Speakers 2021

The speakers are listed in the alphabetical order by last name.

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva

Director for Innovation, Digital Education and International Cooperation at European Commission

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva _PictureAntoaneta Angelova-Krasteva has been Director for Innovation, Digital Education and International Cooperation at DG EAC since 2016.  Her main activities relate to the areas of education, academic and business cooperation, research and innovation.

 Antoaneta joined the European Commission in 2008. She has occupied various positions across the European Commission and dealt with external relations and enlargement, internal security and police cooperation, cyber security, stakeholder relations and international affairs. Prior to entering the European Commission, Antoaneta worked as a Bulgarian diplomat in Brussels. She is a graduate in political science of Sofia University, with training and qualifications in European studies from Germany (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) and the UK (Sussex University).


Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez

Science Programme Manager of European Schoolnet (EUN)

Agueda Gras-Velazquez_PictureDr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez (Astrophysicist / Management) is the Science Programme Manager of European Schoolnet (EUN). As Head of the Science Education Department at EUN, she oversees the coordination of all STEM projects in which EUN is involved. Additionally, she is in charge of the day-to-day management of “Scientix” (the community for science education in Europe, http://scientix.eu) and the Impact EdTech cascading grant project and coordinates EUN’s Ministries of Education STEM representatives Working Group.  
In her 13 years at EUN, Agueda has been involved in more than 60 EC funded projects and 18 private funded ones. She has co-authored several papers in Science Education Research and has a PhD in Astrophysics from Trinity College Dublin, carried out at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Ireland.


Arjana Blazic

Teacher trainer, External expert at European Schoolnet and Advisory Board at EIT initiative (European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan)

Arjana Blazic_PictureArjana Blazicis a language arts teacher, education technology consultant and instructional designer.She is an external expert at European Schoolnet, where she contributes to EU CodeWeek by developing teaching and learning resources and teacher training opportunities that aim atscaling up innovative use of digital technologies in schools.She is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Award at Penn State University, where she successfully completed the academic program Teaching and Learning with Technology.Arjana is a co-author of the Croatian National Curriculum for English Language Teaching and the Croatian National Curriculum for the Use of ICT as a Cross-Curricular Topic.She serves on the Advisory Board for Driving K-12 Innovation and on the Steering Group for the Digital Education Hackathon,an EIT initiative under the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan.Arjana is author and founder of award-winning projectsand she has expertise in organizing international onsite and online events for teacher professional development including Twitter chats and Teachmeets.She has written articles about teaching and learning with technology and an ICT book for children. Her projects have been awarded by Microsoft Partners in Learning,  eTwinning, Europe@School and Edublogs.Arjana speaks at conferences and leads workshops, seminars and webinars. Her research interests focus on technology enhanced teaching and learning and the impact of digital technologies on teacher professional development.  

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Chiara Borsini
Project manager, tutor and trainer at European Grants International Academy (EGInA) 

Chiara Borsini_PictureChiara Borsini works as a project manager, tutor and trainer at European Grants International Academy (EGInA). Chiara has experience in consulting and training in the fields of digital innovation, cultural heritage and social inclusion within European projects, with particular reference to the Erasmus+ Programme. She has gained experience in communication and content production for e-learning platforms and in-person training, working at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization and the United Nations System Staff College. Chiara holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Master Diploma in World Heritage and Cultural Project for Development from the Turin School of Development/UNESCO World Heritage Centre; she is also specialized in storytelling and performing arts, digital journalism, digital storytelling and intercultural communication. 


Pauline Boivin

Project and Policy Coordinator at Lifelong Learning Platform 

Pauline BoivinThe Lifelong Learning Platform is an umbrella organisation that gathers 42 European organisations active in the field of education, training and youth. Currently these networks represent more than 50 000 educational institutions and associations covering all sectors of formal, non-formal and informal learning. Their members reach out to several millions of beneficiaries. 


