Evens Foundation
and Partners invite you to
Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo
Information, disinformation, civic competences.
Exploring the challenges of the rapidly changing media world
Previous conference: MMLW 2015 #MMLS2017
21 & 22 September 2017
Main > Speakers

Torsten Andreasen

University of Copenhagen, post.doc, Denmark

Torsten Andreasen is a post.doc. at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen as a part of the collective research project _Affects, Interfaces, Events_. His work currently focuses on the epistemological and political consequences of complex digital objects beyond human perception and cognition that have no existence outside of the computational interface. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the imaginaries invested in the potential of digital cultural heritage archives for accumulating and rendering accessible all existing knowledge and thereby providing the basis for a desirable political order.

Breakout session: How to Read World with Images – Visual Literacy in the New Media Age.

Salome Ast

n-ost, Project Manager, Germany


Salome Ast has been working for three years as a Project Manager at n-ost, a Media NGO and transnational network linking journalist and media activist from all over Europe. As an international NGO based in Berlin, n-ost strengthens foreign reporting, educates journalists and brings together media workers with different perspectives.

Salome Ast is responsible for the MIL-project Media Navigator, bringing together and fostering the exchange between educators, journalists and media experts from Post-Soviet and EU countries. This exchange has led to the creation of a russian-language Online Toolkit with hands-on methods to teach MIL.

Marta B

Association of the Creative Initatives "e", Poland


Marta BIALEK-GRACZYK President of the Board in The Association of the Creative Initiatives “ę” focused on animation of culture. Graduated in socjology and journalism from Warsaw University, postgraduated studies in evalauation and European Diploma in Cultural Managment. Author of public service programs for among other: "For–Cultural Animation," "Young cultural managers,", "ZOOMing on cultural centres“ and publications about socio-cultural issues. Expert in National Cultural Centre and Ministry of Culture in cultural education programmes, and in the “Plan for Warsaw’s Cultural Development until 2020”. Coach and tutor for students of cultur

Agron Bajrami

Koha Ditore, Kosovo


is editor of and a writer for Koha Ditore newspaper, the largest daily newspaper in Kosovo. Agron is also a member of the board of South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), member of the Kosovo Press Council and a regular columnist for Montenegrin daily newspaper Vijesti. Agron has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pristina


SHADOW CASTERS, president, Croatia


Theatre/film director and actor, intermedia artist, curator, writer, educationist and public historian. He authored numerous projects, performances, lectures, installations and multimedia creations in Europe, Asia, Africa and US. His work is marked, among other, by pronounced exploration of the site/time-specific and the interactive elements of arts and culture. He was visiting scholar/researcher at many universities and co-founded several artistic and activist platforms and associations, e.g. Flying University, Orchestra Stolpnik and Shadow Casters, the artistic platform that has won numerous awards, recognitions and prizes for their work.

Breakout session: The Future of Media Literacy: Forging a New Generation of Leaders and Changemakers

Amanda Bennett

Voice of America, Director, USA


Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor and was named Director of the Voice of America in March 2016. Through 2013, she was Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors and co-founded the Bloomberg News’ Women’s project. She was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer from June 2003 to November 2006. She also served for three years as managing editor/projects for The Oregonian in Portland. Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter for more than 20 years. A graduate of Harvard College, she is also the author of six books.

Breakout session: Building Trust in Journalism: How Ethical Media Can be an Inspiration for Responsible Communications

Mary Berkhout

Mediawijzer.net, Netherlands


Mary Berkhout is the program director of Mediawijzer.net, the Dutch Media Literacy Network. More than 1100 partners have registered to the network: libraries, schools, media companies, museums, research institutes, educational publishers, training institutes and ICT companies. The aim is to jointly promote Media Literacy among youth (0-18 yrs), working in education and parenting.

Breakout session: The Future of Media Literacy: Forging a New Generation of Leaders and Changemakers

What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Now?

Nensi Blažević

Al Jazeera Balkans, Croatia

Nensi Blazevic is an experienced journalist and also media researcher.
She is currently working for the Al Jazeera Balkans as a journalist and a presenter.
For 14 years she has been working for the Croatian Radiotelevision and was the producer and the anchor of the main news Dnevnik.
She is acknowledged as a highly experienced journalist, editor and presenter. Her work as a journalist is boosted by her scientific and academic activities. She is the PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Her role as a media expert is to create education programs for young media users.

