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István János Tóth

István János Tóth

Role in the project: Director of Corruption Research Center Budapest, leader of the Hungarian team

Biography: Istvan Janos Toth is senior research fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He graduated at Corvinus (former Karl Marx) University of Budapest in 1984, studied at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and obtained his PhD at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1998. He holds a master’s degree in economics and sociology. He is the managing director of the Institute for Economic and Enterprise Research (IEER), co-founder and director of Corruption Research Center Budapest (CRCB). His main research interests are the problems of corruption and economic institutions, hidden economy and tax evasion.

Member of the Advisory Board

Priya Prakash

Priya Prakash

Founder, D4SC (Design For Social Change)

D4SC creates collaborative systems that bring people and machines together to co-create smarter cities with their data, activity and intelligence. D4SC’s award winning urban products Changify and CitizenCanvas has been featured in Wired, Ted City 2.0, BBC, and have been exhibited at the Smart City World Expo. D4SC contributes and co-authors industry standards for smart cities at the BSI and Cities Standards Institute.
Prakash enjoys creating new habits and behaviours with 14 years’ product and design leadership experience, bringing together product teams from startups to corporates. She speaks at SXSW, O’Reilly ETech, IXDA and is a visiting tutor at UCL, RCA, LSE and Syracuse University.

Listed on 2014 TechCity Insider 100 for innovating smarter cities, Prakash is a RSA fellow with a MA in Computer Related Design from the Royal College of Art and holds patents for BBC iPlayer and Nokia Asha phones.

Júlia Keserű

Júlia Keserű

Julia Keseru leads the Matchbox Program of the Engine Room, supporting partners to bring about positive change, and building a network of experts and social change instigators. Prior to joining The Engine Room, Julia led the international work of the Sunlight Foundation. Coming from the Hungarian transparency community, she has been an advocate for open government and open data issues with a special focus on political finance and corruption. Julia has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and regularly writes about the challenges and the potential of the global open government movement.

Ivar Tallo

Ivar Tallo

Ivar Tallo is the founding director of e-Governance Academy of Estonia. He has been a Member of Parliament of Estonia and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He has also worked as a Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Estonia. He has been lecturing on public policy and public administration at Tartu University. Recently he returned to Estonia after finishing his contract as the manager for e-governance programme at UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) in Geneva.

He was the author of the Basic Principles of Information Policy of Estonia, Code of Conduct for Civil Servants and co-authored Public Information Act. At Council of Europe, he was the raporteur for the Cybercrime Convention.

He was trained in logic at Leningrad University (1982-1990) and in political science at McGill University (1991-1995). He has been fellow at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany (1989, 1992) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Budapest (1995-1996).

Ivar has trained and advised e-governance leaders in more than 50 countries. His last engagements have been as a team leader for the EU “e-Armenia” project and change management team leader in electronic business registry project in Oman and team leader in G2C project in Bhutan. From September, he will be RTA for e-gov twinning in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Gustavo Piga

Gustavo Piga

Gustavo Piga, Ph. D. in Economics at Columbia University, is Full Professor of Economics and Vice Rector for International Affairs at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

He chaired the Italian Procurement Agency for Goods and Services, Consip Ltd., between 2002 and 2005.

A macroeconomist and a blogger, besides several scientific papers he is the author of the renowned "Derivatives in Public Debt Management" and co-editor of a number of books, among which of the "Handbook of Procurement", Cambridge University Press, with Nicola Dimitri and Giancarlo Spagnolo and "Revisiting Keynes", MIT Press, with Lorenzo Pecchi.

His research interests are in macroeconomics, anticorruption and public procurement.

