Mobile Social Congress

Speakers 2021

Wednesday, May 5th 2021

Welcome and presentation of Mobile Social Congress 2021

  • David Llistar
    Director of Global Justice and International Cooperation at Barcelona City Council. David has spent the last 30 years working for different NGOs, universities, social movements, countries and governments on issues of development cooperation and global environmental and economic justice. Co-founder of the Observatory of Debt in Globalisation (ODG) of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainability.
  • Elena Romagosa
    President of SETEM Catalunya, Elena has also been International Camps Coordinator, Member of the Camps Council and founder of the Africa Committee. Professionally, she has worked both in the private sector and in the civil society sector in Justícia i Pau and in NGOs in Burundi, Mozambique and the DRC.

Voices of resistance in the mines in times of covid

  • Emmanuel Umpula
    Executive Director of African Resources Watch. Expert in natural resource governance in Africa since 2002. Emmanuel has a specific focus on human rights issues, transparency and mining taxation, and support for communities who are victims of abuse by extractive companies. Recently, he has started to focus on energy issues.
  • Karem Luque Ticona
    Public Health Specialist with Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras. Quechua woman, ecofeminist, environmental defender. She is currently the national coordinator of the Mesa Técnica de Salud Ambiental y Humana, a civil society space that promotes health care for people affected by toxic metals.
  • Helio Cruz Chuchullo
    Lawyer specialising in human rights at Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras. Activist, he works on agendas related to environmental conflicts in extractive contexts and legal defence of indigenous territories.
  • Rebecca Burton
    With over a decade of experience in sustainability, corporate responsibility and philanthropy, Rebecca believes the private sector can propel positive change and drive responsible business practices. At IRMA, Rebecca is the Director of Communications and Corporate Engagement.
  • Octavio Romano
    Octavio worked for the Spanish Committee of UNHCR between 2001 and 2008, and since then has been a project officer for Africa in the NGO ALBOAN, in Pamplona. Octavio is also Screenwriter of the short film Tournées, which links our technology consumption with the conflict in the Coltan mines in the DRC.

The power of responsible public procurement in the electronics sector

  • Silke Ronsse
    Belgian Geologist specialised in soil and groundwater. Silke works as a Consultant on soil and water contamination. Alongside this, she has been volunteering at CATAPA for 8 years, through which she has being directing studies on areas highly affected by mining in Bolivia.
  • Elin Seveholdt
    Elin works as a Sustainability Advisor at the Municipality of Stavanger, Norway. She is involved in the municipality's commitment to transparent and sustainable procurement. Previously, she worked as a Sustainability Consultant for GreenCo and Nordic Choice hotels. Elin has a degree in Sustainability from the Stockholm International Business School.
  • Peter Pawlicki
    Based in Germany, Peter has more than 15 years of experience researching the globalisation of the electronics industry and its impact on working conditions and labour rights. He has been part of several international research projects on contract manufacturing. Peter is Director of Outreach and Education at Electronics Watch.
  • Carla Canal
    A political scientist with a master's degree in public policy management and international cooperation, Carla has worked in the field of public policy coherence for sustainable development both in the Generalitat de Catalunya and currently in the Department of Global Justice and International Cooperation of the Barcelona City Council.

Freedom of association and justice, the challenges in the global electronics industry

  • Jeroen Merk
    Jeroen is a Labour and Human Rights Expert and holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex, Brighton. His research interests lie at the crossroads of international relations, political economy, social movements, and the governance institutions of global industrial relations. He has published on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and academic books.
  • Fahmi Panimbang
    Labour researcher based in Indonesia. Among his most recent publications is an edited book "Resistance on the Continent of Labour: Strategies and Initiatives of Labour Organizing in Asia" (AMRC, 2017). Fahmi was with the Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong, and coordinated the Asian TNCs Monitoring Network. He also coordinated regional research to support the struggle of Samsung workers across Asia.
  • Heather White
    Documentary filmmaker and research consultant with 20 years of experience in international advocacy on labour and human rights issues. Her documentary film COMPLICIT (co-directed with Lynn Zhang) won nine international festival awards. Heather is the founder of Verité – a global non-profit organization monitoring factories in 60 countries.
  • Olof Björnsson
    Olof is a human rights researcher and project manager at Swedwatch, an NGO based in Stockholm. His research mainly relates to migrant workers' rights in the Gulf region, factory workers' exposure to hazardous chemicals in the Philippines and corporate responsibility in conflict zones.
  • Dina Septi
    Based in Indonesia, Dina is currently the regional coordinator of GoodElectronics. Her latest paper titled "Gendered Violence and the Subjugation of Labour Power" was presented in the HM TorontoConference 2019. Dina worked with Sedane Labour Resource Center (LIPS), Indonesia. She focuses her study on women, capitalism and reproduction work.
Thursday, May 6th 2021

