We are thrilled to present an inspiring and diverse range of speakers who will share their insights and expertise at our future-focused Summit. Additional speakers are being added as confirmed, so stay tuned for more to come!

Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess is Distinguished Professor of Digital Media in the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) and School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). After serving as the DMRC’s founding Centre Director from 2015-2020, she became Associate Director of the national ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, as well as Convenor of its QUT node, in August 2020. Her research focuses on the social implications of digital media technologies, platforms, and cultures, as well as new and innovative methods for studying them. She is the author or editor of more than 140 scholarly publications on these topics. Her latest book is Everyday Data Cultures (Polity Press, 2022). She is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association, the Australian Academy of Humanities, and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Damian Cardona

Damian Cardona has more than 26 years of experience in strategic communications, crisis communications, outreach and campaigns within the United Nations system, serving in Africa, Latin America and Europe. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Cardona was based in Amman, Jordan, from 1998 to 2002 as Regional Middle East Communications Delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).   

Mr. Cardona holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Barcelona and master’s degree on international relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Grenoble, France. 

Paul Crosby

Paul Crosby

Dr Paul Crosby is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University. He specialises in applied microeconomics, focusing on the economics of digitisation, cultural industries, social media, sports, and consumer choice. Paul’s research has been featured in numerous leading international, peer-reviewed economics journals.

His work has also attracted attention in various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, ABC TV and Radio, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Conversation. Currently, he serves as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer at the Association of Cultural Economics International.

Michael Dezuanni

Michael Dezuanni

Michael Dezuanni is a professor in the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology, where he leads the ‘Creating Better Digital Futures’ program in the Digital Media Research Centre.  He is also a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child.

Rebecca Giblin

Rebecca Giblin

Professor Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she works at the intersection of law and culture. She is Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and leads the ARC-funded Author’s Interest and eLending projects, as well as Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project.

Her book Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow, 2022) explores how we can recapture creative labour markets from Big Tech and Big Content to get artists paid. She tweets via @rgibli.

Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden

Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th U.S. Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.

Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979.

Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Daniel Hook

Daniel Hook

Daniel Hook is CEO of Digital Science, co-founder of Symplectic, a research information management provider, and also co-founder of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI). A theoretical physicist by training, he continues to do research in his spare time, with visiting positions at Imperial College London and Washington University in St Louis, Missouri.

Masud Khokhar

Masud Khokhar

A computer scientist by education, Masud Khokhar is passionate about digital leadership and innovation in the changing library and archive environments. His core interests cut across the topics of strategic leadership, digital transformation, user experience, learning spaces, innovation cultures, open education and research, and staff talent realisation. Masud joined the University of Leeds in 2021 and has had a varied career with senior roles in the private sector and higher education, including at the Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford), Lancaster University, and the University of York. In 2023, Masud also took on the additional responsibility of Director of Learning Spaces to develop the strategic delivery programme for learning spaces at the University of Leeds. Masud is the current chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the 39 leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland. He also serves on the White Rose Libraries Executive Board, as an external member of the Cambridge University Library Syndicate and provides guidance and support to AHRC on research infrastructures.

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Marek Kowalkiewicz is a Professor and Chair in Digital Economy at QUT Business School. Listed among the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders in AI by thinkers360, Marek has led global innovation teams in Silicon Valley, was a Founding Research Manager of SAP’s Machine Learning lab in Singapore, a Global Research Program Lead at SAP Research, and a Research Fellow at Microsoft Research Asia.

His new book is called “The Economy of Algorithms: AI and the Rise of the Digital Minions“.

Ng Cher Pong

Ng Cher Pong

Mr Ng Cher Pong is the Chief Executive Officer of the NLB. He oversees a network of 28 public libraries, the National Library, and the National Archives of Singapore. Since assuming this role, he has been actively driving organizational transformation in NLB, including the implementation of LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025).

Cher Pong graduated as an engineer from the University of Cambridge and holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School. He is a career civil servant, and has worked in different capacities across the Singapore public service. Prior to NLB, he was the founding CEO of SkillsFuture Singapore and led the nation-wide efforts to reskill and upskill the workforce.

He reads an eclectic mix of mainly non-fiction books, in both English and Chinese.

Kim Osman

Kim Osman

Dr Kim Osman is a Senior Research Associate at the Digital Media Research Centre in the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology.  Kim’s research explores the relationship between digital and social inclusion focusing on the role of social infrastructure like libraries in improving digital literacies and wellbeing.

Te Paea Paringatai

Te Paea Paringatai (Waikato, Ngāti Porou)

Te Paea Paringatai (Waikato, Ngāti Porou) is Programme Director, Strategy and Mātauranga Māori at the Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand where she leads a programme of work that supports Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa/National Library of New Zealand and Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga/Archives New Zealand. A LIS professional, spanning more than 25 years, Te Paea is also the current Chair of the IFLA Professional Council, and member of the IFLA Governing Board.

Gene Tan

Gene Tan

Gene Tan is the Chief Librarian of the National Library Board (NLB) and watches over the professional development of all librarians in NLB. As Chief Innovation Officer, he is spearheading the development of LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025), a new transformative vision for the National Library, National Archives and the public libraries in Singapore.

Previously, as the Executive Director of the Singapore Bicentennial Office at the Prime Minister’s Office, Gene helmed the Singapore Bicentennial which commemorated the 200th anniversary of Raffles’ arrival in Singapore in 1819. The commemoration included The Bicentennial Experience at Fort Canning which broke attendance records for exhibitions. He was also the Creative Director of the SG50 capstone event, The Future of Us Exhibition that captured the hopes and dreams of Singaporeans. Gene was formerly the Director of the National Library, where he developed the Singapore Memory Project, and also the former President of the Library Association of Singapore.

Ana Filipa Vrdoljak

Ana Filipa Vrdoljak

Ana Filipa Vrdoljak is Professor of Law and UNESCO Chair on International Law and Cultural Heritage at the University of Technology Sydney. She is co-coordinator of the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network on Culture in Emergencies. She is author of International Law, Museums and the Return of Cultural Objects (CUP 1e 2006, 2e forthcoming); and editor of Oxford Handbook of International Cultural Heritage Law (OUP 2020) with Francesco Francioni, and The 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT Conventions: A Commentary (OUP, 2024) with Andrzej Jakubowski and Alessandro Chechi. She is general editor of the OUP book series Cultural Heritage Law and Policy and Oxford Commentaries on International Cultural Heritage Law and member of the management committee of the International Journal of Cultural Property. She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Sydney.

Kate Zwaard

Kate Zwaard

Kate Zwaard is the associate librarian for Discovery and Preservation Services at the U.S. Library of Congress. A strategic leader with 20 years of experience in government and libraries, Zwaard leads more than 600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, preservation and discovery of Library collections. One of Zwaard’s early initiatives is spearheading the Library’s transition to the digital-forward and digitally enabled acquisitions model established in the Library’s Digital Collections Strategy.

During her tenure as the Library’s first director of digital strategy, Zwaard shepherded digital transformation across the institution, and authored the Library’s first Digital Strategy. Under Zwaard’s leadership, the Library launched the crowdsourcing program By the People, which invites the public to engage with and improve access to Library collections. Previously, Zwaard served as the first chief of National Digital Initiatives, where she launched LC Labs, the Library’s digital innovation team, which incubated popular experiments like Citizen DJ and Newspaper Navigator. Zwaard joined the Library in 2012 as a software engineering manager leading the development of IT systems used to manage digital collections. Before joining the Library, Zwaard played a key role in supporting the digital transformation of the U.S. Government Publishing Office.