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Monday, July 31, 2017


Mr. Rich Zajac
AUTISMCODES
Co Founder
United States of America

Biography
Rich Zajac is a leading Brain-Computer Interface researcher from New York City with a degree focused in Autism/Neuroscience (Organizational Studies) & Film from Claremont McKenna in Los Angeles. With experience in Venture Capital (CrunchFund in Silicon Valley), as a filmmaker featured on CNN (The New Hibakusha), and as a serial entrepreneur (NexDrive/Vroomeo), Rich's latest project reflects his passion for autism. AutismCodes is revolutionizing the way we treat the spectrum initially through an interdisciplinary, neuroscience-centric approach to education and therapy employing brain scanning to create personalized, gamified curriculums (with backend integrated feedback for parents/teachers/therapists) based on an individual's neuroplasticity, predisposition to talents, and current social/cognitive shortcomings designed to maximize those early years of cognitive development but with a decades-long trajectory to optimize lives of individuals agnostic of age or position on the spectrum by correlating water molecule movement in white matter tracts to actionable talents and shortcomings (i.e. above-average prefron

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
AFGHAN INSTITUTE OF LEARNING
Founder & CEO
United States of America

Biography
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), which she founded in 1995 in response to the lack of education and healthcare that the Afghan people were facing after years of war and strife. Using a community-based approach, AIL has greatly increased access to quality education and health for women and children through its innovative Learning Centers and student-centered teacher training programs. A leader in providing human rights, leadership, peace and health training for women and youth, AIL has impacted the lives of more than 14 million Afghans and its programs have been replicated throughout Afghanistan. In addition, Dr. Yacoobi has established four private schools, one private hospital and a radio station in Afghanistan. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates from institutions including Princeton University. In 2017, Dr. Yacoobi was named as one of the Sunhak Peace Prize Laureates. Other of her many awards include the 2016 Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education, the 2015 WISE Prize for Education and the 2013 recipient of the Opus Prize. Dr. Yacoobi is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur, Schwab Social Entrepreneur and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is Vice President of Creating Hope International (CHI), currently serves on the advisory council for the Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and is a former board member for the Global Fund for Women. She is an advisor for the Fetzer Institute, an Ashoka fellow, Kravis Prize Awardee, a Gruber Prize Awardee and is a member of the US - Afghan Women’s Council. Before founding AIL, Dr. Yacoobi was a professor at D’Etre University in Detroit, MI and was Coordinator of the Women’s Programs for the International Rescue Committee in the Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Dr. Shpresa Xhakli
ASSOCIATION OF AUTISM
Founder of United for Autism
United States of America

Biography
Shpresa Xhakli, Founder of United for Autism A medical doctor by profession, Shpresa Xhakli came to the United States in 1986. She had many plans for her future, but her world crumbled and her life changed forever when Arben, her son, was diagnosed with Autism. She made a promise to him and herself,that she was going to fight for him and others. Shpresa started the “United for Autism ”Foundation in Kosova, the first of it’s kind in the country. She has been quite active in pushing for what is now, a law in Kosova, to protect special needs children, she helped open the first school that addresses their needs and helps to raise awareness about this issue. Shpresa Xhakli “My world crumbled and my life changed forever, when at two and a half my son Arben was diagnosed with Autism. I made a promise to him that I was going to fight for him and others” A medical doctor by profession, Shpresa Xhakli originally from Mitrovice, Kosova came to the United States in 1986. She had many plans for her future in this country, learn English and go back to medical school, but things did not go as planned. Her daughter Adriana was born in 1987 and her son Arben, was born in 1989. After Arben was diagnosed with autism, she began searching for treatments and she never gave up. Arben was going through speech, occupational and behavioral therapy. Shpresa started organizing fundraising events for the New England Center for Children with Autism and was on the board of The Alpine Learning Group. When the war started in Kosova, Shpresa became part of the Kosova Relief Fond, an organization in New York. She collected clothes, donations and emergency items from her neighbors and even her daughter’s school in NJ. Her house was full of refugees and family members. During this time, she became a member of UNIFEM, a United Nations organization for women and HCUND, a Hospitality Committee for the United Nations delegations. She organized fundraisers for these two organizations for five years. In 2009, after experiencing her 21 years old son, Arben, transition to adult living home, she made a promise to him and herself. Her promise was to help autistic children who were not fortunate enough to live in this country. She went to Kosova and brought to the U.S. two children’s psychologist who worked with autistic kids. They underwent training at the Alpine Learning School in New Jersey. Shpresa had fundraising events at her house. The money raised was used to buy school supplies for 13 schools in Kosova, that she personally visited. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Kosova, she organized a training seminar with Gregory Manzo MD, where fortyfive Kosovar teachers, educators and psychologists were trained. She and her family donated their apartment in Prishtina and started United for Autism. The first school for autistic children opened up in Kosova in 2012, serving 124 children. There is now a law in Kosova that protects special needs children and there is a push for more awareness in diagnostic and health care. There are more than one thousand special needs children in Kosova. Helping them is a noble mission and Shpresa can not walk it alone.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

usa@wise

Mr. Nick Cain
GOOGLE.ORG
Education Lead
United States of America




Ms Hannah Peter
GOOGLE.ORG
Program Manager
United States of America

Biography
Hannah is part of the education team at Google.org, Google’s philanthropy, where she supports nonprofits leveraging technology to advance primary education in developing countries and computer science education, worldwide. Prior to joining Google, Hannah worked on philanthropic partnerships at DonorsChoose.org— a crowdfunding nonprofit for US public school teachers—where she managed $22M annually from over 25 corporate and foundation partners. Hannah started her career as a bilingual Head Start teacher in an inclusion classroom in East Palo Alto. Hannah earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in politics and international relations from Scripps College. Following graduation, she served on the college’s board of trustees and alumni leadership council.
Dr. Yao Zhang
RoboTerra Inc.
Founder & CEO
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Digital Inteligence
Centres of interest
Robotics Education


Biography
Yao Zhang, founder and CEO of RoboTerra Inc., a Silicon Valley based learning technology company, has been working in the education and technology field for more than a decade. RoboTerra, recognized as the annual "Star Company" at the 2014 World Learning Technology Summit and a "Top 30 Innovations Company in 2015 SVIEF", provides a cloud-based learning solution connecting educational robots built by students and respective course modules, which allows students a rewarding and fun learning experience. A Columbia University alumna, Yao was recognized for her great entrepreneurship, contribution and leadership in robotics and education, as a "Top 25 Women in Robotics in 2015" by RoboHub, and most recently honored as a 2016 Young Global Leader by Davos World Economic Forum, an Innovation Ambassador by the United Nations (UNCTAD), a Global Future Council AI & Robotics Committee member and one of "7 Women in AI & Robotics" by major tech media.
Ms Demy Tang
ROBOTERRA
VP Strategy and Operations
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Social Entrepreneurship

Centres of interest
Innovation in education
The future of higher education



Biography
I started my career at a mutual fund in China. After business school I joined an education NGO called Teach for China. Now as VP of Strategy & Operations, I am excited to work on educational robotics, a product that reshapes how students learn.
Dr. Sebastian Thrun
UDACITY
President and CEO, Cofounder
United States of America



Biography
Founder of Udacity Fellow Researcher at Google Founder of Google X Labs Thrun led the team developing the GoogleGlass and has his share in lots of amazing things Google develops. He also led development of the robotic vehicle ‘Stanley’ which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which has since been placed on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Thrun is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, and at age 39, Thrun was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and also into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2007. In 2011, Thrun received the Max-Planck-Research Award. and the inaugural AAAI Ed Feigenbaum Prize. Fast Company selected Thrun as the 5th most creative person in business in the world.

Mr. Michael O'Neill
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Assistant Secretary-General
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Diplomacy
Internatiopnal Development
Multilateral Organoizations



Biography
UN Assistant Secretary-General & UNDP Director of External Relations since 2014; Chairman, Prime Minister's Gulf Strategy Group, Cabinet Office, London, 2013-14; UK Ambassador to Qatar, 2012-13; Head of Mission, Helmand Reconstruction Team & UK Senior Civilian Representative, Southern Afghanistan, 2010-12; UK Special Representative for Sudan, 2007-10; Counsellor, UK Representation to European Union, Brussels, 2006-07; Counsellor, UK Mission to United Nations, New York, 2002-06; 1st Secretary Pol-Mil, British Embassy, Washington, 1998-2002; Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, 1994-98 (European Union Dept, 1996-98; Foreign Secretary's Speechwriter, 1995-6; Private Secretary to Lord Owen, Co-Chair of International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, 1994-95); 2nd Secretary Defence, UK Delegation to NATO, Brussels, 1991-94; Ministry of Defence, London, 1988-1991; MSc West European Politics, London School of Economics 1987-88; MA Classics & Modern History, Brasenose College, Oxford, 1983-87.




Ms Marta Urquilla
BEECK CENTER FOR SOCIAL IMPACT + INNOVATION, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
Deputy Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Outcomes Based Financing

Biography
Marta Urquilla is the deputy director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. Marta brings extensive experience working with communities, and has held leadership roles across a variety of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Marta is a leading expert on designing policy for social impact, and she heads the Beeck Center’s work on outcomes and results-focused policies. She co-led the design and launch of the Social Innovation Fund in the U.S. Government, which became the model for innovation funds across other agencies. Marta began her career as an Echoing Green fellow working with youth and and creating community-led initiatives at the local and national level. As a Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama in the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Marta focused on evidence-based policy, innovative financing tools, and public-private partnerships to maximize federal resources and drive investment toward effective solutions across communities in the U.S. She launched and supported several White House initiatives, including Pay for Success, the White House Council for Community Solutions, and Summer Jobs+. She also served on President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform working group. Prior to Georgetown, Marta worked to identify promising practices in education and community development and to advance results-oriented policy solutions, including the design and implementation of successful technology programs to build the capacity of low-income communities and connecting them to greater economic opportunity. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and is an advisor to emerging social innovators.
Mr. Austin Volz
AVENUES: THE WORLD SCHOOL
Senior Learner Experience Designer
United States of America



Biography
Austin X. Volz is an educator and researcher with an international background in education research, experiential education and program design. Austin’s international experience includes teaching in Greece, a Fulbright in Germany and U.S. State Department fellowships in China. As a Visiting Scholar at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) he researched Chinese models of, and motivations for, liberal arts and science education. is writings have appeared in the Chinese Journal of International Education, Fudan General Education, and Democracy and Education: Collected Perspectives. Synthesizing his experience as a classroom teacher, youth leadership coach, and researcher, Austin draws on this broad background to promote learning. In the Tiger Works Research & Development group at Avenues he manages global education environment research, develops new educational models, supports education design for global campus development, and conducts empirical education research. Austin received a B.A. from St. John’s College (Santa Fe, NM) and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA).
Ms Nicole Comforto
WORLD POSSIBLE
Director of Strategic Partnerships
United States of America



Biography
Nicole coordinates major partnerships and new programs for World Possible, a non-profit based in the United States that connects offline learners to the world's knowledge. World Possible is the creator of RACHEL, a small server that stores educational content for offline classrooms, and OER2Go.org, a free repository of downloadable educational website. Before joining World Possible, Nicole worked in international education and literacy at Library For All and UNESCO. She holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Columbia University.

Dr. Jamie Alexandre
LEARNING EQUALITY
Executive Director
United States of America



Biography
Jamie has a PhD in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, and is a co-founder of Learning Equality, an educational nonprofit dedicated to increasing equitable access to educational opportunities around the globe. KA Lite, their open-source offline-installable Khan Academy platform, is being used in over 194 countries and territories, in rural schools, orphanages, community centers, refugee camps, prisons, and homes. Learning Equality’s second-generation platform, Kolibri, enables seamless authoring, peer-to-peer sharing, and engaging interaction with locally relevant educational content, on any online or offline device.

