IFAP Working Groups

Last update: 12 October 2022

Member States nominate national experts to participate in the activities of the IFAP Working Groups. The Working Groups conduct their activities primarily through on-line exchanges under the guidance of a Working Group Chair, who is an elected Member of the IFAP Bureau.

Each Chairperson is responsible for:

  • initiating and organising activities by the Working Group;
  • developing a workplan of their Working Group based on the strategic plan and supporting its realization;
  • reporting to the Bureau and Council on the activities of their Working Group;
  • maintaining regular contact with members of their Working Group to ensure their ongoing engagement and participation in the implementation of the workplan;
  • supporting collaboration and exchange with other Working Group Chairs.

Members of the Working Group provide their professional expertise in one or more of the IFAP strategic priorities, to support the achievement of the Programme’s overarching goals.

The multi-stakeholder composition of Working Groups with representatives drawn from government, the private sector, networks of information professionals, researchers and other relevant parties, provides the interdisciplinary perspectives and expertise to address the challenge of information for all.

Given the international scope of their membership, Working Groups are expected to organize their activities primarily through online collaboration. They are however encouraged to take advantage of seminars, conferences, training events and other opportunities for face-to-face collaboration both amongst themselves and with other members of the IFAP network.


Information Literacy Working Group

Chair: Dorothy K. Gordon (Ghana)

Other members: 

  • Ibrahim Kushchu, Associate Professor Founding Director, Mobile Government Consortium International, and mobileGov (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Roxana Morduchowicz, UNESCO Consultant, Professor in Communication in the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Tatiana Murovana, Programme specialist at UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (Russian Federation)
  • Marcus East, Technical Director, Office of the CTO at Google, (United States of America)
  • John Hawker, Connectivity and Broadband Specialist; Senior Vice-President, Kacific Satellite, PNG, Micronesia and Pacific (Australia)
  • Mary-Ruth Mendel, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation; Owner and Senior Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Language and Literacy Centre (Australia)
  • Tom Calma, Social justice campaigner, Academic, Civil Servant, Diplomat, chancellor of the University of Canberra, awarded an Order of Australia; Officer of the General Division (AO) for distinguished service to the Indigenous community (Australia)

Information Preservation Working Group

Chair: Laszlo Z. Karvalics (Hungary)

Other members: 

  • Hellen Amunga, Lecturer, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Moshoeshoe-Chadzingwa, Associate Professor National University of Lesotho (Professor, Library & Information Studies (Faculty of Humanities), (Lesotho)
  • Sarah B. Kaddu, Programme Lecturer Makerere University (Uganda)
  • Dietrich Schüller, Founder and former Chairman of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Technical Committee (Austria)
  • Shunya Yoshimi, Professor of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Tokyo; Chairman of the Board, University of Tokyo Press (Japan)
  • Christopher Fisher, Professor of Anthropology, Colorado State University, founder of The Earth Project (USA)
  • Stephen Leisz, Professor of Anthropology, Colorado State University (USA)

Information for Development Working Group

Chair: Mano Verabathran (Malaysia)

Other members: 

  • Marcien Mackaya, Information technology Management, e-Government strategies, ICT strategy, Network and software architecture, lecturer and researcher (Gabon)
  • Asad Uzzaman, Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, (Bangladesh)
  • Bouchaïb Bounabat, Professor in ENSIAS, (National Higher School for Computer Science and System analysis), (Morocco)

Information Ethics Working Group

Chair: Yves Poullet (Belgium) - Emeritus Professor at the University of Namur, Honorary Rector of UNamur and Associate Professor at UC Lille, member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and member of the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian authority of Data protection

Other members: 

  • Syun Tutiya, Professor, National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education – NIAD-QE (Japan)
  • Christoph Lutge, Professor, Director of the Technical University of Munich Institute for Ethics in AI (Germany)
  • Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Professor, Chairman of the CNRS Ethics Committee, Sorbonne University (France)
  • Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Professor, President of CIRANO Research Center, Polytechnique University Montréal (Canada)
  • R. Siva Prasad, Honorary Professor, University of Hyderabad (India)
  • Fatima Roumate, Professor, President of the International Institute of Scientific Research, Mohamed V University, Rabat (Morocco)
  • Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, Vice-Chairman of International Centre for Information Ethics (Jamaica)
  • Bart van der Sloot, Senior Researcher, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
  • Coetzee Bester, Professor, Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Stefaan Verhulst, Professor, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory (The GovLab), Editor-in-Chief of Data & Policy, New York University - NYU (Belgium)

