Panelists and Moderators


Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (Member of the European Parliament)

Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou is an economist and an attorney-at-law. She is currently a Member of the European Parliament (EPP ), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee and member, inter alia, of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, the Development Committee and the Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel. She was formerly a member of the HellenicParliament and spokesperson for the New Democracy Party. She has also served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Ioannina.

She worked for several years as an attorney in the USA, specializing in financial transactions and international banking law, as an external expert for the European Commission, and as a manager in consulting companies in Brussels and Luxembourg. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the think tank Friends of Europe and of the Hellenic American University.


Anu Bradford (Columbia University, USA)

Anu Bradford is the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School. She is also a director for the European Legal Studies Center and a Senior Scholar at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business. Her research and teaching focus on European Union law, international trade law, and comparative and international antitrust law.

Anu earned her S.J.D. (2007) and LL.M. (2002) degrees from Harvard Law School and also holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki.

Bradford’s book “The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World”, published in 2020 describes the European Union’s outsize influence on global markets.


Marcel Broersma (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Marcel Broersma is professor and director of the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen and one of the national coordinators of the Dutch Digital Society research programme. His research focuses on digital literacy and inclusion, changing patterns of media use, and the digital transformation of journalism. Broersma is the founding chair of the Digital Literacy Coalition (www.digital-literacy.nl), a consortium of 20 research and knowledge institutions, governments, civil society organisations and companies that collaborates to foster digital literacy. He is the recipient of various prestigious research grants and has published widely, including Rethinking Journalism Again. Societal Role and Relevance in a Digital Age (2017; ed. with Chris Peters).


Randy Connolly (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada)

Randy has been teaching at Mount Royal University since 1997. His teaching specialties are web development and technology and society studies. His research has oscillated between his two backgrounds of computer science and political science. Research interests include: the teaching of web development, the general pedagogy of computing education, and the social effects of computing. He is the author of several textbooks, the most recent of which is Fundamentals of Web Development, Third Edition (2021), which is used by thousands of students at over a hundred universities world-wide. He has also authored 36 peer-reviewed papers and given over 20 international research presentations. He is on the editorial boards of the two main journals for computing education (ACM Transaction on Computing Education and ACM Inroads).


Michele Elam (Stanford University, USA)

Michele Elam is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Humanities in the English Department at Stanford University, a Faculty Associate Director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and a Race & Technology Affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. 

Elam’s research in interdisciplinary humanities connects literature and the social sciences in order to examine changing cultural interpretations of gender and race. Her work is informed by the understanding that racial perception in particular impacts outcomes for health, wealth and social justice. The author of three scholarly books, numerous articles on race and culture, and several national awards for both her scholarship and teaching, her most recent project considers how the humanities and arts function as key crucibles through which to frame and address urgent social questions about equity in emergent technologies. At Stanford, she has served as the Director of the interdisciplinary graduate Program in Modern Thought and Literature (MTL), the  Director of African & African American Studies, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department. Nationally, Elam has served as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Black Literatures & Culture Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and on the Executive Council for the American Literature Society at MLA. She is currently on the Advisory Boards of Stanford’s Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, and serves on the Director’s Council for the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school).


Carlo Ghezzi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Carlo Ghezzi is an Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he has been teaching and doing research for over 40 years. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, member of Academia Europaea, and member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Istituto Lombardo). He received the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award. He has been President of Informatics Europe. He has done research on programming languages and software engineering. He has published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences and co-authored 6 books. He is interested in the ethical implications of research in computer science. He is currently chairing the Ethics Committee at Politecnico di Milano.


Shada Islam (Independent Advisor & Strategist, Europe)

Shada Islam is an influential Brussels-based specialist on European Union affairs who works independently as a commentator, advisor, analyst and strategist on Europe, Asia, Africa, Geopolitics, Trade, Migration, Inclusion, Diversity and Women’s Empowerment.

Shada is a member of the European Policy Centre’s prestigious Strategic Council and Senior Adviser for Europe in the World programme. Until June 2020, Shada worked as Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels. She now runs her own Brussels-based global strategy and advisory media company, New Horizons Project (NHP).

In 2017, she was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico. She is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin campus) and is also a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB).


