Keynotes Speakers and Tutorial Instructors - ICEDEG 2024

 

 

 

Since 2009, Sarah Spiekermann has been chairing the Institute for Information Systems & Society at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). She is a well-regarded scientist, author, speaker, and advisor on digital ethics. She published several books, including “Value-based Engineering – A Guide to Build Ethical Technology for Humanity” (DeGruyter, 2023), “Digital Ethics – A Value System for the 21st Century” (Droemer, 2019), and “Ethical IT Innovation: A Value-based System Design Approach” (Taylor & Francis, 2015), as well as over 100 articles in leading academic journals such as “Communications of the ACM,”  “IEEE Transactions” or “Science, Technology and Values.” In 2016, Sarah co-founded the “Sustainability Computing Lab”. In the same year, she also started vice-chairing IEEE’s “P7000” project, leading the development of the first model process for ethical system design (or what is called “VBE – Value-based Engineering”) published in 2021 (also referenced as ISO/IEC/IEEE 24 748-7000). A detailed biography, background, and media information can be found on Wikipedia or Sarah’s private website.

Sarah co-supervised the academic work of Ph.D. students between 2003 and 2009 at Humboldt University in Berlin: Prof. Dr. Hanna Krasnova, Prof. Dr. Bertolt Meyer, Dr. Matthias Rothensee, and Prof. Dr. Michael Klafft. Since joining WU in 2009, she accompanied the Ph.D. projects of Prof. Dr. Marie Oetzel, Dr. Peter Lasinger, Dr. Esther Görnemann, and Dr. Alexander Novotny (who received the 2016 National Award of Excellence for his Ph.D. thesis). She served as external examiner for Ph.D. projects in computer science, engineering, and philosophy. Link to Keynote.

 

Prof. Nevine Makram Labib is the Director of the Social and Cultural Planning Center and Head of the Digital Transformation Committee at the Egyptian Government’s Institute of National Planning. She is a scientist in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics Scientist, focusing on Healthcare Informatics. She is a Successful research and development professional equipped to spearhead the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in various domains (healthcare, education, media, and national security) in Egypt through awareness events, forums, academic conferences, and educational programs. Develops and delivers rigorous curricula while kindling learners’ interest in emerging technologies, current best practices, and future trends. Highly motivated corporate trainer with experience training small and large groups across diverse industries in several Arab countries (Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA, Oman). Decisive leader with people skills and attention to detail. Frequent expert guest speaker on Egyptian TV shows (English and Arabic programs), speaking on diverse topics such as Artificial Intelligence and its current and future applications, the digitization initiative, and the role of data in decision-making. Served as the Academic Advisor for ENACTUS at Sadat Academy for Management Sciences. Link to Keynote.

 

Prof. Harekrishna Misra (Ph.D., Information Systems) has around 40 years of experience in the industry (Industrial Automation, Signalling, and Control) and academia in IT infrastructure management, database management, communication systems, and networks. His current research interests include software engineering (process modeling), e-governance, ICT for Development, information systems management in development organizations, e-business for rural enterprises, and ICT-enabled value chains in rural enterprises. He has widely published in nationally and internationally reputed and referred journals. He has been on the editorial board of two international journals as well. He has also participated in technical and program committees and presented papers at national and international refereed academic conferences. His works have been awarded as best papers in various conferences. In the past, he has been a member and Chairperson of the advisory committee of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (GoI). He was also Chair Professor, Verghese Kurien Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council, VAMNICOM, Pune, India, an academic Institute for Cooperative Management Education under the Ministry of Cooperation, GoI. He is also chairperson and board of governors of Sahaj Retail Limited, Kolkata, India, channeling e-government services in India. He is also a member of the Expert Committee that formulates the National Cooperation Policy, GoI. He is an Associate Editor of Springer's International Journal of System Assurance Engineering and Management. Link to Keynote

 

Prof. Mete Yıldız is a Senior Research Analyst at the United Nations University (UNU-EGOV) since 2022. He is also a Public Administration and Policy Professor at Hacettepe University, Turkey. He is an expert on digital government and public policy analysis. He has taught classes (i.e., digital government, technology policies, comparative public administration, government reform). He has been to Indiana University (USA) and Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) as a visiting professor.

From 2014 to 2016, he was a consultant to the Turkish Government while preparing the National E-Government Strategy and Action Plan. He consulted UNICEF, the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council, the Turkish Public Administration Institute, and the Ministries of Interior and Family and Social Policies about digital government and public policy analysis. Mete Yildiz acted as a rapporteur of the e-government report for the 11th Turkish Development Plan in 2018 and served as the founding chairman of public policy studies at Hacettepe University from 2014 to 2022.

Mete Yıldız has written several books and numerous articles extensively about digital government and technology policies. One of his articles received more than 1500 citations in Google Scholar. Link to Keynote.

