|Zeina Afif is the coordinator for the World Bank's Multilingual Web Program which is aimed at developing better linkages between the World Bank's diverse stakeholder groups through enhanced web communications. Zeina is also a member of the Translation Framework implementation team reporting to the World Bank's Board of Directors on strengthening avenues of communication and sharing knowledge with development audiences. Zeina has 8 years of experience in the World Bank leveraging information technology to achieve global development objectives. Prior to joining the World Bank, Zeina managed a bi-lingual publication reporting on telecommunications and informatics sector development in sub-Saharan Africa.|
Lucinia Bal-Doebel is the manager of OSCE's public website. After joining the OSCE in March 2003, she initiated and planned the redesign of the OSCE public website, bringing together individual websites (maintained by individual offices). At the moment, she is managing the creation of a multilingual OSCE public website.
The OSCE Public Website Unit is in the Press and Public Information Section in the Office of OSCE's Secretary General. The Unit managed by Lucinia is in charge with both the content (editorial control) and the software (content management system and applications) of the public website. The team has one manager, two English-language editors, one architect/developer, one assistant editor.
Lucinia's background is in Organizational Behaviour and Computer Science. Her main expertise is in information systems for development, including web-based systems. She worked over fifteen years in development co-operation, especially in the fields of education and policy-making. She has over twenty years of experience in designing and developing information systems.
|Geoff Barnard has been involved in development communications for over 25 years. In the past 12 years, he has led the pioneering work at the Institute of Development Studies making creative use of the internet as a communications vehicle and developing practical solutions to the knowledge sharing challenges of development professionals. IDS is now one of the leaders in these fields, managing a family of respected and widely used services including Eldis, id21, Livelihoods Connect, and BRIDGE (see www.ids.ac.uk/info). Previously he worked for Panos London, and Earthscan. His main country experience is in South & South East Asia, and East Africa.|
|Elise Bouvet joined UNV in June 2005 as Online Volunteering Programme Specialist and since then have managed UNV's Online Volunteering service, that connects development organizations and volunteers over the Internet and supports their effective online collaboration. From 2000 to 2005, she was initially responsible for governance, civil society and youth projects at UNDP Lebanon and later for partnerships' development at UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States. Prior to joining the UN, Elise Bouvet was in charge of France's support (including funding) to NGOs and volunteerism for development.|
Jeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology policy issues in both the United States and internationally for the past 25 years. In July 2004 Dr. Cole joined the USC Annenberg School for Communication as Director of the newly formed Center for the Digital Future and as a Research Professor. Founded on the belief that the best policy arises from the best information, the Center is a research and policy institute committed to work that has a real and beneficial effect on people’s lives, while seeking to maximize the positive potential of the mass media and our rapidly evolving communication technologies.
Prior to joining USC, Dr. Cole was a longtime member of the UCLA faculty and served as Director of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy, based in the Anderson Graduate School of Management. At UCLA and now at USC Annenberg, Cole founded and directs the World Internet Project, a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology on all aspects of society, which is conducted in over 20 countries. At the announcement of the project in June 1999, Vice President Al Gore praised Cole as a “true visionary providing the public with information on how to understand the impact of media.”
Cole was Principal Investigator of the Network Television Violence Monitoring Project, which in 1995, 1996 and 1997 issued annual reports to the television networks, Congress and the nation. Upon the release of the 1996 report, Cole held a joint press conference with President Bill Clinton, who referred to the Center for Communication Policy as “the premier educational institution setting trends in entertainment.” Nationwide there was unanimous praise for the quality of the reports and their contribution to the television violence debate.
Cole has testified before Congress on television issues and has spoken as a keynote and panel member at more than 500 conferences on communications issues. He has worked with both the Clinton and George W. Bush White House on media and telecommunications issues, including detailed briefings on the Center’s work.
In 1994, 1995 and 1996 the Center co-authored with U.S. News & World Report national surveys examining attitudes and values of decision-makers in the entertainment industry. In 1994 the Center co-sponsored “The Superhighway Summit” in UCLA's Royce Hall with the leaders of most of the nation's major media companies. For the annual Family Reunion Conferences in Nashville, Tennessee, Cole has worked with Vice President Gore to produce films opening the 1995 through 2002 conferences. The annual films were screened before an audience of 1,400 including the Vice President and President Clinton.
