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Mariana Kotzeva, Co-chair (Eurostat)

Mariana Kotzeva was appointed Director General of Eurostat by the European Commission on 1 March 2018. She is the first woman at the helm of Eurostat.

Ms Kotzeva joined Eurostat as an Adviser Hors Classe to the Director General in 2012. Two years later, in 2014, she was appointed Deputy Director-General.

Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms Kotzeva was the Head of Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute. She also held a number of high-level consulting posts in the Bulgarian and foreign administrations, and led international projects for the United Nations and the World Bank.

Ms Kotzeva has a Master's degree in economics and a PhD in statistics and econometrics. She also has an Executive Education training at Harvard Kennedy School.

Ms Kotzeva is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Jūratė Petrauskienė, Co-chair (Statistics Lithuania)

Dr. Jūratė Petrauskienė is Director General of Statistics Lithuania since November 2019.

She graduated from Vilnius University with a Master’s degree in Statistics and in 2011 obtained her PhD in Mathematics.

She has been working in Statistics Lithuania since 2004, responsible for different domains of statistics: prices, quality management, development of new methods and technologies for production of official and experimental statistics, new data sources, implementation of GSBPM and successive reorganization of processes and the Organizational structure in the office.

Dr. Jūratė Petrauskienė is an active member of the ESS and international statistical community, since February 2021 she is a member of the PG.

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Dominik Rozkrut (Statistics Poland)

Dominik Rozkrut has been the President of Statistics Poland since 2016. Dr. Rozkrut is a member of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC). He has been elected to be the Chair of the European Statistical System Partnership Group (PG) for 2020-2021; currently, he is also chairing the PG TF on access to privately-held data. He is a member of the OECD's Committee on Statistics and Statistics Policy (CSSP) and serves as a CSSP Bureau Vice-Chair since 2020. Moreover, he is a member of the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES) and holds a Conference Bureau Vice-Chair function. At the UN level, he represents Poland in the UN Statistical Commission. Dominik Rozkrut has also been involved in the UN Friends of the Chair Group on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, the UN Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics, UNECE High-Level Group on Modernisation of Official Statistics. He also has served as a member of the EU Business-to-Government (B2G) Data Sharing expert group until 2019. In March 2021, he was appointed a member of the European Commission expert group on Facilitating the Use of New Data Sources for Official Statistics Starting from 2021 he became a member of the ISI-Committee on Agricultural Statistics (ISI-CAS)

Dr. Rozkrut's career began at the Department of Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Szczecin. At the same time, he also worked as a member of a market risk management team at a commercial bank. He joined official statistics in 2007 and served as Director of the office's regional branch, being a project manager for numerous research and development projects. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Szczecin, where he received his Ph.D. in statistics and econometrics. He completed an internship at the University of Massachusetts, Lappeenranta University of Technology, and UNU-MERIT. Dr. Rozkrut is a member of the Main Council of the Polish Statistical Association. In 2021, he was nominated for 2021-2023 as the President-Elect and 2023-2025 as the President of the International Association for Official Statistics.

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Gabriella Vukovich (Hungarian Central Statistical Office)

Gabriella Vukovich was appointed President of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office in 2010, and serves as Chief Statistician of Hungary since 2017.

Previously, she was a consultant in DEMO-STAT Consultants - Social Studies, Demography, Statistics. Between 1998 and 2004 she was Deputy President of the HCSO, and prior to that she was Head of the Population Census Department.

She worked as a demographer at the Population Activities Unit of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva and as a specialist in population and development at the Population Division of the United Nations in New York.

She was elected Vice-President of the ISI Executive Committee for the period 2019-2023. She was also elected Co-chair of the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015.

From 2012 to 2014, she was elected Chair and Acting Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission. In 2014-2015 she was Vice-Chair of the UNSC. In 2021 she was again elected Vice-Chair of UNSC.

Gabriella is also Chair of the Programme Committee of the United Nations World Data Forum.

She holds a doctorate degree from the Faculty of Law at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, an Honorary Professor title from the National University of Public Service, from the University of Miskolc and from Óbuda University, as well as an Honorary Doctorate title from the University of Miskolc.

