Speakers

Aidan White

Aidan White is the founding Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global coalition of journalism support groups working across all platforms of media. It was launched in 2012 to promote ethics, self-regulation and good governance.

He was the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists for 24 years and previously worked as a journalist with The Guardian. 

The EJN works on programmes in support of journalism in all parts of the world and has carried out recent activities in Turkey, the western Balkans, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine, Indonesia and central Africa.

In 2014 the EJN launched an Africa-wide campaign, Turning the Page of Hate, to counter hate speech in media. The Network has developed tools to help journalists strengthen ethical performance, including a 5-point test for hate speech.

White is the author of books and reports related to journalism and human rights including: To Tell You the Truth: the Ethical Journalism Initiative (2008); The Future of Journalism as a Public Good (2011, IFJ); and Media Ethics and Human Rights in Europe with Thomas Hammarberg. He is based in London.

Albana Shala

Albana Shala is since 2014 the Chair of UNESCO’s International Programme for Development of Communication (IPDC) Council. She is an expert with more than 15 years of experience in the independent media development field and is currently Programme Coordinator at Free Press Unlimited, a Dutch organisation supporting independent media in more than 40 countries. In that capacity she has organised and participated in a wide range of international multi-stakeholder conferences on media and internet freedom in the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central America. The ethical use of Internet, safety of journalists and media partners, and privacy issues are among the fundamental challenges of Ms.Shala’s work in conflict and crisis regions. Ms. Shala is interested in linking media development with research and promoting UNESCO’s knowledge driven media development. She holds a Master degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Alexander Borisov

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
Foreign Ministry of Russia
Russian scholar, journalist and diplomat.
1983-2000- Dean of the School of Journalism in MGIMO.
Founding President of Russian Public Relations Association and currently Head of its Supreme Expert Council.  

2000-2004-Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, Russian Embassy in the Netherlands.Diplomatic Rank of Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.Present-Professor of International Studies in MGIMO.Expert on mass-media both traditional and new and internet with the Council of Europe since 1995.2006-2008-Chairperson of the Group of experts of the Council of Europe on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis.2008-2011- Member of the Committee of Experts on New Media  of  the Council of Europe.2012-2013 Member of the Committee of Experts on the rights of Internet users.2014-present Member of the Committee of experts on cross-border internet traffic and internet freedom (MSI – INT).

Speaker at International Conferences (only recently)
1/ EuroDig Conference (Madrid, May 2010)
2/European Conference on “Internet Freedom: from principles to global treaty law?” Strasbourg, 18-19 April, 2011.
3/OSCE Conference on Internet Freedom, Vienna, 7-8 July 2011.
4/ OSCE Conference on Freedom of Internet, Dublin, 19-20 June 2012.
5/  Internet Forum, Stockholm. May 22-23. 2013. ( Personal invitation by Swedish Foreign Minister Karl Bildt).
6/ EuroDig Conference (Lisbon, June 2013)
7/ Conference on internet freedom in Gratz (Austria) under the auspices of Austrian presidency in the Council of Europe (march, 2014)

More than 200 publications on theory and practice of journalism and public diplomacy, international relations and mass media.

Alexander Sceberras Trigona

Dr. Trigona is an accomplished diplomat and a Rhodes Scholar. His Law Doctoral thesis on “Constitutional Change and the Maltese Constitution” was seminal in both the manner and substance of the fundamental Constitutional changes of 1974 transforming Malta from a Constitutional Monarchy to a Republic. 
Current appointments include:

  • Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Malta since March 2013.
  • Malta’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Geneva since October 2013.
  • Senior Lecturer on Private International Law at the Law Faculty at the University of Malta; and Senior Lecturer at the Arts Faculty on Diplomacy and Diplomatic Practice.
  • member of the Foundation of European Progressive Studies  FEPS Scientific Council since 2009.
  • member of the International Commercial Arbitration panel of the Malta Arbitration Center
  • Senior Fellow of DiploFoundation, Geneva, of which he was a co-founder in 1993.
  • Senior Associate Member [SAM] of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford
  • practices law in Malta as a Notary Public at Sceberras Trigona & Sceberras Trigona.

Political and diplomatic career highlights:
Alex has led Maltese delegations negotiating agreements including those with the EEC/EU, the Council of Europe, the C.S.C.E., the UN, the Commonwealth and the Non-Aligned Movement emphasizing throughout the significance of the Mediterranean dimension.
As Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (1981-1987) Alex:

  • negotiated Malta’s Neutrality Agreements [1977-1987] with its regional neighbours Italy, France, Algeria and Libya as well as with the USA and the U.S.S.R. He negotiated supporting Financial Protocols with Italy, the EEC, China, Libya, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait.
  • launched a novel series of Mediterranean Foreign Ministers’ Conferences for the Non-Aligned countries of the Mediterranea [Valletta 1984, Brioni,1987, Algiers 1990].
  • won Malta’s first and only elected seat [1983-1984] since Independence at the United Nations Security Council where he strenuously promoted the peaceful settlement of disputes;.
  • advanced Malta’s case at The Hague on the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf against Libya in the ICJ [1982-1986].

Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion

Alexandrine is an Advocacy Officer at Privacy International working across the organisation and the PI network on privacy related issues with a particular focus on communications surveillance with the aim of engaging in advocacy activities at the national, region and international level and carrying out related thematic research. Additionally, she coordinates PI’s network of 29 organisations and experts in 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before joining PI, she worked as Network and Programmes Associate at the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM). Previously, she was engaged in research and advocacy on issues relating to human rights, irregular migration, Security Sector Reform (SSR), gender, conflict management, and human security. Alexandrine graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MSc in Conflict, Security and Development following an LLM in International Law at the University of Westminster.

Ama Dadson

Ms. Ama Dadson is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in Africa and Europe and a passionate blogger and social media brand advocate. 

Ms. Dadson is entrepreneurial and pro-active in identifying and developing IT opportunities to achieve organizational goals and targets. She consults on IT projects for a number of development agencies, including UNDP and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). 

She has a wide range of experiences working in Program & Volunteer Management in ethnically and culturally diverse environments​ and is a regular participant and speaker at international conferences including Internet2, the Africa Digital Week and Google Educational Events.​

Anabella Giracca

Born in Guatemala City. She obtained a BA in Literature and Philosophy from the Rafael Landívar University in 1989.

She has worked at the Rafael Landívar University (URL) since 1992 to this date, holding different positions such as: Director of the Institute of interculturality and diversity (1996-1997); Director General of the EDUMAYA-URL/USAID Project (1997-2004); Director of Edumaya, URL (2004-2010); and Director of the Institute for Languages and Interculturality, from 2010 to date. In addition, since 2005 she has been the Director and the UNESCO Chair of Communications for Strengthening of Cultural Diversity at the Rafael Landívar University. She has presented in conferences and held inaugural lectures on topics of cultural diversity, multi-cultural relations, communication, education, human rights, indigenous population in Guatemala and other countries. She has also participated in a number of organizations such as the Group for Political and Social Reflection and Incidence Semilla (Seed) (2014); is a permanent member of the Political Parties Forum; member of the Literature Commission of ADESCA; member of the Consultative Commission for UNESCO’s Year of Philosophy (2012); founder of the WINAQ Political Movement and member of its board; representative to the Consultative Committee of the Program for Support of Justice Reforms-European Union. She has authored a number of articles, essays and books. In particular, it is necessary to highlight her work as weekly columnist for the newspapers El Periodico and Prensa Libre, since 2002. She is also a novelist, having published three works under Alfaguara, with following titles: El Enigma del Santuario (2013), Sanjuana (2011), and Demasiados Secretos (2009).

Anita Gurumurthy

Anita Gurumurthy is a founding member and executive director of IT for Change (ITfC). Through her work, Anita has attempted to promote conversations between theory and practice. In addition to her research related work at ITfC, Anita also directs ITfC's field resource centre that works with grassroots communities on 'technology for social change'.

