DominiqueBabini_0Dominique Babini

Dominique Babini (Argentina) is coordinator of open access scholarly communications projects, research and advocacy at CLACSO, a network of 380 research institutions in 25 countries, mainly in Latin America. Open access scholarly communications researcher at the University of Buenos Aires. Latin America contributor at UNESCO´s Global Open Access Portal, and member of the Experts Committee of the Argentine National System of&nbs Digital Repositories; Doctorate in political science and postgraduate in information science.

Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta

Gerald Beasley was appointed Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian on July 1, 2013. His previous library experience includes leadership positions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York; and Concordia University, Montreal. He has also worked at the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, England. Gerald is a graduate of Oxford University (M.A., English Lang. & Lit.) and University College, London (M.A., Library Studies). He is currently President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (2013-2015).

Lars Bjørnshauge, Director of European Library Relations, SPARC Europe and Managing Director, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Past: Deputy Director, Acting Director, Technical Information Center of Denmark Technical University of Denmark (1992-2000), Director of Libraries at Lund University, Sweden (2001-2011). Former President of the Danish Research Library Association 1992-1994 and former 1st Vice-President of the Swedish Library Association 2005-2011. Founder of the Directory of Open Access Journals (, co-founder of OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories, ( and co-founder of the Directory of Open Access Books ( Danish, based in Copenhagen.

Elisha Rufaro T. Chiware, Director of Libraries, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Dr. Elisha Chiware is the Director of Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries. Elisha is also the current Secretary of IATUL (International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Board, he is an active member of LIASA – Library and Information Association of South Africa, he serves on the IFLA Section on Statistics and Evaluation and is an Executive member of the Committee for Higher Education Libraries in South Africa and also serves as a Board member of SANLIC – the South African National Libraries and Information.Elisha Chiware has also worked in libraries and library schools in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. He has published over 20 articles, two books and presented several papers at international conferences. He has also worked as an information management consultant – establishing trade information centres in the East, South and Central African region. – See more at:
Marisa de Giusti, Professor, Universidad de La Plata
Marisa R. De Giusti is PH Doctor in Computer Science, graduated as Literature Professor and Electronic Engineer at La Plata University. Member of Expert Commitee at National Ministery of Science and Technology  (MinCyT). Is Chief Director of Liblink Project at La Plata University. Is Chief Director of the Central Institutional Repository (SEDICI) at La Plata University. Member of the Executive ISTEC Board. Professor at La Plata University and Researcher at Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provicnia de Bs. As. (CICPBA). Her main interest area is Digital Repositories with focus on preservation data.
Johanna McEntyre, Director, Europe PubMed Central
Jo McEntyre is Team Leader for Literature Services at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), where she is responsible for developing Europe PMC, the European database for full-text life science research articles ( Her primary focus is on the integration of the open access literature with open life sciences data, to develop new ways for researchers to access and discover useful information. This has led to interests in the areas of citation networks, text and data mining, curation, publication workflows and scientific impact systems.

Before joining the EMBL-EBI, Dr McEntyre was a scientist at the NCBI, NIH, USA where she worked on various literature-related websites and resources and website usability. Before that, she was the Editor of the review journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TiBS).

Jennifer Hansen, Manager, Information & Research Services, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As the Manager of Information and Research Services at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Hansen helped develop the foundation’s recently announced Open Access Policy. She now leads its implementation. She also manages the strategic and operational aspects of theGF Library.Serving as an informational leader in both the public and private sectors, to include Microsoft and King County Library System, Ms. Hansen has sat on several boards and was part of the adjunct faculty at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She received a B.A. in Journalism and History and a M.L.S. from Indiana University in Bloomington. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

Stefanie Haustein, Post-doctoral Researcher, Canada, Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Université de Montréal

Stefanie Haustein is a post-doctoral researcher in bibliometrics at the University of Montreal focusing on social media in scholarly communication and making sense of so-called “altmetrics”. Her work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Stefanie holds a Master’s degree in history, American linguistics and literature and information science and a PhD in information science from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, where she is a visiting lecturer. She has previously worked as a research analyst at Science-Metrix in Montreal, Canada and at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. She frequently presents at international conferences and has published in journals such as JASIST, Scientometrics, Journal of Informetrics and PLoS ONE.

