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Conference speakers

In alphabetic order (list still subject to change): Bly | Boulderstone | Chitsaz | Choi | Coleman | Dumouchel | Frey | Frierson | Goldberg | Hermans | Hey | Hitson | Katzen | Kokko | Kosonen | Lehto | Leppävuori | Oijala | Ruotsalainen | Shaffer | Sivadas | Waris | Warnick | Warr

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Pam Bjornson, the chairman of the afternoon session of the conference on June 10, is Director General of the NRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI). She joined CISTI as Director of Business Affairs in 2001 and has over 25 years of management experience in the private and public sectors. She is founding Chair of the Canadian Research Data Strategy Working Group, a national, multi-disciplinary collaboration to address the challenges and issues surrounding the access and preservation of data arising from Canadian research. She is also a member of the ICSTI Executive Board, Deputy Chair of the WorldWideScience Alliance and Vice President of the international DataCite consortium

NRC-CISTI provides high value information and services in the areas of science, technology and health.

Adam Bly is the founder and CEO of Seed, a leading global media and technology company committed to advancing science and its potential to improve the state of the world.
Adam Bly began his career at the age of 16 as the youngest researcher at the National Research Council of Canada. He then set out to launch Seed, a science magazine.
Seed Media Group was founded by Adam Bly in 2005. Today, Seed is focused on the challenge of developing next-generation cyberinfrastructure for science.
In 2007, Adam Bly was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. Adam Bly has spoken around the world on the new relationship between science and society in the 21st century.
Find out more about Adam Bly here.

Richard Boulderstone joined the British Library as Director of e-Strategy in July 2002. He leads the British Library’s efforts to create a large-scale digital library system that is the primary repository for the Library’s, and hence the UK’s, legal deposit collection of electronic resources. He is also responsible for the Science, Technology and Medicine team at the BL that focuses on providing information-based products and services for academic and commercially based scientists.
- Richard Boulderstone contributes to the interactive session of the conference on June 11.


Behrooz Chitsaz is Director of Intellectual Property Strategy at  Microsoft Research. He has held several positions at Microsoft since 1991. In his current role, Mr. Chitsaz is responsible for developing and executing on strategies for bringing various Microsoft Research technologies to market. 
He earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from University College London and a second Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Dr. Hee-Yoon Choi is is Director General of Knowledge Information Center at Korea Institute of Sciene and Technology Information (KISTI). Before coming to KISTI, she worked for POSCO Research Institute (POSRI) as Director of Knowledge Asset Center. She has been involved in various activities as the editor-in-chief of quarterly academic journal "Information Management Research", as vice president of the Korea Knowledge Innovation Association, Academic Society of Information Management, and public relations chief of WLIC Seoul, etc. She is also a member of the ICSTI Executive Board as Vice President.
Dr. Choi's particular interests are in knowledge ecology, scholarly communications and social network. She holds a Master's and Ph.D in LIS from Yonsei University in Korea, and a post-master degree from the Dominican University in the United States. 

Lee-Ann Coleman joined the British Library in 2007 as Head of Scientific, Technical and Medical Information. For ten years prior to that, she worked in science policy and administration, and gained experience in the funding, university and medical research charity sectors.
She has a PhD from the University of Western Australia where she studied the development of the visual system, and completed postdoctoral research in the United States and at Oxford before moving into scientific administration. A move to the Association of Medical Research Charities led to greater involvement in the issues affecting chartable funding organizations and she worked to devise policies on peer review, indirect costs, interaction with industry and the dissemination of scientific outputs.

The British Library’s Science, Technology and Medicine team is working closely with the scientific community to provide products and services to meet their needs.


Bernard Dumouchel who acts as the moderator of the interactive session of the conference on June 11, has been the Special Advisor to ICSTI since 2007. As chair of the Web/Communications committee, he supports the communications thrusts of ICSTI. A career librarian and information specialist, he is the former Director General of the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), part of the National Research Council Canada. Mr. Dumouchel came to CISTI in 1987, as Director, Resource Development. He became Director General of CISTI in 1998 and retired in January 2007.
Throughout his career, Mr. Dumouchel has held several positions in the broader library community, including Vice-chair of the Council of Federal Libraries of the Canadian Government, Treasurer and Vice-president of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information, and President of the OCLC Canada Advisory Council.

