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Keynote speakers

Felicita Medved

Felicita Medved is the president of the European Liberal Forum and president of the Board of the Institute Novum. Mrs. Medved is a geographer by training and works as a researcher, university teacher and counsellor. She is the author of numerous scientific articles in the fields of political geography, migration, citizenship and EU policies.

Enrico Calossi

Enrico Calossi is currently post-doc research fellow at Pisa University and teaching fellow at the California State University International Program in Florence. His main research interests are comparative politics (political elections, national parties and Euro-parties), political corruption, and Italian and European foreign policy. He has been coordinating the OPPR activities since 2001. He obtained his PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change. With OPPR he worked as an external collaborator for the project on "Developing a trans-national party system in Europe".

Robert Benjamin

Robert Benjamin is a senior associate and the regional director of Central and Eastern Europe programs. In this latter role, he oversees in-country and regional programs in legislative strengthening, political party development, civil society development, election processes, and women, youth and ethnic minority political participation. He has also contributed to democracy programs in Asia, Latin America, North Africa and West Africa. Mr. Benjamin has worked at NDI since 1993. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Danica Fink Hafner

Danica Fink Hafner, PhD in Political Science, is a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, Slovenia Her research areas are policy analysis, political parties, interest groups and lobbying.