Session Leaders

Raphaëlle Ayach

Raphaelle is a facilitator, peacebuilder and multicultural educator. In 2012, she founded Safarni, an award winning educational nonprofit that designs and implements gamified, social cohesion programming. For her work, Raphaelle is an Ashoka Fellow, as well as a Lego Foundation ReImagine Learning Fellowship. Raphaelle has also worked in the field of peacebuilding with the UN (UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF), and holds an MA in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University.

Andy Carvin

DFRLab

Andy Carvin is an award-winning journalist who has pioneered new forms of online collaboration for more than 20 years. He is Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), where he leads the lab’s training and capacity-building efforts.  Andy was founder and editor-in-chief of reported.ly, a social news initiative at First Look Media. Using social media and digital forensic tools, reported.ly covered breaking news stories around the world, with a particular emphasis on human rights and social justice. From 2006 to 2013, Andy was senior strategist at NPR, where he founded the company’s social media desk and developed new reporting techniques to improve the quality and diversity of NPR’s journalism. In early 2013, Andy released the book Distant Witness: Social Media, The Arab Spring And A Journalism Revolution, published by CUNY Journalism Press. 

Kassy Cho

Amnesty International

Kassy Cho is an award-winning journalist and audience strategist pioneering an Instagram-first approach to growing young audiences. Previously an Audience Development Editor at QuickTake by Bloomberg and BuzzFeed News, she single-handedly made the BuzzFeed @world Instagram the fastest growing news account on the platform in 2018. She currently works with Amnesty International as an Audience Strategist focused on informing young people about human rights around the world and inspiring them to take action. She regularly produces videos for Human Rights Watch and has consulted for Channel 4 News and the women’s health app Flo on content strategy, production and social media for audience development.

Thomas Coombes

Hope Based Comms

Thomas Coombes is a human rights communicator and founder of hope-based communications, a global network that helps civil society groups find new ways to talk about their cause. He has spent fifteen years working in political communications for Amnesty International, Transparency International, the European Commission and global PR firm Hill & Knowlton. He is a mix of Irish, British and French and lives in Berlin.

Chris Corrigan

Chris is a teacher and facilitator who works with complexity theory and complexity-informed methods of facilitation and evaluation to help organizations and communities work with uncertain futures and difficult challenges. He is a global steward of the Art of Hosting community of practice and works extensively with non-profits, indigenous communities, social change efforts to support justice and human dignity.  He lives on the west coast of Canada, in Squamish traditional territory on an island called Nex̱wlélex̱wm (Bowen Island) with his partner Caitlin Frost.

Holly Dawson

OPEN Network

Holly is a campaigner and organiser originally from Australia who is now based in London, UK. She is a descendant of the Bunurong people and grew up in Boorloo (Perth) on Nyoongar Country. She has worked as a campaigner and strategist for international organisations and environmental advocacy groups with a strong focus on alliance building. She has almost a decade of experience in the space; working as an organiser, consultant and campaigner. Holly’s role is to facilitate learning across the network and support the network team more generally.

Sofija Getova

Young Friends of the Earth Europe

Sofija is a social justice activist, working on youth participation for climate justice by building a collective response to the environmental, economic, structural, and political struggles we face today. She has been a group coordinator of Young Friends of the Earth Macedonia and has been involved in campaigning, alternative education and building capacity  for 6 years now. She has been involved in projects as Project Manager and Social Media & Communication Specialist. 

She has experience as a trainer, facilitator and speaker of multiple workshops, trainings and events, both internationally and nationally, incorporating intersectionality and collective visioning approaches. 

She has a BBA degree in International Business and throughout her work she connects it with the needed tools for making societal changes

Krizna Gomez

Hope Based Comms

Krizna is the former Director of Programs at JustLabs, a space for innovation for the social change field. A certified foresight practitioner, Krizna has been designing and delivering trainings for the past 14 years with activists and experts from various disciplines in different regions of the world including Eurasia. She uses design thinking, futures thinking, popular education and contemplative-based practices. She is trained as a human rights lawyer, working in places like the Philippines where she is originally from, Colombia, Uganda, and Cambodia, focusing on issues of populism, the impact and failures of the international human rights field, and closing civil society space. Kriz has a Master of Laws (LL.M) with a concentration in International Human Rights Law from Harvard, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Yana Goncharova

Human Constanta

Yana Goncharova is a human rights activist, communications specialist of the Belarusian human rights organization Human Constanta, co-founder of the Probono.by initiative.

