Mr Amr Aljowaily

Mr Amr Aljowaily is currently Counselor at Egypt's Mission to the UN in New York, and Vice chair of the UN Disarmament Commission. His diplomatic postings have included Geneva and Washington, DC. At the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, he served as Director of UN Affairs, member of the cabinets of the Minister and First Undersecretary and the departments of multilateral political and economic issues. He was Vice chair of the General Assembly’s First Committee (on disarmament and international security) in 2011, Chair of WTO’s Committee on Information Technology Agreement and of the Global System of Trade Preferences Negotiating Group on Market Access (2007), and twice Coordinator of the African Group to UNCTAD and the ITU. He was a member of the Egyptian delegations to several summits and Ministerial Meetings including the WSIS, South Summit, Beirut Arab summit, African Union Summits, as well as UNCTADXI and ITU's Plenipotentiary 2006. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy from the University of Malta. His publications include early analytical work in Arabic on ICTs and international relations. He lectured in Political Science at the American University in Cairo from 1994-1996 and served as board member of the Diplomatic Institute. He was Coordinator of International Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology from 2001 to 2003. He started his career in print and broadcast journalism, and in research centers.

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Dr Alexandra Délano Alonso

Dr Alexandra Délano Alonso is a faculty member and assistant professor at The New School University, New York. Her research interests are mainly in the fields of politics and international relations, with a focus on international migration, Mexico-US migration policies, diaspora engagement, Latin American politics, and regionalism in the Americas. She obtained her DPhil in International Relations at Oxford University in 2008. Her dissertation, 'Sending states' emigration policies in a bilateral context: Mexico's transition from limited to active engagement (1982-2006)', looks at the historical development of Mexico’s emigration policies in relation to domestic, transnational and international factors. At The New School she teaches the courses 'Immigration Politics in the US', 'Borders, Migrants and States', 'Democracy, Security and Migration in the Americas', 'Governing the Global' and 'Global Migration'. She also teaches an online course on 'Mexican Communities Abroad' for the Instituto Matías Romero.

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Professor G. R. Berridge, Senior Diplo Fellow

Professor GR Berridge is Emeritus Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, where he was the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy. He was General Editor of the Macmillan Studies in Diplomacy series for many years and Associate Editor (with responsibility for twentieth century diplomatists) of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to which he remains an adviser. He is the author of numerous books on diplomacy, including the best-selling textbook, Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, which is on the short reading list for the US Foreign Service exam, and has been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese. His most recent books include Embassies in Armed Conflict and the third edition (with L. Lloyd) of The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Diplomacy. Professor Berridge has been an external examiner at many British universities, including London and Durham.

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Dr Andri Bisaz

Dr Andri Bisaz holds a PhD in Geography and Geology from Berne University, Switzerland. After several years in private industry, he served from 1973 to 2004 in the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). After heading the Swiss Development Coordination Office for Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon, he was in charge of the West Africa Division at SDC and later of the Division for North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of various publications on development cooperation and the environment and has lectured for many years on diplomacy and development cooperation in Switzerland and Malta.

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Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila

Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila has been a tutor/lecturer on DiploFoundation's Introduction to Internet Governance course, and the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP), for over 7 years. She holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), a Master's in Contemporary Diplomacy, and two law-related diplomas from the University of Malta. She is a former journalist with The Sunday Times of Malta, and (on education) with The Times of Malta. Currently, she works on Internet governance programmes, events and activities. Her areas of interest include legal issues in Internet governance, including jurisdiction on the Internet, which was the focus of her doctorate dissertation, human rights, and e-diplomacy.

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Ms Fátima Cambronero

Ms Fátima Cambronero was born in Argentina, and is a lawyer by profession. She graduated from the National University of Cordoba and received a Diploma in Law and Technology from the Blas Pascal University. She is currently Visiting Professor at DENSI at Faculty of Law in National University of Cordoba and a Consultant and Research Director at AGEIA DENSI Argentina. She is an alumni of DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme, the ICANN Fellowship Programme, and ISOC's NGL eLearning Programme, which she now facilitates as an Expert Moderator. Ms Cambronero was also an ISOC Ambassador for the IGF 2011 held in Nairobi and ISOC Returning Ambassador for the IGF 2012 held in Baku. She is particularly involved in Internet governance issues of personal data protection, privacy, and intellectual property rights.

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Ambassador Victor Camilleri, President of DiploFoundation

Ambassador Victor Camilleri is currently serving as Executive Director in the Ministry for European Affairs in Malta, with special responsibility for the preparations  for Malta's presidency of the EU Council in 2017. His latest posting abroad was as  Malta’s Ambassador to Libya.  In his forty-five-year career at the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has occupied a number of senior administrative and diplomatic posts including that of Permanent Secretary. As Ambassador in Brussels he formed part of the Maltese team which negotiated Malta’s membership of the EU. Amb. Camilleri was chef de cabinet to Maltese Foreign Minister Prof. G. de Marco during his Presidency of the 45th Session of the UN General Assembly. He has extensive experience in multilateral affairs. He is actively interested in the promotion of IT as a tool of diplomacy and for some years served as Chairman of the Working Group on Informatics at the UN in New York.

