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Friday, December 21, 2018

Axios Future
By Steve LeVine ·Dec 21, 2018
Welcome back to Future. Thanks for subscribing.
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1 big thing: The China blind spot
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The West has a blind spot when it comes to China’s technological advances.
  • Axios' Kaveh Waddell writes: Again and again, the West has shown that it misunderstands China's true competence in the technologies of the future — artificial intelligence, quantum science, robotics, and more.
  • Alternatively under- and over-estimating China's progress, the U.S. and Europe are left simply unmoored in terms of tracking their primary geopolitical competition.
What it looks like: Whiplash.
  • In an utterly unexpected announcement last month, a Chinese scientist said he had produced a genetically edited embryo.
  • In recent years, there has been a headline-grabbing explosion of AI papers from Chinese researchers, followed by analyses suggesting that Chinese research lags significantly behindAmerican and European work when accounting for impact.
  • Over the last year, major advances have been announced by Chinese companies that most in the West have never heard of — like MiningLamp, a big data company that’s attracted name investors.
The backdrop: Several factors contribute to the trans-Pacific information gap. Unlike military hardware that can be publicly demonstrated, virtual technology like AI and quantum computing is difficult to scrutinize, especially because they are, at their core, difficult to understand.
  • The Chinese government deliberately sows confusion in official announcements and state-controlled media. The aim is sometimes to send rivals scrambling toward a dead end, says Elsa Kania, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
  • A narrow Western focus on major cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen — leaves out major universities and data-annotation outfits that also contribute to China’s AI rise, says Jeffrey Ding, of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute.
Combined, these factors and others have often left the West in the dark. MiningLamp, for example, is barely mentioned in English literature but is well known in China, says Joy Ma, a researcher at the University of Chicago's Paulson Institute. As a result, U.S. and European companies and officials don't know how to respond appropriately.
  • Now, the West has swung from discounting Chinese innovation to panicking, depicting an unstoppable tech juggernaut. Against this framing, the U.S. is considering ways to preserve the American tech advantage, like imposing export controls. But sanctions can be overkill, too.
  • The reality is somewhere in the middle, says Kania.
Axios science editor Andrew Freedman writes: Policy decisions made now will determine whether the U.S. successfully competes with China for the lead in scientific and engineering research, or squanders it through a mix of underfunding and poorly crafted legislation.
  • It's conceivable that China, not the U.S., will be the next country to land a human on the Moon, while also rivaling the U.S. and the E.U. in weather prediction in as little as a decade from now — a field with many military applications.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, speaks during the annual Central Economic Work Conference in Beijing, capital of China. The conference was held in Beijing from Dec. 19 to 21, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The annual Central Economic Work Conference was held in Beijing from Wednesday to Friday, as Chinese leaders charted course for the economy in 2019, a key year for the country to achieve its goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020.
In a speech at the conference, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president, and chairman of the Central Military Commission, reviewed the country's economic work in 2018, analyzed the current economic situation and arranged the economic work in 2019.
China has effectively coped with profound changes in the external environment this year, risen to challenges with solid work, accomplished the goals of macro-regulation relatively well and delivered a good start in the three tough battles against major risks, poverty and pollution, according to a statement issued after the meeting.
Meanwhile, the country has deepened the supply-side structural reform, pushed forward reform and opening-up with greater efforts, properly dealt with the Sino-U.S. economic and trade frictions, improved people's well-being, and maintained sustained and healthy economic development as well as overall social stability.
The country has "made new steps towards finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects," the statement said.
"The achievements we've made have not come easily," it said.
Over the past year, the leadership has gained a deeper understanding about economic work under new circumstances, according to the statement.
It said the country must uphold the centralized and unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee; assess current circumstances from a long-term perspective and have a clear vision about the country's long-term promising development prospects; make macro-regulation precisely, actively fine-tune policies and enhance policy coordination; timely respond to concerns of the society and guide market expectations in a targeted manner; give full play to the initiative of all parties to form synergy.
"While fully acknowledging the achievements, we must see that there are new and worrisome developments amid generally steady economic operation, the external environment is complicated and severe, and the economy faces downward pressure," the statement said.
However, it described the problems as part of development, noting that China is still and will be in an important period of strategic opportunity for development for a long time to come.
The world is facing unprecedented changes in a century, bringing both challenges and opportunities, the statement said.
To turn pressure into impetus for high-quality development, China should speed up the optimization and upgrading of its economic structure, enhance the capability of technological innovation, deepen reform and opening-up, accelerate green development, and participate in the reform of the global economic governance system.
Ensuring sound economic work is especially important for 2019, which marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and is key for building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the statement said.
China will strengthen counter-cyclical adjustments in its macro policy, continue to implement the proactive fiscal policy and the prudent monetary policy, make pre-emptive adjustments and fine-tune policies at the proper times, and ensure stable aggregate demand, according to the statement.
Bolder and more effective measures must be taken to implement the proactive fiscal policy, with a larger scale of tax and fee cuts and a relatively substantial increase in the issuance of special-purpose local government bonds, the statement said.
China will keep the prudent monetary policy "neither too tight nor too loose" while maintaining market liquidity at a reasonably ample level, according to the statement.
The monetary policy transmission mechanisms will be further smoothed out while the proportion of direct financing will be increased to make financing more accessible and affordable for the private sector and small businesses.
Reforms in various fields including state-owned enterprises, taxation and financing, land, market access as well as social management will be pushed forward, while the institutional environment will be improved to encourage fair competition and facilitate the accelerated development of small and medium enterprises.
Social policies should be made to help those most in need, while high priority will be given to employment, the statement said.
China must stick with the supply-side structural reform to tackle major economic problems and more frequently resort to market-oriented and law-based means, the statement said.
Previous structural adjustments should be reinforced, with continued efforts to downsize glutted industries, reduce all types of business burdens and channel more energy into weak areas including infrastructure.
Micro market entities will be further motivated and energized, with the establishment of fair, open and transparent market rules and a law-based business environment.
China will work to promote technological innovation and foster new industrial clusters, build a unified and open market system with orderly competition, and prompt the financial sector to better serve the real economy.
The meeting said the country has won "the initial victory in its three tough battles" against risk, poverty and pollution this year, and targeted efforts will be taken in 2019.
China will adhere to structural deleveraging, prevent abnormal financial volatility and properly handle local government debt risks. Areas in abject poverty and special groups will receive more government support.
While greater efforts and input shall be made in pollution control, government departments must take into consideration all factors and help businesses find solutions.

Friday, November 30, 2018

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  • SF Ben Nelson is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva Project, a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students.Previously, Ben spent more than 10 years at Snapfish seeing the company through from an idea to the world’s largest personal publishing service.

  • Vicky Colbert has developed, expanded and sustained this innovation in various roles and spheres. She was the first Escuela Nueva National Coordinator, Director of Distance Education in Javeriana University, Vice Minister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF’s Regional Education Adviser for the LAC region. Her work continues with Fundación Escuela Nueva, the nonprofit she founded in 1987 to ensure the quality and sustainability of the Escuela Nueva model in Colombia and abroad. Under Colbert´s leadership, FEN continues to adapt its proven, cutting-edge pedagogy to new contexts and populations. The Escuela Nueva model was adapted to urban settings (1987) and for migrant, displaced populations in emergency situations (2001). It was ranked 42nd by The Global Journal’s list of 100 Best NGOs worldwide.Vicky Colbert is Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva and co-author of the Escuela Nueva educational model, known worldwide for its proven effectiveness in improving the quality of education.

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Mr Fu Cairui, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Hujiang

Nicolas Sadirac is the General Director and co-founder of 42 with Xavier Niel, Kwame Yamgnane and Florian Bucher. 42 is a revolutionary computer training - free and open to all. M. Sadirac was the Director General of EPITECH (European Institute of Technology) - IT Dept. of IONIS group, first private education group in France with more than 15 000 students.

Mike Feerick is Founder & CEO of ALISON, a pioneer in free online certified learning for the workplace. Launched April 2007, ALISON is widely credited as the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider. With 11 million registered learners with 1.5m million graduates of its 850 free courses worldwide. ALISON leads a movement that is revolutionizing global access for millions of people to new education and employment opportunity.

Yao Zhang San Fran BiographyYao Zhang, founder and CEO of RoboTerra Inc., has been working in the education and technology field for more than a decade. RoboTerra, recognized as the annual "Star Company" at the 2014 World Learning Technology Summit and a "Top 30 Innovations Company in 2015 SVIEF", provides a cloud-based learning solution connecting educational robots built by students and respective course modules, which allows students a rewarding and fun learning experience. A Columbia University alumna, Yao was recognized for her great entrepreneurship, contribution and leadership in robotics and education, as a "Top 25 Women in Robotics in 2015" by RoboHub, and most recently honored as a 2016 Young Global Leader by Davos World Economic Forum, an Innovation Ambassador by the United Nations (UNCTAD), a Global Future Council AI & Robotics Committee member and one of "7 Women in AI & Robotics" by major tech media.

In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators and a leading advocate for learning-by-doing, STEM, and programming across the curriculum.
Dr. Gary Stager is co-author of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called the “bible of the maker movement in schools.”When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.

Leslee Udwin is the Founder and CEO of THINK EQUAL, a not-for-profit organisation which calls for a system change in education to end the discriminatory mind set and cycle of violence across our world. THINK EQUAL calls on governments and education ministers to adopt our program mediating all aspects of experiential social and emotional learning.The Committee of experts who have helped design and deliver the THINK EQUAL Programme include: Sir Ken Robinson, Dr Marc Brackett & Dr Robin Stern (co-directors of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence), Mary Gordon (Roots of Empathy), Barbara Isaacs (Montessori), Dr Urvashi Sahni (Brookings Institution, Ashoka), Vicki Colbert (Escuela Nueva) and others. We are also advising and working with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the initiative. Patrons include Meryl Streep, the Honourable Education Minister Unity Dow and Lord Rumi Verjee

Samir Saran is Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He spearheads ORF's outreach and business development activities. He curates Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economic, and chairs CyFy, India’s annual conference on cyber security and internet governance.Samir is a frequent commentator on issues of global governance and is featured regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. Some of his academic publications include India’s Climate Change Identity: Between Reality and Perception; New Norms for a Digital Society;

Yinuo Li is the co-founder of ETU School, an education effort aiming to promote changes in the education ecosystem by combining personalized education philosophy from China and the west, management expertise from private sector as well as technology platform and the online communities enabled by it to build schools and promote education equality at the same time. Yinuo was named World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2016.Yinuo is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from industry perspectives to strategy, organization, talent recruitment and development, and women’s leadership. In her personal capacity Yinuo has a wechat blog with 670K plus followers. Yinuo is also the Director of the China Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a team that works with China’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address key domestic and global health, development, and policy issues. She joined the foundation in 2015 after a career at McKinsey & Co., where she was most recently a partner at the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California. While based in McKinsey’s Beijing office from 2008 to 2013, Yinuo served as co-leader of the Healthcare Practice and as leader of the Social Sector and Global Public Health Practice.Yinuo has a B.S. in biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing 
Kenya? Julia Moffett BiographyFounder and CEO, Future of Learning Fund. Julia is currently the Director for innovations for the contract.

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Mr. Clive Lee is chief executive officer of the Yidan Prize Foundation.Graduate from the University of Hong Kong with a bachelor in engineering and two masters in social sciences, he took a different path and commit himself in international youth empowerment after experiencing devastating natural disasters. He is a specialist in social services, and has extensive experience in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and working with non­governmental and nonprofit organizations.His contributions to society have earned him numerous awards, including the first Hong Kong Youth Service Award, which was presented by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive.His efforts have been widely recognized, leading him to be made Harvard University IMUSE Scholar, Incubatee of Grameen Creative Lab by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Clinton Global Initiative University Scholar, Australia China Youth Dialogue delegate and among many others

Carmen Pellicer BiographyTheologian, Educationalist and Writer, Carmen Pellicer, ASHOKA Fellow 2016, is the president and founder of 'Fundación Trilema', 5 sxhools in spain

Sharath Jeevan is Founder and CEO of STiR Education. STiR is building a teacher-led movement to address the learning crisis in developing countries. STiR reignites the spark in teachers and empowers them to become committed, skilled and influential practitioners, to improve teaching quality and influence the wider system. STiR is currently working with 12,000 teachers impacting 500,000 children in India and Uganda, and aims to reach 120,000 children and 4.5 million children by 2020.Prior to founding STiR in early 2012, Mr Jeevan founded Teaching Leaders, an innovative UK education non-profit that attracted over $25 million in national expansion funding, and was replicated in the US with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This experience was key to helping him to realize the potential role that teachers could play in leading education reform.

Khaled Helioui is an active angel investor having backed mission driven startups such as Uber (first European investor), Deliveroo, Student.com, Werlabs, Soldo, Upgraded, Yumi or Bolt. He was previously the CEO of Bigpoint, the largest gaming company in Germany with over 500 employees & 400 million registered players, of which he led the turnaround and subsequent sale to Youzu Interactive.Khaled is Tunisian-French, an engineer by trade, and an active promoter of entrepreneurship as a driver of economic and social development, notably in Tunisia where he acts as mentor and coach for entrepreneurs & students. He is a United Nations digital leader and sits on the board of the Holding Italiana Quattordicesima.


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Professor Fernando Reimers is an expert in the field of Global Education. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He studies how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement and is an expert in developing global citizenship education curriculum and programs that help students gain the necessary competencies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Recent books include Teaching and Learning for the 21st CenturyEmpowering Global CitizensEmpowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons. Version 1.0Fifteen Letters on Education in SingaporeEmpowering All Students at Scale and One Student at a TimeLeading the Global Education Movement.
In 2017 he received the Global Citizen Award from the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations for his work advancing global citizenship education

Steve Drummond is the senior editor of NPR's education reporting project, NPR Ed. Launched in March 2014, NPR Ed is a nine-member team within the network, working in partnership with member stations around the country to provide deeper coverage of this vital issue and extend it to audiences across digital platforms. Drummond brings to this initiative more than 20 years' experience covering education issues.


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Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Her recent white papers focus on how disruptive innovations are changing the education landscape.Julia’s current research focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks.
Mr. Florian Hoffmann is the founder of the DO School, an award winning social enterprise that believes good business is the best solution to the world’s biggest challenges. A serial entrepreneur in both the non- and for profit fields, Florian has dabbled in the areas of philanthropy, lifestyle, tourism and media.Mr. Hoffmann is passionate about empowering individuals with the skillset to turn their ideas into action, fulfilling their dreams and positively impacting their society. Today, he puts all of his entrepreneurial spark to use working with young talents and leading institutions to develop innovation in response to some of the toughest challenges of our time.He has received various recognitions and in 2017 was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Florian ́s background is in political philosophy and international Politics, He holds an MPhil in International Politics from Oxford University with distinction and studied also at ECLA of Bard College, Berlin’s Humboldt University and Duke University.Mr. Hoffmann regularly contributes to the public debate on good business, new forms of learning and innovation and has been teaching the DO School method at a variety of universities including Columbia University, Oxford University, the University of Geneva, the Hasso Plattner Institute at Potsdam University or ESMT.

Dr. Jörg Dräger, born in 1968, studied Physics and Economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He then went on to receive a Master of Science (M.Sc.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University, New York, before returning to Germany in 1996 to work for the German management consulting firm Roland Berger. In 1998, he became CEO of the Northern Institute of Technology, an internationally oriented, private institution of higher education.In 2001, at the age of 33, he took office as Hamburg's (independent) Minister of Science and Research, and later also as its Minister of Health and Consumer Protection. In addition, he was a member of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and a deputy member of the German Bundesrat.In 2008, Dr. Dräger joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung as a member of its Executive Board. He is responsible for the foundation's education and integration programs, serves as CEO of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) and mentors young entrepreneurs in the non-profit Founders Foundation, a Bertelsmann Stiftung initiative

Zyad Limam is a Franco-Tunisian publisher. With more than 25 years of journalistic experience and entrepreneurial endeavors, he has built a strong knowledge of Africa issues and international matters.

Ramin Farhangi Biography After 3 years of consulting for the Boston Consulting Group, Ramin realizes that his true calling is in education. Since he was the child who admired his 4th grade teacher, he dreamed of becoming such an adult who would help children grow into independent and happy adults.He decides to take a regular Math teaching job, convinced that he would be one of these rare teachers who will inspire his students and be remembered for life. After a few years practicing this noble and complicated profession, he gets to the conclusion that the actual design of school is an issue (curricula, timetables, age groups, classrooms...).Inspired by Ken Robinson, he realizes that only a very small minority of children can thrive at school: only those who enjoy studying academic disciplines. Searching for radical alternatives, he discovers democratic schools, and more specifically Sudbury Valley School, where children are completely free to live their own lives.Ramin is the cofounder of Ecole Dynamique (2015, Paris) based on the Sudbury concept, and the cofounder of EUDEC France, a network of now 19 democratic schools and 45 projects. His TED Talk reaches beyond 200 000 views.

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Emmanuel Davidenkoff is a journalist, specialist in education, higher education and innovation since 1990. He is currently editor-in-chief at Le Monde, in charge of editorial development. He previously worked for several national medias, including Libération (2000-2006) and was editor of L'Étudiant (2008-2015).For more than twenty years, he has produced programs and chronicles on education for several channels in the public group Radio France (France Info, France Culture and France Musique).He has published several books, including The Digital Tsunami, which analyzes the impact of digital on education, Are universities soluble in globalization.
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James Crabtree is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and a Contributing Editor at the Financial Times. Until May 2016, James led coverage of corporate India for the FT as Mumbai Bureau chief, having previously worked on the opinion page in London, as Comment Editor. He is now on sabbatical at the LKY School, where he is a senior fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalization. His forthcoming book on India, The Billionaire Raj, will be published by Random House in mid-2018.

Sir Michael Barber is a world-leading authority on education systems and education reform. Over the past two decades his research and advisory work has focused on school improvement, standards and performance; system-wide reform; effective implementation; access, success and funding in higher education; and access and quality in schools in developing countries.As Chief Education Advisor at Pearson from 2011 to 2017, he drove a focus on efficacy and learning outcomes. From 2014 to 2016 he was Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education. He became the first Chair of the new Office for Students in April 2017, which will regulate the higher education sector in England.
Tom Sherrington has been a teacher and school leader for over 30 years working in a wide range of school contexts around the UK and Asia. He spent 11 years as a Headteacher and is now an education consultant supporting schools and colleges with teacher development, school improvement, assessment and curriculum design.Tom is a prolific blogger sharing ideas via his popular website teacherhead.com with a strong twitter following at @teacherhead. He is the author of The Learning Rainforest and a regular speaker at education conferences for teachers and school leaders. Tom is also a trustee of the National Baccalaureate Trust.

Sarah Borgman Biography As Director of Skoll Community and Convenings, Ms Borgman has executive oversight for the international portfolio of Skoll Awardees and the platforms that accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll World Forum, the premiere Skoll convening, is the largest platform and takes place each year in Oxford, England.

Sir Collins took up post as the first Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.The EEF is a grant-making education charity dedicated to challenging educational disadvantage, sharing evidence and finding out what works in education. The EEF has established over 150 education studies involving 1:3 schools in England and over 955,000 children. The work has gained an international reputation and the EEF supports work in Australia, Latin America and Europe

Simon Breakspear Australia Dr. Simon Breakspear works at the intersection of system reform and learning innovation. He is the Executive Director of Learn Labs, an education research and advisory agency that works globally to apply research to support school and system improvement.,Simon is also a Research Fellow at The Education University of Hong Kong, and the founder of Agile Schools which enables educator teams to engage in iterative, evidence-informed innovation.

Megan Clement is managing editor of Women & Girls at News Deeply. She has broad experience covering human rights, gender, development, politics, science and environmental issues. Megan was part of the launch team for The Conversation in 2011, and helped establish the site in four countries worldwide – Australia, the UK, the US and France

Andy Hargreaves is the Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, and Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and the First Minister of Scotland.Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and teacher unions worldwide. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards – including the prestigious 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan)
Ben Castleman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, and the Founder and Director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at UVA. He is a senior advisor to Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and is the Faculty Director of the University of Virginia-US Army Partnership on Veterans’ Education.Ben’s research develops scalable solutions in education and public policy by leveraging behavioural insights, data science, interactive technologies, and deep partnerships with public and private agencies and organizations. Ben leads Mrs. Obama’s Up Next campaign, a national text messaging campaign to improve college, financial aid, and loan repayment outcomes for young Americans. Ben has presented about his research at several White House convenings and in testimony before the United States Congress.

#BR7 Emad Al Khaja is the CEO of INJAZ Qatar, and considered to be one of the youngest CEOs amongst the 120 member countries of Junior Achievement organizations. He is also an entrepreneur and a member in the Qatar’s National committee for financial inclusion, under the administration of Qatar central Bank. 

Fadi Makki BiographyPioneer in the application of behavioural economics and nudges to public policy in the middle east. He has more than 20 years of experience in public sector reform, strategy, financial markets regulation, behavioral economics and trade policy. Currently leading Qatar’s Nudge Unit (Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit - QBIU) at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; Founder of Nudge Lebanon and the Consumer-Citizen Lab. Senior Fellow at Georgetown Qatar and AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy. Formerly DG of the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade, Member of the Board of the Banque Du Liban, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Director at Cisco and Booz & Company. Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Qatar, Trade expert at Islamic Development Bank. Visiting lecturer on international trade at AUB and Saint Joseph University. Member of the board of several financial, academic institutions and NGOs in Lebanon and the region. PhD - Cambridge University; Masters - LSE and Hull; BA - AUB; LLB - Lebanese University

Eric Sheninger Biography Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices.Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.

Saku Tuominen is a serial entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO of HundrED, a community improving K12 education globally by seeking and sharing inspiring educational innovations.His specialty is creativity and innovation, which he has taught in dozens of companies and in Aalto University in Helsinki. He has also written 10 books; about innovation, the future of office work, good life, human belief systems, everyday creativity and Italian cuisine.Saku’s background is in media and television. He founded Broadcasters, a successful Finnish independent TV production company in 1989. The company was sold twice, first to MTG and then to Zodiak Entertainment. In 2009-2010 Saku was the Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment, the world’s 3rd largest TV production company in London.

Singapore's Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez joined Microsoft in 2012 as Regional Director for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (Southeast Asia). Her team supports 15 markets and drives government affairs, policy and regulatory engagements, academic and non-profit relations, and other activities to enhance understanding and use of technology for the public good. She is also the former Vice-Dean and Assistant Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), the premier school of public policy in Asia.

Dr. Amel Karboul is commissioner of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (Education Commission) and Secretary-General of the Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF).

Noella Coursaris Musunka BiographyAs the Founder of the nonprofit Malaika and an Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Noella uses her platform to raise awareness for causes she believes in as a mother, feminist, and fierce advocate for Africa’s youth.Malaika was founded in 2007 as a grassroots nonprofit that educates and empowers girls and their communities in Noella’s native country of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Lydia Wilbard’s life experience resonates strongly with that of the young marginalised women reached by Camfed's programmes. Completing secondary school against great personal odds, Ms Wilbard ran several successful businesses to fund her high school and university education, graduating with honors from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences.A founding member of the Camfed Association (CAMA) Tanzania in 2005

Mr. Gauto is Paraguayan, and has worked extensively in the Latin American region in various capacities for the last 25 years. He is an Agricultural Engineer, who got his degree in 1979 from the National University of Asunción in Paraguay. Later, in 1986, he got a Master of Science degree on “Forest Economics and Resource Management” from the Virginia Polytechnic University, at Blacksburg, Virginia, in the USA.In 2008, he co-authored the creation of a unique high school dedicated to educate the daughters of the poorest families surrounding the Reserve. The school emphasizes on entrepreneurial education, so that these girls don’t have to ask for jobs but they themselves can create and direct them. The school combines one week of classes indoors with another week outdoors, learning how to build nurseries, dairy farms, poultry, organic orchards, managing an ecotourism lodge etc. Over 300 young women have already graduated from this unique school in the middle of the forest.In 2011 Mr. Gauto also co-authored the creation and running of the Juntos por la Educacion Foundation, an NGO that works on identifying the most important bottlenecks in the public education of Paraguay and generating public policies
VN Desai adviser columbia- AFS former Asia Society

Annette Diefenthaler Design Thinking for educators

#Br10 Gabrieila Arenas TAAP was to scale their social impact from being a project with 200 beneficiaries located in a rural community in Venezuela, to delivering workshops benefiting directly more than 21,000 children, adolescents, parents and educators across Latin America. In addition, TAAP aims to reach more than 2.600.000 members of the educational ecosystem with its teacher training program, conferences, campaigns, and open source programs,

#BR10 Claudia Costin is the Director of CEIPE- Center for Excellence and Innovation of Education Policies, a think tank within Getulio Vargas Foundation, a leading private University in Brazil where she is a professor. She was in the recent past a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director for Global Education in the World Ban

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The World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE 2017


The World Innovation Summit for Education, or WISE, examines international questions around education and strives to create an international community for teachers and learners. The 2017 theme is Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together. Speakers at the summit address issues such as global citizenship, inequality, and technology, as they relate to educating children and adults everywhere.