All Digital Summit Speakers • ALL DIGITAL
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Georgi Dimitrov – Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission

Georgi Dimitrov is responsible for the Digital Education unit in the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture. He joined the European Commission in 2008 and was first involved in various roles in setting up the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He then helped to develop and launch HEInnovate, an initiative by the European Commission and the OECD aimed at supporting universities to become more entrepreneurial. He led the development of the first Digital Education Action Plan adopted in January 2018 and also of the new Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 that was adopted in September 2020. Before joining the Commission, Georgi worked for a leading multinational telecommunication company and in a software start-up in Germany. Georgi studied at the University of Bonn (M.A.), the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (PhD) and the Open University UK (MBA in Technology Management).

Ivan Bartoš – Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development (Czech Government)

Ivan Bartoš has been the leader of Česká pirátská strana (the Czech Pirate Party) for many years, and was one of its founders in 2009. He has been a member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic since autumn 2017, and also defended his mandate in 2021. He spent four years in the Chamber as chair of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development; in addition to this, he has also been involved in fields such as digitisation.

His professional career has included several posts at Czech and multinational IT companies, such as Newton IT, Monster Worldwide, and T-Mobile; he also launched the employment portal Air Jobs.

Ivan Bartoš studied theology at the Hussite Theological Faculty, and information and library studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. He also obtained a Ph.D in information studies. During his studies he completed one semester at the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans. He speaks fluent English, and can get by in French and Russian.

Vânia Neto – Lead for Western Europe, Microsoft Education Skills & Learning

Vânia Neto is currently Microsoft Education Skills & Learning Lead for Western Europe, responsible for the Education Skilling strategy and the relationship with Education Institutions, Faculty, Educators, and Students. She is deeply involved in the AI Skills initiatives developed in Western Europe, as well as the agenda for Digital Skills, supporting Europe’s Digital Transition goals.

In Microsoft since 2011, she joined as Partners in Learning Manager in the Portuguese Education Team, and in 2014 became Education and Philanthropies Lead for Microsoft Portugal. Late 2018, she moved to the Western Europe HQ as Education Sr. Product Marketing Manager, until moving to the current role, in January 2021.

Vânia has a Law degree and has previously worked in Public Sector, for Central and Local Government entities in Portugal.

Altheo Valentini – President, ALL DIGITAL

Altheo Valentini holds M.A. in “Publishing, media and journalism” from the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. He 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, a training agency in the VET and Adult education sector and a consultancy company in European projects design and implementation.

MUDr. Zdeněk Hřib – Mayor of Prague

Zdeněk Hřib has been the Mayor of Prague since 2018. He is the first Pirate Party member to be elected as a mayor both in the Czech Republic and worldwide. He graduated in General Medicine at Charles University in Prague. After graduating, Mr. Hřib worked for several organizations as a healthcare IT specialist and consultant. He has been active in the Czech Pirate Party since 2013 and served as the party’s healthcare expert.  As the mayor of Prague, he focuses on sustainability, smart city solutions, data-driven city management, transparency and human rights advocacy. In 2019, Prague together with the other V4 capitals – Budapest, Bratislava and Warsaw – founded the Pact of Free Cities in order to defend freedom and democracy and tackle anti-liberal tendencies, inequalities, populism, xenophobia and climate change denial.

Jan Břížďala – Regional Councilor of the Vysocina Region

Jan Břížďala is a Regional Councilor of the Vysocina Region responsible for Education, Youth, Sport and IT. He used to work as a Math and Chemistry teacher and established the Agriculture High School. He is an author of several chemistry textbooks and founded a website E-ChemBook. In his position of a Regional Councillor for Education he is also responsible for the management of a number of secondary schools, children’s homes, school farms and organisations for children with specific needs. In his IT domain, Jan is responsible for several significant IT projects run on the regional level including Digital technical map, management Rowanet network or e-government development.

Peter Palvolgyi – CEO, ALL DIGITAL

Peter Palvolgyi has been serving ALL DIGITAL since 2012, first as financial officer and Chief Operating Officer, and since March 2021 – as Chief Executive Officer. Peter is responsible for strengthening the position of ALL DIGITAL as a leading European actor in the field of digital competences for citizenship, inclusion, education, and employability. He is in charge of developing, planning, leading, and implementing the strategy for the further development of ALL DIGITAL.

Julie Fionda
Julie Fionda – Deputy Head of Unit “Skills Agenda”, European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Julie Fionda is a British official working in the European Commission since 2002. She has a background in Economics and she is currently Deputy Head of Unit in the DG Employment, Skills and Qualifications Unit. She was in 2014-2018 Member of the Cabinet of Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
Prior to joining the European Commission, Julie worked in the UK administration on regional development and social inclusion initiatives.

Martin Úlovec -Member of the Cabinet, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

He graduated in Sociology and social policy at Charles University. After graduation, he worked for several years as an analyst in the field of market research. He was head of the analytical department at the National Institute for Education (today National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic) in the years 2013-2018.

He also collaborated with the international organization CEDEFOP in the preparation of the Skills Panorama tool, which focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for employment on the labor market and the prediction of labor market needs. In the years 2018-2021, he worked as an advisor and analyst for education at the parliamentary club of Česká pirátská strana (the Czech Pirate Party) in the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports he is currently focusing on topics in regional education and the development of digital education, even at the European level as the national coordinator for a Structured dialogue on digital education and skills.

Ciarán Conlon – Director of Public Policy, Microsoft Ireland/European Government Affairs

Ciarán Conlon is Director of Public Policy for Microsoft Ireland/European Government Affairs. Before joining Microsoft he spent 8 years as Adviser to former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny and 5 years as Special Policy Adviser to the Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

In Microsoft he led the development of a new Digital Policy Masters Programme in UCD, a new partnership with the Irish Government to deliver rural broadband through Microsoft’s Airband initiative and was appointed Chair of the Digital Europe Digital Skills Working Group in June 2022.

He is a member of the Irish Government’s National Competitiveness and Policy Council, the Grant Approval Committee of Science Foundation Ireland and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Digital Policy Studies in UCD and the Institute for International and European Affairs.

Clara Centeno – Senior Researcher, Human Capital and Employment Unit, Joint Research Center of the European Commission

Clara Centeno has, since 2001, carried out evidence-based socio-economic research on developments in the information society and the role of ICT and digital skills for socio-economic inclusion. This work has focused on vulnerable groups and supported the development of EU’s long-term care policies, integration of migrants, youth, digital and social inclusion and education.

Her current research work focuses on the role of digital competences and of the European Framework on Digital Competences for citizens (DigComp) for employability and on the feasibility study of the European Digital Competences Certificate, in support of the implementation of Action 9 of the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027).

Koen Nomden – Team Leader, DG EMPL, European Commission

Koen Nomden is currently Team Leader for “Transparency and Recognition of Skills and Qualifications”, within the Skills Agenda Unit of the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion). Before that he was a policy officer in charge of the validation of non-formal and informal learning and career guidance. Other positions he held within the European Commission were that of Erasmus Mundus Programme Manager and of policy officer in charge of setting up a European Executive Agency in charge of implementing programmes in education, training, culture and media.

Josef Dašek – Chief coordinator, DigiKoalice (NPI)

Josef is a chief coordinator of the Czech National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs (DigiKoalice), the network of major stakeholders in the field of digital education. Josef is a co-founder of the Czech Internet Institute, which focuses on an influence of the internet on our daily life, and he also works on the project that supports Czech digital solutions in abroad. Josef believes that the digital world should be perceived interdisciplinary and in a broader context. In addition, he likes to travel, and he is a big fan of English football.

Jan Lukačevič – RIS3 Developer, Prague Innovation Institute

Jan Lukačevič works at the Prague Innovation Institute as a RIS3 Developer, responsible for development and innovation in the field of space activities. He is also a NATO2030 Young Leader, a member of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s Advisory Board. Since 2017, he has served in various positions at the Czech Academy of Sciences and also founded the Marsonaut Laboratory, a project to grow plants in Mars-like conditions. He also brings science to the general public on social media, where he is one of the most successful science communicators in the Czech Republic. He is one of the Neuron Founders of the Neuron Foundation. For his earlier research under the European Space Agency, he was selected by Google and the Financial Times for the New Europe 100: a list of 100 people from Central and Eastern Europe with the greatest influence on our future. He is also the founder of Energy to Doctors, an initiative that has helped medical professionals in more than 100 healthcare facilities across the country over the past two years.

Anja Fortuna – Vice President, European Youth Forum

She is former President and Vice President of the National Youth Council of Slovenia (MSS) and a former board member of Slovenian Rural Youth Association, Assembly member of the Youth Centre Idrija and many others. She was the main spokes person for MSS, representing the Slovenian youth at different sized events. She was head of Youth Policy and Rural Development at Slovenian Rural Youth Association (ZSPM) and a trainer at Rural Youth Europe. In her master studies she is focusing on marketing, rural tourism and sustainable tourism. In her life she was part of different civil society initiatives on different levels where she got a broader knowledge on the role of civil societies. She was the UN Youth Delegate national coordinator and was a part of two VNR of Slovenia. As youth leader she is working on social and economic issues of young people and she is leading the sustainable development cluster in the European Youth Forum. Currently she is employed as Manager for Meaningful Youth Engagement at International Youth Health Organization.

Bart Temme – CEO, Street Art Cities

Bart is a community enthusiast, very much into art.  He loves to work with a passionate team of creatives on challenges with a big potential impact for society. He founded with friends in order to create a stage and launch pad for artists working in public space. In 2021 Street Art Cities Bart became the leading community of photographers, artists and cities creating and sharing artworks across the globe.

Claudia Matera – Chief Development Officer and Deputy CEO, 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.

Gabriela Ford – Director, EOS Romania Foundation

Gabriela Barna started her career with the British Council in Romania. After only a few years she established EOS Romania Foundation with a vision to support digital inclusion in Romania. Over the past 22 years, Gabriela has worked in the field of ICT in education, ICT for social development, digital inclusion and monitoring and evaluation with a special focus on ICT for development. During 1996 to 1998 she worked as an advisor to the Ministry of Education making a significant contribution to the introduction of the first Information and Communications Technology optional curriculum for primary, secondary and high school students. Gabi has worked as consultant and expert in various European and Global programs of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Industry in the field of ICT4D and lifelong learning.

Achilles Kameas – Professor of Pervasive Computing Systems, Hellenic Open University (HOU)

Dr. Eng. Achilles D. Kameas is Professor of Pervasive Computing Systems at Hellenic Open University (HOU). He serves as Deputy Dean of the School of Science & Technology, Member of the Board of HOU Lifelong Learning Center and Director of the HOU Internal Evaluation Unit, the MSc course “Pervasive and Mobile Computing Systems” and the Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing, Quality and Ambient Intelligence Laboratory. He is the Founder and Head of DAISSy Research Group and Scientific Coordinator of RU3 at Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”.

Achilles is member of the Board of ALL DIGITAL European network (was the Chair between 2019-21), the CEN PC428 on e-competences and ICT professionalism, the CEPIS IT Professionalism in Europe, the EADTU Diversity & Inclusion WG, 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 80 EU and national R&D projects, has published more than 200 scientific articles, co-authored more than 10 books and received more than 2000 citations.

Dr. Mara Jakobsone -Board Member and Vice-President at LIKTA (Latvian Information and Communications Technology association).

Dr. Mara Jakobsone is Board member and Digital transformation and Digital skills policies and project coordinator senior manager at LIKTA (Latvian Information and Communications Technology association).

Her responsibilities include design ,development, coordination and implementation of information society and digital skills-related projects. Dr. Māra Jākobsone represents LIKTA at European networks like CEPIS and ALL Digital. She has a deep understanding of EU policies in Digital skills domain. She has also over 20 years of expertise in coordinating stakeholders’ networks at National (Latvian National Digital skills Coalition) and International levels – Former Board member and former chair of All DIGITAL; Coordinator of Large scale European Digital transformation and digital skills projects, Digital Skills expert at EU4Digital Initiative. Māra is the Manager of the WOMEN4IT project.

Stefano Tirati – CEO, Learning Digital

After 20 years directing a VET Centre in Tuscany, in 2016 Stefano established Learningdigital with the aim of blending the competence-based approach within digital learning environments, and promoting new teaching and learning strategies.
Within LD, Stefano supports the Digital Competence Centre which empowers individuals and organisations in using new technologies in their learning and human resources management workflows.
Among other fields, LD delivers e-learning solutions in a wide range of sectors, including industry 4.0, sustainability, energy, teacher training, guidance, from EQF 2 to 5.
At international level, Stefano has promoted and coordinated over 50 transnational research and pilot projects, funded by the European Commission, including DG GROW and its executive agency EASME, and DG EAC and its executive agency EACEA.
Stefano serves as Vice President at EfVET, European Forum for Vocational Education and Training, promoting horizontal cooperation among members, stakeholders and the VET community.

Rodrigo Zardoya – Director, Dedalo Foundation

Rodrigo Zardoya is Director at Fundacion Dedalo, an entity working to foster the digital transformation and digital competences in the region of Navarra (Spain). His professional career has been focused in the management of projects related to the digital divide, digital competences, and the improvement of digital solutions for companies and entrepreneurs. He has working in the definition, management and coordination of projects to promote the use of Technologies at Regional, National and European level. Represents Dedalo at the Association SOMOS DIGITAL and was a founder member. He was also appointed to the ALL DIGITAL Board and later as Financial Controller. And he is part of some Expert Groups on Digital Training, Local Smart Strategies and Digital Gap.

Borut Cink – Community Manager, New European Bauhaus (NEB) unit at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Borut Cink joined the European Commission in January 2022. He is a part of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) unit at the Joint Research Centre. As a community manager, he works with and for the New European Bauhaus Community. In his role, he facilitates project development and partnership-building activities, organizes community events and supports the community in contributing to the implementation of the NEB Initiative. Before joining European Commission Borut worked for ALL DIGITAL as a Programme Officer on project implementation, fundraising and policy advocacy. Borut has more than 15 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, communications and community management, policy-making and advocacy.

Dr. Frank Termer – Head of Software, Bitkom e.V.

Dr Frank Termer is Head of Software at Bitkom e.V.. After studying business informatics at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, he worked as an IT consultant from 2006 and carried out projects in business process and IT service management. He mainly worked for companies in the energy industry, financial services and public administration. From 2010, he worked as a research assistant at the Technical University of Ilmenau in the field of business informatics for services. There he focused his research on questions of strategic IT management. During this work, he produced numerous publications on the topics of IT agility, enterprise architecture management, business process management and business-IT alignment. He completed his doctorate on the topic of “Determinants of IT Agility”. Since 2015, he has been in charge of the committees of the software competence area at Bitkom e.V.. He designs, organises and moderates committee events, is responsible for the thematic development of these committees and their content-related positioning within and outside Bitkom.

Zuzana Krejčová –  Project and funding manager, EPMA

Zuzana has extensive experience with the project management. She has been working with SMEs and their development, with innovative R&D projects, with grants for the sports activities and is experienced in the public administration. Currently, her activities focus on the development and sustainable innovations in digital education, environment, art and adult education etc. She manages several projects and initiatives key for EPMA.

Tomáš Hülle- Founder of the European Centre for Career Education and

Tomáš is the founder of the European Centre for Career Education and His mission is to make education as impactful and relevant as possible by engaging leading companies and institutions in it. Tomas acted additionally also as the CEO of First Eastern Co. (investment boutique company), as a counsel at Co-Effort law firm, as the founder of Prague Summer School on International Business Transactions, and worked for other top tier international law firms and was also in charge of business legal analysis at Economic Daily (Hospodářské noviny) and The Economist (Ekonom) in the Czech Republic. He has been a lecturer at the Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University. Tomas delivered speeches and lectures at Oxford University, London School of Economics in Great Britain, Arizona State University, George Washington University, and John Marshall Law School in the USA, and many leading universities in China, including Peking University and Tsinghua University. He is a co-author of several books and numerous academic or business/analytical articles.

Andrada Beloia – Project Manager, EOS Foundation Romania

Andrada Beloia is a Project Manager at EOS Foundation Romania since 2019. Prior to this she gained a demonstrated history of working in the administration & organization industry at various international organizations in Timisoara, Romania. Her years of experience in the administrative field has gained her skills in administration, corporate communications and management, market research, and project management. Her main focus is the implementation of projects designated to bringing women into the IT and tech field, such as Women4IT and DigitalWomen Romania.

Katrin Schuberth – Project manager, Helliwood

Katrin Schuberth has been working in the field of media and digital education for more than 13 years. At Helliwood media & education she is project manager for educational projects. At European, national, and regional level she supports the development of educational approaches which meet the interests and needs of educators, students and adults. She has a degree in Cultural Science and Media Consultancy and has dedicated her research efforts to exploring the intersection between human and digital technology.

Nikolai Kvantaliani – Chief Technology Officer /co-founder, Baltic Internet Policy Initiative/ Digital Skills Coalition Belarus

Nikolai Kvantaliani, is a Chief Technology Officer of the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative and co-founder of Digital Skills Coalition Belarus ( During the last years, the particular focus of work was the digital transformation of NGOs with a focus on Digital Security and Digital Communication. The previous few years were actively involved in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and Belarusian National Platform work.

Gerhard Seiler – Responsible for strategy and acquisition, iRights.Lab

Gerhard Seiler is responsible for strategy and acquisition at the independent Think Tank for the Digital World  iRights.Lab ( As a media educator and expert in digital education, he has extensive experience in the early education sector, formal and non-formal education as well as in the field of adult education / further education. Gerhard Seiler has developed and accompanied a large number of educational initiatives and learing platforms in Germany and Europe. In an honorary capacity, he is the chairman of the Seitenstark e. V. association (, which promotes high-quality and safe services for children on the Internet.

Veronique De Leener – Founder and Director, Maks vzw

Veronique is the founder and director of Maks vzw since 1999. Maks vzw 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 leraning and learning by doing methodology. Maks vzw has participated in different European projects as a partner of ALL DIGITAL.

Before working at 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.

Katarzyna Udała – Project Manager, DIGITALEUROPE

Katarzyna Udała is a Project Manager at DIGITALEUROPE, where she works on initiatives promoting digital skills, digital inclusion and women in ICT. She has prior experience in training and capacity-building, predominantly in the youth sector, as well as in communications. Katarzyna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Sociology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies and Intersectionality.

Dr. Viera Žúborová – Senior Researcher, Bratislava Policy Institute (BPI)

Viera is a political scientist by background. She focuses her interests on issues of populism, extremism, social movements, civil society, political communication and marketing, intolerance, and hate speech. Furthermore, she worked for ten years on various levels in the academic sphere. Besides, she also worked as a senior research fellow at the think-tank Center for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA). In 2017, she was a scholar-in-residence in the ISGAP at Oxford University, and in 2010 a visiting Ph.D. scholar at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has been a regular columnist at the online newspaper Aktuality.SK, Startitup, and HNonline since 2015 and co-funder of three non-profit organizations in human rights, education, youth, and social issues. Her last work position was at IOTA Foundation, focusing on the crypto industry and blockchain and their social impact.

Dr. Ingrid Borárosová- Project manager, BPI (Bratislava Policy Institute)

Ingrid is a political scientist by background. She focuses on the topics of migration, integration, extremism, radicalism and terrorism. During her doctoral studies at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava she was leading various courses such as migration and migration policy, modern political theories and comparative politics. In 2015 she joined the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs as an intern, where she actively participates in organizations most important events such as Summer School for Young Professionals or Conference NATO 2020. She was part of a team of experts on Slovak migration and integration policies in project SME SPOLU, which focuses on The Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine. As an expert and member of the working group “Civil Society” she was working under the Office of Government Representative for the Civic Society.

Professor Dr. Panos Fitsilis – Full Professor, Business Administration Dept. of the University of Thessaly, Greece

Professor Dr. Panos Fitsilis is a full Professor at Business Administration Dept. of the University of Thessaly, Greece. and academic coordinator of the module “Software Design” at Hellenic Open University. He has extensive project management experience with the development and deployment of large IT systems and extensive management experience in various senior management positions. His research interests include Smart Cities and required competences, Smart Factories (Industry 4.0), Business Information Systems, Social Systems, Educational Technology, Software Project Management, etc.

Štěpán Fojtík – Analyst, Kralovehradecky Region

Štěpán Fojtík joined the DATAKHK team in July 2021 as the main creator of interactive graphs for the portal. He regularly participates in meetings with departments regarding data acquisition, processes data from public sources and, together with the team, designs and ensures automation of data updates for the public. At the Regional Office, it also provides information for the regional leadership, such as data on refugees from Ukraine. Last but not least, he is currently a student at the University of Hradec Králové at the Faculty of Informatics and Management in the field of the same name.

Maximiliam Plag – Educator and Project Manager, Helliwood media and education

Maximilian Plag is an educator and project manager at Helliwood media & education. He currently leads the DigitalTruck project, a mobile school which visited 40 different elementary schools throughout Hesse, Germany. The project was an effort to make elementary schools fit for the digital future and to spark curiosity about digital technologies through coding, robotics, and AI workshops. He is a media science and American studies graduate from Humboldt University of Berlin and dedicated his research efforts to the field of postcolonialism, in particular to the intersections of settler colonialism, forced cultural assimilation and historic school curricula.

