WISE 2011 • Speakers and Chairs - World Innovation Summit for

Abbad Andaloussi, Mhammed,
Chairman and CEO, Injaz Al Maghrib;
Founder, Al Jisr; Ashoka fellow (Morocco)
WISE Focus 1.4: WISE Awards 2011 Winners
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 2B:
WISE Awards 2011 Winners Panel Discussion
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
WISE Debate 2.8: Redefining the Role of Social
Entrepreneurs in the Learning Ecosystem
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Mr. Mhammed Abbad Andaloussi, a former Moroccan banker, worked
for Attijariwafa bank for 34 years. Concerned about the development
of his country, he works to improve the quality of education there
by mobilizing and involving businesses, moving them beyond charity
or philanthropy to a true engagement in school management, and
stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit of young people. In 1999, he
launched the NGO “Al Jisr” - meaning “The Bridge” - that mobilizes
businesses to adopt schools in order to upgrade the quality of their
education through financial and technical contributions. So far, 300
schools have been adopted. In 2007, he also launched “Injaz Al
Maghrib” to implement Junior Achievement programs in secondary
schools. He succeeded in involving 50 large companies in the
board of this NGO, providing volunteers to deliver programs on
entrepreneurship, financial literacy and life skills.
Mr. Andaloussi has big ambitions for his country. He hopes to reach
1,000 schools adopted by businesses across Morocco and to train
100,000 young people in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and life
skills by 2015. Ashoka fellow, Synergos Senior fellow, and member
of the Moroccan High Council of Education, he won the Social
Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award for MENA conferred by the
Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum. In 2011, he won
a Clinton Global Citizen Award.
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Abed, Fazle Hasan,
Founder and Chairperson, Bangladesh
Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)
Session: WISE Debate 1.1:
Rethinking Education in Development
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Born in Bangladesh in 1936, Abed was educated at Dhaka and
Glasgow Universities. The 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh had a
profound effect on Abed, then a professional accountant holding a
senior executive position at Shell Oil. The war dramatically changed
the direction of his life: he left his job and went to London to devote
himself to raising awareness and funds for the war effort. After the war,
Abed returned to newly independent Bangladesh to find the economy
of his country in ruins. Millions of war refugees trekking back from India
were in need of urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Abed initiated
the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) to rehabilitate
refugees in a remote area in northeastern Bangladesh. Realizing the
need for more sustainable development efforts, Abed soon directed
his policy towards empowering the poor to realize their own potential
to change their lives. Under Abed’s leadership, BRAC grew to become
the world’s largest development organization in terms of the scale and
diversity of its interventions and currently reaches over 138 million
people in 10 countries across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Abed has received numerous awards in recognition of his services
to reducing global poverty, including the David Rockefeller Bridging
Leadership Award, the inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award, the
Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, the Gates Award, the Olof Palme
Award, the UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award, the Schwab Foundation
Social Entrepreneurship Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award. He
has been awarded honorary degrees from universities including Yale,
Columbia and Oxford. Abed is a founding member of Ashoka’s Global
Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and was appointed to the
Eminent Persons Group for the Least Developed Countries by the UN
Secretary General. In 2010, he was appointed Knight Commander of
the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG)
by the British crown.
Acker, Carolyn,
Founder, Pathways to Education (Canada)
Session: WISE Debate 2.6:
Preventing Drop-Out, Bringing Learners Back in
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Carolyn Acker’s career began as a Community Health Nurse. She later
obtained a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University
and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences from City
University in Seattle, Washington. In 2010 she received an Honorary
Doctorate of Science from the University of New Brunswick and was
recognized as a “Canadian Pioneer in Poverty Reduction”. In 1992 she
became the Executive Director of the Regent Park Community Health
Centre, in Canada’s oldest and largest public housing community. In
2001, she founded the innovative Pathways to Education Program
and fundraised to sustain and replicate it. In 2006, she became the
Founding CEO of Pathways to Education Canada, a public foundation.
Today, Carolyn holds the position of Founder at Pathways to Education
In 2000, the year this social entrepreneur began to research what
would become Pathways to Education, research revealed a highschool drop-out rate of 56%, twice the City of Toronto average, and
for the children of single parents and immigrants it was more than
70%. In 2001, in an effort to break the cycle of poverty through social
innovation, she founded Pathways to Education, a community-based
program which provides academic, social, financial and advocacy
support to all geographically eligible low-income high-school youth.
Six years later, the high-school drop-out rate fell from 56% to 11%
and post-secondary attendance increased from 20% to 81%. In
2006, as Founding CEO of Pathways to Education Canada, she led
the replication of Pathways in five other communities in Ontario and
Quebec. Pathways is now in ten other low-income communities from
Winnipeg to Halifax and today 4,000 students are getting results that
mirror the results from Regent Park.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Aderin-Pocock, Maggie,
Space Scientist; Founder, Science
Innovation Limited (Nigeria/UK)
Session: WISE Debate 2.3:
Motivating and Engaging Students
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock studied at Imperial College where
she obtained her degree in Physics and her Ph.D. in Mechanical
Engineering. Since then she has spent her career to date making
novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic
environments. Managing multidisciplinary teams, these instruments
have ranged from handheld land mine detectors to optical subsystems
for the James Webb Space Telescope (the JWST is a joint ESA/NASA
venture due to replace the Hubble Space Telescope around 2013).
Until recently, Maggie worked at Astrium Ltd. where she led the
optical instrumentation group. There she managed a range of projects
making satellite subsystems designed to monitor wind speeds and
other variables in the Earth’s atmosphere. These systems are made
under the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Living Planet program and
are designed to improve our current knowledge of climate change.
Maggie also has a Science in Society fellowship from the Science and
Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which enables her to engage the
public with the science work that she loves. The fellowship is held at
University College London (UCL). Through this work Maggie makes
regular appearances on television and radio, as a space and education
expert and presenting science to a general audience.
To further share her love of science, Maggie has also set up her
own company in Guildford, Science Innovation Ltd. Through this
company, Maggie conducts “Tours of the Universe” and other
public engagement activities, showing schoolchildren and adults
the wonders of space. To date, she has given these talks to 80,000
people across the globe (60,000 of these have been schoolchildren
in the UK) and has just produced a film through Science Innovation
called Space in the UK, which features Maggie on a spaceship to
Mars. This is being distributed free of charge through schools and
science festivals across the country.
Aggarwal, Shabnam,
Co-Founder, MILLEE; Founder, The Teach
Tour (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 3.1:
Mobile-Learning for the Hard to Reach
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Over the past few years, Shabnam Aggarwal has honed in on a
specific niche market that she has a deep passion and obsession
for: enhancing education for poor children over mobile phones. She
started a couple of different companies to this end, in India and the
US, and has worked with various professors, researchers, businesses,
organizations, and changemakers to try to discover what has worked
and what has failed in bringing high-quality education to the masses
of children who have little access today. Shabnam believes that
technology is not the be-all, end-all solution but an incredible tool
we can capitalize upon to truly begin to level the playing field. She
believes all children can learn; it is simply a matter of the opportunities
they have to learn and how their learning connects with their lives and
Shabnam co-founded MILLEE in 2009, where she used mobile
phones to bring educational games to children in rural India. Then
she started The Teach Tour in mid-2010, which took her around the
world discovering “why we’ve failed to educate children worldwide.”
In early 2011, she started HobNob, a mobile-phone-enabled feedback
mechanism that gives students a voice in their classrooms. She
simultaneously started Hindsight Conference, a conference focused
on all the failures it takes to get to the incredible success stories we
normally speak about in public. Both HobNob and Hindsight are still in
the works. Shabnam has recently embarked upon a new educational
journey with Digital Green to help provide access to better practices
in rural farming through the use of video.
Shabnam would love to connect to experts in education, edutech,
mobile learning, or some combination thereof. She runs an online
debate on the topic of educational technology’s proper usage in the
developing world.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Aguiar Alvarez, Denise,
Director, Bradesco Foundation (Brazil)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.1:
Rethinking Innovation in Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Denise Aguiar Alvarez graduated in Pedagogy from the Pontifícia
Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC), and took her Master’s
degree at New York University, USA, in Early Childhood and
Elementary Education. She is the Director of Bradesco Foundation
which is the biggest Foundation in Brazil. Bradesco Foundation runs
the largest private free educational program for needy children in
Brazil. She also held the position of Member of the Board of Banco
Bradesco S.A. - the second largest private bank in Latin America since February 1990.
Besides these activities, she is the Chairman of GIFE (Group of
Institutions, Foundations and Companies); Member of the Board of
Directors of the Association of Friends of Pinacoteca Museum of
the State of São Paulo; Member of the Deliberative Council of the
Modern Art Museum of São Paulo (MAM); Member of Dorina Nowill
Foundation for the Blind and also Member of the Board of Roberto
Marinho Foundation; and Member of the Consultative Council of
Futura TV Channel – a television channel dedicated to educational
Al Mannai, Essa,
Director, Reach out to Asia (ROTA) (Qatar)
Session: WISE Focus 3.2: Education in Emergencies
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Following a successful career as Head of Safety and Loss Prevention
at the Qatar General Water and Electricity Corporation (Kahramaa),
Essa Al Mannai joined ROTA as Senior Operations Manager in 2009,
was promoted to the role of Acting Director in mid-2010 and now
serves as permanent Director, responsible for continuing the strategic
course set by ROTA’s Board of Directors.
Essa Al Mannai graduated from Qatar University with a Bachelor’s
Degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his Master’s degree
in Business Administration from the University of Newcastle upon
Tyne, UK.
Before joining ROTA, Mr. Al Mannai’s volunteering and charity
commitments included volunteer placement in Belize, participation at
the Disaster Management Camp. He was named “Best Volunteer” at
the 2005 Doha West Asian Games.
Since Mr. Al Mannai came to ROTA, the organization has led a variety
of initiatives in Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Nepal, and
Qatar. The projects often involve education leadership and teacher
training, as well as sports, environment and skills development
initiatives. ROTA recently collaborated with Al Waleed Foundation in
rehabilitating 22 schools in Gaza. ROTA has also signed a partnership
with the Asian Football Confederation as part of a strategic plan to
integrate sports as a tool in education. In Pakistan and Nepal, some
3,000 students benefitted from a youth development program
through football. Among its many other initiatives, ROTA has led adult
literacy trainings, youth leadership programs, and a competition for
young writers in Beirut. Many teachers and students benefit from
ROTA’s Knowledge Network Trainings and workshops.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Al-Mutawa, Naif,
Creator, THE 99; Clinical Director, The Soor
Center for Psychological Counseling and
Assessment (Kuwait)
Session: WISE Debate 2.1:
Learning from Game Changers
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of
THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic
archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s
media. Recently, Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends
sweeping the globe and, most recently, President Barack Obama
praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the
thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit
on Entrepreneurship.
Al-Mutawa has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island
University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical
Psychology. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from
Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and an MBA, also from
Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts
University, where he triple-majored in clinical psychology, English
literature and history.
Dr. Al-Mutawa has extensive clinical experience working with former
prisoners of war in Kuwait and the Survivors of Political Torture unit
of Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has seen first-hand the cancer
that intolerance can bring to any society. His direct contact with the
horrors of people tortured because of their religious and political
beliefs led to his writing a timeless children’s tale that won a UNESCO
prize for literature in the service of tolerance.
He received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s
Media from Tufts University, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
“Marketplace of Ideas” Award, the Schwab Foundation Social
Entrepreneurship Award presented at the 2009 World Economic
Forum (WEF), and has been named as one of WEF’s Young Global
Leaders for 2011.
Dr. Al-Mutawa is the Clinical Director of the Soor Center for
Psychological Counseling and Assessment, Kuwait’s leading
professional source of a broad range of psychological services.
Al-Naimi, Ibrahim Saleh K.,
Chairman, the Doha International Center for
Interfaith Dialogue (DICID); former President
of Qatar University (Qatar)
Session: WISE Debate 1.4:
Education and Change in the Arab World
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Dr. Al-Naimi is a Professor of Chemistry at Qatar University. His
research and doctoral studies were conducted at the University of
Southern California (1984) and he continues to be very active in his
field. He has served as President of Qatar University (1994-1999) and
as the founding President of CHN-Qatar University (2000-2005).
He was also elected as the first President of the newly created QU
University Senate (2007) to guide its development. Since late 2007,
Dr. Al-Naimi has been working with H.E. The Minister of Education
and Higher Education as the Chair of the Outstanding Schools
Oversight Committee (OSOC) that seeks to bring 10-12 outstanding
schools from overseas to Qatar (the ISL from the UK and the Debakey
School from USA have started operations this year).
Dr. Al-Naimi has also provided leadership for the efforts thus far
(under the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser) to plan
the new proposed Community College of Qatar; he has now been
appointed as the Chairperson of the Steering Committee to plan and
develop the college over the next three years. He is also Chair of
the Board of Directors of the Doha Interfaith Center for International
Dialogue (DICID).
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Al Noaimi, Tayseer,
Minister of Education (Jordan)
Session: WISE Debate 1.A:
Reforming Education: Mission Impossible?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Dr. Tayseer Al-Nahar Al Noaimi is currently the Minister of Education
in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and also member of the
Senate. He served as a Minister of Education from 2007 to 2009
and as Secretary General for the Ministry of Education from 2004
to 2007. He previously served as Vice-President, National Center for
Human Resources Development (NCHRD) from 1997 to 2004. Dr.
Al Noaimi’s academic career includes the positions of Professor at
Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan University, United Arab Emirates
University, Mutah University. He has published more than 60 papers
in refereed academic journals.
Dr. Al Noaimi has a breadth of international experience at a senior
level having provided consulting services to the European Training
Foundation, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, Trends in International Math
and Science Study (TIMSS), the OECD Programme for International
Assessment (PISA), and the World Bank in such countries as Yemen,
Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Palestinian National Authority, Syria, Lebanon,
Iraq, and Kuwait. His work has focused on educational topics
including curriculum development, monitoring learning achievement,
assessing levels of environmental awareness, developing PanArab strategy in student assessment, assessment of educational
management information systems, national level situational analyses,
and implementation of education reform projects and development
of Education-for-All national plans. Dr. Al Noaimi is a member of the
following national and international associations: AERA (American
Educational Research Association), IACCP (International Association
of Cross-Cultural Psychology), JPA (Jordanian Psychological
Association), and the Jordanian Educational Society.
Born in Irbid in 1955, Dr. Al Noaimi is married and has four children.
He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of
Pittsburgh, an M.A. from the University of Yarmouk, and a B.A. from
the University of Jordan.
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Al-Thani, Abdulla bin Ali,
President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Chairman of WISE
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani is President of the new
Hamad Bin Khalifa University in the State of Qatar, where he is leading
the evolution of an international consortium of elite universities into an
integrated center of academic excellence. He is also Vice President,
Education, at Qatar Foundation and Chairman of the World Innovation
Summit for Education (WISE) (www.wise-qatar.org).
The World Economic Forum recently named Dr. Al-Thani a Young
Global Leader for his regional role in education reform and innovation.
In 2010 Dr. Al-Thani co-organized a Ministerial Colloquium on Quality
of Education in the Arab World which committed 17 Arab states to a
common evaluation system of basic education.
Among a diverse range of education-related initiatives, Dr. Al-Thani
is a board member of the Qatar Leadership Centre, an initiative of
His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Heir Apparent of the
State of Qatar. Dr. Al-Thani is a member of Qatar’s Supreme Education
Council, which oversees reform at the K-12 level. He launched the
project to build Qatar Foundation’s national library, which will house
one of the largest collections in the Arab world.
He serves on the Executive Council of the World Digital Library at the
Library of Congress in Washington, and on the Governing Board of
the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg. Dr. Abdulla
has been named to the Board of Trustees of the American University
of Beirut; he also serves as a member of the Board of Advisers of
the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University in
After receiving his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University
of Southampton (UK), Dr. Al-Thani taught engineering at Qatar
University; he now serves as Chair of the Executive Board, and as a
member of the Board of Trustees.
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Al-Thani, Al Jawhara Hassan,
Student, Georgetown University School of
Foreign Service in Qatar; Participant, WISE
Learners’ Voice (Qatar)
Session: WISE Debate 2.3:
Motivating and Engaging Students
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Al Jawhara is currently a junior at Georgetown University’s School of
Foreign Service in Qatar and is majoring in Culture and Politics. Her
interests are focused on the development of national identity and the
way that links fundamentally with education. She was born in Doha,
but raised in Canada and returned to Doha for high school.
Her plans after completing her undergraduate studies are still in their
formative stages. However, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree
on a topic linked to education development and policy making.
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Ashrafuzzaman, Mohammad,
BBC World Service Trust (UK)
WISE Focus 1.4: WISE Awards 2011 Winners
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 2.B: WISE 2011 Winners Panel Discussion
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Ashraf has played a central role in the development of BBC Janala
since September 2008: carrying out industry research for all interactive
outputs; selecting right technology vendors; participating in the
aggregator procurement process; designing the technical architecture
of the system; managing the development of the IVR, SMS and WAP
platforms and participating in negotiations with the mobile operators
and regulatory authority to secure a single shortcode and tariff across
all six operators.
Before joining the BBC World Service Trust, Ashraf was responsible for
the day-to-day operations of GrameenPhone’s (Telenor Bangladesh)
mobile VAS team for three years and, prior to that, had worked in
marketing and sales coordination for handset manufacturers Nokia
and Sony Ericsson.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Aubert, Jean-Eric,
Senior Consultant; Coordinator, WISE Haiti
Task Force (France)
WISE Focus 1.2: Haiti Task Force: Rebuilding the
Education System in Haiti
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Workshop 2.6:
Haiti Task Force Working Group
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
International expert in innovation policies, knowledge economies,
and development strategies, Jean-Eric Aubert has had a career at the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
and the World Bank. As such, he has operated as policy evaluator and
advisor to governments in more than 50 countries of all development
levels. He has also been consultant for a number of international
organizations, including UN agencies and the European Commission.
His fields of competences and interventions cover a wide range
of policy areas including education, science, technology, industry,
governance, regional and local economies. He has a particular
interest in the socio-cultural factors underlying the development of
civilizations and nations. He is the author or director of some 50
international publications and books. A French national, Jean-Eric
Aubert holds postgraduate diplomas in Economics and a Ph.D. in
Applied Mathematics from Paris Universities.
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Awartani, Marwan,
Professor of Mathematics; Acting President
of Al-Quds University; Secretary General of
Universal Education Foundation, Chairman
of Elham Palestine and Chairman of the Arab
Foundations Forum (Palestine)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.3:
Designing Education for the Future
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Recently elected as the Chairman of the Arab Foundations Forum,
Prof. Awartani is the Secretary General of the Universal Education
Foundation and Elham Palestine. Dr. Awartani is a Professor of
Mathematics, Founding President of the Palestinian Society for
Mathematical Sciences and Chairman of the Palestinian Mathematics
Olympiad. He is Co-Founder of the Network of Palestinian Scientists
and Technologists Abroad and served as Director of the National Policy
for Science and Technology and Chairman of the national UNESCO
Commission on Science. Dr. Awartani is Founding President of Alpha
International for Research, Polling and Informatics, Senior Fellow for
the Synergos Institute and a member of the Advisory Committee of
the Arab World Social Innovators Initiative. He is also Senior Regional
Advisor to the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative. Dr.
Awartani is consulted on innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic
planning, the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation
systems, survey research, and organizational development.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Bah Diallo, Aïcha,
Chair, Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE); Chair, the Network for
Education for All in Africa (REPTA); former
Minister of Education (Guinea)
Session: WISE Debate 2.6:
Preventing Drop-Out, Bringing Learners Back in
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Aïcha Bah Diallo, a champion of girls’ and women’s learning, is the
Chair of the Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and of
the Network for Education for All in Africa (REPTA). She is a member
of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize Committee for Good Governance
and Leadership in Africa.
Ms. Bah Diallo was appointed Minister of Education of Guinea in
1989 and served in that post for seven years. She pioneered work on
lowering barriers to education for girls, noting that poverty was the
primary problem, but that the distance of schools from family homes
and concerns about the girls’ safety also played a part. The number of
girls enrolled in school surged from 113,000 to 233,000.
At the Ministry of Education, she enlisted a team of strong managers
and became widely known throughout the country as the leader
of education reform in Guinea, redeploying nearly one third of the
country’s teachers from urban to rural schools, as well as from
administration to teaching, and from secondary to primary schools.
From 2000 to 2005, Ms. Bah Diallo was a senior education leader of
UNESCO, serving as Director for Basic Education, Deputy Assistant
Director-General for Education, and as Assistant Director-General for
Education. She was also adviser to the Director-General of UNESCO
for Africa.
Prior to her service as Minister of Education in Guinea, Ms. Bah Diallo
was Chief of Cabinet at the Ministry of Planning and International
Cooperation (1986-1989) and served as Director of International
Relations and Projects at the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs
In Guinea many private as well as public schools are named after
her. She has also received many distinctions: Commandeur des
Palmes Académiques Françaises, Officier de l’ordre National de Côte
d’Ivoire, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de Guinée, Médaille
d’Honneur du Travail.
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Baldeh, Yero,
Lead Policy Advisor for the Vice Presidency
of Sector Operations, African Development
Bank (Tunis)
Session: WISE Debate 2.7: Exploring Alternative
Financing in Developing Countries
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Dr. Yero Baldeh is a Lead Policy Adviser to the Vice President for
Sector Operations at the African Development Bank. The Vice
Presidency oversees several departments and units delivering
support to regional member countries in the areas of human
development (health, education, social protection); economic and
financial governance; financial sector development; agriculture
and agro-industry development; and fragile states. He advises
the Vice President on policies related to these areas in addition to
issues relating to partnerships and aid effectiveness. Prior to this
position, Dr. Baldeh served in the Bank as a Chief Socio-Economist
responsible for task managing several inclusive growth and social
protection related projects within the Bank’s Human Development
Department. In addition to his project management functions, he
undertook evidence-based analytic work over the years such as being
the Bank’s focal point on the 2007/08 flagship Joint OECD/ADB
African Economic Outlook publication on the theme: “Technical and
Vocational Skills Development in Africa”.
Before he joined the Bank in 2004, Dr. Baldeh was the head of a
national agency in The Gambia, responsible for implementing multidonor funded institutional support, entrepreneurship, skills and
social development programs geared towards poverty reduction
and job creation. He also had a brief stint as a Senior Lecturer at the
University of Central Lancashire, UK, where he provided e-learning
teaching support to postgraduate students. Dr. Baldeh obtained his
Ph.D. in the area of information support for decentralized planning
and management from the University of Central Lancashire, UK, in
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Baraniuk, Richard,
Director and Founder, Connexions; Victor
E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Rice University
WISE Focus 1.4: WISE Awards 2011 Winners
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 1.5: Supporting Collaboration through
Online Platforms?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 2.B: WISE Awards 2011 Winners Panel
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering at Rice University and the Founder and
Director of Connexions (cnx.org). Launched in 1999, Connexions was
one of the world’s first - and today is one of the world’s largest “open education” projects, inviting universal participation in the
creation of, and free access to, knowledge. Each month, Connexions
provides free and remixable educational materials and e-textbooks to
a community of over two million users from 200 countries.
For his research projects in sensors, signal processing, and “big data”
Professor Baraniuk has received many awards. He is co-inventor
of the “single-pixel camera” that has been widely reported in the
popular press and is being commercialized by InVIEW Technologies.
For his education projects, Professor Baraniuk has received the Eta
Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teaching
Award, the Tech Museum Laureate Award, the Internet Pioneer
Award from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard
Law School, the World Technology Network Education Award, and
the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award. He has been
selected as one of Edutopia Magazine’s Daring Dozen Education
Innovators, has spoken at the TED conference, and was elected a
Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of AAAS.
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Barber, Michael,
Chief Education Advisor, Pearson; former
Head of the Global Education Practice,
McKinsey (UK)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.2:
Achieving Effective Reform
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Sir Michael Barber is a leading authority on education systems and
education reform. Over the past two decades his research and
advisory work has focused on school improvement, standards and
performance; system-wide reform; effective implementation; access,
success and funding in higher education; and access and quality in
schools in developing countries.
Barber recently joined Pearson as Chief Education Advisor, leading
Pearson’s worldwide program of research into education policy and
efficacy, advising on and supporting the development of products and
services that build on the research findings, and playing a particular
role in Pearson’s strategy for education in the poorest sectors of the
world, particularly in fast-growing developing economies.
Prior to Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Head
of McKinsey’s global education practice. He co-authored two major
McKinsey education reports: “How the world’s most improved school
systems keep getting better” (2010) and “How the world’s bestperforming schools come out on top” (2007). He is also Distinguished
Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds
an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter.
He previously served the UK government as Head of the Prime
Minister’s Delivery Unit (from 2001-2005) and as Chief Adviser to the
Secretary of State for Education on School Standards (from 19972001). Before joining government he was a Professor at the Institute
of Education at the University of London. He is the author of several
books including Instruction to Deliver; The Learning Game: Arguments
for an Education Revolution and How to do the Impossible: a Guide
for Politicians with a Passion for Education.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Bellamy, Carol,
Chair of the Board of Directors, Global
Partnership for Education; former Executive
Director, UNICEF (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.1:
Rethinking Education in Development
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Carol Bellamy presently serves as the Chair of the Global Partnership
for Education Board of Directors. Since its creation in 2002, the
Global Partnership for Education has grown to become a dynamic
global partnership endorsing the education sector plans of 45
developing countries around the world and granting approximately
$2 billion in support of these strategies. Prior to this, Ms. Bellamy
served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, nonprofit organization promoting international understanding through
education and development in over 70 countries.
Ms. Bellamy previously served 10 years as Executive Director of
UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations. She was also
the first former volunteer to become Director of the Peace Corps.
Ms. Bellamy has worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co.,
Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She spent 13 years
as an elected public official, including five years in the New York State
Senate. In 1978, she became the first woman to be elected to citywide
office in New York City as President of the NYC Council, a position she
held until 1985. Bellamy was named one of Forbes magazine’s 100
Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004. In 2009, Bellamy was
awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the Government of France. Bellamy
also Chairs the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate.
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Bentley, Tom,
Deputy Chief of Staff to Australian Prime
Minister, Julia Gillard; past Director, Demos
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.2:
Achieving Effective Reform
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Tom Bentley is Deputy Chief of Staff for the Australian Prime Minister,
Julia Gillard, where he is responsible for long-term policy planning and
He is a past Director of Demos, an independent think tank based in
London. He has also worked as a policy adviser to David Blunkett,
UK Minister for Education and Employment, as a senior consultant
for the OECD and as Director of Applied Learning at ANZSOG, the
Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
His publications include:
Learning Beyond the Classroom: Education for a Changing World
(Routledge, 1998)
The Creative Age: Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century (Demos,
1999): www.demos.co.uk
The Adaptive State: Strategies for Personalising the Public Realm
(Demos, 2003): www.demos.co.uk
A chapter in the Second International Handbook of Educational
Change, Hargreaves, A.; Lieberman, A.; Fullan, M.; Hopkins, D. (Eds.)
(2009): www.springer.com/education+%26+language/book/978-90481-2659-0
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Berends, Mark,
Professor of Sociology and Director, Center
for Research on Educational Opportunity,
University of Notre Dame (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.5:
Scaling-up: the Right Approach?
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Mark Berends (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
is a Professor of sociology and education at the University of Notre
Dame, where he directs the Center for Research on Educational
Opportunity (CREO, http://creo.nd.edu/) and the National Center on
School Choice (NCSC, www.vanderbilt.edu/schoolchoice/). Professor
Berends has written and published extensively on educational reform,
school choice, the effects of family and school changes on student
achievement trends, and the effects of schools and classrooms on
student achievement. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Professor
Berends was a Professor at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University,
and before that, he was a Senior Social Scientist at RAND.
