discussion panel

Esteemed speakers will reflect on the challenges and current opportunities of youth participation in regards to three main directions: digitalization, environmental, and social cohesion.

moderator

TAMARA CEAICOVSCHI

Tamara Ceaicovschi is a journalist, lifelong learner and a traveler. As a TV Host and editor at Aleph News, she has live debates with the decision makers about the current issues that we face at local and European level. Writing news about what really matters and informing people, is an important part of how she would define power and responsibility in her daily life.

With studies in Intercultural Communication and Political Sciences, she focuses upon adding value when it comes to inclusion, leadership, entrepreneurship and civic involvement. Focused for years on volunteering,  she became Vice-President in GEYC Board of Directors, for two years, and a Promoter of European Democracy. A path which led her to television and becoming a media enthusiast.

speakers

SHANI DHANDA

Shani Dhanda is a multi-award-winning inclusion specialist and social entrepreneur listed as one of the UK's most influential disabled people by the Shaw Trust and BBC's 100 Women List 2020.

As a keynote speaker and practitioner for inclusion across business, government, non-profit and wider society, Shani helps organisations break barriers and integrate inclusion into their business frameworks.

As an influential woman in leadership, Shani has taken change into her own hands and founded numerous organisations to improve representation and challenge social inequality globally - Diversability, Asian Woman Festival, and Asian Disability Network.

GEORGE ANTHONY GIANNOUMIS

Anthony’s work focuses on technology policy and practice. He is an internationally recognized expert in universal design of information and communication technology (ICT). He leads several large-scale research and innovation projects based in over 27 countries.

Anthony is an Associate Professor of Universal Design of ICT at the Department of Computer Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). He maintains several international appointments including at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability at Harvard Law School, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, the Department of Science and Informatics at the University of Eduardo Mondlane, and the Department of Education at Roma Tre University.

He works with the United Nations (UN) International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as the Vice Rapporteur for the subcommittee on ICT Accessibility and Research Coalition lead for the EQUALS Global Network. He is founder and Chair of the Board for the Global Universal Design Commission Europe AS, and Ser Innovation AS. He is a member of the board for Mfano Design Lab, the Global Universal Design Commission, Inclusive-IT, and Humans for Humans. He has been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship as part of the DREAM research network.

Since 2014, Anthony has acted as a principal investigator for research and innovation projects with budgets totaling over 11 million EUR. He has authored over 47 peer-reviewed academic publications in leading international journals. Anthony has taught over 3,000 students. He has mentored over 23 startups, half of which have been led by women.

DIANA IONITA

Diana Ionita is the Head of Digital at GEYC, she coordinates the EDU.RO Community and she is a Project Manager of the EuroChangeMakers Project.

Diana has been working in the non-profit sector since 2009, taking on different roles such as project manager, trainer, facilitator, and coach. Her academic background is in Communications, with a focus on intercultural dialogue, which she explored through various journalistic and educational projects. In her work, she is emphasizing the effective use of digital tools, as well as the connection between non-formal and formal education. 

SABIN  SĂRMAȘ

Mr. Sărmaș has developed his professional career in public and private organizations, always linked to the digital sector and the governance of the information and knowledge society. He is currently serving as member of the Romanian Parliament while acting as Chairman of the ITC Commission within the Chamber of Deputies.

Mr. Sabin Sărmaș has been nominated Designated President to Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 of ​​​​​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) by the Government of Romania.

Prior to these engagements, he was President of the National Authority for Digitalization between 2019 – 2021, being responsible for the coordination and implementation of national policies, strategies, and projects in the field of the information technology, communications, and digitalization of public services.

His cross-sector activities were also linked to the private sector, as software engineer and business developer within various companies located in the city of Cluj-Napoca. Therefore, Mr. Sărmaș has acknowledged and tackled the challenges of the sector from a multi-stakeholder perspective, becoming known as transformational and visionary expert.

Mr. Sabin Sărmaș graduated the Telecommunications Faculty within the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca as Diplomate Engineer, followed by academic fellowships at Vrije University of Brussels and Technical University of Cluj- Napoca (as PhD). 

FELIX DOSSMANN

Felix Dossmann is a serial entrepreneur and has transformed food logistics with his software concepts.

Founding his first company during his time at the university of Göttingen in 1998 he took his startup and became market leader in mobile data capture in German food retail. After a successful exit in 2017 he stayed on board as director of products and innovation for another 1 1/2 years, only to found a new company in 2019. He now consults startups and bigger companies in digital transformation as well as taking care of the change management in the family-owned foundry with 190 employees. All his methods have been tried and tested in real environments before being applied at customers. 

ANETT LINNO 

Anett Linno is the CEO of Citizen OS Foundation, a free discussion and collaborative decision-making platform for citizens and communities. Anett has been active in different civic engagement projects and social enterprises for about 15 years. She has contributed to building up the network in Let's Do It! Foundation and World Cleanup Day, where more than 20 million people worldwide came together to clean the planet. She also built the Young Crew network for the young project managers in the Estonian Project Management Association and later led this organisation. She co-founded the Center of Entrepreneurship for helping small business owners to start and fund their business. Anett has a diploma in applied psychology and a Master's degree in andragogy. 

MARIIA LEVCHENKO

Dr. Mariia Levchenko is the European Director of Outreach and Training at the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. Mariia is a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute at George Mason University, Chevening Scholarship awardee 2019 and McCain Global Leader 2022. Her specific expertise revolves around dialogue programs, facilitation, raising awareness, conflict resolution, and trauma healing. Mariia’s vision for a world without violence and war are significantly impacted by the present situation in her home country of Ukraine, and she believes that dialogue facilitation is essential for peace and reconciliation.

ERIKA PIIRMETS

After living and working abroad, I grew to value the perks of living in a digital society that facilitates everyday life. I believe in equity and accessibility of government services for every citizen through the best user experience. Having contributed previously to education and youth work made me a strong advocate for automatisation and proactive services so that people can focus on what matters – interpersonal communication, both professional and in private rather than engaging in bureaucracy. As a Digital Transformation Adviser at the e-Estonia Briefing Centre, I aim to spread the Estonian unique digitalisation experience.