TE Summit 23-24.10.2013.-Speakers bios


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TE Summit 23-24.10.2013.-Speakers bios

  1. 1. Welcome and official opening The Hon. Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis was successfully elected in the 2013 General elections for the first time in the 8th Electoral District and was chosen by the Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat to form part of his cabinet appointing him a Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth. He was until recently a lawyer by profession, specialising in litigation in the civil, commercial, constitutional, liable law and the human rights sphere. He graduated in BA European Studies and International relations and subsequently obtained a Doctorate of Laws. During his university years, the Hon. Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis was actively engaged in the Labour Youth Forum, where he occupied the post of President for two years and was also elected as a local councillor in Attard. Dr. Mara Jakobsone is Vice president of Latvian Information and communications association LIKTA and Chair ofTelecentre-Europe. Mara is one of the founders of the Latvian ICT association in 1998 and as Vice –president of LIKTA responsible for information society development, e-Skills and ICT competence development activities. Her responsibilities include development, coordination and implementation of information society and e-Skills related policies, partnerships and projects, as well as international cooperation. From 1984-99, she worked as researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Business administration, University of Latvia. She holds a Doctorate in 1
  2. 2. economics (1988) from the Institute of Finances and Economics, St.Petersburg, Russia and University of Latvia. Godfrey Vella has over 35 years experience in the ICT sector and has occupied leading management positions in private and public sector IT and telecommunications companies, both within local and international organisations. Earlier this year he was appointed Digital Champion for Malta, a role that involves spearheading initiatives to help eliminate the digital divide in our society. His experience in the ICT sector has included a number of senior management and technical positions within organisations such as IBM, NCR, Eutelsat, Maltacom, DataStream and SITA. In these positions he has led several complex ICT projects. He has also been involved in national ICT policy formulation since the 90's, initially as a member of the National Strategy for IT steering committee and eventually as Chair of the National Commission for IT. Gabriel Rissola is Managing Director of Telecentre Europe. He brings to the organisation 24 years of extensive international experience in digital inclusion projects. With a long-lasting interest in the development of telecentres as engines of learning, empowerment and social change, Gabriel always looked for the opportunities to put technology at the service of people. After a decade devoted to the Internet industry (where he was an entrepreneur both in the online media and learning sub-industries) he started to run action-research projects with a policy perspective, becoming expert in fund-raising and project management of transnational initiatives, always around the 2
  3. 3. topic of ICT for learning and empowerment. Keynote speakers Miguel González-Sancho is currently Deputy Head of the Unit “Growth and Jobs” at the European Commission. Previously he was a Member of Cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, and before that he held different positions in the European Commission Directorate General for the Information Society such as Deputy Head of the Unit “Digital Agenda: Policy Coordination” and of the unit "ICT for inclusion". He has directly participated in the design and implementation of European digital strategies over the last 10 years (Digital Agenda, i20210, eEurope). His expertise also covers European policies and financing for R&D and innovation in the areas of ICT for public services and social inclusion, accessibility and literacy. André Richier is Principal Administrator at the European Commission in Brussels within the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry (Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy Unit). He is responsible for policy issues relating to information technology, competitiveness and innovation and the digital economy in particular eleadership and the EU e-skills strategy. He is also contributing to the "Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs" launched in March 2013. Prior to joining the Commission in 1994, he held sales and marketing positions 3
  4. 4. in the ICT industry. He started his career at IBM in 1985. Gianluca Misuraca is a Senior Scientist at the Information Society Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) based in Seville, Spain where, since 2009, he is leading research in the area of ICT for governance and policy modeling, and research on ICT for social inclusion and social innovation, in particular the MIREIA Project – Measuring the Impact of eInclusion actors on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Before joining the JRC-IPTS Gianluca was the Managing Director and Scientific Coordinator of the Global Executive Master in eGovernance. Gianluca is a recognised scholar with many publications in the field of Information Society development. Speakers and panelists Ekaterina Fedotova currently manages projects run by Fundacja TechSoup in Central and Eastern Europe on technology capacity building for civil society organizations.Prior to this Ekaterina was the project director at PH International and led the Russian flagship programs in partnership with Microsoft, Tvoy Kurs and IDEA. Within six years the programs trained 400,000 Russians in over 100 cities in digital literacy and employability skills.Ekaterina was one of the 4