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Propaganda Lab

Katarzyna Bojarska

View. Foundation for Visual Culture, Poland


Researcher in visual culture, assistant professor in Polish Academy of Sciences, co-founder and editor of View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture academic journal and vice president of View. Foundation for Visual Culture. Author of numerous articles and translations devoted the relations of art, literature, history and psychoanalysis.

Breakout session: How to Read World with Images – Visual Literacy in the New Media Age.

Megan Boler

Professor, University of Toronto, Canada


Megan Boler is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her books include Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (Routledge 1999); Democratic Dialogue in Education (Peter Lang 2004); Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (MIT Press, 2008); and DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media (eds. Ratto and Boler, MIT Press, 2014). Funded by Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council for the last ten years, her current funded research project is "Safeguarding democracies: An interdisciplinary synthesis of digital media studies and the politics of emotion."

Keynote Speech

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Jacob Breuning

Danish Film Institute, Denmark


Consultant Cinema Culture, Danish Filminsitute, Children & Youth. Head of Denmark’s national school cinema program and working with film and media literacy.

Time for Inspiration Part 2: Approaches & Solutions to the Crucial Issues

Darko Brkan

Zašto ne?, President, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Darko Brkan is one of the founders of “Zašto ne?”. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and is an MBA candidate for Strategic Management of Information at the University of Sarajevo. His professional interests are in new technologies, digital and social media, elections and political processes, civic activism and participation, and international relations. He was a Reagan-Fascell fellow at the Forum for International Democratic Studies in Washington, and is Alumni member of the Council of Europe Academy of Political Excellence and a member of the steering board of the US Alumni Association in BiH and Foundation “Ekipa”.

David Buckingham

Loughborough University, Emeritus Professor, UK


David Buckingham is Emeritus Professor of Media and Communications at Loughborough University, UK. His research has focused on children and young people’s interactions with electronic media, and on media literacy education. He has directed more than 25 research projects on these issues, including several EC-funded projects, and been a consultant for bodies such as UNESCO, the United Nations, Ofcom, and the UK government. His books include Beyond Technology: Children’s Learning in the Age of Digital Culture; The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture; and The Civic Web: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation.

What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Now?

Manuela Caiani

SNS Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa-Florence), Italy

Manuela Caiani is Associate Professor at the Institute of Scienze Umane e Sociali at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) of Florence. In April 2017 she got the ‘Italian Abilitazione’ for Full professor in Political Science and Political Sociology. Her research interests focus on: Europeanization and social movements, right wing extremism and populism in Europe and the USA, political mobilization and the Internet, qualitative methods of social research (including formalized content analysis, frame analysis, interviews, social network analysis), political violence and terrorism. She has been involved in several international comparative research

Time for Inspiration Part 1: Contemporary Media & Education - The Crucial Issues

Paolo Cesarini

DG CONNECT, European Commission, Head of Unit, Belgium


Paolo Cesarini is Head of the Unit responsible for media convergence and social media within DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission. Previously worked in other management positions within EC (DG Competition, State aid policy), as a legal officer at the Legal Service of the International Labour Organization in Geneva, a researcher and visiting professor at the Institute for Public and International Law of Siena University, and lecturer at the universities of Turin and Montpellier. He obtained a master degree in international law at Siena University and an LLM in EU law at the College of Europe in Bruges.

What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Now?

Martina Chapman

Mercury Insights, Independent consultant, Northern Ireland

Martina Chapman is an independent consultant specialising in media literacy and digital engagement, media policy and research.

Recent projects include developing a Media Literacy Policy for the BAI, a major media literacy mapping project for the European Audiovisual Observatory, content producing a working group on media literacy for EPRA and managing media literacy research reports for Ofcom. She is a Eurovision Academy Faculty Member for the EBU and a regular contributor to international meetings and conferences.

Her previous roles include Media Literacy Editor for BBC and Policy Executive for Ofcom.