Anita has provided leadership to many projects - notably, a multi-country action research project Women-gov, funded by IDRC, in India, Brazil and South Africa, that employed the possibilities of the network society, for bringing marginalised women to the centrestage of local governance processes, and a UN Women Fund for Gender Equality project – Making Women's Voices and Votes Count, to network elected women leaders in local government, across 3 sites in India. More recently, she has collaborated with academic institutions, to run short courses on ICTs and Transformative Change, reaching the debates on digital technologies and social justice to diverse audiences.

Anita currently serves on a number of advisory groups: ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission's Working Group on Gender; International Advisory Committee of the BRIDGE programme at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and the advocacy group of the Post-2015 Women's Coalition.

Anita has brought perspectives of the global South into several critical global forums. She was a participant of the Second Harvard Forum on ICTs and Development, hosted by Prof. Amartya Sen, Berkman Centre for Internet and Society and IDRC, in September 2009. In July 2014, she was a plenary speaker at the International Association for Media and Communication Research 2014 conference.

Anita is currently working on 2 books - one that seeks to contribute to debates on 'Gender and Citizenship' and another on 'Inclusion in the Network Society'

Anja Kovacs

Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi. India, which engages in research and advocacy on the promises and challenges that the Internet poses for democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja Kovacs's work focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance. She is currently a member of the of the Investment Committee of the Digital Defenders Partnership and of the Steering Committee of Best Bits, a global network of civil society members, as well as of various conference and project advisory boards, such as the Advisory Board to the Global Cyber Space Conference in the Hague in April 2015. She has also worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Frank La Rue, and has been an IREX Fellow and a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. Prior to focusing her work on the information society, Anja researched and consulted on a wide range of development-related issues. She has lectured at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Ambedkar University, Delhi, India, and has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout South Asia. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Avri Doria

Avri Doria is a member of the ICANN GNSO council as a representative o the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and was the chair of the GNSO Council at the time the policy for the current round of GTLDs was finalized. In the current ICANN GTLD environment, she specializes in community TLD applications, and is currently involved with dotgay LLC, working with the LGBTQI community, and PIR helping to establish their community advisory council for .ngo/.ong. She is a member of the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and of the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG), was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), and spent 5 years as a member of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat. As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years, is a participant in the IETF, and a past chair of the IRTF Routing Research Group. She is the author of multiple RFCs and occasionally teaches on Internet governance subjects. Avri has organized her own research consultancy, Technicalities. She also does part time volunteer researcher for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).  She is currently on the board of ISOC-NY. Avri Doria was awarded the ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos award in 2014.

Ayman Mhanna

Ayman Mhanna is the Executive Director of the Beirut-based Samir Kassir Foundation and an advocate for freedom of expression. The Foundation’s SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom has become the leading press freedom organization in the Middle East, monitoring violations targeting media professionals and providing journalists with training, financial and legal support. He previously worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Mhanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Joseph University in Beirut and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris. He is also a lecturer on the Master’s program at Saint Joseph University’s Faculty of Economics, teaching Policy Development and Communications. Mhanna is a member of various Lebanese NGOs and has served since 2008 on the executive committee of the Democratic Renewal Movement.

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle is the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project. He served as a Director on the ICANN Board from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he was France’s Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

An engineer, diplomat and civil society actor, he also has nine years of private sector experience, including as co-founder and President of Virtools, now a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes. Bertrand de La Chapelle is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Sciences Po Paris (1983) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1986).

Bouziane Zaid

Bouziane Zaid is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. He obtained his Ph.D. (2009) in Communication from the University of South Florida. His research interests are in the areas of media law and policy, digital rights, public service broadcasting, development communication, and critical media studies. He is author of Public Service Television Policy and National Development in Morocco: Contents, Production, and Audiences, and co-author of the online report Mapping Digital Media: Morocco. He also authored numerous journal articles, country reports, and book chapters. Zaid served as a consultant for Freedom House, the Open Society Foundation Media Program, UNESCO, and other international organizations.

Catalina Botero Marino

Catalina Botero Marino is an international consultant on human rights and international law. She was Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States from 2008 to October 5, 2014.

Catalina Botero is a Colombian attorney who worked as Acting Magistrate and Auxiliary Magistrate in the Constitutional Court of Colombia for 8 years. She also acted as an adviser for the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Nation; National Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights in the Office of the People’s Defender of Colombia, and professor and researcher at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes and other national and international universities. She is the author of several books and essays published in different countries on freedom of expression, constitutional law, international criminal law and transitional justice.

She received her law degree in 1988 at the Universidad de los Andes and did postgraduate studies there, as well as in Madrid, Spain, at Universidad Complutense, Universidad Carlos III, and the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Chafica Haddad

Chafica Haddad is the Deputy Permanent Delegate of Grenada to UNESCO and since 2000, as representative of Grenada, has played key roles in UNESCO’s international standard setting activities, chairing or serving in various intergovernmental forums and commissions in the fields of communication and information, culture and sports. Prior to her diplomatic career she was the Director of the Centre for “Action and Information for Development and International Understanding” and the Vice-Chair of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA). Chafica Haddad is the first representative from a small island developing state (SIDS) to hold this position.

Chris Conley

Chris Conley is a Policy Attorney with the Technology and Civil Liberties Project of the ACLU of Northern California, where he works to ensure that emerging technologies support rather than undermine individual rights. He has recently focused on issues of government surveillance, including the role of community input and oversight into law enforcement use of surveillance technology and the privacy implications of metadata collection by the NSA and other government agencies. His past work includes looking at the role of mobile and social media platforms in protecting individual rights, exploring non-regulatory approaches to the “right to be forgotten,” and developing a “Facebook quiz about Facebook quizzes” and other multimedia tools to help educate consumers about privacy and free speech issues. He has been invited to speak on various topics before the Federal Trade Commission and the California legislature and at various conferences including SXSW Interactive and DEF CON. Prior to joining the ACLU of Northern California, Chris was a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studied international Internet surveillance. He previously worked as a software engineer and data architect for various corporations and non-profits. Chris holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, a S.M. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.

Christopher Painter

Mr. Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for over twenty years. In his current role as the Secretary’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Mr. Painter coordinates and leads the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure.  Mr. Painter and his team have launched “whole of government” cyber dialogues with numerous countries, designed and carried out regional capacity building initiatives, worked to reduce cyber threats worldwide by combatting operational threats such as Distributed Denial of Service and large-scale cyber intrusions for the purposes of stealing intellectual property and proprietary business information, and worked to ensure that fundamental freedoms can be exercised online.  Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy in the National Security Staff. During his two years at the White House, Mr. Painter was a senior member of the team that conducted the President's Cyberspace Policy Review and subsequently served as Acting Cybersecurity Coordinator. He coordinated the development of the President’s 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace and chaired high-level interagency groups devoted to international cyber issues.  He has represented the United States in numerous international fora, including Chairing the cutting edge G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup from 2002-2012. He has worked with dozens of foreign governments in bi-lateral meetings and has been a frequent spokesperson and presenter on cyber issues around the globe. Mr. Painter is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University.

Coppens Pasteur Ndayiragije

Coppens is currently working in the Burundian National ICT Implementation Agency, entitled, Executive Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies (SETIC). SETIC hosted the RCIP2 World Bank project, since 2008 to 2014. Coppens was both Technical Assistant to the project and The Supervisor of the Burundian Backbone System Deployment Based on Fiber Optic Technologies. Since the closure of this project, Coppens is part of a team of IT professionals responsible for the Management and Administration of the Government Communication System (COMGOV/GovNet) and the First National Data Centre in Burundi, set up and managed by the SETIC. Additional to the above responsibilities, Coppens is currently also, the First Chairman of Burundi Internet eXchange Point (BurundiX A.S.B.L.) hosted at the University of Burundi, CHAIRE UNESCO Campus. As a result to this, he is the Assistant-secretary of the EAIX Steering Committee Bureau. Prior to these positions in Burundi, Coppens assured the following responsibilities, in Rwanda: NCC Education Coordinator & Lecturer in Bringing British Education to You program and NICI Projects Manager Vision 2020. He has also participated in CEEAC and EACO regional IXP consultations, PIL-Africa, NEPAD e-Schools, OLPC, Intel Corporation Teach Program, Speaker in the UNECA Symposium, Web 2.0, Bridging the ICT Standardization and Development Gap Between Developed and Developing Countries, Connect Africa Summit, Wireless Networking for Centres of Excellence Nodes and Internet Training Centres in Africa, Speaker at the ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Competencies Development in Telecommunication and Education Sectors in Africa, IETF-89, AfPIF 2013 Speaker, AFRINIC-19 Remote Speaker, OLE Rwanda, ISOC Member Burundi Chapter, Af-IX, etc. 

