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Astor Nummelin Carlberg

Executive Director

Sivan Pätsch

Finance and Operations Director

Sachiko Muto

Chair

Paula Grzegorzewska

Strategic Partnerships Director

Ciarán O’Riordan

Senior Policy Advisor

Jaakko Karhu

Senior Communications and Policy Advisor

Axel Thévenet

Policy Advisor

Ola Adach

Policy Analyst

Nicholas Gates

Policy Advisor

Cybelle Rai

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Graham Taylor

Emeritus Chairman

Marcus Stober

Non-Executive Director

Tony Ford

Non-Executive Director

Richard Archer

Non-executive Director

Shane Coughlan

OFA Fellowship coordinator and Non-Executive Director

Astor Nummelin Carlberg
Astor Nummelin Carlberg
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Executive Director

Astor Nummelin Carlberg is OFE’s Executive Director, responsible for the overall vision, activities of the organisation and policy development. He has extensive experience of European policy making processes, communications and network-building. Astor leads conversations on Europe’s digital challenges and the role of open technologies in achieving its full potential. He sits on the board of APELL, the European Open Source Business Association. Prior to OFE, Astor worked in the European Parliament and he was educated at Middlebury College, the Free University of Berlin and Solvay Business School.

Sivan Pätsch
Sivan Pätsch
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Finance and Operations Director

Sivan Pätsch is OFE’s Finance and Operations Director. He held the role of Policy Adviser and Research Director at OFE. Before he joined OFE, he gained experience in EU policy making at the Council of the European Union. He also worked as an Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer for arvato Bertelsmann and before as a Quality Coordinator, among other responsibilities. He has a master’s degree in European Affairs from Lund University, Sweden with a thesis on the global expansion of the European data protection standard, a topic he is also personally interested in. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in European Public Administration from the University of Twente, Enschede and from the University of Münster. Sivan is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and is learning Dutch and Swedish.

Sachiko Muto
Sachiko Muto
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Chair

Sachiko Muto is the Chair of OpenForum Europe and a senior researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. She originally joined OFE in 2007 and served for several years as Director with responsibility for government relations and then CEO. Prior to OFE, Sachiko worked for several years in public affairs. With degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto and the LSE, she has been a guest researcher at UC Berkeley and is currently continuing her research at TU Delft on the social and political implications of technological change.

Paula Grzegorzewska
Paula Grzegorzewska
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Strategic Partnerships Director

Paula Grzegorzewska is a Strategic Partnerships Director at OFE. Her expertise revolves around open source software and hardware, artificial intelligence, chips and the digital transformation of European public services. Paula leads OFE’s engagement with European and global partners stemming from government, academia, not-for-profits and international institutions. She is a co-author of the 2021 European Commission’s study on the economic impact of open source sofware and hardware that revealed its significant potential and influence. Previously, she worked on closing the gender gap in ICT with an NGO in Luxembourg, and has a Master’s degree in New Media and Communications from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She speaks Polish, English and French.

Ciarán O’Riordan
Ciarán O’Riordan

Senior Policy Advisor

Senior Policy Advisor at OFE, Ciarán O’Riordan has been working in Brussels since 2004 with a focus on EU policy and free and open source software. His work in the sector includes copyright and patent policy in the EU, patent policy in the US, and community engagement for the drafting of version 3 of the GNU General Public License. He also brings policy experience from the automotive sector, GDPR, and corporate finance. He studied law at UCLouvain Saint-Louis Bruxelles.  A user of GNU/Linux since 1998, Ciarán worked as a software developer in Dublin before his move to Brussels.

Jaakko Karhu
Jaakko Karhu

Senior Communications and Policy Advisor

Jaakko Karhu is the Communications and Policy Advisor at OFE. He has a strong background in communications, technology, and EU policy. Before joining the OFE team, he was at the service of the European big data and AI research and innovation community at the Big Data Value Association. Having worked as a professional web developer for over 5 years, Jaakko has hands-on experience with open source software and its impact on innovation. His communications career started as a radio and TV journalist in a Finnish national broadcasting company. Jaakko has a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies (New Media and Society in Europe) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He speaks Finnish and English.

Axel Thévenet
Axel Thévenet

Policy Advisor

Axel Thévenet is a Policy Advisor at OFE. He studied European law in France and Germany, followed by Science Po in Strasbourg and Viadrina University, graduating with a double master’s degree in European Studies with a specialisation in public affairs. He developed his expertise on subjects such as data protection, copyright law and interoperability while working in the European Parliament. Axel is a native French speaker and fluent in English and German.

