22nd EAPC Conference & Polaris Awards event features cutting-edge programming on key industry trends, designed to empower attendees to leverage the latest techniques in campaign strategy and management.
EAPC’s Annual European Conference’s will be one of the most important meetings in European politics from 2017. It will become a must-attend event for politicians, political consultants, creative, strategists, media buyers, public affairs specialists, suppliers, industry leaders and media people.
From 22nd EAPC’s Annual Conferences will have another layer by Polaris Awards to award the industry’s best works globally.
George A. Papandreou
George A. Papandreou served as Greece’s Prime Minister on the outbreak of the Greek financial crisis, managing to avoid his country’s bankruptcy, whilst applying a series of structural reforms for modernizing Greece.
In 2010 he was awarded Germany’s Quadriga Award in the category “Power of Veracity”, for his achievements related to government Transparency. For his efforts to reform Greece he was named one of the Foreign Policy magazine’s TOP 100 Global Thinkers in 2010.
As an MP (1981-2015), he served in several government posts, as undersecretary of Culture and Minister of Education, before becoming Foreign Minister from 1999-2004.
In 1997, as Foreign Minister, George Papandreou in collaboration with his Turkish counterpart, late Ismail Cem, achieved a breakthrough in Greek - Turkish relations, initiating a gradual rapprochement following the Imia crisis that brought the two countries almost at the edge of a war. He also played a key role in the negotiations that led to Turkey's EU candidacy in 1999 and Cyprus's entry in the European Union in 2004.
As Minister of Education, he founded the Greek Open University, which allowed for all to participate in distance studies for University degrees, he established multi-cultural schools, and instituted a minimum quota for students in Greek universities who were members of the Muslim community in Greece.
Currently he is the President of the Socialist International, the largest global political family. The SI brings together 153 social democratic, socialist and Labour parties from all continents. Currently, 53 member parties of the SI are in government and numerous represent the main opposition. The SI has a consultative status - Category I - with the United Nations .
In March 2017 in the Congress of the Socialist International that took place in Cartagena, Colombia Mr. Papandreou was unanimously re-elected President of the organization.
He is also co-chair of the Democratic Alignment , a coalition of the center left parties in Greece, composed by the Panhellenic Socialist Movement ( PASOK), the Democratic Left ( DIMAR) and the Movement of Democratic Socialists .
RECENT - CURRENT INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY
● President of the Socialist International
● Founder & Vice-Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation
● Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
● Founding Member and Commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP)
● Member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps
● Co- founder of the Cem-Papandreou International Peace Award
● Member of the Aspen Ministers Forum
Governor Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman, presidential candidate, six term Governor and physician, currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.
Dean serves as a MSNBC contributor and is the founder of Democracy for America, a progressive online organization with one million members nation wide. DFA works to elect more progressive candidates to local, state and national office by providing the tools to create change.
Dean Currently serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, a democracy building organization chaired by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He has extensive experience in Southeastern Europe including in Ukraine, Moldova, and the Balkans. He has also has an extensive knowledge of Iraqi and Iranian affairs, and has spent time in China and Myanmar as a result of his NDI activities. He has been active in anti human trafficking efforts in Asia and in the United States. He lectures frequently in Europe, and is currently teaching a course on the Politics of American Foreign Policy at the Jackson Institute at Yale. He also teaches at Hofstra University’s Kalikow Institute for the Study of the Presidency and the University of Vermont.
Dean began his career in public service in 1982 when he transitioned from a full-time practicing physician to an elected representative in Vermont. Dean served as Governor for 12 years - the second longest serving in the state.
Respected on both sides of the political aisle, Dean was chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference while he served as Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies such as use of the Internet.
As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools. Dean is credited with helping Democrats make historic gains in 2006 and 2008. Under his leadership, significant resources were dedicated to revitalizing the Party by building and strengthening the organizational tools, technological capabilities and infrastructure required to win while laying the foundation for a long-term Democratic majority.
Before entering politics, Dean graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1971, and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vermont.
He is married to Dr. Judy Steinberg and they have two children, Anne and Paul.
Drew Westen, Ph.D. is a psychologist and neuroscientist and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. He is also the founder of Westen Strategies, a strategic messaging firm. Dr. Westen is the author of three books and over 200 articles, including The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, which has influenced campaigns and elections around the world. He frequently comments on political and psychological issues on radio, television, on venues such as Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and the Charlie Rose Show on PBS. He also writes opinion pieces for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, and the Huffington Post. He is a periodic columnist for the New York Times and Sunday Review. Dr. Westen has advised a range of organizations, from presidential campaigns, to nonprofits, to the Democratic Caucuses of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Mark Mellman, one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists, is President of the American Association of Political Consultants and CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups. Mellman, who counts among his clients Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Whip Steny Hoyer, has helped guide the campaigns of twenty-nine U.S. Senators, ten Governors, over two dozen Members of Congress, and numerous state and local officials.
In addition to Leader Reid, Senate clients include Dan Akaka, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Heidi Heitkamp, Mary Landrieu and Carl Levin. Gubernatorial clients include Jennifer Granholm, Jim Doyle and Pat Quinn. Mayors Dave Bing (Detroit), Jim Gray (Lexington) and Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans) are also clients, as are Members of Congress John Barrow, Tulsi Gabbard, Dan Kildee, Anne Kuster, Jim Langevin and Sander Levin.
Internationally, Mellman was chief strategist and pollster for Yair Lapid’s stunning rise from zero seats in the Israeli parliament to the country’s second largest party, in just one year. Earlier he helped Cesar Gavira become President of Colombia and Luli Basha defeat the international Mayor of the Year in Albania. Twice he has been honored for running the Best Campaign outside the U.S.
The Mellman Group’s string of upset victories and unparalleled accuracy recently brought the firm the prestigious “Pollster of the Year” award from the American Association of Political Consultants, the third time the Association has bestowed this coveted award on the firm.
The New York Times’ Nate Silver also cited The Mellman Group as the most accurate campaign pollster in the country. The Mellman Group also won series of Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections magazine including two for “Campaign Comeback of the Year” (for victories by Leader Reid and Senator Heitkamp); “Best Use of New Technology” (for our innovative internet-based ad testing); two for “Best International Campaign” and “Best Public Affairs Campaign” several times.
As a consultant to the Democratic Leadership, Mellman plays a central role in developing strategies on a variety of issues. Newsweek credits his work on the environment with helping “turn Bill Clinton green.” The Economist recognized him as the “brains behind the Democrats’ successful ‘Mediscare’ strategy” and Politico described the firm’s role in developing Democrats’ economic messages, noting that Mellman’s manufacturing presentation “electrified Democratic leaders.”
The firm’s string of upset victories led the Boston Globe to call The Mellman Group Washington’s “hottest” political consulting firm, and the New Republic describes Mellman as “a leading Democratic technologist.” Capitol Hill’s newspaper, Roll Call, named Mellman one of the most influential people in Washington when it comes to electing candidates to Congress. The Mellman Group was also the only Democratic firm to handle two of the Washington Post’s ten best incumbent campaigns and helped win two of the three Democratic victories among RealClearPolitics’ Biggest Upsets of 2010. In two of the three years it has awarded the title, National Journal named Mellman its “Top Insider” for providing the most accurate predictions of those election cycles. And last year Doonesbury labeled Mellman the “Prince of Polling.”
The firm has scored successes in numerous initiative campaigns, helping to defeat both California Proposition 226 (the anti-labor initiative), Proposition 38 (the California School Voucher initiative) and Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposals as well as to pass tobacco control, stem cell research, tax and bond measures in 15 states.
Respected entities also turn to Mellman for his objective, unvarnished analysis of public opinion. The U.S. Departments of Justice (under President Bush), State and Labor have all turned to The Mellman Group for critical studies, as has the World Bank. In addition, Mellman works with some of the nation’s most important public interest organizations ranging from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the AFL-CIO, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, National Environmental Trust, and the League of Women Voters.
