Keynote Speakers at the Conference

Graham Brown-Martin
Handheld Learning

Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Handheld Learning, a consultancy and software developer based in London. He also operates the online Handheld Learning Forum ( that is a rich discussion environment for academics, educators and developers to share knowledge, experiences and ideas. His 20 year career has been divided between developing leading edge technology for education and working in the entertainment software industries

Desmond Keegan
Managing Director, Distance Education International
Director, Irish Centre for Distance Education Research and Applications

Desmond Keegan was the founding chief executive of the Italian open university system, the Consorzio per l’Universita a Distanza. Prior to that he worked for many years in distance education in Australia. Today he is managing director of Distance Education International in Dublin, Ireland.

He has designed, administered and brought to a successful conclusion a wide range of European Commission in the Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and Interreg programmes.

He has contributed to the literature of distance education, e-learning and m-learning. Among his publications are: Distance education: international perspectives.(Croom Helm 1983), Foundations of distance education.(Croom Helm.1986) Theoretical principles of distance education.(Routledge 1993) Distance education: new perspectives. (Routledge 1993) The industrialization of teaching and learning. (Routledge.1994). Distance training in the European Union. (European Commission 1997) Distance training: taking stock at a time of change Routledge, 2000). From e-learning to m-learning (FernUniversitat 2002).

Cathleen Norris
Department of Technology and Cognition
University of North Texas

Cathleen A. Norris is a Professor in the Department of Technology and Cognition, College of Education at the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX. Dr. Norris’ efforts in research, teaching and service all have a common focus: integrate learning technologies more effectively into classrooms, in K-12 as well as post-secondary education. Norris was a President of the National Educational Computer Association (NECA) the organizing body for the country’s leading education and technology conference, the National Educational Computing Conference, and she was a President of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. In the Project, Norris has carried out a multi-year, multi-thousand, country-wide survey of K-12 educators as to their technology needs, beliefs, and uses. The WebKids Project is exploring design guidelines that address the unique needs of children as they use the Internet and in the Convergent Analysis Project, Norris is developing strategies to help educators extract value from the research literature on technology in education. In her most recent effort, the Handheld-Centric Classroom Project, Norris is exploring the use of low-cost, mobile computing and communications technologies to more effectively address the learning needs of today’s digital age children.

Adi Paterson

Chief Operating Officer: Department of Science and Technology, SA

Dr Adi Paterson was born in Durban, South Africa in1956. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. (Engineering). Following a period of research on ceramic materials, including a post-doctoral year at the University of Leeds in the UK, he became Director of the Division of Materials Science and Technology at the CSIR in 1990. He became an Executive Vice-President: Technology and Policy in 1996 and became joint CIO of the CSIR and University of Pretoria during 2000 and 2001.  In October 2001 he was seconded to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, now the Department of Science and Technology. He is currently holding the position of Chief Operating Officer.

He was a member of the task team that drafted the South African Green Paper on Science and Technology in 1995.  In November 1998 he was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Innovation (NACI), the highest-level body providing advice to government on science, technology and innovation issues.  He serves on the Executive of NACI.

He was elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa in 1994 and to the South African Academy of Engineering in 2002.  He is the international and policy executive member of the newly established South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).