 

Robin Bartlett Rissi (1984) is currently working as a project manager at smartvote. smartvote is a Swiss voting advice application (VAA) developed and run by the politically neutral, non-profit organization Politools. Politools is an interdisciplinary scientific network located in Bern, Switzerland, which has operated internet-based projects to promote civic education and political transparency and to provide political analysis since 2003. Politools works in partnership with the KPM Center for Public Management (KPM) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Research Group on Digital Democracy at the Bern University of Applied Science BFH, Switzerland. At smartvote, she is responsible for international projects and has run versions of smartvote for national elections in Australia (2019, 2020) and Luxembourg (2018, 2019, 2023). In 2009, she received her M.A. in political science from the University of Bern, Switzerland. In 2006, she received her B.A. in contemporary history from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her main interests include democratization, civil education, citizen engagement, web design, and user experience (UX).  Link to Tutorial.

Luis Terán (1979) is currently working as a lecturer (Dozent) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and a senior researcher and Privat Dozent at the Human-IST Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Former visiting scholar at the University of Bern, and academic guest at the University of Zurich. He was also appointed Full Professor at Universidad de Las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE), Ecuador, until October 2020. He obtained a Ph.D. and a habilitation in computer science from the University of Fribourg. In 2009, he finished an M.Sc in communication systems from the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2004, he received a B.Sc in electronics and telecommunications from Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador. He was a global chair for the IEEE e-Government Special Technical Community, program chair and main organizer for the International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment (ICEDEG), guest editor at IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Editorial Board Member at the Cooperative Perspective Journal, guest editor at Axioms Open Access Journal, member of the IEEE Task Force on Explainable Fuzzy Systems (TF-EXFS) at the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), a distinguished exhibitor at IEEE Ecuador Section, and Senior Member at IEEE. Link to Tutorial.

José Mancera is a versatile professional, holding the Applied Data Science Researcher position at Beekeeper AG in Zurich and a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Luzern (HSLU). His academic pursuit includes a Ph.D. in Soft-Computing at the Human-IST Institute, Fribourg, with a research focus on recommender systems, fuzzy mathematics, explainable AI (XAI), and generative AI. Mr. Mancera holds an M.A. in Information Management from the University of Fribourg and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Bern, both with magna cum laude honors. His scholarly contributions include numerous publications in machine learning and computer science. He has a rich professional history, including a stint as a Senior Machine Learning Scientist at the University of Fribourg (2016-2018) and a Data Scientist role at Schindler Aufzüge AG, where he patented a unique algorithm. In 2013, he contributed to CDMS satellite software development at the Swiss Space Center and EPFL and also completed a minor in space technologies. Mr. Mancera's career spans various industries, including aerospace, fintech, robotics, and telecom, with notable engagements at institutions like HSLU, CreditGate24, Swiss Space Systems, Huawei, and Televisa SA de CV. His international experience covers positions in Mexico, the USA, Canada, and Switzerland. He began his academic journey with a B.Sc. in Electronics and Communications from ITESM, Mexico City, in 2006. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

 

Carine Hunziker (1991) graduated from the University of Lucerne in 2017 with a B.A. in political science and then completed her M.A. in legal studies at the University of Fribourg. She has worked as a project manager at smartvote since 2018 and supports the related research projects as a scientific collaborator. smartvote is a Swiss voting advice application (VAA) developed and run by the politically neutral, non-profit organization Politools. Politools works in partnership with the Center for Public Management (KPM) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Research Group on Digital Democracy at the Bern University of Applied Science BFH, Switzerland. At smartvote Carine Hunziker supports the organization and execution of voting advice applications for federal, cantonal, and municipal elections. She is responsible for the planning and IT-management of various other projects such as smartmonitor - a platform that aims to provide information on parliamentary events within the framework of systematic monitoring - the re-design of the smartvote back-end, and she also assists with the smartvote International project. Furthermore, she is responsible for the implementation and the monitoring of smartvote-BePart - a participatory platform to inform and involve citizens online. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Thay Sinachettra is a senior official of the Phnom Penh Capital Administration System. He is in charge of managing and supporting online services of the Administration area that are made for citizens. In his academic career and graduate work he focused on citizens’ engagement and online service management. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

 

Prof. Harekrishna Misra (Ph.D., Information Systems) has around 40 years of experience in the industry (Industrial Automation, Signalling, and Control) and academia in IT infrastructure management, database management, communication systems, and networks. His current research interests include software engineering (process modeling), e-governance, ICT for Development, information systems management in development organizations, e-business for rural enterprises, and ICT-enabled value chains in rural enterprises. He has widely published in nationally and internationally reputed and referred journals. He has been on the editorial board of two international journals as well. He has also participated in technical and program committees and presented papers at national and international refereed academic conferences. His works have been awarded as best papers in various conferences. In the past, he has been a member and Chairperson of the advisory committee of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (GoI). He was also Chair Professor, Verghese Kurien Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council, VAMNICOM, Pune, India, an academic Institute for Cooperative Management Education under the Ministry of Cooperation, GoI. He is also chairperson and board of governors of Sahaj Retail Limited, Kolkata, India, channeling e-government services in India. He is also a member of the Expert Committee that formulates the National Cooperation Policy, GoI. He is an Associate Editor of Springer's International Journal of System Assurance Engineering and Management. Link to Tutorial.