David Kaye

David Kaye has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in August 2014. He is clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. He has collaborated with local and national governments, major international NGOs as well as those at the grassroots, international organizations, and academic institutions around the world. David Kaye co-founded the International Human Rights Program of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, and founded its International Justice Clinic, working on projects dealing with accountability for international crimes around the world.

Divina Frau-Meigs

Divina Frau-Meigs is Professor of Media Sociology at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. She holds several degrees, from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania). She is a specialist in media and information technologies in a comparative perspective as well as a researcher in media uses and the practices of young people. At the Sorbonne Nouvelle, she is the creator and director of the online Master’s program AIGEME (Application Informatiques: Gestion, Education aux Médias, E-formation). She is the UNESCO Chair for “savoir-devenir dans le développement numérique durable: maîtriser les cultures de l’information”.
She has published extensively in the areas of media content, information and journalism, the technologies and sub-cultures of the screen, and the uses and practices of young people. She is currently working on issues of Internet governance, media regulation, cultural diversity and media literacy in a global perspective. She is an expert with UNESCO, the European Union, the Council of Europe and a variety of governmental agencies in France and in other countries worldwide. In the World Summit on Information Society (Geneva, 2003-Tunis, 2005), she led the coalition on “education, academia and research” and as such was a member of the civil society bureau. At the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), an NGO with consultative status at the UN, she currently heads the section on “Media Education Research”. She is currently representing civil society interests in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and in other global arenas such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the United Nations Council on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe is the Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch, where she represents the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, especially with respect to the human rights implications of digital technology, Internet freedom, cyber security and Internet governance.  Eileen previously served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.  She has been a scholar at the Center for International Security & Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.  Her research focused on digital rights, Internet governance & cyber security; international norms governing use of force; UN reform; and conflicting legal & ethical justifications for humanitarian military intervention.  In her earlier career, Eileen was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley.  She is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group on Freedom & Security.  She serves on Board of Trustees of Freedom House and the Advisory Board of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  Eileen holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, a master’s of theological studies from Harvard, a master’s in East Asian studies from Stanford, a law degree from Stanford Law School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from GTU at UC Berkeley.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Elia Armstrong

Chief of the Development Management Branch, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

At DPADM since the 1997, Ms. Armstrong worked in the former Governance and Public Administration Branch and the Office of the Director.  She was seconded to the UN Ethics Office in 2006 as part of its Interim Team, and she served as the Director of the UNDP Ethics Office from July 2008 to April 2012.

Ms. Armstrong started her career in social services and development NGO's before joining the Canadian public service in 1993. She did a series of short, rotational assignments at the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada.  She was also seconded briefly to the Public Management Service of the OECD.

Ernest Sagaga

Ernest Sagaga, a dual national of Rwanda and the UK, is the Head of Human Rights and Safety Department at the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists, the world’s largest professional organisation representing over 600.000 journalists in the world. He has served as the first official spokesperson of the International Criminal Court in the Hague and, before that, worked as a journalist for the BBC World Service in London. He has expertise in communications, international human rights and humanitarian law. He is a regular commentator on press freedom issues on international news channels, including the BBC, Al Jazeera and RFI.

Fadi Chehadé

Fadi Chehadé is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. He joined ICANN in late 2012, building a strong executive leadership team that transformed ICANN from a Los Angeles‐based organization to one with a global presence with staff in 25 countries and services offered in seven languages. Before joining ICANN, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Vocado LLC, a U.S. firm that is a provider of cloud‐based software for the administration of educational institutions. Prior to Vocado, Chehadé was CEO of CoreObjects Software, Inc., a leader in new product software development services for both large and growing companies. Chehadé served as the General Manager of IBM's Global Technology Services in the Middle East and North Africa. He has also founded and has led three companies since 1987: Viacore, launched in 1999, was the world's   leading B2B process integration hub; RosettaNet, a non-profit multi-stakeholder company founded in1997; and Nett Information Products, launched in 1987 to create and develop an Internet-based content management and sharing solution. Fadi Chehadé is also the founder of Nilorado, a youth organization raising funds to support schools for handicapped children in Upper Egypt. Chehadé is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a master's degree in Engineering Management. He earlier earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Polytechnic University in New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Chehadé is a citizen of Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States and speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, and Italian.

Frank Rafael La Rue Lewy

Frank LaRue, Director for the RFK Center for Human Rights Europe, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection for the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2008. At present he is the member of the Board of Directors of the DEMOS Institute, an NGO that works on the promotion of democratic values and provides support to the participation of youth, women and indigenous peoples in Guatemala. He has a wide experience in Human Rights, Democratic Development, Social Communication, Education, Latin American Analysis and political issues. Human Rights Lawyer in cases presented to the Interamerican Human Rights Commission and the Interamerican Human Rights Court and lobbying before the United Nations System on Human Rights. University professor, and Human Rights investigator. Member of the Google Advisory Council, and Pioneer Award winner 2014, granted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Grace Githaiga

Grace Githaiga is an Associate of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) where she coordinates various Network debates and events that touch on policy and regulation in Internet governance matters. She has been involved in organizing the Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF), East Africa IGF, Africa IGF and the global IGF that took place in Kenya in 2011. Currently,  she is in the Executive Committee of ICANN’s Non Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and a member of the Civil Society Participation Advisory Board Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2015. Further, she served as the Africa's civil society representative on the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) in 2014.

Hernan Vales

Hernan Vales currently is a Human Rights Officer in the Rule of Law and Democracy Section of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), where he is responsible for the democracy portfolio. In this role, he provides legal and policy advice on internet governance, privacy, freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, etc. Prior to joining OHCHR Geneva in 2007, Vales worked in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and in the UN Office of Legal Affairs. Before joining the UN, Vales practiced law in Argentina. His human rights experience includes volunteer work, monitoring places of detention, and working on complaints submitted to treaty bodies. He holds a Law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Laws from the University of London.

Hu Yong

HU Yong is a professor at Peking University’s School of Journalism and Communication, and a well-known new media critic and Chinese Internet pioneer.  He is also an active blogger/microblogger.

Ilham A. Habibie

Ilham is a co-founder and shareholder of PT. ILTHABI Rekatama, a private investment company in Indonesia, which he joined as a President Director in 2002. Through ILTHABI he invested into various companies in the fields of energy, mining, manufacturing, transportation, financial services (including insurance) and others. He is on various boards of the companies in which ILTHABI has invested, only as a non-executive.
Ilham’s previous professional background is largely with aerospace companies (IPTN, Indonesia; Boeing, USA). Before that he was Assistant Professor for Fluid Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. 
He holds a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) in Aeronautical Engineering from TUM, and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, USA (Singapore campus).
He is also active in various social and professional organizations. Being a Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) for Research and Technology, Ilham is also responsible for KADIN’s bilateral committee for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He leads the Indonesian Organization for German-Alumni (PAJ), is also on the board of Alliance for Low-Carbon Businesses Indonesia (ALBI). Ilham is a founder of The Habibie Center foundation, leading its Institute for Democracy through Science and Technology. He is a member of the global board of advisors, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, and is a member of the board of advisors of the US cultural center in Jakarta called @america. In 2014, he has been elected to be the Chief Executive of DETIKNAS, The National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Council of Indonesia, and as a Chairman of Business Action for Support of Information Society (BASIS), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, France.  

