Keynote Speakers


alberto amaral


Alberto Manuel de Sampaio e Castro Amaral
Former Rector of Porto University, Director of the Centre for Research on Higher Education Policies (CIPES) and President of the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

 Session title: Managing Higher Education in Europe


antonio figueiredo



Antonio Dias de Figueiredo
Emeritus professor of Information Systems at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), Portugal, where he acts as a senior researcher at the Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC). He is also an independent consultant.

Session title: On the Social Sustainability of Information Systems in Higher Education

eloy rodrigues



Eloy Rodrigues
Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services. Coordinates the technical development of RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) project since 2008.

Session title: Serving Open Access, E-Science, and Research Institutions: the value of interoperable repositories

fernando rodrigues



Fernando António de Oliveira Carvalho Rodrigues
Full Professor, Scientific Coordinator and President of UNIDCOM/IADE (Research Unit in Design and Communication of IADE). Science Administrator at NATO HQ, Brussels.

Session title: Information Technologies as Instrument for Science Production

peter szegedi


Peter Szegedi

joined TERENA in January 2008. He is one of the Project Development Officers who assist the task forces and contribute to technical projects and workshops. He is currently the secretary of TF-Storage, TF-Media, TF-NOC, and the GLIF Technical Working Group as well as coordinator of the End-to-End Network Provisioning and the Video & Web Conferencing activities and looks after the service.
He participated in the EC funded projects FP7-FEDERICA (leader of NA2 and JRA2 activities) and IST-MUPBED. Peter received his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, in Hungary, in 2002. He then worked towards a PhD at the Department of Telecommunications. Peter worked for Magyar Telekom Plc. as a Research and Development Manager between 2004 and 2008.


ron bonig


Ron Bonig

Ron Bonig is a Research Director on Gartner Inc.'s higher education team. Ron is supporting higher education clients focusing on strategic planning and governance issues, large administrative suites, portals and emerging technologies affecting IT higher education environments. Ron came with a strong background in IT leadership and CIO experience. Most recently Ron was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. While there, he was responsible for all centralized IT functions on the three major campuses of The George Washington University, comprising over 125 buildings and approximately 8,000 employees and 20,000 students. He was also responsible for the development, implementation and management of all enterprise applications including the student/academic ERP and the university's financial ERP system and related departmental applications. Ron was recognized by Computerworld as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, class of 2009. Previously Ron was a Principal Consultant and then Executive Director with Systems and Computer Technology Corporation and the Director of Administrative Systems Development at the Social Security Administration. Ron's experience includes additional positions in the Federal government, municipal government, private industry and higher education institutions.

Ron earned his BS degree from Frostburg State University, his MSA in Systems Management from The George Washington University and a Master's Level Certificate from the University of Washington.


miguel caldas


Miguel Caldas
National Technology Officer at Microsoft Portugal

For over 30 years connected to information systems, with special emphasis in major projects and infrastructure, and a personal passion for security and privacy issues, in his professional career he worked in the largest multinationals in the area.

Actually, is working at Microsoft, for 17 years, and is responsible for national technology strategy of the Company