Speakers/Session Chairs

Tian Belawati

Tian Belawati, President, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE); Rector, Universitas Terbuka (Open University), Indonesia

Professor Tian Belawati,M.Ed., Ph.D.,has made lifetime professional contributions to open and distance learning (ODL). She has had extensive experiences in research, teaching, and administration of one of the mega universities in the world, Universitas Terbuka (UT), which serves over 550,000 students with differing needs and circumstances, residing in Indonesia and overseas.

She started her career in academic life as researcher in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Upon her return to UT in 1996, she was appointed as Head of the Center for Indonesian Studies and then was given greater responsibilities as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of UT for two-terms, from 2001 until 2009. During her office terms, UT started to introduce a new ODL platform through innovations such as online tutorials, open educational resources (OERs), online examination, digital library, and other ICT-based initiatives in teaching, learning and academic administration.

In 2009, Professor Belawati was appointed as Rector of UT and is currently in her second office term. As Rector, she has managed to improve the quality of ODL, develop greater public confidence in ODL, and establish collaborations with international as well as regional ODL institutions and associations. Her professional achievements have also led her appointments as Secretary General (2007-2009) and then President (2009-2010) of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). She was also elected as a member of the Election Committee (2007-2009), Executive Committee (2009-now), and at present the President of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Professor Belawati holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia and a M.Ed. in Management of Distance Education from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her reputations as both ODL researcher and top administrator have been recognized through various awards in the field of research and recently she received the AAOU Meritorious Award in 2013, as well as the Distinguished Individual Promoter of the ODL from the African Council for Open Education (ACDE) in June 2014.
Alan Bruce

Alan Bruce, CEO & Director, Universal Learning Systems, Ireland; Vice-President, European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN).

Alan Bruce is CEO of Universal Learning Systems. A sociologist who undertook his academic studies in Los Angeles, Galway and Amsterdam, Dr. Bruce has lectured in universities in France, England and Ireland and worked in policy research for the European Commission in Brussels. In Ireland he was responsible for professional training of specialists working in vocational rehabilitation. He has lectured and published widely on the social construction of disability, equality paradigms, social inclusion, strategic change and managing diversity.

He is adjunct professor in the University of Wisconsin and has collaborated with various US universities in research and program development. He was Academic Coordinator of the M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Counselling of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Ireland (1997-2000). He lectures for the Open Learning Centre of the National University of Ireland Galway in equality, diversity and systematic learning. He is a Senior Research Fellow in Education with the University of Edinburgh.
In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow of European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN). In 2010, he became Vice-President of EDEN. He is Academic Coordinator for the Conflicts of Interest program validated by Queens University Belfast. He is a member of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus. He has lectured in Kosovo, Bosnia, Romania, Cyprus and Northern Ireland on conflict transformation and innovative learning. A research specialist with the Equality Authority, he was training adviser to the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (2006-09).

A member of the Scientific Committee of the Creanova Project (2008-11) on innovative learning for the University of the Basque Country, he now coordinates CANRIC (Creanova Academic Network for Research in Innovation and Creativity).

Since 2012, Dr Bruce is National Coordinator for Ireland of the EU Open Discovery Space initiative, aiming at ICT supported transformative learning in European schools.

Piet Henderikx, Senior Advisor, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).

Piet Henderikx is also member of the steering committee for blended learning at the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts (Brussels), the Evaluation Committee of Uninettuno (Italy) and of the International Advisory Board of CALED (el Instituto Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Calidad en Educación Superior a Distancia, Loja, Ecuador - Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Quality in Distance Higher Education, Loja, Ecuador).

Piet Henderikx graduated in psychology and educational sciences at KU Leuven (Belgium) and has held different positions with regard to educational development and higher education policy at KU Leuven (1973-1986). He has been Senior Advisor for higher education and research at the Cabinet of the Flemish Minister of Education and Training (1986-1988) and Director of the Interuniversity Centre for Open Higher Education (1988-1996). He was Senior Advisor to the Rector of KU Leuven for educational and international policy (1996-2012).

Piet Henderikx acted as Secretary General of EADTU and CEO of EOUN (1996-2012). He has been consultant for official bodies of several European countries and the European Commission and member of the strategic advisory committees for distance education at CNED (France) and member of review and accreditation committees for open and online education in Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and South Africa.

Piet Henderikx is Professor honoris causa at UTPL (Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador – Technical University of Loja, Ecuador).
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Dmitry Guzhelya, Head of the Department of Social and Educational Projects, “International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya”, Russian Federation

Dmitry Guzhelya is Head of the Department for Social and Educational Projects, International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya, Founder of Universarium project.

Dmitry has been working in the sphere of education for more than 12 years. In 2002-2007 he was Director of educational programmes and projects in the non-profit organization Federation of Internet Education. In 2007-2010 he served as a key expert in analytical support of federal targeted programme Development of Education. In 2011-2012 he was Deputy Director of the Department of Federal Targeted Programmes and Projects, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
In 2012-2013 Dmitry designed the first Russian MOOC system Universarium and since that time he has been realizing this project.

Nowadays he is a member of research and coordination board and of a working group on e-learning development, Ministry of Education and Science.

Dmitry has a degree in research engineering. He speaks English and Spanish.
Dmitry Guzhelya is married and has two daughters. His hobbies are travelling and photography.
Dae Joon Hwang

Dae Joon Hwang, Provost, Planning & Budgeting, Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea

Mr. Dae Joon Hwang has been on the faculty of the College of Information and Communication Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, since March 1987. He represented Korean higher education institutions during his office of Secretary General of the Korean Council for University Education during the period of May 2011 April 2013.

