Scientific Committee


Professor at the Center of ICT and Distance Education - The Open University of Japan, Japan.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii. She taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, U.S.A., and Boston University, U.S.A. before she returned to Japan in 2004. Since January 2004, she has been a researcher at the National Institute of Multimedia Education, which was merged with the Open University of Japan in April 2009. Her research interests include learning designs, quality assurance of distance education, student-centered learning, and international distance education.



General Director of CEDIPROE - Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina.

Prof. of Educational Technology at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Buenos Aires; Prof. of the course Processes of teaching and learning at Universidad Nacional de La Plata; Prof. of E-learning at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain; Prof. of Educational Technology at ILCE, Mexico; Prof. of the seminar Prepare professors for distance learning at Kingston University, Canada; Prof. of Informational Science at University of Oklahoma; Prof. at Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana UTEM VIRTUAL of Chile and at UDE, Montevideo, Uruguay.



President of Kaleidoscope Learning, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University; President and Co-Founder of the International E-Learning Association, U.S.A.



Director of the Institute for Research on Civilizations and Vice-Director of the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication - Pontifical University of John Paul II, Poland.

Professor of Computer Science and Philosophy. Academic teacher since 1986 at Medical Academy, Pedagogical Academy, the Jagiellonian University. Since 2003 Dean and Associated Professor at the Tischner European University, Department of Applied Social Sciences. Teaches also journalism at Technical and Management University in Rzeszow and the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow. Now Responsible for e-Learning at the Tischner European University.



Murilo Matos Mendonça is a board member of the Open Education Consortium, representing Brazil in his second term of office. As a member of the board of directors, he provides strategic vision to assist in the growth of the Consortium and the global Open Educatioon Movement. Currently, Mendonça is the International Relations Manager and Open Educational Resources Coordinator at UnisulVirtual, the distance education campus of Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul), Brazil. Mendonça was also a long-term fellow at The Open University UK in the OLnet Project (Open Learning Network), a project geared towards investigating the impact of OER on users. Mendonça holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's degree in applied linguistics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil.



Senior Executive Director - Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org), Jordan.

In addition to his management and leadership responsibilities, Mr. Nasereddin is the International Relations Director for the Organization representing the Group in various forums and institutions. Mr. Nasereddin, a holder of a Masters degree in Computer Engineering, joined Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization in 1999, he is equipped with 37 years of cross-cultural and cross-industry experience as an engineer, business developer, communicator, mentor and entrepreneur. Mr. Nasereddin solid experience allowed him to become a powerhouse to be reckoned with in business development, information technology, education, and microfinance.



Project Director - OER Africa, Kenya.

She established the AVU Research & Innovation Facility (RIF) in January 2005 and managed it until September 2007. She holds an MA from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and is a Rockefeller Associate of the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town. She has experience in both the private and the public sector, in Anglophone and Francophone Africa.



Full Professor - Saint Leo University, U.S.A.

Professor Rimanelli holds 7 degrees and has published 7 books. Since January 1993, he works at the Saint Leo University, where he is Full-Professor in European Affairs/International Security & U.S. Diplomacy, and was Director of International Studies, Director of the Center InterAmerican & World Studies and Director of the European Summer Study-Abroad. Currently, he is the only winner of the 2013-14 Fulbright-Schuman Chair on U.S.-E.U.-NATO Security at the E.U.’s graduate College of Europe-Bruges in Belgium.



Director of Academic Affairs, University of Phoenix, USA

He has more than twenty years of management experience in the public sector in Canada. Most recently, he served as the City Manager, City of Hamilton, Ontario. He has lectured at universities in China, Brazil, Canada and Central Asia and is an invited speaker at conferences world-wide. His research and consulting interests include corporate and strategic planning, quality management, continuous improvement, organizational behaviour, economic development, public sector management, city planning and international business.