Marinko Banjac has been a teaching assistant in political theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, since 2007. He has held the position of a researcher at the same faculty since September 2009. Currently, he is involved in the implementation of the LLP project – Information and Research Activities for “Learning EU at School” entitled “Engaging the Youth – Building the Future”.

Chris Burns is media director for the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe and is host of the Euronews hard talk programme “The Network”. A Franco-American journalist with 25 years' reporting experience in Europe, the US, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, he has covered armed conflicts, election battles, financial crises, natural and human disasters and film festivals, reporting for CNN, Bloomberg TV and the Associated Press.

Nelly Corbel is the executive director of the Lazord Foundation and an independent consultant in civic education working with universities and governments around Europe and the Mediterranean. Prior to this, she served as the associate director of the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo until March 2015, where she has been providing leadership to a number of programmes.

Asiem El Difraoui is a political scientist and journalist. He has worked as chief editor at IP Productions, as lecturer at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and as research assistant of the focus group Near/Middle East and Africa at the “Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik” (SWP) Berlin. Currently, Asiem El Difraoui is senior fellow at the Institute for Media and Communication Policy (IfM) in Berlin, Germany.

Noha El Mikawy serves as representative for the Ford Foundation's Middle East and North Africa office in Cairo, Egypt. She oversees all of the foundation's grant making in the region. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2012, Noha El Mikawy served as a team leader for democratic governance at the UNDP regional center in the Arab States Region and as global policy adviser who connected governance and poverty reduction themes with a special focus on legal empowerment of the poor.

Jakob Erle is a Danish PhD in Cultural Sociology with more than thirty years of national and cross-national experience in non-formal adult education, citizenship development, democracy promotion and international cooperation. He was the director of the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo (2011-2014), and initiated a considerable number of cooperation and dialogue projects related to political parties and citizenship education. From 2007 to 2011 he was the president of Association for World Education.

Ulrike Guérot is a German political scientist. She is founder and director of the “European Democracy Lab” (ECL) Berlin. Ulrike Guérot is also a lecturer at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/ Oder and at the Bucerius Law School. Ulrike Guérot published extensively in German and European newspapers and magazines on European and transatlantic issues and published in 2013 a manifesto for “Creation of a European Republic”.

Mohamed Jouili is a sociologist and the head of the National Youth Observatory Tunisia. He is an expert in the youth issues especially citizenship education. Mohammed Jouili is an activist in the civil society.

Alona Karavai is project director of “Dialogue for change” and project manager at MitOst e.V. being in charge for co-operation programmes in Ukraine, Russia and Baltic states. She is co-founder of the Ukrainian organization “Insha Osvita”, which is working on the advocacy and quality management of non-formal education in Ukraine.

Stanislav Kuvaldin is editor of the portal He has a PhD in history specialising in Modern Polish History. Stanislav Kuvaldin is writing columns on international issues for different portals, mostly focusing on Ruso-Polish relations and Polish policy in different Russian media, amongst others Novaya Gazeta and Euromag. His main area of interest is the global shift of values in the modern world.

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. His most recent book is “The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics”. He is a columnist for the International New York Times and Göteborgs Posten. Kenan Malik has written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries. He has played an important part in public debates on race, equality, immigration, Islam, and free speech.

Almut Möller is the head of the Berlin office and a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Previously, she headed the Alfred von Oppenheim Centre for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (2010-2015), worked as an independent political analyst based in London (2008-2010) and as a research fellow at the Centre for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (1999-2008).

Ivo Pertijs is a former Moscow correspondent (2001-2008). He has been working as a teacher of civics and social sciences at the Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, since 2008. Since 2013 he has been the editor-in-chief of the Dutch professional journal “Maatschappij & Politiek” (Society & Politics). Ivo Pertijs conducts lectures about the development of the rule of law and the media coverage of international conflicts.

Loukas Tsoukalis is professor of European Integration at the University of Athens, president of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and visiting professor at King’s College, London and the College of Europe, Bruges. He was a special adviser to the president of the European Commission and member of the High Level Group of the European Commission on the Modernisation of Higher Education.

Susanne Ulrich has been head of the Academy Leadership and Competence at the Centre for Applied Policy Research (C·A·P), University of Munich since 2003. She focuses on diversity and conflict management, Europe, democracy, tolerance, participation and evaluation. CAP’s own proposals are complemented by methods and experiences provided by partners from all over the world.  Susanne Ulrich adapted and created programmes for the use in the educational sector in Germany.

Benjamin Wunsch-Grafton after 19 years in the field of education as a teacher, school director and consultant, Benjamin Wunsch-Grafton has been internationally active with his company Grafton Development as a facilitator and consultant across all sectors focusing on participation and organizational development.

Tatiana Zhurzhenko is research director of the Ukraine in European Dialogue and Russia in Global Dialogue Programmes at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria. She teaches Ukrainian and East European politics at the University of Vienna, Austria. Tatiana Zhurzhenko was associate professor at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, where she was co-founder of the Kharkiv Center for Gender Studies.

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