Panel Presentation CNT165
Digital Resources for Learners in Conflict and Disaster-sensitive Contexts
Date Thursday, Nov 28 Time –
How can digital and mobile learning technologies capture the hearts and minds of populations that are marginalised, displaced, vulnerable, or in (post-) conflict or disaster contexts? What needs to happen to initiate and sustain engagement with learners in these contexts?
Humanitarian Leadership Academy, UK
Co-creating Innovative Learning for Social Impact
Atish Gonsalves is a social technologist, entrepreneur and the Global Innovation Director of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy based in London.
With a background in software engineering, AI and human-computer interaction, Atish’s experience includes leadership roles at technology and international non-profit organisations including the United Nations. Atish has consistently implemented successful educational-technology (edtech) solutions that have helped democratize learning for thousands of learners in difficult contexts.
Atish is also the founder of Gamoteca, a collaborative digital platform that enables organisations create their own mixed-reality learning games.
Atish is a global citizen, having lived in six countries and is a regular speaker at conferences and events on the role of technology-enhanced learning.
Jesuit Worldwide Learning, Switzerland
Leveraging Technology to Enable Changemakers at the Margins
Dr Oula Abu-Amsha, Chief Academic Officer, Jesuit Worldwide Learning, is a Syrian Computer Science professor and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science (University of St Quentin en Yvelines, France) with significant experience in educational technologies, curriculum development, and education in emergencies, having spent more than 12 years at higher education institutions in Damascus, as well as working for the World Bank and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She also holds a Master’s degree in Statistic and Stochastic Processes from the University of Joseph Fournier (Grenoble I), France, and an engineering degree from the National School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, France, with a specialisation in applied mathematics for the economy. Forced into exile, she started her activities in refugee education in 2014.
Dr Abu-Amsha served as Academic Adviser of Mosaik Education (formerly the Jamiya Project) for three and a half years, leading the development of programmes and support services specifically designed for Syrian refugee university students in the Middle East. Furthermore, she has been a visiting scholar in multiple higher education institutions in Switzerland since 2014.