Keynote Speakers

Announced keynotes and invited sessions

The following keynotes and invited sessions have been confirmed for OER17

  • Maha Bali, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia, UK
  • Diana Arce, Activist Artist and Researcher, Germany

Maha Bali


Maha BaliMaha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, Editor at the journal Hybrid Pedagogy, editorial board member of Journal of Pedagogic Development and Learning, Media and Technology. She is a Prof Hacker blogger, DML Central blogger, and co-founder of and She considers herself an open and connected educator, learnaholic and writeaholic.

Follow Bali Maha on Twitter @Bali_Maha

Lucy Crompton-Reid


Lucy Crompton-Reid has a career in the cultural, voluntary and public sectors spanning two decades, with a strong emphasis on leading and developing participatory practice and promoting marginalised voices. As Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK since October 2015, she has led the development of a new strategy focused on eradicating inequality and bias on Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, with an emphasis on the gender gap and geographic bias. In the past year Lucy has given talks on equality and diversity at the Open Data Institute, Open Source Convention and MozFest, and recently spearheaded an international partnership between Wikimedia UK, Wikimedia communities around the world and the BBC, focused on closing the gender gap on Wikipedia.

Prior to joining Wikimedia UK, Lucy was the Director and Chief Executive of literature organisation Apples and Snakes, where she led a team of 17 in the delivery of an extensive national programme, including live events, artist development and learning and participation projects, reaching 30,000 children and young people every year. Previous leadership roles include Head of Outreach and Public Engagement at the House of Lords, Director of Creative Partnerships London West at Arts Council England, and Refugee Week National Co-ordinator at the Refugee Council.

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @lcromptonreid

Diana Arce


Diana Arce is an activist artist and researcher. In 2007 she developed Politaoke, the nonpartisan political speech karaoke bar, which she toured across the United States during the 2008 Presidential election. The success of the US tour and subsequent international shows led to her founding Artists Without a Cause, a non-profit that develops collaborations between activist-artists and social justice groups.

Diana has discussed her work on NPR, BBC Outlook, Deutschland Radiokultur and ARD and has been featured in Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008, Metro New York, The New Amsterdam News, IQ Style and Center for Artistic Activism. She has performed, lectured and led workshops internationally on her work and artistic activism including at Open Engagement, European Alternatives #FixEurope Campus and Open Knowledge Festival ’14. She has a BA in Cultural Studies and Experimental Film from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and an MFA in Art in Context from the University of Arts, Berlin, Germany. She also hold degrees from the Academy of Rebellion and School for Creative Activism.

She’s survived an apartment fire, lived in a commune, traveled internationally and multiple times across the continental United States and once shepherded a herd of sheep in Hawaii. Her latest project, White Guilt Clean Up, is about dismantling white privilege and supremacy via providing online and offline services to individuals and groups.

Follow Diana on Twitter: @visualosmosis