SIDI Bucharest

Class of 2019


We have received over 120 applications, from almost 50 countries within and beyond South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area. 

Selecting participants was a challenging task, because many applications were outstanding, coming from governmental officials, representatives of private companies, PhD students and academics, and civil society organisations. While thanking all those who applied, we are proud to announce the list of participants in the first edition of SIDI.

You can see the full bios of out participants in our dedicated page here.

  • Ayça Atabey, IT Law Institute, Bilgi University & Edinburgh University, Turkey

  • Meri Baghdasaryan, Ara Ghazaryan Law Office LLC, Armenia

  • Bogdan Banjac, Office of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality of Serbia, Serbia

  • Ergisa Bejkollari, Vodafone, Albania

  • Victor Calac, USAID-funded Open Justice Project, Moldova

  • Claudia Calavrezo, HP Inc., Romania

  • Florina-Adina Ciuchiță, Public Relations, Romania

  • Grațiela Dumitrescu, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration & Council of Europe, Romania

  • Ahmed Farag, National Telecom Regulatory Authority & Arab IGF, Egypt

  • Emir Fazlović, University of Vienna, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Ioana Ghiță, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

  • Rolla Hassan, National Telecom Regulatory Authority, Egypt

  • Su Sonia Herring, Youth IGF Turkey, Turkey

  • Christina Kalogeropoulou, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

  • Sarkhanbay Khuduyev, Academy of Public Administration, Azerbaijan

  • Elliott Mann, Swinburne Law School, Australia

  • Alexandru Miron, Janssen, Romania

  • Deborah Mucolli, Ottonomy, Albania

  • Elena-Diana Mușat, Agency for Digital Agenda of Romania, Romania

  • Juliana Novaes, University of Lyon & Youth Observatory (Internet Society Youth SIG), Brazil

  • Neli Odishvili, Internet Development Initiative & University of Georgia, Georgia

  • Cezara-Alexandra Panait, Central European University &Association for Technology and Internet, Romania

  • Ralph Rogobete, GSMA, Romania

  • Ilona Stadnik, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

  • Jelena Šuh, Telekom Srbija, Serbia

  • Pooya Teimoory, Pars Online Telecommunications, Iran

  • Mariam Tsiklauri, Internet Development Initiative, Georgia

  • Livia Țurcanu, Mediapoint NGO, Moldova

eligibility criteria

SIDI Bucharest is open to students and individuals from any stakeholder group academia, civil society, governments, intergovernmental organisations, private sector, and technical community.

The school is mainly addressed to citizens or residents of economies in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+), but other applicants are welcome as well.

To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in Internet governance and digital policy issues. This does not mean, however, that a strong prior experience in these areas is a must. The school welcomes both experienced practitioners who want to expand their knowledge, as well as individuals who are only making their first steps in the field.

Applicants could include, for example:

  • Students who are writing/plan to write their graduation/dissertation/PhD thesis on topics related to Internet and digital policy issues.

  • Public servants working in ministries or agencies that deal with issues such as e-government, electronic communications, education, regulation, innovation, ICT policies, cybersecurity etc.

  • Professionals in the ICT, media, cybersecurity, networks, digital start-ups, communication and new media.

Tuition fees

The School has a standard tuition fee of 250€ for each selected participant. This covers accommodation in Bucharest, meals during the school, social activities, and any materials needed during the programme.

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to/from Bucharest.


A limited number of scholarships to cover full tuition fees and/or transportation costs are available.

The application form contained a separate field for those interested in applying for a scholarship.