Information Accessibility Working Group

Chair: Cordel Green (Jamaica) - Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica

Other members: 

  • Edson Prestes - Member, UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation; Head, Robotics Research Group, Informatics Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Associate VP - IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
  • Rainer Schnepfleitner - Head, Office for Communications, Liechtenstein
  • Sulyna Abdullah - Director of Public Policy for Southeast Asia, Netflix; former Chief of Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
  • Andrea Millwood Hargrave - Director of Regulatory Fora, International Institute of Communications; Director, International Regulators Forum (IRF)
  • Erica Simmons - Executive Director, Centre for Digital Innovation & Advanced Manufacturing, Caribbean Maritime University
  • Livingston White - Director, Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC)
  • David Soutar - Principal and Co-founder, Slashroots Foundation
  • Isabela Ferrari - Brazilian Federal Judge; Phd. Candidate at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (2016/2017); Advisor for The Future Society at HKS; Academic Coordinator of the New Law Institute; International Speaker on matters related to Law and Technology.
  • Dwight Peters - Founder and CEO, Saint International Agency
  • Rachel Fischer - Co-Chair, International Centre for Information Ethics
  • Erin Klazar - Co-founder and CEO, 3 Consulting, South Africa
  • Andrew J Haire - Principal, AJH Communications; Vice-President, International Institute of Communications; Former Deputy Director-General, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
  • Sonia Gill - Former Secretary-General, Caribbean Broadcasting Union
  • Maria Dolores Souza - Director of Research - National Television Council of Chile (CNTV)
  • Trisha Ray - Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India
  • Samridhi Arora - Supreme Court Advocate, India
  • Monica Desai - Global Head, Connectivity and Access Policy, Facebook
  • Soniya Mukhedkar - Manager, Strategic Policy and International Affairs, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Multilingualism Working Group

Chair: Evgeny Kuzmin (Russian Federation)

Other members: 

  • Arefyev Alexander, Deputy Director for Research, Centre for Sociological Research, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Russian Federation)
  • Bakeykin Sergey, Executive Director, Interregional Library Cooperation Centre & Vice-Chair, Russian IFAP Committee (Russian Federation)
  • Climent-Ferrando Vicente, Research Advisor, Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)
  • Diki-Kidiri Marcel, Retired Professor, Consultant, MAAYA (Central African Republic)
  • Elguindy Mohamed, Cybersecurity Expert, British University in Egypt; TV Presenter, Al Kahera Wal Nas TV Channel (Egypt)
  • Finquelievich Susana, Principal Researcher, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET); Professor, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Jandhyala Prabhakar Rao, Professor, University of Hyderabad (India)
  • Kanniganti Anuradha, Lecturer, French National Institute of Oriental Languages (India)
  • Muller De Oliveira Gilvan, Associate Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina; Acting Executive Secretary of MAAYA – World Network for Linguistic Diversity; General Coordinator, UNESCO Chair Language Policies for Multilingualism (Brazil)
  • Murovana Tatiana, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (Russian Federation)
  • Parshakova Anastasia, Assistant Director, Interregional Library Cooperation Centre & Project Coordinator, Russian IFAP Committee (Russian Federation)
  • Pimienta Daniel, Independent Consultant (Dominican Republic)
  • Pouzin Louis, СEO, Open-Root (France)
  • Prado Daniel, Consultant; Member of Executive Committee, MAAYA (Argentina)
  • Ronchi Alfredo, Professor, Politecnico di Milano; Secretary-General, MEDICI Framework (Italy)
  • Ruiz Vasquez Nestor, Lecturer and Researcher, Instituto Caro y Cuervo (Columbia)
  • Samassekou Adama, Maaya President (Mali)
  • Tuazon Ramon, President, Asian Institute of Journalism & Communication (Philippines)