VEDRAN DRAKULIĆ OAM
CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, Adjunct Professor, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT
As CEO of one of the largest private family foundations in Australia, Vedran supports the Gandel family to invest in digital learning opportunities and programs to enable better educational outcomes for all Australians, but especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years Gandel Philanthropy funded projects such as ‘computer for every child’, the digital learning labs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, iPads for non-verbal students in specialist schools and a Tech Schools program in regional and rural schools. Vedran is also an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Assistant Principal for Online Learning and Director of Learning, Teaching & Web at University of Edinburgh in Scotland
Melissa has significant experience in higher education having led digital education initiatives at universities of Oxford and Leeds in the UK. She has a track record of success and innovation in delivering high quality educational technology projects with global reach. Under her leadership the University of Edinburgh teams have won many awards for excellence, innovation and creativity. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion with long-standing interests in lifelong learning, data skills and open educational resources. The University of Edinburgh is a world leader in online education and learning technologies.
Head of Young People at Sky
Over 10 years of experience working with young people through various Sky projects, enabling them to fulfil their potential. Engaging hundreds of young people from under-represented backgrounds have fulfilling work and seeing thousands of children gain an insight into working in the media and digital world.
Learning Technologist and Consultant
"I proactively research, evaluate and reflect on the effective use of learning technologies, and specialise in analysing pedagogy to digital technology. I am currently a Digital Practice Adviser at Nottingham Trent University and am a external consultant that works with The Education and Training Foundation. I am an External Quality Assurer for Ascentis, a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and winner of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year award 2016. I hold a Technology Enhanced Learning MSc and am a qualified teacher, assessor and lead internal verifier. I am the author of the acclaimed Learning Technology: A Handbook for FE Teachers and Assessors."
Instructional Technology Coach at Educate LLC
I currently work as an instructional technology coach supporting schools as they develop transformative and innovative instructional goals that allow their community to spark meaningful change. During 1:1 coaching, modeling, co-teaching, reflection, I work with teachers and school leaders to plan and implement effective activities that incorporate instructional technology tools and strategies as needed. Before my coaching career, I was an 8th grade science teacher who supported the roll-out of a 1:1 chromebook program and developed a project-based learning classroom, utilizing best practices with technology to increase engagement and collaboration.
Director and Partner at Parvus Asset Management
Director and Partner at Parvus Asset Management; work with various firms as a strategic advisor, consultant or fund director. Trustee and/or patron of six charities working with young people. Rahul has spent the last 22 years building businesses across the world. Prior to moving into the world of finance he was an academic and he studied at 19 universities in four countries. Today he works with six charitable organisations and supports many others. All of the charities focus on young people so education is central to the delivery of their mission and digital has been key to the success in reaching benefactors.
Teacher and Director of #MakerEd
Teacher and Director of Spark School #Makerspace (the first of its kind in the UK), Founder of the National Festival for Digital Making #Makefest, passionate advocate for eradicating the digital divide. TES Teacher of the Year 2018, EdTech 50 and BIMA 100 member.
PROF. JO-ANNE MURRAY
Assistant Vice-Principal of Digital Education, University of Glasgow
Professor Jo-Anne Murray is Assistant Vice-Principal, Digital Education, at the University of Glasgow (UofG). Jo-Anne is responsible for digital education at UofG, including the development of online distance learning provision. She is also Professor of Educational Innovation and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has led the development of many novel learning and teaching approaches, including virtual worlds, mobile apps and massive open online courses. Jo-Anne has also led and participated in a range of research activities in education and the biological sciences and has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in these areas.
Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn
Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn, Justin leads all content and partnership activity, working to build a world-class portfolio of content targeted at in-demand jobs and global skills gaps. Justin founded global digital agency Fortune Cookie in 1997, which he grew to 250 people and $30 million in revenue before selling to WPP in 2012. He's been an investor and adviser to numerous fast-growth technology businesses at Northzone. For the past two years, he’s been VC of Unicef UK, a member of the Digital Advisory Board to the GREAT Britain campaign and sits on the Advisory Board of The British Museum.
Middle School Educator, Edtech Specialist
Completed the two-year Teach for America program in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently holds a masters degree in education focusing on world language and Spanish. Starting her eighth year as a Spanish teacher for the Franklin Special School District. Serves as related arts team leader, grant team representative, Spirit Night coordinator, Edfellow with SCORE, and mentors first-generation college students with Tennessee Achieves. Technology presenter at the district, local, and state levels. Avid runner and energetic personality with a passion for a classroom that produces superior learning, and student development.
Founder and CEO of itSilesia and Lecturer at Silesian University of Tech, Poland.
Since 2008, he has been constantly developing the company, looking for new challenges and interesting projects, especially those related to the use of new technologies, including Virtual and Augmented reality, which he is a big fan. He started as a programmer himself, and now he employs a dozen or so developers working in various technologies, and he focuses on setting goals and directions of the company's development. Enthusiast of spending his free time outdoors regardless of the season.