He was Senior Consultant at Sero Consulting Ltd. He is Project Manager of the EU project POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake), funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme. Formerly he was Project Manager of the EU project VISCED (Virtual Schools and Colleges) and played a leading role in the Erasmus project Re.ViCa (Review of Virtual Campuses).
He is also active in benchmarking, change management, and market research for online providers.
In addition to open and distance learning, and open and online resources, he has a long-standing interest in competency-based education and in particular generic skills.
Some of his recent thinking can be found in his paper for the "Open Education 2030" HE workshop, published in their blog, and his UNESCO policy brief on "Alternative Models of Education Delivery".
In his former academic career he was a researcher at Oxford University, lecturer and researcher at the UK Open University, and Professor of Telematics at Sheffield Hallam University.
Ernesto Barrios is Learning Office manager at Repsol. He is an Industrial Engineer with an MBA, and a background of more than 20 years in different business and countries with Repsol. Originally from Peru, Ernesto has lived and worked in USA, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and in Spain since 2005. During this experience, he early understood that people is the main driver of change within organizations, which took him to shift his career into the learning and development areas.
Currently, Ernesto is a member of the corporate university of Repsol. He created the learning strategy, the instructional model and the content factory that they are running. During his participation Ernesto will share with us how they faced this creative and change process, what main decisions were made and how they embedded their instructional model in an on-line tool that not only assures the instructional design, but reduces production costs and times as well.
Nelly Ben Hayoun
The University of the Underground, UK
Dubbed the 'Willy Wonka of Design and Science', award-winning Director and Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer and a fearless and passionate provocateur. In 2014 Wired magazine awarded her with a WIRED Innovation Fellowship for her work to date and its 'significant impact on the world' whilst in 2013, Icon Magazine touted Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers 'shaping the future'. Additionally, in 2015, she was nominated for a Women of the Year Achievement Award which rewards, since 1955, women 'who have made a significant achievement' and 'are being recognised for their strides in making the world a better place'. Nelly is Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Chief of Experiences at WeTransfer where she develops experiential content for the digital platform and its 40 millions active users a month, a member of the Space Outreach and Education committee at the International Astronautical Federation, a United Nations Advisor to the UN VR (Virtual Reality) labs, an advisory board member at AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) in Los Angeles, and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Arts and the Architectural Association. Nelly assembled and directs the International Space Orchestra (ISO) – the world first orchestra of space scientists and astronauts from NASA and through this has collaborated with Grammy award-winning musicians such as Beck, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, The Prodigy, Penguin Café, Ed Banger Records, Savages and most recently Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.
She is a keynote speaker and has spoken worldwide about the value of experiential design practices in the context of outreach, community and education. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of China, MOMA, V&A and other leading design institutions.
Ben Hayoun is the author and director of two feature length movies. She was awarded one of the UK largest artistic awards, The Arts Council England Exceptional Award for her feature-length movie Disaster Playground. Disaster Playground is following the chain of commands in place in the event of hazardous asteroid impacting the earth. It was nominated for a Vision Award at SXSW 2015 and is distributed worldwide on Netflix and other digital platforms. Paola Antonelli, senior curator at MOMA declared about it: 'It's Dr. Strangelove meets This Is Spinal Tap. You straddle a big red phone and go on a wild ride along a chain of command that is complex and exhilarating'. Nelly and her studios have also worked and consulted for the likes of world-class clients including NASA, BBC, Lego, Airbnb HQ, XL Recordings, AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) and Mattel amongst many others. Her latest project; The Life the Sea and the Space Viking, bringing together space scientists and vikings in a boat to collect form of life for outer space colononisation was selected as one of the Best of The Year series 2016 by the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.
In 2017, Ben Hayoun has launched the University of the Underground, a free postgraduate university based in the underground of the urban spaces, composed of dreamers of the day and supporting unconventional research practices.
Nelly received her MA with distinction from the Royal College of Arts in Design Interactions, and she is finalizing her PhD in Human Geography and political philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2016, she was awarded with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London Teaching award.