Mellman’s corporate clients include Coca Cola, MGM Resorts, Intuit (the makers of Quicken), and United Airlines. His groundbreaking research has helped define how nonprofits and businesses can use the internet for online communications, selling, organizing, and fundraising.
Mellman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and graduate degrees from Yale, where he taught in the Political Science department. He served as a consultant to CBS News, and as a presidential debate analyst for PBS and The Wall Street Journal. Mellman’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal among others, and he writes an influential weekly column for The Hill, a newspaper “for and about Congress.”
Angelika Mlinar is an Austrian politician, lawyer and entrepreneur. She worked for the European Commission in Slovenia during enlargement before she became programme manager at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development in Vienna. She was also the Secretary-General of the Council of Carinthian Slovenes in Austria, where she established her own business. She is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. As member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, she is focusing on migration and asylum policy and has organised several fact-finding missions to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. She actively promotes Human and Women’s rights and speaks up for a united and strong Europe. She is also a vice-president of NEOS – Das Neue Österreich, and president of NEOS Lab, the group's think-tank and academy.
Jim works at the intersection of politics, advertising and advocacy on behalf of candidates, foundations, government agencies and corporate clients. He served as senior advisor to President Obama in both the former President's campaigns for the White House, leading each cycle¹s half-billion dollar advertising effort and helping direct the campaign as part of the core strategic team. Jim also co-produced the two Obama Presidential Inaugurals and both of Mr. Obama¹s national conventions. In the 2016 presidential election, Jim served as senior advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, leading her paid advertising effort and producing the 2016 Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
Nationally, Jim has earned one of the best win/loss records of any consultant in America, helping elect senators and governors from every region of the country. And overseas, Jim has directed presidential and prime ministerial contests in Latin America, Africa, Central America, Europe, and Asia.
In the business and philanthropy world, Jim has advised America¹s top corporations and nonprofits, including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cisco Systems, The Center for the Next Generation, L’Oréal, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, AFSCME, VISA, and AT&T.
Over the years, Jim has been honored with dozens of awards and gained national and international recognition for his work. Before joining GMMB, Jim served as a top appointee in both the US Senate and US House.
Şafak Pavey is a Turkish parliamentarian representing Istanbul for the main opposition social democratic party CHP; serving as a member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly and UN independent expert. During her 3 terms as an MP, she held a number of senior parliamentary and party elected-political positions as the Deputy Speaker of Turkish Parliament, Vice-chair of Turkey-EU Accession Committee and Vice-Chair of CHP for the Social and Ecological Policy. Pavey is known for her international & national policy work in the field of humanitarian affairs, human rights, peacebuilding and governance of diversity with a background of diplomacy and politics. Prior to winning a parliamentary seat in 2011, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Refugee Agency, holding managerial positons and as an external relations, communications expert at their HQs and on humanitarian missions in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Central Europe. In 2012, Pavey was honored with ‘International Woman of Courage Award’ by the US State Department presented by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. Pavey was selected as a 2015 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and 2016 Munich Young Leader by Koerber Stiftung for Munich Security Conference and is a member of European Council on Foreign Relations.
Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna.
He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a Contributing Opinion Writer of The New York Times.
His latest books in English are “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, May 2014); “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013).
He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics. His book “After Europe” is forthcoming in English (Penn Press, 2017) and in German (Suhrkamp, 2017).
Bo Krogvig is the Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs for Luossavaara – Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag, LKAB.
LKAB is an international and high-tech mining and minerals group that mines and upgrades the unique iron ore of northern Sweden for the global steel market. Sustainability is core to our business and our ambition is to be one of the industry’s most innovative, resource-efficient and responsible companies. The group had sales of more than SEK 16 billion in 2015 and employs about 4,500 people in 14 countries. Other group business include industrial minerals, drilling systems, rail transport, rockwork services and property management.
Mr Krogvig has served as public affairs and corporate communications adviser in 38 countries, directly advising heads of states and businesses on strategy, communications and public affairs. Mr Krogvig has a key understanding of the importance of sparking dialogue between stakeholders within both the private and public sector and in the basic as well as non-basic industry. Bo Krogvig joined LKAB in 2014.
He has two children and lives in Sundbyberg, Sweden with his wife .
Philippe Moreau Chevrolet
• Communication Expert mentored by Natalie Rastoin at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.
• Associate Writer for Slate.fr and The Huffington Post
• Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris on "Political Communication in Contemporary Democracies"
• Regular commentator for BBC World, France 2, France 5, BFMTV, I>Télé, LCI, Canal +, France 24, Public Sénat, France Info, RTL, Europe 1, RMC, Sud Radio, Le Monde, Le Parisien and Le Figaro, among others.
• Graduate of the CFJ journalism school in Paris
• Former Journalist for La Tribune. Former programme director for the TV channels TF1, France 5 and Arte
• Former Editorial Director for the publishing house La Martinière – Le Seuil
Dr. Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations established by George Soros. From 2004-2009 she was Senior Advisor to European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible in his Cabinet for the Balkans and Turkey. Before joining the Commission, she was Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, working with Charles Grant on a wide range of European issues. Her academic experience includes research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and teaching at the London School of Economics. Her publications include Can the EU Survive Populism? (with Stefan Lehne, 2016, Carnegie Europe) and The EU's Transformative Power: Europeanisation through Conditionality in Central and Eastern Europe (2006, Palgrave).
Jakob Ohlsson is a consultant with an unusual CV. As a self-taught activist-turned-entrepreneur he founded Reform Act – the first agency in Scandinavia focusing exclusively on political campaigns.
As Scandinavia’s leading innovator in political campaigns, Jakob has had the role of introducing modern campaign tactics and technology in a political environment that lags 5, perhaps 10 years behind the American political space. Working mostly in Scandinavian countries, but with clients in other Western European countries as well, Jakob has focused on the digital side of grassroots driven campaigns and trying to fuse digital with field.
Jakob was head of Studio 68, the Swedish Social Democratic Party's secret in-house agency; his responsibility was to scale modern american campaign tactics to a country of 10 million people with different culture and legal framework.
Jakob has won multiple Reed Awards and Pollie Awards for his work and has been awarded a Rising Star by Campaigns & Election Magazine as well as a 40 Under 40 award by the AAPC. He worked as a consultant for the GroenLinks campaign in Netherlands, building their online fundraising from scratch and helped increasing their share of the vote four times.
Amy Pritchard is a political consultant and social entrepreneur specializing in campaign strategy for electoral candidates, parties, advocacy campaigns and nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally for political parties, civil society, and socially responsible businesses. She has been a leader in the Democratic and Progressive movement in the US for over 30 years - and worked internationally on democracy and governance for more than 20.
She is the founder and President of the Board of Democratic GAIN – an association she created in 2003 which supports Democratic and Progressive Political Professionals - individuals and organizations - through training, professional development, and employment networking. One of the United States leading experts on initiatives and referenda, Pritchard is a founder of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, an organization that provides strategic guidance to progressive ballot measures. From 1997-1998 Pritchard served as the Midwest and Northeast Political Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2003-4 she took a leave from consulting to serve full time as National Political Director of the Democratic National Committee.
Pritchard works independently and through AP Campaigns a boutique-consulting firm. She is also a senior strategist with Mission Control, a political direct mail firm working with Democratic candidates, party committees, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions and non-profit groups for ten years. Her services focus on print communications, direct mail, marketing, digital organizing, skills training, strategic planning, capacity building, and program management - focused on elections, advocacy, and governance. She recently she serves as the Voter Contact Director for For Our Future, an Independent Expenditure campaign for the Presidential Campaign and Senate races in seven states. For Our Future spent over 55 million dollars on field and voter contact working directly with 180 national and local issue based non-profit organizations (NGOs) in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
Internationally she has worked as staff, consultant, and trainer for the National Democratic Institute, Women’s Campaign International, Democracy International, and the McCain Institute in Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Rwanda, Congo, Jordan, Burma, Indonesia, Venezuela, the Netherlands, and Kenya. Pritchard’s trainings focus on voter contact, electoral organizing, message development, communications, social media, polling, research, and more.
