BERNARD WEBER - Founder and President
New7Wonders Foundation

When the New 7 Wonders of the World were announced in Lisbon on July 7, 2007, Bernard Weber’s 1999 vision of a truly global dialogue was fulfilled. This first-ever global election, which brought people worldwide together using modern communications technology, has proven to be one of the most important international movements in recent years. The phenomenal growth of the Internet and spread of mobile telephones allowed people of all ages, on all continents, from all walks of life to interact. The New7Wonders campaign, which has enjoyed a strong and positive echo in the international media since its earliest days, tallied more than 100 million votes.



JAMES Q. ROBERTS - U.S. Deputy Director
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Colonel Roberts left active duty in 1992 to accept a position in the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. There he handled a wide variety of Special Operations and Combating Terrorism portfolios, moving in 1999 to become the Director for NATO Policy.

In 2000, he was assigned to Brussels as the first Defense Policy Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the European Union. In 2003, he returned to the Pentagon to work on terrorism issues. From 2004 to 2005 he served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism. He joined the Marshall Center in 2006 as the U.S. Deputy Director.

Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Fabian Breuer

DR. FABIAN BREUER - Project Associate
Global Public Policy Institute

Moderator - Debate on Internet Voting

Fabian Breuer is currently working as project associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and is involved in the academic coordination of the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO). His fields of expertise include European security and defence policy and he has a strong research interest in e-democracy and direct democracy. In this area he contributed amongst other things to several activities and reports of the Council of Europe on the Estonian internet voting experience. Fabian holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


Jacqueline BugnionJACQUELINE BUGNION - Member of the Board
American Citizens Abroad
Advisor to Overseas Vote Foundation

Panelist - A Critical Look at UOCAVA

Ms. Bugnion is on the Board of American Citizens Abroad, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization whose mission is to defend the rights of Americans living overseas related to voting, citizenship, taxation, social security, and representation.  ACA keeps its worldwide membership regularly informed of American legislation affecting Americans overseas and works to assist Washington in developing cohesive national policies dealing with Americans residing abroad.


BOB CAREY - Senior Fellow, National Defense Committee
Member of the Board, Overseas Vote Foundation

Panelist - Overseas and Military Voters Speak Out
Panelist - Voter Outreach Strategies for 2008

Having served over 22 years in the U.S. Navy, both on active duty and in the reserves, Bob has first hand experience with the problems of military voters and their right to vote.  Serving as both a Surface Warfare Officer and a Naval Flight Officer, Bob also has extensive operational staff and Pentagon experience, completed completed five command tours, and been recalled to active duty four times since 9/11.  In his civilian life, he served on the staffs of Senators Spence Abraham (R-MI) and George Allen (R-VA), as well as Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Senior Policy Advisor, and Program Director in the Department of Energy.  In 2004, Bob established Empire-Capitol Strategies, a strategic planning and policy development consulting service, provided consulting services to major corporations, government agencies, and political campaigns.


Michael Caudell-FeaganMICHAEL G. CAUDELL-FEAGAN -  Director
Make Voting Work & Senior Officer, Pew Center on the States
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Speaker - The Opportunity for Innovation in Elections

Michael Caudell-Feagan oversees the Pew Center on the State’s improving elections portfolio, serving as the Director of Make Voting Work and as the senior program officer overseeing Pew’s campaign finance reform portfolio and the development of new election initiatives. Prior to joining Pew, he provided management and consulting services to private and family foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Frances Fund, JEHT Foundation, Knight Foundation, Open Society Institute, Proteus Fund and Stern Family Fund.  He was the founder and executive director of Equal Justice Works (EJW) and holds a law degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree from Hamilton College.


Peter DahlenPETER R. DAHLEN - Government Relations Consultant

Panelist - Overseas and Military Voters Speak Out

Peter R. Dahlen. Stockholm, Sweden. Government relations consultant at TransLegal. Before moving to Sweden, Peter served as a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel, where he provided legal and legislative advice on a wide range of subjects. He has an insider’s understanding of the workings of Capitol Hill and is an experienced campaign operative. He's a regular lecturer at the Stockholm University Law Faculty on the subject of the U.S. Legislative Process. He currently serves as the President of The American Club of Sweden and on the Government Relations Committee of The American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.


