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  • This is a list of people willing to speak about OA at conferences. (Listing oneself here is not a commitment to accept any particular invitation.)
  • Please include an institutional affiliation and contact information or a link to a page containing contact information.
  • This list started life as Open Access Advocates Worldwide, compiled by the Canadian Library Association Information Commons Interest Group. We thank the CLA ICIG for its willingness to move the list to OAD.
  • Alphabetical by country, and then by speaker.



  • Tigran Zargaryan, Director at Fundamental Scientific Library, tigran[@]flib.sci.am



  • Viatcheslav Britchkovski, National Library of Belarus, eIFL-OA country coordinator, v_britch[@]nlb.by


  • Radostina Todorova, New Bulgarian University Library, eIFL-OA country coordinator, rtodorova[@]nbu.bg



  • Manal Allagabo, University of Regina
  • John Dupuis, Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University
  • Tom Hickerson, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, University of Calgary
  • Arif Jinha - federal NDP candidate - Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington - MA student Globalization and International Developmment University of Ottawa
  • Heather Morrison BC Electronic Library Network, UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies


  • Klaus Graf, Archivalia, RWTH Aachen/University Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Karlheinz Pappenberger, Fachreferent, Bibliothek der Universität Konstanz


  • Abednego Corletey, Systems Librarian, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUSTSpace administrator cyber4ac@yahoo.com




  • Sania Battalova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan Library Information Consortium, eIFL country coordinator, battalovas[at]mail.auca.kg
  • Safia Rafikova, American University of Central Asia Library, eIFL-OA country coordinator, rafikova_s[@]mail.auca.kg


  • Nelly Ţurcan, the State University of Moldova, tsurcannelly[@]usm.md




  • Steven Akintude, University of Jos, sakintun[@]gmail.com
  • Emcee Gideon Christian, Research Intern, IDRC, gchristian[@]idrc.ca
  • Ezra S. Gbaje, Department of Library and Information Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, eIFL-OA country coordinator, shiloba[@]yahoo.com


Saudi Arabia


  • Biljana Kosanovic, Department of Scientific Information, National Library of Serbia, Serbian Library Consortium for Coordinated Acquisition (KoBSON), eIFL country coordinator, biljana[at]nb.rs
  • Nikola Stanic, Centre for Evaluation in Education and Science (CEON/CEES), eIFL-OA country coordinator, nikola[@]ceon.rs



  • Miha Peternel, Faculty of Computer and Information Science (FRI), University of Ljubljana, Miha.Peternel[@]fri.uni-lj.si

South Africa

  • Eve Gray, Honorary Research Associate, the Centre for Educational Technology (CET), the University of Cape Town, Project Director of the OpeningScholarship Project, Eve.Gray[@]uct.ac.za
  • Monica Hammes, University of Pretoria, Monica.Hammes[@]up.ac.za
  • Elsabe Olivier, Open Scholarship Manager at University of Pretoria, elsabe.olivier[@]up.ac.za
  • Dale Peters, Scientific Technical Manager DRIVER II, State and University Library of Goettingen, peters[@]sub.uni-goettingen.de
  • Ina Smith, Dgital Librarian / IR Manager, Sellenbosch University, ismith[@]sun.ac.za
  • Susan Veldsman, Director: Scholarly Publishing Unit, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), susan[@]assaf.org.za





  • Olena Haleta, associate professor at Ivan Franko National University, Lviv, olena_haleta[@]yahoo.com
  • Iryna Kuchma, eIFL Open Access program manager, eIFL - Open Access
  • Galina Proskudina, Institute of Software Systems, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, gupros[@]isofts.kiev.ua
  • Tetiana Yaroshenko, University Librarian, Vice President for IT, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Аcademy, eIFL-OA country coordinator, yaroshenko[@]ukma.kiev.ua

United Kingdom

  • Virginia Barbour, Chief Editor, PLoS Medicine, Public Library of Science
  • Theo Bloom, Chief Editor, PLoS Biology, Public Library of Science

United States

  • Karen Albert, Senior Director for Education & Information Services, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Pete Binfield, Managing Editor, PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science
  • Andre Brown, Graduate student, University of Pennsylvania
  • Pat Brown, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and founding co-director of the Public Library of Science
  • Karen Butter, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of California - San Francisco
  • Michael Carroll, Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Project on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University, Washington College of Law
  • Mary Case, University Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Kenny Crews, Director of Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
  • Michael Eisen, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at the University of California - Berkeley
  • Ray English, Director of Libraries, Oberlin College, Chair, SPARC Steering Committee, ray.english@oberlin.edu
  • Karla Hahn, Associate Executive Director, Federal Relations and Information Policy, Association of Research Libraries
  • James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
  • Joyce Ogburn, University Librarian and Director, University of Utah
  • Randy Olsen, University Librarian, Brigham Young University
  • Dorothea Salo, Digital Repository Librarian, University of Wisconsin.
  • Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke University
  • Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Senior Researcher at SPARC.
  • Pat Thibodeau, Associate Dean for Library Services and Archives, Duke University
  • Gary Ward, Associate Professor, University of Vermont