Dr Stephanos Cherouvis

Research, project management, communication & community building in education in Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA)

Stephanos Cherouvis_PictureDr Stephanos Cherouvis holds an MPhil in Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from University College Dublin (UCD). He has been conducting extensive research and has designed numerous training courses in Humanities, Digital & Information Literacy, EiE, Citizen & Trust in Science, OERs, eLearning, School Innovation & Change, Parental Engagement, Democracy in the Classroom, Inclusion and the growth and impact of online Teacher Learning (T/L) communities. He has a long interest and experience in good practices, in supporting teachers as change agents and in community building in education across Europe, mostly in the context of large-scale European projects such as Open Discovery Space, Inspiring Science Education, CREATIONS, Ark of Inquiry, Open Schools for Open Societies and RAYUELA. He has also participated as a teacher trainer and community builder in UNESCO and CERN initiatives in school education.

Dr Stephanos Cherouvis holds an MPhil in Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from University College Dublin (UCD). He has been conducting extensive research and has designed numerous training courses in Humanities, Digital & Information Literacy, EiE, Citizen & Trust in Science, OERs, eLearning, School Innovation & Change, Parental Engagement, Democracy in the Classroom, Inclusion and the growth and impact of online Teacher Learning (T/L) communities. He has a long interest and experience in good practices, in supporting teachers as change agents and in community building in education across Europe, mostly in the context of large-scale European projects such as Open Discovery Space, Inspiring Science Education, CREATIONS, Ark of Inquiry, Open Schools for Open Societies and RAYUELA. He has also participated as a teacher trainer and community builder in UNESCO and CERN initiatives in school education.


Borut Cink

Programme Officer at ALL DIGITAL

Borut Cink joined ALL DIGITAL in June 2020 as a Programme Officer. He works on project implementation, fundraising and policy advocacy. He is  coordinating Social Hackademy, CDDC Crowddreaming, Open AE, Get Your Facts Straight and DevOps projects.

Before joining ALL DIGITAL, Borut worked for Slovene National Agency for Erasmus+: Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps as a Programme Officer for Transnational Cooperation Activities and managed communication activities of the National Agency. From 2013 to 2016 he was coordinator of public relations and managing international projects at the National Youth Council. He has also experience in working for public institutions as he worked as a policy advisor at the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia. Working in the civil society sector, especially in youth work, motivated him to develop his skills as a trainer and facilitator in non-formal education. Since 2019 he has also been a quality assessor for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes in Slovenia.

Borut has more than 10 years of professional and voluntary work experience with civil society organisations. He served as a board member of Young European Federalist in Slovenia and vice president for international cooperation at the National Youth Council of Slovenia. He has extensive experience with project and communications management, event management, policy-making and advocacy.

Borut holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana and speaks Slovene, English, and Croatian.

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Angeliki Dedopoulou

Senior Manager of EU Public Affairs, Huawei 
Angeliki Dedopoulou_PictureAngeliki Dedopoulou is Senior Manager of EU Public Affairs at Huawei responsible for the policy area of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Digital Skills and Green related policy topics.Before joining Huawei’s EU Public Affairs team, Angeliki was an adviser for the European Commission for over 5 years (through everis, an NTT Data Company) on DG Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion. Her main focus during this period was the European Classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) and the Europass Digital Credential project.

Angeliki is a Member of the Board of the Hellenic Blockchain Hub and a Member of the Beltug Innovation Taskforce. Angeliki studied Political Science and History in Greece, Sociology in France and European Governance in Luxembourg. She also regularly writes articles and has travelled across Europe delivering speeches to policy makers, Governments, and industry summits, on topics ranging from the digital labor market to blockchain in education, and employment. 


Samuel Fuller 
Coordinator youth departement at Maks vzw

Samuel Fuller_PictureSince 1999 the nonprofit Maks stimulates Brussels citizens, primarily from the neighbourhoods Kuregem and Molenbeek, to develop their talents and competences. Maks designs innovative methods to encourage young and old to enrich their digital skills. We work in – and outside the schoolwalls, teaching pupils to become producers of ICT rather than only consumers. Together, we make videos about actual topics and we teach programming skills. Maks recognizes the power of storytelling and knows that allowing people to express their story helps them to make more conscious choices in life. That’s why we encourage job seekers and other vulnerable groups to create their own (digital) story. Maks also delivers tailored-made trainings and workshops on digital skills to trainers and beneficiaries of (non)profit organisations. 


