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The International Youth to Youth Summit Team is delighted to announce that we have secured a number of speakers from different types of organizations to make sure that our event covers as many angles as possible. We are happy to announce the participation of the following speakers:
David Riveros Garcia
David is 24 years old. He’s the Founder and Executive Director @reAccionpy, an NGO that promotes transparency, citizen engagement, and anti-corruption in the education sector of Paraguay. In 2009, he was selected as a Youth Ambassador by the US Embassy in Paraguay and named a Global Changemaker by the British Council. David has been a panelist and presenter at events like the World Economic Forum 2010, the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012, the Civil Society Policy Forum at the World Bank – IMF Annual Meetings 2013, among other international events. He is a co-founder of the Global Youth Anti-corruption Network (GYAC) and the International Youth Ambassadors Network (IYAN). The work of his NGO was mentioned in Transparency International’s first “Global Corruption Report: Education.” David has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and has been researching youth political participation and open data. He graduated from Morningside College, Iowa, USA, with a BA in International Relations.
Ingrida joined the TI Lithuania team in 2013 as a volunteer, and since 2014 as a project coordinator. She is in charge of coordinating TI Lithuania youth engagement initiatives, such as Transparency International School on Integrity, which is the largest 7-day long anti-corruption youth gathering worldwide (www.transparencyschool.org), and the Integrity Network of Schools – the first network of this kind, already gathering an overall 5% of schools in the country.
Ingrida interned at the non-governmental organization in São Paulo, Brazil, also has project management experience in the private sector in Lithuania. She has a Bachelor‘s degree from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University.
Grzegorz Makowski is the Director of the Public Integrity Program at Stefan Batory Foundation and Assistant Professor at Collegium Civitas (Warsaw, Poland). Holds PhD in sociology. In 2002 graduated from Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University and awarded by Polish Sociological Society with the 1st Class Florian Znaniecki’s prize for the best MA sociological thesis of the year. Author of books and numerous research papers and press articles on corruption, anti-corruption policy, sociology of social problems, civil society and non-governmental organizations.
Iasón Ó Duíginn
Iasón Ó Duíginn – the Founder and International President of Anti-Corruption International, a global youth focused anti-corruption organisation with chapters across the world. The express aim of Anti-Corruption International is to offer young people the space to challenge corruption through education and empowerment and to achieve social good in countries across the globe. He also serves as the Irish ambassador to the European Student Think Tank, and has been involved in student activism for a number of years serving as the chairperson of Amnesty International within his university.
Fiona Leach, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Sussex, UK. Fiona worked in Africa as a teacher and education adviser for many years before becoming an academic. She has published widely in the field of gender and education. Her particular area of research expertise is gender-based violence in schools. She has addressed international conferences on this topic and recently produced two global reviews of approaches to addressing the issue (one for UNESCO). She was a contributor to Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Report on Education and co-investigator on a recent British government funded research project on widening participation in higher education.
Fiona is co-editor of the books Combating Gender Violence in and around Schools (2006) and Education, Conflict and Reconciliation: International Perspectives (2007). She is author of Gender Analysis in Education (2003). She also contributed to the UN Secretary General’s World Report on Violence against Children (2006).
Dumisani is a God fearing lawyer, former public prosecutor, vibrant youth & anti-corruption activist from Zimbabwe. He is the Founder & Managing Director of Zero Tolerance-wise Consultancy and Founding Trustee of Zero Tolerance-wise Youth Trust. Dumisani is motivated by a strong sense of real justice and the need to improve the lives of especially ordinary citizens through eradication of all forms of corruption. He believes in the power of the youths. Dumisani advocates for corruption free societies, transparency, accountability, integrity, good and open governance. Dumisani is a thought leader and a game changer. He is one of the most vocal anti-corruption activists in Zimbabwe. He has represented the Zimbabwean and African youths at international forums on corruption in Japan, Brazil, The Philippines, Panama, Lithuania and Nigeria. Dumisani is always keen to share his as well as his country’s experiences and to exchange ideas with other youths in the fight against corruption.
Krzysztof Izdebski – Policy Director at Fundament, lawyer providing legal consultations on access to public information, open data and re-use of public sector information, drafting legal opinions and representing NGO’s and other clients in court proceedings. He is also specialized in legal aspects of the prevention of corruption. Currently he is a Local Research Correspondent for Poland in the European Commission Anti-Corruption project (Anti-Corruption report) that aims to improve anti-corruption policies in the Member States. He is also a trainer in the field of combatting and preventing corruption and is specialized in the ethical standards of NGO’s. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, conflicts of interest, corruption and ethical standards of NGO’s. He is also taking active role in the Coalition for the Open Government – informal body that is acting toward Poland’s participation in the Open Government Partnership and to increase standards of open government. His expertise covers not only Poland but also other EU and non-EU countries.
Mariusz Witalis is a Partner leading Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practices in EY in Poland and the Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia). He is recognized as one of the top experts on fraud and corruption related matters in CSE. He has extensive experience with a wide range of special investigations, litigation support, anti-corruption services, insurance claims projects, compliance audits and fraud prevention projects. Mr Witalis obtained a Master’s Degree in International Economic Relations from the Academy of Economics in Katowice, has a Diploma of Polish Statutory Auditor (Chartered Accountant), Certified Internal Auditor and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars devoted to compliance and fraud management and member of the Compliance Committee at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Mr Witalis is an author of numerous articles on compliance and business fraud and the co-author of EY’s blog devoted to fraud-related matters.
Hong Kong-born Bonnie Chiu is the co-founder and CEO of non-profit social enterprise Lensational, which aims to empower marginalised women by equipping them with cameras and photography training. Since launching in 2013, the organisation – which has expanded to a team of 50 volunteers – has taught photography to 300 women across nine developing countries. Outside of Lensational, Bonnie is a consultant at The Social Investment Consultancy. She has been an active campaigner for women’s rights through working at Amnesty International and Equality Now. She is now based in London, but prior to that she has studied and worked in Denmark, the United States, Singapore and Pakistan. She holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Elena Panfilova is the chair of the Center for Anti-corruption Research and Initiative Transparency International, TI’s Russian chapter, which she founded in 1999. She served as its Executive Director until July 2014, when she became the Chapter’s Chair. She has been an academic, consultant and activist, held positions in the OECD and the Institute for Economy in Transition, and became a member of the Russian Governmental Commission on Open Government. In August 2014, she became head of the Laboratory for Anti-Corruption Policy (which she founded in 2008), working to promote transparency and civil society. Since 2007, she has taught anti-corruption at the State University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Panfilova was elected to the TI Board in 2011, and elected vice-chair in 2014.
Ms. Patricia Galdamez is a Salvadoran law professional, specialized in project management, democracy, governance and Rule of Law. Ms.Galdamez has worked as the Executive Director of thу Democracy,Transparency, Justice Foundation in El Salvador and advisor to the Tutator Foundation! (Swiss NGO). From 200232007, she!worked under the Democracy and Governance Office of!the United States Agency for International Development in El Salvador, planning, designing and monitoring Rule of Law programs. She later worked for Creative Associates International under the Regional Youth Alliance SAID3SICA project, implementing activities regarding youth and juvenile justice in the Central American region. She has more than fourteen ears of experience in the management and implementation of projects with international cooperation and donors under the democracy framework in areas such as transparency, Rule of Law, civil society strengthening and citizen participation areas. She is currently the Civil Society Coordinator for the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies.
Asia Przybylska (PR & communication coordinator), ePanstwo Foundation, as a student was a leader of two youth councils (Students’ Council in the City of Poznań and earlier Youth Council in Kalisz). Then she continued active social engagement by candidating for a municipal council and volunteering for local NGOs. She worked as a community manager on social media channels for various polish and global brands. She is a bloger, CSR & social media passionate.
In Fundament she is responsible for the website called MyCountry which is a set of apps that allow citizens to control what their country does and also affect its actions. Privately Asia is interested in elections. She was an international observer in local elections on Ukraine in 2010 and since 2007 she is engaged more or less in elections in Poland.Her nearest aim is to be the international observer in elections in the United States.
Professor Mark Vlasic
Since 1992 Police Officer who served in different units dealing with, among others, financial crime, international police cooperation, international exchange of criminal information via Interpol and Europol channels (Head of Unit). In 2004 participated in a United Nations Mission in Pristina, Kosovo (UNMIK) under the Peacekeeping Operation as Close Protection Operator. Since 2007 serves as Officer of the Central Anticorruption Bureau dealing with coordination of international cooperation within the Bureau, responsible for creation of international cooperation unit within CBA. In 2013 was delegated for a year contract to European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) to Odessa, Ukraine where he served as Anti-corruption Specialist.
Graduated from the Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland in 1997. He graduated from Master of Political Science and also attended the Foreign Policy Studies at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (Polish Diplomatic Academy) in Warsaw, Poland. Graduated from many specialized professional courses, among others, diplomatic and foreign affairs, international cooperation, EU integration, corruption risk assessment, etc.. Speaks English and Russian.
He performs as a trainer on national and international specialized courses dedicated to international operational and strategic cooperation, anticorruption education and corruption prevention (CBA professional basic courses, EUBAM Anti-Corruption Summer Schools in Moldova, Poland and Ukraine, EU Projects, CEPOL). Short Term Expert on Twinning and EU Projects in Montenegro and Moldova. Member of evaluation team on UNCAC implementation for Slovakia. Project manager of EU funded Project “Raising of Anticorruption Training System” conducted together with Lithuanian STT and Latvian KNAB in the years 2012-2015. Member of Polish Project Team for the Project “SIENA for Anticorruption Agencies” – S4ACA, provided by Austrian BAK.
Hicham Mansouri, 36, is a Moroccan investigative journalist, Human Rights defender and was member of the 20 February Movement, the Moroccan version of the Arab Spring. He dedicated his professional life to the promotion of investigative journalism, freedom of expression and press freedom in his home country Morocco.
Hicham Mansouri worked for Machahid Newspaper as an investigative journalist, FreePress Unlimited in Morocco and Friedrich Naumann For Freedom and The Moroccan Association For Investigative Journalism (AMJI) as a coordinator project. He studied journalism (degree) and management of media (Master) at the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC).