His research focuses on how school organization and classroom
instruction are related to student achievement, with special attention
to disadvantaged students. Within this agenda, he has applied a
variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to understanding
the effects of school reforms on teachers and students. His current
research relies on experimental and quasi-experimental designs to
examine the effects of school choice on student achievement gains
and growth, with a particular focus on the social organization of
schools and classrooms. Professor Berends serves on numerous
editorial boards, technical panels, and policy forums and recently
ended his term as Vice President of the American Educational
Research Association’s Division L, Educational Policy and Politics. His
books include Examining Gaps in Mathematics Achievement among
Racial-Ethnic Groups, 1972-1992 (RAND, 2005), Charter School
Outcomes (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2008), Leading with Data:
Pathways to Improve Your School (Corwin, 2009) the Handbook of
Research on School Choice (Routledge, 2009), and School Choice and
School Improvement (Harvard Education Press, 2011). His work has
received media coverage from organizations such as The New York
Times, Washington Post, Education Week, National Public Radio, and
various media outlets across the United States.
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Bermingham, Desmond,
Director, Education Global Initiative, Save
the Children International (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 2.7: Exploring Alternative
Financing in Developing Countries
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Desmond Bermingham is the Director of the Save the Children
Education Global Initiative. Desmond has worked in the education
sector as a teacher, teacher trainer, senior education adviser and
researcher in the UK and globally for over 20 years. Desmond is also
a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council
on Education and a member of the advisory board for the Global
Monitoring Report.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Desmond was the Head of the
Education for All–Fast Track Initiative (FTI) Secretariat at the World
Bank in Washington. Under his leadership, the FTI grew to over 35
countries and secured donor commitments through to 2010 of over
$1.5 billion (US). He also helped to establish the FTI as an important
global partnership to promote aid effectiveness in the education sector.
He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University and
a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington,
D.C. where he published a series of papers on aid effectiveness and
education. He is also currently working with Results for Development
and the Open Society Institute on options for innovative financing for
Desmond was Head of Profession for the education team in the
UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) from 2003 to
2005 and he was a key player during the UK’s G-8 presidency in 2005
and worked closely with the UK Treasury team in preparing Gordon
Brown’s announcement in 2006 of a $10 billion (US) commitment to
education over the next 10 years.
Desmond Bermingham has a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s
College, Oxford, as well as Master’s degrees in education and
development management. He has worked as a Senior Education
Adviser for DFID in Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of
Congo, Sudan, and Guyana and has a particular interest in increasing
the effective use of aid in education as well as responses to support
education in fragile states and conflict-affected countries.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Bernard, James,
Global Director, Partners in Learning,
Microsoft Corporation (USA)
Session: WISE Focus 3.3:
Presentations: UNESCO, Microsoft
> Day: Wednesday November 3, 2011
James Bernard focuses on the role of technology as an accelerator of
innovative teaching practice and students’ attainment of 21 st-century
skills around the world. He joined the Partners in Learning team in
2008, with the goal of scaling programs for educators and school
leaders, and driving global public-private partnerships. The Partners in
Learning Program is a 10-year nearly $500 million initiative that helps
teachers and school leaders more effectively use technology as a tool
in the classroom.
Partners in Learning works in 115 countries to gain insights into the
efficacy of technology as a teaching and learning tool; develop learning
communities; and build the capacity of teachers and school leaders
through professional development. The program is Microsoft’s largest
social enterprise initiative, and to date has reached nearly 10 million
teachers and school leaders.
Bernard also held a number of globally focused consumer marketing
and communications positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006.
He took time off from Microsoft between 2006 and 2008 to serve as
Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning,
an international non-profit focused on educational exchange and
international development with operations in more than 70 countries.
Before originally joining Microsoft in 1999, Bernard spent eight years
in a variety of marketing, public relations and communications roles
in Chicago. Bernard also lived in Kenya for six years and has traveled
extensively in Africa and many other parts of the world. He serves
as an advisor to a number of education-focused organizations and is
a member of the Board of Directors for Pact, a global NGO focused
on capacity building in health, environment and livelihoods. He holds
a degree (with honors) from the EW Scripps School of Journalism at
Ohio University.
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Bharucha, Jamshed,
President, The Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art; cognitive
neuroscientist (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 3.3: Nurturing Creativity
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Jamshed Bharucha is the 12th President of The Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art.
A cognitive neuroscientist, he has published extensively on the
cognitive and neural underpinnings of music, and has been awarded
grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work. More recently, he has written
and lectured widely on the challenges facing higher education,
emphasizing the need for bold innovations in learning and global
A 1978 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, where he majored
in biopsychology, President Bharucha received an M.A. in philosophy
from Yale University (1979) and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from
Harvard University (1983).
He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences at Stanford University in 1993-94, and currently is an
Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He received the
Distinguished Achievement Award from the Alumnae & Alumni of
Vassar College, and has served as a Trustee of Vassar College.
President Bharucha began his academic career at Dartmouth College,
where he was named the John Wentworth Professor of Psychological
and Brain Sciences and served in several leadership positions. A
signature accomplishment of his administrative work at Dartmouth
was the creation of the nation’s first brain imaging facility for the
study of cognitive neuroscience outside of a clinical setting.
In 2002, Bharucha was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President
of Tufts University. Under his leadership as Provost, annual sponsored
research doubled to $175 million, revenues from the transfer of
technology increased eightfold to $8 million, and the university
launched an international strategy focusing on Mexico, India and China.
President Bharucha is a classically trained violinist, having received
an Associate’s Diploma in Violin Performance from Trinity College of
Music, London, in 1973.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Bice, Ed,
Chairman & CEO, Meedan; Co-Chair of the
United Palestinian Partnership (UPP) (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.5:
Supporting Collaboration through Online Platforms?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Ed Bice is the CEO of Meedan, a social technology NGO focused on
increasing the online exchange of media, dialogue, and educational
materials between Arabic and English speakers. At the confluence of
social networking, social translation, and open innovation, Meedan has
forwarded ideas and projects with the singular focus of promoting more
diverse networks for knowledge, data, and idea exchange between
Arabic and English speakers on the Internet. Prominent partnerships
include work with Cambridge University to enable faith scholars to
converse and to annotate seminal texts across languages (with support
from Coexist Foundation and the British Research Council), work with
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Qatar Foundation
International (QFI) to promote cross-classroom and teacher-to-teacher
access to Open Education Resources, a project with the Institute of
International Education to promote new media training and networking
among MENA NGOs, and work with Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al Jazeera
to promote new media translation and annotation in professional
newsrooms (supported by the Swedish Development Agency - Sida).
Meedan’s work has been covered in the New York Times Magazine Year
in Ideas issue, and its content is regularly carried in The Economist, The
Guardian, and other international media outlets.
Ed has been an invited speaker at the 2010 Harvard Advanced
Leadership Initiative, the 2009 UN Internet Governance Forum, and
many other ICT4D events. He is a member of the Partners for a New
Beginning (PNB) group, a member of the Qatar Foundation International
Educational Technology Working Group, and a Co-Chair of the United
Palestinian Partnership (UPP). Ed has been an invited reviewer at the
National Science Foundation in 2008 and 2010. Joi Ito included him in
his book Freesouls, portraits of 296 people working to build the open
web. Ed has co-authored a patent-pending approach to hybrid distributed
natural language translation. He attended Carleton College where he
received a B.A. in philosophy of language.
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Bishop, Russell,
Chair Professor of M aori
University of Waikato (New Zealand)
Session: WISE Focus 2.3: New Methods to Improve
Engagement and Learning (Part 1)
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
- Education in
Russell Bishop, Ph.D., is Foundation Professor for Maori
the School of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New
Zealand. He is also a qualified and experienced secondary school
teacher, having taught at Mana and Aotea Colleges in the 1970s
and 80s. Prior to his present appointment he was Interim Director
for Otago University’s Teacher Education program. His research
experience is in the area of collaborative storying. He has published
nationally and internationally on this topic and has written a book
Collaborative Research Stories: Whakawhanaungatanga. His other
research interests include Collaborative Storying as Pedagogy and
Culturally Responsive Pedagogies. The latter area is the subject of a
book, Culture Counts: Changing Power Relationships in Classrooms,
which demonstrates how the experiences developed from within
- settings, schooling, research and policy development,
kaupapa Maori
can be applied to mainstream educational settings.
A further book, Pathologizing Practices: the impact of deficit thinking
on education, investigates how deficit thinking pathologizes the
lived experiences of children and prevents minoritized children from
achieving their full potential in schools. A more recent book, Culture
- students, their
Speaks, examines the schooling experiences of Maori
families, their principals and their teachers. The message of this book
is simple: classroom relationships are paramount; all other actions
flow from this wellspring. His latest books are entitled, Scaling Up
Education Reform: Addressing the Politics of Disparity and Freeing
He is currently the Project Director for Te Kotahitanga and He Kakano.
The former is a large New Zealand Ministry of Education (MOE)
funded research/professional development project that seeks to
- students in mainstream
improve the educational achievement of Maori
classrooms through the implementation of a culturally responsive
pedagogy of relations. The latter, again funded by the MOE, supports
- students.
school leaders to improve the learning of Maori
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Blanquer, Jean-Michel,
Director General for Schools, Ministry of
Education (France)
Session: WISE Debate 2.6:
Preventing Drop-Out, Bringing Learners Back in
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011 > Time: 14.45-16.00
In his role as Director General for Schools, a position which he has
occupied since January 2010, Jean-Michel Blanquer has been leading
on developing innovative educational and teaching policies for France in
collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s decentralized services.
Two key responsibilities fall under his remit – the development of the
national curriculum and the organization of nationwide assessment.
The Director General is responsible for three major budgets worth
over €50 billion, representing 17.5% of the state budget.
Jean-Michel Blanquer served the Ministry as local education authority
director for Créteil (a large suburb of Paris) from 2007 to 2010 and in
French Guiana from 2004 to 2006. He has occupied the position of
Deputy Head of Cabinet for the French Minister of Education, Higher
Education and Research (2006 - 2007).
Jean-Michel Blanquer is currently President of the research
consortium The America Institute, grouping 35 research institutes.
Previously he was Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies
in Paris (1998 - 2004) and Professor of Public Law at the Institute
of Political Studies in Lille (1996 - 1998) and Tours (1994 - 1996).
He was also Director of Theses at the University of Paris Sorbonne
Nouvelle and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris as well as a
board member. In 1991-1992 he obtained a Lavoisier scholarship from
the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a “Special student” at
Harvard University.
Jean-Michel Blanquer is a qualified Doctor of Law. He holds honorary
distinctions: Knight of the National Order of Merit, and of the French
Legion of Honor, the highest decoration awarded in France. He
speaks English and Spanish fluently.
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Bolat, Özgür,
Researcher and Faculty Member, Bahcesehir
University; Researcher, Leadership for
Learning Center, University of Cambridge;
Columnist, Hürriyet Newspaper (Turkey)
Session: WISE Debate 1.7: Creating a Change Culture
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Özgür Bolat received his B.A. from Bogazici University School of
Education, where he graduated as a valedictorian. During his B.A.
degree, he studied the psychology of learning as an exchange
student at Binghamton University for a year, where he was awarded
a “Certificate of Achievement”. He later received a Fulbright and
Turkish Education Foundation scholarship to study at Harvard
University Graduate School of Education for his Master’s degree.
Upon completion, he returned to Turkey and taught at Bogazici
University for two years. He then started his Ph.D. at the Department
of Educational Leadership and School Improvement at the University
of Cambridge in the UK.
He spent one year of his Ph.D. studies at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management as a visiting student
and at MIT Leadership Center as a researcher. He conducted research
on leadership and organizational culture during this period. In 2008,
he won “The Best Young Researcher” award at an international
conference in New Zealand. Özgür Bolat currently works as a
researcher and faculty member at Bahcesehir University, a researcher
at the Leadership for Learning Center at the University of Cambridge,
a columnist at the Hürriyet Newspaper and a project coordinator at
the Turkish Education Foundation. He also consults companies and
schools in Turkey on leadership, organizational culture and change. He
is the first person to start the Teacher Leadership Project in Turkey.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Brown, Gordon,
Member of Parliament, former Prime
Minister (UK)
Session: Closing Plenary Session
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and
Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. His tenure as Prime
Minister coincided with the start of the global financial crisis. He
was one of the first to initiate calls for global financial action, while
introducing a range of rescue measures in the UK.
Previously, Brown served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from
1997 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern
history. His time as Chancellor was marked by major reform of
Britain’s monetary and fiscal policy and sustained investment in
health, education and overseas aid.
His time in government shaped his views on the importance of
education as a fundamental right of every child in the world, and an
engine of future global economic growth. Since the start of 2011,
Brown has co-led the Global Campaign for Education’s High-Level
Panel, and he is a passionate advocate for global action to ensure
education for all.
Brown, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1983, has a
PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and spent his early
career working as a lecturer. Since leaving government, Brown has
advised the World Economic Forum, chairing its Global Issues Group.
He has also served as New York University’s inaugural Distinguished
Global Leader in Residence, a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s
Kennedy School of Government, and a Board Member of the World
Wide Web Foundation.
He is the author of several books, most recently Beyond the Crash:
Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation. He is the founder, with
his wife, of PiggyBankKids, a charity that focuses on preventing
difficulties in pregnancy and giving premature babies a healthy start
in life. He is married to Sarah Brown, a charity campaigner, and the
couple has two young sons.
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Brown-Martin, Graham,
Founder, Learning Without Frontiers (LWF)
Workshop 1.4: The 3 Es - Education, Environment and
Energy - Learning Without Frontiers
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 3.4: Learning Anytime, Anywhere
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Graham Brown-Martin is the Founder of Learning Without Frontiers
(LWF), a disruptive think tank focused on new ideas for learning and
teaching practice leading to improvements of a transformational
nature. LWF hosts online communities and international conferences
and publishes resources for international thought leaders, innovators,
policy makers and practitioners from the education, technology and
entertainment sectors. LWF also operates a number of programs to
identify and celebrate innovative talent.
Prior to LWF, Graham enjoyed a career spanning the educational
technology and entertainment software industries, having built a
number of creatively and technologically innovative enterprises that
were sold to larger corporations including Philips Electronics and Virgin
Interactive. Graham has also worked in several developing nations.
Aside from his work and entrepreneurship in technology, Graham has
also directed music videos for The Fall, Malcolm McLaren, Salt Tank
and Future Sound of London amongst others and, with artist Buggy
G Riphead, he designed the ship’s computer for the feature film, Lost
in Space. Graham has also appeared in numerous publications and
media including The Times Educational Supplement, Libération, The
Assignment, Trace, Transculturalism, the BBC Money Programme,
The Guardian, Management Today and The Times.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Buarque, Cristovam,
Member of the Brazilian Federal Senate;
former Minister of Education (Brazil)
Session: WISE Debate 1.2:
Overcoming Challenges: Lessons from Other Sectors
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Cristovam Buarque is a Mechanical Engineer. He graduated from the
Federal University of Pernambuco in 1966, and has a Doctor’s Degree
in Economics from the Sorbonne (1973).
From 1973 to 1979, he worked as Advisor for the Inter-American
Development Bank (IADB) in Washington. Since 1979, he has been
Professor of the University of Brasilia (UnB). In 1985 he was elected
Dean in the first democratic election at the University, and continued
to hold this post until 1989. From 1995 to 1998, he was Governor of
the Brazilian Federal District. During his mandate, he was recognized
for his commitment to social inclusion and as an administrator
able to turn into laws the ideas previously exposed in his books.
Among the several creative solutions conceived by the Professor
and implemented by the Governor, the most renowned in Brazil and
abroad is the Bolsa-Escola, a revolutionary approach for education and
against poverty.
In 2002, he was elected Senator for the Federal District, with an
eight-year mandate. He was designated Minister of Education in
2003, the first year of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s term, an office he
held until January 2004. Back at the Federal Senate in 2004, he was
elected Chairman of the Senate External Relations Committee. From
January 2005 to December 2006 he headed the Senate Human
Rights Committee. In January 2007 he was unanimously chosen to
be Chairman of the Senate Education, Sports and Culture Committee.
In 2006, he was a candidate for the Presidency of Brazil, presenting
a concrete proposal to change the nation: a revolution through
education. He received over 2.6 million votes throughout the country.
In 2010, he was re-elected Senator for another eight-year mandate.
Presently, Senator Buarque is Vice-Chairman of the Senate External
Relations Committee and Chairman of the Special Subcommittee for
the 2012 Summit Rio+20.
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Burney, Farooq S.,
Director, Al Fakhoora (Qatar/Canada)
Session: WISE Focus 2.4: Innovative Best Practices
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Farooq Burney is the Director of the Al Fakhoora campaign, an initiative
that aims to secure the right to education for students living in Gaza
and the West Bank. Acting as a representative of Al Fakhoora, Burney
participated in the Freedom Flotilla on board the Mavi Marmara, the
Turkish ship that was raided by the Israeli navy in 2010.
Prior to his work with the Al Fakhoora campaign, Burney worked for a
number of humanitarian relief organizations including the International
Red Cross Red Crescent. Burney resides in Doha, Qatar, with his wife
and two children.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Burt, Martin,
Founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya
Session: WISE Debate 2.5:
Scaling-up: the Right Approach?
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Martin Burt is Founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 26-year old
NGO devoted to designing worldwide social innovations to the eliminate
poverty through entrepreneurship and self-reliance. Fundación Paraguaya
operates from offices in Paraguay, Tanzania, and the US.
He is a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth
entrepreneurship, and financial literacy methodologies to address chronic
poverty. He has also developed one of the world’s first financially selfsufficient agricultural schools for the rural poor. He is co-founder of Teach
a Man to Fish, a global network based in London (2,000 members -125
countries) that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which
is partnering with more than 65 organizations from 31 countries to
establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas. He participates in
the Education Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and
is a university professor of Social Entrepreneurship in the US and Africa.
He is a pioneer in environmental protection in Paraguay, having co-founded
the Bertoni Nature Conservancy and the Mbaracayu Forest Reserve
Foundations, two of the country’s largest nature conservation institutions.
He has served as Vice Minister of Commerce, and was elected Mayor of
Asunción. Burt has received the World Innovation Summit for Education
(WISE) Award, the Microfinance Award from the Inter-American
Development Bank, the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award from
the Schwab Foundation, the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award,
the Ashoka Changemakers Award, the Oikocredit Award, the Templeton
Freedom Award, and the distinguished alumni Award from the George
Washington University and University of the Pacific.
He is an Avina Foundation leader and a Synergos and Eisenhower Fellow.
Burt has been awarded the UNESCO Orbis Guaraniticus Medal and the
Inter American Development Bank and UNESCO Best Practice Award.
He serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement Worldwide.
Mr. Burt has books published on economics, development, municipal
government, poetry, and education.
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Butgereit, Laurie,
Java developer, Internet of Things Engineering Group; principal Technologist, Meraka
Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial
Research (CSIR) (South Africa)
Session: WISE Debate 3.1:
Mobile-Learning for the Hard to Reach
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Laurie Butgereit is the driving force behind the “Dr Math” project
which has been running in South Africa since 2007. “Dr Math” links
school pupils who use chat protocols on their cell phones to university
tutors who help them with their mathematics homework.
The tutors are all volunteers and are typically engineering students
from South African universities, although there are a growing number
of volunteer tutors from North America and Europe. The pupils are
primarily South African secondary school pupils who use a low-cost
chat protocol on their cell phones. Since its inception, over 30,000
pupils have registered for this free service.
Laurie is a principal Technologist at Meraka Institute, Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). She divides her time
between the “Dr Math” project and the “Internet of Things”
engineering group.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Cayla, Philippe,
Chairman of the Executive Board, Euronews
S.A. (France)
Session: WISE Debate 3.A:
Role of the Media in Education
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
On April 24, 2003 Philippe Cayla was appointed Chairman of
SOCEMIE. Since December 2008, he has been Chairman of the
Executive Board of Euronews S.A.
Philippe Cayla began his career as a civil servant before working for
major French industrial companies and for the French public television
broadcaster France Télévisions. From June 2000 to April 2003, he was
Director of International Development of France Télévisions. From
1993 to 2000, he worked with Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading
providers of satellite infrastructure.
Philippe Cayla worked from 1985 to 1992 with Matra. He was Deputy
Managing Director and Strategy Director of Matra-Marconi Space. He
had earlier held the position of Sales & Finance Director and Strategy
Director of Matra Espace. He began his career in the industrial sector
with Alcatel as Director for Europe from 1983 to 1985.
From 1976 to 1983, Philippe Cayla held a number of posts within the
French Ministries as civil servant (Public Works, Industry, Foreign
Trade ministries). He was a technical adviser to Michel Jobert, French
State Secretary, Minister of Foreign Trade.
Philippe Cayla was a student at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Institut
d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He
has been a senior lecturer in Economics at Institut d’Etudes Politiques
de Paris. He is a member of the Board of Aspen France. He is a Knight
of The Legion of Honor.
Philippe Cayla was born in 1949.
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Chatel, Luc,
Minister of National Education, Youth and
Community Life (France)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.2:
Achieving Effective Reform
> Day: Wednesday November 3, 2011
Luc Chatel was born in Bethesda (USA) in 1964. His father was an
admiral and his mother a dance teacher. He is the French Minister of
National Education, Youth and Community Life.
He graduated from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in marketing
and management and worked for 12 years for an international
industrial group, mainly as Director of Human Resources.
He has been the local elected representative of Haute-Marne, the
French département from which his family originates, since 1993,
and was elected Deputy of this département in 2002. He was reelected in 2007 and appointed Secretary of State for Consumption
and Tourism in June 2007, then Secretary of State for Industry and
Consumption from March 2008 to June 2009, while also serving as a
government spokesman.
Luc Chatel was Minister of National Education and government
spokesman from June 2009 to November 2010, when he became
Minister of National Education, Youth and Community Life. In this
post, he develops and implements French government policy in
favor of universal access to knowledge and the development of
pre-elementary, elementary and secondary education, and in favor
of youth and community development. He has also been Mayor of
Chaumont (Haute-Marne) since March 2008.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Cheng, Yin Cheong,
Vice President (Research and Development) and
Chair Professor of Leadership and Change,The Hong
Kong Institute of Education; President-elect, World
Educational Research Association (WERA) (China)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.1:
Rethinking Innovation in Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Professor Yin Cheong Cheng (Ed.D., Harvard) is the Vice-President
(Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Leadership
and Change of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is also
the President-elect of the World Educational Research Association
(WERA) (2012-2014) and the past President (2004-2008) of the AsiaPacific Educational Research Association (APERA). He serves as the
Chairman of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation’s advisory board and a panel
advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he was a
full member of the University Grants Committee, a panel member of
the Research Grants Council, and a member of the Quality Education
Fund Steering Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
He has had extensive experience in both education and research.
His research is mainly on education reforms, leadership, paradigm
shift and teacher education. He has published 20 academic books
and over 200 articles regionally and internationally. Some of his
publications have been translated into Chinese, Hebrew, Korean,
Spanish, Czech, Thai and Persian. Among his publications, New
Paradigm for Re-engineering Education: Globalization, Localization
and Individualization (Springer, 2005) and School Effectiveness and
School-Based Management: A Mechanism for Development (Falmer,
1996) are world-renowned books in educational reforms. He was the
Editor in Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and
Development (1998-2003). He is presently serving on the advisory
boards of 17 international journals. Professor Cheng’s research has
won him a number of international awards and recognition including
the Award for Excellence from the Literati Network in the UK
between 1994 and 2008. He has been invited to provide consultancy
services to national and international projects in different parts of the
world and give over 90 keynote/plenary presentations by national and
international organizations such as APEC, UNESCO, UNICEF, ICER,
ICSEI, APERA, IBO, Ford Foundation, World Bank, and SEAMEO
RIHED etc. Website: home.ied.edu.hk/~yccheng/
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Chhapra, Mushtaq,
Chairman and Founding Director, The
Citizens Foundation (TCF) (Pakistan)
Session: WISE Focus 2.1: WISE Book Launch
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Mushtaq Chhapra is the Chairman and a Founding Director of The
Citizens Foundation (TCF), a non-profit educational organization in
Pakistan. Born and based in Karachi, he is a well-known personality in
the country’s business circles. While he has manufacturing concerns
in Pakistan, he is a philanthropist at heart and is involved with many
charities in the areas of health, food security and art. He also serves
as the honorary Consul General for the Nepalese Embassy in Karachi.
His project, The Citizens Foundation, was selected as one of the six
WISE Awards winners in 2010. TCF is one of the largest non-profit
organizations in Pakistan in the field of education. Since it was
founded in 1995, it has run a professionally managed network of 730
purpose-built schools in the poorest rural areas and most neglected
urban slums of Pakistan. Its mission is to promote mass-scale quality
education at the primary and secondary levels in an environment that
encourages intellectual, moral and spiritual growth. TCF’s goal is to
build 1,000 schools in Pakistan.
Mr. Mushtaq is Director of various companies and corporations
including Coastal Trading, CBM Plastics, Transpak (Pvt) Ltd., Coastal
Synthetics (Pvt) Ltd., Multipaper Products (Pvt) Ltd., and Coastal
Converters (Pvt) Ltd. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of
Patient Aid Foundation, a Foundation that was established to extend
help to needy and poor patients and provides free medicine. He is
also a Member of the Board of Governors of The Kidney Centre,
which provides treatment and dialysis to patients suffering from
kidney problems.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Chung, Sungchul,
Senior Research Fellow Emeritus, Science
and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
(Republic of Korea)
Session: WISE Debate 1.B:
How Does Innovation Happen?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Until June, 2008, Dr. Sungchul Chung served as the President of
the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) of Korea, a
government policy think tank devoted to research and analysis on
the issues pertaining to science, technology, and innovation. He is
currently a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at STEPI. Dr. Chung
has been involved in science, technology and innovation policy
research as well as advisory activities for more than 20 years, and
has been involved in S&T policy formulation as a major player in
Korea. He served on various high-level advisory bodies, including
the Presidential Committee on Policy and Planning (2006-2008),
the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology (20062008), the Science and Technology Committee of the Federation of
Korean Industries (2006-2009).
He has also been active in international S&T cooperation. He was a
member of the Expert-Advisory Group on New Innovation Strategy,
OECD, was a member of the Bureau of the Committee for Science
and Technology Policy of the OECD (1997-2004), Coordinator, S&T
Sub-Committee of the Korea Pacific Economic Cooperation Council
(1992-99), and represented Korea and the Korean government at
various international S&T meetings. He is an economist by training
and received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.
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Colditz, Paul,
CEO, Federation of Governing Bodies of South
African Schools (FEDSAS) (South Africa)
Session: WISE Debate 1.8:
Developing New Approaches to Leadership
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Paul Colditz is a qualified attorney at law who practiced in private law
practice in South Africa. His area of specialization is constitutional
and education law. He was first appointed to the governing body of
a primary school in 1988 and has since served on three governing
bodies of public schools in South Africa before being elected as the
National Chairperson of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South
African Schools (FEDSAS) in 1998, a position he held until the end
of 2006 in a voluntary capacity. He served education and schools
in this voluntary capacity from 1988 until the end of 2006 when he
was appointed as the first fulltime CEO of FEDSAS, a position he
still holds. Since his appointment, FEDSAS has grown to become
the largest and most influential voluntary association of governing
bodies of public schools in South Africa. He is widely recognized as
the leading authority in education law in South Africa.
Paul has written hundreds of opinions for public school governors on
all issues of law and governance of public schools in South Africa.
Many of his opinions are published on the FEDSAS website (www.
fedsas.org.za). Through his initiative, this has become the most
comprehensive website on school governance and education law
in the country. He has also published in national and international
publications on various aspects of school governance.
Paul is a sought-after and regular keynote speaker at national and
international conferences on education. He also serves on the Council
of the University of the Free State, is a member of the Institute of
Directors of South Africa and an honorary ranger of the South African
National Parks.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Cole, Stephen,
Presenter and Correspondent, Al Jazeera
English (UK)
Thematic Plenary > Rethinking Innovation in Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Thematic Plenary > Achieving Effective Reform
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Thematic Plenary > Designing Education for the Future
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Stephen Cole is one of the most recognizable and respected faces
of international television journalism. Over the past 22 years he has
anchored the launches of Sky News (London), CNN International
(Atlanta), BBC World Asia and Click Online (London), and Al Jazeera
(London) almost six years ago. After presenting award-winning
coverage of Europe, Stephen has just moved to Doha (Qatar).