Cole has lectured extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Australia and throughout the U.S. He regularly consults with top government officials and leaders of the telecommunications industries throughout the world on communications issues. He currently is a member of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Forum Programme Committee. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) from 1997 to 2001 and was the founding governor of the ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group.
Over the past 29 years, Cole has taught to over 35,000 students. In 1987 he received UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award.
|Andreas Damianou is the Chief of Web Development & Webcasting Unit in the UN Department of Public Information since 2001, where he has developed the UN Webcast operation and managed a web development team. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Chief of the Information Systems Unit in the Facilities Management Division of the Department of Management where he was appointed to the Organization's core group to resolve the Y2K issues. From 1989 to 1998 he worked in the Department of Public Information where he had introduced several new technological innovations. He has received twice the UN21 award, that is given to staff members in recognition for innovation, efficiency and excellence in the delivery of the UN's programmes and services. The first one in 1996. as part of the Group that developed the UN Website and the second in 2005 for the development of the UN Webcast. He has attended more than 25 UN Conferences worldwide providing live and on-demand internet coverage. He has a University degree in Computer Science.|
|Craig Duncan is the senior information management officer for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat, based in Geneva. His training is in engineering and information architecture, and he is a self-appointed evangelist for user-centered information design. Prior to taking up his current post in September 2006, Craig was technical project manager for the ReliefWeb site, and previously worked for the International Centre for Humanitarian Reporting and the UN Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS).|
|Yenny’s background is in journalism – both print and TV. She was a financial editor in London before joining the IFC (World Bank) as a web editor. She’s now the Web Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where she has overall responsibility for both the Intranet and www.ebrd.com. A keen organic allotment gardener, Yenny's particularly pleased with this year's harvest of tenderstem broccoli.|
|Ms. Susan Farkas is the Chief of the United Nations Radio and TV Service. Prior to the joining the UN, Ms, Farkas was an Executive Producer at NBC News in New York, overseeing the production of TV news documentaries. She also served as a Senior Producer of Broadcast Standards and as a Senior Producer at Dateline NBC. During her 17 years at NBC, Ms. Farkas won numerous awards, including six Emmys and a Robert F Kennedy award for Human Rights Journalism. Ms. Farkas started her broadcasting career at the CBC radio, before working in television in her native Canada.|
Ahmad Fawzi is Director of the News and Media Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. The Division generates the daily United Nations news materials for television, radio, newspapers and the Internet, and is responsible for establishing links and cooperation with the media in all regions.
Mr. Fawzi was previously Director of the United Nations Information Centre in London for six years (1997-2003) and as such was the representative of the Secretary-General in the UK and Ireland. He has travelled with Mr. Kofi Annan on various missions, including to the Middle East and Africa.
From 1992-1997, he was the Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali.
He has also served on special assignment as the Spokesman for the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Afghanistan, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi in 2001-2002. He attended the Bonn talks and later travelled with Mr Brahimi to Afghanistan for the Transfer of Power and helped set up the new UN mission in Kabul. In February, April and May 2004, he was once again Spokesman for Mr. Brahimi on his missions to Iraq.
Mr. Fawzi was the first Spokesman and Director of Information for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, in June 2003. He was also Mr. de Mello's Media Advisor in East Timor in 2001.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Fawzi was a broadcast journalist, working for Egyptian Radio and Television and then Visnews (now Reuters Television) in London, Prague, Moscow and New York, as well as most of the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
During the seventies, Ahmad Fawzi was Press Secretary and Chef de Cabinet for Egypt's former First Lady Jehan Sadat. He travelled extensively with the Sadats, and was with President Anwar Sadat on his historic visit to Jerusalem in November 1977.
|Ambassador Ali Hachani
PRESIDENT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (2006)
Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations since March 2003.
Born in 1946, Mr. HACHANI, after primary and secondary studies, graduated in English Language and Literature from Tunis University (1968). He then followed a course in International Relations at Columbia University (New York) within the framework of a training program for diplomats (1969-70).