Ms Shivi Chandra
LEARNING EQUALITY
Global Curriculum Specialist
United States of America



Biography
Shivi Chandra is the Global Curriculum Specialist at Learning Equality and leads content strategy and curriculum management for its OER-based platform, Kolibri. She has a background in curriculum design and M&E for civic education initiatives in the developing world, formerly as a government and higher education researcher, consultant on girls’ social motivations for STEM careers with the National Science Foundation, and evaluation specialist for a USAID-funded MIT development project. She holds a masters’ degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a bachelors’ degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Lauren Lichtman
LEARNING EQUALITY
Partnerships Lead
United States of America



Biography
Lauren Lichtman, Partnerships Manager at Learning Equality, has a passion for working together to support innovations to break down barriers to education so all children and youth have their right to quality education realized. Her work aims to uphold human rights, ranging from supporting the work of corporates engaging in education to fighting crime by investigating international financial movements. Lauren holds a M.A. in International Educational Development with a focus on Peace Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Comparative Politics and a Certificate in African Studies from Princeton University.
Mr. Dave Smith
UNREASONABLE INSTITUTE
Creative Partnerships
United States of America





Dr. Rebecca Winthrop
THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education
United States of America

Biography
Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education. She is the former head of education for the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid NGO. Her research focuses on education in the developing world, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in life, and improving quality learning for the most marginalized children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence. Dr. Winthrop works to promote equitable learning issues for young people in developing countries. She advises governments, international institutions, foundations, and corporations on education and development issues, and provides guidance to a number of important education policy actors. Prior to joining Brookings in June 2009, Dr. Winthrop spent 15 years working in the field of education for displaced and migrant communities, most recently as the head of education for the International Rescue Committee.

Mr. Timothy Stumph
YALE UNIVERSITY WORLD FELLOWS PROGRAM
Director of Admissions
United States of America



Biography
Tim Stumph manages the admission and selection process for the Yale University Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows program and is responsible for recruiting dynamic and creative practitioners from around the globe. Prior to joining the World Fellows team, Tim was Co-Director of the Office of Fellowship Programs at Yale College and Assistant Director of Admissions at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has worked as an ESL instructor in Europe and South Korea and has studied in Colombia, Guatemala and the Czech Republic. Tim has an MA in education from the Universi

Ms Maria Snyder
ECO BOYS AND GIRLS, ECOBRANDS, PEACEARTH
Founder
United States of America

Biography
Founder of Eco Boys and Girls, Maria Snyder is an artist, activist, entrepreneur, a thought leader and visual communicator in education in the multi-disciplinary fields of children's media, fine arts and fashion. Eco Boys and Girls is a children’s interdisciplinary education brand focused on STEAM, Sustainable Development and Pluralism education and entertainment. Maria Snyder was recently selected in a global broadcast as a role model and thought leader for Women in Science by the worlds largest science organizations, The Association of Science & Technology Centers, UNESCO, UN Women, UN Major Group for Children & Youth.

Mr. Jonathan Schmid
P21
Director of Innovation & Technology
United States of America

Biography
Jonathan Schmid is the Director of Innovation & Technology at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts. He has presented at numerous conferences such as ISTE, NAIS, MASSCUE, and AISNE on subjects including Digital Citizenship, Design Thinking, 3D Printing and Making. Jonathan is a certified Google Education Trainer and Certified Google Administrator. Jonathan led the team behind the EurekaLab, a makerspace at The Meadowbrook School as part of a collaboration with the MIT Edgerton Center. He has worked with schools in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Ms Katie-Jay Scott
LITTLE RIPPLES iACT
Chief Operating Officer
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Pedagogies / Assessment / Curriculum

Centres of interest
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Girls and Women Education



Biography
Katie-Jay Scott graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a focus on Community Development. She also holds a certificate in Executive Management from the Center for Nonprofit Management. Through her positions as founding Board of Peers member of Education Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator with "I Have a Dream" Foundation-Oregon, and founding Coordinator of the Portland Coalition for Genocide Awareness, Scott brings extensive leadership, community organizing, and development experience to iACT. As Chief Operating Officer, she runs day-to-day and overseas trip operations; manages policy partnerships and national campaigns; coordinates volunteer team members and interns; oversees the Carl Wilkens Fellowship program; handles community partnerships including sponsorships, development opportunities, and presentations including iACT's Camp Darfur exhibit; and is often the first point of contact for anyone interested in supporting iACT projects with time, in-kind donations, or financial contributions.

Mr. Bilal Musharraf
EDMODO
Director, Strategic Partnerships
United States of America



Biography
Bilal is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Edmodo, a global education network that connects all learners with the people and resources they need to reach their full potential. He has experience in both education and financial sectors. Previously he was Dean of Translations at Khan Academy and VP Development for an international network of private schools. His financial background includes working in venture capital and hedge fund management for firms including One Market Capital, ePlanet Ventures and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Bilal began his career as an actuary. Bilal has an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University and a BS in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations, the Breakthrough Collaborative (www.breakthroughcollaborative.org) and Learning Equality (learningequality.org). Bilal lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Dr. Vishakha Desai
COLUMBIA SIPA & SOLOMON R.GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION
Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
United States of America



Biography
Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Senior Research Scholar at its School of International and Public Affairs, where she focuses on innovative approaches to understanding the relationship between culture and foreign policy in Asia. From 1990 through 2012, she served in various capacities at the Asia Society, ranging from being Director if its museum, to being the President and CEO of the organization from 2004. Under her leadership the organization expanded the scope and scale of its activities, incorporating a broad range of internationally recognized education programs. Dr. Desai currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of AFS Intercultural Programs, an international education organization with nearly 50,000 volunteers and staff in 60 countries. AFS develops active global citizens, empowers schools and institutions, and expands access to intercultural education in order to build a more just and peaceful world. In addition to several publications, Dr. Desai is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines in both the US and Asia. A recipient of five honorary degrees, Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan.

Mr. George Srour
BUILDING TOMORROW
Founder + Chief Dreamer
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Social Entrepreneurship
Teacher's Training and Management

Centres of interest
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Education reform and innovation



Biography
George Srour is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT). Under Srour’s leadership, Building Tomorrow has constructed over 50 schools in Uganda and launched a Fellowship program improving school leadership at over 200 rural primary schools. In total, Building Tomorrow reaches 65,000 students daily and has brought back to school or enrolled for the first time more than 14,000 children. Srour has been recognized for his work in the field of social entrepreneurship by being named an Echoing Green Fellow, a member of the GOOD100 and the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30.

Mr. Richard Rowe
OPEN LEARNING EXCHANGE
CEO and Chair
United States of America
Domains of expertise
The future of learning
Personalizing learning
Scalable Learning Technologies

Centres of interest
The Future of Learning
Strategies for Lifelong Learning for All


Biography
Richard Rowe is Founder and CEO of the Open Learning Exchange. OLE is a Social Benefit Organization (SBO), founded in 2007 and committed to achieving quality education for everyone, everywhere, all the time. OLE focuses on children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by poverty, violence and climate chaos. OLE designs personalized open learning systems, then uses low-cost technologies to implement these community-based approaches to learning, and assesses the outcomes in ways that can be used to continuously improve the learning system itself. OLE has developed the coach-led Tiger Girls program for adolescent Syrian refugee girls and the “Ready to Return” career pathways program for young Somali refugees. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University and the Certificate of the Owner President Program of the Harvard Business School. He was Director of Test Development and Research of the West African Examinations Council and subsequently Associate Dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education. He has served on the Massachusetts State Board of Education, the MIT Press Advisory Board, as President of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, on the faculty of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the Board of Directors of the Small Planet Institute.

Ms Alexis Menten
ASIA SOCIETY
Executive Director, Center for Global Education
United States of America



Biography
Alexis Menten is the Executive Director of Program Development for the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, where she is responsible for strategic and program planning, partnership development, and fundraising. She leads a national initiative to advance global learning in non-formal education programs, and directs an international working group and research study on integration of 21st century skills into primary and secondary education systems across the US and Asia. Prior to Asia Society, Alexis worked on an educational technology program with Relief International in several countries in Central Asia and the Middle East, after working in interactive media for a range of cultural, educational, and for-profit enterprises in New York. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Ms Maysa Zorob
PILNET
Senior Legal Officer for MENA & Associate Director for Fellows
United States of America



Biography
Maysa Zorob is Senior Legal Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Assistant Director for Fellows at PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, based in New York. In addition to designing and implementing legal and extra-legal strategies to defend the public interest in the MENA region, Maysa also leads the Fellowship Program, which educates and equips public interest lawyers with creative tools and innovative approaches to advance social justice goals. Maysa has over 10 years of experience in the field of human rights and social justice across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe on the policy and educational levels. Prior to joining PILnet, Maysa managed the Justice Program at EuroMed Rights, a regional network of Arab and European human rights organizations in Brussels, Belgium; established and ran the EU Advocacy Program of Al-Haq, a leading Palestinian human rights NGO; and headed the Law & Society Unit at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law in Palestine. Maysa holds an LL.M. in European and International Law and an LL.B. in German Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She is a German and Palestinian national and is fluent in Arabic, French, German, and English.
Mr. Azad Oommen
GLOBAL SCHOOL LEADERS
Co-Founder
United States of America
Domains of expertise
School Leadership
Centres of interest
School Leadership



Biography
Azad Oommen is the co-founder of Global School Leaders, a non-profit that develops effective school leadership to improve learning of students from marginalized communities around the world. He was the founding Executive Director of the Central Square Foundation (CSF), an India-based venture philanthropy fund that invests in systemic reforms to improve the quality of student learning. He has worked extensively to promote young leaders, having run leadership development programmes for the American India Foundation in India, City Year in South Africa, and the Congressional Hunger Center in the US. He serves on the boards of the Central Square Foundation and the India School Leadership Institute. Azad has a Masters degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a Bachelors degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.

Mr. David Ross
PARTNERSHIP FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING
CEO
United States of America



Biography
David Ross is the CEO of P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. In this role, David oversees all of P21's programs, which span the entire 21st Century Learning continuum, and its growing state support services. Most recently, David was the CEO & Founder of the Lurner Group, an educational consulting company that partners with starts-ups, non-profits, and school districts on revenue-development models. Ross worked for seven years as the Senior Director for the Buck Institute for Education and led its growth into becoming the dominant provider of professional development focused on Project Based Learning. While at BIE, David created and managed the PBL World Conference and the National Faculty. He is the co-author of the Project Based Learning Starter Kit. Ross is a frequent and popular speaker and workshop facilitator at national and international conferences. He has presented more than 40 times on such topics as Project Based Learning, creativity, entrepreneurship, and 21st century teaching and learning. One of his most passionate interests is global education. He has led multi-year partnerships in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and South Korea. He has provided teacher workshops and leadership training in more than a dozen countries. Ross anchors his leadership work in the ten years he spent in the classroom. He was an English and Social Studies teacher in an urban Los Angeles middle school for six years.

Mr. Eric Sheninger
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION
Senior Fellow
United States of America



Biography
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership and Learning with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. He has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.

Ms Christina Ong
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Ph.D. Student
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Higher Education

Centres of interest
Girls and Women Education
Migrants / migration



Biography
Christina is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh committed to advancing racial and gender-based justice. She studies the role of womxn and alternative media in social movements. As the creator of Seats At The Table, a podcast elevating stories of immigrant and activist womxn, she believes in the power of narrative to uplift communities of color. She previously worked as the Program Development Director for The Tiyya Foundation, a non-profit organization providing community support to refugees in Southern California.