Paul DeGregorioPAUL DEGREGORIO - Chief Operating Officer
Everyone Counts, Inc

Panelist - Debate on Internet Voting

Paul DeGregorio has been a champion for innovative solutions to serve and empower voters for nearly 25 years. As COO of Everyone Counts, Inc (E1C) DeGregorio is a strong advocate for the use of the internet in the election process, particularly secure online voting programs that can especially empower military, overseas and disabled voters in public and private sector elections.  Prior to joining E1C, DeGregorio served as a Commissioner with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) from 2003-2007, including terms as chairman and vice-chairman. Providing his expertise in over 25 nations, from 1993-2003 DeGregorio served as  a technical consultant and then rose to become Executive Vice President and COO of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), a non-profit organization that has been fostering democracy and the rule of law worldwide since 1987.  He has also conducted election assessments for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including 2007 elections in Estonia, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland.


Susan Dzieduszycka-SuinatSUSAN DZIEDUSZYCKA-SUINAT - President & CEO
Overseas Vote Foundation

Moderator - A Critical Look at UOCAVA

Ms. Dzieduszycka-Suinat is President & CEO and cofounder of Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF).  She currently works for the foundation full-time and manages OVF's strategic and operational planning, technical development, staffing, research, marketing, and alliance programs.  Susan spearheaded the functional specification, development and launch of the complete suite of OVF Internet-based voter services available online today.  OVF's suite of six software applications is the first of its kind within the U.S. and a direct outcome of Susan's vision for overseas and military voter services that work within today's security paradigm.  Her understanding of the real and practical needs of overseas and military voters coupled with her ability to translate these needs into logical, easily accessed technology solutions is demonstrated on the current OVF website.


Rop GonggrijpROP GONGGRIJP - Founder

Panelist - Debate on Internet Voting

Rop Gonggrijp published a famous hacker magazine in the late eighties and early nineties. He went on to become one of the founders of XS4ALL, one of the first European Internet Service Providers. Besides being worried about the use of technology during voting he is an entrepreneur, scholar and activist with a broad interest. In 2006 he founded the  organization "Wij vertrouwen stem computers niet" ("We do not trust voting computers") which campaigned against the use of electronic voting systems without a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail. In October 2006, he showed on Dutch television how the most commonly used voting machine in The Netherlands (99% of which was using voting machines) could easily be hacked. As a result of this and other issues brought forward by his organization, the Dutch government has abandoned voting machines entirely by retracting all applicable legislation and moved back to using paper ballots for the foreseeable future.


Maria GratschewMARIA GRATSCHEW - Project Development Officer
International Organization for Migration

Speaker - How Other Countries Help their Diasporas Vote and Participate

Maria Gratschew joined International IDEA in 1999 as project manager responsible for the Voter Turnout Project .  She works on voter turnout and civic education, election administration, external voting and compulsory voting issues in International IDEA’s Design of Democratic Institutions and Processes Programme (formerly the Elections Team). She is a graduate of the University of Uppsala. Together with Rafael López Pintor she served as lead writer and editor for International IDEA’s Voter Turnout since 1945: A Global Report (2002), Voter Turnout in Western Europe: A Regional Report (2004) and Engaging the Electorate: Initiatives to Promote Voter Turnout from Around the World (2006). She is one of the lead writers and project manager of the Voting From Abroad – The International IDEA Handbook (2007). Maria Gratschew joined the International Organisation for Migration in 2008 and is presently based in the Uganda country office.


Thomas HicksTHOMAS HICKS - Senior Elections Counsel
Committee on House Administration

Panelist - A Critical Look at UOCAVA

Thomas Hicks works for the Majority Office of the Committee on House Administration; he is responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and Federal Election Commission oversight. Tom came to the committee from the government watchdog group Common Cause, where he served as a senior lobbyist and policy analyst.  Prior to the Common Cause, he worked for 7 1/2 years in the Clinton Administration as a special assistant and legislative assistant in the Office of Personnel Management in the office of Congressional Relations.  The Boston native earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Clark University in Worcester, MA and his law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.


