Basanta is a researcher at the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT), a German government think tank on the digitalisation of government and society, and pursues a PhD at the University of Potsdam. He studied political science, public administration, and economics at the universities of Münster and Potsdam and worked at research institutions such as Hertie School of Governance, the European Research Center for Information Systems and Tallinn University of Technology. He founded the N3GZ Young Professionals’ Network on Digital Government within the German National Competence Center for eGovernment.
Björn Bünzow is Head of the division Federal Digital Transformation Programmes in the directorate-general Digital Administration; Management of the Online Access Act at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
After studying Administrative Sciences at the University of Potsdam he worked as an advisor and Head of the division Budget/Financial Management at the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), as advisor in various occupations in the division Administrative Modernisation and Organisation as well as in the division Organisation of the Federal Ministry’s Executive Agencies at the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
From 2015 to 2018 he was Head of the Project Group Digital Administration 2020 working on the implementation of the Government’s Digital Transformation Programme, from 2018 to June 2020 he was Head of the division Digital Administration; Digital Transformation Programme. Since then he has been working in his current position.
Benjamin ist the Director of CityLAB, Berlin’s first public innovation lab. He is a renowned expert and public speaker with many years of experience in e-government, the development of digital prototypes and the strategic and technical management of open source- and open data-related projects involving public administration, academia and civil society. He wrote a PhD thesis on the history of digital governance and worked as a journalist and curator in New York, Nicosia, Rotterdam and Frankfurt/Main.
Stéphane is the founder of the “La 27e Région”, a think and do-tank launched in 2008. He has a background in management and social innovation. After a few years in big companies, he left and worked as a civil servant in local governments, such as the Limousin Regional Government. He became an associate in a consultant agency dedicated to public organisations, and worked with a think-tank focused on the digital transformation of the society (FING), before launching La 27e Région in 2008. He is the author of many books and reports in the public sector innovation field. German Marshall Fund Fellow 2005
Bruno is a sociologist, having completed a degree, master’s and doctorate in this scientific area. He was a PhD fellow and a post-doctoral fellow with the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology. Nowadays, he is coordinator of the LabX – Experimentation Lab for Public Administration, a team of the Administrative Modernization Agency (AMA, I.P.). He is highly engaged with the principles of the citizen-centric Public Administration, sustains the adoption of evidence-based decision-making, promotes the participatory logics in public policies and the use of experimentation in the development of better public services.
Dirk Schrödter, born in 1978, is head of the State Chancellery of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. In this function he is primarily responsible for planning and coordinating the political priorities of the state government.
State Secretary Schrödter studied economics at the University of Potsdam. He is a lecturer in Economics and Public Finance at the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Services of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and author of numerous articles for the Yearbook of Public Finance.
Fotis has an academic background in law, economics and engineering, and a working experience of more than 15 years in governance. After a career as a research engineer in Germany, he worked as Special Advisor for Business and Industry in the Greek Ministry of Development. Since 2007, he has been working in the Hellenic Parliament; initially as Scientific Advisor to the Speaker and later as Head of the Department within the Scientific Service. Dr. Fitsilis is a seasoned researcher with more than 30 academic publications, including two monographies. He teaches legal informatics at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, Greece, and he has been Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Dr. Fitsilis is a certified PRINCE2 practitioner and, in 2017, he co-founded the Hellenic OCR Team, a crowdsourcing initiative for the processing and analysis of parliamentary data.
Edison attended “Young Leaders…” program initiated by Robert Schuman Institute (RSI) in the year 2015. Since than he has been an impressive active member of RSI by participating and contributing with his excessive experience in Albania and abroad.
He is multidimensional in different spheres including government and non-government organizations, e.g. Volunteer – Let’s Get Started Organization – British Council Albania , President of Initiative Group Alpbach Albania, Mayor’s Senior Adviser – Municipality of KLOS, Expert at Coordination & Development Directory Municipality of KAMEZ, Head of Entrepreneurship Support Sector Albanian Development Fund for Diaspora, External Professor of Law at University of Tirana Faculty of Law and at “Luarasi” University, External Professor at Faculty of Education “Aleksander Moisiu” University in Durrës, Atlas Corps Fellow program – Open Government Hub Washington D.C.
Currently, Edison is actively working by implementing the Open Gov Hub Albania mission and vision in Albania. He is working toward making governments and public policy becoming more efficient, transparent and accountable in Albania. He believes that one of the best ways for Albania to move forward is through the education, transparency, Open Government, accountability, civic engagement and training of young generations who are capable of understanding, confronting and resolving global, regional and domestic issues based on International trends, and innovations.