We are so excited to announce the international keynotes in our main stage line up for NDF2019.
He mihi kau ana ki a Opeta Alefaio, Director of the National Archives of Fiji, Deb Verhoeven, Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta, koutou ko Whose Knowledge? Co-Directors and Co-founders: Adele Vrana, Anasuya Sengupta, Siko Bouterse.
Opeta (@opeta_alefaio) is a Pacific islander of Tuvaluan and Fijian descent who has spent the last 14 years as part of a passionate team at the National Archives of Fiji working hard to improve access to heritage.
Deb (@bestqualitycrab) is ‘an agitator, commentator and critic’ who was recognised in 2013 as Australia’s most innovative academic. Currently based in Canada, she is a leading proponent of the Digital Humanities.
Adele (@AdeleVrana), Anasuya (@Anasuyashh) and Siko (@sikob) are Co-Directors and Co-founders of Whose Knowledge? (@WhoseKnowledge) ‘a global campaign to center the knowledge of marginalized communities (the majority of the world) on the internet’.
Opeta, Deb, Adele, Anasuya and Siko bring expertise, experiences and world views that we are confident will educate, challenge and enlighten all of us. We so look forward to learning from each of them.
Opeta was bitten by the history bug at a young age. He received most of his education in Fiji where he read History, Politics, and Journalism at the University of the South Pacific, and later on spent two eye-opening years at Monash University in Melbourne where he was the joint recipient of the 2011 Australian Society of Archivists Margaret Jennings Award.
After 8 years in the private sector and a brief stint at Fiji’s Ministry of Information, he joined the National Archives of Fiji where he has spent the last 14 years, as part of a passionate team working hard to improve access to heritage.
Siko Bouterse (@sikob) is Co-Director and Co-founder of Whose Knowledge?. She’s organised, localised and imagined a more plural and truly global web for over 10 years. She is former Director of Community Resources at the Wikimedia Foundation.
Siko has an MA in Middle East History from the American University in Cairo, where her award-winning thesis focused on social history not captured in traditional historical sources. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley where she worked at the Phoebe Hearst Museum. When not rabble-rousing online, Siko is paddleboarding in the ocean, cooking and reading about delicious feasts, making bad mixed-media art, and raising a feminist daughter.
Anasuya Sengupta (@Anasuyashh) is Co-Director and Co-founder of Whose Knowledge?. She has led initiatives in India and the USA, across the global South, and internationally for over 20 years, to amplify marginalised voices in virtual and physical worlds. She is the former Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, and a 2017 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. She received a 2018 Internet and Society award from the Oxford Internet Institute.
Anasuya holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also has a BA in Economics (Honors) from Delhi University. When not rabble-rousing online, Anasuya builds and breaks pots, takes long walks by the water and among the trees, and contorts herself into yoga poses.
Adele Vrana (@AdeleVrana) is Co-Director and Co-founder of Whose Knowledge?. Adele has led business development and partnerships initiatives to help build more plural and diverse communities in her native country of Brazil and globally. She is the former Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation, and a 2015 Erasmus Prize laureate on behalf of her work to expand access to Wikipedia in the Global South.
Adele holds a BA in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo. When not re-imagining what the internet of the future would look like and advocating for that online, Adele spends most of her time raising two feminist boys, reading black feminists from the Global South, and spending time with her friends from close and afar.
Deb Verhoeven (@bestqualitycrab) is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. Prior to taking up a position in Canada she was Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
An agitator, commentator and critic, Verhoeven was recognised in 2013 as Australia’s most innovative academic. Verhoeven is a leading proponent of the Digital Humanities. Her recent research has addressed the vast amounts of newly available ‘cultural data’ that has enabled unprecedented computational analysis in the humanities.
Deb is Director of the Kinomatics Project, an interdisciplinary study that collects, explores, analyses and represents data about the creative industries. In addition to scholarly publications and media appearances, she has focused on the development of online research resources such as the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI); WIDGET (the Workplace Inclusion Diversity and Gender Equity Tool), the Cinema and Audiences Research Project (CAARP) database and The Ultimate Gig Guide (TUGG) an online archive of live music information. She served as inaugural Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (2008-2011) and as CEO of the Australian Film Institute (2000-2002).