He also served two consecutive terms as President of the Korea Education Research and Information Service (KERIS) from July 2004 to April 2008. During his office of president of KERIS, he contributed to turn Korea to be a global player in use of ICT in education and e-Learning. Cyber Home Learning System that he took a leading role in developing and implementing it in the school sector in Korea has been known as the first and best eLearning environment providing the students (the 4th grade of primary school - the 1st grade of high school students) with opportunities for learning and consulting after the school hours. During the office of president of KERIS he strongly supported Korea for innovating education system, curriculum design, and pedagogy development to leverage ICT and e-Learning as the catalyst of innovation, which was published as a world best practice in ICT in education and e-Learning by UNESCO IITE November 2011. With recognition of his significant contributions to e-learning and ICT in education as the founder, evangelist, a leader and a CEO, he was called to take various posts in home and global communities as well: Advisory Board Member of the Minister of Education, Chairman of IMS Korea and a Member of the Executive Strategic Council of IMS Global in Washington DC., U.S.A., a Governing Board Member of UNESCO IITE in Moscow, Russia since Sept. 2009, Presidential Committee Member of the Republic of Bashkorotostan, Russia, an International consultant of Ministry of Education, Thailand, and a former Member of Advisory Board of Currki in CA., U.S.A.

Over the past 24 years, he has been actively working as an expert and a leader on research, teaching, and industry and as president of a government institute in the area of ICT in education and technology intensive open learning environment, policy planning and administration, computer architecture (dataflow machine design), parallel processing, and multimedia framework design. He also has more than 30 years of experience in both research and teaching at Korean universities. In addition, he spent one year as a visiting professor at MIT from July 1990 to August 1991 and four months as an invited researcher at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York during November 1993 to February 1994. And also he served as a visiting professor at University of California, Irvine, U.S.A. for March 2001 to August 2001.

He was awarded the Grand Prize in ICT in Education by UNESCO in Paris, France in January 2007. He was awarded a Gold Medal in Education from France in May 2008. He was also given an Honorary Doctorate in June 2009 by MESI (Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics) in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Dr. Hwang’s current interests in research and consultation include smart innovation in education and learning, practice of open paradigms: open access to educational resources (OER, OCW, MOOCs), Big Data and Learning Analytics, cloud computing, and sustainable creative learning ecosystem.
Darco  Jansen

Darco Jansen, EADTU Programme Manager, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).

He is responsible for development of different long term themes for EADTU(-members) on Online Education, MOOCs and OER, Research, Employability and Open and social Innovation (e.g. with (small) businesses).

Darco Jansen is coordinator of several European projects. His fields of expertise are e-learning, open innovation, educational business development, continuous education, non-/informal learning and workplace learning. He worked for over 20 years at the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands. He has extensive experience in developing distance courses with e-learning, in leading course development teams and as a leader of educational innovation programs. Currently Darco is the coordinator of the first Pan-European MOOC initiative OpenupEd. The website www.openuped.eu provides at this moment 173 courses free of charge and in 12 different languages. Next, he coordinates another project on MOOCs called HOME, and participates in several other projects related to MOOC and open education.
Maxim Jean-Louis

Maxim Jean-Louis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Contact North|Contact Nord, Ontarios Distance Education & Training Network, Canada; Member of the Canadian Polar Commission; ICDE Executive Committee member.

Established by the Government of Ontario in 1986, Contact North I Contact Nord supports 4 million residents to access education and training opportunities from Ontarios 24 public colleges and 22 public universities through 112 local online learning centres serving 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and francophone communities ( www.contactnorth.ca).

Since 1991 the Canadian Polar Commission is Canadas primary polar knowledge agency and has responsibility for monitoring, promoting, and disseminating knowledge of the polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) (www.polarcom.gc.ca). Prior to his appointment as President Chief Executive Officer of Contact North I Contact Nord in 1996, Maxim served in a series of management positions in student, regional and marketing services for 14 years at Athabasca University,Canadas leader in online and distance education(www.athabascau.ca). Maxim Jean-Louis is a former Special Adviser on online learning to the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and a past Chair of the Board of Directors, the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario (ORANO), an advanced technology, ultra fast, fibre optic network that connects Ontario's public universities, colleges, teaching hospitals, other public research facilities, and a growing number of school boards to one another and to the global grid of research and education (R&E)networks (www.orion.on.ca).
Veniamin Kaganov

Veniamin Kaganov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

Veniamin Kaganov, Dr.Sc. (Economics), graduated from Petrozavodsk State University in 1980. In 1980-1983, he worked as an engineer in research sector of Petrozavodsk State University.

In 1983-1993, Veniamin Kaganov was on the leading positions of the youth organizations of the country.

In 1994-2010, he held a number of executive posts at educational institutions: he was Vice-rector and Rector of Academy of Management and Market (Moscow), Director of Institute of Entrepreneurship and Investments, as well as Rector of Corporate University Norilsk Nickel.

In February 2011, Veniamin Kaganov was appointed First Deputy Head of Moscow Department of Education.

Since the 25th of June 2013, he is Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation by the Government Order.
Alexander Khoroshilov

Alexander Khoroshilov, National Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE), Officer in Charge for UNESCO IITE.

Professor Alexander Khoroshilov is a well-known scientist and specialist n ICTs in economics, management, education, mathematical modeling and statistics.