Martin Mráz – Architect, Reclaim Žižkov

Martin Mráz is an architect oscillating between Prague, Zürich, and the Voralberg-Liechtenstein border. He is active in the interdisciplinary practice Atelier Gapont (FL), the creative collective Ulrike Stark (AU), and the informal initiative Reclaim Prague (CZ). Martin seeks societal experiments manifesting themselves in architectural forms, collective narratives, or individual actions. He mainly focuses on collective living with independent expeditions into forms of participation or artistic research. Martin previously worked at agps architecture and SAM architektur in Zürich and participated in the Liechtenstein exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2018 and the subsequent publication Atlas of Remoteness as a member of the Institute for Linear Research.

Antonin Vacek – Founder, Mise HERo and Project Developer, CZECH.UP

Antonin studied Information Technologies and Systems at the University of Economics in Prague. Antonín is a gamification and game designer, trainer, consultant, project manager and developer. He is the founder of Mise HERo, a company focused on using game and game mechanics to create more effective trainings, emphasising on team development and topics like leadership, team culture and effective communication.  Currently he works mainly on leading and developing of Erasmus+projects – innovating education and training via use of games, gamification, facilitation and other methods.

Jaromir Beranek – Member of the Prague City assembly and Chairman of Prague IT and Smart City Committee

Jaromir Beranek acted as a member of the Prague City assembly and Chairman of its IT and Smart City Committee from 2018 to 2022. He holds degrees in International Management and Law, having studied in Prague, Cologne and Fort Lauderdale. With a finance and portfolio management background from the world of startups and VC, he was elected for the Prague City Assembly in 2018. In his role, he focused on Smart City projects, advanced technologies, and innovation, and sought to develop new partnerships and bring visionary projects into existence. Jaromir is a big proponent of clean mobility, AI and open data. In his free time, he loves to run, travel and play the saxophone.

Sandor Nagy – Vice Mayor of the city of Szeged

Sandor Nagy has 16 years experience in city development, mobility and sustainability projects as Vice Mayor of the City of Szeged responsible for urban development. Portfolio includes general plan / zoning of the city, major development projects (city regeneration, mobility), EU funded projects, smart city, public transport, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency.

Tomáš Janča – Chairman of the Committee for the Development of Entrepreneurial Activities and Digitalization, Zlin Region.

He has been in business since the age of 19, started in the field of e-commerce, co-founder of an online store with up to 100 orders per day. In the year 2015 he founded the company JTB STORAGE, nowadays one of the European leading companies focused on providing services related to an assembly of storage systems (60+ employees, projects in 10+ EU countries, customers such as Amazon, DHL, H&M, Boozt, AutoStore, Dematic, Alza, etc).

Web3 and blockchain enthusiast since 2013. Personally started Blockchain academy on Thomas Bata University in Zlin. His goal in the framework of political action is to create suitable business opportunities for start-ups with global ambitions, especially in the areas of ICT, Web3 and Blockchain.

He studied Business economics at the University of Technology, and also International Commercial Law Studies on Faculty of Law at the Masaryk University, which he ended prematurely for time reasons.

Peter Breyl – CEO of the Innovation Centre of the Košice Region

Peter is the CEO of the Innovation Centre of the Košice Region, where he works on the creation of a regional innovation ecosystem. He has several years of successful experience in business design for small and large companies and has been part of several projects that have managed to get from small idea to direct investment from the investor. He specializes in the field of human centered design, which he applies to the design of solutions and products. After several years of working on international projects abroad, he returned to Košice and became one of the founders of Innovlab in T-Systems Slovakia. In addition, he started the international cooperation between T-Systems and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT Health).

Vita Vitola-Lapina – Senior project specialist, LIKTA (Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association)

Vita Vitola-Lapina is a Digital skills specialist and Researcher in LIKTA (Latvian information and communication Technology association) with more than 10 year International project management experience working with ICT and digital skills development projects with different stakeholder groups. She is also a co-founder of Liepaja TechGirls initiative in Latvia and finds passion in enabling young women in Tech.

Gabriela Ruseva – Project Officer, ALL DIGITAL

She joined ALL DIGITAL in 2014 and since then she has worked in various capacities. Gabriela is an expert is EU project management and policy advocacy.

Currently, she manages several EU funded projects on digital skills, education and training, employability, media literacy, coding and more.

Katerina Moreira – Project coordinator, Partners relations and Communication coordinator, EPMA

Katerina Moreira is the Project coordinator, Partners relations and Communication coordinator at EPMA. Katerina joined EPMA in September 2020 and since then she has managed projects focused on cultural aspects, education, and digital skills. She has more than 15 years of management experience in the field of cultural events. She has been working as coordinator in the International Relations department of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for more than 10 years and has experience with production and organisation of large cultural events. As professional translator and interpreter she speaks perfectly English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Her interests include using art as a tool for connection, integration, and inclusion.

Denitsa Dimitrova, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Library Sciences at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies – Sofia

Denitsa Dimitrova, PhD is a member of the academic staff of the Department of Library Sciences at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies – Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 2020 she defended her dissertation on the topic “Problems and prospects of vocational education and training In Bulgaria”, which is a result of her in-depth interest in the field of vocational education and training аs well as her professional commitment, as a member of the team of the Center for vocational training at ULSIT.  She has bachelor and master degrees in the area of the library, information and cultural management. Her scientific interests are connected with vocational education and training, library management, lifelong learning, digital literacy, information literacy.