Mr. Daniel Obst
AFS INTERCULTURAL PROGRAMS
President and CEO
United States of America
Domains of expertise
International Education
Global Citizenship

Centres of interest
intercultural education

Biography
Daniel is President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, a global network of 60 member organizations with nearly 50,000 volunteers and programs in 99 countries. Before joining AFS in 2016, Daniel served as Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where he provided strategic leadership for many groundbreaking IIE initiatives. Daniel led the launch of Generation Study Abroad, which mobilized 700 international partner organizations to help double the number of U.S. students who study abroad. Under his leadership, partners pledged more than $185 million to support study abroad. He was also responsible for all the activities of IIE’s network of 1,500 member institutions, publications and higher education services, IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, and strategic communications team, including alumni affairs. Daniel currently serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Prior to joining IIE, Daniel worked as Producer and Director of Product Development at the tech start-up iAgora.com, an online community for young internationals who live, work and study abroad. Daniel his B.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University (USA) and holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics (UK).

Ms Ranjana Rao
LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL ALUMNI
Director 
United States of America


Biography
over 15 yrs of experience in consulting both within corporate and social sector. Chapter leader for Room To Read in New Jersey, USA WWW.ROOMTOREAD.ORG
Mr. Christopher Neu
TECHCHANGE, INC.
Chief Operating Officer
United States of America

Biography
Christopher Neu is the Chief Operating Officer at TechChange and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. Previously, Chris worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) to build the Center of Innovation for Science and Technology. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Chris has also worked with the Association of International Development Agencies (Ramallah), IFES during the 2006 Palestinian Elections, and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Chris holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.



Ms Austin Spivey
TECHCHANGE
Instructional Designer
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Centres of interest
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Innovation in education


Biography
TechChange provides scalable, interactive technology training for social change. We deliver online certificate courses to individuals, build customized courses and learning experiences for organizations, and strengthen technology-enabled communities of practice. As an instructional designer, I design self-paced eLearning courses, trainings, and curricula for TechChange's diverse clientele.

Dr. Fernando Reimers
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education
United States of America


Biography
Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University. Professor Reimers is an expert in the field of Global Education. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He studies how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. As part of the work of the Global Education Innovation Initiative he leads, he and his colleagues conducted a comparative study of the goals of education as reflected in the curriculum in Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States, published as Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century by Harvard Education Press, a book which has also been published in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. A forthcoming book, also to be published by Harvard Education Press, studies programs around the world which support teachers in developing the professional competencies to teach holistically for the 21st Century. Two recent books present innovative global citizenship curricula. Empowering Global Citizens a complete K-12 curriculum of global citizenship education, examines why global citizenship education, aligned with helping students advance human rights and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is an imperative of our times. Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons. Version 1.0, presents a strategic framework and protocols to help teachers and school leaders develop strategies and curriculum for global citizenship education. Two recently edited books compile the results of informed dialogues, designed to foster collective impact in the areas of teacher education in Massachusetts (Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore) and in the area of Scaling 21st century education programs (Empowering All Students at Scale). His recent book One Student at a Time. Leading the Global Education Movement, is an analysis of the leadership challenges faced by those advancing global efforts to equip students with essential competencies to our times. He recently chaired a Global Alliance which produced a framework for collective impact in strengthening teacher preparation and support (Connecting the Dots to build the future teaching and learning). This report has been translated and published in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish and used to steer national dialogues on how to create conditions to strengthen the teaching profession and improve the relevance of instruction

Mr. Michael Moe
GSV ASSET MANAGEMENT 
CEO
United States of America

Biography
Michael Moe is co-founder of GSV Asset Management, as well its CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, and President of GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC) since the company’s inception in 2011. Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on growth investing. His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron’s to Congress. Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor‘s “All American” research team, The Wall Street Journal‘s “Best on the Street” award, and being named by Business Week as “one of the best stock pickers in the country.” He has also written extensively about investing in the emerging growth equity markets. His acclaimed 2006 book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group) details Michael’s investment process and philosophy which he’s refined over more than two decades in the investment community. A business best-seller, Finding the Next Starbucks has gone through three printings in five languages and been lauded for its insights into investing in premier emerging growth companies. Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies.

Ms Katie Meyler 
MORE THAN ME
Founder, CEO 
United States of America



Biography
Katie is 2014 TIME Person of the Year, recognized for her work on the front lines of Ebola. Her rapidly growing organization, "More Than Me" catalyzed a national education reform alongside of Liberia's Ministry of Education with a goal to ensure every child receives their basic human right to free and quality education with an emphasis on safety, health and gender equality. "More Than Me Schools" was the only non-profit rated an "A" for quality and scalability and is now serving more than 5,000 vulnerable Liberian children in 19 schools with a goal to reach 20% of students nationwide by 2021. The model is being replicated globally. Katie has led More Than Me to win $1MM from the Chase Bank's American Giving Awards. She was named one of People's 25 Women changing the world next to Sheryl Sandberg and Serena Williams. Katie introduced Bono to the girls of the West Point slum, received a standing ovation at Forbes400, and is raved about by Instagram's CEO, @Kevin, regarding how she used the platform to help combat Ebola. She moved Ban Ki Moon's wife, Yoo Soon-Taek, to tears speaking at the United Nations. The New York Times, TIME, NBC, CBS, CNN, Vogue, Marie Claire, and the Wall Street Journal have praised her work. She's spoken on a panel with Bill Gates on preventing the next Ebola epidemic. The largest companies in the world including Exxon, GE, Vitol Group, and Ford champion her efforts. 
r. John Moravec
EDUCATION FUTURES LLC
President
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Policy Making
Social Entrepreneurship

Centres of interest
Education reform and innovation
Innovation in education



Biography
DR. JOHN MORAVEC is a scholar on the future of work and education; a global speaker; editor of the Knowmad Society project; a co-director of the Invisible Learning project; and he is the founder of Education Futures LLC. John’s research and action scholarship agendas are focused on exploring the convergence of globalization, innovation society, and accelerating change in human knowledge development; and, building positive futures for knowledge creation systems in an era of exponential uncertainty. His work focuses on exploring the emerging “Knowmad Paradigm,” and the new approaches to leadership and human capital development required.

Mr. Javeed Mirza
MASS EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Convenor
United States of America

Biography
https://www.linkedin.com/in/javeed-mirza-90863937/ Dear friend Salutations of Peace and wellbeing to you My brief introduction is that I am a product of India and the USA and classify myself as a socially concerned person. I combine high level of public teaching background with expertise in business as well as in running social change organizations. My interest is in fostering and establishing multiple non-profit Vocational Training centers in India and helping prepare an effective Workforce and simultaneously alleviate Unemployment. I hope to see the restless young women and men develop capability and confidence and be economically empowered. It will be a great pleasure for me to speak to you about this and be enriched with your feedback and suggestions. Of course any help that can be provided will be gratefully acknowledged and appreciated. Enjoy your day Javeed Mirza

Ms Valeria Merino
GLOBAL EARTH DAY
Vice President
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Policy Making
Social Entrepreneurship
Soft skills

Centres of interest
Entrepreneurship education
Innovation in education



Biography
Valeria Merino is an environmental lawyer by training and a social entrepreneur. She has worked in different areas of social change, developing a multidisciplinary approach to resolving social issues. Early in her career, she spearheaded a successful national justice reform in Ecuador that empowered citizens and social organizations to demand from the government and local authorities the recognition of their civil, economic and environmental rights. Simultaneously, she was part of the core leadership that grew Transparency International into an anti-corruption global force serving on its global board. Later, she was the leader of Ashoka’s most extensive program, identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with innovative system change ideas in more than 90 countries. At Ashoka, she also created the Rural Innovation and Farming Program with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015, after graduating from the Founder Institute, an incubator for tech companies, she joined the Skoll Foundation, where she worked with some of the best social organizations in the world to accelerate their efforts to change systems. She is particularly motivated to work on designing and implementing solutions to complex social problems, and building and sustaining global networks and collaborations to make it happen. At Earth Day Network, she is already putting her experience to work. She is developing collaborative strategies and executing actions to further build Earth Day Network and our 50th anniversary into a platform to unite the voices of citizens and institutions around the globe, into the global environmental and wellbeing movement that is required to save the planet and life on earth.
Ms Wendy Kopp
TEACH FOR ALL
CEO & Co-Founder
United States of America



Biography
Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential. Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 8,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 52 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America's board. Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Now in its ninth year, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in 40 countries on six continents, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First. Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She serves on the Board of New Profit and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

Ms. Julia Kirby
U.S EMBASSY QATAR
Education Advisor
United States of America

Biography
Julia Kirby is the Education Advisor at the U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar. Prior to joining the embassy in 2012 she worked as a project director at the U.S.-based NGO FHI 360.

Mr. Saul Garlick
MORE THAN ME
President
United States of America



Biography
Saul Garlick is an internationally respected entrepreneur and leader who has successfully run companies across Africa, Latin America and the United States. He is Founder and Chairman of ThinkImpact, a global immersion experience for college and graduate students working on social innovation in Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Panama. He founded Unleesh, mobile-first skill-building app to solve the global skills gap. He currently serves as President of More Than Me, a non-profit organization that operates 19 public schools in Liberia in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Saul is a Truman Scholar, an Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, a top 9 Young Foreign Policy Leader under 33 by the Diplomatic Courier, and an International Speaker Specialist for the US Department of State. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, TNW, and The Huffington Post. His work has been endorsed by President Nelson Mandela. Saul received his BA with honors from Johns Hopkins University and his MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Ms Noella Coursaris Musunka
MALAIKA
Founder & CEO
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Girls and Women Education
Teacher's Training and Management

Centres of interest
Finance & Funding
Teacher's Training and Management



Biography
Philanthropist and international model Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is the Founder of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that works to educate and empower girls and communities in her native country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and an Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Following the passing of her father when she was five and with her mother lacking the resources to look after her, Noëlla was sent to live with relatives in Europe. She benefited from a good education but has always been aware that many children in the DRC are not so fortunate. After receiving a degree in business management, Noëlla was discovered and began a successful modeling career which took her from the pages of Vanity Fair and Vogue to a global stage. As she travelled the world, she discovered a platform from which to share her passion for human rights. In 2007, Noëlla founded Malaika alongside a team of probono professionals who donate their time and expertise. Malaika’s education and health programs are impacting thousands of people’s lives and are all offered free of charge. Malaika’s work takes 3 paths: an accredited school that provides a quality education to 275 girls and builds the leadership capacity of each student; a community center that provides education, health and sports programs to 7,000 people; and eight wells that supply clean water to 16,000 people. Since 2017, Noëlla is an Ambassador for The Global Fund, the world’s largest financier of programs combating these diseases through partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector. Joining other Global Fund Ambassadors like Bono, Charlize Theron and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Noella uses this platform to raise attention to the need for more investments in health and education and the intersections amongst the two areas.

Dr. Tariq Cheema
WORLD CONGRESS OF MUSLIM PHILANTHROPISTS
President
United States of America



Biography
Tariq Cheema is a renowned social innovator and philanthropist who has devoted his life to making world a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable place for all. He is the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a global network of affluent individuals, corporations, foundations, governments and academia, dedicated to advancing effective and accountable giving. His trendsetting efforts towards institutionalizing Muslim Philanthropy in recent times have earned worldwide acclaim. Dr. Cheema ranks among the 500 most influential Muslims impacting the world today.



Ms Samira Nikaein Towfighian
THE WORLD BANK GROUP
Education Specialist
United States of America

Biography
Samira is an Education Specialist at the World Bank, where she works on lending operations and education studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. She is the Early Childhood Education Focal Point for MENA, and leads a number of regional and country-level projects in the subsector. Her work also focuses on strengthening the evidence base for education policymaking in MENA. In partnership with J-Pal, Samira has developed an impact evaluation incubator to promote rigorous evaluations in the region. She is also co-leading a field experiment on gender discrimination in the labor market in Tunisia. Prior to joining the World Bank, Samira worked on a range of education and development policy issues including early childhood development in Central Asia (UNICEF), refugee education in the Middle East (UNHCR), and skills development in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa (UNESCO). Samira holds a Master’s Degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Luis Benveniste
WORLD BANK
Practice Director for the Education Global Practice 
United States of America


Dr. Carine Allaf
QATAR FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
Senior Programs Advisor
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts



Biography
Dr. Carine Allaf has fifteen years of experience working as a teacher, scholar, and practitioner in the United States and in multiple countries across the Arab world. Currently she is the Senior Programs Advisor at Qatar Foundation International (QFI) whose mission is dedicated to connecting cultures and advancing global citizenship through education. Dr. Allaf designed and led the implementation of QFI’s flagship Arabic Language and Arab Culture program for 5 years. Previous to her work with QFI, Dr. Allaf was a lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University’s International Education Development program from 2010 to 2013. Her courses centered on women in the Arab world, education in conflict and emergency settings, and international development. Dr. Allaf was an elementary school teacher at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon and domestically in the Philadelphia and New York City public school systems from 2001 to 2006. As a practitioner, Carine has assisted organizations in designing, implementing, and evaluating education programs in addition to conducting trainings. Carine has worked with Save the Children, UNICEF, and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) in Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Palestine, and Qatar. Dr. Allaf obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ms Tehreem Junaid Asghar
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Graduate Student
United States of America



Biography
I am currently a second-year master’s student studying International Educational Development at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on Higher Education and International Policy. Prior to this, I completed my bachelors of science from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Qatar, where I graduated cum laude and with a completion of an honors thesis. In the past five years, I have worked for various social action clubs and organizations that seek to unite communities and promote the integration of refugees, students, migrant workers, children, women and people with disabilities in communities. I have also worked in the higher education sector to advocate on behalf of students through my four years in various student government associations. My interest in advocacy, event planning and student development has prompted me to explore jobs in student affairs and international education. Currently, I am working as a graduate assistant for the International and Intercultural Programs Department at Barnard College. I am also co- working on a startup project called Peak-A-Box (through the Learners' Voice Program) to improve early childhood development in refugee camps. Upon graduation, I hope to work as an employee for an organization working with refugees and/or children or work with students at the university and/or organizational level.

Mr. Dzingai Mutumbuka
ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN AFRICA
Chairman
United States of America



Biography
Dzingai Mutumbuka retired from the World Bank where e held a number of senior positions including as Sector Manager. Previously he served as Minister of Education for 10 years n Zimbabwe. He sits on many boards involved with education including UNESCO's IIEP, R4D, Big Win and the Harvard Ministerial Leadership program.

Ms Shelia Metcalf
SUMMIT TECHNLOGY ACADEMY
Principal
United States of America

Biography
Elaine Metcalf is an enthusiast. An enthusiast about all things STEM that is. Elaine assumed her duties as principal of Summit Technology Academy in July 2011. Summit Technology Academy (STA) is a shared campus of junior and senior students who come together for a half-day program as an extension of their home high school. Students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers in a global environment apply to attend the Academy. STEM-related careers encompass network engineering, software development, cyber security, health science, biomedical science, nursing, digital media, aerospace, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, teacher preparation, and international studies. STA is a National Model for Preparing High-demand, High-wage Workforce Talent for Professional Studies Careers. STA was recognized as a P21 Exemplar by the Partnership for 21stLearning for its outstanding innovative preparation for students.
Mr. Chris Pruijsen
HOMIES.IO
Co-founder and CEO 
United States of America

Biography
Chris is currently the CEO/Co-founder of Homies.io, an impact-oriented software design and development agency based out of San Francisco and Austin, TX. Previously he helped start Udacity Blitz (2016), was the top-ranked Product Manager at Gigster, where he managed over 100 client projects (2015-16), and co-founded Sterio.me (2013-15). Sterio.me enabled teachers to send their students homework on their mobile phones using SMS, IVR, Android and Web technologies, saving teachers time by automating the homework process from preparation, distribution and test-marking to administration. Sterio.me was part of the inaugural WISE Accelerator class, participated in Start-Up Chile, and was selected as an "Education for All"​ World Summit Youth Award winner. For his work at Sterio.me, Chris was nominated for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards "Young Mobile Innovator of the Year"​. Sterio.me is no longer operational. Before Sterio.me Chris co-founded StartupBus Africa (now Ampion.org). AMPION organizes impact-oriented hackathons across 15+ countries in Africa (400+ participants / 10+ hackathons to date). He is no longer involved.
Ms Zainab Qureshi
HARVARD
Senior Program Manager, LEAPS
United States of America



Biography
Zainab Qureshi is the LEAPS Senior Program Manager at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School. She oversees implementation of Education and policy research in Pakistan through the Learning and Education Achievement in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) Program. She has previously worked at various organizations across the Education sector in Pakistan, implementing low cost Education delivery programs and developing an alternate model of education for low income schools. She holds a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in Economics and International Development from McGill University.

Ms Eman A.M Rafay
THE DIWAN OF ROYAL COURT
Researcher, Public Policy
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education for Employment



Biography
As an advocate of social innovation for development, Eman specialises in education, employment, and gender. Currently engaged with teams delivering pro-growth PPP initiatives to strengthen the Sultanates competitiveness, at the Think Tank Unit in the Diwan of Royal Court. Eman has led and supported the establishment of several national initiatives such as; founding the 'Omani Women's' awareness campaign, with the Minister of Social Development, co-founded and implemented the National CEO Program at the Diwan of Royal Cout and as head of PR, established the successful launch of the regions first, Royal Opera House in Muscat. Having worked with international charities such as Oxfam & The Centre for Social Justice, in 2017 Eman was selected to represent Oman in UNESCO's' 'Education for Sustainable Development' programme as a Young Arab Youth. And as a Global Shaper, she founded ‘OmanVolunteers’, Oman’s first online volunteer matching platform. Eman holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Policy from the University of York, UK, and has completed executive programs at Lee Kuan Ye
Ms Julia Freeland Fisher
CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN INSTITUTE
Director of education research
United States of America

Biography
Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential. Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Her recent white papers focus on how disruptive innovations are changing the education landscape.
Mr. Greg Mauro
LEARN CAPITAL
Managing Partner
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Highly scalable public-private partnerships for primary and secondary education.



Biography
Greg Mauro is managing partner of Learn Capital, which has the largest portfolio of ed tech investments in the world. Previously he managed a US Treasury backed New Markets fund focused on education facilities for high performing primary schools. He also served on the foundation board for High Tech High for eight years. Greg has co-founded four venture backed startups used by millions across the education, wireless, and media sectors. Most recently Greg was a co-founder at Edmodo, used by over 80 million teachers and students worldwide. Greg is also co-founder of Nextivity, SmartDrive, and Tachyon, which collectively received $350M in venture capital. Prior to these ventures, Greg joined four engineers to launch Entropic, which created the MoCA home networking standard before going public. Greg started his career as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group, and is a graduate of UCLA’s College of Honors

Dr. Karen Symms Gallagher
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dean, USC Rossier School of Education
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Educational Equity
Teacher's Training and Management

Centres of interest
Education reform and innovation
Personalized Learning



Biography
Karen Symms Gallagher is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean at the USC Rossier School of Education. Under her leadership, the school pioneered the practitioner-focused education doctorate more than a decade ago, an EdD program that serves as a national model. In 2009, the school launched the groundbreaking online Master of Arts in Teaching degree, which has now prepared more than 3,000 teachers. The Global Executive EdD program, which launched in 2012, also uses an online platform and prepares education leaders from around the world. Dean Gallagher has a long career of collaborating on teacher preparation improvement. In 2015, she joined with other education leaders to form Deans for Impact, an organization that aims to improve educator preparation through data-driven initiatives. She is currently chair of the board of directors of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the nation’s only teacher-accreditation organization.
Ms Priscilla Clarke
CLARKE & ASSOCIATES, LLC
President & CEO
United States of America



Biography
Priscilla Clarke is President and CEO of Clarke & Associates, LLC, a premiere Public Relations and Entertainment firm located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, celebrated HistoryMaker, and one of the leading strategists in her field. With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Clarke has established an impressive track record and elite client roster, having worked with; Beyoncé, Chris Tucker, Wanda Durant, The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, The O’Jays, Shaquille O’Neal, NAS, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand’s Women’s Heart Alliance, celebrity Chef Huda Mu'min, GE (General Electric), National Medical Association, Coca-Cola, National Association of Broadcasters, US Dream Academy, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, to name a few. Ms. Clarke has been honored by; The HistoryMakers, International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, Fifty Influential Minorities in Business, and Who’s Who Among Black Americans.  A graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Babson College programs, she also serves on the board of The GRAMMY’s® (The Recording Academy™, D.C. Chapter), Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Wanda Durant "The Real MVP™" Charity, Inc. Website: www.clarkepr.com 

Ms Kim Baskin
TEACH FOR ALL
Government & Multilateral Affairs Specialist
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Coalition Building



Biography
Kim is Teach For All’s Global Specialist for Government and Multilateral Affairs. Kim brings to the team 8 years of program and partnerships management experience and has worked with a number of international and domestic organizations on various education initiatives, including StoryCorps, the Global Business Coalition for Education, International Rescue Committee, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and Facing History & Ourselves. She has also worked in a supporting role with the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. Kim has a BA from Wesleyan University and a MPA from Columbia University SIPA in Development Practice. Kim also brings with her two years of classroom experience from her time as a secondary school teacher with the Peace Corps in Rwanda.

Mr. Zhenyu Liao
TECHSHARE
Executive Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
nonprofit
self

Centres of interest
Education Technologies
Migrants / migration



Biography
I make a life as a co-founder and volunteer at a non-profit: TecShare - We are a group of volunteers who embrace information communication technology to improve children’s education in underserved communities worldwide, and empower them to become self-directed lifelong learners. I make a living as an User Experience (UX) Consultant and App Developer at Microsoft Consulting Services around the world. I am a full-stack developer and an User-Centric Agile Scrum coach.
Mr. Phil Noble
WORLD CLASS SCHOLARS
Co-founder
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Global Online Exchanges

Biography
PHIL NOBLE --- Noble is one of the leading experts in the US and internationally on the Internet and new technology and the civic sector - media, politics, government, NGOs, foundations and education. BUSINESS - Noble is the founder of Phil Noble & Associates and PoliticsOnline specializing in Internet, technology and new media strategic consulting for US and international public affairs clients. Noble is a veteran of over 350 public affairs projects and political campaigns in 40 states and 30 countries. He has worked to elect the head of state in 15 countries. EXPERTISE - Noble has been a global leader in developing ground breaking public affairs and e-democracy strategies, tools and projects for a large variety of clients including US and international political organizations, corporations, NGOs, governments and universities. CLIENTS - The firm’s new media and e-democracy projects and clients include the European Union and European Parliament, Papandreou Foundation / United Nations, World Bank / Metropolis, International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, The BBC, Bertelsmann, AOL Time Warner, the national government of Australia, the cities of Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Stockholm, over a dozen political parties and many others.



Dr. Darleen Opfer
RAND CORPORATION
Director of Education
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Program evaluation

Biography
Dr. V. Darleen Opfer has served as Director of RAND Education since 2011; she also holds the Distinguished Chair in Education Policy. From 2005 to 2011, she was director of research and senior lecturer in research methods and school improvement at the University of Cambridge’s (England) Faculty of Education. Her research work utilizes large-scale surveys and other methods to understand the conditions that impact outcomes for teachers. She currently leads the TALIS Video Study funded by the OECD; a study using video observation, surveys, and student achievement tests to explore the association between teaching practices and student outcomes in eight countries. In 2015, the Helmsley Trust funded her to conduct a three year national, longitudinal study of teachers’ implementation of new state standards. With Brian Stecher, in 2014 she launched RAND’s American Teacher Panel and American School Leader Panel which are two nationally representative longitudinal panels of teachers and school leaders in the United States who respond to surveys three to four times per year to track impacts of education policies. 