He has anchored live coverage of elections held in Islamabad, Delhi,
Moscow, Paris, Hong Kong, Sofia and Bangkok and now, as Senior
Anchor at Al Jazeera, he is covering the momentous events of the
Arab Spring. Stephen has also covered nine conflicts ranging from
the Falklands War to Bosnia and Kosovo, the two wars in the Gulf
and “9-11”.
Ten years ago Stephen formatted the international IT show Click
Online. He took the show to 20 countries and hosted numerous
prestigious IT events. Stephen formed Cole Productions – a
corporate communications company - 15 years ago. Since then he
has specialized in information technology, security and terrorism
and international news. He also delivered the keynote lectures on
journalism and terrorism at the University of Colorado. He has chaired
and facilitated at the World Economic Forum at Davos for the past
eight years. He is a Media Fellow at the World Economic Forum
and jury member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts
(BAFTA). For six years he presented the annual Oscars program live
for BBC World and News 24.
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Collard, Paul,
Chief Executive, Creativity, Culture and
Education (CCE) (UK)
WISE Focus 1.4: WISE Awards 2011 Winners
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 2.B: WISE Awards 2011 Winners Panel
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
WISE Debate 3.3: Nurturing Creativity
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Paul Collard is the Chief Executive of CCE, the organization responsible
for delivering the British government’s major creative educational
programs for young people in England. He has 25 years’ experience
of working in the arts and is an expert in delivering programs that use
creativity and culture as drivers of social and economic change, most
notably in the North East of England and New Haven, Connecticut,
CCE has a particular focus on unlocking the creative potential of
children and young people, in order to prepare them for success in
the creative economy of the 21st century. Its major program, Creative
Partnerships, works with around 2,300 schools in England each year,
while the pioneering Find Your Talent project focused on enabling
young people in some of England’s most deprived areas to access
world-class cultural opportunities.
The scale and impact of CCE’s programs has generated considerable
interest outside the UK. As a result, Paul Collard has represented the
UK on the European Union committee examining synergies between
culture and education, has been advising the City of Amsterdam and
the Government of Western Australia on their creative and cultural
learning programs, has signed contracts with the Government of
Lithuania to deliver a major €4 million creative learning program in
Lithuanian schools and led a major EU-funded program on the training
of artists to work in primary schools.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Costa, Natacha,
Executive Director, Associação Cidade
Escola Aprendiz (Brazil)
Session: WISE Debate 2.6:
Preventing Drop-Out, Bringing Learners Back in
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Natacha Costa is the Executive Director of Aprendiz City School
Association (Associação Cidade Escola Aprendiz). Mrs. Costa
graduated in Psychology from the Catholic University of São Paulo
(PUC – SP) and is currently preparing a Professional Master’s in Public
Management and Policies at Getulio Vargas Foundation.
Mrs. Costa has been working for non-profits as program manager
of educational projects since 1999. In 2005, she was responsible
for implementing the Computer Clubhouse Program in Osasco, Sao
Paulo. The program was created by MIT Media Lab and the Science
Museum of Boston and it was implemented in association with
Bradesco Bank Foundation and Intel.
Mrs. Costa has also trained teachers, community leaders and public
managers in educational proposals for children and youth development
based on Aprendiz methodologies since 2004. In addition, Mrs. Costa
has been supporting the development of education public policies all
over Brazil since 2007.
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Dajani, Rana,
Founder and Director, “We Love Reading”;
Director, Center of Studies, Hashemite
University (Jordan)
Session: WISE Debate 2.A: Simple Ideas, Big Results
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Rana Dajani obtained a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University
of Iowa, USA, in 2005; a Fulbright alumnus, she is currently Assistant
Professor and Director of the Center of Studies at the Hashemite
University, Jordan. Her research focuses on genome-wide association
studies concerning diabetes and cancer in ethnic populations in
Jordan. Other research includes signaling transduction, stem cells,
and bioinformatics. Dr. Dajani is active on science-related fronts:
organizer of the fourth scientific research conference on cancer in
Jordan; consultant to the Higher Council for Science and Technology
on identifying national priorities for research in Jordan. She has
written in Science and Nature about science in the Arab world.
She is also a strong advocate of the theory of biological evolution and
of its compatibility with Islam. She was a speaker at the TempletonCambridge Journalism Fellowship symposium at the University of
Cambridge and at the British Council “belief in dialogue” conference
at the American University at Sharjah. In terms of education, she has
been appointed a Higher Education Reform Expert by the TEMPUS
office, Jordan; is founder of the TEMPUS funded center for service
learning at the Hashemite University; is an advocate of teaching using
problem-based learning, novel-reading and drama; has established a
network for women mentors and mentees; and was a speaker at
TEDxDeadsea. Dr. Dajani has developed a community-based model
and philosophy, “We Love Reading” (WLR), to encourage children
to read for pleasure, for which she received the Synergos award for
Arab world social innovators in 2009, membership of the Clinton
Global Initiative 2010, and a place in the upcoming book Innovation in
Education: Lessons from Pioneers around the World, funded by Qatar
Foundation. WLR has spread throughout Jordan, the Arab world and
internationally, reaching Turkey, Thailand and Azerbaijan. Dr. Dajani
has appeared in the following media: Huffington Post, USA Today,
Washington Post, Al Jazeera, VOA, The Chronicle of Higher Education,
The Guardian and Reuters. Dr. Dajani is married with four children.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Davies, Wayne,
Human Resources Director, Middle East,
North Africa and Turkey, General Electric
(GE) (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 1.8:
Developing New Approaches to Leadership
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Wayne Davies is Human Resources Director with General Electric
(GE) based in Dubai, providing HR leadership to GE’s businesses in
the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. In this role, Wayne is focused
on helping GE to build talent and capability to support GE’s ambitious
growth plans in the region for the Company. GE sales revenues in the
region are in excess of $11 billion and the Company hopes to build on
this with continued investments in technology and talent.
Key focus areas for Wayne include leadership diversity, localization,
recruiting excellence and building HR capability. Over his 10-year
career with GE, Wayne has held numerous HR leadership roles across
multiple GE businesses including assignments with GE Healthcare,
GE Aviation and GE Capital. Prior to joining GE, Wayne worked for
12 years in the steel industry as HR Director where he developed
a strong background in labor relations. Wayne recently relocated to
Dubai from London with his wife and has two children.
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della Chiesa, Bruno,
Senior Analyst and Project Manager, Centre
for Educational Research and Innovation
(CERI), OECD (Paris)
Session: WISE Debate 3.2: Learning through Play
> Day: Wednesday November 3, 2011
A former diplomat and science-fiction editor, among other more
exotic jobs, Bruno della Chiesa is a linguist trained at the Universities
of Bonn and Paris Sorbonne. After France and Germany, he has lived
in Egypt, Mexico, Austria, France again, and in the United States.
A self-defined “pluricultural European”, he speaks (and writes in)
English, French, German and Spanish.
After about a decade in the French diplomatic service, he joined the
OECD and founded there - in 1999, within the Center for Educational
Research and Innovation (CERI) - the project entitled “Brain Research
and Learning Sciences”, considered to be seminal work in the field of
educational neuroscience. This activity led to the publication of his
book Understanding the Brain: the Birth of a Learning Science (Paris:
OECD, 2007; also published in Chinese, French, Japanese, Serbian,
Spanish and will soon be available in Arabic).
Just after finishing this, he started to teach a yearly course entitled
“Learning in A Globalizing World” at Harvard Graduate School of
Education (HGSE). As a result of his research activities at Harvard
over the last four years, he created and directed the “Globalization,
Languages and Cultures” program, a HGSE-CERI cooperation, which
culminated in November 2011 in the publication of the book Languages
in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding (Paris:
Meanwhile, Bruno della Chiesa continues to work in the neuroscientific
field as an editor for the Mind, Brain, and Education journal, and has
embarked on a new endeavor which deals with future international
perspectives in math and science education as related to civics. His
work on “promoting and raising global awareness”, summarized in his
‘tesseracts-in-the-brain’ hypothesis (see his 2010-2011 papers) links
(educational) neuroscience, (language) didactics, (socio) linguistics,
(international) policy, and the (philosophy of) ethics.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
De Souza, Gloria,
Founder, Parisar Asha Environmental
Education Center; Member of the Board of
Directors, Ashoka Foundation (India)
Session: WISE Debate 2.8: Redefining the Role of Social
Entrepreneurs in the Learning Ecosystem
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Gloria de Souza is Director of Parisar Asha Environment Education
Center, Mumbai, instituted in 1982. “Parisar” in Sanskrit means “the
environment intimately experienced”. “Asha” is “Hope”.
Parisar Asha is an education mission (a Registered Trust since
1990), committed to serving India’s multi-cultural diversity of human
communities, through an environment-related learning system. The
system works to transform the government-designed standardized
learning menu for government-aided schools. Parisar Asha’s approach
translates the government-mandated curriculum into an experiential
learning system, for intelligent internalization of concepts, skill
development for applied learning, sensitive growth in attitudes and
values that make the learner a conscientious conserver of our global
“parisar”. Parisar Asha’s major challenge lies in the “how-to”, with a
prevailing teacher/pupil ratio of 1:60, or more.
In 1982, with the Ashoka Foundation’s Fellowship, Gloria de Souza
quit her co-ordinating position in a prestigious Jesuit School. Active
support from the St. Xavier’s Institute of Education (Mumbai),
UNICEF, the Aga Khan Foundation, and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust gave
wings to the fledgling Parisar Asha.
Currently, Parisar Asha is collaborating with Naandi, a corporate NGO
with a mission to introduce quality English-Medium Education in
28 Municipal Corporation Schools. The demand for English-Medium
Education by the economically marginalized is growing rapidly in
all Indian States. The Naandi-Parisar Asha collaboration aspires to
answer this need, through taking to scale a system of proven efficacy.
Gloria de Souza is on the Board of Directors, Ashoka Foundation. Since
1987, Parisar Asha’s work has attracted awards for outstanding service
in the cause of: “Education for Good-Citizenship”, “the Advancement
of Learning”, “Significant Service to the Nation”, “Exceptional Work in
Relevant Education for India”.
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Diarra, Cheick Modibo,
Astrophysicist; President, Microsoft Africa;
Founder, Pathfinder Foundation for the
Education and Development of Africa (Mali)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.3:
Designing Education for the Future
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
As the Chairman for Africa at Microsoft Corporation since January
2006, Dr. Diarra is the ambassador of Microsoft to Africa and Africa’s
ambassador to Microsoft. He coaches the company’s general
managers on devising effective business models to help accelerate
the growth and industrialization of Africa and on managing its people.
Born and raised in Mali, West Africa, Diarra graduated from Pierre
& Marie Curie University in Paris in 1976, majoring in mathematics,
physics and analytical mechanics. In 1982, he completed his Master’s
degree in aerospace engineering at Howard University, Washington,
D.C. Diarra went on to attain his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace
engineering from Howard University in 1987. After five years as an
assistant professor at Howard, Diarra joined the National Aeronautic
and Space Association (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1988
as the first African researcher. As an interplanetary navigator, he
worked on five NASA missions. In 1999, Diarra created the Pathfinder
Foundation for Education and Development — an organization that
encourages and supports female students in their pursuit of scientific
education. To date, through Pathfinder and the associated Summer
Camps of Excellence in Science, 500 young African female graduates
have gone on to study scientific disciplines at some of the world’s
foremost universities.
In 2002, Diarra was appointed CEO of the African Virtual University
(AVU). Diarra is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Science,
Technology and Enterprise; ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador for
Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations; the Vice-President of
the UN’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge
and Technology; a member of the High Level African Panel on
Biotechnology; and the Founder and President of the African Summit
on Science and New Technologies (SASNET). Diarra serves on several
boards and is the recipient of many awards and honors.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
d’Oliveira, Cecilia,
Executive Director, MIT OpenCourseWare
Session: WISE Focus 2.1: WISE Book Launch
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
As Executive Director of OpenCourseWare (OCW) at MIT, Ms.
d’Oliveira provides leadership for the institution’s highly acclaimed
OCW program. She heads a staff of 25 professionals who work
with MIT faculty to publish MIT’s educational materials for free and
open access and with external groups to advance the adoption of
the opencourseware approach worldwide. As Technology Director for
OpenCourseWare, from 2002 to 2007, she implemented the technical
infrastructure supporting OCW publishing and worldwide distribution.
Ms. d’Oliveira is a member of MIT’s Council on Educational Technology
and works closely with MIT faculty and staff on issues related to
educational technology innovation, implementation and support on
the MIT campus. She has been a member of the MIT community for
over 30 years, initially as a student and subsequently in professional
roles which have focused on the use of technology in support of
MIT’s education, research, and administrative programs. She has had
the opportunity to be involved in the introduction of many high-impact
innovations to the MIT campus including computer networking,
email, the Web, e-commerce, and most recently, OpenCourseWare.
Ms. d’Oliveira received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science from MIT and a Master of Science in
Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
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Doucette, Ann,
Director, The Evaluators’ Institute; Director,
Midge Smith Center for Evaluation Effectiveness; Research Professor, The George
Washington University (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.6: Measuring Progress
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Dr. Ann Doucette is Research Professor of Evaluation and Health
Policy at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.,
where she also serves as the Director of The Evaluators’ Institute
(September 2008), internationally renowned for providing professional
training to practicing evaluators, and Director of the Midge Smith
Center for Evaluation Effectiveness. She has broad experience in
the management, analysis, and evaluation of diverse intervention
programs, the development of accountability and outcomes
monitoring systems at individual, organizational, and system levels,
research methodology, data collection strategies, psychometric and
measurement techniques, and applied statistical analysis, including
both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Dr. Doucette has worked with USAID, IFAD, US federal and state
organizations, universities, community groups, school systems,
health systems, and foundations regarding evaluation management
and design, analytic modeling, assessment, testing and measurement
in the areas of education, health, social systems and social policy. She
has developed performance and outcome monitoring systems that
target accountability, quality, outcomes and impact at both system
and individual levels, with specific focus on actionable data. Her
work includes a specialized emphasis on measurement, which she
considers fundamentally critical to evaluation practice. Her work in
these areas most often emanates from a complex adaptive systems
perspective with a focus on the influences of social, economic and
political organization for education and health reform efforts.
Dr. Doucette serves on several technical advisory panels – the
American Psychological Association (APA), The Joint Commission, the
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). USAID, US Departments of Education and
Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) have funded her research and evaluation. She received her
doctoral training at Columbia University.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Ergüder, Üstün,
Director, Education Reform Initiative;
Emeritus Professor, Sabanci University
Session: WISE Debate 1.A:
Reforming Education: Mission Impossible?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Üstün Ergüder, Emeritus Professor at Sabanci University, received his
undergraduate degree (B.A. Admin.) from Manchester University in
England. He undertook his graduate studies at The Maxwell School
of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (New York,
USA), received his Ph.D. degree in Political Science in 1970 and joined
the academic staff of Bogaziçi University. He has also been at the
University of Michigan as a “Research Scholar” and taught at Syracuse
University as well as the State University of New York, Binghamton,
when on leave from Bogaziçi University. Between August 1992 and
August 2000, he served as the Rector of Bogaziçi University for two
consecutive terms. Prior to his appointment as Rector, he chaired the
Department of Political Science and International Relations.
Between November 2001 and June 2010 Dr. Ergüder served as the
Director of the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabancı University. He is the
author of various articles and books published in Turkey and abroad.
He has also led and participated in several local and international
collaborative projects involving survey research. He currently directs
the Education Reform Initiative, an advocacy project located at
Sabancı University and funded by 18 different foundations, the
missions of which are education reform.
Dr. Ergüder is the President of the Council of Magna Charta
Observatory of Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy
located in Bologna, Italy, and chairs the Executive Committee and the
Board of Trustees of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey. He sits
on the Governing Board of the European Foundation Center, and is a
member of the Executive Board of Vehbi Koc Foundation.
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Facer, Keri,
Professor, Education and Social Research
Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University;
former Research Director, Futurelab (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 3.2: Learning through Play
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Dr. Keri Facer is a Professor at the Education and Social Research
Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, where she directs the
Create research group. She specializes in the relationship between
socio-technical and educational change. Her latest book, Learning
Cultures: Education, Technology and Social Change (Routledge,
2011), maps out a range of future scenarios for education and their
implications for social justice.
From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Facer was Research Director at Futurelab
where she initiated and directed over £6 million of research projects
relating to innovation in education, in particular with new technologies,
across formal and informal learning settings. Projects included
the mixed reality game for education, Savannah, the curriculum
project “Enquiring Minds” and a raft of prototypes ranging from the
development of programmable fountains for schools to dynamic
public sculptures for public learning. From 2007 to 2009 she directed
the strategic foresight project “Beyond Current Horizons” for the
UK government which brought together researchers, practitioners,
industry figures and policy makers across areas as diverse as
computing, childhood studies, neuroscience, aging and economics to
identify a set of strategic long-term challenges for education. She acts
as advisor and collaborator with a range of organizations including
TDA, (formerly) BECTA, The Royal Society, the RSA, the WWF, Baltic
Contemporary Arts Gallery, the ESRC/EPSRC TEL program and as
reviewer for the European Union, the ESRC and journals ranging from
Mind, Culture and Society to the Cambridge Journal of Education.
Dr. Facer is currently writing on a range of curriculum issues, including
the relationship between school and community in curriculum design,
the history and development of co-operative education, and the
relationship between education, democracy and research. Ongoing
projects include partnerships with the BBC around the stimulation
of socially oriented programming activities in schools, and the
development of learning maps to ensure democratic ownership of
educational data in rich data environments.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Faour, Muhammad,
Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East
Center (Lebanon)
Session: WISE Debate 1.4:
Education and Change in the Arab World
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Muhammad Faour is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East
Center, where his research focuses on education reform in Arab
countries, with an emphasis on citizenship education.
Prior to joining Carnegie, Faour was a Research Fellow at the Center
for International and Security Studies at York University in Canada,
where he studied social change and the demography of the Middle
East, and conflict analysis and resolution. From 2007 to 2010, he
was President of Dhofar University in Salalah, Oman. Faour also
served as Deputy Vice President for Regional External Programs at
the American University of Beirut (AUB) from 2000 to 2007. In that
capacity, he led teams of AUB professors and staff in planning and
implementing educational projects that aimed to establish new
universities, colleges, and primary and secondary schools in several
Arab countries. Prior to that, Faour was Professor of Sociology for
more than 15 years and chaired AUB’s Department of Social and
Behavioral Sciences.
A recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, Faour
has also been a visiting researcher at several US universities, including
Georgetown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and
George Mason University, as well as a Peace Fellow at the United
States Institute of Peace. In addition to his academic work, Faour
has served as a consultant to several United Nations agencies and
nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Faour is the author of numerous articles, several books and
monographs, including The Silent Revolution in Lebanon: Changing
Values of the Youth, and The Arab World after Desert Storm, and
the co-author of University Students in Lebanon: Background and
Attitudes. He holds a B.S. degree in biology-chemistry and an M.A. in
sociology, both from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in
sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA.
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Fernandes, Siddharta,
Computer Class teacher, Colégio Pedro II
and Colégio Teresiano (Brazil)
Session: WISE Focus 2.3: New Methods to Improve
Engagement and Learning (Part 1)
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Graduated in mathematics from Universidade do Estado do Rio
de Janeiro in 1992. Holds an M.Sc. in Education with emphasis
on Information Technology and Communication in the Educational
Process. Has developed projects that promote pedagogical
development and practice in the new technologies of communication
and information since 1991 and projects that focus on student learning
process and teacher training in 60 schools all over the Brazilian states.
Currently developing research in public educational policy at
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Works as a computer class
teacher at Pedro II (Federal Junior and High School) and Colégio
Teresiano (Private Junior and High School connected to Pontificia
Universidade Católica – PUC-RJ).
Considered an innovative teacher in 2010 by Microsoft Worldwide
Innovative Education Forum, with educational programs that insert
the audiovisual language into educational processes. He was a
professor of Computer Education Post-Graduation at EDAE, the
Center for Application of Informatics in Education at Universidade do
Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Participated in teacher training programs in
the National Programme for Information Technology in Education of
the Ministry of Education - MEC-PROINFO.
Among the projects developed we can highlight:
• Radio online: creating school radio aired on the Internet. Three radio
stations were created, conceived and produced by students of the
CIEP Agostinho Neto, Colégio Estadual Souza Aguiar and Colégio São
• Animation at schools: animated films created by students. These
works were selected to be shown at the Festival of World Cinema
and Animation Anima Mundi in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
• WebTV - creating a network of schools producing video. A television
channel created and developed by students, intended for young adults.
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Foley, John P.,
Executive Chair, the Cristo Rey Network
Session: WISE Debate 2.1:
Learning from Game Changers
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
A Chicago native, Father Foley entered the Society of Jesus in 1954.
He earned a B.A. in Latin from Xavier University in Cincinnati and
holds an M.A. in Sociology and an M.Ed. from Loyola University in
Chicago. From 1961 to 1995 he served the Jesuit missions in Peru,
working primarily in education. He served as President of two of
Peru’s Jesuit K-12 schools.
He returned to Chicago in 1995 to collaborate in establishing Cristo
Rey Jesuit High School. He was named President of the school in
1996 and served for eight years. During his tenure, together with the
Leadership Team, he established the tradition and spirit of a school
that has become a national model. In January of 2005, he assumed
the presidency of the Cristo Rey Network of which he is presently
Executive Chair.
Father Foley has received six Honorary Doctorates in recognition
of being the Founder of the first Cristo Rey School: Georgetown
University, Fordham University, Marquette University, Loras College,
University of St. Francis, and Creighton University.
Father Foley was featured in an October 2004 60 Minutes segment
on Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. The National Catholic Education
Association (NCEA) awarded Father Foley the Seton Award in
2007. He was featured in Fast Company in April 2006 and named in
Newsweek’s “Who’s Next for 2007”. In 2009 President Bush awarded
Father Foley the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest
honor for a civilian, for his commitment to helping his fellow citizens
lead lives of integrity and achievement.
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Forster, Debbie,
Head of Partnering and interim CEO, CDI
Europe – Apps for Good (UK)
Session: WISE Focus 2.4: Innovative Best Practices
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Debbie Forster is the Interim CEO at CDI Europe and has led on
the national roll-out of Apps for Good in the UK. The Apps for Good
program teaches young people problem-solving using cutting-edge
technology, enabling them to create mobile and Facebook apps that
change their world. The program is currently being delivered in over
40 centers and to over 1,500 young people.
Debbie has 20 years of educational experience, working in a range
of schools in the UK and the US, most recently serving for six years
as head teacher. While in education, Debbie worked with a range
of employers and organizations including Microsoft, Toshiba, HTI and
SEEDA on projects linking employers and education.
Debbie joined CDI from e-skills UK, where she was head of their
education programs, advising on education policy and strategy and
acting as the organization’s education spokesperson at government,
partner and stakeholder events. Debbie also chairs e-skills UK’s
“Girls in IT” employers’ group, a campaign that brings together
IT professionals to inspire young women to choose a career in
technology. Debbie has a passion for education and giving young
people of every background the best life chances and she sees
technology as key to achieving this.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Gago, José Mariano,
Board Member and former Chairman, International
Risk Governance Council (IRGC); former Minister
of Science, Technology, Information Society and
Higher Education (Portugal)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.1:
Rethinking Innovation in Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Former Minister of Portugal, in charge of Science and Technology,
Information Society and Higher Education (1995-2002; 2005-2011).
Professor José Mariano Gago is an experimental high-energy physicist
and a Professor at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico, and LIP, Lisbon). He
graduated as an electrical engineer from IST and obtained a Ph.D. in
physics at École Polytechnique and Université Pierre et Marie Curie,
in Paris. He worked for many years as a researcher at the European
Organisation for Nuclear Physics (CERN), Geneva.
He has created and chairs a think-tank for forward-looking studies,
Instituto de Prospectiva, responsible for the annual Arrabida meetings
on prospective studies (since 1991). He launched the Ciência Viva
movement to promote Science and Technology (S&T) culture and
S&T in society. He was responsible for the reform of higher education
and for the policies leading to the fast development of S&T in
Portugal. During the Portuguese EU presidency (2000), he prepared,
along with the European Commission, the Lisbon Strategy for the
European Research Area and for the Information Society in Europe.
He launched the Eureka-Asia Initiative. Responsible, with M. Heitor,
for the launching of new large-scale collaborative programs with US
universities (MIT-Portugal, as well as with CMU, UTA and Harvard),
Professor Gago has also prepared, with UNESCO and CPLP, a new
initiative for the advanced training of scientists from developing
countries, Ciência Global.
He chaired the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) and campaigned
for the creation of the European Research Council. He also chaired the
High Level Group on Human Resources for Science and Technology
in Europe and coordinated the European report “Europe Needs
More Scientists” (2004). Professor Gago was the first President
of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) in Geneva and
is a member of the IRGC Board. He is a member of the Academia
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Geiger, Steven Lawrence,
Chief Operating Officer, Skolkovo Foundation
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.1:
Rethinking Innovation in Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Steven Geiger is the COO of Skolkovo Foundation, a strategic
national economic diversification program personally headed by
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and aimed at using technology,
innovation and entrepreneurship to drive the next generation of
Russia’s economic growth.
His responsibilities include building five technology clusters (Energy;
IT; Space; Nuclear; and Bioscience), establishing a full-service
Technopark housing start-ups and R&D labs of global technology
majors, and creating a world-class research university in partnership
with his alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He is also the driving force behind Skolkovo’s international branding
and marketing, tasked with effectively communicating Russia’s rich
scientific and intellectual potential to global audiences.
Prior to this, Mr. Geiger was the Co-Founder and Director of
Industries for Masdar – Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a $15
billion technology development program by the government of Abu
Dhabi to strategically diversify its economy away from an overreliance
on natural resources. There he successfully led a team which built
Masdar from a five-person startup into a global brand name and
leading investor in renewable energy and clean technologies.
While at Masdar, he founded and constructed Masdar PV, a $600
million company producing advanced photovoltaic technology,
helped set up a $250 million technology fund, and played a key
role in creating the world’s first graduate-level research institute
dedicated to renewable energy (Masdar Institute) in partnership with
MIT, which included implementing a world-class framework for the
commercialization of innovative research and technology transfer.
Mr. Geiger has over 20 years’ experience in investments, strategic
advisory and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in emerging markets of
Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree from MIT and an MBA degree from Wharton Business School.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Godbert, Antoine,
Founder, 2e2F Agency, former official at the
French Ministry of Education (France)
Session: Workshop 3.4: Challenges for Lifelong
Learning: Policy and Implementation – 2e2F Agency
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Antoine Godbert is Director of the 2e2F Agency (Europe-EducationFormation France) which is in charge of implementing and deploying
the Education and Lifelong Learning European Community program
in France. Previously, he was Diplomatic Advisor to the staff of the
Ministry of National Education. At the same time, he is an Affiliated
Professor at l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP
Europe) where he is in charge of the European Geopolitical Studies
department. He is also a member of the Academic Cooperation
Association (ACA) team.
A former student at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) and of
the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-St-Cloud (ENS FontenaySt-Cloud), he worked as a journalist from 1990 to 1992, then as the
manager of a company that produced educational videos until 1994.
Antoine Godbert is the holder of an Agrégation in Geography and was
a teacher-researcher in geopolitics at ESCP-EAP European School of
Management from 1991-1998.
In 2001-2002, he worked in the Secrétariat général de la Défense
et de la Sécurité nationale (SGDN, General Secretariat for Defence
and National Security) where he managed the “crisis management”
and “European Defence” portfolios. In 2002 he joined the Direction
générale de l’Administration et de la Fonction publique (DGAFP,
General Office for Adminstration and the Civil Service). There he
created and led the “Senior-Level Management and Careers” mission
until 2005.
After being Acting Director of Anthenor Public Affairs, in 2007 he
became Managing Director at AGMA Consulting, a consultancy in
institutional relations. In 2008, Antoine Godbert joined the team of the
Secretary of State for the Development of the Capital Region as an
advisor on the “capital region mission”. He held this post until he was
appointed diplomatic advisor to the Ministry of National Education by
the ministerial decree of 28 July 2009.
