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Dr Mustapha Benjillali, Associate Professor, INPT, Rabat, Morocco

Dr. Mustapha Benjillali is a Mobile Communications Engineer, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from INRS, Montreal, Canada. He is an international consultant, professor, researcher, and trainer in the fields of telecommunications, ICT, and mobile technologies, with a focus on 5G, IoT, and AI, along with their applications in sustainable environments and smart cities. He is also interested in all regulatory aspects and ethical issues in relation with these eco-systems. He is the ITU’s Project Focal Point and the former CoE Program Coordinator at INPT, Rabat (Morocco), an Executive Board Member of the Industrial Chair on Advanced Research on Communications PRACom (France), an IEEE Senior Member and the Chair of an IEEE Standards Association Workgroup (USA). He has received many prestigious awards for his research work and publications, and he is the actual 5TRonG Research Team Leader (Trends in Research on 5G-and-Beyond Technologies and Eco-Systems).
 

Dr Michael Best, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Michael L. Best is associate professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the Technologies and International Development Lab. He is Director of Research, Georgia Tech – Shenzhen, in China. Dr. Best was founding director of the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macau SAR, China. Best is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the widely read journal Information Technologies and International Development. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT and has served as director of Media Lab Asia in India and head of the eDevelopment group at the MIT Media Lab.
 

Prof Rafael L. Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Rafael L. Bras is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and the first faculty member to hold the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bras oversees Georgia Tech’s colleges, the library, educational innovation activities, international relationships, professional education, the arts, and enrollment. His current initiatives include overseeing the Commission on Creating the Next in Education, an ongoing effort of Georgia Tech’s educational innovation ecosystem dedicated to the adoption of new and innovative educational methodologies, including the growth of lifelong learning opportunities for traditional and nontraditional learners. He is also responsible for oversight of the ongoing Library Next project, a multimillion-dollar, technology-focused reimagining of the intellectual center of Georgia Tech’s campus. Bras was distinguished professor and dean of the School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. For 32 years, he was a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He has served as advisor to the National Science Foundation, National Research Council and NASA Advisory Committee. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico and Academies of Engineering and Science of Mexico. Bras maintains an active international consulting practice. He has published two textbooks, more than 230 refereed journal publications, and several hundred other publications and presentations.
 

Ms Debbie Carraway, Director of Information Technology, North Carolina State University, USA

Debbie Carraway is the Director of Information Technology in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Carraway holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Information Security, Assurance and Privacy, and a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With 20+ years of leadership experience in higher education IT, her career has spanned technology support, infrastructure and systems, service development, scientific computing and emerging technologies. Her professional interests include IT governance and decision-making in higher education, the impact of digital transformation on strategic planning, and the intersection of technology and pedagogy. She consults with universities and non-profit organizations on the development of effective IT governance. Carraway has authored and co-authored papers on IT governance and innovation, cloud computing and cloud governance, digital transformation and diversity in enterprise IT.
 

Prof Grainne Conole, Head of Open Education, Dublin City University, Ireland

Gráinne Conole is a professor and independent consultant. Before this she was Head of the Open Education Unit within the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University. Before this she was a consultant and visiting professor at Dublin City University. She has worked at the Universities of Bath Spa, Bristol, Leicester, the Open University UK and Southampton. Her research interests are on the use of technologies for learning, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), new approaches to designing for learning, e-pedagogies, and social media. She has an HEA National Teaching Fellowship and fellow of EDEN and ASCILITE. She has published and presented over 1000 talks, workshops and articles. In terms of Masters and PhD supervision and external examinations (both national and international): (14 as internal examiner, 56 as external examiner, 16 as supervisor). She has been external examiner for the Technology and Learning Masters course at Trinity College Dublin (2013 -2017), PGCE course at the University of Southhampton (Current), a Masters course in Educational Technology in Ulster (now complete), the Networked Learning masters at Lancaster University (now complete), the masters in e-learning at Plymouth University (now complete), an e-learning Masters at Dublin City University (now complete) and the masters in e-learning at the Dublin Institute of Technology (now complete). She is active on social media and blogs at http://e4innovation.com and is @gconole on Twitter. See http://e4innovation.co.uk for more details.
 

