Digital Storytellers

Antonia SilvaggiItaly

Her dual British-Roman nature inspired her love for international projects and collaborations. With a background in Archaeology, on top of which she added new layers as a project manager, she became an insatiable researcher on key competences and audience development in the cultural sector. She is fond of museums and of digital storytelling.

Barbara Cäcilia SupperAustria

Co-author of encyclopedias.  Barbara taught German as a foreign language to immigrants and asylum-seekers for over a decade and developed curricula for German as a foreign/second language. Project-collaborator at “110 years of female academics at the University of Vienna” (Center for Gender Equality and Diversity, University of Vienna). Secretary of Verein Digital Story Vienna; co-hosting/facilitating digital storytelling-projects (Pädagogische Fachhochschule Wien, Wir sind Wien Festival der Bezirke: Wiener Geschichten).

Brooke HesslerUSA

Ph.D. is a professor of writing and multimodal composition at Oklahoma City University. She teaches community-based courses in interdisciplinary research and writing, visual rhetoric, digital storytelling, and public art on the institution’s campuses in the U.S. and in Singapore and researches the uses of digital media for critical reflection and integrative learning.

Carin Granath, Sweden

Carin is a Media teacher at Speaking Youth which is an activity within the Stockholm School of Arts, based on children´s and young people´s own creativity and through their personal storytelling. It may be for example in the form of a film, an animation, a photo or a digital story. Speaking Youth started in 2004 and Carin has since then met over 10 000 children and young people through various workshops and classes. Carin has a background in theatre and film, both in practice and in theory, and has a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in film, Stockholm University 1999.

Carol Misorelli, Brazil

Graduated in Business from the University of São Paulo in 2003 and in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo in  2005. Coordinator of the ‘One Million Life Stories’ initiative from 2006 to 2008.  Collaborator with the Museum of the Person since 2001.

Daniela GachagoSouth Africa

Daniela is a senior lecturer in the Centre for e-Learning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She holds a PHD in Education from the University of Cape Town and an MEd from the University of Botswana. Her research interest lies on the use of emerging technologies to transform teaching and learning in Higher Education, with a particular focus on social justice education. She has facilitated digital storytelling workshops for staff and students at CPUT since 2010.

David BodartBelgium

David Bodart is project coordinator in socio-professional inclusion. He was coordinator of projects linked to ICT, mobility, socio-professionnal inclusion and digital storytelling. He has teached audiovisual techniques (sound and light, audio editing). His initial training was in audovisual production, and sciences of education. He’s now learning computer sciences. He’s involved in several european projects, as partner or coordinator

Erwin Schmitzberger, Austria

Erwin is a media educator and works at an adult education center.  Founder and chairman of the first digital storytelling club in Austria: Verein digital story vienna.  Collaborated with different departments of the City of Vienna, University and college of higher education of Vienna. Organized different youth projects with migrants between 2010 and 2014 with Volkshochschule and JUBIZ Wien. Work with migrants was mostly in the field of language improvement (CARITAS, ISOP). Further aspects are digital literacy (In.Bewegung, Graz), community storytelling (Basis.Kultur.Wien) and health (collaboration with organizations for drug prevention and health centers). Curated digital storytelling-retrospectives (USA and GB) at Vienna´s short film festival for two years in a row.

Eunice Ndeto IvalaSouth Africa

Eunice is an Associate professor and Head of Research Department in the Centre for e-Learning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Previously a project manager at the Media in Education Trust Africa, an Educational Specialist at the South African Institute for Distance Education and a Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She holds a BEd Honours degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; a MEd degree in Computer- based Education from University of Natal, Durban, South Africa; and a PhD in Culture, Communication and Media Studies from University of KwaZulu Natal. Her research focus is in ICT-mediated teaching and learning in developing contexts and has done research on digital storytelling since 2010.

Eva DarellSweden

Eva is the Development Manager for International Cooperation and coordinates the EU-projects at Stockholm School of Arts. She has coordinated and organized 30 International projects since 2005, from the writing application process to the final reports and budget accounting. She also organises the practical workshops and project management activities in the projects.

Eva has a background in theatre and as a Drama teacher & project leader and has organised & produced great Performing Art Events and Festivals both international as national. Education: * Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in theatre, Stockholm University 1997.

