Deborah Bergamini is an Italian politician and journalist. She currently serves as Secretary of the Italian Parliamentary Delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and as Chair of the Executive Council at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
She began her career as a journalist, working for the Florence newspaper La Nazione. In 1996 she moved to Paris to become chief publisher of Analyzes et Synthèses, a post she held until 1997, when she joined Bloomberg’s London office. In 1999, she joined Silvio Berlusconi’s staff as adviser for communication. Bergamini returned to television in 2002, overseeing marketing at Italian television company RAI. In 2008, she entered the Italian Chamber of Deputies as a member of The People of Freedom political movement.
Sanjana read English at the University of Delhi, India and as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, was awarded an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Relations from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.
He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives and a frequent commentator on journalism and new media in domestic and international fora. In addition to hosting a talk show on public television, Sanjana teaches at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ), engaging journalists from state, private, alternative media on how to use web, internet and mobile technologies to strengthen professional, independent and investigative journalism.
Sanjana is also a Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the Foundation, Sanjana works to further the use of ICTs in crisis information management and peacekeeping initiatives at the United Nations. As a Fellow of the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Sanjana contributes to the evolution of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), with a special focus on mobile communications.
Sanjana is the founding editor of Groundviews, an international award-winning web based citizen journalism initiative now widely recognised as one of the most vital sites for critical dissent in Sri Lanka.
In 2010, Sanjana received a TEDGlobal Fellowship, two years after he was awarded a News & Knowledge Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Ashoka Foundation. Both awards recognise pioneering efforts to create and use citizen journalism and new media to bear witness and strengthen democracy, human rights and just peace.
With a significant body writing, research and on the ground experience, Sanjana is globally recognised as an expert in the design and implementation of ICTs and new media in peacebuilding.
Jan Keulen is the director of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom. Before joining the DCMF in April 2011, he was the programme director of the Dutch NGO Free Voice. He has worked for 20 years as a foreign correspondent for several Dutch media, including 12 years reporting from the Middle East. Keulen has also taught journalism at the Rijks Universiteit Groningen (1998-2004). During his time at Free Voice, he founded the programme “Investing in the Future” for journalists and media lawyers in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain and Yemen.
Eric Klopfer is Professor and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. Klopfer’s research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. His research explores simulations and games on desktop computers as well as mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Klopfer’s work combines the construction of new software tools with implementation, research, and development of new pedagogical supports that transition the use of these tools to broader use in formal and informal learning. He is the co-author of the book, “Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo,” and author of “Augmented Learning: Research and Design of Mobile Educational Games” from MIT Press. He has a new book from MIT Press coming out this year about the intersection of academia and private industry around technology-enabled classroom innovations.
Klopfer is also the director of The Education Arcade, which is advancing the development and use of games in K-12 education, as well as co-founder and president of the non-profit Learning Games Network.
Solana Larsen is the managing editor of Global Voices Online, an internationally renowned community of bloggers and digital activists who report on online citizen media and free speech around the world with translations in more than 20 languages. She is a Danish-Puerto Rican journalist and activist and was previously an editor with the global politics website openDemocracy.net.
Anthony Lilley is Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Magic Lantern which he has lead for over twelve years. He is a BAFTA and Peabody Award winning interactive media producer who has worked on projects such as Top Gear, Doctor Who, Teletubbies, Spooks, FourDocs, The Guardian and many others.
He works extensively in media policy and is currently a Member of the Content Board of Ofcom as well as having advised many government departments including DCMS and DCSF. Anthony has previously been Vice-Chair of PACT, Chair of the UK Digital Content Forum and a member of the Steering Board of the DCMS Creative Economy Programme.
Lilley has a passionate interest in the arts and advises Arts Council England as their Digital Media Associate and sits as a member of the Board of the English National Opera. In 2008, he held the post of News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at the University of Oxford and has recently taken up a three year position as Visiting Professor at the Media School of Bournemouth University. He speaks and writes widely on the future of media and had a regular new media column in the Guardian Newspaper from 2006-2008.
Lilley was awarded the OBE for services to media and creative industries in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008.
Alfonso Molina is Professor of Technology Strategy at the University of Edinburgh, UK and co-creator and Scientific Director of the Fondazione Mondo Digitale, Italy. Molina has carried out extensive theoretical and practical work focused on the development of an environment or platform integrating academic theories, instruments of practical application, and projects on a variety of themes: technological and social innovation, industrial clusters, multi-sectoral clusters for territorial development, ICT-based educational innovation, and others. Research themes of particular interest include the mapping and governance of multi-sectorial hybridity in social innovation, knowledge-oriented non-profit organizations, smart regional specialization, and innovation and personalized collaboration in education. Instruments of practical application include the “diamond of alignment,” “evolving business plans,” “evolving bottom-up roadmapping,” “real-time evaluation methodology” and “dynamic strategy mapping.”
Molina has collaborated as advisor and consultant for the European Commission and has published books, papers, reports, and models. He designed the original strategy for the Global Cities Dialogue, including the writing of its Helsinki Declaration now signed by over 180 cities from all over the world. He has worked with the cities of Rome, Stockholm and Edinburgh and he is former Chairman of the international juries of the Stockholm Challenge Award and the European Citizenship for All Award run by Telecities and Deloitte and Touche; and present Chairman of the international jury of Rome’s Global Junior Challenge.
Alfonso led the creation of the Multi-sectoral Cluster on Educational Robotics in Italy, and he is currently Acting Chairman of its Coordinating Board. Molina is also the creator of the pioneering virtual social innovation environment Phyrtual.org.
Dr. Savita Nair received her B.S. in History and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2003, she has been teaching courses on ancient and modern Indian history, transnational gender history, and critical histories of nationalism and globalization at Furman University (Greenville SC). In 2008, she co-founded Furman’s India Study Abroad program. Her research focuses on 19th-20th century migrant networks between India and eastern Africa.
Her most recent work, entitled “Despite the Odds: Uganda Indians Remaking Home” was presented on a panel Negotiating Nationhood: The South Asian Diaspora in Post-Colonial East Africa at the annual spring conference of the Association of Asian Studies.
In 2009, she was the recipient of the university’s Meritorious Advising award. She has served on Furman’s Presidential Strategic Planning Committee and on the Global Issues Forum. In addition, she is an advisory member of the Delhi-based Shanti Sahyog, an NGO working to improve the lives of women and children through education, economic development, and empowerment programs.
Wu Heping is the Dean and Professor at College of International Cultural Exchanges, Northwest Normal University (Lanzhou, China). His major research interest is in Second/Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, Language Teacher Education and Language Teaching Technology. He is currently conducting a research project on social networking and language learning supported by the China National Social Science Foundation.
He also worked as a local coordinator of E-Language Learning System (ELLS), an international language learning project between the U.S. and China in 2009 and 2010. Wu holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China.