Jeremy G. Frey is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. He is committed to making full use of digital technology to facilitate a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to chemical research. An example of his recent research is the development of an ultra short pulse soft x-ray source for nanoscale biological and material imaging.
Prof. Frey has been involved with the UK e-Science programme from its inception, looking at the ways in which e-Science and Grid infrastructure can be developed to provide support for chemical research. His group has been developing Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (the Smart Tea Project), generating and applying a "Semantic Chemical Grid" and applying Web 2.0 & Social Network ideas with Chemical Blogs and related technologies.


Eleanor Frierson, Deputy Director, National Agricultural Library (Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture), has more than thirty years' diversified experience in information service development and management at national and international levels. She serves as Chair, Science.gov Alliance; U.S. representative to the WorldWideScience.org Alliance; and chair of the standing committee of the Government Information and Official Publications Section, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She was Deputy Chair of CENDI from 2004-2006 and served on the OCLC Members Council from 2002-2008. Before coming to USDA in 2000 she served as Chief, Bureau of Library and Information Services of the International Labour Office, in Geneva, Switzerland. - At the conference, she contributes to the interactive session of the conference on June 11.
Ms. Frierson received her MLS from Syracuse University.


Dr. Jolande E. Goldberg is currently a Senior cataloging policy specialist (Law classification) in the Policy & Standards division at the Acquisitions & Bibliographic Directorate of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
In developing and revising the Library of Congress Law Classification, she has pioneered classification structures for overarching concepts of law, providing the basis for an overall comparative, uniform, and parallel classification architecture as it relates to all regions of the world, as well as to universal systems such as international and religious law.
The Web version, ClassificationWeb, expanded to a linking tool that pulls the major LC authority files together, is the basis for Goldberg’s further exploration of the system as a “Gateway” to Web content. 

The mission of the  Library of Congress - the largest library in the world - is to make its resources available and useful to the United States Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

Raine Hermans is Director of Impact Analysis at Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology, and responsible for impact analysis, innovation research funding and knowledge management. His earlier positions include that of Technology Director and Director of regional operations at Tekes, and partner and CEO of Regiofacta Ltd. Hermas is currently also Adjunct Professor at the Helsinki School of Economics, Finland's leading business school.
Hermans is specialized in leadership of networks and multidisciplinary teams, innovation management and valuation of intellectual capital.

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation is the most important publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and polytechnics.

As Corporate Vice President of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corporation.
Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.'s e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. He has also worked as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science; and, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England. Hey is a fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K.

Tony Hey's research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components. He has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science to young people. He has written 'popular' books on quantum mechanics and on relativity. - Read more about Tony Hey here.

Brian Hitson, the chairman of the conference on June 11, 2010, is the Associate Director for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), and responsible for e.g. international information exchange programs, administrative and financial management, and the digitization and preservation of a 1.2 million scientific document repository. Mr. Hitson played a key role in the development of WorldWideScience.org and in the establishment of the WorldWideScience Alliance. He is the US representative to the IEA's Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) and to the IAEA's International Nuclear Information System (INIS). Mr. Hitson has chaired the ETDE Executive Committee since 2005. Mr. Hitson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee.

Jay Katzen is the Managing director of academic and government products for the Science and technology division at Elsevier. In this role, Jay oversees the product management, product marketing and business development strategies for the core platforms that deliver Elsevier content: Scopus, ScienceDirect, Scirus and research workflow tools.
Jay Katzen holds a B.A. in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University. He has more than 17 years of experience in marketing, product management, and software and business development for information publishers, and has a deep understanding of librarian and researcher requirements. 
More information about Jay Katzen here.

As the world’s leading publisher of science and health information, Elsevier serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide. Elsevier is a global company headquartered in Amsterdam, employing more than 7,000 people in 25 countries.

Ms. Marjut Kokko is President of the Society for Finnish Information Specialists (2009- ). The Society enhances the professional skills of its members and promotes general awareness of the knowledge management and information sectors by acting in cooperation with several other organisations within the field.
Ms. Kokko has a degree in Law from the University of Helsinki (LL.M. 1996) and postgraduate education of Information Management from the Helsinki University of Technology (1997-1998). She is currently Chief of Information Services at the Finnish Supreme Court. She also has ten years of experience as Legal Knowledge Management Specialist at Roschier Attorneys, a big Finnish law firm (1998-2007).
Ms. Kokko is active in international organisations, especially within the Nordic region and has given numerous presentations particularly on subjects such as business and legal information and the sources of EU law.