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Gooch, Anthony,
Director of Public Affairs and Communications,
Session: OECD’s Better Life Index Demo
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Anthony Gooch was appointed Director of Public Affairs and
Communications at the Organization for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD) in April 2008. Prior to this he headed the
European Commission’s Media and Public Diplomacy operations in
the United Kingdom, promoting the EU’s major global policy initiatives
on issues such as Climate Change.
Between 2003 to 2006, he was based in Washington, D.C. heading
the Commission’s Media and Public Diplomacy operations in the
United States, focusing on EU-US trade relations, competition cases
such as Microsoft, EU global environmental and energy initiatives,
bilateral negotiations on Open Skies and homeland security issues.
From 2002 to 2003, he was the EU’s Visiting Fellow to the University
of Southern California Los Angeles Annenberg School, teaching and
researching on globalization issues. He has been a Fellow of the USC
Center for Public Diplomacy since 2005.
Between 1999 and 2002, he acted as the EU’s Trade Spokesman and
special adviser to the EU’s then chief trade negotiator Commissioner
Pascal Lamy, participating in WTO Ministerial Meetings in Seattle and
launching the Doha Round, negotiating China’s WTO entry, Free Trade
Agreements with Latin American and African countries, launching
the Everything but Arms Initiative and work to improve access to
lifesaving medicines for the world’s poorest countries.
From 1995 to 1999, he specialized in EU relations with Latin America,
coordinating the EU negotiating team to secure a Global Agreement
and FTA with Mexico. Prior to joining the European Commission he
worked for a strategic EU public affairs consultancy and as a freelance
journalist. He has a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Political Science
and International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de
Paris and an M.A. in Modern History from Cambridge University.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Goodman, Allan E.,
President and CEO, Institute of International
Education (IIE) (USA)
WISE Debate 1.8:
Developing New Approaches to Leadership
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Workshops 1.1 and 2.1
Dr. Allan Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International
Education (IIE), the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of
international educational exchange and development training. IIE
administers the Fulbright program, sponsored by the United States
Department of State, and 200 other corporate, government and
privately sponsored programs.
Previously, he was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service
and Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on
international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale University
presses and Diversity in Governance, published by the American
Council on Education. Dr. Goodman also served as Presidential Briefing
Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence and as Special
Assistant to the Director of the National Foreign Assessment Center
in the Carter Administration. He was the first American professor to
lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing. Dr. Goodman also
helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the
Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional
Schools of International Affairs and developed the diplomatic training
program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam. Dr. Goodman has served
as a consultant to Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Foundation, the United States Information Agency, and
IBM. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A.
from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from
Northwestern University. He also holds honorary degrees from
Toyota and Chatham Universities, Mount Ida, Ramapo, Middlebury,
and Dickinson colleges, and The State University of New York. He has
received awards from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Tufts and South
Florida universities. He was awarded the title of “Chevalier” of the
French Légion d’honneur in 2007.
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Goodman, Lizbeth,
Chair, Creative Technology Innovation, and
Professor of Inclusive Design for Education,
University College Dublin; Founder and
Director, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute (UK)
Session: WISE Focus 3.4:
Empowering Learners with Special Needs
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Lizbeth is Founder and Director of the SMARTlab, as well as Professor
of Inclusive Design for Education and Chair of Creative Technology
Innovation at University College Dublin, where she is an Executive
Board member and academic chair of the Innovation Academy (the
UCD/Trinity alliance). Lizbeth is a world-renowned expert on lifelong
learning, inventing new learning models using creative tools and
creative engagement strategies to address the different learning
styles of all learners, with all levels of intellectual and physical ability,
across cultures and languages. She founded the SMARTlab nearly 20
years ago and has directed its internationally acclaimed practice-based
Ph.D. Program and major projects and studios, including the MAGIC
Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre and Gamelab. Lizbeth and
her teams specialize in developing ground-up technology solutions for
people of all levels of cognitive and physical ability, from mainstream
learners of all ages to “special” and “gifted” learners and lifelong
learners in the developed and developing worlds. In all her work, she
applies a universal design method to practice-based innovation to
transform lives through providing unlimited access to education and
tools for creative expression. She is known as an expert in Digital
Inclusion, including learning models for communities at risk. She is
an award-winning advocate of ethical learning and teaching models
using interactive tools and games to inspire and engage learners.
She specializes in working with people who do not have physical
voices (whether due to disability, injury, illiteracy, or other social/
political factors), enabling the use of new creative technologies for
expression vocally, in writing, and with movement and music. Active
as a Senior Researcher in Community Technology and Learning for
Microsoft CSR, she is also Honorary International Research Advisor
for RITSEC in Cairo, and has acted as special advisor to several major
IT and learning initiatives in the Middle East and Africa. In 2008,
she was named Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors,
and Outstanding Woman in Technology, by Blackberry Rim and their
international industry judging panels.
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Green, Josephine,
Trends Expert, Beyond20: 21st-century
stories; former Senior Director of Trends and
Strategy, Philips Design (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 1.8:
Developing New Approaches to Leadership
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
“We know what we are but not what we may be.” William
Josephine Green promotes new thinking and new knowledge in the
field of Social Foresight, Innovation and Change. Through refreshing
terms and paradigms, she explores and articulates this dramatic period
of transformation that we as a human society are experiencing. She
believes it is critical, especially now, for us to embrace the fact that
while we know where we have come from, we don’t know where we
are going to. With no rule books for the next age, we must collectively
and continuously invent and create our futures.
To support this, her work explores new social and cultural narratives
and their societal, technological and organizational contexts and
consequences. She demonstrates the very real need to embrace
complexity through new organizational, cultural and leadership
models and to distribute creativity and capacity throughout the
Josephine studied history and politics at Warwick University and
followed this with a postgraduate degree in education. She regularly
delivers international presentations and is an advisor to European
futures and research platforms. She lectures in Master’s and executive
education programs at a number of UK and European universities.
She defines herself as a macro-historian and change maker and is
convinced we must have a more human, humane and empowering
theoretical and philosophical framework for the future. Her advocacy
in this field is based on the belief that we need a different way of
perceiving, of being and of acting in the world if we are to prosper,
live well and safeguard the future.
Josephine was appointed Senior Director of Trends and Strategy at
Philips Design, Philips, in the Netherlands, in 1997. Philips published
her manifesto “Democratizing the Future” in 2007. She left Philips in
2009 to return to the UK.
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Gregorian, Vartan,
President, Carnegie Corporation (New York)
Session: Opening Plenary Session:
Changing Societies, Changing Education
> Day: Tuesday November 2, 2011
Vartan Gregorian is the 12th President of Carnegie Corporation of New
York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911.
Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 1997, Gregorian
served for nine years as the 16th President of Brown University.
He was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, receiving his
elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon.
In 1956 he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history
and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded
a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.
Gregorian has taught European and Middle Eastern history at San
Francisco State College, the University of California at Los Angeles,
and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1972 he joined the University
of Pennsylvania faculty and was appointed Tarzian Professor of
History and Professor of South Asian history. He was Founding Dean
of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
in 1974 and four years later became its 23rd Provost, remaining in the
post until 1981.
For eight years (1981-1989), Gregorian served as President of the
New York Public Library. In 1989 he was appointed President of
Brown University. Gregorian is the author of The Road to Home:
My Life And Times, Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith, and The
Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. A Phi Beta Kappa and
a Ford Foundation Foreign Area Training Fellow, he is a recipient of
numerous fellowships. He serves on many boards and has received
many decorations and honors, including over 60 honorary degrees.
In 1998, President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities
Medal. In 2004, President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal
of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Gupta, Anil K.,
Coordinator, SRISTI and Honey Bee Network;
Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation
Foundation; Business Professor, Indian Institute
of Management of Ahmedabad (India)
Session: WISE Debate 1.6:
How Does Innovation Happen?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Mission: the expansion of global as well as local space for grassroots
innovators to ensure recognition, respect and reward for them;
embedding innovative ethics in educational policy and institutions.
Institution building: established the Society for Research and
Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI,
1993, www.sristi.org) and the Grassroots Innovation Augmentation
Network (GIAN, 1997,www.gian.org) to support the Honey Bee
Network and to scale up and convert grassroots innovations into
viable products. Set up the National Innovation Foundation (NIF, 2000,
www.nifindia.org), now an Institute of Department of Science and
Technology, Government of India, to make India an innovative and
creative society and a global leader in sustainable technologies.
NIF has mobilized more than 160,000 innovations and traditional
knowledge practices from over 545 districts of India, the largest
database of its kind anywhere. Recently through student volunteers,
and without much external support, a portal of 104,000 tech student
projects was established at www.techpedia.in to link the needs of
the informal sector with young technology students and increase
the Innovation Quotient of the country (by preventing students from
repeating projects).
Honors: received the Padma Shri National Award from the President
of India, 2004 for distinguished achievements in the field of
management education; joint recipient of the Science-in-Society
Award instituted by The Indian Science Congress Association, January
2004; adjudged as one of the 50 most influential people in the field
of intellectual property rights around the world in 2003, Managing
Intellectual Property, 2003, Star of Asia Award, Business Week, 2001;
the Asian Innovation Award Gold, Far Eastern Economic Review (Oct.
26, 2000), for coordinating SRISTI and the Honey Bee Network; and
the Pew Conservation Scholar Award, 1993-96, USA.
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Guttenplan, D. D.,
Journalist and educator: premier writer
for the Education section, the International
Herald Tribune (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.B:
WISE Awards 2011 Winners Panel Discussion
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
D.D. Guttenplan, a journalist, educator and author based in London, is
the premier writer for the Education section of the International Herald
Tribune. A product of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Memphis,
Tennessee public school systems, he has a degree in philosophy from
Columbia University, a degree in English Literature from Cambridge
University, and a doctorate in History from the University of London.
He has taught American History at University College and the history
of popular culture at Birkbeck College. A correspondent for the weekly
magazine The Nation, he is also the author of American Radical, a
biography of the American journalist I.F. Stone, and the producer of
the internationally acclaimed documentary film Edward Said: The Last
In the past year his stories for the IHT have looked at the methodology
behind university rankings, the impact of budget cuts on higher
education in Britain, attitudes towards plagiarism in Europe and the
US, French efforts to increase access to the grandes écoles, the ethics
of allowing donors to dictate research priorities, the controversy over
the Libyan government¹s relationship with the London School of
Economics, and the growth of on-line learning and open educational
resources. He has also conducted lengthy interviews with the former
French Minister for Higher Education, Valérie Pécresse, and the
current Chairman and CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, Kevin Roberts.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Haddad, Georges,
Director, Education Research and Foresight
(ED/ERF), Education Sector, UNESCO (Paris)
Session: WISE Debate 1.1:
Rethinking Education in Development
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Born in 1951, Georges Haddad, a graduate of the École Normale
Supérieure, holds an M.A. in mathematical sciences from the
University of Paris VII and a D.E.A. (postgraduate diploma) in
mathematics from the University of Paris VI. He also holds the
Agrégation in mathematics and a doctorate (Doctorat d’Etat) in
mathematical sciences.
Professor Haddad started his career as an Assistant Lecturer at the
University of Tours (1975-1976), later on moving to the University
of Paris-Dauphine (1976-1983). From 1983 to 1984, he took up the
position of Lecturer at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Appointed Professor in 1984 at the University of Nice, he has since
been Professor at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He
was President of the latter university from 1989 to 1994, and also
First Vice-President (Chairman) of the French Conference of University
Presidents from 1992 to 1994. Professor Haddad is currently
Honorary President of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
He participated in the World Conference on Higher Education as
Chairperson of its Steering Committee, from 1994 to 1999, and was
also a member of the Task Force on Higher Education in Developing
Countries (World Bank-UNESCO) from 1998 to 2000.
He founded the “Marin Mersenne” research laboratory for
mathematics, informatics and interdisciplinary applications and is a
member of several scientific and educational councils.
Professor Haddad was awarded prestigious honorary distinctions
such as Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur for Scientific Research and
Commander of Palmes Académiques for Education.
He is the author of a large number of publications on education and
society. He took up the position of Director of UNESCO’s Division
of Higher Education in April 2004, and since December 2010 he has
been leading the Education Research and Foresight division in the
Education Sector of UNESCO.
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Hannon, Valerie,
Board Director, Innovation Unit (UK)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.3:
Designing Education for the Future
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Valerie Hannon is a Board Director of the Innovation Unit, London
UK, which works internationally to promote innovation in the
public services. She has been an adviser to the UK government
on education and creativity. Valerie was a member of the National
Advisory Committee on Creativity and Cultural Education (NACCCE)
which produced the influential “All Our Futures” report. Previously,
Valerie was Director of Education for Derbyshire County Council.
She has worked in a broad range of UK local authorities, and was
an advisor to the Local Government Association. Before joining local
government, she was a Senior Research Fellow in the University of
Sheffield and led on education policy for the UK Equal Opportunities
Commission. She began her career teaching in secondary schools in
Valerie is a founding member of the Global Education Leaders
Program, within which she is the supporting consultant to Finland.
She also works on the Learning Futures program focused on
innovation in learning designs. She is a regular contributor to events
and in programs across the world, working in Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, the US and Europe. She is a consultant adviser to the OECD.
In the UK she is also a Trustee of two organizations working in the
field of creativity and learning.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Harlan, Larry,
Corporate Citizenship and Community
Investments Manager, Exxon Mobil
Corporation (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.2:
Supporting and Empowering Educators
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
A native of Houston, Mr. Harlan has been with ExxonMobil 32 years,
holding positions in Exploration, Development, Pipeline, Chemicals,
Government Relations and Public and Government Affairs.
Mr. Harlan received his undergraduate degree in Petroleum Land
Management from the University of Texas in 1978 and his MBA from
Oklahoma City University in 1982. Beginning with his first company
assignment in 1979 through 1993, Mr. Harlan worked as a Landman
and Land Manager in the Exploration and Production Divisions of Exxon
Company, USA. Focused on oil and gas lease acquisition and contract
negotiations, these assignments covered the Mid-Continent, Gulf
Coast, and offshore Gulf of Mexico of Exxon’s domestic operations.
In 1993, Mr. Harlan began a series of Public Affairs assignments
working with various affiliates covering petroleum public policy, US
pipeline operations, and the former Soviet Union. After the Exxon
and Mobil merger in 2000, he held positions with ExxonMobil
Chemical Company and Exxon Mobil Corporation working on
issue management, State and Federal Government Relations and
worldwide development operations.
In July 2010, Larry was appointed Manager of Corporate Citizenship
and Community Investments, with responsibility for overseeing the
company’s global social responsibility programs, including managing
corporate contributions. Among the initiatives managed by the group
are the company’s three major signature programs in the areas of
math and science education, malaria eradication and the furthering
of opportunities for women as catalysts for economic development.
Throughout his career, Mr. Harlan has been active representing
ExxonMobil in industry trade associations, serving on committees
with the American Association of Professional Landmen, Association
of Oil Pipelines, American Petroleum Institute, US Azerbaijan and
Kazakhstan Chambers of Commerce, the Chemical Industry Institute
of Toxicology, and the American Chemistry Council.
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Harris, Stephen,
Principal, Northern Beaches Christian
School; Founder Director, Sydney Centre
for Innovation in Learning (Australia)
Session: WISE Debate 2.4: Identifying Common
Denominators of Successful Innovation
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Stephen Harris has been in school-based education for 34 years, with
teaching experience across almost every grade from Kindergarten to
Year 12. His firm belief is that every student should love learning, and that
it is the responsibility of schools to relentlessly seek to engage students
in their learning. No child should be excluded.
Stephen commenced as Principal of Northern Beaches Christian
School (NBCS) in 1999. Under his leadership the school has
quadrupled its size to become a thriving learning community of 1,200
students from Pre-School to Year 12, as well as having a further 300
online students enrolled in distance online learning courses through
NBCS. In order to accelerate and capture the significant changes
occurring within the school, Stephen founded the Sydney Centre for
Innovation in Learning in 2005. His vision was to embed research and
innovation into everyday school practice.
Stephen’s assertion is that schools must embrace a new paradigm
and move away from what was once thought of as “school”. This
new paradigm is one where learning is personalized and collaborative,
technology is adaptive, spaces are radically different to the traditional
mindset, and a community built on positive relationships is at the
core. Teaching and learning culture must be informed by global trends
towards change in routines, expectations, perceptions, technology
and organization structures in the 21st century.
Stephen studied to be a secondary English teacher, trained in primary
teaching method, and has completed a Master of Letters in Australian
Literature. Stephen is currently a part-time Ph.D. student at the
University of Technology in Sydney. His topic focuses on creating a
model for embedding pervasive innovation into the everyday life of a
school. Stephen is also working with education authorities in Rwanda
with a vision of assisting that nation to transform their schools into
21st-century learning environments.
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Heninger, Lori,
Director, Inter-Agency Network for Education
in Emergencies (INEE) (USA)
Session: WISE Focus 3.2:
Education in Emergencies
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Lori Heninger is the Director of the Inter-Agency Network for Education
in Emergencies (INEE). INEE is a network dedicated to ensuring that
all people have access to safe, quality, relevant education in crisis,
crisis-prone and crisis-recovery contexts. Started in 2000, INEE has
over 6,000 members from over 130 countries.
Dr. Heninger has worked in the international humanitarian and
diplomatic field for 14 years, and in the United States with people
who are homeless prior to that. Her areas of work include education
in crisis and conflict, children and armed conflict and the international
financial architecture.
Lori received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University,
and her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University Graduate
Center, both in New York City.
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Husain, Ishrat,
Dean and Director, The Institute of Business
Administration (IBA); former Governor of
Pakistan’s Central Bank (Pakistan)
Session: WISE Debate 1.A:
Reforming Education: Mission Impossible?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Ishrat Husain is currently the Dean and Director of the IBA Karachi.
Before that, he served as the Chairman, National Commission for
Government Reforms, and as the Governor of Pakistan’s Central
Bank. In recognition of his services in implementing a major program
of restructuring of the Central Bank and steering the reforms of the
banking sector, he was conferred the prestigious award of “Hilal-eImtiaz” by the President of Pakistan. The Banker magazine of London
declared him as the Central Bank Governor of the Year for Asia in 2005.
He received the Asian Banker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
For two decades he served the World Bank as Resident
Representative in Nigeria, Head of the Debt and International Finance
Division, Chief Economist for Africa, Chief Economist for East Asia
and Pacific Region, Country Director for Central Asian Republics. As
a member of the elite Civil Service of Pakistan he served in the field
and the Secretariat in the Planning and Development and Finance
Departments of the Government of Sindh.
He was appointed by the Board of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) as a member of a panel to evaluate the Independent Evaluation
Office (IEO) and was also a member of the Mahathir Commission
2020 Vision for the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). He is currently
a member of the IMF Advisory Group on the Middle East and UNDP
Regional Advisory Group on Asia and Pacific.
Mr. Husain has authored 12 books and monographs, contributed more
than two dozen articles in refereed journals and 15 chapters in books. He
is regularly invited as a speaker to international conferences and seminars
and has attended more than 100 such events all over the world so far.
Ishrat Husain obtained Master’s degree in Development Economics from
Williams College and a Doctorate in Economics from Boston University
in 1978. He is a graduate of the Executive Development program jointly
sponsored by Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD.
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Husseini, Aref F.,
General Director, Al Nayzak Association for
Extra-Curricular Education and Scientific
Innovation (Palestine)
Session: WISE Debate 1.3:
Adapting to the Future World of Work
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Aref F. Husseini is an electrical engineer and physicist and has worked
in many industrial and educational fields as a developer and researcher
during the last 12 years.
Aref founded the Al Nayzak organization for scientific innovation
(www.alnayzak.org) in Palestine in 2003 on his own initiative. He
has built a successful organization that is recognized by the NGO
community in Palestine and has entered into partnerships to serve
over 20,000 children and youths. Ultimately, Al Nayzak education
programs will contribute to economic growth in Palestine through
building new industry and investment opportunities.
Aref is challenging traditional teaching methods in the Palestinian
education system to produce more students who are critical thinkers
and approach problem solving through research, analysis, and openminded scientific thinking. Cultivating these bright young minds to
contribute to intellectual discourse and scientific ingenuity will help to
advance the role of scientists and inventors in Palestine.
Al Nayzak sponsors a scientific incubation program for young male and
female inventors who possess an original idea, and pairs them with
experts in their field to scale up their project into a prototype that can
be patented for mass production. The Al Nayzak center is based in East
Jerusalem, with activity centers located in Nablus, Ramallah and Gaza
to serve Palestinian youth throughout the territories.
In 2008 he was chosen by the Synergos Foundation in the United
States as one of 22 Arab social innovators. In 2010 he registered his
third patent for a marketable product and established an industrial
and trade private company called Pal-Invent Co. to support the
non-profit activities implemented by the Al Nayzak organization for
scientific innovation.
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Johannessen, Oystein,
Chief Strategy Officer, Cerpus AS; Fellow,
Education Impact; Chairman, Cerpus Sverige
AB; Chairman, Knowledge Forum, ICT
Norway (Norway)
Session: Workshop 3.2:
Reading Literacy in a Digital World – Education Impact
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Oystein Johannessen is currently the Chief Strategy Officer
of Norwegian learning technology company Cerpus AS and an
Education Impact Fellow. For more than a decade, he worked in the
Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, his last post being
Deputy Director General. Prior to that, he was instrumental in the
establishment of the Norwegian School of Film and Television in 1997.
At present, he is Chairman of the Knowledge Forum of ICT-Norway,
an interest organization for the Norwegian ICT industry.
Oystein Johannessen’s career started more than 20 years ago,
working in higher education with tasks related to teacher training and
professional development for public service and education. In this
early period, his interest and involvement in networked knowlege
communities and ICT for learning began. In 2009, he was seconded
to the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary German Literature
with Minors in English and Economics.
Oystein Johannessen has extensive international experience. He
was a member of the European Commission eLearning Programme
Committee, has served on the Steering Committee of the European
Schoolnet and is a former Chairman of the IT-Policy Group for
Education and Research in the Nordic Council of Ministers. He
has been an active participant in OECD projects on digital content,
The New Millennium Learners Project (NML) and on technologybased school innovations. At present, he is in advisory roles for two
European Integrated Projects (IP) with funding from the European
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Johar, Suneet,
Associate Vice President, The Times of India
Brand (India)
Session: WISE Debate 3.A:
Role of the Media in Education
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Suneet Johar currently works as Associate Vice President in The
Times of India Brand team. He has been with The Times of India
for over six years and handles new launches of The Times of India,
Mirror and other vertical launches, editorial coordination, financials
and market research.
He has over 18 years of experience in Brand management in Nestlé
India, Procter & Gamble Saudi Arabia, Reckitt Benckiser Dubai,
Mentholatum Canada and The Times of India. Suneet has a B.E.
(Electronics & Communication Engineering) from IIT Roorkee and an
MBA from IIM Calcutta. Suneet has also participated in continuing
education programs at the University of Toronto and ISB Hyderabad.
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Johnson, Maoudi Comlanvi,
National Coordinator for Education for
All, Ministry of Pre-primary and Primary
Education (Benin)
Session: WISE Focus 2.2: Innovative Training for Primary
School Teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
A National Education Officer in Benin, Mr. Johnson has a Master’s
in Educational Planning from UNESCO’s International Institute for
Educational Planning in Paris. He also has a Master’s in Sociology and
a Secondary School Teaching Certificate in Philosophy.
He is a specialist in education sector analysis. After a stint in teaching,
since 2002 he has mainly worked within the teams developing various
educational policies for the different ministries in charge of education,
and more generally as a reporter. He has worked especially in the
context of the Plan for Education For All (EFA) and the Ten-Year Plan
for Development of the Education Sector.
He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Forum on
Education commissioned by the Government of Benin and has
contributed to the implementation of the Unit Program Management
From 2007 to 2010, he represented Benin in the International Advisory
Group of UNESCO on EFA and has represented Africa in the Steering
Committee of the Task Force on Teachers. He is currently coordinating
a multidisciplinary team responsible for an initial diagnosis of the
teacher situation in Africa, Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan
Africa (TTISSA).
He is also, within the Ministry of Early Childhood and Primary
Education, the EFA Coordinator and the Permanent Technical
Secretary of the Coordinating Committee for the Ten-Year Plan for the
Development of the Education Sector.
In 2010, the Cabinet of the Ministry of Early Childhood and Primary
Education put him in charge of the Executive Secretariat of the
deployment phase of the “Initiative for distance training of teachers
in Francophone countries” (IFADEM), the experimental part of which
was a resounding success and generated a lot of enthusiasm.
Mr. Johnson works actively, in conjunction with the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Agence universitaire
de la Francophonie (AUF), on the implementation of this phase.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Kandri, Salah-Eddine,
Manager, Consumer Services - EMENA and
e4e Project Leader, International Finance
Corporation (Morocco)
Session: WISE Debate 1.4:
Education and Change in the Arab World
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Salah-Eddine Kandri is currently the Manager for Consumer Services
at the International Finance Corporation (IFC – World Bank Group)
covering Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa
regions (EMENA) out of Dubai. In this capacity, he is responsible
for the IFC investment program in the education, healthcare, life
sciences, tourism, retail, and property sectors across the EMENA
region. Over the past two years Salah-Eddine has spearheaded the
Education for Employment (e4e) initiative which led to the publication
in April 2011 of the flagship report “Education for Employment in the
Arab World: Realizing Arab Youth Potential”.
Salah-Eddine has been working on MENA for more than 17 years,
dealing with government officials, the private sector, civil society, and
youth to advance the developmental agenda in the region. He joined
IFC more than five years ago as Senior Investment Officer in the
Health and Education Department in Washington, D.C. and moved to
Dubai in 2009 to lead the IFC program in these social sectors in the
Arab region. Prior to IFC, Salah-Eddine spent six years at the Islamic
Development Bank Group in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in charge of the
Infrastructure and ICT private sector division. Earlier in his career,
Salah-Eddine worked for three years at the Central Bank of Morocco,
focusing on sovereign debt and the development of local capital
Salah-Eddine is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MBA and an M.Sc.
in finance from the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
College Park, and a Chemical Engineering Degree from the Ecole
Nationale de l’Industrie Minérale of Rabat, Morocco. He is trilingual,
speaking Arabic, English, and French.
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Karpov, Alexander,
President, Russian Youth Engineering
Society; Chairman of the Central Council,
“Step into the Future” Program (Russia)
Session: WISE Focus 3.1: New Methods to Improve
Engagement and Learning (Part 2)
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Alexander Olegovich Karpov was born in Leningrad (now St.
Petersburg), Russia, on February 1 1959, into the family of a naval
officer. He was educated at Bauman University and at Lomonosov
University. In 1989 he defended a dissertation on mathematical
cybernetics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He
worked at the General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
(1982-1984). Since 1984, he has been working at Bauman University
and is now Head of the “Educational and Scientific Programs and
Projects for Youth” Department.
From 1979 to 1982, he taught at - and was Director of – the
Physical and Mathematical School at Bauman University. He was
also involved in the innovative production development of a youth
science engineering company that he was in charge of (1989-1991).
In 1995-1999, he acted as Assistant Chairman of the Committee on
Education and Science in the State Duma (the Lower Chamber of
the Parliament). In 1990, he was elected Chairman of the Association
“Actual Problems of Fundamental Sciences” and in 1995 he became
President of the Russian Youth Engineering Society.
In 1991, Alexander Karpov founded a Russian Socio-Scientific
Program for Youth and Schoolchildren, “Step into the Future”, which,
he believes, is the main work of his life. He is Chairman of the
Program’s Central Council. At present, about 150,000 schoolchildren
and students are engaged in the program’s research activities.
In 1996, on the approved decision of the Russian Ministry of
Science and the European Commission, he was appointed National
Organizer of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.
Today the National Organizer’s office has well-established scientific
and educational connections with 46 countries. He has written
157 articles, published in Russia and abroad: 131 publications on
philosophy of education, psychology and culturology (1996-2011), and
26 articles on mathematical cybernetics (1986-1994). He is a laureate
of the Russian President Award in Education (2003).