Edward A. Lee (UC Berkeley, USA)

Edward A. Lee has been working on software systems for 40 years and has recently turned to philosophical and societal implications of technology. After education at Yale, MIT, and Bell Labs, he landed at Berkeley, where he is now Professor of the Graduate School in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. His research focuses on cyber-physical systems, which integrate computing with the physical world. He is author of several textbooks and two general-audience books, The Coevolution: The Entwined Futures and Humans and Machines (2020) and Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology (2017)

(Picture © Jessica Lifland / UC Berkeley)


Eric Masanet (UC Santa Barbara, USA)

Eric Masanet is the Mellichamp Chair of Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he focuses on energy and sustainability modeling of ICT and industrial systems.  He was previously Head of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University, and a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His current research focuses on the energy evolution of the world’s data centers.


George Metakides (President of Digital Enlightenment Forum, Visiting Professor, University of Southampton)

George Metakides is visiting professor at the University of Southampton, Adjunct Professor at the European University of Cyprus, President of the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and Advisor to several international organizations. He is involved in the analysis of the economic, political and social impact of digitization, related cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory issues and the promotion of international cooperation towards a digital ecosystem respecting shared human values.)

With a Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic earned from Cornell University in 1971, he pursued an academic career at MIT, Cornell and Rochester University before returning to Greece as Chair of Logic at the University of Patras. Since 1984 he has held senior positions with responsibility for Research & Development policy, funding and international co-operation in European institutions including the Directorship of the ESPRIT program

He has contributed to the establishment of international institutions (including the launch of the World Wide Web consortium in 1993), has received a number of awards and honorary degrees and is a corresponding member of several National Academies.


Enrico Nardelli (University of Roma ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy & President of Informatics Europe)

Enrico Nardelli is full professor of Informatics at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and the President of Informatics Europe, the association representing Informatics university departments and research labs in Europe.

Since 2014 he coordinates “Programma il Futuro”, a project run by CINI, in accordance with MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research), to introduce in Italian schools the basic concepts of Informatics as a scientific discipline.

He is the director of the national laboratory “Informatics and School” and member of the Steering Committee of the “Informatics for All” coalition, advocating the introduction of Informatics as component of fundamental education in all schools in Europe.

His current research activity regards Informatics Education and the study of Informatics systems and their social impact, within the Link&Think Research Lab and the CINI National laboratory “Informatics and Society”. Previously he did research in various fields of Informatics, from algorithms to databases, from geographical information systems to human-computer interaction and cooperative information systems.

He also carries out dissemination activity towards the general public regarding Informatics education and the role of Informatics in the digital society. His website is http://www.mat.uniroma2.it/~nardelli/


Marietje Schaake (Stanford University, USA)

Marietje Schaake is international policy director at Stanford University Cyber Policy Center and international policy fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She is the President of the Cyber Peace Institute. Between 2009 and 2019, Marietje served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Marietje is affiliated with a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India and writes a monthly column for the Financial Times and a bi-weekly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper. 


Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Viola Schiaffonati is associate professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches Computer Ethics and Philosophy of Computer Science. Her main research interests include: the philosophical issues of artificial intelligence and robotics,  the epistemology and methodology of experiments in computer engineering and autonomous robotics, the analysis of the ethical issues of intelligent and autonomous systems. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Università di Genova. She has been visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy of the University of California at Berkeley and visiting researcher at the Suppes Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology of the Stanford University.


Johanna Seibt (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Johanna Seibt is professor for philosophy at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is the founder and director of the Research Unit for Robophilosophy and Integrative Social Robotics (RISR), as well as founder and main (co-)organizer of the biennial Robophilosophy Conference Series. At RISR a highly interdisciplinary research team (currently comprising 25 researchers from 11 disciplines) conducts HRI research using the approach of ìIntegrative Social Roboticsî (ISR), a new ‘paradigm’ for the organization of R&D processes in social robotics that centrally includes Humanities expertise. The ISR-approach is primarily geared to create culturally sustainable (‘responsible’) social robotics applications but can be extended to other technologies that directly interfere with human social reality. Seibt currently explores how the insights of ISR can be translated into new educations in order to generate those competences that future professionals from computer science/engineering and various SSH disciplines will need in order to participate in interdisciplinary developer teams.