Eleni Georgakakou
Project Manager and Researcher, DAISSy Research group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU)

Eleni Georgakakou_PictureEleni Georgakakou is a Project Manager and Researcher, currently cooperating with the DAISSy Research group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). She holds a B.Sc. in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Social Science: Social Policy and Social Interventions form Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Her scientific interests and professional experience include a range of interdisciplinary themes, focusing on transdisciplinary social, political, economic and technological issues with emphasis on human rights, equality, (multiple) discrimination, poverty, exclusion, diversity, vulnerable groups, mixed research methods, comparative and/ or experimental research designs.

She has participated in numerous European (Progress, REC, Erasmus+, Interreg, etc.) and World Bank (co-)funded projects. Eleni has been invited as an Expert in a number of European Commission meetings, such as the High Level Group on Non-discrimination, equality and diversity and the 4th Good Practice Exchange seminar and as a Guest Speaker in High-level, International Conferences and Academic Seminars.


Anthony Giannoumis 
Action researcher, social entrepreneur, equality advocate

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Anthony’s work focuses on technology policy and practice. He is an internationally recognized expert in universal design of information and communication technology (ICT). He leads several large-scale research and innovation projects based in over 27 countries.

Anthony is an Associate Professor of Universal Design of ICT at the Department of Computer Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). He maintains several international appointments including at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability at Harvard Law School, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, the Department of Science and Informatics at the University of Eduardo Mondlane, and the Department of Education at Roma Tre University.

He works with the United Nations (UN) International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as the Vice Rapporteur for the subcommittee on ICT Accessibility and Research Coalition lead for the EQUALS Global Network. He is founder and Chair of the Board for the Global Universal Design Commission Europe AS, and Ser Innovation AS. He is a member of the board for Mfano Design Lab, the Global Universal Design Commission, Inclusive-IT, and Humans for Humans. He has been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship as part of the DREAM research network.

Since 2014, Anthony has acted as a principal investigator for research and innovation projects with budgets totaling over 11 million EUR. He has authored over 47 peer-reviewed academic publications in leading international journals. Anthony has taught over 3,000 students. He has mentored over 23 startups, half of which have been led by women.


Mihai Iacob
Researcher in education, having work for 12 years for the Institute of Educational Sciences (Bucharest, Romania)

Mihai Iacob_PictureMihai Iacob is a researcher in education, having work for 12 years for the Institute of Educational Sciences (Bucharest, Romania), a research body under the Ministry of Education. He has coordinated several research projects on the use of arts in educational contexts in Romania, including STEAM projects. He is currently pursuing PhD studies at the University of Bucharest. 


Achilles Kameas
Professor at Hellenic Open University, Chair of ALL DIGITAL Board

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Dr. Eng. Achilles D. Kameas is Professor of Pervasive and Global Computing Systems at Hellenic Open University (HOU). In HOU he serves as Deputy Dean of the School of Science & Technology, Director of the MSc course “Pervasive and Mobile Computing Systems” and Director of the Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing, Quality and Ambient Intelligence Laboratory. He is the Founder and Head of DAISSy  (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) Research Group and Scientific Coordinator of Research Unit 3 at Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”.

Achilles serves as Chair of the Board of ALL DIGITAL European network and member of the ESCO Reference Group on ICT Services, the CEN PC428 on e-competences and ICT professionalism, the CEPIS IT Professionalism in Europe, the EADTU Course & Curriculum pool of experts, the ELOT Standardization Committee on Smart Cities, the National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and the ReBrain Greece initiative. He has participated in more than 60 EU and national R&D projects (coordinated more than 10 of them), has published more than 200 scientific articles, co-authored more than 10 books and received more than 2000 citations.

Achilles has been teaching formal and non-formal courses on ICT topics for over 25 years, pioneering the development of several MOOCs and blended courses on digital skills. He has contributed to standards EN 16234 (eCompetence Framework) and ISO 37101 (Smart and Sustainable Cities – Greek adaptation), used and evaluated DigComp 2.1 and co-authored the Manifesto for Enhancing Digital Competences across Europe. He is promoting the acquisition of ICT and digital skills by students, professionals and policy makers at regional, national and European levels. His current research interests include peer learning platforms and social systems, STE(A)M education, IoT and smart environments, digital skills, profiling of job roles and flexible learning paths.

