sonia_livingstone Prof. Of Social Psychology


Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she teaches MSc courses on media and communications theory, methods, and audiences. She is author or editor of seventeen books and many academic articles and chapters|. She has held visiting professor positions at the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen, Illinois, Milan, and Paris II, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She was President of the International Communication Association (2007-8) and served for six years on ICA's Executive Committee.


UNESCO Communication and Information Sector

Alton Grizzle

He works at the UNESCO HQ in Paris as Programme Specialist in Communication and Information. He is co-manager of UNESCO’s global actions on media and information literacy (MIL) and gender and media. Alton has diverse education and experience in the fields of education, management, information systems and media and communication. He has conceptualized and spearheaded many projects in media development, communication for development and MIL. Prior to UNESCO, he was an educator/principal at secondary school and adult vocational training levels of the education systems in Jamaica for ten years.

billy_hawkes Data Protection Commissioner


Billy Hawkes was appointed as Irish Data Protection Commissioner in 2005 for a five-year term. He was re-appointed in 2010 for a further 5 years.
Prior to his appointment, he worked as a Civil Servant in a number of Government Departments, including Finance, Foreign Affairs and Enterprise, Trade and Employment.


Green Party Leader


Eamon Ryan is Leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas. He was a member of Dail Eireann from 2002-2011 and Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Rerources from 2007 - 2011. Prior to entering the Dail he set up and established an activity holiday company Irish Cycling Safaris. He lives in Dublin with his wife, the writer Victoria White and their four children.


Independent Member of Seanad Èireann

Van Turnhout

Jillian van Turnhout is an Independent Member of Seanad Éireann and an Irish child rights activist. Jillian is the former Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance; former Chief Commissioner and current volunteer with the Irish Girl Guides; former President of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and current member of the National Youth Work Advisory Committee; member of the National Children’s Advisory Council; member of the Management Committee of the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF); former member and Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); former Secretary General of the ECB-BEC (predecessor to the European Youth Forum) and a Council member of Gaisce - The President’s Award. She is Chair of Early Childhood Ireland; Vice Chairperson of the European Movement Ireland; and a Board member of Women for Election.


The Irish Times Chief Innovation Officer


Dr Johnny Ryan is Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times. He is also an associate on the emerging digital environment in the strategy & marketing group at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. His second book A History of the Internet and the Digital Future has received glowing endorsements from thought leaders in industry and academia and is on the reading list at Harvard, Stanford, and other top tier institutions. Twitter @johnnyryan

simon_milner Facebook UK and Ireland Policy Director


Simon Milner is Facebook’s first UK and Ireland Policy Director, responsible for issues such as privacy, safety and advertising policy. He joined the company in January 2012. He previously held senior roles with BT, most recently as Director for Group Industry Policy, where he was responsible for policy development, articulation and advocacy on communications industry issues. Before BT he worked for the BBC including holding the position of Secretary, responsible for the Corporation's governance and accountability, advising the Chairman and Director-General on a range of strategic, regulatory, managerial and governance issues.

anne_looney Chief Executive, NCCA


Dr. Anne Looney is Chief Executive of the NCCA. Anne is from Dublin. A former post-primary teacher of Religious Education and English, she joined the full-time staff of the NCCA in 1997 and was appointed CEO in 2001. She was reappointed to the post in 2011. Anne holds a Doctorate in Education from the Institute of Education of the University of London. She has published on curriculum and assessment policy, school culture and ethos, and religious education and has presented papers in Ireland, north and south, in the US, Canada Australia and China on a range of curriculum and assessment themes and on issues of school reform. Anne can be contacted at:

brian_oneill Senior Research Fellow


Brian O’Neill is a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow and Head of the School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology where he leads the Digital Childhoods research project. His areas of research and teaching are in digital literacy, online safety and information society policy for children. He is a member of the EU Kids Online network where he leads the work package on policy recommendations. He is also chair of the Audience Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), a member of the management committee member for COST Action ISO 906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies and a member of Ireland’s Internet Safety Advisory Council.