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Ms Alejandra Lopez Carbajal

Ms Alejandra Lopez Carbajal has more than seven years' experience in the field of climate change and international negotiations. She is currently Director for Climate Change at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for coordinating the International Affairs Group of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change, a policy-making committee of the Federal Government. She was part of the core negotiating team at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the 6th Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6) where the Cancun Agreements were adopted in December 2010. She previously worked at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Mr Bipul Chatterjee

Mr Bipul Chatterjee is an Indian economist with 20 years of experience on issues related to international trade and development, especially on political economy of trade and economic policy reforms, particularly pro-poor aspects of reforms. Currently, he is Deputy Executive Director of CUTS International, a Jaipur-based international non-governmental organisation working on several subjects of public interest. Bipul heads the CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment. Prior to joining CUTS International, he worked at several economic policy think tanks in New Delhi such as National Council for Applied Economic Research, and Institute for Economic Growth. He has participated and represented the organisation in more than 100 events on WTO issues, regional integration, and trade and development issues at national, regional and international level including WTO Ministerial Conferences. He was a member of the Jury Panel to the First International Business Awards (2012) by Business World, the largest selling business weekly of India. He has authored more than 20 papers including a collection of essays on India’s experience on economic diplomacy, co-edited with Ambassador Kishan Rana.

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Ms Solange Cross

Ms Solange Cross is a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations (IIR), at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, where she currently lectures the postgraduate courses Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and Contemporary International Diplomacy. A Doctoral candidate, her research interests include the impact and role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in diplomacy and international relations, particularly in the context of the collaborative negotiations framework of the Caribbean Community.

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Ms Adela Danciu

Adela Danciu is a Law and Political Sciences graduate of the University of Bucharest. She holds an MA in International and EU Law. She worked for nine years as a legal expert on the Committee for IT&C of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. Adela was a student of the IGCBP in 2006, and has since then become more involved by tutoring and co-ordinating subsequent phases, writing course texts, and participating in IGF and EuroDIG meetings, as well as participating in the European Summer School on IG in Meissen, 2007, as a Diplo fellow. Her Internet governance interests focus on human rights and legal issues.

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Dr Petru Dumitriu

Dr Petru Dumitriu is currently Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.  He was the representative of Romania in the Executive Board of UNESCO (2010–2011) and national coordinator of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (2008–2011). From 2006 till the end of 2010 he served as Director General for Multilateral Affairs and Director General for Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to this appointment he served in the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations in Geneva (2001–2005) and New York (1994–1998). From 2006 to 2009 he served in the International Advisory Board of New or Restored Democracies. He was an elected member of the UN Committee on Contributions (2001–2009). He was rapporteur of the Geneva phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (2002). In 1997, he acted as Secretary-General of the Third International Conference of New and Restored Democracies. He was also vice-president of the UNICEF Executive Board (1995), the UN Commission on Disarmament (1997), and the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (1997). His flagship books are The United Nations System in the Context of Globalization: The Reform as Will and Representation (in Romanian) and Diversité dans l’unité: La capacité de négociation de l’Union Européenne au sein de la Commission des droits de l’homme des Nations unies.

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Mr Haraldur Þór Egilsson

Mr Haraldur Þór Egilsson is a historian with a BA degree (first class) from the University of Iceland and an MA (with distinction) in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Leicester. He is a part-time teacher at the University of Akureyri and Director of Akureyri Museum. His publications include The Origins, Use and Development of Hot Line Diplomacy, Discussion Papers in Diplomacy, No. 85, March 2003 (Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael), and a co-authored book on education in Icelandic. He is currently writing chapters in a book about preserved churches in north Iceland. His research interests are diplomacy, the management of foreign policy, cold war diplomacy, and environmental diplomacy.

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Mr Alan Franklin

Alan Franklin obtained an LLB and JD from the University of Toronto and an LLM in international law from the London School of Economics.  He is currently living in Vancouver, Canada, teaching courses on international legal business risk to MBA students at Athabasca University, international and constitutional law at Royal Roads University, as well as courses on international law for the University of London international LLM program. Alan created and chairs an association of former United Nations Ambassadors in the USA.

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Mrs Liz Galvez

Mrs Liz Galvez was a senior diplomat with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office until 2006.  During her 33-year career, she served in a wide range of diplomatic jobs in London and several overseas postings, including Finland, Central America, UN Geneva, OSCE Vienna, and UN New York. Following a posting in Romania in the late 1990s, she was seconded for two years as a senior policy adviser to the Romanian Foreign Minister. She continues to provide advice to the Romanian Foreign Ministry on human resources development and diplomatic training. After retiring, she was appointed Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Romania. She holds a Master's degree from University of London in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. She speaks operational Spanish, Romanian, and French.

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Mr Tracy Hackshaw

Tracy Hackshaw is founding Vice Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter. He is a graduate of DiploFoundation's 2008 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and is now a member of Diplo's Research & Teaching Faculty, where he currently teaches courses on Internet Governance, Critical Internet Infrastructure and Cybersecurity.

Tracy participated in the ICANN Fellowship Program at the Sydney and Seoul Meetings in 2009, at Cartagena in 2010, at Prague in 2012 and was elected Vice Chair of the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee representing the Latin American & Caribbean region at the 45th Public Meeting in Toronto in October 2012, and was re-elected in November 2013 for a second term in Buenos Aires.

Additionally, he participated as an Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador (part of the ISOC Next Generation Leaders Program) to the 2009 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Sharm-el Sheikh; and returned as an ISOC Ambassador for the 2010 IGF in Vilnius and the 2012 IGF in Baku at which he organised and moderated the first ever workshop focusing on Internet Governance and Small Island Developing States in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society. He also participated in the 2011 IGF in Nairobi as a DiploFoundation Emerging Leader for the Digital World and at the 2013 IGF in Bali as a TTNIC Fellow, where he has been organizing and moderating an Annual Roundtable on Internet Governance Challenges in Small Island Developing States.