Brandon is author of Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate, and Get Work Done. He is an innovative learning strategist with extensive experience leading global corporate learning teams and programs in environments as varied as startups, tech companies, and the retail industry. He is a popular speaker, delivering a wide variety of engaging presentations and workshops at industry events. Brandon has been honored with several learning industry awards, including the ATD BEST Award, the eLearning Guild People’s Choice Award, and three Brandon Hall Awards for Best Custom Learning Design. He has also served on the board of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association and ATD conference committees. Brandon invites you to chat with him on Twitter (@brandonwcarson), where he engages in frank, interactive discussions about learning and business transformation.
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.
Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years. He has published hundreds of articles both online and in print through two decades of research and development into learning networks and related technologies.
Prior to joining the NRC, Downes worked for the University of Alberta as an information architect, and prior to that, as a distance education and new media design specialist for Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. This followed a decade of teaching experience both in person and by distance with Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Grande Prairie regional college.
At the University of Alberta he built a learning and research portal for the municipal sector in that province, Munimall, and another for the Engineering and Geology sector, PEGGAsus. He also pioneered the development of learning objects and was one of the first adopters and developers of RSS content syndication in education. Downes introduced the concept of e-learning 2.0 and with George Siemens developed and defined the concept of Connectivism, using the social network approach to deliver open online courses to three thousand participants over two years.
Downes obtained a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Calgary, specializing in epistemology and the philosophy of science. He also studied at the PhD level at the University of Alberta, completing all but his dissertation. Among numerous volunteer and committee positions while a student, Downes served as editor of the Calgary student newspaper, the Gauntlet, for two terms, and as president of the Graduate Students' Association at the University of Alberta, also for two terms. He served as a member of the Board of Governors, University of Alberta, and with the Athabasca University Governing Council.
After completing high school at Ottawa's School of Continuing Education while working as a concession stand worker and dishwasher, Downes studied computing science for one year at Algonquin College while working as a telephone equipment installer and (later) as a security guard. He worked for a year as a computer operator for Texas Instruments in Calgary, then as a pot washer, 7-Eleven clerk, and development education programmer for the Arusha International Development Centre. Downes has also been a newspaper carrier, waiter at a race track, hot dog vendor, building cleaner and camp counsellor. He was a candidate for mayor in the city of Brandon in 1995.
Downes was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1959 and has four brothers (all younger). He lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, with his wife Andrea (b. Colorado Springs, Colorado; married 1998) and four cats (Bart, Polly, Lexi and Alex).
Stephen reads a lot of science fiction and books in general. He enjoys movies, television and sports, especially hockey. He enjoys playing darts and NTN Trivia (though since Moncton has no NTN locations, it's a lot harder to play). He is an avid Civilization III player and an enthusiastic photographer.
Önder is a committed Learning and Development professional with a strong focus on innovative and engaging digital learning solutions, with experience over 10 years in banking. He is responsible for the design, development, implementation and maintenance of online courses in the largest private bank of Turkey, Isbank.
Önder has been part of IsVille project, Isbank’s award-winning strategy game (Learning Technologies Awards 2016 Best Learning Game – Gold Winner). As a member of Learning Technologies Team, Önder is working on a new gamification project now, which is currently in its development phase. He is highly interested in engaging digital learning solutions and new adult learning methods, focusing on the real practical benefits for learning and development. He also shares his core business experience with employees of Isbank, by giving lectures mainly in commercial loans and financial analysis.
Lighthouse Research, USA
Ben Eubanks is the Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory. Ben is a thought leader, author, and speaker on trends and innovative practices in human capital management.
He has authored ten eBooks and more than one thousand articles, maintains an HR blog that has touched the lives of more than 750,000 business leaders since its inception and hosts “We’re Only Human,” a podcast that examines the intersection of people and technology in the workplace.
Previously the HR Director for an Inc. 500-ranked global technology startup, he currently owns and operates Lighthouse Research & Advisory, a human capital research and advisory services firm. He works with HR, talent, and learning leaders across the globe to solve their most pressing business challenges with a research-based perspective tempered by practical, hands-on experience. His research focuses on cutting edge practices in talent and learning technology, strategy, and innovation.
Ben also co-founded the HRevolution unconference for HR and business leaders. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Athens State University, and he also holds both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications to maintain his relevancy and connection to the critical talent topics affecting businesses today.
Most importantly, he has four children, a wonderful wife of ten years, and a preference for running in a variety of outlandish races for fun.
Head of Section 3.2 “Digital Media, Distance Learning, Training Personnel”
Advisory services to the Federal Government and to the corporate sector in the thematical field of ICT-based VET learning and working environments, designing, launching, monitoring & evaluation of national funding programms, joint shaping of implementation strategies for high quality results into the world of work. Ongoing improvement of web based services for trainers in VET (www.foraus.de) to support their daily practice of training in companies. Development of national standards for teacher & trainer qualification (Trainers`s Aptitude – AEVO, www.foraus.de), designing of (web based) training moduls and tools for further training of teachers & trainers (e.g. IT-Literacy). Advisory services within BIBB´s international co-operation activities. Appraising, quality management and certifying of (web based) distance learning courses for continuous training.
Jules Hayward leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Education and Training Programmes. These learning programmes include training opportunities, educational projects with schools and colleges, global online education initiatives and an extensive higher education programme. Jules manages these focus areas whilst also creating connectivity with the Foundation's other key programme areas in: Business, Insight and Analysis, Communications, and Government and Cities. She has a strong interest in how education and training can play a catalytic role in accelerating the transition to a circular economy.
Dr. Ari Jonsson is the president of Reykjavik University; a private non-profit university in Iceland that focuses on education, research and industry collaboration in the areas of technology, business and law.
Dr. Jonsson completed his doctoral degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1997, with focus on artificial intelligence and autonomous decision- making. He then joined NASA as a research scientist, working on the development of automated technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of spacecraft operations. During his tenure at NASA, he managed a number of research and development projects, contributing to missions such as the Deep Space One experimental spacecraft, the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the operations of the International Space Station.
In 2007, Dr. Jonsson moved to Reykjavik University as the Dean of the School of Computer Science. In January 2010, he became the President of the university and has served in that role since then. Dr. Jonsson is active in policy development and has served for over seven years on the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council.
Dr. Jonsson actively supports the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in Iceland. He is the Chairman of the Board for one startup and a board member for a few other companies.
Jeff Merriman is the Associate Director of MIT's Office of Educational Innovation and Technology where he leads activities to help enhance teaching and learning at the Institute through new and innovative uses of information technology. His group is currently focused on the development of content and software services that can be utilized for educational application across disciplines. Jeff has spent much of his career building and promoting various kind of educational technology infrastructure for higher education. As Director of Residential Computing at Stanford University he brought the notion of “wired campuses” into the forefront by networking all of Stanford’s graduate and undergraduate residence halls, leading an aggressive effort that began in 1987. In 1998 he helped to form Stanford’s Academic Computing program and became Director of Academic Computing Technology. In this role he began to widen his focus to include issues of software infrastructure in support of educational initiatives.
Jeff joined MIT in 2000, where he has led the development of the Institute's learning management platform and has also served as Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Initiative, an Andrew W. Mellon funded project to develop service oriented architecture standards for educational software integration and development.
Kenneth Mikkelsen is a writer, speaker, leadership adviser and learning designer. His focus is on transformational leadership and learning. As co-founder of FutureShifts Kenneth works with some of the leading organisations in the world to help their leaders rethink, redefine and reshape their organisations and better prepare themselves for emerging futures. Kenneth has published widely on issues of leadership and the shifting nature of business in the 21st century. He is an associate of the Drucker Society Europe and Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. He has co-founded St. Martin’s School, a non-profit organisation that provides education for underprivileged children in Cameroon. Kenneth is co-author of The Neo-Generalist with Richard Martin. The book explores the value of multidisciplinarity, of living in more than one world. Inc. Magazine highlighted it as one of three books about creativity and leadership that you should read in 2017. The Neo-Generalist is a 2016 finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year.
HPI School of Design Thinking, Germany
Steven Ney completed his doctorate in the policy sciences at the Department of Comparative Politics in the University of Bergen. Trained as a policy analyst at the University of London, Steven Ney has worked on a wide range of policy issues in a number of research institutes including the LOS Center in Bergen, ICCR in Vienna and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. After spending four years from 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, Steven Ney took up the Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at Jacobs University, Bremen in August 2009. Starting as a researcher of environmental issues, particularly climate change, Steven Ney has developed an interest in analysing the way societies deal with complex and uncertain policy challenges. Recently, Steven Ney has concentrated on social innovation and social entrepreneurship as a means of bringing about institutional change.
Since November 2014, Steven Ney is a D-Fellow at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam. Apart from developing the international relations of the HPI School of Design Thinking, he is currently designing and implementing a certification process for D-Thinking Coaches.