Mr Larry Cooperman, Senior International Representative, University of California (UC) Irvine, USA

Larry Cooperman, M.A.Ed., is the Senior International Representative at the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education. He is a former president of the Open Education Consortium and served on the board of directors of the African Virtual University for six years. He was a leader in efforts at UC Irvine and UC Berkeley to startup successful online education units, including the first online degree program in UC history. Prior to joining the University of California, he was the Associate Vice President for educational technology at the California College of Arts.

 

Dr Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Canada

Dr. Leanne Currie is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing where she conducts research in the field of nursing, biomedical and health informatics. Her program of research f​ocuses on clinicians’ use of technology to support their work including computerized clinical decision support systems, user-centred design methods, biomedical informatics education, and the impact of technology on clinicians’ work and patient outcomes. She is core-faculty for the UBC Designing for People initiative, co-Director of Research for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, and core faculty for the Centre for Artificial Intelligence for Decision in Action at UBC.
 

Prof Richard DeMillo, Executive Director, Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, former John P. Imlay Dean of Computing, and Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Padua. He directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation and was Hewlett-Packard's first Chief Technology Officer. He is the 2013 Lumina Foundation Inaugural Fellow which recognized his founding of the Center for 21st Century Universities as a “unique institution.” He is also a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is the author of the influential 2011 book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities” and an award-winning 2015 sequel entitled “Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will Make College Accessible and Affordable.” Both books were published by MIT Press.
 

Dr Gaidi Faraj, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, African Leadership University (ALU), Rwanda

Dr. Gaidi Faraj is the Dean of the Undergrad Campus of African Leadership University in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Faraj has been a pioneer in developing the Global Challenges program, ALU’s flagship product, ensuring that innovative learning is incorporated and promoted. He holds a PhD in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Teaching from Troy State University (USA), and a Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College. Before joining ALU, Dr. Faraj was based in Tanzania as the vice president of operations for a transatlantic investment firm, where he managed multiple lines of business including construction, hospitality and financial services. After several years with the firm, Dr. Faraj moved on to found a business development consultancy that shared management expertise with businesses operating in, or contemplating investment in Africa and America. Over the last decade in Africa, Dr. Faraj has managed a wide range of projects and has been responsible for multi-million dollar budgets and up to 50 project staff. He has worked with all levels of management including CEOs, high level government officials, and high net-worth investors. Dr. Faraj is an excellent problem solver with strategic and tactical skills, who inspires trust and confidence in others.
 

Prof Anthony Giannoumis, Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway

Prof. Anthony Giannoumis' research focuses on technology law, policy and practice. He is currently researching the implementation of laws and policies aimed at ensuring equal access to technology for everyone including persons with disabilities. His research interests include universal design, political participation, social innovation, participatory design, international governance, sustainable development, social regulation, standardization, assistive technology, and intellectual property. He is also currently leading and participating in several large-scale research and innovation projects in Norway, Mozambique, Ukraine, Italy, the United Kingdom, Macau, and the United States. He was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2011 as part of DREAM

Prof Martin Hilbert, Professor, Department of Communication, University of California (UC) Davis, USA

Martin Hilbert is Professor at the University of California, Davis. He pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information and knowledge in the development of complex social systems. He holds doctorates in Economics and Social Sciences (2006) and in Communication (2012), is associated with Communication and Computer Science at UCD, and chairs the campus’s designated emphasis in Computational Social Science. Before joining academia, he created and coordinated the Information Society Programme of the United Nations Secretariat in Latin America and the Caribbean (http://www.cepal.org/SocInfo). In his 15 years as United Nations Economic Affairs Officer he provided hands-on technical assistance in the field of digital development in over 20 countries. His work is published in the most recognized academic journals, such as Science, Psychological Bulletin, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and World Development, and regularly features in popular outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, NPR, NatGeo, Discovery, PBS, BBC, Die Welt, among others. More: www.martinhilbert.net 