Minister for Communications


Pat Rabbitte, was appointed Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources in March 2011. He previously served as Minister of State to the Government 1994 -1997 and as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Commerce, Science and Technology. Minister Rabbitte has served as a T.D. for the constituency of Dublin South West since he was elected to Dáil Eireann in 1989. He has served in a number of different portfolios in opposition and was Justice Spokesperson in the last Dáil. He was the Dáil’s longest serving member of the Public Accounts Committee. He was Leader of the Labour Party from 2002 to 2007.


Research Fellow


Elisabeth Staksrud (PhD) is a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (2012-2013) and at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway. Her main research interest lies in the intersect between children and online risk and online censorship and regulation. Before returning to the academic realm she worked at the Norwegian Board of Film Classification developing as an Internet policy advisor and film censor. She has previously coordinated several international Internet awareness projects supported by the European Commission and from 2011 – 2014 she is responsible for the dissemination in the EU Kids Online project conducting research and analysis on children and online risk and opportunities in 35 European countries. Her book “Children in the Online world: Risk, Regulation and Rights” will be published on Ashgate in 2013. For more information see and


Minister for Children and Youth Affairs


Frances Fitzgerald was appointed Ireland's first ever Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in 2011. From 2007– 2011, she was elected to Seanad Eireann and appointed Fine Gael Spokesperson on Health and was previously a TD for the Dublin South East Constituency from 1992–2002. From 1988 – 1992, she was the Chair of the National Women’s Council. She was trained as a social worker and family therapist and has worked with inner city communities in London and Dublin. She also lectured in social work in Adult Education Courses and in Trinity College Dublin. She gained a B.Soc. Science in U.C.D. and an M.SC. in Social Administration and Social Work in the London School of Economics.


UNESCO, Education and Policy Advice Group


Dr.Francesc Pedró joined UNESCO’s education sector in Paris (France) in 2010, where he leads the work on policy advice, including national policy reviews and comparative research, the monitoring of the right to education and the policy work on technology in education. Prior to that, he worked at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). In his capacity as senior policy analyst, he was responsible for a number of projects including the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the New Millennium Learners Project. He was also in charge of the reviews of educational R&D in OECD countries and of a project on Systemic Innovation in Education. Francesc (born in Barcelona in 1960) got his MEd degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Comparative Education from UNED (Madrid). Later he did a postdoc in Comparative Public Policy at the University of London Institute of Education. Francesc was formerly professor of comparative education and public policy at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and academic director of its program for educational quality. He also acted as pro-vicechancellor of educational research and innovation at the Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona), the first Internet-based European public university. His most recent publications are: Are the New Millennium Learners Making the Grade? Technology Use and Educational Performance in PISA (2010), Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy (2010), and Connected Minds (forthcoming).




Lynda Hawe has worked for the OECD since 1992, where she has acquired a great variety of technical expertise and academic experience in the areas of Information Technology, Statistics and Education.
Currently, having a keen interest in young people’s attachment to digital devices in relation to the impact it has on their educational development and learning, she closely pursues this issue for the OECD’s Centre of Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).
Lynda is responsible for the strategic communications of CERI. She ensure the quality of editorial standards, manages the production and co-ordination of publications, as well as dealing with dissemination and marketing issues. Lynda has studied business administration at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.


Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Neelie Kroes


Anthony Whelan joined Commissioner Neelie Kroes' Cabinet in 2006 and became head of the Cabinet in 2008. Mr. Whelan entered the European Commission in 2000 working for the legal services. Previously, he worked for the European Court of Justice of the Communities in Luxembourg between 2000 and 2006.

Anthony Whelan holds degrees from the Trinity College, LL.B, Dublin where he also lectured in Public Law from 1991 to 1995. He also graduated from Cambridge University, LL.M in 1990.

From Irish origins, Mr. Whelan speaks English, French, Italian and German.