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Veronique De Leener

Maks vzw, Belgium


Founder and director of Maks vzw, a NGO with 2 computer learning centre in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Brussels ( Molenbeek and Kuregem). Maks is specailised in digital empowerment through digital stroytelling and is using coding as a pathway for social mobility for disadvantaged people

Breakout session: New Media and Technology – Driving and Enhancing Social Change

Andy Demeulenaere

imec - Mediawijs, coordinator, Belgium


Andy Demeulenaere coordinates Mediawijs, the Knowledge Centre for Media Literacy for the Flemish Community in Belgium. This centre stimulates and coordinates Digital and Media Literacy in the Dutch speaking half of Belgium through the development of information, networks, tools and training for intermediaries like teachers, social workers and librarians and through campaigns to the general public.

Maryna Dorosh

NGO Detector Media, editor, Ukraine


Maryna Dorosh is an experienced journalist, she is editor of the MediaSapiens web-site. The main objective of the web-site is to form a critical approach to content, to provide the necessary knowledge and tools for effective interaction with modern media. She is an editor and coordinator of the Detector Media projects, focused on improving of the medialiteracy. Among them the online media literacy manual Media Driver for teenagers and a series of longreads about news literacy, which aims to explain media manipulations to the wide audience.

Tijana Femic Bumbic

Novi Sad School of Journalism, Serbia


Tijana Femic Bumbic is a well-rounded journalist with more than 8 years of work experience in media and communication field. During her career in Novi Sad School of Journalism, Tijana has displayed the will to always go the extra mile to acquire new skills in communications, research, media and advocacy campaigns and social media marketing. As project manager, most of the time she has been coordinating programs which are dealing with innovations in education and media literacy. Tijana is co-author of media literacy certificated educational program for educators and author of online brochure which should help primary and secondary school teach

Breakout session: The MIL Curriculum and Teaching Critical Skills in Schools

René Glas

Utrecht University, Nederland


René Glas is assistant professor in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University's Faculty of Humanities, specializing in the field of game studies. Both within and outside of academia he is involved in projects dealing with video game culture and its history, play as a method to investigate this culture and history, and literacy issues concerning games and playful media.

Breakout session: How to Read World with Images – Visual Literacy in the New Media Age.

Alton Grizzle

UNESCO, Programme Specialist, France


I manage UNESCO’s global actions on media and information literacy (MIL). My research interest centers around the development of MIL as an umbrella term harmonizing many notions of information, media, and technological competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes). Broadly, I am concerned with how MIL relates sustainable development, including gender equality in the media, privacy, enhancing human rights and tolerance, and countering, hate, radicalization, and extremism. My work then involves all dimensions necessary to achieve MIL for all: policy and strategy, curricula, assessment and monitoring, international cooperation etc.

Time for Inspiration Part 2: Approaches & Solutions to the Crucial Issues

Ania Halseth

Facebook, Policy Manager, Belgium

Ania Helseth is a Policy Manager for Facebook in Brussels. In her role she is responsible for evaluating various digital policy developments at the EU level as well as for formulating of the company's positions, focusing especially on the connectivity and intermediary liability issues. Prior to that, she served as a Policy Advisor in the Telecoms Unit at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU and also as an MEP advisor in the 2004-2009 legislature. She holds a Masters in Law degree from Oxford University.

Carole Helpiquet

CLEMI, France


Carole Helpiquet has conducted a dual professional track in Education and Culture. She currently is a teacher and a teacher trainer in Media and Information Literacy. She is involved in social issues such as school remediation, prevention of violence, man/woman equality. She is also committed to knowledge management and mediation in digital cultures, freedom of expression of the young people andcitizenship. She headed the network of academic coordinators of CLEMI and was responsible for teacher training during 5 years. She currently is in charge of international relation for MIL at CLEMI, a service of Canopé network.

Breakout session: The MIL Curriculum and Teaching Critical Skills in Schools

Renee Hobbs

University of Rhode Island, United States


Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized authority on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service.