Paul Timmers (Digital Enlightenment Forum)

Paul Timmers is research associate at Oxford University for cybersecurity and digital transformation, adjunct professor at European University Cyprus, visiting professor at Rijeka University, senior advisor to the European Policy Centre in Brussels, board member of Digital Enlightenment Forum and of the Estonian eGovernance Academy supervisory board.

Previously he was Director at the European Commission dealing with EU legislation and funding for cybersecurity, digital health, smart cities, e-government. He was cabinet member of European Commissioner Liikanen, manager in a large ICT company, and co-founded an ICT start-up.  Physics PhD from Nijmegen University, MBA from Warwick University, EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, and cybersecurity qualification at Harvard.


Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University, USA)

With over 46,000 citations, Moshe Vardi is one of the most cited computer scientists worldwide. Since 1993, Moshe Vardi has been a professor at Rice University (Texas, USA). He is a leading researcher in the field of logic applications in computer science and plays a leading role in the discussion of the role of computer science in society. The lectures and articles by Moshe Vardi on the implications of robotics and artificial intelligence (up to the question of whether intelligent robots are stealing your job) have strongly influenced public discourse. Until 2017, he served as Editor‐in‐Chief of Communications of the ACM (CACM). Moshe Y. Vardi studied Physics and Computer Science at BarIlan University and at Weizmann Institute. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel). He spent several years in various positions at top institutions such as the Hebrew University, Stanford University and the IBM Research Center in San Jose (USA).


Hannes Werthner (TU Wien, Austria)

Hannes Werthner is a retired Professor for E-Commerce at the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien. Prior to joining TU Wien, he had several professorships at Austrian and international Universities. His research is in several fields such as Decision Support Systems, E-Commerce, E-Tourism, Recommender Systems, and lately in Network Analysis and Text Mining. Besides research and teaching he is active in starting new initiatives, such as the Vienna PhD School of Informatics and the i2c (Informatics Innovation Center). In the area of E-Tourism, the International Federation for IT and Tourism (IFITT) grants the “Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award” to outstanding academics and/or professionals in the field.


Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Sally Wyatt is Professor of Digital Cultures at Maastricht University, and one of the national coordinators of the Dutch Digital Society Programme. She has been studying the societal aspects of digital technologies for many years, focusing on questions of access and inequality and on healthcare. With Andrew Webster, Wyatt co-edited ‘Health, Technology and Society. Critical Inquiries (2020, Palgrave Macmillan). With Anna Harris and Susan Kelly, she co-authored the prize-winning book ‘CyberGenetics. Health Genetics and New Media (2016, Routledge).


Lorella Zanardo (Activist & Writer, Italy)

Lorella Zanardo is an activist for human rights and social justice. She is the author of the project “Face Manifesto” a ten points manifesto conceived to offer food for thought.The manifesto brings together ideas by the most prominent thinkers and artists of all time who have contributed to the discour of the notion of the visage at a global scale by employing

 a video essay that invites the viewer to directly face both artificially created and actually existing faces, in the attempt to encourage a new awareness, both emotional and phys­ical, that we need in order to start looking at all sorts of visages without filters.

 Zanardo is a member of WIN advisory board, an international organisation of female professionals based in Oslo. She has co-directed the documentary “Il Corpo delle Donne” (“The Body of Women”), which has been watched online by millions of people, and is co-author of a book of the same name; the project has initiated an important reflection on the representation of women in the media.
Zanardo is President of “Nuovi Occhi per i Media” (“New Eyes for the Media”) Association, offering educational programs on image and media culture as tools to reclaim active citizenship, which have been attended by thousands of high school students. Speaker, lecturer, writer, she is author and director of the theatre performance “Schermi” (“Screens”), a piece on the importance of media education as a tool for active citizenship. She has been member of the Chamber Study Commission for the drafting of the “Internet Bill of Rights.”
A Diversity Management and Female Leadership consultant, she has previously held senior positions in major international organisations. For her contribution to the progress of women, she has received numerous awards: particularly, TIAW – World of Difference Award, Washington, has acknowledged the effectiveness of her actions for the cultural advancement of women in her country. Her wesbite is (http://www.lorellazanardo.it/

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