Francesca Recanatini

Francesca Recanatini

Francesca Recanatini has worked on governance, institution building and corruption since the beginning of her career working at the Center of Institutional Reforms and Informal Sector (IRIS) in College Park. Throughout her career she has focused on integrating issues of governance and integrity in institutional development and growth. Ms. Recanatini joined the World Bank in 1998 and has supported the design and implementation of governance and capacity building initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and the countries of the Former Soviet Union. She currently works in the Middle Eastern Region and selected European countries, providing guidance on governance issues and strengthening integrity institutions. She manages the Actionable Governance Indicators work and the Anti-Corruption Authorities Initiative to promote capacity and effectiveness around the world. She also coordinates the work on governance and anti-corruption diagnostic tools in several countries in Latin America and Africa, having completed more than half dozen reports that have translated in country-specific strategies. Recently she has begun focusing on the design and the implementation of anti-corruption programs focused on learning and prevention through the strengthening of public sector agencies in high income countries (ex. Italy, Greece, Kuwait).

She has published several papers on corruption and poor governance, contributing recently to the Global Handbook on Research and Practice in Corruption, Adam Graycar, editor (January 2012); and to the International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Susan Rose-Akerman and Tina Soreide, eds. (December 2011). She is currently a Member of the EU Group of Experts on Corruption and holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Goran Klemenčič

Goran Klemenčič

Goran Klemenčič completed a master’s degree at Harvard Law School after graduating from both Faculty of Law and Faculty of Computer Science at University of Ljubljana. He continued with post-graduate studies at the National University of Ireland.

He worked as a consultant at The European Committee on Crime Problems of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He also participated in the preparation of the legal bases of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. For two years he was also a member of the OECD anti-corruption management committee.

In 2010, he became a Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2013, the Commission's 2012-2013 Investigation Report on the parliamentary parties' leaders revealed that Janez Janša, PM, and Zoran Janković, the head of the opposition, systematically and repeatedly violated the law by failing to properly report their assets. On February 18 2015, the Supreme Court of Slovenia ruled that all sections regarding Janez Janša must be removed from this report because the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption failed to send the draft of the report to Janša for submission of his comments, and thus seriously violated Janša's rights, granted by the article 22 of the Slovenian constitution. On May 29 2015, the Supreme Court of Slovenia additionally ruled that all sections regarding Zoran Janković must also be removed for exactly the same reason.

University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Cambridge has a distinctive profile as a centre of excellence for outstanding work in social theory and empirical sociological research. Sociology in Cambridge is also practised and taught in an interdisciplinary context, with particularly strong connections with politics, psychology, anthropology, economics and history.

Prof. Lawrence King

Prof. Lawrence King

Role in the project: Professor Lawrence King is the Principal Investigator (PI). He is responsible for providing guidance on all aspects of the grant and ensuring that the scientific collaboration runs smoothly.

Biography: Professor King is an expert on the relationship between economic actors, organizations and political institutions in Europe and the Former Soviet Union, which can broadly be conceived as the study of corruption in these societies. He is also interested in methodology, including the strengths and weakness of different indicators of governance.

Dr Mihaly Fazekas

Dr Mihaly Fazekas

Role in the project: Dr Mihály Fazekas will be the main project coordinator, coordinating the scientific activities across all Work Packages. He will also lead on indicator development (Work Package 3)

Biography: Dr Fazekas has been pioneering the use of ‘Big Data’ for social sciences research, especially for measuring and analysing corruption and administrative quality across Europe. He uses mixed research methods while working in interdisciplinary teams of IT specialists, practitioners, and social scientists in order to collect, structure, and clean large administrative datasets generated by governments. One of his primary areas of work is public procurement and high-level corruption.

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison

Role in the project: Fiona Harrison is the Project Manager for the consortium, responsible for managing coordinating the activities of all partners, ensuring that the terms of the EC Grant Agreement are complied with and collecting and analysing data.

Biography: Fiona Harrison has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has run a number of large EC-funded projects within the international NGO sector, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states. Her main areas of interest are access to information, transparency of media ownership and freedom of expression /media freedom. She is particularly interested in the identification of practical and legal obstacles to the implementation of human rights compliant laws.

