Director for the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change. Full Professor at the Open University of Catalonia, Department of Psychology and Education, and researcher at the Edul@b research group.
Ph.D. (Europaeus) in Education (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain). Postgraduate at the Open University, UK, in Applications of Information Technology in ODE, and Diploma on Strategic Use of IT in Education by Harvard University, USA. B.A. in Philosophy and Education, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in eLearning awarded by the World Education Congress.
Member of the founder team of this university (1994-95), where he has served also as the director of the eLearn Center. He has served as a consultant and trainer in several online and blended learning projects in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia, focusing on implementation strategies for the use of technology in teaching and learning and its quality.
His main areas of research are the uses of ICT in education and training and in particular, policies, organization, management and leadership in the implementation of online education (e-learning) and the guarantee of its quality, as well as the professional development for online education. He has worked as a consultant and trainer in several online and blended learning projects in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia, focusing on implementation strategies for the use of technology in teaching and learning and its quality assurance. He has also been a World Bank consultant.
Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to
the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other
international instruments, like the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and
the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers
and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for
over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and
equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic
(7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone
I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Secretary of State Michael Gove in the United Kingdom
called Andreas “the most important man in English education”, never mind that he is German
and lives in France. Andreas is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the
“Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded for “exemplary democratic engagement” in the name of the
first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds an honorary professorship at the
University of Heidelberg.
Prof. Michael J. Keppell
Centre for Future Learning
Mike Keppell is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching and Professor at
Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Mike leads the Pro Vice-Chancellor,
Learning and Teaching portfolio that is focused on driving curriculum
transformation, learning, teaching and assessment at the University. He also
leads the Centre for Future Learning (CFL) at Taylor’s that is focused on the
provision of holistic teaching and learning experiences for staff and students.
His research interests focus on learning spaces, personalised learning,
educational technology, blended learning, assessment and design. He is an
internationally recognised thought-leader who has worked in four different
countries and seven universities. He is an invited keynote speaker and has
made presentations in over 20 countries. He is fascinated by different cultures
and lives and works in different cultures in an effort to understand different
Janine Teo is the CEO of Solve Education!, an education technology not-for-profit with the mission of delivering quality education to everyone, focussing on the BOP (Bottom of Pyramid) demographic.
She is the first Asian to receive the International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award by Mensa International. Janine is also an advisor to Asian Development Bank, on Digital Technology for Development, and a fellow of the University of Pennsylvania - Global Social Impact House. Teo believes that education is the key to solve the many challenges we face in the world today, and because of this, she is an avid speaker on topics like education, edtech, gender equality and poverty alleviation.
Dr Samson Tan
Head of the Centre for Innovation in Learning
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Dr Samson Tan is the Head of the Centre for Innovation in Learning at the National Institute
of Education (NIE). As a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and IT Governance
Committee at NIE, he drives learning innovations and shapes digital learning policies at NIE. He
has over 20 years of experience in the education service, leading learning innovation and
transformation in the last ten years.
Before joining NIE, Samson was responsible for the professional development of academic staff
and pedagogical innovation at the Republic Polytechnic (RP). He spearheaded RP’s digital
learning, design and delivery of e-learning training and collaboration with other institutions.
Samson was also responsible for leading the SkillsFuture initiatives, providing research,
consultation and training in workplace learning for the Logistics, Hotel and Biomedical sectors.
Samson lectured/trained pedagogical innovation and in learning-related subject matters in
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. He graduated with a Doctor of
Education (EdD) from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2007 and earned a Master’s
in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Hull. His research interest is in learning
innovation and workplace learning.
Samson is a member of the Executive Board of Association for Problem-based and Active
Learning(http://www.panpbl.org/about/#board), the Executive Committee of Educational
Research Association of Singapore (ERAS http://eras.org.sg/about-us/executive-committee-
current/), Advisory Board of RMIT School of Engineering, Aviation Industry Advisory Committee,
Singapore and the editorial board of Journal for Applied Learning and Teaching (JALT).
Founder and CEO
David drives the vision of ZilLearn as a platform transforming learning with networks instead
of classrooms, and of education as being truly collaborative and expansive. His vision is to
empower people and communities by making learning widely available. This is done by
leveraging technologies to create scalable, accessible and adaptable learning. He was the first
overseas scholar in learning technologies from the Singapore military where he conceptualized
and rolled out the organisation-wide digitization of training which helped the defence ministry
win the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) Award. He founded Kydon which grew
to become Asia’s digital learning technology company, and also created LEARNTech Asia which
was acquired 3 years ago. David holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and History and a
Master’s degree in Instructional Systems and Technology.
Prof. Eric Tsui
Professor and Associate Director
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Professor Tsui joined Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in 1989 after years of academic
research in automated knowledge acquisition, natural language processing, case-based
reasoning and knowledge engineering tools. His research strengths include cloud-based
business innovation and knowledge services. He joined PolyU in 2005 and until 2018 he was
the Leader of the Master of Science in Knowledge Management degree program. He has
also consulted for many government departments and private organizations in Australia,
Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei. Professor Tsui is an honorary
advisor of KM to three HKSARG departments. Since 2008, he has been Vice President of the
Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society. A veteran of E-Learning, he has received many
Knowledge Management and E-Learning awards over the years including the prestigious QS
Wharton Reimagine Education award and twice listed as an Outstanding/Exemplary
Academic in the 2015/6 and 2016/7 PolyU Annual Reports.
Cheng Yin Cheong
Emeritus Professor of Education and Senior Research Fellow (APCLC)
Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
Professor Yin Cheong CHENG is Emeritus Professor of Education and Senior Research Fellow (APCLC)
of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Previously he had served as Advisor (Academic
Development)/ Research Chair Professor/ Chair Professor/Vice-President/ acting President. He was the
President of World Educational Research Association (WERA) (2012-2014) and the Asia-Pacific
Educational Research Association (APERA) (2004-2008). He served as a full member of the University
Grants Committee, a panel member of Research Grants Council, and a member of the Quality Education
Fund Steering Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Prof. Cheng holds a doctorate from Harvard University. His research interest includes education reforms,
leadership development, paradigm shift, teacher education, higher education, and school management.
Prof. Cheng has published 24 academic books and over 250 book chapters and journal articles. Some of
his publications have been translated into Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Czech, Thai and Persian
languages. He is also the associate editor of the International Journal of Educational Management (UK).
Prof. Cheng's research has won him a number of international awards and recognition including the
Awards for Excellence from the Literati Network in UK from 1995 to 2017. He has been invited to
provide consultancy services to national and international projects in Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia,
India, Pakistan, Korea, Mainland China, Netherlands, Macao, and Thailand. Prof. Cheng has also been
invited to give over 125 keynote/plenary/prestigious presentations by national and international
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Engineering and Technology (SET)
Dr. Chutiporn Anutariya is presently an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Information & Communication Technologies, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. She is one of the pioneers in MOOCs research and development in Thailand, which include platforms & infrastructure, course creation, pedagogy, delivery and leaners analytics.
Dr. Chutiporn received her BSc (Statistics) with first class honors and a gold medal award from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 1996. She obtained her MSc and DTechSc (Computer Science) from AIT, Thailand in 1998 and 2001, respectively. Her PhD thesis also won the Dissertation Award from the National Research Council of Thailand in 2003. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway in 2002-2003. Her research interests include data and knowledge modeling, semantic technologies, ontologies, open (government) data and technology enhanced learning
Chan Soon Seng
Teach For Malaysia
Chan Soon Seng is the CEO of Teach For Malaysia, an independent, not-for-profit organisation on a mission to give all children in Malaysia the opportunity to attain an excellent education, so they can live lives they truly love.
Teach For Malaysia recruits outstanding fresh graduates and young professionals to teach in full-time, fully-paid positions for 2 years in high-need schools across Malaysia. Alumni of the Fellowship go on to work with a variety of education stakeholders to co-create long-term systemic change as teachers, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers, and advocates for the mission. Since its founding, Teach For Malaysia has grown into a movement of over 450 leaders, reaching over 130,000 students in Malaysia. Over 70% of its alumni continue to work towards education reform in Malaysia. Teach For Malaysia is a proud member of the global education network, Teach For All, a collective of education organisations in over 50 countries worldwide.
Soon Seng joined the inaugural Teach For Malaysia Cohort in 2012, and like many other fellows and alumni, the experience had a profound impact on his worldview. He was deeply moved by the challenges faced by students growing up in low-income communities and how it was the lack of opportunities, rather than the lack of ability, that prevented students from realising their desired potential. He subsequently served as a staff member for over six years, and in his most recent role as the Programme Director, he oversaw the training, support and impact evaluation of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. He holds a degree in Management and Marketing (Murdoch University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Universiti Utara Malaysia). He envisions a holistic education system that not only develops students’ academics, but also their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and leadership skills, in order to thrive in the 21st century.
Executive Director, SCALE-Global
School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE), National University of Singapore
Ye-Her heads SCALE-Global, a NUS business unit that develops multi-disciplinary youth and adult programmes, and explores the role of the university in lifelong education. She is also with the NUS Futures Office, under the Office of the President.
Ye-Her has had extensive experience working at the intersection of business and government; facilitating conversations and creating value for both sides. Prior to SCALE, Ye-Her managed the executive education and alumni relations portfolios at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. Before NUS, she headed the business development team at a social enterprise under the Singapore Labour Movement, which was responsible for public policy advocacy, and evolving early stage ideas into future-growth initiatives. She has also served in strategy and policy appointments in the civil service, and worked with SMEs and large corporations in areas such as corporate governance, business process re-engineering, workforce optimisation and change management, while a consultant with Ernst & Young Advisory.
Global AI Readiness, Intel Singapore
Anshul is Senior Director – Global AI Readiness, at Intel Singapore. He manages Intel’s worldwide AI readiness programs for education & skilling, future of work and policy initiatives to democratize AI and other emerging tech skills in partnership with governments, academia & civil society organizations.
He is business leader with over 24 years of worldwide experience on education & skills tech sector. He is passionate about innovation for sustainable & inclusive development, AI readiness for development, youth empowerment, education transformation. He is an expert in social impact program co-creation by fostering scale partnerships, designing policy interventions and biz models for shared value. He is adviser to various social impact organizations, multilaterals & startups.
He has spoken in global forums like UNDP Youth Summit, ADB’s Asian Youth Forum and International Skills Forum, Korea Science & Creativity Festival, and Maker Faire. He judges MIT Initiative of Digital Economy’s ‘Inclusive Innovation Challenge’ that aims to reinvent the future of work. He is UNDP Asia’s first regional Youth CoLab champion from private sector for promoting youth entrepreneurship.
He is alumni of University of Oxford - Oxford Advance Management & Leadership Program. He holds MIT Sloan School of Management certificates on “Artificial Intelligence – Implications for Business Strategy” with MIT CSAIL (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab) and on “Shaping the future of work” with MIT IWER (Institute for Work and Employment Research). He is Post Graduate in Management from IRMA (Institute of Rural Management) India.
Dr Yao Haogen
Senior Education Specialist
International Centre for Higher Education Innovation
Haogen Yao is a senior education specialist at UNESCO-International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (ICHEI). Before ICHEI, he had served as an education specialist/economist at the Center on Chinese Education, the Earth Institute, and the UNICEF Headquarters and the Middle East & North Africa Regional Office. Haogen earned his PhD degree in Economics & Education from Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on impact evaluation. He has contributed to over 30 UN reports, mostly concerning education in emergency.
Assoc Prof Dr Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Hoa Sen University
Nguyen Ngoc Vu, Ph.D. is vice president of Hoa Sen University and chairman of STESOL, Association of Vietnam Universities and Colleges. Dr. Vu has 12 years of experience building and consulting ICT integration into project based teaching and English language teaching in Vietnam. He is also leading an e-learning team to produce digital contents at Education Quality Training Support Center of Vietnam Association of Universities and Colleges.
Chief Program Officer
Room To Read
Heather Simpson is the Chief Program Officer of Room to Read, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children.® Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Heather is responsible for the design, execution, and monitoring of Room to Read’s Literacy and Girls’ Education programs in 16 countries across Asia and Africa. Heather leads the development and implementation of Room to Read’s overall educational program strategy and oversees the global programs teams. She serves as a critical member of the senior management team helping to set strategic direction for Room to Read’s programs and growth.