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia in November 1968. After having served in the Department of International Co-operation, he was appointed (September 1972 to September 1979) Counsellor at the Tunsian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. In this capacity, he took part in a great number of regular and extraordinary sessions of the UN General Assembly as well as Technical Committees and International Conferences.
On his return to Tunis, he joined for six months the Prime Minister’s Office before being appointed Deputy Director for Multilareral Co-operation, then Director of Multilateral Cooperation and Co-operation among Developing Countries, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From September 1, 1985 to September 30, 1990, he was Ambassador of Tunisia to the United Arab Emirates. He was later appointed Director of Bilateral and Regional Cooperation with Arab, African and Asian Countries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1992 to 1995, he was Ambassador of Tunisia to Senegal. He was equally Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, the Republic of Gambia and the Republic of Cape-Verde, with residence in Dakar.
Returning to Tunis (September 1995), he was Director for Research, Analysis and Planning, then Director for relations with countries members of the European Union and finally Director-General for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From September 1, 1997 to January 5, 2000, he was Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations in New York.
From February 1, 2000 to July 31, 2001, he was Ambassador of Tunisia to Greece.
From September 2001 until his recent and new nomination as Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations, he was Director-General of International Organizations and Conferences in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was promoted to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary in 1983 and in 1995 to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary “Hors Classe.”
Mr. Ali HACHANI is married and father of four children.
He is « Officer de l’Ordre de la République Tunisienne ».
|Sarah Kerr is a Technical Officer at Bellanet, a secretariat within the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada. She comes from a software engineering background mixed with online application development. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics, Computer Science, Software Engineering Option from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Since joining Bellanet in 2002, she has worked in several areas, principally open development (open standards, open source and open content) and online communities. She has strong personal interests in FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software), access to knowledge and web 2.0.|
|As Web Editor of the UN Volunteers programme, Kanti Kumar manages the World Volunteer Web and the UNV global website. He has been in web management since 2000, after working in print and television media for 14 years.|
|M.S in Information Science, M.A. in Linguistics & Literature;
Expertise and professional interest: knowledge management, systems analysis and design, web development and content management, community of practice, online marketing.
|Mikel Maron is an independent software developer, specializing in Open Geospatial and Wiki tech. He's been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, and spoken and written frequently on open mapping technologies. As a Volunteer and Consultant, Mikel has contributed to the first Wiki projects within the UN, WaterWiki at the UNDP and the Gender Training Wiki at UN INSTRAW. Previously, Mikel worked as senior developer of My Yahoo! and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems at the University of Sussex. For the latest, Mikel keeps a weblog at http://brainoff.com/weblog/|
|Alex McKenzie leads the Content and Information Management Team at the Independent Evaluation Group - World Bank's (IEG-WB) Knowledge and Evaluation Capacity Development Unit (IEGKE). Mr. McKenzie has prior experience in design and implementation of process automation systems, web architecture, electronic media, and strategic planning. Before joining the bank in 1994, he worked with regional information services firms and with IBM Peru. He has a MBA and a degree in Electrical Engineering.|
|Sebastian Naidoo is a South African and British national who has lived and worked in the UK, Japan, Cambodia and US. During the last 10 years he has worked as a journalist and editor, specializing in humanitarian issues, human rights and development. He holds Masters degrees in Japanese and Journalism and is currently acting as Head of Unit at the ReliefWeb Unit of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York.|
Gary Pantin has been designing and developing websites for well over ten years. He spent four years at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, in the Information Technology Section, where he worked on the technical development of a range of OCHA websites including CERF (Central Emergency Relief Fund), OCHA's field websites, an intranet and off course OCHAonline. Gary has also worked as a web developer in other UN agencies, including UNIFEM, where he recently developed a new version of their Women War and Peace web portal, which is expected to be launched shortly. He is currently attached to UN Department of Public Information, DPI, in the Evaluation and Communications Research Unit.
Prior to joining the United Nations he served as the CEO of CECP Limited, a communications company based in his native Trinidad and Tobago. He also coordinated the development of new products at Republic Bank Limited, the largest bank in the English speaking Caribbean.
