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OEB speaker Beth Havinga

Beth Havinga

Founder and Managing Director, Connect-EdTech, Germany

Beth Havinga is the Managing Director of the European EdTech Alliance and the EdSAFE AI Alliance. Beth currently serves on the Digitisation Council of the state of Berlin in Germany, is chair of the advisory board of Kids.Digilab.Berlin, and serves on the board of the Children’s Future Foundation and the international advisory boards of both CoSN and ISTE. Beth represents the EEA in UNESCO’s Broadband Commission and Digtial Transformation Collaborative as well as the EdTech Roundtables of both the European Commission and the Council of Europe. Beth consults to the Council of Europe on the topics of AI and equitable public-private partnerships as well as to the project management organization of the German Federal Education Ministry regarding the international interoperability of education platforms.

Beth represents Germany as head delegate to the European Committee for Standardization of Interoperability for Learning Technologies and EdTech, and has worked closely with multiple governments and data protection agencies on national definitions for data modelling and certification.

Previously, Beth has served on the special board of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics in Austria, as an expert in the field of “digitalisation in apprenticeships", and as a member of the expert Platform, "Digital Future: Learning. Researching. Knowledge" of the German Digital Summit by invitation of the German federal Minister for Education.

In addition to creating her own consulting firm, Beth has taught in schools, managed education software and publishing houses, founded two startups, and worked in over 45 countries to develop digital structures and strategies.