MozFest 2014 Keynote Speakers

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We’re excited to welcome a slate of thought-provoking keynote speakers who will discuss the state of the web today, why an open web matters more than ever, and how you can get involved in building the web of the future.
Beeban Kidron
Film Director & Co-Founder, FILMCLUB
The Baroness Beeban Kidron has been directing films for more than 30 years and is a joint founder of FILMCLUB, a educational charity that allows children to watch and analyze internationally iconic films. Each week the charity reaches 220,000  children, in more than 7,000 clubs.
Kidron is  best known for directing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and  the Bafta-winning miniseries Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She also directed To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Antonia and Jane, as well as two documentaries on  prostitution: Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns, and Sex, Death and the Gods, a film about “devadasi,” or Indian “sacred prostitutes.”
Her latest film, InRealLife, explores the first generation of British teenagers who are  growing up having never known a time before smartphones and social  media, whose childhoods are defined by status updates, emails and digitized friendships.
Mary Moloney
Global CEO, CoderDojo
Mary joined the CoderDojo Foundation team in June 2014, to take up the position of Global CEO. Prior to that, she was a partner in Accenture’s strategy practice, leading engagements with international clients in the Media, High Tech, Telco & Financial Services sectors. During her 23 years with Accenture Mary held a number of lead positions within the organization & within its clients, including; Partner, Managing Director and Multiple C-Suite positions. She has also been involved at board level with number of non profit organizations and remains on the boards of the Dublin Fringe Festival and the Professional Women’s Network. Both of her 9 year old and 7 year old sons are active ninjas who participate at the Science Gallery and Sandymount Dojos near where she lives in Dublin.
Mark Surman
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
A community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark  currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox and one of the largest social enterprises in the  world. At Mozilla, he is focused on using the open technology and ethos of the web to transform fields such as education, journalism and filmmaking. Mark has overseen the development of Popcorn.js, which Wired  has called the future of online video; the Open Badges initiative,  launched by the US Secretary of Education; and the Knight Mozilla News  Technology partnership, which seeks to reinvent the future of digital  journalism.
Prior to joining Mozilla, Mark was awarded one of the first Shuttleworth  Foundation Fellowships, where he explored the application of open  principles to philanthropy. During his fellowship, he advised a Harvard  Berkman study on open source licensing in foundations, was the lead  author on the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, and organized the  first open education track at the iCommons Summit, which led to him  becoming a founding board member of Peer-to-peer University (P2PU). Mark holds a BA in the History of Community Media from the  University of Toronto.
Mitchell Baker
Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products.
Mitchell was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Mitchell has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999. She served as CEO of Mozilla until January 2008, when the organization’s rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO. Mitchell remains deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission.

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