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Megan Roberts is deputy managing director of GMF’s Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative (GMF Digital), which works to ensure that technology supports democracies worldwide. She has extensive research and policy experience on digital and emerging technologies, international peace and security, and international institutions, including the United Nations.

Joanna Krawczyk is GMF Geostrategy East’s deputy managing director. She has more than 15 years’ experience in project management, media development, and philanthropy in the EU. 

Krawczyk previously worked as head of news partnerships at Gazeta Wyborcza, the Polish daily, and as the first president of the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation. In the latter role, she oversaw the Ukrainian Media Fund, which provides financial support to Ukrainian media and journalists; Poland’s first investigative reporting grant scheme for regional journalists; and a development program for local media. Under her leadership, the foundation won the World Association of News Publishers’ Golden Pen of Freedom Award for “standing as a beacon of independence and as a bulwark against authoritarianism”. 

Matthew C. MacWilliams is the global public opinion lead of the Foundation International Communications Hub (Comms Hub), a newly established organization located in Spain and dedicated to the furtherance of civil society and democracy around the world. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts where he was a visiting research associate and also lectured on democracy and participation in the international Civic Initiative program.

Through surveys and focus groups, he has examined the roots of democratic deconsolidation and rise of illiberal politics in the United States and countries across Eurasia and Europe . He has conducted quantitative and qualitative research exploring this question in over 25 countries including Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain,  Ukraine, and the United States.

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