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Hanna Bulatova

Hilali Student Network UK / Audio-visual Consultant 

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.

Richard Mackay

Hilali Student Network UK

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.

Youssef El Hana

Hilali Toolkit Learning and Language Advisor

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.

Dr Tania Fonseca

Hilali Network Civic Engagement Advisor

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 community empowerment and digital technology to the Hilali Network and particularly on the development of The Hilali Toolkit.

Professor Linda Price

Hilali Network Associate Partner, University of Bedfordshire

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 Sam Elkington

Hilali Network Associate Partner, Higher Education Academy

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 is also Secretary of RAISE (Researching, Advancing, Inspiring Student Engagement) an international network of academics, practitioners, advisors and student drawn from the Higher Education Sector creating opportunities for collaborative projects, sharing good practice and lobbying for investment and better policies locally, sectorally and across the international community. 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 Peter Stone OBE

Hilali Network Associate Partner, Newcastle University

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

Hilali Network Cultural Heritage Associate Partner

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 Shaimaa Lazem

 Hilali Network Lead Egypt

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.

Dr Anne Preston

Hilali Network Lead UK/ Principal Investigator

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.