Who are the judges?
Graham Armfield, Coolfields Consulting
Graham is an experienced website developer with a known track record for producing effective websites that are usable by all. His company, Coolfields Consulting, was formed in 2009 and offers an excellent, customer-focussed service – not just building website for businesses but helping with integrated marketing strategies including the use of Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media.
Graham performs accessibility audits on websites. He also guides and trains website owners and developers on how to ensure websites are accessible to all. He advises on the globally accepted guidelines for web accessibility and can propose solutions to overcome accessibility issues.
Tristan Wilkinson, Director, Public Sector, EMEA – Intel Corporation and Citizens Online Trustee
Tristan is the Director for Public Sector, EMEA for Intel Corporation and UK press spokesperson. He leads the engagement with several Government initiatives across the region focusing on how technology can transform the public agenda and create economic stimulus and job opportunities. In recent years Tristan has been a passionate advocate for Digital Inclusion and the issues relating to demographic change, particularly in the Telehealth arena, speaking regularly on the issues and challenges facing policy makers and providers today.
Prior to Intel, Tristan was the Head of Marketing for PSINet a Global corporate ISP and Marketing Manager for Conduit Business Information, a supplier of database solutions. He is also representing Digital Europe. Tristan holds an honors degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth and is married with two children.
Paul –Andre Baran, Director of Biblionet in Romania
For the past three years, Paul has overseen the 26.9 -million -dollar, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-financed Biblionet program aimed at reforming Romanian public libraries. Paul has been living and working in Romania for the past 12 years, during which he has provided technical assistance to the British Council in developing the capacity of the Romanian public administration Regional Training Centers, managed USAID-funded local governance reform programs, and has acted as a consultant for the Romanian Presidency on the subject of local governance.
Paul received his master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from the Faculty of Law at the University of Bucharest and a BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University.
Evert-Jan Mulder, MD HECROI Consultancy (Netherlands)
Evert-Jan works on eGovernment, ICT and Europe and is heading the Europe Unit of HECROI, consultants and trainers for the Dutch Public Sector. He focusses on EU impact at the (sub)national level and helps Public Sector to become “EU proof.”
Maria Zlatareva, United Nations Development Programme
Maria has 15+ years of experience as a development practitioner in the areas of democratic governance, civic engagement, community development and access to information. She worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Bulgaria as Programme Officer in Democratic Governance (1997 – 2004) and Assistant Resident Representative (2004 – 2009) before she was appointed Head of Office in 2010. Maria also served as Regional Civil Society Advisor ad interim with the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and CIS in Bratislava.
In 2008, Maria was selected as a research fellow with the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and is the author of the Democratic Governance Fellowship Paper “Promoting Civic Engagement in a Post-Totalitarian and EU Accession Context : A Case from Bulgaria” (2008).
Maria was the Coordinator and Principal Editor of the UNDP Bulgaria National Human Development Report “Citizen Participation in Governance: From Individuals to Citizens” (2001) and was a Member of the Advisory Board of the CIVICUS Civil Society Index Project in Bulgaria (2005 and 2010).
Prior to joining UNDP, Maria worked as a Project Coordinator for the EU Phare Programme in Bulgaria. Maria has a Master en Science politique, Mention relations internationales de l’Institut d’Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences Po), France.
Maria is married with two children and enjoys tennis, horseback riding and mountain hiking in her spare time.