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Ann-Kathrin Horn
News journalist and science reporter for national German public broadcast “Deutschlandfunk Nova”

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Ann-Kathrin Horn is a news journalist based in Cologne, Germany. After studying communication/ journalism, media science, political science & sociology at Leipzig University (Germany) and Ohio University (US), Anka quickly started working for radio newsrooms. She is currently a news journalist and science reporter for national German public broadcast “Deutschlandfunk Nova”, producer of science radio show for regional public broadcaster “Westdeutscher Rundfunk”.

Anka joined Lie Detectors in 2018 as a media expert and has since then regularly been visiting classrooms and their teachers to start a conversation about media literacy.


Angelika Kokkinaki
Professor in Information Systems and serves as the MBA Director at the University of Nicosia

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Prof.  Angelika Kokkinaki is Professor in Information Systems and serves as the MBA Director at the University of Nicosia.

She has extensive experience in inter- and intra- organizational information systems, including e-business, e-government, e-learning and e-nnovation.

She has worked as researcher and lecturer in the USA, UK and the Netherlands. She has participated in 20+ national and EU funded programmes and has published over 90 articles in journals and conferences. She holds PhD, Computer Science, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), Lafayette, LA, USA (1995), M.Sc., Computer Science, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA (1991) and 5-year curriculum Diploma, Computer Engineering and Informatics from Patras University (1987).

She is a Chartered Engineer (Technical Chamber of Greece, 1987) and an accredited Project Manager (MIT Professional Programmes, 1998). She has been elected as the President of the Cyprus chapter of AIS (www.aisnet.org) and the Executive Secretary of the Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, an AIS affiliated conference. She is the national coordinator of ennovation, that is, an EU-wide digital innovation competition (https://ennovation.gr/).

Prof. Kokkinaki holds the Chair of the Organization Committee of the Digital Championship initiative in Cyprus, a virtual organization consisting of all public and private Universities in Cyprus, 3 Ministries, the Research Promotion Foundation and many private sector representatives (https://web.cut.ac.cy/digitalchampion/).


Dr. Ping Kong
Founder of Heritage & Education gGmbH

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Dr. Ping Kong is the founder of Heritage & Education gGmbH, devoted to the synergetic development of World Heritage and Education for youth. She works with pedagogic experts to develop place-based, cross-curricular E-learning programs via participatory design and interactive EduTech. Dr. Kong has an interdisciplinary academic background across urban planning and social studies. She received her Ph.D at Delft University of Technology and has worked as deputy director of UNESCO WHITRAP (Shanghai), and as visiting professor at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU-Cottbus). Her expertise includes World Heritage nomination/management/Education, sustainable tourism and heritage impact assessment. 


Arja Krauchenberg
President of  the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) and member of the executive board of EUFIC.

Arja Krauchenberg_PictureArja Krauchenberg holds an MA in romance languages from Vienna University with a special focus on multilingualism, diversity and interculturalism and has also trained as a certified tourist guide.

A mother of three Arja has lived abroad for almost twenty years and has been actively involved in parents’ representation in the schools attended by her children in different countries. Upon return to her native Austria she started to engage in the regional parents’ association and was later elected member of the board of the European Parents’ Association (EPA) where she served as president 2018-19 and is currently engaged as project coordinator. In 2020 she also joined the executive committee of OIDEL (an INGO that promotes the right to education). A lifelong learner herself (she is currently enrolled in a teacher training program), she was elected President of  the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) in September 2020. Since May 2021 she is also a member of the executive board of EUFIC (European Food and Industry Council).

Arja Krauchenberg advocates for a holistic and learner-centred approach in education. Formal, informal and non-formal education should help learners to develop their full and unique potential. Formal settings should be motivating places where teachers and educators can be enablers of learning and provide guidance about all the possiblities of future careers.

