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Alex Lazinica

Alex Lazinica

CEO

Alex is an experienced CEO, engineer and robotics/AI scientist, with expertise in business development and building organic distribution channels. He is also a pioneer of the Open Science movement, and co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of IntechOpen, the world’s largest publisher of open access scientific books. After obtaining a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he continued his Ph.D. in Robotics at the Vienna University of Technology. There, he worked as a robotics researcher within the University’s Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Group, as well as a guest researcher at various European universities, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). Alex published more than 20 scientific papers, gave presentations, served as a reviewer for major robotics journals and conferences, and co-founded the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the world’s first Open Access journal in the field of robotics. This was a pivotal point in his career, as it was the pathway to the foundation of IntechOpen, with its focus on addressing academic researchers’ needs. Alex personifies many Underline and IntechOpen’s key values, including the commitment to developing mutual trust, openness and a spirit of entrepreneurism. Today, his focus is on defining the growth and development strategy for Underline.

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Sol Rosenberg

Sol Rosenberg

Chief Content Officer

Sol has built a successful career growing content businesses from startup phase through global operations. Our lives are continually enhanced with new ways to learn, enjoy and grow though digital entertainment and education. Sol Rosenberg has been the change agent through this shift, helping publishers and content providers to create new products and grow their businesses to better meet the opportunities and needs of consumers, students, researchers, scientists and professionals worldwide.

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Darrell Gunter

Darrell Gunter

SVP Strategic Partnerships

Darrell is an experienced digital publishing executive and has been at the forefront of major industry initiatives, including Factiva, ScienceDirect, Scopus, BiomedExperts.com, Expert Profiles, and ReviewerFinder. In his consulting practice, he has advised many CEOs from start-ups to the very largest publishers. An innovator, he has written and lectured about mobile, semantic, and Blockchain technology to name a few of the topics. An SIIA CODiE judge since 2007, he was also a former Associate Editor of the Learned Journal, published by the ALPSP. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University's W. Paul Stillman School of Business, (BS Business Administration-Marketing) and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (MBA). He has certificates from Rutgers CUEED’s EPI program and MIT Sloan Exec Edu – Blockchain Technologies: Blockchain Innovation & Application. Darrell is an advisor to many startups and serves on the non-profit boards of SAMPS, Third Chapter, and the USA Boxing Foundation. He is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, and his radio program "Leadership with Darrell W Gunter" in its 11th season, airs 8am Saturdays on WSOU HD 89.5 FM / WSOU.net. His previous shows are available on his iTunes Podcast.

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Jernej Masnec

Jernej Masnec

Head of Operations

Jernej’s background comes from the hospitality and event management industries. He started his first event agency more than 20 years ago and has traveled the world to work on challenging events and projects ever since. He has worked for some of the leading brands in the entertainment and video game industries and has produced big festivals and conferences for both business and science clients. Specialties: organization of challenging events, video and audio production, platform development and management

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Darin Dusan

Darin Dusan

Head of Global Communications

Darin has been advising and leading communications and media strategy teams around the world for more than 20 years. Since 2009, Darin has served as President of Liberté Communications, a consultancy uniting integrated communications strategy with branding, digital marketing, and media relations. The team at Liberté has created and consulted on projects and campaigns across the globe. Before forming Liberté Communications, Darin spent five years managing global communications for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Darin managed external and internal communications for the organization, with teams in 18 countries. Darin produced documentaries with BBC World, and advised on projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Jamaica, India, Ecuador and the United States. Prior to his international NGO work, Darin spent seven years in TV/film development within major entertainment studios including DreamWorks and The Disney Company.

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Cherie Ditcham

Cherie Ditcham

Director of Digital Marketing

Cherie Ditcham is a digital marketing professional with a background in advertising, brand strategy and storytelling. Cherie has served as a digital marketing and content strategy consultant for Liberté Communications for five years, and during this time has consulted on a multitude of projects and global campaigns. Before joining Liberté Communications, Cherie gained expertise in public relations for fashion, entertainment and music clients. Her specialty is helping clients evolve and enhance their marketing communications strategies with digital marketing tools. Cherie has a MA in Creative Writing, and a Bachelor of Business & Commerce in Advertising from Monash University.