Prof. Khoroshilov has over 35 years of deep professional experience in the field of ICTs and education (strategic development and management, capacity building and professional development, coordination of scientific-educational projects) including that at the international level. Besides he has an extensive experience in provision of advisory services to education policy makers.

He has graduated from the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) in 1975, where he then has been worked until 2007 on various positions from software engineer to First Vice-Rector (at the latest position - during 15 years). In the period from 2007 to 2010 he has been worked at the Academy of Labor and Social Relations as Vice-Rector and at Lomonosov Moscow State University as a professor. Since August 2010, he has been working at the UNESCO IITE on the position of National Programme Officer being responsible for capacity development and networking. At UNESCO IITE he coordinates a number of project activities as following:
  • adaptation and deployment of UNESCO ICT-CFT including a setting-up of national/regional teacher ICT competency standards,
  • teacher professional development including master programmes curriculum development,
  • cooperation with global UNESCO networks (UNESCO ASPnet UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs, UNESCO UNINTWIN Centers),
  • partnership with public and private sectors including IT international brands.

    • From August 2014 Officer in Charge for UNESCO IITE.

Svetlana Khapaeva, Key Expert, Distance Learning Department, Centre of Educational IT, Resources and Networks Federal Institution for Development of Education

Svetlana is the author of more than 50 publications on pedagogics, especially related to the issues of organization and implementation of e-learning and practical use of distance education technologies.

She also coordinates Tempus Project INARM Informatics and Management: Bologna-Style Qualifications Frameworks. Since 2012, Svetlana Khapaeva is academic supervisor of an Internship Platform From Modern IT to Effective Management of Preschool Education Institutions. In 2013, under her leadership the experimental platform Research of Educational Methods and Tools Correlation by Realization of Educational Standards in Preschool Education Institutions (Electronic Educational Resources) was launched, and the platform functions on the basis of Moscow Combined Kindergarten N 822

David Klotz

David Klotz, Information and Membership Services Coordinator, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)

David is part of ICDE's Secretariat, and he helps to deliver its communications activities. He works to promote ICDE as a member-driven organization which exists for its members to network and learn from best practice through collaboration.

David is a public relations professional. He spent seven years working in several government departments in Australia prior to joining ICDE's Secretariat in Norway in early 2014. David holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Public Relations.

Diana Laurillard

Diana Laurillard, Professor, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom

Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, leading research projects on developing the Learning Designer suite of tools for teachers and trainers, and on software interventions for adult learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia. She is also Assistant Director for Open Mode learning at the Institute of Education.

In collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, the IOE is running a MOOC on ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum, (https://www.coursera.org/course/ictinprimary), for which Prof Laurillard is lead instructor.
Research includes the development of an online community of teacher-designers, based around the Learning Designer, an online learning design tool to enable teachers to create and share new pedagogies for using learning technology (http://web.lkldev.ioe.ac.uk/LD).

Previous roles include: Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills, where she developed the first cross-sector e-learning strategy on ‘Harnessing Technology; Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University; the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University; Royal Society Working Group on Educational Neuroscience.

She is currently Chair of the Association for Learning Technology, on the Governments Education Technology Action Group, on the Boards of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education in Moscow, and the E-Learning Foundation, and is Thinker in Residence at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Her most recent book is Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology, Routledge, 2012, and is translated into Italian. Her previous book, Rethinking University Teaching, Routledge, 2002, is one of the most widely cited in the field, and is translated into Chinese.

Sergey Lebedev, Director, Institute of Computer Technologies, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics

Sergey Lebedev, Candidate of Economic Sciences, has been working in higher and continuing professional education institutions for more than 20 years and has been holding managing positions. He is specialised in solutions for the development and implementation of e-learning and distance educational technologies in IT-specialists training and early vocational and business guidance in the sphere of IT.

He also contributes to popularization of engineering education among children and youth. Since 2013, Sergey coordinates the development of professional standards for Programmers and Software Project Managers.
Kam-cheong Li

Kam Cheong Li, Secretary-General, Asian Association of Open Universities; Director of the University Research Centre, Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

Dr. Kam Cheong Li is Director of the University Research Centre, Open University of Hong Kong, and has been actively engaged in open and distance learning for more than two decades.

At the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), Kam Cheong Li overseas the promotion, administration and coordination of research and leads research projects on education modes and educational innovations.

Besides research, he has served at OUHK a wide range of roles in postgraduate and undergraduate programmes (such as programme leader, course developer and course development team coordinator, course coordinator, instructor and tutor) that have been delivered in variety of modes (distance learning, e-learning, face-to-face, and blended learning). He has also delivered teacher training programmes by satellite at Tsinghua University in China.

Since the University assumed the presidency of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) from January 2014, Dr Li has been serving as the Associations Secretary General. He is actively developing the services of the Association for its members and promoting professionalism and good practices in open and flexible education.
He has obtained three bachelors degrees, four masters degrees and a doctoral degree, from a number of institutions in China and the United Kingdom, including the University of Hong Kong, the University of London and Peking University, as well as a number of professional qualifications. He has published over a hundred publications, including monographs, textbooks, refereed articles and research papers.

In addition, he is Honorary Chair Professor and Visiting Professor of a number of tertiary institutions in China and the United Kingdom. He has served as an advisor and external examiner in various education and professional development programmes. He has also been the management committee chairperson of many primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Wayne Mackintosh

Wayne Mackintosh, UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER and Director of the OER Foundation, New Zealand.

