UNU-EGOV has recently welcomed to Guimarães a total of six new Fellows, from different countries and areas of expertise, to enrich its multicultural and interdisciplinary research team. The Fellows will contribute to current core projects of the Operating Unit, such as EGOV for Administrative Burden Reducation and EGOV for Context-Specific Public Service Delivery, and will also take part in projects currently in development and project proposals.
Soumaya Ben Dhaou (Tunisia/Canada) joined as a Research Fellow and she is also Assistant Professor at the South Mediterranean University, Tunisia, where she was appointed as Management of Information Systems Discipline lead. Current research interests include big data and business analytics, digital transformation and emerging technology, management of information systems, and organizational and dynamic capability.
Ibrahim Rohman (Indonesia) also joined as a Research Fellow. Previously, he was as a research fellow at the Information Society Unit, Joint Research Center, Directorate Growth and Innovation, European Commission, Spain. His current research interests include development economics, ICT for development, statistics and econometrics, and public economics.
For the position of Postdoctoral Fellow, Demetrios Sarantis (Greece) was selected to join the research team. Demetrios has previously worked in the software industry and in the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT), deploying and managing information systems and services and supporting database information infrastructures. His current research interests include data modelling-ontologies, publication administration, smart cities, and e-Government.
Tiago Silva (Portugal) has joined UNU-EGOV as Academic Fellow. His research interests focus on transformation, European integration, internet and policies, and political participation. Tiago holds a MSc in Political Science and is currently a PhD student in Political Science at the European University Institute (Italy).
Last but not least, for the position of Government Fellow, Herilala Fanomezantsoa and Nata Goderdzishvili joined UNU-EGOV from Madagascar and Georgia, respectively. Both fellows bring expertise from the government area, with Nata currently serving as Head of Legal Department at the Data Exchange Agency, Ministry of Justice of Georgia, and Herilala serving as Research Officer at the Coordination Office of Land Reform in Madagascar. Their research interests include information and cyber security, public administration, regional and international cooperation models, land policy, financing model for administration reform, and good governance and development.