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Kassim-Lakha, Shamsh,
Founding President, Aga Khan University;
Member of the Higher Education Commission
of Pakistan; Founding Chair of the Board,
Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (Pakistan)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.2:
Achieving Effective Reform
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha is the Founding President of the Aga Khan
University, the first private university chartered in Pakistan. He led
the planning, building and operation of this institution for 27 years
in seven countries of Asia, Africa, and in the United Kingdom.
Shamsh served as Pakistan’s Minister of Education as well as
Science and Technology in the Caretaker Government in 2007-8. He
chairs the board of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and sits on the
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) as well as the board
of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Shamsh chaired the
Committee that wrote Pakistan’s National Environment Protection
Act (1997) and headed the Committee that recommended reforms
in higher education in 2001-2, leading to the creation of HEC. He is
a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs,
University of Toronto, and consults for the World Bank and Grameen
The first two decades of his career were in the jute industry of East
Pakistan and in venture capital as Managing Director of Industrial
Promotion Services of Pakistan, sponsored by the Aga Khan
Development Network. Leading a work force of 22,000 he built up
one of the largest export houses in Pakistan.
Shamsh received his undergraduate education in the UK and an MBA
from the University of Minnesota. In recognition of his services he
has received an honorary degree from McMaster University, Canada,
as well as Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz from the President of
Pakistan and Officer of the National Order of Merit from the President
of France.
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Kerr, Nathan,
Geography and Social Studies Teacher,
Howick College (New Zealand)
Session: WISE Debate 2.2:
Supporting and Empowering Educators
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Nathan Kerr is a mobile learning specialist and teacher from New
Zealand. He has won numerous international educational awards,
including one World Teaching Award, for his groundbreaking work in
mobile devices and learning. Recently, Nathan was selected as one
of the top four global education pioneers, and was selected by the
New Zealand Government to be the project leader for the mLearning
(mobile devices, and learning in classrooms) Project.
The highly successful project was a collaboration between the
New Zealand Government, various schools across New Zealand,
New Zealand universities, and Vodafone New Zealand. The project
outcomes will provide the blueprint for New Zealand education into
the 21st century and beyond.
Nathan sees mobile devices as “Communication Swiss Army Knives”,
with ever-increasing opportunities for student learning and success
due to the engineering breakthroughs in mobile devices.
Nathan feels schools worldwide could be “pen and pencil islands in a
digital sea” if schools refuse to embrace the digital world.
Nathan is excited by the digital future and what it could bring to the
education world.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Khoury, Philip S.,
Associate Provost and Ford International
Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT); Chairman, Board of
Trustees, American University of Beirut (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.7: Creating a Change Culture
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Philip S. Khoury is Associate Provost and Ford International Professor
of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Professor Khoury was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and
educated at the Sidwell Friends School, the American University of
Beirut, Trinity College, and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1980). He joined
the MIT Faculty in 1981. He served as MIT’s Dean of the School of
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences between 1991 and 2006, and
was appointed Kenan Sahin Dean in 2002 and Associate Provost in
Professor Khoury, as Associate Provost, is responsible for overseeing
MIT’s non-curricular arts programs and initiatives, including the MIT
Museum and the List Visual Arts Center, and MIT’s strategic planning
for international education and research. Also reporting to him is MIT’s
OpenCourseWare (OCW) Publishing Initiative.
Professor Khoury is a historian of the Middle East. Among his
publications are Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism; Syria and the
French Mandate, which received the George Louis Beer Prize of the
American Historical Association; Tribes and State Formation in the
Middle East; The Modern Middle East: A Reader; and Recovering
Beirut: Urban Design and Post-war Reconstruction.
Professor Khoury is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a past President of the Middle
East Studies Association (MESA). He is Chairman of the Board of
Trustees of the American University of Beirut and of the World Peace
Foundation. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity
College, Trustee of the National Humanities Center, and an Overseer
of Koç University in Istanbul. He has received the American University
of Beirut Distinguished Alumni Award and the Trinity College Alumni
Medal for Excellence.
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King, Elizabeth,
Director of Education, the World Bank
(Washington, D.C.)
Session: WISE Debate 1.2:
Overcoming Challenges: Lessons from Other Sectors
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Elizabeth M. King is Director of Education in the Human Development
Network of the World Bank. In this position, she is the World Bank’s
senior spokesperson for global policy and strategic education issues
in developing countries. Until January 2009, she was a manager
in the Bank’s research department, heading the team that focuses
on human development issues. She has published on topics such
as household investments in human capital; the linkages between
education, poverty and economic development; gender issues in
development, especially women’s education; education finance, and
the impact of decentralization reforms.
Since joining the World Bank, she has worked on countries as diverse
as Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Pakistan,
and the Philippines, among others, contributing to public expenditure
reviews, country economic assessments, policy analyses of the
human development sectors, and impact evaluations of policies
and programs. She was the Lead Economist for the Bank’s human
development department for East Asian countries for three years,
and was a co-author of three World Development Reports. Ms. King
has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. from the
University of the Philippines.
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King, Neal,
Secretary General, International Association
of University Presidents (IAUP) (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.A:
Reforming Education: Mission Impossible?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Neal King, Ph.D., is Secretary-General and member of the
Board of Directors of the International Association of University
Presidents (IAUP: www.iaup.org), which is a partner organization
of Qatar Foundation in the organization and delivery of WISE. He
is also a member of the joint IAUP/United Nations Commission on
Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace. Dr. King
also serves as President of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
(www.itp.edu) in Palo Alto, California, USA and served previously as
President of Antioch University, Los Angeles.
As a young educator, Dr. King served as Director of the Lao-American
Association in Pakse, Laos, and Professeur d’ Anglais at Lycée Amirouche
in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria. He has also been a counselor at the American
School in London, UK. Dr. King has facilitated cooperation agreements
with schools in China, Ireland and Mexico and is currently working
on agreements with schools in Russia, Estonia and Italy. Dr. King is a
member of the Executive Board of California Campus Compact (www.
cacampuscompact.org), a service learning organization, and has served
for many years as a volunteer consultant with regional accrediting
agencies in the USA. He serves currently as a team chair and member of
the Eligibility Review Committee for the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and
Universities (www.wascsenior.org).
A psychologist by training, Dr. King received his M.A. and Ph.D. from
the University of California at Berkeley, California, USA. He has served
previously as a professor of psychology and administrator at several
colleges and universities in the USA. He was a participant in WISE
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Ko, Young Jin,
State Superintendent, Gyeongnam Provincial
Office of Education (South Korea)
Session: WISE Debate 3.3: Nurturing Creativity
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Ko, Young Jin, State Superintendent of the Gyeongnam Office of
Education, has a Ph.D. in Pedagogy and has served as a teacher,
superintendent of a local office of education and university president.
Under the motto of “Education is a guide to a happy life”, Dr. Ko
developed eight volumes of Touching Reading Material designed to
inspire students. Dr. Ko also established July 9 as Friend Day for the
first time in South Korea to foster friendships.
Dr. Ko has aided his country in realizing equal education through the
establishment of the Gyeongnam International Education Center
for multiracial families and the Gyeongnam Education for the Future
Foundation, which enables talented but financially challenged students
to achieve their potential. He has also spearheaded the construction
of a multipurpose auditorium for rural residents. In addition, Dr.
Ko has been instrumental in the enactment of a local government
ordinance to financially support education and has promoted a free
lunch program for students.
Dr. Ko has carried out humane education to bring world peace into
realization through the Coin Collection Campaign for children with
incurable diseases, the Fund-raising Campaign to help Japanese
victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami, and a fund-raising
campaign to relieve international starvation.
In addition, Dr. Ko has strived to achieve “human co-prosperity”
by financially aiding the construction of an elementary school in
Pyongyang, North Korea, establishing an IT education center in
Vietnam, providing Vietnamese teachers with opportunities to visit
South Korea and take part in teacher training workshops, drafting
MOUs with 19 universities from seven countries to exchange
knowledge, and supporting the opening of the Korean Language
Academy and Flora Resources Research Center in Mongolia.
He has the distinction of being the first educator to win the “Korean
CEO Award” given by the South Korea Chamber of Commerce and
Industry and the newspaper Hankuk-Ilbo.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Kopp, Wendy,
CEO and Co-Founder, Teach For All; CEO and
Founder, Teach For America (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.5:
Scaling-up: the Right Approach?
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All. She is also the
CEO and Founder of Teach For America.
Wendy proposed the creation of Teach For America in her
undergraduate senior thesis in 1989 and has spent more than 20
years working to grow the organization’s impact. A record 48,000
individuals applied to Teach For America’s 2011 corps, and in the 20112012 school year more than 9,200 corps members are in the midst
of two-year teaching commitments in 43 regions across the country,
reaching over 600,000 students. Teach For America’s alumni force,
now numbering nearly 24,000 individuals working inside and outside
the field of education, is deeply engaged in the effort to effect the
fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence
and equity.
In 2007, Wendy worked together with the CEO of Teach First, the
adaptation of Teach For America in the UK, to develop a plan for Teach
For All in order to be responsive to requests for support from social
entrepreneurs around the world who are passionate about adapting
the model to their contexts. Today, Teach For All is a growing global
network of independent organizations pursuing this mission in 22
countries, from India and China to Brazil and Lebanon. Wendy is
leading the organization’s efforts to expand educational opportunity
internationally by increasing and accelerating the impact of the
growing number of social enterprises in the network.
Wendy 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 resides in New York City
with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.
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Kothari, Brij,
President and Co-Founder, PlanetRead
Session: WISE Debate 2.A: Simple Ideas, Big Results
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Brij Kothari and his team have innovated, researched, and nationally
implemented Same Language Subtitling (SLS) on TV for mass literacy.
SLS on Bollywood film songs is known to deliver reading practice to
200 million early-readers in India. Bill Clinton called it “a small change
that has a staggering impact on people’s lives.” The SLS innovation
was featured at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009 and 2011 and the
World Economic Forum, Davos, 2011.
Brij is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2009),
an Ashoka Fellow and on the faculty of the Indian Institute of
Management, Ahmedabad. He founded PlanetRead, a non-profit,
and BookBox, a for-profit, as a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at
Stanford University. His research publications have primarily focused
on literacy, primary education and indigenous knowledge. He is also
a columnist on social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Brij’s SLS work is the recipient of awards from the Tech Museum of
Innovation (San Jose), the Institute for Social Inventions (London),
Development Marketplace (World Bank) and the NASSOM Social
Innovation Honor.
Brij grew up in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. He has a
Ph.D. in Education and a Master’s in Development Communication
from Cornell University, and a Master’s in Physics from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
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Kumar, Anand,
Mathematics Teacher; Founder, Super 30 –
“Ramanujan School of Mathematics” (India)
Session: WISE Focus 3.1: New Methods to Improve
Engagement and Learning (Part 2)
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Anand Kumar is a respected mathematics teacher. He had the
opportunity to study at Cambridge University in 1994, but the untimely
demise of his father – the sole bread winner for the family – came in
the way. His financial position did not allow him to go abroad. Though
he missed the opportunity he never wanted to miss, it inspired him to
work for underprivileged students like himself. Today, he is ushering
in a silent revolution in the backwaters of Bihar through his highly
successful initiative, Super 30, which helps talented students from
poor families successfully chase the big dream of going to the Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT), India’s premier institution.
In the last nine years, Super 30 has seen 236 students making it
to IIT. Time Magazine featured it as the “best cram school in Asia”.
Several international channels and newspapers including Discovery
Channel featured it. Super 30 is a highly ambitious and innovative
educational program. It hunts for 30 meritorious talents from among
the economically backward sections of society through an entrance
test. During the program, students are provided with absolutely free
coaching, lodging and food. Sometimes, all 30 students from Super
30 make it to the IIT.
Anand Kumar has no financial support for Super 30 from any
government or private agency. After the success of Super 30 and
its growing popularity, he got many offers of financial help from the
private sector – both national and international companies - as well as
the government, but he has always refused it. He wants to sustain
Super 30 through his own efforts and prove that, even with limited
resources, one can make a difference if one has willpower. He runs
evening classes for intermediate level students to fund Super 30.
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Lambay, Farida,
Vice Principal, College of Social Work –
Nirmala Niketan; Co-Founder and Trustee,
Pratham (India)
Session: WISE Debate 2.5:
Scaling-up: the Right Approach?
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Farida Lambay completed her Master’s in Social Work from College
of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai. She initiated the Municipal
School Project with her alma mater which led to social workers
becoming a part of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation structure. This
was the first glimpse of the ideology that she strongly propagates of
converting best practices into policy and working in collaboration with
the government.
The highlights of her extensive career have been her post as Vice
Principal of College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, and Co-Founder
and Trustee of Pratham. Pratham, an NGO established in 1994 from
the slums of Mumbai, has grown to great heights, receiving the
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award, 2010. Through Pratham, Farida
Lambay swore to ensure “Every Child in School and Learning Well”,
becoming a crusader for education, and she has led the battle against
child labor - first in Maharashtra, later making it a national movement.
In acknowledgement of her contribution in this field, she has been
appointed member of the Maharashtra State Commission for the
Protection of Child Rights.
She has also initiated the projects Prerana (working for the rights of
prostitutes) and YUVA (Youth for Voluntary Action, an organization
working on social issues with youths). She has spearheaded Disaster
Relief efforts during the 1992 Bombay Riots, the Latur earthquake,
Bihar floods and and the Mumbai terror attacks, to name a few. She
has been a member of state and national committees including the
SSA, Sachar Committee and the Maharashtra State Security Council,
and has participated in national and international conferences. Her
efforts have been acknowledged through numerous awards, most
recently the Ahilyabai Holkar Award, presented by the Maharashtra
Mrs Lambay is more than just an educationist and a social work
professional; she represents honor, compassion, dedication and
above all humility that make her the institution that she is today.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Lang, Kirsty,
broadcaster and journalist (UK)
Opening Plenary: Changing Societies, Changing Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Closing Plenary
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Kirsty Lang is an experienced foreign correspondent and broadcaster.
She is currently a presenter of BBC Radio’s daily arts program, Front
Row, as well as television anchor on BBC 4 and the BBC World
news programs. Kirsty began her career as a graduate trainee at the
BBC before being appointed a reporter on the Today program. She
then worked as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe based in
Budapest, covering the revolutions of 1989 and the wars in the former
Yugoslavia. In the early 1990s, Kirsty became a roving correspondent
for Newsnight based in London before being headhunted by The
Sunday Times to become their Paris correspondent where she
worked for four years, including as the chief correspondent covering
the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Channel 4 News brought Kirsty back to London to help relaunch the
program in 1999. She then became the face of BBC 4 International
News when it was launched. For the last eight years, she has
presented Front Row along with Mark Lawson.
Kirsty has extensive experience chairing conferences on social,
educational and political issues. She has a degree and Master’s in
International Relations from the London School of Economics and
is about to take a sabbatical from the BBC in order to teach one
semester in the School of International and Public Affairs at Colombia
University in New York starting this January.
Kirsty chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008. In 2010, she was
a judge on the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction in Translation.
Both prizes have a strong educational and literacy arm. Orange has a
campaign to take books into schools, libraries and prisons.
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Larsen, Jørn West,
Headmaster, Hellerup School (Denmark)
Session: WISE Debate 2.4: Identifying Common
Denominators of Successful Innovation
> Date: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Jørn West Larsen was born in Copenhagen in 1955. He worked as a
teacher for 10 years, before he became headmaster of public schools
in the Copenhagen area 20 years ago.
As headmaster he has been working on school development, learning
strategies and inclusion of children between 5 and 16 years old. He
took the chair as Headmaster of Hellerup School two years ago.
Hellerup School is a newly built school in the Gentofte Community,
known as the most innovative school in Denmark due to the focus on
a diversity of learning strategies, an innovative learning environment,
inclusion of all children and learners’ autonomy.
Hellerup School has an international profile and takes part in a
worldwide school network, being Mentor School for other schools in
the “Microsoft Partners in Learning Program”.
Jørn West Larsen has a diploma of Advanced School Leadership.
He has written articles on school management, the organization of
teachers into autonomous teams, inclusion and cooperation between
teachers and leisure-time teachers. He is married and has three
He was an international football referee and is now working as an
international referee observer and instructor for the International
Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Union of European
Football Associations (UEFA). He is a member of the UEFA Panel for
Development of Refereeing throughout Europe.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Leadbeater, Charles,
innovation expert and author of the WISE
book, Innovation in Education: Lessons
from Pioneers around the World (UK)
WISE Debate 2.4: Identifying Common Denominators of
Successful Innovation
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
WISE Focus 2.1: WISE Book Launch
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Charles Leadbeater is a fellow of the National Endowment for
Science Technology and the Arts and a co-founder of the public
service design agency Participle. He has worked with governments,
cities and companies around the world on innovation and creativity
as well as writing several international best sellers, the latest of
which is We-Think:The power of mass creativity. His 2004 report
“The Pro Am Revolution”, for the think tank Demos, was selected
by The New York Times as one of the best ideas of the year and his
paper “Personalization through Participation” helped start the debate
about personalized learning. A member of the TED Global Brains
Trust, his TED talks have been downloaded hundreds of thousands
of times. His report on education – “Learning from the Extremes”,
in conjunction with Cisco - looks at novel approaches to educational
innovation being pioneered by social entrepreneurs working in slums
and favelas in the cities of the developing world. He is the author
of the WISE Book, Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers
around the World (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Punlishing, 2011)
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Léautier, Frannie,
Executive Secretary, the African Capacity
Building Foundation (ACBF) (Tanzania)
Session: WISE Focus 1.2: Haiti Task Force: Rebuilding the
Education System in Haiti
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Dr. Frannie Léautier is the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity
Building Foundation (ACBF). A Tanzanian national, she served as Vice
President of the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Institute
from December 2001 to March 2007. She also served as Chief of
Staff to the former President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2001.
Cumulatively, Dr. Léautier served in various capacities at the World
Bank from 1992-2007. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Managing Partner
at The Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and
leadership development.
Dr. Léautier holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from
the University of Dar es Salaam (1984); a Master of Science in
Transportation from MIT (1986); and a Ph.D. in Infrastructure Systems
from MIT (1990). She is also a graduate of the Harvard University
Executive Development Program. Dr. Léautier has published a
number of articles in top-tier economic journals and magazines;
she has also edited three books, including a recent one on Cities
in a Globalizing World. She is currently Founding Editor for the
Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Advisory Board Member for
MIT OpenCourseWare, and Secretary of the Board for the Nelson
Mandela Institute for Science and Technology in Africa. Dr. Léautier is
a charter member of the Advisory Board for EuropEFE and a founding
board member for the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Loiret, Pierre-Jean,
Deputy Director, Educational Innovation
and Knowledge Economy Department,
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie
(AUF) (France)
Session: WISE Focus 2.2:
Innovative Training for Primary School Teachers
in Sub-Saharan Africa
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Dr. Pierre-Jean Loiret is a lecturer in educational sciences. He is Deputy
Director of the Educational Innovation and Knowledge Economy
Department at the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).
The AUF is an association of universities and a development agency,
specializing in higher education. It has 779 member institutions and
operates in 94 countries with 410 employees.
Dr. Loiret is a specialist in distance learning, the use of technology
in teaching and educational project management in developing
countries. In his research, he looks into the conditions for successful
educational projects, particularly in Africa, and measures disparities
between institutional discourse and communication and on-theground realities.
As part of his professional activities, he is the coordinator of the
“Initiative for distance training of teachers in Francophone countries”
(IFADEM), which is jointly piloted by AUF and the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). IFADEM participates in
international efforts to achieve basic quality education for all and aims
to improve the skills of teachers in teaching French, and teaching
in French. The countries involved in IFADEM design and organize
a training method, partly using e-learning, adapted to the needs of
their educational systems and using ICT. IFADEM is operating today
in five states (Benin, Burundi, Haiti, Madagascar and the Democratic
Republic of Congo) and will be deployed in the coming four years in
around 10 new countries.
As project leader, Pierre-Jean Loiret oversaw the AUF’s assistance in
the development of open and distance learning in universities in the
South that has allowed the creation of 40 distance Bachelor’s and
Master’s courses over the last four years.
Websites: www.auf.org - www.ifadem.org - www.foad.refer.org
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Lorek, Grzegorz,
Biology Teacher, Leszno High School No. 1
Session: WISE Focus 3.1: New Methods to Improve
Engagement and Learning (Part 2)
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Born in 1970 in Gostyn (Poland). Graduated in 1994 from Wroclaw
University (Poland) with an M.Sc. thesis at the Department of Avian
Ecology. During 1994, a scholarship student at the Museum of Natural
History in Aarhus (Denmark).
From 1994 until now, employed as a biology teacher at High School
No. 1 in Leszno (Poland). Received the Polish Ministry of Education
Award for Teachers in 1999 and 2002.
The founder and leader of Sharp Horn Jazz and Yass Club, School
Biological Club and School Tourist Club. An organizer of more than
200 different events with more than 6,000 participants, including
expeditions with pupils to almost 100 destinations in 17 countries in
Europe and Asia, almost 40 photo exhibitions and 100 slide shows.
A supervisor of almost 60 student research studies for the Polish
Biological Contest, including three students in the national finals,
supervisor of four papers in national eliminations and in the national
final of the “EU Contest for Young Scientists”.
Received title “The Teacher of the Year 2002 in Poland”. A participant
in the International Ecological Camp School in Finland (2010) and the
Geoscience Union Workshop for Teachers in Austria (2011). In 20002005, an examiner for the Regional Examination Board. In 1996-2002,
the founder and leader of a local group of Polish Society for the
Protection of Birds in Poland.
An author or co-author of more than 50 original scientific articles,
notes and review articles in biology. Author of the poetry collection
Roof Made of Glass (in Polish) (2010). Co-author of two books: Nature
Guide to the Leszno Region (1998), Biology Guide for Teachers (2003).
An organizer and a member of tramping, trekking or biking expeditions
to many destinations.
A birdwatcher, a jazz and Icelandic music lover, a classical marathon
and ultramarathon runner. Married to Jolanta, son Jakub.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Lumarque, Jacky,
Rector, Quisqueya University (Haiti)
Session: WISE Focus 1.2:
Haiti Task Force: Rebuilding the Education System in Haiti
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Jacky Lumarque is Rector of Université Quisqueya (Haiti) and
President of the Caribbean Conference of Presidents of Universities.
Professor Lumarque also recently coordinated the work of a
Presidential Working Group for the elaboration of a Strategic Plan for
the Haitian Education System. He has also assisted the Ministry of
Education in the preparation of a five-year Operation Plan, based on
the recommendations of the Strategic Plan.
Professor Lumarque was also in charge of overseeing the work of
five other Presidential Commissions during the last three years:
Competitiveness, Reform of the Judicial System, Reform of the
Constitution, Information Technology and e-Governance, and Cultural
Heritage. Professor Lumarque is also President of the Foundation
Réseau de Développement Durable (RDDH), a private foundation
dedicated to the promotion of Information Technology in the country.
Since March 2009, Professor Lumarque has been serving as a Board
Member to AUF (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie) and,
since 2008, as a Board Member of IESALC/UNESCO (International
Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean).
Professor Lumarque also serves as member of the Orientation
Council of AIRD (Agence inter-établissements de recherche pour le
développement, France). Ten years ago, Professor Lumarque was
responsible for the preparation of the National Plan of Education
which was the basis for the transformation of the Haitian education
system from 1996 through 2008. He has also accumulated vast local
and international experience as a consultant for IDB, the World Bank
and Capital Consult, the leading Haitian Consulting firm specialized
in Management, Economy and Finance. Professor Lumarque is a
mathematician and a graduate of Université Toulouse III (France). He
has been teaching for 25 years at the State University of Haiti. He has
also published in various areas including Didactics of Mathematics,
Education, Technical and Vocational Education.
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Luukas, Ulla,
Head Coach, Tiimiakatemia/Team Academy
Session: WISE Focus 2.4:
Innovative Best Practices
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Ms. Ulla Luukas is the current Head Coach of JAMK University of
Applied Sciences’ award-winning Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä. Before
starting as a full-time team coach in Tiimiakatemia in 2004, she
worked for the telecommunications giant Nokia in demanding
managerial positions in international settings for nine years.
Ms. Luukas started stewarding the most prestigious and longeststanding Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä in 2011 as its Head Coach. During
her career at Tiimiakatemia she has coached several teams (3.5 years
each team). Currently she is responsible for managing the whole
Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä where approximately 200 students work and
complete their BBA studies in 12 team companies.
The managerial and business expertise Ms. Luukas gained during
her Nokia years has helped the Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä community
to boost its team companies’ business practices and their staffs’
project management competencies. For example, in the summer of
2011 Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä’s students’ team companies generated
revenue of € 860,000 and created over a hundred summer jobs.
Ms. Luukas’ current mission is to develop the Tiimiakatemia
Jyväskylä’s international network to a new level. Tiimiakatemia’s
vision is to be the leading, boundary-crossing, top unit for team
entrepreneurship in Europe. She strives to build a strong network
where different universities using Tiimiakatemia’s methodology
can do joint projects and joint-degree studies together. Currently,
approximately 47% of Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä’s graduates are
employed as entrepreneurs within two years of their graduation.
The combined revenue of the student team companies is currently
€ 1.5 million. Ms. Luukas has decided to set the bar even higher: she
aims to raise this entrepreneurship ratio well above 55% and the
combined revenue to over € 2 million euros in the upcoming years.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Mackay, Anthony,
Chair, Innovation Unit (UK); Chair, Australian
Institute for Teaching and School Leadership;
CEO, Centre for Strategic Education (Australia)
WISE Debate 2.1: Learning from Game Changers
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Workshop 2.5: The School is Dead: Long Live the School
- Centre for Strategic Education
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Tony is an Honorary Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at The
University of Melbourne, a Board Director of the Australian Council
for Educational Research, a member of the Advisory Board of the
Asia Education Foundation and a Board Director of the Foundation for
Young Australians.
Tony is Immediate Past President of the International Congress
for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). He is Chair of
the Innovation Unit Ltd., England, and a Consultant Advisor to the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development / Centre
for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD / CERI). Tony is CoDirector of the Global Education Leaders Program (GELP). He is a
founding member of the Governing Council of the National College
for School Leadership in England.
Tony’s policy advice and facilitation work focuses on strategic thinking
for government bodies and agencies, think tanks and leadership
teams in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.
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Miller, Riel,
Founder, xperidox (Canada/France)
Session: Workshop 3.1:
Leading Change in Education – xperidox
> Day: Wednesday November 3, 2011
For 30 years Riel Miller’s work has concentrated on how to use
the future to assess and direct the potential for socio-economic
transformation in the private and public sectors. He started his career
at the OECD Economics Department in 1982 and has worked as a
Senior Manager in the Ontario Civil Service (Ministries of Finance;
Universities; Industry) and for the International Futures Programme
at the OECD for a decade. In 2005 Riel founded a specialized global
consultancy, xperidox futures consulting, that helps clients to use
the future strategically. His clients range from the governments of
Ireland, UK, Norway, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Korea, Singapore,
Romania, France, etc. to international organizations like the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD), the
European Commission and the United Nations Development Program
to private companies like Cisco Systems, Philips, Alstom, Gemalto,
Poyry, Promethean, etc. to regional governments like the state of
Catalonia, province of Ontario, etc.
Riel is widely published on topics ranging from the future of the global
economy, the financial sector, the Internet, education systems, social
equity, etc. Riel holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School
for Social Research, New York. He teaches around the world and is
currently a faculty member in the Master of Public Affairs, SciencesPo, Paris, France. Riel is also a board member of the Association
of Professional Futurists and a Fellow of the World Futures Studies
Federation. For a full list of publications, employment and speaking
engagements see: www.rielmiller.com
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Mitchell, Jonathan,
Chief Operating Officer, CARE USA (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 1.2:
Overcoming Challenges: Lessons from Other Sectors
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Jonathan (Jon) Mitchell currently serves as CARE USA’s Chief
Operating Officer (COO) providing strategic-level direction, leadership
and management for CARE. Jon, a 27-year veteran of CARE, has been
serving as CARE USA’s Senior Vice President for Global Operations,
where he has worked closely with country and regional offices as well
as the organization’s humanitarian emergency and security teams.