Propaganda Lab

Time for Inspiration Part 1: Contemporary Media & Education - The Crucial Issues

Vladan Joler

SHARE Foundation, director, Serbia


SHARE LAB, research team based in Yugoslavia, is a newborn child of SHARE Foundation - a research and data investigation lab for exploring different technical aspects of the intersections between technology and society.

Time for Inspiration Part 1: Contemporary Media & Education - The Crucial Issues

Igor Kanižaj

Faculty of Political Science, Çroatia

Igor Kanižaj, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb, Department for Journalism and Media Production. He is also Vice president of the Association for Communication and Media Culture (DKMK). Together with his associates he is coordinating the project Djeca medija, the biggest media education project in Croatia with more than 600 workshops held for 12.000 participants in Croatia from 2011-2017. He is the co-author of the first public opinion research on Media Literacy in Croatia and co-author of Paris Declaration on Media and Information Literacy in Digital Era (UNESCO).

Breakout session: Do-it-yourself training in Mobile Journalism (MoJo)

What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Now?

Propaganda Lab

Kari Kivinen

Lycée franco-finlandais d'Helsinki, Suomi


Dr Kari Kivinen, the Head of the Lycée franco-finlandais d’Helsinki and the former Secretary-General of the European School system, has 30 years of experience in international education.
He has actively promoted and piloted in his school multiliteracy, critical thinking, and citizenship education projects in close co-operation with Finnish Fact Checking team and Media Education organisations.

Breakout session: The MIL Curriculum and Teaching Critical Skills in Schools

Joanna Krawczyk

Evens Foundation, Head of Polish Office, Media Program Manager, Poland/Belgium


Joanna Krawczyk is a cultural specialist with Master’s degree in English Studies (Warsaw University) and Cultural Studies (Jagiellonian University). She holds over a decade’s experience in the field of management and PR in cultural and civic sectors, cooperating with major Polish and European NGOs focused on media, culture and civic involvement. For five years now she has been the Head of Warsaw branch of Evens Foundation, and is interim Media Program Manager, initiating and supporting local and international, social and cultural projects aiming at development of media literacy in Europe.

Propaganda Lab

John Leek

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Netherlands


John Leek studied at the Teachter Training Institute of Vrije Universiteit and Educational Sciences (instructional design, media didactics) at University of Amsterdam, where he graduated on'Nintendo Kids'. (1994)
He was training developer at Psychological Pedagogical Institute Amsterdam (1984-1994), co-developed the national science and technology center NEMO (1994-2000) and now works at Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.
There he developed the educational strategy. He was one of the founders of the national network media literacy Mediawijzer.net. Now he works on development of new museum for mediaculture of Sound and Vision.

Breakout session: Media Information/Disinformation & Popular Culture: youtubers, influencers and vloggers and their impact on media (education) world

Karoliina Leisti

Producer, screenwriter, Finland


Karoliina Leisti is a screenwriter and a producer. She has developed media workshops and educational methods for schools, libraries and museums for the last 15 years. Her film literacy work with children won Kids for Kids price when she was working as a quiding regional artist at the Arts Council of South Savo. The films made with children have won prices and got selected at the international film festivals for youth. Her media literacy methods includes animation, screenwriting, film and new media. Her approach to media literacy is practical. She is interested in pedagogical use of new media and augmented reality.

Breakout session: New Media and Technology – Driving and Enhancing Social Change

Tatjana Ljubic

UNESCO, Consultant and Project Assistant on the project "Building Trust in Media in SEE and Turkey", Serbia


Ms. Tatjana Ljubic works as consultant and Project Assistant at UNESCO on the project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”. She is specialized in media and information literacy (MIL). Prior to work with UNESCO, she worked as MIL consultant and trainer in the region of Western Balkans. She holds MA degree from University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and completed BA studies in Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb (Croatia). Ms. Ljubic has been working on coordinating projects, developing curricula, delivering trainings and conducting research on MIL. She started her career as a journalist.

Breakout session: Building Trust in Media in South-East Europe by increasing media and information literacy

Marijana Matović

Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Research Associate and PhD candidate, Serbia

is a Research Associate and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia. In last ten years she has published several academic papers and was involved in various research (national, regional and international) projects related to MIL. Her main interests in MIL include policy analysis, research on media and media users, cultural studies and critical pedagogy approach as well as citizenship studies.