He is coordinating the implementation of the OERu, an international innovation partnership comprising over thirty organisations from five continents working together to provide more affordable education using OER courses with pathways to achieve credible degrees.

Wayne is a committed advocate and user of free software for education. He was the founding project leader of New Zealand's eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) project (www.exelearning.org) and founder of WikiEducator (www.WikiEducator.org) an international community of educators collaborating on the development of free/libre teaching materials in support of all national curricula.

Wayne has extensive international experience in educational technology, learning design and the theory and practice of open and distance learning (ODL). Previously, he was Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT policy at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an intergovernmental organisation based in Vancouver, Canada. Before joining COL he was Associate Professor and founding director of the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. At the University of Auckland, he was tasked with eLearning strategy and leading CFDL's professional staff team. Prior to moving to New Zealand he spent eleven years working at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution and one of the world's mega-universities. Wayne has participated in a range of international consultancies and projects including work for COL, the International Monetary Fund, UNESCO and the World Bank. Wayne is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons New Zealand and the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. Previously, Wayne served on Editorial Board of Open Learning for more than a decade, but now focuses on open access and open education research efforts. Wayne is married with three children and lives close to Dunedin on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

Qualifications: Ph.D. University of Bath, United Kingdom. MEd, BEd, BCom and Higher Education Diploma (Postgraduate), University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Mandla Makhanya

Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of South Africa (Unisa); ICDE Executive Committee member

Professor Mandla Stanley Makhanya was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa on 1 January 2011. He is prominent in higher education leadership and advocacy and is an executive member of Higher Education South Africa (HESA), which is the voice of the higher education vice chancellors and institutions. He is also Treasurer of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) and an executive member of the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), where he has just been reappointed for a second term.

Professor Makhanya holds a BA and a BA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Fort Hare, a Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu Natal), and a DPhil from the University of Pretoria and a DTE from Unisa. In 2007 the University of Athabasca in Canada conferred upon him a PhD (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his outstanding leadership at Unisa and his contribution as a distinguished scholar in distance education. He maintains active scholarship through regular publications.

Professor Makhanya is a Deputy Chairperson of the South African National Commission for UNESCO and Chairperson of the Culture Sector of the South African National Commission for UNESCO. He has also been a member of the National Committee of the Memory of the World (MoW). Professor Makhanya is also an Executive Committee Member of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) International Body (2012). In the 1990s he served in various leadership roles in the South African Sociological Association, including Deputy President in 1998, for a period of two years. He continues to be a member of the South African Sociological Association (SASA) and the International Association of Sociology (ISA).

Mandla Makhanya is married to Mandu and they have four children and grandchildren.
Rory McGreal

Rory McGreal, UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair Holder in Open Educational Resources; Professor, Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI), Athabasca University, Canada

Rory McGreal is a co-Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Education and a UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources and Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University (AU) Canadas Open University based in Alberta, Canada.

He is also a professor of Computer Technologies in Education. He was previously the Associate Vice President Research at AU. Prior to that, he was a supervisor at Contact North, a distance education network in Northern Ontario. He has also worked abroad in the Middle East, Seychelles (Indian Ocean) and Europe. He has been honored with the Wedemeyer Award for Distance Education practitioner. His present research interests include the use of Open Educational Resources, mobile learning and the assessment and accreditation of informal learners. He also researches the implementation and management of distance education systems and networks from technological, pedagogical and policy perspectives. He is presently co-Chair of an Alberta, Canada project to implement open etextbooks for post-secondary institutions.

Alexander Molchanov, Vice-rector for Organization of e-Learning, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russian Federation

He has been dealing with IT implementation in education for more than 10 years, and he is the author of a number of publications on these issues

In 2006-2008, Alexander Molchanov was Head of the Centre for IT support, Moscow Humanitarian Institute named after E.R. Dashkova. In 2008-2009, he was Executing Officer of R&D Designing a Programme for IT Infrastructure Development in Moscow Education Institutions, and led the project Design of Information Support System of Education Process within the frameworks of the programme Electronic Moscow.

Alexander Molchanov graduated in mathematics and informatics teaching. He is Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences
Oleg Smolin

Oleg Smolin, Deputy of the State Duma, First Deputy Chair of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for Education, Russian Federation

Oleg Smolin is President of the Knowledge Society of Russia, Head of the All-Russian public movement Education for all.

Oleg Smolin is a Professor, full member of the Academy of Humanities, the International Academy of Pedagogics, the Academy of Pedagogic and Social Sciences, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education and the International Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of more than 700 publicationsof both research and publicistic character. He has authored 7 books and co-authored 4 books.

Oleg Smolin is the First Vice-President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, All Russia Association of the Blind (VOS), and Honoured Member of All Russia Association of the Disabled (VOI).

In the State Duma of the Russian Federation, he deals with issues of education. Oleg Smolin was one of the authors of the basic education laws, such as the Laws on Education, on Higher and Postgraduate Vocational Training, on Approval of the Federal Action Programme for the Development of Education, and the National Doctrine of Education in the Russian Federation.

Alan Tait

Alan Tait,Director, International Development and Teacher Education, The Open University, United Kingdom; ICDE Executive Committee member

Professor Alan Tait is Director, International Development and Teacher Education at the Open University (OU), UK. Prior to this he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of the University's undergraduate and postgraduate courses, packs, programmes and qualifications, together with acting as Planning and Resource Officer for the seven faculties.

