Reem N. Bsaiso – Advisor, ICT & Knowledge Economy
Reem is an independent Senior Consultant specializing in knowledge economy policies and public reform; her focus is on ICT in Education and national training schemes, working with international agencies on ICT in Education in the MENA region, such as World Bank, UNESCO and EU Investment Bank. She is Founder of Global Tech-Net (G-TeN), a non-profit initiative registered at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Jordan. Reem is ex-CEO of World Links Arab Region and World Links International, initiated by the World Bank committed to spreading and merging ICT and knowledge economy skills in education and training of youth and women. She has created scalable and sustainable schemes to reach hundreds of millions of youth through highly effective and low cost models. She was part of the Prime Ministerial National Agenda of Jordan, and worked on the labour, employment, vocational training, education and social components. In 2002 – 2003, she initiated the Jordanian national strategy for merging ICT in education, established the first ICT department and programs for ICT literacy, e-learning and technical support, under a UNDP/ Government of Jordan scheme.
Gary Horsley – EUROMED & Media Networks
For more than 30 years Gary has been a consultant on international communications issues, helping to shape strategies that reach out to client audiences, markets and partners across the globe. During that time he has worked with major industrials, professional services, government departments and NGOs, helping them to communicate effectively across different cultures. He has extensive experience of working with European institutions, providing communications strategy and actions in areas as diverse as EU investment in R&D and the work of the EC’s Humanitarian Office. In three years of this latter role he managed many donor networking and aid support activities, including events in the West Bank and Gaza and EU presence at the signing of the anti-landmines treaty in Ottawa. For the last six years Gary has been at the heart of a media consultation involving journalists and associated media interests from EU Member States and the countries on the Union’s borders to the South and East. Discussion and analysis in more than 30 conferences, seminars and workshops has tackled key issues for the region: migration, terrorism, human rights, racism and xenophobia, reporting conflict and media freedom. It has also established an informal network of journalists focused around common professional interests, offering mutual support and providing distribution for news direct from colleagues on the front line of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Katherine Barger – Senior Editor, Global Thinkers Forum
Katie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and a concentration in Public Relations. Prior to joining GTF, she worked as an attorney for several years, focusing primarily in religious asylum and international human rights, notably those of women affected by China’s One-Child Policy. She gained extensive research experience both legal and media-related through her work first as the Senior Research Attorney for a boutique non-profit in Washington, D.C. followed by her role as Director of Communications for one of its human rights-specific projects. She also has a background in collegiate media, having worked as both a writer and assistant editor for publications at UNC-CH and North Carolina State University.
Clarissa Rios Rojas – Editor / Project Coordinator
Clarissa Rios is an experienced researcher educated as a scientist at Mayor National University of San Marcos (Peru), Karolinska Institute University (Sweden) and University of Queensland (Australia). She has more than 10 years of experience in conducting multilateral scientific projects and publishing scientific articles in the areas of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology. She is also passionate about social development, her vision is to empower Latin students and promote the social and economic development of Latin American countries. Hence, she is the Founder and Director of the non profit: Ekpapalek, which offers free programmes to promote the professional development of Latin students. She is also one of the selected Global Champions for women economic empowerment (WEE) 2015-2016 of the platform Empower women from UN Women. As a champion for WEE she is currently developing a pilot project for empowering women in Peru that seeks to change women’s current role models.
She is also a collaborator at the first global newspaper of analysis and opinion: Mundiario. In her columns you can find articles on topics ranging from a guide to studying and working abroad to recommendations to push your professional development further. Her articles also features interviews with other Latin students that have leveraged their academic career and are now good role models for younger generations.
She loves exploring, creative thinking, innovation, social change and meeting people that are keen to feed/clash/fusion and recycle each other ideas and projects.
Elizabeth Filippouli – Founder & CEO Global Thinkers & Global Thinkers Forum
Elizabeth Filippouli is an entrepreneur and global leadership expert with particular focus on accountable leadership and inclusive growth. She is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), an international organization that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership, collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. GTF is a London-based and UK registered social-purpose organization with presence in 6 countries: UK, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, UAE, Saudi Arabia and a fast growth rate. It was launched in 2012 in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania and is proud to have Board members representing more than 20 countries.
Dayang Milic – Executive Business Support
Dayang graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication. She started her career in tourism and hospitality in her native country before joining the luxury hotel chain Jumeirah Group in Dubai, UAE. She then moved on to office management and administration for Emirates Beton, before joining Jetex Flight Support at the Dubai International Airport. Her work in executive business support for international companies with a diverse and multicultural workforce also covers corporate communication and public relations. In 2014, Dayang relocated to Europe and now calls Belgrade, Serbia her home.
Ellie Papoutsani – Projects & Partnerships Associate
Ellie is a project & events management professional. She has studied Modern Languages (BA) at the University of Essex, before focusing on PR & Events with an MA in Media & Public Relations from the University of Newcastle and an MSc in Tourism and Events from the University of Sunderland. She has substantial expertise in entrepreneurship & startups’ education, acceleration, promotion & networking, working with ID-GC, an international organisation promoting entrepreneurship, and extensive experience in events management, working with international impact & entrepreneurship events such as Disrupt Startup ScaleUP, Global Entrepreneurship Week Greece & Cyprus and TEDMED Live Athens.
Konstantina Ntogka – Digital Marketer
Konstantina Ntogka is a Digital Marketer with an entrepreneurial mindset. She has worked on digital innovation projects and has travelled across Europe as a Youth worker, collaborating on European youth projects and promoting social responsibility. She has implemented a series of entrepreneurial ventures working with the European Parliament and the Centre of Promoting Young Entrepreneurship and Technology. She has been nominated as a World Youth Alliance Change Maker since 2013.