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Evgeny Morozov

Writer and columnist, USA

Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion and To Save Everything, Click Here. Morozov’s monthly column on technology and politics appears in The Observer (UK), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Internazionale (Italy), Le monde diplomatique (France) and several other newspapers. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and other publications. Previously a senior editor at The New Republic, he has been a fellow at Georgetown University, Stanford University, Open Society Foundations, NewAmerica Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin.

Keynote Speech

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Thomas Myrup Kristensen

Facebook, Head of Brussels Office, Managing Director for EU Affairs, Belgium


Thomas is responsible for Facebook's representation towards the European Institutions. Before returning to Brussels, Thomas spent the last few years representing Facebook in a number of member states as well as countries outside the EU as Director Public Policy, Nordics, Central & Eastern Europe and Russia. Before coming to Facebook in 2011, Thomas spent several years in Brussels working for Microsoft and before that he was a special adviser in the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Thomas' career in tech stems from a life-long passion for how tech can both improve human interactions and shape society.

Agnes Nairn

Chair of Marketing, University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Professor Agnes Nairn is Chair of Marketing at University of Bristol. Since 2006 she has been investigating the relationship between the commercial world and young people’s wellbeing with strong focus on the public policy relevance of rigorous academic research. She has a particular interest advertising effects on children and young people, particularly when they have no conscious awareness. She has been invited to join over 30 international multi-stakeholder projects with public, private and third sector organisations ranging from UNICEF, UN, and the Brazilian Justice Ministry to Unilever, Coca-Cola and Public Health England.

Marta Orosz

Reporter, Correctiv.org, Germany


Investigative reporter focusing on trade, pharma and far-right. Have also been working on tracing down networks of manipulative online media platforms.

Breakout session: Fake News & European public: How to stand up to disinformation?

Alicja Pacewicz

Center for Citizenship Education, Poland


Alicja Pacewicz serves as Vice President of Center for Citizenship Education, one of the leading Polish NGOs working in the area of quality education, civic engagement and whole school reform. Co-author of numerous educational programs and publications on citizenship education, instruction methods, student assessment and open learning environments. Deeply interested in developing wise and smart models of media and information education in the times of overwhelming "mediatization" of politics and human experience.

Breakout session: The MIL Curriculum and Teaching Critical Skills in Schools

Lauri Palsa

National audiovisual institute KAVI, Project Manager, Finland


Lauri Palsa is a Project manager in the National Audiovisual Institute, KAVI, Finland. He is interested in developing broad-based understanding of media literacy and promoting equal opportunities for media education. Currently, he is also preparing a dissertation on media literacy in the University of Lapland.

Tena Perišin

Journalism Department, Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb University, Associate Professor and Head of Student TV, Croatia


Tena Perišin, PhD, Associate Professor of Television journalism at the Studies of Journalism, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.
She has been working as a reporter, editor and the producer at Croatian Radio Television (HRT). She was a Head of International News Department and Assistant News Director, the leader of the news digitalization project at HRT. She was also leading the project of the HRT’s News Channel (HRT4). She has won several journalism awards From 2012. she is employed at Faculty of Political Science and teaches tv and investigative journalism, she is in charge of the Erasmus+ projects on mobile journalism.

Breakout session: Do-it-yourself training in Mobile Journalism (MoJo)

Time for Inspiration Part 2: Approaches & Solutions to the Crucial Issues

Jelena Perovic

Communication Officer, UNICEF Montenegro, Montenegro

Jelena Perović has a PhD in Communication Science from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Her PhD thesis explored media education in Montenegro. Working as the Communication Officer for UNICEF in Montenegro, she coordinated the Global Kids Online research in this country and several campaigns promoting child digital safety and participation, inclusion of children with disabilities, preschool education, fostering, positive parenting, etc. Her research interests are related to children and media, media literacy/media education, communication for development and social change, child participation, etc.