Bence Tóth

Bence Tóth

Role in the project: Bence Tóth is a Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology.

Biography: Shortly after finishing his studies at Central European University (Economic Policy) Bence started working at Corruption Research Centre Budapest. His tasks were focusing on public procurement data analysis. Bence had also technical duties related to the Hungarian PP database, and also worked extensively on a collusion indicator toolkit for PP markets.

Daniel Tanis

Daniel Tanis

Role in the project: Daniel is a Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology

Biography: Daniel has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Political Science. He has worked for 4 years in public policy and consulting in Brazil and in the UK. He is currently doing a PhD at University of Cambridge studying corruption and policy making.

Penelope Giosa

Penelope Giosa

Role in the project: Penelope is in charge of analysing public procurement laws against the project criteria.

Penelope is a qualified lawyer in Greece and Cyprus. She studied law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (LLB, ptychion), at University College London (UCL) (LLM in International Business Law) and at University of East Anglia (UEA) (LLM in International Commercial and Competition Law). She is currently an SSF (Faculty of Social Sciences) funded PhD research student in the School of Law at UEA and her provisional PhD topic is “The Legislative Package for the Modernisation of Public Procurement in the EU: Is it consistent with the challenges of transparency and competition?”

Marek Mikes

Marek Mikes

Role in the project: Junior Data Extraction

Biography: Marek graduated from Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, with specialization in Software Systems focussing on database systems. He has more than three years experience as C++ programmer and more than half a year experience as Junior .NET programmer. One of Marek's spheres of interest is transparency of public administration.

Jakub Krafka

Jakub Krafka

Role in the project: Junior Data Extraction Programmer

Jakub has a long time experience with all the aspects of software development process. As a Solution Architect, he was responsible for an architectural design of multiple software products used in a corporate and public sector as well. As a Project manager, he is experienced in managing complex teams of developers, analysts, testers and dev ops. He was working on large scale software products for first-class companies such a PwC, Accenture, BMW, Deloitte etc.

Jan Hruby

Jan Hruby

Role in the project: Project Manager for Building Data Collection and Analysis System

Jan has more than 10 years of experience in software development that he gained on various projects as a PHP and Java programmer and project manager. Computers have always been his hobby since he got his first Commodore 64 approximately 25 years ago and it led him to the University of West Bohemia where he graduated in 2010 as a software engineer. He has been interested in public procurements for last 5 years. Since 2011 he participated in several projects related to publishing information about public tenders, checking a quality and validity of published data and improving standards for machine-readable interfaces.

Tomáš Mrazek

Tomáš Mrazek

Role in project: Junior Data Extraction Manager for Public Procurement Data

Tomáš graduated from the Department of Cybernetics at the University of West Bohemia in 2010. Already during his studies he became interested in web technologies and developing web applications. He has more than 4 years of working experience in this field, primarily in PHP, as well as significant experience in automated data processing and web scraping.

Tomáš Pošepný

Tomáš Pošepný

Role in the project: Senior Data Extraction

Tomáš received his masters degree in computer science from the Charles University in Prague. He started gaining 5+ years experience in the field of public procurement during research for his bachelor and master theses, followed by cooperating on several projects on procurement data publication, transparency and validation. Besides that Tomáš has advanced work experience in the entire software development process by working on projects for major Czech banks and insurance companies. Before joining the Digiwhist project, Tomáš worked as a corporate performance management consultant on financial planning and reporting projects.

Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The School also offers experienced professionals the opportunity to deepen their skills in the field of public management. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented approach to the School’s teaching and research agenda.

Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Role in the project: Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is the team leader of DIGIWHIST at the Hertie School of Governance.

