SEED - Key Persons


Francesca Martinelli

After several artistic studies and the degree in Communication Sciences in 2010 from the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Francesca worked in the field of NGO and public administration in Paris and Lugano. Today she organises courses in a ricreative center in Lugano and she...

Isabella Rega

Isabella Rega holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences with a thesis on the role of tele-centers in socio-economic development. She also completed an executive master in Intercultural Communication from the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). She is currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Literacies and Education at CEMP - Centre of Excellence in Media Practice, Media School, Bournemouth University. Formerly she worked as Post-Doc researcher at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, working on a project about mobile learning for Community Health Workers in Kenya (mCHW). Before moving to UK, Isabella was the executive director of the NewMinE Lab at USI and of the CROSS-FIELD Pro*Doc and has been involved as project manager in several ICT4D projects, focusing on eLearning and access issues, in South Africa, Brazil and Mozambique. Isabella has worked in telecentres, as researcher and instructor, in Jamaica, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea and South Africa, and collaborated as an online teacher for a distance learning university in Colombia.

Lorenzo Cantoni

Lorenzo Cantoni graduated in Philosophy and holds a PhD in Education and Linguistics. He is full professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland), Faculty of Communication Sciences, where he is director of the Institute for Communication Technologies. Lorenzo Cantoni is scientific director of the laboratories webatelier.net, NewMinE Lab: New Media in Education Lab, and eLab: eLearning Lab. His research interests are where communication, education and new media overlap, ranging from computer mediated communication to usability, from eLearning to eTourism, from ICT4D to eGovernment. He is chair-holder of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Site, and President of IFITT - International Federation for IT in Travel and Tourism. L. Cantoni has been Dean of the Faculty in the academic years 2010-2014.

Luca Botturi

Luca Botturi holds a Ph.D in Communication Sciences from the Università della Svizzera italiana. He worked as researcher, trainer and instructional and e-learning designer in Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Italy and the USA. Luca is currently responsible for research at the teacher training university in Locarno (Switzerland). Luca is active as instructor in communication, education and technologies both in the academic world and in continuing education. In past years he worked as free-lance web designer, as IT consultant and as trainer, both in distance and face-to-face programs. He was engaged in projects in Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Ecuador and Mexico. Luca is a proud father of four and plays guitar, dobro slide guitar and banjo. At seed, Luca is the President of the committee.

Luca Chiesa

Luca Chiesa holds a Swiss federal vocational Diploma in bookkeeping. He worked several years for Raiffeisen Bank before leaving to Kenya to take part to an international cooperation project as a volunteer. He is currently participating to financial education projects. luca.chiesa AT seedlearn.org...

Maddalena Fiordelli

Maddalena Fiordelli holds a PhD in Communication Science from the Università della Svizzera italiana of Lugano, Switzerland. After the doctoral studies, she has worked several years as lecturer at the Bachelor and Master level, and as researcher in health communication projects with local, national and...

Matteo Jurina

Born in Vimercate near Milano in 1979, Matteo Jurina holds degree in Informatics at the Università degli Studi di Milano. He works as a freelance in the field of Informatics Hardware Software since 2000. Since 2006 to 2009 Matteo Jurina is the director of an...