Keynotes Speakers and Tutorial Instructors - ICEDEG 2015



Satyam Priyadarshy is the Chief Data Scientst at Halliburton (NYSE: HAL). Previously, he was the VP of Data Science at Acxiom Corporation. He is a well recognized global leader in areas of Big Data and Data Science. Prior to Acxiom, he was the Chief Knowledge Officer and VP of Analytics at Network Solutions (now A direct report to the Chairman and CEO of Network Solutions and a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Priyadarshy provided strategic leadership to improve products and services. He led the transformation of the main revenue channel the, ecommerce storefront, from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 technologies. Dr. Priyadarshy has breadth of scientific knowledge, in-depth technology experience and extensive business acumen. Dr. Priyadarshy obtained his MBA from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from IIT Bombay. He is member of IEEE, ACM, ACS, Phi Lambda Upsilon, etc. He is also President-Elect of the DC chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs, one of the world's largest entrepreneur network). He is also a board member and or advisory board member of various educational institutes and emerging technology companies.



Carlos E. Jiménez is a Computer Engineer with a MSc. on Information and Knowledge Society, and a Postgraduate degree on Information Systems Management. His main interests are focused on Open & Smart Government, e-Justice or Interoperability. Carlos has experience in innovative and strategic projects within the Public Administration –field where he has been working since 1991-, but also as a professional consultant. During the last seven years, he has been working on the design and implementation of the e-Justice project of Catalonia, project that has been prizewinner for several times in Spain. He has participated in strategic projects at national and international level, as the Brazil's e-Government Interoperability Guide, or the e-Government Ibero-American Interoperability Framework, ratified by 21 countries.  Appointed by IEEE Smart Cities Committee as speaker for the 2014 ITU/UNESCO Forum on Smart Sustainable Cities, Carlos is founder of the IEEE e-Government initiative and global Chair of the IEEE Computer Society e-Government STC, as well as Head of Strategy of IEEE Spain, country where he has been previously Chair of the IEEE Technology Management Council.



Tom Schenk JrTom Schenk is a researcher, author, and an expert in a number of fields, including open government and analytics. He is currently the Director of Analytics and Performance Management at the City of Chicago, which includes overseeing Chicago’s open data portal and advanced analytics initiatives. He has led several research projects to provide predictions to shape priorities for cities works. Tom leads the implementation of Chicago’s open-source SmartData Platform, enabled by an award provided by the Bloomberg Foundation, to enable advanced analytics to be conducted throughout the city. Tom oversees the City of Chicago data portal, one of the most robust open data portals in the world. He also led the creation of Chicago’s online data dictionary, which is an open source project to map the city’s metadata. He has promoted the wide-spread use of open source software within the City of Chicago while also developing several open source projects that can be deployed by other governments, non-profits, and residents. He recently published Circos Data Visualization How-To, an introductory book on using the biology data visualization libraries for use in the social sciences. He has previously worked in education research for the Iowa Departments of Education and a visiting scholar at Iowa State University’s Office of Community College Research and Policy. He was also a lecturer at Grand View University in economics and statistics. He earned a Master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s from Drake University.



Hector Puyosa has more than 25 years of experience on service, oil & gas and plastics industries. He started his career in 1984 as maintenance electronic and automation engineer providing services for companies on food, beverage, paper and metal transformation sectors. He entered in the plastic business in 1996 as senior process engineer for the design and implementation of the control system for the largest polycarbonate plant built in Spain. He currently works as chemical operation plant manager in Spain. Hector has led a business global initiative on advanced manufacturing system as technical leader setting priorities and direction around MES and control system, identifying focus group activities and developing metrics of success, defining global standards and process/procedure to retain business knowledge. Currently he is engaged on a technical working group developing cybersecurity standard for industrial control systems. Hector hold a Ph.D. degree on Industrial Engineering from the University of Murcia and is partial-time professors at Polytechnic University of Cartagena. IEEE Senior member. EAB IEEE Spain coordinator.



Luis Terán is currently working as Assistant Doctor at the Information Systems Research Group, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Fribourg (Information Systems Research Group). In 2009, he finished a 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. His research interests include eGovernment, eParticipation, eCollaboration, eDemocracy, eElection, eVoting, eCommunities, ePassports, recommender systems, and fuzzy classification. He is currently a board member for the IEEE e-Government Special Technical Community, the program chair and main organizer for the International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment (ICEDEG), and an instructor in the International Seminar on eDemocracy and eGovernment (ISEDEG).



Carlos Monsalve is a professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) - Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is currently the Coordinator of the Computer Science Doctoral program at ESPOL. He received a Computer Engineering degree from ESPOL (1990), a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (major in Digital Communications) from Purdue University - Indiana, USA (1995), and a Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering from the University of Quebec in Montreal (2012). His main interests include software requirements, software measurement, business process management and business process modeling. He is a Member of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. As an IEEE volunteer he is currently the President of the Ecuadorian Computer Society Chapter, he is part of the Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program for Region 9, and he is the IEEE Ecuador Section President-Elect 2016-2017. He is also part of the International Advisory Council of the Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC), an international organization that develops and promotes the use of the second generation method of measuring functional size of software. He received in 2013 the Canadian Governor General´s Gold Medal for his outstanding scholastic achievements as a Ph.D. student at the École de technologie supérieure, University of Quebec.