Janice Richardson

Janice Richardson is Senior Advisor at European Schoolnet, a European consortium of 30 Education Ministries. She advises in areas relating to the development of 21st century literacy skills and the cyber wellbeing of children and young people. She also coordinates ENABLE, the European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure environments. ENABLE, co-funded by the European Commission, strives to tackling bullying through the development of children’s and teens’ social and emotional literacy. Janice joined Schoolnet in 2004, initially to set up and coordinate the EC-funded Insafe network which she led for a decade, promoting safe, responsible and effective use of internet and mobile devices to children, parents and educators across Europe. In 2003, she came up with the idea of Safer Internet Day, an event now celebrated by millions of people in more than a hundred countries worldwide. In a career spanning more than four decades, Janice has lived and worked in Australia, France, Luxembourg and Belgium, firstly as a teacher, then as university lecturer, researcher and author. Her activities are driven by the need to better understand the impact of media (and advertising) on children and young people, the protection of children’s rights and the active involvement of young people as future citizens in making the online world a better place. Janice has published books and papers for broad audiences, speaks regularly (bilingual English-French) at European and international events for the European Commission, Council of Europe, ITU and UNESCO, and works closely with social media and mobile and tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Vodafone.
Publications, several with accompanying websites, include Play and Learn: Being online (for 4-8 year olds, 2011), the Family eSafety kit (2008, 2014) and The Web We Want (for teens and teachers, 2013), the Internet Literacy Handbook and WildWebWoods: Guidelines for Teachers (Council of Europe, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009).

Jean-Philippe Walter

Dr. of Law, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Deputy Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (Switzerland)

Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD)

Vice-chairman of the French speaking Association of Data protection Authorities

Chairman  of the Joint Supervisory Authority of Schengen (March 2012 – March 2013)

Jeremy Malcom

Jeremy Malcolm is Senior Global Policy Analyst at Electronic Frontier Foundation, working mainly on intellectual property issues. Prior to that, he worked for Consumers International, coordinating its global programme Consumers in the Digital Age. Jeremy graduated with degrees in Law (with Honours) and Commerce in 1995 from Murdoch University, and completed his PhD thesis at the same University in 2008 on the topic of Internet governance. Jeremy's background is as an information technology and intellectual property lawyer and IT consultant. He is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of Western Australia (1995), High Court of Australia (1996) and Appellate Division of New York (2009). He is a former co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus and currently a Steering Committee member of the OECD Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council.

Jochem de Groot

Jochem de Groot is Government Affairs Lead for Microsoft in the Benelux countries. He is responsible for Microsoft’s policy engagement in this region on a variety of policy themes, including privacy, cybersecurity, internet governance, and more. Mr. De Groot assumed his current position in May 2013. Prior to joining Microsoft, since 2009, Mr. De Groot was Senior Policy advisor on internet freedom at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he worked on the founding and development of the Freedom Online Coalition. In this role, he participated in a wide range of international multistakeholder conferences on internet freedom and internet governance, including various Internet Governance Fora, WCIT 2012, as well as OSCE, EU, Council of Europe and UN summits on related topics. Mr. De Groot holds Master’s degrees in Islam Studies and Sociology from the University of Utrecht, and a Bachelor’s degree from University College Utrecht.

Joe Cannataci

Prof. Joe Cannataci is Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta. He also holds the Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen where he co-founded the STeP Research Group. An Adjunct Professor at the Security Research Institute and the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University Australia, a considerable deal of Joe’s time is dedicated to collaborative research. He is overall co-ordinator for the SMART and RESPECT projects dealing with surveillance and MAPPING dealing with Internet Governance. A UK Chartered Information Technology Professional & Fellow of the British Computer Society, he also continues to act as Expert Consultant to a number of international organisations. He has written books and articles on data protection law, liability for expert systems, legal aspects of medical informatics, copyright in computer software and co-authored various papers and textbook chapters on self-regulation and the Internet, the EU Constitution and data protection, on-line dispute resolution, data retention and police data. His latest book “The Individual & Privacy” is published by Ashgate (March 2015). In 2002 he was decorated by the Republic of France and elevated to Officier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques. His pioneering role in the development of technology law and especially privacy law was cited as one of the main reasons for his being made the recipient of such an honour as was his contribution to the development of European information policy He has held or currently holds research grants from the British Academy, the Council of Europe, COST, UNESCO and the European Commission, totaling in excess of Euro 30 million. He serves on the editorial board of six peer-reviewed journals.

Jovan Kurbalija

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat with a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology, Dr Kurbalija’s participation in policy processes includes, among others, membership of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance and the NETmundial High Level Multistakeholder Committee. His main research interest is the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. He is a visiting lecturer at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the University of St Gallen. Dr Kurbalija’s book An Introduction to Internet Governance, currently in its sixth edition and translated into eight languages, has been the main text book in Internet governance since initial publication. Find him on Twitter: @jovankurbalija

Julia Pohle

Julia Pohle is a researcher at the Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) at the Free University of Brussels. She is also a fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the 2025 round of the Global Governance Futures Program (GGF). Since January 2013, she has been secretary and member of the steering committee of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Julia studied cultural studies, computer science and philosophy in Bremen, Bologna, Paris and Berlin, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Free University of Brussels. Her research, teaching and publications focus on communication geopolitics, Internet policies, the WSIS follow-up and the role of intergovernmental organisations in Internet Governance. Her latest article discusses UNESCO’s involvement in debates on Information Ethics.

Kathryn C. Brown

Kathryn C. Brown joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2014. She is a veteran of Internet policy development and corporate responsibility initiatives that have aided in the Internet’s global expansion. Her career spans the public and private sector, including serving in the United States National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as well as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the Clinton Administration. Ms. Brown has also headed up policy and global corporate social responsibility initiatives for telecom provider Verizon as well working on legal and regulatory communications policy for law firms and consultancies. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College. Kathryn C. Brown has served on the advisory boards of the Public Interest Registry (.ORG), the m-Powering Development Advisory Board of the ITU, and the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. 

Keisha Taylor

Keisha Taylor is a currently pursuing on scholarship an integrated Phd (MSc and PhD) in Web Science with the University of Southampton. She is interested in open data and the Internet of Things, digital inclusion, data privacy, 'smart communities' and the innovation by micro, small and medium enterprises  She was previously Senior Manager, Business Planning and Research for TechSoup Global’s Data Services Programme and is a Director for the Caribbean Diaspora for Science and Technology (CADSTI) in the UK. She was an Internet Society Fellow to the 2012 OECD Technology Foresight Forum, which looked at harnessing big data’s potential, a DiploFoundation Fellow to the Internet Governance Forum and Policy Fellow for Access, a global digital rights NGO. She studied Internet Governance and ICT policy and has MA in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a BSc. in Sociology from the University of the West Indies.

Larry Kilman

Larry Kilman is Secretary General of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Mr Kilman is responsible for overseeing the not-for-profit advocacy branch of WAN-IFRA, including press freedom, media development, news literacy, public affairs, innovation and future technologies as well as the activities of the World Editors Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the US-based Media Institute's Global Free Speech and the Internet Program, a Board Member of the News Media Coalition and a Member of the FIFA Media Committee. He joined WAN-IFRA in 1998 as Director of Communications and previously worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Asia, Europe and the United States, primarily with The Associated Press, Radio Free Europe and Agence France-Presse.

Lillian Nalwoga

Lillian Nalwoga is the President of the Internet Society – Uganda Chapter and also works as a Policy Officer at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA). She is a technology enthusiast and is actively involved in ICT policy debates at the local, regional and global level - including coordinating the Uganda and East Africa Internet Governance Forums. She also served on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the global Internet Governance Forum from 2012 - 2014. Lillian is also the Director of Business Development at eLAAB Limited, a technology firm that aims at developing localised technology solutions in Uganda. She has hands on experience in Information Technology and Projects Management. She is interested in linking public policy and the Internet as well as promoting and advancing the appropriate use of Information Communication Technologies for development.

Makane Faye

Mr. Makane Faye has over 35 years of experience on information management and ICT for development, including 24 at the services of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Currently, he is the Chief of the Knowledge Services Section, where he promotes Access to Knowledge, Content Development, Use of emerging strategies in Knowledge Management, Information Systems Development, including overseeing development and use of knowledge, promotion of Knowledge networks, development of Communities of Practice and promotion of e-tools for access to knowledge at ECA, in member States, the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other African organizations.

