The composition of the Animators is designed to best animate the discussion on the CROSSOVER platform and also linking the ongoing discussions in other communities. Their contribution can be found here.
Alberto Cottica (Policy Modelling)
Alberto Cottica is an economist interested in collaborative design and delivery of public policy. As a practitioner, he has founded and directed Kublai, the first 2.0 project of the Italian central administration; and the "distributed think tank" Edgeryders, the first 2.0 project of the Council of Europe. He blogs at, is the author of a book, Wikicrazia, on collaborative governance, and of numerous essays. Meanwhile he works on a Ph. D. in quantitative economics to delve deeper in the same set of topics. He used to be a full time rock-world musician and still tours from time to time, but he's trying to quit.
Andrew Vande Moere (Visualization and Policy simulation)
Andrew Vande Moere is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning of the University of Leuven. He teaches about the symbiosis of media, technology and public space, exemplified by topics such as social visualization, urban informatics, interaction design and media architecture. Andrew acquired his PhD degree at the ETH, after which he became a lecturer in Design Computing at The University of Sydney. Since 2004, Andrew maintains the weblog “Information Aesthetics” (, at which he collects compelling representations of data that are capable to inform as well as engage the public at large. He is particularly interested in combining the insights of information visualization with innovations through creative design, in order to convey useful insight as well as personal reflection and sustained involvement to non-expert audiences.
David Price (Argument Visualization)
Prior to co-founding Debategraph, David Price worked in public policy research and consultancy, TV documentary production, and community mediation; all the time exploring the potential for collaborative argument visualization to enhance public communication and understanding. Across his career, David has worked with various public and private sector organisations including: the BBC, the European Commission, the UK Prime Minister’s Office, H. M. Treasury, British Telecom, Ofcom, and Virgin TV. David has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in organisational learning and environmental policy, and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Bath.
Enrico Ferro
Enrico Ferro (Policy Modelling)
Enrico Ferro is the head of the Business Model and Policy Innovation Unit at Mario Boella Institute (ISMB), a research team studying the economic, social and policy implications of information and communication technologies. Over the last ten years Dr. Ferro has worked in many projects financed by the European Commission with roles ranging from scientific supervisor to senior expert. Dr. Ferro also covers an adjunct professor position at the Polytechnic of Turin and at the International Labour Bureau of the United Nations where he regularly lectures on information management and strategies in both the public and the private sector. His research work has produced over forty academic publications, one handbook of research and over fifty research reports.
Blog: – Twitter: @egferro
Igor Mayer (Serious Gaming)
Igor S. Mayer is a senior associate professor in the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is also the director of CPS, the TU-Delft Centre for Serious Gaming. He is a co-founder and a board member of SAGANET– the Netherlands’ Simulation and Gaming Association – as well as GaLA, the European Network of Excellence in Serious Games (2010-2014) and a member of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). He is an associate editor of Simulation & Gaming and Policy Studies Journal. His subjects of interest regard the development, use and evaluation of interactive and participatory methods for policy analysis and policy development in general, and gaming-simulation, serious games, virtual worlds in particular.
Luigi Reggi (Open Data)
Luigi Reggi holds a BA in Economics from the University of Modena and a Master in Innovation Management from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. He currently works as a policy analyst and advisor at the DG European Regional Policy of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. He is also involved as external researcher in the research project “Technology Adoption and Innovation in Public Services” at the Department of Economics, Society and Politics, University of Urbino. His experience covers e-government services quality and diffusion, e-government take-up by households and individuals, ICT statistics, EU Cohesion Policy. He has been involved in several research projects at European and national level and published reports with European and Italian institutions.
Prof. Petra Ahrweiler
Petra Ahrweiler (Policy Modelling)
Petra Ahrweiler is Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, Founding Director of UCD´s Innovation Research Unit IRU. She studied Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg finishing with her Ph.D. in the area of Science and Technology Studies at the Free University Berlin. Since her habilitation thesis at the University of Bielefeld on innovation dynamics in knowledge societies she worked as a Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and as a Professor at the Social Sciences Department Social Sciences, University of Hamburg in Germany, before coming to UCD in 2007. Petra Ahrweiler has long experience as principal investigator of international projects on research and innovation networks, e.g. the EU projects on Simulating Self-Organizing Innovation Networks (SEIN), on Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks (NEMO), or on Managing Emerging Technologies for Economic Impact (ManETEI). She holds various research awards and is a member of a number of advisory boards of technology policy and social aspects of new technologies in both governmental and academic organisations such as DG INFSO of the European Commission..
Pietro Terna (Policy Modelling)
Pietro Terna is full professor of Economics at the University of Torino (Italy), Department of Economics and Finance G.Prato. His recent works are in the fields (i) of artificial neural networks and economic and financial modeling and (ii) of social simulation with agent based models, where he has been pioneering the use of Swarm. He has been developing an original simulation system to reproduce enterprise and organization behavior, named java Entrerprise Simulator, visible at and he is now developing a new Python based version both of Swarm and jES, named SLAPP (Swarm- Like Agent Protocol in Python).
Scott Fortmann-Roe (Collaborative Governance and Web2.0)
Scott Fortmann-Roe is a scientist whose research is focused on the study and understanding of complex systems. He is particularly interested in how to increase the accessibility of modeling to a wider audience. He strongly believes in the power of participatory research. The more people involved in scientific and policy modeling, the more voices will be heard, and the better the resulting models and policy decisions will be. Fortmann-Roe received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College. He received a Master of Science from the Cracow University of Technology. He is currently working on a PhD from UC Berkeley. He has received a number of awards and honors including a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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