Time for Inspiration Part 1: Contemporary Media & Education - The Crucial Issues

Manuel Pinto

Communication & Society Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal


Professor in Communication Sciences at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho, former journalist and the Press Ombudsman for the daily Portuguese newspaper “Jornal de Notícias”. He is involved in the foundation of the National Media Literacy Observatory (MILOBS). He teaches Media and Information Literacy as well as Journalism Studies. Research is focused on media literacy and citizenship; news literacy; sociology of media and communication.

Breakout session: The MIL Curriculum and Teaching Critical Skills in Schools

Bojana Piškur

curator, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Bojana Piškur, PhD is a writer and curator who works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana). Her focus of professional interest is on political issues as they relate to or are manifested in the field of art, with special emphasis on the region of the former Yugoslavia and Latin America. She has written for numerous publications and lectured in many parts of the world on the topics such as post avant-garde in former Yugoslavia, radical education, cultural politics in self-management and the Non-Aligned Movement, always in relation to the wider social and political environment.

Breakout session: How to Read World with Images – Visual Literacy in the New Media Age.

John Potter

Reader in Media in Education, University College London Institute of Education, United Kingdom


John Potter is Reader in Media in Education at the University College London Institute of Education, based in the UCL Knowledge Lab. His research and publications are in the fields of: media education, new literacies, creative activity and learner agency; the changing nature of teaching and learning in response to the pervasive use in wider culture of media technologies in formal and informal settings. He is the author of a number of books and papers in the field, including the recently published “Digital Media, Culture and Education: Theorising third-space literacies” with Prof Julian McDougall (published by Palgrave/Springer in 2017).

Gala Evening: Keynote Speech

Maria Ranieri

University of Florence, Italia


Maria Ranieri is an Associate Professor of Educational Methods and Technology, and vice-President of the Italian Association of Media Education. Her main research areas include theory and methodology on media and technology in education, with a particular focus on media and digital literacy education. She has also worked on educational practices to tackle different forms of online intolerance and discrimination by promoting critical media and information literacy skills. Recently she published M. Ranieri (ed) (2016). Populism, media and education. Challenging discrimination in contemporary digital societies. London-New York: Routledge.

Breakout session: Civic and Media Education in the Digital Age. Pedagogical practices to combat discrimination and promote democratic participation

Sally Reynolds

Media & Learning Association, Chief Operating Officer, Belgium


Sally first worked in radio and television in Ireland as a presenter and producer for the national broadcaster, RTE. Since 1990, she has worked in technology enhanced and media-supported learning projects in Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. She is one of the founders of the Media & Learning Association set up in 2012 which promotes and stimulates the use of media as a way to enhance innovation and creativity in teaching and learning across all levels of education in Europe. Sally is an experienced trainer and her production background has equipped her with know-how and experience in the media supported learning field.

Breakout session: Do-it-yourself training in Mobile Journalism (MoJo)

What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Now?

Mikko Salo

Faktabaari (FactBar), Co-Founder, Finland


Mikko is Faktabaari (FactBar) Co-Founder, Finnish transparency NGO chair and university EU Advisor. In 2014 Mikko founded the many times awarded (Bonnier, Europcom) fact-checking service bringing accuracy to European election debate. Since he has worked with (journalism) schools, media educators, scientists and voluntary crowds for a highly pedagogical and engaging Faktabaari and Debattibaari (DebateBar) new media concepts. He is interested in extending the proven FaktabaariEDU fact-checking toolkit to empower future voters in Europe for 2019 European elections - @FactBarEDU.

Time for Inspiration Part 2: Approaches & Solutions to the Crucial Issues

Saara Salomaa

National Audiovisual Institute KAVI, Senior Advisor, Finland

Saara Salomaa (M.A.) is a senior advisor and media education team leader in KAVI, a Finnish governmental agency with a legal obligation to promote media literacy. KAVI coordinates two significant awareness campaigns, Media Literacy Week and Game Week, and serves as the Finnish Safer Internet Centre. Saara's work includes mainly expert consulting, networking and strategic planning, lecturing for professionals, research and producing educational resources. Her primary research interests and themes of her PhD study are early years’ media education, practitioners’ educational thinking in media education and children’s relations with media.