Biography: Prof. Mungiu-Pippidi teaches Democratisation and Policy Analysis and chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School of Governance. Since 2004, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi has chaired several civil society anti-corruption coalitions in Romania, such as the Coalition for Clean Parliament, the Coalition for Clean Government, the Coalition for Clean Universities and the Alliance for Clean Romania. She acted as principal investigator for several large scale EU-funded projects: FP5 IBEU, FP6 JURISTRAS, FP7 ANTICORRP and MEDIADEM. She regularly serves as an adviser on issues of anti-corruption to the European Commission, UNDP, OECD, Freedom House, NORAD, DFID and the World Bank, among others.

Dr. Luciana Cingolani

Dr. Luciana Cingolani

Role in the project: Luciana will contribute to the compilation of DIGIWHIST's comparative procurement database, transparency indicators and data analysis; as well as the monitoring of procurement laws and regulations.

Biography: Luciana Cingolani, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School of Governance for the DIGIWHIST project. She obtained her PhD on Development and Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht University in 2014. Previously she obtained an MPhil from San Andres University in Buenos Aires, funded by the Argentine Research Council. Her research revolves around the impacts of institutions in development, and the role of governance, state capacity and transparency. She has collaborated with several development organizations including the United Nations University, the United Nations Development Programme and the French Development Agency.

Aram Khaghaghordyan

Aram Khaghaghordyan

Role in the project: Aram Khaghaghordyan will coordinate DIGIWHIST’s work at the Hertie School and assist with collecting data for the database of legal and regulatory norms.

Biography: Aram Khaghaghordyan is a PhD candidate and a Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance. He works for the EU FP7 ANTICORRP and Horizon 2020 DIGIWHIST projects. Aram is also the coordinator of European Research Center for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at the Hertie School. He is a law faculty graduate of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University and holds degrees in international humanitarian law (LL.M.) from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and public policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance. Aram worked as a consultant for Pact Inc., USAID-supported UNITER Project, conducting independent integrity assessment of the CHESNO movement (campaign to enhance transparency and fairness of the parliamentary election in Ukraine). He also worked as a consultant for Democracy Reporting International on projects ‘Strengthening International Law to Support Genuine Elections and Democratic Governance’ and ‘Support to Democratisation in Egypt’. His current research is related to the state compliance with international anti-corruption norms with a focus on the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) evaluation rounds with an aim of creating Anti-corruption Compliance Index (ACCI).

Stephanie E. Trapnell

Stephanie E. Trapnell

Role in the project: Stephanie will oversee the creation and deployment of the EuroPAM database of legal and regulatory norms and contribute to the development of de facto measurements.

Stephanie E. Trapnell is a PhD candidate in sociology at George Mason University and previously served as a founding team member and research manager for the Public Accountability Mechanisms (PAM) Initiative and the Actionable Governance Indicators (AGI) Initiative, both at the World Bank. She is a specialist in open government, accountability, and measurement, and consults regularly for the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as with non-governmental organizations such as Global Integrity, Results for Development, and Transparency International. Her current research is focused on implementation processes and outcomes in right to information systems, including civil society engagement and government administration. She holds an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and an AB in Linguistics from Bryn Mawr College.

Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka

Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka

Role in the project: Roberto will assist with collecting data for the database of legal and regulatory norms, collecting raw data for the database on public procurement from public agencies, work on the list of feasible and relevant indicators, drawing on the existing ones and creating new indicators and he will also contribute to the creation and deployment of a European transparency legislation observatory.

Biography: Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka is a PhD candidate and a Research Associate for the DIGIWHIST project at the Hertie School of Governance. Previously he worked for the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project. Roberto obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance and holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) in Mexico City. Before joining Hertie, he served as Head of the Anti-Corruption Department at the Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT), where he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the International Anti-Corruption Conventions and for developing a corruption risk assessment methodology for the tax collection process. Mr. Martínez B. Kukutschka has also worked as a consultant for Transparency International and the U4 Anticorruption Resource Centre.

