People

Co-Directors

Sophie Bloemen
Sophie Bloemen is based in  Berlin and writes, speaks, and organises on the sharing of knowledge, the commons and new narratives for Europe. She has worked as an advocate and public interest consultant for various NGOs on health, trade & innovation, as well as on cross-border cultural dialogue for Europe. She is engaged in a number of projects and political processes that explore and discuss new, creative institutions and collaborative models, particularly on health R&D, internet infrastructure and urban commons. She has worked with EU institutions, national policy makers and multilateral institutions in Geneva. Her work has also taken her to Latin America as part of  a civil society coalition on health and trade issues. She started her career at the European Commission in Brussels. Sophie has degrees in philosophy, political economy and International Relations, from the university of Amsterdam and London School of Economics. 
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David Hammerstein
David Hammerstein is a consumer advocate and former Member of the European Parliament for Los Verdes, part of the European Greens. He is senior advisor on intellectual property for an international consumer advocacy group. He has a background in sociology and specializes in intellectual property, Internet related policies and environmental issues.
 

Project Managers

Thomas de Groot- Community and Knowledge Manager
Thomas works as Commons Network’s community and knowledge manager, facilitating the transitioning of Commons Network to a more coherent and community based organisation. Thomas has a background in start-ups, is initiator of crowd source Europe- a people’s constitution and is a member of the Pirate Party Amsterdam in Amsterdam West. @ThomasDamsko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellows

Wouter van den Bos – Co-Founder & Science Fellow

Wouter is a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, as a member of the Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC). He studied philosophy and cognitive science at the university of Amsterdam. In 2011 he received his PhD at the university of Leiden, and from 2011 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. His research focuses on the neural underpinnings of reward-based learning and decision-making. He also has a great interest in open science. He collaborated with Creative Commons Science to create an online introductory course in open science using P2PU, and he is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Open Psychology Data
 
Cecile Blanchet- Renewable Energy Fellow
Cecile studied marine geology and holds a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseille (France) obtained in 2006. She worked as a researcher in several scientific institutes throughout Europe (mainly in France, Germany and The Netherlands), exploring the relationships between changes in climate, environment and human populations during the Quaternary. Since 2013, she is pursuing a new career path and studied project management,  renewable energy (Proventus Energie Academy) and journalism (CNED). Through her involvement in political activism, Cecile has also developed a great interest for community-owned infrastructure, in particular decentralised green-energy production. Since January, she supports the CN with developing the communication strategy for the European Commons Assembly.
Contact: Website, twitter @clblanchet
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Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrovs – Public Domain Fellow

Dimi is a Bulgarian political scientist who currently works as Free Knowledge Ambassador of the Wikimedia Movement to the EU. He is based in Brussels where his major focus is to „fix copyright”. Having lived in Libya, Austria, Poland and his native Bulgaria, he initiatlly researched minority rights, hate speech and discrimination issues before Wikipedia and the ACTA negotiations sparked his passion for digital rights and the commons. He is now dedicated on promoting the structural and functional public domain. Dimi loves coffee, hates carrot juice and considers Twitter a benign version of the internet.

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Bruno Carballa Smichowski- Collaborative Economy and Data Fellow
Bruno is a PhD candidate in Economics at Paris XIII University. He studied Economics at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and at Paris XIII University. His research focuses on competition theory and policy, commons and the sharing economy. He has worked on the link between the sharing economy, commons and mutual insurance companies. His current research is about how the management of data as a common can foster the development of platform cooperativism and reduce the market power of dominant platforms in the sharing economy.Twitter: @brunocarballla
 

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Till Gentzsch- Urban Commons 
Till assists in Commons Network Urban commons work and interned in the Berlin office in 2016. He studies philosophy, politics and economics at Witten University. He is a founding member of the urban artivism collective SUPER FILME, which uses the possibilities of the moving image to build temporary cultural institutions. Till also freelances for the entrepreneur’s association GTREU. A group of enterprises organised as trusts. Gtreu fosters the enhancement of trust enterprises through comprehensive research projects at different universities and conferences. During the last years he has traveled around the Balkans and the Middle East and worked as a journalist.
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Judit Rius Sanjuan – Public Policy and Legal Fellow
Judit currently works as the US Manager of the Access Campaign for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in New York. Prior to joining  MSF, Judit worked at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), providing technical assistance to developing countries on intellectual property law and in negotiations at the World Health Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. In addition, Judit was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School where she co-taught a human rights seminar on access to essential medicines in Central America. Judit also worked in the legal departments of an international pharmaceutical company, an information technology consulting firm, and a software company. Judit co-authored the curriculum for the postgraduate course on legal implications of open source software at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She also worked for Intermon-Oxfam Spain, was a legal intern at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and collaborated with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Judit received a Licenciatura en Derecho (JD equivalent) from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Pompeu Fabra and Geneva Universities. In January 2006, she graduated from Stanford Law School with an LLM in Law, Science, and Technology.
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Francesca Weber-Newth – Community Fellow
Francesca  is a sociologist, currently writing her PhD (University of Aberdeen, UK). Her research focuses on conceptualisations of “community” and “culture” in urban regeneration schemes in London and Berlin. She lives in Berlin, and since 2011 has been a research fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin. Her activities outside academia include collaborations with a filmmaker (documentary: Mauerpark Berlin 2011), poet (urban walk: Walking is not an Olympic Sport 2012), and designer (website and audio archive: Inhabitsounds). She is co-editor of the Community Lover’s Guide to Berlin (2013)  www.communityloversguide.org
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Xavier Seuba -International Law and Intellectual Property Fellow

