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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. 



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Join our great Panel Discussion with Frode Hegland, Vint Cerf and Ismail Serageldin

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Vinton G. Cerf

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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Tonia Arahova

Tonia Arahova is IFLA President-elect, and will serve as IFLA President from 2023 to 2025. She is the President of the General Council for Libraries of Greece, a post she has held since June 2021. Previously, she has been responsible for the organization of the Library of the President of the Hellenic Republic, as well as Chief Operating Officer at the National Library of Greece.


She holds a bachelor degree in Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MRA (Master in Public Management & Public Policy) from the Department of International and European Economic Studies of Athens University of Economics and Business and Μs (Master in Communication and Mass Media in the Field of Political Communication) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with thesis on cultural diplomacy, social media and presidential libraries.


She has participated in many international conferences and has published articles on strategic management, marketing, cultural heritage promotion and cultural diplomacy.

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Frode Alexander 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

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Paul G. Zurkowski

Information Literacy founder and visionary Paul G. Zurkowski became the first president and general counsel of the Information Industry Association (IIA) with offices in the shadow of the US Capital, Washington, DC from 1969-1989. He coined the phrase “information literacy” in 1974 in his landmark Related Paper Number Five addressed to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science for the National Program on Library and Information Services titled The Information Service Environment Relationships and Priorities in 1974. In his paper he famously called for the Commission to establish “…a major national program to achieve universal information literacy…”
Mr. Zurkowski received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Mr. Zurkowski was born in November of 1932 in the US state of Wisconsin. He has been married to Margaret “Peg” (Becker) Zurkowski for over 60 years. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.

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Christine Bruce

Professor Christine Bruce is presently Dean, Graduate Research at James Cook University, Australia. Her research contributions focus on information literacy, higher education learning and teaching and higher degree research study and supervision, and research collaboration. She authored Seven Faces of Information Literacy, and Informed Learning, and was lead editor of Information Experience. She works with colleagues on the application of informed learning theory to research and practice, and on developing new theory emerging from this process; notably informed systems, information experience, informed learning design and information experience design amongst others form a significant research track.

Prior to 2018 she was convenor of the Queensland University of Technology Higher Education Research Network, and Academic Program Director – Research Training for the Science and Engineering Faculty.  She served as Director and Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Information Technology between 2001- 2006. She was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship in 2008 to investigate the pedagogy of supervision in IT and Engineering, later expanded to the STEM disciplines. In 2015 she was appointed Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy for contributions around postgraduate study and supervision. Later in 2015 she was admitted as a Principal Fellow to the UK Higher Education Academy for learning and teaching impact, including around postgraduate study and supervision. In 2010 Christine received a Library Board of Queensland Award for contributions to information literacy research and education.


Her academic experience includes collaboration across multiple disciplines (health, education, engineering, information technology, built environment for example) as well as with industry partners, students and colleagues around the world spanning her academic career (33 years)

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Dr. Sanda Erdelez

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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.

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Dr. Dilara Begum

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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 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 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.