Prof James O’Meara is based at National Louis University in Chicago. His current research examines the contributions of the TACTICS Framework and Teacher Effectiveness Maps to the achievement of the Secretary General’s Global Education First initiative priorities of improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship. Prof. O’Meara serves as the President of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), an INGO that recently delivered its third consecutive teacher capacity building project in Africa through the support of the UNESCO Participation Program. Prof.
Dr Jacob Dahl Rendtorff is Professor of Ethics at the department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, Denmark and he is also visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. Rendtorff has a background in research in ethics, business ethics, bioethics, information ethics, political theory and philosophy of law. He has also been doing research in phenomenology and hermeneutics, continental French and German philosophy. At present, among others, Rendtorff works on different aspects of the ethics of information technologies.
Mr Jaco Cilliers is a Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Uzbekistan, where he was responsible for management and coordination of all operational and programmatic activities of UNDP. He also worked with UNDP Cyprus as head of office. Before joining the UN, he worked as Deputy Regional Director for Southern and Central Africa for an international NGO and in management positions for development organizations in the Balkans. He has significant experience working in development and conflict areas.
Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg is a programme specialist working at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Communication and Information Sector, Knowledge Societies Division in Paris, France.
She coordinates projects related to access to information and knowledge for Persons with Disabilities as contribution to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She works on the implementation of the UNESCO’s Communication and Information Strategy on Media and Information Literacy, and multilingualism in cyberspace, particularly on the promotion and implementation of the normative instrument “UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace”. She is also involved in UNESCO’s response within the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) frameworks. During more than ten years at UNESCO, she carried out a number of projects on HIV and AIDS issues, contributed to research activities, contributed to the preparation of numerous publications, reports and articles on wide range of issues.
Before joining UNESCO in 2002, she worked as Senior Programme Specialist, Department of Information and Informatics, Ministry of Public Administration Reforms and Local Authorities, Lithuania.
Director, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
Indrajit Banerjee Details
Born in 1964, Mr Banerjee obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and Sciences (1985) from the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry (India), and a Master of Arts degree in French (1988) from the Jawaharial Nehru University, New Delhi (India). In 1990, he obtained a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies and, in 1994, Ph.Ds in Communication and in Didactics from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (France). From 1995 to 1996, Mr Banerjee pursued a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Communication and Media at the Université du Québec, Montreal (Canada).
Mr Banerjee was Adjunct Faculty at the University of Ottawa (Canada) from 1996 to 1997. In 1998, he became Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Information, first at the University Science Malaysia and, from 2001 to 2009, at the Nanyang Technological University.
Between 2004 and 2009, Mr Banerjee also served as Secretary-General of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) in Singapore, where he launched a large number of research and publication projects, media conferences, seminars and training workshops.
In July 2009, Mr Banerjee was appointed Chief of Information and Communication Technology in the Education, Science and Culture Section of the Communication and Information Sector. In this capacity, he has undertaken numerous projects and initiatives, as well as established partnerships with a number of public and private entities.
Mr Banerjee is a member of the International Communication Association (ICA), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He has authored several books and numerous articles in his field of competence.
Mr Indrajit Banerjee (India)has been appointed as Director (D-1) of the Information Society Division,Communication and Information Sector on 10 August 2010
Mr Ian Kaplan is a co-director of the Enabling Education Network - Community Interest Company (EENET CIC), education network and social enterprise consultancy company with a focus on inclusive education in the “global South”. Mr Kaplan is also a Honorary Lecturer in University of Manchester. His work focuses on issues of educational and social inclusion/exclusion. He is particularly interested in image-based research and participatory action research with children and young people.
Mr Hiroshi Kawamura is a founder and a former President and Board member of the DAISY Consortium, Japan
He contributed to the Section of Libraries for the Blind/International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
He was serving as Disability Caucus Focal Point to coordinate the Global Forum on Disability in the Information Society in Geneva and Tunis for the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Ms Hazel Díaz Melendez is the Director, Concessions and Telecommunication Norms, Ministry of science, technology and telecommunications, Costa Rica. She also actively cooperates on issues related to Internet Governance and Human Rights.
Ms Diaz has worked for over 18 years in the protection of human rights in the Ombudsman office of Costa Rica where she has been in charge of the Directions of Quality of Life and Control of Administrative Management of the Government of Costa Rica.
H. E. Prof. Ali Al Tarrah is the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the State of Kuwait to UNESCO. Prof Al Tarrah has handled many challenges and provided valuable services, nationally and internationally, in his professional carrier. He has been a Cultural Counselor/Head of the Cultural Office in the Embassy of Kuwait in Washington D.C. The United Nations Development Office in Kuwait used Professor Al Tarrah’s services as “domestic expert” in development planning.
Mr Govind Nihalani is an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter and producer, known for his works in Hindi cinema. He has been the recipient of six National Film Awards (India), and five Bollywood Filmfare Awards. He was an Assistant Cinematographer to the legendary V. K. Murthy. He was associated with all the earlier films of Shyam Benegal and with the cinematography of Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning epic Gandhi.