The network is configured to grow as a self-organised network of key stakeholders. It is facilitated by the following key contributors.


Dr Anne Preston (Kingston Unviersity) and Dr Shaimaa Lazem (SRTA-City) lead on the formation and development of the Newton funded Institutional Link and the Hilali network from dual Human-Computer Interaction for higher educational and computing science perspectives.


Dr Anne Preston

Anne’s research, teaching and scholarship revolves around the emerging challenges and opportunities inherent in learning with, through and around digital technology, with a particular focus on higher education. Anne is interested in how teachers and students can be better enabled to take the lead in understanding and innovating in how technology can be designed, used and evaluated in their own learning spaces – from online to face-to-face interactions. She collaborates with people interested in technology from a whole range of education fields, from primary, secondary, higher and adult learning to industry leaders. Her practice-led research therefore brings together a range of perspectives merging ideas from psychology to software engineering to arts, design practice and human computer interaction. Anne is a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at Kingston University.

Dr Shaimaa Lazem

Shaimaa Lazem is an Egyptian computer scientist. She earned her PhD from the Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, USA in 2012. She then returned to Egypt to play a role, as a citizen and a researcher, in facing the societal challenges after the January revolution 2011. She holds an academic position at the City for Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City). She focuses on the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and education. Her research program aims to develop a robust critique for the current agenda of integrating ICT in formal education, identify research gaps, and explore critical alternatives. Her research interests include educational technologies, game-based learning, and the design of innovative socio-technical learning environments for teaching computer science and HCI.


Professor Peter Stone OBE

Professor Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace (Newcastle University, UK) advises on the development of collaborative and multi-organisational approaches to working with and across local communities in cultural heritage education. Professor Peter Stone OBE was appointed to the University of Newcastle in 1997. Since then he has become Director of the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) in the School of Arts and Cultures in 2001, and Head of School in 2006. His research and teaching focuses on heritage management, interpretation and education. In 2003 he was archaeological advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence prior to the invasion of Iraq and is currently involved in research into the practicalities and ethics of cultural heritage experts working with the military. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to heritage education. In addition to establishing the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace (2015), Peter is Chair of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield, a UNESCO affiliated organisation which coordinates action to protect cultural and natural heritage from wars and natural disasters.

Dr Danilo Giglitto

Dr Danilo Giglitto is an associate partner on the Hilali Network, having brought his cultural heritage and digital research skills and expertise to set up the network as a Research Associate. Prior to joining the Hilali Network, he was a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen funded by the “Cultural Heritage and Digital Society” scholarship. From 2013 to 2015, he was affiliated with the CURIOS project, a sub-project of the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub focusing on encouraging grassroots participation in local heritage. He is now working at Sheffield Hallam University in the creation of an ICT platform to facilitate social inclusion in cultural heritage initiatives and institutions.

Danilo’s doctoral research explored the use of wiki software for the creation of community-led intangible cultural heritage projects as a way to achieve an affordable and sustainable interactive digital presence for historical communities as well as an empowering tool for local communities.

His research interests include: human-computer interaction, ethnography, intangible cultural heritage, digital heritage, crowdsourcing, community engagement, community empowerment, and bottom-up approaches.

Dr Sam Elkington

Dr Sam Elkington, from the Higher Education Academy, advises into planning for student-community partnerships and mapping out educational principles underling the living curriculum. Sam joined the Academy in December 2015 after 11 years teaching in Higher Education Institutions. In this time Sam has gained considerable experience working across teaching, research and academic development domains, roles and initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. Sam currently leads on the HEA’s UK and international enhancement work in assessment and feedback, as well as Flexible Learning/Pedagogy. As Academic Lead he provides specialist academic expertise, leadership and management to develop and promote excellence in learning and teaching. Sam brings a blend of thematic and discipline based enhancement expertise to the delivery of customised institutional and local level support and development work. Sam’s own research interests have centred on the harnessing of creativity for the enhancement of academic engagement in higher education communities, unpacking the relationship between openness and inclusivity for truly flexible pedagogies, and innovative assessment and feedback policy and practice.