Ms Amy Black
RESULTS FOR DEVELOPMENT 
Executive Vice President
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Collaborative Learning and Network-Building

Biography
Amy Black is the executive vice president of global education at Results for Development (R4D). Her work centers on improving education outcomes in a large-scale and lasting way by supporting the people — the policymakers, the program managers and practitioners and the private sector players — who are driving system-level reforms in low and middle-income countries. Amy previously served as the vice president of growth strategy and development at Teach For All, a global network of more than 45 national partner organizations that recruits and equips young talent to teach and pursue other leadership opportunities that will improve educational opportunities for marginalized youth. Before helping to establish Teach For All, Amy was executive director of the Washington, D.C. region at Teach For America, where she expanded the corps of teachers from 90 to 300 and launched an early childhood education program that became a national model. She began her career teaching middle school reading and writing in Baltimore City Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member.
Ms Caitlin Moss
R4D
Program Officer
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Innovations



Biography
Caitlin Moss is a Program Officer focusing on Global Education and Innovation at Results for Development (R4D). Her work includes supporting the International Development Innovation Alliance, a community of international development partners focused on integrating and scaling innovative approaches, as well as researching education issues including out-of-school children, youth employability, and scaling education innovations. Prior to joining R4D, Caitlin worked with Save the Children, the White House Domestic Policy Council, and ASER Centre in New Delhi, India. She also spent two years teaching English with Teach for China. Caitlin holds an M.A. in International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.

Mr. Steven Drummond
EDUCATION PROJECT NPR
Senior Editor
United States of America



Biography
Steve Drummond heads up NPR's education reporting project. NPR Ed launched in March 2014, providing deeper coverage of this vital issue and extending it to audiences across digital platforms. It's a nine-member team within the network, working in partnership with member stations around the country. Drummond brings to this initiative more than 20 years' experience covering education issues, and more than a decade at NPR in a variety of roles. At NPR his work has been honored with many of journalism's highest awards, including three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Ms Sarah Borgman
SKOLL FOUNDATION
Director, Skoll Community and Convenings
United States of America

Biography
Sarah has executive oversight for the international portfolio of Skoll Awardees and Skoll’s high-profile platforms that accelerate entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s most pressing problems. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the Skoll World Forum, the premiere 1,200 person invite-only, week-long convening at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, U.K. Sarah has more than 20 years of executive and general management experience, with a focus on marketing, communications and convening experience in the public, private and government sectors. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, she served as the VP of Communications at the X PRIZE, the VP of Communications at the Prostate Cancer Foundation and a VP at Porter Novelli where she directed numerous entertainment, Fortune 100 and advocacy accounts. Sarah also worked for the Clinton Administration as the director of marketing for the Peace Corps and also served as a communications officer at the National School-to-Work Office at the U.S. Department of Education.
Mr. Greg Rosenbaum
SXSW EDU
General Manager
United States of America



Biography
Greg Rosenbaum is the General Manager of the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival and has been working on the event since its inception. As one of the newer components of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals, SXSW EDU serves as a convergence event focused on innovations in learning. Greg oversees many aspects of the event from programming and production to marketing to messaging. Greg has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for education two years in a row and was named to the Austin Monthly 20 in their 20s list.

Mr. Raoul Davion
MALALA FUND
Associate Director of Programmes
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Girls and Women Education

Centres of interest
Girls and Women Education
Policy Making



Biography
Raoul oversees Malala Fund grantmaking programmes and the associated portfolio of grantees, including investments in Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. He develops grantmaking strategies to advance Fund priorities supporting education activists in countries where girls face the greatest barriers to secondary education. His work also addresses funding for education in emergencies and the integration of appropriate education technologies to advance grantmaking programme goals. Prior to working with the Malala Fund, Raoul directed the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Girls' Secondary Education program, involving programming in Nigeria, India, and West Africa, as well as international efforts to strengthen policy and improve the evidence base for more girls to access quality, secondary level learning opportunities. He co-chaired MacArthur's initiative in higher education in Africa and represented MacArthur in the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa. Before working for MacArthur, Raoul was based in sub-Saharan Africa, including six years in South Africa with the Institute of Natural Resources, monitoring and evaluating impacts of proposed large scale development projects. He has also served in the African Development Bank’s Social and Environmental Policy division and at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. His master’s degree focused on rural development and was awarded by the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Ms Tara Roberts
ASHOKA
Director of Communications & Design
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Girls and Women Education
media
Social Entrepreneurship

Centres of interest
Media literacy
Social Entrepreneurship



Biography
Tara Roberts is the Director of Communications & Design for Ashoka Changemakers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertstara/). She is a seasoned journalist with over 20 years of experience writing and editing for major publications like Essence and CosmoGirl. She has edited two critically-acclaimed books for girls, published her own independent magazine for ‘women too bold for boundaries'and backpacked around the world to 35+ countries in order to capture stories of young women changemakers.

Ms Hattie Duplechain
ASHOKA U
Knowledge Curator
United States of America



Biography
Inspired by her students and driven by a vision of equitable educational opportunity for all, Hattie Duplechain has pursued a career at the intersection of education and social innovation. Hattie currently works as Knowledge Curator for Ashoka U, a branch of the global social entrepreneurship and changemaking organization Ashoka. Ashoka U works to catalyze social innovation across the higher education system. As Knowledge Curator, Hattie leads education research and impact evaluation efforts for the Ashoka U team. Before joining Ashoka U Hattie worked as a primary and level teacher, initially as a 2010-2011 U.S. Fulbright grantee to Nepal and later as a founding teacher at a charter school in Nashville, Tennessee. Hattie began her work at the intersection between social innovation and higher education as a Vittana Fellow, supporting the microfinance organization’s work to provide access to funding for higher education in Ghana. Hattie holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communication Studies from Clemson University in South Carolina and a Master of Education degree in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Hattie is currently based in the United States, outside of Washington D.C.

Professor Dr. Waleed Deeb
ARAB AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Consultant
United States of America



Biography
Professor Deeb is the founder and CEO of the Technical Group for Educational and Administrative Consultation. This group is dedicated to introducing the concept of Critical Thinking to Schools, Universities and Business environment. The group provides internationally recognized assessment tools as well as resources and training. Its work covers most countries in the Middle East. Prof. Deeb is an EFQM certified assessor and Critical thinking certified trainer. He was among the team who developed the Instructional Guide for "Promoting the Culture of Quality and its Practices in the Arab Universities" which was based on the EFQM model. Professor Deeb is the founding President and was the President of The Arab American University in Jenin (AAUJ) in Palestine from September 2000 until April 2005. The Arab American University in Jenin is the first private university in Palestine. He is serving now as a senior consultant of the board of directors of AAUJ. Prior to that, Professor also helped establish Jordan University for Women in 1991, the first university for women in Jordan. Prof. Deeb served on the board of the Palestinian Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC) for several years and the Palestinian Council of Higher Education as well as a Board of Trustees member of several universities Palestine. He is an expert on Higher Education and served as consultant for quality management and for accreditation to several universities in the Middle East. Professor Deeb started his career as Professor of Mathematics in several Universities in different countries: University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, State University of New York at Albany; USA, University of Jordan, Amman Jordan, University of Kuwait, Kuwait, and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He received several awards and published many articles in mathematics and Critical Thinking. Professor Deeb received his Ph.D in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.




Mr. Ben Nelson
MINERVA SCHOOLS 
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
United States of America

Biography
Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million. Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities. Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Mr. Michael Franc
HOOVER INSTITUTION
Director of DC Programs
United States of America

Biography
Michael Franc is the Hoover Institution’s director of DC programs, where he oversees research and outreach initiatives to promote ideas and scholarship in our nation’s capital. He holds a dual appointment as a research fellow. Mike Franc is a longtime veteran of Washington, DC policymaking. Prior to joining Hoover, Franc served as policy director and counsel for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He also served as the Vice President of government relations for the Heritage Foundation from 1997-2013. During this time he managed all the think tank’s outreach with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. He also completed a tour of duty as communications director for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and worked for the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has been quoted widely in the print and broadcast media, and was a regular contributor to The National Review Online and other publications. Franc has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Georgetown University
Mr. Gary Stager
CONSTRUCTING MODERN KNOWLEDGE
CEO & Founder
United States of America


Biography
n addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary Stager is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school administrator. An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators. Dr. Stager is co-author of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called the “bible of the maker movement in schools,” by Larry Magid of CBS and The San Jose Mercury News. When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project. Dr. Stager’s work has earned a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education and a Grammy Award. Dr. Stager maintains the world’s largest archive of text and multimedia by Seymour Papert at The Daily Papert. He is also on the advisory board of the NSF-funded project, BJC4NYC: Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Principles Course to the Largest School System in the US.
Mr. Gareth Crawford
CAREY INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL GOOD
President & CEO
United States of America



Biography
As President at the Carey Institute for Global Good Gareth oversees multiple initiatives including the Center for Learning in Practice whose mission is to improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil society organizations through programming, research, and services, particularly in the education sector. Gareth has 20+ years leading international humanitarian and development programs with a focus on child rights and development, including early childhood and education in crisis contexts.

Mr. Kyle Cureau
HAKEEMA / MATTERFUND
CEO
United States of America



Biography
I'm CEO of Hakeema. We build communications & collaborations tools for nonprofits. We're the tech+ops partner for Matterfund, bringing light to the eddev ecosystem and accelerating progress to SDG4! Previously, I was CEO of BuyWell, multi-M consumer goods wholesaler, ED/Board Director for three charities, former CEO of SF-based development agency, and former Venture Capitalist EIR at Entangled.

Mr. Steven Anderson
WEB 2.0 CLASSROOM
Blogger
United States of America



Biography
Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, author and Dad. As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration, using social media for learning and creating meaningful School:Home Relationships. As @web20classroom he regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of Social Media in the classroom and how they can better serve students through technology. Steven has been a presenter and keynoter at several educational technology conferences, including ISTE, ASCD, TCEA, FETC, TETA, and VSTE as well as numerous state and local conferences. He is the author of 3 books, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, The Tech-Savvy Administrator and Content Curation: How To Avoid Information Overload. He is also responsible in helping create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boasts over 500 weekly participants. Steven has been recognized with the the 2009 and 2011 Edublogs, Twitterer of The Year Award, a Microsoft Heros of Education award, along with a 2013 Bammy Award, recognized worldwide as the Educational Emmy, for his work with #edchat.



Ms Marci Ward
CONNECTEACH
Program Director
United States of America

Biography
Marci Ward is a globally minded, highly qualified educator whose expertise and passion for working with diverse student populations has led to ensuring equitable access to quality education for her students. Prior to joining ConnecTeach, Marci worked as a Social Studies teacher and Department Chair at Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, teaching World History and International Baccalaureate Geography to high school students, and winning Teacher of the Year award. Until 2010, she worked as a Humanities teacher in Richland High school, leading teachers in developing curriculum. In 2009, Marci was selected as a James Madison Fellow at Georgetown University, and in 2016 was a participant in the Fulbright-Hays group study abroad to Jordan. As the Program Director at ConnecTeach, Marci is responsible for developing and supporting all on-site and online teacher development programs.

