ECEL Biographies

Below are the ECEL Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Busch studied computer science at TU Berlin. In his doctorate he investigated metaphors in computer science. In 1995 he took up a position as a research assistant and university planner at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Carsten Busch has lectured at many universities, including as a visiting professor in Poznan and Moscow. From 2002 to 2019 he was also a Managing Partner of the Institut für Marken und Medien (Institute of Brands and Media). In 2006 Carsten Busch was appointed as a professor for the International Media and Computing study programme at HTW Berlin, where he also took over as the Director of the Creative Media research group. He has been the President of HTW Berlin since April 2019.  

Prof. Dr. Tilo Wendler studied mathematics and physics as well as computer science and did his doctorate in the field of applied statistics. From 1997 to 2012 he worked in the banking and information technology sector. In 2013 Tilo Wendler was appointed as a professor for quantitative methods at HTW Berlin. From 2015 to 2019 he held the position of Vice-Dean and Dean of the HTW Berlin Business School. Since April 2019, Tilo Wendler has been the Vice-President for Studies, Teaching and International Affairs.

Martin Steinicke is a researcher in professor Carsten Busch´s R&D group Creative Media at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin. He works in the application centre „creative Applied Interactive Technologies“ to support SMEs in tackling the challenges of the digitization as well as the opening up of new markets and technologies. Furthermore, he primarily does research on the application of game concepts (Gamification) and technologies (APITs) as well as their synthesis in digital game-based learning (DGBL). In his courses “Game & Interaction Design” and “Digital Game-based Learning” Martin guides his students on their epic quest to create digital (learning) games and interventions.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Mandla Stanley Makhanya was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa on 1 January 2011 and is a prominent proponent of higher education leadership and advocacy, nationally, continentally and globally, more especially as it pertains to Open, Distance and eLearning. Prof Makhanya is a past President of the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) and is also Treasurer of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). Professor Makhanya is also the President of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) – International Body for higher education professionals.

Alf Inge Wang is a professor in game technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he teaches programming, game development, and software architecture. His main research interests include game-based learning, exergames, and game technology. Wang is the inventor and co-founder of the game-based learning platform Kahoot! with 70 million monthly active users across the world. He has also co-founded other companies related to game technology.

Mini Track Chairs

Amor Jebali is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. His research investigates the impact of social media as learning tools on students’ self-regulation and collaborative intelligence. A former EFL teacher and teacher trainer, he has been instrumental in applying social media and Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning for more than a decade teaching undergraduate students. His main research interests are deeply rooted in empirical and educational research and include language pedagogy, teacher education and educational technology with a special focus on students’ knowledge making, multimodality, collaborative intelligence and self-regulated learning.

Prof. Dr. Asmaâ Retbi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI), Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She is also a member of the RIME "Networking, Modeling and e-Learning" research Team since 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from EMI, Mohammed V University, and Computer science engineering degree from Institut National des Postes et Télécommunications, Rabat, Morocco. Her main research areas are related to technology-enhanced learning like social learning, game-based learning, recommender systems in eLearning, mECEL 2020 First CFPobile serious game modeling.

Dr. José Martí-Parreño is Vice-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the Universidad Internacional de Valencia, Spain. His main research areas include gamification and educational innovation. He was awarded in 2015 with the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for a research project on gamification. His research on gamification has been published in top journals such as Computers in Human Behavior and Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.


ECEL BiographiesSheryl Williams is a renewable energy specialist, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an award-winning Distance Learning Manager. Her Doctorate in Electronic & Electrical Engineering focussed on the performance of photovoltaic devices and she has participated in the EU funded IP PERFORMANCE PV and PVCAtapult WP9: PV performance prediction.  Sheryl leads flexible and distance learning programme in Wolfson School. She won the 2015 e-Learning Excellence Award at the 14th European Conference on e-Learning for the Photovoltaic Remote Laboratory. She pioneered innovative use of ICTs in MSc in Renewable Energy System Technology via distance Learning; and mentored and trained staff.


Workshop Facilitators

Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem has been a full Professor of Computer Science at Ain Shams University, Egypt since 1989. His research interests include biomedical informatics, big data analytics, intelligent education and learning, information mining, knowledge engineering and Biometrics. He has published many papers in scholarly journals and has also been involved in many international conferences and workshops where he has been a keynote and plenary speaker, member of programme committees and workshop/session organizer. In addition he has been a member of many International societies and associations and he is a member of the Editorial Board of a number of international and national journals.