Professor Linda Price

Linda has been researching and promoting pedagogically driven uses of educational technology in a range of contexts in higher education for more than 20 years. Her research is distinguished by its strong synergistic approach to research and practice, traversing the fields of education and educational technology research and scholarship. It brings together the two research areas of conceptions and perceptions of learning and teaching in higher education and technology enhanced learning. Her research has provided theoretical frameworks illustrating the range of complex factors to be considered in digital interventions in teaching and learning, enabling knowledge transfer that transcends national and disciplinary boundaries. She has led the convergence of the theoretical approaches to teaching and learning in HE with the experiential approaches to educational technology. She has given keynotes and workshops on these topics, nationally and internationally in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, South Africa, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates.

Dr Tania Fonseca

Based at Kingston University, Tania’s research interests lie at the intersection of education, technology, and civic engagement. She is also interested in research methods for investigating the social, cultural and political aspects of youth participation, its relationship to technology, and how technology can contribute to the development of active citizenship. She has worked as Open Digital Educational Resource Co-ordinator for the Secretariat for Education of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Portugal: in this position she designed and led the development of an online educational resource platform for teachers and students ( and delivered expert advice for educational political decision-makers on active and participatory education using ICT. She has been a community and educational project leader in various social contexts since 2002, such as the European Union citizen science programmes PEOPLE and EuroLifeNet, “My neighbourhood Internet”, and “Cultureless digital platform: an urban planning project”, to name a few. Tania brings her wealth of knowledge and experience in community empowerment and digital technology to the Hilali Network and particularly on the development of The Hilali Toolkit.

Dr Ahmed Kharrufa

Dr Ahmed Kharrufa  joins the network from Open Lab at Newcastle University, our HCI design partner. Open Lab at Newcastle University bring skills and a commitment to the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based digital technologies. They provide open source software used for community-based digital media production such as Bootlegger. Ahmed is a lecturer in human computer interaction at Open Lab, Newcastle University. He leads the educational technology subgroup at Open Lab and his research focus is in looking at the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of processes and tools to enhance learning and the learning experience. More specifically, he is  currently interested in the development of technologies that can help bridge the gaps between schools and their communities and support schools in taking advantage of all the invaluable learning resources in their communities. He is also interested in interaction design and interactive surfaces looking at the use of wearable sensors to enhance pen and touch interactions.

Seif Eldin Samer

Seif Eldin Samer is an undergraduate research assistant undertaking a Human Computer Interaction internship with Dr Lazem and specifically helping facilitate the Hilali Summer School held in August 2017. He finished his 6th term in F.O.E studying Computer & Communications. He is a volunteer in TEDx AASTMT, G.E.L.F. He is also part of a charity group for kids with disabilities and scouting activities. He is a photographer, film-maker and movie editor. He loves traveling, cultural exchange, exploring new cities and meeting new people.

Ayah Yasser

Ayah Yasser is an undergraduate research assistant undertaking a Human Computer Interaction internship with Dr Lazem and specifically helping facilitate the Hilali Summer School held in August 2017. She is a Computer & Communications student at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. She is a volunteer at IEEE AlexSB, the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria, and the English Club AU. When she isn’t working or studying, she’d probably be found writing, reading novels or watching series/movies.

Dr Yasser Mustafa

Yasser has a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics with more than twelve years of experience in teaching physics and doing research in Egypt, Europe, and the USA universities. Recently, he is doing a collaborative research in data science, deep learning, computer vision and big data with Digital Innovation Group at Sunderland University, UK. His work on saving tangible cultural heritage in some Arab Spring countries by using machine learning paradigms was published at the British Human Computer Interaction conference in July 2017. His interest range from nuclear, particle and computational physics to applying machine learning techniques to solve problems in health and archaeology sectors. Recently, he is developing a platform by using digital image processing, and multi-lingual text analysis that will offer unique advantages for rescue tangible sites at risk.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is an undergraduate research assistant undertaking a Human Computer Interaction internship with Dr Lazem and specifically helping facilitate the Hilali Summer School held in August 2017. He is studying Electronics & Communications at the Faculty of Engineering of Alexandria university. He is an IEEE Alexandria student volunteer. He also participated to EED’16 (Egyptian Engineering Day) and he is a SNAC (Student Network Advisory Committee) member in the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria. In his spare time, he loves reading books and novels.