Professionally, Tracy Hackshaw has been involved with Trinidad and Tobago's National ICT Policy, Strategy & Programme efforts since September 2005 focusing on National e-Commerce and e-Government initiatives. He was appointed as Deputy National Chief Information Officer in March 2013 in the Ministry of Science and Technology. He was Chief Solution Architect at the National ICT Company (iGovTT) from its establishment through to his most recent appointment at the newly created Ministry of Science and Technology. He is a member of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago's Multistakeholder Payments Council, a member of the Executive Management Committee of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) and was appointed to serve on the Electronic Transfer of Funds Crime Act Review Committee.

Tracy is a national of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and has been educated at first degree level in Sociology & Psychology via the University of the West Indies (St Augustine) and at graduate level in International Management at the University of London (Royal Holloway).

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Ms Dominique Hempel Rodas

Ms Dominique Hempel Rodas is a Swiss lawyer with more than 20 years experience on issues related to international law, development and private-public partnerships. After several years in private industry where she held different senior positions, including directing a consultancy services firm specialized in international legal and commercial fields, she joined the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. First as a legal counsel and programme and country officer for eastern countries, she then headed the Legal Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 1994 to 2000. She was further seconded by the SDC to international organisations and projects (WHO/The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNDP/GAIN, and UNDP/Interpeace) where she occupied diverse leading functions both at the legal level as a senior legal counsel, and the operational level a programme advisor with a focus on Latin America. She returned to the SDC headquarters in 2008 in charge of training programmes, and then became responsible for the topic of capacity development within the SDC and its partners. She is the author of various publications on development cooperation, notably on the right to development. In addition, she has conducted different face-to-face courses and seminars both in Switzerland and overseas on such subjects as democracy, human rights, and rule of law, as well as instruments of development cooperation. Dominique has supported Diplo’s activities since 2002, and participated in its creation as a foundation. She is pleased to join Diplo’s faculty as a lecturer on Development Diplomacy.

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Dr Katharina Höne

Dr Katharina Höne is a consultant for online learning and publications with DiploFoundation. She completed her doctorate at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Wales. Her research focuses on the state in international relations, paying particular attention to the images and metaphors used to make abstract entities and processes more tangible. Previously, she was part of a research project on the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General and their role in peace processes at the University of Jena, Germany. She obtained a Master in Diplomatic Studies with distinction from the University of Leicester in the UK. Her research interests include international organisations, the UN Secretary-General, international mediation, the role of emotions in international relations, international environmental politics, climate change diplomacy, and education diplomacy. 

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Professor Mihály Kökény

Professor Mihály Kökény, M.D. (1950), former Hungarian Minister of Health, trained for medicine, cardiology, health care management and political sciences. He joined the staff of the Hungarian health ministry in 1979. He was elected to the Hungarian Parliament in 1994 and served there between 1994 and 2010. He was working in various government positions including Secretary of State (1994-1996, 2002-3), Health and Welfare Minister (1996-98, 2003-4), Government Commissioner for public health coordination (2004-2006). In the Parliament he was the Chairman of the Health Committee (1998-2002, 2006-2010). Regarding his performance he elaborated the first national public health programme in Hungary (1987) as an advisor of the deputy prime minister. As health minister he initiated major reforms including downsizing the hospital sector and regulating the pharmaceutical market as well as involvement of private sector to health development. He also submitted significant pieces of health legislation to the Parliament. His international activities covers a broad field of health promotion, environment and health and health care reforms as WHO, EU, OECD and World Bank consultant and speaker of major conferences. From 2008 until 2011 he served as a Member of the Executive Board of WHO, from 2010 he was the Chairman of the Board. Currently he works as a health policy consultant. He is Senior Fellow of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and contributes to global health diplomacy education and research. He is also a lecturer at the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Public Health in Hungary (on global health and health policy). As a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Director of the WHO’s European Region he assists national health policy planning in selected Member States in addition to working in a couple of regional projects.

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Dr Jovan Kurbalija

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. He is a former diplomat with a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. In 1992, he established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. In 2002, after more than ten years of successful work in training, research, and publishing, the Unit evolved into DiploFoundation.

Dr Kurbalija directs online learning courses on ICT and diplomacy and lectures in academic and training institutions in Switzerland, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Malta. His main areas of research are diplomacy and the development of an international Internet regime, the use of hypertext in diplomacy, online negotiations and diplomatic law. He is the author of An Introduction to Internet Governance, which has been translated into eight languages and is now in its 6th edition.

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Ambassador Christopher Lamb

Christopher Lamb is Special Adviser to the Australian Red Cross and the IFRC. He also has advisory responsibilities with many National Societies, business groups, and universities. He is also president of the Australia-Myanmar Institute and holds positions with several NGOs and foundations. As Special Adviser on International Relations for the IFRC until his retirement in June 2010, he was responsible for the diplomatic positioning of the IFRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the international intergovernmental and non-governmental communities. He coordinated the development of IFRC positions in various humanitarian and political fields, supporting the work of National Societies in these respects through the development of the IFRC’s policy on humanitarian diplomacy. Before joining IFRC in 2000, he was an Australian diplomat and Ambassador to Myanmar, Serbia, Romania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, after serving in several multilateral and bilateral posts and as foreign ministry legal adviser.