With over 20 years of international development experience at major nonprofit organizations, Heather has managed large-scale projects to increase access to quality educational opportunities for disadvantaged children around the world. Prior to joining Room to Read, Heather was the Senior Director for Education and Child Protection at Save the Children. She has worked as a project manager and technical adviser for organizations such as the American Institutes for Research, Juarez and Associates, and Save the Children for education projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and other public and private donors, beginning her career as a Peace Corps volunteer based in Honduras. Throughout her career in international education, she has worked in Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Gog Soon Joo
Gog Soon Joo is the Chief Futurist, Chief Research Officer and Chief Skills Officer at the
SkillsFuture Singapore Agency, and has held a number of posts in Singapore government.
She leads a team of Jobs-Skills Analysts, Data Scientists, and Futurists, to identify global
trends that impact business, jobs and skills. Soon-Joo and her team work with local and
international partners to prototype solutions in the areas of future of work, future of learning
and future skills. Her research interests include capitalism in the digital economy, new
economy firms, skills ecosystems and skills policies.
She chairs the Singapore National Steering Committee for the OECD Programme for
International Assessment for Adult Competency (PIAAC), and a member of the OECD
PIAAC Strategic Planning Group.
Soon Joo holds a doctoral degree jointly awarded by University College London, UK and
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Master degrees from HEC, France and
George Washington University, USA; bachelor degree from University of London, UK; and
completed executive program at Singularity University, USA.
Senior Learning Technologist
Education Development Center
Mary Burns is a senior expert in teacher professional development, online learning, instruction, curriculum development, and educational technology. She has won awards for teaching, research, and curriculum design and is often invited by universities, ministries of education, private schools, education foundations, and donor agencies to help them conceptualize and design programs, train staff, and deliver keynote addresses. Her work has traversed every level of the education system, from policy development to program design and implementation to directly supporting teachers in classrooms. A practitioner who also does research, Burnshas authored four books and almost 200 blog posts, articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles on teacher professional development, both with and without technology.
A former teacher and school-based coach, Burns holds a BA in International Relations and Romance Languages from Boston College, an MS in Urban Planning, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas in Austin, and an EdM from Harvard University. Burns is fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Petra Wiyakti Bodrogini
ICT Education Specialist
Petra Wiyakti Bodrogini is an individual ICT in education specialist/consultant based in Jakarta, Indonesia – supporting
development partners in implementing ICT in education programs.
Graduated in 2004 from London School of Economics UK as M.Sc in
Social Psychology, she is passionate about human development,
In the ICT in education field, Petra was involved in the Distance
Education Pilot and Developing Active Learning with ICT during her
work with EDC in USAID Decentralized Basic Education (DBE) 2 Project in 2009. She started her
consultancy work in 2011 and since, her clients include the World Bank, UNESCO, ADB, and DFAT.
Among others, her projects include: DESP (Dutch Education Support Program), BEC-TF (Basic Education
Capacity Trust Fund), ID-TEMAN (Improving Dimensions of Teaching, Education Management, and
Learning Environment), South East Asia Digital Economy Supervisory Support program, Regional
UNESCO ICT-CFT and OER Program, as well as Papua ICT in Education Evaluation Work, DFAT Indonesia-
Australia Education Projects Strategic Review, and KIAT Guru. With the new shift of Indonesia
development priority, since 2018, she has been focusing on skills development work (TVET) with the
World Bank and Government of Indonesia. Her personal mission throughout all projects, has been to
systemically incorporate the use of technology – in strengthening education governance, as well as
teaching and learning.
Assoc. Prof of LD and Technology
Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning, and more specifically, augmented and virtual realities in language learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive technology. https://erichawkinson.com
Founder and Co-CEO
Maria is a Founder and Co-CEO of HolonIQ, an education market intelligence
platform with the world’s most sophisticated education market datasets.
Prior to HolonIQ, Maria was the head of digital learning futures for a $40m corporate
venture fund and innovation arm of a global education company. In this role, Maria
worked with EdTech start-ups and founders around the world to support their growth,
and led research projects about the future of learning, such as Global EdTech
Landscape and Higher Education Digital Transformation.
