Carol has over 30 years experience working in international development and although now based in the UK spent many years in the field in various countries of Asia and Africa. Prior to joining NIDA Carol was the founding director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). In 2007 she was awarded the MBE for her services to science in developing and transitional countries.
Rob has nearly 40 years’ experience as an information professional. In his early career, he managed library and information operations overseas for The British Council. He has advised government and leading development agencies and foundations on the role and potential of libraries of all kinds and has initiated and led numerous European projects in the digital era. He now advises on strategies for data, digital culture, libraries and 'literacies'.
His current roles include: Chair of the European Task Force on Public Library Makerspaces; Member of the Advocacy and Research groups of Public Libraries2020; Evaluation and sustainability consultant to Future Library on the INELI-Balkans regional library leadership project; Libraries expert on the USAID-funded Sindh Reading Project Pakistan; Adviser to the ITN-DCH project to create a European cadre of cultural heritage PhD fellows under the EU Marie Curie programme; and, Advisor to the Cyprus University of Technology on its business development plans in digital cultural heritage.
Gloria has over 25 years experience working in and with public library systems in Latin America. She was formerly the director of the Department of Culture and Libraries of Comfenalco Antioquia, in Medellín, Colombia.
A long-term advocate of the role of information in community development, Kingo also provides expertise in information and library training, as well as in impact assessment.
Bac has over 25 years experience working in and with public library systems in Asia. She was formerly the director of the General Sciences Library, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and has held many positions as project manager and coordinator for regional and country programmes.
With over a decade of global experience of working with international, development and corporate organizations, Kamran's interests include access to information and technology and their relationship to innovation, policy, and society. His professional career and research activities are driven by the potential of new mechanisms of communication (in particular Open Access) to drive and sustain changes and development.
Viviana works at the National Centre for Children's Literature (International Section) at the French National Library, and her area of expertise is local content and libraries for young people.
Valentina has a Masters in Environmental Science Technology and a Doctorate in Agricultural Science and Biotechnology. She is passionate about public understanding and involvement in science, especially when applied towards sustainable development. Her experience includes being a founder member, project developer and educator in 'Spazi in frutto' (Fruitful Spaces), Ponte nelle Alpi, Italy, for which she co-created the Mani in Terra (Hands in Earth) project focusing on sustainable gardening and alimentation in collaboration with primary and secondary schools. She has also been a researcher and project manager for the valorisation of local agrobiodiversity in the Mountain Community of Belluno, Italy.
Over the past 17 years Carol has worked on numerous European projects in the cultural heritage, public data and education sectors with an emphasis on website design, graphic design, content management and templates for EC network projects.
Sue is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds an MBA. She previously worked for a charity in the information field.
Aptivate are our IT advisers, especially on bandwidth optimization and management (BMO), and provide our website hosting and maintenance.