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Invited speakers

The summer school will be visited by top level invited speakers on a number of topics including journalism, lobbying in Brussels, the use of rhetoric in analysing arguments, environmental politics, and the commercialisation of science. As the invited speakers are being confirmed they will briefly be presented here.

Harald Drager, founder and managing director of Quasar Consultants

Kåre Harald Drager is founder and managing director of Quasar Consultants and its international organisation specialising in software solutions in risk and emergency analysis for onshore and offshore industry. He is also doing consultancy for business development and market assessment, and risk and emergency  management projects. He has been, and is, managing numerous international development projects: IT system for hazard communication, risk management for the insurance industry, marine systems for seismic, navigation, ship collisions, groundings, instrumentation and underwater inspection of offshore structures. Drager has been doing for work a large number of international organizations such as the World Bank and NATO: Furthermore, Drager is the founder, and currently President of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS). The Society provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas in the field of Emergency Management.

Göran Rosenberg, independent writer and journalist

Göran Rosenberg is an independent Swedish writer and journalist, the son of Polish-Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Between 1970 and 1990 he worked as a journalist and correspondent for major Swedish newspapers and Swedish Television. During the 1990's he founded and edited Moderna Tider, a Swedish journal of essays and opinions. He is a regular columnist and essayist in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. Among his books are Friare kan ingen vara, den amerikanska idén från Revolution till Reagan, (An essay on the American idea, Norstedts 1991, 2004), and Det förlorade landet, en personlig historia (a personal history of Zionism, Messianism and the State of Israel, Bonniers 1996, 2002), also in Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German (Das verlorene Land, Suhrkamp Verlag 1998) and French (L'utopie perdue, Denoël 2002). Rosenberg is PhD (h.c) at the University of Gothenburg.

Leif Hallberg, Director of European Public Affairs, Intrum Justitia AB, Sweden

As Leif Hallberg took up his function in 2003 as European public affairs director for Intrum Justitia AB, Europe's market-leader in credit management services (CMS), he had behind him a 35-year public relations career, first as a UN Press Information Officer and later as a communications director with various Swedish government agencies.

From 1996 to 1999, he served as speech and articles writer to the EU
Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs. In 1999 through 2003 he was seconded as a technical advisor to Interpol at its international headquarters in France, where he later headed the global criminal police organization's Press & Communications Department.

As Intrum Justitia's EU-Brussels 'lobbyist' Mr. Hallberg has a foremost role in the business group's efforts to influence on the regulatory process for the CMS industry, raise awareness and promote modern, sound and fair Europe-wide rules and standards as well as strong business ethics, like Intrum Justitia's own Fair Pay-philosophy.

Beside his work for Intrum Justitia Leif Hallberg is engaged in European politics, notably as Vice-President of the European Senior Citizens' Union (an association within the European People's Party, EPP) and also as a substitute member of the EPP's Political Bureau, as one of the Party's internal auditors. He also serves as a member of the Party's permanent working group on Membership and was previously also on the working group Foreign & Security Policy.

He is a member of the Swedish Christian Democratic Party's International Affairs Committee and also sits on the Board of the Swedish Party's Senior Citizen's Union.

Isabel Runebjörk, Ditt Varumärke

Speaker: Isabel RunebjörkIsabel Runebjörk is the author of the highly acclaimed book on values, trust and rhetoric (Ditt varumärke - om retorik, värderingar och förtroende, Liber 2004). She is educated at Stockholm university, and has taught rhetoric at the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University. Isabel trains politicians and business executives in rhetoric, and lectures on personal brands, story-telling and communicative leadership. She tutors students on story telling and ethos. Isabel's main interest is how people create trust in themselves and how to use rhetorical tools to analyze which values and stories can be found under the surface of apparently disinterested arguments. Isabel Runebjörk has long experience of strategic communication in the business world, amongst other things as a PR manager in the IT industry.

Dr Donald Bruce, Church of Scotland

Dr Donald Bruce is the Director of the Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project of the Church of Scotland since 1992. He has a BSc and PhD in chemistry from Leicester University, a diploma in theology from Oxford University (1992) and a PhD in theology from Edinburgh University (2003). He worked for 15 years in nuclear energy research and safety and risk assessment in different UK organizations. He has been a member of the bioethics working group of the Conference of European Churches since 1993. He is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Group on Public Issues of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He and his wife Ann are joint editors of SRT's book Engineering Genesis on the ethics of genetic engineering in non-human species.

Marie Wahlgren,  Food Technology Lund University

Marie Wahlgren,  Ph.D. in biophysical technology, is associate professor of food technology at Lund Technical University. Between 2002-2006  she was member of the Swedish parliament representing the Libel party. In parliament she engaged herself e.g. in issues of  housing policy, environmental protection and research policy. In 2006 Wahlgren left the parliament to resume her academic career in food technology, while still being active in local and regional politics. Wahlgren is member of the Swedish Gene Technology Advisory Board which has the tasks to monitor developments in the field of gene technology, oversee ethical issues, and give advice on use of gene technology. 

Peter Burgess, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Peter Burgess is Research Professor and Leader of Security Programme at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo ( ), and Guest Professor at  the institute of Political Science, Paris. Borne in Germany, grown up in USA, having studied and worked also in France, Italy and now in Norway, he is truly an international fellow. Among his many undertakings, Burgess is Editor-in-Chief of Security Dialogue, an international quarterly journal that seeks to combine contemporary theoretical analysis with challenges to public policy across the wide ranging field of security studies, and Scientist-in-charge of the Applied Network on Global Justice (European Commission 5th Framework Programme). His list of publications covers issues such as Culture and Rationality, Modernity and Political Culture, Ethical Core of the Nation-State, and Political Culture(s) of Europe.

Philippe Galiay, European Commission 

After an initial training as a mechanical engineer, Dr Philippe Galiay got a PhD in physics from the University of Strasbourg in the field of holography. After an experience in research, teaching and international technology transfer with Asia, he worked during 5 years for a French Regional Council (Pays de la Loire), promoting European and interregional cooperation in research.

He joined DG Research in the Commission in 1996 working for coordination between research and regional Community policies. He participated to the creation of the Science and Society Directorate and to the preparation and launching of the White Paper on Governance and the Science and Society Action Plan in 2001. He is actually in charge of monitoring the Governance Action project portfolio of the Unit RTD-L3 "Governance and Ethics".