International Summit of the Book keynote speakers
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Ismail Serageldin is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria, and was the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria (2001-2017) in Egypt. Before that he was the Vice-President of the World Bank (1993-2000), and Chairman of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Founding Chairman of The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest : A micro-finance program (CGAP), and the Global Water Partnership (GWP).
He currently serves on many advisory boards and committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts, including as Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC). He is also a Patron of the International Science Council (ISC).
He has received many awards including the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, The Pablo Neruda Medal of Chile and is a knight of the French Legion d’Honneur and a Commander of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.
He graduated from Cairo University and holds a PhD from Harvard University He was a distinguished professor at Wageninen University and the College de France in Paris. He has lectured widely, published more than 100 books and 500 articles, and has received and 40 honorary doctorates from all over the world.
WBIMLC Keynote and guest Speakers
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Dr. Sanda Erdelez
Dr. Sanda Erdelez is Chair-elect for the iSchools Organisation and a Professor and Director at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.
She received her LL.B. and LL.M degrees from the University of Osijek Law School (Croatia) and Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University.
She was also a faculty member at the University of Missouri, University of Texas at Austin and University of Osijek. Dr. Erdelez is a former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of The Texas Excellence Teaching Award and The ALISE Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award.
Her research interests include human information behavior, human-computer interaction and usability evaluation in online environments.
She has been internationally recognized for her pioneering research in the areas of information encountering and opportunistic discovery of information. Her research has received funding from both corporate and government sources including Dell Inc., SBC Communication, Texas State Government, and NSF.
She is an active member of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), where she has served in numerous leadership roles including the chair of Special Interest Group on Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE) and member of the ASIS&T Board of Directors. In 2015, Dr. Erdelez received the Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award from SIG USE and also became a member of the SIG USE Academy of Fellows.