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Moderator: Katrina Sichel

London-born, Brussels-based, Katrina has 20 years’ experience in communications as a TV Producer, Event Presenter/Moderator and Campaign Director. Among other roles in an eclectic career, as Head of Production for a TV PR Company she produced syndicated news reports for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV, Reuters, etc. This included interviewing high-profile figures from the worlds of business, politics,…

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Minister Manuel Heitor

Manuel Heitor is the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. He holds a PhD from Imperial College of London in Mechanical Engineering, in 1985, and a post doctorate in California University, in San Diego, in 1986. He pursued his academic career at Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, where he developped investigation activity in…

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Paulo Ferrão

Paulo Ferrão is the President of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese national funding agency for Science, Research and Technology. He had been director of the MIT-Portugal programme since 2006, a strategic partnership set up between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and several Portuguese universities and research centres, supported and funded by FCT. Paulo Ferrão…

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Nina Braun

Nina Braun has been part of the coordination team of Net4Society for almost 9 years and coordinates the project since May 2016. She studied at the University of Science and Technology in Lille and obtained a Master’s degree in global E-Business, International Management and Economics. Over the last years has lead and contributed to different tasks for Net4Society as well…

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Julian Nida-Ruemelin

Professor Julian Nida-Ruemelin studied Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics and Political Sciences. In 1984 he completed his PhD in Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he obtained an assistant professorship, first at the Department of Philosophy and later at the Department of Political Sciences. In 1989, he was conferred the Habilitation (German post-doctoral qualification)…

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Katrín Oddsdóttir

Katrín Oddsdóttir was one of the twenty-five members of the Constitutional Council of Iceland, which drafted a new constitution for the country in 2011. The process of the Council has been recognised worldwide for its emphasis on democratic methods and the use of social media as a tool for public participation in the drafting of…

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Balázs Dénes

Balázs Dénes is a lawyer and a human rights activist. He is the Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, a Berlin-based, EU-focused human rights watchdog organization. In 1997 he joined the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), the country’s leading civil liberties watchdog organization, and after holding various positions he served as its…

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Milena Žic Fuchs

Milena Žic Fuchs was born in Zagreb, Croatia. From 1958 to 1969 lived in London, New York, and Sydney. In 1977 graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb having majored in English language and literature, and Ethnology. In 1982 received M.A. in Linguistics (Semantics) and in 1989 Ph.D. in Linguistics (Cognitive Linguistics). From 2002…

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Bjørn Hvinden

Professor Hvinden is Director of the NOVA Institute (Oslo and Akershus University College).  One of his projects, “Our Children’s Europe” (funded by NORFACE), uses deliberative forums for clarifying citizens’ preferences for future welfare states. Two other European projects investigate new solidarities and early job insecurity.    

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Cristina Flesher Fominaya

Cristina Flesher Fominaya has an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA summa cum laude in International Relations from the University of Minnesota. She is a political, cultural ,and digital media sociologist whose work focuses on European and global social movement and politics. She has won numerous international scholarships and…

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