Currently, she is working to launch a new non-profit initiative platform called Global GAIN to connect US and international political and advocacy activists and leaders to each other and with projects promoting women and children around the world.
Since November, I’ve been devastated by the loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and still processing how best channel my positive energies to fight his policies at home and around the world. I know it will remain a combination of work domestically and internationally promoting women candidates and leaders and am excited to focus on Fempo. I have a passion for training and promoting women and young candidates and civil society leaders. I especially like to teach electoral campaigning and legislative advocacy in developing countries. I am particular interest in East Africa and very excited to work and help launch FemPo.
Managing Partner at MAS Consulting Group, a public affairs firm that provides strategic support to senior management in corporate, political and institutional fields. The company offers its advisory services to corporations, governments, political leaders and civil society organizations.
Daniel has recently been recognized by british The Holmes Report as Innovator 25 EMEA 2016, an international group of "individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in an era of dramatic marketing and communications disruption". Ureña was the first Spanish consultant to be recognised as a Rising Star by US magazine Campaigns & Elections, and to win the American Association of Political Consultants' (AAPC) Pollie Award. President at The Hispanic Council, a think tank that promotes relations between the US Hispanic community and Spain and President at ACOP (Political Communication Association).
As guest speaker, Daniel has been invited by entities like Harvard University, The Brookings Institution, OSCE, The George Washington University, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, International Democratic Union, etc. in countries like USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Morocco, etc.
Quintin Oliver has a global reputation as a conflict resolution and referendums specialist, playing his part in the N. Ireland peace process and bringing a reflective approach to his strategic counsel.
He lived through the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, playing his part through the emerging third (non-profit) sector as a contributor to civil society developments that led to the seminal Good Friday / Belfast Agreement of 1998; he led the cross-party “YES” Campaign in the subsequent Referendum that sealed the agreement with an 82% turnout and 71% Yes vote.
At Stratagem NI his own political and lobbying consultancy he set up in Belfast after the Referendum - he has established credibility for making a real impact for those he works with, in connecting organisations to decision-makers and securing impact and results. He has worked closely with loyalist communities in the post-agreement phase of the Northern Irish conflict as they moved from paramilitary action to re-integration.
In 2007 he was appointed head of the secretariat of the Iraq Helsinki project that brought Irish and South African political leaders together with Iraqi politicians, in classic Track Two format from which emerged the Helsinki Principles that took root after their presentation in Baghdad.
The Forum for Cities in Transition invited Oliver’s participation in 2009 to lead its international secretariat (a venture between the John Joseph Moakley chair at the University of Massachusetts and the Northern Ireland Foundation)
He has also worked on the conflicts of Cyprus (including the 2004 and possible 2017 Referendum), Colombia (2016 areferendum), Kosovo, Israel / Palestine and Uganda. He has lectured, written and consulted on his experiences on four continents.
Oliver was a personal appointee of President Mary Robinson to the Council of State of Ireland.
He has also served as a plc non-executive director (eaga plc, 2004-2011), chairs a professional body The Consultation Institute, partners with Strictly Boardroomon high level governance matters, and as trustee of Scottish anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth.
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Celinda and her firm are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education, and have worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor's Association (DGA), The White House Project, AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, IAFF, Sierra Club, NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, EMILY's List and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Her work has also taken her to advise fledgling democratic parties in several post-war Eastern European countries, including Bosnia, and South Africa. In 2008, Celinda worked as pollster for Vice President Biden.
Since its formation, Lake Research Partners has become one of the most respected Democratic polling firms in the country. The firm's work has moved the progressive agenda forward on a variety of issues. Working against the conservatives, Celinda’s research demonstrated that the phrase "religious political extremists” was much more communicative than the vernacular "religious right." In the healthcare arena, her research showed that talking about "reducing health care costs" and the 8 out of 10 working families without adequate health insurance was key. Her interviews and statistics have been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal as well as a variety of magazines, including Newsweek, Glamour and Marie Claire, and Celinda has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and NPR, discussing her work and providing expert commentary.
Celinda is one of the nation's foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues to women voters. American Politics calls Celinda a "super-strategist or, better yet, the Godmother," and Working Woman says she is "arguably the most influential woman in her field." She is renowned for her groundbreaking research on single women voters in conjunction with Women's Voices Women Vote and has helped elect numerous female candidates, including Barbara Mikulski, the "Dean" of Women Senators, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Blanche Lincoln, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, Patricia Madrid the first Hispanic woman Attorney General in New Mexico, and Carol Moseley-Braun in her historic victory to become the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate. Celinda also works for Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House.
Celinda has a long record of defeating incumbents, including races for Donna Edwards who beat Albert Wynn, Jerry McNerney who beat Richard Pombo, Tim Walz who defeated Gil Gutknecht, and previously Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, both of whom beat incumbents. Recently two more incumbents fell at Celinda’s hands: Conrad Burns who lost to Jon Tester in Montana in 2006, and Ted Stevens who lost to Mark Begich in Alaska in 2008. Also in 2006, Celinda was an integral part of the successful effort to help Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.
Lake Research Partners has a long history of successful initiative campaigns. In 2008, Celinda polled in California to beat parental notification initiatives three times in a row. In 2006, Celinda helped with successful minimum wage campaigns in five states and was the pollster on the first successful effort to defeat an anti-gay marriage initiative in Arizona. During the 1992 election cycle, Celinda oversaw focus group research for the Clinton/Gore campaign and served as a general consultant throughout the campaign. Celinda is also credited with identifying key voter groups including Reagan seniors, NASCAR dads, waitress moms, the marriage gap and generation D. In 2005 she and Kellyanne Conway published What Women Really Want with the Free Press.
Prior to forming Lake Research Partners, Celinda was partner and vice president at Greenberg-Lake. Her earlier experience includes serving as Political Director of the Women's Campaign Fund, as the Research Director at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as a Policy Analyst for the Subcommittee on Select Education.
Celinda, a native of Montana and one of the political world's most avid whitewater rafters, holds a master’s degree in political science and survey research from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a certificate in political science from the University of Geneva, in Switzerland. Celinda received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumna Medal by the College.
Few have done more to democratize political technology than Jim Walsh, co-founder and CEO of DSPolitical.
He started out working on the local level for the South Carolina Democratic Party and a variety of campaigns in senior communications positions. Early on, he recognized the important role technology was beginning to play in our politics.
It was this passion for finding new technologies that could give Democrats an advantage that led him to Salsa Labs as Vice President. There he created product strategies that put email fundraising and web development tools into the hands of thousands of Democratic campaigns that might have otherwise been unable to afford them. Moreover, his work was directly responsible for Democratic party organizations adding millions to their online supporter lists.
Jim left to keep building the digital advertising and fundraising capabilities of Democratic campaigns, founding Rising Tide Interactive, which provides innovative digital communications, organizing, and fundraising strategies and DSPolitical, the nation’s leading voter targeted digital ad network.
Under Jim's leadership, DSPolitical become a real force to be reckoned with on the political left, providing “online ad sophistication to match Obama’s,” according to The Washington Post. Rising Tide Interactive has elected numerous senators and governors, and raised millions for campaigns and organizations fighting for social change.
Jim's vision has pushed DSPolitical's platform down the ballot to put presidential-level ad targeting on down to local races, and expanded overseas. In 2014 DSPolitical launched its award-winning self-service platform DemocraticAds.com working with more than 1,000 campaigns in all 50 states. And in 2015 DSPolitical launched its international arm, to power digital electoral campaigns in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and more."