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Maria Kruse
Teacher at the Essen Oldb primary school in Lower Saxony
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Maria Kruse works as a teacher at the Essen Oldb primary school in Lower Saxony and is also active in teacher training. She can draw on many years of experience in media education advice, school management and teacher training. The main focus is on school and lesson development with digital media and their creative use in schools.  


Athanasios Iossifides
Associate Professor at International Hellenic University 

Athanasios Iossifides_PictureAthanasios Iossifides (Iosifidis) received his diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1994, and his Ph.D. in 2000, both from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 
From 1999 to 2010 he was with COSMOTE SA, first as a telecommunications engineer and then as the head of the Network Management Section of North Greece. From 2010 to 2019 he was with the Department of Electronics Engineering and since May 2019 he is with the Information and Electronic Engineering department of International Hellenic University, teaching courses on Signal Processing, Telecommunications, Wireless, and Mobile Communications, IoT, as well as Technical Presentation and Writing, in undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study. He was the academic Erasmus+ coordinator of his department and a member of the Erasmus Institutional Coordinating Committee from 2010 to 2018. From 2018 to 2020 he was the Director of the Advanced Electronic Systems Lab. He has participated in the setup, implementation, and support of several programs of study in higher education and has great experience in curricula and training programs design and management.  
He has been a member of IEEE since 1994. He served as Editor for Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunication Technologies (2013-2018) and IEEE Communications Letters (2015-2018). He has also served as TPC co-chair/member in numerous international conferences. He is/has been involved in several European H2020 and Erasmus projects (e.g., UMI-Sci-Ed, TeamUp5G, STEAMonEdu, TerraTech, etc.), national and internal company projects, and has published papers on wireless communications, IoT, and STEM education, topics that fall in his main research interests. He has been collaborating with CTI in the context of EU projects since 2016. 


Cecilie La Monica Grus
Coordinator of the CHOICE project

Cecilie La Monica Grus-PictureSince 2016, Cecilie La Monica Grus has been working at CESIE, a European centre of studies and initiatives (cesie.org), on the implementation of European and international projects focused on training & education, human resource development, and labour market orientation.

She is the coordinator of the CHOICE project - Increasing young people’s motivation to choose STEM careers through an Innovative Cross-disciplinary STE(A)M approach to education (Erasmus+ KA3), directly involving over 800 students and 60 teachers in 4 EU countries. The project focuses on strengthening collaboration between educational institutions, businesses and other key stakeholders to bridge STEM education with its practical application and the needs of today’s and future labour market. Teachers, students and external experts collaborate on the development of original educational resources combining STEM subjects with other academic and practical areas with the goal of increasing students’ interest in the STEM field.

Cecilie holds a master´s degree in public policy and human resources and a master´s degree in socioeconomic and environmental development of regions. She authored and co-authored various educational and training materials, and works as a trainer in adult education and VET training.

Michela Magas
Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation
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Michela Magas is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation. She bridges research and industry with a track record of over 25 years of innovation. Michela is innovation advisor to the European Commission and the G7 leaders, Member of President von der Leyen’s High Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus, and member of the Advisory Board of CERN IdeaSquare (ISAB-G). In 2017 she was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year and in 2016 she was presented with an Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation by the European Commission and Intel Labs Europe. She is Innovation and Sustainability Manager for the first of the Industry Commons EU-funded projects OntoCommons – which is creating an ontology ecosystem with reference data documentation for cross-domain interoperability. She is also the Founder and CEO of Stockholm-based MTF Labs, a global community platform of around 8000 creative innovators and scientific researchers.


Claudia Matera
Project and Fundraising Officer at ALL DIGITAL

claudiamateraClaudia joined ALL DIGITAL in March 2021. Before, she worked as a researcher, project manager and lecturer at universities in the UK and Italy and for public and networking organisations in the Netherlands. Her background is within the contemporary arts carrying out research in the fields of Creative and Cultural Industries, Entrepreneurship, Education and E-learning, Digital Competencies and Gaming.

For longer than a decade, she managed and coordinated international EU funded projects fostering creative entrepreneurship and innovative technologies within the Creative and Cultural Sector. She had been one of the pioneers of mobile gaming development running an indie game company focused on educational games to raise awareness on topics with a social impact for youngsters or adults.

