Our speakers are coming from all the different corners of Europe and include experts from all different walks of life - academics, entrepreneurs, policy makers, politicians, activists. 


Philip Schlesinger
is a professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research. He was previously Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling from 1989-2006, and founding Director of Stirling Media Research Institute. He is presently Chair of the Scottish Advisory Committee of Ofcom (the UKs communications regulator). His current research interests include: cultural creativity and government policy; media theory and media policy; the European public sphere and ethnography and representations of exile.

Divina Frau-Meigs is a professor of Media Sociology at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. She is a specialist in media and information technologies from a comparative perspective as well as a researcher in media uses and the practices of young people. She is currently working on issues of Internet governance, media regulation, cultural diversity and media literacy in a global perspective. She is an expert with UNESCO, the European Union, the Council of Europe and a variety of governmental agencies in France and in other countries worldwide.

Gerfried Stocker is the artistic director of Ars Electronica - the seminal digital arts festival in Euro-pe. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up its in-house R&D department, the Ars Elect-ronica Futurelab. He has been respon-sible for conceiving and implementing the series of international exhibitions that Ars Electronica has staged since 2004, and for the planning and reposition-ing of the new, expanded Ars Electronica Center.

Zuzanna Stańska: art historian, founder at Moiseum, tech consultancy helping museums and cul-tural institutions to reach their audien-ces with new tools. Founder at DailyArt, a website and mobile app about art history. Fascinated about using new technologies in museums, awarded Young Creative Entrepreneur Award in Culture category (British Council), mentioned on “New Europe Top 100 Challe-gers” list made by Visegard Fund, Google, Financial Times and Res Publika.

Dr. Aphra Kerr is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Maynooth University in Ireland. She is recog-nised for her research on production and work in digital media, diversity and governance of online entertainment communities and data politics. She is author of Global Games: Production, Circulation and Policy in the Networked Era, Routledge, forthcoming, and associate editor of The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. 

Prof. Monika Hagedorn-Saupe works at the Institut für Museumsfor-schung der Staat-lichen Museen zu Berlin, Germany. She teaches museology at the University of Applied Science HTW-Berlin. She is also a board member of International World Museum Community’s (ICOM) European branch and chairs ICOM’s International Committee for Documentation. Further, she is a board member of the Europeana Foundation and Vice President of the MICHAEL Culture Association.

Myria Georgiou teaches at the Dept of Media and Commu-nications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focuses on migration, diaspora, and the city, especially in examining the ways in which media shapes narratives of belon-ging among mobile and diverse popula-tions. She is the author of Diaspora, iden-tity and the media (Hampton Press, 2006) and Media and the city (Polity, 2013).

Vincent Bonnet is Director of the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) since 2010, combining his passion for libraries with his interest in European affairs, copyright and access to information. Before starting work with EBLIDA he worked in France both as a trainer for a private company that serves libraries and as a civil servant in public libraries.

Koen Leurs is Assis-tant Professor in Gen-der and Postcolonial Studies at Utrecht Uni-versity. He is a critical internet researcher interested in media, migration, gender, diaspora and youth culture. He recently published Digital Passages. Diaspora, gender & Youth cultural Intersections (Amsterdam University Press, 2015). Currently he undertakes the study ‘Young connected migrants. Comparing digital practices of young asylum seekers and expatriates in the Netherlands’.  

Alisson Powell works as an Assistant Professor at the Media and Communications department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. At LSE she is heads a unique master’s programme “Data & Society”. She is currently working on a book about technological citizenship and governance in data cities and Internet of Things-enabled ‘sensing cities’ and works on several projects related to citizenship, cities, data and ethics.

Jean-Pierre Evain joined the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in 1992 after several years spent in the R&D laboratories of France-Telecom (CCETT) and Deutsche Telekom (FI/FTZ). He is in charge of EBU technical activities concerning content metadata and new production architectu-res. He is a member of the EBU Big Data Steering Board. He also represents EBU in many standard groups and industry forums like AES, ETSI, IPTC, MPEG, SMPTE, W3C, among several others.

Korioun Khatchadourian is a Manager at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies (TUMO) - a new kind of after-school learning environment in digital media founded in 2011 in Yerevan, Armenia. He holds a dual Master’s degree in Management & Entrepreneurship and has over 8 years of experience within the non-profit and educational fields. Passionate about innovative pedagogy, he sees new technologies as key tools for shaping the future of education.

Claudia Luciani works as the Director of Democratic Governan-ce in the Council of Europe Directorate General of Democra-cy. The work in this directorate focuses on the solidity of democratic institutions by ensuring an equal application of Euro-pean standards across Council of Europe membership; the need to “manage” diversities in societies in an harmonious manner fully respectful of fundamental rights and freedoms; the wider implica-tions of democratic principles and practi-ces in relation to democratic transition processes outside Europe.

Priit Alamäe is a Founder & Chairman of the Management Board of Nortal. He founded the company in 2000 as a visionary 22-year-old. Under his lead, Nortal is today a multi-national ICT and business consultancy dedicated to bringing about eTransformations in societies, government agencies and private companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa. President of Estonia has awarded Alamäe with The Order of the White Star and Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2011.

