Eszter Babarczy

Eszter Babarczy is an independent writer and researcher, journalist and academic. She studied literature, art history, philosophy, political philosophy, modern history and communication studies in Budapest, at ELTE University and in New York, as a McCracken Doctoral Fellow at New York University, GSAS, Department of Modern European History. Her writings - columns and essays - have been published by several periodicals, daily papers and internet portals since 1988 in Hungarian, English, German and Swedish. She hosts a weekly radio show on public affairs in Hungary and writes regular columns for a weekly and a daily paper in Hungary.

She is also active in the non-profit sphere. She is the founder of an association (For Rational Public Discourse) that focuses on voter education and visual tools to present complex social and economic issues in an accessible form. Besides this, she also runs a Foundation for people with personality disorders and she initiated the founding of a mentoring movement in Hungary where middle class families act as mentors to children from highly disadvantaged families from very poor rural regions (most of them, though not all, Roma).

Presently she is associate professor for media and culture at the Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest (MOME).

Claes H. de Vreese

Claes H. de Vreese is Professor and Chair of Political Communication and Scientific Director of The Amsterdam School of Communications Research ASCoR in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark.

He has published more than 50 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Communication Research, Journalism Studies, Political Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Scandinavian Political Studies, European Journal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, West European Politics, EU Politics, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, and European Journal of Political Research.

He is the author and editor of “Framing Europe”, “Framing the Referendum Issue” and “Referendum Campaign Dynamics”.

De Vreese teaches on topics relating to media and politics. He has taught at the European Journalism Centre, the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, and the International School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UvA. He has visited universities in several countries, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2004 and visiting professor at the University of Zurich in 2007.

Andrew Fielding

Andrew Fielding joined the Brussels think tank Bruegel from the European Commission, where he was inter alia an adviser on EU labour law and speechwriter to Commission President Barroso, a member of Commissioners’ Cabinets and Commission spokesman for employment. A graduate of Cambridge University, he was a Visiting Fellow in EU law at the London School of Economics in the period 2006-08. He advises Cambridge University on development policy.

Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi

Dr. Gyimah-Boadi is Executive Director of the Afrobarometer (a survey research project tracking public opinion on political, economic and social developments in 20 African countries) and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), an independent policy research and think tank, and advocacy group for democracy, good governance and economic opportunity in Ghana and Africa based in Accra, Ghana. He is professor of political science at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Democracy, and of the International Advisory Board of the Development Policy Review (UK), among other academic and policy journals. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (the Ghana chapter of Transparency International) and of the Board of the International Center for Transitional Justice (New York) among other public interest boards.
Gyimah-Boadi holds a B.A from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Ph. D from the University of California, Davis.

His publications include “Another Step for Ghana”, Journal of Democracy vol. 20, no.2  (April 2009); “Ghana and South Africa, Assessing the Quality of Democracy” (with Robert Mattes) in Larry Diamond and Leonardo Morlino eds.; “Assessing the Quality of Democracy”, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press (2005); “Public Opinion, Democracy and Market Reform in Africa” (with Mike Bratton and Robert Mattes) Cambridge University Press (2005); and “Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress”, Boulder, CO, Lynne Rienner Publishers (2004).

Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart is Ph.D. of political science and program director at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.  Doctor, honoris causa, at Uppsala University in Sweden and President (since 1988) of the World Values Survey Association, he is also a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Inglehart helped found the Eurobarometer surveys and directs the World Values Surveys, which have surveyed representative national samples of the publics of 97 countries containing almost 90 percent of the world’s population.  His research deals with changing belief systems and their impact on social and political change. His most recent books are (with Pippa Norris) Rising Tide:  Gender Equality in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and (with Pippa Norris) Sacred and Secular: the Secularization Thesis Revisited (Cambridge University Press, 2004); and (with Christian Welzel) Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and (with Christian Haerpfer, Patrick Bernhagen and Christian Welzel) Democratization (Oxford University Press, 2009).  He also co-edited Human Beliefs and Values: A Cross-Cultural Sourcebook based on the 1999-2001 Values Surveys (Mexico City: Siglo XXI, 2004) and Changing Values and Beliefs in 85 Countries: Trends from the Values Surveys (Brill, 2008). 

Author of more than 225 publications, his books have been translated into Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Urdu and Vietnamese.  He is a member of the editorial boards of eight scholarly journals.  He has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Nigeria and New Zealand, and has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department and the European Union.