Dr Ayanna Howard, Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and functions as the Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics. Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies, and robotics, has resulted in over 250 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects - from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM apps for children with diverse learning needs. To date, her unique accomplishments have been highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine, as well as being recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and one of the Top 50 U.S. Women in Tech by Forbes. In 2013, she also founded Zyrobotics, which is currently licensing technology derived from her research and has released their first suite of STEM educational products to engage children of all abilities. Prior to Georgia Tech, Dr. Howard was a Senior Robotics Researcher and Deputy Manager in the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also served as the Associate Director of Research for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Chair of the Robotics Ph.D. program, and the Associate Chair for Faculty Development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
 

Dr Michael C. Huffman, Director, Office of Continuing and Professional Education, ​Virginia Commonwealth University​, USA

Dr. Michael Huffman is the Founding Director of the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) and former Interim Executive Director of Online@VCU & VCU ALT Lab. Before assuming this office, Dr Huffman taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level, advised students, coordinated internships and held increasingly responsible administrative positions as director of the VCU School of Education Student Services Center, Center for Professional Growth. Prior to transitioning to higher education in 2002, Dr. Huffman has enjoyed significant career experience and success in the private sector working in investment banking, capital markets, venture capital, and small business consulting. Dr. Huffman is a member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), current vice chair at-large for the UPCEA International Network, and past vice chair of awards & recognition of excellence committee. Dr. Huffman is a member of the Learning Resources Network (LERN) and past Virginia state representative for the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). He is past member and secretary of the Center for Professional Growth advisory board, past president of the VCU School of Education alumni council, and past member of the VCU alumni association board of directors.
 

Dr ​Charles Isbell, Dean, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Charles Isbell received his bachelor's in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He earned his PhD at MIT's AI Lab and eventually joined AT&T Labs/Research. In 2002, he returned to Georgia Tech where he is now Professor and The John P. Imlay Dean of the College of Computing. The unifying theme of Charles' research interests has been using machine learning to build autonomous agents who engage directly with humans. His work has been featured in the popular press, congressional testimony, and in several technical collections. Charles has also pursued reform in computing education. He was a chief architect of Threads, Georgia Tech’s structuring principle for computing curricula. Charles was also an architect for Georgia Tech’s first-of-its-kind MOOC-supported MS in Computer Science. Both efforts have received international attention, and been presented in the academic and popular press. In all his roles, he has continued to focus on issues of broadening participation in computing, and is the founding Executive Director for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing. He is a AAAI Fellow and a Fellow of the ACM. Appropriately, his citation for ACM Fellow reads “for contributions to interactive machine learning; and for contributions to increasing access and diversity in computing”.
 

Dr Amit Joshi, Professor of Digital Marketing and Strategy and Fellow, Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, IMD, Switzerland

Amit Joshi is a Professor of Digital Marketing and Strategy at IMD. He has extensive expertise in marketing management and strategy, marketing accountability, digital media, and data analytics. He is Program Director of the Digital Analytics open program, as well as the co-director of the upcoming program on Artificial Intelligence. Amit is an award-winning professor and researcher and has interacted with a variety of corporate clients in several industries, including telecom, banking and financial services, media, manufacturing, retailing, pharma, education and automobiles. Previously, he worked for Cadbury India Ltd., a company that is now a part of the Mondelez International group. Amit’s research, which focuses on long-run marketing strategy, analytics and marketing effectiveness has been published in top journals, including Journal of Marketing, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Culture and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. His research has twice won the MSI / H. Paul Root Award, for the best paper in the Journal of Marketing (2010 and 2015), in addition to the Robert D. Buzzell Best Paper Award (2006) for the MSI publication with the most long-term impact. His dissertation won an honorable mention in the 2004 Alden G. Clayton Dissertation Proposal Competition. His research and opinions have been extensively covered in the popular press and media, appearing in outlets including NPR, CNN, NBC, Nikkei, Fast Company, Business Standard, Fox News, Bloomberg, Forbes, Investor Relations Magazine, and Science Daily. Amit earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, and then a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (P.G.D.M.) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India. His Ph.D. is from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
 

