Global Education & Skills Forum

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12 - 13 March 2016

Atlantis The Palm,
Dubai, U.A.E.


The Global Education & Skills Forum attracts leaders in business, finance, government, public policy, academia, philanthropy, and more. These individuals represent some of the world's top firms, organizations, universities and governments.

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Past Speakers: Global Education and Skills Forum 2015

2014 Speakers

Abdul-kareem Al Eryani
Mr Abdul-kareem Al Eryani

Former Prime Minister of Yemen

Tariq Al Gurg
Mr Tariq Al Gurg

Chief Executive officer
Dubai Cares
United Arab Emirates

Ashwin Assomull
Mr Ashwin Assomull

Managing Director
United Arab Emirates

Paul Atherton
Dr Paul Atherton

Education Economist
United Kingdom

Nancie Atwell
Ms Nancie Atwell

Center for Teaching and Learning
United States

Anusheh Aziz
Ms Anusheh Aziz

@AnushehBMember Youth Advocacy Group
UN SG\'s Global Education First Initiative

Loulwa Bakr
Mrs Loulwa Bakr

@lbakrManaging Director
Saudi Arabia

John Bangs
Mr John Bangs

@johnbangsSenior Consultant
Education International
United Kingdom

Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah
Mr Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah

Minister of National Education and Vocational Training
Government of Morocco

Barnett Berry
Dr Barnett Berry

Center for Teaching Quality (USA)
United States

Michael Block
Dr Michael Block

United States

Marc Boxser
Mr Marc Boxser

@marcboxserGlobal Director for External Relations & Strategic Initiatives (Head of GEMS Online Learning)
GEMS Education
United States

Adam Braun
Mr Adam Braun

@AdamBraunDirector, Global Education Platform
Global Business Coalition for Education / A World at School
United States

Esteban Bullrich
Mr Esteban Bullrich

@estebanbullrichMinister of Education City of Buenos Aires
Government City of Buenos Aires

Geoff Canada
Mr Geoff Canada

Harlem Children's Zone and Promise Academy Boards
United States

Gordon Carver
Dr Gordon Carver

Project Director (Africa)
The Varkey Foundation
United Kingdom

Cathy Cavanaugh
Dr Cathy Cavanaugh

@cathycavanaughDirector of Teaching and Learning
Microsoft Worldwide Education
United States

Madhav Chavan
Dr Madhav Chavan

Co-Founder- CEO
Pratham Education Foundation

Bill Clinton
Mr Bill Clinton

@billclinton42nd President of the United States
The Clinton Foundation

Vicky Colbert
Mrs Vicky Colbert

@Escuela_NuevaExecutive Director and Founder

Ann Cotton
Dr Ann Cotton

@CamfedFounder and President
Camfed International
United Kingdom

Sean Coughlan
Mr Sean Coughlan

seanjcoughlanEducation correspondent
United Kingdom

David Crone
Mr David Crone

Youth Advocacy Group
United Nations Global Education First Initiative
United Kingdom

Vicki Davis
Mrs Vicki Davis

@coolcatteacherAuthor, Teacher
Cool Cat Teacher / Westwood Schools
United States

Lance de Masi
Dr Lance de Masi

American University in Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Charles Guy Etienne
Mr Charles Guy Etienne

@CGuyEtienneDirecteur General
College Catts Pressoir

Andrew Fitzmaurice
Mr Andrew Fitzmaurice

Nord Anglia Education
Hong Kong

Denise Gallucci
Mrs Denise Gallucci

@denisegallucciChief Executive Officer
GEMS Education- Americas and The Education Partners
United States

John Gougoulis
Mr John Gougoulis

Chief Curriculum Officer
GEMS Education
United Arab Emirates

Soulaima Gourani
Mrs Soulaima Gourani


Shekhar Gupta
Mr Shekhar Gupta

@ShekharGuptaContributing Editor
India Today, India

Tom Hatton
Mr Tom Hatton

United Kingdom

Abdulsalam Haykal
Mr Abdulsalam Haykal

Haykal Group
United Arab Emirates

Leila Hoteit
Dr Leila Hoteit

Partner & Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
United Arab Emirates

