Opening Remarks

Sandra Doe

Blerina Ramaj Project Manager at Open Data Kosovo

Conference Moderator

Blerina Ramaj is a Project Manager at Open Data Kosovo, specifically for the regional project “Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in South East Europe - ACTION SEE”. The project aims - together with civil society organizations in the region - to promote and ensure government accountability and transparency in the region of South-East Europe, to raise the potential for civic activism and civic participation, to promote and protect human rights and freedoms on the internet and build capacities and interest within civil society organizations and individuals in the region in using technology in democracy promotion work. Blerina is an Alumni of International Nuremberg Principles Academy and VIS Arbitration Competition. Previously, she has worked with the Democracy for Development Institute (D4D) as a Project Coordinator and Researcher. Blerina’s work with Open Data started in 2015, where throughout the UNDP’s project on Public Administration Reform in the Governance, she worked as a member of the Cabinet of the Minister for European Integration and initiated Open Kosova as an initiative on promoting the transparency and accountability of the Government. She helped the Ministry to adopt a Charter on Open Data and advance it for adoption at all other Ministries. She constantly uses her Law background to guide her on how to proceed forward with the initiatives which might take place. Besides the above, she has experience working with the National Democratic Institution as well; at NDI, Blerina lead a project which aimed to promote Inter-Ethnic cooperation in Kosovo. She has also been engaged in the civil society sector in Kosovo - she helped monitor and report the Public Institutions’ transparency and accountability towards citizens.

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Sandra Doe

Blerta ThaçiExecutive Director of Open Data Kosovo

Organizer

The Executive Director of Open Data Kosovo and the founder of Girls Coding Kosova. Her main goal is to contribute to public causes and to help the youth of Kosovo build their capacities in the tech industry. She is driven to contributing to the formation of ‘smart institutions’ that deliver high-quality services to Kosovo’s citizens. As ODK’s Executive Director, Blerta has always encouraged young women to take part in the events and workshops organized by the organization and has granted a number of the participants internship opportunities. She studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Prishtina. She was awarded the FIDES Philanthropy Award in 2016 and the Women in ICT Award in 2017. Blerta is also a part of different local and international tech communities, including FLOSSK, Prishtina Hackerspace, Open Heroines, and TransparenCEE. She was previously awarded the Forbes 30 Under 30 award for her work at Open Data Kosovo, which recognized the organization as one of the most successful initiatives for contributing to the improvement of Law and Policy making in Europe. Blerta strives to help young Kosovars develop their technical abilities and portfolios through mentorship and training programs. She is constantly engaged in fostering new international partnerships that focus on providing expertise for potential civic-tech initiatives. Throughout her working experience, Blerta has shifted her contribution from the developing end to advocating for ideas that aim to open government through digital humanitarianism.

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Krzysztof IzdebskiPolicy Director at ePaństwo Foundation

Organizer

Board Member and Policy Director of ePanstwo Foundation (EPF) and Board Member of Consul Democracy Foundation. He is a lawyer specialized in access to public information and re-use of public sector information. He has a wide expertise in relations between public administration and citizens. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption and public participation including "Transparency and Open Data Principles : Why They Are Important and How They Increase Public Participation and Tackle Corruption" and recently published "alGOVrithms. The State of Play. Report on Algorithms Usage in Government-Citizens Relations in Czechia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia." He is also specialized in legal aspects of the prevention of corruption. In 2012-2018 he was a Local Research Correspondent for Poland in the European Commission Anti-Corruption project (Anti-Corruption report) that aims to improve anti-corruption policies in the Member States. He is also an Apolitical.co contributor.