For more information, see Inglehart’s website:

and the World Values Survey website: http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org

Anna Maria Kinberg Batra

Anna Maria Kinberg studied at the Stockholm School of Economics and has a Business Degree with a specialisation in Organisation and Management. She had previously completed the Natural Science Programme at the Danderyd Upper Secondary School and has followed several courses in Leadership and Communication (Moderate Party).

She now sits in the Riksdag and is Chair of the Riksdag Committee on European Union Affairs and of the Stockholm region branch of the Moderate Party parliamentary group.

She is also alternate member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and of the Joint Committee on Constitutional and Foreign Affairs. And she is a member of the board of Moderate Party parliamentary group.

She was Vice President Information & Communication at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2006, and from 2000 to 2005 owner, founder and chief executive of a PR and Communication consultant firm: Klar Kommunikation.

She was a campaign debater for the national ‘Yes to Euro’ referendum campaign, 2003.

In addition to her work, Anna Maria is a mentor to the Swedish Young Conservatives and co-author of a prize-winning book on leadership.

Rutger Lindahl

Dr. Rutger Lindahl, Professor, Department of Political Science and Centre for European Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Lindahl presently holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration and has previously been Director of the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, Stockholm (1992-1995) and the Centre for European Research at University of Gothenburg (1995-2005).

He is presently engaged in research on “Co-operation patterns in the Council of the European Union”, “Relations between local and regional authorities and the European Union” and “Trends in Swedish public opinion on Swedish EU membership”. Dr. Lindahl has published widely within his main fields of research and frequently appears as a commentator on EU affairs in Swedish and foreign media.

Selected list of publications:
Lindahl, Rutger (with D. Naurin) (2008) “East-North-South: Coalition-Building in the Council before and after Enlargement”; in (D. Naurin and H. Wallace, ed.) “Unveiling the Council of the European Union. Games Governments Play in Brussels”,Houndmills, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 64-80; Lindahl, Rutger (with D. Naurin) (2008) “Out in the Cold? Euro-Outsiders inside the Council of Ministers”, paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, USA March 26-29, 2008; Lindahl, Rutger (2008) „Schweden“, in Werner Weidenfeld, Wolfgang Wessels (Hrsg.) Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration. Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag; Lindahl, Rutger (with D. Naurin) (2007) “Network Capital and Cooperation Patterns in Committees and Working Groups of the Council of the EU”, Göteborg, CERGU Working Paper Series Nr 07:02;

Lindahl, Rutger (Ed.) (2005) “Transition and EU-Enlargement”, Göteborg, CERGU; Lindahl, Rutger (with D. Naurin) “The Twin Faces of a Euro-Outsider” in Journal of European Integration, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2005, pp 65-88; Lindahl, R. (Ed.) (2003) “Whither Europe? Borders, Boundaries, Frontiers in a Changing World”, Göteborg, CERGU; Lindahl, R. (with H. Ojanen and G. Herolf) (2000) “Non-Alignment and European Security Policy. Ambiguity at Work.”Helsinki, Finnish Institute of International Affairs/Berlin, Institut für Europäische Politik; Lindahl, R. (2000); “Swedish Public Opinion and the European Union” in Miles.L.S. (Ed.) Sweden and the EU Evaluated. London, Continuum.

Renato Mannheimer

Renato Mannheimer has taught Political Science, Methods in Social Research and Public Opinion at the Universities of Milan, Milano Bicocca, Genoa, Naples and Salerno. He has been lecturer and visiting professor at many universities in Europe and in the U.S.
He is a member of the scientific committee of various scientific journals, such as Quaderni di Sociologia and Quaderni di Scienza Politica. He has served as President of Sise, the Italian Association of Electoral Studies, and as Director of the Centro di Scienza Politica of the Feltrinelli Foundation. His research interests focus primarily on electoral behaviour and public choice in Italy. He has published several books and journal articles on this subject dealing with comparative studies, methodological issues and analysis of specific elections. He is also the President of Ispo (Istituto per gli studi sulla pubblica opinione), a leading polling institute in Italy, which specialises in political and social behaviour and attitudes. He currently runs a weekly column on trends in Italian political opinion in the Corriere della Sera.

Some Books: with Paolo Natale, Senza Più Sinistra, Milan 2008; with Paolo Natale, L’Italia a metà, Milan, Cairo editore, 2006; with Camilla Baresani, Tipi Italiani Contemporanei, Milan, Bompiani, 2006; Gli Italiani e la politica, Milan, Bompiani, 2003.

