Speakers

The speakers are listed in the alphabetical order by last name. The bios are added regularly, so keep on checking the page!


Chiara Angiolini
Researcher at the Law Faculty of the University of Trento

Chiara Angiolini is post-doctoral Researcher at the Law Faculty of the University of Trento, where she participates in the EU FRiCoRe Project, a judicial training project focused on remedies and fundamental rights within the EU. She is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Law of the University of Pisa. She recently published the book Lo statuto dei dati personali. Uno studio a partire dalla nozione di bene (Giappichelli, 2020), in which personal data are conceived as goods but not as objects of property rights.

She got an LLM with honours at the University of Pisa, a PhD with honours at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She was visiting PhD at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and at the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne. She was a visiting Scholar at the Law, Science, Technology and Society Research Group (LSTS-VUB) in Bruxelles, and she worked as a researcher for the Echelle de Communalité project, concerning commons and property rights, at the Institute de Recherche juridique de la Sorbonne. She has authored more than 20 publications; one of them concerns Emergency Remote Teaching and data protection.

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Katalin Baracsi
The Internetlawyer

Katalin Baracsi is a lawyer specialized in family law and child rights, an internet security instructor-expert, law enforcement trainer. In 2009 she graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár Reformed Churched University. She has an active relationship with media representatives to make the subject of internet security in the most accessible and comprehensible way. In parallel with the expert work, she worked in the Ministry of the Interior in the Personnel Development Directorate General and then in the National Crime Prevention Council where she also worked in the fields of children and youth and gained a law enforcement trainer qualification. She is a delegate of professional bodies (e.g., the Internet Roundtable for Child Protection, No Hate Campaign Committee), coordinating and making professional materials, programmes (e.g., Safer Internet Program, Mountain Protection, Preventing Crime in the Digital World, Let’s Be Safe for You – Safe Life, Digital Adventure – Together for a better internet), trainings. As a freelancer expert, she is currently working with government, NGOs and ecclesiastic bodies.

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Carsten Busch
President of HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences

Carsten Busch studied computer science at TU Berlin. In his doctorate he investigated metaphors in computer science. In 1995 he took up a position as a research assistant and university planner at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Carsten Busch has lectured at many universities, including as a visiting professor in Poznan and Moscow. From 2002 to 2019 he was also a Managing Partner of the Institut für Marken und Medien (Institute of Brands and Media).

In 2006 Carsten Busch was appointed as a professor for the International Media and Computing study programme at HTW Berlin, where he also took over as the Director of the Creative Media research group. He has been the President of HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences since April 2019.

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

Achilles Kameas

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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Jennifer Nicolay
Project Manager at JOBLINGE

Jennifer Nicolay studied Spanish, Philosophy, Physics and intercultural pedagogics in Cologne and Muenster (Germany) to be a teacher. After 1.5 years of teaching at secondary schools in Spain and Germany, she dedicated her career path to ethics in business and economy. She became chairwoman of an NGO for ethics in economics and worked in an agency as editor for social responsibility topics – focusing on the role of businesses for social changes, challenges and chances in a digitized world.

In 2017, she started working for  JOBLINGE where she developed coding workshops and a digital week to sensitize disadvantaged youth for industry 4.0 and the digitization. She is responsible for digital didactics and pedagogics in the newly founded JOBLINGE basecamp in Frankfurt.

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Vasilis Rafail
Youth Worker at Connect Your City Network

Vasilis Rafail is a youth worker in Connect Your City Network of Youth Centers. He is specialized in the creation of volunteering, educational and entertaining activities for young people through the usage of non-formal education techniques.

He has more than 5 years of experience in teaching and enhancing soft skills of young people, as, through his participation in many Erasmus+ projects, he has travelled in many countries and has co-developed new tools, methodologies and techniques aiming at young people and youth workers. He has a Bsc in Psychology as well as a formal expertise in Life and Business Coaching.

Currently, he is the project manager of Connect your City’s mobile application, a tool that utilizes digital gamification to turn volunteering into a game.

This digital innovation has drawn the attention of many projects, collaborating organisations and Greek press mentions, while also granting Vasilis a finalist spot in the competition of World of Difference 2020 by Vodafone Institution.

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Florian Rampelt
Project Lead of AI-Campus

Florian Rampelt is Project Lead of AI Campus at Stifterverband in Berlin and Deputy Managing Director of Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD). Prior to this, he was Director of Education at the non-profit start-up Kiron Open Higher Education and research associate at the Center for Teacher Education at the University of Passau. Florian Rampelt studied political science (B.A.), secondary school education (1st state examination), and educational science (M. Ed.).

As a quality assurance expert, he has accompanied numerous accreditation procedures in Germany and Estonia. His research focuses on questions of quality assurance, recognition and strategy development in the context of digital teaching and learning scenarios as well as on future perspectives for the European Higher Education Area.

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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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Thomas Schmidt
CEO of Helliwood media & education at fjs e.V.

Thomas Schmidt is an expert for digital media and competences. From Berlin (Germany) he has been developing educational initiatives and programmes in the field of digital media with Helliwood media & education at fjs e.V. for 20 years. He brings education and media together and sees himself as an active shaping member of digitalised society.

His mission is to prepare children, young people and their adult companions for life in an increasingly digitalised world and to develop new ways of learning with them. He is regularly present in digital classrooms, conferences and digital learning labs to present successful projects and innovative approaches in the field of digital education to representatives from the community, education, politics and business. As an author, he provides orientation in an increasingly digital society and regularly blogs under the pseudonym @Wapoid

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Jutta Schneider
Project manager at Helliwood media & education at fjs e.V.

With a pedagogical science degree, Jutta Schneider has been a project manager and member of the management team at Helliwood media & education at fjs e.V. for 10 years. She concepts, implements and manages educational initiatives and funding projects. Further she is a seminar leader, lecturer, and speaker for educational topics. Thereby she has been supervising the German initiative “Code your life” for 5 years and develops teaching scenarios and materials, e.g., The Turtle Book.

As an expert for inclusive learning, she advises teachers, educators and multipliers in providing inclusive learning scenarios. Her mission is making children’s eyes shine and being a role model for teachers.

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Altheo Valentini
General Manager of EGInA

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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Fiona von Prónay
Project Lead at JOBLINGE

Fiona von Prónay studied media, culture, and communication in Salzburg, Austria, and London, UK, focusing on media pedagogy in her master’s degree. After 1.5 years of working for a digital agency, she decided to dedicate her career to media education. In 2015 she joined the JOBLINGE umbrella organisation as a project coordinator for the development of a learning app. The app was later awarded with the bitkom delina-award – the innovation award for digital education.

Fiona von Prónay is also responsible for developing and embedding digial learning and STEM projects in the overall initiative as well as industry 4.0 programmes that aim to sensitise young people to digitalisation and qualify them for the resulting changes in the world of work.

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