Mitchell, who grew up in Kenya and has over 30 years’ experience
in international relief and development, is a United Kingdom national
with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of
Surrey. He joined CARE in 1984 managing a water and sanitation
project in Haiti and has served many roles since, directing country
offices, regional offices and, more recently, CARE International’s
humanitarian emergency function based in Geneva. Mitchell has
brought his focus on organizational development to many of his
Jon rejoined CARE USA as Senior Vice President for Global Operations
in January 2011 and transitioned to the COO role effective August
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Miyamoto, Koji,
Analyst, Centre for Educational Research
and Innovation (CERI), OECD (Paris)
Session: WISE Focus 1.1:
The Social Outcomes of Learning
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Koji Miyamoto is an economist at the OECD Centre for Educational
Research and Innovation (CERI). While having broad interests in
education policy analysis and research, his current work is focused
on the spillover effects of education and skills. He manages OECD’s
Education and Social Progress (ESP) project, which sheds light on
the nexus between learning contexts, skills and measures of social
progress. This activity is a continuation of OECD’s Social Outcomes of
Learning (SOL) project, the first OECD activity that looks at the wider
benefits of learning. Koji formerly worked at OECD’s Employment
Analysis and Policy division, OECD Development Centre and the
World Bank.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Mrad, Fouad,
Executive Director, UN-ESCWA Regional
Technology Center (Jordan); Science Advisor,
Stars of Science Innovation contest (Lebanon)
Session: WISE Focus 2.4: Innovative Best Practices
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Professor Fouad Mrad, a Lebanese national, joined the United
Nations in December 2009 and is the Executive Director of the
ESCWA Technology Centre located in Amman, Jordan. A passionate
supporter and advocate of innovation, Professor Mrad has been a
Science Advisor for Stars of Science, a Qatar Foundation reality TV
show, since 2009 and is a permanent judge on series 3.
Prior to this, Professor Mrad held the post of Development Staff
for IBM – Magnetic Storage Division in Rochester, Minnesota,
USA (1990-1993), moving on to the American University of Beirut,
Lebanon, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
from 1993-2009.
Other key roles include Consultant for the Lebanese Industrial Research
Institute and Euro-Lebanese Center for Industrial Modernization
(2008-2010) and Advisor to the CEO of Industrial Development Corp
(Indevco) (2003-2008). Professor Mrad was also Advisor to the
Lebanese Minister of Industry (2002-2005) and a Researcher to the
Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (2003).
Professor Mrad received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering
from Purdue University, USA. He earned his B.S. in Electrical and
Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at
He has published papers in international journals and and contributes
to conferences in the areas of manufacturing, industrial automation
and instrumentation, adaptive and intelligent control, and robotics. He
also co-authored a textbook, Applied Mechatronics, Oxford University
Press, 2009 New York.
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Muller, François,
Consultant, Department of Research and
Development: Innovation and Experimentation,
Ministry of Education (France)
Session: Workshop 3.5: Innovations in Institutionalized
Education Systems – French Ministry of Education
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
François Muller has a Ph.D. in history and is a medievalist and
archaeologist. He is also a lute player. He has taught at different levels
(primary school, high school and college), including with adults and
high-level students. This experience allowed him to combine effective
pedagogy with a systemic approach to educational questions.
Early in his career, he was involved in teacher training, working as
a training manager and then education consultant in Paris. For
ten years, he was Chief of the Innovation Mission at the Paris
Academy. Presently, at the National Ministry of Education, he
works in the Département Recherche-développement, innovation et
experimentation (DRDIE, Department of Research and Development:
Innovation and Experimentation) to enhance resources for change in
the institutional education system.
His various works are available online and are widely cited in the
French-speaking education and training world: see http://francois.
muller.free.fr and his blog (http://lewebpedagogique.com/diversifier/)
which is devoted to change management in France and beyond (New
Zealand, for instance).
His Manuel de survie à l’usage de l’enseignant (Teacher’s Survival
Manual) received an award from the French Academy in 2004.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Nahimana, Victoire,
Director of Elementary and Secondary
Education, Ministry of Education (Burundi)
Session: WISE Focus 2.2: Innovative Training for Primary
School Teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Mrs. Victoire Nahimana is currently Director General of Pedagogic
Boards. She got to that position after long and progressive job
experience in the Ministry of Education. She was first a high school
teacher, then she became Pedagogic Advisor. She was then appointed
Advisor to the cabinet of the Minister and later she was nominated
as Inspector, the position she held before the present one, Director
General of Pedagogic Boards.
In this position, she coordinates and supervises the design and
development of school programs and teaching materials, the
development of pedagogical and methodological strategies for formal
education, the piloting of the organization of teacher training, the
development of the production and distribution plan for pedagogical
tools, the development of communication channels for the teaching
service, and the implementation of pedagogical innovations.
Among other responsibilities, Mrs. Nahimana is the United Nations
Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) Deputy Chairperson, Education
in Human Rights focal point, HIV/AIDS focal point. She is also
Chairperson of the national committee piloting Fundamental School,
Burundi IFADEM coordinator (Initiative francophone pour la formation
à distance des maîtres), and member of the national committee for
the fight against violence to women.
Mrs. Nahimana holds a Licence (Bachelor’s degree) in French Language
and Literature. She has also attended many training sessions overseas,
such as training (organized by BIE-UNESCO) on curriculum analysis
and innovation for the fight against poverty in sub-Saharan Africa,
training (organized by OIF) on content and pedagogical approaches for
education to citizenship, training (organized by OIF and AUF) on basic
and ongoing teacher training - including long-distance training, training
(organized by OIF) on the approach by competence, and training
(organized by UNICEF) on the “School, Child’s Friend” approach.
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Ngugi, Catherine,
Project Director, Open Educational Resources
(OER Africa) (Kenya)
Session: WISE Debate 1.5:
Supporting Collaboration through Online Platforms?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Catherine Ngugi is the Project Director of Open Educational
Resources (OER Africa), a Saide Initiative. Prior to holding this post,
she established the African Virtual University’s Research & Innovation
Facility (RIF) in January 2005 and managed it until September 2007.
During this period, the RIF hosted two OER projects and launched
a Pan-African pilot study on the use of OER in African universities.
Catherine holds an M.A. from the University of London’s School of
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Catherine began her career in the private sector, working for a
multinational manufacturer. In 1997, she relocated to Dakar, Senegal, to
work with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research
in Africa (CODESRIA), where she initiated and coordinated a grants
management system and designed the CODESRIA Endowment Plan.
Upon joining Oxfam GB, she conducted regional training sessions
(Senegal, Mali, and Mauritania) in project sustainability across the
organization’s regional group and facilitated the funding by the Swedish
International Donor Agency (SIDA) of the Oxfam GB West Africa
Regional Girls’ Education Program.
A Rockefeller Associate of the African Gender Institute, University of
Cape Town, Catherine has worked as a consultant in higher education
and the arts to various international organizations headquartered in
Nairobi. Her work has been published in Kwani and in the Journal of
African Cultural Studies. She has also co-edited various publications
including the eight-country report on “Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs) and Higher Education in Africa” commissioned
by the Centre for Educational Technology (CET) for the Educational
Technology Initiative of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Noble, Richard,
Land speed record holder; Director, the
Bloodhound project (UK)
Session: WISE Focus 2.4: Innovative Best Practices
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Richard Noble OBE specializes in high-risk high-technology innovative
projects and Bloodhound is his 12th start up. Projects include the ARV
light aircraft (design and production), the Atlantic Sprinter Atlantic
challenge racer (never built) and the Farnborough F1 aircraft now
going into production in the US as Kestrel.
Most famous are the World Land Speed Record cars: Thrust2, which
returned the World Record to Britain for the first time in 19 years, and
its 1997 successor ThrustSSC which, driven by Andy Green, achieved
the first ever supersonic World Record, currently at 763mph/Mach
Britain once had a fine record for innovation but national culture
changes meant Noble’s projects proved difficult to finance. This was
overcome using innovative sponsorship funding and by developing
flat companies which are highly productive and highly stimulating for
the teams. For the ThrustSSC project, a key innovation was to develop
web community building.
The global ThrustSSC Internet community followed development of
the car and when the team was unable to raise the finance for the jet
fuel needed for the borrowed freighter aircraft to take the team to the
US, the Internet community funded 1 million liters. The web response
was very considerable, running 300 million pages in dial-up in 1997.
The Bloodhound project is heading for 1,000mph in 2013, being the
most powerful car ever built with research taking 30 man years. Using
massive web interest, the project is designed to share all the design
and data with schools to stimulate study of science and engineering.
In Britain, 4,600 schools are taking part and the project is being
followed in 207 countries. The car will even be able to take the lowlevel aircraft speed record. Truly an engineering adventure!
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Noor Ali, Iqbal,
Senior Adviser, Aga Khan Development
Network (AKDN) (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.7: Exploring Alternative
Financing in Developing Countries
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Iqbal Noor Ali joined the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
in 1979, and was appointed Senior Advisor in 2010. He was the
Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation USA for over 25
years until 2009, following five years with the AKDN’s Industrial
Promotion Services in Canada, where his responsibilities included
the development of small enterprise for recent immigrants to
North America. His current role is focused on facilitating strategic
international partnerships for the AKDN, and on representing the
AKDN’s interests in various international settings.
As CEO of Aga Khan Foundation USA, he worked closely with the
development community in the United States, serving on the boards
and committees of various organizations such as InterAction, the
Council on Foundations, the Independent Sector, and the Advisory
Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance that advises the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator
on US foreign assistance. A US citizen, Iqbal was born in Pakistan,
received his formal education in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Canada,
and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the AKDN is a
group of development agencies, institutions, and programs with
mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction,
the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization
of historic cities. The AKDN works in over 30 countries, with a
primary focus on South and Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It
employs approximately 80,000 people, the majority of whom are
based in developing countries. The AKDN’s annual budget for nonprofit development activities in 2010 was approximately $625 million
(US). The project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic
Development generate annual revenues of $2.3 billion (US) (all
surpluses are reinvested in further development activities). More
information about the AKDN is available on its website (www.akdn.org).
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Oillo, Didier,
Director of Educational Innovation and the
Knowledge Economy, Agence universitaire
de la Francophonie (AUF) (France)
Session: Workshop 1.6: The New Work of Teachers – AUF
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Didier Oillo, Professor (teaching and research), specializes in the
appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
by under-developed populations, seconded to the French-Speaking
University Agency (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, AUF)
as scientific CEO for Educational Innovation and the Knowledge
Economy. He is creator of the Virtual University of the FrenchSpeaking World and the French-Speaking Digital Campuses (42 in the
world). He serves as a Member of the editorial staff, Chief Editor, and
Coordinator of editions No. 40 and No. 45 of Hermes (the scientific
journal of the CNRS, National Center for Scientific Research, France),
and is author of numerous articles about pedagogy and digital
Professor Oillo is Co-founder of the Association pour l’autogestion par
les systèmes informatiques éclatés (ASPASIE, association for selfmanagement by computer systems in network) and of the Institut
international de télématique (INIT, International Institute of on-line
data processing), the administrator of the association Mosaïque du
monde (MOM, Mosaic of the World) specialized in the broadcasting
of Information and Communication Technologies to African teaching
and research institutions. He is co-creator of a researchers’ network
on ICTs for education and creator of the French-Speaking Institute of
Knowledge Engineering.
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Omi, Koji,
Founder and Chairman, Science and
Technology in Society (STS) forum; former
Minister of Finance (Japan)
Session: WISE Debate 1.7: Creating a Change Culture
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Koji Omi served in various positions in the Japanese government
from 1983 to 2009. He was Minister of Finance (2006 - 2007);
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, and for Okinawa
and Northern Territories Affairs (2001-2002).
Koji Omi is considered a key political figure in the field of science
and technology in Japan. He played a central role in enacting the
Fundamental Law of Science and Technology in 1995. This law
contributed greatly toward making Japan a science and technologyoriented nation. As Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy,
and for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, he advocated for and was very influential in - promoting the founding of the Okinawa
Institute of Science and Technology, regarded as an international
and interdisciplinary graduate university with a “best-in-the-world”
concept in mind. He also founded the Science and Technology in
Society (STS) Forum with the aim of building a worldwide network
among scientists, policymakers and business people. The STS forum
has been successfully held annually in Kyoto, Japan, since 2004, to
discuss the “lights and shadows” of science and technology for the
sake of humankind.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Om Pradhan, Lyonpo,
Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments;
former Minister of Trade and Industries
Session: WISE Focus 1.1:
The Social Outcomes of Learning
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Lyonpo Om Pradhan has been in the service of the Royal Government
of Bhutan since 1969 as Minister for Trade and Industries (1989-1998)
and Deputy Minister (1985-1989). During these tenures he was also
in charge of power and tourism portfolios. He served two terms as
Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the United Nations
in New York (1980-84 and 1998-2003), and Ambassador to India,
Nepal and the Maldives (1984-85). He led the first opening rounds
of boundary talks with the People’s Republic of China starting in
1984. In addition, he served at the United Nations secretariat in New
York on Programmes of Action for the Least Developed Countries,
Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
from 2003 till October 2007 when His Majesty the King appointed
him Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments, the commercial and
investment arm of the Royal Government.
Lyonpo Om Pradhan was responsible for negotiating and starting
the Tala, Basochhu, Kurichhu and other hydroelectric projects. He
has served as Chairman of these and projects like PCAL, STCB,
BFAL, BCCL, BBPL, Wood Craft Centre, Bhutan Agro Industries; and
served earlier on the boards of RMA, Bank of Bhutan and RICB, and
as Vice Chairman of the National Environment Commission. He is
the recipient of the Coronation Gold Medal (1974); Coronation Gold
Medal (2008) and the Distinguished Alumni Award from North Point,
Darjeeling (2007). He was a member of the cabinet and the National
Assembly from 1975 to 1979 and 1986 to 1998.
Lyonpo Om Pradhan is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi,
and holds a Master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in international
relations from the United States. Born on 6 October 1946 in Neoly,
Bhutan, he is married and has a daughter and two sons.
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Opfer, Darleen,
Director, RAND Education; Distinguished
Chair in Education Policy, RAND Corporation
WISE Debate 2.8: Redefining the Role of Social
Entrepreneurs in the Learning Ecosystem
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Workshop 1.2
Darleen Opfer is director of RAND Education and holds the
Distinguished Chair in Education Policy.
Darleen was previously on the faculty of education at the University
of Cambridge, England, as Director of Research and Senior Lecturer
in research methods and school improvement. Prior to this, she
served as Director of The Ohio Collaborative: Research and Policy
for Schools, Children, and Families at Ohio State University, and
also Associate Professor of research methods. From 1997 to 2003,
Darleen was Assistant Professor at Georgia State University in
Atlanta, where she worked in the College of Education’s Department
of Educational Policy Studies and the Andrew Young School of Policy
Studies’ Applied Research Center.
Darleen has conducted policy research studies for a number of
governments, including recruitment and retention of school leaders
for the Scottish Government and teacher professional development
for the Training and Development Agency for Schools in England and
the Turkish Ministry of Education. She currently serves as an advisory
board member with the National Council of Educational Research
and Training in Delhi, India. She worked on the Committee for the
Joint Research Strategy for Integrated Education, the Integrated
Educational Fund, and the Northern Ireland Consortium for Integrated
Education in Belfast, Northern Ireland; as a consultant for the US
Agency for International Development working on the Education for
Development and Democracy Initiative at the University of Botswana;
and at the Increased Access to Quality Education and Training Initiative
at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Darleen holds a Ph.D. in education policy studies, an M.Ed. in behavior
disorders from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a B.A. in
education from Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Otu, Uwen Robert,
President, African Youth Movement (AYM)
Session: WISE Debate 1.6: Measuring Progress
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Uwen Robert Otu hails from Ebo Itu Mbonuso in Ini Local Government
Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Uwen is the second child in a family
of nine and has been dubbed “the natural born leader” since his
heyday at the University of Uyo where he was elected the Honorable
Speaker of the Students’ Union Parliament. Having been selected
by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global
Youth Forum in Denmark in 2002, Uwen represented the Forum and
discussed with the Heads of Government at the World Summit on
Sustainable Development in South Africa in 2002. Uwen organized
the first stakeholder summit on the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) in Nigeria in 2004. In 2005, Uwen addressed the plenary
session of the 58th Annual Department of Public Information/NonGovernmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) Summit at the United
Nations headquarters, New York and presented submissions on
poverty timelines to the delegates.
Currently, Uwen is the country representative of the Global Network
for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), a platform which manages a large
network of stakeholders active on climate change and disaster risk
reduction. Uwen is the President of the African Youth Movement
(AYM). The AYM engages the services and talents of young Africans especially the vulnerable and marginalized ones - in working to
achieve sustainable development through the MDGs. AYM delivers
timely informed interventions to ensure policies and services have
a measurable, positive impact and deliver social benefits to the
poor; achieve the Hyogo Framework for Action; enhance civil society
monitoring, research, analytical and advocacy capabilities; and
increase dialogue and understanding between different groups on
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Ovonji-Odida, Irene,
International Board Chair, ActionAid
International; human rights lawyer (Uganda)
Session: WISE Debate 1.2: Overcoming Challenges:
Lessons from Other Sectors
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
The Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida has been Chairperson of the
International Board of ActionAid International since 2009 and prior
to that was Chair of the International Board Committee responsible
for governance from 2007 and ActionAid Uganda from 2005. She
has served in a voluntary governance capacity in various human
rights and development NGOs since 1989. She has also been a
member of, or headed, various national and regional governmentappointed bodies set up to formulate policies, design programs
or fact-find. She has recently been appointed to a UN High-Level
Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. Ms. Ovonji-Odida was
an elected Member, East African Legislative Assembly (EALA, 20012006). Her key contributions as a legislator included spearheading
initiatives to increase transparency and accountability of the EALA
to marginalized constituencies, increasing effective participation
of African legislators in international trade negotiations, including
chairing a daily coordination forum in Cancun WTO Ministerial; leading
an EALA conflict resolution investigation on fishing disputes. She
participated in election monitoring for the EAC in Uganda in 2005 and
Commonwealth Observer missions in Tanzania in 2010.
Previously she worked as Director, Legal, Directorate of Ethics
and Integrity, Office of the President, Uganda; and before that in
the Uganda Law Reform, and the Uganda Constituent Assembly
Commission which managed the 1995 constitution-making process in
Uganda. Her professional experience includes lecturing, training and
mentoring, research and advocacy. She has authored or contributed
to publications on women’s land rights in Uganda, constitutionalism
and East African regional integration. She has a Bachelor of Law
degree and Master’s in comparative jurisprudence, specializing in
international human rights law and international law. She also has
training in gender and development, advocacy and training, as well as
other areas of law. Her personal belief is that development needs a
human face to be sustainable and relevant.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Pandor, Naledi,
Minister of Science and Technology (South
Session: Opening Plenary Session:
Changing Societies, Changing Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Her Excellency Naledi Pandor is South Africa’s Minister of Science
and Technology. Her grandfather, Z. K. Matthews, an anthropologist
and lawyer, played a prominent role in African political history. Her
father’s political activism led to his long exile, which provided Naledi
Pandor with the opportunity to receive an international education.
Mrs. Pandor received a B.A. degree from the University of Botswana
and Swaziland and an M.A. in education from the University of
London. In 1997, while serving as an MP, she received a second M.A.
in linguistics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She
was the first woman Chancellor of the Cape Technikon which later
merged with Peninsula Technikon in 2005 to form the Cape Peninsula
University of Technology in Cape Town.
Mrs. Pandor has played a leading role in South African politics and
education policy planning and reform. She was elected to parliament
in 1994 and served as deputy Chief Whip of the African National
Congress (ANC) in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998. She
became deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces in
1998 and served as Chairperson from 1999 to 2004. Mrs. Pandor
became Minister of Education in 2004, a position she held until she
was appointed to her current post in 2009.
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Paranjpe, Rajani,
Founder and President, Doorstep School
Session: WISE Debate 2.4: Identifying Common
Denominators of Successful Innovation
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Professor Rajani Paranjpe founded the Doorstep School out of a
passion for children and education. As a professional social worker
she realized that education was the single most important factor
that could bring about a change in the underprivileged groups of our
society. With this goal in mind she co-founded the Doorstep School
in 1987 with her ex-student Bina Lashkari. The Doorstep School has
today become a 750+ member strong organization which serves
more than 30,000 underprivileged children at construction sites and
urban slum communities in the cities of Mumbai and Pune in India
each year.
Rajani Paranjpe has a Master’s in Social Work and is a retired Professor,
having taught subjects like Indian Social Problems and International
Social Welfare. She has held posts at both the College of Social Work,
Mumbai, and the Shikoku Christian University, Japan, and has more
than 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching she also
headed the Research Department and “Anganwadi” Training Center
at the College of Social Work, University of Mumbai.
As one of her numerous contributions to the field of education and
teaching through Doorstep School, Professor Paranjpe has authored/
co-authored 40 graded learning books, including a Marathi picture
dictionary for primary school children which was the first of its kind in
the education sector.
Professor Rajani Paranjpe has been recognized for her contributions to
the field of non-formal education on several occasions. A Rotary Club
Pune Vocational Excellence awardee (2003 and 2009), a Maharshi
Karve Stri Shikshan Sanstha Baya Puraskar awardee (2008) and a
Pune Marathi Granthalaya Matrusmruti Purskar awardee (2011), she
currently serves as President of the Doorstep School and continues
to strive for the education and welfare of underprivileged children.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Partanen, Johannes,
Founder and Head Coach Emeritus,
Tiimiakatemia/Team Academy (Finland)
Session: WISE Focus 2.4: Innovative Best Practices
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Mr. Johannes Partanen is the inventor of Tiimiakatemia’s awardwinning teampreneurship methods. He has over 38 years of
experience as a lecturer of marketing, during 18 of which he was
the Head Coach of Tiimiakatemia Jyväskylä. During his career he has
educated thousands of students, teachers and managers in vocational
schools, university settings and adult education programs.
Mr. Partanen has been awarded numerous awards and tributes, such
as Pellervo Insititute’s Golden Gebhard Medal for long-term work in
promoting the establishment of co-operative companies (2011). The
President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, awarded him the honorary
title of Opetusneuvos (Counsellor of Education, the Finnish equivalent
of a knighthood) for his lifework as an educator in 2010.
Mr. Partanen is a voracious reader of management books, reading
approximately 200 each year. His idols and sources of inspiration
are the Greek philosopher Socrates, Indian independence leader
Mahatma Gandhi, The Body Shop’s founder Anita Roddick, Finland’s
Second World War Marshal and Commander-in-Chief Carl Gustaf
Mannerheim and the popular American idol Marilyn Monroe. Mr.
Partanen firmly believes that we must not teach but help people
learn in social settings (such as teams and networks) where theory is
vigorously applied to practice and vice versa.
Mr. Partanen is a fanatical fan of Finnish ice hockey and Olympic
sports (especially women’s esthetic gymnastics because of the
influence of his wife, Mrs. Kirsti Partanen). He has three children and
he lives in Central Finland, Jyväskylä.
Since October 2011 Mr. Partanen has worked as Senior Advisor of
Tiimiakatemia Adult Education. His current personal mission is to
establish a massive number of Tiimiakatemias in the world and build
an international Tiimiakatemia Learning Network that will connect all
of them.
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Pierre-Louis, Michèle,
President, Fokal Foundation; former Prime
Minister, Haiti (Haiti)
WISE Focus 1.2: Haiti Task Force:
Rebuilding the Education System in Haiti
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Closing Plenary
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Since her return to Haiti in 1976 after studying abroad and obtaining
an M.A. in Economics from Queens College of The City University
of New York, Michèle Pierre-Louis has devoted special attention to
education, access to information and culture. She has also served
in the private sector in the Credit Department at the Bank of Nova
Scotia, as Deputy-Director for Administration and Human Resources
at SOFIHDES, and Deputy Director of the National Airport Authority.
In 1986 she became a national trainer in the literacy campaign
Mission Alpha. In 1991, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide called on
Michèle Pierre-Louis to serve as a member of his private cabinet. In
1995 she created, and directed for 13 years, Fondation Connaissance
et Liberté – FOKAL (Knowledge and Freedom Foundation – www.
fokal.org), a member of the Open Society Institute – Soros
Foundations’ network. FOKAL focuses on the areas of education,
culture, community development, environment, gender equity and
civil society endeavors. From 1989 through 2006, Michèle Duvivier
Pierre-Louis was a member of a review, Chemins Critiques.
In September 2008, Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis became Prime
Minister of Haiti, only the second woman to hold this position. While
Prime Minister, Pierre-Louis also served as Minister of Justice and
Public Security. Upon leaving office in November 2009, Pierre-Louis
resumed her activities at the Fondation Connaissance et Liberté
– FOKAL, as President, coordinating special projects related to
Haiti’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts. Pierre-Louis is also
a university teacher. Pierre-Louis has received several awards and
distinctions in her career. She holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa in
Humanities from Saint Michael College in Vermont. From September
through December 2010, she was a Resident Fellow at Harvard
University, Kennedy School of Government/Institute of Politics.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Popović, Zoran,
Associate Professor in Computer Science
and Director, Center for Game Science,
University of Washington; Founder, Foldit
Session: WISE Debate 3.2: Learning through Play
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Zoran Popović is Director of the Center for Game Science and a
Professor of computer science at the University of Washington.
Zoran’s research interests lie in the design and development of
interactive games and computer graphics research, focusing on
scientific discovery through game-play, learning games, high-fidelity
human modeling and animation. His innovations in game technology
have been licensed by Sony and Electronic Arts. More recently,
his Center for Game Science spearheaded the genre of scientific
discovery games, and produced Foldit, a biochemistry game with
discoveries published in two Nature papers. Foldit introduced a
brand new method of scientific discovery by showing that through
extended game-play novices can be turned into highly-skilled domain
experts capable of advancing scientific frontiers.
His current research focuses on leveraging such expertise
development towards new educational practices and outcomes.
Recently his team produced an award-winning learning game that
focused on fractional reasoning, and his follow-up projects aim at
producing science and math games that automatically adapt to each
student and their particular needs, creating a customized tutor that
both removes misconceptions and creates long-term interest in
math and science. His contributions to the field of computer graphics
have been recognized recently by a number of awards, including the
NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the ACM
SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award.
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Prensky, Marc,
writer and consultant in education and
learning, author of Teaching Digital Natives:
Partnering for Real Learning (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.B:
How Does Innovation Happen?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer,
consultant, and game designer in the critical areas of education
and learning. He is the author of three books: Digital Game-Based
Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning
(Paragon House, 2006) and Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for
Real Learning (Corwin, 2010). Marc’s many articles on education and
learning have been published in Educational Leadership, Educause,
Edutopia, Educational Technology and other publications worldwide.
Marc is the Founder and CEO of Games2train, whose clients include
IBM, Bank of America, Microsoft, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of
Defense and the L.A. and Florida Virtual Schools.
Marc’s current focus is on reinventing pedagogy to engage all
our students. He has taught at all levels, and has created over 50
software games for learning, including the world’s first fast-action,
video-game-based training tools. He has been featured in The New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, appeared on
CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC, and was named as one of training’s
top 10 “visionaries” by Training magazine. He holds a Master’s in
Teaching from Yale and an MBA from Harvard, and has a Japanese
wife and a six-year-old son, Sky.
For Marc’s products, see: www.games2train.com
For Marc’s writings, see: www.marcprensky.com/writing
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Ptaszynski, James Garner,
Senior Director, Worldwide Higher Education
Strategy, Microsoft Corporation (USA)
Session: WISE Focus 3.3:
Presentations: UNESCO, Microsoft
> Day: Wednesday November 3, 2011
James Ptaszynski focuses on helping to fulfill the promise of
technology in higher education. He designs and implements programs
which assist in improving the capabilities and utilization of technology
in education. Most recently, he was appointed to extend Microsoft’s
Partners in Learning program to Higher Education.