 

Prof. Tim Weingärtner holds a professorship at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, specializing in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Self-Sovereign Identity. As vice president of DIDAS and president of the DEC Institute, he contributes significantly to digital identity, data sovereignty, and blockchain education. Tim obtained his PhD in medical robotics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and worked for over 15 years in the Swiss financial industry. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

Prof. Rolf Rauschenbach holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of St. Gallen. He is an Information Officer E-ID for the Federal Office of Justice of Switzerland. Before that, he was working– among others– as Chief Sales Officer at Procivis AG. His research interests cover the digital transformation of democratic institutions and public administration. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

Daniel Säuberli serves as the Chief Growth Officer at Movos, focusing on revolutionizing health and care through technology. He champions digital and data sovereignty, leading efforts at TRUST SQUARE and DIDAS to enhance digital trust and privacy. As President of DIDAS, he steers the organization towards empowering digital identity. His career is marked by a strong entrepreneurial drive and extensive experience in sales and strategy roles across various international corporations. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

 

Vasily Suvorov is an accomplished Chief Technology Officer and Technology Strategy Advisor with over 20 years of experience creating and bringing new and emerging software technologies to international markets. He has a strong passion for the potential of new technologies and focuses on identifying real-world problems they can help solve. One of his key areas of focus is data privacy and personal data control. He initiated the founding of DIDAS– Digital Identity and Data Sovereignty Association, a Swiss non-profit, multi-sectoral organization that is driving the adoption of the SSI (self-sovereign identity) principles and technologies in Switzerland in close collaboration with industry, research, NGOs, and governmental stakeholders. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

Prof. Jan Ferrer i Picó is a researcher and designer at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and co-founder of the Institut pel Futur (Catalan Institute for the Future). Jan Ferrer i Picó graduated in Industrial Design Engineering at the Hague University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and later on obtained a master's degree in Design, Technology, and Innovation from the Polytechnical University of Catalonia and The University of Barcelona. Currently, they are also studying an MPhil in philosophy applied to contemporary challenges at the Open University of Catalonia. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

Josep Maria Monguet i Fierro is an engineer and professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and coordinator of the Innovation stream of the “Master on Advanced Studies in Design - Barcelona.” He has worked on numerous projects of innovation in the healthcare sector, where he facilitated innovation workshops with a future focus. He is a co-founder of SmartDelphi, a digital tool to facilitate consensus in synchronous and asynchronous participatory processes. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

Michelle Catta-Preta is an architect and PhD candidate at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya on design methodologies for non-designers. Michelle is also a co-founder of Innex Labs and SmartDelphi. Over the recent years, she has facilitated multiple service design projects and given some future design workshops centered on designing innovative healthcare online services. Link to Tutorial.

 

Alex Trejo Omeñaca is an engineer, associate professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and co-founder of Onsanity Solutions. He is a developer of SmartDelphi, and over the last months, he has facilitated creative workshops on Generative Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Link to Tutorial.

 

 

Prof. Mohamed Hamdi (PhD, habilitation) is currently a cybersecurity expert at the Arab ICT Organization (League of Arab States) and a full professor at the Higher School of Communications (University of Carthage), Tunisia. In 2022, he was the Leader of the Experts’ Team in charge of elaborating the Arab Cybersecurity Strategy (League of Arab States). He has led the development of more than ten national and institutional cybersecurity strategies. Between 2015 and 2021, he was the founding director of Elagzala Innovation Center. He led the implementation of high-added-value innovative projects in this national pilot experience. He has given courses as an adjunct professor in multiple universities, including Cambridge University (UK) and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (France). Between 2012 and 2015, he was a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Computing Center, where he was involved in the ASSET project. His main contribution was to develop risk-based security models for IoT based on game theory. He co-authored over 150 scientific publications in international books, journals, and conferences. Dr. Hamdi is the author of the book "Mathematical Theories for Computer and Network Security Engineering (Wiley, 2018)." Link to Tutorial.

 

Dr. Manel Abdelkader is currently the Head of the IT Department at Tunis Business School, University of  Tunis. She was previously the Head of the Certification and PKI Unit at the National Digital Certification Agency, Tunisia's national root certification authority. She was in charge of leading the elaboration of the national policies and tools in the area of trust tools for government services. She has been involved in several international projects related to PKI, digital trust, and cybersecurity in Oman, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. She is currently conducting research in the areas of artificial intelligence schemes for Zero-Trst architectures. Link to Tutorial.

 

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