Navigating the Roadmap of the 4th Industrial Revolution
This panel will debate the roles of government and business , the leadership expected from business and the impact and role of educators in preparing all students for their future. We will cover the vision and leadership needed to identify the necessary skills and ways in which to develop strong academic, vocational and socio-political skills to help our societies thrive on the new opportunities, rather than merely survive the coming disruptions and transformations. The debate will address the need for intervention to blunt the impact of disruptive forces and also the need for capitalism to harness the entrepreneurship and agility required to innovate and create strong economies.
EdTech Ventures, Ireland
What Freud Teaches us about the Post Truth Era - the Psychology of Disruption
Founder and General Manager of EdTech Ventures Consultancy Services. Peter has worldwide experience in the design and development of digital education solutions working with highest level of government organisations, NGOs, and senior executives at Industry partners. Peter has significant experience with large country-wide education strategy deployments.
The DO School, Germany
How DOING Is the New Learning
Florian Hoffman is the founder and CEO of Berlin’s DO School, a renowned development ground for purposeful doers from around the world, working in partnership with major institutions and corporations, including IKEA, H&M, the Deutsche Bahn, Covestro, Unilever, Axel Springer, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the United Nations’ Environmental Program and others. Florian is a serial social entrepreneur and international speaker. He has received numerous awards for his work and was named one of 100 distinguished Young Global Leaders under 40 by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Florian has launched various ventures in philanthropy and entrepreneurialism in the US, Europe and Asia over the last decade. He was a co-founder of the Swiss Dekeyser & Friends Foundation in Geneva and launched the DO School, with his wife Katherin Kirschenmann, in New York in 2013. The DO School opened its campus in Berlin, where it is at the heart of the city’s thriving start-up culture, in 2014.
Florian regularly contributes to ongoing global public debate on the future of work, innovation and co-creation. He has spoken on the DO School Method at more than twenty Universities across the world including Columbia, Oxford, the University of Geneva, the Hasso Plattner Institute at Potsdam University and the European Business School. Florian is a thought after speaker for leadership gatherings and is also represented by London Speaker Bureau.
An advisor to the American Friends of Bucerius, Florian was named a Fellow by the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in 2015. The following year, he was a recipient of the German government’s Land der Ideen Award. He has been profiled in various international newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal the The Financial Times or the FAZ, as well as magazines such as Inc. and Fast Company.
Graduating at the top of his year at St Antony’s College, Oxford, in European Politics and Society, Florian had previously studied arts and social sciences at Bard College, Berlin’s Humboldt University and Duke University.
Florian currently divides his time between the DO School offices in Berlin, New York and Hong Kong as well as the playgrounds of Prenzlauer Berg with his incredible three-year old daughter.
PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), USA
Integrating Project Management and Global Competence into CTE through Online Teacher Training
Michelle N. Armstrong leads philanthropic investments to effect systemic educational reform, workforce development, and nonprofit capacity building at the PMI Educational Foundation. Previously, she specialized in venture philanthropy at the Goldman Sachs Foundation to ensure the educational attainment of academically talented, financially less advantaged students. Her earlier work at MetLife Foundation catalyzed new priorities in grantmaking, including emphases on educational access and opportunity, workforce readiness, and the aging of America. In addition, Michelle previously directed two regional nonprofit education programs to promote college going as well as examined educational reform and policy initiatives as a researcher at both the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University and Education Development Center. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.Phil/ABD from Teachers College, Columbia University.