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Eduardo Barredo Capelot (Eurostat)

Eduardo Barredo Capelot is the Director of Standards; Dissemination; Cooperation in the European Statistical System at Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

He joined the European Commission in 1991, where he has developed most of his career at Eurostat, working in the areas ofexternal trade and balance of payment statistics, national accounts and government finance statistics, and business statistics. From 2012 he has headed several directorates, including government finance and social statistics.

Eduardo Barredo Capelot holds academic degrees in Economics and Geography by the universities of Madrid and London respectively, and postgraduate studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

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Aurel Schubert (ESGAB)

Aurel Schubert is the chair of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board. He is Honorary Professor for Economics and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, as well as at the Vienna School of International Studies. He is an Elected Member and serves on the Council of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), and an Honorary Member of the Austrian Statistical Society. He is the author of a book and more than 50 articles in the areas of European monetary integration, financial history, and statistics.

The previous professional career of Mr Schubert includes positions of Director General for Statistics at the European Central Bank (2010 to 2018) and of Director of Statistics in Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, 1997 to 2010). He was also the Head of Foreign Research Division, and Assistant the Head of Secretariat of the Executive Board and Public Relations in the OeNB, and a Visiting Trainee at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mr Schubert holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of South Carolina (USA), and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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Biruta Sloka (ESAC)

Biruta Sloka, Doctor in economics, holds multiple positions in the statistical field. She is a Professor at the University of Latvia teaching courses “Statistics”, “Multivariate Analysis”, “Quantitative Methods in Decision Making”, “Research Methods and Organisation” and other. Ms Sloka is also President of Association of Latvia’s Statisticians, Member of Statistics Council of Republic of Latvia as well as part of scientific committees of international conferences and editorial boards of several scientific journals. She has wide experience in supervising several research projects and doctoral thesis. She was leading EuroFaculty Riga centre (an international project of Council of Baltic Sea States – CBSS) and was advisor to six ministers of economy and two ministers of education and science.

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Silke Stapel-Weber (ECB)

Silke Stapel-Weber is the Director General for Statistics and the Chief Data Officer of the European Central Bank. The Directorate General Statistics provides statistical products and services to the ECB, the European Systemic Risk Board, other European and International organisations and the public at large. Ms Stapel-Weber represents the ECB in various professional bodies, including the Inter-Agency Group (which involves the UN, IMF, ECB, BIS, World Bank, OECD and the European Commission), the Irving Fisher Committee (member of the IFC Executive) and in the G-20 context. Ms Stapel-Weber chairs the Statistics Committee of the ECB and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Ms Stapel-Weber holds a Ph.D. from the University of Economics Berlin.

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Steven Vale (UNECE)

Steven Vale is a senior statistician and Regional Adviser in Statistics at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He has worked in official statistics for 30 years, with the UK Office for National Statistics, Eurostat, the OECD, and, for the last 14 years, the UNECE. His main areas of expertise are the modernisation of official statistics, statistical capacity development, business statistics, statistical registers and quality management.

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Misha Belkindas (IAOS)

Dr. Misha Belkindas is President of International Association for Official Statistics.  He is the Managing Director of ODW Consulting with over four decades of experience in practical and operational statistical capacity building, both internationally and with national governments. He is also a co-founder of Open Data Watch and serves as a member of its board.

Prior to this, as manager of the World Bank Development Data Group, he was responsible for the World Bank’s lending programs for statistical capacity building and for the partnership programs with national statistical offices, international institutions and donors.

Prior to joining the World Bank Dr. Belkindas was a professor at Vilnius University, researcher at US Census Bureau, director at Warton Econometrics Consultancy, adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is an elected member of ISI and numerous other organizations.

He holds a PHD in Mathematical Economics and is an Honorary Doctor of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences.

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Kazimieras Padvelskis (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)

Kazimieras Padvelskis is Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Mathematical Statistics at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. He is Chairman of the Committee of Data Analysis Technologies of the Bachelor's study program and Applied Statistics of the Master's study program. He teaches "Probability Theory", "Mathematical Statistics" and "Actuarial Mathematics". His research interests include statistical models related to the analysis of big data. Member of the Board of the Lithuanian Mathematical Society since 2010. Chairman of the organizing committees of several conferences of the Lithuanian Mathematical Society.

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