Ms Bhavani Parpia
CONNECTEACH
President and Founder
United States of America

Biography
Bhavani Parpia is the founder and President of ConnecTeach, an international nonprofit that is committed to investing in education as the single sustainable driver of change. ConnecTeach’s mission is to shift the emphasis in education in the world’s most underserved communities toward the development of real-world problem solving and leadership skills.. The organization is firmly committed to the idea that teachers and students are the most powerful changemakers- locally and globally. ConnecTeach works in India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Uganda, and the United States. Prior to committing her time and energy fully to ConnecTeach, Bhavani was the coordinator of Global Initiatives for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (HEB ISD), responsible for the Arabic, Chinese, and Hindi programs, and currently serves on the board of directors of Meridian School in Round Rock. Bhavani has been an educator for over 25 years, beginning her teaching career as a Montessori teacher. In 2000, she started the Primary School at North Hills Preparatory, in Irving, Texas, and then worked as Advanced Academics Coordinator and Curriculum Director. In 2011, she led a group of teachers on a Fulbright-Hays project to India as the Curriculum Development Specialist, and in 2014, worked with the World Affairs Council to lead a group of teachers on a study tour of Morocco,. In 2013, Bhavani won the World Affairs Council International Educator of the Year award,
Dr. Kathy Perkins
PHET INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Pedagogies / Assessment / Curriculum
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Centres of interest
Education Technologies
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)



Biography
Dr. Kathy Perkins is Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations project at University of Colorado Boulder, and a faculty member in Physics Education Research. Her work focuses on advancing the design and classroom use of interactive simulations to increase engagement and learning in STEM, and on scaling impact with free, open educational resources. She holds a BA in physics, MA in chemistry, and PhD in atmospheric science, all from Harvard University. In 2003, she joined Carl Wieman and the PhET project, serving as director since 2008. She also directed CU’s Science Education Initiative. She has authored over 60 articles on STEM education. Under her leadership, PhET has received international recognition, including being named a 2017 WISE Awards Winner and 2011 Tech Award Laureate, and has grown to over 80 million sim uses/year worldwide. In 2016, her team launched PhET-iO sims, interoperable sims enabling customization, integration, and data for assessment with learning analytics.
Mr. Drew Edwards
PANGEA EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Director of International Operations
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Education Technologies
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts

Centres of interest
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts


Biography
Drew Edwards is the Founder and Director of International Operations of Pangea Educational Development (PED). He is a member of the WISE Learners' Voice 2017/18 cohort. He has worked, written, and spoken about education in development and displacement for UNESCO, NPR, SXSWedu, and the Center for Education Innovations.
Ms Maha Laziri
TEACH4MOROCCO
President & Co-Founder
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Policy Making
Social Entrepreneurship

Centres of interest
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Innovation in education




Mrs. Aquila Leon-Soon
Advance Talent Solutions
CEO
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Girls and Women Education
Professional Development / HR / Employment
Teacher's Training and Management

Centres of interest
Education reform and innovation
Links between education & the workforce / The skills gap


Biography
Aquila Leon-Soon is the CEO of Advance Talent Solutions, an organizational development and leadership strategy firm that believes engaged, high performing leaders and employees build and inspire successful organizations. We partner with nonprofit and public sector entities to align their human capital to their mission and values. Our services help educational, social, government, healthcare and non-governmental entities instill motivation and purpose in every individual while strengthening their ability to achieve sustainable results.
Mr. Reinier Terwindt
STIR EDUCATION
Head, Evidence Based Policy and Strategic Planning 
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Teacher's Training and Management
Teacher Motivation 



Biography
As head of evidence-based policy and strategic planning, Reinier Terwindt oversees STIR Education's impact evaluations in India and Uganda and the consequent integration of key lessons learnt in accelerating impact in existing geographies as well as in guiding strategic expansion. STIR partners with governments to ignite and sustain teacher intrinsic motivation. Reinier previously worked with organizations in Botswana, Cameroon, Malawi, South Africa, and South Korea on the design and evaluation of education interventions, ranging from early childhood education to higher education in refugee settings. In addition, Reinier worked with the United Nations Global Compact on business engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals, with a key focus on good governance and anti-corruption. Reinier holds a Master of Education in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ms Safaa El-Kogali
THE WORLD BANK
Education Practice Manager, MENA
United States of America



Biography
Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali is the Practice Manager for Education in the Middle East and North Africa region in the World Bank based in Washington DC. She is a leading expert with 20 years of experience in international development. In her 15 years at the World Bank, Ms. El-Kogali has occupied a number of positions including Lead Specialist with the Education Global Practice, Sector Leader in Human Development for the Caribbean in the Latin America and Caribbean region, Senior Economist in the Human Development department and the Chief Economist’s office in the Middle East and North Africa region, and Economist in the Education department of the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Between 2008 and 2011, Ms. El-Kogali worked with the Population Council as the Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa based in Cairo, Egypt. Her experience includes management, policy dialogue, research, and project design in over 15 countries. She authored a number of studies and recently published a book entitled: Expanding Opportunities for the Next Generation: Early Childhood Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. El-Kogali is a Sudanese national and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.

Mr. Mike Feinberg
KIPP FOUNDATION
Co-Founder
United States of America



Biography
Dr. Mike Feinberg is Co-Founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and Executive Vice Chair of KIPP Houston Public Schools. KIPP is a network of 209 high-performing public charter schools around the nation serving nearly 90,000 children, with 10,000+ alumni in college. KIPP Houston, where the network began, is the largest region with 28 public schools educating nearly 15,000 children in PreK through 12th grade. To date, 85% of the KIPPsters who have left the KIPP Houston middle schools have gone on to college, of which 46% went on to graduate - compared with a national college graduation rate for low income children of 9%. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a Master’s of Education from National-Louis University in 2005. He received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Yale University in 2010 and from Duke University in 2015. In 1994, Mike co-founded KIPP as a 5th grade program with Dave Levin and established KIPP Academy Houston a year later. In 2000, he co-founded the KIPP Foundation to help take KIPP to scale.

Ms Andrea Ferrero
POCKETS CHANGE
Co-Founder
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Pedagogies / Assessment / Curriculum
Social Entrepreneurship
Technical Education and Vocational Training

Centres of interest
Entrepreneurship education
Innovation in education



Biography
Andrea Ferrero is the co-founder of Pockets Change, working with students, families, and teachers across the country to change the way finance is taught. She has over a decade of experience teaching Pre-K-12th grade, coaching educators,and designing award winning educational programs and products. She holds a teaching credential in PreK-12th grade multiple subjects and two Master’s in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction with Multicultural Contexts. She is always happy to share coffee and a conversation about changing the world through the development of financial capability and innovative teaching practices.

Mr. Matthew Doering
GLOBAL GATEWAY ADVISORS
Founder + President
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Communications 



Biography
Matthew Doering is the Founder, President and Senior Partner of Global Gateway Advisors, a communications consultancy located in Brooklyn, NY. Over the last 18 years, Mr. Doering has worked closely with governments, non-profit organizations and private companies across industries to communicate through times of crisis, transition or transformation. He recently supported the International Literacy Association’s rebranding efforts from a primarily classroom support association to a global advocacy organization focused on empowering educators and leaders to help children and adults achieve literacy. As part of his work in the social impact space, Mr. Doering has worked closely with organizations shaping key issues affecting education.

Mr. Mubuso Zamchiya
THE LUMINOS FUND


Ms Caitlin Baron
LUMINOS FUND
CEO
United States of America



Biography
Caitlin Baron is the inaugural CEO of the Luminos Fund, a philanthropic initiative dedicated to advancing education innovations for the world’s most vulnerable children. With operations in Ethiopia, Lebanon and Liberia, Luminos has enabled over 100,000 children who were denied the opportunity to go to school to have a second chance at an education. Luminos believes in the power of creative pedagogies and play-based education for ensuring that every child learns and has the chance to fulfill their human potential. Caitlin spent the previous decade as a senior leader within the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, helping to grow the organization to steward over $1 billion in charitable giving. She founded and led the foundation’s office in South Africa, building a large scale national government partnership to transform school districts, and creating the Dell Young Leaders scholarship program, which has awarded over 600 scholarships to some of the poorest South Africans. Caitlin also helped launch the foundation’s first international office in India, where she built MSDF’s impact investing portfolio, completing the foundation’s first equity transactions in numerous Indian social enterprises. Prior to working with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Caitlin spent three years with an international microfinance NGO, based in New York but working across Africa and the Middle East. Caitlin began her career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company, working on corporate strategy engagements with Fortune 100 companies in the investment banking, life insurance, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries. She graduated from UCLA in Political Science and is currently pursuing an executive master’s with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Mr. Norman Bier
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Director, Open Learning Initiative
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Learning Engineering



Biography
Norman Bier has spent his career at the intersection of learning and technology, working to expand access to and improve the quality of education. He is currently the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and the Executive Director of the Simon Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. The Simon Initiative leverages CMU’s unique research and educational technology ecosystem, applying learning science to improve outcomes for all. OLI, a recognized leader in open education, combines leading research in the learning sciences with state-of-the-art technology to create scientifically-based courses that facilitate understanding for independent learners and support instructors to improve effectiveness in traditional classrooms. By rigorously capturing and evaluating learner data, OLI drives powerful feedback loops that assist learners and educators, improve courses, and contribute to our larger understanding of how humans learn. Prior to joining OLI, he was Director of Training and Development at iCarnegie Inc., a CMU subsidiary chartered to deliver software development education through international partner institutions. Using technology and faculty support, iCarnegie reaches thousands of students who would otherwise not have access to a CMU-level education.
 Dr. Matthew Lynch
THE EDVOCATE
Editor
United States of America



Biography
Dr. Lynch is a writer, activist and former Dean of the School of Education, Psychology, & Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Union University. Before his tenure at Virginia Union, Dr. Lynch was the chairman of the Department of Elementary/Special Education at Langston University and an Associate Professor of Education. Before that, he spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Secondary and Social Studies Programs at Widener University. Before that, Dr. Lynch spent seven years as a K-12 teacher – an experience that gave him an intimate view of the challenges facing genuine education reform. During his administrative career, Dr. Lynch supervised large and complex academic departments with high levels of cultural, linguistic, and racial diversity. Central to his success in these efforts was his ability to understand and bridge diverse perspectives and to develop productive relationships. These experiences prepared him for the challenges and opportunities that the future will bring to higher education. In the coming decades of this century, PreK-12 schools, colleges, and universities will likely face changes in the regulatory environment, new forms of competition, and challenging economic circumstances. Leaders such as Dr. Lynch will be pivotal in overcoming these and other challenges through innovation, creativity, and hard work. Dr. Lynch's has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in academic journals such as AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, International Journal of Progressive Education, Academic Leadership Journal, and others. Also, he has authored and edited some books on teacher education, school reform, and school leadership. If you would like more information about Dr. Lynch’s books, please visit his Amazon.com page: https://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Lynch/e/B001K8XUXK Dr. Lynch is the owner of Lynch Consulting Group, which offers comprehensive educational consulting services to the P-20 market. Its website can be accessed here: http://www.lyncheducationconsulting.com/. Also, Lynch Consulting Group is the proud owner of two web properties to date, which are both online education magazines. The Edvocate is intended to be a conversation between educators about the best ways to give all P-20 students equal access to education. The Edvocate can be accessed here: http://www.theedadvocate.org. The Tech Edvocate covers the P-20 edtech sector and provides readers with the latest news and opinion on the subject. The Tech Edvocate can be accessed here: http://www.thetechedvocate.org.

