Helen Dixon, the Commissioner for Data Protection Ireland, was appointed in September 2014. Responsible for upholding the rights of individuals regarding how data about them is used, the role, among other things, requires regulation of a large number of U.S. internet multinationals with European bases in Ireland. Previously Irish Registrar of Companies, where she led regulatory enforcement of compliance with the filing provisions of the Companies Acts, Dixon has also held senior roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation working on economic migration policy, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry. She holds postgraduate qualifications in European economic and public affairs, governance, computer science, official statistics for policy evaluation, and judicial skills and decision making. Dixon was delighted when she was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2014.
Dagmar Hovestädt is a communication professional applying her journalism background to the power of archives. She started her career in public television in Berlin where she covered stories on the development and conflicts of German unification. In 2000, she relocated to California to work for German TV as a foreign correspondent, covering current affairs, technology and political developments in the U.S. In 2011 she returned to Berlin to take up her post as spokeswoman of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU). One of her passions became connecting the Stasi Records Archive experience internationally in the context of human rights archives. In June 2021 BStU was integrated into the Federal Archives, which led to her current post. Hovestädt studied communications, political science, and film in Mainz, Boulder, CO, and Berlin, completing with a master’s degree from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Nina Jankowicz is an internationally recognised expert on disinformation and democratization. Her debut book, “How to Lose the Information War,” was named a New Statesman 2020 book of the year; The New Yorker called it “a persuasive new book on disinformation as a geopolitical strategy.” Her second book, “How to Be a Woman Online,” will be published in Spring 2022.
Jankowicz’s expertise spans the public, private, and academic sectors. Currently the director of external engagement at Alethea Group, a firm that detects and mitigates disinformation, Jankowicz has advised governments, international organizations, and tech companies; testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions; and led accessible, actionable research about the effects of disinformation on women, minorities, democratic activists and freedom of expression around the world.
Jankowicz has extensive media experience, with writing published in many major American newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She is a regular guest on major radio and television programmes such as the PBS Newshour, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and Amanpour, the BBC World Service, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Since 2017, Jankowicz has held fellowships at the Wilson Center, where she has been affiliated with the Kennan Institute and the Science and Technology Innovation Program. In 2016-17, she advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on disinformation and strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Prior to her Fulbright grant, she managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute.
Jankowicz holds a master’s degree from the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is a proud alumna of Bryn Mawr College, where she studied political science and Russian and graduated magna cum laude. She is fluent in Russian, and speaks proficient Ukrainian and Polish.
David Olusoga is a historian, writer and broadcaster. He is the presenter of “A House Through Time” and author of “Black and British: A Forgotten History.” As the Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, David looks at what our history reveals about contemporary society and the lasting effects of the British Empire.
Starting out as a researcher for BBC Radio 4, Olusoga was soon involved in producing and directing historical documentaries for the station, including “Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich,” “The Lost Pictures of Eugene Smith” and “Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner.” From there he became a presenter for the BBC, appearing on documentaries, including “Civilisations, The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire” and the BAFTA-winning “Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.”
Olusoga’s book “Black and British” was accompanied by a BBC Two-series of the same name which he both wrote and presented. His book looks at the global slavetrading empire of Britain, how the country's 19th century economic and industrial might was built on American slavery and how modern society has been shaped as a result. David is also the author of “Civilisations: First Contact/The Cult of Progress,” “The World's War” and “The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide” and the “Colonial Roots of Nazism.” He regularly writes for The Guardian, has hosted the BBC’s The Civilisations Podcast and is a regular contributor and commentator across broadcast media.