2nd Board – 2015-2017

Smári McCarthy

I was a co-founder of the Icelandic Pirate Party and ran as their lead candidate in Iceland’s South constituency during the 2013 general election, where we won three seats – albeit not in the South constituency. My early work with the Icelandic Pirate Party revolved around creating its statutes and establishing its core policy. Two years after its formation, the Icelandic Pirate Party is polling as the largest party in Iceland, with over a third of the vote. Aside from politics, my background is in software development and political activism. Currently I work as the Chief Technology Officer at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, based in Sarajevo and Bucharest, where we track down and expose major instances of corruption throughout the world, with a special focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. I was previously the Executive Director of a legal reform NGO, the International Modern Media Institute, and am currently a board member there.


Tale Haukbjørk Østrådal (resigned)

Muriel Rovira Esteva (resigned)

I have been a member of Pirates de Catalunya since 2011. In March 2012 I was appointed Coordinator of its International Workgroup and became quite involved in the foundation of the European Pirates, including the organisation of the 1st European Pirates Conference (Barcelona, 1st-2nd September 2012). I’ve also been Member of the Board of Pirates de Catalunya since 2013. As a profession I’m a researcher (experimental physicist). I have good communication skills, initiative and ability for team work. I speak Catalan, Spanish and English fluently, and have some basic notions of German and French. My main pirate interests are the citizens’ right to participate in decisions and access to information.


Sven Clement

I co-founded the Pirate Party of Luxembourg in October 2009 and have been its president since then. Having been involved quite heavily in the international processes at the beginning I have decided to take a step back to focus on running two successful campaigns as a lead candidate in Luxembourg (2,96 % and 4,23 %). I own my own company and we focus on digital communications consulting, albeit I have a strong finance background from my education.
My language skills include: French, German, English and Luxembourgish on a C2 level and A1 level for Portuguese, Dutch and Italian.
The focus of my work for PPEU would be to finally get it up and running from an administrative point of view, so that we could effectively coordinate campaigns around core Pirate topics. Data Retention, TTIP, Data Protection, etc pp.

Board members without appointed office

Mikuláš Peksa

I have been member of Czech Pirate Party a and Pirate Party of Germany since 2012. Because of my cotutelle PhD I spend last years travelling between Prague (CZ) and Leipzig (DE). I concentrated on stregthening and intensifiing of cross-border cooperation between PP-CZ and PP-DE. I participated in organization of following international Pirate conferences: PP3 in Dresden (2013), PP3 in Pilsen (2014) and Piratecon Mariánské lázně (2015). In autumn 2014 I was appointed as Deputy International Coordinator of Czech Pirate Party. As a profession I am experimantal physicst. I am native speaker in Czech so I can also understand Slovak. I am fluent in English and German. My main Pirate interest is democracy update on super-national evel.

Antonios Motakis

I joined the Pirate Party of Greece as soon as its founding process was announced. I am serving as the party’s international coordinator since February 2013, and have represented PP-GR in several international Pirate meetings.
I am also happy to have had the opportunity to serve in the first Board of PPEU. That was a very interesting experience, which allowed me to learn a lot, and I hope that I can still do a few things to help the movement. I think there is a lot that still needs to be done to “kickstart” PPEU.
For a living I am a software engineer, with most of my experience being on virtualization technology and the Linux kernel. I speak Greek, English, German and French. I am a bit of an international person: I am a half Greek half German who grew up in Greece, studied and worked for 5 years in France, and currently lives in Munich, Germany.

Nina Konvalinka (resigned)

I officially joined the pirate movement in 2014 and quickly became an international coordinator as well as a member of the board in Slovenian Pirate Party. As a former university debater I have developed skills to see the world as it is: complex and messy – the worldview that isn’t easy, but it enables me to keep an open mind and embrace changes when they come.
In the past I have worked with various NGOs and people from all walks of life with a special interest in education, development economics and global democratic initiatives. I see a great potential in tapping into more modern approaches to politics and community building and being a pirate today is I believe a natural response to these shifts. That’s why I’m excited to be working with PPEU and explore new possibilities within the movement.

Mattias Bjärnemalm

I am currently working for the Green/EFA group in the European Parliament as an advisor for internet Policy and previously as an assistant to Julia Reda and Amelia Andersdotter. I was also instrumental in the talks that led up to the foundation of the European Pirate Party and to some extent involved in the founding of the Young Pirates of Europe. Within the Swedish Pirate Party I am the spokesperson for foreign policy and the chair of the election committee.
I hope to bring a project based approach to the organisation to get it more active over the next couple of years.