Prof Beth Kolko, Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington, USA

Beth Kolko is an academic and entrepreneur who has worked at the forefront of multiple technology-driven cultural shifts. She is most effective at rethinking problem spaces and generating impactful, counter-intuitive solutions. Her entrepreneurial work focuses on healthcare and bringing innovation to markets that are overlooked by traditional approaches. Her academic work spans multiple decades, and she was one of the first academic researchers involved in the early days of the Internet, studying text-based virtual worlds, early messaging platforms and social networks, digital games, and technology for international development. She also helped kickstart the academic makerspace movement with the Hackademia project at the University of Washington in 2006, worked on some of the earliest digital health tools for emerging markets, and pioneered work on non-expert innovation influenced by the maker and hacker communities worldwide. Her current research focuses on using human centered design approaches to re-envision what for-profit entities can accomplish in the world by creating different business models.

Prof Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Professor of Learning Technology and Communication, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK

Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK, where she leads the Future Learning (Research and Innovation) Programme. Her research is in several inter-related fields including online distance education, mobile learning and informal language learning. Recent projects have included the MASELTOV project on personalized technologies for social inclusion, British Council sponsored research on Mobile Pedagogy for English Language Teaching beyond the classroom, and the SALSA project on language learning in the next generation of smart cities. Professor Kukulska-Hulme’s publications include over 170 articles, papers and books. She has authored commissioned reports for UNESCO, the British Council, the Commonwealth of Learning, the International Research Foundation for English Language Education, and Cambridge University Press. She has been an invited speaker at over 100 international conferences and events. 
Web page: https://iet.open.ac.uk/people/agnes.kukulska-hulme Twitter: @agneskh
 

Dr Mart Laanpere, Senior Researcher, Tallinn University, Estonia

Mart Laanpere (mart.laanpere@tlu.ee) is a senior researcher in the Centre for Educational Technology at School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University (Estonia). Mart Laanpere received the MSc degree in educational technology from the University of Twente, the Netherlands and Ph.D. degree in educational science from the Tallinn University. His research interests are related with modelling and assessment of digital competence, facilitating and monitoring digital transformation in education, curriculum design for computer science education, learning design and learning analytics. He has contributed as external expert to development of ICT in education in various countries, such as Georgia, Moldova, Palestine, Afghanistan, Croatia and Serbia. Mart is a member of the steering group of the Estonian Strategy of Lifelong Learning 2020, also member of ACM SIGCSE and International Council of Educational Media. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, co-chaired five international research conferences and co-edited six books published by Springer.

 

Mr Marco Lorenzatti, University of Blas Pascal, Argentina

Director of Postgraduate Studies and Continuing Education and member of the Council Board at Blas Pascal University (2003-present). President at RECLA, Continuing Education Network of Latin America and Europe,(Oct 2016 - Nov 2019). Executive director of Córdoba Management School, the business school of Blas Pascal University. Director of the peer reviewed academic journal: Journal of Business Studies. Executive director of doingLABS, technology-based startup incubator. Master in Business Administration. Graduate in Business Administration (Marketing orientation). Honour mention, best graduate of Business Administration, Blas Pascal University, year 1997.Doing Phd studies in Economic Sciences (mention in Business Administration), thesis: learning and knowledge, it application in innovation (IT sector in Argentina). Author of the books: Competitive Strategy, 10 cases (2010) and Innovation is Possible (2015)
 

Mr Alain Louchez, Managing Director, Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT), Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Alain Louchez is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT, pronounced “sedate”), at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, United States. CDAIT’s purpose is to expand and promote the Internet of Things (IoT)’s huge potential and transformational capabilities through research, education and industry outreach. The Center is sponsored by global companies headquartered inside and outside the United States, and has developed international partnerships with nonprofit institutions, which are also interested in advancing the Internet of Things. Alain has authored a wide range of articles on technology and strategy with a special emphasis on the Internet of Things in many publications in the US and abroad. He has organized several international conferences centered on IoT, and has been invited to chair and speak at IoT conferences around the world. More recently, he was on the judge panel of the Europe-based international IoT innovation competition “IoT Global Awards 2019” organized by IoT Global Network (London, UK). In June 2016, he was selected by Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Guadalajara) as an international advisor to “Centro de Innovación, Desarrollo Tecnológico y Aplicaciones de Internet de las Cosas” (a.k.a. “Center of Innovation in Internet of Things or CIIoT”) after bid approval by the government of Mexico. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Alain held various executive positions including member of the board of directors of leading companies in the high tech industry, in Europe and the United States.
 

Prof Dr Max Louwerse, Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Max Louwerse is Professor in Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University. Louwerse published over 130 articles in journals, proceedings and books in cognitive science, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics (symbolic and embodied cognition, language statistics, virtual reality, multimodal communication) and holds two patents. He served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or senior researcher on projects totaling €30 million in both the United States and the Netherlands. In the US he was involved as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator in projects totaling almost $10 million funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences. In the Netherlands he serves as co-principal investigator in the €12 million project Campione (33 partners) investigating training in virtual reality and as principal investigator on the €7 million project VIBE (12 partners) developing animated embodied conversational agents for health care. Most recently he is involved in activities of SpaceBuzz, creating ambassadors of planet earth, by developing innovative technologies for education, including virtual reality, intelligent tutoring systems and artificial intelligence. Louwerse is founder of the DAF Technology Lab (www.tilburguniversity.edu/dtl), the virtual and mixed reality lab on the Tilburg University campus, was involved in setting up the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (www.jads.nl), and is co-founder of MindLabs (www.mind-labs.eu).
 

Mr Mike Nxele, Senior Capacity & Digital Skills Development Officer, Human Capacity Building Division, ITU

 Mike Nxele is the Senior Capacity & Digital Skills Development Division within the Capacity & Digital Skills Development Division of the Bureau of Telecommunications Development of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  He is based at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva.

Prior to joining ITU in 2002, Mike Nxele worked as Human Resources Director within the incumbent fixed telecommunications organization in his native country, Zimbabwe.



Dr ​Karl Ricanek, Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr. is a full professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He completed his early work in A.I. as an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) where he worked on expert systems, combat control systems, and other platforms for the U.S. Nuclear Submarine Fleet. Later he joined Corning Optical Fiber where he developed intelligent manufacturing systems using AI/ML. While with Corning he lead multiple international engineering projects and teams, developed machine vision solutions to improve their process, and worked on technology for computed tomography and diffraction based metrology. Dr. Ricanek joined University of North Carolina, Wilmington, in 2003 where he established the interdisciplinary research lab for AI and computer vision focused on the Department of Defence and Intelligence Community. He was a founding PI for the first Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence (ODNI) Center for Academic Excellence in Science and Technology, CASIS. He is a founding member of the Cyber Identity and Behavioral Analytics Research Consortium. He is a member of multiple international scientific working groups for face recognition, biometrics, and machine learning where he shares his insights with governments and industries around the world. He is an active member of the IEEE Standards groups for AI Bias and Empathy. He is a serial entrepreneur with multiple startups and licensed products across the globe. His latest startup, Lapetus Solutions Inc, which is private equity funded, is an AI company in the Insurance and Financial Technology space.
 