Marta Lagos Cruz Coke

Marta Lagos is the founding director of Latinobarómetro, a yearly continental opinion survey in 18 countries in Latin America. Formerly at the head of a Chilean think tank, CERC, that conducted opinion polls during transition to democracy in Chile during the 80's and 90's, Lagos trained as an economist in Heidelberg, Germany, is founding director of her own polling company, MORI (Chile), associated with MORI UK since 1994.

Marta Lagos has been in the World Value Survey (WVS) team since l990 and is currently president of the Scientific Committee of the WVS. She was a member of the Steering Committee of International Comparative Elections Studies CSES from its foundation in 1994 until 2008.

Expertise in conducting comparative survey research has led to extensive consulting in the formation of regional opinion barometers, most recently the Asian and Afro opinion barometers that follow the experience of the Euro- and Latinobarometers. As a result of this experience, a new organisation has been created. She coordinates the comparative work available from the Africa, Asia and Latin America regional barometers.

She is a very active participant in local national institutions as a member of boards and consultant to international organisations. She has also been a member of the United Nations Public Opinion Task. Force, as well as a major consultant to a UNDP report on Democracy in Latin America and to the World Bank and the governments of the US and European countries.

Marta Lagos has since 1995 been the WAPOR representative for Chile, and is founding member and first president of the Chilean Association of Public Opinion Research. She is   Editor of the World Opinion Section of IJPOR (Oxford University press). She won the Dinnerman Award 2008.  Other positions in Chile include:  Member of the Board of the Woman´s World Bank.

Rolf Gustavsson

Rolf Gustavsson was born in Simrishamn, Sweden, in 1944. Mr. Gustavsson studied at the University of Lund in Sweden. Between 1969 and 1972, he worked as lecturer at the same university where he taught economic history at bachelor degree level.

He carried out research for IDEP in Dakar, Senegal, for one year and returned afterwards to Sweden to the Scandinavian Institute of African Studies (Uppsala).

In 1975 he became Chief Foreign Affairs Editor of the Swedish Television channel: Channel 2, and two years later left for Rome to be radio and TV correspondent.

Subsequently, he became editor-in-chief of the news department of Swedish television channel: Channel 1, and left in 1984 to be a correspondent again. He was correspondent in Brussels for Swedish television until 1992 and has been, since 1992, correspondent for Svenska Dagbladet.

Rolf Gustavsson is a member of the Advisory Council of the European Policy Centre in Brussels and of the Board of Governors of the Centre for European Research (University of Lund)

He has written books on African affairs and on European integration.

Sören Holmberg

Sören Holmberg was born in Skövde, Sweden, in 1943. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970.

He has been associated with the Political Science Department at Gothenburg University as an assistant, teacher (Ph.D.) and researcher since 1966 and has been a visiting professor or scholar, among others, at Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the Brookings Institution.

Sören Holmberg has been Director of Swedish National Election Studies since 1979, a co-director of the SOM-institute at Göteborg University since 1986, and Professor of Political Science, especially Election Research at the Department of Political Science, Göteborg University since 1991.

Sören Holmberg also worked as a research fellow at the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences from 1985-1991.


Sören Holmberg has published or co-published 34 books, 24 book-length SOM-Reports and some 80 articles/reports/chapters in edited volumes.

Takashi Inoguchi

Takashi Inoguchi (Ph.D. from MIT) is a Professor of Political Science, President of Niigata Prefecture University and Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo. He is also a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations assigned to the United Nations University Headquarters. A member of the Legislative Council and the Science Council of Japan, he is also Executive Editor of the Japanese Journal of Political Science (Cambridge University Press), and Chairman, the Executive Committee of the Asian Consortium for Political Research.

He has published widely, writing or editing 80 books in Japanese and English in the area of Japanese politics, world affairs and international relations. Some of his more recent publications include: Globalisation, Public Opinion and the State (2008, Routledge); Federalism in Asia (2007, Edward Elgar Pub); The Uses of Institutions: the U.S., Japan and Governance in East Asia (2007, Palgrave Macmillan); Political Cultures in Asia and Europe: Citizens, States and Societal Values (2006, Routledge); Citizens and the State (2007, Routledge); Japanese Politics: An Introduction (2005, Trans Pacific Press); and American Democracy Promotion (2000, Oxford University Press). 

Yannis C. Pretenteris

Yannis Pretenteris is Managing Editor and columnist of To Vima.
He was born in Athens in 1954 and studied Economics and Law at the University of Grenoble (France), Politics and International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI) in Geneva (Switzerland), and European Studies at the Institute of European Studies (IUEE) in Geneva.