Ptaszynski joined Microsoft in October 1995, having spent the past 16
years in higher education. For the six years prior to Microsoft, he was
the Associate Dean at the Graduate School of Management at Wake
Forest University. In that position, he was responsible for the graduate
management school’s strategic planning, adoption and integration
of technology, student services, human resources, the Institute for
Executive Education, financial planning, and budget oversight. He
also taught graduate-level marketing and published research in trends
and driving forces for change in education. In addition, Ptaszynski has
consulted for numerous businesses and not-for-profit organizations
in the areas of strategic planning, environmental scanning, market
research, and technology planning and implementation. His position
at Microsoft allows him to combine three of his professional passions:
technology, strategic planning, and higher education.
Ptaszynski believes that there exists a great opportunity to significantly
advance the appropriate use of technology in higher education.
Ptaszynski has served on the US Secretary of Education’s Commission
on the Future of Higher Education (Spellings Commission), the Middle
East Institute for Higher Education as well as many other taskforces
and as a trusted advisor to numerous educational organizations
including serving on the Council of Senior Advisors to the International
Association of University Presidents (IAUP).
Ptaszynski received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, his Master of Science from Shippensburg University of
Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill.
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Founder, Ainaworld; photojournalist,
National Geographic (Iran/France)
Session: WISE Debate 2.1:
Learning from Game Changers
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Reza is one of the best-known photojournalists on the international
scene. Forced into exile from Iran in 1981, Reza lives in Paris and has
been traveling the world for 30 years, bearing witness to the wounds
and the joys of all those whose paths he intersects on his journeys.
Photojournalist for National Geographic since 1991, Reza has
crisscrossed more than 100 countries, photographing conflicts,
revolutions and human catastrophes. His eyewitness testimony has
been distributed through international media (National Geographic,
Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El Pais, Paris-Match, Géo, etc.),
but also in books, exhibitions and documentaries by his own agency,
Webistan, created in 1992.
In 1983 Reza initiated photographic training programs in Pakistani
refugee camps. This was the beginning of his personal voluntary
involvement, leading him to found the NGO Ainaworld in 2001.
Ainaworld is committed to children’s education and training women for
communication and information jobs - today in Afghanistan, tomorrow
in many other countries. After his Memories of Exile exhibition at the
Carrousel du Louvre in 1998, he shared his humanitarian vision of
the world through his exhibition Crossing Destinies, on the railings of
the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris in 2003. Since 2006 he has been
showing the worldwide exhibition One World, One Tribe. Finally, the
exhibition War + Peace - presented at the Caen Memorial Museum in
2009 - was the occasion for a retrospective of his work.
Author of 23 books, winner of a WorldPress Photo award, decorated
with the Medal of Knight of the National Order of Merit, the Missouri
Honor Medal for Distinguished Service to Journalism, winner of a
Lucy Award, granted the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the American
University of Paris and then an Infinity Award by the ICP in New York
in 2010, Reza bears witness to capturing the turmoil of the world.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Rosas Diaz, Ricardo Rene,
Director, Center for the Development of
Inclusion Technologies (CEDETI); psychology
lecturer, Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile)
WISE Focus 1.4: WISE Awards 2011 Winners
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 2.B: WISE Awards 2011 Winners Panel
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
WISE Focus 3.4: Empowering Learners with Special Needs
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Ricardo Rosas Díaz (born 1958), is a psychology lecturer at the
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive
Psychology from Freie Universität, Berlin. He is full Professor at
the School of Psychology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de
Chile and Director of the Center for the Development of Inclusion
Technologies (Spanish: CEDETI).
His research interests are the relations between play and learning, and
the development of ICT-based systems that support the education of
disabled children, as well their assessment. He is currently developing
ICT play-based tests to assess intelligence, neuropsychological
functions and initial reading and math acquisition.
The research projects he has conducted also seek to find alternative
ways of learning for children with learning difficulties and intellectual
and attention deficits, measuring direct and indirect indicators of
learning (EEG and Metacognition).
He has written more than 20 international indexed papers, and four
books (all in Spanish): Constructivism at Three Voices: Piaget, Vigotsky
and Maturana (1999), The mind Reconsidered: In memory of Angel
Riviere (2001), Introduction to the Psychology of Intelligence (2002),
Construction Games and the Construction of Knowledge (2006) and
over 20 national and international publications.
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Roy, Reeta,
President and CEO, The MasterCard
Foundation, Member of the Board, Global
Health Council (Malaysia/USA)
Session: WISE Debate 1.1:
Rethinking Education in Development
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Reeta Roy is President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation,
an independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, with
assets of over $3 billion. In working towards its vision of opportunity
for all to learn and prosper, the Foundation advances innovative
microfinance and youth learning strategies to promote prosperity in
developing countries.
Under her leadership, the Foundation has created more than 35
partnerships to expand access to education and learning for young
people and financial access to those living in poverty in developing
countries, the majority of which are in Africa. To date, the Foundation
has committed more than $340 million to these programs.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Reeta was the Divisional Vice President
of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott, a global healthcare company,
and Vice President of the Abbott Fund, a corporate foundation. She
created the citizenship and policy department and led Abbott’s publicprivate initiatives related to HIV/AIDS in Africa, the global product
donations program, and community initiatives.
Previously, Reeta held a number of positions of increasing
responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company from 1991 to 2002,
working on global health issues and private-public partnerships,
including a three-year assignment in Shanghai, China, where she led
public affairs and strategic planning for the business. Prior to joining
the private sector, she worked at the United Nations.
Reeta is on the board of the Global Health Council, the world’s largest
membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health
throughout the world.
Reeta received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a
Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Sachs, Jeffrey D.,
Director of The Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of
Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy
and Management, Columbia University: Special Advisor
to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (USA)
Session: Opening Plenary Session
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet
Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health
Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special
Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From
2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and
Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally
agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the
year 2015. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium
Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme
global poverty. He directs the Millennium Villages Project, which
was launched in 2005/06 in order to create a pathway to achieve the
MDGs in the poorest regions of rural Africa, and is unique as Africa’s
largest systematic and scientific effort to achieve the MDGs.
Professor Sachs is widely considered to be the leading international
economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years he has
been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development,
poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies
to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic
opportunities and wellbeing. He is also one of the leading voices for
combining economic development with environmental sustainability
and, as Director of the Earth Institute, leads large-scale efforts to
promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.
He is the author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books,
including the New York Times bestsellers The End of Poverty (Penguin,
2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Penguin,
2008), and The Price of Civilization (Random House, 2011). A native of
Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees
at Harvard University, where he was the Director of the Center for
International Development.
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Salcito, Anthony,
Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector –
Education, Microsoft (USA)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.1:
Rethinking Innovation in Education
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
As Vice-President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide
Public Sector organization, Anthony Salcito works with education
institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize
learning environments and student achievement. In this role, Salcito
oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education
and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide
Partners in Learning, Partners for Technology Access, and Public and
Private Alliances programs.
Previously, as General Manager of Education in the United States,
Salcito had responsibility for supporting K-12 and higher education
institutions across the US and leading Microsoft’s efforts to support
and increase the role technology plays to enhance learning. He
developed education partnerships and innovative programs to
better support education customers nationally. He helped launch
the US Partners in Learning program in 2003, which was recognized
in 2009 with the Public-Private Partnership Award from the US
National Governors Association. He was the catalyst for Microsoft’s
involvement in the creation of the School of the Future - Microsoft’s
participation with School District of Philadelphia to build an innovative
high school in the city of Philadelphia - which has served as a blueprint
for Microsoft’s worldwide Innovative Schools program.
Anthony has created several programs that have been leveraged
broadly to support the company’s giving efforts and Microsoft’s
Connected Learning Community initiative. He created the Microsoft
Technology Friends Network.
Anthony joined Microsoft in 1992, helping to architect Microsoft’s
marketing outreach plan in the early 1990s. He is involved with a
variety of outreach projects; he has served on the Board of Directors
for Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus and Western
Governors University, and currently serves on the Board of the
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the National
Community Education Association.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Saleh, Asif,
Director of Communications, Head of the
Social Innovation Lab, BRAC (Bangladesh)
Session: WISE Debate 1.B:
How Does Innovation Happen?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Asif is the Director of Communications and Head of the Social
Innovation Lab at BRAC and BRAC International, the world’s largest
development organization.
He served as an Executive Director at Goldman, Sachs until 2008
when he decided to return to Bangladesh to work in the development
sector and started DriVen partnership, a social enterprise, that
worked with Microenterprises. Over a career span of 12 years with
Goldman, Sachs in New York and London, he served in various
management roles in the Equities and Asset Management Division
of Goldman, Sachs. His previous work experiences were in Glaxo
Wellcome, NorTel and IBM. Asif is also the Founder of Drishtipat,
a global organization focusing on the human and economic rights of
Bangldeshis. In 2001, he started the then Internet-based Drishtipat
(Take Notice) which became an umbrella of concerned diaspora
expatriates working on social development. Currently it has nine
chapters in the USA, Australia, the UK, Canada and Bangladesh.
Asif is the co-founder of Drishtipat Writers’ Collective. He writes
regularly for leading dailies in Bangladesh and in international
magazines on society, politics, development, entrepreneurship
and diaspora-centric issues. His write-ups have been published in
The Guardian, Himal, Daily Star, New Age, etc. He has also been
featured on CNN and Al Jazeera English. He also occasionally hosts
the Road to Democracy show on RTV. In his most recent role, he
served as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded project Access
to Information Program (A2i) based at the Prime Minister’s Office
and facilitated various ICT initiatives in the education and finance
sector. Some of the notable policy initiatives included facilitation
of partnership between government and the banks on branchless
banking, nationwide broadband connectivity, and the introduction of
multimedia classrooms in all the secondary schools.
In 2008, Asif was recognized for his work by Asia Society through their
Asia 21 program and also by the Bangladeshi-American Foundation.
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Samaniego, Ponce Ernest,
Co-Founder and CEO, Outliers; Participant,
WISE Learners’ Voice (Philippines)
Session: WISE Debate 1.3:
Adapting to the Future World of Work
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Ponce Ernest Samaniego (21) is Co-Founder and CEO of Outliers, a
social enterprise that serves as outsourced business expertise for
nonprofits in the Philippines. He is a participant in this year’s WISE
Learners’ Voice.
Ponce co-founded Outliers in his senior year at the Business
Administration program of the University of the Philippines. Together
with a young and dynamic team, he is driven by the mission to
empower civil society groups through the channel that they know
best: business development. By merging traditional practices of aid
organizations with efficient, market-based approaches, Outliers is
effectively turning charities into sustainable social enterprises.
They currently serve nonprofits VF (Visayan Forum), Futkal (Football in
the Streets), Law of Nature Foundation, Mano Amiga Philippines, and
CASA San Miguel Foundation. Outliers was named Philippine Winner
out of 156 social businesses in the BiD Network and Citibank’s
Business in Development Challenge 2010, and is supported by the
Starbucks Foundation, VF, Japan Environmental Education Forum and
the Global Changemakers Programme (British Council).
Ponce is a British Council Global Changemaker (GCM). As a recipient
of an Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia Scholarship from the
European Union, he spent a semester in the International Business
program of the University of Warsaw (Poland) in 2009.
He is also an active environmental advocate and has represented the
Philippines recently in international forums such as the ASEAN Youth
for Sustainable Development in Indonesia and UNEP’s Southeast
Asia Youth Environment Network and the World Youth Summit for
Volunteering in Singapore. He is currently working with the College
of Business Administration of the University of the Philippines to
incorporate social entrepreneurship in its curriculum. After WISE, he
heads to Vienna to represent the GCMs at the Global Social Business
Summit 2011 organized by the Grameen Creative Lab of Nobel Peace
Prize winner, Prof. Muhammad Yunus.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Scorza, Jason,
Vice Provost for International Education and Professor
of Political Science and Philosophy, Fairleigh Dickinson
University; Deputy Secretary-General, International
Association of University Presidents (IAUP) (USA)
Session: Workshop 3.3: Innovations in Digital Didactics:
Bridging Cultural Divides – IAUP
> Date: Thursday November 3, 2011
Jason A. Scorza is Vice Provost for International Education and
Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson
University in New Jersey (USA). In this capacity he oversees
international global learning programs and international initiatives.
Scorza is also Deputy Secretary-General of the International
Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and a member of the
United Nations/IAUP Commission on Disarmament Education,
Conflict Resolution and Peace.
Scorza is a major contributor to Fairleigh Dickinson’s global education
and distance learning initiatives and is co-recipient of the Instructional
Technology Council (ITC) award for Outstanding Online Course and
recipient of the Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Online
Teaching. Under his leadership, Fairleigh Dickinson University was
recognized with a 2009 Spotlight Award by NAFSA: Association
of International Educators for its exceptional use of technology to
promote campus internationalization. His work in the area of distance
learning has been featured in The New York Times and The Chronicle
of Higher Education. Scorza is the main curriculum coordinator for
the WISE Program for Education Leadership. He has served as an
advisor to the African Union Department of Human Resources,
Science and Technology for the development of the Pan African
University (PAU), a member of the Board of the Conference of NGOs
in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), and
a member of the Board of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
(FAF). He is also a member of the American Council on Education
(ACE) Internationalization Collaborative Advisory Board.
Scorza earned his Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University and is
author of a book, Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic
Citizenship (Tufts University Press, 2007), as well as articles appearing
in journals including Political Theory, The Review of Politics, Theory
and Research in Education, and the International Journal of Politics
and Ethics.
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Seldon, Anthony,
Headmaster, Wellington College (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 2.3:
Motivating and Engaging Students
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Anthony Seldon is an authority on contemporary British history and
headmaster of Wellington College, one of Britain’s most famous
independent schools. He is also author or editor of over 25 books on
contemporary history, politics and education. His recent publications
include Trust: How We Lost it and How to Get it Back (October 2009)
and An End to Factory Schools: An Education Manifesto 2010-2020
(March 2010) and Brown at 10 (hardback November 2010, paperback
September 2011). His latest book, Happiness (Lion Hudson), will be
published in Spring 2012.
After gaining an M.A. at Worcester College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. at
the London School of Economics, he qualified as a teacher at King’s
College, London, He has two honorary doctorates and is Professor at
the College of Teachers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
and the Royal Society of Arts. He founded, with Professor Peter
Hennessy, the Institute of Contemporary British History.
Dr. Seldon appears regularly on television and radio and in the press,
and writes for several national newspapers. His views on education
have regularly been sought by the government and political parties.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Semenov, Alexei,
Rector, Moscow Institute of Open Education
Session: WISE Debate 2.2:
Supporting and Empowering Educators
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Professor Alexei l. Semenov was born in 1950 in Moscow and received
his M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1975) from Moscow State University. He
is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the
Russian Academy of Education.
Professor Semenov is a prominent mathematician in mathematical
logic, complexity theory and computer science. In 2006 he received
the Kolmogorov Award (RAS) for “outstanding results in the field
of mathematics”. For the last 18 years he has led the Moscow
Institute of Open Education which is responsible for the professional
development, in-service training, guidance and consulting of all
100,000 Moscow teachers.
Since the mid-1980s, he has been leading the transformation of
general (primary and secondary) Russian education based on digital
technologies. He developed a conceptual framework and practical
implementation for learning, teaching, and management processes
using ICT and in line with the educational priorities for meeting the
needs and aims of a knowledge society. He founded the Institute
of New Technologies, implementing the constructionist approach
to early child development, and leads an R&D group in charge of
curriculum, learning materials and software for the development
of child reasoning and communicating skills in visual and palpable
Professor Semenov was a plenary speaker at Second World Congress
on Informatics and Education (Moscow, 1996), a key speaker at
Workshop “Narrowing the gap between the information rich and
the information poor: new technologies and the future of education”
at the 46th International Conference on Education (Geneva, 2001),
the major author of UNESCO books: Recommendations on ICT in
Primary Education, 2000, ICT in Schools. A Handbook for Teachers or
How ICT Can Create New, Open Learning Environments, 2005.
Professor Semenov is the first winner of the UNESCO King Hamad
Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education of 2009.
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Stevenson, Michael,
Vice President for Global Education, Cisco
Session: WISE Focus 1.3:
Adapting to the Future World of Work
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Michael Stevenson is Vice President, Global Education for Cisco
Systems. He is responsible for developing Cisco’s education strategy
and leading implementation in countries around the world.
Michael has built his expertise in education technology through roles
in government and the media. Until September 2006 he was Chief
Information Officer and Director of Technology at the Department for
Education and Skills in England, driving the use of ICT in schools,
colleges and universities. Before that he was DFES Director of
From 2000 to 2003, he founded and led the BBC’s Factual and
Learning Directorate, responsible for factual programs and content
across television, radio and online and spearheading an innovative
education strategy that created an online curriculum for children at
school and at home.
After studying Classics at Oxford, he joined the BBC as a graduate
trainee. As a program maker he specialized in politics and religion,
going on to found and edit the flagship political program On the
Record. He then went into management, initially as BBC Secretary for
the years leading up to the successful 1996 Charter Renewal. In 1996
he became Deputy Director of Nations and Regions, leading BBC
Scotland and BBC Wales through the period of political devolution.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Storsveen, Magdalene,
English and Science Teacher, Åretta
comprehensive school (Norway)
Session: WISE Debate 2.3:
Motivating and Engaging Students
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Magdalene Storsveen is a 29-year-old English and science teacher
from Lillehammer, Norway. She works at Åretta comprehensive
school, a year 8-10 school with 400 students, and this year she is
teaching several classes in English and science in addition to being a
form teacher for class 9A.
Magdalene studied at the oldest teaching college in Norway in
addition to a year of English literature studies in Lincoln, England.
These studies gave her a solid foundation for her career. After her
studies she started teaching at Åretta where her great pedagogical
skills and competence soon became recognized by her colleagues.
Given her passion for motivating students, she feels her biggest
challenge in teaching is in generating the enthusiasm for learning
from “the boys at the back of the class,” by using creative methods.
Magdalene considers positivity, confidence, preparation and an ability
to listen and adapt as key qualities in generating this enthusiasm.
Her methods have been recognized and adopted by Lillehammer
College and SELL (Centre for Lifelong Learning) as the standard in
good assessment practice.
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Strzemieczny, Jacek,
Co-Founder and President of the Board,
Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)
Session: Thematic Plenary Session No.2:
Achieving Effective Reform
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
During the communist era in Poland, Jacek Strzemieczny was
involved in a number of underground activities, including the creation
of several independent educational institutions. After the collapse of
communism in 1989, he took over a leadership position at the Ministry
of Education. In 1994, he co-founded Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej
(Center for Civic Education) and became its President of the Board.
From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Strzemieczny served as director of a PolishAmerican education project that worked to improve the quality of
Polish civic education. In 1997 he became an Ashoka Innovator for the
Public Fellow. From 2000 until now he has been serving as Director
of Szkola Uczqca sie (Learning Schools Project) by Polish-American
Freedom Foundation and Center for Citizenship Education. He was
named Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Economic Forum in 2001
by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Under the leadership of Jacek Strzemieczny, Centrum Edukacji
Obywatelskiej (CEO) has grown into a respected NGO with the
capacity to implement projects on a national scale. CEO cooperates
with Poland’s Ministry of Education in the implementation of
educational reform, which includes changes in teaching and
assessment methods inspired by a wider use of inquiry and
project-based learning, formative assessment and students’ civic
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Surui, Almir Narayamoga,
Environmentalist and Leader of the Paiter
Surui People (Amazon tribe) (Brazil)
Session: WISE Focus 1.3: Culture and Learning
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
An environmentalist, political activist and tribal chief, Almir
Narayamoga Surui, 37, has been fighting to save both his Surui tribe
(pronounced SOO-ROO-EE) and the Amazon rainforest for more than
20 years. Almir’s efforts are credited with almost single-handedly
bringing his tribe back from the brink of extinction. Most notably, his
ability to bring his people and partners together in favor of finding
solutions to making living forests worth more alive than dead has
brought him recognition from around the world and in 2009 made
him one of Brazil’s 100 most influential persons according to a leading
Brazilian news magazine. As Almir told Smithsonian magazine in a
March 2007 profile, “I rely on the spirit of the forest to protect me.”
Almir’s political successes in the rainforest are considerable. He
convinced the World Bank to re-structure a regional development
program, ensuring that funds for the community should be distributed
directly to the indigenous communities rather than through a
government intermediary, where the ability to direct its application
was minimal. He also successfully lobbied the state government to
build schools, wells and medical clinics for the Surui and other tribes
in the rainforest preserves set aside for them. Education and medical
care are two of the vital issues confronting the indigenous people of
the Amazon.
Almir has also joined with other tribal leaders to formulate a “50-year
plan” to ensure the economic vitality of the region’s native inhabitants.
Their plan encompasses a large-scale reforestation project for areas
that have been affected by illegal logging as well as protection and
alternative income plans. Additionally, Chief Almir is leading one of
the first payments for Carbon Credits projects on indigenous lands
in the Brazilian Amazon. He has united organizations from three
different continents to collaborate with the Surui in bringing this
project to fruition.
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Susini, Anna-Livia,
Head Officer, Department for European and
International Relations, Schools Directorate,
French Ministry of Education (France)
Session: Workshop 3.5: Innovation in Institutionalized
Education Systems – French Ministry of Education
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
In her role as Head of Department for European and International
Relations, Anna-Livia Susini and her team lead on international strategy
for the French Schools Directorate, contributing to the understanding
and promotion of French education policies throughout the world.
Her previous position as International Counsellor to the Director
of the Local Education authority of Créteil (a large suburb of Paris)
enabled her to implement numerous flagship projects with a wide
range of countries. Her experience also includes leading on regional
cooperation at university level (humanities and social science)
between France and the Southern Cone under the auspices of the
Franco-Argentinian Center for Higher Education Studies. Collaborative
work with consultancy agencies in Spain also allowed Anna-Livia to
develop cultural and educational exchanges between Latin America
and Europe.
She holds a Master’s in political science and specializes in European
and Latin American studies.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Taddei, François,
Genetician and Systems Biologist, National
Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM);
Director, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity
at Paris-Descartes University (France)
WISE Debate 3.4: Learning Anytime, Anywhere
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Workshop 2.2: Innovative Learning Ecosystems - Ashoka
Over the last seven years, François Taddei has created the CRI (Center
for Research and Interdisciplinary) in Paris, which offers 3 programs
integrated in the Liliane Bettencourt curriculum: a new undergraduate
program, a Master’s degree (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life
Sciences, AIV), a doctoral school (Frontiers of Life, FdV). CRI‘s
dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a wide choice of courses
and several student discussion clubs. CRI’s main role is to promote
new pedagogies to help creative students take initiatives and develop
their research projects, with the help of mentors, research institutions,
private companies, and foundations, such as the Bettencourt
Foundation, which has supported many student-created activities.
These activities range from the first French synthetic biology team
(for the MIT-sponsored iGEM competition) to the “Paris-Montagne”
science festival and the “Science Académie,” an outreach program
that allows high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods
to discover the creativity of science.
François Taddei also heads the Evolutionary Systems Biology team at
a unit of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research
(INSERM) in Paris-Descartes University’s Medical School. After a
generalist scientific education, with majors in physics and biology at
the École Polytechnique, he became a tenured higher civil servant at
the French Ministry of Agriculture, before earning a Ph.D. in genetics,
studying the evolution of the rate of evolution with Miroslav Radman.
After postdoctoral training with John Maynard-Smith, for the last 12
years his research team has been studying innovation and degeneracy
in biological systems. This work has produced many publications in
generalist scientific journals, and has been recognized by several
awards (European Young Investigator award, Human Frontier Science
Program award, INSERM Award for Fundamental Research, Liliane
Bettencourt Life Science Award).
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Tarrant, John,
former Secretary General, Association of
Commonwealth Universities (ACU) (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 1.B:
How Does Innovation Happen?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Professor John Tarrant retired as Secretary General of the Association
of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in June 2010. The Association
was established nearly 100 years ago to serve the interests of
member universities throughout the Commonwealth. There are now
over 500 members from 42 countries. During 2010 and 2011 he has
been an advisor for a number of WISE initiatives.
After a two-year appointment at University College Dublin (19661968), he joined the University of East Anglia (1968-1995) as a
founding member of staff in the School of Environmental Sciences,
from where he went on to become Dean of the School and later
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University. In 1995 he was appointed
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Huddersfield,
retiring from that position in 2006.
Professor Tarrant’s research and teaching interests have been in
national and international food and agriculture policy, the influence of
agriculture on the environment and of climate change on agriculture.
He has worked in the United States as a visiting professor at Texas
A & M University and at the University of Nebraska, and as a visiting
scholar at the Food Research Institute at Stanford University and at
the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.
He has also worked in Australia and New Zealand, and has acted as a
consultant in Russia, China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Pakistan.
Degrees and fellowships: B.Sc. (University of Hull), Ph.D. (University
of Hull) Hon. D.Sc. (University of Hull), Hon. D.Sc. (University of
Huddersfield). Hon. Fellow of the University of East Anglia.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Tigabu, Bruktawit,
General Manager and Co-Founder, Whiz
Kids Workshop; 2010 Rolex Young Laureate
Session: WISE Debate 2.1:
Learning from Game Changers
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Bruktawit Tigabu began her professional career as a primary school
teacher in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Determined to improve the
conditions of children in her country, she looked for ways to educate
children on a mass scale. In 2005, with her husband, Bruktawit
set up Whiz Kids Workshop. Working from their living room, using
sock puppets, computer graphics and their own voices, they began
producing Tsehai Loves Learning, the first educational preschool
television program in the country. Tsehai Loves Learning has won
numerous international awards for educational design, quality
children’s production, and innovative social enterprise.
Responding to the critical need to improve literacy rates and school
retention rates in Ethiopia, Bruktawit’s organization created a spin-off
program called Tsehai’s Fidel School which systematically improves
the methodology of teaching reading and writing in a phonetic, fun,
and interactive way, supported by educational workbooks and reading
materials. Whiz Kids Workshop was named a 2011 Tech Awards
laureate for this effort.
In addition to preschool programming, Bruktawit has developed
two educational television series for youth. Involve Me is a first-ofits-kind reality series featuring one-minute short films created by
underprivileged youth. This award-winning program aims to boost
children’s confidence and give children a voice. Little Investigators is
new series, currently in development, aimed at motivating primary
school students to be more interested in science and innovation.
Bruktawit was named a Rolex Young Laureate in 2010 for her efforts
to reduce the child mortality rate in Ethiopia through public health
messaging in Whiz Kids Workshop’s productions.
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Tobo Lobe, Florence,
President, Rubisadt Foundation (Cameroon)
Session: WISE Debate 2.2:
Supporting and Empowering Educators
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 20115
Dr. Florence Tobo Lobe was born into a Protestant family of 10. Her
late loving parents encouraged her to make a success of her life
as a happy human being who just happened to be a girl. She was
raised in Cameroon where she received throughout her high school
education the best student award, Prix Ahmadou Ahidjo. She was
admitted to Wellesley College in the USA as an African Scholarship
Program of American Universities (ASPAU) scholar along with Hillary
Clinton, class of ’69. She then completed an LMD (Licence, Maîtrise,
Doctorat) cycle with honors at Paris South University (Orsay) with
a research stay at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique), concluded with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.
After 10 years of a civil career - Yaoundé University Senior Lecturer,
Director of a fertilizer laboratory firm in Douala, and representative of
the Cameroonian government at international forums - she launched
her own consultancy firm, ECCA (Expertise Conseil Consultation
Analyse). Her main clients were the African Union (AU), the private
sector and the United Nations (UN). In the services field, from 1983
to 1996, she acted as personal assistant and special advisor to CEOs.