  5. 5. founding committee members for Telecentre Europe. Liga Kursite Masena is the Coordinator of the Global Libraries Program in Latvia and has been working for the Global Libraries initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Latvia since 2006. At the Culture Information Systems Centre, she is responsible for coordinating activities of the public library development project called “Father’s Third Son” (3td). Liga is a member of the Global Libraries European Union Working Group. Prior to she managed the United Nations (UN) Information Center - Library and assisted to several development projects of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) office in Riga, Latvia. Laurentiu Bunescu is Operations Manager at Telecentre Europe. He has been involved in the European telecentres movement since 2005. Apart from overseeing the association's operations , he also focuses on supporting network members and developing a forwardlooking strategy for the organisation. He also manages a number of projects including the annual Get Online Week campaign and Telecentre-Europe’s annual Summits. Before Telecentre-Europe, Laurentiu started one of the first telecentres in Romania, and became a facilitator and supporter of the Romanian national network of telecentres. 5
  6. 6. Dr. Bastian Pelka is researcher and co-ordinator at the " Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund" amongst others. He is working on the topics school-labour market transition, social innovation and eInclusion. He has been participating in and leading several EU funded development projects with telecentres all around Europe.Dr. Pelka’s most recent research topic is the further development of people (like “eFacilitators”) and spaces (like telecentres) that provide digital competences for disadvantaged persons. Another topic is the funding of social innovation.He graduated in communication science and is working in ICT and education since 2001. Gabriela Barna has established EOS Romania Foundation with a vision to support digital inclusion in Romania. Over the past 10 years, Gabriela has worked in the field of ICT in education, social development, participatory strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation with a special focus on ICT for development. Her main interest and focus remains ICT and how ICT can make a significant contribution to helping individuals, organisations and communities better participate in the knowledge economy.Gabriela is a board member of Telecentre-Europe. and education since 2001..nothe 6
  7. 7. Ian Clifford has established YouRock Online Ltd to support youth employability across Europe. The venture will develop a social innovation platform to enable young people to build an online employability profile for themselves. Ian was a founder, and former Chair, of Telecentre-Europe, where he drove the development in early 2012 of Skillage.eu, a tool for employability support aimed at young people. From 2010 Ian also helped to establish Get online Week in Europe. Prior to this, Ian was Head of Business Development for the network of 4,000 UK online centres, where he was responsible for all business development activities, liaison with stakeholders, as well as international development. Natacha Moquet is Project officer at the Institut National de Formation et de Recherche sur l’Education Permanente (INFREP). She has joined the network of La Ligue de l’enseignement in 2010, as European project officer and animator of European topics. Natacha has coordinated several European projects and developed on topics of basic skills, on-the-job-training, digital gap and others. A recent project is “VET4e-inclusion”, which developed a framework for recognition of efacilitatora as well as online training modules for e-facilitators ( “animateurs multimedia”). 2001 7
  8. 8. Wilfried Paroubek is Area Sales Manager CEE & Germany,for Microsoft Learning eXperience. He is active in the IT Training industry since 2003 and from 2007 working for Microsoft Learning. In his role he works very closely with commercial training organisations, academic institutions and government organisations to enable students to improve their IT skills and get certified and make people more employable. Before working in the IT Training industry, he was active in the food industry. Wilfried graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1993. Charmaine Kerr is the Project Coordinator for the European Coordinating Body in Math Science and Technology at European Schoolnet. She is responsible for the activities related to and coordination of the project with relevant stakeholders. Prior to joining European Schoolnet, she worked for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, Portugal and within the Foundation for Social Welfare Services as Research Executive among other positions. 8
  9. 9. Pedro Aguilera has been working in the Esplai Foundation since 2004 as responsible of the Conecta now project. He has been involved in the Telecentre.Europe.org movement since 2006. Nowadays he is working in the implementation of several Lifelong learning projects supported by the European Commission. He is Member of European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in honour of Spain( 2008-2012). Pedro is an expert of the Roma Spanish Advisor Council and member of the Roma Intergrup at the Catalan Regional Parliament. Ela Dydak is Project Officer at the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI). She has been working for FRSI since 2008. Ela is currently actively involved in the preparation and implementation of its key initiative – the Library Development Program, a result of the partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. She is a pecialist in preparation of grant applications to Polish and foreign program funds, including EU. She is passionate of public libraries. er topic is the funding of social innovation.He graduated in 9
  10. 10. Ivan Stojilović is the manager of IAN Telecentar, a local NGO from Serbia, and Deputy Chair Board member at Telecentre-Europe. Since 2001 he has been active in promoting the use of modern informationcommunication technologies in Serbia through the network of telecentres. He holds an MA diploma in psychology. Ivan is also the author of text books for IT courses, web design course and psychology of art.er topic is Birgit Jæger is Professor of Technology and Societal Development at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark. Her research focuses on the development of e-government as well as citizens and users role in innovation and technology assessment. Recently she managed a research project concerning senior citizens’ use of ICT presented in 'Young Technologies in Old Hands' (DJØF Publishing, 2005) and Science Studies (Vol. 17, No. 2). Currently she is working on a study of Collaborative Innovation in the Public Sector. 10