An initiative of:


Guest Speakers

Find below the Urgency of Reading Guest Speaker list:

(This list is not definitive and may be subject to change)




Patrick Weil, Chairman of Libraries Without Borders

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Patricia Aldana, President, IBBY Foundation, International Board of Books for Young People

Yamina Benguigui, Deputy Minister for the Francophony

Frédéric Blin, member of the IFLA governing board

Marie Darrieussecq, writer and LWB Goodwill Ambassador

Daniel Derivois, Lecturer in psychology at the Lyon 2 University Lumière Lyon 2

Maria Garrido, TASCHA, University of Washington

Darren Hoerner, Program Officer,  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Eva Joly, Chair of the Development Committee, European Parliament

Didier Le Bret, Crisis Center, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lucie Morillon, Head of advocacy, New Media Specialist, Reporters Without Borders (RWB)

Marie-Rose Moro, Psychiatry Professor for children and adolescents, Doctors Without Borders,

Department Head of the Maison de Solenn, Cochin

Paul-Antoine Peignon, CEO Global X

Antoine Petibon, Head of the International Programs Department, French Red Cross

Michèle Pierre-Louis, Former Prime Minister of Haiti, Chairman of FOKAL

Erik Orsenna, Writer, Member of the French Academy

Daniel Rondeau, Writer, Former French Ambassador to UNESCO

Jacqueline Strecker, ICT Innovation & Education specialist, UNHCR

François Taddéi, Center for Interdisciplinary Research

Chris Talbot, consultant, Education in Emergencies and co-founder of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)





Patricia Aldana (International Board on Books for Young People IBBY)

Hamadoun Amadou Alpha Cisse (The Public Reading Library of Timbuktu, Mali)

Anahi Ayala (Internews)

Evert Bopp (Disaster Tech Lab)

Vincenzo Bollettino (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)

Nicolas Chavent (OpenStreetMap)

Angela Crandall (I-HUB Kenya)

Aurélien Culson (ESSEC et IRENE)

Suze Dorange (Libraries Without Borders)

Noor A Doukmak (MIT / Educate Syria)

Véronique Frank (ABCD)

Fred Gitner (Queens Library)

Cat Graham (Humanity Road / Digital Humanitarian Network)

François Grunewald (Groupe URD)

Sachiko Kamakura (Shanti Volunteer Association, Japan)

Christian Lambert (Cinéma Numérique Ambulant)

Héloïse Marichez (LWB / Avicenne Hospital)

Nicole Moran (Right To Play)

Mark Prutsalis (Sahana Software Foundation)

Olivier Sarrat (Groupe URD)

Chanel Ntahuba (International Rescue Comittee Burundi)

Jonathan Shuler (Ushahidi)

Morten Sigsgaard (UNESCO / IIEP)

Waheed Wafa (Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University)

Marik Wagner (Clowns Without Borders)

Conference Partners










Mairie de Paris


























Wolters Kluwer








  Global X
























Ministère de la culture











Délégation Générale à la Langue Française et aux Langues de France (DGLFLF) du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Fonds Pascal pour l'interprétariat