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Dr Graham Lister

Graham Lister MSc, PhD, is a sociologist and economist with an international reputation for work on health policy and value for money. He has worked in 25 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia with WHO, DfID, DH, IBRD, USAID and other health and aid organisations. As partner of C&L (now PwC) he established the largest consulting practice in Africa (outside South Africa) and the largest consulting team in Europe focused on health.  He has developed and run training in health negotiations as a component of health leadership training for accession states to the EU and for health leaders in East Africa. He coordinated the first national UK programme on global health, the first international conference on Health and Foreign Policy and helped in the development of Global Health Europe, a community that promotes synergy between the policy spheres of public health, foreign policy, development, and research for health. As a Senior Fellow of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, he regularly contributes to the development and the teaching of executive courses on global health diplomacy and governance. In the UK he has served on several national and local boards including the NICE Partners Council, Buckinghamshire Health Authority, the College of Health and the Health Protection Agency. He is visiting Professor at London South Bank University and is currently rapporteur for the UK/Canada Colloquium on Global Health.

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Dr Andrei Mikheyev

Dr Andrei Mikheyev is a project manager at Yandex, Russia's biggest Internet company. Prior to going into the private sector he worked as Director of the Internet Politics Centre and lecturer at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He studied Political Science and International Relations in Russia and the USA, and holds a PhD in Political Science from MGIMO-University. Dr Mikheyev became involved with Diplo in 2004, first as a student in the Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and then as a tutor in the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and assistant lecturer/coordinator for other Diplo courses. He has also contributed, both as translator and as project manager, to the translation and publication of Diplo’s An Introduction to Internet Governance and books in Russia.

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Ms Sheba Mohammid

Sheba Mohammid, from Trinidad and Tobago, is interested in multi-disciplinary and transformative strategies for ICT4D. Her work is focused on Digital Inclusion in Small Island Developing States. She serves as a Research Expert on the Internet Governance Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Programme, a Commonwealth fellow and an ACP fellow to the IGF where she has presented and moderated panels on Media Literacy and ICT4D. She is also a trainer in Internet Governance and ICT Policy and Strategy for DiploFoundation. Sheba continues research on Human Behaviour on the Internet, Youth Use of Social Media, and Futurist Deployment of ICT as a Catalyst for Development. Sheba works in Trinidad where she is an ICT Policy Specialist. Here she has responsibility for major considerations in creating an enabling Policy and Legislative Environment. Her work has spanned issues of an emerging Knowledge Society such as ICT Strategies, ICT Governance, A2K, e-Waste, Multi-Channel Service Delivery, Data Protection and e-Transactions.

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Mr Jean-Michel Monod

Jean-Michel Monod, a Swiss citizen, worked for 37 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in the field (Head of Delegations in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa) and at headquarters as Delegate General (Director) for Asia and the Pacific. As Delegate General for Asia and the Pacific, his responsibilities included negotiating the acceptability of ICRC’s services in sensitive situations (Myanmar, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, East Timor, India inter alia). As Head of the Regional Delegation for North Africa (2010-2013), he successfully negotiated the opening of an ICRC Delegation in Tripoli (Libya) in April 2011. Jean-Michel retired in October 2013 and lives in Tunis.

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Ms Mary Murphy

Ms Mary Murphy is a communications trainer and publishing consultant based in Budapest. She specialises in group workshops to non-native-English speakers, one-to-one coaching in public speaking, and English-language writing assessments and training. She is an active member of Toastmasters International (Advanced Communicator Silver) and guest lecturer at the Budapest College of Business and Tourism. Ms Murphy holds an MA in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Contemporary Diplomacy at the University of Malta.

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Ms Judy Okite

Judy Okite is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and is the Internet Governance Coordinator at FOSSFA. She oversees and advises the organisation on the current Internet Governance issues and what direction the organisation should take, as it continues to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development.

Her active participation in Internet governance is conspicuous at the national and regional, continental and global levels. She has had the opportunity to work directly or indirectly with the four regional forums in Africa, namely: the East Africa Internet Governance Forum, Secretariat in 2009, Consultant level for the Central Africa Internet Governance Forum (CAIGF) 2012, the initial formation team at South Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF), and continues to coordinate the West Africa Internet Governance Forum.

She is an active member of the DCAD, LinuxChix , KICTanet and ISOC.

In her day-to-day work she is a certified Linux network administrator and spends most the day connecting and disconnecting devices.

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Ms Utchay Okoli

Ms Utchay Okoli is a native of Nigeria. She holds a BSc in Botany (University of Benin-Nigeria), a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (University of Malta) and an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development (University of Northumbria, UK). Her dissertation was a policy study on the MDG3 and the strategies implemented by the Nigerian government and other development organisations to address the socio-economic vulnerability of the Nigerian woman. Since 2003, her focus has been on capacity building in the development sector with particular emphasis on the development and implementation of policies that effectively address socio-economic hazards. Her work underscores the importance of people’s empowerment as a vital development asset, especially for emerging economies constantly grappling with scarce resources and severe capacity constraints. Utchay has also worked as a lead facilitator for an NGO in Nigeria.

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Ms Virginia (Ginger) Paque

Ms Virginia (Ginger) Paque was born in the United States, but lived in Venezuela for more than 35 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years’ experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. As a board member of the United Nations Association of Venezuela, her work as the Venezuelan member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force on WSIS brought her into the world of IG during the Geneva PrepComs. She is active in Civil Society discussions on IG, and served as IG Caucus co-coordinator for two years. As IGCBP director for DiploFoundation she has enjoyed the opportunity to extend online capacity building programmes to developing countries in different languages. The research and implementation of e-participation and online inclusion possibilities for global policy processes is another important priority area, with concrete applications in remote participation for global IG meetings such as the IGF. In 2013 she completed her Master in Contemporary Diplomacy with a thesis on the importance of IG as a new diplomatic priority. She is a member of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) and coordinator of the MAG Remote Participation Working Group.

