Iavor Rangelov, President of the Governing Board
Dr Iavor Rangelov is a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and co-founder of the Civic Ecosystems Initiative, working at the intersection of research, public engagement and practice. His research interests include human rights, human security, transitional justice, and civil society, especially in conflict-affected environments and transitional countries. He has numerous publications in these areas and is the author of Nationalism and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the Balkans and Beyond (Cambridge University Press). Over the past fifteen years he has engaged and collaborated with human rights groups in a variety of contexts including the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Syria.
Florence Hartmann graduated in 1985. She obtained a Masters degree in foreign literature and civilizations at the Univesity Paris-Ninterre. She worked as an author of the weekly media review in French and Spanish languages for embassies (1987-1990.); she worked as a journalist for Le Monde (1990-2000.); in the period from 2000 until 2006 she worked as the Spokesperson and the Head of Communication for the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY and ICTR (ICTR in 2000 – 2003.). She worked in the missions of the OSCE/ODIHR in 1999; IEP/CERI in 1998, Reporters without Borders, and the European Institute for Media de Dusseldorf in 1997. Florence Hartmann is a Political Analyst, an expert on Balkan issues, with extensive experience within the human rights arena.
Tihomir Loza is deputy director of Transitions (TOL), a Prague-headquartered Internet publisher and media development organization active in the former communist countries in Europe and Asia. He was previously an editor with Transitions magazine and Balkans editor of IWPR’s WarReport. He was a member of the team of producers who made the Death of Yugoslavia and the Fall of Milosevic, two major BBC documentary series. A native of Bosnia, in the1980s and early 1990s, he worked as a writer and editor for a number of Yugoslav media outlets, including the Oslobodjenje daily, the Nasi dani magazine and the Nedjelja weekly. He regularly writes on Balkan affairs for Transitions magazine and the European Voice.
Marika Theros is a human rights and organizational development expert with more than 12 years experience working at the intersection of public policy, academia and civil society. She provides strategic and programmatic advice on issues related to human rights and civil society to a range of organizations as well as high net-worth individuals. She is currently a senior researcher at the Institute for State Effectiveness in Washington DC. At the London School of Economics (LSE), she currently contributes to the Civil Society Research Program (JSRP), particularly on issues of accountability, justice, and conflict. She also serves on the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network and is completing her Doctorate at the Department for International Development at LSE.
Tin Geber is a creative strategist, technologist and project manager with experience in human-centered programme and service design, project implementation and workshop facilitation. He is focused on supporting social change organisations to make the most of data and technology, and has extensive international experience covering a broad range of thematic areas across the development spectrum. Mr Geber worked with The Open Society Archives to build a digitisation and categorisation plan for a repository of the entire corpus of OSF Roma-related project information. He also supported Amnesty International with strategy and platform recommendations for upgrading their Individuals at Risk database. When a group of investigative journalists from Mexico wanted to conduct investigations into corruption and governmental misspending, he supported the team and designed an online micro-tasking platform so that manual digitisation could be crowdsourced more easily. This project grew into a stand-alone project called Moon Sheep, currently in development, and has been used successfully for two other groups (OPORA in Ukraine and K-Monitor in Hungary). Mr Geber is currently supporting UNDP Serbia on the development of the “Digitalni Informator”, a digital version of the information booklet that each public service is required to produce.