Mr. Makane Faye is one of the coordinators of the WSIS Follow up in Africa and the African Internet Governance Forum. He is a PHD Candidate on Information Technology and has a Master’s Degree on Information Systems Development.

Marianne Franklin

Marianne Franklin (@GloClomm) is Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths (University of London, UK). Her research interests and academic background span the Humanities (Double Major in History and Music) and Social Sciences (International Relations).  A recipient of research funding from the Social Science Research Council (USA) and Ford Foundation, she is active in human rights advocacy for the Internet; serving as co-Chair of the  Internet Rights and Principles Coalition at the UN Internet Governance Forum (2012-2014). She is project leader of the IRPC’s Charter of Internet Rights and Principles for the Internet booklet project, currently on the Steering Committee of the IRP Coalition and also serving on the Steering Group of the Best Bits Civil Society network. This year she was elected as Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Her latest book, Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet, is out with Oxford University Press (2013).

Markus Kummer

Markus Kummer is an independent consultant specializing in Internet governance and policy. He is the Secretary of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN). Until September 2014 he was the Internet Society’s Senior Vice President. He joined the Internet Society in 2011, to assume the position of Vice-President in charge of public policy. Before, he worked for the United Nations, first as Executive Coordinator of the Working Group on Internet Governance and subsequently of the Secretariat supporting the Internet Governance.  In this capacity he was responsible for preparing and organizing the first five annual IGF meetings between 2006 and 2010.  In 2013, he was asked by the United Nations to chair the preparatory process for the annual IGF meeting held in Bali, Indonesia.

Markus joined the United Nations in 2004, after holding the position of eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. He was a member of the Swiss delegation during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) where he chaired several negotiating groups, including the groups dealing with human rights and Internet governance.

Markus served as a career diplomat in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry since 1979. He was posted to the Embassies of Switzerland to Portugal, Austria. Norway and Turkey as well as the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

Between 1998 and 2002 Markus was seconded to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), where he was in charge of administering and negotiating Free Trade Agreements with partner countries such as Canada, Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Macedonia and the Palestinian Authority.

Before joining the Swiss diplomatic service, Markus worked as a journalist at the news desk of Swiss Radio International in Bern. He has a master’s degree in languages, literature and journalism from the University of Bern.

Markus is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Maryant Fernández Pérez

Advocacy Manager, European Digital Rights (EDRi)

Maryant Fernández is a lawyer qualified at the Bar Association of Madrid. During the last seven years, Maryant has been specialising in EU, International and Comparative law, with a particular focus on digital rights. She owns an LL.M. in "Law in a European and Global Context" from Católica Global School of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Maryant joined European Digital Rights in May 2014. She advocates for the protection of citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms online in the fields of net freedom, Internet governance and international trade and investment agreements. In the past, Maryant gained experience at the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, CEU San Pablo University, the European Law Moot Court Society, Décathlon S.A. and CCA Advogados | ONTIER.

Maryant is co-author of the Council of Europe's Study DGI (2014) 31 "Human Rights Violations Online", prepared by EDRi for the Council of Europe on 4 December 2014, and is fluent in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Galician.

Matthew Shears

Matthew Shears leads the Global Internet Policy and Human Rights Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT).  

At CDT, Matthew focuses on Internet policy and governance, cyber-security and human rights.  He has represented the organisation at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 review and the World Telecommunications Policy Forum (WTPF).  He has also participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Freedom Online Coalition and the Brazil NETmundial meeting.

Prior to CDT, Matthew was the Internet Society's first Public Policy Director, a member of the UN Secretary General's Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance and has worked for AT&T, Seattle-based broadband satellite start-up Teledesic and Cisco Systems.  

A UK national, he received his MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and his BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.  

Meryem Marzouki

Dr. Meryem Marzouki is a senior academic researcher in Political Sciences with the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS), currently with LIP6 Laboratory at UPMC Sorbonne Universités, where she runs a multi-disciplinary research activity focusing on Internet governance actors, issues, and institutionalization processes.

She is a member of a number of scholarly associations, including the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). She participates to the European Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) and to the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s (GCIG) Research Advisory Network.

As part of her volunteering activities in NGOs and civil society coalitions, Meryem Marzouki has also been actively promoting human rights in the digital environment since 1996 at the French, European and global levels. She co-chaired the WSIS Civil Society Human Rights caucus, is a member of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles, and participated to the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users (2012-2013).

Meryem Marzouki is the author of numerous publications and regularly speaks at many high level conferences. She co-edited the book entitled “Governance, Regulations and Powers on the Internet” (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Michael Donohue

Michael Donohue is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where he has worked since 2001. He currently heads the unit dealing with privacy and cybersecurity and led a successful effort to revise the OECD Privacy Guidelines in 2013. Prior responsibilities include OECD work on consumer policy. Before joining the OECD, he served as an attorney at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and in private practice. Michael’s educational background is in law and philosophy.

Michael Unland

Michael Unland (45) is a Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe. The Representative is mandated to observe media developments in the 57 participating States and promote full compliance with the Organization’s principles and commitments regarding freedom of expression and free media. Unland has worked as a journalist, online producer and, for more than 12 years, as international expert, consultant and manager in various media development and C4D projects in transition, post conflict and developing countries for UNDP, OSCE and GIZ. His educational background is in journalism, modern history and communication science.

Mishi Choudhary

Mishi Choudhary is a technology lawyer, licensed to practice in New York and India with over a decade of experience in the area of intellectual property rights, Open Source licensing, e-commerce, privacy, surveillance, platform liability and user free expression. She is  the Founding Executive Director of SFLC.in, India, a legal services organization based out of New Delhi that brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. At SFLC.in, she focuses her work on promotion of innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world, educate policy makers to reach informed decisions on the use and adoption of technology. She is also the Legal Director Software Freedom Law Center, New York that provides pro-bono legal services to developers of Free, Libre, and Open Source Software. Mishi has a Master degree in Law from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B.) degree with Honors and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Delhi.

Moez Chakchouk

M. Chakchouk is a leading defender of online human rights as well as promoting the community engagement for the development of the Internet. He’s experienced with several international organizations working on ICT and Internet governance. In Feb 2011 after the Tunisian revolution, M. Chakchouk was appointed Chairman and CEO of the ATI (the former Tunisian Internet Agency), the incumbent internet operator in Tunisia since 1996. After his nomination and despite the difficult transitional situation in his country, he succeeded to make several steps with the support of the Tunisian internet community towards the development of internet in Tunisia. During the implementation of his ambitious action plan to transform the ATI, he founded the first IXP (TunIXP) in the Maghreb region. In June 2013 while organizing and hosting the Freedom Online Conference, he launched an open innovation labs (404Labs) at the same place which used to host the censorship equipment during the Ben Ali regime.

Mohamed Chawki

Mohamed Chawki holds a (Ph.D.) in law from the University of Lyon III in France for a dissertation on French; British and American cybercrime legal systems. This was followed by a 3-year post-doctoral research at the Faculty of Law, University of Aix-Marseille III, France. He is senior judge and former advisor to the Chairman of Capital Market Authority (CMA) and to the Chairman of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA). Dr. Chawki is the Founder Chairman of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention (AILCC), located in Paris, France. An association of international IT experts and legal scholars specializing in cyber law, privacy and security. He is also the founder and co – director of the African Center for Cyberlaw, in Kampala (ACCP), founded in collaboration with the United-Nations (UN).
Dr. Chawki has extensive knowledge of High Tec criminality, cybercrime, cyber terrorism and IT, including countermeasures and prevention. As a part of his research, he carried out an internship at Interpol’s Financial and High Tec Crime Unit. He also conducted legal analysis for the Organisation of CyberAngels in NYC and advised cybercrime victims on various issues related to countermeasures and prevention. Doctor Chawki is the co-drafter of the African Union Convention on Cybersecurity. He is also a member of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program (ISPAC), a member of the European Society of Criminal Law, and a board member of Computer Crime Research Center (CCRC) in Ukraine. He teaches law at private and public universities in Egypt and holds a number of visiting posts abroad. His research interest covers national security, cybercrime and data protection.
Dr. Chawki holds over 25 prizes for this academic achievement and was awarded by the Medal of Excellence by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt in 1998 , the international prize Claire l’Heureux Dubé from Canada in 2007 and the distinguished services medal from the government of Brazil in 2009.