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Ms Jenny Pearson

Ms Jenny Pearson has lived and worked in Cambodia since 1995. She has qualifications in social work and management and worked in the public sector in England before going to Cambodia. She founded and directed VBNK, Cambodia's leading learning and capacity development institution, until 2008. She has played a leading role in developing the capacity of the not-for-profit sector in Cambodia, introducing creative approaches to capacity development and serving on the boards of several prominent development organisations. In 2007 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Jenny now spends her time consulting and writing about capacity development, drawing on her years of experience to contribute the voice of practice to the international discourse on capacity development. She is the author of Creative Capacity Development: learning to adapt in development practice, and the OECD Work Paper Training and Beyond: Seeking better practices for capacity development.

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Mr Vladimir Radunović

Vladimir Radunović is a director of e-diplomacy and cybersecurity educational and training programmes of DiploFoundation. Prior to this, he has coordinated the Internet governance and policy programmes since 2005. Vladimir also served as a Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2012-2014. He has actively participated in the global process since World Summit on Information Society in 2003, and has been a lecturer and a speaker in number of online and in-situ professional educations and trainings in Internet governance worldwide. His professional focus is on capacity development and online learning, broadband and access policy, cybersecurity and Internet safety, network neutrality, open Internet and end-user rights, e-participation and e-diplomacy, Internet governance process and negotiations. He holds an MSc in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade and a Master degree in contemporary diplomacy from the University of Malta with thesis on e-diplomacy, and has undertaken a PhD programme in cybersecurity. He was born and lives in Serbia.

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Ambassador Kishan S. Rana, Professor Emeritus

Ambassador Kishan S. Rana was educated at St Stephens College, Delhi University and holds a BA (Honors) and an MA in Economics (First Division). He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1960, retiring in 1995. He served as ambassador to Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany; Joint Secretary in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Office (1981–1982); and head of personnel administration in the Ministry of External Affairs. Foreign languages: Chinese and French.

In 1999 he joined the e-learning teaching faculty of DiploFoundation and was named Professor Emeritus by Diplo in 2010. In 1999, he published his first book, Inside Diplomacy, a critical examination of how the Indian diplomatic system should be improved. That prompted a major reform initiative and was followed by: Managing Corporate Culture (co-author, 2000); Bilateral Diplomacy (2002); The 21st Century Ambassador (2004); Asian Diplomacy (2007); Foreign Ministries (co-editor, 2007); Economic Diplomacy (co-editor, 2011); Diplomacy of the Twenty-first Century (2011); and The Contemporary Embassy (2013). Currently working on two books, he has published 80 articles on current affairs in academic and other journals.

He served as a Commonwealth Adviser to the Namibia Foreign Ministry for six months, (2000–2001), and has advised the foreign ministries of Botswana and Kenya. Other posts: Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi; Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, 2005; Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, and at Bahrain. He is on the guest faculty of the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna; has conducted training programmes at Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, the Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Suriname, Switzerland, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago. Amb. Rana has produced three distance programmes for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in a self-learning format; subsequently, the British Foreign Office adapted one of these.

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Ms Katitza Rodriguez

Katitza Rodriguez is Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) international rights director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright enforcement. She is an advisor to the UN Internet Governance Forum (2009-2010), and a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International. Before joining EFF, Katitza was director of the international privacy program at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C., where amongst other things, she worked on The Privacy and Human Rights Report, an international survey of privacy law and developments. Katitza is well-known to many in global civil society and in international policy venues for her work at the UN Internet Governance Forum and her pivotal role in the creation and ongoing success of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for which she served as the civil society liaison while at EPIC from 2008 to March 2010. Katitza holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Lima, Peru.

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Ms Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini, JD, LLM, MA in International Negotiations, MBA, is an expert in intellectual property with 10 years of experience - as a lawyer and academic - in software, content, internet licensing and commons-based approaches. She works on OER policy and projects, founding and leading OER-Brazil. She serves on the Global Agenda Council for Intellectual Property for the World Economic Forum and is a Board Member at the Brazilian Institute of Internet Law. Previously, she led the Brazil Catalyst Project at Wikimedia Foundation and was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.  In Brazil, she worked for Telefonica Group, the Ford Foundation, Creative Commons Brazil, and FGV Law School, where she co-ordinated the Legal Clinical Program and taught law.

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Ambassador Paramjit (Pummy) S. Sahai

Ambassador Paramjit (Pummy) S Sahai served in the Indian Foreign Service (1963–2000) as India’s Ambassador/High Commissioner to Malawi, Lesotho, Yemen Democratic Republic, Sweden, and Malaysia; and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow at the time of the split of the Soviet Union in 1991. He was extensively involved with consular work and Indian Diaspora and migration issues as Head of the Consular, Passport, and Visa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (1981–1984). He was responsible for the drafting and passage of the Indian Emigration Act (1983) and led the Indian delegation at the UN Working Group (1982–1984) for drafting the UN Convention on Migrant Workers and their Families. He has published papers dealing with cultural diplomacy, media, diaspora, migration, and India’s relationship with South, South-East, and Central Asia, ASEAN, and SAARC, including a paper on out-migration from India (published in a book by the ILO in 2004). He edited two books – India-Eurasia: The Way Ahead (2008) and Women Guiding the Destiny of South Asia (2010) – and published reports – The Study of Indian Diaspora with Particular Reference to Development and Migration from the State of Punjab for the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India (2011) and  Migration and Development with Focus on Remittances in Agriculture Sector for FAO’s Country Study on India (2011).

