The biographical notes of the speakers at the international conference «The long-lasting '89»

13/11/2009 -  Anonymous User

The speakers at the international conference «The long-lasting '89»

PhD in Geography of local territorial systems, is officer of UNESCO - BRESCE, a UN Agency based in Venice and in Belgrade. Before focusing his career mostly on European countries in transition, he had field experience in Costa Rica and Ghana, and cooperated with various international organisations as consultant.

Sociologist, has been working in international and cross-boarder cooperation projects for years. He teaches Social Sciences at the University of Trieste and coordinates the training activities of the International Institute Jacques Maritain (Trieste), especially those concerning South-Eastern Europe. He cooperated with OCSE within a research devoted to cross-boarder integration in different European cities.

Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance of the London School of Economics, her research interests include: economic and political transition; political economy of post- war reconstruction, multi-stakeholder partnerships in post-conflict reconstruction. She is part of a consortium working on the Framework 7- funded project “Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Role of the European Union”.

He works for the European Commission at the DG for Enlargement. Moreover, he is lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Master in East European Research and Studies (MIREES) of the University of Bologna - Campus of Forlì, where he holds seminars on issues as the EU Enlargement process towards the Western Balkans and Human Rights in Post-Communist Societies.

He has been co-operating with the Department of International Cooperation of IPSIA, Istituto Pace Sviluppo Innovazione delle ACLI, in the field of Research and Development for seven years. Within IPSIA he has worked as project coordinator in the Balkans since 2006, following his previous experiences as projects coordinator in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2005-2006) and as referent person for micro-credit sector in Kosovo (2002-2004).

Master in European Studies, has worked as researcher within the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy of Bozen (EURAC) since 2001. In the years before, he worked as Consultant for the Government of Romania, within the Directorate for Legislation of the Department for Protection of National Minorities.

Chairman of the Association Tavolo Trentino con il Kossovo is works as researcher and trainer on issues as peace, non-violence, reconciliation and international cooperation and is currently co-operating with Alexander Langer Foundation based in Bozen. From 2000 to 2006 he was director of Osservatorio sui Balcani. Previously, he directed Cooperativa Unimondo and co-operated with the International University of People's Institutions for Peace of Rovereto.

European MP elected in Slovenia, is member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, acting as its Rapporteur to the Parliament on the issues concerned with the visa liberalisation for citizens of the Western Balkans countries. Moreover, she is Vice-Chairwoman of the Delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee and Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

PhD in Anthropological Sciences, has been Lecturer in Development Anthropology at the University of Florence since 1998. On behalf of national, international and non governmental organisations, he has carried out many research studies and consultancy missions in many countries, as Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan among others. Both his research and field work have been dealing with issues as conflict resolution, reconciliation processes, participative development and international decentralized cooperation.

He is an Albanian writer and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Përpjekja [Endeavour], published in Tirana. In 1974, due to the discovery of his diary, which was very critical of Enver Hoxha, he was arrested. He was released in 1991, after having spent seventeen years in prison. Nowadays, he is one of the most outspoken analysts of the enverist period of stalinism, as well as of the new Albanian democracy. In 2002, he was awarded with Moravia Prize, followed next year by Herder Prize.

For many years spokesman of the Association for Peace and president of the Italian Consortium for Solidarity (ICS), is now director of Lunaria. Columnist for various media, he is among the promoters of the annual campaign for a Economic Financial Plan more sensitive to sustainable development principles [Sbilanciamoci. Rapporto sulla finanziaria] and is author of many contributions about international cooperation and post-conflict reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe.

He has lived and worked in Bulgaria since 2005, writing for a number of Italian and international media. Since 2006, he has been correspondent from Bulgaria for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC). Before working as a journalist, he worked in the field of international cooperation in Kosovo.

He works for Caritas Bozen-Brixen as director of the Office for Foreign Affairs. For 10 years he has been in charge of the Caritas programmes concerning Former Yugoslavia populations. He was head of missions in Serbia and Montenegro, and had field experiences in Kosovo too. In 1994 he coordinated some activities of the Centre for refugees from Former Yugoslavia in Malles Venosta (BZ).

Chairman of the Forum Trentino for Peace and Human Rights [Forum Trentino per la Pace e i Diritti Umani], he is Councillor of the Autonomous Province of Trento since 2008. Besides his political engagement, he has constantly been active in the field of international cooperation, post-conflict reconciliation and intercultural education for many years. He is among Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso's founders.

She cooperates with public institutions and non governmental organisations working in training and consultancy activities. In her work she deals with issues as: project drafting and evaluation; decentralised international cooperation; active youth and active citizenship. She lives and works in Turin.

Political analyst, is the director of the International School for Caucasus Studies at Ilia Chavchavadze State University, and chairman of the Caucasus Institute of Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) in Tbilisi. In 2008, he was the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Georgia.

A Slovene writer living and working in his native city Trieste (Italy), he is considered to be one of the most important living authors in the Slovene language and has been nominated several times for the Nobel prize for literature. Among his internationally best-known works are probably Nekropolis, (Fazi, Roma 2008) and the books published in Italian by Zandonai Editore, such as the City in the Bay (Rovereto 2007) and The Villa by the Lake (Rovereto 2008).

She works as sociologist, translator, publicist and intercultural mediator in educational field and is Lecturer at the Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences of the University of Trieste. She is author of numerous sociological contributions concerned with the creation of new state-nations in the Balkan area, European integration, cross-boarder cooperation, intercultural education, migration and gender.

Chief editor of Caucasian Knot - independent media service providing information (news, videos, blogs, analyses) on the 19 regions of Northern and Southern Caucasus - since 2000, Shvedov is also Director of MEMO.Ru, a press agency focusing on new strategies for mobilizing the public, including regional social marketing campaigns. Since 1999, he has supervised the regional network of 70 branches of the international human rights organisation Memorial, currently serving as a board member, a role he holds within Memorial International as well.

Film maker, he lives between Serbia and Kosovo and is director of the non-governmental organisation DKQ, a production company based in Prishtina and Belgrade. Within DKQ, he has realised youth workshops, dealing with conflict transformation through artistic activism. His most important works include creative documentaries, short fictions and radio dramas, awarded at festivals in Europe, America and Middle East. Besides directing children drama broadcast by Radio Belgrade, he has worked as a journalist for radio and television.

Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade, he is the head of the Belgrade Centre for European Integration (BeCEI) and director of the monthly review European Forum. His scientific interests focus on the transition and integration processes in South-Eastern European countries.

He is Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento. His research interests include: Comparative Constitutional Law and Constitutional Law of the European Union; models of territorial partition of public power; models of protection of minority rights; post-sovereignty, globalisation and governance.

An Italian Senator elected in the XVI legislature, he is currently working within the 3rd Permanent Committee - Foreign Affairs, Emigration, which he previously chaired.

Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) for 10 years, since 2008 she has chaired the Committee on Democracy and Civil Society within the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe. She is professor of Decentralised cooperation at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Padua.

MA in South East European Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (London, UK), she is Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso's acting director. She has long collaborated with centres of studies such as the Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica (Forlì, Italy) and the Forum for Ethnic Relations (Belgrade, Serbia), where she worked in training activities and in drafting and editing policy papers and analysis. Since 1998 she worked in South East Europe serving in governmental and non-governmental organisations.