Ola Adach
Ola Adach

Policy Analyst

Ola Adach is a Policy Analyst at OFE. Prior to joining OFE, she worked in consulting firms in Brussels, where she advised clients on EU tech and digital policies. Her prior experience also includes fundraising, climate activism and legal research. She has a Master’s degree in European Union Law from University of Amsterdam. Her thesis analysed the sociolegal impact of the Platform Workers’ Directive on third country workers in the EU. She is interested in all things open source, AI and platform economy, especially their interactions with competition law and human rights. She speaks Polish and English, and is (passively) working on improving her German.

Nicholas Gates
Nicholas Gates

Policy Advisor

Nicholas (Nick‘) Gates is a Policy Advisor at OFE, where leads OFE’s work on the NGI Commons initiative and supports its research, policy, and advocacy efforts.
 
Nick has significant experience in digital government policy and research globally, particularly around open source, public goods, public financial management, and digital service delivery. Nick enjoys supporting development partners, governments, and international organisations to deliver on their research, advocacy and convening agendas by using applied research to support policy development around best practices in the use of technology for public good, particularly in the public sector.
 
Prior to joining OFE, Nick helped launch the Digital Public Finance Hub, a new learning initiative around the digital transformation of public finance, as a consultant at Public Digital. He began his career working on research, policy, and advocacy at the Digital Impact Alliance — conducting research on topics including national digital transformation processes, open-source in government, and digital transformation policy — and was  a Fellow at the Portulans Institute.
 
Nick holds an undergraduate dual degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Political Science and History, and graduated with an MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen in 2018.
Cybelle Rai
Cybelle Rai

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Cybelle Rai is the Administrative and Finance Assistant at OpenForumEurope. Her journey in customer service has been a valuable period of ethical and professional growth, showcasing a proven aptitude for managing diverse administrative tasks. She possesses strong organizational skills and is committed to delivering high-quality results. Cybelle is a dedicated and self-reliant individual with a collaborative spirit. Recently relocating to Brussels, she is embracing new challenges and actively seeking to advance her career in Belgium. She is proficient in Arabic, English, and French, and is currently learning Dutch.

Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor

Emeritus Chairman

Graham Taylor co founded OpenForum Europe in 2002 and is now its Chairman, having retired as CEO. As Chairman of the Board of OFE Ltd he continues to have legal and fiscal responsibility for the organisation, continues to work on specific OFE projects, and acts in an ambassadorial role for OFE.  He has some 40 years of experience in the ICT industry, and prior to OFE was a Director at ICL (now Fujitsu). He is married, with two grown up daughters, lives mainly in the UK, just outside London, but with a ‘maison secondaire’ in South West France, from which he regularly commutes to Brussels. In the dim and distant past he gained a Bsc Honours degree from the University of Sussex in Mathematics and Computer Engineering. Not a linguist, other than English he gets by in French.

Marcus Stober
Marcus Stober

Non-Executive Director

With over a decade of experience in running international advocacy and outreach programs Marcus is well placed to support OFE with its mission to be a relevant voice for digital openness in the public debate. Marcus started his career in Brussels working for a number of think tanks and consultancies but has since then ventured into various business areas in the digital space. Marcus is based in Switzerland and is particularly interested in issues around open source and cyber security, open digital supply chains and public policy choices around international digital governance. 

Tony Ford
Tony Ford

Non-Executive Director

Tony joined us in March 2015 as a Legal Consultant. He studied law for 4 years at Cambridge University, qualified as a solicitor in 1979, and has practised law in the IT industry ever since. Before creating Fordlaw Ltd. and providing consultancy services, Tony held a dedicated global legal role with TCS, aligned specifically with a new software group. Before TCS, Tony acquired his professional experience as an IBM UK lawyer for nearly 35 years. As well as his ‘pro-bono’ support for OFE and FAST (another UK not-for profit, of which he is also a non-Executive Director), Tony also consults for a global IT manufacturer.

Tony is married (to another solicitor), with three adult daughters. His recreational interests include scuba diving (warm water!), underwater photography, downhill skiing, genealogy, theatre, opera and wine appreciation. Tony was born in France, holds a French passort (and also speaks French), and aims to improve his rather rusty German.

Richard Archer
Richard Archer

Non-executive Director

Dr Richard Archer is the owner and managing director of Bramble Hub that provides SMEs with routes to public sector contracts through framework agreements. Originally a mathematician and a programmer, he has been an IT and business consultant, and run consultancy and recruitment businesses. He has a particular interest in public procurement policy and practices, and making sure it advances Open Standards and is a level playing field for small companies and for Open Source solutions. He advises OFE with his knowledge of running companies over many years.

Shane Coughlan
Shane Coughlan

OFA Fellowship coordinator and Non-Executive Director

An expert in communication methods and business development.

He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a professional network of over 270 legal counsel and technical  experts across 4 continents, and aligning corporate and community interests to launch the first law review dedicated to Free/Open Source Software. Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. His experience includes engagement with the server, desktop, embedded and mobile telecommunication industries. He does business in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a broad network of contacts.