David Altman (Ph.D., Notre Dame 2001) is Professor of Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He works on comparative politics with an emphasis on the quality of democratic institutions, mechanisms of direct democracy, and executive-legislative relations. He is the author of Direct Democracy Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Rafael Piñeiro (Ph.D. candidate, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) is President of the Uruguayan Political Scientist Association (AUCIP) and assistant professor of Political Science at the Universidad de la República de Uruguay. He works on democratic stability and political linkages in Latin America.
Daniela Vairo (Ph.D. candidate, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro/IESP-UERJ) is member of the AUCiP council and assistant professor of Political Science at the Universidad de la República de Uruguay. She works on opposition political parties and democracy in Latin America.
Joe Mathews, co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, is a journalist and author in Los Angeles. He serves as California editor of the living magazine Zócalo Public Square (zocalopublicsquare.org), as fellow at Arizona State University's Center for Social Cohesion, and as lead blogger at NBC's Prop Zero. He is author of The People's Machine, a biography of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It.
Bruno Kaufmann is a political scientist and broadcast journalist covering global affairs. He has worked with democracy, conflict and development issues since the mid-1980s and serves as an expert consultant for the European Union, the German Parliament, the Council of Europe, The European Social and Economic Committee, International IDEA, the UN and democracy-supporting organizations across Asia. Kaufmann has authored and edited numerous books on modern direct democracy, including the European Citizens’ Initiative Handbook (published in six languages), the Guidebook to Modern Direct Democracy (published in eleven languages) and the Guide to the European Citizens' Initiative (published in twenty-three languages). Kaufmann is Chairman of the Election Commission and Democracy Committee in Falun/Sweden (falun.se/democracy) and Co-President of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy (2012globalforum.com). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org