Xavier is Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies, University of Strasbourg and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He teaches courses in various European and American universities for graduate and postgraduate students on  International Law and Intellectual Property Law. Xavier has worked for several multilateral organisations and advised national governments and regional organizations on intellectual property and pharmaceuticals legislation, advising them on issues of policy design, intellectual property enforcement and in the context of preferential trade agreements negotiations. He also has advised and works closely with several civil society groups regarding access to medicines issues.

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Yannis Natsis – EU Policy and Public Sphere Fellow
Yannis Natsis was born in Athens in 1984. Following his studies on EU affairs and conflict-resolution in Greece & the UK, he joined the Greek TV news program “Fakeli” as an investigative reporter (2006-2010). He has previously worked at the European Parliament, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the private sector. He currently serves as Advocacy Officer, for an international consumer advocacy group based in Brussels focusing on access to medicines issues, intellectual property and access to knowledge. 
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Bastian Schwarz – Public Health and Social Media Fellow

Starting out in advertising and entertainment, Bastian became involved in public health in 2002. For more than ten years, he has worked as a communication specialist within the Namibian response to HIV/AIDS, first for UNICEF and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programmes then for local NGO´s NawaLife Trust and Positive Vibes. He has implemented numerous HIV-prevention campaigns and projects, including Namibia´s internationally recognised Take Control National HIV media campaign. Bastian is currently working as an independent consultant out of Berlin, Germany and Windhoek, Namibia and is interested in Commons approaches in public health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advisory Board

Joris van Hoboken
Joris van Hoboken is a research fellow at the Information Law Institute of the New York University. His research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet. His interests include the implications of the fundamental right to freedom of expression and privacy online as well as the transatlantic comparison of different regulatory approaches to the online environment. In addition, he serves as the chair of the Board of Directors at Bits of Freedom, the Dutch digital civil rights movement, which is part of European Digital Rights (EDRI). Joris has an academic background in Mathematics (M.Sc. , 2002) and Law (LL.M. , 2006, PhD 2012). In 2014 he received a prestigious award for his thesis by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation.
 
Silke Helfrich
Silke Helfrich (Jena, Germany) has studied romance languages and pedagogy at the Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig. Since mid of the 1990s activities in the field of development politics, from 1996 to 1998 head of Heinrich Böll Foundation Thuringia and from 1999 to 2007 head of the regional office of Heinrich Böll Foundation in Mexico City focusing on globalisation, gender and human rights. Since 2007 she works as independent author and activist, working with a variety of international and domestic partners. Helfrich is the editor of several books on the Commons, among them: Who Owns the World? The Rediscovery of the Commons, Munich 2009 (in : Genes, Bytes y Emisiones. Bienes Comunes y Ciudadania, Mexico-City 2008), editor of Elinor Ostrom: Was mehr wird, wenn wir teilen, Munich 2011. And most recently with Heinrich-Böll-Foundation: Commons. Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat, Bielefeld 2012 (together with David Bollier: The Wealth of the Commons beyond Market and State, Amherst/MA, 2012). She is the primary author of the German speaking CommonsBlog
 
 James Love
James Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). Mr. Love is also the U.S. co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Intellectual Property Policy Committee, and the chair of the Essential Inventions board of directors. He advises UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs, and is the author of a number of articles and monographs on innovation and intellectual property rights. In 2006, Knowledge Ecology International received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In 2013, Love received the EFF Pioneer Award, to recognize leaders who extend freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology.
 
Amy Kapczynski
Amy Kapczynski is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012. Her areas of research including information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is also the founder of the global student civil society organisation ‘Universities Allied for Essential Medicines’ (UAEM).  She  is the editor of  ‘Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property’ , MIT press 2011.
 
K M Gopakumar
K M Gopakumar is legal advisor and senior researcher of Third World Network. TWN is is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that carries out policy research and advocacy on issues around trade and development, with a focus on third world countries. TWN aims to strengthen the ability of governments and communities to make trade and globalisation work for development
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