2023 Fellowship

The Fellows

TEONA TOMASHVILI

Teona is the co-founder and project lead of ForSet - a creative enterprise that specializes in data communication - where she leads civic tech direction. Additionally, Teona builds a community of data-driven activists by organizing various hackathons. She holds a master's degree in EU and Russia Studies. AskGov.ge is a citizen-centric freedom of information (FOI) request platform that aims at incentivizing the government to release public data. The project already has one of the largest publicly available databases in Georgia and aims at providing more government data for citizens to strengthen Georgian democracy.

ASKGOV.GE - GEORGIA

NARE HAKOBYAN

Nare is a Strategic Partnerships Assistant at SocialLab. Her education and professional experience have primarily focused on tackling social issues at the intersection of technology and innovation. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Development. SocialLab combines data science and social sciences to create an open data platform that improves access to public opinion and information through social listening. The project aims to bring greater accuracy and understanding of public opinion, resulting in better insights, information, and recommendations to change makers in Armenia.

SOCIALLAB - ARMENIA

GIORGI KVINIKADZE

Giorgi is a Data Scientist and cofounder of ThroughAI from Georgia. His work focuses on the intersection of AI and Machine Learning algorithms. He holds a master's degree in Behavioral Economics and Modern Data Analyses. War Fake News Detector aims to identify fake news by using a high-end intelligent online chatbot solution powered by AI. The chatbot is integrated into Telegram and focuses primarily on fake news spread in the Russo-Ukrainian War to help people identify false information.

WAR FAKE NEWS DETECTOR - GEORGIA

NATALIYA CHERNOGUB

Nataliya Chernogub is the head of the GR department at YouControl, and the head of NGO`s "Open Data Association" and "Natalka Park" NGO’s. Since 2017, she has been an expert of the Council of Europe on the development of democracy, public consultations, public participation in the planning of public spaces. RuAssets allows businesses and authorities to protect themselves from reputational risks associated with cooperation with the state-sponsor of terrorism, Russia, and journalists to prepare high-quality investigative materials on anti-corruption topics.

RUASSETS - UKRAINE

VIKTOR NESTULIA

Viktor Nestulia is is leading Open Contracting Partnership’s support to Ukraine to reconstruct and modernize the country after Russia’s illegal invasion, leveraging the transformational open contracting reforms in Ukraine since 2014 to help the country build back better. He also chairs Ukraine’s Reconstruction Integrity, Sustainability and Efficiency (RISE) Coalition, a group of 40+ organizations focusing on embedding open contracting principles and approaches into the recovery program. Viktor works closely with government, business, and civil society to develop an end-to-end Digital Reconstruction Management System and make sure that Ukraine’s reconstruction is a role model of open government and open contracting for the world.

RISE - UKRAINE

RALUCA GINDEA

Raluca Gindea is young professional joining the Fellowship following winning the Democracy Tech Hackathon in Moldova with her team. Raluca has experience from the youth work sector as a project coordinator, leading her country on two Erasmus Plus International Exchanges. She also led Moldova-based NGOs Nirvana and LeoTeen Energy Chisinau. Her team developed the project the People’s Parliament that lists bills presently debated in the Moldovan Parliament, allowing citizens to vote on them as well. This tool will provide a way to compare the stand of the Moldovans and that of their MPs and to observe both the concordances and the discrepancies between them.

PEOPLE'S PARLIAMENT - MOLDOVA

The Speakers

MATHIAS SUNDIN

Mathias began his career as a changemaker as a Swedish Member of Parliament. In 2018, he choose not to run for reelection because he had a vision for a much bigger opportunity to have a more positive impact on the future. Mathias started dreaming of a world where optimists are seen as rational. With news media showing a fact-based view of the world. And naive pessimists don’t stand in the way of progress. Therefore he founded the non-profit Warp Institute Foundation with the mission to make the future come sooner.

CO-FOUNDER - THE WARP INSTITUTE FOUNDATION

Leopoldo Lopez

After serving three years in prison, Leopoldo Lopez was released to house arrest in 2017 where he continued to lead the opposition movement in concert with Juan Guaido, whom he has closely mentored and fiercely supported. Freed by the resistance in April of 2019, Lopez appeared in a video with Guaido during an address in Caracas, triggering the Venezuelan Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant based on the violation of his house arrest. Lopez sought diplomatic asylum in the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, where he lived until he fled the country in October of 2020. Leopoldo Lopez is currently living in exile with his wife, activist Lilian Tintori, and their children in Spain and remains more deeply committed than ever to the struggle for freedom in Venezuela.

VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION ACTIVIST

Jørn Larsen

Jørn Larsen is founder and CEO of Trifork, a Danish publicly traded company providing software solutions to government and financial services providers. Trifork is creator of the long-running GOTO Conferences and co-creator of QCon. Jørn believes that we can change the world with software by thinking smarter solutions that make life better and easier for everyone. He graduated from the University of Aalborg, DK in 1994. Since 1997, Jørn is involved in program committees for software development conferences all over the world including QCon London, GOTO Conferences and many more.

