Mr. Steen B Andersen

President of the Danish Library Association
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Mrs. Annette Kelly
NAPLE Chair on behalf of NAPLE and EBLIDA
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Mr. Rabih Azad-Ahmad
Cultural Mayor, Aarhus
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Mr. Michel Steen-Hansen
Director, the Danish Library Association
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Mr. Henrik Good Hovgaard
Future Navigator, Vejle, Denmark
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Mr. Vincent Chapdelaine

Collective entrepreneur, Québec, Canada
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Mrs. Erin Simon
Product Counsel, Knowledge at Google

Erin Simon is a Product Counsel on the Knowledge team at Google.  She is the primary lawyer for several aspects of the eponymous search engine, among them Autocomplete, the Knowledge Graph, and Google Books.
A product counsel’s remit is global, so Erin has become familiar with a wide range of legal issues, from defamation in Japan to intermediary liability in the United States to data protection in the European Union.  Copyright, of course, is a major and continuing focus of her work.  

Before Google, Erin litigated intellectual property disputes at the firm of Fenwick & West, LLP, where she was honored to receive a judicial award for pro bono service.  She is a double graduate of New York University: first, the College of Arts and Sciences, where she studied Linguistics; then the NYU School of Law.  She has also worked as a web designer, photographer, and occasional writer.

Erin is currently based in Paris. Most weekends you will find her out exploring with her camera.

Mr. Jukka Relander
EBLIDA President
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Mr. Rolf Hapel
Director, Citizens Services and Libraries Aarhus

Rolf Hapel is director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark.
He is librarian by education, has a long range of additional leadership training and holds a master degree in Digitization and Public Administration. He has served as librarian, deputy manager, city librarian and director in four Danish cities.

Rolf Hapel has been chairman of numerous steering groups, committees and boards for the Danish Ministry of Culture, has written many articles and is an international renowned speaker on library development and transformation. Among recent work tasks was heading the Danish Digital Library coordinating body, the planning of Next Library Festival to take place in Aarhus June 11-14 2017 and the realisation of the new main library, Dokk1, a 30.000 m2 structure inaugurated mid 2015.

Mrs. Gunilla Herdenberg
National Librarian, National Library of Sweden

Gunilla Herdenberg has been the National Librarian and Head of the National Library of Sweden since 2012. Previous to this she was the head of one of the departments at the National Library of Sweden, and earlier head of the City Library of Lund. Gunilla Herdenberg is a member of the board of the University of Borås, and she is also on the board of the CENL – Conference of European National Librarians.

Mr. Morten Lautrup-Larsen
Deputy Director, Agency for Culture and Palaces

Morten Lautrup-Larsen is deputy director at the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces with responsibility for libraries, literature, museums and cultural heritage. Prior to this Morten held a position as deputy director at the Ministry of Food, after positions as deputy permanent secretary and secretary for the Minister. Morten has worked in the European Union as well as in the Nordic Council and has also been self-employed running a smallconsultancy firm. Morten has a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Mrs Marian Koren
Supporter of EBLIDA as co-creator, interim-director and substitute EC-member

Dr. Marian Koren, studied (international) law and Swedish, and doctorated cum laude on  “Tell Me! The Right of the Child to Information” (University of Amsterdam). She started working in the library field in 1979 at the Netherlands Public Library Association. She also worked for the Association of Provincial library Services, for FOBID Netherlands Library Forum and for the National Library.

International library advocacy is a major focus. In 1992 she was involved in the setting up of EBLIDA, supported EBLIDA’s settlement in the Netherlands, and its activities in Europe. She was active as substitute member of EBLIDA’s Executive Committee, in its expert groups and, shortly, as interim director. She even contributed greatly to the set up of NAPLE in 2002.

She has organized various European conferences to create wider awareness of libraries and advocacy in Europe and world wide. She served as host and co-organiser of EBLIDA/NAPLE conference 2016. She lectures and is involved in international networks (IFLA, EBLIDA ).
Retired by mid 2017, she continues as an international library expert.

Conference Organizer: The Danish Library Association
For more practical information please contact Mrs. Jeanette Fog Vogelius