From useful device in the north to harmful e-waste in the south

  • Elvira Cámara
    Graduate in Law from the UNED with a Master's Degree in Environmental Law from the URV. Elvira has been an activist for more than a decade in Ecologistas en Acción and is a member of the editorial team of the ecofeminist blog Saltamontes in El Salto Diario.
  • Wolfgang Mac Din
    Having 15 years experience working with disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities in Accra, Wolfgang is a CISCO Network Certified Associate employing underrepresented women. He also organizes interventions for street children facilitated by Asase Africa Foundation (AAF), and serves as the pool for recruiting waste collectors.
  • Sara Domínguez
    Engineer in Automation and Industrial Electronics with a Master's Degree in Research in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Industrial Control, with more than 10 years of experience working in the design and management of electronic products. Sara is an activist with Ingeniería Sin Fronteras and with Setem Catalunya.

Circular economy or how to extend the life of your devices

  • Chloé Mikolajczak
    Environmental Justice Activist and Campaigner for the Right to Repair European Campaign since its launch in 2019. Prior to this, Chloé volunteered for Fashion Revolution in Belgium and created The Green Seeds Project, a sustainability education initiative for high school students.
  • Laetitia Vasseur
    General Delegate and Co-founder of the association HOP, Halte à l'Obsolescence Programmée. She has worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Senate, then as a Consultant and Teacher. Laeticia was a member of the Act Committee for the Minister of Ecological Transition. She is also the author of the book "Du jetable au durable" and a Columnist for Alternatives économiques.
  • David Franquesa
    Expert in the reuse of digital devices. He is co-founder of several projects: Technology for Everyone, the Reuse-UPC Programme, and the Pangea Circuit, among others. David helps companies and governments to reduce their consumption of devices through the reuse of equipment, with the collaboration of social enterprises.
  • Zuzana Prochazkova
    Architect with a focus on circular economy. For 4 years Zuzana has been representing Repairably, a Slovakian product repairability certification and non-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting repairability in the design and production of long-lasting products and consumer awareness.

What happens when you give a ‘like’?

  • Lola Burgueño
    Lecturer at the Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications and Researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Lola holds a PhD in ComputerEngineering and a Master's Degree in Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. She actively supports the participation of women in science and in particular in engineering.
  • José María Enríquez
    Lecturer-Researcher at the University of Valladolid (UVa) and teaching collaborator in the Master in Human Rights and Public Policy (UNED) and in the Master in Human Rights, Rule of Law and Democracy in Ibero-America (PRADPI/UAH). He is a member of GEEDS (UVa´s Group of Energy, Economy and Systems Dynamics).
  • Jessica Izquierdo Castillo
    Lecturer in the Department of Communication Sciences at the Jaume I University. Jessica is Director of the OBCOP research group (Observatory of Media Content and Platforms). Jessica researches on the GAFAM and BAT technology groups and their impact on the cultural and creative industries.
  • Ekaitz Cancela
    Independent journalist and researcher whose articles have been published mainly in El Salto and La Marea. Ekaitz has also written the books “El TTIP y sus efectos colaterales” (Planeta, 2016) and “Despertar del sueño tecnológico” (Akal, 2019).

Alternatives and local initiatives

  • Isabel Garcia Baños
    Graduate in Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering at UPC. Master in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) at Southampton and Kaiserslautern. Isabels’ professional experience includes designing and building the Ictineu 3 (one of the 10 deepest submarines in the world). Promoter of the eways project and current CEO of the startup Bleta.
  • Mark Byrne
    Technology Officer at Refugee Info Bus. Mark studied Anthropology and Digital Media in his native country, Ireland. He has since worked in project coordination and management roles for the past six years having entered the humanitarian sector a year and a half ago.
  • Marta Anglès
    Graduate in International Relations at the University of Geneva and holder of a Master in International Relations at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals). Marta holds working experience in the coordination and management of social projects at the local and european level. She is currently co-responsible for the Fair Electronics campaign at SETEM Catalunya.