Richard Mackay

Richard is an ambitious and self-motivated individual with a positive and pro-active attitude. His short-term goal is to complete his second year at University and secure employment in the Education field where he can continue to develop his experience working with young people. Longer term goals include; completing his university qualifications at Kingston University, London, in Primary Education. His ambition and ultimate goal is to travel internationally and become an effective contributor to the world by making valuable contributions to his workplace, the education field and wider community. This summer Richard will be travelling to Vancouver, Canada where he will supervise summer overnight-camp activities.

Hanna Bulatova

Hanna was born in Odesa, Ukraine, in 1997. Films have been her passion for as long as she can remember. It all started in 2001 when her father took her to cinema to see ‘The lord of The Rings’. It has been sixteen years now, and despite being told constantly that it is impossible for a female from a third-world country to become a filmmaker, she currently studies films at Kingston University, and never in those years has betrayed her dream. Her biggest dream is to re-build the Ukrainian film industry. Her hobbies include literature, chess and playing the violin.

Youssef El Hana

Youssef is a current PGCE student at Kingston University, completing his teacher training in Secondary Science. Having studied BSc. Biomedical Science and MSc. Cancer Biology at Kingston, Youssef is well versed and aware of the implications and benefits associated with learning and digital technology. A serving Student Ambassador at Kingston University since 2013, Youssef has amassed knowledge and understanding in the importance of using digital technology as an asset for learning within outreach communities in and around London.

Youssef is a Gibraltarian student of Moroccan heritage and can fluently speak 4 languages. He is also a freelance translator and interpreter, working closely with minority communities in London and Gibraltar. His research interests are not just limited to cancer biology, but have spread to include: providing platforms to promote opportunities, the critical race theory’s application to ignorance fuelled stereotypes, and the use of communication systems to effectively build international relationships.

Anna Vasilchenko

I am an HCI researcher at Open Lab, Newcastle University, UK. I am working towards a PhD on innovative methods of teaching and learning for STEM subjects in higher education. Particularly, I am focusing on student-generated content and blended learning (such as Flipped Classroom) that are built around ideas of ‘learning by doing’ and ‘peer learning’. Arguably, teaching of the higher education STEM subjects needs to have more innovation than any other discipline as universities are trying to cope with ever fast changing technological and socio-economic reality. Instructors have to be able to adjust their curriculum to this kind of demands. Moreover, they have to help students to be adjustable and learn at their best. This is where my research seems to be most applicable – to investigate challenges and opportunities of cutting edge educational techniques and how new dynamically evolving curriculum may be based on them. My PhD project is called Self-Flipped Teaching and Learning for STEM subjects in higher education. So in its essence, just as Hilali project, my research is about new ways of building innovative curriculum which will make both teaching and learning in higher education more efficient.

Amber Lamonby-Pennie

Amber is a MA Course Leader/Senior Lecturer/Teaching & Learning Fellow at Southampton Solent University and part-time PhD Researcher at Kingston School of Art. My research focuses on curriculum development and creative pedagogies for post-digital Creative HE Education. Research primarily focuses on the relationship of theory to practice within this context and how contemporary culture is being redefined through human computer interaction. The inclusive living curriculum is central to my approach, with current research focusing on the creation of digital narratives, learning behaviours, internet usage patterns and innovative creative practices at MA level. Research evidences how this occurs and trials pedagogic models that reflect the needs of creative students working within digital convergent culture.

Karen Trimarchi

As Head of Online, Karen has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, skilled in e-learning, coaching, mentoring, data analysis and lecturing. Her business acumen enables Karen to identify and create innovative opportunities for spearheading the University’s Business School Online strategy, utilising collaborative and project management skills in developing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through collaborative partnerships. Karen possesses a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Administration and Management from the University of Hertfordshire. Her current doctoral study relates to the intrinsic influence of salient Confucian values on Malaysian Chinese women’s ability to achieve work-life balance.