Tori Dykes

Tori Dykes

Role in the project: Tori Dykes is a student research assistant for the DIGIWHIST project

Biography: She studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin where she is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy. Originally from the U.S., Tori completed her B.A. in International Affairs and German at Marquette University in 2012. In 2013, a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program brought her to Germany, where she has lived ever since. Her current academic interests are centered around digitalization and technology, particularly the transformation of government and civic participation as a result of digitalization.

Geraldine Endrizzi

Geraldine Endrizzi

Role in the project: Geraldine is the DIGIWHIST Communication Officer and will curate and promote the DIGIWHIST website. She also supports internal communication amongst the consortium members and works to strengthen the network of civil society practitioners, journalists.

Biography: Geraldine Endrizzi is Faculty Assistant to Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi at the Hertie School of Governance and has previously worked as Project Associate for the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project. She obtained her Master Degree in Public Policy at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance and holds a Diploma in Art Therapy and Pedagogy from the Hochschue für Künste im Sozialen (University of Applied Sciences and Arts) Ottersberg, Germany. Before joining Hertie, Geraldine served as the Human Resources Manager at a large international school in Berlin which inspired her Master thesis on the facilitation of intercultural competence at international schools. Mrs. Geraldine Endrizzi also works as a freelance consultant and project manager for a Berlin based NGO where she is responsible for the development of new projects and the implementation of a new quality management system.

Government Transparency Institute

The Government Transparency Institute’s foundation in 2015 was motivated by growing need and opportunity to do independent research and advocacy on transparency, corruption and quality of government in Europe and beyond. The Institute is a non-partisan think tank independent of governments, political parties or special interest groups. The aim of the Institute is to systematically explore the causes, characteristics, and consequences of low quality of government in an inter-disciplinary approach drawing on political science, economics, law, and data science. The Institute aims to aid citizens to hold governments accountable through the publication of large datasets and robust analysis.

Ágnes Czibik

Ágnes Czibik

Role in the project: data mapping, indicator development and validation

Biography: Agnes Czibik works as project manager and analyst at Government Transparency Institute. She has been coordinating field-work in public procurement and corruption related research projects since 2012. She has been a member of a research team which collects Hungarian public procurement data and develops corruption risk indicators.

Datlab

Datlab is a Czech IT company which specializes in data extraction and processing jobs. As of 2015 it regularly processes data from 30 various websites and systems. It works closely with NGO sector and runs couple of several major opendata services, such as vsechnyzakazky.cz (procurement database), politickefinance.cz (political party financing monitor).

Dr Jiri Skuhrovec

Dr Jiri Skuhrovec

Role in the project: Responsible for data structure and validation.

Biography: Economist, Programmer. Since 2010 Jiri has been leading a team which gathers Czech and Slovak procurement data and uses it for policy-oriented research. He is currently also advisory to two Czech ministers on open data and public procurement.

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland

The Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF DE) the German Chapter of the international Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN). It is an independent non-for-profit organisation founded in 2011 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including public information, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. It is an international leader in its field and has extensive experience in building tools and community around open material. OKF DE is a Think-and-Do Tank that combines legal expertise and technical know-how to advise government authorities and other organisations publish open data and to help potential re-users to engage with open data to create innovative new products and services. OKF DE works on technologies that enable greater transparency in public life and new spaces for citizen engagement.

Daniel Dietrich

Daniel Dietrich

Role in the project: Daniel Dietrich provides DIGIWHIST with his expert knowledge on open data.

Biography: Daniel Dietrich is a digital rights and freedom of speech enthusiast and an open data evangelist. He is a researcher, activist, author and curator at the intersection of media, technology and society. He works as an independent researcher and consultant on open government, open data, transparency and citizen engagement and is the chairman of the board at the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland. He is interested in empowering people through open knowledge and use technology to help make the world a little bit better.

Mara Mendes

Mara Mendes

Role in the project: Mara Mendes leads the work on DIGIWHIST for the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland.