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Dr Biljana Scott

Dr Biljana Scott was trained as a linguist (BA in Chinese, M.Phil and D.Phil in Linguistics, University of Oxford). She is a Senior Lecturer in Political Language and Public Diplomacy at DiploFoundation and a lecturer at Oxford University and the London Academy of Diplomacy. She workshops internationally on Language and Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, and Public Speaking. Her current research is on the 'unsaid'.


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Dr W. Pal Sidhu

Dr Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu is the Visiting Fellow for Disarmament and a former Director of the New Issues in Security Course (NISC) at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). He is a Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, working primarily on the Managing Global Order and Peacebuilding as Statebuilding programs. Prior to joining CIC, he served as Vice President of Programs at the EastWest Institute in New York, and as Director of the New Issues in Security Course at the GCSP. Dr Sidhu has researched, written, and taught extensively on the United Nations and regionalism, peace operations, Southern Asia, confidence-building-measures, disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation issues. His recent publications include: The Iraq Crisis and World Order: Structural, Institutional and Normative Challenges; Arms Control after Iraq: Normative and Operational Challenges; Kashmir: New Voices, New Approaches; and China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? He has also published in leading international journals, including Arms Control Today, Asian Survey, Disarmament Diplomacy, Disarmament Forum, International Peacekeeping, Jane's Intelligence Review, Politique Etrangère, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Dr Sidhu was the consultant to the first, second, and third United Nations Panel of Governmental Experts on Missiles in 2001-2002, 2004 and 2007-2008 respectively. He was also appointed as a member of the Resource Group set up to assist the United Nations High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change in 2004. Dr Sidhu earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.

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Mr Andrej Skrinjaric

Mr Andrej Skrinjaric was born in Karlovac, Croatia, and studied Chinese Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, graduating in 1999. In 2000, he attended a postgraduate course in European Studies at the Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN), Belgrade. In 2003, he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy from University of Malta. His thesis was entitled Multilingualism and the Internet. From 1999–2002 he worked as a freelance interpreter/translator, Chinese-Serbian, Chinese-English, and English-Serbian. He currently works for DiploFoundation as Online Programmes Coordinator.

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Mr Tore Svenning

Tore Svenning joined the Norwegian Red Cross in 1985, following some years of volunteering, and has been posted in Sudan, Geneva, Jordan, Cyprus, Kuwait, Israel, Moscow and Budapest. From an operational track, he shifted to humanitarian diplomacy just after the Federation obtained observer status in the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. He worked in external relations in the Secretariat, supporting the New York Office and developing relations with institutions like the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Geneva based UN agencies as well as the local diplomatic community. His training was in theoretical economics and history.

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Ms Stacey-Marie Syne

Ms Stacey-Marie Syne works in the field of environmental and knowledge management in UN entities.She graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a Master of Philosophy in Microbiology (2009). During postgraduate study she worked as a tutor and research assistant at UWI for courses she once read in her undergraduate majors: Environment & Natural Resource Management and Biology. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in 2004 from UWI St Augustine and has certificates in Italian and French from UWI and the Caribbean Examination Council, respectively.

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Mr Christiaan Sys

Mr Christiaan Sys is currently serving as vice-consul in the Belgian Embassy in London. He has previously worked as parliamentary adviser to the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and as an intern in the House of Commons for Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP.

He holds a Licentiaat in International Relations from Antwerp University (Belgium) and a Master in Diplomatic Studies (Distinction) from the University of Leicester.  He has an interest in diplomacy and the United Nations.

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Mr Olaph Terribile

Mr Terribile is currently personal secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta. He served as Director of Protocol and Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malta for a number of years. In his 28-year diplomatic career, he served at various missions overseas including Beijing (the People's Republic of China), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and London (United Kingdom). Since 2004, Mr Terribile has been a regular lecturer at Diplo where he lectures on protocol procedures including practical exercises on etiquette. He is also a visiting academic member of staff at the University of Malta where he gives lectures in diplomacy. Mr Terribile holds an MA in Chinese literature from the University of Hebei in the People’s Republic of China.

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Ms Michaela Told

Ms Michaela Told is currently Executive Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Prior to moving into academia, she has been working more than 15 years with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at local, regional and international level in all continents, most recently heading the Principles and Values Department of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva. She then was also involved in negotiations and policy-making within the statutory bodies of the RCRC Movement. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Division of Development Cooperation and later served as Secretary General of an international women’s human rights NGO based in Geneva. In her current position as Executive Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute she is responsible for the successful implementation of all activities of the Global Health Programme. In her research and teaching she focuses on Global Health Diplomacy. She holds a MSW (School of Social Work, Vienna), a MCom (University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna), and a MA in Development Studies (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague).

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Mr Ibrahim Uvais

Mr Ibrahim Uvais is a PhD candidate at the School of Arts and Social Sciences in Monash University, Malaysia. His research focuses on identity constructs of small island states in global environmental politics. He previously worked in the civil service of the Maldives. Between 1995 and 2006, he served at different departments of the President’s Office including Foreign Relations, Financial Affairs, and Economic Policy. From 2006 to 2009, he was posted as First Secretary at the Maldives High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Uvais holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney. He recently completed research towards a Postgraduate Diploma at Monash University, and a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta.


