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International Summit of the Book keynote speakers

WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker
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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. 



WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker
WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker
WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker

WBIMLC Keynote and guest Speakers

WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Serap Kurbanoğlu

Dr. Kurbanoglu is a full time professor at the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University. She received her PhD in Information Studies from Sheffield University, United Kingdom.

She is the coordinator and the organizer of the UNESCO “Training the Trainers in Information Literacy” regional workshop which held in Ankara in 2008. She was involved in numerous initiatives regarding information literacy and lifelong learning, including Moscow Decleration on Media and Information Literacy (2012) and UNESCO’s experts meeting on the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Indicators (2013), as well as national and international research projects.

She is the co-initiator and co-chair of ECIL (European Conference on Information Literacy) and the chief editor of ECIL’s proceedings book. She is a member of program committees of numerous conferences and also serves as a referee for several scientific journals.

WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker

Sonja Špiranec

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Sonja Špiranec is full professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Information & Communication Sciences. At her institution, she fulfils the function of chair of the Doctoral Program in Information & Communication Sciences as well as the chair of Institute of Information Studies. 

She has published several books and numerous articles in Croatian as well as in international forums. Her work primarily concerns information literacy and other related literacies, information behaviour and scientific communication. More recently her research focuses on the relevance of information literacy within contemporary socio-technological configurations, specifically concerning phenomenons of post-truth or algorithmic cultures, as well as issues of information discernment or trust-building in such contexts. 

She has participated in a number of international projects (e.g. Erasmus, COST Action) and has been commissioned as an expert reviewer and evaluator by national and European science foundations. Since 2006 she participated in different information and media literacy projects, initiatives and summits organized by UNESCO. 

She is the co-founder of the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), an internationally renowned and recognized IL event. 

At WBIMLC 2022, Sonja Špiranec will give a keynote address titled: Information Literacy in post-times: golden age or mid-life crises? 

WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker
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Dilara Begum

Dr. Dilara Begum is Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management and Librarian (In-charge) at East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has completed her Ph. D. from Punjabi University Patiala, India. She was a former fellow of IFLA, ALP (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). She has more than 20 years of experiences in research, teaching, and information management. Her research interest includes information management, digital library, information literacy, open access etc. She has been elected as Professional Division Committee Chair-C and Asia Oceania Regional Division Committee member of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for 2021-2023. She has acted elected Secretary of Information Literacy Section of IFLA. Beside these, she has served in numerous significant and diversified roles including General Secretary, DLNetSA, 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 Fifty (50) national and international publications. She has organized various international conferences as a Conference Chair. She has also contributed as a Conference Convener on the International Conference on the Role of LIS Professionals in the 4th Industrial Revolution held on 11-12 February 2022 at The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is considered one of the pioneers 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.

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