Eirini Gallou

Eirini Gallou, is an achitect with a Diploma from AUTH University, (2009, Thessaloniki, Greece), an Msc in Architecture, Urbanism and Building sciences (2012, TUDelft, Netherlands), with double graduation on Sustainable development. She is currently undertaking her PHD in UCL, Institute for Sustainable Heritage on the impacts of community engagement on sustainable heritage management approaches. She has worked as an architect and museographer in the Archaeological Museum in Samothrace  and  the Ephorate of Newer monuments and Technical works in Crete, under the auspices of the Greek ministry of Culture. In 2014 she worked as an intern for ICCROM,  in Rome in the organisation of educational courses delivered by the Sites department. She is currently a teaching assistant for the MSc Sustainable Heritage, UCL and in 2017 she has been awarded the Associate Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

Daniel G. Cabrero

Daniel’s PhD research is entitled ‘Cultural Heritage explorations via User-Created Personas’. Daniel thinks that Cultural Heritage comes as an intrinsically human activity and his research looks at the exploration via User-Created Personas (UCP) of groups of both laypeople & those more specialised and who, as groupings of human-beings, hold commonalities, enhances the potential to bring out assumptions and communicational issues, as well as strengths & intersections to the foreground. This way, he proposes that a cross-cultural venture can be initiated with a grounded set of core values, ethics & integrity alignments re-presented through UCP. His interests in the Hilali Network stem from this and the things he can draw from the importance and fundament of preserving & sharing heritages of and across cultures for a Gaian perspective and differences & commonalities among humans across the Globe.

Linda-Marie Nakibuuka

Linda-Marie is a curriculum consultant and MSc International Business Management student at Kingston University London. As sitting chairperson of a UK-based youth charity, Ingenium, she brings her experience of equality, diversity and inclusion to the Hilali project. She is currently carrying out research as part of her master’s consultation project on the 4th industrial revolution and how learning will change with the future of work.

In addition to this, Linda-Marie has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector for organisations such as the British Red Cross, the Challenge Network and Envision. As a project engagement worker at the British Red Cross, Linda-Marie was involved in the Inspired Action project which worked to engage more young people in volunteering, particularly those with disabilities. Her involvement gave her a deeper understanding of how essential it is to adopt the social rather than the medical model when looking at disabilities. Her long-term goal is to be in a position where she can influence and apply these ideas in her country of birth, Uganda

Mahinour Ashraf (Hilali Student Network)

I am Mahinour Ashraf. I study computer and communication engineering, class of 2019. I am a technical team member at MSP TECH CLUB (Microsoft student partner), and a former scout leader at Girard scout ( Flamme Girard).  Three things I like: sharks, discussions (anything and everything), and anime. 

Mohamed Ayman (Hilali Student Network)

My name is Mohamed Ayman , I am a computer and communication engineering student at faculty of engineering Alexandria university (specialized scientific programs), class of 2018, I’m very interested in trying new things, conquering new challenges and gaining experience from everyone, My passion is in competitive programming and mathematics, Reading and playing chess are also my hobbies.

Leonor Silva de Mattos

Leonor Silva de Mattos is a Senior Lecturer of Economics at the University of Hertfordshire. For the last 8 years she has also been a Programme Leader, Collaborative Partnership Leader and an Admissions Tutor for a Supported Distance Learning programme delivered by the Hertfordshire Business School in partnership with some of the school’s international partners. She manages and supports the operational and academic aspects of the programme with remarkable results and extremely positive feedback across all sectors and key players of the programme.  With a solid expertise in alternative modes of delivery (supported distance learning, blended learning and online learning), Leonor has developed an interest in tools and research that focus primarily on the use of social media (and technologies alike), the role it plays in the enhancement of students’ reflective learning, and how much it may facilitate a multi-dimensional learning experience. She is also very passionate about collaborative teaching practice, quality assurance (International), programme development/management, and student experience.

Abdelrahman Ibn Amr El-Adawy (Hilali Student Network)

I am Abdelrahman El-Adawy, an electronics and communications department senior and the chairman of IEEE AlexSB who likes to read, write and have experience with playing music, handcrafts and painting. Generally, I am interested in many fields, especially embedded systems and digital design, but after the last winter school in February, HCI was added to my list of interest. Someday I will abandon working as an engineer and work as a full-time writer/editor. As a part time job I work as a freelance translator and writer.