Alan Tait previously held the position as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the OU. His academic career has been in practitioner and scholarly support of distance and e-learning. He was Chair of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) NAP Steering Committee 2002-2005, and he served as President of ICDE associate member, EDEN, from 2007-2010. Prior to this, he was Editor of the journal Open Learning from 1989-1998, joint Series Editor of the Routledge Series Studies in Distance Education and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning.

Alan is Professor of Distance Education and Development at the OU and has published extensively in the field of open and distance learning, in particular in learner support. He is former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Open and Distance Learning (EURODL) and current Editor in Chief of the Commonwealth of Learning's Journal of Learning for Development. He has also worked widely in developing countries for international organizations such as UNESCO, the European Commission and the Commonwealth of Learning. He is currently also Senior Online Consultant for The Open University of China. The Academic ouncil of MESI gave Alan Tait the title Honorary Doctor of MESI.

Recent publications include 'From place to virtual space: reconfiguring student support for distance and e-learning in the digital age', in Open Praxis, 2014; Tait A and ORourke J Internationalisation, Social Justice and Open, Distance and e-learning: working with the grain, in Online Distance Education - Toward a Research Agenda, Anderson T and Zawacki-Richter O, (Eds.), Athabasca University Press, 2014, in press; 'Distance and E Learning, Social Justice and Development: the relevance of the Capacity Approach to the mission of open universities', in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 2013; What are Open Universities for?, in Open Learning, 2008, Vol 23:2, pp 85-94, Leadership Development for Distance and E Learning, 2007, in the International Handbook of Distance Education, Eds. Evans T, Haughey M and Murphy D, pp 499-512.
António Teixeira

Ant?nio Teixeira,President of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) since 2013.

He is a Professor at Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University (Department of Education and Distance Learning), since 1991, and also a researcher at the University of Lisbon.

He received his training in Philosophy at the University of Lisbon (MPhil - 1994, PhD - 2003) and in online education at the University of Turku (2004). From 2006 to 2009, he was Pro-rector for innovation in Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta. In that capacity, he conceived the strategy and managed the universitys successful and speedy transition process from a print-based distance learning institution to a fully online one. He was also responsible for the design and initial implementation of the universitys research lab on distance education (LEaD) and the universitys open access scientific repository (Reposit?rio Aberto). From 2007 to 2009, Ant?nio Teixeira was a member of the Academic and Administration boards of Asias International Open University (UAIA) and of the Portuguese Rectors Council (CRUP) specialized committees on Scientific Research and Knowledge Transfer, and Evaluation, Quality and Innovation. Presently hes a member of the International Advisory Board of the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance of the Massey University (New Zealand) and also of the e-ASEM network (Asia-Europe Meeting), since 2008, and of the Experts Board of the Horizon Report for Iberoamerica since 2010. Additionally, hes also on the scientific board of over a dozen international journals in education.
Over the years he has participated extensively in international research projects and task forces on open educational resources, lifelong learning, virtual mobility and sustainable development.
Ant?nio Teixeira was a visiting scholar at the Korean National Open University in 2010 and received an EDEN Fellowship for demonstrating excellence in professional practice of open, distance and e-learning.

Vladimir Tikhomirov

Vladimir Tikhomirov, Academic Supervisor, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI), Russian Federation

Vladimir Tikhomirov, Professor, Dr. Sc. (Economics), Scientist Emeritus of the Russian Federation, Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation. He is the author of more than 120 scholarly works.

Vladimir Tikhomirov is President of e-University International Consortium, Academic Supervisor of Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, and Chair of the Expert Council for IT in Education under the Committee on Education of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. He also holds the position as Chair of the Standing Committee on Distance Learning of the Council on Cooperation in the Field of Education of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Vladimir Tikhomirov is well-knownthroughout the international research community. In 1997-2013, he repeatedly acted as a programme committee member of a number of major conferences.

In Russia he supervises annually more than 20 scientific seminars including Russian and international conferences on e-learning and smart-education issues.

Natalia Tikhomirova

Natalia Tikhomirova, Rector, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI), Russian Federation

Natalia Tikhomirova isDr.Sc. (Economics), Professor,Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation, Rector of Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI), Russian Federation.

Natalia Tikhomirova is the author of more than 170 publications, including 12 monographs and 12 study guides. She is the academic supervisor of such journals as OtkrytoeObrazovanie (Open Education), Ekonomika, StatistikaiInformatika. Vestnik UMO (Economics, Statistics and Informatics. Bulletin of TMA), E-learning Rossiya: EntsiklopediaNavykov (E-learning Russia: Encyclopedia of Skills, renewed edition of eLearning World). She is Head of Teaching and Methodological Council (TMA) on Applied Informatics (in different fields), Mathematical Methods in Economics, Statistics and Crisis Management.

Natalia Tikhomirova is the Laureate in Professionalnayakomandastrany project (Professional team of the nation) in the section for education, science and culture, and the Laureate of the Award of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Field of Education for the scientific and practical development of Developing of competence approach in education and its implementation in Russian HEIs practice. She is Head of the working group on normative legal support of e-learning of the Expert council for e-learning under the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for Education. Currently Natalia Tikhomirova is a member of the Russian Rectors Union, Presidium of Rectors of Moscow and Moscow region HEIs Union, the Governing Board of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), and the Central working group of the National Olympiad for university students. She is also a member of the Interagency working group under the Russian ministry on development of e-learning and distance educational technologies, the Commission for quality education under the Youth Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. She works actively at the Commission of the Russian Association of the leading HEIs in the field of economics and management, and the Coordinating Council of the Federal Action Programme for the development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Russian Federation (2011-2018).