Welcome Remarks

Hans Peter Heidebach is head of the division "Economic Development and Employment Strategies" in the Department of Labour and Economic Development of the City of Munich. He is the municipal contact officer to the European city network “Eurocities” which is supporting municipal interests towards the European Union. Special responsibilities are the development of economic and employment policies for Munich as well as strategic plans and action plans to promote innovative clusters in the Munich economic region. He managed various branch studies, e.g. on the media sector in Munich and on Munich as a city of knowledge and on creative industries. He believes that a high level of employment, a fair income structure and advanced public services are preconditions to retain a lively political culture with an active interest of the citizens on voting.


Pat HollarnPAT HOLLARN - Supervisor of Elections
Okaloosa County Florida

Member of the Board, Overseas Vote Foundation

Moderator - Overseas and Military Voters Speak Out

Pat Hollarn has brought her years of invaluable experience as Supervisor of Elections in Okaloosa County, Florida, to the Overseas Vote Foundation Executive Board. She is recognized as a leading proponent of increasing the enfranchisement of UOCAVA voters and works with FVAP and EAC and others in the private sector to further the use of secure electronic means to that end. Ms. Hollarn is nationally renowned for her unwavering dedication to the democratic process of voting and introduction of new technologies in her jurisdiction, including the installation of the first PCs and participation in Internet voting projects.  She has served as Supervisor of Elections in Okaloosa County since 1988 and as State Certified Supervisor of Elections since 1991, the second Supervisor of Elections in Florida to be nationally certified by The Election Center.


Robert KrimmerROBERT KRIMMER - Director and Founder
Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation

Panelist - Debate on Internet Voting

Director and Founder of the Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation (E-Voting.CC); Election observer (with focus on e-voting) amongst others in Estonia, Venezuela, USA, and Russia; Speaker at international conferences in Europe and the US; 1999-2001 Chairman of Student Union, 2007-2009 Chairman of Doctoral Students Chapter at Vienna University of Economics; Over 50 international publications, 3 edited books; Awarded by BMW, Kurier, and the New York University.


Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas

Panelist - Overseas and Military Voters Speak Out

Ms. Laederich is the U.S. Liaison of FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas Inc.) and served as its Vice President from 1995 to 1997 and President from 1999 to 2001.   Currently present in 38 countries, FAWCO is the oldest and largest organization serving private sector Americans abroad, and worked closely with other advocacy groups to obtain the vote for overseas Americans in the Seventies.  In 2001, FAWCO became involved in the process of crafting legislation that led to the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002.  Lucy helps to organize annual Overseas Americans Weeks in Washington, working to ensure that the concerns and needs of overseas voters are taken into account in new legislation.  A past Vice Chair of the World Federation of Americans Abroad, she has lived since 1970 in France, where she is a free-lance translator.


CHIP LEVENGOOD - Acting Chair and Treasurer
Overseas Vote Foundation

OVF Welcome Address - Welcome Reception

Mr. Levengood is Acting Chair and Treasurer of Overseas Vote Foundation.  Being a UOCAVA voter himself, he is an invaluable DC liaison and advisor regarding OVF strategy. Throughout his career, Mr. Levengood has worked with nongovernmental organizations handling economic development in less developed countries. In keeping with this life-long engagement, he is currently Vice Chair of EnterpriseWorks/VITA, an international not-for-profit organization working to combat poverty through economic development programs based on sustainable, enterprise-oriented solutions. He was Chairman of VITA before the two organizations merged a few years ago.


Missouri LudlumMISSOURI LUDLUM - Military Voter

Panelist - Overseas and Military Voters Speak Out

Missouri Ludlum is 24 years old and is from Pine Grove California. She graduated from Amador High School in 2002, and joined the United States Air Force in March of 2004. She arrived at Camp Darby, Italy in July of 2004, where she is a stock control monitor for the Ammo career field.  Missouri became interested in politics while she was a senior in high school. She is very passionate about getting young Americans to vote, and is trying very hard to get everyone that she comes into contact with to realize that they are the future of America, and that their votes truly count. She believes that knowledge is power, and the key to getting young people to vote is educating them not only on how the American democracy works, but also on what they can personally do to give America the changes that it desperately needs.  Note: Missouri will speak as an independent military voter, and not on behalf of her employer.


