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 (http://reda.azores.gov.pt) 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.

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.