Team

Marius Dragomir

Director

Marius is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London. He has also been one of the main editors for PIJ's flagship research and advocacy project, Mapping Digital Media, which covered 56 countries worldwide, and he was the main writer and editor of OSF’s Television Across Europe, a comparative study of broadcast policies in 20 European countries.

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Cameran Ashraf

Core Faculty Member at the School of Public Policy

Cameran is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy,  human rights defender, and co-founder of international human rights and technology organization AccessNow.  In recognition of his work, the European Parliament selected AccessNow as a finalist for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union's highest human rights honor.

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Eva Bognar

Senior Program Officer and Researcher

Éva is Senior Program Officer and Researcher at CMDS. Éva has been with the Center since 2006. She has been managing projects (including EU-funded projects on Violent Online Political Extremism, Media Pluralism, Press and Media Freedom, and projects funded by the Open Society Foundations on Hungarian Media Laws in Europe, misinformation, and Hungarian Media Ownership) and events (public lectures, workshops, conferences and the annual summer school) for the Center. Éva is the Hungarian contributor to the Digital News Report, a major comparative project from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. Recently she has been studying Hungarian minorities and their use of online space; and media representation of migration. Her background is in sociology.

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Roni Dorot

Researcher

Roni is a researcher for CMDS within the project Media Influence Matrix. She received her PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, and holds a MA in Public Policy from Tel-Aviv University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, at the School of Public Policy, CEU. Her previous research analyzed the governmental outcomes of Israeli municipalities from a comparative perspective. She is a recipient of the Sapir Price for municipal studies (in Israel), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura scholarship and the EUI excellence fellowship. She is the author of ‘Documania’ blog at Haaretz newspaper.

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Mihaela Groza

Program Coordinator

Mihaela works as Program Coordinator for CMDS, where she coordinates international and EU funded projects that deal with media capture and literacy, declining trust in journalism and cross border investigative journalism. Since 2017 she has been a collaborator of Naturvation (HORIZON 2020 EU project) where she conducts research on sustainable development goals (SDG 11). Her academic background includes a BA and a MA in Jewish history as well as Jewish minority heritage and its representations in the shared public space.

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Attila Mong

Course Director, Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans

Attila is a Berlin-based Hungarian freelance journalist. He works as the Europe correspondent of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international press freedom organization, and reports on press freedom issues from the EU. He is also an innovation consultant for Germany`s leading media development organization, the DW Akademie and consults digital innovation project all around the world. He is a jury member of the European journalism grant program, Reporters in the Field. In 2013 he finished the prestigious John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship Program and was a Hoover Institution research fellow (2011), both at Stanford University. He authored several investigative books in Hungary and was awarded with the most prestigious journalism prizes in his country (the Pulitzer Memorial Prize for Best Investigative Journalism in 2004 and the Soma Investigative Journalism Prize in 2003.)

Robert Nemeth

Outreach Coordinator

Robert works as Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Media, Data and Society and is responsible for the communication and dissemination of the Center's projects, programs and publications. He is also a guest lecturer at the Department of Media and Communications at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. Prior to joining CMDS, he had a 15-year-long career in journalism, focusing mostly on covering international news. He worked for different Hungarian TV stations and online media outlets in various positions ranging from journalist to senior editor and news producer. He also served as Content Project Manager for the European Maccabi Games 2019. Previously, he graduated in History and in Media Studies at ELTE , then obtained an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU.

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