She holds a PhD in Contemporary History of Art investigating the economical and cultural relationships between the Arts and the Economy over the last four decades looking for interdisciplinary relationships. She speaks Italian, French and is looking to improve her Spanish and German.


Thomas Matthew
Board member at the European Youth Forum

Thomas_Matthew_PictureTom is a board member at the European Youth Forum; he leads the Forum’s work on digitalisation, and he is responsible for the European Youth Capital project and the Forum’s statutory meetings. He is an international representative of the British Youth Council and he studies Human, Social and Political Science at Cambridge University. Tom is passionate about youth participation in democracy, leadership, and communication. 


Silvia Mazzeo
Primary School Teacher & Digital Animator


Degree in Foreign Languages, Master in Engineering of Educational Communication, post-graduate course “Lecturer in the school of autonomy”.

Primary School Teacher (English, Mathematics and Technology) since 1995, Digital Animator (IT and didactic innovation school referent) since 2015, she actively collaborates with the management staff in the implementation of the National Plan of the Digital School in the school where she works and in local and national school networks.

She is a trainer in specific courses for teachers of Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary School about didactic innovation, use of digital resources and introduction to computational thinking. Speaker in National Seminars, organized by the Directorate General for Laws of MIUR and National Scientific Committee for National Indications 2012, on the themes “Computational and didactic thinking” and “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”.

Strongly engaged in the implementation of innovation projects of learning environments and in the coordination of educational activities for the promotion of coding, STEAM activities and computational thinking, with recognition also at national level such as Digital School Award or Coding at the Problem Solving Olympics.

Ivan Mušanović
IT specialist at CTC Rijeka

Ivan Mušanović_PictureComing from Rijeka, Croatia, Ivan is an IT specialist, tech enthusiast and passionate teacher. Working in CTC Rijeka, he has been a part of many different projects, with affinity to the ones that aim to bring science and tech closer to people of all ages. He enjoys problem-solving, creating and critical thinking. In a nutshell, Ivan is curious about everything, easy-going and likes to question everything. 


Salvatore Nigro
CEO at JA Europe

Salvatore Nigro_PictureSalvatore Nigro dedicates his energy and passion to preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. He specialises in multi-stakeholder partnerships, workforce development and entrepreneurship programmes.

Salvatore joined JA Europe in 2020 after having spent twelve years at Education for Employment (EFE). As CEO of EFE-Europe and Vice-President of EFE-Global, Salvatore led EFE’s business development, partnership and programme management in Europe to support operations in the Middle East and North Africa. He previously was Director of the International Partnerships and Advocacy Department of the Glocal Forum and worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Of Italian origin, Salvatore holds an MBA from the University of Malta, an MA in International Strategic and Military Studies, and a MA in International Political Science from LUISS University.

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Victor Negrescu
Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), being part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. 

Victor Negrescu_PictureVictor Negrescu is a Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), being part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

He is the MEP with the most significant pilot projects, generating in both mandates initiatives in the fields of digitalization, education, health, entrepreneurship, culture and media.

Victor Negrescu has been an active promotor of the allocation of 10% for quality and inclusive education of the National Recovery and Resilience Facilities, as well as 2% to the cultural and creative sector. He managed to obtain in this regard the support of the Budgets Committee members and integrated that in the official position of the European Parliament.

In his activity as MEP, he strongly advocates for consistent investments in education, culture, digitalization and youth, by Member States and the European Commission.

As Romanian Minister Delegate for European Affairs in 2017-2018, Victor Negrescu was responsible for the preparations for the Presidency of the European Council, highlighting consistently the importance of the digital sector for Europe.

Prior to this, he was a Member of the European Parliament, winning in 2015 the title of MEP of the Year for the Digital Agenda, being also ranked in the top 5 most active Romanian MEPs of the period 2014 – 2019. He was also the youngest Romanian MEP elected in May of 2014 and became ambassador for the eSkills for jobs network.

