Board of Directors
The PASOS Board of Directors is the decision-making body of the Association. Consisting of a minimum of five and a maximum of seven members, Board members are elected by the PASOS General Assembly for a two-year term.
Linda Austere, Chair
Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Riga, Latvia (PROVIDUS)
Alberta 13, 6th floor
Linda Austere is a policy researcher in the Centre for Pubic Policy PROVIDUS, based in Riga, Latvia. Her research interests include public sector information, policy process and approaches to policy making as well as performance planning and evaluation practices in the public sector. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia (Dipl. Iur., 2006) and Central European Universityobtaining MA in Public Policy (2007) with a special focus on media, communications and telecommunications (Magyar Telecom Scholar). In addition to her work in non-governmental organizations -- Transparency International – Latvia and PROVIDUS -Linda has served as the advisor to the Minister Defense of the Republic of Latvia focusing on legal issues, governance institutional reform (2009-2010) and been advisor to the acting Minister of Justice (2010). Along with her daily research and policy/advocacy work, Linda has gladly applied her theoretical knowledge as consultant or expert for both non governmental and international organizations and well as governments in Latvia as well as abroad. She speaks fluent Latvian, Russian and English.
Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Deputy Chair
The Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies
Neža Kogovšek Šalamon is the director of the Peace Institute in Slovenia, a PASOS member. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law. As a Ron Brown Fellow she obtained her master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in international human rights law in 2004. In 2011 she defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law, on constitutional, international and comparative legal aspects of the erasure from the registry of permanent residents. Šalamon worked for the Legal Information Centre of Non-governmental Organizations – PIC in Ljubljana, and for the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch in New York. She is a member of the European network of legal experts in the anti-discrimination field, European network of immigration law practitioners (MigNet), European commission on sexual orientation law (ECSOL) and Odysseus academic network of experts in the field of asylum and migration. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Journalists of Slovenia.
Center for the Study of New Media and Society at the New Economic School, Moscow, Russia
Suite 1721, Nakhimovskii Prospekt 47,
Samuel Greene is a visiting professor of political science and founding director of the Center for the Study of New Media and Society at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. Prior to joining the School in June 2011, he worked for six years at the Carnegie Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, including as deputy director. An expert in state-society relations, Russian politics and the link between Russian domestic and foreign policy, with a PhD from the London School of Economics & Political Science, he has written extensively in policy and academic formats and is a frequent commentator in Russian, European and American media, including CNN, BBC, RFE/RL, the AP and others. He speaks fluent English and Russian.
Center for Economic and Social Development, Baku, Azerbaijan (CESD)
Shirin Mirzeyev 76 “a”/ 33
Vugar Bayramov is the Chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), a PASOS member in Baku. He was a post-doctoral researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, United States, in 2003/2004. He has served as workshop chairman or presenter in many international events and teaches Economics/Finance courses at the Azerbaijan State Economic University. Bayramov has conducted various research projects on economics in the areas of local government, municipality development, and state budget transparency. He is the author of “Oil Revenues Usage Strategy in Azerbaijan”. Bayramov is Co-coordinator of the 2nd Working Group at the EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. He is a member of the Steering Committee of EU Eastern Partnership Program. In 2010, Bayramov was named one of the most 500 influential Muslims in the world by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) in Jordan.
Darina Ch. Kadunkova, Treasurer
Kadunkovs & Associates Ltd.
6 Triadica str, office 312
Darina Ch. Kadunkova, a Sofia-based Development/Civil Society consultant, and founder of Kadunkovs & Associates Ltd. She was a member of the founding Board of Directors of PASOS, and continued as a member of the Board from 2004-2008. She started her development career at the Open Society Institute in Bulgaria. After the launch of official EU accession negotiations, she worked on projects related to Bulgaria’s EU accession for the European Institute, a Bulgarian think-tank and member of PASOS. In 2008, she founded Kadunkovs & Associates, where as Managing Partner she provides legal counselling and business development services to various individual, profit, non-profit, and public clients. Since April 2010, she has also been working with the Centre for Economic Development (CED), a PASOS member in Bulgaria. She was the first individual to be named as an Associate Member of PASOS.
Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University
Nádor utca 9
Andrew Cartwright, a Research Fellow at the Central European University’s Center for Policy Studies, a PASOS member in Hungary. At CEU, Cartwright has been involved in research on the rural transition in several post-socialist countries, including the development of private land ownership in Mongolia, emerging land markets in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, rural civil society in Romania, the implementation of the EU’s cohesion policy in rural Hungary and most recently, the implications of demographic changes for rural land use in central and eastern Europe. He has been involved in promoting public policy teaching and research at CEU, mentoring on the Open Society Institute’s International Policy Fellowship program, teaching Rural Development Policy since 2005 and mentoring MA and PhD students. He is the editor of the Policy Documentation Center which is one of the largest online collections of policy papers from the former socialist countries.
Institute of Public Affairs
ul. Szpitalna 5, lok. 22
Piotr Kaźmierkiewicz, a policy analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, a member of the PASOS network of think-tanks. A political scientist, graduate of Southern Oregon University and Central European University, he is author and editor of publications related to European development policy, East European migration trends and policy, relations between the EU and Eastern Partnership states, and future EU enlargement. He is a policy analysis trainer and consultant with a record of collaboration with PASOS, Open Society Foundations, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Organization for Migration. He has written and co-written numerous publications for PASOS, including The Road to an Open Europe and The Right Approach to Europe. An Advocacy Handbook for Civil Society: Understanding and Influencing EU Policymaking.