She is a legal court expert with a good understanding of Africa and the
entrepreneurial environment, education and Women in Development
In 1999 she created the Rubisadt Foundation which provides young
talented high-school African girls with supplementary high-quality and
holistic training with a specific emphasis on science and technology.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Torres, Carlos Alberto,
Professor and Division Head of Social
Sciences and Comparative Education,
UCLA; Founding Director, Paulo Freire
Institute (Argentina/USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.8: Redefining the Role of Social
Entrepreneurs in the Learning Ecosystem
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Carlos Alberto Torres is Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative
Education, Division Head of Social Sciences and Comparative
Education, and Director of the Paulo Freire Institute at the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A political sociologist of education,
he did his undergraduate work in sociology in Argentina (B.A. and
teaching credential in Sociology, Universidad del Salvador), his
graduate work in Mexico (M.A. in Political Science, FLACSO) and
the United States (M.A. and Ph.D. in International Development
Education, Stanford University), and post-doctoral studies in
educational foundations in Edmonton, Canada (University of Alberta).
He is also the Founding Director of the Paulo Freire Institute in São
Paulo, Brazil (1991), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2003), and UCLA (2002),
former Director of the Latin American Center at UCLA (1995-2005),
past President of the Comparative International Education Society
(CIES), and past President of the Research Committee of Sociology of
Education, ISA. He is the author or co-author of more than 65 books
and 250 research articles and chapters in books.
He is a regular visiting professor at the Universidade Lusófona de
Humanidades e Tecnologias (Lisbon), at the University of Buenos
Aires, Argentina, and Adjunct Professor at the Danish School of
Pedagogy, University of Aargus, Denmark.
He is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Social
Science Division of the Academy of Social Sciences (2011).
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Torres del Castillo, Rosa Maria,
educationalist, specialist in learning
communities and lifelong learning; former
Minister of Education and Cultures in
Ecuador (Ecuador)
Session: WISE Debate 3.4: Learning Anytime, Anywhere
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Rosa María Torres del Castillo (Ecuador) is an educationalist and
linguist with long experience as a researcher and international
adviser on topics related to education, educational change, learning
communities, and lifelong learning. She has lived and worked
in Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina and the US, and has
undertaken technical missions throughout the world, in Latin America,
Africa and Asia. In her home country she was Minister of Education
and Cultures (2003) and Pedagogical Director of the National Literacy
Campaign “Monsignor Leonidas Proaño” (1988-90).
She has been involved with the Education for All (EFA) world initiative
since its inception: at UNESCO’s invitation she attended both the
Jomtien conference (1990) and the Dakar Forum (2000); she joined
UNICEF’s HQ Education Cluster as a Senior Education Adviser and
editor of UNICEF’s Education News (1990-1996); she has written
abundantly on EFA developments both regionally and globally; and
since 2002 she has coordinated the Latin American Statement for
Education for All and provided follow-up to EFA as well as to other
regional and international education initiatives. She has also worked
in and for UNESCO in different capacities: between 1998 and 2000
she worked at IIEP UNESCO Regional office in Buenos Aires; in 2000
she was commissioned to draft the Base Document for the United
Nations Literacy Decade; and in 2008 she was in charge of drafting
the regional report to be presented at the VI International Conference
on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) held in Brazil in December 2009.
She also worked for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as Programme
Director, based in Buenos Aires (1996-98), where she developed
the “Learning Community” regional initiative. Since 2009 she has
coordinated the Latin American Group of Specialists in Literacy
and Written Culture (GLEACE). She is the author of numerous
publications, manages several blogs and coordinates various virtual
networks and fora.
Institutional website: www.fronesis.org
Personal blog: http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/
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Traxler, John,
Professor of Mobile Learning and Director of the
Learning Lab, University of Wolverhampton;
Founding Director, International Association for
Mobile Learning (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 3.1:
Mobile-Learning for the Hard to Reach
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
John Traxler is Professor of Mobile Learning - probably the world’s
first - and a full UK professor, and Director of the Learning Lab at
the University of Wolverhampton. He is a Founding Director of the
International Association for Mobile Learning, Associate Editor of
the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and of
Interactive Learning Environments. He is on the Editorial Board of
Research in Learning Technology and IT in International Development.
He was Conference Chair of mLearn2008, the world’s biggest and
oldest mobile learning research conference.
John has co-written a guide to mobile learning in developing countries
and is co-editor of the definitive book, Mobile Learning: A Handbook
for Educators and Trainers, with Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme.
They are working on a second book together about contextual mobile
learning. He has written more than 16 book chapters on mobile
learning, and talks and writes frequently on the consequences of
connectedness and mobility on learning, knowledge and societies.
In the autumn of 2011 he will be starting projects in Palestine and
Gaza, and supporting the South African Department of Education, in
both cases in the area of teacher training with mobiles.
In 2009, he was shortlisted for the Handheld Learning Conference
Special Achievement Award, received Best Research Paper Award
from the Association for Learning Technology and was on the panel of
judges for the JISC national blogging competition in 2009. In 2010 he
joined the international judges for the GSMA prize for mobile learning
apps at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, spoke in the 2nd
Learning Technologies debate at Olympia at the invitation of Epic and
in Paris, in March 2011, at the Cap Digital Think Tank in partnership
with Compas group, Microsoft and PM Conseil.
He was part of the organizing group for the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID) m4Ed4Dev Symposium in
August 2011 in Washington.
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Treviranus, Jutta,
Director, the Inclusive Design Research
Centre (IDRC); Professor, Faculty of Design,
OCAD University (Canada)
Session: WISE Focus 3.4:
Empowering Learners with Special Needs
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre
(IDRC) and professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in
Toronto (http://idrc.ocad.ca). With its origins in the ATRC established
in 1993, the IDRC is an internationally recognized center of expertise
in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication
technology and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design
Institute, a multi-university regional center of expertise.
Jutta has led many international multi-partner research networks
that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that
support inclusion. Jutta and her team have pioneered personalization
as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. Her team also
leads many international open source projects that attempt to infuse
inclusive user experience design sensibilities into open source
networks. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility
legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including
WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Tsala Ndzomo, Guy,
Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of
Research and Cooperation, University of
Yaoundé I; Traditional Chief (Cameroon)
Session: WISE Focus 1.3: Culture and Learning
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Born on 4 July 1949 at Endinding Village near Obala, Cameroon,
Professor Tsala Ndzomo did his primary and secondary school studies
in Nanga Eboko, Cameroon. He went to France where he did his
high school studies at the Adventist Seminary of Collonges Salève
obtaining his Baccalaureat in 1973. He then enrolled in the Université
de Genève in Switzerland where he obtained a Diploma in Biology in
1977, and a Ph.D. in Biology in 1984.
He remained in Switzerland from 1984 to 1985, working as a
laboratory assistant at the Université de Lausanne, and in 1985 he
returned to Cameroon, where he was recruited as a lecturer at the
Higher Teachers’ Training College of the University of Yaoundé. In
1996 he obtained the academic rank of Associate Professor, and is
still a full-time lecturer at the University of Yaoundé I, both at the
Faculty of Science and at the Higher Teachers’ Training College. His
research specializations are Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biotechnology
and Environmental Ecology.
Besides being a university lecturer and researcher, Professor Tsala
has also held several administrative posts in Cameroon’s higher
education system. He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor in
charge of Research and Cooperation and Relations with the Business
World at the University of Yaoundé I. He has participated actively in
several international seminars and conferences and is a member of
several international academic and research societies.
He is married and a father of two.
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Tuomi, Ilkka,
Founder and Chief Scientist, Oy Meaning
Processing Ltd. (Finland)
Session: WISE Debate 1.5:
Supporting Collaboration through Online Platforms?
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Ilkka Tuomi is Chief Scientist at Oy Meaning Processing Ltd. He has
written five books, chapters in 23 books, over 40 scientific articles
and numerous scientific reports. His texts have been used as
background material for the development of national, regional, and
European research strategies, the World Summit on Information
Society, European Commission communications, and the revision of
the eEurope strategy. Mr. Tuomi has been a member of the European
Commission’s Socio-Economic Expert Group on Information Society,
as well as an expert member in several of the Commission’s working
groups, ranging from Internet security to digital identity, ICT-enabled
learning, open-source models and policies, computing futures,
scientific e-Infrastructures, regional innovation systems, and future
mobile technologies. He has been an Executive Board member of the
Finnish Information Society Forum, and twice nominated member of
the Scientific Council of the Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA).
Before his current position, Mr. Tuomi was with the European
Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective
Technological Studies. From 1987 to 2001 he worked at Nokia
Research Center, Finland, most recently as Principal Scientist,
Information Society and Knowledge Management. His recent work
includes development of a handbook of foresight in universities,
development of next-paradigm information society scenarios for the
Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and drafting
the vision for the European Commission’s high-level Information
Society Technologies Advisory Group that advises the Commission
on strategy, objectives and priorities in the IST area. He is a reviewer
for several EU projects in the area of technology-enabled learning,
with a total volume of over € 33 million, and member of the editorial
boards of European Journal of Education and First Monday, a peerreviewed online journal focusing on the information society and the
Internet. His most recent book is Networks of Innovation: Change
and Meaning in the Age of the Internet.
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Unwin, Tim,
CEO, Commonwealth Telecommunications
Organisation (CTO); Emeritus Professor,
Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)
Session: WISE Debate 3.1:
Mobile-Learning for the Hard to Reach
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Tim Unwin (born 1955) is Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth
Telecommunications Organisation (www.cto.int), Chair of the
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (cscuk.dfid.gov.
uk), UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, and Emeritus Professor of Geography
at Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2001-2004 he led the
UK Prime Minister’s Imfundo: Partnership for IT in Education initiative
based within the Department for International Development, and from
2007 he was Director and then Senior Advisor to the World Economic
Forum’s Partnerships for Education initiative with UNESCO. He was
previously Head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway,
University of London (1999–2001), and has also served as Honorary
Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of
British Geographers) (1995-1997). He has written or edited 15 books,
and more than 200 papers and other publications, including Wine
and the Vine (Routledge, 1991), The Place of Geography (Longman,
1992), as well as his edited Atlas of World Development (Wiley, 1994)
and A European Geography (Longman, 1998). His recent research
has concentrated on information and communication technologies
for development (ICT4D), focusing especially on the use of ICTs to
support people with disabilities, and to empower out-of-school youth.
In 2011, he spent three months in China teaching and undertaking
research on the use of mobile devices for learning by farmers in
Gansu and people with disabilities in Beijing. His latest collaborative
book, entitled simply ICT4D, was published by Cambridge University
Press in 2009. He is a Fellow of Education Impact and Honorary
Professor at Lanzhou University, China.
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Vorhaus, John,
Co-Director, National Research and Development
Centre in Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC);
former Director, the Wider Benefits of Learning Centre,
Institute of Education – University of London (UK)
Session: WISE Focus 1.1:
The Social Outcomes of Learning
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Dr. John Vorhaus is Co-Director of the National Research and
Development Centre in Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) and
Co-Director of the Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice
System, both at the Institute of Education (IOE) in London. He is a
senior member of the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, and
was formerly the Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider
Benefits of Learning, at the Institute of Education. He is a Reader in
Human Rights in Education.
John has directed numerous projects on the personal and social
outcomes of learning, and on adult literacy, language and numeracy.
Many of these focused on disadvantaged groups such as ethnic
minority groups and people who are not in education, training or
He has written extensively on social capital, and on the wider
benefits of learning for offenders, adult learners and marginalized
young people. On-going research is taken up with conceptions of
equality and whether a capability approach to equality in education
is equipped to model the needs and claims of persons with profound
and multiple learning difficulties and disabilities.
John has taught philosophy at the University of Bristol, the University
of London, in prison and adult and further education. He continues
to publish in the areas of political and social philosophy and in the
philosophy of education.
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Wallace, Ruth,
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Social
Partnerships in Lifelong Learning, Charles
Darwin University, Northern Territory
Session: WISE Debate 3.4: Learning Anytime, Anywhere
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Dr. Ruth Wallace leads the Centre for Social Partnerships in Lifelong
Learning Research Consortium at Charles Darwin University. Her
particular interests are related to undertaking engaged research
that improves outcomes for stakeholders in regional and remote
Australian vocational education and workforce development. Ruth
is a Senior Vocational Education and Training (VET) lecturer and
researcher, with particular expertise in VET practice development,
learning communities, literacies and flexible learning. She has
undertaken research into the links between identity and involvement
in post-compulsory schooling and development of effective pathways
through flexible learning and recognition of Indigenous knowledge.
Ruth has also undertaken research into flexible learning, action
learning and developing effective materials and assessment for
marginalized students. Ruth’s work has been widely recognized;
she was awarded the 2007 National Centre for Vocational Education
Research (NCVER) Early Career Researcher Award and the 2008
NCVER Early Career Researcher Award.
Ruth has extensive experience in innovative delivery of VET programs
in regional and remote areas across Northern Australia. She has
developed strong professional development projects with trainers,
industry and communities that focus on developing flexible and
innovative approaches to delivery and assessment in cross-cultural
contexts. The underlying approaches are based on involving regional
and Indigenous stakeholders and communities in the development
and use of the resources, programs or approaches. She has led and
undertaken training and resource development with Indigenous people
across Northern Australia and has extensive experience in liaising with
specific community groups to tailor projects for identified needs.
For more information and an overview of projects and publications
please go to: www.cdu.edu.au/centres/spill
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Wang, Rong,
Director, China Institute for Education
Finance Research (CIEFR), Peking
University (China)
Session: WISE Debate 2.7: Exploring Alternative
Financing in Developing Countries
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Dr. Rong Wang has a B.S. and M.A. from Peking University and a
Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently
Director and Professor of the China Institute for Educational Finance
Research (CIEFR), Peking University, the author of numerous
books and articles on education policies and education finance
including Explaining Public Education, China Education and Human
Development Report 2005-2006 (editor, with Professor Min Weifang),
A Comparative Study of Education Finance Statistics Systems
(editor), China Human Development Report 2005 (author of the
education chapter). She is also the Founding Executive Chairwoman
of the China National Research Association for Education Financing
and a Deputy Chairwoman of China National Research Association
for the Economics of Education. She is also the youngest member of
China’s State Education Advisory Committee.
CIEFR, of which Dr. Wang is the Founding Director, is a research
institute established jointly by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry
of Education of P. R. China and Peking University and has advised
the Chinese central government in formulating recent policies on free
compulsory education in rural areas, reforming student financial aid
schemes for post-secondary education, and higher education funding
mechanisms. Dr. Wang is recognized as one of the most important
scholars in the field of education finance in China for her role in
designing the free rural compulsory education policy and several
other important education finance policies since 1999.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Wheeler, David L.,
Editor at Large, Global, The Chronicle of
Higher Education (USA)
Session: WISE Debate 2.1: Simple Ideas, Big Results
> Day: Wednesday November 3, 2011
David L. Wheeler, the Editor at Large, Global, at The Chronicle of
Higher Education, has a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia
University and was awarded a Vannevar Bush Fellowship in science
journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He
has been with The Chronicle of Higher Education for 25 years, also
working as a science writer, international editor, and writer of the
feature “Notes from Academe”. Although for many years his area of
specialty was biomedical research, he has written on topics ranging
from poetry to quantum physics. He has served as President of the
D.C. Science Writers’ Association and has won numerous awards. In
the service of The Chronicle of Higher Education, he has attended
academic conferences and visited campuses in 20 countries and
made presentations around the world, including at meetings in
Beijing, Liverpool, and Madrid.
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Wolfenden, Freda,
Director, Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan
Africa (TESSA); Associate Dean, Faculty of
Education and Language Studies, The Open
University (UK)
WISE Focus 1.4: WISE Awards 2011 Winners
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
WISE Debate 2.2: Supporting and Empowering Educators
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
WISE Debate 2.B:
WISE Awards 2011 Winners Panel Discussion
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Since 2008, Freda Wolfenden has been Director of TESSA – Teacher
Education in Sub-Saharan Africa - a large research and development
project involving 18 institutions and led by the Open University,
UK. TESSA is exploring the use of Open Educational Resources to
improve the quality of, and access to, teacher education in SubSaharan Africa. Freda has developed, expanded and sustained the
TESSA program and to date TESSA OER have been adapted for use
in teacher education programs in 10 countries, reaching over 400,000
teachers. In 2009 the Open University was awarded a Queen’s
Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for TESSA.
Freda holds a Senior Lecturership in Education and Development in the
Open University’s Faculty of Education and Language Studies where
she is Associate Dean for Curriculum, Qualifications and Scholarship.
Since joining the Open University in 2004, Freda has held a number of
other posts in the university including leading both the innovative online
professional development program for teachers, teachandlearn.net,
and the Master’s in Education program. Her current work is on themes
concerned with teacher education, the use of new technologies,
including Open Educational Resources, and gender in developing
world contexts, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Freda studied at
Jesus College, Oxford, and the Institute of Education in London and
began her career as a secondary school science teacher, holding a
variety of management positions in London secondary schools. After
a period teaching abroad she became involved in innovative projects
to develop the use of new technologies to support learning.
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Wood, John,
Secretary General, Association of
Commonwealth Universities (ACU) (UK)
Workshop 2.4:
Doctorates, Development and Brain Drain - ACU
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
WISE Debate 3.3: Nurturing Creativity
> Day: Thursday November 3, 2011
Professor John Wood CBE, FREng, is the Secretary General of the
Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). He has doctorates
from Cambridge and Sheffield Universities. He has held academic
posts at several universities prior to Imperial College. He was Dean
of Engineering at Nottingham and Principal of Engineering at Imperial
and then Senior International Adviser before taking up his present
From 2001-2007 he was seconded to the Council for the Central
Laboratory of the Research Councils as Chief Executive where he was
responsible for the Rutherford-Appleton and Daresbury Laboratories
in addition to shareholdings in ESRF, ILL and the Diamond Light
He is a non-executive director of a number of companies including
Bio-Nano Consulting and sits on the advisory board of the British
Library. Currently he is on the board of the Joint Information Services
Committee responsible for the UK academic computing network and
chairs their Support for Research Committee.
He was Founder Member of the European Strategy Forum for
Research Infrastructure and became Chair in 2004 where he was
responsible for the first European Roadmap. He was elected as a
fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999 and was made a
Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for “services to science”. In
2008 he became the first Chair of the European Research Area Board
and in 2010 was made an “Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal
Republic of Germany”.
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Wood (née Steeples), Kelly,
teacher, Southdale CE Junior School; 2010
national winner of the SSAT award for
Outstanding New Teacher of the Year (UK)
Session: WISE Focus 2.3: New Methods to Improve
Engagement and Learning (Part 1)
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Kelly Wood (née Steeples) is currently the Assistant Headteacher
at Southdale CE Junior School, Ossett, Wakefield, England. After
graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a First Class
Honors degree, Kelly became part of the Southdale Team. During her
first couple of years teaching, Kelly worked hard to establish herself
as an outstanding practitioner and was nominated by her classroom
assistant for the New Outstanding Teacher of the Year award 2010.
After wowing the regional judges, Kelly was awarded the winner of
the North and then impressed national judges to become the overall
winner. The Teaching Awards 2010 was a celebration of teachers
going the extra mile and Kelly felt proud and privileged to be part
of the prestigious event. Her headteacher, Elodia Eccles, recognized
Kelly’s talent and contribution to school life by appointing her as the
schools’ Assistant Headteacher in 2010. She now works relentlessly
as part of the Senior Leadership Team to drive and improve standards
and support the school’s aim of making the best possible difference
for every child.
Kelly’s rationale for learning and teaching is very much based on a
creative approach. Her toolbox includes the use of music, videos
and games to inspire the children, igniting their imaginations and
motivating them to be the best that they can be. A born leader, Kelly
has helped the school to improve further and strengthen policy and
practice. She is the Educational Visits Officer organizing all-day visits
and residentials across the school, including a Year 5 overseas visit
to Barcelona. Leading Science is also part of Kelly’s role, where the
children are viewed as Scientists and develop a range of practical skills,
knowledge and understanding. Kelly is currently leading Investors in
Pupils in her school, formalizing behavior systems, developing pupil
voice and strengthening the notion of “evenness” across the school.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Wynn, Jim,
Chief Education Officer, Promethean Planet
Session: Workshop 1.5: Knowing What You Know:
Assessment in the 21st Century - Promethean Planet
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Jim Wynn joined Promethean in April 2010 as Chief Education Officer,
responsible for the company’s education strategy. Prior to joining
Promethean, Mr. Wynn led the Public Sector team and Education in
the Emerging Markets Public Sector Practice of the Cisco Internet
Business Solutions Group (IBSG), where he advised government and
public sector organizations on the intelligent use of ICTs to transform
Previously, Mr. Wynn held various positions including Head Teacher
of two secondary schools in the UK, where he pioneered the use of
ICT, Head of Research at RM Plc, and Partners in Learning lead for
EMEA at Microsoft.
Mr. Wynn holds a first class degree in Mathematics from the
University of Hertfordshire. He is a Director of the 21st-Century
Learning Alliance Board in the UK.
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Yousef, Tarik,
CEO, Silatech Foundation (Qatar/UK)
Session: WISE Debate 1.4:
Education and Change in the Arab World
> Day: Tuesday November 1, 2011
Tarik M. Yousef was appointed in July 2011 as Chief Executive
Officer of Silatech after serving for five years as the founding Dean
of the Dubai School of Government. Prior to that, he worked at
Georgetown University, where he held the positions of Associate
Professor of Economics in the School of Foreign Service, and Sheikh
Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah Professor of Arab Studies at the Center for
Contemporary Arab Studies.
An expert on the economies of the Arab world, he received his
Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University with specialization in
development economics and economic history. His current research
interests include the study of youth inclusion, the political economy
of policy reform, the dynamics of transitions to democracy, and
development policies in oil-exporting countries of the Arab world.
His policy experience includes working in the Middle East Department
of the International Monetary Fund, the Middle East and North Africa
Region of the World Bank, and the Millennium Project at the UN. At
present, he is also Senior Fellow at Brookings and Chair of the World
Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arab World in 20112012.
WISE • DOHA - NOVEMBER 1 - 3 2011
Zhu Qingshi,
Founding President, South University of
Science and Technology of China (SUSTC),
Session: WISE Debate 2.3:
Motivating and Engaging Students
> Day: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Zhu Qingshi is a physical chemist, Academician of the Chinese
Academy of Sciences, and member of the Third World Academy of
Sciences. He was the President of the University of Science and
Technology from 1998 to 2008, and then he became, in September
2009, the Founding President of South University of Science and
Technology of China (SUSTC) at Shenzhen. In his career as a renowned
higher education leader in China, Zhu has been committed to
developing a world-class research university and cultivating innovative
talents. After taking the helm of SUSTC, he has advocated enlivening
the university ideas of academic excellence, academic freedom and
self-regulation of scholars. Under his leadership, the new university
upholds the central position of academic work within the university,
experiments on mechanisms for innovative interdisciplinary work,
and steadily makes progress with lawmaking for the governance of a
modern university.
Zhu has been a visiting fellow at several top overseas labs, including
at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the
University of California at Santa Barbara, the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, the National Research Council Canada and Université
Paris-Sud 11.
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Index of Speakers
Abbad Andaloussi, Mhammed . . .2
Abed, Fazle Hasan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Acker, Carolyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Aderin-Pocock, Maggie . . . . . . . . . .5
Aggarwal, Shabnam . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Aguiar Alvarez, Denise . . . . . . . . . .7
Al Mannai, Essa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Al-Mutawa, Naif . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Al-Naimi, Ibrahim Saleh K. . . . . . .10
Al Noaimi, Tayseer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Al-Thani, Abdulla bin Ali. . . . . . . .12
Al-Thani, Al Jawhara Hassan . . . .13
Ashrafuzzaman, Mohammad . . .14
Aubert, Jean-Eric . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Awartani, Marwan. . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Bah Diallo, Aïcha . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Baldeh, Yero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Baraniuk, Richard . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Barber, Michael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Bellamy, Carol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Bentley, Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Berends, Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Bermingham, Desmond . . . . . . . .24
Bernard, James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Bharucha, Jamshed. . . . . . . . . . . .26
Bice, Ed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Bishop, Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Blanquer, Jean-Michel . . . . . . . . .29
Bolat, Özgür . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Brown, Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Brown-Martin, Graham . . . . . . . .32
Buarque, Cristovam . . . . . . . . . . .33
Burney, Farooq S. . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Burt, Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
Butgereit, Laurie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
Cayla, Philippe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Chatel, Luc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Cheng, Yin Cheong . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Chhapra, Mushtaq . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Chung, Sungchul . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Colditz, Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Cole, Stephen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Collard, Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Costa, Natacha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Dajani, Rana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Davies, Wayne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
della Chiesa, Bruno . . . . . . . . . . . .48
De Souza, Gloria . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Diarra, Cheick Modibo. . . . . . . . . .50
d’Oliveira, Cecilia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Doucette, Ann . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Ergüder, Üstün . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Facer, Keri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Faour, Muhammad . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Fernandes, Siddharta . . . . . . . . . .56
Foley, John P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Forster, Debbie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Gago, José Mariano . . . . . . . . . . .59
Geiger, Steven Lawrence . . . . . . .60
Godbert, Antoine. . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Gooch, Anthony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Goodman, Allan E. . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Goodman, Lizbeth . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
Green, Josephine . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Gregorian, Vartan . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Gupta, Anil K. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Guttenplan, D. D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Haddad, Georges. . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Hannon, Valerie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Harlan, Larry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
Harris, Stephen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Heninger, Lori. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Husain, Ishrat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Husseini, Aref F. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Johannessen, Oystein . . . . . . . . .76
Johar, Suneet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Johnson, Maoudi Comlanvi . . . . .78
Kandri, Salah-Eddine. . . . . . . . . . .79
Karpov, Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Kassim-Lakha, Shamsh . . . . . . . .81
Kerr, Nathan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
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Khoury, Philip S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
King, Elizabeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
King, Neal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Kopp, Wendy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Kothari, Brij . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Ko, Young Jin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Kumar, Anand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Lambay, Farida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
Lang, Kirsty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Larsen, Jørn West . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Leadbeater, Charles. . . . . . . . . . . .93
Léautier, Frannie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Loiret, Pierre-Jean . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Lorek, Grzegorz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
Lumarque, Jacky . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
Luukas, Ulla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
Mackay, Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
Miller, Riel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100
Mitchell, Jonathan. . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Miyamoto, Koji . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102
Mrad, Fouad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Muller, François . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
Nahimana, Victoire . . . . . . . . . . .105
Ngugi, Catherine . . . . . . . . . . . . .106
Noble, Richard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107
Noor Ali, Iqbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108
Oillo, Didier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109
Omi, Koji. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Om Pradhan, Lyonpo . . . . . . . . . 111
Opfer, Darleen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Otu, Uwen Robert . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Ovonji-Odida, Irene . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Pandor, Naledi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Paranjpe, Rajani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Partanen, Johannes . . . . . . . . . . 117
Pierre-Louis, Michèle . . . . . . . . . . 118
Popović, Zoran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Prensky, Marc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120
Ptaszynski, James Garner . . . . .121
Reza, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122
Rosas Diaz, Ricardo Rene . . . . . .123
Roy, Reeta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124
Sachs, Jeffrey D. . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
Salcito, Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . .126
Saleh, Asif . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127
Samaniego, Ponce Ernest. . . . . .128
Scorza, Jason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129
Seldon, Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . .130
Semenov, Alexei . . . . . . . . . . . . .131
Stevenson, Michael . . . . . . . . . . .132
Storsveen, Magdalene . . . . . . . .133
Strzemieczny, Jacek . . . . . . . . . .134
Surui, Almir Narayamoga. . . . . .135
Susini, Anna-Livia . . . . . . . . . . . .136
Taddei, François . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137
Tarrant, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138
Tigabu, Bruktawit . . . . . . . . . . . .139
Tobo Lobe, Florence . . . . . . . . . .140
Torres, Carlos Alberto . . . . . . . . .141
Torres del Castillo, Rosa Maria, .142
Traxler, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143
Treviranus, Jutta . . . . . . . . . . . . .144
Tsala Ndzomo, Guy. . . . . . . . . . .145
Tuomi, Ilkka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146
Unwin, Tim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147
Vorhaus, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
Wallace, Ruth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
Wang, Rong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150
Wheeler, David L.. . . . . . . . . . . . .151
Wolfenden, Freda . . . . . . . . . . . .152
Wood, John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153
Wood, Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154
Wynn, Jim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155
Yousef, Tarik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156
Zhu Qingshi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157
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