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Angela Wilkins

Angela has extensive, hands-on experience of working with the Labour Party during its most successful period 1994-2010. She is also a freelance consultant working with developing democracies, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa Consultant for National Democratic Institute in Yemen, Iraq, Morocco and Balkans, working on party media operations, message development and delivery, internal and external communications, policy making processes, party renewal, membership recruitment etc. She has worked for the UK Labour Party for 17 years. She was involved in the modernizing & rebranding of the Labour Party in the 1990s and the Blair victory in 1997. Angela worked with MPs in the Parliament on campaigns and communications with voters. She was Adviser to the Party Chair, preparing policies and campaigns for general election 2005.

Angela has managed also the Project on voter-engagement events for the party leadership. Head of Deputy Leader’s Political Office. A former elected local government councilor. Graduated in politics from London School of Economics.

Kristina Wilfore

Kristina Wilfore brings more than 20 years of experience and mastery of virtually all aspects of politics and grassroots organizing to Karakoyun Strategies. After nearly seventeen years working on social movement building and democratic development across the United States, she moved abroad to share her experience in elections, policy development and civic advocacy in order to help create a more vibrant and accountable democracy worldwide.

Kristina has led trainings and provided consultation on grassroots organizing, political party development, women’s political participation and election monitoring in Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, for countries such as Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. As Chief of Party of the Ukraine office of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) from 2009 to 2013 Kristina oversaw a robust political party, civic advocacy and election monitoring program.

She also launched a multi-faceted women’s program for the first time in NDI’s history in the country. Kristina has sophisticated the use of public opinion research on democratic freedoms as well as gender issues. In the United States, Kristina served as Executive Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC). Over her career she has worked in 35 of the 50 states to encourage cooperation among civic and party organizers and elected officials at all levels of public office. Kristina is political scientist. She holds a Master in Public Administration with honors from the University of Washington as well as degrees in journalism and political science from Washington State University. She was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana (USA).

Dr. Maja Nenadovic

Maja is a consultant from Croatia who by profession is philosopher/political scientist, while her expertise lays different areas, in Human Rights, Policy Analyst, Political Campaigns, Public Policy and International Relations. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2012), specializing on the subject of democracy promotion and post-conflict democratization and state-building. She wrote her dissertation on “Democratization and Political Party Assistance in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Her commitment as a freelance trainer and consultant has started since 2000. In 2005 she was engaged as an intern researcher in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees SO Mostar. In 2006 served as Development Manager at MURSERS. During the years 2009-2012 she served as trainer at International Debate Academy Slovenia. Since 2010 she has been working as a trainer and coordinator at the International Department at Anne Frank Stichting. Since 2011 she is engaged as consultant at Open Society Institute. From 2011 she is co founder at Croatian Education and Development Network for the Evolution of Communication (Croatian acronym: HERMES)