Andra Krasavina – Project specialis, LIKTA Andra Krasavina has more than 10 years of experience working as a project expert and researcher in a variety of ICT and digital skills development projects with different stakeholder groups in cooperation with the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA).

Andra received a scientific degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences at Riga Technical University in 2016. The doctoral thesis deals with the development of knowledge sharing imitation model for the provision of a sustainable cooperation between adult educational institutions and enterprises.

Daniela Camhy PhD – Professor, Institute of Philosophy at University of Graz, Coordinator of the network “Philosophy and
Interdisciplinarity” in CEEPUS

She works at the Institute of Philosophy at University of Graz AUSTRIA and she is Coordinator of the network “Philosophy and Interdisciplinarity” in CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies). She has lectured in many universities in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Island, Japan, S-Korea, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherland, Spain, Serbia, Slovenia, UK, USA.

She is the Director and founder of the Austrian Centre of Philosophy with Children (ACPC), Graz, AUSTRIA, the first Centre of Philosophy for/with Children in Europe. She was executive board member and vice–president of the ICPIC (International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children), founding member of Stichting SOPHIA(European Foundation of Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children), member of ISUD International Society for Universal Dialogue, vice-president of the Austrian Janusz Korczak Society, member of Austrian League of Human Rights, responsible for the University “Certified Programme Philosophy for Children and Youth”.

She has organized and realized more than 40 research- and EU-projects. She is organizing annual international conferences, symposia and numerous international workshops for adults.

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

Chiara Borsini works as a project manager and trainer at European Grants International Academy (EGInA).  Chiara holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s Diploma in World Heritage and Cultural Project for Development; she has experience in consulting and training in the fields of digital innovation, digital storytelling and performing arts, cultural heritage and social inclusion within the framework of national and  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.

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck – Founder and Executive Director, Lie Detectors

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck is the founder and Executive Director of Lie Detectors, an award-winning and journalist-led news-literacy organisation raising awareness of disinformation and media bias among schoolchildren and teachers. She directs Lie Detectors’ development and strategy and designed its concept and training approach. Juliane advises national and international institutions on anti-radicalisation and literacy in an age of media pluralism, including within the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Digital Disinformation and Fake News and Expert Group on Tackling Disinformation and Promoting Digital Literacy through Education and Training on behalf of Lie Detectors. To create Lie Detectors, Juliane put aside an award-winning journalism career, during which she wrote for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Reuters, MLex and Spiegel Online among others, reporting from Europe and the US as well as from sub-Sarahan Africa, the Middle East and Arctic. She is an alumna of New York City’s Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Edinburgh and speaks German, English, Spanish and French.

Adeline Brion – Head of Advocacy, Lie Detectors

Passionate about nonprofit sector, Adeline Brion worked previously for the Lie Detectors Belgium country programme before supporting the organisation as communication coordinator. As head of advocacy, Adeline keeps an eye on developments in the field of media literacy and digital rights in Europe and at the global level to support the development and implementation of Lie Detectors’ advocacy strategy. Adeline has represented Lie Detectors in public fora including UNESCO, European Business Summit 2019, OECD Forum 2019 and expert groups such as the European Commission Media Literacy Expert Group. As a Brussels native, she speaks English, French and Dutch.

Vitor Tomé – Researcher, Autonoma University of Lisbon & ISCTE-Institute University of Lisbon

Vitor Tomé is a Council of Europe’s and a European Commission’s expert (Digital Citizenship Education, Media Literacy and disinformation), a lecturer (Autonoma University of Lisbon), an invited researcher (ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon), a teacher trainer (Directorate-General of Education), and a freelance journalist (CP1524) who is involved in several international projects such as IBERIFIER – Iberian Media Research and Fact-checking and Digital Citizenship Education. He holds a PhD in Media Education (University of Lisbon) and a post-doctorate in Communication Sciences (UAlgarve-Faro, CLEMI-Paris and Catholic University of Milan).

Laura Hänsch – Project manager and coordinator, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

Laura has a master’s degree in social sciences. Since 2019, she works at Stiftung Digitale Chancen (SDC), in the field of European project management, training concept development and implementation. Her key area of expertise is the battle against disinformation and hate speech as well as gender studies. Thus, she is coordinating the project “AMeLiE” on behalf of German project partner SDC and conducted the webinars of the project “GYFS!”(Get your fact straight). She works with various target groups (young people, youth workers, senior citizens) always with the goal to empower them to become digital literate citizens.

Konstantinos Potsis  – Project Manager, DAISSy Research Group, Hellenic Open University

Konstantinos Potsis is an economist and holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Development from the National Technical University of Athens. He has been a member of the Greek delegation in the Clinton Global Initiative University Community, and was granted the Angelopoulos Clinton GIU Fellowship. Since 2015 he has participated as a team member in several innovative projects, providing financial management and strategy consulting services. He has worked as a Finance and HR Manager in Humanitarian NGOs and has managed projects under the European Civil protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Programme (DG ECHO).  Since 2016 he has formed his own management consulting business, “iNNOVact Business Consultants”.

His fields of employment include planning, administration, development and evaluation of national and European programmes, business and development consulting for SMEs, local authorities and government services. Additionally, he acts as a facilitator for the development of the local start-up ecosystem by organizing entrepreneurial training and networking events (e.g. Start-up Europe Week e.t.c.). Since 2021 he has been added to the Daissy Research Group’s team acting as a researcher, project manager and administration manager for projects under Erasmus+ and  CERV Programmes.