He is political commentator for The News at 8.00 on the Mega Channel and presents the weekly political talk-show Anatropi, also on the Mega Channel.
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Žiga Turk

Žiga Turk is a Professor and holds the Chair in Construction Informatics at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. He is also Secretary General of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, chaired by Felipe Gonzales. Born in 1962, he holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in technical sciences.
His academic interests include construction informatics (construction information technology), computer integrated construction, the internet, web and grid computing, design communication, philosophy of conceptual modelling and CAD. He has written several papers on these subjects. He has been a coordinator or partner in several EU projects since the 4th Framework Programme. He has held graduate and undergraduate courses in Ljubljana, Istanbul, Stockholm and Zagreb.
In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Turk was Minister for Growth in the government of Slovenia, national coordinator for the Lisbon Strategy, chief negotiator for Slovenia's accession to the OECD, Chairman of the national Sustainable Development Council and Chairman of the Competitiveness Council.
His other activities outside of academia include: Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Telekom Slovenia and Mobitel, member of the Reform Council, Vice Chair of the Strategic Council for Culture, Education and Science etc.


Witold M. Orlowski

Witold M.Orlowski is a professor of economics. He was formerly economic advisor to the President of Poland, Mr. Aleksander Kwasniewski.
Witold M.Orlowski is a founder of NOBE (Independent Centre for Economic Studies), one of Poland’s leading economic think-tanks, and the Dean of the Business School of the Warsaw University of Technology.

He is also chief economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers in Poland, Member of numerous supervisory boards, and deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum in Warsaw.

Witold M.Orlowski works as a popular economic commentator and columnist for major Polish newspapers.

He is the author of eight books and 170 other scientific publications.

Insa Bechert

Insa Bechert studied Sociology, English Philology and Anglo-American History in Cologne (Germany) and Oxford (UK). Since 2004 she has been working at the GESIS ‘Data Archive for the Social Sciences’ for the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), which is a continuous programme of cross-national collaboration running annual surveys in 46 member countries.

She is a member of the ISSP Demographic Methods Group, dealing with harmonisation issues of demographic and socio-economic variables in the ISSP.

Insa Bechert is the author (with Markus Quandt) of the ISSP Data Report “Attitudes towards the Role of Government” (2009) covering attitude change between 1985 and 2006. Presently, she is engaged in research on the equivalence of survey instruments in international comparative research.


Hans van der Loo

Hans van der Loo joined Shell in 1983 and worked in marketing, crude oil trading, strategy consultancy and finance.   In 1989 he joined the EU Executive Training Programme in Japan (ETP) before joining Showa Shell Sekiyu in Tokyo where he worked in marketing and corporate planning. In 1994 he became retail manager in Manila to prepare Shell Philippines for industry deregulation.

After two years he returned to Shell International in London to lead the retail innovations unit, introducing FMCG marketing techniques to fuels introducing products like Optimax, V-Power, etc. This was followed by two years in change management, where he worked as coach to management teams in several Shell companies primarily in Europe and Asia. In 2000 he became senior regional adviser for Europe & Canada reporting to the Executive Directors of the Board of the Royal Dutch Shell Group.

In 2004 he became director European Union Liaison in Brussels. He represents Shell in various Industry Associations and is a senior advisor to BusinessEurope. He also is sherpa to Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer in the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). Since March 2003 he has been a Board Member of A.S. Norske Shell.

Hans van der Loo graduated from Nyenrode University in the Netherlands and obtained a Master’s Degree from the European School of Management studying in Paris, Oxford and Düsseldorf. He obtained his degree in Oxford in 1981. Prior to joining Shell he served two years as scientific support officer at the Staff College of the Dutch Royal Airforce.

Tony Long

Tony Long has 30 years experience working in environmental policy and public affairs in the United Kingdom, Europe and globallyHe is the founding Director of the WWF European Policy Office (EPO) in Brussels since 1989, the international conservation organisation’s advocacy office to the European Union. He currently serves on the WWF global Conservation Committee, the 14 members of which are responsible for developing and overseeing the US$400 million conservation programme worldwide.

Before moving to Brussels, Tony worked for three years for WWF in the UK.  Prior to that, he was Assistant Director at the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) from 1981 to 1985.

Tony currently serves on several advisory boards. These include the Andrew Lees Trust in the UK implementing rural development projects in southern Madagascar, the Board of WWF Greece and the Dow Chemical Company’s Sustainability External Advisory Council.

Tony graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, with a BSc. Honours degree in town and country planning in 1974. He is a former Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York (1977-79), a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a German Marshall Fund travel fellow. He taught as visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges for six years and undertook research at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He is the author of several manuscripts on political lobbying. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA).

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