Internationalisation Committee

Manka Angwafo

Manka Angwafo is the Founder and Director of Hadithi. Manka is a young entrepreneur, passionate about education and knowledge sharing. She began her career in the financial services industry as a merger and acquisitions analyst, where she became seasoned in company valuations and market analysis. For the last three years, she served as core staff at the Office of the Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she co-authored several volumes of Africa’s Pulse – a regional flagship report analyzing recent economic trends across Sub Saharan Africa. Ms. Angwafo also co-edited Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent. She is a graduate of Tufts University where she did a double major in Economics and International Relations. Ms. Angwafo is an American national of Cameroonian and Jamaican origin and is fluent in both French and English.


Twitter: @mankangwafo

Nason Bimbe

Nason Bimbe is a computer scientist and software engineer currently employed as a Library Information Systems Manager at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). He has over 15 years experience in ICT with specialism in web application development, software engineering, software project management. In his current role, he is responsible for all ICT Management and support for British Library for Development Studies including Library Management System maintenance and system development, BLDS website, document delivery services and Institutional Repository. He has been involved in capacity building projects in Africa on Open Access, digital repositories and FOSS for libraries since 2011 which was part of the bigger Mobilisation Knowledge for Development (MK4D) DfID funded programme. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Software Developer/Technical Lead at IDS where he worked on various ICT projects and websites. He has also worked as a software developer at Tech-Connect Limited, American Express (Europe) Limited and Zambian Ministry of Finance. Nason is a holder of a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Brighton and an MSc in Software Development from the Open University in the UK.  

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Twitter: @nbimbe

Leslie Chan

Leslie Chan is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Arts, Culture and Media Studies and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he serves as the Associate Director. An early practitioner in the use of the Web for scholarly exchange and online learning, Leslie is particularly interested in the role and design of network in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, a historical and defining event of the global open access movement, Leslie has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world. The Director of Bioline International, a trustee of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, and a passionate advocate for knowledge equity, Leslie has been invited to speak at workshops and conferences around the world, and he has been asked to serve as advisor to numerous projects and organizations, including the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the American Anthropological Association, the International Development Research Centre, UNESCO, and the Open Society Foundation.


Twitter: @lesliekwchan

Erika Corradini

Erika Corradini is a linguist whose research focuses on the history of English and its interactions with other languages across history. After teaching historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and modern and ancient languages for some years, she joined the LLAS Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies in 2009. Since then, she has overseen projects in e-learning for languages, languages of the wider world and less widely taught and less used languages, multilingualism, translation and interpreting in higher education and in the public service. In the past few years, she was involved in OER initiatives, especially in the areas of teaching and learning. In 2013, she coordinated with colleagues the e-learning symposium at the University of Southampton. She supports Open Access and Open Content initiatives.


Twitter: @eri_llas

Hilde DeWeerdt

Hilde De Weerdt is Reader in Chinese History at the History Department at King’s College London. Her teaching and research interests include Chinese intellectual history, political culture, Information networks, comparative historical methods and digital methods for humanities research. Her published work has addressed various dimensions of the organization and re-organization of knowledge and the technologies for its dissemination in twelfth- and thirteenth century Song China. She obtained her PhD from Harvard University and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. She serves on the executive board of the Song-Yuan Studies Society and on the editorial committee of East Asian Publishing and Society and of a monograph series of translations of western academic works published by Zhejiang University Press. She has been participating in a range of international collaborative projects involving partners in the US, Europe and East Asia and currently oversees a 5-year project on communication networks in imperial China and late medieval Europe funded by the European Research Council.


Twitter: @Hild_de and @comparativehist


Antonin Benoit Diouf is a Senegalese citizen and the Head of Library and Knowledge Management Services at the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in Dakar (Senegal). He previously acted as librarian for more than twenty years in the academic field. He is involved in many international professional bodies such as the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), where he is a member of the Standing committee of the Information Literacy Section, and a former corresponding member of the Information Technology section. Mr. Diouf collaborates also in the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN) as a member of its steering committee. He has published several conference and journal articles in Library & Information Science (LIS).

At a national level he’s involved in promoting the use of Free and Open Source Software for Libraries and the promotion of Digital libraries in Africa. Mr. Diouf works closely with the consortium Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) through the Senegalese Consortium of Academic Libraries (COBESS) where he’s coordinating the FOSS program. In December 2011 he edited for EIFL the French version of the Wiki titled: “Copyright for Librarians”, an online course consisting in 9 modules to learn all about copyright issues in the field of Libraries and other related areas. Since 2007 Mr. Diouf is also an active Blogger in LIS.


Jean-Claude Guédon

Jean-Claude Guédon is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal. He is a specialist of digital culture, internet studies and electronic publishing and has published three books and well over a hundred articles in these fields. Jean-Claude delivers more than a dozen lectures on average all over the world each year, which he has done for the last twenty years. He has been awarded several prizes including the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities and the Francophone Charles-Hélou Prize. One of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) and of BOAI10 last year, he is also a Trustee of the Nexa Research Centre at Turin's Politecnico. He is former Chair of CRKN's Advisory Board (Canadian library consortium), a former member of the Board of the Information Programme of the Open Society Foundations and the Board of the Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), and a former VP of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Thomas Koenig

Thomas Koenig is a political scientist and historian by training, and currently works as a scientific advisor to the President of the European Research Council (ERC) which is concerned, amongst other things, with developing a coherent Open Access policy across the scientific disciplines. His research focuses on science policy in Europe, and the history of the social sciences in Austria. His first book on the history of the Fulbright Program in Austria has been published in German and is openly accessible. He is a member of the Governing Board of Euroscience, and chair of the editorial board of the Austrian journal Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ÖZP).