Abdelrahman El-Adawy is also the Hilali Student Blog Editor. Check it out here

Alaa Shehab (Hilali Student Network)

I am Alaa Shehab, Computer and Systems engineering department class 2020, I am a volunteer in eweb, was head HR committee last year and I am really into crafts and handmade stuff . I am planning to work more in hacking and security fields coz I find them interesting . And I can say that typically in my week I go to an onsite course “acm course” and a couple of online ones  And I watch LOTS of movies.

Muhammed Essam Khamis (Hilali Student Network)

Here we have Muhammed Essam Khamis a.k.a (Essam) or (Khamis) (there is a debate about that). He is from Computer and System Engineering Department, class 2019, He is a volunteer in IEEE Alexandria student branch, software development committee member, interested in machine learning, AI, HCI, and web development, also likes cooking , playing guitar ( still learning ).

Aya Aly Abouzeid (Hilali Student Network)

I’m a third-year Computer and Systems Engineering student at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. I’m very passionate about both programming and research. In my spare time, I love playing guitar or reading about a new technology. I joined the Hilali Summer School in Summer 2017. This was one of the most incredibly amazing, unforgettable and informative experience someone could ever have. During the two weeks of the Hilali Summer School, I got to do some amazing workshops, brainstorm creative ideas, interact with the community and ended up developing a well based Android application called “Eshtery Badawy”. Everyone in the Hilali Network cares about putting you on the right path and encouraging you to interact, think and innovate. I’m very thankful to everyone for this wonderful experience and for enlightening my mind and widening my horizons.

Wegdan Ghazi (Hilali Student Network)

I’m Wegdan, 22 year old, a third year soon to be fourth Computer & Communications student. Quick info about me: I work as a freelance translator and I am obsessed with films. I’m not sure what fields I’m interested in yet, but I still have time, right? *laughs nervously*

Hesham Medhat (Hilali Student Network)

My name is Hesham Medhat. I’m studying Computer and Systems Engineering at Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. I’m also Head of Public Relations of Alexandria ACM Student Chapter and Students Representative of my class 2020. We’re always having this struggle between on one hand, I have to work hard and make good use of my time in summer. On the other, I must have fun and hang out with friends and family and practice piano. Growing up, we came to realise that life is about somehow working out BOTH. Pleasure to meet you all!

Christine Mourad (Hilali Student Network)

I am a student in my third year in a Faculty of Engineering Computer-Communication Department. I am more passionate about the communication and electronics field as i find that more interesting. I am a volunteer at the Microsoft student partner technical club. I have been in several organizations for technical trainings in the summer of 2017. I joined the Hilali Summer School in 2017. It was such an amazing and wonderful experience. Since day one of the school I knew that would be one of my year’s highlights. It showed us new paths to be discovered.We had the chance to have a direct connection with the community we are going to design the application for, new ways of teaching and new ways of exploring, not just listeners sitting there having lectures. Those two weeks were charming and useful as much as anyone could imagine.

Fady Nabil Samy (Hilali Student Network)

I am Fady Nabil, a Computers and Systems Engineering student in the 3rd year and ACM Alexandria Student Chapter chairman. Also I am an experienced graphic designer (you can view some of my work on on this link:

Anna Woodham

Anna is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London. Her research focuses on exploring the role of museums and heritage in a changing world including research around heritage and climate change and co-curation and co-management practices. Before working at KCL, Anna was based at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) at the University of Birmingham lecturing in Cultural Heritage Management. She comes from a Policy and museum practice background, and has worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Beatrice Carey

Beatrice Carey is an African American contemporary visual artist and art researcher completing her MFA in Fine Art at Kingston University. Her work centers around equity in society, a desire for a deeper understanding of the cultural aesthetic standards that shape our perceptions of African Americans and their relation to black representation and attainment in education, with particular focus to the arts. She is currently a Senior Curriculum Consultant for Kingston University’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Centre where she helps implement the Inclusive Curriculum Framework through the Curriculum Consultancy program.