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ALL DIGITAL SUMMIT SPEAKERS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Hugo.lv.

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.

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.

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.

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.