Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder & CEO
Reem N. Bsaiso
ICT & Knowledge EconomyReem is an independent Senior Consultant specializing in knowledge economy policies and public reform; her focus is on ICT in Education and national training schemes, working with international agencies on ICT in Education in the MENA region, such as World Bank, UNESCO and EU Investment Bank. She is Founder of Global Tech-Net (G-TeN), a non-profit initiative registered at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Jordan. Reem is ex-CEO of World Links Arab Region and World Links International, initiated by the World Bank committed to spreading and merging ICT and knowledge economy skills in education and training of youth and women. She has created scalable and sustainable schemes to reach hundreds of millions of youth through highly effective and low cost models. She was part of the Prime Ministerial National Agenda of Jordan, and worked on the labour, employment, vocational training, education and social components. In 2002 – 2003, she initiated the Jordanian national strategy for merging ICT in education, established the first ICT department and programs for ICT literacy, e-learning and technical support, under a UNDP/ Government of Jordan scheme.
Jernej Pikalo is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ljubljana and former Minister of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia. Since completing his term of office in September 2014, he has devoted his professional energy to all the things he values dearly – quality of education for all, prosperity of societies, passionate belief in progress, be it due to scientific innovation, new business approaches, ICT based education, gender equality or greater intercultural understanding. He was educated at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Warwick (UK) and has authored or co-authored four books and more than twenty peer-reviewed articles. He has worked across disciplinary boundaries in international teams at the University of Warwick, University of Washington, Bristol University, European Inter-University Centre in Venice, and at the Bifrost University in Iceland. He was a chairperson of the Programme Council of RTV Slovenia and member of the board of the Institute of Autism in Ljubljana. Frequently contributing to Slovene media, he lives in Ljubljana with his wife and two children.
EUROMED & Media Consultant
For more than 30 years Gary has been a consultant on international communications issues, helping to shape strategies that reach out to client audiences, markets and partners across the globe. During that time he has worked with major industrials, professional services, government departments and NGOs, helping them to communicate effectively across different cultures. He has extensive experience of working with European institutions, providing communications strategy and actions in areas as diverse as EU investment in R&D and the work of the EC’s Humanitarian Office. In three years of this latter role he managed many donor networking and aid support activities, including events in the West Bank and Gaza and EU presence at the signing of the anti-landmine treaty in Ottawa. For the last six years Gary has been at the heart of a media consultation involving journalists and associated media interests from EU Member States and the countries on the Union’s borders to the South and East. Discussion and analysis in more than 30 conferences, seminars and workshops has tackled key issues for the region: migration, terrorism, human rights, racism and xenophobia, reporting conflict and media freedom. It has also established an informal network of journalists focused around common professional interests, offering mutual support and providing distribution for news direct from colleagues on the front line of the Arab Spring uprisings.
David Nordfors (PhD)
Innovation, Media & Society
David is a Swedish physicist, active in the field of science, innovation and society. As the initial Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) he created the first and largest Swedish quality controlled research funding system for university colleges. It is recognized to have broken down the borders between universities and university colleges in research, and fostered research collaboration between university colleges and industry. Nordfors is the founding Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University.
Nordfors work with the Pakistani television station, SAMAA TV, has been awarded for its role in bringing local issues of innovative development to the forefront of public awareness in Pakistan. David is a visiting professor at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tech Monterrey) in Mexico, and visiting professor at the Deutsche Welle DW-Academy.
Managing Director International Leadership Institute Austria/Bulgaria
Iliana Schmatelka manages at the moment the Technical Assistance of the EBRD Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Program in Kiew and provides for the IFC Global Trade Finance Program trainings for banks in Baku, Azerbaijan. After 20 years international managerial and executive experience in financial and investment institutions, private companies and NGOs, since 2012 Iliana works asstrategic and organisational development consultant and interim manager for institutions and private companies in different countries. She is author and moderator from international leadership and management seminars and Intercultural behaviour trainings. Since 2013 Iliana is a presidency member of the “Unity in Diversity” initiative of the Global Dialogue Foundation, Melbourne Australia. She is a licensed business coach and holds MBA degree from the University of Minnesota and Master degrees from the Universities of Economics in Sofia and Vienna.
