Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia in 2016. From 2004 to 2016 she served as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia from 2002 to 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Mrs Kaljulaid was Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor. Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the University from 2012 to 2016. Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed her master's studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001.
Ambassador Lamberto Zannier is OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and has occupied this position since July 2017. Previously, he was OSCE Secretary General for two consecutive three-year terms, from 1 July 2011 until 30 June 2017. Other senior positions include UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 2008 to 2011, Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE (2002-2006), Chairperson of the negotiations on the adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (1998-1999) and Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security at NATO (1991-1997). Zannier joined the Italian Foreign Ministry as a career diplomat in 1978 and also served in Rome, Abu Dhabi, Vienna and The Hague, mainly specializing in multilateral and security affairs. He has authored several publications on security, conflict prevention and crisis management issues. He holds a Law degree and an honorary degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste, Italy.
Sven Mikser is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia since November 2016. Sven Mikser has been a member of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and the 13th Riigikogu (Parliament) and served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairman of the National Defence Committee. In 2002-2003 and 2014–2015, Sven Mikser was the Minister of Defence. From 2003–2014, Mikser belonged to the Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. From 2008–2010, he served as the Vice President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Dr. Jennifer Jackson-Preece
Dr. Jennifer Jackson-Preece is Associate Professor of Nationalism at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Jackson-Preece is an expert on problems and practices of nationalism, minorities and migration, and has published extensively on these topics in books, journals and blogs. She also has an established track record as a policy advisor to governments, international organisations and NGOs, and previously cooperated with the OSCE HCNM on both the Ljubljana Guidelines on Integration of Diverse Societies (2012) and the Graz Recommendations on Access to Justice for National Minorities (2017).
Dr. Tarlach McGonagle
Dr. Tarlach McGonagle is a senior researcher/lecturer at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam. Dr. McGonagle is the founder and co-chair of the Working Group on human rights in the digital age in the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. He specialises in, and has published widely on, a broad range of topics relating to international and European human rights law, in particular freedom of expression and minority rights; media law and policy; media pluralism; journalism; digital media; online disinformation, and “hate speech”. He regularly advises and writes expert studies for various branches of the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other IGOs and NGOs. He is a member of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on quality journalism in the digital age, having previously served as Rapporteur of both the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (2016-17) and its Committee of Experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (2014-15).
Irene Käosaar has been the Director of the Estonian Integration Foundation since 2017, with responsibilities of managing and coordinating the activities stemming from the Estonian Integration Plan 2020 in accordance with the priorities of the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education and Research. In 2007-2017 she worked at the Ministry of Education and Research as the Head of the Minorities Education Department, later as the Head of the General Education Department. Between 1999-2007 she worked as the Manager of Estonian Language Immersion Centre at the Non-Estonians Integration Foundation. For five years she was a teacher of Estonian language at Tartu Alexander Pushkin School. Irene Käosaar is a member of several supervisory boards & associations, among others the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association, and the steering group for the Estonian Integration Plan 2013-2020.
Dr. Andrey Rikhter
Dr. Andrey Rikhter is Senior Adviser at the OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media and previously served as its Director. Dr. Rikhter holds degrees in law, foreign languages, a doctorate in journalism, and a professorship in media studies from Slovakia. He served as a Commissioner at the International Commission of Jurists and the Chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. He has authored more than 200 publications on media law and policy in several languages, including the only standard media law textbook for journalism students in the Russian Federation (2002, 2009, 2016), a textbook on international standards of media regulation (2011), a textbook on online media law (2014), and a book on censorship and freedom of the media in post-Soviet countries, published by UNESCO (2007). He sits on the editorial boards of a number of international journals on communications and the media.
Erik Roose is the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Broadcasting (ERR – Eesti Rahvusringhääling) since June 2017. Previously he has worked as Sales Director at Trio LSL. From 1998 – 2016 he worked as General Director and Sales Director for Daily Postimees / AS Meedia. From 1996 – 1998 he was General Director for Weekly Eesti Ekspress. From 1991 – 2001 he was a lecturer in the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences „Mainor“.
Dr. KATRIN TIIDENBERG
Katrin Tiidenberg, PhD is an Associate Professor of Social Media and Visual Culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia. She is the author of two recent monographs - "Selfies, why we love (and hate) them” (2018), as well as "Body and Soul on the Internet - making sense of social media" (in Estonian, 2017). Tiidenberg is on the Executive Board of the Association of Internet Researcher, a founding member of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences, and a second time board member of the Estonian Sociology Association. She is currently writing and publishing on visual social media practices, digital research ethics and visual research methods. Her research interests include selfies, sexuality, and norms. More info at: kkatot.tumblr.com