Speakers of the 8. International Conference for Political Communication

Dr. Regina M. Jankowitsch, first coach in the German speaking market having studied „Leadership“ at the Graduate School of Political Management, George Washington University, Washington DC. After working as a journalist and a PR-consultant she established her own firm in 1999. In 2002 she was the first woman to win the Walter-Nettig-Award for the most successful young entrepreneur of Vienna. Jankowitsch is lecturer at the University of Vienna. She is author of „Political Leadership“ and "Running for an office - 10 strategies how to get elected".
Carsten Grueber has been employed for three years at Google Deutschland as Industry Manager for the Public Sector. Previously he was employed at T-Online in the area of strategic customer management, during which time he also completed an MBA course focussing on the Internet and New Media at the Steinbeis University, Berlin. For the last two years he has been advising public sector institutions in the planning and implementation of political campaigns with Google AdWords and YouTube. His projects include the YouTube channels and AdWords campaigns of the major political parties, the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Bavarian Chancellory, the children's charity SOS-Kinderdorf and the trade union IG Metall as well as the video competition of the Lower House of the German Parliament "MachDeinX".
Alan Gerber is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University where he teaches courses on experimental methods, statistics, and American politics. His current research focuses on the application of experimental methods to the study of campaign communications, and he has designed and performed experimental evaluations of many campaigns and fundraising programs, both partisan and non-partisan in nature. His experimental research has appeared in numerous academic journals including the leading journals in political science: the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, as well as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Stanislas Magniant has over 10 years of experience in Europe and the US in the field of online PR for corporate and public affairs clients. He began his career at Mindshare Interactive campaigns in Washington DC, and joined Publicis Consultants in Paris in 2002. Stan graduated from Sciences Po Lille and holds Masters degrees in Political and Social communications from the Sorbonne and the George Washington University. He is also an assiduous blogger and frequent commentator on the impact of new technologies on political and social communication.
Sean Tonner, a pioneer in the modern direct-contact and voter mobilization operation, Tonner has worked on numerous political campaigns in the U.S. and abroad including Bush-Cheney, Bill Owens for Governor, Ben Nighthorse Campbell for Senate, Mike Coffman for Congress, and numerous local and state efforts. In 2002, he was named a national rising star by Campaigns & Elections magazine after he engineered a nationally recognized get-out-the-vote program that resulted in the largest gubernatorial vote received in Colorado history. Most recently, Tonner has been working with clients in Central Europe.
As managing partner of FWD affairs, Patrick Egan has more than a dozen years of experience working on political transitions in Europe and leads the company’s efforts to bring to the continent the latest tools in political and public affairs to identify and engage supporters. As an advisor, consultant and organizer, Egan has worked with political leaders and candidates, parties and public affairs groups in more than twenty countries of Europe and the Middle East. He has worked directly with mayoral and parliamentary candidates and party leaders to develop competitive communication and direct voter contact methods, most recently in France, Hungary and Romania.

Victor Martynowitsch is Head of Department of Political Sciences at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. He is Deputy editor-in-chief of BelGazeta and a frequent blogger.
Martin Tod born in August 1964, was brought up in Steyning, West Sussex, and attended Lancing College before going up to St John's College, Cambridge. After University he became a global marketer with Procter & Gamble and then UK Marketing Director. In 2002 he joined Vodafone as UK Head of Brand and Advertising and today is an independent marketing and strategy consultant. Martin Tod is actively involved in Winchester Action on Climate Change. He has been a Liberal Democrat for many years and in 2003 served on their Federal Executive. He also masterminded Menzies Campbell's online campaign for his leadership bid. He contested North West Hampshire in 2005 and Ealing Acton and Shepherd's Bush at the 2001 General Election.|
Dr. Antoaneta L. Dimitrova is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University. The democratic and market transformations of the post communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been an enduring theme in her work, as well as the role of the European Union in this process. The evolution of European Union institutions and the impact of the Union’s policies on the member states is her other main research interest. Recently, she has been a guest speaker at a European Commission Delegation conference on EU conditionality in the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina; at an Ernst and Young better government conference in Warsaw, at the celebration of the Day of Europe at Maynooth National University of Ireland and at other events. Her work has appeared in leading European journals such as European Union Politics, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Democratization and others.
Terry Nelson has played a senior role in the last three U.S. elections. He was named one of „Politics Fabulous fifty“, one of the most influential political operatives in Washington. He was a senior advisor in Senator John McCain`s campaign for president and served as his campaign manager in 2007. Terry served as the National Political Director for Bush-Cheney 2004, where he was responsible for the grassroots effort, turning out the vote, coalition outreach and paid voter contact. Prior to his role in the Bush-Cheney re- election campaign he was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Political Operations at the Republican National Committee (RNC). While there he helped craft the historic takeover of the U.S. Senate and gains in the U.S. House in 2002.


Dr. Kristina Hucko

Kristina Hucko

Desk Officer for Latin America in the Department International Dialogue Programs

Kristina.Hucko@kas.de +49 30 26996-3450 +49 30 26996-53450

Ralf Güldenzopf

Expert conference
November 21 - 22, 2010
Academy of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation