Speakers

Paolo Celot

Paolo Celot is an economist from Pisa University and a European affairs advisor specialised in the media sector. Founding member and Secretary General of EAVI – the European Association for Viewers Interests, a not-for-profit organization active in the fields of media literacy, disinformation and citizenship. Before moving to Brussels, he worked extensively in the private and public broadcasting sector both in London and Milan, working with the BBC, RAI and with private broadcasters as well as with television advertising agencies and various public institutions.
He participates to the Experts Group of the European Commission on media literacy, in the advisory board of the European Audiovisual Observatory, in the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society at the Council of Europe and in other international fora.
Paolo has written books and articles, produced audiovisuals and he authored four Europe-wide studies in 28 EU countries on behalf of the European Commission. Greatly interested by the numerous challenges posed by emerging media forms, he delivers presentations on media literacy and citizens-related issues across Europe.

Guy Berger

Guy Berger is UNESCO's director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, based in Paris. He oversees UNESCO's work on safety of journalists and the issue of impunity; press and Internet freedom; media development; journalism education; gender and media; media and emergencies; and media and information literacy. In addition, he serves as secretary of UNESCO's 59-Member State committee which operates the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Berger headed the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa, from 1995 to 2010. Before that, he was a journalist and editor, as well as an activist against the apartheid system.

Leo Van Audenhove

Leo Van Audenhove is a professor and head of department at the Department of Communication Studies of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a researcher at iMEC-SMIT – Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology at the same university. He is extra-ordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape. In 2013, he was instrumental in setting up the Knowledge Centre for Media Literacy in Flanders, of which he subsequently became the director. The centre was established by government as an independent centre to promote media literacy in Flanders. His research focuses on Internet governance, media literacy, e-inclusion and ICT4D.

Tapio Varis

Professor Emeritus of Professional Education, with an emphasis on global learning environments, University of Tampere, Finland, and the UNESCO Chair in Global E-Learning. Docent in Communication in the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere. Principal Research Associate at UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Has been member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education , the European Commission Media Literacy Expert Group and the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives in New York. Has held various posts throughout his career, including Rector of the University for Peace (created by the UN) in Costa Rica; Chair of Media Education in the University of Tampere, Finland; and Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute. Has been visiting professor in many parts of the world, including Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States, Spain, and Austria, Jordan, and China. Has authored approximately 300 scientific articles on topics such as “Global Peace through the Global University System.” Holds Masters and Doctor of Social Science from the University of Tampere, Finland. Recent work is co-authored with J-M Perez Tornero on
Media Literacy and New Humanism

Dan Nixon

Dan Nixon is a freelance writer whose published work has been picked up by The Sunday Times, The Economist and The Guardian, among others. A former Bank of England economist, he is now a senior researcher at The Mindfulness Initiative and leads Perspectiva's initiative into the workings of the attention economy. He lives in London.

Béatrice Dispaux

Contemporary dancer in a previous life, Béatrice Dispaux is a psychologist, and a qualified mindfulness instructor (Umass-Center For Mindfulness). She's working in Brussels as a familiy psychotherapist for more than fifteen years with individuals, families and couples, in hospital and mental health service. As a mindfulness instructor, she is mainly facilitating 2 mindfulness-based programs : the MBSR-8 weeks program, and the MBCAS - 8 months program for seniors. She's also comitted as volunteer in a citizen platform helping refugees in Brussels. Conveying and embodying mindfulness both in her professional, volunteer and personnal context is particularly close to her heart.
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Christopher Burr

Christopher Burr is a philosopher of cognitive science at the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford. His research explores how digital technologies have reshaped our understanding of wellbeing and the new opportunities and risks that these technologies pose for human flourishing.
He has held previous posts at the University of Bristol, where he explored the ethical and epistemological impact of big data and artificial intelligence and completed his PhD in 2017.
His research interests include Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Ethics of Digital Technology and A.I., Decision Theory, and Philosophy of Mind.

Wouter Gekiere

Wouter Gekiere currently works for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European alliance of public service media, as Head of EU Regulatory Policy. He leads on monitoring the latest European regulatory and policy trends in the audiovisual field and coordinates work in these fields with the EBU membership. He started his career working on research projects on various European policy issues, followed by a position as an advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament. He holds master’s degrees in Law (1998) and in International Relations (1999) from the University of Leuven and a master’s degree in Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne (2004).

Andy Demeulenaere

Andy Demeulenaere is the coordinator of Mediawijs, the Flemish Knowledge Centre on Digital and Media Literacy, the main hub in Flanders to help citizens use media and ICT actively, creatively, critically and consciously. As a long time voluntary and professional youth worker finding the right balance in empowering, providing for and protecting users of media and ICT is central in his work. As a historian he cares deeply about how we address and assess reporting and information and how we appreciate the historical dimension of what we live through day to day. As a non-profit manager he strives for more and better strategies and cooperation to attain the most impact of our collective work.

Erik Vlaeminck

Erik is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. He holds an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Leiden University and an MA in Slavonic and Eastern European Studies from KU Leuven. His expertise includes Russian studies (literature and popular culture), strategic communications and cultural relations with a specific focus on Russia and China. He regularly writes and speaks on these topics in Europe, Russia and China. In early 2018, he was an invited scholar at the University of Tyumen (Russia) where he developed an ongoing research project related to the dynamics of cultural relations in Siberia.

Mehmet Koksal

Mehmet Koksal, 41, is working as project officer for the European Federation Journalists (EFJ), the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320,000 journalists in 70 journalists’ organisations across 44 countries. Mehmet Koksal is well connected with European trade union organisations and professional journalists' organisation. In charge of project management for the EFJ, he is contributing to the European Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms project initiated by the Global Editors Network and also to the FRA Media Diversity Toolkit. His main topics of interests include press freedom violations, data driven journalism, information and security for journalism, access to information, trade union management and international campaigns management.

Lama Jaghjougha

Project Officer at EAVI. Lama has accumulated more than 6 years experience in PR and communications in the Middle East and in Europe. She has worked for many different companies and non-government organisations and has grown an interest in the field of refugees and migrants. she is the founder of Refugee Workforce Assistance Network (RWAN). As well as undertaking research surrounding the use of media among refugees and migrants she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in management science at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She speaks Arabic and English.

Isabel Marques da Silva

Isabel Marques da Silva is an European Affairs Correspondent at the Euronews' Brussels delegation and a member of the Portuguese service, one of the 12 official languages in which the TV channel covers news 24/7 (Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish). Migration, Human Rights, Environment and Sustainable Development are the main areas of expertise. Isabel has a BA in Communication Sciences (1995) from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and a MA in Communication for Development (2017) from the Malmo University (Sweden), with a thesis about Higher Education opportunities for young displaced people. Outside journalism, Isabel worked as the Communication Officer for Portugal at the United Nations Regional Information Center, in Brussels (2015/2016).