Dr. Egorova, is founder and president of the “Niccolo M” Strategic Communications, one of the leading Russian companies in political consulting and public relations. She has managed and advised political campaigns throughout Russia and in the West, including the United States, Asia and Latin America,.
She served as personal political consultant to President Boris Yeltsin and three Presidents of foreign states. She is credited with creating the Russian concept of the psychology of political leadership and leaders. Dr. Egorova has published several books, e.g. “One Cannot be Born a Politician: How to become an Effective Political Leader” (1993), “Image of the Leader” (1994), “Political Consultant", “Political Advertising” (1999), “Political Consulting” (2002), “Games with Toy Soldiers. Political Psychology of Presidents” (2004), “In the Fog of War: Offensive Military Communicative Technologies” (2010).
Dr. Egorova is a member of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC), International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC).
Michael Crowley is senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico, covering foreign policy and national security from Washington. He has chronicled Obama administration policy on issues like Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, ISIS, the conflict in Ukraine and relations with China. He also writes about the foreign policy views and advisors of the 2016 presidential candidates. Prior to joining Politico in 2014, Crowley was chief foreign affairs correspondent for Time. Crowley has reported from around the world, including Iraq, China, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon and Ukraine. His work has been featured in Best American Political Writing, and he is a regular commentator on television and radio, including on CBS, CNN, NPR, PBS and MSNBC. Crowley has also worked at The New Republic and The Boston Globe and has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, New York, Slate, GQ and several other publications. He is a 1994 graduate of Yale University.
Jim Arkedis is the president of 4DPAC, a progressive national security-focused political action committee. On January 20, 4DPAC is launching the #PutUSFirst campaign to tell Donald Trump to divest of his businesses because his foreign conflicts of interest are a threat to our security.
From 2002-2007, Arkedis was a counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. From 2007-2012, he ran the Progressive Policy Institute's National Security Project. From 2013-present and in addition to 4DPAC, Arkedis has been an international political consultant and author, publishing his first co-authored book Political Mercenaries in 2014 by Palgrave MacMillan.
Scott Goodstein, the founder and CEO of Revolution Messaging, has spent the past decade pioneering digital strategy and technology for political campaigns and progressive causes across the country. He led digital strategy and operations for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and Kamala Harris' 2016 senate campaign. Previously, Goodstein led social media and mobile strategy for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign where he developed social networking and mobile platforms for what was arguably the biggest, most effective grassroots organizing campaign of modern times and a watershed moment for the use of digital technology in politics. Notably, he created and implemented Obama Mobile, an advanced communication tool featuring text messaging, downloads, interactive voice response communication, a mobile web site (WAP) and an iPhone App. He also developed the campaign’s lifestyle marketing strategy, including the “street team” materials used in battleground states.
Goodstein has worked with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, SEIU, and the NAACP, among other organizations. He has been involved in more than two dozen progressive political initiatives. In 2004, Goodstein co-founded Punkvoter and Rock Against Bush, which became a $4 million young voter mobilization effort. He has conducted political trainings for the National Democratic Institute, UNICEF, Democracy for America, the Campaign Management Institute and the New Organizing Institute. He has given presentations at Columbia, American University, George Washington University and Georgetown. He has been a featured panelist at the Brookings Institute, the Milken Institute and Personal Democracy Forum. Goodstein has been invited to give keynote speeches in Australia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Russia and Singapore.
Regina Joseph is the founder of Sibylink (http://www.sibylink.com), an international consultancy based in The Hague and New York devoted to providing strategic foresight on global issues through forecasting tournaments, futures-oriented analysis, training coursework and digital solutions development. In November 2016, Joseph launched the world’s first cross-agency forecasting tournament for The Netherlands as part of Sibylink’s proprietary strategic foresight training program, thus adding to forecasting tournaments Joseph has already devised and launched for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), among others. Joseph is also co-founder of Pytho, a New York-based decision-science consultancy, which builds digital tools like NEUERTM, a quantified structural analytic technique she invented and on which she has a patent pending. Joseph is a member of the faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs’ Masters program, where, as Futures Fellow, she launched a Futures Lab in 2015. Joseph works closely with IBM Watson, and at NYU, she developed the school’s first courses in teaching cognitive computing to non-computer scientists. As part of her work, Joseph is using the IBM Watson supercomputer to deliver the first cognitive computing applications around matters of geopolitics and security. Joseph is a Good Judgment Superforecaster and was a Senior Consultant on the research team on the IARPA-funded Good Judgment Project (www.goodjudgmentproject.com). She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow, Future Security Foresight for the Clingendael Institute, a think tank based in The Hague, The Netherlands and continues to produce futures-based assessments for both the public and private sector. The organizations she has advised and trained include the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice, the OSCE, NATO and the UN, among others. In her career, Joseph has been recognized as both a pioneer and thought leader in both the analog and digital world: she was the founder and editor-in-chief of Blender, the world’s first digital magazine (delivered on CD-ROM disc); she has produced many technical firsts in the field of digital media and telecommunications; and she has also held numerous positions as a journalist and editor for traditional media companies ranging from Forbes, to Hearst to Time Warner. She continues to contribute to a variety of publications and media outlets, including the International Relations & Security Network at ETH-Zurich, Foreign Policy, Reuters and many others. Joseph is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and she received her B.A. from Hamilton College in English with highest honors (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa), and her Masters degree (M. Sci) in International Relations from New York University.
Christoph Hofinger is managing partner with Günther Ogris of SORA, one of Austria’s premier political research and consulting firms. He serves as scientific director. Hofinger has worked as a strategic advisor in numerous successful campaigns. He has been an analyst and presenter of election night forecasts for major media outlets for more than two decades. Hofinger regularly speaks, teaches and writes about Framing and Emotions in Politics. He also cares passionately about solid scientific evidence, and employs both the Framing approach and social research analysis to more deeply understand right-wing populism, growing extremism, and the development of counter-strategies. Hofinger is editor of the volume "Emotions in Politics and Campaigning" which summarizes the highlights of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC) Vienna conference of 2010. He served as EAPC President from 2008 to 2010.
John McTernan (born 1959) was a British Labour Party political adviser, political strategist and commentator.
McTernan was Prime Minister Tony Blair's Director of Political Operations from 2005 to 2007. He then worked on the November 2007 Australian Labor Partyfederal election campaign. From 2007 to 2010 he was special adviser to two Cabinet Ministers in Gordon Brown's Labour Government: first to Des Browne, Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Defence. and then to Jim Murphy MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland from 2008 until May 2010. From June 2010 to October 2011 he was a columnist at The Scotsman, and then director of communications for the Australian Labor prime minister, Julia Gillard, from September 2011 to June 2013. He was Chief of Staff to the 2014–2015 leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, who resigned after the Labour Party lost all but one seat in Scotland, including Murphy's, in the 2015 general election.
Graham Godwin-Pearson is a co-founder of Democra, an online campaigning consultancy based in the UK. Democra specialises in website solutions for political parties, government and think tanks. As well as single websites, Democra's 'Infinity' product allows hundreds or even thousands of political websites to be built, themed and maintained almost instantly, with national control over brand and local control over content.
The first outing for this model was the Conservative Party, for whom Graham's team of developers rebuilt 240 websites in 2010. From receiving the brief, 'Bluetree' took just 2 weeks to launch. Since then, the portfolio has grown to around 700 websites, including senior Cabinet Ministers. Graham works with political consultants and parties to ensure that everyone from the Digital Director to grassroots activists have the tools and skills to utilise the Internet for political campaigning as effectively as possible.
Graham has been involved in politics since 2001, from delivering leaflets to coordinating media to standing as a political candidate himself. Graham is the board member of EAPC.