Victor Hu
Mr Victor Hu

@victorhuGlobal Head of Education Technology and Services
Goldman Sachs
United States

Winnie Imanyara
Mrs Winnie Imanyara

Executive Director
Housing Finance Foundation

John Iossifidis
Mr John Iossifidis

EVP/ Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Group
United Arab Emirates

Maysa Jalbout
Ms Maysa Jalbout

@MaysaJalboutNonresident Fellow
The Brookings Institution
United Arab Emirates

Hamadi Jebali
Mr Hamadi Jebali

Former Prime Minister of Tunisia

Amanda Jenkins
Mrs Amanda Jenkins

Member of Varkey GEMS Foundation Advisory Board
Varkey GEMS Foundation
United Kingdom

Xueqin Jiang
Mr Xueqin Jiang

@xueqinjiangContributing Education Editor
New York Times Chinese Website

Soulaymane Kachani
Prof. Soulaymane Kachani

@KachaniSVice Provost
Columbia University
United States

Nik Kafka
Mr Nik Kafka

@TweetAManToFishCEO & Founder
Teach A Man To Fish
United Kingdom

Paul Kagame
His Excellency Paul Kagame

Republic of Rwanda

Mithun Kamath
Mr Mithun Kamath

GEMS Skills Africa
South Africa

Neeru Khosla
Mrs Neeru Khosla

@ck12foundationExecutive Director
CK-12 Foundation
United States

Jay Kimmelman
Mr Jay Kimmelman

@JaySKimmelman CEO, Co-Founder
Bridge International Academies

Wendy Kopp
Ms Wendy Kopp

@wendykoppCEO & Co-founder
Teach for All
United States

Chandrika Kumaratunga
Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga

Former President of Sri Lanka

Siva Kumari
Dr Siva Kumari

@siva_kumariDirector General
International Baccalaureate Organization

Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera
Mr Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera

Former President of Uruguay

Zlatko Lagumdzija
Dr Zlatko Lagumdzija

@LagumdzijaZFormer PM of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Norman LaRocque
Mr Norman LaRocque

Principal Education Specialist
Asian Development Bank

Barnaby Lenon
Mr Barnaby Lenon

Independent Schools Council, UK
United Kingdom

Jiaojiao Li
Ms Jiaojiao Li

Head of New Vision for Education
World Economic Forum
United States

Tony Little
Mr Tony Little

Eton College
United Kingdom

Kirstie Mackey
Mrs Kirstie Mackey

@kirstierobbie Director of LifeSkills & Consumer Affairs
United Kingdom

Lachlan MacKinnon
Mr Lachlan MacKinnon

@lsmack5Director, Varkey Foundation Teacher Training Programmes
Varkey Foundation
United Arab Emirates

Itai Madamombe
Ms Itai Madamombe

Senior Advisor
United Nations
United States

James Mancham
Mr James Mancham

Founding President of the Seychelles

Anne McElvoy
Ms Anne McElvoy

@annemcelvoySenior Editor
The Economist
United Kingdom

Esther McFarlane
Ms Esther McFarlane

@EstherMcFarlaneYouth Advocate/Masters Student
GEFI Youth Advocacy Group
South Africa

Julie Mercer
Mrs Julie Mercer

Partner - Education Lead
United Kingdom

Jacqueline Mghoi Jumbe-Kahura
Mrs Jacqueline Mghoi Jumbe-Kahura

Teacher/ Founder and Executive Director
Bofa Primary school/ Lifting the Barriers

Vedran Mornar
Prof. Vedran Mornar

Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia

Ann Mroz
Ms Ann Mroz

@annmrozDigital Publishing Director & Editor TES
TES Global Limited
United Kingdom

Nurul Islam Nahid
Mr Nurul Islam Nahid

Ministry of Education, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka

Phalla Neang
Mrs Phalla Neang

Coordinator of Blind Education Program
Krousar Thmey

Michael O'Sullivan
Mr Michael O'Sullivan

Chief Executive
Cambridge International Examinations
United Kingdom

Olusegun Obasanjo
Mr Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Office of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Svein Osttveit
Mr Svein Osttveit