Biography: Prior to this she worked with Transparency International (TI) Secretariat rolling out TI's campaigns and advising TI's chapters on their campaigning and advocacy strategies. In addition Mara has gained professional experience while working for smaller NGOs, universities and the European Commission. Mara holds an MSc in Media Communication and Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Siegen, Germany. She has focussed her academic research on participatory approaches and the use of ICT for sustainable development.

Andrej Sandorf

Andrej Sandorf

Role in the project: Andrej supports the Project as a Front-End Developer

Biography: Andrej Sandorf is an experienced software developer with focus on web apps & data visualisations, finishing his master's thesis in computer science and sociology. For a decade he worked as a project manager and freelance developer for government administrations, major industrial enterprises, hospitals & libraries. Before joining Open Knowledge Foundation he was a team member in the award-winning data journalist & activist group OpenDataCity.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Transcrime

Transcrime is the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and the University of Trento. It analyses strategies for preventing and combating crime adopting an integrated approach (criminology, law, statistics, economics, forensic accounting). In particular Transcrime analyses crime phenomena in the field of organised crime, financial crime, money laundering and corruption.

Prof. Ernesto Savona

Prof. Ernesto Savona

Role in the project: Professor Ernesto Savona is the Director of TRANSCRIME.

Biography: Professor Savona is a professor of Criminology, with a research interest in organised crime and international money laundering. His research activity has focussed on the analysis of crime statistics, law and social change, effectiveness of legislation, organised/economic crime and criminal justice systems, crime and economics and corruption. He has worked as a consultant to the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union and various national governments. Since 2012 he has been working as an expert for PricewaterhouseCoopers to produce the European Anti-Corruption Report in Italy and is a member of the EU Commission’s expert groups on “Policy needs for data on crime and criminal justice”.

Dr Francesco Calderoni

Dr Francesco Calderoni

Role in the project: Francesco will contribute to the development of indicators based on network analysis and to the creation of a risk assessment software.

Biography: Francesco has been an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan since 2011. He has been a researcher at Transcrime (Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime) since 2005. His areas of interest are organized crime, organized crime legislation, reforms of criminal procedure, crime proofing and social network analysis.

Martina Rotondi

Martina Rotondi

Role in the project: Martina will contribute to the collection of data for the database of legal and regulatory norms and she will contribute to the development of indicators based on network analysis.

Biography: Martina has been a researcher at Transcrime since 2013. In October 2013, she received a Master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences, curriculum Crime Sciences and Security Technologies, from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Her fields of interest are organised crime, infiltration and corruption.

Advisory Board


Priya Prakash

Priya Prakash

Founder, D4SC (Design For Social Change)

D4SC creates collaborative systems that bring people and machines together to co-create smarter cities with their data, activity and intelligence. D4SC’s award winning urban products Changify and CitizenCanvas has been featured in Wired, Ted City 2.0, BBC, and have been exhibited at the Smart City World Expo. D4SC contributes and co-authors industry standards for smart cities at the BSI and Cities Standards Institute.
Prakash enjoys creating new habits and behaviours with 14 years’ product and design leadership experience, bringing together product teams from startups to corporates. She speaks at SXSW, O’Reilly ETech, IXDA and is a visiting tutor at UCL, RCA, LSE and Syracuse University.

Listed on 2014 TechCity Insider 100 for innovating smarter cities, Prakash is a RSA fellow with a MA in Computer Related Design from the Royal College of Art and holds patents for BBC iPlayer and Nokia Asha phones.

Júlia Keserű

Júlia Keserű

Julia Keseru leads the Matchbox Program of the Engine Room, supporting partners to bring about positive change, and building a network of experts and social change instigators. Prior to joining The Engine Room, Julia led the international work of the Sunlight Foundation. Coming from the Hungarian transparency community, she has been an advocate for open government and open data issues with a special focus on political finance and corruption. Julia has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and regularly writes about the challenges and the potential of the global open government movement.

