ICT in Education Prize
International jury of the ICT in Education Prize
The International Jury consists of five independent members who are recognized figures in the field of ICTs in education selected also with a view to equitable geographical distribution and gender equality. They have been appointed by the Director-General for a period of two years.
At their annual meeting, they assess the submitted applications and recommend two prize-winners to the Director-General.
Ms Hyo-Jeong So (Republic of Korea)
Dr. Hyo-Jeong So is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Ewha Womans University in Korea. Previously, she was with Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH), Korea and National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her Ph.D. degree from Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2005. She is currently the executive member of the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE). Her main research interests include mobile learning, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), and informal learning. Dr. So has conducted several research projects on emerging technologies in education funded by Microsoft, Korean National Research Foundation, and IDRC, Canada. She has published several research papers in the international journals and working paper series with UNESCO.
Mr Daniel Burgos (Spain)
Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos works as Full Professor of Education & Communication Technologies, Vice-chancellor for Knowledge Transfer & Technology, UNESCO Chair on eLearning, and ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR). At the same university, he leads the recently created Research Institute of Innovation & Technology in Education and was previously a Vice-chancellor for Research & Technology [2011-2016]. Mr. Burgos was the founder Dean of the School of Engineering [2009-2014] and, since 2007, Director of Education Sector and Head of eLearning, User Experience and eInclusion Labs at the Research & Innovation Department of Atos (Spain). He also worked as assistant professor at the Open University of the Netherlands. Altogether, he has designed, implemented and-or led over 40 EU-funded research projects and 35 private-funded research, innovation & development projects. His interests are mainly focused on Adaptive/Personalised and Informal eLearning, Open Education and Open policies, Learning Analytics, Social Networks, eGames, and eLearning Specifications. He has published over 100 scientific papers and 15 books on these matters. Burgos holds degrees in Communication (PhD), Education (PhD), Computer Science (Dr. Ing), Anthropology (PhD) and Business Administration (DBA).
Mr Riyad Y. Hamzah (Bahrain)
Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah is the President of the University of Bahrain since 2016. Previously, he has been Secretary-General of the Higher Education Council (2011-2016). During his tenure at the Arabian Gulf University, he occupied numerous leading positions, including Director General of Finance and Administration (1986-1994), Dean of the College of Applied Sciences (1990-1994), Director of Projects for the building of the new campus in Sakhir (1986-1988), and Vice President of the Arabian Gulf University (1994-2005). He currently serves on the International Advisory Committee for the Journal of the Council of Arab Universities for Applied Research, and he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research. He currently sits on the board of several international scientific and educational journals and is a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) based in Trieste, Italy. Prof. Hamzah earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Houston, Texas in 1984. Holder of several national awards, he is also author of a number of scientific publications in the field of microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biological aspects of biodegradation of toxicants and pollutants by microorganisms.
Ms Lúcia Dellagnelo (Brazil)
Ms Lúcia Dellagnelo is President and CEO of Center of Innovation for Brazilian Education-CIEB since 2014. Previously to this, she was occupying a post of State Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development of Santa Catarina (2011-2013). Founder and Chairperson of the Board of ICom- Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis since 2005, Ms Dellagnelo was also Visiting Professor of the Master in International Studies in Philanthropy at the University of Bologna and Technical Advisor on Education and Social Policy for the State Secretary of Education of Santa Catarina. With a rich international experience in projects on education, youth and community development, she has participated in a number of worldwide symposiums and conferences on this subject and is author of publications “Level of Adoptation of ICT in Brazilian Schools”(2017) and “International Policies of ICT in Education” (2016). Ms Dellagnelo has earned her Phd in Human development and Education” at Harvard after obtaining a Master’s Degree in International Education, at the same University.
Mr Nkubito Bakuramutsa (Rwanda)
Mr Bakuramutsa is ICT Advisor to the Rwanda Minister of Education since 2014 where he works on the Development of ICT in Education Policy and implementation framework, leads ICT based Innovation in Education and supervises ICT in Education-relevant projects. He was previously National Coordinator of Rwanda One Laptop Per Child (2009-2014), Deputy CEO of Rwanda Development Board in charge of IT and Executive Director of Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (2007-2008), a leading National agency implementing ICT infrastructure projects, including the Kigali Metropolitan Network, the design of the national fiber optic backbone. Founder and President of the Rwanda Convention Association and of the online Radio Kalisimbi, he was actively engaged in providing Rwanda Diaspora with a voice and mobilizing it to invest and participate in the country’s development, mainly through different online platforms. Earning several prestigious Awards and Honors, Mr Bakuramutsa holds a Master University Of George Washington Masters Certificate in IT Program Management.