Patrono Fundador y Presidente
Jacobo is the founder of Ezaro Media, a company based in Madrid that consults, launches and invests in communication spaces and technology. Through Ezaro Media, Jacobo has participated in a wide range of projects and business deals, specializing in fundraising, business development and M&A in the digital sector.
In his civic life, he has participated in various initiatives including Citizens, Pro Bono Publico, Open Data Spain, Let’s Change Electoral Law and Voota—an association that developed a groundbreaking public platform that connects citizens online with political candidates and elected officials—.
Jacobo has a degree in International Business from ICADE (E-4) and a degree in Law and Economics from UNED. He worked from 1998-2007 at UBS Investment Bank in London and Madrid, where he was the executive director. He has lived in the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Patrono Fundador y Director
Among his many projects and intiatives, David, cofounder and director of Civio, is best known for his projects dondevanmisimpuestos.es (in which Civio publishes the official budgets of public administrations) and tuderechoasaber.es (a project in collaboration with Access Info Europe that helps citizens exercise their right to access public information). Previously, David was an organizer of Desafío AbreDatos (the Open Data Challenge), promoted the initiative #adoptaundiputado to facilitate access to the asset disclosures of Spanish parliamentarians and created the European transparency portal AsktheEU.org (in collaboration with Access Info and mySociety). David also worked with journalists in the extraction and analysis of public data for the ‘Looting the Seas’ investigation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
He has a Masters degree in Software Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. He has also worked as a consultant, developer and software architect for twelve years at British Telecom, HM Revenues & Customs, Accenture, Ericsson and BBVA Global Markets.
A human rights activist with more than twenty years of experience in advocating for the right to information at the international level, Helen has participated in the drafting and implementation of access to information laws in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Before founding Access Info Europe in 2006, Helen worked with Article 19 (London and Paris, 1989-1998) and the Open Society Institute (Budapest and New York, 1999-2005) and also as an advisor to various intergovernmental organizations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the World Bank. She is the founder of the transnational Freedom of Information Advocates Network, which she directed from 2004 to 2010.
Helen has degrees in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Durham, in the United Kingdom. She firmly believes in the universal right to be informed about what actions our governments carry out as well, as intergovernmental organizations and corporations, given that these actions directly affect our daily lives. She considers access to information essential to the freedom of expression and the protection of other fundamental rights.
A Belgian entrepreneur living in Madrid since 2000, François is a web startups investor. He is an advocate for transparency because he believes the best way to improve public administration is to make conflicts of interest public and prevent corruption. He was one of the founders of the Voota Association (now dissolved) in 2009, which studied the rise in public participation in politics, the strengthening of democracy in Spain and the regeneration of the political system.
Derbaix in an administrative engineer with a degree from la Universidad Católica de Lovaina and cofounder of the vacation rental websites Toprural (2000) and Rentalia (2003), sold in 2012 to HomeAway—a world leader in the rental business— and idealista.com, respectively. He has participated in more than 15 startups, including 11970.com, Vinogusto.com, SeedRocket, as well as the Association of Internet Investors and Entrepreneurs (AIEI) and the venture capital fund Bonsai Venture Capital.
Rodrigo has no doubt that transparency is the best instrument citizens have to regulate power. If, according to Foucault, the Panopticon was the perfect allegory of modern government- a power concentrated in the center permanently observing and guarding its citizens in the transparent cells surrounding it- the internet allows us to reverse the mechanism. Now it is the government that an infinite number of watchmen can observe day and night. In this way, transparency stands out as one of the most effective ways in which governments can be accountable to its citizens.
Rodrigo has a law degree from the University Complutense of Madrid and is a registered public notary (in Granada in 1989 and Madrid, OEN in 1995). He has been an Associate Professor of Civil Law at the University of Zaragoza (1991-1992), Assistant Professor of Civil Law in the University Complutense of Madrid (1996-1999) and Associate Professor of Document Law in the University Juan Carlos I of Madrid (2000-2001). He is on the boards of the editorial department of the 21st century volume of El Notario, the Fundación Matritense del Notariado and the Fundación Coprodeli. Rodrigo has published numerous scholarly works in the fields of civil law, commerce, mortgage law and notarial law. He has also published collaborative pieces in El País, El Mundo, Cinco Días, Expansión and the journal Claves de Razón Práctica. He is the author of the essay “Eight arc minutes. A paper about the political importance of moral archetypes” (Antonio Machado Libros, 2005) and coeditor of the blog ¿Hay Derecho?.
Javier de la Cueva
Javier de la Cueva holds a Licentiate degree in Law and is Doctor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid. He works as a practicing lawyer. Amongst other cases, he has handled the defence of cases related to usage of free intellectual property licenses and diverse technological platforms. He is lecturer for Intellectual Property at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (Music Creation Degree) and for Information Law: Media Regulation at IE University (Bachelor in Communication).
Beside his work as a lawyer and as a lecturer, he is currently engaged in programming technological projects, in giving lectures and in writing about his specialization. He is a GNU/Linux user since 1998 and a systems administrator under this operating system since 2003. He writes his scripts in Python and enjoys n3 notation when modelling semantic web ontologies.