3rd International Populism Conference in Prague

Current Populism in Europe and the Role of the Media

Organization Board


Angelika Ridder (Goethe Institut Prague) Angelika Ridder

Angelika Ridder studied law at the University of Konstanz and worked as a trainee lawyer in New Zealand. She has been with Goethe-Institut since 1990, working in the field of labour law, and has managed Goethe-Institut branches in Oslo, Freiburg and Paris, where she was also responsible for the Southern and Western European region. Having served as the Head of the Central Services Department at the Munich Goethe-Institut headquarters for the past five years, Angelika Ridder has now taken up her leadership position in Prague, where she will also oversee the Central and Eastern European region.



Eva van de Rakt (Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Prague) 

Eva van de Rakt has been head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Prague office since 2004. She completed her studies at the University of Music and Theatre in Rotterdam. Since 2001, she has worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation focusing on the programmatic areas of democracy and human rights, as well as energy and climate policy. Eva van de Rakt has been a board member at the Green European Foundation since 2014.




Vladimír Handl (Charles University, Prague)

Vladimír Handl is a researcher at the Institute for International Relations (Prague) and teaches at the Department of German and Austrian Studies (Institute for International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University). He focuses mainly on German foreign policy, Czech foreign policy and the transformation of the successor parties to former Communist Parties in Central Europe.




Martin Mejstřík (Charles University, Prague) 

Martin Mejstřík studied West European Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and Political Science at University of Bologna. Now he is a PhD. candidate at the Institute of International Studies where also teaches various courses. He is focusing on Italian politics, current European populism and on the transformation of the communist parties.