Director of the Executive Office of the Education Sector

Olivier Oullier
Prof. Olivier Oullier

@emorationalityProfessor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Aix-Marseille University

Iveta Radicova
Mrs Iveta Radicova

Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
Club de Madrid

Fernando Reimers
Prof. Fernando Reimers

@fernandoreimersProfessor, Director of Global Education Innovation Initiative and International Education Policy Program at Harvard University
Harvard Graduate School of Education
United States

Stephen Ritz
Mr Stephen Ritz

Green Bronx Machine
United States

Azizullah Royesh
Mr Azizullah Royesh

@royesh12Civic Education Teacher & Relation Officer
Marefat High School

Jim Ryan
Mr Jim Ryan

Harvard Graduate School of Education
United States

Sumaya Saluja
Ms Sumaya Saluja

Youth Advocacy Group
United States

Gabriel Sanchez-Zinny
Mr Gabriel Sanchez-Zinny

United States

Andreas Schleicher
Mr Andreas Schleicher

@SchleicherEDUDirector for Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Kiran Sethi
Ms Kiran Sethi

@kiranbirsethiFounder / Director
The Riverside School

V Shankar
Mr V Shankar

Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas.
Standard Chartered

Jordan Shapiro
Mr Jordan Shapiro

@jordoshJournalist/University Instructor
Forbes/Temple University
United States

Jim Shelton
Mr Jim Shelton

@jimseduFormer Deputy Secretary
US Department of Education
United States

Jenny Shipley
Dame Jenny Shipley

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Lutfey Siddiqi
Prof. Lutfey Siddiqi

@LutfeysGlobal Head of Emerging Markets - FX, Rates & Credit
UBS Investment bank

Kate Silverton
Mrs Kate Silverton

Pangolin Media
United Kingdom

Madenjit Singh
Dr Madenjit Singh

GDI - SOLS 247

Richard Spencer
Dr Richard Spencer

@rasyoulikeitHead of Science
Middlesbrough College
United Kingdom

George Srour
Mr George Srour

@gsrourFounder + Chief Dreamer
Building Tomorrow, Inc.
United States

Mohammad Thneibat
Prof. Mohammad Thneibat

Minister of Education
Ministry of Education

James Tooley
Prof. James Tooley

@james_tooleyProfessor of Education Policy
Newcastle University
United Kingdom

Fred van Leeuwen
Mr Fred van Leeuwen

@fredvanleeuwenGeneral Secretary
Education International

Jay Sunny Varkey
Mr Jay Sunny Varkey

Group Executive Director
GEMS Global
United Arab Emirates

Dino Varkey
Mr Dino Varkey

@DinoVarkeyGroup Executive Director and Board Member
GEMS Education
United Arab Emirates

Ramya Venkataraman
Ms Ramya Venkataraman

@RamyaVRamanFounder Director & CEO
Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA)

Vaira Vike-Freiberga
Ms Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Former President of Latvia & President of the Club of Madrid

Naomi Volain
Ms Naomi Volain

@NaomiVolainScience teacher
Springfield Central High School
United States

Thomas Whitby
Mr Thomas Whitby

Lollapalooza Consultant Group
United States

Brett Wigdortz
Mr Brett Wigdortz

@WigdortzCEO and Founder
Teach First
United Kingdom

Rebecca Winthrop
Mrs Rebecca Winthrop

@RebeccaWinthropDirector and Senior Fellow
Center for Universal Education at Brookings
United States

Carina Wong
Ms Carina Wong

Deputy Director, College Ready
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
United States

Luping Xu
Prof. Luping Xu

Co-director of Open FIESTA
Tsinghua University

Bin Yang
Prof. Bin Yang

Vice President, Provost and Dean of Graduate School
Tsinghua University

John Gai Nyuot Yoh
Honourable John Gai Nyuot Yoh

Minister of Education, Science and Technology
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Sudan, South

Gökhan Yücel
Mr Gökhan Yücel

The Istanbul Center for Digital Affairs