Victor Negrescu holds an MBA in executive business, a PhD in development cooperation and has accomplished several education programs in prestigious Romanian and international universities and education institutions. In 2009 he started teaching at the Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University in Bucharest and since 2012 he is a lecturer at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), where he has developed a Master’s programme in English on Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, as well as two research centres – the Institute for International Cooperation and Development and the Institute for Global Digital Policies. In the same time, he is currently teaching at the University of Saint Louis Brussels. He was also Vice-Rector of SNSPA in 2019, the main responsibility being the coordination of projects and activities aimed at developing the European profile of the university.


María Reneses Botija
Postdoctoral researcher for the European project RAYUELA at Comillas University in Madrid

Maria Reneses Botija_PictureDra. María Reneses Botija is a postdoctoral researcher for the European project RAYUELA at Comillas University in Madrid. She is a psychologist and anthropologist and holds a PhD from the Spanish National Research Council. She has participated in research projects in the field of psychiatry, anthropology, and educational psychology, and has experience as an educational counsellor and teaching communitarian psychology. 


Pauline Roche 
Producer/Co-Presenter Dr Tech Show at RnR Organisation 

Pauline Roche_PictureA social enterprise which develops digital & data literacy/skills/knowledge of people in low tech social purpose sector through research, writing, broadcasting, organising and campaigning using asset-based community development methods. 

Paolo Russo
General Secretary at Stati Generali dell’Innovazione

It is difficult for Paolo to give a name to his profession today, because for several years he has been doing a job that does not yet exist. When he tried to honestly answer the questions of the Italian government’s self-assessment tool, the system classified him as an astrologer or magician… it’s innovator’s curse. Certainly, for several years he has been acting as the General Secretary of the Stati Generali dell’Innovazione association in Italy.

Innovating and inventing are his great passions together with cats, mathematics and quantum models, arts and culture, Neil Gaiman’s novels and teaching young people. He feels privileged to belong to the generations who can first explore the new digital dimension of reality. For this reason he co-founded the CRHACK LAB F4D, where he plays with energy to create semantic value, trains young people to the not-yet existing jobs of the invisible digital cities and experiments on the generational transmission of digital cultural heritage.

He has a background as a member of several Italian government’s committees for digital development, and CEO of a few small companies in Italy and in the USA, where he also served as a representative of the State of Delaware for the development of cultural and commercial exchanges with Italy.


Biliana Sirakova
EU Youth Coordinator, European Commission

Biliana Sirakova_PictureBiliana Sirakova is a European Commission civil servant since 2010. Her educational background is in Economics and Management, with a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in the US. She has eighteen years of professional experience across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Biliana is passionate about professional development, learning and communicating for impact. She is the EU Youth Coordinator since June 1st, 2021. In this role, her work focuses on helping youth shape EU policies and improving cross-sector cooperation on youth issues within the European Commission.  


Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou
Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Sofoklis Sotiriou_PictureDr. Sofoklis Sotiriou holds a PhD in High Energy Astrophysics and a PhD in the Use of Advanced Technologies in Science Education. He has worked at CERN (1992-1996), at the National Center for Scientific Research “DEMOKRITOS” in Athens and in the Physics Laboratory of Athens University (1996-1998). He is the Head of R&D Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi (since 1998), one of the biggest schools in Greece, where has been active in the coordination and development of research projects on implementation of advanced technologies (e.g., mobile applications, wearable computers, VR and AR applications, robotics, AI) in science education and training. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (since 2003), member of the board of ECSITE (2004-2007) and has served as Expert Evaluator to the European Commission FP5 & FP6 Programmes. He has also acted as a consultant to the development of the FP7’s Science in Society Work programme.  
He is a qualified Science Teacher and Science Teachers Trainer. He is the author of the Science Textbooks that are used in all primary Greek schools since 2003. Since 2002 he is the Director of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi Center for Teachers Training. The Center –which offers courses both with physical presence and online- is certified by the Ministry of Education to deliver courses focusing on educational design and digital resources development. His expertise is in the design of resources that promote inquiry-based teaching and introduce the scientific methodology in the school practice. 
In 2011 he received the European Physical Society Outreach Award for his work on the development of resources that are promoting Astronomy and High Energy Physics Research in European Schools. In the framework of the recent EU HORIZON project Stories of Tomorrow, his work in the design of AR ebooks has been characterized as Major Innovation in the field of Education.  
His main research field is the design, application, and evaluation of virtual and digital media environments that could bridge the gap between formal and informal science learning.  