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Session 1: Open Contracting

Sandra Doe

Dafina OlluriDeputy Director of Open Data Kosovo

Session Moderator

Dafina Olluri is the Deputy Director of Open Data Kosovo and is responsible for a wide range of activities within the organization. Her duties include accomplishing ODK’s strategic goals, monitoring the implementation of ongoing projects, creating new partnerships and landing new opportunities, and ensuring that all of our end-products satisfy the organization’s standards of quality. She was previously awarded the Forbes 30 Under 30 award for her work at Open Data Kosovo, which recognized the organization as one of the most successful initiatives for contributing to the improvement of Law and Policy making in Europe. Dafina studied Economics & Statistics as an undergraduate, and is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Informatics. She believes that a strong focus shall be placed on developing the technical ability of young Kosovars and is continuously striving to contribute to bettering her society and helping her peers achieve their goals.

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Sandra Doe

Sandor LedererCo-Founder of K-Monitor

Speaker

Sandor Léderer is the Co-Founder and Director of K-Monitor, a non-profit public funds watchdog based in Budapest, Hungary. K-Monitor was founded to improve the levels of transparency, accountability and the rule of law in Hungary. Civic participation and technology-driven solutions are among the organizations key instruments. He is an expert in topics such as Freedom of Information, Whistleblowing, Political Finance and Public Procurement. In a recent project he worked on a tool that monitors public procurement documents through algorithms. Sandor is also active in projects on new forms of citizens’ participation and local open governance. Sandor is a European Young Leader at Friends of Europe, a GMF alumni and an Obama Fellow. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the ePanstwo Foundation (Poland) and represents K-Monitor in the board of the TransparenCEE Network.

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Muhedin NushiDeputy Mayor of Prishtina

Speaker

Muhedin Nushi is Deputy Mayor of Pristina which recently has been selected as the most transparent capital in Europe. He completed his studies at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Prishtina. He is well acquainted with the processes, procedures and operations of the banking industry, information technology, business analysis, statistical processing, data management and processes, as well as project management, starting from the design idea, development, implementation, up to monitoring and evaluation. He has been involved in various projects with foreign institutions – with the World Bank, EU, UNDP, HELVETAS, USAID etc

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Karolis GranickasSenior Program Manager at Open Contracting Partnership

Speaker

At the Open Contracting Partnership, Karolis works to demonstrate the positive impact of opening up contracting data worldwide. He contributes to the creation of tools and methodologies for evaluating change propelled by open contracting. Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Karolis worked with Transparency International Lithuania, focusing on citizen engagement using ICT. He also contributed to global open data advocacy efforts, together with the Epsi platform, Open Knowledge International, Open Data Institute and others. From 2014 to 2016, he was a national researcher within the Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism.

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Session 2: Data Journalism: A New way of combating disinformation?

Sandra Doe

Albert SpahiuJournalist at Telegrafi.com

Session Moderator

Albert Spahiu is a Journalist and actualy he works for Telegrafi.com. He completed training at Data Journalism Institute, supported by UNDP and University of Tirana. Before dealing with journalism, Albert worked for 7 years in bank sector.

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Sotiris SiderisCo -Founder of AthensLive

Speaker

Sotiris is a data journalist and co-founder of AthensLive, a non-profit on-the-ground source for stories from Athens and throughout Greece. As a 2019/2020 Bertha Fellow, he is now investigating Greece’s housing market and the inequities impacting the most vulnerable in society. Sotiris is also serving as a teaching assistant in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has worked at the NGO Network for Children’s Rights as the coordinator and editor-in-chief of Migratory Birds, the first newspaper in Greece made by refugee, migrant and Greek youth, and as a producer and researcher for the national TV documentary series 28 Europe. Sotiris holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from Panteion University of Athens and a Master’s degree in New Media and Digital Culture from the University of Amsterdam. In the summer of 2017, he was granted a scholarship from Stavros Niarchos Foundation to participate in Lede 12, a post-bac certification program on coding and data analysis from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Department of Computer Science in New York.

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Sandra Doe

Ana PoenariuRISE Project

Speaker

Ana Poenariu is a Romanian journalist, based in Bucharest. She works for RISE Project, a community of journalists, programmers and activists that investigate organized crime and corruption that affects Romania and the countries in the region. Among others, Ana worked on several stories related to European funds and offshore murky businesses.

