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Speakers are presented in the alphabetical order by last name

Brando Benifei

Member of the European Parliament

Brando Benifei

Brando Benifei, European Federalist, is one of the youngest MEPs and is from La Spezia, Italy. His main fields of legislative work in the EP are Employment and social affairs and Foreign affairs. He is co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup.

Among his parliamentary activities in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs, he is currently Rapporteur for the European Solidarity Corps and was responsible for key legislative and non-legislative reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market; youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative; digitalisation and rights of persons with disabilities.

He was recently awarded the MEP Award 2018 for his commitment on employment issues, in particular youth unemployment.


Bakhta Benzaza

Trainer and media coach at Maks vzw

Bakhta_Benzaza Bakhta has a degree as a socioprofessional integration counselor, and she started to work at Maks vzw in 2008 as an individual coach for low-skilled job seekers. Over the years, her activities have evolved from this individual support to group activities involving creativity, digital literacy and peer-to-peer learning.

Currently she is working on an innovative project, in which participants use theatre techniques to practice their Dutch. In many of her projects, the use of Digital Storytelling has been an essential element. For example, she has worked with groups of women making digital stories on (partner) violence against women and with refugees on their life stories.

At Maks vzw, Bakhta was the animator of the HURISTO project activities with adult learners.

Sara Cella

Project Coordinator at the Research & Development Department of Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi

Sara_profile picSara graduated in Cultural Anthropology from La Sapienza University in Rome in 2009, then she completed her anthropological education at Università degli Studi di Genova. In the framework of her Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Ethnology in Genova, she conducted a two-year fieldwork both in Brazil and in Italy in the area of Religious Anthropology, Brazilian Ethnology and Inter-religious Dialogue. In Brazil she carried out a long field research and attended several courses at Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
In addition, Sara obtained a second Master’s Degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in Development Studies, specializing in the field of International Development, Forced Migrations and Natural Resources Management.

She completed several courses in Project Management and Evaluation and worked in numerous projects during her internship at Cies Onlus focused on intercultural and inter-religious communication, sustainability, Global and European Citizenship.

At Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi she currently plans project proposals and manages national and international funded educational projects.


Isabel Crespo

Business Development Coordinator in Education at Europeana Foundation

Isabel CrespoIsabel is the Business Development Coordinator in Education at Europeana Foundation. She develops partnerships with relevant players on the educational market, including ministries of education, industry (digital publishers and app developers) and non-profit (networks and associations) educational organizations.

She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences, a Master of Arts in Cultural Management and a Master of Science in Corporate Communications. She has also received professional training in Arts Management by the NYU.

She’s been working as a consultant for public organizations, as well as a fundraiser and acquisition manager for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, where she was involved in several educational projects.


Veronique De Leener

Director of MAKS vzw

Veronique De LeenerVeronique is the founder and director of Maks vzw (Belgium). Maks vzw, established in 1999, has 2 telecentres and runs all kind of activities in the field of digital inclusion with disadvantaged persons of all ages, using the peer to peer learning and learning by doing methodology. Maks vzw has participated in different European projects as a partner of ALL DIGITAL.

Before working for Maks, Veronique was a director of a VET school for youngsters between 15 and 20 years old (alternate working-studying). From 1982 till 1987, she was a teacher in the same school, teaching Dutch, French, and computer technology. Veronique is also a certified coach. In 2015-2016, she helped the Board of ALL DIGITAL (then Telecentre-Europe) as a financial controller and supported the staff of ALL DIGITAL in some practical aspects.

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Jan Debognies

Project manager

ZhvA-Va4_400x400Jan has a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish literature and linguistics and a Master’s in Cultural Studies. He started his career as a language trainer. During this time he specialised in non-formal teaching methods and particularly Content Language Integrated Learning.

He worked as an e-facilitator and digital literacy project manager in the public library of Forest in Brussels. He went on to become manager of the digital inclusion department of MAKS vzw, running a diversity of projects and training focused on empowerment of diverse vulnerable urban groups through digital media. He contributed to the development of digital storytelling methodologies as a digital inclusion strategy.

Jan currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, working as a freelance trainer, project manager and fundraiser for Digital Voice for Communities. He is currently working for Digital Voice on the delivery of media literacy courses for refugees and digital reminiscence projects for dementia patients in the Northeast of England.

Jan occasionally works with ALL DIGITAL and MAKS vzw as a bid writer and was involved in the delivery of the MOOC in the BRIGHTS project. He currently works as a Quality Assurance Expert for the WELCOME project, which he helped develop.


Marc Durando

Executive Director of European Schoolnet

Marc Durando
Marc Durando, Executive Director of the European Schoolnet (EUN), has over 35 years’ experience in the field of education and training, both at European and national level. He has worked in the education and training area since 1983, where, after five years in the field of continuing education for enterprises, he developed specific expertise on European cooperation in the field of education and training.

