UNESCO 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.
Mr Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou (Niger)
Mr Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou is the Minister Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of the Niger and CEO of the National Agency for the Information Society (ANSI). Joined the government of Niger in 2016 as High Commissioner in charge of ICT, he leads Niger’s transformation into a digital and knowledge based society, as well as the development and implementation of relevant strategies. Previously, Mr Guimba-Saidou was the Senior Vice-President Commercial-Africa of SES (a world leading commerce satellite operator) & General Manager of SES Astra Africa (Pty) Ltd. With over 20 years of professional experience in the telecommunications industries worldwide, Mr Guimba-Saidou serves as the Niger representative on the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Alliance. He is also a board member of Niger Telecom, a board member of the CIPMEN (National ICT incubator), and a board member of the African Development University (ADU). Mr Guimba-Saidou holds a Master’s Degree in International management, as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has completed Executive programs with the Wharton Business School (Aresty Institute) and The Centre of Creative Leadership.
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 Inge Molenaar (the Netherlands)
Dr Molenaar holds master degrees in both Cognitive Psychology and International Business studies. She received her PhD in Educational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam in 2011, and currently is an assistant professor at the Learning & Plasticity group of the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her main interest is technology empowered innovation in education that facilitates students’ talent development. Her research focuses on the application of data from online learning environments, apps and games (learning analytics) in understanding how learning and regulation of learning unfolds over time. Learning analytics and artificial intelligence offers a powerful way to make new steps towards measuring, understanding and designing innovative learning scenarios. Dr. Molenaar is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, section AI for Human Learning and Behavior Change and of the journal Metacognition and Learning. Moreover, she has received numerous grants from the Dutch Science Foundation.
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 Werner Westermann (Chile)
Werner Westermann Juárez leads the Civic Education Program at the Library of National Congress of Chile since 2015. He is a History, Geography and Social Sciences Teacher and Bachelor Graduate in History from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Mr Westermann has over 20 years of work experience in digital technology-enabled education and training in national (Ministry of Education), higher education (Red Universitaria Nacional REUNA), international agencies (ECLAC-UN) and civil society institutions. He is also doing research on OER adoption and impact, and contributes to Research on Open Educational Resources for Development. He is a co-writer of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration. He is also an OER World Map national coordinator for Chile and a member of Open Education Consortium’s Latin America Regional Node (OE LATAM). Mr Westermann founded and coordinated community-based initiatives such as Moodlemoot Chile and Sugar Labs Chile.