Mohamed Sameh Amr

Mohamed Sameh Amr was elected by the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 22 November 2013, to serve as Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO for a two-year period, until the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2015.

He is also Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Egypt to UNESCO, a post he has held since April 2012.

Mr Amr was born in Cairo in 1966. He holds a Ph. D in International Law obtained from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Law granted by Cairo University. He is the author of numerous publications on matters of International Law, and led a distinguished academic career as a Professor of Public International Law at Cairo University.

Mohamed Sameh Amr has been closely associated to UNESCO since 2000, representing Egypt on a number of international committees and in negotiations concerning several UNESCO Conventions, notably those concerning Underwater Cultural Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Doping in Sport and the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

He is a fluent speaker of Arabic, English and French.

Nigel Hickson

Nigel works out of the Geneva office as part of the Government Engagement Team. He is responsible for global engagement with IGOs and other International organizations.
Nigel joined ICANN in 2012 and worked until 2014 as the VP for Europe.  He joined ICANN from the UK government; where he had served in a number of capacities for just fewer than 30 years. Latterly he had been responsible for a team dealing with international ICT issues; including Internet Governance.
Nigel is keen walker, cyclist and scouter.

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa. Her work has a particular focus on the Alliance for Affordable Internet project and the Web We Want campaign for human rights on and through the Web. She is an experienced development professional who has worked in the ICT field in Africa for over a decade. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative. Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. She has lived and worked in five African countries and is fluent in English, French and a number of African languages.

Onur Andreotti

Onur Andreotti is a lawyer specialised on human rights and freedom of expression.

After having worked for thirteen years at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, she is now coordinating the Task Force for Freedom of Expression and Media in Council of Europe, Strasbourg. 

Paolo Lanteri

Mr. Lanteri is a lawyer, specialized in IP law, and a member of both the Spanish and the Italian Bar Association.  He works in the Copyright Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);  he is part of the restricted team of lawyers dealing with all the copyright substantive matters within the Organization, ranging from legislative and policy advice to Member States to providing legal assistance in norm-setting negotiations. He was directly involved in all substantial and procedural matters leading to the adoption of the two latest IP treaties adopted at the international level; namely the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (2012) and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled (2013). He manages a number of projects in areas at the intersection between copyright law and new technologies, such as Internet Intermediaries, User Generated Content, Software and Videogames protection, new business models, access to knowledge initiatives and emerging licensing schemes.
Before joining WIPO in 2007, Mr. Lanteri practiced in the IP department of the law firm Uría Menéndez Abogados LLP in Madrid (Spain), and worked in the legal department of the Spanish collecting society, Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE). 
An Italian National, Mr. Lanteri speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.  He holds an Italian and a Spanish LL.B. and an LL.M. from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell is General Manager for Technology Policy at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for policy engagement on long-term technology evolution

Mr. Mitchell assumed his current role in July 2011. He is responsible for strategic technology policy initiatives in the areas of spectrum, Internet governance, and big data and connectivity. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on the evolving nature of broadband and the impact of technology shifts on public policy.

Prior to his current position Mr. Mitchell held a variety of senior positions including General Manager, Interoperability and Standards, and General Manager of Policy and Standards with Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division.

His career also includes significant work related to digital and interactive television beginning with Microsoft’s early trials of an Interactive TV system in the U.S. and Japan and followed by work developing standards for digital television in advance of the U.S. DTV transition. He held several roles in the Microsoft TV division including Chief of Staff and General Manager of the Tools and Applications Product Unit.

Mr. Mitchell joined Microsoft in 1991 as a product manager in the Developer Tools Division, where he helped secure developer adoption of Microsoft’s professional C and C++ products launching Microsoft C7, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual C++ for Windows NT.

Mitchell serves on the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission, on the board of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute, and on the advisory board for the Evans School at the University of Washington. He has previously served on the board of directors of BET.com, Vision TV and SVOX in Canada, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions.

He holds an MPA from the Evans School at the University of Washington.

Paulette Stewart

Paulette Stewart is a lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona. She is the coordinator for the graduate studies programmes that are delivered face-to-face and online. She is the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Paulette was the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) Librarian of the Year in 2009 and became the President of this association in 2010. She received the IASL Ken Haycock Leadership Award in 2006 for her outstanding leadership role in the Schools Section of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica. She has also received the Takeshi Murofushi Research Award from IASL in 2010 to conduct research on “IASL Conferences: An Evaluation of the Attendance Pattern of Participants 1998-2010”. Paulette has developed two Information Literacy courses that are now being taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies. These are: Teaching Information Literacy and Information Literacy Instruction.  Her research interests include: school library education, school libraries, information literacy and cooperative learning.

Pavan Duggal

Pavan Duggal has been acknowledged as one of the top four Cyber Lawyers in the world. While a practicing Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Pavan Duggal has made an immense impact with an international reputation as an expert and authority on Cyberlaw and E-Commerce law. An internationally renowned expert and authority on Cyberlaw, Pavan has also the credit of having done pioneering work in the field of Convergence Law and Mobile Law. He heads of his Law Firm, Pavan Duggal Associates, which works actively in the fields of Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology, Information Security law, Business Process Outsourcing and ITES Law, Commercial Practice and other allied spheres.

Philipp Metzger

Philipp Metzger took office as Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications on 1 January 2014. Before that, Philipp Metzger was Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) based in Geneva. He had already held previous positions at OFCOM, including Vice-Director and Head of the Telecom Services Division from 2007 and Deputy Director General from 2012. After passing his bar exam Bern in 1992, Philipp Metzger began his career in major commercial law firms in Geneva and London. From 1996 to 2001, he was a Legal and subsequently Senior Legal Officer at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels and Geneva, mostly dealing with European Economic Area matters. He then served as a Senior Corporate Counsel of a US multinational IT corporation company in Amsterdam and re-joined EFTA in 2002 as the Director of the Trade Relations Division which assists the EFTA States in their free trade negotiations with partner countries worldwide. Philipp Metzger holds a Master of Arts in European Studies degree from the College of Europe (Bruges/Warsaw).

Porntip Yenjabok

Deputy Director of Research Dissemination Division

Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI)

International Events

1..  Representative of Thailand joined The  37th session of the General Conference (The communication and information commission) UNESCO Paris,2013

2 .  Presenter “Knowledge on Media and Information Literacy: Lesson Learned  in Thailand”  in the First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University The Faculty of Arts and Humanities Sais-Fes, Fez, Kingdom of Morocco With the Collaboration of: UNESCO,June, 2011

3.  Presenter “Internet and Socio-Cultural Transformations in Information Society” in  IFAP UNESCO at Russia 2013 “The Effect of Cross CultureCommunication on Socio- Cultural Transformations in ASEAN Information Society”                     

4.  Representative of Thailand joined The 27th Session of the Intergovernmental 

Council of International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) UNESCO Paris,2010.

5. Representative of Thailand joined The Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) UNESCO Paris, 2010

6.  Representative of Thailand joined The  35th session of the General Conference (The communication and information commission) UNESCO Paris,2009.

Committee

- Thai National Committee on mass Communication for UNESCO 2015

Project Leader

1. MIL for Strengthening Thai Community with the Participation of Women and Youth in a Sustainable Community Radio in Thailand (PP.2015 by UNESCO)      

2. Media & Information Literacy Curriculum Training, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand,2011.

3. Development of Media Education Handbook for the Secondary School Teacher in Thailand,2006.

R. Chandrashekhar

Mr. Chandrashekhar is President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT-BPO Industry in India and is also the Chair of the Global Policy Action Committee (GPAC) for WITSA (World IT Services Alliance)

He has had an illustrious career with rich experience in Government. He has been Chairman of the Telecom Commission and Secretary in the Department of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India from September, 2010 until his retirement from Government service at the end of March, 2013. Earlier, he was Secretary in the Department of Information Technology from June, 2009 to September, 2010.