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Jamie Israel

Jamie Israel

Head of Sponsorships & Exhibitors

Jamie has spent 20 years in the media, publishing, and conferences industry and has managed more than 500 events in his career. With a focus on the management, sales, and marketing of leading industry events, Jamie has significant experience in developing strategies that achieve win-win relationships for the companies he advises. A graduate of Binghamton University’s School of Management, he obtained his B.S. Business Administration in Marketing and earned his MBA from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

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Mia Pecina Draskovic

Mia Pecina Draskovic

Head of Underline Originals

Mia fell in love with production at the very young age of 17, while working part-time on Croatian National Television. During her career, she co-founded Croatian-American TV in Chicago; founded the Libertas film festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and co-founded the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival. Mia was a co-founder of the Weekend Media Festival in Rovinj, Croatia, and Executive Director of the Dani Komunikacija Festival. Mia has worked for independent studios in Los Angeles, and for her production work on the CBS/Showtime feature documentary film Game of Honor, with Peter Radovich, Mia, won three Emmy Awards. She also worked on the NBC production team for multiple Olympic Games, and for the Sochi Olympics, she won her fourth Emmy Award. In the last two years, Mia worked on a documentary for NBA/Facebook, and created the first regional sports series, Footsteps, for the Olympic Channel. Mia graduated with a Marketing and Management degree from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago.

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Luka Simic

Luka Simic

Head of Video and Media

Luka has been working with film, TV and new media his entire career. His experience started with VHS, CD, DVD and BlueRay production and distribution, followed by professional broadcast equipment reselling and production. Prior to joining Underline Luka worked as a Head of Sales and Supply for Euroval.hr, and was responsible for sales and operations activities, including end-to-end management of professional broadcast supply chain for European market. Additionally, in 2019 he established his own production agency “OutOfTheBox”. Luka worked as an Executive Producer for Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship, provided complete broadcast setup project management for Big Brother Croatia and worked as assistant editor at Eurosport - one of the biggest sports TV channels in Europe.

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Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson

Advisory Board

Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as Head Acquisitions Librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and as Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen. He has served as president of the North American Serials Interest Group and was the recipient of the HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. In 2015 he was elected President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and he is the author of three books, including Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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Craig Olsvik

Craig Olsvik

Advisory Board

Craig Olsvik is Manager, Licensing at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, a consortium of Canada’s academic libraries dedicated to advancing interconnected, sustainable access to the world’s research, and to Canada’s documentary heritage content. Craig holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University.

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Thais Russomano

Thais Russomano

Advisory Board

Prof. Thais Russomano graduated in medicine from UFPel, Brazil (1985) and specialised in internal and emergency medicine. She also has a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Medicine - Wright State University, USA (1991), and a PhD in Space Physiology - King's College London (1998). She worked for 3 years as a Space Scientist at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne, Germany, before founding the Microgravity Centre, PUCRS, a unique international reference centre in space life sciences, which she coordinated for 18 years. Thais is currently involved in academic activities in several prestigious Universities, such as King’s College London, Aalto Univ, Univ of Lisbon, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, in the areas of aviation medicine, space physiology and telemedicine. She is also a Director of two space-related companies, InnovaSpace Ltd (UK) and the International Space Medicine Consortium (USA). Thais has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology, Aerospace Biomedical Engineering and Telemedicine & Digital Health, including participation in 250+ scientific events with 300+ scientific papers presented. She has also authored books, book chapters and numerous papers. Thais is an elected academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, and the International Academy of Astronautics, for which she serves on the Board of Trustees. Thais further holds patents related to Space Life Sciences and Aerospace Biomedical Engineering.

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