Gard Titlestad, General of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)

Gard Titlestad, Secretary General of ICDE, is head of the ICDE Permanent Secretariat.

Based on ICDE´s strategies, Gard is keen in facilitating and collaboration on initiatives, projects, events and for enhancing the quality of open, distance, flexible and onlineeducation, including e-learning. In close partnership with UNESCO, open, distance, online and eLearning is positioned to contribute to quality education for all. Collaboration between institutions, associations and individuals is a key priority, on a regional, global and north-south-south basis.

Gard Titlestad joined ICDE after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers, NCM, in Copenhagen, Denmark, as director for the Department of Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for several configurations of ministers including the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, the ministers for labour affairs, and ministers for IT.

Gards focus was on Nordic cooperation in education, research and innovation and the so-called knowledge triangle, and in particular the role of universities. Under his guidance, major initiatives were taken, among them:

  • Research and innovationon climate change, energy and environment for green growth.
  • The new Nordplus programme comprising Nordic and Baltic countries.
  • Nordic eScience and high capacity networks and supercomputing in the Baltic Sea area and with Russia.
  • Strengthened co-operation between the Nordic Countries and Russia on education and research.

Before joining the NCM, Gard served as Research Counsellor for Norway and as member of the executive team for the Norwegian delegation to the European Union.

Prior to this, Gard was a senior official in the European Commission in Brussels, Directorate General forInformation Society. In Norway Gard worked for the Norwegian Government in research and development agencies.
Gard is educated Physiochemist and in legal and management issues.

John Zvereff

John Zvereff, Director of International Development, UniversitatOberta de Catalunya (UOC Open University of Catalonia),Spain

Dr. John S. Zvereff has a solid international background and experience. He contributed to the the OECDs Higher Education Programme (IMHE) project (2011-2012) entitled Managing Internationalisation and followed by a Guide for Higher Education Institutions Approaches to Internationalization and their Implications for Strategic Management and Institutional Practice. He participated in the development of the Internationalisation Plan of the Catalan Public Universities 2010-2015.

John S. Zvereff holds a degree in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and did doctoral work in Italian literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Jersey).
After a year in Tangier, Morocco, where he taught English and did research for his doctoral thesis (Arabic Influence on Italian Literature of the XII and XIII Centuries), he was contracted to teach for a year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 1976, he returned to Tangier to become Director of the American Language Center, and to set up the Old Legation Museum and the Association for the Study of Moroccan American Relations. Two years later, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, having been appointed Academic Director of the Institute of North American Studies, and then Executive Director of the same institution from 1978 to 1996.

From 1997 to December 2002, he served as CEO of the Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona (Museum of Contemporary Art), Spain, and for a year and a half after that was an independent consultant for cultural and art projects. In 2004 he relocated to Paris, France, having been appointed Secretary General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), position that he held into 2007.

In 2008, he joined the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain, initially as Rectors Delegate for International Affairs, then as Director of the Office of International Development, position that he holds to date.
John Zvereff has native language proficiency in English, Spanish, and Italian, and is fluent in Catalan and French.

Contributors to the Parallel Sessions

Natalia Akimova, Preschool Education Methodologist, Department for Education, Novy Disk Company

Natalia has graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University with a degree in Preschool pedagogics and psychology. She has been working in the sphere of preschool education for more than 20 years. She started her career as senior kindergartener; then she worked as methodologist in preschool and primary education laboratory, Methodological centre, Department for education of Moscow South-East administrative district. She also held the position of methodologist in the Regional centre for information processing, Department for education, Moscow.

Nowadays Natalia is focused on issues of multimedia technologies and solutions implementation in preschool educational process. Development and approbation of electronic didactic resources, comprising methodological recommendations for ICT application in work with pre-schoolers, and providing learning for educators are within the scope of her activity.

Mansoor M. A. Al Awar

Mansoor M. A. Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. Dr. Al Awar has significant achievements throughout his professional life, he was the founder of the first TQM Department (Total Quality Management Department at Dubai Police) when he was appointed as a Director, and held that position from 1998 till 2006.

He was the first Director of quality in the public sector in the Emirate of Dubai and UAE.

Dr. Al Awar founded the Emirates Business Women Award at Dubai Quality Group in 2002, and he was the first elected Chairman of Dubai Quality Group of the Government Sector in 2001. He also founded Public Opinion Survey Center at Dubai Police in 2001. And last but not least, he was the founder of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University which was known as e-TQM College since its first inception in 2002 and then Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University in 2009.

At Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dr. Al Awar has several initiatives included as being the first founder of the Excellence in Leadership Award in the Arab world in April 2005. The Award holds the name of (Feigenbaum) the Quality Management Scholar. Furthermore, he has established Juran Chair at HBMSU for the first time in the history of the region in 2004. It is also worth enough to mention that Dr. Mansoor has established the Virtual Executive Club in 2003 in addition to the Media Quality Award for the Arab World in 2004.
His membership at committees and affiliation worldwide are included in being Honorary Visiting Fellow in Organization and Information Management at University of Bradford, a member of International Academy for Quality (IQA) as Academician, a part-time professor in graduate studies at the University Of Salford in UK, and supervisor for PhD dissertations and a Certified International Assessor for European Foundation of Total Quality Management (EFQM).