Ms Marcie Post
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION
Executive Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Literacy and Numeracy
Teacher's Training and Management

Centres of interest
Literacy and Numeracy
Teaching and teachers professional development


Biography
MARCIE CRAIG POST - Executive Director, ILA Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director of the International Literacy Association (ILA), has more than 20 years of experience in the leadership and management in education, including schools and nonprofit education service organizations. The focus of her career has been the improvement and enrichment of reading and language development programs for school-age youth and the creation of supportive environments for professional learning to improve and enhance teacher practice.
Ms Marcia L Dyson
WOMEN'S GLOBAL INITIATIVE 
President 
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Girls and Women Education
Mentoring
Social Entrepreneurship



Biography
REV. MARCIA L. DYSON BIO Marcia L. Dyson, an ordained minister, is one of America's most respected civic-social activists and communication specialist . She is the President and CEO of M and M Dyson, LLC, and Dyson Global Associates, national and international consultant enterprises in matters of business development, marketing, political strategies and social engagement. And, she is the founder and CEO of Women’s Global Initiative, a for-profit entity to enhance the lives of women via wealth, education for social and profitable engagement. She has served as the first chief of staff for Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s Operation Push International Trade Bureau . She was over 30 staff members, produced the Bureau’s newsletter, created and executed multi-country conferences and conventions around discussions of trade, foreign policy, economic development and education. She served as the Public Information Officer (POI) for the Mayor's Office of Special Events for the City of Chicago,
Ms Rashida Outlaw
WALDEN UNIVERSITY, RILEY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP
Educator and PhD Student
United States of America

Biography
Rashida Outlaw, MA is a professional educator and an agent of positive social change. While she works full-time as a high school history teacher in the State of Kuwait, she is also pursing a PhD in Education with a specialization in Education Policy, Leadership, and Management (P-20) at Walden University (USA). Ms. Outlaw is using her knowledge of education and more than 10 years experience as a teacher to advise Dr. Dairou Sidiki, CEO of Association la Plume pour la Culture et le Developpement (APCD), on educational issues. She looks forward to networking with educators from around the world at the 2017 WISE Summit and learning about current educational research, particularly as it pertains to the Middle East and Africa.
Ms Andrea Palumbos
SESAME WORKSHOP
Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Interactive and digital media production
Soft skills

Centres of interest
Education Technologies
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts


Biography
Andrea Palumbos is Director of International Digital Production at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational producer behind Sesame Street. She is responsible for the production of digital/interactive content and expanding mobile reach of Sesame Street's international co-productions especially in underserved communities across the globe. She manages content strategy and programming for on-air, digital, and social media platforms.
Mr. Benjamin Castleman
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy Director, Nudge4 Solutions Lab
United States of America

Biography
Ben Castleman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, and the Founder and Director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at UVA. He is a senior advisor to Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and is the Faculty Director of the University of Virginia-US Army Partnership on Veterans’ Education. Ben’s research develops scalable solutions in education and public policy by leveraging behavioral insights, data science, interactive technologies, and deep partnerships with public and private agencies and organizations. Ben leads Mrs. Obama’s Up Next campaign, a national text messaging campaign to improve college, financial aid, and loan repayment outcomes for young Americans.
Ms Annette Diefenthaler
IDEO
Portfolio Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Design Thinking in Education
Design for Education and Learning
Innovation in Education



Biography
Annette Diefenthaler is a Portfolio Director at IDEO’s Design For Learning Studio in San Francisco. Annette’s work focuses on the complex, systemic challenges of designing schools and school models to create educational experiences that kids (and adults) love. She has worked with clients in K-12 and higher education, rethinking teacher development programs, helping school leaders become empathy-driven change agents in their own schools, creating STEM experiences that get tough-to- engage middle schoolers excited, and envisioning a new educational model for an entire state. Annette is co-author of IDEO’s Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators. She taught at New York University and co designed a fellowship program for new majority students at The New School of Public Engagement. Annette grew up in Germany and has explored many cultures, including Russia, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

Ms Deirdre Cerminaro
IDEO
co-author
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Design Thinking
Innovation

Centres of interest
Innovation in education
Links between education & the workforce / The skills gap



Biography
Deirdre is a Senior Design Lead in the Education Studio at IDEO, a global design and innovation company. She is passionate about bringing a human-centered lens to systemic challenges and helping students and educators to build their creative confidence. At IDEO, Deirdre’s work has spanned supporting principals to shape school culture; designing a community college makerspace; reforming the juvenile justice system; and spreading a love of reading in refugee camps. Deirdre holds a B.A. from Yale University in Cognitive Science and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Ms Lissett Babaian
AFRICA DIGITAL MEDIA INSTITUTE
Head of Education
United States of America



Biography
Lissett Mary Babaian is an educator specializing in education innovation and school leadership. Lissett has worked as a teacher and school principal, as well as an education specialist for universities, education media companies and foundations in Kenya, Tanzania, Armenia, the United States, Belize, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Lissett is currently the Head of Education at the Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI), which seeks to redefine what higher education looks for creatives and techies. She has previously worked as a Learning Specialist for Ubongo Learning's first preschool cartoon, Senior Program Manager for Education Innovation at Equity Group Foundation, and Vice Principal of Ayb Learning Hub. Lissett holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Public Policy with a specialization in Education Policy from Duke University.

Mr. Vahram Ayvazyan
I-FOURTH
CEO & Co-founder
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship

Centres of interest
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Innovation in education



Biography
CEO & Co-Founder at I-Fourth Vahram Ayvazyan cofounded I-Fourth in December 2016 and focuses on social innovation at the global level, artificial intelligence, and climate change. Vahram is a Climate Reality Leader and was trained by former US Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore. Since then he has campaigned for action against climate change and researches climate justice and diplomacy. Vahram has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Previously, he participated in the Youth Peace Ambassadors project at the Council of Europe, where he focused on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in local communities affected by conflict in the South Caucasus and the Balkans. Furthermore, he has volunteered as a human rights activist with several international foundations and government agencies working on projects ranging from Indigenous Peoples’ rights to peace deal implementations. Vahram has also worked as an educator and teaching fellow with the Colombian Ministry of Education and with the Nukanti Foundation to advance education and promote bilingualism in underprivileged areas of Colombia.

Mr. Robert S. Lytle
ERNST & YOUNG
Managing Director, Co Head of Education
United States of America

Biography
Robert is a managing director of Parthenon-EY based in the Boston office and is co-head of Parthenon’s Education group. Robert was with Parthenon for 15 years before its combination with EY in August 2014. For more than 15 years, he has led client engagements on general strategy, performance improvement and investment due diligence across a broad spectrum of educational organizations. His clients include high-growth companies, publicly listed global 100 companies, nonprofit institutions, financial investors and international governments. In addition, Robert has participated in numerous high-profile corporate turnarounds, mergers, divestitures and privatizations in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Robert is a frequent speaker at leading global forums in the education sector. Prior to joining Parthenon, Robert was with Bain & Company and served as a US Army aviator. He holds a BSE in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA with hig
Mr. Alan Mather
Chicago Public Schools
Chief Officer, Office of College & Career Success
United States of America



Biography
Alan is the Chief of the Office of College and Career Success at the Chicago Public Schools, overseeing six offices: School Counseling & Postsecondary Advising, Early College & Career Education, Student Support & Engagement, Social & Emotional Learning, Computer Science, Early College STEM High Schools and Competency-based Learning. During his 32 years in CPS, Alan has served as a teacher at three high schools, the founding assistant principal at Northside College Preparatory High School, and founding principal of Lindblom Math & Science Academy. At Lindblom, Alan took a closed school to the top majority African-American school in Illinois, earning US News and World Reports Gold Medal status for four of his last five years as principal. The school has the largest Mandarin program in Chicago and the largest non-heritage Arabic program in the United States. At Lindblom, Alan was the first recipient of the Stanley C. Golder Award for School Leadership, an annual award from the Golden Apple Foundation given to a principal or head of school in the six county Chicagoland area. Alan serves as President of the Board for the Center for Arabic Language and Culture, a 501(c)(3) that seeks to building Arabic programs and cultural understanding throughout the Chicagoland area.

Mr. Hani Masri
TOMORROW'S YOUTH ORGANIZATION
Founder and President
United States of America
Mr. Sam Birnbaum
CONCORDIA
Social Impact Coordinator
United States of America



Biography
Sam is the Social Impact Coordinator at Concordia, a non-profit organization that builds partnerships for social impact. He focuses on food sustainability, labor trafficking, and refugee issues, working to generate research and build collaborative relationships between public, private, and non-profit leaders. Sam graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors from the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor’s in International Relations. In 2012 he was a Fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, supporting the Africa Program in its investigation of barriers to investment in Sub-Sahara. In 2013 he worked on Capitol Hill, focusing on foreign policy with the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and on campaign finance and healthcare in the personal office of Congressman Matt Cartwright. From 2014-2016 Sam worked at DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of satellite imagery and geospatial analysis. He wrote reports forecasting religious extremism and demographic trends in North Africa and the Middle East, and established and oversaw GeoHIVE, an online platform to crowdsource geospatial data analysis.

Mr. Joe Avison
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Managing Director Global Relations
United States of America

Biography
Managing director- Global Relations

Ms Joyce Adolwa
CARE
Director of Education
United States of America



Biography
Joyce Adolwa, originally from Kenya, is CARE’s senior director for education programs, leading the organization’s global efforts to promote adolescent girls empowerment through providing equitable, relevant and quality of education. In this role, Joyce is responsible for providing strategic direction and intellectual leadership to CARE's efforts that speak to the evolution of girl’s empowerment and its continuum into women’s empowerment. This includes informing CARE’s women’s empowerment platform through the development of indicators that monitor girls’ empowerment and linking them to women’s empowerment, maintaining a visibility and branding strategy for CARE’s work in education and adolescent programming, informing and coordinating CARE’s advocacy and fundraising efforts for education. She joined CARE after having worked in the corporate and medical sectors. She has worked in education, public health and livelihood strengthening initiatives. She currently serves on the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative Global Advisory Committee. She has a M.S. degree in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, USA and a B.A. in Sociology and English Literature from Egerton University, Kenya. She also has a post graduate diploma in Marketing and Public Relations from the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry.




Mr. Maxmillian Angerholzer
INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (IIE)
Executive Vice President
United States of America

Biography
Maxmillian Angerholzer III is an Executive Vice President of the Institute of International Education (IIE). Before joining IIE as Executive Vice President, Mr. Angerholzer served as President and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. CSPC is a non-partisan policy organization established in 1965, which applies lessons of leadership and history to current domestic and international challenges and promotes cooperation between The White House, Congress, and the private sector. Mr. Angerholzer was also Managing Director of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, a New York philanthropic institution that awards grants to support scientific and medical research, as well as science and technology policy, education, international relations, and security programs.
Dr. Joshua Muskin
GENEVA GLOBAL, INC
Senior Director of Programs
United States of America



Biography
Joshua Muskin is Senior Director of programs at Geneva Global, a US-based development firm. He brings 30-plus years of work in international development, working in Africa, Asia, Latin and South America, and Europe for many different bilateral, multilateral, nongovernmental and governmental organizations. Focused primarily on basic education and training, his work has supported quality, relevance, and impact in such areas as gender equality, community partnership, curriculum and pedagogy, learning assessment literacy, teacher professional development, ICT, school to work, and technical and vocational education and training, among many others. Josh’s involvement has engaged him from the classroom to the senior levels of ministries and partner institutions, including policy setting, training, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and management. Most recently, Josh served as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and as Sr. Education Officer at the Aga Khan Foundation. He completed his doctoral and master’s studies in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on development planning and education. His undergraduate major was in French Literature, with a minor in Anthropology.

Mr. Alexander Kyerematen
GENEVA GLOBAL, INC.
Program Director
United States of America
Centres of interest
Finance & Funding
Innovation in education


Biography
Alexander Kyerematen primarily leads on the design and management of Geneva Global’s Uganda and Ethiopia Education programs. This involves delivering accelerated learning, systems strengthening, and economic empowerment interventions to vulnerable children and households in Northern Uganda and three regions in Ethiopia. Alex also supplements the grant management team with research and analysis, strategy implementation, and monitoring and evaluation support other Geneva Global programs within Africa. Since 2013, he has been involved in programs across various sectors including education, health, and economic empowerment. Prior to joining Geneva Global, he developed, structured, executed and monitored the financing of several infrastructure and private-public partnerships as an Institutional Banking Manager at Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited. He has spent the past decade on varied roles in investment and institutional banking, consulting, philanthropy, grant management and development finance, across East & West Africa, China, the UAE and the USA. He is passionate about issues in the education, health, economic empowerment, community based capacity building and development finance arenas.
Mr. Christopher Ahearn
REACH THE WORLD
Director of Partnerships 
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Pedagogies / Assessment / Curriculum
Global Education / Global Competence
Soft skills

Centres of interest
Finance & Funding
Innovation in education


Biography
Christopher M. Ahearn is the Director of Partnerships at Reach the World, a New York City-based global education non-profit. In his role, he oversees school day and after-school partnerships and leads outreach strategy. As an experienced nonprofit professional and former teacher, Christopher has worked nationwide with educators, administrators, and state officials on a range of educational issues including social-emotional learning, school discipline reform, and global competence. He currently serves on the Global Education Coalition's Steering Committee, is a co-chair of the Family Engagement Subcommittee of the NYC STEM Education Network, and is a National Geographic Certified Educator. Christopher holds a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Anselm College and an M.Ed from Franklin Pierce University.
s Lindsay Adams
WORLD BANK
Early Childhood Development Consultant
United States of America



Biography
Lindsay Adams is a consultant focusing on early childhood development, with work spanning the global education, health and nutrition sectors. At the World Bank, she is part of the core team for the Investing in the Early Years Initiative. She has authored numerous SABER (Systems Approach for Better Education Results)-ECD country reports, including co-authoring the book Early Childhood Education and Development in Indonesia: An Assessment of Policies Using SABER. Other recent Bank projects include developing a child health and nutrition indicator system with the Ministry of Health in Seychelles. Lindsay worked with Results for Development as lead consultant for the Global Partnership for Education 2010-2014 Interim Evaluation, and co-authored a discussion paper on GPE’s role in supporting knowledge exchange and good practice. With R4D, she also co-authored a study prepared for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity on gaps and opportunities in the global education architecture. She has also worked with Save the Children on ECD research and advocacy. Prior to working on early childhood education, Adams worked at foundations promoting social development and human rights in the Middle East. She lived in Amman, Jordan, and has worked throughout the MENA region. She has an AB from Princeton in Politics, an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from NYU, and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She speaks Arabic and has studied Persian.