Ivar Tallo

Ivar Tallo

Ivar Tallo is the founding director of e-Governance Academy of Estonia. He has been a Member of Parliament of Estonia and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He has also worked as a Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Estonia. He has been lecturing on public policy and public administration at Tartu University. Recently he returned to Estonia after finishing his contract as the manager for e-governance programme at UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) in Geneva.

He was the author of the Basic Principles of Information Policy of Estonia, Code of Conduct for Civil Servants and co-authored Public Information Act. At Council of Europe, he was the raporteur for the Cybercrime Convention.

He was trained in logic at Leningrad University (1982-1990) and in political science at McGill University (1991-1995). He has been fellow at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany (1989, 1992) and at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Budapest (1995-1996).

Ivar has trained and advised e-governance leaders in more than 50 countries. His last engagements have been as a team leader for the EU “e-Armenia” project and change management team leader in electronic business registry project in Oman and team leader in G2C project in Bhutan. From September, he will be RTA for e-gov twinning in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Gustavo Piga

Gustavo Piga

Gustavo Piga, Ph. D. in Economics at Columbia University, is Full Professor of Economics and Vice Rector for International Affairs at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

He chaired the Italian Procurement Agency for Goods and Services, Consip Ltd., between 2002 and 2005.

A macroeconomist and a blogger, besides several scientific papers he is the author of the renowned "Derivatives in Public Debt Management" and co-editor of a number of books, among which of the "Handbook of Procurement", Cambridge University Press, with Nicola Dimitri and Giancarlo Spagnolo and "Revisiting Keynes", MIT Press, with Lorenzo Pecchi.

His research interests are in macroeconomics, anticorruption and public procurement.

Francesca Recanatini

Francesca Recanatini

Francesca Recanatini has worked on governance, institution building and corruption since the beginning of her career working at the Center of Institutional Reforms and Informal Sector (IRIS) in College Park. Throughout her career she has focused on integrating issues of governance and integrity in institutional development and growth. Ms. Recanatini joined the World Bank in 1998 and has supported the design and implementation of governance and capacity building initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and the countries of the Former Soviet Union. She currently works in the Middle Eastern Region and selected European countries, providing guidance on governance issues and strengthening integrity institutions. She manages the Actionable Governance Indicators work and the Anti-Corruption Authorities Initiative to promote capacity and effectiveness around the world. She also coordinates the work on governance and anti-corruption diagnostic tools in several countries in Latin America and Africa, having completed more than half dozen reports that have translated in country-specific strategies. Recently she has begun focusing on the design and the implementation of anti-corruption programs focused on learning and prevention through the strengthening of public sector agencies in high income countries (ex. Italy, Greece, Kuwait).

She has published several papers on corruption and poor governance, contributing recently to the Global Handbook on Research and Practice in Corruption, Adam Graycar, editor (January 2012); and to the International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Susan Rose-Akerman and Tina Soreide, eds. (December 2011). She is currently a Member of the EU Group of Experts on Corruption and holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Goran Klemenčič

Goran Klemenčič

Goran Klemenčič completed a master’s degree at Harvard Law School after graduating from both Faculty of Law and Faculty of Computer Science at University of Ljubljana. He continued with post-graduate studies at the National University of Ireland.

He worked as a consultant at The European Committee on Crime Problems of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He also participated in the preparation of the legal bases of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. For two years he was also a member of the OECD anti-corruption management committee.

In 2010, he became a Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2013, the Commission's 2012-2013 Investigation Report on the parliamentary parties' leaders revealed that Janez Janša, PM, and Zoran Janković, the head of the opposition, systematically and repeatedly violated the law by failing to properly report their assets. On February 18 2015, the Supreme Court of Slovenia ruled that all sections regarding Janez Janša must be removed from this report because the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption failed to send the draft of the report to Janša for submission of his comments, and thus seriously violated Janša's rights, granted by the article 22 of the Slovenian constitution. On May 29 2015, the Supreme Court of Slovenia additionally ruled that all sections regarding Zoran Janković must also be removed for exactly the same reason.