Esther Subias
Project Manager at Colectic

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Since 2006, Esther Subias has been a Project Manager at Colectic, a non-profit cooperative that works for social transformation through the participation, learning and socialization of ICT. She’s responsible for the development and implementation of many EU funded projects and has coordinated and contributed to the action of the networks Punt TIC and Omnia, which represent more than 600 telecenters in Catalonia (Spain).

Esther Subias has a degree in Communication and she’s also a social educator; she holds a master’s degree in Education and ICT, a postgraduate in family mediation, community mediator. She is a manager of techno-pedagogical projects at Colectic, specialist in the educational and social use of ICT. She works as a consultant and trainer of trainers and teachers in several governmental and university projects.

Esther is the author of various training materials aimed at teachers for the pedagogical implementation of ICT and ICT skills in education, and consultant and author of materials for many universities postgraduate programmes. Esther is Director of the Postgraduate studies in Ecosystems in Digital Learning: Innovation in Training at Barcelona’s University and she’s ambassador of Technovation Girls in Spain.


Altheo Valentini
General Manager of EGInA and Chair of ALL DIGITAL

Altheo ValentiniM.A. in “Publishing, Media and Journalism”, Altheo has been working for more than 15 years as a project manager in the framework of various financing instruments of the European Commission, with a particular focus on digital and social innovation, for which he has founded the European Grants International Academy Srl – EGInA, a training agency in the VET and Adult education sector and a consultancy company in European projects design and implementation.

Sociologist and communicator, Altheo deeply believes in transformative social change! For this reason, in 2016, after having being captured by the magic world of hackathons, he launched the first Social Hackathon Umbria, a 48-hour digital marathon for the co-creation of innovative solutions aimed at solving different societal challenges. Besides seating in the technical committee of the Italian National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs (Repubblica Digitale), he is a member of national associations and networks in the field of innovation (General States of Innovation) and digital cultural heritage (DiCultHer) and he is part of the board of some international organizations, including: ALL DIGITAL for the promotion of digital skills, EAQOM for the quality in international mobility projects for training purposes and the Europeana Education Community.

You can find his blogposts and news on adult education in EPALE, the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe.

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Dr. Riina Vuorikari
Founder of Heritage & Education gGmbH

Riina Vuorkari_PictureDr. Riina Vuorikari joined the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in July 2013. Currently, her work focuses on the update of the Digital Competence framework for Citizens (2.2). Her other themes cover areas such the use of AI in Education, and Remote schooling at the time of Covid-19.

Riina has degrees in education (M.Ed in Finland) and hypermedia (DEA in France). Her PhD was completed in 2009. Since 1999, she has worked in the field of digital education, including educational organisations such as European Schoolnet, and national and regional education authorities (e.g. Ministry of Education).

She is part of the Eurostat Working Group on Information Society Statistics and contributes to ITU’s Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators. She is also active in the field of academia: a member of the programme committees for conferences (e.g. International Conference on Computers in Education; International Conference on Web-based Learning; IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies; International Conference on Smart Learning Environments) and for various workshops in the field as well as invited speaker for events.


Nenja Wolbers
Project Manager at Stiftung Digitale Chancen and Deputy Chair of ALL DIGITAL

Since 2013, Nenja Wolbers has been a Project Manager at Digital Opportunities Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Chancen), which represents about 6,000 telecentres in Germany. She is responsible for the development and implementation of various EU funded projects with international consortia with the objective to promote the digital inclusion of marginalized groups. During this time she organised the ALL DIGITAL Week in Germany and other participatory campaigns.

Nenja is an experienced online trainer and creator of online learning units. Nenja holds a Master’s degree in Sociology with specialization in European Societies. She wrote her thesis about the European social integration process, analysing the influence of people’s life experience on their perception of the EU. Seeing the importance of Europeanization, she believes that digital media is one key pillar for Europe to grow further together.

Nenja Wolbers is Vice-Chair of the Board of ALL DIGITAL.
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