Caroline Petit is the Promotion and Distribution Manager for the audiovisual catalogue of the United Nations in New York. For the past 5 years at HQ, she has been responsible for establishing innovative partnerships with major international radio and television broadcasters in order to increase the visibility of the UN message and of the UN agencies to a worldwide audience. She is also responsible for the presence of the United Nations family at key television market such as the MIP TV in France where the audiovisual UN reps presents a one UN voice to the media community at large.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms Petit has been promoting the European cinema and television industry for 15 years for the prestigious European Union 's Media programme in Brussels, for the National Film and Television Group in London and for Milos Forman's European Film College in Denmark.
After a career in banking and aviation, Penelope Price joined ADB's training division in 1993 and focused particularly on technology and learning issues, how technology is impacting the development process, and incorporating learner-centered activities into training design. From 1998-1999 she was posted to the ADB Institute in Tokyo to work on capacity building programs.
In 2000 she joined ADB’s Office of External Relations in Manila. As well as media-related activities she managed ADB's new web site, promoting web technology as a strategic communication tool. Ms. Price traveled to many countries in the region conducting communication workshops for government agencies, NGOs, and ADB country offices. These workshops focused on writing and web content development and usability.
She rejoined ADBI in late 2003 specifically to revamp and manage ADBI's website and oversee ADBI’s communication activities. Since late 2004 she also managed ADBI's CD-ROM Review program, which now lists over 500 development-related CD-ROMs. In late October 2006 Ms. Price returned to ADB, Manila, to run the website there.
|Rodolfo M. Quevenco|
|Rodolfo M. Quevenco is Managing Editor of the IAEA.org public web site and traces his involvement in web development back to when Gopher network protocol and then Mosaic, the first popular web browser, were the "in" things. He also still keeps a rare (original) CD of Netscape Navigator version 1.0 in his office drawer, and plans to hold on to it until the day he can auction it for a million dollars in eBay and then retire some place with no internet connection. Rodolfo is a fan and supporter of web standards and semantic web. Privately, he maintains an online collection of digital black and white photographs, and also text-blogs, photoblogs and podcasts. He keeps an active interest on all the Web 2.0 buzz, believing that traditional organizations will benefit from technologies powering the "social networking" phenomenon if they pick and choose correctly.|
|Carolina Ramirez joined UNICEF 3 years ago. She currently manages the Arabic, Chinese (under construction), French, and Spanish versions of the UNICEF website. She coordinates the maintenance, translations and updates of the site, as well as the production of special features such as interactive publications, and micro-website in languages other than English. Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Ramirez worked four years in the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. During her time at the UN, Ms. Ramirez created the website for the UN Guided Tours in 9 languages and coordinated the creation of 3 more language versions. Additionally, she designed promotional material for the Guided Tours Unit that was used in several tourism publications and distributed all over the New York City area. Prior to joining the UN family, Ms. Ramirez worked as a Photo editor and a web designer in the private sector. She concluded her artistic studies in New York at the Parsons School of Design. She is member of the Graphic Artist Guild and has lived in 7 different countries.|
|Sharon Rusu, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, has extensive knowledge and experience in information management, research and practice on refugees and asylum, and conflict early warning within the UN, NGO and public sectors. Beginning her career with an immigrant and refugee settlement NGO and later as a government decision-maker on refugee asylum, Sharon moved on to become Director of Research for Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board and then to the UNHCR, Geneva, where she was Chief, Centre for Documentation on Refugees. In the mid-nineties she was seconded to UNDHA, where she developed ReliefWeb. Committed to advocating informed decision-making in humanitarian action, Sharon has led in the development of principles and practice in several areas: country of origin information systems, information management in support of humanitarian relief and conflict early warning. Dividing her time between research and consulting, she has recently published on conflict early warning; refugee and asylum policy in the UK and Canada, and consulted on information management for humanitarian relief, country of origin systems, and decision-making on asylum claims. She is currently the interim Coordinator of ReliefWeb, Geneva.|
|Nanci St. John|
|Nanci St. John has worked for the United Nations for 17 years. Her background is in Information Science, starting out as a Librarian in one of the UN’s offices in Trinidad and Tobago and then moving to New York in 1995. She worked at the Reference Desk of the Dag Hammarskjold Library where she had her first involvement with producing websites. From the DHL she moved to the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, where among other duties, she had responsibility for the Spokesman’s website. In 2003 she moved to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as Editor and Manager of their website, OCHA Online.|