Dr. Al Awar also received several awards, including,
  • Golden Order of Merit, March 2013, on Arab World Good Governance from Tatweej Academy.
  • ICT & KNOWLEDGE CEO Excellence Award 2011, by Middle East Excellence Awards Institute.
  • Distinguished Government Employee Award, Dubai Government Excellence Program 2005. This Award was conferred by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
  • Dubai Police Medal, the highest honor at Dubai Police. It was conferred by the Ruler of Dubai in November 2005.
  • Certificate of Creativity & Innovation by Dubai Police May 2002


Rick J. Arrowood, Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies, USA

Rick J. Arrowood, J.D. is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management programs, Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Dr. Arrowood also is a visiting professor at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. His teaching and research interests include leadership development for the nonprofit sector to train tomorrows leaders and advise small nonprofit boards in both theory and real-world practice. Dr. Arrowood has extensive experience in blended, hybrid, and online teaching in leadership and nonprofit management. He also has been involved with or appointed to Northeastern University Faculty Senate Committees, including the Faculty Senate Committee on Non-Tenure Track Issues and the Provosts College of Professional Studies Dean Search Committee.

Dr. Arrowood is a member of the International Leadership Association, Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, American Association of University Professors, and National Human Resources Association. He also is qualified with Human Synergistics in organizational culture (OCI and OEI), Global Cultural Competencies (GCI), Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES), and certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II and the LPI (Leadership Practices Inventory).

Previously, Dr. Arrowood served for more than 20 years in various leadership roles for nonprofit organizations. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recognized Dr. Arrowoods many service contributions to the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis community. The citation credited him with envisioning and leading a grassroots effort to attain a legislative mandate providing the first-ever, pioneering statewide registry for individuals living with Lou Gehrigs disease, a registry that is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Division, and is replicated nationwide.

Daniel Burgos

Daniel Burgos, Vice-chancellor for Research & Technology, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), Spain

Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos works as Vice-chancellor for Research & Technology (UNIR Research,http://research.unir.net), and Full Professor of Education & Communication Technologies, at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR,www.unir.net). In addition, he holds the UNESCO Chair on eLearning (http://unesco-elearning.unir.net).

Previously, he worked as Director of Education Sector and Head of User Experience Lab at the Research & Innovation Department of Atos, Spain, since 2007; and as assistant professor at the Open University of The Netherlands, from 2004. His interests are mainly focused on Adaptive and Informal eLearning, Learning & Social Networks, eGames, Innovation and eLearning Specifications. He is or has been involved in a number of R&D European projects like, i.e. Intuitel, VM-Pass, eMundus, Edumotion, Hotel, Stellar, Gala, IntelLEO, Go-MyLife, Grapple, Telma, GameTEL, Pauta, Unfold, ProLearn, TenCompetence, EU4ALL, NiHao, Kaleidoscope, Suma, Sister, ComeIn, et cetera. He holds degrees in Communication (PhD), Computer Science (Dr. Ing), Education (PhD), and Business Administration (BSc).

Bochkov Valeriy E.

Bochkov Valeriy E., Professor of Economics, Quality Management and Investments; Doctor of Science in Economics, PhD in Technical Sciences; Honored Personality in Science and Education, Full Member of Royal Chartered Quality Institute (CQI, UK); Member of the Academy of Industry and Management; Member of the International Guild of Financiers; Certified Federal expert of State Services for Control and Supervision in the sphere of education (Rosobrnadzor) on the state control of quality; Certified by the international Agency Moody Int. auditor of quality management Systems according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 19011:2002; Assessor on the Model of excellence of the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM); Winner of the Honorary Public and Professional Title of "The Russian Leader's Qualities; First Vice-rector, Vice-rector on educational work of "Eurasian Open Institute"; (VBochkov@eaoi.ru).

The actual area of scientific interests: epistemological management systems; knowledge management, quality management and quality assurance in the modern educational environment distributed educational institutions taking into account socio-economic, psychological, pedagogical, legal and qualitychecked aspects of the problem. List of publications V.Bochkov over 380 items. Among the works V.Bochkov prepared and published more than 20 books and manuals. Professor V.Bochkov has 6 inventions. Over the last decade published 5 monographs and more than 170 scientific articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings, symposia and congresses, national and International level. Citation index of scientific works according to International and Russian citation system reaches 255, and the Hirsch Index = 4. (http://www.eoi.ru/about/orgupr/managers/?worker_id=57).
Since 2001 maintains an active law-making and norm-setting activities in the various working groups, which focus on legal legalization of e-learning and e-learning in economic and legal space of Russia and the development of cross-border education. is Deputy chief editor of the scientific journal "IDO-sience". Since 2011 - member of the organizing Committee and chair of the program Committee, head of the drafting group of the Collections of scientific papers of the annual International scientific-practical conference "Eurasian space: the priorities of socio-economic development", member of organizing Committee of International scientific forums "EduTech-Russia-2011÷13". Is the Winner of the Russian competition of the Fund for the development of Russian education for the best scientific book: in 2005 in the category "Economy" and in 2006 in the category "Information technologies in education".

Tatiana Chernetskaya, Key Expert, Department for Educational Programmes, 1C Company

Tatiana is a key methodologist of the Department for educational programmes in 1C Company which is specialized in development, publishing, support and distribution of software and databases for home and enterprise use. Multimedia educational programmes are also among 1C products.

Tatiana started her career in e-learning development in 2005, when she collaborated on development of distance learning system for applicants, Dubna International University for Nature, Society and Man. For several years, she has been realizing the project on development of e-learning courses on mathematics for Dubna University applicants.

