We are a team of dedicated professionals with decades worth of practical experience in facilitating political conversations. We are driven by the wish to nurture more participatory and deliberative political processes in the interest of democracy.

Isotta Ricci Bitti

Isotta Ricci Bitti

Bio Isotta Ricci Bitti has extensive expertise in designing and facilitating political dialogues and policy workshops. Thanks to her background in European affairs and to her knowledge of participatory design, she has been supporting policymakers who want to tackle complex policy issues with dialogue tools and processes. Before joining Apropos, she was the Deputy Head of the Open European Dialogue, an innovative project providing the space for policymakers to connect across borders and party lines, creating opportunities for political exchange beyond institutional structures. Prior to that, she worked as a research analyst focusing on the development of migration and asylum policies across the EU and Turkey and on the implementation of human rights monitoring mechanisms in the countries of the Council of Europe. She holds a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe and a bachelor's degree in International and Diplomatic Relations, both obtained from the University of Bologna. She completed part of her studies at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo.

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Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward

Bio Peter is in high demand for facilitating dialogues and conferences related to the sustainable development agenda. He set up Quest Associates in 1995, which has delivered facilitation services to hundreds of clients on every continent. Peter covers interventions on a huge range of subjects and has wide experience of helping to bridge differing perspectives on challenging issues. He has a special interest and expertise facilitating dialogues and conferences related to the sustainable development agenda. This includes responses to the challenge of climate change; moving to a circular economy, future cities, eco-innovation to implementation, quality of life, social inclusion and governance issues.

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Mia Forbes Pirie

Mia Forbes Pirie

Bio An international mediator, facilitator and coach, Mia has had careers in law and science. In addition to her corporate clients and former career as a solicitor in a top City of London law firm; Mia has worked with governments, religious organisations and Members of Parliament. She has advised the US Department of Energy on using facilitated negotiation to develop controversial legislation. Described as “a quiet storm”, Mia is trilingual. Educated in the UK, France and Belgium, she holds both a Masters of Law and Science. She has spoken at Chatham House on Conflict Resolution and hosted the European Commission’s Business Awards for the Environment. Recognised by We Are the City as an Inspirational Woman, Mia works with leaders on some of the most challenging issues of our time.

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Caspar Kolster

Caspar Kolster

Bio Caspar Kolster is a facilitator and process designer. He works with clients from the private and public sectors, as well as NGOs. His core expertise is in designing participatory, effective, and engaging processes, and facilitating meetings. Since 2019, Caspar Kolster is one of the founders and current director of APROPOS-Advancing Process in Politics, an NGO dedicated to exploring, applying, and spreading more deliberative and fit-for purpose decision-making processes in politics. He holds a double MA/MSc degree in European Government and Political Behavior from the Universities of Konstanz and Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, as well as a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University.

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