In September 2006, Marc Durando joined the European Schoolnet network as Executive Director of EUN. As a network of 34 MoE, European Schoolnet’s mission is to support ministries of education, schools, teachers and relevant education stakeholders in Europe in the transformation of education processes for 21st century digitalized societies.

More particularly, European Schoolnet’s remit is to:
– identify and test promising innovative practices,
– share evidence about their impact, and
– support mainstreaming teaching and learning practices aligned with 21st century standards and expectations for the education of all students.
ICT and digitization are a particular focus of European Schoolnet’s work, because of the critical role they play in terms of designing and implementing future classroom scenarios and supporting new forms of learning both in and out of school.

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Hana Galogaža Lanča

Project manager at Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka

Hana GalogažaHana Galogaža Lanča is a youth worker, trainer, PR and project manager in one. For the last five years she has worked in Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka  (Croatia) creating, researching, implementing, promoting and enjoying digital inclusion programmes in her community. Since she likes to travel, you can find her all around Europe working on international projects.

She has created educational curricula for non-formal education and an online educational platforms, worked as a radio host, organised festivals and all kinds of events. Her main interests are multimedia, content creation, and social inclusion, and she combines them successfully.

Hana is finishing the lifelong learning programme “Youth in Contemporary Society” of the University in Rijeka and is one of the six youth workers in a national expert group in the biggest Erasmus+ project ever ‘Europe Goes Local – Supporting Youth Work at the Municipal Level’. Also, she is a national tutor for the Brights project where she cooperated with more than 100 formal and non-formal educators in developing digital stories with youngsters.

She has a master’s degree in cultural studies.


Eric Gijssen

Freelance media coach and trainer

Eric GijssenEric is a media coach and animator from Brussels, Belgium. He was the facilitator of the HURISTO ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop in Turin in February 2018. He has been working on media literacy projects since 2000, mainly at Maks vzw in Brussels, but also on projects in Brasil and Nicaragua. The aim is always to empower (disadvantaged) people to express themselves and create and share their own stories. At the same time they acquire 21st century skills and develop their media literacy.

Besides coding projects with children and youngsters, ‘Digital Storytelling’ is one of Eric’s preferred methodologies. He is a filmmaker by trade and also obtained his teacher’s training degree. In 2016, Eric was a finalist for Telecentre-Europe Awards (now ALL DIGITAL Awards) in the category ‘Best e-facilitator‘.


Pip Hardy

Co-founder of Patient Voices

Pip Hardy

Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner founded the Patient Voices Programme (UK) in 2003. Their intention was to gather and share important digital stories of healthcare (and sometimes the lack of it) to augment, enhance and provide a balance for, the quantitative data that informs most decisions about how healthcare is designed and delivered, educated and evaluated.

Since then, well over 1000 stories have been recorded, research has been conducted, papers have been written, books have been published, awards have been won, lessons have been learned and friends have been made.

Pip’s first degree is in English literature, which she put to good use teaching in non-traditional contexts, with homeless and unemployed people, prisoners, women returning to work, people housebound by illness or caring responsibilities and others unable to access conventional education. In the mid-80s, she moved behind the computer to specialise in designing, writing, editing and managing the development of large open and distance learning programmes across a range of subjects. Soon after setting up Pilgrim Projects with Tony Sumner in 2000, they were commissioned to undertake extensive work in the field of healthcare quality improvement. It soon became obvious that stories were key to the development of reflective practitioners and, in turn, to the transformation of healthcare, and the Patient Voices Programme was born. Since then Pip has obtained an MSc in lifelong learning and a PhD investigating the potential of digital storytelling to transform healthcare.

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Achilles Kameas

Associate Professor at the Hellenic Open University

Achilles Kameas

Achilles Kameas is Associate Professor with the Hellenic Open University, where he teaches Pervasive Systems and Software Design. He is the Director of the Postgraduate Study Programme on “Engineering of Pervasive Computing Systems”, the Head of DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Social Systems) Research Group, and Vice-chair of the Board of ALL DIGITAL European network.

Achilles pioneered the realization of the Ambient Intelligence vision; nowadays he contributes to creating an equal and inclusive society via the development of the digital skills and scientific knowledge of ALL citizens.

He has participated in more than 30 EU and national projects (coordinated more than 10 of them), has published over 150 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, and authored / co-edited more than ten books. He has contributed to the standardization of European e-competences framework, the application of DigComp framework and the development of ESCO. His current interests include learning platforms and MOOCs, education for inclusive society, flexible learning pathways, STEM education, digital and ICT competence frameworks, and of course, Internet of Things and mobile computing systems.

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Emilian Pavel

Member of the European Parliament

EP-063668A_PAVEL_PlEmilian Pavel is a Member of the European Parliament since 2014, working in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs, and the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He is also a member of the Delegation for relations with Israel, Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.

