Speaker Biographies

biopicNoha Adly
, Director of Information and Communication Technology Department and International School of Information Science, research center, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She obtained her Ph.D. from Cambridge University , UK , and is an Associate Professor at Alexandria University , Egypt . Her research includes distributed systems, database systems, and digital libraries.

biopicDaniel E. Atkins
, Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation, retains academic positions in the School of Information and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan . He served as chair, NSF's Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure, and director, NSF EXPRES Project.

biopicJames Boyle
, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law, Duke University , and co-founder of Center for the Study of the Public Domain, is a member of the Creative Commons Board and one of the principal organizers of Science Commons. He writes an online column for Financial Times and won the 2003 World Technology Network Award for Law.

biopicLynne J. Brindley
, Chief Executive, British Library, was pro-vice-chancellor for communications and IT, University Librarian, University of Leeds, librarian & director of Information Services, London School of Economics, director of Library & Information Services and PVC for IT, Aston University, a Principal Consultant at KPMG, specializing in IS and knowledge management strategy, and she is a visiting Professor at City and Leeds universities.

John Seely Brown,
author, Digital Age, was Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and directed its Palo Alto Research Center and now a senior fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication; inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame.  He is widely known as a renaissance man of the digital age, exploring to combine high tech with soft touch in order to induce a culture of learning.


James Johnson Duderstadt, founder, Millennium Project, is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan . His teaching and research include nuclear science and engineering, applied physics, computer simulation, and science policy; served as chair of the National Science Board.

Paul Ginsparg
, professor of Physics and Information Science, Cornell University, started the e-print arXiv in 1991 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is an American Physical Society fellow and MacArthur fellow, has served on many advisory boards, publication oversight and other committees, has written many articles and given many public presentations.


biopic Charles Henry, Vice Provost and University Librarian at Rice University , since 1996. He is responsible for library services and programs, including the Digital Library Initiative and the Digital media Center , and works with many centers and institutes on campus. He is a trustee of the Digital Library Federation, and chair of the Advisory Committee, International University Bremen , for its Information Resource Center . Recently he was awarded a two year research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the study of emerging academic disciplines.

biopic Brewster Kahle, founder, director, digital librarian of non-profit Internet Archive. He helped start Thinking Machines, founded Wide Area Information Servers, Internet strategist AOL, and co-founded Alexa Internet, providing search services to most web browsers, and member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Michael A. Keller, Stanford's University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Founder and Publisher of HighWire Press, and Publisher of the University Press, graduated from Hamilton College , and worked previously at Cornell, UC/Berkeley, and Yale. He is a founder and past president of the Digital Library Federation. He has a global consulting practice on informatics, facilities, & publishing.

biopicDonald Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief, Science.  President, emeritus, and Professor, emeritus, Stanford University .  Former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Art and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society.

biopicSteve Kessel
, senior vice president, Worldwide Digital Media, Amazon.com, oversees development of programs such as Search Inside the Book, Amazon Shorts, and Amazon Upgrade. Kessel has served as vice President of Amazon's books, music and DVD businesses for North America and Asia .

biopicNeal Lane
, Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Rice University, holds appointments as Senior Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He served as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Director, National Science Foundation, and member, National Science Board.

biopicDavid Leebron
was appointed seventh president of Rice University in 2004 and professor of political science. He attended Harvard Law School and served on the faculty of New York University School of Law and Columbia University School of Law, where he became dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law.

biopicDeanna B. Marcum,
Associate Librarian for Library Services for the Library of Congress. She is responsible for integrating the emerging digital resources into the traditional artifactual library–the first step toward building a national digital library for the 21st century.

biopic Susan K. McIntosh, Director, Scientia Institute, Professor of Anthropology Rice University .  Her archaeological research focuses on the origins of complex societies in the Senegal and Niger River Valleys of West Africa .  She has worked in digital initiatives to expand access to archaeological information for Africa and is currently interested in exploring how archaeological monographs and excavation reports could be enhanced and re-conceptualized by digital publishing.


biopicMichael S. Turner
, Rauner Distinguished Service Professor in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago . He served as Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation from 2003 to 2006. His research pioneered the application of elementary-particle theory to cosmology and astrophysics.

Harold E. Varmus
, president, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center , former director of the NIH, co-founder and chair of PLoS, and co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer.




biopic William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) since 1997. The NAE and National Academy of Sciences operate under a congressional charter to provide advice to government on issues of science and engineering. Dr. Wulf is on leave from the University of Virginia , where he is a University Professor. His research spans computer architecture, computer security, programming languages, and optimizing compilers.


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