Marina MeclMARINA MECL - Director of Voter Outreach
Overseas Vote Foundation

Panelist - Voter Outreach Strategies for 2008

Ms. Mecl became Overseas Vote Foundation’s Director of Voter Outreach in 2005 after having led the Internet voter outreach for the Overseas Vote 2004 project. She and a team of volunteers from 25 countries are dedicated to increasing UOCAVA voter participation around the world. With her thirty years of experience in secondary education (art, media literacy and ethics) and promoting youth civic engagement, she has paid particular attention to developing OVF’s outreach to students studying abroad.


Steven J. MurdochDR. STEVEN J. MURDOCH - Researcher
University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

Panelist - Debate on Internet Voting

Dr Steven J. Murdoch is a researcher in the Security Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. Steven acted as an election observer in the 2007 UK electronic voting pilot, as part of a project coordinated by the Open Rights Group. Prior to this, he also assisted in projects monitoring the freedom of press during the 2006 election in Belarus and 2007 election in Nigeria.

Steven's other research interests include Internet privacy, banking security and software engineering. He was CTO of the OpenNet Initiative, a joint project between the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard, surveying Internet censorship and surveillance world-wide. Currently he is working with The Tor Project, on developing software for helping Internet users improve their online privacy.


Eric NelsonERIC NELSON - Consul General, Munich
U.S. State Department

Opening Speaker - Welcome Reception

Eric Nelson arrived in Munich July 31, 2006 to assume his duties as the 49th U.S. Consul General. Mr. Nelson joined the Foreign Service in 1990. He most recently served in Washington in the Office of Global Support Services and Innovation and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Administration, where he developed strategies for improving the quality and efficiency of the State Department's support of overseas posts.

Mr. Nelson has served overseas as the Management Consul in Milan, Budget and Finance Attaché in Mexico City, and as a Vice Consul in Frankfurt and Santo Domingo. He began his career in public service as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching math and science in Liberia, West Africa from 1984-1985. Before joining the State Department, he was a finance and marketing consultant for U.S. Agency for International Development-funded projects in West Africa and Latin America.


Andrew RasiejANDREW RASIEJ - Founder
Personal Democracy Forum

Panelist - Voter Outreach Strategies for 2008

Andrew Rasiej is the Founder of Personal Democracy Forum , an annual conference and community website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident, an award winning group blog that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign. He has served as an advisor to Senators and Congressman and political candidates on the use of Information Technology for campaign and policy purposes since 1999. Mr. Rasiej also maintains the position of senior technology adviser for the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on using technology to expose corruption in Congress and facilitates citizen engagement and oversight. Mr. Rasiej is the founder of MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education). Please visit for further information.


Rosemary RodriguezROSEMARY RODRIGUEZ - Chair
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Panelist - A Critical Look at UOCAVA

Rosemary Rodriguez was nominated to the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) by President Bush last year and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 15, 2007. Ms. Rodriguez was elected Vice-Chair of the EAC on April 18, 2007 and Chair on January 17, 2008. Ms. Rodriguez comes to EAC after three years on the Denver, Colorado City Council, where she served as its president from 2005 to 2006. She was director of Boards and Commissions for the mayor's office from 2002 to 2003 and a clerk and recorder for the City and County of Denver from 1997 to 2002. In 1997 she was acting director of the Denver Election Commission where she supervised city elections. She has been active in numerous grass roots civic and voter advocacy organizations, including the Colorado Voter Initiative where she co-chaired a statewide initiative to allow Election Day voter registration. She was also a co-founder of the Latina Initiative, a voter registration project to register Latino voters and provide non-partisan election information to the Latino community in Colorado.