Jalel Akaichi received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (France) in 1996 and then his Habilitation degree from the University of Tunis (Tunisia) in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Master Science in Business Intelligence in the Computer Science Department of Institut Supérieur de Gestion. Jalel Akaichi has published in international journals, book edited chapters and conferences, presented various tutorials, and have served on the program committees of several international conferences and journals. He visited and taught in many institutions such as the State University of New York, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, INSA-Lyon, University of Blaise Pascal, University of Lille 1, University of Toulouse 1, etc.



Víctor H. González-Jaramillo is a PhD. student at the Philipps- University of Marburg in Germany. He is also a Computer Science Engineer. He was an associate member at Geographic Information System Research Group in 2005 at Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja. Since 2008 he works at Hydrology and Climatology research group in the department of Geology / Mines and Civil Engineer. He is a professor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) since 2009 until to the present. He also participates in the Working Group IDE Red CEDIA, an approach to impulse the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in Ecuador. Some of the fields of interest are the application of GIS and Remote Sensing to understand the human activity and the consequences that affect the Earth. He is also interested in the development of SDI and web applications for GIS.



Sandra Elena is a lawyer with a Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Legal Studies (American University, USA). She is a rule of law and open data expert with extensive experience in Latin America and other regions of the world. Since 1990, she has been involved in institutional analysis, civil society coalition-building, and political and legislative reforms in the following areas: the rule of law, transparency, anti-corruption, and open data. Her areas of expertise include qualitative and quantitative research, project management, contract negotiation, and program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Ms. Elena has participated in long-term USAID/WB/IDB-funded projects in Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guyana, Ecuador, Pakistan, India, and Albania, among others. She is currently the Director of the Justice Program at CIPPEC, the biggest civil society organization and think tank in Argentina. As a Rule of Law Senior Advisor at IFES, she was in charge of providing legal assistance and helped implement projects on a diverse set of rule of law issues, including: legal aid, legal rights for women, judicial management and case management, transparency, independence and accountability of the judiciary, open data, and monitoring and evaluation in different regions and environments. Ms. Elena has substantive experience in the monitoring and evaluation of rule of law projects. In 2007, she drafted a report on the state of the evaluation of rule of law reform projects worldwide. This report, commissioned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), has served as a valuable source of information for evaluation practitioners. She was a team leader of the evaluation of PROJUM (justice sector reform program of Argentina funded by WB). She is currently a member of the monitoring and evaluation team of the Modernization of Justice Program in Guyana.



German Stalker is a lawyer with a MA in Administration and Public Policies from San Andrés University. He is an independent consultant for international organizations, governments, businesses and civil society organizations. Currently his main projects are linked to the Local Development and Justice Program of CIPPEC. Expert on Anti-Corruption and Democratic Governance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Actually he works on the Technology Transfer Office of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). He worked in the public service: National Network Linking Technology, E-Linking Technology; Undersecretary for Institutional Reform and Strengthening of Democracy, Chief Cabinet Ministry; Secretary of Legal and Technical Affairs and Secretary of Environmental and Public Space of the City of Buenos Aires Government. He was a member of the Jury of the contest “Small Grants Competition: Innovation in Access and Use of Public Information” organized by the World Bank. He has been a speaker and moderated various conferences and seminars related to the topics of transparency, access to public information and citizen´s participation. He has several publications and is a teacher at CLAD (Centre for Latin-American Development).



François van Schalkwyk, MEd from the University of the Western Cape (Thesis topic: Institutionalizing Responsiveness in Higher Education); MPhil in Publishing Studies (Distinction) from the University of Stirling (1996/7) (Thesis: On protecting authors: The anachronisms of copyright in the modern context); BA (Hons) in English (First Class) from the University of Cape Town (1995). Currently reading for his PhD in Science and Technologoy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. François is an independent researcher working in the areas of open data, scholarly communication and higher education studies. He is conducting research as part of several projects, including: the Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) Project on (i) the instutionlisation of open data practice in Africa and (ii) the roles and types of open data intermediaries in developing countries. He is also the research lead on the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA) project on the contribution of university engagement projects to economic development in eight African universities; as well as on the Carnegie Corporation project on the changing revenue models of African universities presses. Completed research projects include the IDRC-funded Scholarly Communication in Africa Project (SCAP), in which he investigated the relationship between collaboration and improved online visibility of academics, and the ODDC project on the use of open data in university governance. Francois is also a trustee of the not-for-profit, open access publisher African Minds, and is managing director of the publishing services company, Compress.dsl. For a full list of publications, click here. @Francois_fvs2



Michael P. Canares has more than ten years of development work experience at a progressive pace; from community-based development to country program management. His work involves project management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, internal audit, financial management, and development research in the Southeast Asian region. He completed law and accountancy degrees from the Holy Name University in the Philippines, Masters in Business Education from the University of San-Jose Recoletos, and MSc in the Faculty of Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Canares also has been trained in development evaluation from the University of Ulster and the EASY-ECO hosted by the Vienna University of Economics and Business, non-violent conflict from Tufts University, and development and inequality from Brown University. Mr. Canares is engaged in research and knowledge-building and his research work has been presented in conferences in the Philippines and abroad. His articles are recently published in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and in an edited volume on Urbanization and Poverty published by the Oxford University Press. Mr. Canares’ work in local governance prompted him to engage in research work on open data and open government, especially at the sub-national level and is currently a project manager at Worldwide Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab based in Jakarta. He also manages three open data research projects – open data and citizen engagement (OGP), open government portals and impact to intended users (HIVOS), and synthesis papers on open data intermediaries and subnational governments (IDRC-ODDC).



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