Juha Korkeila works at Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, as Development Manager for Tekes programmes since 2006. His current tasks are related to Tekes' core processes and customer-oriented services. An example of the services is Innovation landscapes produced by VTT's Knowledge Solutions.
Mr. Korkeila's previous positions include e.g. that of a Senior Technical Advisor, Production and Manufacturing, at Tekes from 2001 to 2006, and Project Manager at the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation is the most important publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and polytechnics.

© Sitra, photo Sami Kulju

Mikko Kosonen, Ph.D. (Econ) is Sitra’s President for the period 2008–2013. Before this, he worked for Sitra as an Executive Vice President responsible for innovation operations (2007–2008). He has been an influential figure in shaping Sitra’s current strategy and in developing and managing Sitra's innovation activities.
Previously, Dr. Kosonen worked for Nokia (1984–2008), most recently as SVP Strategy and Business Infrastructure (1996-2005) and adviser to top management. At the same time, he has also been a member of the boards of a number of companies and associations, incl. the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR).
Mikko Kosonen has published several books and articles on strategic management.

Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund is an independent public fund, founded in 1967, which under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament promotes the welfare of Finnish society, with  responsibilities stipulated in law. It is Sitra’s duty to promote stable and balanced development in Finland, the qualitative and quantitative growth of its economy and its international competitiveness and co-operation.


Abe Lederman is President and CEO of DeepWeb Technologies. He has 25 years of experience in computer software engineering. He began his career with Hewlett Packard and was then recruited to become a founding member of Verity, a startup pioneer in the field of search engine technology. After leaving Verity in the 1990's, Abe Lederman founded Innovative Web Applications (IWA), a software consulting firm primarily serving Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Realizing the enormous potential for federated search technology to accelerate the diffusion of knowledge, he founded Deep Web Technologies in 2002.
Abe Lederman holds Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Petri Lehto is Head of Division at the Innovation Department of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland His responsibilities include demand and user driven innovation policy. The objective is to enlarge the scope of the innovation policy of Finland by bringing in new innovation actors and new instruments for the policy.
Petri Lehto has extensive background also on industrial and competition policy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics.

The Innovation Department at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for the development, implementation and performance of innovation policy in Finland. The Department’s remit is to promote the growth, internationalisation and modernisation of enterprises and sectors of the economy, and to broaden the scope of innovation activities in both the private and the public sector.



Professor Erkki KM Leppävuori was appointed President & CEO of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in 1999. He was previously Professor, Research Director and Chief Executive of the research institute VTT Building Technology at VTT from 1994 to 1999. Prior to his positions at VTT he has worked in several positions at the Rautaruukki Group (a Finnish steel company), lately as Director of Marketing and Technology of the Building Products and Engineering Division of the Rautaruukki Group.

Prof. Leppävuori is a board member of several governmental and business organizations including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister. He is also President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations EARTO and a member of the Academy of the Technical Sciences in Finland.
He holds a Master's Degree (1974) and a Licentiate Degree (1977) from the Helsinki University of Technology as well as the nomination as Doctor of Technology h.c. (2008).
- Prof. Leppävuori acts as the chairman of the morning session of the conference on June 10, too.

Jussi Oijala, Senior Vice President, Global Technology at KONE Corporation, is in charge of KONE Corporation´s Technology and R&D operations. He is a process owner for the Solution Creation Process in KONE responsible for competitiveness of the offering worldwide and ensuring that the research, development and change management process supports the business needs of KONE. All six global Technology centers in KONE report to him (about 600 persons). He is responsible for the technology strategy and contributes to the overall strategy and vision work of KONE.

Jussi Oijala has a Master´s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and a Master´s degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He has joined KONE in 1990 and has worked a big part of his KONE career in international positions outside of Finland (Italy, USA). Before joining KONE he has worked for Finnair and Stanford University.