Eleni Georgakakou – Project Manager & Senior Researcher, DAISSy Research Group, HOU

Eleni Georgakakou 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. Lastly, she is member of national and international Associations and Groups, such as the: European Sociological Association (ESA); Hellenic Sociological Society (EKE); Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the UK’s Political Studies Association; Political Science and Public Administration Alumni Association, and of the Association of Greek Women Scientists (SEE).

Pablo Maldonado – Independent analytics consultant and lecturer at the University of New York in Prague and Newton University

Pablo Maldonado, Ph.D. is an independent analytics consultant and lecturer at the University of New York in Prague and Newton University. He served previously as Country Manager for Mexico of the Czech whistleblowing software startup FaceUp. He cooperates with psychologists and HR consultants implementing software tools for improving mental health in schools and companies, for example whistleblowing / ethics line and mental health surveys and questionnaires.

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Arnost Stepanek – Vice President for Education, Kralovehradecky region

Arnost Stepanek is a vice president of Kralovehradecky region responsible for education and sport. In his career he worked in advertising, marketing, coaching, IT and property investment. His biggest project was a coordination of all e-commerce and internet activities for a brand, importer and dealer networks at Skoda Auto in early times of internet (1998 – 2002).
After leaving the corporate structures, he helped as a coach, mentor, lector or an expert to a wide portfolio of clients from agile coaches, enterpreneurs, small companies, start-ups till biggest companies in the Czech Republic, Europe, USA and Australia.
His main challenge in a current position is ”How to create and implement a smart IT solutions and services to help students to gain a knowledge and competencies for a 21 century”.

Jānis Ziediņš – Deputy director for ICT, Culture information systems centre of Ministry of Culture (Latvia)

Since 2004 Jānis Ziediņš is working at Culture information systems centre of Ministry of Culture (Latvia), currently as Deputy director for ICT to help and lead IT projects in cultural sector. Janis has been involved in different types of culture related IT projects – most important of them – State Unified Information System for Archives and Joint Catalogue of the National Holdings of Museums, and development of Latvian state administration language technology platform

Michaela Doležalová – Project Manager of the educational programme JSNS.CZ, People in Need

Michaela graduated in Political Science and German and Central European Studies at Charles University in Prague. She has gained further study experience at universities in Germany and Poland, assisted professors with research or organizing conferences. She has factchecked political debates for, cooperated with Teach for Slovakia (education network and leadership program) or created teaching materials at Milan Šimečka Foundation. At People in Need Michaela leads a team of 5 members, which coordinates projects to support higher level of media and digital literacy of both teachers and students in the Czech Republic.

Dagmar Willems – Team Leader Digital Development and Transformation / Senior Desk Officer, Section Digitalisation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Dagmar Willems is Team Leader Digital Development and Transformation as well as Senior Desk Officer at the Section Digitalisation at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Her focus is to gain and disseminate knowledge on internationalisation through digitalisation along the entire learner’s journey. She has experience in working on international projects in the area of digital innovation and integrating digital competences into the curriculum applying innovation methodologies. Her background is in cultural studies.

Petr Pavlinec – Head of the Department of Informatics of the Regional Authority of Vysocina Region

Currently Head of the Department of Informatics of the Regional Authority of Vysocina Region (one of 14 Czech Regions). Since 2001 he is working as head of the Department of ICT (CIO) in Regional Authority. During his work at the regional office became vice-president of Commission of Informatics, Association of Czech Regions (2002-2004), chairman of the GIS Working Group of Czech Regions (since 2005) and member of The Government Council for Information Technology (2013).

He is responsible for several regional projects (regional WAN – ROWANet, BI, eHealth implementation, regional datacenters, etc) and national ones (National Contact Point for eHealth – NCPeH, implementation of eIDAS national identity – NIA).

Pavel Bednarik – Representant of NIPOS and ASFAV Chairman of the Board (Association for Film and Audiovidual Education)

Pavel Bednarik (1980) graduated in film studies and philosophy at Palacky University in Olomouc. Later work experience includes curatorship, writing, lecturing, festival and cinema programming among others. Between 2007–2011 he worked as an Artistic Director of the Summer Film School festival and Association of Czech Film Clubs in Uherske Hradiste. International experience includes eg. film education expert for EACEA or Ministry of Culture CR. As an expert and lecturer cooperated with many festivals (Zlin Film Festival, Academia Film Olomouc, IDFF Jihlava, One World Film Festival, IFF Karlovy Vary) and institutions (Creative Europe). He publishes articles in film magazines and web journals, as well as academic papers. Since 2011 he has worked as an independent consultant and since 2019 became a Chairman of the Board of Association for Film and Audiovisual Education. Recently works for Wikimedia CZ and cooperates with NIPOS-ARTAMA, National Pedagogical Institute.

Tamás Jankó – Digital Skills expert, independent

Mr. Tamás Jankó, a freelance digital expert, worked for the Digital Success Nonprofit Ltd in Hungary between August 2022- January 2019. He had been working at the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology for the Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning Department between 2014- 2018, started in this position at the former Ministry for National Economy.  Previously, between 2000 and 2014 as a programme manager, he worked in the Worldbank and PHARE Management Offices of the Ministry of Education and served eleven years for the Managing Authority for Human Resource (European Social Fund) Programmes. Recently Mr. Jankó, a teacher by profession, has been engaged with the issue of how to build a bridge of digital education for adults and students through the waves of Industry 4.0, and improve the quality of the vocational education and training and adult learning through the means of the Digital Education Strategy of Hungary.