As Telecom Secretary, he was responsible for driving several key policies and strategies covering licensing, spectrum management, National Broadband Plan, Convergence, Manufacturing, Investment, security, R&D and the National Telecom Policy 2012. As the Secretary of the Department of Information Technology, he steered the formulation of national policies for the IT sector and for promoting Electronic System Design and Manufacturing and R&D in the Electronics and IT sector. He was also responsible for major national initiatives in the sector including the National e-Governance Plan, which he played a key role in designing and in formulating the Electronic Service Delivery Act.

Born in 1953, Mr. Chandrashekhar received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He was conferred the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007-08. 

Raegan MacDonald

Access is an international organisation that defends digital rights. As European Policy Manager, Raegan leads Access' Brussels office and specialises in net neutrality, privacy and data protection. Raegan is a member of the Steering Group for Code Red, an ambitious global initiative to provide advice and resources to assist people who are committed to the goal of protecting rights and freedoms. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Brussels Privacy Hub, an academic research institute focused on privacy and data protection. Since March 2014, Raegan is a Privacy by Design Ambassador, an award from the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining Access, Raegan worked with European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of 34 privacy and civil rights groups across Europe. Raegan is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Leipzig (Germany) where she received her Masters in Global Studies.

Rafael Capurro

Born 1945 in Montevideo (Uruguay). Dr. phil. in Philosophy from Düsseldorf University (1978). Postdoctoral teaching qualification in Ethics from Stuttgart University (1989). Professor emeritus of Information Science and Information Ethics at Stuttgart Media University (1986-2009). Lecturer in Ethics at the University of Stuttgart. (1989-2004). Chair of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE) (since 1999.  Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) (since 2004). Distinguished Researcher at the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa (since 2012). Former member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission (2000-2010). Co-Founder of the Capurro-Fiek-Foundation for Information Ethics.

Rana Sabbagh

Rana Sabbagh is a founder and executive director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) since 2005. She has dedicated the last 31 years of her career as a journalist, columnist and media trainer to free speech, independent and free media and human rights.
She helped set up ARIJ – www.arij.net – a media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in newsrooms and among media students in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain and Tunisia. The NGO, mainly supported by the governments of Norway, Sweden and Denmark – as well as the Open Society Foundations, has helped over 340 Arab journalists produce in-depth reporting in favor of transparency and rule of law.
The former chief editor of The Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002) became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. Earlier, she was correspondent for Reuters International News Agency (1987-1997) in Jordan and the Gulf.  She helped establish Jordan's newest newspaper, Al-Ghad (2003-2004).
In addition to her post at ARIJ, she is a regular columnist for Al-Hayat and Al Ghad and writes occasionally for the Huffington Post and other international publications. She also is media consultant/trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation. She serves as an active member of various civil society and media advocacy groups.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America, developing a system to rank Internet, telecommunications, and other tech companies based on how they respect users’ rights to free expression and privacy. She is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom and co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online. MacKinnon was a founding Board member of the Global Network Initiative and is currently on the Board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent first in China and then Japan between 1998-2004.  More recently, she taught at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre in 2007 and 2008, was a 2013 adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is currently a visiting affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein and Berkman Centers, the Open Society Foundations, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and the New America Foundation. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan. She lives in Washington DC.

Renata Avila

Renata Avila is a human rights lawyer from Guatemala. She worked as one of the lawyers representing the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2009, she joined Sir Tim Berners-Lee as lead of the Web We Want campaign at the Web Foundation, dedicated to preserving and upholding human rights, responding to threats to the future of the. She currently serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons Board of Directors. She is also a member of Courage Foundation advisory board, assisting whistleblowers and sources at risk. Follow her project at @webwewant

Robin Mansell

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is internationally known for her work on the social, economic, and political issues arising from new information and communication technologies. She has served as Head of the Media and Communications Department at LSE (2006-2009), President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (2004-2008) and Scientific Chair of EUROCPR (2008-2014). She is the author of numerous academic papers and books including Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance (Oxford University Press 2012) and co-editor, The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (Blackwell-Wiley 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press 2007). 

Rolf Weber

Rolf H. Weber is ordinary Professor for Civil, Commercial and European Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. His main fields of research are Internet and Information Technology Law, International Business Law, Media Law, Competition Law and International Financial Law. Rolf H. Weber is director of the European Law Institute and the Center for Information and Communication Law at the University of Zurich. Since 2008 Rolf H. Weber is member of the Steering Committee of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and since 2009 he is member of the High-level Panel of Advisers of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID). Besides, he is engaged as an attorney-at-law. His research focus lies on the mentioned regulatory topics; the publication list is available at http://www.rwi.uzh.ch/lehreforschung/alphabetisch/weberr/person.html.

Ross LaJeunesse

Ross LaJeunesse is Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations for Google, where he oversees the company’s efforts to promote and defend a free and open Internet around the world. LaJeunesse has been with Google for more than six years, and previously served as Head of Government Affairs in Asia Pacific.

Before joining Google, LaJeunesse served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He helped develop and execute the Governor’s comprehensive and ambitious policy agenda, including economic development, infrastructure investment and education reform issues.

In the mid-2000s, LaJeunesse was Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He also served as Chief of Staff to California Public Utilities Commissioner Susan Kennedy.

LaJeunesse began his career in Washington, D.C. as an assistant to United States Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and later as a policy advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy.

LaJeunesse graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and received his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.

Sergio Branco

PhD and Master in Civil Law at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Director of the Institute of Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS-Rio). Professor of Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School (2006-2013). General Attorney of Brazilian Information Technology Institute – ITI (2006). Academic Development Coordinator for the Postgraduate Program at FGV Direito Rio (2005). Author of books “Copyright Law at the Internet and the Use of Other People’s Works”, “The Public Domain in Brazilian Copyright Law” and “What is Creative Commons – New Copyright Models in a More Creative World”. Majored in Intellectual Property (Catholic University at Rio de Janeiro) and in Cinema (FGV). Lawyer.

Sherri Hope Culver

Sherri currently serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production. The CMIL is recognized as a global chair of media and information literacy through the UNESCO /UNAOC university partner program and as a member of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy  Sherri is devoted to working with researchers, educators and media companies to create media content that educates, engages and entertains.  She collaborates internationally on projects relating to media literacy and children’s media. Prior to her academic position Sherri served in several leadership positions within public broadcasting. She has produced of over 600 hours of television programming.

Sherri is author, co-author and editor of several books, articles and curricular materials, including serving as co-editor of the Yearbook on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue for 2013 and 2014. Sherri is co-author of the Media Career Guide and author of The Television and Video Survival Guide. Sherri serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education; serving as its president from 2008-2014. She holds a masters degree in public culture from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research explored the impact of children’s television on the social development of girls and their ability to form diverse friendships.  

Sinéad McSweeney

Prior to joining Twitter’s Public Policy team in July 2012, Sinéad was Director of Communications for An Garda Síochána (Ireland’s national police service) for almost five years, having been Director of Media and Public Relations for the Police Service of Northern Ireland between 2004 and 2007. From 1996 to 2004 she held a range of political advisory positions in the Irish government including roles at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Attorney General’s Office. She studied law and qualified as a barrister in 1993.

Silvia Bidart

Silvia Monzón de Bidart is General Director of ALETI, Vice President of WITSA Latam, Vice President of eLAC IT Industry Task Force for ECLAC-UN Digital Agenda’s Action Plan, and IGF MAG member. She is expert in ICT Strategies and Information Society and Digital Public Policies. Former President of Financing Task Force of eLAC 2015; UNDP Consultant for the Coordination of the IT Competitiveness Forum for the Ministry of Economy of Argentina in charge of IT public policies and legal framework; UN GAID Member; Hemispheric Advisory Board of the Americas Connectivity Institute of Canada; Coordinator of  eCommerce Forum of Argentina, and Executive Director of CESSI. Former Regional Coordinator of FIRST, participant of SALA+ and FORESTA and other FP7/EC R+D+I  Projects. Her experience as consultant and project leader includes projects for public sector, IDB, UNDP, GTZ. Master in International Economic Strategy, School of Economic Sciences, University of Buenos Aires; Postgraduate Degree in International Trade and Competitiveness, and other post-degrees interdisciplinary skills.

