Keynote speakers

Anastasia Syzenko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Anastasia Syzenko, Ph.D. is a lecturer and researcher at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her background is in modern languages and applied linguistics. Currently Anastasia teaches ESP, Innovation Management and International Investment. Anastasia has extensive international academic and research experience at UC Berkeley and University of Michigan (USA), University of Turku (Finland), KU Leuven (Belgium), Mykolas Romeris University, (Lithuania) etc.  In Ukraine Anastasia focuses her efforts on the advancement of innovative industries, community engagement and development of higher education. She is also a Board member and co-founder of Smart City Public Council, a non-profit public organization aimed at developing democracy and fostering transparent governance in Ukraine via digitization and introduction of the world’s best practices of e-governance into local city councils.

Petra Aczél, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Petra Aczél is a full professor of communication and rhetoric at Corvinus University of Budapest and head of the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theo­ry, as well as member of the Social Communication Doctoral School. She studied at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, earned her PhD degree in 2003, and gave her habilitation lecture in 2011. She was appointed full professor in 2016. Her re­search interests are focused on the theory and prac­tice of communication, new media and media literacy. Participating in researches on national and regional media literacy she has become a leading figure in this field in Hungary and the region. She is author of four and co-author of other four books and has published more than 200 publications on verbal and visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion, rhetoric, (new) me­dia com­munication and media literacy. She is chair and member in five editorial boards of Hungarian and international periodicals and holds memberships in Hungarian and inter­national com­mu­ni­cation as­socia­tions. She is a researcher, professor and loving mother. Web:

Irena Brifordová, Microsoft, Czech Republic

Ing. Irena Briford, Director of Education, Microsoft, Czech Republic. She has been in this position for more than 9 years. She tries to work on meanigfully using technology in education  and helping teachers and students to improve the learning processes at all levels of education.