International Summit of the Book keynote speakers

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Christine Mackenzie

Christine Mackenzie is President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions). She retired as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service, Melbourne, Australia in 2016 after 12 years in that role and following a long career in public libraries. Previously she was Manager of Brisbane City Council Library Service, the largest public library system in Australia.
Christine has been very active in IFLA and was President elect 2017 – 19 and Treasurer 2015-17. She was a co-founder of INELI-Oceania, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that provided leadership training for librarians in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and which sponsored the formation of the Pacific Libraries Network in 2018. She has been a member of the Australian Government’s Public Lending Rights Committee; the Library Board of Victoria’s
Advisory Committee on Public Libraries; the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Public Libraries; the Executive of the Public Libraries Victoria Network, and a juror for the Intelligent Communities Forum. She has held a number of roles in ALIA including President 2003-04. She was
awarded an ALIA fellowship in 2008 and the VALA Robert D Williamson Award in 2012.
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Ismail Serageldin

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. 

Panel Discussion

Join our great Panel Discussion on "The Future of Text" with Frode Hegland, Vint Cerf and Ismail Serageldin.

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Frode Hegland

Frode Alexander Hegland is a software developer creating augmented text software for macOS, Editor of ‘The Future of Text’ book and host of the annual Future of Text Symposium.

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Vinton G. Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google .

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. With Robert Kahn, Vint is the co-designer of the architecture of the Internet. In 1997 they received the U.S. National Medal of Technology and in 2005, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the ACM Turing Award. In April 2008 they shared the Japan Prize for their work and in 2013, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a member of the US National Academies of Science and Engineering and the Legion d’Honneur. 

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and he has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and twenty-nine honorary degrees.

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Tamar Kintsurashvili

Tamar Kintsurashvili is an Executive Director of Media Development Foundation (MDF). Tamar is an author and co-author of numerous researches and publications on hate speech , anti-Western propaganda , Kremlin Influence Index , media literacy . She is an editor-in-chief of fact-checking online portal Myth Detector and runs Deutsche Welle Akademie youth project aimed at equipping non-journalist youngsters with tools to distinguish real news from manipulated content. Tamar is a member of Deutsche Welle Akademie Media and Information Literacy Experts Network ( MILEN ). Tamar Kintsurashvili is associate professor at Ilia State University.
Previously, Kintsurashvili was the first elected General Director of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (2005-2009).

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Tefko Saracevic, Ph.D.

Studied electrical engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia; completed Master (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) studies in information science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Stayed at Case till 1985, when moved to Rutgers. Promoted to Distinguished Professor in 1991. Professor Emeritus since 2010. Presented papers at international meetings in 48 countries. Was the president of the American Society for Information Science; received the Society’s Award of Merit (the highest award given by the Society). Also, received the Gerard Salton Award for Excellence in Research, by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Association for Computing Machinery (also the highest award given by the Group). As of October 2019, he has received 4,980 citations in Scopus database (the largest abstract and citation database of scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings; excludes self-citations). In Google Scholar (with a broader coverage of all kind of documents in addition to journals) he received 13,737 citations.

Guest Speakers

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Prof. Melius Weideman

Prof. Melius Weideman is the founder and leader of WARC - the Website Attributes Research Centre at CPUT in Cape Town. His research interests were initially focussed on computer viruses, but after 1994 the Internet, and specifically search engines started fascinating him. He graduated with a Doctorate in Information Science from the University of Cape Town in 2001, and numerous of his publications have seen the light since then on topics including website visibility, website usability, search engines, internet marketing and information retrieval. Melius has a strong international presence, and has delivered many international guest lectures and plenaries over the years. He has been invited by various European universities as Guest Professor, presenting sessions ranging from short lectures to semester courses (5 European credits). During 2007 he was chosen from 40 international applicants to become the first Fellow at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. In mid-2008 he spent three months teaching at this university. Campus02, in Graz, Austria invited him to do two workshop series on Internet Marketing through Websites in 2008. He also spent 3 months at MUNI in Brno, Czech Republic, (2012/2013) on an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. He was appointed as an Associate Professor in 2004, and a full Professor at CPUT in 2008, and is an NRF rated researcher. Melius lives near Cape Town in Souith Africa, and enjoys spending time with his family and for recreation cycles, reads and is an avid amateur photographer. He has completed 25 (consecutive) Argus Cycle Tours, four Double Centuries and 1.5 ABSA Cape Epic tours. His research work and outputs are described on

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Dr. Dilara Begum

Dr. Dilara Begum is the Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Information Studies and Library Management at East West University. She has completed her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. from University of Dhaka and Ph.D. from Punjabi University, India. Her research interest includes information management, digital library, information literacy, open access and others. She is currently acting as the information coordinator in Asia and Oceania Section and Standing Committee Member in Management and Marketing Section at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She is also acting as General Secretary, DLNetSA. Beside these, she also played significant and diversified role such as: Country Coordinator of Information Literacy Consortium sponsored by UNESCO, Standing Committee Member of ECIL in 2013 to till now, elected Senior Vice President and Women Affairs Secretary of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) from 2009-2014. She was also the President (Acting) of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) in 2011. She has more than Forty (40) national and international publications. She is considered one of the pioneer of Digital Library building in Bangladesh and as well as an international expert on the mentioned field. She has been awarded with the prestigious award, "Prof. Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders" on 05th July 2018 in Mumbai at the World Education Congress recognizing her contribution in education.