mainly concerned with the analysis and visualisation of Big Data from the Social Web and his research is centred on the study of the effects of digital platforms in citizens’ participation processes. He also contributes to Decidim, the citizens’ participation platform promoted by Barcelona City Council, coordinating the Laboratori d'Innovació Democràtica.

CECILIA ARO

Local government

Cecilia Aro is the Government Secretary for Citizens’ Participation and Social Development, of the City of Cordoba, Argentina, a post from which she defends, among other things, human rights, consumer rights and citizen’s participation. She is also a history lecturer at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

RUKIA LUMUMBA

Activist

Rukia Lumumba is the founder and Legal Director of the People’s Advocacy Institute, a community resource and training incubator for social, political and economic development. She has spent the last 11 years defending the human rights of those inside prison cells. She is currently leading the Democratic Visioning initiative in Jackson, USA, with the aim of creating a community governance model that will increase community resources and governmental power.

ABRAHAM DJAMBA

Consultant

Abraham Djamba Samba wa Shako is an African participatory budgeting advisor and has actively contributed to its promotion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Moreover, he is the Executive Director of the Réseau Gouvernance Economique et Démocratie and contributes through it to the improvement of budgeting transparency and citizens’ participation in all stages of the country's budgeting process. He received a Merit award at IOPD 2016.

JOSEBA MUXIKA

Supralocal gov.

Joseba Miren Muxika Sarasketa Elgeta is the Director of Citizen’s Participation on the Guipuzcoa Provincial Council. Previously. Among other posts, he has also been Deputy Mayor of the Elorrio Town Council and an alderman on the Elgeta Town Council.

ROULA SYLLA

OECD

Roula Sylla is the coordinator for the Gender in Governance portfolio in the Middle East-North Africa region of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. She works with many countries in the region to support strengthening gender mainstreaming, women’s access to political life and public decision making, and gender equality policies. In 2014, Sylla worked at the Lebanese Ministry of Finance.

REBECCA KEMBLE

Councillor

Rebecca Kemble is a worker at and owner of the Union Cab Cooperative of Madison, in the USA. Also, she is the Ex-President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, has served on different ONGs and, since 2015, has been part of the Madison Common Council. She is currently part of a work group that is developing city policy on the purchase and use of surveillance technology, as well as a task force conducting a comprehensive review of city government structures and processes.

FRANCYS MERCADO

NGO

Francys Estefania Mercado Zeas is an educator, working in the communication area of the Tukatan Sirpi Children's Association, where she accompanies participation processes for children and teenagers in the rural area of the Jinotega municipality, Nicaragua. Since she was nine years old, she has been involved in the communication area of this association and has developed a broad-based knowledge of social topics and the production of journalistic formats.

MIREIA GRAU

Reg. government

Mireia Grau Creus is Head of the Research Area of the Institut d’Estudis de l’Autogovern for the government of Catalonia. She has a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute and was previiously a lecturer in public policy, public administration and intergovernmental relations at the Universidad de Murcia. She also taught as a visiting lecturer at KU Leuven and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her research and publications focus on self-government, intergovernmental relations and decentralization politics in Spain.

MICHELE D'ALENA

Consultant

Michele D’Alena is a public policy consultant working on innovating city governance and social innovation processes. He has an extensive background in co-design processes and emerging technologies, along with experience of working with NGOs and private companies. Currently, D’Alena works at the Fondazione Innovazione Urbana, a foundation that is in charge of the Civic Imagination Office. Its main aim is to build a stable research and development lab to link public resources and citizens by experimenting new forms of community engagement to support the Bologna municipality.

CHANTAL CUTAJAR

Councillor

Chantal Cutajar is an alderwoman for Strasbourg, as well as a lecturer and researcher at the Université de Strasbourg, where she specialises in the prevention of, and the fight against, organised crime and money laundering.

HOMRI SABIHA

National government

Homri Sabiha is the associate Head at the General Commission for the Future and Accompaniment Decentralization Process in Tunisia. She holds a Ph.D in information and communication sciences and is an expert in knowledge management. Specifically, she works as an advisor for institutional communication and participation.

COREY CHAO

Consultant

Corey Chao is a strategic designer at Reboot. He uses storytelling and participatory methods to drive Reboot’s service design, facilitate alignment, and surface strategic opportunities to make a better world.

CAROL GALAIS

Researcher

Carol Galais is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has also been a postdoctoral investigator at the Université de Montréal and a visiting researcher at the University of Stanford, as well an associate professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her research interests include atitudes that lead to political participation, particularly at local level, as well as political socialization.

JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO

Mayor

Jose Manuel Ribeiro is the Mayor of Valongo, in Portugal.

JOHN GASTIL

Professor

John Gastil is a professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science at Penn State University (USA), where he studies public deliberation and group decision making. His current research focuses on the Oregon Citizen Initiative Review. Established by state law in 2010, this unique process uses a random sample of citizens to analyze ballot initiatives, and then shares their findings with voters to help them make informed decisions during elections.

 

PABLO SOTO

Councillor

PEDRO VICENTE OBANDO

Mayor

Pedro Vicente Obando Ordóñez, the Mayor of Pasto, Colombia, has dedicated a large part of his life to university teaching and previously spent a decade as Rector of the Universidad de Nariño. He has been dedicated to politics since 2006.

BEGOÑA GALLARDO

Consultant

Begoña Gallardo García is a sociologist, specialising in gender, development and participation. For years, she has been linked to different research projects and participatory actions in the university, public administration and third sector areas. Nowadays, she works in the Fundación Cepaim as a communitary action technician and independent consultant. She also collaborates, as a founding partner of the Observatorio GEP&DO, in questions related to gender, economy, politics and development.

MIGUEL PEREIRA

Local government

Miguel Pereira is the Director/Coordinator of the Participation and Planning Unit of the Montevideo City Council. In 1995 he served as a neighbourhood alderman, and also as a local councillor and municipal alderman working for the same City Council. He has a postgraduate degree in Decentralisation, Local Development, Citizen Participation and State Reform, from the Institute of Political Science at the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay.

CHELSEY LEPAGE

Consultant

Chelsey Lempage is a creative systems-thinker who supports Reboot’s work across international and domestic programs. She brings experience of working at the intersections of technology, youth engagement, and civic advocacy on four continents, accompanied by an endless curiosity about people and places.

CLAUDINA SARAHE

Consultant

Claudina Sarahe currently works as an organisational designer leveraging her 12 years of industry expertise as a strategist, technologist, organiser, facilitator, and coach. She founded Composites Co, a NYC based, globally focused innovation consultancy and lab that operates at the intersection of complex systems, design and technology, and people. Composites Consultancy helps organisations transform and innovate the way in which they work, using participatory methods and tools. Through ethnography, experiments, and play, Composites Co-lab reimagines new models for our organisations and societies in the near and distant future.

SUSANNA NOLIN

Local government

Susanna Nolin is the youth team coordinator of the City of Gothenburg, in Sweden. In recent years she has been working on a participatory project, going by the name “A life without violence”, which aims to improve the possibilities of the children from these places to live a life without violence in a long-term perspective.

ELISABETH ALBER

Researcher

Elisabeth Alber is a senior researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research, Italy. She holds a PhD in Comparative Politics, from the Universität Innsbruck, Austria, and a degree in International Sciences and Diplomacy from the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy. In 2016 and 2017, she helped set up and supervised a large-scale trilingual deliberative democracy project aimed at elaborating proposals for a review of South Tyrol’s Statute of Autonomy.

MARIA HELENA LANGA

Mayor

Maria Helena Langa is the Mayor of Mandlakazi, Mozambique, and is also a founder member and President of the Associacao Mocambicana para o Desenvolvimento da Mulher Chefe de Familia. Before that, she was a municipal councillor for the small city of Mandlakazi, from 1998-2003, and became President of the Mandlakazi City Council in 2009. She was elected Secretary of ANAMM Mesa and Vice-President of the Rede Africana de Mulheres Autarcas in 2011, and was re-elected as President of the municipality of Mandlakazi in 2013.

ELENA GINER

Councillor

Elena Giner is the councillor for Participation, Transparency and Open Government on the Zaragoza City Council, Spain. She is also a sociologist specialising in migrations and intercommunity relations, as well as social mediation. She has also completed a course in Participatory Processes Management at Local Level.

CRISTINA BLOJ

Researcher

Cristina Bloj is a consultant of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC-United Nations) and UN Woman, as well as a professor and investigator at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina. She holds a PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, for the program “Contemporary Latin America". She is a specialist in participatory budgeting affairs, political participation processes, building citizenship, social investigation methodology and gender perspectives.

VIVIANA FERNÁNDEZ

Professor

Viviana Fernández is a lecturer at the Universidad de Chile and, in 2016, formed an integral part of OIKONET, a multidisciplinary dwelling and community participation research network. She is also the author of a series of magazine articles and book chapters related to questions of citizen participation.