Dr Philippe Sabatier, Professor and Director of BioHealth Computing Schools, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Philippe Sabatier, is Full Professor in Epidemiology and Mathematical modelling at, the University Grenoble-Alpes, School of Pharmacy and at the School of Veterinary Sciences, Lyon. After studying agronomy, he joined the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, where he spent a thesis in mathematical modelling of biological process, summarizing the rules of non-equilibrium phase transition of microbiological ecosystems in the framework of the generalized catastrophe theory. In 1987, he obtained a professorship and joined the Laboratory “Techniques for biomedical engineering and complexity management – informatics, mathematics and applications – Grenoble” (TIMC-IMAG). Since 2011, Sabatier has been leading the bioHeath Computing Schools (bioHC) at the European Scientific Institute. The bioHC Schools offer to highly graduated students a unique and transformational opportunity to broaden skills-sets in a range of fields including advanced research strategies, problem solving, interdisciplinarity, innovation, sustainable business planning, ethics and regulatory affairs. The bioHC schools are accelerated-learning programmes proposed in partnership with European Universities and Companies in order to generate disruptive innovation in the field of health and environment. Sabatier leads several international research programmes on environmental epidemiology (in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America). Current research in his team focuses on space-temporal dynamics of epidemics; kinetics and transport of biological and chemical aggressors in propagating environments; multi-scale modelling of disease spread; public health capabilities. Sabatier published more than 160 publications in the field of Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Theoretical Biology, Ecological Modelling, Remote Sensing, Emerging Zoonotic and Vector Borne Diseases. He has served several national and international organizations on short-term missions (InVS, WHO, OIE and FAO).
 

Dr Jian Song, Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

 Dr. Jian Song received B. Eng and PhD degrees from Electronic Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, China in 1990 and 1995, respectively, and has been Post-doctor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Waterloo in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He then worked in USA for seven years, and joined Tsinghua faculty team in 2005. He is now Director of DTV Technology R&D Center which is one of the major technical contributors to Chinese DTV standard. Dr. Song has served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Broadcasting since 2010, and is the General Chair of IEEE SmartGridComm 2019 and IEEE BMSB 2014. He was elected to the vice chairman of WP 6A of ITU International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2012 and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ITU academic Journal, ICT Discoveries. Dr. Song has published over 260 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, holds two US and more than fifty Chinese patents. He is the co-author of several book or book chapters. Dr. Song is the Fellow of IEEE, IET, and CIE (Chinese Institute of Electronics).
 

​​Dr Susan Teltscher, Head, Capacity & Digital Skills Development Division and Head, a.i., ICT Data and Analytics Division, ITU

Dr. Susan Teltscher is Head of the Capacity & Digital Skills Development Division (since March 2016) and Head, a.i., of the ICT Data and Analytics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. In this context, she is responsible for ensuring the delivery of ICT-related capacity building activities and projects, with the objective to enhance knowledge and capabilities in the field of ICT, in particular in developing countries. This includes the direction and coordination of the ITU Academy and of the ITU Centers of Excellence network, working in partnership with Government, industry and academic institutions. She is also responsible for ITU’s work on the collection, harmonization, analysis and dissemination of ICT statistics worldwide, and for the production of analytical reports on global and regional trends in ICT, including the annual ITU Measuring the Information Society Report and the ICT Development Index.
Before joining ITU in July 2008, she was Chief of the ICT Policy and Analysis Unit, ICT and E-Business Branch, of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva. Dr Teltscher received her Ph.D. in Economic Geography in 1992 from the University of Washington (Seattle, United States).
 

