EAVI Conversations

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

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

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

Letitia Parcalabescu

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

Mohamed El-guindy​

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Prof. Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone, DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the director of the Digital Futures Commission and the Global Kids Online project. Sonia has advised many major European and International bodies like the European Commission, the OECD and UNICEF on children’s internet safety and rights in the digital environment. She has published 20 books on media literacy and received five honorary doctorates and several international prizes.


Dr. Christopher Burr

Dr. Christopher Burr is a senior research associate of the Public Policy Programme of the Alan Turing Institute and a research associate of the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford. His work is focused on how digital technologies have reshaped our understanding of well-being, and on the new opportunities and risks that these technologies pose for human flourishing. Dr. Burr 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 2001.


Liesbeth Hop

Liesbeth Hop is seen as one of the Dutch authorities on media literacy. Her mission is to improve the media literacy of youth, parents, teachers, corporate companies and governments. She founded Media Rakkers and the Dutch Academy for Media & Society, a highly respected educational institute for media literacy trainings and workshops. In 2007, she developed the highly successful post graduate National MediaCoach Training.


Prof. José Manuel Pérez Tornero

José Manuel Pérez Tornero is a journalist and professor of journalism and communication science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as the director of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy and Quality Journalism Chair. He acts as an expert consultant on media literacy for UNESCO, the EU and various international organisations. He directs the Communication and Education Cabinet (UAB) and EduMediaLab, a laboratory dedicated to research on innovation in communication and education.


Prof. Divina Frau-Meigs

Divina Frau-Meigs is a professor and media sociologist at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in France, where she created the master programme AIGEME and coordinates the research on media and globalization in the international CREW research group. She is a founding member of the European Consortium for Communications Research and a member of the scientific council of the CIEM as well as of the ECREA. She acts as an expert for UNESCO, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and other government bodies.


Renate Schroeder

Renate Schroeder is the Director of the European Federation of Journalists and an advocate at European level and in the Council of Europe. She presents the EFJ internationally and advises EFJ expert groups on broadcasting, media literacy and digital journalism. She studied International Relations and Political Science and worked for the United Nations,  FAST in Berlin and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Brussels.


Ricardo Gutiérrez

Ricardo Gutiérrez is General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists and a senior lecturer at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Former journalist for the Belgian daily newspaper “Le Soir”, he is a member of the Belgian Press Council (CDJ) and of the EU High Level Expert Group on Disinformation and has conducted training for journalists on hate speech, ethical journalism and reporting on ethnicity and religion.


Aura Salla

As Head of EU Affairs, Aura Salla oversees Facebook’s engagement on EU policies with the European Institutions and Member States. Before joining Facebook, Aura worked in the EC as a Foreign Policy and Communications Adviser at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), an in-house think tank to President Jean-Claude Juncker. Previously she served as a Member of the Cabinet of Jyrki Katainen, EC Vice President responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness.


Dr. Charis Xinari

Dr. Charis Xinari is an Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Theory at the European University Cyprus. Her research angle is gender and identity. Over the last few years, her research interests have focused on identity formation and uses of new media, with a special interest in critical media literacy. She has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the ESF Forward Look on Media Studies and co-author of the Final report “New Media, New Literacies” and is currently the coordinator of the European MediaCoach Initiative (EMCI)an Erasmus+ KA3 funded project.


Audrius Perkauskas

Audrius Perkauskas is deputy head of unit “Audiovisual and Media Services Policy” at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT). During his 15 years at the Commission and DG Connect, he has acquired the experience of policy-making and regulation in several areas of digital economy and society: telecoms, data economy and media – copyright, audiovisual regulation, media freedom and pluralism, media literacy. Before joining the European Commission, Audrius Perkauskas worked as a lawyer, lecturer at Vilnius University and advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania.


Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck is the founder and director of Lie Detectors, an award-winning media-literacy organisation in Europe that helps young people and teachers sort facts from fakes and understand professional journalism. Juliane represented Lie Detectors within the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Digital Disinformation and Fake News and has advised politicians and lawmakers on anti-radicalisation and lateral literacy in an age of media pluralism. She is an award-winning journalist who previously wrote for The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Newsweek and others.


Ania Helseth

Ania Helseth is IP lawyer graduated from the University of Oxford and specialized in the EU law at the University of Amsterdam. She has a long public policy experience in Brussels. Ania worked for the European Parliamen at the beginning of her career and was a telecom attache at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. She held various positions at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and headed public policy for the Association of Sattelite Operators. She joined Facebook in May 2016 and focused on issues around content regulation, copyright, AVMS and intermediary liability.

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