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Dr Barbara Zanchetta

Dr Barbara Zanchetta is a Visiting Fellow at the GCSP working on disarmament and a Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Helsinki, where she focuses on US foreign policy, transatlantic relations and “out of area” issues, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

A historian of the Cold War and of American foreign policy, Dr Zanchetta has studied arms control negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union, American policies in the Middle East and neighboring regions (such as the Horn of Africa), US-Iranian relations and, more recently, the Iranian nuclear programme. She has published various articles and book chapters on these and related issues and has frequently offered comments for the media. She is currently completing a book titled From Dominance to Leadership: The Transformation of American Power in the 1970s and is the co-author of Transatlantic Relations since 1945: An Introduction (London: Routledge: 2012).

Dr Zanchetta earned her PhD in History of International Relations at the University of Florence in 2007, and her Italian university degree in Political Science at the University of Urbino in 2003. She has lectured at the universities of Urbino, Florence, Tampere and Helsinki. Before joining FIIA and the GCSP, she held an Academy of Finland post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Tampere and was a scholar at the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies in Italy.

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Other lecturers

Ambassador Leslie Agius

Ambassador Leslie Agius joined the Executive Civil Service in 1964, a few days after Malta’s independence from Britain and was posted to the nascent Ministry of Foreign Affairs (then known as the External Relations Division of the Office of the Prime Minister) from its first day of operations. He later joined the Diplomatic service and attended the Oxford University Foreign Service programme. He received further training in Vienna, with the British Embassy and in Tokyo with the Japanese Export Trade Organization. Following his return to Malta he served in the Protocol and Consular section. In 1969 he was posted to Brussels and subsequently to Rome, Tripoli, Washington and Paris. In 1981 he was appointed non-resident Ambassador to the USA, Italy, France and Greece. He resigned in 1983. Between 1985 and 1992 he headed the Malta National Tourist Office in London where he chaired the Association of National Tourist Offices. In 1992 he joined the University of Malta as its first Director of International Relations and Chief Executive of its subsidiary, the Foundation for International Studies. In these capacities he started the recruitment of international students, the establishment of linkages with overseas universities, the organization of numerous international conferences, and the University’s participation in European-funded cooperation programmes. On his retirement from the University, Mr Agius was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Conference of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth, held in Malta in 2005. He subsequently re-joined the Foreign Ministry and was Acting Director of Protocol and Consular Affairs for several months. Later on he was appointed focal point for Malta’s Honorary Consuls. In 2008 he presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador to Switzerland.

Mr Pete Cranston

Mr Pete Cranston is a knowledge management, communication and social media specialist, with long experience as a facilitator and trainer. For the past 14 years he has worked in the 3rd sector, mainly in international development, for a wide range of government, international NGO, research and UK civil society organisations. A significant part of his work in the past 10 years has been with telecentres and local content exchange while his most recent research has been into global social media trends, with special reference to health communications, and the impact of convergent mobile technologies in rural development. Pete has his roots in Community Education. He believes facilitation is about enabling learning, collaboration, synthesis, and perhaps the emergence of new ideas and groupings. So while he favours participative approaches to events and process he is not bound to any specific methodology. An independent consultant since 2001, Pete has been working regularly with Diplo since 2007 on communications and online collaboration projects. He teaches eDiplomacy and social media skills for diplomats at Diplo workshops and online courses.

Mr Dejan Dinčić

Dejan is technical director of DiploFoundation, where he designs software and co-ordinates technical activities supporting innovative online learning and research programmes. With a professional and academic background in information and educational technologies, Dejan has more than 20 years of experience in information architecture and management, online communications and systems design. Before joining DiploFoundation, he worked on harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies in the developing world. His major research interests include software usability, instructional design and online communities facilitation.

Hon. Dr Michael Frendo

The Hon. Dr Michael Frendo, MP, currently, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta, has been a Member of the Maltese Parliament for the past 23 years. From 1990 to 1992, he was Parliamentary Secretary (Minister of State) for Youth, Culture and Consumer Protection. From 1992 to 1994, he was Minister of Youth and Arts. From 1994 to 1996, he was Minister of Transport, Communications and Technology. He was Parliamentary Secretary (Minister of State) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from March to July 2004 before serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta from 2004 to 2008, during which he was also a Member, and later Chair, of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), and Chair of Commonwealth Connects, the Commonwealth ICT for Development Programme. He lectures on law and international relations in Malta, Italy and the UK and is the author of a number of articles and books. Dr Frendo has a Doctorate in Laws from the University of Malta and a Master of Laws in European Legal Studies from the University of Exeter.

Ms Marilia Maciel

Ms Marilia Maciel is a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. 

She is also a lecturer and tutor in courses offered by DiploFoundation, such as the Internet Governance Capacity Building Program and the course on E-diplomacy. She serves as a Member of ICANN 

Non-commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and representative of NCUC in NCSG Policy Committee. Marilia is a former member of the Working Group on IGF improvements (2011-2012), created under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD). She represented CTS / FGV in meetings of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (2008-2010). Currently she is a member of the Advisory Board on Internet security, created under the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee. Marilia is a 

PhD candidate on International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC – Rio de Janeiro) developing a thesis on Internet Governance, cyber security and defense. She holds a Master's degree in Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2008), and an Undergraduate in Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2005).

Mr Milutin Milošević

Passionate about engaging people in community building, Milutin has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. During this time, he has trained generations of young people, and developed excellent administrative and organisational skills. He has a proven aptitude for managing people, projects and schedules. He is a freelance training and development consultant based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Ms Mary Murphy

Ms Mary Murphy is a communications trainer and publishing consultant based in Budapest. She specialises in group workshops to non-native-English speakers, one-to-one coaching in public speaking, and English-language writing assessments and training. She is an active member of Toastmasters International (Advanced Communicator Silver) and guest lecturer at the Budapest College of Business and Tourism. Ms Murphy holds an MA in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Contemporary Diplomacy at the University of Malta.