Ned Howey

Tectonica

Ned Howey is the CEO and co-founder of Tectonica. Tectonica is an international political agency, recognized in 2019 with the Reed Award for Best International Firm, that is dedicated to catalyzing movements through digital organising. As a partner of the company, Ned has led digital strategy for hundreds of projects for progressive NGOs, political parties and candidates in over 35 countries. His most recent endeavour includes the first-of-its-kind report on the State of Digital Organising in Europe, that aims to identify organisations and assess their digital organising practices in Europe to obtain a comprehensive report of the challenges that European organisations face, as well as providing the solutions.

Tomáš Kriššák

OSF Slovakia

Tomáš is an expert on cognitive security. Project and communication manager on the Checkbot project, he prepared dozens of media literacy seminars and programs aimed at the potential impact on misinformation and other public manipulation. In recent past he had a strong focus on deradicalisation of youth. Result of this work was Slobodovo, an educational project, that focused on assessing opportunities and learning new skills such as empathy, cooperation and addressing and solving of complex tasks for young Slovaks.

Filipa Mladenova

Tectonica

Filipa Mladenova is one of the two interns who has been working in Tectonica this summer on the Report on the State of Digital Organising in Europe. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Filipa loves history and travelling and has spent the past 10 years living, working and studying in Paris and Barcelona. Currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and Government in the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, she is passionate about diversity and believes that when people work together they can overcome all barriers. 

Marta Niedźwiecka

Marta is clinical psychologist who seeks patterns everywhere. A sex coach who claims that sexual intercourse is overrated. And a person constantly attracted by the mystery and the shadow of human psyche.

She’s been working with human sexuality and mental issues for more than a decade. She published a book about conscious sexuality in modern perspective “Slow Sex – set your love free” and hosts a podcast “At Nightfall”. Some may call her a motivation speaker, but her speeches are far away from standard methods of coaching.

Bhavesh Patel

I spend most of my time supporting individuals and groups having conversations about their messy realities as they look for direction and make decisions. Usually these are networked groups, often global, often with unevenly distributed power and resources. All of them in some way are trying to make a difference in people’s lives and our planet. I use an eclectic range of sources and have been deeply influenced by complexity thinking, especially by the work of Cognitive Edge and Human Systems Dynamics. You might call me a facilitator, trainer, coach, host, or even a conversational gardener. If I am honest I find it difficult to define my work and give myself a specific title or badge.

Lieke Ploeger

Disruption Network Lab

Lieke Ploeger is the community director of the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin. Her core interest lies in building and developing both online and offline communities of interest, with a focus on sharing knowledge and expertise in an open way. Previously, she co-founded the independent art space SPEKTRUM Berlin, and worked for the Open Knowledge Foundation, where she was involved in various European research projects in the areas of open cultural data, open access and open science.

Lillian Rosa

Lillian is a writer, director, producer, graduate from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, lives in Berlin. Her award-winning work focuses around documentaries for theatrical release, TV and Internet, the films were shown at various international Festivals („The house of good spirits“, „(R)Evolution“). Bringing projects with sociopolitical topics to live is her passion. She is a member of the 1000 GESTALTEN collective whose mass art performance at the G20 summit in Hamburg went viral around the world. Lillian is a guest lecturer at Universities and speaker at panel discussions. More at: www.lillianrosa.com

Stephanie Danielle Roth

OPEN Network

Steph is a Network Manager for Growth and Prospectives at the OPEN Network. With a research & journalism background, Stephanie brings several languages and 15 years of direct campaign experience from throughout Europe. She was the campaign coordinator of the successful ‘Save Rosia Montana!’ campaign which brought to life massive citizen engagement in a post-communist Romania. For this engagement she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005. Stephanie is amongst a handful of campaigners who developed and managed large transnational EU campaigning amongst a diverse range of organizations, teams & facilitated inclusion and exchange in continuous networks. Examples include the TTIP/CETA european citizens initiative as well as the latest reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

Kamil Śliwowski

Media literacy, open educational resources and online privacy animator and educator. Loves to learn by teaching others and researching new topics for his blog and newsletter (otwartezasoby.pl). For past year director of the educational program at Central Technology Hub in Warsaw (cdt.pl) and educational expert working with School with Class and Panoptykon foundations.

Val Voshchevska

Amnesty International

Val Voshchevska is a multi-lingual digital strategist, originally from Ukraine, with extensive experience in media, social media and digital marketing, bringing audience-focused communications to the world’s largest human rights organization. She is currently leading the Global Digital Team at Amnesty International, as the Acting Head of Digital Engagement. She’s a strong believer in the power that digital has in shaping narratives and mobilizing people all around the world. She regularly runs workshops for independent activists and external organizations, including Transparency International, Oxfam, OSF and Red Cross, on effective digital and media strategy.