Dr Kiran Trivedi, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics & Communication, SS Engineering College, Gujarat Technological University, India

Zoltan TothDr. Kirankumar Trivedi is an Associate Professor at Electronics & Communication Engineering Department of Shantilal Shah Engineering College -Bhavnagar, affiliated with Gujarat Technological University, under the Commissionerate of Technical Education, Education Department of Government of Gujarat, India. Dr. Kiran Trivedi is B.E. (Electronics & Communication), M.E. (Communication Systems Engineering) and holds Ph.D. He is having 23 years of experience in teaching UG and PG students at the university level. Dr. Trivedi has organized various workshops on wireless and mobile technologies in India and delivered various expert talks on Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing and Deep Learning. He is involved in development of AI enabled embedded device-based application for health and ICT. He has been invited for talks at UNESCO- France, SEE 2010-Netherlands, ICTP-Italy, Symbain-UK and Nepal. He has contributed for a free book on m-learning jointly published by ICTP Italy and UNESCO. He had been invited to demonstrate Emergency Messenger System to Honourable President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kiran Trivedi has been awarded as Nokia Developer Champion for best contribution in the mobile technologies from 2007 to 2011 consecutively. He has received NVIDIA Artificial Intelligence Research grant in 2018. He is also been awarded as best Professor for broader outlook learner teacher and holds AIR INDIA "Rank & Bolt Award". Dr. Trivedi was global winner for Ovi App Wizard contest in Nokia’s Global Callingallinnovators contest in 2010 and he also won Dr. APJ Kalam Innovation Award at IABS 2017 Conference on Biomedical Sciences. He has published more than 35 papers in various conferences and journals. His two patents were published in Indian Patent Journal and he loves to speak on Intellectual Property Rights. Dr. Trivedi actively organizes ITU - “Girls in ICT” Day since last two years and was invited to speak on India’s leading FM Radio station “AIR” to promote Girls in ICT of rural areas in Gujarat. His teams of students have been winner in Hackathons at state level. Dr. Kiran Trivedi has published science and technology related articles in leading newspaper and worked on many innovative projects. In addition to this he has served in various Government committees like TEQIP Research coordinator and Student Start-up Innovation Policy coordinator. Apart from this he is an avid cyclist riding more than 27000 km so far in total and still counting and loves music.

Dr Lav Varshney, Principal Research Scientist, Salesforce Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Zoltan TothLav Varshney is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with further appointments in computer science, neuroscience, industrial engineering, and digital agriculture. He is also chief scientist of Ensaras, Inc. On leave, he is currently a principal research scientist at Salesforce Research, Palo Alto, CA, focusing on AI ethics and AI for social good. He received the B.S. degree (magna cum laude) with honors from Cornell University in 2004. He received the S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, 2008, and 2010, where his theses received the E. A. Guillemin Thesis Award and the J.-A. Kong Award Honorable Mention. He was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center from 2010 until 2013, where he led the design and development of the Chef Watson computational creativity system. His research interests include information and coding theory; data science and artificial intelligence; and limits of nanoscale, social, and neural computing. Dr. Varshney serves on the advisory board of the AI XPRIZE. He received the IBM Faculty Award in 2014 and was a finalist for the Bell Labs Prize in 2014 and 2016. He and his students have won several best paper awards, his work appears in the anthology, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014, and he was selected to present at the 2017 World Science Festival. He appears on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and has been named a Center for Advanced Study Fellow at the University of Illinois.

Prof Liu Yun, Professor, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Fudan University, China

Zoltan TothProf. Liu obtained his B.S. in Biology from Fudan University in 2003. He received the MHS degree in Biostatistics and the Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics, both from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. He then did his postdoctoral training in Johns Hopkins University Center for Epigenetics. In 2014, Prof. Liu joined Fudan University to set up his own lab focusing on epigenetic research. He is currently a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in Fudan University School of Basic Medical Sciences. Prof. Liu’s laboratory is interested in the roles of epigenetics in common diseases and cancers. His original work, published in Nature Biotechnology, discovered that altered DNA methylation can mediate the genetic effects on the development of rheumatoid arthritis. His other works were also published on a lot of high-profile scientific journals, such as Nature Genetics, American Journal of Human Genetics and Nucleic Acids Research, etc. His papers were well-recognized in the scientific community and were cited more than 1500 times in the past 5 years.