Laura Ruotsalainen works as an Information analyst at VTT's Knowledge Solutions. She conducts patent searches and analyses for VTT's management and research, e.g. for determining the state-of-art, scanning new business opportunies and determining the possibility to file a patent for an invention. Ms. Ruotsalainen has also done research related to the aquisition and utilization of patent data. She is a member of VTT's IPR Software team.
Laura Ruotsalainen has a Master's degree on Computer Science from the University of Helsinki. She has also taken an Academic postgraduate training programme on Patents in the Helsinki University of Technology.
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Roberta I. Shaffer was appointed as the 22nd Law Librarian of Congress in August, 2009. She had been serving as the Executive Director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee / Federal Library Network at the Library of Congress since 2005. Roberta Shaffer is a frequent speaker at various law and library conferences.  She serves as the Library of Congress representative to the International Council on Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) and is the chair of its Information Policy Committee.       
Roberta Shaffer has her BA in political science and demography from Vassar College. Her law degree is from Tulane and she has an MLn from Emory University. Roberta has held previous positions with several universities in the US. She is admitted to the DC, Texas and US Supreme Court Bars. Roberta Shaffer has a certificate in Negotiation from the Harvard Law School and uses this training as a pro bono mediator and facilitator on a vast range of issues of local to global concern.
- Roberta Shaffer contributes to the interactive session of the conference on June 11.

In 1832, The Law Library of Congress was officially established to provide the United States Congress and Supreme Court with access to current and accurate legal research materials. The Law Library has grown to become the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

R. Sivadas is Managing Director of  Scope e-Knowledge Center , a Quatrro group company, that he was co-founding in 1987. His responsibilities include developing the Content enhancement & knowledge services and Patent search analytics / business research lines of businesses worldwide and overseeing the Finance, corporate and legal functions in Scope. Scope has over a 1,000 employees and is active in the publishing industry worldwide providing content related services to STM publishers worldwide.
Sivadas is a Postgraduate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, rated as India’s No. 1 business school. He has over 27 years of post-qualification experience having worked with large Indian companies before his foray as an entrepreneur into the information services space.

Mika Waris, Master of Science (Econ.) is Director of Marketing and Business Services at the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR). Having worked at Nokia Corporation for 12 years, lately as Head of Business Systems Planning, he joined the NBPR in 1994. The main focus in his present mission is the competitiveness of Finnish enterprises, especially SMEs, and the social and economic impact of IPRs and IP information in innovation process. Mr. Waris believes that intellectual property and knowledge are the key elements of the upcoming open innovation environment.
Mr. Waris has also worked as a private consultant and with large Finnish companies as Head of Business Systems.

As an organisation specialised in industrial property rights and business and corporation activities, the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR) advances enterprise, innovativeness, and corporate activities both in Finland and internationally.


Walter Warnick, Ph.D. is Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). He embraces the opportunities offered by the web to accelerate the spread of knowledge about science and technology. He has championed efforts to capitalize on technological advances to develop and provide state-of-the art products and services for sharing knowledge.
Dr. Warnick was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2005 “for leadership in the federal scientific information community and for contributions to the conceptualization, development and implementation of innovative programs that significantly advance access to government information." 

The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) provides leadership and coordination for the Scientific and Technical Information Program at the U.S. Department of Energy. OSTI assures access by DOE, the scientific research community, academia, U.S. industry and the public to DOE research results. DOE OSTI is also the operating agent of WorldWideScience.org, and Dr. Warnick is a member of the WorldWideScience Alliance Executive Board.


Dr. Wendy A Warr has Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Oxford, England. She is a Chartered Chemist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She has over 40 years’ experience in information systems and research computing including nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry.
She is active in the Chemical Information Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves on several international scientific committees. She has been an Editor of the ACS Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (formerly Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences) since 1989. She represents the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for ICSTI.

Wendy Warr & Associates offer consultancy services in the fields of cheminformatics, computational chemistry and electronic publishing. Clients include pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical industry partners, software companies, publishers, and scientific database producers.

Wu Yishan is Chief Engineer of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC). He is also Vice Chairman of the  Professional Committee on Scientometrics, under the China Research Society on Science of Science and S & T Policy; Vice Secretary General, China Association of Soft Science; Chief Editor, Journal of the China Society on Scientific and Technical Information.
His area of research involves bibliometrics and scientometrics and he has published more than 40 papers in this field, including 8 in international journals or proceedings. Based on his two-term experience as a scientific diplomat in the Chinese Embassy in USA, he has been concerned about international S & T cooperation since 1987 and has published more than 10 papers in this area. He is interested in S & T policy studies and information science, and published in these fields.