Sophia Bekele

Sophia Bekele Eshete is widely acknowledged Leader and International Entrepreneur.  She is a Business and Corporate Executive, Corporate Governance & Risk Management specialist, international policy advisor on ICT, internet and development issues, Governance and ICT activist and philanthropist.
Bekele is currently the Founder and Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Group, an organization that she set up to advocate for advancement of Internet, women and youth in Africa.  She is the founder of the widely acclaimed 6 year Yes2dotAfrica multi-lingual global awareness campaign.  She is also the Founder and CEO of  CBS International, a California based company that  is in the business of technology transfer to emerging economies and Corporate Governance services to US based clients. Prior to that, Bekele maintained a successful career track record and has obtained a truly global experience working for multinationals, Fortune 500 Companies in the field of IT and Corporate Governance.
Bekele has served on leadership positions of high-level policy advisory boards on various national and international, public and private organizations and has influenced the implementation of key policies.  She is the Co-Founder and elected Executive Board member of Internet Society (SF Chapter)', elected member of ICANN policy advisory council; elected advisory member to ICT Policy bodies of various United Nation Agencies including UNECA ; UNPAN, UNGAID;   a former Board Member of ISACA (Information Systems and Control Association), San Francisco and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. 
Bekele was recently enlisted as one of top leading ladies in Africa’s ICT sector and African Women to Watch, by Bloomberg TV and named as one of 50 African Trailblazers – A future made in Africa,  by the New African Magazine.  She is a published writer on various topics,  particularly on issues of technology for development, Internet Governance.. Ms. Bekele holds an MBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Golden Gate University, San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems from San Francisco State University.   She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Control Specialist (CCS), and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT). For her full bio, please go to www.sophiabekele.com.

Stephen Farrell

Stephen Farrell is a research fellow in the department of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, (www.tcd.ie) where he teaches and researches on security and delay/disruption-tolerant networking (DTN), and in 2006 co-authored the first book on the latter topic. Stephen has been involved in security (in industry) since the mid 19080's and Internet standards since the mid-1990's and since 2011 he has been one of two IETF security area director. He also co-chairs the IRTF Delay Tolerant Networking Research Group (www.dtnrg.org), and is co-founder of Tolerant Networks Limited, a TCD campus company.

Tarek Atia

A journalist and early online innovator in Egypt in the late 1990s, Tarek Atia founded web portals cairolive.com and zahma.com, was Assistant Editor in Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, and has had his writing published in prominent international media outlets including The Washington Post and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Since 2006, he has worked in media development, designing and implementing capacity building programs for over 6,000 journalists, editors and managers working across print, broadcast and online platforms. He has also been an adjunct lecturer at Cairo University’s Faculty of Mass Communications, the American University in Cairo and the Intajour International Media Academy in Hamburg, Germany.

In 2011 he founded and now heads the new media training consultancy EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program), which offers professional development and management consulting services to the Egyptian and regional media sector. EMDP is also the publisher of Mantiqti (My Neighborhood), Egypt’s first hyper local print newspaper covering downtown Cairo.

Tomas Lamanauskas

Tomas Lamanauskas heads the Corporate Strategy Division at the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

His extensive ICT policy and regulatory experience includes positions of Deputy General Director, Board Member and CEO of telecommunications regulators in the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe. He also acted as Government Advisor on ICT policies in the Pacific. Mr. Lamanauskas earlier career also includes positions as legal adviser (and Head of Legal) on matters related to telecommunications regulation both in public and private sectors.

Tomas Lamanauskas has master’s degrees in Public Administration (Harvard University), Law (Vilnius University) and Telecommunications Regulation and Policy (the University of the West Indies).

He has delivered 80 presentations, participated as a panellist (speaker) at 19 sessions, and moderated 19 sessions in various conferences and similar events (held in 32 countries). Mr. Lamanauskas has published 18 articles (papers) and co-authored 3 books in the field of ICT. He has taught and acted as an examiner on topics related to ICT law, policy and regulation at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and the University of South Africa. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the “Telecommunications Policy” journal (Elsevier).

Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Dr. Vike-Freiberga is President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia (1999-2007). She was instrumental in achieving membership in the EU and NATO for her country and was Special Envoy on UN reform. She was vice-chair of the Reflection group on the long term future of Europe and chaired the High-level group on freedom and pluralism of media in the EU.
Born in Riga, she started her schooling in refugee camps in Germany, and then lived in Morocco and Canada, obtaining a Ph.D. at McGill University (1965). After a career as Professor of psychology at the University of Montreal, she returned to her native country in 1998 to head the Latvian Institute. She has published extensively and is much in demand as a speaker.

Virgílio Fernandes Almeida

Virgilio A. F. Almeida is the Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. He is the chair of the Brazilian Internet Governance Committee (CGI). He is also a full professor of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His areas of research interest include  Internet, social computing, autonomic computing and cyberspace policies He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, an MS in Computer Science, from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro and a BS Electrical Engineering from UFMG, Brazil. He was a visiting professor at Boston University (1997), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona (2003), Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2007) and held visiting appointments at Santa Fe Institute (2008), Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratory (2001 and 2004) and Xerox Research Center (PARC 1997). Professor Almeida was the general chair of NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance held in São Paulo in 2014.

Walid al-Saqaf

Walid al-Saqaf is a Yemeni academic, journalist, software developer and anti-censorship activist. Currently as a postdoctoral fellow at Örebro University in Sweden, he is involved in research around Internet, new media and democracy particularly in the Arab world. He is the founder and administrator of Yemen Portal, a Yemeni news and content aggregator, and the developer of Alkasir for Internet Censorship Mapping and Circumvention. Walid is a co-founder and chair of the Internet Society's Yemen chapter. He is also a fellow of TED, ICANN, RIPE NCC and has previously served as a member of the advisory group for the Arab IGF. Walid was a staff member of the Yemen Times and Wall Street Journal and contributed to the Gulf News and the Columbia Journalism Review. He also participated in publications by international organizations such as the International Research Exchange, Integrity Report, Association for Progressive Communications, and the World Wide Web Foundation.

William H. Dutton

William H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the Department of Media and Information, College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, where he is Director of the Quello Center. Prior to this appointment, Bill was Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where he was the Founding Director of the OII and a Fellow of Balliol College. Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Founding Director of the OII. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology, and the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014. Bill is presently a co-principal investigator in the UK FCO supported Global Cyber Security Capacity Project, among others. His most recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), four edited volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014), and a reader entitled Society and the Internet, with Mark Graham (OUP 2014). He is working on a book on his concept of the Fifth Estate.

YJ Park

Prof. Youn Jung Park (a.k.a. Y.J. Park) holds a Ph.D. in Information, Science and Technology from Syracuse University. Prior to her work at SUNY Korea, she has conducted research on Internet governance at Economics of Infrastructures (EvI) section at Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TBM) TUDelft as senior research fellow. She teaches, advises students and writes on “Internet and Society” at Department of Technology and Society, SUNY Korea, in Songdo, Korea. Her main research is Internet Governance related institutions and participation of different stakeholders in such institutions.  

Yuliya Morenets

Today, Yuliya leads a non-for-profit organisation TaC-Together against Cybercrime International which works on empowerment of users in the field of safe and responsible Internet, child online protection and the Internet Governance issues.

Yuliya co-initiated such projects as: Youth IGF, Working group on better participation of vulnerable groups in the Information Society or the Empowerment of vulnerable children online.  Yuliya is a former MAG member of IGF (three terms).

She is a Lecturer at Strasbourg University and Co-coordinator of the Research team at the Faculty of Social Sciences working on the Use of ICTs by Youth from difficult areas.

Yuliya is a former Deputy Head of the Unit on Cybercrime at the Council of Europe.

She is Graduate from the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris and also holds a Master degree in European Affairs and the L.L.M. in Internet Law.

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