Global Education & Skills Forum

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15 - 16 March 2015

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

Speakers

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.

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
Parthenon-EY
United Arab Emirates

Paul Atherton
Dr Paul Atherton

Education Economist
DFID
United Kingdom

Nancie Atwell
Ms Nancie Atwell

@NancieAtwellTeacher
Center for Teaching and Learning
United States

Anusheh Aziz
Ms Anusheh Aziz

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

Allison Bailey
Ms Allison Bailey

Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
United States

Loulwa Bakr
Mrs Loulwa Bakr

@lbakrManaging Director
Edu21
Saudi Arabia

John Bangs
Mr John Bangs

-Senior Consultant
Education International
United Kingdom

Shabana Basij-Rasikh
Ms Shabana Basij-Rasikh

@sbasijrasikhCo-Founder & President
SOLA-School of Leadership, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah
Mr Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah

Minister of National Education and Vocational Training
Government of Morocco
Morocco

Barnett Berry
Dr Barnett Berry

@BarnettCTQCEO
Center for Teaching Quality (USA)
United States

Michael Block
Dr Michael Block

Chairman
BASIS.ed
United States

Marc Boxser
Mr Marc Boxser

Global 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
Argentina

Geoff Canada
Mr Geoff Canada

President
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
India

Dilip Chenoy
Mr Dilip Chenoy

MD & CEO
National Skill Development Corporation
India

Vicky Colbert
Mrs Vicky Colbert

@Escuela_NuevaExecutive Director and Founder
FUNDACIÓN ESCUELA NUEVA
Colombia

Ann Cotton
Dr Ann Cotton

@CamfedFounder and President
Camfed International
United Kingdom

Sean Coughlan
Mr Sean Coughlan

seanjcoughlanEducation correspondent
BBC
United Kingdom

Vicki Davis
Mrs Vicki Davis

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

Lance de Masi
Dr Lance de Masi

President
American University in Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Charles Guy Etienne
Mr Charles Guy Etienne

@CGuyEtienneDirecteur General
College Catts Pressoir
Haiti

Jean Claude Farah
Mr Jean Claude Farah

President-MEA, APAC, EE & CIS
Western Union
United Arab Emirates

Andrew Fitzmaurice
Mr Andrew Fitzmaurice

CEO
Nord Anglia Education
Hong Kong

Denise Gallucci
Mrs Denise Gallucci

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

Soulaima Gourani
Mrs Soulaima Gourani

@SoulaimaGouraniCEO
Tradeconductor.com
Denmark

Shekhar Gupta
Mr Shekhar Gupta

Editor & Columnist
Mediascape Pvt. Ltd., Chairman
India

Abdulsalam Haykal
Mr Abdulsalam Haykal

amhaykalCEO
Haykal Group
United Arab Emirates

Victor Hu
Mr Victor Hu

Global Head of Education Technology and Services
Goldman Sachs
United States

Winnie Imanyara
Mrs Winnie Imanyara

Executive Director
Housing Finance Foundation
Kenya

John Iossifidis
Mr John Iossifidis

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

Maysa Jalbout
Ms Maysa Jalbout

@MaysaJalboutNonresident Fellow
The Brookings Institution
United Arab Emirates

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
China

Soulaymane Kachani
Prof. Soulaymane Kachani

@KachaniSVice Provost
Columbia University
United States

Mithun Kamath
Mr Mithun Kamath

@mithunrkamathCEO
GEMS Skills Africa
South Africa

Neeru Khosla
Mrs Neeru Khosla

@ck12foundationExecutive Director
CK-12 Foundation
United States

Jay Kimmelman
Mr Jay Kimmelman

CEO, Co-Founder
Bridge International Academies
Kenya

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

Director General
International Baccalaureate Organization
Netherlands

Zlatko Lagumdzija
Mr Zlatko Lagumdzija

Former PM of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Barnaby Lenon
Mr Barnaby Lenon

@barnabylenonChairman
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

Headmaster
Eton College
United Kingdom

Kirstie Mackey
Mrs Kirstie Mackey

Director of LifeSkills & Consumer Affairs
Barclays
United Kingdom

Lachlan MacKinnon
Mr Lachlan MacKinnon

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

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
Deloitte
United Kingdom

Jacqueline Mghoi Jumbe-Kahura
Mrs Jacqueline Mghoi Jumbe-Kahura

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

Ann Mroz
Ms Ann Mroz

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

NURUL ISLAM NAHID
Mr NURUL ISLAM NAHID

Minister
Ministry of Education, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka
Bangladesh

Phalla Neang
Mrs Phalla Neang

Coordinator of Blind Education Program
Krousar Thmey
Cambodia

Tamela Noboa
Ms Tamela Noboa

@discovery_learnManaging Director
Discovery Learning Alliance
United States

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
Nigeria

Svein Osttveit
Mr Svein Osttveit

Director of the Executive Office of the Education Sector
UNESCO
France

Olivier Oullier
Prof. Olivier Oullier

@emorationalityProfessor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Aix-Marseille University
France

Luis Pérez Gil
Mr Luis Pérez Gil

Communications Officer
Club de Madrid
Spain

Vikas Pota
Mr Vikas Pota

@vikaspotaCEO
Varkey Foundation
United Kingdom

Iveta Radicova
Mrs Iveta Radicova

Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
Club de Madrid
Spain

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

@greenBXmachineFounder
Green Bronx Machine
United States

Azizullah Royesh
Mr Azizullah Royesh

https://twitter.com/royesh12civic education teacher & relation officer
Marefat High School
Afghanistan

Jim Ryan
Mr Jim Ryan

@deanjimryanDean
Harvard Graduate School of Education
United States

Sumaya Saluja
Ms Sumaya Saluja

@sumayasalujaCo-Chair
Youth Advocacy Group
United States

Gabriel Sanchez-Zinny
Mr Gabriel Sanchez-Zinny

@gzinnyPresident
Kuepa.com
United States

Andreas Schleicher
Mr Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
France

Kiran Sethi
Ms Kiran Sethi

@kiranbirsethiFounder / Director
The Riverside School
India

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
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
Spain

Lutfey Siddiqi
Prof. Lutfey Siddiqi

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

Kate SIlverton
Mrs Kate SIlverton

Facilitator
Pangolin Media
United Kingdom

Madenjit Singh
Dr Madenjit Singh

Founder
GDI - SOLS 247
Thailand

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
Jordan

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
Netherlands

Jay Sunny Varkey
Mr Jay Sunny Varkey

Group Executive Director
GEMS Global
United Arab Emirates

Ramya Venkataraman
Ms Ramya Venkataraman

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

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

@tomwhitbyAuthor/Blogger
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

Bin Yang
Prof. Bin Yang

Vice President, Provost and Dean of Graduate School
Tsinghua University
China

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

@goyucelDirector
The Istanbul Center for Digital Affairs
Turkey