Twitter: @th_koenig

Iryna Kuchma

Iryna Kuchma is the EIFL Open Access programme manager. Her responsibilities include advocacy of open access to research results and support in developing open access policies, training and support in setting up open access journals and open repositories, organizing workshops and other knowledge sharing and capacity building events. Previously Iryna worked as an Information programme manager at the International Renaissance Foundation (part of Soros Foundation network in Ukraine) and coordinated the Arts and Culture Program there. Iryna is a member of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Advisory Board, DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT),  IFLA's Open Access Taskforce, NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) Board of Directors and PLOS International Advisory Group. She chairs a Working Group “Repository and Repository Networks Support & Training” in the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and a Joint ARL/CARL/COAR/LIBER Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication. In 2009-2010 she was a Steering Committee (and Task Group) member at the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP) Programme on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries. She has also served on the Access to Learning Award (ATLA) Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Library Initiative.

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Twitter: @irynakuchma

Nirmala Menon

Nirmala Menon is Assistant Professor of Literature, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore, India.  She received her doctorate from The George Washington University, USA. Her areas of research include postcolonial literature and theory from India especially in multilingual narratives. She has written and published in areas of translation studies and the intersection of literatures in English and regional language literatures in India. Dr Menon is a member of the Postcolonial Studies Association and is a reader and reviewer for publications such as Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Postcolonial Text and Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Her current projects include a monograph and a Digital Humanities database. She is the author of the edited collection Nirmala Menon and Marika Preziuso Ed Creole Cosmopolitansims: Narratives of Migrant Postcoloniality, Peter Lang Publishing, NY 2014. Her interest in Digital Humanities stems from her commitment to open access scholarship and multilingual scholarly publishing in the humanities in India.


Lucy Montgomery

Lucy Montgomery is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology and a Visiting Fellow at the Big Innovation Centre in London. She is also Research Director for Knowledge Unlatched, a not-for-profit organisation piloting a new approach to funding open access monographs.  Her work explores the role of digital technology and intellectual property in business model innovation in the creative industries. Lucy trained as a China specialist at the University of Adelaide, before going to complete a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at Queensland University of Technology. She has a decade of experience as both a researcher and as project manager, working on major international research projects on the emergence of China’s creative industries. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of transformative technological change on the growth of the creative economy. Her book, China’s Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age is published by Edward Elgar.


Twitter: @LucyMontgomery_

Andrew Mwesigwa

Andrew Mwesigwa is a librarian and academic working in the digitisation section of Makerere University Library. Andrew runs marketing library services, trains student librarians and acts as Head of the Digitisation Section, managing electronic materials at the university's institutional repository. He is Assistant Coordinator of Library Projects funded by SIDA and CCNY. Andrew was formerly Information Processing Assistant and Librarian on the MakLIBIS Project at the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (MUIENR) and has also worked as a consultant at the Cultural Resource Centre in the Diocese of Jinja. He is a member of the Information Science Federation for Eastern Africa (ISFEA) where he participated in the establishment of the Kampala Chapter and contributes to workshops and meetings. 


Twitter: @AndrewMwesigwa

Francisco Osorio

Francisco Osorio is a social anthropologist at the University of Chile and is editor of Cinta de Moebio (Moebius Strip), a journal devoted to the epistemology of social sciences in Latin America. Francisco was a Fulbright Fellow in 1999 at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He was also an honorary visiting fellow at the Anthropology Department, University of Manchester (2007-2010) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Communication Computing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. His experience as an editor began in 1997 when Franciso created the first online journal in the area of philosophy and social sciences in Latin America, run from the Social Science Faculty (FACSO) at University of Chile. 


Twitter: @fosoriog

Nigel Vincent

Nigel Vincent is Professor Emeritus of General & Romance Linguistics at The University of Manchester, following his retirement from the Mont Follick Chair in Comparative Philology in 2011. From 2006 until 2011 he was the university’s Associate Vice-President for Graduate Education, and inaugural director of the Manchester Doctoral College. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Pavia and Rome, the Romansk Institut in Copenhagen and an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury (NZ). His publications include The Romance Languages (with Martin Harris, 1988) and numerous articles on the modelling of linguistic change, with special reference to Latin, Italian and the dialects of Italy. He chaired Main Panel M (Modern Languages and Linguistics) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and has advised on the evaluation of research in several countries including Italy, Norway and the Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, where he is currently the Vice-President for Research & Higher Education Policy, and the Academia Europaea. In 2013 he co-edited and contributed to the collection of essays entitled Debating Open Access (The British Academy). He is a member of the steering group recently established by HEFCE in collaboration with AHRC and ESRC to investigate future developments in relation to open access and book publishing.


Teklemichael T. Wordofa

Teklemichael T. Wordofa is a professional in Library and Information Management. He has been an academic staff member at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) from 1994 to 2003, and from May 2011 to the present. He coordinates digitization activities and access to digital information within the AAU. He coordinates the national Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI), a programme initiated by INASP and runs regular e-resources training workshops throughout Ethiopia. He also teaches information management courses at the School of Information Science of the AAU. Teklemichael serves as Coordinator for the Consortium of Ethiopian Academic and Research Libraries (CEARL). As an advocate of open access to research and academic information, he organizes and facilitates series of national workshops on scientific research writing, e-resources use, and digital repository development. Before joining the AAU back again in May 2011, Teklemichael had worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), based in Vienna, Austria for seven years, as project manager for development and maintenance of information resources in the field of nuclear science and technology. He is also serving as steering committee member of the International Conference of African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA), and vice-president of the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN). Teklemichael is a graduate of BLIS and hold MA Degrees from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and University of Sheffield, UK.