Annette Peet (1964) is an experienced project and program manager at SURF. SURF is the collaborative ICT organization for Dutch higher education and research. It offers students, lecturers and scientists in the Netherlands access to the best possible internet and ICT facilities.
Annette graduated as Master of Science at Utrecht University. Since then she has worked as senior consultant and project manager for several consultancy agencies, the Ministry of Transport, Utrecht University and SURF. Her focus has always been on accelerating adoption of (IT) innovation within institutions and facilitating collaboration between parties involved.
Jan Peters is one of leading scientists working on the development of machine learning systems for robotics.
He is a full professor (W3) for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universität Darmstadt and at the same time a senior research scientist and group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, where he heads the interdepartmental Robot Learning Group. Jan Peters has received the Dick Volz Best 2007 US PhD Thesis Runner-Up Award, the Robotics: Science & Systems - Early Career Spotlight, the Young Investigator Award of the International Neural Networks Society, and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society‘s Early Career Award as well as numerous best paper awards. In 2015, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Jan Peters has studied Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Control Engineering at TU Munich and FernUni Hagen in Germany, at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Southern California (USC). He has received four Master‘s degrees in these disciplines as well as a Computer Science PhD from USC.
André Richier is responsible for policy issues relating to IT professionalism and skills within the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. He played a leading role in the EU e-skills (2007-2016), e-economy (2001-2006) and e-learning (1997-2000) initiatives and was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of Texas) at Austin. Earlier he was in charge of IT research projects (1991-1996) within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT). Prior to joining the Commission in 1991, Mr Richier worked in the IT industry and started his career at IBM in 1985.
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
EdTech Ventures, UK
Dr Michelle Selinger is a Principal Consultant with EdTech Ventures and has extensive experience helping governments and educational institutions around the world in both developed and emerging economies to create and evaluate strategies for education reform. She has an academic background in digital education in both campus-based and distance education. She established and led the Centre for New Technology Research in Education at the University of Warwick, and was the lead education consultant for Cisco Systems Corporate Affairs and then Cisco’s Consultancy Services.
“Why don’t organisations learn and innovate fast enough?”
Jef Staes offers an answer to this question. As a thought leader in the fields of learning and innovation management, he analyses the way in which people resist and even obstruct change processes. And Jef does not shy away from confrontation! With a vast range of new insights and metaphors, he illustrates why managers and policymakers often reach the wrong decisions.
Jef Staes (Belgium, 1956) is one of the leading experts on these topics in Belgium and is quickly gaining international respect for his energizing mindset. He currently assists organizations in their quest to find a comprehensive answer and approach to the changing dynamics of today’s world. Based on his career as a software designer (GTE ATEA in Belgium & USA), training Manager and Corporate Learning Officer (Siemens, Belgium), he gained practical insights in the dynamics of organizational development.
Jef Staes is often the keynote speaker on various topics concerning culture innovation and this for a diverse audience (conferences, education, in-company, ...). He has given hundreds of keynotes, both in English and Dutch. Furthermore, he’s a visiting lecturer at several Management schools (Vlerick, UAMS, EHSAL). His refreshing stories are guaranteed eye-openers and his new look at the role of managers has inspired many.
He is also the author of a number of books on the topics of innovation and change management. One of which, “My Organisation is a Jungle”, was also translated to English. Through the use of rich metaphors and exciting parallels, he truly engages you in the story of the Red Monkey. Other books in the series, “My Manager is a Hero” & "I was a Sheep" continue the story and are often featured in Jef's speeches. All books have been bestselling publications with over 15.000 copies sold.
Ken has worked with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since its launch in January 2010. He has a background in economics education and environmental issues. He is the author of a number of books and the latest one is The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows (June 2015) which relates the connections between systems thinking, economic and business opportunity, and the potential for a circular economy. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the School of Management at the University of Bradford, and a major contributor to their MBA Innovation, Enterprise, and the Circular Economy.
University of the Arts London, UK
David is Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts London. He researches individuals’ motivation to engage online for learning using his ‘Visitors and Residents’ paradigm. This work has given him a good understanding of the changing nature of learning and the impact of the Web on the education sector. David has led national and international studies discovering exactly how people go about learning in the Web era and can often be found communicating his findings and thoughts via all means available including keynotes, blog-posts and videos.