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Board of Advisors

Dr. Agustín Goenaga

Dr. Goenaga is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, and a research fellow with the Swedish Royal Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities. He specializes in comparative politics and democratic theory. Most of his research to date has focused on the historical development of state capacity and on the relationship between the public sphere, deliberation, and citizens’ views about democracy. His work has been published in several academic journals and international presses. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Professor Goenaga worked for many years as a journalist and a writer in Mexico. More information at

Prof. David Farrell

Professor Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. A specialist in the study of representation, elections, parties, and deliberative mini-publics, his most recent books include: The Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics (co-edited, Oxford University Press, 2021), and Deliberative Mini-Publics: Core Design Features (co-authored, Bristol University Press, 2021). In addition he has published 20 other books (authored/edited) including the award winning Political Parties and Democratic Linkage: How Parties Organize Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2011). His current work is focused primarily on deliberative mini-publics. He has advised and/or researched a number of government-led deliberative mini-public processes in Ireland, the UK and Belgium. Prior to his move to Dublin in 2009, he was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has held visiting positions in the Australian National University, Harvard, Mannheim, and the University of California Irvine. In 2021 Professor Farrell was elected the Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research -- Europe’s premier political science association. From 1995-2018 he was the founding co-editor of Party Politics. He was President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland from 2012-16. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2013.

Yehuda Bruner MPA, City Council Member

Mr. Bruner is an experienced entrepreneur and seasoned C-suite manager in the biomed and technology industries at multinational organizations, where he is involved in the initiation and development of life-saving medical technologies and heritage retention projects. Mr. Bruner is driven by strong passion for helping young people fulfill their hidden potential in their fields of interest and change the world in which we are living, to make it comprising planet for the next generations. To do that, Mr. Bruner initiated and lead to several successful reforms and policy changes in the fields of environment and social justice. Mr. Bruner contributes to the society and to the next generations through several voluntary activities, including over 15 years of educating young entrepreneurs and leading them to successfully initiate the project they dream of. Mr. Bruner recognized for his role in stopping the assembly of fixed, near-shore gas platforms at eastern Mediterranean, and supporting the use of floating platforms far away from population and natural habitats, and for his activity for net-zero emission at the community level by 2030. Mr. Bruner holds Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy from University of Haifa, as well as associate degrees in software and system analysis, and certified by IDU as board director.

Diana Ishaqat

“Diana Ishaqat is a Jordanian development practitioner, researcher, and artist with a Master's in Media, Campaigning, and Social Change from the University of Westminster in London. She was selected for research and leadership programs in more than 10 countries. Diana is a former Chevening Scholar and and a current Schwarzman Scholar. With years of experience in the field of education, technology and youth work, Diana has contributed to the introduction of novel computing sciences degrees and is actively involved in research and writing on topics such as internet freedoms, civic participation, and human rights. She currently works as a Communications and Fundraising Manager at a Jordanian organization concerned with the well-being, economic empowerment and advocacy for orphans and foster homes graduates.”

Prof. Raul Ramos

Professor Ramos is the Vice-Rector for Internationalization Policy of the University of Barcelona. Full Professor at the Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics of the University of Barcelona, researcher at the Regional Quantitative Analysis Group (AQR-IREA), IZA Research Fellow, GLO Fellow and member of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA).  His research interests include labour market analysis from both regional and international perspectives, with a specific focus on globalization, inequality, unemployment and migration. He has published extensively on these topics and participated in different research and knowledge transfer projects (European Commission,  European Parliament, OECD, UNESCO, Eurofound, among others). He is currently Co-editor of the European Journal of Development Research, C-Co-Director of the Revista de Economía Laboral/Spanish Journal of Labour Economics and Associate Editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science. More details at

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