|Soad M. Sommereyns presently manages the English Unit of the Web Services Section, DPI, and is in charge for all aspects related to its proper functioning. She is also the Focal Point for the Working Group on Internet Matters. Prior to that, she was the Chief of the UN Website Languages Unit, monitoring, managing and coordinating the work of the Coordinators of the six official UN Language sites. As the Head of the Task Force for the Working Group on Internet Matters and, under the leadership of the Chief of the Working Group on Internet Matters, she led the Task Force in the creation of the Technical Guidelines on Internet Publishing. Before that, she worked in the UN Development Business Unit, first as Deputy Chief and then as Chief of the Unit. In 1996, she was instrumental in the initiation and design of the UN French Homepage on the Internet, as a part of the development of the UN Website, for which she and her colleagues received the UN 21 Award. She held several roles at the UN for the last fifteen years including Special Assistant to the Special Advisor to the Secretary-general for Public Policy, who was responsible for all activities relating to the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, and Special Assistant to the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Peace, Security and Development. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Debt as well as on the Reconstruction of Lebanon. She assisted in the creation of the Book, "International Debt". Ms. Sommereyns speaks 9 languages, 6 of which are the UN official languages.|
Linda Stoddart, was appointed the Head of the Dag Hammarskj÷ld Library and Chair of the Task Force on Knowledge Sharing at the United Nations in June, 2004. She was previously Director of the Bureau of Library and Information Services of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in Geneva, and Professor of Information Management at a business school in the "Silicon Valley" area in France, where she was responsible for an executive education programme for senior managers.
From 1992 to 1999, as Director of Information Systems at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva and later in Harare, she lead the implementation of a global knowledge management strategy in field delegations and Red Cross national societies worldwide. She also worked at IMD, (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, as Director of Information Services. Linda also served as an adviser to government agencies on information management issues for the International Trade Centre in Portugal, and for the ILO in Asia (China, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand), and in Africa (Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe). Her academic degrees include a PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; MLS, State University of New York; BA, University of Denver. Linda is the author of a number of articles and other publications on information and knowledge management issues.
|Linda Tom is the head of Design and Development for unicef.org where she is responsible for the quality and timely implementation of variety of web products. Prior to working with UNICEF, she launched large scale websites for NBC and the Bank of Montreal. Born in Montreal, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Concordia University in 1998 and possesses over 7 years experience in web design, development and Content Management Solutions; and 4 year experience in non profit and advocacy design.|
|Robert Valantin has spent the last 25 years working with developing countries and development agencies to help them effectively use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to solve practical problems and to improve access to knowledge for development. He has worked closely with a wide variety of organizations including multilaterals, bilaterals, UN agencies, NGOs, developing country research institutes, universities, foundations, and private sector. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2001, Robert initiated many of the ICT program investments of Canada's International Development Research Centre, IDRC (www.idrc.ca). At the World Bank, Robert first managed a program involving more than 50 Country Gateways, as part of the Development Gateway initiative (www.developmentgateway.org). Robert currently leads the Development Information Group, which works closely with the Bank?s External Affairs Department and the Web Community on the Bank to coordinates the development and operation of the Bank's External Web ( www.worldbank.org). He also co-chairs the Bank's E-Development Thematic Group.|
|Jane Wallace is the Web manager at WHO, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She took up this position 6 months ago. Prior to that, she was the Web manager at WHO's Regional Office for Europe, in Copenhagen. A native of the US, her training is in public health and engineering. She found her way to the WHO web site by way of several information management projects, a few smaller web sites and even a stint in the private sector.|
|Lothar Wedekind is an award-winning journalist at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, who heads the News and Information Section of the Division of Public Information. The Section editorially manages the IAEA.org public website, the flagship IAEA Bulletin magazine, and Agency public information products for print and electronic distribution. Lothar is no stranger to Web4Development and related events, and has served as chair of the United Nations Group of Periodical Editors on several occasions. Email: L.Wedekind@iaea.org|