Because of his work, as his investigative project “electronic surveillance of journalists and activists”; and its major role in the production of investigations on sensitive topics (such as the destructible effects of the Royal Holding’s mines) – he was a victim of two physical assaults, a fabricated trial and put in prison for 10 months (“preparation of a brothel and participation in adultery”).
When in prison he suffered torture and human rights abuse up to the point he was many times in a hunger straight to claim his rights. He left his country one day after his release from prison 18th January because of a new trial (“threats to national security”) because of his work on Story Maker application, developed by Free Press Unlimited together with The Guardian Project and Small World News, to enable (citizen) journalists in conflict areas to do their work without putting their privacy and safety at risk. The trial is still going on (next trial sitting scheduled for June 2016) and he risks up to 5 years of imprisonment.
Ms. Jecel Censoro
Ms. Jecel Censoro is a project implementation specialist in the Asian Development Bank. She handles projects that involve youth as stakeholders such as the Jobstart program of DOLE in the Philippines, education projects in Lao PDR, and employment programs in the Pacific. She is involved in conducting preparatory researches for projects, data-driven planning, on the ground implantation, and M&E.
Prior to working in ADB, Jecel has been working on school monitoring through the Checkmyschool program of ANSA East Asia Pacific where she was a Communications and Network Manager. Checkmyschool is a participatory monitoring initiative with the Department of Education which aims to use technology and on-the-ground community mobilization to make sure that school services are provided well through citizen feedback.
Aside from work, Jecel is also active in other advocacies and projects concerning anti-corruption, education, and poverty alleviation. Her work on Checkmyschool and social enterprises like Trash Can are able to serve people in the field gaining recognition locally and abroad.
Jecel studied Psychology in CSSP-UP and Business Economics in Korea University for undergraduate. She earned her Diploma in Public Management in NCPAG and Certificate in Peace and Enterprise in Clinton School, Northern Ireland. She is currently in her last year for Masters in Public Administration in NCPAG-UP.
Nicholas Tan Check Foong
Nicholas Tan Check Foong is a passionate youth professional and activist. He is currently working as Senior Risk Consultant at KPMG Malaysia Risk and Forensic Department. Prior to that, He worked for Deloitte Malaysia in external auditing department. Outside of professional work, he is actively involved in youth empowerment and social works with numerous youth organizations and NGOs. He believes in empowering talents and young people in the communities and countries contributes to social transformation.
Nicholas is currently the board treasurer of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Kuala Lumpur and Youth Movement for Transparency Asia-Pacific (YMTA). He is also a council advisory member of Global Leadership Institute (GLI) Philippine.
He was appointed by Transparency International Malaysia as National Youth Ambassador since 2014 to empower the youth to fight against corruption in the region and at the same year Institute of Democratic and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) Malaysia appointed him as National Unity Youth Fellow.
Prosper Maguchu studied law at the University of Zimbabwe. He received an LLM in Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention ‘An International and African Perspective’ from the University of the Western Cape and at Humboldt University of Berlin. He also holds several advanced training certificates in the areas of governance and accountability. He recently completed writing a PhD thesis entitled Understanding a Watershed: Working through Transitional Justice and Corruption in Zimbabwe at Justus Liebig University of Giessen in Germany. His research interests include human rights, transitional justice and anti corruption law.
Along with practising as an Attorney, he also served as a Projects Lawyer at the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum in the Public Interest Litigation and Transitional Justice Unit. Prosper does lobby and advocacy work at the Joint African Caribbean Pacific- European Union Parliamentary Assembly, African Union and the UN Periodic Review on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. He is currently doing consultancy work for local and international organisations working in Zimbabwe.
Prosper has a passion in using the law as a tool to curb corruption. To that end, he is a partner at Zero-Tolerance Wise, a private anti corruption consultancy registered in Zimbabwe.
Michał Kłusek is a lawyer, a graduate of Faculty of Law and Administration at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He has also studied Economics at Jagiellonian University, as well as at Institute of Economic Studies at Charles University in Prague and at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute in Prague. He actively participated in a number of international conferences in the field of economics, philosophy and political sciences. His own research interest are the theory of law, theory of democracy and economic analysis of law. Since 2014 he has been working in the legal programme of Stanczyk Foundation in Cracow, mainly in the area of access to public information.
Director (and Founder) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gavin MacFadyen has worked on over 50 investigative television programmes for PBS Frontline, Granada Television’s World in Action, the BBC’s Fine Cut, Panorama, The Money Programme and 24 Hours, and Channel 4’s Dispatches. He has researched and produced stories on child labour, pollution and despoliation of the environment, torture of political prisoners, neo-Nazis in Britain, Contra murders in Nicaragua, UK industrial accidents, Chinese criminal organisations, a history of the CIA, maritime piracy, election frauds in South America, mines in South Africa, as well as Frank Sinatra and organised crime. He is motivated by a strong commitment to the principles of social justice, human rights, free speech, whistleblowing and the protection of the environment.