EAVI Conversations 2021
Paolo Celot is the Founder and Secretary-General of EAVI. Over the last twenty-five years, he has accumulated experience in media working in London, Milan and Brussels. He is an expert on media literacy for the European Commission, a member of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society at the Council of Europe, a member of the Active Citizenship Group for the European Commission, and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Paolo has authored books and Europe-wide studies covering 27 countries and 20 different languages.
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Lee Hibbard is a Senior Fellow at the Diplo Foundation, a non-profit foundation established by the governments of Malta and Switzerland which works to increase the role of small and developing states and improve global governance and international policy development. In this role, Lee is a regular guest lecturer on the Diplo AI online course, notably modules on (i) governance and regulation of AI, and on (ii) human rights and AI. He currently works in the Bioethics Unit of the Council of Europe responsible for various files concerning human rights and biomedicine, including the application of AI in healthcare. Lee is also a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar. He has a B.A. in Law and Economics and an LL.M. from the University of Leicester, UK.
Actor and youtuber
Yannis Sarakatsanis has studied Mathematics, acting and physical theatre in Greece and the UK. In 2004 he founded AbOvo theatre company, one of the most influential young theatre companies in Greece. Since then he has participated in more than 50 shows either as an actor, director or writer. He also does improv, stand-up comedy and, since 2020, he has a successful YouTube channel with videos that combine psychology, philosophy and comedy.
First Draft News
Dr. Claire Wardle
Dr. Claire Wardle leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft. In 2009 she left her academic position at Cardiff University to develop an organization-wide training program for the BBC on social media, verification and misinformation and has been obsessed with the topic ever since. In 2017 she co-authored the seminal report, Information Disorder: An interdisciplinary Framework for Research and Policy for the Council of Europe. Over the past decade she has been a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
youtuber and phd candidate
After studying Physics and Computer Science, Letitia is a PhD candidate at Heidelberg University. Her research focuses on vision and language integration in multimodal machine learning. Her side-project revolves around the “AI Coffee Break with Letitia” YouTube channel, where the animated Ms. Coffee Bean explains and visualizes concepts from the latest research in Artificial Intelligence.
University of Tampere
Prof. Tapio Varis
Prof. Tapio Varis (Professor emeritus) has worked in many functions throughout his career, among others as Chair of Professional Education at the University of Tampere, as UNESCO Chair in Global E-Learning, as a member of the European Commission Media Literacy Expert Group and as Rector of the University for Peace (created by the UN) in Costa Rica. He has authored approximately 200 scientific articles on topics like global peace, new media and cultural identity and continues to contribute to print and broadcast media.
Cyber Security Expert
Dr. El-Guindy is a Cyber security and Cybercrime consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) developing and delivering training to Justice, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Departments. Furthermore, he works as Cybercrime Expert at Faculty of Law, the British University in Egypt and works as Information Security advisor to the Assistant of Prime Minister of Egypt (Information and Decision Support Center) and Digital Transformation Advisor to the Prosecutor General’s Office. He was invited by Ministry of Defense to deliver speech in front of H.E. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi about Hybrid Warfare and Social Media.
ZeitGeist CEO, UNESCO MIL Alliance, International Co-Chairman
Alexandre Le Voci Sayad
Alexandre Le Voci Sayad is a journalist and educator and holds a specialization in Digital Business at University of California / Berkeley. He is currently general director of ZeitGeist, an advisory company in Education and Media, and also a postgraduate researcher on A.I and Education in Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil. He serves as international co-chairman of UNESCO MIl Alliance. Sayad hosts a TV show and a Youtube channel focused on Media and Information Literacy, and is also a columnist at A Gazeta do Povo newspaper and Educação magazine. He is author of several books in the MIL field and member of the Comunicar Magazine scientific board (Universidad de Huelva, Spain) and Educamídia program in Brazil.
Human rights advocate
Diletta Bellotti, 26 years old, is human rights advocate, writer and researcher. In 2019, she started the awareness campaign “Bloody Red Tomatoes” to shed light on the exploitation of farmworkers in Italy.
Activist/Environmental media creator
Kristy Drutman is a Jewish-Filipina environmental media creator and founder of Brown Girl Green, a media platform exploring the intersections between media, diversity, and environmentalism. As a sustainability communications expert, Kristy has spoken in front of thousands as well as facilitated workshops centered around environmental media and storytelling in cities across the United States. She has also worked with youth from around the world to create collaborative, intersectional online media with the goal of creating conscious, culturally relevant content to engage audiences about proactive solutions to the climate crisis.
University of Leicester
Athina Karatzogianni is Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She is currently Principal Investigator for the European Commission Horizon 2020 project: ‘DigiGen: The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation’ leading the work on ICT and the transformation of civic participation (2019-2022). Her research has focused on the intersections between digital media theory, resistance networks and global politics, investigating ICT use by social movements, protest, and insurgency groups. Her most recent research can be read here.
Stacey Featherstone is Public Policy Manager for Stakeholder Engagement within Meta’s EU Affairs team in Brussels. Stacey is focused on fostering Digital Citizenship among the communities of people using Meta services. This includes helping people discern fact from fiction, build healthy relationships, stay safe, find greater wellbeing, build resilience, lead with empathy, communicate across diverse cultures, respect other perspectives, think critically about how they contribute to society and work together to make positive progress, online and off. Prior to joining Meta in 2019, Stacey was a Senior Consultant at NOVE, a public affairs and communications agency in Brussels where she worked horizontally on strategic public affairs campaigns in the health, digital, and fast-moving consumer goods sectors.
Youtuber and cyber-philanthropist
Myles Dyer is a British cyber-philanthropist who has lived and breathed the world of YouTube since 2006, constantly experimenting with the platform to teach others how online video can be used as a vehicle for social change. His efforts have covered a wide spectrum of subjects including education, mental health, politics and activism. For more than a decade he has created hundreds of videos as a vlogger, reaching tens of millions and thus helping shape online community from its earliest days. Myles organised the first UK YouTube gatherings, became a UNICEF honorary fellow after creating the annual 24-hour non-stop live charity fundraiser ‘Stickaid’, was nominated for ‘Broadcast Hotshot 2012’ and became YouTube’s UK Ambassador in 2018 as a part of their ‘Creators for Change’ initiative.