FOUNDER & CEO - TRIFORK

Stine Mølgaard Sørensen

Stine is a successful entrepreneur and international speaker. Stine has worked within the field of technology for more than ten years and has closely followed the digital development – both as an external consultant for major corporate companies and previously as a CMO for another tech-startup called Spektral. Today she is a Co-Founder and COO of Radiobotics, co-owner of Nordic Fintech Angels, board member of MATTER Pension and author of the bestseller “F*ck It, Ship It”. In 2020, Stine was awarded winner of "Entrepreneur of the Year" category in the Nordic Women in Tech Awards.

CO-FOUNDER & COO - RADIOBOTICS

ERDEM OVACIK

Erdem Ovacik is the Co-founder and CEO of Donkey Republic. In the past decade Erdem has been working on bike-sharing, on direct democracy initiatives, on social impact bonds, on crowd sourcing and crowd funding platforms. He has a background in engineering and public policy. A graduate of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. Erdem grew up in Turkey, has lived in USA, UK and for the last 10+ yrs in Denmark. I am passionate about changing the way society makes collective decisions. Erdem believes the way most governments work today does not match our collective capacity for problem solving and preference aggregation. He believes that we need to use disruptive technology to bridge the decision-making divide between the powerful few and the majority.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO - DONKEY REPUBLIC

The Mentors

MAJKEN OVERGAARD

Majken Overgaard is a specialist in innovation and entrepreneurship, focusing on technology and contemporary art. She has worked both as a facilitator, manager, and curator on a broad range of projects such as research and innovation projects, exhibitions and networks. Her creative methodologies are inspired by the hacker/maker culture and avant-garde contemporary art. Since 2011 she has co-founded three companies; furthermore she is working as an external lecturer at the Danish IT University and Copenhagen University and has initiated a many different initiatives for people working cross-disciplinary within technology and art, such as a feminist hacker network for artists in Copenhagen.

CO-FOUNDER - KORRIDOR

CHRISTINE HEBERT

Christine Hebert is the Co-Founder & CEO of Blue Lobster, a company that has been praised by Barack Obama as a global role model for sustainability. Blue Lobster is a digital marketplace that enables fishermen to sell directly to restaurants and end consumers, giving a better livelihood to small-scale fishermen and fresh, local and affordable seafood to customers. Blue Lobster are cutting out the middlemen and bringing traceability back into the fishing industry.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO - BLUE LOBSTER

Torsten Kolind

A bioinformatics engineer by training, Torsten co-founded YouNoodle in San Francisco, a technology platform to source, select and engage the most promising startups in the world. He has judged startup programs at Stanford University, MIT, and Imperial College, and has written opinion pieces for both the Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine. Torsten is an advisor/investor in a number of startups, and an investor in two venture funds.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO – YOUNOODLE

Daniel Dudas-Schwarz

Daniel is a driven innovator with 15+ years of experience as an entrepreneur working with communication, media and technology. His main expertise is human behavior, customer needs and market trends. Liv is on a mission to democratize health, by taking medical technologies only available for a very limited number of people in the world and making it available for the masses.

FOUNDER & CEO - LIV

Ann-Christine Roope

Ann-Christine is Founder of Ethan Partners, a global executive search company focusing on high growth Internet companies. Ethan Partners has supported over 150 successful Internet companies and placed more than 3000 high profile candidates. Clients include among others Uber, Houzz, Naspers, Zomato, Ringier, Deliveroo, and Goldman Sachs. Before this Ann-Christine was Director of International Recruiting at Groupon as they entered +50 countries globally. Ann-Christine has also supported some of the largest VC’s and PE’s globally with talent acquisition. She holds a Master in Marketing and Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School.

FOUNDER - ETHAN PARTNERS

Joo Runge

Joo Runge has a background as an M&A and finance lawyer from well-known law firms but has since 2013 worked as board member and CEO for different high level companies in the Nordic. In 2016 Joo Runge founded Black Panther Consulting, a company working with growth, funding and debt finance to startups and funds benefiting from Joo Runge’s huge network of startups, experts and investors in Europe. Joo Runge also holds various positions as board member and is the founder of Women in Tech Switzerland Joo holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and Master of Laws from the University of Copenhagen.

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER - INTECH FOUNDERS

Selected Fellow Pitch

Two of our Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellows this year were selected through the Democracy Tech Hackathons we organized in Moldova and Georgia. For every cohort we highlight one Fellow who created an outstanding pitch as part of the selection process. This year's video is by the People's Parliament, the winners of the Democracy Tech Hackathon in Moldova.

Eco-system Partners

Our Partners play an indispensable part in enabling the Fellowship to fulfill its mission. We would like to thank each of them for their contribution to our important work.