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Speaker biographies

Shahira Amin
Shahira Amin is a Cairo - based independent journalist. Former Deputy Head of State run Nile TV she quit her job during the 2011 uprising to protest against censorship of her work. Amin is a veteran broadcaster and longtime freelance CNN Correspondent, filing stories from North Africa that were broadcast on "Inside Africa". She has reported for Index on Censorship, Middle East Eye, And a Moscow, Daily News Egypt and Ahram Online. She has also produced several documentaries for various UN agencies including UNICEF and UN Women. 

She has won several international awards including Sweden ' s Holmes of the Year Award 2011, Spain 's Juan Anguita Parrado Award 2012, Global Thinkers Forum Award for excellence in promoting gender equity 2013.

Lucky Belder
Lucky Belder is an Assistant Professor at the Europa Institute, Utrecht University and secretary to the Centre of Intellectual Property Law (CIER). Her research interests lie in the institutional framework for the arts and sciences, the issues involved in access to cultural heritage, and the introduction of new technology in society.  Her PhD thesis on The Legal Protection of Cultural Heritage in International Law and its Implementation in Dutch Law (2013) was published by Delex Amsterdam in 2014.

Lucky was project co-ordinator for the Dutch team that took part in the three year HERA/EU- funded Research project “Cultural heritage institutions, copyright and cultural diversity”.  She has acted as consultant on issues of intellectual property, cultural heritage, information policies and cultural diversity to Dutch and international institutions and NGO’s. She is a member of the working group on International Treaties of the Dutch UNESCO Commission. Recently, she was appointed as advisor to the Dutch Arts Council (Raad voor Cultuur).

Yvonne Donders
Prof. Dr. Yvonne Donders is Professor International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity and Head of the Department of International and European Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. She has graduated from Utrecht University in international relations and has done her PhD at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University on cultural human rights and the right to cultural identity. Her research interests include public international law; international human rights law, in particular economic, social and cultural rights and human rights and cultural diversity. She teaches courses on international law and international human rights law and gives lectures on cultural rights and cultural diversity.

From 2008 to 2015 Yvonne Donders was Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) at the Faculty of Law. From March 2011 to October 2012 she worked as project manager (1 day per week detachment) at the National Human Rights Institute of the Netherlands (College voor de Rechten van de Mens), assisting the transformation from Equal Treatment Commission to NHRI. Previously Yvonne Donders worked as Programme Specialist on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Division of Human Rights and Struggle against Discrimination of UNESCO's Secretariat in Paris. 

Yvonne Donders is currently member of the National Commission for UNESCO, member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, member of Editorial Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, member of the Board of the Dutch International Law Association (KNVIR), member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC), Chair of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Shelter City project. She was Chair of the Dutch United Nations Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties, NVVN) from May 2007 to May 2015.

Lotte Hughes
Based at the Open University, UK, Lotte Hughes is an historian of Africa and empire, with a Kenya specialism. Her earlier academic background is in social science; she also spent 23 years as a journalist/editor.

Her doctoral dissertation ‘Moving the Maasai: A Colonial Misadventure’ examined Maasai land losses, forced moves and resistance in colonial East Africa, and their long-term repercussions. A monograph with the same title was published in 2006. Other books include Managing Heritage, Making Peace: History, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Kenya (co-authors Annie E. Coombes and Karega-Munene, 2014) and Environment and Empire (co-author William Beinart, 2007). 

Her current research interests centre on heritage, memory and memorialization, cultural rights and constitutional change in contemporary Kenya. She is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution, and previously led two other major collaborative research projects on Kenya.

Fiona Macmillan
Fiona Macmillan is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Roma Tre.  She is also the co-director of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. Her works focuses on the intersections between intellectual property, cultural property and international economic law.

John Naughton
Professor John Naughton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, where he is co-Director of two major research projects ('Conspiracy and Democracy' and 'Technology and Democracy').

John is also Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University and and has just stepped down as Vice President of Wolfson College. He has been an Observer columnist since 1987, and was for nine years that newspaper's television critic. He now writes a weekly column on technology.  He is also a widely-read historian of the Internet. His most recent book, 'From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet', is published by Quercus Books.

John's main interests are in: the social, political and economic impact of the Internet; public understanding (or lack thereof) of the relevant technologies; and issues of Internet governance.  He is leading the Internet strand of the 'Conspiracy and Democracy' project – which involves, among other things, a comparative study of conspiracy theories in the pre- and post-Internet eras, use of network-analysis tools to study how ideas spread online and an examination of the Internet's impact on the public sphere.

Dalindyebo Shabalala
Dalindyebo Shabalala is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School and an Assistant Professor, International Economic Law (Intellectual Property) at Maastricht University Faculty of Law. He is also a fellow in the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University and participates in the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts at Case Western Reserve. His research focuses on climate change and intellectual property (IP) issues on one hand and on IP and development issues on the other. He focuses on the role of Brazil, India and China in the regulation of international technology transfer and intellectual property.

Hanne Hagtvedt Vik
Hanne Hagtvedt Vik is an Associate Professor of international history after 1918. She holds a PhD degree from the University of Oslo (2009) and has been an International Security Program Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2012) and a guest instructor at Yale University (2011, co-taught the graduate seminar "Human Rights in the Twentieth Century and Beyond" with Professor Jay Winter). Vik chairs the International Studies Program Committee, a multidisciplinary bachelor program, and serves on the Program Committee of the MA-program Peace and Conflict Studies.

Vik’s research has centered on issues related to international organizations and transnational political activism. She is particularly interested in international law, human rights and development assistance. Her publications deal with international cooperation within the United Nations (UN), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, and she has written on both American and Norwegian foreign policy and Nordic cooperation. Currently she works with the internationalization of the rights of indigenous peoples, focussing in particular on the significance of this process for Sami identity and rights.