Speakers 2023

Speakers

The 2nd Global Trends in E-learning (GTEL 2023) Forum is an annual event held to present and discuss the most recent developments, trends, technologies, and practices shaping the future of e-learning. GTEL hosts speakers from prestigious institutions and is attended by top international and local policymakers and e-learning leaders. The GTEL forum fosters the exchange of knowledge and helps educational personnel address critical issues through innovative solutions and optimal use of available EdTech. The aim is to create a platform to support the provision of high-quality, sustainable, and widely-accessible learning. The forum will be held on January 23-25, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mr.Samer Jaffar

Explorance
GM, MENA & Singapore

Samer Jaffar has led Explorance’s global expansion and worked with clients in Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East region. He has partnered with many universities to assist them in implementing a comprehensive students journey where the voice of the student contributes to the improvement of their learning experience.

Dr.Nawaf N. Hamadneh

Saudi Electronic university- Madinah Branch
Faculty member

Nawaf N. Hamadneh is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics - Artificial Intelligence at the Saudi Electronic University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia, in 2013, (QS world ranking = 142). His main areas of research are focused on Artificial Neural Networks, Mathematical prediction models based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Applied Mathematics, Optimization Algorithms, Modeling and optimization of forced convection heat transfer from tube banks and micro-channel heat sinks, thermal system optimization using entropy generation minimization, Fluid Dynamics, Statistical Analysis, Logic Programming, and Machine Learning. Dr. Nawaf Hamadneh has more than 60 publications in refereed journals, Books, and international conferences.

Dr.Mashal Salman Aljehany

University of Jeddah
Assistant Prof., College of Edu Dean

Dean,College of Edu,UJ,KSA

Mr.Oleg Figlin

Anthology Inc
Vice President Europe, Midde East and Africa

As the Head of Anthology EMEA, Oleg is executive leader responsible for Anthology operations and client success across Europe, Middle East and Africa —and it’s his personal mission to drive innovation in our customer experience and enable customers to leverage our solutions in engaging and effective learning environments. Oleg cultivates opportunities in the Higher Education, K-12 & Corporate markets by highlighting how learning technologies improve the quality of education globally & are the means to meet the dynamic needs of the universal learner.

Prof.Ger Graus

Dr Ger Graus OBE Consulting Ltd
Global Education Adviser; Board Director; Advisory Board Chair & Member; Keynote Speaker

"Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education. He was KidZania’s first Global Education Director and founding CEO of the Children’s University. In 2019, Ger became a Visiting Professor at the National Research University, Moscow, Russia. He is also a Board Director at Hello Genius, and chairs the Advisory Boards at Kabuni, UK, and Twin Science, Turkey. Dr Graus is a member of Bett’s Global Education Council; DIDAC India’s Advisory Board; Junior Achievement’s Worldwide Global Council; chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Advisory Board, Pakistan; advises the Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy; and has been invited to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Ger Graus was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children. "

Dr.Abednigo Thamsanqa

North West University
Educational Technologist

Motivated and talented Educational Technologist and leader, with excellentcommunication skills demonstrated by more than 9 years in Higher Education. Strives to create an innovative, challenging and engaging learning environment in which enables students to become lifelong learners. With experience in instructional design, curriculum development, educational technologies, helpdesk coordination, providing training and workshops, Learning Management System (Sakai) development of educational training material, instructional technology. Adept at technology integration in teaching and learning, and integration intosynchronous, asynchronous, blended, hybrid, Hyflex, online learning environment to enhance teaching and learning.

Ms.Amy Hollier

Blended Learning Consortium
Director of Blended & Online Learning

Motivated and talented Educational Technologist and leader, with excellentcommunication skills demonstrated by more than 9 years in Higher Education. Strives to create an innovative, challenging and engaging learning environment in which enables students to become lifelong learners. With experience in instructional design, curriculum development, educational technologies, helpdesk coordination, providing training and workshops, Learning Management System (Sakai) development of educational training material, instructional technology. Adept at technology integration in teaching and learning, and integration intosynchronous, asynchronous, blended, hybrid, Hyflex, online learning environment to enhance teaching and learning.

Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker ​

Colorado State University
President & CEO

"Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker is dedicated to facilitating industry and workforce success.​ Backed by her leadership experience and skills acquired in the private sector, Becky was the first president & CEO of Colorado State University Global. innovation strategy for over 20 years.​"

Prof.Naeemullah Khan

KAUST
Instructional Assistant Professor in AI

Naeemullah Khan was a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Professor Ganesh Sundaramoorthi at the Visual Computing Center (VCC) in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).Naeemullah received his Bachelor degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from GIK Institute of Science and Technology, Pakistan, 2011. He joined KAUST and received his master and doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering in 2018. Before joining KAUST, he was an Engineer in Saudi Aramco.

Mr.Somaroy Gabbita

Human Logic Software LLC
General Manager

Naeemullah Khan was a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Professor Ganesh Sundaramoorthi at the Visual Computing Center (VCC) in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).Naeemullah received his Bachelor degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from GIK Institute of Science and Technology, Pakistan, 2011. He joined KAUST and received his master and doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering in 2018. Before joining KAUST, he was an Engineer in Saudi Aramco.

Dr.Moataz Nael Kordi

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
Advisor

Dr. Kordi is an enthusiastic mentor, and qualified advisor with practical experience for more than 28 years. He held a number of leading positions in public sector, private sector, as well as the Not-for-profit sector. He received higher education degrees from distinguished international universities. In addition, he received several certifications and accreditations from international institutions and training centers.

Mr.Muhammad Babar Shahzad

Pakistan Currency Exchange Company
Regional Business Head

I have done a Master's in Management and HRM and have more than 15 years of practical experience. I am a research scholar doing research in sustainable development and education, Industrial psychology, and E-Learning. I have more than 10 peer-reviewed publications and wins research awards and funds from Sweden and the Russian government. I also have been invited as a speaker to the world's top 100 universities like HEC Paris, the University of Gothenburg, etc in different workshops and conferences.

Mr.Matt Baker

CLASS TECHNOLOGIES
President of International and co-Founder

Matt Baker is one of the world’s leaders in the educational technology sector. Matt started his career at Blackboard in 2000. For 13 years during his tenure at Blackboard he oversaw growth in the international markets along with heading up the acquisition of Moodlerooms which is now OpenLMS. After leaving Blackboard Matt spent much of his time supporting multiple startups in the EdTec space including SchoolChapters (which was purchased by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Notebowl (a social LMS), and SimpleCloud. Most recently he was the SVP of Education Strategy at Instructure. With the onset of the pandemic, Matt joined Michael Chasen (former founder and CEO of Blackboard) to start Class Technologies.

Prof.Ayman Al_dmoor

Applied Science University, Bahrain
Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Ayman AlDmour is working as Acting Dean of College of Arts and Science at Applied Science University. He has obtained his BSc in Electronics – Communication Engineering in 1993 from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. He has worked as a Telecom Engineer in Orange Jordan from 1996 to 2006. He has got his MSc and PhD in 2003 and 2006, respectively, in Computer Information Systems at the Arab Academy of Banking and Financial Sciences, Jordan.

Dr.Rayan Mahmoud Nouh

Hawsabah ICT
Director

" Dr. Rayan Nouh received his B.S. degree from King Abdulaziz University in 2008, his MSc degree from Sheffield University, UK in 2010 and his Ph.D. In Computer Science Engineering (CSE) from Dankook University in Seoul South Korea 2019. He has working experience in the Samsung Mobile Institute (SMI) as a senior researcher in computer science and engineering for Korean New Deal (KND) national strategy a great transformation project. His research interests in deep learning, hybrid methods, personalizes recommender system and context awareness technology. In 2019 joined the Umm Al Qura University as a postdoctoral fellow in Hajj intelligent transportation system and traffic big data analytics."

Dr.Rachel Sheffield

Curtin University
Associate Professor

"Dr.Rachel Sheffield a passionate educator in Science Educator and a STEMInist. she support pre-service teachers in the area of STEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If we can inspire primary and secondary pre-service teachers in STEM then this will transfer to students who will develop a love of all things STEM. https://steminists.weebly.com/. In 2019 I was a member of Homeward Bound HB4 working alongside 99 other extraordinary STEM women. she is also very proud to be one of the 2020 inductees in WA Women's Hall of Fame."

Mr.Renato Opertti

International Bureau of Education (UNESCO-IBE)
Senior Expert

Mr. Renato Opertti holds a degree in sociology (UDELAR, Uruguay) and a master’s degree in educational research (CIEP-Uruguay/IRDC-Canada). Currently Opertti is working as a senior education expert at the International Bureau of Education (IBE UNESCO) in areas relating to curriculum and learning at large encompassing policy and technical dialogues, knowledge production and sharing, capacity-development and technical assistance. Among other themes, Opertti coordinates the UNESCO-IBE HELA (Hybrid Education, Learning and Assessment) and Green and Blue Curriculum initiatives as well as to support transformation and curriculum development processes along diverse domains in different regions. Also, Opertti is the Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies of the During the last three years, Opertti has supported several countries – MOEs, civil society and international organizations – in addressing educational, learning, curricular and pedagogical challenges posed by COVID-19. Among other, Central American and Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU) and is Co-Chair of the UNESCO-UCU Chair on hybrid education . Likewise, Opertti is a member of the Council of Advisers of the Organization of Iberoamerican States (OEI), and of the Latinoamerican Coalition for Teachers Excellence which is a joint initiative of the Varkey Foundation, the Interamerican Dialogue and the OEI. Caribbean countries.

Mr.Jim Brigadier

Boca Raton, Florida
President, Global Markets

As President Global Markets, Jim believes in the transformative empowerment that education provides. Throughout his 22-year career in education technology, his leadership philosophy has always centered on forging strong relationships with people to achieve collaborative goals and with a shared purpose in mind. Jim currently leads a team that serves over 4,500 clients in 87 countries. In his previous role at Anthology, Jim served as Chief Revenue Officer, leading a Field Operations team in the Americas/UK, where he was responsible for all aspects of client experience and satisfaction, revenue growth, sales results, and he previously led the professional/managed services team during a 5-year high-growth period through several mergers and acquisitions. Before entering the education technology and services business, Jim spent nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Intelligence Officer, serving both domestically and abroad.

Dr. David Decker ​

Franklin University
President

Dr. David R. Decker is the President of Franklin University, a doctoral-granting university with a global presence, and has also established a world-class Instructional Innovation Center focusing on enhancing student learning and student success. Prior to his tenure at Franklin he held a number of positions at the New York Institute of Technology, including playing a key role in its internationalization and development of its online programs.​

Prof.Akram M Zeki

International Islamic University Malaysia
Professor

"Dr. Akram Mohammed Zeki is a Professor at Faculty of Information and Communication Technology at International Islamic University Malaysia. He held few administration positions such as Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies at Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, and then Head of Research in the same faculty and then held a position as a Deputy Director of CENTRIS and also Acting Director as well. Professor. Dr. Akram has more than 10 books and more than 150 publications in Scopus. Beside that he received few awards from university and national level. His research interest including Watermarking, Information Security, Image Processing and Multimedia, as well as the E-Learning. Prof. Dr Akram is an editor for many journals: IJASAT, JISDT and JST. "

Dr.Bandar AlKhayyal

Education and Training Evaluation Commission
General Manager of Program Accreditation

General Manager, certificated in Management and Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management, and Advanced Leadership Program from Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business & Entrepreneurship. Innovation in the Age of Disruption certificate from INSEAD. Experienced with a demonstrated history of working in accreditation and quality assurance in higher education industry. A life-long learner & transformational strategic leader who has been involved in turn-around and greenfield situations in the education sector. A customers-oriented, results-focused leader with attention to employees engagement, operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, risk management, and innovative business models.

Mr.Matthew David Baker

CLASS TECHNOLOGIES
President of International and co-Founder

Matt Baker is one of the world’s leaders in the educational technology sector. Matt started his career at Blackboard in 2000. For 13 years during his tenure at Blackboard he oversaw growth in the international markets along with heading up the acquisition of Moodlerooms which is now OpenLMS. After leaving Blackboard Matt spent much of his time supporting multiple startups in the EdTec space including SchoolChapters (which was purchased by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Notebowl (a social LMS), and SimpleCloud. Most recently he was the SVP of Education Strategy at Instructure. With the onset of the pandemic, Matt joined Michael Chasen (former founder and CEO of Blackboard) to start Class Technologies. Class adds teaching and learning tools to Zoom and makes the virtual classroom feel like a real classroom. Matt leads the growth of Class around the globe as President of International and co-Founder.

Dr.Yasser Bentahar

Higher Colleges of Technology
Assistant Professor

PhD in Business Intelligence and e-Business (ISUFI - Italy). Expert in Knowledge Management and e-learning

Mr.Warren Knight

Keynote Speaker and Trainer

An award-winning Keynote Speaker, top 100 Global Influencer, top 100 Tech Influencer, certified Agile leader, trainer and coach on Digital

Prof.Baltasar Fernandez-Manjon

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Baltasar Fernández-Manjón is a professor (catedrático) that lead the e-learning research group e-UCM at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He has the Telefonica-UCM chair in Digital Education and Serious Games. Former Vice Dean of Research and Foreign Relationships. In 2010-11 Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University and Visiting Scientist at LCS-MGH. IEEE Senior Member. Dr. Fernández Manjón is also IEEE Senior Member, member of the Working Group 3.3 “Research on the Educational uses of Communication and Information Technologies” of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and a member of the Spanish Technical Committee for E-learning Standardization (UNE/AENOR CTN71/SC36). Partner in EU projects (e.g. H2020 RAGE and BEACONING, GALA, SEGAN) and R&D reviewer for the EU.

Dr.Ahmad Munasir Rafie Pratama

Indonesian Islamic University
Vice Dean for Resource Management, Faculty of Industrial Technology

Dr. Pratama is an Assistant Professor at Universitas Islam Indonesia, Department of Informatics. He is currently serving as the Vice Dean for Resource Management of the Faculty of Industrial Technology .Dr. Pratama did his Ph.D. in Technology, Policy, and Innovation from Stony Brook University, USA with Fulbright scholarship. He earned his Master's degree in Information Technology from Monash University, Australia and his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.His research interests and most recent publications are mainly related to the mobile technology and society, especially in educational technology.

Dr.Rabab Alomairy

University of Jeddah
Assistant Professor

Rabab Alomairy has a PhD in computer science. She is working as a Professor Assistant in the University of Jeddah and as a consultant in the Extreme Computing Research Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Rabab earned her BSc degree in computer science from King Abdulaziz University in 2010 and MSc degree from KAUST in 2013. Her research is centered around task-based numerical libraries and applications, performance optimizations for multicore/manycore architectures and hardware accelerators, dynamic runtime systems, and GPU programming, and machine learning and artificial intelligence. She was recently selected as one of the Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences by Sandia National laboratories. During her PhD study, she worked with many collaborators from International laboratories such as Innovative Computing Lab in University of Tennessee and Material Forming in MINES ParisTech University. In Summer 2021, she joined Innovative Computing Lab at the University of Tennessee as visiting scholar. There she worked towards one of Software for Linear Algebra Targeting Exascale (SLATE) project milestones which is a joint project of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She received the prestigious Gauss Award for Supercomputing of Excellence from ISC High Performance Computing Conference, and the KAUST Research Excellence Award for academic year 21/20. In KAUST-NVIDIA workshop, she achieved 1st place in the Artificial Intelligence competition based on the geospatial dataset. She received two poster awards, one in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conference at KAUST and another one in Saudi HPC conference at King Abdulaziz University.

Prof.Chris Dede

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Senior Research Fellow

Chris Dede is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was for 22 years its Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. From 2001-2004, he was Chair of the HGSE department of Teaching and Learning. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. In 2020 Chris co-founded the Silver Lining for Learning initiative (https://silverliningforlearning.org). He is currently a Member of the OECD 2030 Scientific Committee and an Advisor to the Alliance for the Future of Digital Learning, sponsored by the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiative (MBRGI). Also, Chris is a Co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded National Artificial Intelligence Institute in Adult Learning and Online Education.

Dr.Kristina Dervojeda

PwC
Senior Manager PwC Innovation Research Centre

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda specialises in policy research in the field of skills, future of education, future of work, upskilling and reskilling strategies, and lifelong learning. Specific topics of interest include technology-enabled (digital) learning, 21st Century approaches to education & training, Industry 4.0 and 5.0, Artificial Intelligence and its implications for skills. Kristina advises governments and other key stakeholder groups all over the world regarding responsible digital transformation of education systems, considering also risks & challenges related to the digitalisation of education (especially for children) and co-creating solutions to mitigate these challenges. Kristina leads PwC Innovation Research Centre (IRC).

Dr.David Santandreu Calonge

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Head, Educational Program Development

Dr. David Santandreu Calonge is Head, Educational Program Development at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (United Arab Emirates). He has previously worked in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, and Dubai and has written in the areas of education policy, MOOCs, curriculum design, and disruptive technologies in education.

Prof.David T Conley

EdImagine
President

"David Conley is Professor Emeritus of Educational Policy and Leadership in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, College of Education, University of Oregon where he joined the faculty in 1989. In 2000, he founded the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon, which he directed throughout its existence. He also founded and served for 12 years as CEO of the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC, now Inflexion). He is the founder and president of EdImagine, a consultancy dedicated to helping educational organizations improve their effectiveness and hone their strategic direction. Dr. Conley is one of the national thought leaders in the area of college and career readiness, a term he defined and popularized in the early 2000s. He has conducted many of the foundational research studies in this area and has published multiple articles and policy briefs as well as four books on these topics. He serves on numerous technical advisory groups and panels including the Smarter Balanced Technical Advisory Committee, the NWEA Technical Advisory Committee, the Project Lead the Way Technical Advisory Committee, and, recently, the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board Essential Employability Skills Taskforce and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Accountability Technical Advisory Committee. He was as a founding board member and chair of the steering committee for New Meridian, a national assessment organization. He received an AA degree from Cabrillo College, his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder."

Dr.Ayham Fayyoumi

PwC
Director

Advisor to top leadership in different governments in the region. Ayham is an experienced management consultant in strategic transformation and worked on nationwide transformational projects in the region and helped government entities bring their strategy to execution considering the impact of advanced and emerging technologies on strategy and operations. Ayham has started his career as an educator and researcher. He has conducted various research activities and published 25+ papers in scientific journals and conferences in the area of education technologies, online assessment, and programs evaluation and effectiveness.

Mrs.Asude Altintas Guray

Twin Science & Robotics UK
CEO & Co-Founder

"Co-Founder and CEO of Ed-Tech startup Twin Science & Robotics, Asude Altintas is aspiring to deliver holistic and humanitarian-centered STEM education to children around the world. After attending Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, Asude started her career at one of Turkey’s leading NGOs, YGA, initiating several high-impact social initiative projects. She was invited to speak at the United Nations to present YGA’s technology-based solutions as best practice examples from around the world. During her 5-year tenure as president, Asude guided YGA through several successful projects earning the NGO several awards including MIT Innovators Under 35, Forbes (2x), and GSMA (2x)."

Dr.Tonya Bevedare Amankwatia

North Carolina A&T State University
Assistant Vice Provost, Distance Education and Extended Learning

Recognized as a distance education and continuing education leader, Dr. Tonya B. Amankwatia is an online federal compliance reviewer and contributor to various international conferences and publications. She’s the co-editor of the Brill series book, Large-Scale Technology Implementation Stories to Inspire Change and serves on Springer's TechTrends and Journal of Computing in Higher Education editorial review boards. She is a foundation board trustee for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology and directs its NATO Allied Command Transformation accord. She also serves on the University Professional and Continuing Education Association's Board of Directors and teaches one of its leadership professional development courses. She holds a doctorate in learning sciences and technology from Lehigh University.

Dr.Adam Marks

EDUVAL Education
Chief Academic Officer

An accomplished academic leader with expertise in higher education administration, strategic planning, program accreditation, market and industry alignment, and institutional effectives. A passionate researcher and practitioner in the areas of educational technology leadership, digital transformation, distance learning, and fact-based decision- making. Proven record of managing large operations across the U.S. Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. A member of the Academic Advisory council with Microsoft, Ellucian, and Blackboard. An external reviewer with MSCHE, and ABET.

Dr.Vikas Kumar

Central University of Haryana

"Dr. Vikas Kumar received MSc in Electronics from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India. This was followed by MSc in Computer Science and PhD from the same university. He also did his MBA in the area of Information Systems and Operations Management. His PhD work was in collaboration with CEERI, Pilani and he has worked in a number of ISRO sponsored projects. He is a life member of Indian Science Congress Association, Computer Society of India, IETE, ICEIE, IPA, VEDA, IVS and Magnetic Society of India. Dr. Kumar has designed and conducted a number of training programs for the corporate sector and is a trainer for a number of Govt of India departments. Along with 13 books, He has more than 100 research papers to his credit in various national and international conferences and journals.Out of which,55 are with the Scopus indexed journals. He was the Editor of International Quarterly Refereed Journal “Asia-Pacific Business Review” during June 2007-June 2009. Presently, Dr. Kumar is serving at Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh and is a visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore and University of Northern Iowa, USA. Dr. Kumar is also the President of “Society For Education and Research Development”. "

Dr.Ehsan Ahmad

Saudi Electronic University
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ehsan Ahmad is currently working as Assistant Professor at College of Computing and Informatics, Saudi Electronic University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He received his Master of Science in Software Engineering from Sweden and PhD in Computer Science and Technology from China in 2009 and 2015, respectively. Previously, He worked at the Department of Computer Science at Air University, Pakistan as lecturer from 2009 to 2012 and as Assistant Professor from 2015 to 2016. He has also worked at State Key Laboratory of Computer Science, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China from 2011 to 2012 as research fellow. His research interests include digital transformation through computational thinking, architecture analysis of E-Learning methodologies and tools, Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Program Verification, and Discrete-event Simulation.

Dr. Irshad Hussain

The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Professor

Professor Dr. Irshad Hussain is working as Dean, Faculty of Education & Chairman, Department of Education. He did PhD from Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad in Educational Technologies

Prof.Mohammed Ali Akour

Former University Professor, ASIC, and Self-Employed
Higher Education Consultant, Inspector and Member of the International Advisory Council at ASIC

Dr. Akour is an associate Professor with more than 20 years of international academic and industrial experience in USA, Jordan and Oman; specialized in instructional psychology and technology (human–computer interaction), technology management, innovation, and application of information and communication technologies in business and education settings. He held a number of administrative positions such as Accreditation Inspector, Founding/Acting Director of eLearning and Innovation Center, Special Assistant to the President of an American oil & gas company, Deputy Dean, Assistant Dean, Head of Department, and Projects Manager. He is a member of executive, steering, and editorial board committees in a number of international conferences and journals. He is a member of the International Advisory Council, June 2020 to present. Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities, UK.

Dr.Kumar Laxman

University of Auckland
Associate Professor

Dr Kumar Laxman was an associate professor with the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland for over 10 years. He graduated with a PhD in instructional design and technology from Macquarie University, Australia. His other qualifications include a masters degree in educational technology from the National Institute of Education (Singapore), a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the National University of Singapore and a postgraduate diploma in education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore). He has worked in various capacities with many reputable organizations and tertiary institutions.Dr Kumar Laxman has served as a catalytic leader in participating in numerous e-learning and learning and development initiatives.

Dr.Jennifer Mathes

Online Learning Consortium
Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she provides the strategic direction for the organization and supports the development of key projects and programs to support OLC members. Dr. Mathes has 25 years of experience in both public and private education where she has continuously supported digital learning initiatives. In addition, Dr. Mathes is the author of the ICDE Report Global Quality in Online, Open, Flexible and Technology Enhanced Education: An Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (2019) and co-editor of the OLC Quality Scorecard Handbook: Criteria for Excellence in Blended Learning Programs (2017).Dr. Mathes holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr.Dharminder Singh Sandhu (Dan Sandhu)

Sparx Learning
CEO

"CEO of Sparx Learning, Dan has an extensive career in the education and technology sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Leading and guiding education teams around the world, Dan has previously been voted as one of Education Technology’s top 100 most influential leaders globally. As a member of BESA’s Executive Council (UK Education Industry Body) and having joined the Brooking Institution’s Center for Universal Education’s Leadership Council in the US, Dan is influencing the education and EdTech landscapes beyond his role at Sparx Learning .Dan has led Sparx Learning’s growth into a market-leading, award-winning global business. Sparx Learning (comprising SparxMaths, HegartyMaths and Numerise) is improving the maths of 1.8 million learners in 2,000 schools across 23 countries. Sparx Learning has raised £50m from an impact-focused family office, one of largest by a UK investor, into UK EdTech.Previous experience in education includes Dan’s role as an investor in a number of education ventures such as Youth4work (a global vocational assessment platform),Edurio, Ecovation as well as his work with Emerge Education and Teachers’ Media International. He has been involved in Higher Education through his involvement in setting up a digitisation company in Toronto."

Mr.Brook Negussie

Elearnafrica
CEO

"I am a social entrepreneur dedicated to promoting technology access. Over the past fifteen years, I have held leadership roles in international technology companies, including telecommunications, satellite communications, media and social networks. Born in Ethiopia and educated in Europe and Canada, my business experience has been clearly defined by my efforts to provide learning resources to schoolchildren throughout Africa using satellite radio and internet connectivity. As CEO and founder of eLearnAfrica, I am committed to expanding educational opportunities to underserved communities. eLearnAfrica is aimed at making available world-class, locally relevant educational materials and learning resources available to students throughout the African continent by harnessing technology and social media networking."

Mr.Alexander Zheltov

Educate Online Inc
CEO and Founder

Alexander Zheltov is CEO and co-founder of Educate Online, Inc. (United States), an international education and technology company with a mission to offer affordable, borderless education worldwide. Alexander’s passion for international education began at a young age while attending summer camps, boarding school and finally Cass Business School in the UK. Alex pours his passion into everything he does, and it shows! In 2021, Educate Online won a Forbes award for best emerging startup, shortly following Alex was offered a position on the esteemed Forbes Council. And, as if that wasn’t enough love from Forbes, in 2022, Alex was a winner of Forbes 30 under 30 (CIS). Add to this, an outstanding leadership award from Education 2.0, features in Entrepreneurship magazine and Tech Crunch, Alex is one to watch as he shows us what it means to reimagine education.

Mr.Md. Abdullah Al Mahmud

Thriving Skills Limited
Founder & CEO

Thriving Skills Limited. Founder & CEO