Galyna Schimansky-Geier

StopFake, editor/ journalist at German editorial, Ukraine

I was born at 12. June 1991 in Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine. I was graduated from National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" (bachelor of philology, master of journalism). I worked as a live parliament correspondent for the national TV channel "Espreso", now I am a journalist and an editor of the German editorial of StopFake (Kyiv). I have an experience of working at the online editorial of the channel N24 in Berlin, at Deutsche Welle (Bonn), Hromadske International (public TV channel based in Kyiv), KyivPost (English-speaking newspaper).
My main interests are identifying a fake, confronting propaganda, increasing media literacy.

Breakout session: Fake News & European public: How to stand up to disinformation?

Zoran Sekulic

Association od media Serbia Board President, FoNet News Agency Director, Serbia


Director and Editor in Chief of FoNet, the oldest private and independent news agency in Serbia, founded early 1994. President of the Management board of the Association of Media, the biggest business association of print, news agencies and online media in Serbia. Member of the International Federation of Journalists, Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (IJAS) and Southeast Europe Media Organization (SEEMO Vienna). Awarded as OSCE Person of the Year in 2012 for contribution to media reforms in Serbia. In 2016 decorated with the Chevalier de la Legion d’ Honneur medal, by the President of the Republic of France.

Christian Spahr

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Director Media Program SEE, Bulgaria


M.A. studies in linguistics and communication. Afterwards business editor at Sächsische Zeitung daily. 2006-12 Spokesperson at the German high-tech association BITKOM and editor of studies on digital society. Since 2012 Director of the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS); focus of work: support of quality journalism and modern political communication. Co-founder and board member of the South East Europe Public Sector Communication Association (SEECOM). Co-host of South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF). Speaker at media and communications conferences in Germany, France, the Netherlands and South East Europe.

Breakout session: Fake News & European public: How to stand up to disinformation?

Propaganda Lab

Karolina Śmigiel

Association of Creative Initiatives "ę", Poland


Film producer, cultural projects manager, board member of UNI-SOLO Studio, member and co-founder of Elderberry Film Association, cultural expert and animator. She graduated Cultural Studies at Warsaw University, Studies for Culture Managers at Warsaw School of Economics and School of Philosophy at Collegium Civitas. She has been working in film education and film events production for years. Currently she coordinates a media education program by Association of Creative Initiatives „ę” (projects: Poland Lab and Displaced in Media). She is also events manager and programmer of Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival and lecturer at Warsaw Film School.

Breakout session: New Media and Technology – Driving and Enhancing Social Change

Aleksandra Temenugova

Head of Study Program, School of Journalism and PR, Skopje,Macedonia, Macedonia


A former journalist and a current lecturer in journalism at School of Journalism and Public Relations, with strong interest in media literacy. Aleksandra Temenugova has been involved in promotion of ML in secondary education in Macedonia since 2008 as a lecturer and trainer. Editor in Chief of "Medium", the first highschool newspaper in Macedonia.
An editor and co-author of the research for mapping the media literacy practices in Macedonia. Currently coordinates the EU funded project in the country "Macedonian Media Literacy Coalition".

Breakout session: Building Trust in Media in South-East Europe by increasing media and information literacy

Jordi Torrent

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), United States


Studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona and graduate studies on Anthropology and Cinema at the Sorbonne University. Media Educator Consultant for the Dept of Education of NYC 1990-2007, developing Media Literacy programs for students, educators and parents. 2004-2007 director “Overseas Conversations”, series of international conferences in NYC focusing on youth, media and education. He has co-edited, among others, “Mapping Media Education Policies in the World” and “Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the MENA Region.” Since 2007, Mr. Torrent is Project Manager of Media and Information Literacy initiatives at UNAOC

Breakout session: The Future of Media Literacy: Forging a New Generation of Leaders and Changemakers

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Juha van 't Zelfde

Sandberg Instituut, Course director of Shadow Channel: MA Film, Design & Propaganda, Netherlands


Shadow Channel is a a new temporary two-year master programme in film, design and propaganda at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. It's a utopian platform commissioning, streaming, and distributing counter information created by underrepresented voices in response to platform capitalism, post-truth politics and the rise of neo-fascism.

