The Team

The IGCBP Tutors [click here]


Jovan Kurbalija
Programme chair, lecturer

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation. He is a former diplomat with a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy and information technology. Since the late 1980s he has been involved in research into ICT and law. In 1992 he established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. In 2003, after more than 10 years of successful work in the field of training, research and publishing, the Unit evolved into DiploFoundation. Dr Kurbalija currently directs online learning courses on ICT and diplomacy and lectures in academic and training institutions in Switzerland, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Malta. His main areas of research are diplomacy and the development of an international Internet regime, the use of hypertext in diplomacy, online negotiations and diplomatic law. at a number of international events.


Vladimir Radunović
IG Programmes co-ordinator, lecturer

Vladimir Radunović has been the co-ordinator of the Internet Governance and Policy educational and training programmes with DiploFoundation since 2005. He has actively participated in the global process since the WSIS Geneva meeting in 2003, and has been a key resource person and speaker on Internet governance, ICT policy, capacity development, education of policy-makers and community building, at a number of international events. Mr Radunović holds a Diploma (dipl.ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. His research interests are in capacity development and online learning, policy and process negotiations and planning, e-diplomacy, broadband and access policy, network neutrality, cyber-security and Internet safety, and strategies for bridging the digital divide. Mr Radunović is also managing director of AVAcom Ing, an ICT deployment company based in Belgrade, Serbia.


Virginia (Ginger) Paque
IGCBP co-ordinator, lecturer

Virginia (Ginger) Paque was born in the United States, but has lived in Venezuela for the past 35 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years’ experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. As a board member of the United Nations Association of Venezuela, her work as the Venezuelan member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force on WSIS brought her into the world of Internet governance. She is currently IGCBP co-ordinator for DiploFoundation, enjoying the opportunity to extend online capacity building programmes to developing countries in different languages. The research and implementation of e-participation and online inclusion possibilities for global policy processes is an another important priority area.


Dejan Dinčić
Technical Director

Dejan Dinčić is technical director of DiploFoundation, where he designs software and co-ordinates technical activities supporting innovative online learning and research programmes. With a professional and academic background in information and educational technologies, Dejan has more than 20 years of experience in information architecture and management, online communications and systems design. Before joining DiploFoundation, he worked on harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies in the developing world. His major research interests include software usability, instructional design and online communities facilitation.


Mary Murphy
Director of Operations

Mary Murphy joined the Diplo Team in July 2010. Originally from Ireland, she is now based in Budapest, Hungary from where she oversees Diplo's operations and external communications. Mary has had a varied career in operations and administration, with work experience in the financial, energy, NGO, communications training, and publishing sectors in Ireland, the UK, and the USA. She holds an MA in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes, UK and is currently working towards a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy with the University of Malta. 


Stephanie Borg Psaila
Online Communications co-ordinator, tutor

Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila is DiploFoundation’s online communications co-ordinator, and a tutor for the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme. She joined DiploFoundation in 2005, first as a participant, then as tutor/supervisor. Stephanie holds a BA (Law and Communications), an LL.D. (Law), and an MA (Contemporary Diplomacy) from the University of Malta. Her doctorate dissertation was on the jurisdictional problems of the Internet, while her areas of interest include legal aspects, freedom of speech, and human rights on the Internet. She is a former journalist with more than five years' work experience with The Sunday Times of Malta, and a former columnist on education with The Times of Malta.


Adela Danciu
Research co-ordinator, tutor

Adela Danciu is a Law and Political Sciences graduate of the University of Bucharest. She holds an MA in International and EU Law. She worked for nine years as a legal expert on the Committee for IT&C of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. Adela was a student of the IGCBP in 2006, and has since then become more involved by tutoring and co-ordinating subsequent phases, writing course texts, and participating in IGF and EuroDIG meetings, as well as participating in the European Summer School on IG in Meissen, 2007, as a Diplo fellow. Her Internet governance interests focus on human rights and legal issues.


Seiiti Arata Jr.
Community facilitator

Seiiti Arata is the IGCBP Community Facilitator for DiploFoundation and has been involved in Internet Governance projects with DiploFoundation since 2005. He has a background in law and a Master's degree in international law from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Seiiti was the organiser of the Emerging Leaders for the Digital World publication and has contributed to the revision of the translation and publication of DiploFoundation's Internet Governance booklet in Brazil.