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FRANZ KARL PRÜLLER

Programme Director, ERSTE Stiftung Franz Karl Prüller has been with DIE ERSTE Foundation as Programme Director for the Social Development Programme of the Foundation since September 2005. He is responsible for the planning and execution of ERSTE Foundations grant giving as well as operational programmes in Social Integration and Societal Transformation. Before that he was with Caritas Austria (1988-2005), where he se
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ANDREW RASIEJ

Founder of Personal Democracy Media Andrew Rasiej is a professional doer, futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about how the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. Among its offerings are TechPresident, an award winning blog, and Personal Democracy Forum, an annu
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TIM JUDAH

The Economist Tim Judah covers the Balkans for the Economist. He is the author of three books on the region: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Kosovo: War & Revenge. The third, Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know was published at the end of 2008. From 1990 to 1991 he lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. Afte
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MILAN NIC

Milan Nic is a Senior Fellow at the Central European Policy Initiative, a think tank by the Slovak Atlantic Commission. He worked as the Deputy Chief of Cabinet and Senior Adviser to the State Secretary at the Slovak Foreign Ministry (2010-2012), communication advisor for the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007-2009), and analyst for the Berlin-based European Stability Initiatives think tank (2009 
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RAINER MUNZ

Academic Director of Erste School of Banking and Finance (Erste Group) and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), Austria Rainer Münz is Head of Group Research & Knowledge Center (Erste Group), Head of the Board of Erste School of Banking and Finance (Erste Group) and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). He is an expert on population change,
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ZOLTÁN POGÁTSA

Institute for European Studies/Faculty of Economics, University of Western Hungary Zoltan Pogatsa is an international political economist working on questions related to development, the economics and politics of European integration, as well as issues related to Central Europe and the Balkans. His home institution is the University of Western Hungary, where he is in charge of the MA Programme on International Econom
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FABRICE de KERCHOVE

Project Manager, King Baudouin Foundation Fabrice de Kerchove is a project manager at KBF. In this capacity he is in charge of the foundation’s programmes in the Balkans. This includes grant-making and policy initiatives on ethnic relations and minority rights, human trafficking and the European integration of the Balkans (International Commission on the Balkans; European Fund for the Balkans). Since 2009, he has als
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SONJA STOJANOVIC

Director, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Belgrade Sonja Stojanović is the Director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, a leading independent think-thank in the Western Balkans for security studies. She is the author of methodology for measuring SSR in a transitional society from a perspective of civil society and chief methodologist for regional collaborative research on progress of SSR in Albania, Bosn
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ERION VELIAJ

MJAFT Founding Member, Albania Erion Veliaj is a left-wing activist from Albania. He graduated in the US & UK and worked in the Americas and East Africa prior to returning home and committing to activism in the Balkans, where has worked for several international organizations, UN agencies, and the Open Society Institute. From 2003-07 he founded and led the MJAFT (ENOUGH) Movement (www.mjaft.org), young Albania’s
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BESA LUCI

Editor in Chief, Kosovo 2.0, Kosovo Besa has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Missouri, Columbia and BA degree from the American University in Bulgaria. Her fields of expertise/research interests include: Media and Civil society. Through Kosovo 2.0, Besa gives voice to Kosovo’s silenced, disenfranchised majority – its young people. Kosovo 2.0 combines traditional and
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