20-22 November

A changing society - speakers


Mathias De Clercq

Mayor of the City of Ghent

Following his studies Latin-Modern Languages at the Royal Lyceum in Ghent, De Clercq studied Law at the Ghent University. After obtaining his master’s degree, he obtained a Master after Master European and International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. During his studies, he was already active in the Liberal Flemish Student Association Ghent as committee member, political secretary and chairman. Since 2002, he is a core member of the liberal think tank Liberales.

Until 2008, Mathias De Clercq was working as apprentice-lawyer at the Bar of Ghent. At the municipal elections of  2006, he became Deputy Mayor of Economy, Youth, Work and the Self-Employed. In December 2007, he took the oath in the Chamber of Representatives. Since September 2009, he was Senior Deputy Mayor of the City of Ghent and Deputy Mayor of Economy, Youth and the Self-Employed. Following the municipal elections of 2012, Mathias De Clercq became Senior Deputy Mayor and was given the competences of the Port, Economy and Enterprise. From 2014 until the beginning of 2019 he was a representative in the Flemish parliament. In January 2019 Mathias De Clercq became Mayor of the City of Ghent.

Zdeněk Hřib

Zdeněk Hřib is a member of the Czech Pirate party and was inaugurated as mayor of the Czech capital in November 2018.

He is a member of several working groups on IT and quality of service at ministerial level, the World Health Organization and the European Union. He is also a director of the Society of Applied Research, Education and Management in Health and occasionally lectures students inside and outside the faculty.

Markéta Gregorová

Markéta Gregorová is a member of the Czech Pirate Party, MEP, 1st Vice-Chair of the Pirates Regional Association in the South Moravian Region and Chair of the European Pirate Party. She comes from Most, has lived in Brno since September 2012 and has now moved to Brussels. In January 2016 she received her bachelor's degree in International Relations and European Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. She worked as an e-commerce specialist and web application tester, and in the 2017 parliamentary elections as an election manager for South Moravian Pirates.

In 2019 she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament and with other Pirate deputies became member of the Greens/EFA group. She is member of INTA, SEDE and AFET committees. Within her activities she focuses on desinformation, AI and cybersecurity, relations with Russia in relation to Georgia and Ukraine, human rights as well as autonomous weapon systems.