Corporate Affairs & Media Relations
Richard Peel is a senior communications professional for more than 25 years – established a new consultancy, RPPR, at the start of 2006, majoring on strategic communications; crisis management; media training; public affairs and public relations. Richard has been a Director with blue chip organisations such as the Independent Television Commission (ITC) and the Audit Commission (AC) and spent 10 years as the Controller of Communication for BBC News. He was also the first Director of Corporate Affairs for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He held a similar post with Camelot Group plc, the operator of the UK’s National Lottery, when it secured its Third Licence bid. He has extensive contacts in Government, Parliament, the Civil Service, Royalty, all the leading broadcasters, the national newspapers and amongst key opinion formers. His network is strengthened through his fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
program manager of the Central Eastern European Network for Gender Issues
Mija Javornik is a programme manager of the Central Eastern European Network for Gender Issues (Ljubljana Office, 2007-2015), she is also an analyst at the Education Development Office, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Party of European Socialist Women and a member of the presidency of Women Forum SD Slovenia. She has worked as an advisor to the Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and was member of the Polling Station Commission.
As a CEE Network programme manager she is responsible for overseeing and developing projects under the auspices of the various donors (Olof Palme Centre, Labour Party/Westminster Foundation for Democracy, etc.). She has helped develop and deliver programmes on political and economic empowerment of women, and on reconstruction and development in the Balkans (author of the project for the Implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325 in Slovenia). Mija is also an author of the SD Mentoring Programme implemented in Western Balkans, MENA and Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. She has overseen the development and delivery of public events and spoke at high profile events and forums in relevant policy areas, both nationally and internationally (Arab Women´s Network events; EU – Argentina Human Rights Civil Society Seminar (European Comission): The contribution of civil society to the promotion of social inclusion and to anti-discrimination policies; Women’s empowerment in Central and Eastern Europe; Congress of Polish Women: Activeness, Entrepreneurship, Independence; Balkans Civil Society Consultation on Global Study on the Implementation of SCR 1325 (UN Women); Interregional Forum of Women in Politics (NDI, in co-operation with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights – ODIHR); keynote speaker at the Socialist International Women (SIW) event during the CSW57: Ending all Forms of Violence against Women and Girls.Through her work engagements, she has worked throughout Europe, MENA Region, South America and the United States. Mija studied sociology at the University of Ljubljana and Hawaii Pacific University, and has received the Klinar Fund award for her Bachelor´s Thesis.
Susana Frazao Pinheiro
Healthcare & Innovation Expert
Susana is Director, Healthcare Management Programme, UCL School of Management, University College London, where she also leads and teaches the module on Business and Sustainability. Susana has over fifteen years of experience in healthcare from various perspectives: research, policy, field and entrepreneurial. She has been trying to further her understanding of global health by working in various countries, such as the UK, Portugal, The Gambia, Switzerland, USA, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique, Angola.
Susana has been a consultant with the United Nations (UNDP, UNAIDS, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations), in Geneva, Luanda and New York, for almost a decade. She has also worked with Ministries of Health on the development of national health, monitoring and evaluation strategies and plans. She has spent almost a decade at the University of Oxford where she studied, taught, conducted research and acted as analytical project manager in a clinical trial for an HIV vaccine. During this time Susana was involved in other activities; she was part of the Founding Committee of Oxford Entrepreneurs and acted as Secretary of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group. She has also conducted research at the NIH, Maryland, USA, and at the Medical Research Council, The Gambia.
Susana has taught Business and Sustainability at the LisbonMBA, and Entrepreneurship and Development and Healthcare Innovation at Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. She was co-founder and Executive Director of IES -Social Business School in Portugal. Her passion to find solutions to healthcare has led her to co-develop and successfully piloted an innovative health system for real-time surveillance with the European Space Agency; this led her to be named Social Capital Markets Entrepreneur 2012. She seats on the Advisory Boards of Global Medical Knowledge, Oxford Entrepreneurs and of IES. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, and of the Economic Research Council, UK. Susana holds a Doctorate in HIV Immunology, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, and a MBA, Oxford SAID Business School (as Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship).