Stanislav Chlepko – CEO & Founder NEXINEO

Stanislav Chlepko is a CEO & Founder of company named NEXINEO which is developing a worldwide unique virtualized computer system that saves up to 70% of the total cost of IT ownership and up to 90% in electronic waste and CO2 emissions. NEXINEO virtualized computer systems have been implemented and validated in over 500 schools in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.

Stanislav has a Master’s degree from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He has several years of experience as a manager in a global foreign corporations specializing in building data centres and real estate industry and several years of experience in managing NEXINEO.

Elisabetta Mei – Junior Project Manager, Translator and Tutor, EGInA

Elisabetta Mei is Junior Project Manager, Translator and Tutor specialised in Adult, VET education and language teaching.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation and a Master’s Degree in Specialised Translation and Interpreting, with a thesis on subtitling, defended at the University for Foreigners of Perugia.
She is an Assistant Professor of Liason Interpreting for the Russian language at the Institute of Mediazione Linguistica Perugia.
For the last 3 years, she has been working at the European Grants International Academy, an accredited training agency based in Foligno, Perugia where she is responsible for the implementation of Erasmus+ projects.

Kristina Sedeke – Head of Marketing, Czechitas

Kristina Sedeke is a Head of Marketing of non profit organization Czechitas supporting women in IT. She is also a marketing consultant with 15 years of experience in the field and a tutor at University of Economics in Prague where she teach online marketing at faculty of Business Administration.

Lara Fina Ferrari – English teacher and trainer, IC Vergante – Invorio, Italy

Lara is an English teacher. She teaches to 10-13 years old students. She is a trainer in her school and sometimes she works in other schools where she organises projects. She is really interested in robotics and she usually plans her lesson plans considering robotics as added value.

Dr Katarzyna Urban – Director for science and research, ECCC Foundation (Poland)

A university teacher, researcher. An expert and promotor of the European Frames of Digital Competences (DigComp), including ECCC certification based on DigComp, expert of European Commission’s SELFIEforTeachers development, a translator of European Commission publications on digital competences to Polish. A coordinator of several projects to develop digital skills of citizens and online education. Organiser and manager of digital skills, vocational and language trainings.  Coordinator of ECCC activities to support Ukrainian refugees.

Martina Habová – Marketing Manager, Česko.Digital

Martina Habová has been working at Europe’s biggest civic-tech organization, a non-profit organization Česko.Digital, for 2 years as a Marketing Lead, where she was also responsible for the whole communication and marketing of the project We Teach Online (Učíme online). Altogether she has more than 8 years of experience in the marketing field both in the B2B and B2C segments at a retailer company (Intersport), a manufacturer company (Acco Brands), in a marketing agency (Onlinesales).
Česko.Digital is a community of around 5000 volunteers – professionals from many fields, ranging from IT to project management and marketing, who want to use their free time to help state institutions and non-governmental organizations to make Czechia a better place to live.

Nenja Wolbers – Deputy Chair of the Board, ALL DIGITAL and Project Manager at Digital Opportunities Foundation (SDC)

Since 2013, Nenja Wolbers has been a Project Manager at Digital Opportunities Foundation (SDC), 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 Get Online 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.

Iva Walterova – CEO, EPMA

Iva Walterova is a CEO of European Projects and Management Agency (EPMA) in the Czech Republic. Throughout her career, Iva has been pursuing activities focusing on social and economic integration and empowerment using digital technology. She has worked in public administration at EU, national and regional level, as well as in the non-profit and business sectors in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Having worked in EPMA between 2010-2015 as a project and communications manager and serving in various NGOs, including ALL DIGITAL (2016-2018), focused on digital in the few years since, Iva returned to EPMA in early 2018, where she took on the position of its CEO in June 2018.

Laurentiu Bunescu – Head of Digital Education Programmes, EOS Romania

Laurentiu Bunescu is the Head of Digital Education Programmes at Educating for an Open Society – EOS Romania Foundation since 2019, having previously held the position of CEO of ALL DIGITAL. Laurentiu is a strong advocate for digital skills and for a proper use of digital technologies towards better employability, social inclusion, education, and wellbeing. He has an experience of over 15 years leading and contributing to projects and campaigns in the areas of digital inclusion, digital competences and ICT education, in a multi-cultural international context. Skilled in the management of networks, Laurentiu has a strong background in the non-profit sector and vast knowledge of the European policies on digital competences.

Tomáš Foltýn – General Director, National Library of the Czech Republic

Tomáš Foltýn is the General Director of the National Library of the Czech Republic. Passionate about languages, he studied cultural history before starting to work in the digitization department of the National Library of the Czech Republic in 2008. From there he became Head of the Metadata Creation and Management Department before becoming the Head of the Strategic Planning Department for the Digitization of Library Collections in 2012. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the Collections Management Division and since May 2021, he is Director-General of the National Library of the Czech Republic.

Tiana Zignani – Programme Officer, Publica Libraries 2030

Tiana is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh and La Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris III.  She joined PL2030 in May 2019 as Communications Assistant and now works as a Programme Officer.  Tiana manages the social media networks for PL2030 and PL2030’s work in EU-funded projects.