Todd RokitaTODD ROKITA - President
National Association of Secretaries of State

Panelist - A Critical Look at UOCAVA

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita was elected to his first public office in 2002.  He was sworn in January 1, 2003 as the youngest Secretary of State in the country at the time.  Secretary Rokita is now serving his second consecutive four-year term in office.  During these two terms, he has continued to be a leader in election reform, securities reform, civic involvement, and he has continued to be dedicated to promoting economic growth in the state by removing unnecessary administrative barriers and promoting the state of Indiana around the country and world.  Secretary Rokita was chosen by his fellow Secretaries of State to lead them as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Secretary Rokita currently advises the federal government on election reform matters as a member of the Board of Advisers of the Election Assistance Commission.


Denise SangsterDENISE SANGSTER - Founder & CEO
Global Touch, Inc.

Moderator - Voter Outreach Strategies for 2008

Denise Sangster is an information technology market veteran, whose professional knowledge and years of experience have greatly benefited Overseas Vote Foundation. She is president and CEO of Global Touch, a company she founded in 1989 and is recognized as a global authority on developing profitable and productive go-to-market strategies, effective customer, channel and alliance partnerships, and innovative and cost-effective channel strategies for leading information technology companies. 


Scytl Secure Electronic Voting

Panelist - Debate on Internet Voting

Mr. Sarrias joined Scytl as VP of Sales & Marketing in May 2006, after having spent most of his professional career in Germany. Prior to joining Scytl, Mr. Sarrias was Business Manager at Hewlett-Packard, having responsibility over the OpenView Telecommunications family of software products in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. At Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Sarrias was responsible for designing and executing an international go-to-market plan that led to a sustained increase in revenues of over 30% year over year, being the largest growth ever experienced by this product line. Previously, Mr. Sarrias worked as Senior Solution Architect at Hewlett-Packard and DaimlerChrisler Information Services, and as Senior Network Project Planner at Amadeus Data Processing, the leading travel reservation provider. Mr. Sarrias has a Masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.


Andy SundbergANDY SUNDBERG - Fellow and Secretary
Overseas American Academy

Speaker - How Other Countries Help their Diasporas Vote and Participate

Andy Sundberg, Fellow and Secretary of the Overseas American Academy, was born in New Jersey in 1941, finished grammar school in Japan, and high school in Germany. He is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and 1963 Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England where he earned a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He served as a naval officer on board U.S. combat ships in Cuban waters during the Cuban Quarantine and in the north of the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Since moving to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968, he has been a consultant helping major corporations, governments and international organizations evaluate investments opportunities and make other important decisions in many countries of the world. He is a life member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Board of the Millennium Institute in Washington, and the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, Florida. He was the founder of the American Children’s Citizens Rights League in Geneva in 1977, and American Citizens Abroad in 1978 (an organization that now has members in more than 90 countries).


Melanie VolkammerMELANIE VOLKAMER - Research Manager
Institute of IT-Security and Security Law University of Passau

Panelist - Debate on Internet Voting

Melanie Volkamer studied Computer Science at the Saarland University (Germany). She started her PhD in 2004 at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and plans to hand it in soon. The topic is “requirements and evaluation methods for electronic voting” and she applies the Common Criteria in order to be flexible with respect to underlying trust models and evaluations depths. Melanie Volkamer gave presentations on arbitrary eVoting events and conferences and was/is a member of different advisory boards in eVoting initiatives and projects – in particular she joint the OSCE mission to Estonia in 2007. She co-authors Protection Profile (PP) for the Digital Election Pen and the PP for Online-Voting (not yet released).


J. Scott WiedmannJ. SCOTT WIEDMANN - Deputy Director
Federal Voting Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Defense

Panelist - A Critical Look at UOCAVA

Mr. Wiedmann serves as the Deputy Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program.  The program administers the federal responsibilities of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) for the Secretary of Defense, who is the Presidential designee.  The Act covers the voting rights of all members of the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, and their family members, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and all U.S. civilian citizens residing outside the United States. Mr. Wiedmann has been with the Program since 1993.  Mr. Wiedmann began his public service at the U.S. Department of the Treasury working as a Licensing Officer in the Office of Foreign Assets Control.  The Office governed transactions with countries sanctioned by the U.S. Government.


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