Time for Inspiration Part 2: Approaches & Solutions to the Crucial Issues

Lyubov Vasylchuk

IREX (Ukraine), Program Manager, Ukraine


Lyubov Vasylchuk, program manager at IREX Ukraine office. Currently, she is managing community cohesion Program “Yedyna Hromada” (United Community). Before that, she was managing the program Citizen Media Literacy Project (L2D). Through the 9-month program a unique training methodology equipped over 15.000 citizens of all ages with practical skills and knowledge. Mrs Vasylchuk has 9 years of project management experience, implementing projects in the sphere of strengthening of civil society, democracy, media and media literacy. Mrs Vasylchuk holds two MA degrees in Economics & Management.

Tim Verbist

Porticus, Program Manager, Belgium

Tim Verbist, a cultural anthropologist by formation, works as Program Manager for Porticus, the international organization that manages and develops the philanthropic programs of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. Here he is mostly focusing on topics as migration, poverty, citizenship, media and democracy.
Before joining Porticus he was Media Program Manager at Evens Foundation. In this capacity he collaborated with numerous media literacy projects all over Europe and was also responsible for the Media Education Prize. In 2015 he initiated Media Meets Literacy and launched its first conference in Warsaw

What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Now?

Christine Vidal

LE BAL, Director, France


Christine Vidal is co-director of the BAL, an independent platform for exhibitions, publications, ideas and education, centered on the contemporary image in all its forms – photography, video, film and the new media.
Since 2008, Christine Vidal directs LE BAL’s educational center, La Fabrique du Regard, which the aim is to offer young people an education for the eye, to get them to think of the world in images, to become conscious observers. In this context, she created a digital education platform www.ersilia.fr, launched in May 2016.

Breakout session: How to Read World with Images – Visual Literacy in the New Media Age.

Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck

Lie-Detectors, Belgium

Award-winning journalist Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck has written for a wide range of mainstream and investigative media, including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Independent, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Reuters, the Associated Press and MLex. Often battling editors’ preconceptions on issues from terrorism to globalisation, Juliane offers a keen perspective on how media works and how to consume it. She is a seasoned public speaker and media trainer. She makes complex subjects accessible, interactive and entertaining.

Time for Inspiration Part 2: Approaches & Solutions to the Crucial Issues

Sara Wall

Fanzingo, Sweden


Sara Wall is a project manager and film pedagogue at Fanzingo, a non profit organization and media lab based in a southern suburb of Stockholm. Fanzingo offers media training and access to technical equipment for free to citizens. Most participants belong to groups that are underrepresented within the mainstrem media industry, such as young people, people with experience of migration, people living in low income- or rural areas, who's stories are rarely told by mainstream media from the perspective of those concerned. The aim of our work is to change this mirsrepresentation, by offering the training and space for everyone to voice heard.

Adam Watson Brown

European Commission, Policy Officer, Belgium

Experienced policy developer in the media area, now extending into platforms and social media. Interested in engagement and democratic renewal. Practitioner of art of participatory leadership.

Breakout session: Partner session with the European Commission:  How can media literacy contribute to the development of social media?

Aidan White

Ethical Journalism Network, United Kingdom


Aidan White is the founder of the Ethical Journalism Network which brings together more than 60 groups of journalists, editors and media owners worldwide committed to the fight for ethics, good governance and self-regulation in journalism. For almost 50 years he has worked with journalists and media leaders to strengthen journalism, to improve the safety of media staff and to defend social and professional rights inside media. For half that time he was General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists.

Breakout session: Building Trust in Journalism: How Ethical Media Can be an Inspiration for Responsible Communications

Panel Debate – The Post-Truth Threat to Democracy: How to Deal with the New Media Landscape?

Propaganda Lab

Matteo Zacchetti

European Commission - DG Connect - Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, Belgium


Born in Genoa (Italy) in 1966. He works at the European Commission since 1995. He spent almost all his professional life in the media or dealing with media related issues both in the private sector (NBC Super Channel ltd.) and at the European Commission where he has been working for more than 20 years on different policy aspects of the audio-visual media. Currently, he is in charge of Audience Development, Film Literacy and Film Heritage within the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme. He has been Visiting Professor in the School of International Relations of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He holds a degree in Economics of the