Maria has worked in public and private higher education for over 20 years in Asia
and Australia specializing in transforming education through technology. As the
global head of Learning & Teaching Services for a global education company, Maria
built and led global innovation teams, driving innovation in curriculum, teaching and
the student experience in over 50 countries.
Learning Futures Advisor
Curtin Learning and Teaching
Kim is now the Learning Futures Advisor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia where he develops innovative solutions to addressing the challenges of the future of learning and teaching, and his work sees him engaged in global advisory and consultation roles in all education sectors.
As well as coordinating the Learning Futures Network and the Innovative Schools Consortium, he is also a founding member of the ShapingEDU community and continues as Neighbourhood Mayor for the Connect Education and the Workforce of the Future group, advisory board member to Consortium of Schools Networking Driving K-12 Innovation initiative, FutureWe, NetEDU, OneHE and other projects around the world.
His current research is considering the impact of educational collaborative networks on school innovation and transformation.
Prof. Raymund Sison
Raymund Sison is dean of the College of Education and former dean of the College of Computer Studies of the De La Salle University, Manila. He is a recipient of the national-level Outstanding Teacher award from the Metrobank Foundation, and the Outstanding Young Scientist award from the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. A holder of a PhD in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a PhD in Education from the De La Salle University, his scholarship of integration and engagement lies at the nexus of technology, learning, and service.
Emerita Professor Heather Fehring has held many academic and leadership positions
throughout her career: Bachelor of Education Coordinator, Director of Higher Degree
by Research, in the Design & Social Context College, RMIT University. Associate
Professor – Assessment and Learning and the Deputy Head Research and Innovation
(DHR&I) in the School of Education managing research and HDR candidates and
supervisors with the school. She has continually lectured in literacy courses across a
range of programmes. Her prolonged passion to be an excellent learning and teaching
scholar has been acknowledged by the ten teaching awards including a Carrick Citation
for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2007 (For a decade of sustained and
significant contribution to students’ and teachers’ professional knowledge in the field of
research and literacy education) and culminating in the RMIT VC Distinguished
Teaching Award. Heather was the first female to receive this prestigious award at RMIT University. Professor
Fehring has successfully supervised eighteen PhDs. Her commitment to research has resulted in a number of funded
projects. In 2016 a DFAT AII AII0826 research grant DFAT AII funded project entitled: Professional Practice Model
Pilot in Universitas Negeri and Jambi University. June 2012, as a member of the Australian Institute for Teaching and
School Leadership (AITSL) Research and Evaluation Panel, an evaluation of the Australian Institute for Reaching and
School Leadership (AITSL) Flagship Professional Learning Program: Local Leadership, an ARC Linkage Grant LP
0667939 in 2006- 2010 entitled ‘A Ten-Year Comparative Analysis of Work, Benefit and Skill Trajectories of Parallel
Cohorts of Trade and Bachelor Graduates’ Working Lives’ As an Emerita Professor in 2019 Heather continues to
supervise PhDs, mentor SoE staff for promotion and consult for the Executive Education staff in Engagement
Portfolio, Global Partnership and Engagement Division, RMIT University, delivering professional development
sessions to international delegations.
Amazon Web Services
Vincent Quah is responsible for business development with education institutions, research and
not-for-profit organizations. He works with educators and students, research scientists and
non-for-profit personnel in leveraging AWS Cloud services to save costs, accelerate innovation,
and increase organizational agility that better serve their missions.
Based in Singapore, Vincent Quah has more than 25 years of experience working in senior roles
across the education (K12 and tertiary) and learning sectors, life sciences and healthcare
industries, as well as high performance computing projects across Asia Pacific.
Vincent is one of the eight-person experts in the newly established Asian Development Bank
(ADB)’s High-Level Advisory Group on Digital Technology for Development, where he will be
providing insights and advice on the use of digital technologies to support ADB’s development
Neil Selwyn is a distinguished research professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He has researched the use of digital technology in education for over 25 years, and is currently working on projects relating to AI and education, the datafication of education, and the changing nature of teachers' work in the digital age. Recent books include: 'Should Robots Replace Teachers?' (2019, Polity) and 'Is Technology Good For Education?' (2017, Polity). He is currently working on the third edition of 'Education & Technology: Key Issues and Debates' (2021, Bloomsbury)
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