Aleksi Rossi
is head of Application Programming Interface (API) services at Yle, the Finnish public broadcaster. He has been one of the leaders of the open data movement in Finland and has also been behind Yle, opening its online portal’s API for partners and third party developers who can use the broadcaster’s data for further innovation.
Prof. David Hesmond-halgh is one of the leading schol-ars in the world in the area of cultural indust-ries. He is Professor of Media, Music and Culture in at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour (Palgrave, 2015, co-written with Oakley, Lee and Nisbett); Why Music Matters (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (Routledge, 2011, co-written with Sarah Baker), and The Cultural Industries (Sage, 2012; 3rd edition).

Prof. Marju Lauristin is one of the most well known Estonian politicians and academics. She was one of the leaders of the Singing Revolution that ended with Estonia re-gaining its indepen-dence, has served as a minister of social affairs  and is currently a MEP, represen-ting the Estonian Social Democratic Party. At European Parliament she was the raporteur for the new data protection regulation. She is also well known a professor of communication studies in the University of Tartu.

Eli Commins
is the coordinator of digital policies at the French Ministry of Culture, General Directorate of Artistic Creation (Direc-tion Générale de la Création Artistique), where he oversees matters related to creation in a digital environment and helps to establish guidelines for cultural institutions in the fields of contemporary art, theater, dance and music. In a previous position, he was deputy director of La Panacée, Center for Contemporary Culture, in Montpellier, France.

Prof. Andrew Hoskins is Interdisciplinary Research Professor in the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is foun-ding Editor-in-Chief of the Sage Journal of Memory Studies and founding Co-Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series Memory Studies. His latest book (with John Tulloch) is Risk and Hyperconnec-tivity: Media and Memories of Neoliberal-ism (Oxford University Press 2016) and he is currently editing Digital Memory Studies (Routledge 2017).

Cornelius Puschmann is a project leader and senior researcher at the Alexander von Hum-boldt Institute for Inter-net and Society, and in 2015/2016 faculty associate at the Berk-man Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He studies digital media and communication using a com-bination of traditional and computational methods. His current research investiga-tes online hate speech and the use of social media by populist movements.

Ott Jalakas is an entrepreneur and co-founder at Lingvist, building the next-generation language-learning tool. The mission of Lingvist is to make language learning simpler, faster and more effective than it has ever been. Team Lingvist wants to see a world where multilingualism is the norm, and where anyone, regardless of their background or location, can become a fast learner by using the right technology.  

Andra Siibak is a professor of media studies at the Univer-sity of Tartu, Estonia. Her main field of re-search has to do with the opportunities and risks surrounding young people’s internet and social media usage practices and privacy. In the last five years she has published more than 40 peer reviewed papers on these topics. In 2015 she was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the President of Estonia.

Maarten Brinkerink works as a Public Participation and Innovative Access Expert in the Nether-lands Institute for Sound and Vision. He contributes to the strategic policy of Sound and Vision and strengthens the Dutch heritage sector with initiatives such as Open Culture Data. He is an expert on copyright, crowdsourcing and reuse of digital heritage. At Sound and Vision he has worked for the digitization project Images for the Future and in various international research projects.

Gabriel Brezoiu is a European trainer and project manager specialized in the non profit and youth fields. He has over 9 years of experience in youth projects focusing on digital, project management, communications, hate speech online and youth participation. He is a founding member of Group of the European Youth for Change, the initiator of "European Digital Youth Summit" and PRISMA European Network.

Peter Stockinger is a professor at the Insti-tut National des Lan-gues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, France, where he heads the Intercul-tural Communication School. He is also member of the resear-ch lab PLIDAM. His principal research topics include digital media and culture, semiotics, crosscultural communication and organizational communication, digi-tal audiovisual archives, video corpus description and repurposing; knowledge modeling and organization.

Snežana Samardžić-Marković is Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe, in charge of the Organi-sation’s action promoting democratic innovation, gover-nance, participation and diversity. Her responsibilities include the policy areas of education and youth, local democracy, cultural policies, election assistance, the protection of human dignity, gender equality, children’s rights, and the rights of minorities, societal defences against discrimination, democ-ratic citizenship, social cohesion, inter-cultural dialogue and democratic respon-ses to crises.

Moritz Beber is a founding member of metacollect which started at the
refugee hackathon in October 2015 in Berlin. With metacollect Moritz follows the vision of an open data service that – through its partner platforms - will allow initiatives in the refugee aid and  integration space to simplify their online presence, to improve their reach, to better self-organize and exchange knowledge, and enable new innovative services to be built. 

Ülle Talihärm works as adviser for libraries in the Estonian Ministry of Culture. She contributes as member of the Digital Cultural Heritage Council to the strategic policy of digital cultural heritage on digitisation, preservation and cross-areas cooperation activities in Estonia. She has been leading the development of the new Legal Deposit Copy Act which will be in force from 01.01.2017.