Felicia A. Henderson
Senior Corporate Leadership Consultant
Felicia A. Henderson is an executive advisor with over fifteen years experience advising corporations, investment firms and their senior executives in complex, cross-border projects. As a leadership consultant, Felicia works with c-suite executives and board members of business and non-profit organizations and their teams to improve responsible decision-making, global leadership practices and cross-cultural team interaction. Felicia also assists private equity and venture capital funds and private companies in the conduct of corporate development programs, including investments, divestments and equity or debt fundraisings. Felicia began her career in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a prominent international law firm, where she worked as an associate in the corporate practice group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and capital markets transactions. Felicia transferred to the Paris office of Debevoise in 2001, where she continued to advise corporations and private equity funds in strategic transactions. She was named International Counsel to the firm in 2008. Capitalizing on over a dozen years of legal practice experience in corporate law, Felicia founded Henderson Advising in 2012 to continue to work on complex business issues as an independent advisor. As an American national who has worked in France since 2001, Felicia is equally at ease working in English and French. Felicia lectures on corporate law and governance and on comparative law at Sciences Po and lectures on capital markets law at EDHEC Business School. Felicia received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Duke University in 1994, with a double-major in French Studies and International Comparative Studies. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997. While at Harvard Law School, Felicia served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. Although she no longer actively practices law, Felicia remains a member of the bar of the State of New York.
Katherine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill having earned a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. As a licensed attorney she has focused primarily on working in international human rights, helping asylum seekers gain entry into the US and defending the rights of women, specifically those affected by China’s One-Child Policy. She has extensive research experience both legal and media-related, having worked as the Senior Research Attorney for a boutique non-profit in Washington, D.C. and serving as the Director of Communications for one of its human rights-specific projects. She also has a background in collegiate media, having worked as both a writer and assistant editor for publications at UNC-CH and North Carolina State University.
Communication & Strategic Planning Associate
Maja is an innovative and results-driven manager with more than 12 years of experience in Communications and Marketing. Her broad-based background encompasses several fields of expertise both in agencies and in-house, including Strategic Planning, Project Management, Event Management, Partnerships and stakeholder engagement, and Social Media Marketing. She had started her career in McCann-Erickson where she handled accounts for Hewlett-Packard, Whirlpool, Unilever, Natuzzi and Coca-Cola among others, before moving to a corporate sector. Maja lived in the USA for 2 years where she took several courses on Communications, Social Media, Technology and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Having moved back to Europe, she continued working as a Communications and Marketing consultant for clients around the world.
Executive Business Support
Dayang graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication. She started her career in tourism and hospitality in her native country before joining the luxury hotel chain Jumeirah Group in Dubai, UAE. She then moved on to office management and administration for Emirates Beton, before joining Jetex Flight Support at the Dubai International Airport. Her work in executive business support for international companies with a diverse and multicultural workforce also covers corporate communication and public relations. In 2014, Dayang relocated to Europe and now calls Belgrade, Serbia her home.
Sally has a long background in administration in both the public and private sectors in the UK encompassing a number of different subjects from health to economic development. She has also worked previously in the leisure industry. She has recently set up her own business as a Virtual Enterpriser using her work and life experiences to find work that she enjoys and is fulfilling.
Eleni graduated cum laude from the Athens University of Economics and Business with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and specialization in Marketing. She started her career in the fast moving consumer goods sector, gaining four years work experience in marketing through roles in consumer and trade marketing at Nutriart S.A, and in sales development at Mythos Brewery S.A, part of the Carlsberg Group. In 2014, she graduated top of the class from the University of Edinburgh Business School with a Master in Business Administration. During her MBA studies, she undertook marketing-oriented consultancy projects for companies operating in the UK and Nigeria, in the financial services and hospitality sector respectively.
IT & Programming
Maneet Puri is a specialized web consultant and the Managing Director of Lexolution IT Services, a professional web design company in India that offers intuitive web design and custom web development services. Maneet also carries an infinite interest in writing articles and blogs on upcoming web technologies and trends. As a web consultant, he has been offering valuable advice and suggestions to his clients located all over the globe.