Fabiano Angélico is the projects coordinator at Transparência Brasil. His post-graduate research includes "Transparency, Accountability and Fight against Corruption" at the University of Chile. He is currently completing a master's degree in public administration at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. Fabiano served as a reviewer during the first phase of the Technology for Transparency Network. Twitter: @fangelico.
Michael Anti is a Chinese journalist and researcher with broad international experience. Most recently he worked as a researcher at The New York Times Beijing bureau. He graduated from Nanjing Normal University in 1995 where he majored in Industrial Electrical Automation, but turned to journalism in 2001. He has been a commentator for the Huaxia Times, correspondent of the 21st Century World Herald, war reporter in Baghdad in 2003, researcher at The Washington Post Beijing Bureau, columnist for the Southern Metropolis Daily, and publisher of the Far and Wide Journal. He is the recent recipient of a Wolfson press fellowship at Cambridge University and Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Twitter: @mranti.
Tony Bowden is the international agitator for mySociety, the UK-based organisation that created TheyWorkForYou, WhatDoTheyKnow, and FixMyStreet, etc. His role is to encourage and enable other groups and individuals to build similar transparency and accountability projects in their own countries, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. He has been building web sites since before Netscape existed, blogging since 2002, and founded several of Northern Ireland’s leading internet companies before relocating to Estonia in 2006. Twitter: @tmtm.
Hazel Feigenblatt is Media Projects Director at Global Integrity and an award-winning investigative journalist and former Washington correspondent. Her reporting of government procurement and banking practices has been recognized on three occasions with the top journalism award in Costa Rica, where she worked for the leading daily newspaper La Nacion. She has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the Univerisity of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Political Science and a B.A. in Communication, both from the Univeristy of Costa Rica, and was a 2002-2003 Humphrey Fellow. She’s a blogger in Costa Rica’s main financial publication El Financiero and created a website about consumer education and complaints. Twitter: @HazelFeigenblat and @quienpagamanda.
Alfredo González Briseño is a Junior Professional Associate that has worked at the World Bank since 2008, when he joined WBI's governance data and diagnostics team. He has done research on several governance and anticorruption related topics and has worked on governance diagnostic projects. A Mexican national, Alfredo has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana, and a Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in Public Administration from Georgetown University. He writes regularly about technology and transparency at the World Bank's "Governance Matters" blog, and also writes in Spanish at México desde Aquí.
Felipe Heusser is the director and founder of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente ("Smart Citizen Foundation"), a Chilean-based NGO which promotes Transparency and accountability in Latin American Politics by collecting data and delivering it to citizens through the web and the use of web applications. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the London School of Economics where he is researching freedom of information regulation and its impact on political accountability. Felipe is also a Lawyer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Previously he was a consultant for Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a senior advisor to the Vice-Minister of Labour. Twitter: @fheusser.
Anne Nelson teaches "New Media and Development Communications" at Columbia University where she specializes in the area of international media development and has worked extensively as an analyst, evaluator, and practitioner in the field. She has taught at Columbia University since 1995, integrating student publications and research into the curriculum. Nelson consults for many leading U.S. foundations, including OSI, Gates, Rockefeller, Carnegie and Knight. Nelson was formerly the director of the International Program at the Columbia School of Journalism and executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She was a war correspondent in Latin America, and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia, with work appearing in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper's, BBC, CBC, NPR and PBS. Her writing has won six awards, including the Livingston Award for international reporting. She is a graduate of Yale University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on media and Nazi Germany.
Georg Neumann joined the Communications Department at Transparency International in June 2005 working on the content management and development of the Transparency International website. Since November 2006 he is responsible for internal communications and since 2008 also for social media concepts. Georg did freelance project work for the German Federal Ministry of Justice and has previously worked for a PR Agency and the German Chemical Industry Association. Georg Neumann has completed his German civil service in development assistance in Tijuana, Mexico, and graduated from social and economic communication sciences at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin in 2005. He blogs at Space for Transparency and Accountability 2.0. Twitter: @georg_neu.
Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She has also served recently as the Director of the Democratic Governance Group at the United Nations Development Program in New York. Her research compares public opinion and elections, democratic institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide. A well-known public speaker and prolific author, she has published almost forty books.
Ory Okolloh is a blogger and open-government activist. She co-founded Ushahidi and Mzalendo, a civic website that tracks the performance of Kenya's Parliament. Ory graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity and currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her talk about becoming an activist is available on TED. Twitter: @kenyanpundit.
Tiago Peixoto is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His main research interests are related to identifying factors that contribute to successful policies aiming at reinforcing political participation, such as the role of institutions in participatory engineering or the use of Information and Communication Technologies on democratic procedures (e-democracy). Tiago has been involved in pioneering work concerning Participatory Budgeting and also on e-democracy experiences at the local level funded by the European Commission. Among other publications, he is co-author of the World Bank / OECD joint publication "Beyond Public Scrutiny: A Stocktaking of Social Accountability initiatives in OECD countries". Tiago is also also a research coordinator of the Electronic Democracy Centre in Zurich and e-democracy advisor to the Brazilian House of Representatives. Twitter: @participatory.
Enrique Peruzzotti is a professor of Political Science at Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a visiting professor at the doctoral program in social sciences of FLACSO in Ecuador and Uruguay. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1996. His research concentrates on issues about democratisation in Latin America, more specifically, on the role played by civil society at strengthening and improving representative institutions. He co-directed a project on the politics of social accountability, which was funded by Ford and the Tinker Foundation, which analysed the emergence of a novel set of civic initiatives organised around demands for accountable government. In the past years, he initiated a regional research project on the changing nature of representative democracy in the region supported by the Ford Foundation and participated on a research project directed by Prof. J. Grugel on global governance tools and domestic advocacy. He is currently a Guggenheim Fellow where he is writing a book tentatively titled "Representation as Mediated Politics: Rethinking the linkages between participation and representation in Latin America."