Liisi Lembinen, Acting Director of the Library, University of Tartu

Liisi Lembinen has been Acting Director of the University of Tartu Library since January 2013. Previous positions include Development Director and an e-books specialist. Current responsibilities and projects are the management of the academic library, Estonian e-resource and collection preservation, DataCite Estonia. Previous responsibilities included digital and development projects, e.g. the launch of the Estonian e-textbooks collection in 2008, digitalization of manuscript soruce text of Estonian culture and the Red Book of Estonian Publications, and lunch of the promotion of Open Access in Estonia. Member of the Estonian Librarians Association.

William Nixon, Digital Library Development Manager, University of Glasgow

William Nixon is Head of Digital Library Services at the University of Glasgow. Digital Library Services is responsible for the Library web service, desktop support, the Library Management System (Sierra) and the ongoing development of Enlighten, Glasgow’s institutional repository service. William has worked with repositories for over 10 years and presented on them at a range of international conferences. He has worked with EPrints Services to embed Altmetric data in Enlighten and led on the use of Enlighten for the University’s selection of outputs for the UK’s national Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). William is the co-chair of the Program Committee for Open Repositories 2015 and a member of the SPARC Europe board. The University of Glasgow is a member of both SPARC Europe and COAR.

Andrew Sallans, Partnerships, Collaborations, & Funding Manager, Center for Open Science

Andrew Sallans leads partnerships for the Center for Open Science, a non-profit tech startup in Charlottesville, VA, USA.  This entails working with many stakeholders in the community to figure out where missions align and how we can bring mutual value through collaborations.  He previously led data management service initiatives through the libraries at the University of Virginia.

Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)

Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), an international association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany- with a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. Its mission is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access digital repositories.Shearer has her Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and has been working in the areas of open access and research data management and digital libraries for over a decade. She is a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and a consultant with Research Data Canada working on issues of policy, infrastructure and training for research data management. She is also co-chair of two international interest groups with the Research Data Alliance: Long Tail of Research Data and Libraries for Research Data. In addition, Shearer is a Partnership Consultant with the Association of Research Libraries in the United States.

Jarkko Sirén, Project Officer, European Commission

Jarkko Sirén joined the European Commission in 2009. He is Project Officer in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology. He is currently working on e-infrastructures with a special focus on scientific data infrastructures. He has previously worked in IT project management and development in the European Commission (DG EAC) and in private sector companies. Jarkko holds a M.A. in Philosophy (1996, Helsinki University).

Nisia Trindade, Vice-President, Foundation Oswaldo Cruz

Nísia Trindade Lima is the Vice President of Education, Information andComunication at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz and is the main responsible for Policy on Open Access to Knowledge in this institution.  PhD in Sociology, researcher and professor of history of public health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/ Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, she is also the director of Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Press.  She published Um sertão chamado Brasil (A backland called razil- Rio de Janeiro, Ed. Hucitec, 2013) and is coeditor of Saúde e democracia. História e perspectivas do SUS. (Health and democracy. History and perspectives of Brazilian Health System – Rio de Janeiro, Editora Fiocruz/PAHO, 2005) and Antropologia Brasiliana. Ciência e educação na obra de Edgard Roquette-Pinto (Brazilian Anthropology. Science and education in Edgard RoquetetPinto´s work Belo Horizonte, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais/ Rio de Janeiro, Editora Fiocruz, 2008).

tumblr_static_headshot_informalJohn Wilbanks

John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks. He has spent his career working to advance open content, open data and open innovation systems. Wilbanks also serves as a senior fellow at FasterCures, and as a senior advisor for big data to the National Coordination Office. Previously, Wilbanks worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Fortney “Pete” Stark, served as the first assistant director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, founded and led to acquisition the bioinformatics company Incellico, Inc., and was executive director of the Science Commons project at Creative Commons. In February 2013, in response to a We the People petition that was spearheaded by Wilbanks and signed by 65,000 people, the U.S. government announced a plan to open up taxpayer-funded research data and make it available for free. Wilbanks holds a B.A. in philosophy from Tulane University and also studied modern letters at the Sorbonne.