SPEAKERS


Johannes Hahn Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Former Commissioner for Regional Policy. Former Federal Minister of Science and Research as part of the Austrian Federal Government (and in 2008-2009 acting Federal Minister for Justice). As Commissioner, he has extensive experience in cooperation with the EU’s neighbours in the South and East. In this role he oversaw the implementation of the European Neighbourhood policy and coordination of the EU’s cooperation with the partners in areas like trade, mobility, energy and education. Mr. Hahn joined the European Commission in 2010.
Sven Mikser Sven Mikser
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. He has been a member of the Social Democratic Party since 2005.

In 2015-2016, Sven Mikser was a member of the 13th Riigikogu and served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He was a member of the Riigikogu Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In 2014-2015, Sven Mikser was the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia.

Katarína Mathernová Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, DG Near, European Commission

In September 2015, Katarína Mathernová assumed her function as Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations. She has served as Deputy Director General in Regional Policy (2007-2010). Mathernová has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-2004, 2010-2014), and in the reform government in Slovakia (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, key architect of the Slovak economy’s transformation.

Dunja Mijatovic Dunja Mijatovic
Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 2010 to 2017 and the highest-ranking woman free-expression advocate in the world.

Overall, for more than two decades Mijatovic has worked on human rights, media law and regulation and institution building in states in transition, including ways to deal with hate speech. During this time she acquired extensive experience in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, media law and policy and Internet governance. She has in-depth knowledge of new technologies with the emphasis on digitalization, convergence and the Internet. Mijatovic has been awarded several prizes for her work, including the Médaille Charlemagne in 2015. In March 2017 Austrian President has awarded Mijatovic with the honorary Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic.

Hugues Mingarelli Hugues Mingarelli
EU's Ambassador to Ukraine in July 2016. Previously, he has served as a Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula at the European External Action Service and as a Senior Adviser on Global Strategy and European Neighbourhood Policy Review. In the past, Mr Mingarelli held senior management positions at European Commission's DG RELEX for Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, North Africa, European Neighbourhood Policy, Middle East & South Mediterranean (2002 - 2010) and served as a Director of the European Agency for Reconstruction from 2000 to 2002. He started his career at the European institutions at the European Court of Auditors.
Hugues Mingarelli Jason Lambert
is founder and Partner for Digital Media at Newsgain, a business operating from Copenhagen and Washington, D.C. Launched in February 2017, Newsgain’s innovative approach delivers business performance consultancies to news media and forges digital revenue-share partnerships covering analysis, website and mobile app development, optimisation, maintenance and monetisation.

Jason has improved the digital performance of news media in more than 20 countries – including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and further afield across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He is a specialist in advertising, audience analytics and news delivery in freedom-restricted and low-bandwidth environments.

Launching his media career in 2000 at the UK and Ireland’s national news agency, The Press Association, he successfully led sales and account management in its Digital division to contribute more than 50% of the agency’s annual profits. Jason holds a degree in Economics, speaks Danish and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.


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