His priorities in the European Parliament include Digital Agenda, youth entrepreneurship and employability, lifelong learning and education. In the beginning of 2017, he was chosen as MEP of the year for Employment and Social Affairs. He is the president of the Friends of Serbia informal group and an ambassador for the European Entrepreneurship Education Network.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in computer engineering and a Master’s Degree in environmental protection. He has been involved in politics for over 15 years and he is one of the Vice Presidents of the Young Romanian Social Democrats organisation. He has held various positions within the Social Democratic party at regional and national level, and has acted as Director in the Romanian Ministry for Youth and Sport.


Jasper Pollet

Trainer at Maks vzw

Jasper PolletJasper Pollet has 6 years of experience as a trainer in Digital Storytelling and Coding with youngsters for Maks vzw . Among his duties there are:

– Training trainers in Digital Storytelling and coding all over Europe;
– Writing methodologies about digital literacy for youth workers and teachers;
– Leading and/or coaching multimedia workshops in schools and youth organisations;
– Coaching people without a degree and second chancers find a job in the world of multimedia and ICT.

Jasper is educated in Coaching, Film, and Social Youth Work. He is a strong community and social services professional with a Master’s focused in Multidisciplinary design from Ghent University – School of Arts Gent.


Ilias Rafail

Training Manager at IASIS NGO

Ilias RafailIlias Rafail is the Training Manager at IASIS NGO (Greece), psychologist, and Adult Trainer (MA in Adult Learning) with many hours of training in various fields. In his 22 year career time he has been involved in a) the provision of counselling services; b) the participation and coordination of a significant number of national and transnational projects as project manager; c) the development of Vocational Guidance tools as well as of educational and support material; d) elaboration of several studies and researches on VG and other related issues, coordination of training programs (communication with trainees, trainers, associates and enterprises where the trainees practicum is implemented).

Ilias Rafail has accreditation as Expert/ Inspector from TUV Austria Quality Standards, with many hours of inspections in Health Units (Hospitals, Clinics according to ISO Quality Systems) and he is a SALTO Youth Trainer accepted also by several NAs.


Tony Sumner

Co-founder of Patient Voices

Tony SumnerTony Sumner and Pip Hardy founded the Patient Voices Programme (UK) in 2003. Their intention was to gather and share important digital stories of healthcare (and sometimes the lack of it) to augment, enhance and provide a balance for, the quantitative data that informs most decisions about how healthcare is designed and delivered, educated and evaluated.

Since then, well over 1000 stories have been recorded, research has been conducted, papers have been written, books have been published, awards have been won, lessons have been learned and friends have been made.

Tony has a BSc in physics and a post-graduate diploma in astronomy and astrophysics. He spent the first 20 years of his professional life in the software industry, initially designing guided missiles before withdrawing to the safer territory of researching the human computer interface and engaging in software quality assurance before joining Pip Hardy to establish Pilgrim Projects as an educational consultancy.

Soon after setting up Pilgrim Projects with Pip Hardy in 2000, they were commissioned to undertake extensive work in the field of healthcare quality improvement. It soon became obvious that stories were key to the development of reflective practitioners and, in turn, to the transformation of healthcare, and the Patient Voices Programme was born.

Despite his scientific background, Tony has an ear for a good story and he ensures that the technology necessary for successful digital storytelling is always working smoothly.

Altheo Valentini

General manager at EGInA Srls

Altheo Valentini

Altheo Valentini is a project manager at Centro Studi Foligno and general manager of European Grants International Academy (EGInA) (Italy). He has worked for more than 10 years as a consultant in European projects and has a solid expertise in the preparation, implementation, and coordination of educational projects in the framework of different financing instruments of the European Commission, with a particular focus on social and digital innovation. He is an expert in the exploitation of the ECVET tools and strategies, with a specific focus on the digital empowerment of VET students and teachers.

Altheo Valentini is also involved in the implementation of the Youth Guarantee programme in the Umbria Region, being responsible for the strategic planning of training interventions aimed at enhancing the employability of youth and young adults. He is a member of the coordinating committee of the national association “Stati Generali dell’innovazione” with responsibility for School and Culture and the Board member of ALL DIGITAL.

He has M.A. in “Publishing, media and journalism”, thesis on “The dissemination plan of European projects”, University of Urbino Carlo Bo.

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Catherine Williams

Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Google

Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams is Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Google in Brussels. During a three-month secondment to Washington DC in 2017, she managed the Google Online Safety Roadshow teaching children the tips and tricks of how to stay safe online. This fuelled a new passion for digital citizenship and youth empowerment online. Her interests lie in the intersection of technology and real life: How can we raise young people to be good citizens online as well as offline? How can we make sure that technology is accessible and fair for everyone regardless of ability, gender, race or background?

Catherine holds a First Class BA Hons in French and German from the University of Leeds, UK and an MA in Conference Interpreting and Translation studies also from the University of Leeds. She has recently been awarded a scholarship from the Financial Times for an Executive MBA at Henley Business School in the UK.


You can also see the speakers from ALL DIGITAL Summit 2017  and Telecentre-Europe Annual Conference 2016.