Nikola is an art historian and activist. As the program director with Contemporary Art Center Skopje and works on projects dedicated to the improvement of cultural and social life of communities in Macedonia and wider region of western Balkans. Nikola is the author of many well-known projects in the Balkans, such as PhotoVoice, Mobile/Montage Gallery and Citizens Activator. He is also the founder of numerous civic groups, including Initiative for saving Radika River and Initiative Arsena for clean drinking water in the town of Gevgleija.
Ulan is the founder and director of the Kochmon-Nomad Public Fund which organizses large scale educational and cultural events to civic engagement of the rural population in Kyrgyzstan. He has organised «Kyz Kydyry», the largest event ever held in Kyrgyzstan on the International Day of the Girl Child. Ulan was also a co-producer of a theatrical performance about the accessibility of justice in Kyrgyzstan that sparked a national debate.
Lena is a founder and CEO at MeetnGreetMe.com, a platform offering social concierge services for world travellers delivered by local people. She is also a director at Demium Startups Minsk Business Incubator, a German Marshall Fund fellow, a member of the U.S. State Department’s SPARK initiative to promote women and youth entrepreneurship globally, and a mentor at Her Rights.
Hayk Asriyants is the co-founder of Tbilisi Startup Bureau, one of the key supporters of the development of Georgia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2015, Hayk received the Global Entrepreneurship Network Award. In 2016, he was included in the New Europe 100 list and recognised as one of the 100 change makers in Central and Eastern Europe by The Financial Times, Google, Res Publica journal, and the Visegrad fund. His passion is mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. He is a co-organizer of Fuckup Nights Tbilisi.
Franak is the Vice President of the Digital Communication Network and Creative Director of RFE/RL's Belarus service. He is the co-author of several award-winning multimedia projects, documentaries, and feature films. Franak conducted more than 100 training courses on digital communication and new media for activists and journalists. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. and Warsaw University in Poland. He has also studied at Georgetown University, College of Europe and The European Humanities University.
Based in Catskill, New York, Rebecca Bray is an experienced designer, installation artist, educator and trainer. She is the Managing Director of the Center for Artistic Activism (C4AA.org), where she helps artists engage in social practice and activists use more artistry in their work for social change through global workshops and trainings.
Murat launched his YouTube channel just a year and a half ago, and already has 119 thousand followers. In his vlogs, Murat discusses social issues, comments on current affairs and does “trash reviews” of lowbrow Kazakh TV shows. He encourages his viewers to follow politics and be active in civil society.
Ana-Maria is a civic and eco activist and member of the Moldovan collective Occupy Guguță. She is interested in the power of music for community-building, and is currently researching the development of civil society in Moldova for her MA Degree in Human Rights at the University of Padua.
Eldana is an independent blogger from Kyrgyzstan. She creates sincere videos for young people about her life with a touch of humor. In her videos she advocates gender equality, living a conscientious lifestyle and deconstructs common social stereotypes. She speaks publicly on LGBT rights and ecology, and has held a public workshop on recycling.
Makhabbat is an experienced consultant, trainer and expert in organizational development from Kazakhstan. Makhabbat has more than 25 years of experience in management and grant management of social projects and programs to promote community driven development. She has been designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation programs for more than a decade, and has delivered hundreds of training sessions on NGO capacity development. Makhabbat is also a professional mediator and social entrepreneur.
Vlada is an activist, blogger and good citizen. She helps to organise public consultations to inform citizens about how they can be more involved in the decision making-process at the local government level. She also works on projects to tackle corruption. She is a trainer in community organising, communications and fundraising. She believes Moldova is a land of opportunity for well-intentioned people.
Olga is the author of the newsletter Expresso, which comes out three times per week and covers the most interesting events around the world from the author’s unique perspective. At just four years old, Expresso has more than 20,000 subscribers, and thanks to its loyal readership, earns $1,000 per month on Patreon.
Alexander is the creative Director of Gres Todorchuk PR — the only PR Agency in Ukraine that specializes exclusively in cultural, social and educational projects. Alexander founded the humanist movement UAnimals and organized the all-Ukrainian March For Animals. This year, the event was attended by thousands of people and was simultaneously held in 24 cities across Ukraine, as well as at the polar station in Antarctica.
Mihai is an innovator from the Republic of Moldova who works mostly on fundraising and citizen engagement in local governance. For his CampCamp seminar, Mihai will talk about how to use data for smarter decision making and how to involve citizens in local governance with simple online tools. This includes tips on how to make use of data visualisation and mapping to better ensure online engagement.
Marischa runs a capacity building project in the department of Active Citizenship at MitOst. With a background in cultural management and international relations, she co-created with civil society groups and partners in Turkey and Greece a Do it Yourself Approach for organizational development. It’s a Toolbox with which civil society actors can improve how they act, collaborate and create impact in their team, organisation and within the community they serve. Recently, she co-created a new school format called horizontal school in which MitOst provides trainings in self-directed learning, facilitation, organizational development and project management.
Andre is part of the OccupyGuguță in Chisinau, a permanent protest movement in defence of democracy. He is a founding member of the Center for Policies and Reforms, an NGO focusing on monitoring public policies, promoting good governance and citizens' engagement in Moldova. He is also a co-founder and contributor to the sic.md fact-checking and analysis platform.
Nata is a founder of Teamwork.md, a video production company, and a founding member of Influencers Hub Moldova. Nata was among the first creators of online video products in Moldova in 2008, and has produced thousands of videos since. Now she creates impactful videos for organisations and companies like the OSCE, ATIC, Chemonics, IREX, Moldcell, Avon, Berlin Chemie, Lumity (UK) and Bold and Bare (Dubai).