Speakers 2021

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


Erik Ballhausen


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).

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Angeliki 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. 

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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.

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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/).

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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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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. 

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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. 


Claudia Matera
Project and Fundraising Officer at ALL DIGITAL

Claudia 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.

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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.

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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.  

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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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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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