Starting to be active in elections campaigns, since the age of 16, Reza Kazemi became one of the youngest professional campaign consultants in Europe, when managing campaigns on national level at the age of 22. Today, Reza Kazemi is well-known as one of the experts in political marketing and communication.
Practical Experiences: As a founder of Campaigns & Technology and Kazemi-Consulting, he has been active in several interesting campaigns throughout Europe. During the last decade, he assisted several candidates on local, regional and national level - including minister presidents, candidates for the German National and the European Parliament as well as Head of Parties. Together with their partner agency “The Leadership” and including especially local politics, they have been consulting more than 700 candidates, e.g. in Germany, Austria, France and the USA. Here they became well-known, because of implementing creative concepts and new campaigning ways to engage more voters into the process of political participation and decision making.
Technical Specialization: Combining his background in Political PR and Engineering, Reza Kazemi was the first person ever, to professionally implement modern campaign technologies, like e.g. the “TalkTOO!
Telefonversammlung”, an innovative tool for mass participation, into the German speaking countries. Using the results of empirical research, he has furthermore developed scientific ways and specialized in using e.g. Facial Expression Technologies, Eye-Tracking tools, Real-Time-Response (RTR) measurements and other technologies within election campaigns.
Scientific background: Reza Kazemi spent five years writing a PhD in Political Marketing and communication, having a focus on empirical research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. During the past years, he was running several empirical studies for analyzing effects of “Modern Marketing Methods on Candidate Images”. Furthermore he is holding a university Diploma in mechanical engineering and business administration. He received a scholarship from one of the major German foundations and became known as one of the fastest students in Germany. Furthermore in the past, he has conducted empirical studies, working together with the “Steinbeis Research Center for advertisement and communication”. Also in the past he has been holding several teaching assignments from the University of Ravensburg, where his lectures were on topics like e.g. “Implementation of commercial marketing tools into political campaigns” and “Political marketing” or “Behavioral Strategies in Election Campaigns”.
Richard Murphy was the National Campaign Director of ‘Grassroots Out’, also known as ‘GO’, during the United Kingdom’s recent referendum on European Union membership.
‘GO’ was a nationwide mass volunteer movement. It united politicians and volunteers from all political parties, and none, into a truly effective anti-EU ground campaign. It was a grassroots campaign that worked door by door, vote by vote to help ensure that the UK voted to leave the European Union.
A former national Head of Field Campaigning for the Conservative Party, Richard is Managing Director of Communication Strategy & Management Ltd (CSM), a campaigns’ consulting firm based in the UK. CSM works alongside British Members of Parliament delivering professional advice on the construction and management of their voter communication strategies.
With more than thirty years’ experience of working with the Conservative Party, Richard has directly campaigned with seven party leaders including Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Theresa May. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in structuring and managing election campaigns at every level. He specialises in campaign strategy, ‘below the radar’ campaigning and GOTV and also trains party activists nationwide in ‘on the ground’ field campaigning techniques.
Richard has trained party professionals and political activists in countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria, Trinidad & Tobago, Moldova, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. He is a member of both the EAPC and the IAPC.
I am the co-founder and Director of Oraclum Intelligence Systems, a Cambridge-based company that uses the power of social networks and big data to predict election outcomes and uncover patterns of consumer behavior.
In addition to my role as Director of Oraclum I am completing a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College.
I hold a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, in the field of political economy. I received my BA in economics from the University of Zagreb, from which I graduated magna cum laude. During my studies I attended summer schools at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard University. I was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Clare College during the summer of 2013. I am happily married and a father of two boys.
Rick Ridder, President and Co-Founder of RBI Strategies and Research. A former presidential campaign manager and a senior consultant for five other presidential campaigns, Rick has consulted for numerous U.S. Congressional, gubernatorial, and state and local initiative campaigns.
Internationally, he has worked in 20 countries including the successful campaigns of four heads of state. He is a past President of the IAPC and his firm has received the Pollie Award as International Consultant of the Year. RBI with its over eight Pollies for their creative work is one of the few firms to win a Pollie both for management and creative efforts. Rick has also been recognized with the “Award of Achievement” from the Gleitsman Foundation “in recognition of commitment and leadership initiating social change.”
Rick holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, a M.S. from Boston University, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.
Felipe Noguera and his firm, FNC, specialize in bringing global technology - plus his experience - to campaigns, governments, civil society, business organizations, think tanks, and advocacy groups. He has served as general consultant, strategist and pollster to over forty presidential campaigns in twelve countries, and as advisor to sixteen heads of state.
Over the past 20 years, his work took him to studying and combatting populism, first in Latin America, and more recently on a Global scale. He is currently embarked on a project to share his insights and learn more through a series of international conferences and workshops.
Former Chairman (2014-15) and President (2012-13) of IAPC, the International Association of Political Consultants, and founding president of ALACOP. First foreigner recognized by AAPC as “International Political Consultant of the Year” (2001), and for “Best International Public Affairs Campaign” (2004). At the EAPC conference in Vienna in 2010, his lecture was on “Understanding Emotions as Alternative Rationalities”.
His academic background combines Mathematics at Balliol College, Oxford, with Economics, Sociology, and an Eisenhower Fellowship on public policy and U.S. presidential campaigns. He lectures and has published pares and co-authored books on Strategic Thinking, Political Analysis, and Communications Research.
Sepp Hartinger, president of Hartinger Consulting, has been a member of EAPC since its founding. He worked for the Austrian Social Democrats as the campaign responsible for more than a decade until he founded his own advertising agency in 1983.
When the communist systems in Eastern Europe collasped in 1990, he as a consultant helped to prepare the first democratic elections in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Bulgaria. In the following years the agency laid more emphasis on economical tasks and became one of the leading creative agencies of Austria.
In 1995 Sepp Hartinger together with a group of colleagues founded the EAPC and was until May 1998 the first president. At the moment he is Vice-President of the EAPC.
Matilda leads EWL’s Women in Decision-making campaigns –
aiming to put women at the heart of decision making in politics and business.
Together with EWL members she designs EWL’s campaign for the 2019 European
Before joining EWL, Matilda led the successful civil society
campaign for UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security
at UNOY Peacebuilders. She has been in the leadership of a party political
European-wide organization where she focused on strengthening the role of young
women in politics, and she has advised the Council of Europe on youth
participation as member of its Advisory Council on Youth.
She is a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the
Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and holds an MA in Development
Studies – with a specialization in feminist economics - from the International
Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is originally
Finnish, but have spent the last seven years in the Netherlands.
Kristina Wilfore brings a mastery of virtually all aspects of politics and grassroots organizing to Karakoyun Strategies with over 20 years of experience in campaigns and elections, policy development and civic advocacy. Kristina is a global change agent helping to create a more vibrant and accountable democracy worldwide.
She is an international development consultant who regularly trains, speaks, and writes about issues that impact people’s participation in politics, parties and parliament. With a home base in Istanbul, she works with political leaders and NGOs throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia, in countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. She is a leading expert in increasing women’s political participation through her experience forming women’s parliamentary caucuses, conducting one-of-a-kind public opinion research on attitudes toward female politicians, and forming grassroots coalitions to address barriers to women’s leadership. In 2011 the Kyiv Post awarded her expat of the year for her work to defend democracy in Ukraine.
Kristina is listed in the Women’s Media Center’s online brain trust (www.SheSource.org) as an expert in democratic development movement building and was selected as a 2015 Political Partner with the Truman Project which unites veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart and principled solutions to global challenges Americans face. Kristina is the VP of EAPC.
Marko Rakar (1972) is a Chief executive manager of
the consulting company MRAK services ltd headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia.
a lifelong experience in working/writing for media as well as dealing with the
media. He combines his media knowledge with new technologies and was one of the
earliest internet adopters in Croatia. He is a recognized lecturer and
consultant the subjects of organisation, internet, new media as well as
politics and statistics.
or participated as consultant on a number of successful campaigns and races for
organisations, parties and independent candidates on presidential, parliament
and muncipal elections in Europe, Asia and US.
worked on projects for various international institutions such as Council of
Europe, European Fund for the Balkans, United Nations Development Programme,
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), World Bank, Transparency
International, U.S. State Department, Olof Palme International Center, Open
Government Partnership and the Croatian Government. He has been for several
years member of the jury for the Pollies award of the American Association of
Political Consultants and a member of the jury for the World eDemocracy awards.
work with governments and corporations he worked as a data scientist and
architect of advanced statistical, BI and predictive analytics systems designed
to identify, prevent, and/or disrupt criminal and fraudulent activities,
predict customer behaviour, increase process efficencies and simplify decision
studied Philosophy and Information sciences, University of Zagreb, speaks
english fluently and is regular collumnist and author to a number of blogs, web
sites, newspapers and magazines in Croatia and internationaly.
He is also recognized by World eGovernment forum as one of the "Top 10 who
are changing the world of politics on the internet". Marko Rakar is a president
of EAPC (Europan association of political consultants), secretary of IAPC
(International association of political consultants), "School of
politics" alumni (by Council of Europe), non-government expert on the
subjects of open governance and data transparency and president of Croatian NGO
Vjetrenjača (english: Windmill) which is dedicated to bringing transparency and
promoting open governance to Croatian and international public.
2012. he is also a junior fellow at the World academy of arts and sciences. In
2013. Marko Rakar received „Informatika“ medal awarded by Croatian Information
Technology Association. This medal is given to the organisations and
individuals for achieved results in expanding and promoting information
Catherine Fieschi is Counterpoint’s Executive Director. In 2011, when she founded the company, her first objective was to draw attention to the social and cultural dynamics that underpin political risk but seldom receive the attention they deserve. A political scientist Catherine believes that rigorous social and cultural analysis can help leaders make better decisions, in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to founding Counterpoint, Catherine was Director of Research at The British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organisation. She led the organisation’s work on the uses of ‘soft power’ in international relations, developed its work on digital culture as an instrument of social and political change, and set up their programme on Islam and Europe.
Between 2005 and 2008 Catherine was the Director of Demos, the leading London-based think tank. At Demos, she oversaw the development of the organisation’s programme of work on radicalisation and the emergence of its work on European populisms. She also coordinated its work across the world on public service reform.
Catherine advises business and political leaders around the world. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College in Singapore; and a Senior Fellow of the London School of Economics. She is also involved in the strategic evaluation of UK universities’ social science research output in her role as assessor and advisor to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) of the Higher Education Funding Council.
Catherine is the author of numerous journal articles, as well as essays on extremism, mobilisation and identity politics. In 2008 she published In the Shadow of Democracy, an in-depth analysis of contemporary populism and its impact on institutions. She is currently writing two monographs–one on 21st century populism, and one on the trials and delights of being a European.
She frequently provides expert analysis for both the national and international media including BBC television and radio, Sky News, and Reuters, as well as other European and American outlets. A former contributing editor for Prospect Magazine, Catherine has a regular column in the Chatham House magazine, The World Today. She is also a trustee of European Alternatives, a transnational civil society organisation that promotes alternative means of citizen engagement and participation.
Catherine holds a PhD in Comparative Political Science from McGill University. She has lived in Italy, Senegal, France, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Benoit Vancauwenberghe is a creative director and a raging storm of ideas, words and motivation.
His goal in the world of advertising? Changing as much as possible.
To do this you need to inspire the people that will power the world in the future.
That’s why he founded 20Something, a creative agency that doesn’t work for gen Y but works with them.
Youngsters are put in the lead and experience the agency life 100%.
He woke up as a 35-year-old creative director without an office, someone else driving his company car and an intern leading the biggest client meeting of the year.
Shane is a media entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-owner of Campaigns & Elections, a B2B publishing and events business that serves the political campaign industry.
He co-founded Total Politics magazine in the UK in 2008. In the years following, he built the title into a broader media group through organic growth and the acquisition of numerous other publications and events businesses. The group was sold in 2012.
In 2011 he was recognized by Square Mile magazine as one of the Top 30 people under the age of 30 in London. In 2016 the Irish Echo recognized him as one of the 40 Under 40 Irish and Irish American’s distinguishing themselves in their field. He is the author of two books and a recovering British political pundit.
Shane lives in Washington, DC with his wife Brittany and their three-year-old daughter.
Andrés Miguel Rondón
Andrés Miguel Rondón is a Venezuelan economist living in Madrid. Alumni of UWC Atlantic College and Edinburgh University. A citizen of nowhere apart from his native Caracas, was 8 years old when Hugo Chávez began his populist Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela 18 years ago. Voracious reader of poltical philosophy, economic papers, Russian literature and all other kinds of modern searches of meaning.
Andrés Miguel is a free-lance writer for different media, in both digital and print, including the Washington Post where he recently wrote an article comparing Trump's populism to Chávez' that went viral with over a million interactions.
Carol is the CEO of Meridian Solutions and Senior Strategist at 76 Words. She is a seasoned activist, strategist and story teller based in Washington, DC with over 20 years experience in electoral politics, issue advocacy, event-planning, and coalition-building. Before her work as a communications consultant, Carol founded the Strategic Partnerships Department at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and served as its first director. In addition, during her decade-long tenure with the organization, Carol managed the field campaign around the campaign for the Affordable Care Act, a public education campaign in partnership with the Kaiser Foundation and MTV titled, “Get Yourself Tested” and helped expand the organization’s presence in the deep South.
In 2007 Carol took a leave of absence from PPFA to join Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign where she served as Deputy Political Director in Iowa.
Carol serves her community as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of Higher Heights for America which works to elevate the political leadership of African American women, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Institute which advocates for sexual justice in faith communities . She also volunteers with Stone Soup Films, a DC-based collective of visual artists who create pro-bono promotional films for local non-profit organizations.
Nicolas Baygert holds a PhD in Information and Communication at CELSA (Paris IV-Sorbonne) and at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He teaches at Sciences Po Paris, the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and at the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS), where he leads PROTAGORAS, a Think Tank dedicated to political and public communication.
Guillaume Liegey is the co-founder and CEO of LMP (Liegey Muller Pons). LMP’s mission is to transform public opinion campaign and polling techniques by combining technology, data and human to organise large-scale direct contact campaigns. Technology has been used by over 500 political campaigns in Europe, notably En Marche, Emmanuel Macron's political movement.
Prior to LMP, Guillaume was National Field Director for François Hollande's 2012 presidential campaign. He is also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where he teaches a course on electoral campaigns. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard.
Bath University (UK), BSC Economics and Politics (1991), Graduate from Sciences Po Paris (1993) Master of Sociology, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1994).
21 years experience as a Pollster in political and social research. Expert in electoral issues. Developed at OpinionWay online political polling, allowing this company to become precursor and leader of this methodology in France since the 2007 presidential campaign. Leading political polling also abroad, during national campaigns.
Consultant on French public opinion for French, British and American networks.
Back from the USA and after an MBA and a PhD in Political Science Jean Christophe starts his professional career advising former France President Valery Giscard d’Estaing and Jean Arthuis, Minister of Economy and Finance.
Jean-Christophe is then a specialist in political campaigning he first drives in France between 1993 and 1998, including municipal, legislative, regional, but since 2004 he expands his political communication exercise in Europe –managing local and national elections in Romania, Bulgaria, Spain... He also coached many transitions policies between electoral victory and the first months of government and politically advised several governments as for Romania’s EU integration campaign.
Jean Christophe created and led for more than 4 years the Public Affairs & Public Communications division of an Omnicom network global agency. He was the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMEA) operations of public affairs and public communication coordinator.
He also created "egouvernance.com" an European marketplace dedicated public procurement. He is President of j c g a and URBANAKTORS and cofounded and is VP of ZENON7 Public Affairs. At the heart of the relationship between the public sphere and civil society, Jean Christophe assists companies, governments and non-governmental organizations in their opinion, branding, public or private diplomacy and influence strategies, from local to international issues.
Jean Christophe is associate professor at the Paris La Sorbonne University and teaches at Cluj (Romania) Babes Bolyai University.
He is a weekly columnist in different European media as La Tribune for press, France 3, HispanTV & LCI for TV and France Info, France Inter, France Culture and RMC for radios.
Necati Özkan is the founder and president of OYKU / Dialogue International, a creative advertising agency based in Istanbul. He has served as a political consultant and as a campaign manager for the Social Democrats. He concentrated in developing the communication strategy, organizing the campaign task forces and understanding voters. He has also worked for several NGO’s, politicians and mayors.
He managed political campaigns in Turkey and around. He worked as a lecturer in different universities. He won more than 40 awards including 11 Pollie Awards, 5 Reed Awards, 11 Goldie Awards, 2 Adrian Awards and several national awards.
Necati Ozkan is a past president of EAPC, and member of AAPC, IAPC and IAA.
Russian political consultant, professional manager of election campaigns and public relations.
- Since 1989 - CEO and Founder of the NICCOLO M Strategic Communications Agency – The First Russian PR company
- Since 2014 - President of the Russian Association of Political Consultants /RAPC/
- Since 2013 - President of the Russian Division of International Association of Business Communicators /IABC-Russia/
- 2001–2005, 2009–2013 - Board Member of the International Association of Political Consultants
- Since 2001 - Board Member of the European Association of Political Consultants /EAPC/
- Since 2004 - Vice President of the Russian Public Relations Association (RPRA)
- Since 2012 - Head of the Department of Public Relations in Politics and State Administration and Professor at the Saint-Petersburg National University.
Throughout the 26 years of experience, Igor Mintusov has supervised over 100 Russian and international election campaigns.
He has participated in the Russian parliamentary elections of 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011; presidential elections of 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and numerous mayoral and state elections of all levels.
International experience includes: presidential elections in Belarus (1994), Venezuela (1999), Mongolia (2001, 2005), Nicaragua (2001), Lithuania (2002) and Georgia (2012); parliamentary elections in Poland (1996), Latvia (1998), Ukraine (2002, 2003, 2007), Mongolia (2004, 2008); US Congress elections (1998).
During the Russian presidential elections of 1996 he was a personal image consultant to the Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Mr. Mintusov is a co-author of the following books: “How to create an image for politician”, “Political consultant in electoral campaigns in Russia” and “Political consulting”.
Taryn Rosenkranz is a pioneer in creating successful digital political fundraising techniques and programs to reach American voters. She is the founder and chief executive officer of New Blue Interactive, which has become a powerhouse firm, providing digital strategy services to large organizations and party committees including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), House Majority PAC and also national groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. In addition, her clients include Senators & Congressional leadership and membership as well as Congressional challengers, mayors, and even county executive races. She has also counseled hundreds of candidates, non-profits and companies on online strategies, grassroots fundraising and online advocacy.
She was named “40 under 40” of top political consultants by the American Association of Political Consultants. Her company was also awarded multiple Pollies as well as a Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections magazine for Best Spanish Language ad. She was also named as one of the CampaignTech Innovators of the Year. Her clients have raised an outstanding $300 million collectively from grassroots efforts. Her work has also been recognized by the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet with a Golden Dot award for “Online Dream Team” and multiple prestigious awards for prior cycles.
Prior to New Blue, Taryn served as managing director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where she helped to elect more Democrats to the U.S. House by developing cutting-edge digital activities and breaking fundraising records. During her seven- year tenure, she increased the DCCC’s email list by over 400% and has raised over $200 million dollars directly for the committee through grassroots outreach (mail, phone and email). As a senior advisor and consultant to the DCCC’s program, she is credited with building the multi-million dollar digital program.
Taryn has literally counseled hundreds of campaigns with her training sessions and is a featured speaker and commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and even FOX News. She has also been a featured speaker at Netroots Nation, Politics Online, AAPC, and Campaign Tech conferences and led countless training for the DCCC, Emily’s List, and the New Organizing Institute (now Wellstone Action). She was also most recently published as part of Sen. Bob Graham’s new book “America the Owner’s Manual” with tips on digital fundraising.
Taryn has both her BA and MA in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, two children and oversized labradoodle.
Eric B. Schnurer
Eric B. Schnurer has been involved with public policymaking at the highest levels for nearly forty years, when he worked in the White House during college writing speeches for President Jimmy Carter. He has served in all three branches of the federal government and for numerous state governments, as a speechwriter, prosecutor, policy advisor, general counsel, and chief-of-staff – and has worked in the private sector as a journalist, professor, business executive, and social entrepreneur.
Mr. Schnurer is founder and president of Public Works LLC, one of the leading firms specializing in improving government management, policy, and efficiency, including strategic planning with public agencies and the executive branch at the highest levels. Public Works has worked with both state agencies and governors’ offices around the country successfully to develop and implement innovative solutions to challenging problems. The firm uniquely functions as an on-going policy office and strategic planners for governors, agency heads, and other chief executives and has served as a policy office for several governors on an on-going, consulting basis.
Before founding Public Works, Mr. Schnurer was chief-of-staff to the Acting Governor of Pennsylvania, helping to oversee the operations of one of the largest state governments. He has served as an appointee of governors of both political parties on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Delaware River Port Authority, which manages a large multi-state economic development budget; on the latter, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his successful efforts to reduce waste and institute more rigorous budgeting and spending procedures.
He has served as a speechwriter, deputy press secretary, legal counsel, or policy advisor for more than a dozen governors, U.S. Senators, and presidential candidates. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies and at Union Theological Seminary, as well as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a regular contributor to Aspenia (the policy journal of the European branch of the Aspen Institute), US News & World Report, The Hill, and The Atlantic; and president of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King to help end poverty.
Dr. Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations established by George Soros.
From 2004-2009 she was Senior Advisor to European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, responsible in his Cabinet for the Balkans and Turkey. Before joining the Commission, she was Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, working with Charles Grant on a wide range of European issues. Her academic experience includes research at the European University Institute (Florence), Chatham House (London), Oxford and Birmingham universities, and teaching at the London School of Economics.
Her publications include Can the EU Survive Populism? (with Stefan Lehne, 2016, Carnegie Europe) and The EU's Transformative Power: Europeanisation through Conditionality in Central and Eastern Europe (2006, Palgrave).
Brendan Finucane is the CEO of a civic technology company called Vconnecta which he founded in 2012. Vconnecta works at the intersection between politics and community, between technology and relationships. Ecanvasser.com, a software app for better organizing campaigns, has powered nearly 1000 political & issue campaigns globally.
In 2016 Brendan was named one of Ireland's Top 30 Under 30.
Sven Clement is a founding member and president of the Pirate Party in Luxembourg. He is the longest serving chairman of any Pirate Party and has seen the trend come and go but somehow weathered the storm. He grew the Pirate Party Luxembourg from 14 members to around 400 (0,2% of the electorate).
He leads the Pirate Party through a national and European election campaign in 2013 and 2014 with scores of 2,92 and 4,23 percent of the votes. He missed his seat in the national parliament by less than 200 votes.
By day a digital communication consultant and principal at Clement & Weyer Consulting he combines politics with actually earning his living. At the Party level, he is aiming to win the first seats for the Pirate Party in Luxembourg at the municipal level in October 2017.
Born in Bulgaria in 1983, Eli Hadzhieva studied economics and political science at the Middle East Technical University, University of Manchester, King’s College London, Sciences Po Paris and l’École Nationale d’Administration. She joined the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development as a consultant in 2007 and served as a Parliamentary attaché to MEP in the European Parliament from 2008 to 2012.
Having founded EURELIZ Media and Strategic Communications and Dialogue for Europe ASBL in Brussels, she has collaborated with distinguished politicians and journalists throughout Europe, wrote numerous newspaper articles and conducted expert studies for the European institutions. She is currently heading the EU Affairs of a German political consultancy specialised in the digital sector.
She speaks English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Bulgarian.
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The President of The Messina Group and mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Jim Messina joined the Obama campaign from the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he was chief of staff.
In 2013, Messina also launched The Messina Group. In this capacity, Messina serves as senior advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron for the 2015 elections.
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process.
Celinda has worked for a number of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor's Association (DGA), Next Generation, AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, NEA, AFT, IAFF, Sierra Club, EcoAmerica, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign, EMILY's List, the Kaiser Family Foundation and The RWJ Foundation.
As the founder and CEO of Shaviv Strategy and Campaigns, Aron Shaviv is Europe’s leading political consultant specializing in election-campaign strategy and communications.
Aron Shaviv is a leading international political strategist who has advised and consulted for some of the top political leaders across Europe, Asia and Africa. Shaviv has recently been named as the recipient of Campaigns and Elections Magazine’s 2011 Rising Star Award for International Political Consulting and the Best International Campaign Award in 2012.
Shaviv specializes in winning election campaigns for the center-right, and offers public opinion research, campaign strategy, management and communications services to political parties and candidates, elected officials, opposition leaders and heads of state.
Shaviv has worked with senior political leaders in the U.S., U.K., the European Union, Thailand, Ukraine, Spain, Slovakia, Israel, Malaysia, Kenya, Egypt, Cyprus, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Moldova, Croatia and others.
Mark Mellman is one of the nation’s leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists. CEO of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest groups.
Mellman was chief strategist and pollster for YairLapid’s stunning rise from zero seats in the Israeli parliament to the country’s second largest party. Earlier he helped Cesar Gavira become President of Columbia and LuliBasha defeat the international Mayor of the Year in Albania.
Quintin Oliver is a referendum specialist, having masterminded the successful 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace referendum in his native Northern Ireland and studied many others worldwide.
He advised Better Together in the tumultuous three-year Scottish Referendum debate that resulted in a 55:45 vote to remain in the UK in September 2014.
Matthew A. McMillan
Matthew Alvarez McMillan is an award winning political consultant specializing in new media strategy and international campaigns.
He has provided strategic political communications consulting to hundreds of high profile political clients in 14 countries around the world. His clients include several heads of state, governors, senators and members of Congress.
Mr. McMillan has won 45 Pollie Awards for outstanding political communication from the American Association of Political Consultants. He's won three and been named a finalist for seven Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections magazine. He was named a 2006 "Rising Star" in political consulting by Campaigns & Elections and to the 2010 "Democratic Campaign Dream Team" by Aristotle International. Rachel Maddow said of one of his campaigns, "That's the political tactical innovation of the day. I don't give awards, but, if I did, you'd win that one."
He has given presentations to political professionals and prominent elected officials in Mexico, Brazil, Italy, France, Colombia and the United States.
Mr. McMillan sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Political Consultants and is the Chairman of the organization's 46th World Conference to be held in Antigua & Barbuda in November 2013.
Prof. Volker Riegger
Mr. Riegger is the founder and president of logos Holding AG, a consulting group specializing in business and communication strategies. He is a consultant to German state and city governments, to the Chancellery and the Federal Government as well as to major firms.
Mr. Riegger was Campaign Manager for Chancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt and election campaigns to the European Parliament. He also works as Political Consultant in local and state campaigns in Germany, as well as in other European countries. He is professor at the Berlin University of Arts for Communications Strategies and Intercultural Communication Management, and a past president of the EACP and IAPC.
President of Arter, Campaign manager of Ak Party
Erol OLCOK was born in 1962 in Corum. He completed his primary and secondary education in Çorum. He graduated from Istanbul University, The Aesthetics and Art History Department in 1987.
OLCOK, stepped into the advertising industry when his professional advertising concept has not yet begun. During his student years, he founded the REKPA Ads with his friend on May 29, 1985. He changed the name of this agency in 1988 as AJANS E. OLCOK progressed significantly in advertising community with his gained knowledge and experience.
Erol OLCOK, became advisor to the press for Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor R. Tayyip Erdoğan between 1995 and 1999 besides his Head of the Agency role. On May 14, 1998 he founded ARTER Ads. He led Dogru Yol Party's general election campaign in 1999 with combining politics and advertising experience.
OLCOK creates logos, corporate identity and promotional activities for the AK PARTY in 2001 and also gave political consulting for R. Tayyip Erdogan.
Erol OLCOK, lasts his President position of ARTER Ads which has made all election campaign of AK Party since its foundation.
OLCOK, also led election campaigns in Middle East, Balkans, Far East and Georgia.
Christoph Hofinger is, together with Guenther Ogris, managing partner and scientific director of the SORA Institute, one of Austria’s leading political research and consulting firms. Since the 90ies, Christoph Hofinger worked as a strategic advisor in numerous successful campaigns. He regularly calculates and presents election night forecasts in Austrian TV and has published more than 50 articles and book contributions on elections and political campaigning.
He is editor of the volume "Emotions in Politics and Campaigning" (together with Gerlinde Manz-Christ). Christoph Hofinger has shared scientific and practical knowledge during various teaching assignments, e.g. at the University of Vienna. He co-founded the Lomographic Society, a worldwide analogue photo movement, and 3united, a mobile content provider. He served as president of the European Association of Political Consultants (EAPC) in the term 2008-2010 and is Board Member of the IAPC.
Brian Paler is a Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, where he provides strategic advice to international campaigns, corporations and organizations.
Paler was a Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, managing programs to support political parties, strengthen legislatures and assist civil society organizations in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. He has also held research positions at the Middle East Institute and the United Nations Development Programme, and has lived abroad in Turkey and Slovakia.
CHAIRMAN (R) OF RADNOR INC., WASHINGTON D.C.
Ken Feltman is the retired Chairman of Radnor Inc., a political consulting and legislative relations firm in Washington, D.C., that has affiliations with political and legislative firms throughout the world. Radnor advises foreign corporations on U.S. legislative and political issues and assists U.S. businesses in coordinating business objectives with legislative and political goals.
Radnor has worked with 45 of the largest corporations in the world and Feltman has worked with successful presidential candidates in the United States, France and Georgia. He has advised candidates in 29 countries throughout the world.
Before founding Radnor in 1985, Feltman directed legislative and political activity as a Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers. He ran successful political campaigns at the U.S. Senate and House level and was involved in fundraising and campaign management for over 200 Senate and House members, including Everett McKinley Dirksen, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
Feltman is the only person to be a Past-President of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and a Past-President of the American League of Lobbyists. He was Co-Chair of the Capital Access Forum, a group that works with large financial institutions and the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide funding and assistance to small and minority businesses.
Educated at Northwestern University, Feltman has lectured or taught courses at several colleges and universities, including Cambridge University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Howard University, the University of Southern California and the University of West Florida.
He has appeared on every U.S. over-the-air television network, the BBC, CBC and several radio or television stations in Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Hungary, Georgia, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the United States. He was the regular Washington commentator for International Investor television for three years.
Feltman founded Veterans 1 in 2003. Veterans 1 assists U.S. military members and their families and supports humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and Africa. Currently, Veterans 1 is partnering in efforts to provide medical supplies and shelter to victims of hostilities in Iraq and Syria, and providing medical facilities, supplies and clean water to three African countries.