Ms Lauren Brown
QUARTZ
Special Projects Editor
United States of America



Biography
Lauren Brown is the special projects editor for Quartz. She develops high-concept, ambitious journalistic projects and is responsible for coordinating the design, marketing, and editorial efforts behind them. Previously, Lauren was Quartz's deputy ideas editor. Most recently, she was the Contributors Editor at Business Insider where she oversaw all contributors and syndication partnerships and was responsible for an overhaul of the entire program. Lauren received her master’s from Columbia’s School of Journalism where she specialized in digital media. 





Mr. Thomas Whitby
MY ISLAND VIEW/EDUTOPIA
Author, Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster
United States of America

Biography
Thomas D. Whitby is the author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, and The Educator's Guide To Creating Connections. He is @tomwhitby on Twitter with 80,000+ followers. Tom retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education Twitter discussion group. He is an education Blogger for My Island View, and for EDUTOPIA. He hosts the weekly Edchat Radio Show on the BAM Radio Network. He created the Educator’s PLN, a global Ning site, where approximately 19,000+ educators share and collaborate daily

Mr. Stephen Powell
NATIONAL CARES MENTORING MOVEMENT
Chief Program Officer
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Social Entrepreneurship
Soft skills

Centres of interest
Education in Conflicts & Crisis Contexts
Well-being at school


Biography
Stephen Powell is the chief program officer of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, founded by Essence Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Susan L. Taylor, and leads its program expansion, partnership development, training and technical assistance efforts across the country. Prior to joining the National CARES Mentoring Movement, Stephen served as the executive director of Mentoring USA for seven years and worked in program development and management for local, national and international non-profits; Providence Hospital/Family and Child Services of Washington, DC; VSA arts/Kennedy Center; the Anthony Bowen YMCA; Youth for Understanding; the Metropolitan DC Police Boys and Girls Club; and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF). Touring the U.S., Africa, Europe, and South America, Stephen spent ten years as a teaching artist with a percussive-based dance troupe called STEP AFRIKA! which was developed through his college fraternity while an undergraduate student. From this experience, Stephen cultivated a passion for procuring celebrities and athletes to support causes for young adults. Inevitably, this passion led to launch PQ Concepts Sports and Entertainment Consulting LLC. Stephen was an advisory board member of the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) and the Newark My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem SERVES and Nth Dimensions, Inc., is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and led a Campaign for Black Male Achievement sponsored male mentor recruitment initiative entitled “MEN-TOUR: Recruit. Reclaim. Restore,” which provided him with a platform to train and recruit hundreds of men from the faith-based community and corporate America to serve as mentors.
Mr. Boris Bulayev
EDUCATE!
Executive Director
United States of America

Biography
Boris Bulayev is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Educate!. Under his leadership, Educate! has grown to 100 staff and over 150 Mentors, reaching over 360,000 youth across 600 schools in Uganda and Rwanda, and advised on integration of skills-based education into Uganda and Rwanda’s national education systems. The organization has received much global acclaim for its work, including the 2015 WISE award, recognition as one of 14 global case studies on scaling education by Brookings Institution, and fellowships from Echoing Green, Ashoka and the Mulago Foundation. Boris emigrated to the U.S. from Latvia at the age of 7.

Ms Corinne Brion
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Post Doc Fellow
United States of America
Centres of interest
educational leadership
Innovations in education



Biography
My passion and interests are in assisting the development of quality Education and gender equity in emerging nations. I am researching how to ensure that knowledge acquired during professional development events gets transferred to the schools. I am also examining the extent to which mobile technology enhances the transfer of learning. I have conducted several research and impact evaluation projects, helped to design culturally responsive educational leadership modules, and delivered numerous leadership trainings in both French and English in Africa and Haiti. Additionally, I am coordinating a Training of Trainers (TOT) model, for which I train local facilitators in Anglophone and Francophone Africa to ensure the sustainability of the work. I founded a Waldorf-inspired charter school in Oregon and served as its school principal. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from a Parisian business school, a Master’s degree in Education and a PhD in Leadership with a focus on Education.

Ms Katrina Bushko
CHRISTENSEN INSTITUTE
Research Associate & BLU Partnerships Manager
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Blended Learning
Innovation in education



Biography
Katrina supports the education team on a variety of projects. As an associate Katrina researches teacher professional development programs and examines how to increase student social capital in schools. She is currently conducting an international study of blended learning in order to uncover global trends, discover hotspots for innovation, and understand how public policy affects edtech implementation. Katrina also oversees partner relationships for the Blended Learning Universe. Before joining the Institute, Katrina wrote for 2U Inc.’s international relations blog and was an assistant editor for Morocco World News, an online news provider. 
Ms Maysam Ali
ASPEN INSTITUTE
Stevens Initiative Assistant Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Workforce development



Biography
Maysam Ali is Assistant Director of the Stevens Initiative. She was previously Deputy Director of Middle East Programs, leading Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), an economic development initiative promoting job creation the MENA region. In this role, Maysam launched PNB chapters in Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, and forged partnerships with U.S.-based businesses and early-stage investors to support the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. She also launched the Levant Program, a policy program focusing on key economic, political, and social issues in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Previously, she worked as a reporter in the UAE and Lebanon. Maysam was named a 2016 Asia 21 Fellow by Asia Society, offered to young leaders with outstanding achievement, commitment to public service, and a proven ability to make the world a better place. Maysam was a Sunrise Fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, where she completed a Masters in International Economics and Middle East Studies.

Ms Kelsey Dalrymple
WISE INITIATIVE - QATAR FOUNDATION
Education in Emergencies Specialist / WISE Mentor
United States of America



Biography
Most recently, Ms. Dalrymple held the role of Co-Coordinator of the national Education Sector Working Group with Save the Children in Greece. In this role, she worked closely with UNICEF, UNHCR and the Ministry of Education to ensure the coordination of all education activities targeting refugee and migrant children throughout Greece. Ms. Dalrymple also provided technical support to Save the Children’s education team regarding strategy and program development, monitoring and evaluation, capacity-building and the implementation of quality, holistic and integrated education services. Prior to joining Save the Children’s Greece response, Ms. Dalrymple spent three years as a teacher, teaching English, Maths and Science to children ages 3-15 in urban and rural areas throughout Ghana, Tanzania, Thailand and Turkey. Over the last five years, Ms. Dalrymple has worked extensively in the fields of international development and humanitarian response, focusing specifically on education for the marginalized and education in emergencies. Throughout her work, Ms. Dalrymple has also worked on cross-cutting issues, including: psychosocial support, gender programming, child protection, youth programming, early childhood development, education policy, disaster risk reduction and general emergency recovery activities. Ms. Dalrymple has held a variety of administrative, research, management and coordination roles and has supported education and child protection projects in: Jordan, Turkey, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Nepal, Haiti, Brazil, and Peru and Greece. Ms. Dalrymple holds a B.A in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in International Education (Education in Emergencies) from the George Washington University.

Mr. Richard J. Davidson
CENTER FOR HEALTHY MINDS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Professor, Director
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Neuroscience


Biography
William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, and Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984. He has published more than 375 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published by Penguin in 2012. He is co-author with Daniel Goleman of the forthcoming book, “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body”, to be published by Penguin Books in September 2017. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research including the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association - the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He was the Founding Co-Editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2011, he was given the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2011-2017 and member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Mental Health for 2014-2016. His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices.
Mr. Sohrab Gheibi
National Australia Bank
Corporate Finance
United States of America



Ms Anya Kamenetz
NPR
Correspondent
United States of America


Biography
Anya is endlessly curious about learning and the future. Her forthcoming book, The Art of Screen Time (PublicAffairs, 2018) is the first, essential, don’t-panic guide for families and screens. Her previous books are Generation Debt; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and The Test. Learning, Freedom and the Web, The Edupunks’ Guide, and the Edupunks’ Atlas are her free web projects about self-directed, web-enabled learning. Anya is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. Her team’s blog is at NPR.org/ed. Fast Company magazine. She’s contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and Wired. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and won 2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association. NPR Ed won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for Innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association. She lives in New York City, travels and speaks in many venues.




Mr. Edward Keller
SMART SCIENCE EDUCATION INC.
CEO
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Education Technologies
Pedagogies / Assessment / Curriculum
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Centres of interest
Education Technologies
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


Biography
Edward Keller is the CEO of Smart Science Education, the leading provider of cloud based science learning tools and lessons, and has pioneered an inquiry method to teaching science online. Edward graduated from Brown university with a ScB in Physics in 1998 and knew right away he wanted to make a difference by dedicating himself to the education space. After teaching astronomy courses as an undergrad, he became a science teacher at a Los Angeles area high school. This was where Edward and his partner Dr. Harry Keller decided to invent a new method for teaching science using technology and Smart Science was born. Now over 15 years and 1 million students later, Smart Science is a mature platform, which Edward designed the interface and content delivery for, as well as helped develop the patented interactive video technology that forms the basis for its learning pedagogy. Edward has twice been an award winner at the SIIA innovation incubator conference and has spoken at ASU-GSV, ISTE, FETC and numerous other education technology conferences



Mr. George Khalaf
EMPATICO
Executive Director
United States of America

Biography
George Khalaf is the Executive Director of Empatico and brings 20 years of international development and private sector experience. George was responsible for launching Synergos’ Middle East and North Africa regional social entrepreneurship programs. As a consultant with Accenture and Dalberg, George has advised Fortune 500 companies, foundations, donor agencies, governments, and NGOs. He is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Fellow and on the Advisory Committee of Talent Beyond Boundaries and Seeds of Peace. George holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College.

Dr. David Kauffman
AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Executive Director of Multilingual Education
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Bilingual Education
School Leadership

Centres of interest
Second Language Acquisition / Bilingualism

Mr. Mohamed Abdel-Kader
ASPEN INSTITUTE
Executive Director, Stevens Initiative
United States of America
Domains of expertise
Virtual Exchange

Biography
Mohamed Abdel-Kader is Executive Director of the Stevens Initiative. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at the US Department of Education. In that role, Mohamed was responsible for encouraging and promoting the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States. He led his division’s work in administering grants for overseas studies and research programs funded through the Fulbright-Hays Act as well as Title VI grants to support language and area studies programs in the United States. Before joining the Department of Education, Mohamed served as the Director of Development for the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and managed the university’s advancement strategy in the Middle East, where he focused on major gifts and strategic engagement. Previously, he developed international partnerships and led donor development efforts for the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. He has advised a variety of clients on organizational strategy, doing business in emerging markets, intercultural communication, and cultural competency in international philanthropy. He speaks fluent Arabic and basic Spanish, is a Truman National Security Fellow and is the author of a children’s book about stereotypes. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Mohamed is a trustee of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding.