Speakers EDCRUNCH 2019

Pasi Sahlberg
Pasi Sahlberg
Internationally recognized author of the Finnish education system, author of bestselling book Finnish Lessons 2.0, Professor at Harvard University and at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
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Pasi Sahlberg
Pasi Sahlberg
Internationally recognized author of the Finnish education system, author of bestselling book Finnish Lessons 2.0, Professor at Harvard University and at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as school teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. He has written and spoken widely about these topics, his book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has potential to change the world. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank, a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation, a director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education, and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He chairs the Open Society Foundations’ Education Board and is a member of the Governing Board of the University of Oulu and the International Council of Education Advisors (ICEA) for the Scottish Government. His recent books are “Hard Questions on Global Educational Change”, “Empowered Educators in Finland” and “FinnishED Leadership: Four Big, Inexpensive Ideas to Transform Education”. He is a professor of education policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
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Charles Fadel
Charles Fadel
Founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Author of "Four-Dimensional Education", USA
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Charles Fadel
Charles Fadel
Founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Author of "Four-Dimensional Education", USA
Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of Center for Curriculum Redesign; visiting scholar Harvard GSE; member President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering; chair education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of “Artificial Intelligence in Education”; “Four-Dimensional Education”, “21st Century Skills”; founder  Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Switzerland). Worked with education systems and institutions in more than 30 countries. Spent 25 years in technology management; formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and Wharton/Penn CLO, angel investor with Beacon Angels.  BSEE, MBA, seven patents.  
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Barbara Oakley
Barbara Oakley
Author of the world's most popular online course "Learn how to learn" with more than 2.5 million students, prominent scientist in neuroscience, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, linguist, translator of Russian language, USA
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Barbara Oakley
Author of the world's most popular online course "Learn how to learn" with more than 2.5 million students, prominent scientist in neuroscience, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, linguist, translator of Russian language, USA
Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; Michigan’s Distinguished Professor of the Year; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Teaches the world’s largest MOOC, Learning How to Learn, through Coursera-UCSD, with over two million registered students. Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal. She is a New York Times best-selling author who has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
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Tim O’Reilly
Tim O’Reilly
Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., USA
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Tim O’Reilly
Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., USA
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. His original business plan was simply “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. O’Reilly Media delivers online learning, publishes books, runs conferences, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. This is the subject of his new book from Harper Business, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us.

In addition to his role at O’Reilly Media, Tim is a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
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Marina Rakova
Marina Rakova
Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation
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Marina Rakova
Marina Rakova
Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation
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Dmitriy Peskov
Dmitriy Peskov
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development
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Dmitriy Peskov
Dmitriy Peskov
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development
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Alevtina Chernikova
Alevtina Chernikova
Rector of NUST MISIS
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Alevtina Chernikova
Alevtina Chernikova
Rector of NUST MISIS
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Catherine Lou
Catherine Lou
Member of Board of Trustees at Duke University Education Foundation and Youth Patron of Lincoln Center, USA
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Catherine Lou
Catherine Lou
Member of Board of Trustees at Duke University Education Foundation and Youth Patron of Lincoln Center, USA
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Ekaterina Boni
Ekaterina Boni
Head of Learning, Development&Adaptation Department, Mail.ru Group
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Ekaterina Boni
Head of Learning, Development&Adaptation Department, Mail.ru Group
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Tutta Larsen
Tutta Larsen
TV and Radio Presenter, Author of Subjective TV Channel TUTTA.TV
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Tutta Larsen
TV and Radio Presenter, Author of Subjective TV Channel TUTTA.TV
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Tatiana Chernigovskaya
Tatiana Chernigovskaya
Professor of Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics, Professor of General Linguistics, Head of Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Head of Department of Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, Honoured Worker of Science of the Russian Federation
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Tatiana Chernigovskaya
Tatiana Chernigovskaya
Professor of Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics, Professor of General Linguistics, Head of Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Head of Department of Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, Honoured Worker of Science of the Russian Federation
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Shuaiguo Wang
Shuaiguo Wang
Chief Operating Officer at XuetangX, China
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Shuaiguo Wang
Shuaiguo Wang
Chief Operating Officer at XuetangX, China
Shuaiguo Wang is the Chief Operating Officer at XuetangX, an online learning platform founded by Tsinghua University. Prior to joining XuetangX, he was responsible for the research of online education in Tsinghua. His MOOC was awarded the National MOOC of China, with over 70,000 enrollments. In 2015, he founded Rain Classroom, which is the most active teaching tools for higher education in China. Shuaiguo holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University.
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Matthias Reuter
Matthias Reuter
Global Head of Siemens Leadership Excellence
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Matthias Reuter
Global Head of Siemens Leadership Excellence
Matthias Reuter was appointed as the Head of Leadership Excellence in April 2019. Responsibilities include developing enterprise level leaders and transforming leadership to master digital transformation. Over the last 3 years Matthias was the Global Learning and Transformation Manager at Siemens in the lead for learning consulting and solutions co-creating digital capability building across the company. Prior he was holding various positions in corporate learning, people and organizational development leading large scale rollouts and innovative learning architectures. Before he started at Siemens as a management consultant Matthias gained more than 5y of professional experience in Sales, Marketing and Service Business. While still at University Matthias started his career as an Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of a marketing consultancy. He is a true believer in Leadership, Learning and Education as key drivers for future success.
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John O’Brien
John O’Brien
President and CEO of EDUCAUSE
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John O’Brien
President and CEO of EDUCAUSE
John O’Brien is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, an international nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through technology innovation. Throughout his career in higher education, John has served as a leader in technology, academics, and institutional leadership. He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a college provost and president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the fourth largest higher education system in the United States with over 375,000 students. Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as the system’s senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs. John holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana University, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.
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Ben Nelson
Ben Nelson
Founder and CEO of Minerva Project
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Ben Nelson
Founder and CEO of Minerva Project
Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.

Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.

Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.
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