Federica PesceItaly

From the abstraction of philosophical thinking to that of numbers she keeps on trying to square the circle between cultural content and complex financial plans. She often travels around Europe, developing project ideas with curiosity and passion. Her beloved challenge is the transformation of information into knowledge through the practice of digital storytelling and participatory design.

Helena LopesPortugal

She is author and co-author of three documentaries. She received the Early Career Award for Best Feature Articles from the Portuguese Press Club. Her work was included in an anthology of Portuguese press journalism for the period 1986 to 1996. She has experience of film production and the organization of events such as the Photo Journalism Visão BES Awards, for which she also worked as press advisor and set up a website. She obtained her Masters degree in Communication at Lisbon’s ISCTE University. Her Masters dissertation, titled “Stories of life”, was a qualitative study of digital storytelling, social networking websites and media literacy.

Inês Rodrigues, Portugal

Journalist and TV producer, experienced in radio and ENG – Electronic Gathering News, worked for the main TV Channels and independent Production Companies in Portugal, in daily news and information programs. She collaborated with several independent Production Companies, producing, writing and editing features, news stories and institutional films. She was part of the Press Office of the High Commission on Immigration and Ethnic Minorities, where she sensitized the public to the increase of cultural diversity in Portugal. She is currently a free-lance Consultant and Content Manager collaborating, namely with the communication department of a governmental program, directed at youngsters in risk of social exclusion. The multiple formats of new media are her biggest interest at present.

Jamal ManadBelgium

Jamal Manad is a trainer in the field of socio-professional inclusion in Liège (Belgium) for almost 10 years. It has a basic training as psychologist and is active in associations and sport. Passionate research in the cultural sector, social and economic, he is active in these areas, through a concrete involvement in intercultural dialogue, entrepreneurship abroad, and promotion of promising new political and economic prospects, such as the participatory economics and alternative finance.

Joe LambertUSA

As founder and executive director of Storycenter, I oversee the general vision, and strategic development of the organization, and remain an active facilitator of workshops.  I am responsible for oversight into long term partnerships.  I also develop new curriculum, and curriculum resources, and for the dissemination of new programmatic efforts. I am also the public spokesperson for the organization, and oversee media relations and public relations efforts.

Karen WorcmanBrazil


Founder and Director of the Museu da Pessoa, has a degree in History with MA in Linguistics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Since 1999, she is an Ashoka Fellow, and in 2004 became a Ashoka’s member Global Fellowship. She is also co-editor of “History Spoken: memory, networking and social change”, “Memories and Legacies: Jewish immigrants in Rio de Janeiro” and has written several publications and articles worldwide.

Mark DunfordUK

Mark Dunford is the Principal Investigator on STORYA.  He is now an Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London.  From 2012 to 2016, he was based at the University of Brighton where he led digital storytelling projects SILVER STORIES and STORYA and worked as the Academic Director of the Fourth International Visual Methods Conference in 2015.  He has previously worked at the BBC, BFI and Arts Council England. He is a founding Director of DigiTales and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Pam SykesSouth Africa

Pam is the founder and lead facilitator for Digital Storytelling South Africa. Originally trained as a journalist, she holds an MSc in in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh and is completing her PhD at the University of the Western Cape. She has worked with universities and NGOs across South Africa to produce stories on topics including HIV/Aids, gender-based violence prevention, teacher education and food security.

Ross AdamsonUK

Ross is senior lecturer in media studies at the University of Brighton.  He has worked at the University since 2004 and teaches a range of programmes in the practice and theory of factual media.  He teaches digital storytelling with first year undergraduate students and is currently studying for his doctorate at Bournemouth University investigating documentary filmmaking experiences of undergraduate students.

Tricia JenkinsUK

Tricia is a co-founder-Director of DigiTales and a PhD Student at Middlesex University, London, researching the use of digital storytelling with older people.  She started her career teaching media studies and video production in further education and has over 25 years experience as a trainer and manager of practice-based research projects. She is leading DigiTales’ work on Silver Stories and her international work with DigiTales has included commissions from the British Council in Greece, Israel and Australia.  She lives in London and Portugal, is learning Portuguese and spends time each December making olive oil.