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Natalija JovanovicJournalist at BIRN Serbia

Speaker

Natalija Jovanovic works as a journalist for BIRN Serbia. She is interested in finding stories through data and interactively presenting them. Natalija has a special interest in social topics covering maternity leave policies, investments in media and culture or environmental issues. Her work also includes bringing tech innovation to local media. She is currently doing a master’s in Social Science and Computing at the University of Belgrade.

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Session 3: AI With Policy Making. Challenges and Solutions

Sandra Doe

Krzysztof IzdebskiPolicy Director at ePaństwo Foundation

Session Moderator

Board Member and Policy Director of ePanstwo Foundation (EPF) and Board Member of Consul Democracy Foundation. He is a lawyer specialized in access to public information and re-use of public sector information. He has a wide expertise in relations between public administration and citizens. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption and public participation including "Transparency and Open Data Principles : Why They Are Important and How They Increase Public Participation and Tackle Corruption" and recently published "alGOVrithms. The State of Play. Report on Algorithms Usage in Government-Citizens Relations in Czechia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia." He is also specialized in legal aspects of the prevention of corruption. In 2012-2018 he was a Local Research Correspondent for Poland in the European Commission Anti-Corruption project (Anti-Corruption report) that aims to improve anti-corruption policies in the Member States. He is also an Apolitical.co contributor.

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Sandra Doe

Marta HalickaSociologist

Speaker

Sociologist and social activist, interested in the impact of new technologies on social life. For almost 12 years she was involved in scouting, being a scout, a leader and an instructor/lecturer for future scout leaders. She coordinated the "Circle of Urban Programmers" at the "Girls Code Fun" Foundation, where she organized courses and events in the basics of programming.

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Daniel KerekesConsultant at POLITICALCONSULTING.SK

Speaker

Daniel Kerekes has graduated in business management and electoral studies & political marketing at Masaryk University where he is currently a PhD candidate. His academic focus lies in electoral geography, electoral systems, and electoral law. Daniel had also spent semesters at University College Cork and University of Warsaw, where he has studied retail marketing and voting behaviour, respectively. Daniel works as a consultant at POLITICALCONSULTING.SK and at RESTARTUP, as well as a data journalist for Daily N and often cooperates with NGO sector on analytical and data driven projects, e. g. with Kohovolit.eu or Ktovyhravolby.sk. Daniel is a fan of geostatistics and mapping social phenomena.

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Bartosz PaszczaCo-Founder of Polonium Foundation

Speaker

Bartosz Paszcza - technology analyst and journalist at Jagiellonian Club's Centre for Analysis, board member at Jagiellonian Club (Klub Jagielloński), MSc in Web Science from the University of Southampton. Co-founder of Polonium Foundation, a worldwide network of Polish researchers abroad.

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Session 4: Interactive Session - workshop: How to build successful collaboration between different stakeholders?

Georges Labreche

Georges LabrecheFounder of Open Data Kosovo

Speaker

Georges is the founder of Open Data Kosovo, he is a technologist and internationalist with over 10 years of work experience in software engineering, analysis, design, and implementation. His undergraduate degree and career in Software Engineering have been complemented with an MA in International Affairs where he specialized in Governance and Rights, Conflict and Security, and Post-Conflict State-Building. He is currently completing his MS in Spacecraft Design and is looking very much forward to developing his interest in the space sector.

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Qendresa Sulejmani

Qëndresa SulejmaniProgram Director at Metamorphosis Foundation

Speaker

Qendresa is the Director of Programme at Metamorphosis Foundation. She has a particular interest in the promotion of good governance, civic engagement, and democracy in North Macedonia and the region. She works in the civil society sector since 2010 and has since managed and worked on several projects that support public administration reform, governance transparency and accountability and civic engagement. Qendresa also conducts policy research and has participated in several policy-making processes. She holds an MA degree in ‘Politics, Security and Integration’ from University College London. She also holds a double-major BA degree from American University in Bulgaria on South-east European Studies and International Relations with a minor in European Studies.

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