Mr Valeriu Nicolae

Mr Valeriu Nicolae is a human rights activist and communications trainer with extensive experience in Europe and worldwide. He is the founder and president of the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, a Bucharest-based think tank; and co-founder of the European Roma Policy Coalition, which includes some of the most active NGOs in the field of human rights. During the last five years he has worked as a senior consultant for the Open Society Institute and European institutions, and director and advocacy director for a network of European Roma NGOs (ERGO). Valeriu holds a Masters in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta.

Valeriu has written and published extensively on Roma issues and human rights. He regularly presents papers at international conferences and conducts training seminars on human rights, advocacy and communication skills, including for Aspen Institute Romania and World Vision. He is a regularly invited lecturer for Amnesty International and many universities and intergovernmental institutions. In 2005, in partnership with DiploFoundation, Valeriu developed and ran the Roma Diplomacy capacity development programme for Roma professionals that gathered some of the most promising Roma human resources in Europe.

In recent years Valeriu has dedicated a good part of his time to working with schoolchildren in Bucharest’s worst ghetto, together with colleagues from the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities. The Center is trying to develop alternative educational approaches for children at high risk, and community development initiatives with very vulnerable groups. The Center has receive a number of prizes for its work in this area, including in 2012 the UNICEF prize for best Sports and Education practice at the Beyond Sports Awards in London.

Ms Lourdes Pullicino

Ms Lourdes Pullicino is currently Research Assistant and Teaching Associate at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC). She worked for 20 years as a journalist, particularly in radio and television newsrooms. For the last five years she has been producing the award-winning current affairs programme Newsroom, aired on Net TV. She is also a lecturer at the Communications Department within the University of Malta.

Ms Roxana Radu

Ms Roxana Radu is a PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland), and a research fellow at the Geneva Internet Platform. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as a programme coordinator and researcher at the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University (Budapest), where she focused on cybersecurity, e-government, and e-participation, and on (new) media regulation in transitional societies. She is an alumni of DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme, ICANN's Fellowship Programme, and ISOC’s Next Generation Leadership programme. She participated as an ISOC ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum in 2012 and 2013. Since 2009, she has worked extensively with the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations, and collaborated with the Global Development Network on policy studies regarding public service provision in Central and Eastern Europe. Her current research focuses on new modes of governance for global Internet policy-making.

Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona

Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, a Founder Member of DiploFoundation, has been organising courses simulating international negotiations – bilateral and multilateral – at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, since 1991 as well as for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, for the Commonwealth, and for the Commission of the European Union, amongst others. Dr Trigona served as Malta's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981–1987. He negotiated Malta's Neutrality Agreements. He lobbied for, won, and managed Malta's first ever seat on the United Nations Security Council for 1983/1984. His law Doctorate was awarded on the basis of a seminal thesis Constitutional Change and the Maltese Constitution. Fundamental constitutional changes in 1974 followed this thesis in both manner and substance. He was elected Rhodes Scholar for Malta and read Politics, Economics, and Philosophy at Oriel College, Oxford University for his MA. He Lectures on Diplomacy and Diplomatic Practice for International Relations students and on Private International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Malta.


Ms Hannah Slavik

Hannah has been the Educational Programmes Director for Diplo since 2003 and has worked with Diplo since 1999. She is currently responsible for designing learning methodologies, planning educational policy, cooperation with partner institutions, and online course development and implementation. She has also edited three Diplo publications: Language and Diplomacy, Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy, and Roma Diplomacy. Hannah has an academic background in linguistics, holding an MA from the University of Malta and a BA from the University of Victoria, Canada. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Open and Distance Education from the Open University, UK. Originally from western Canada, she currently lives in Bucharest, Romania.

Mr Patrick Tabone

Having secured experience in the marketing and academic sectors at the start of his career, Patrick Tabone worked as Head of Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta from 1998 to 2004, with overall responsibility for the Minister’s private secretariat. During this tenure Mr Tabone was appointed as one of the five members of the Core Negotiating Group for Malta’s EU Accession Negotiations. Mr Tabone also played a key background role in media relations and worked especially closely on negotiations in the sensitive environment chapter. Between 2004 and 2008, Mr Tabone was Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner Joe Borg. As well as providing advice to the Commissioner on all portfolio-related issues and other areas of Commission work, Mr Tabone liaised closely with the Director General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, other Heads of Cabinet, and Permanent Representations to the EU, playing a key role in the design of a new Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union, and in the ongoing implementation and improvement of the Common Fisheries Policy. Mr Tabone also represented the Commissioner at conferences, meetings and negotiations as required. Mr Tabone is currently Principal of Chiswick House School and St Martin’s College, a leading Maltese co-educational establishment teaching students up to Sixth Form level.

Dr Nadia Theuma

Dr Nadia Theuma holds degrees in Anthropology and Tourism Studies. She has been a member of staff at the University of Malta for more than 14 years with teaching, administrative and research experiences at the Department of Management and Department of Tourism Studies, where she is now Head. She has held advisory posts with the Ministries of Tourism and Education, MTA, Heritage Malta, Malta Crafts Council and Ministry for Resources and Competitiveness and Communications. She was a Board Director of Malta Tourism Authority where she was influential in the Ministry developing a cultural tourism policy and participated in the developing of the Brand Identity for Malta. She is also a consultant to Maltese entities and private companies on identity, image and product development.