Keynote and guest Speakers
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).
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.
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 www.web-visibility.co.za.