Since 2012, Tatiana has been working as specialist of Department for educational programmes, 1C, and key methodologist in 1C:Obrazovanie (1C:Education) platform development. The platform is designed for educational process organisation and support, e-learning elements inclusion in educational process in general secondary institutions, active application of electronic educational resources in class, and for forming modern information and educational environment in schools.
Tatiana carries out outreach and research activities; she also has personal professional blog (at a site popular with teachers - pedsovet.org) for sharing methodological support and experience of e-learning resources application in school.

Natalia Dmitrievskaya

Natalia Dmitrievskaya, Director, Institute of Economics and Statistics, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Russian Federation

Rosario Freixas Flores

Rosario Freixas Flores, Director of Educational Development, Office for Open and Distance Education (CUAED), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico.

Rosario Freixas has a bachelor degree in Pedagogy (1986), holds a postgraduate degree in Educational Evaluation (2001) and a Masters in Educational Technology (2007).

In the field of distance education Rosario Freixas has specialized in the creation, instrumentation and evaluation of pedagogical models and designs and didactic materials in different levels and modalities. She performed as Instructor in the teacher-training sphere offering over a hundred courses in higher education institutions in Mexico, as well as in several Latin american and European universities. She has been a consultant for the development of distance educational models and programs in several universities and institutions, both public and private in Mexico as well as abroad. She has worked for the Mexican Cinematography Institute and acted as Media Development Director at the Educational Television General Directorate of the Public Education Ministery. She has also been Academic Director and Academic Coordinator of the Master Degree at the Education and Communication Latin American Institute, and as Academic Director in the Entrepeneurial Union for Technology in Education (UNETE).

She is currently the Educational Development Director at UNAM's Coordination for Open and Distance Education and also teaches at UNAMs School of Social Work.

Maria Amata Garito, Rector and President of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO

Since 1994 she has been also Full professor of Teaching and Learning Technologies and Psychotechnologies at La Sapienza University of Rome.

Professor Maria Amata Garito is also the General Director of Consorzio NETTUNO. She developed her research activities mainly in the areas of Training Structures and Methodologies, Comparative Education and Teaching and Learning Technologies. She coordinated several national and international projects in the field of technologies applied to teaching and learning processes and authored many books and essays that were published in Italy and abroad.
Ignatius Gous

Ignatius Gous, Professor, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA).

Prof. Ignatius Gous is an interdisciplinary scholar who believes what lecturers teach should really make a difference to the communities they serve. He has been a member of staff at the University of South Africa since 1984.

Prof. Ignatius Gous completed his PhD in Old Testament Studies in 1988, authored 20 books, 46 articles in scientific journals, is on the editorial board of an international journal on Cognition, presented papers at 71 local and international conferences, does talk shows on local radio and national television in South Africa, and serves on a ministerial commission on discipline in schools convened by the national Department of Basic Education in South Africa.

His research and teaching interests focus on the Cognitive Sciences and Metacognition. He is therefore interested in how minds work at home, at work, while learning and when teaching currently leading a project on how ODL students learn. He also uses MOOCs for personal enrichment, and has already completed two of them through Coursera the one on Neuro-Economics, and the other on Learning how to Learn.

Valentina Grillea, Project Manager in the Innovation and Transfer Technology sector, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Valentina Grillea obtained her degree on Communication Sciences at the University of Turin (IT), with specialization in Information Technologies and Communications (ICT). Since June 2008, she works for MFG Baden-Württemberg, (Stuttgart - Germany) as Project Manager in the Innovation and Transfer Technology sector.
She is also managing the European Interest Group on Creativity and Innovation (EICI) and she permanently collaborates on developing projects related to e-Learning, Creative Industries, Open-Source and Cluster Management.

She is a certified PMP Manager and speaks English, Italian and German.

Isayev Sergey N.

Isayev Sergey N., teacher of history, lawyer, specialist in political science and legal support of state and municipal administration, Rector of the Eurasian Open Institute; member-academician of the Russian Municipal Academy; Member of the International Guild of Financiers; Deputy head of the Expert Advisory Board on information technologies in education when the Education Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Published more than 30 scientific articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings, symposia and congresses, national and International level. The number of publications in scientific citation system reaches 18; citation Index for the international and Russian systems reaches 42, and the Hirsch Index = 3.http://elibrary.ru/authors.asp.
Under his leadership EAOI achieved significant results. The quality management system is certified according to ISO9001:2008 by the International Agency Moody-Int."; on scientific-practical performance EOI became part of the TOP-100 universities in the country according to the rankings of Russian Foundation for Humanities (project.No.12-02-a). The policy of openness of the scientific-educational resources allowed EAOI according to the rating system of universities Webometrics to be in the TOP-200 at position No.174 , entrenched in the first third of the world ranking among 21.5 thousand universities in the world. Stable positions of the Eurasian open Institute on key indicators annual monitoring of higher education institutions of Ministry of education and science of Russia in the area of effectiveness" for the third year (2011-2013) - objective evidence of the success of the team. Eurasian open Institute in 2013 became the second in the group of TOP-5 among all Russian universities-participants (including Federal and national research universities) in the pilot monitoring the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation on the development of e-learning and distance learning technologies.
These results confirmed the high level EOI, recorded at the International (Certificate "Recognised for Excellence-4 stars"-EFQM-2011), Industry (the Winner and a Finalist " 2011-12) and National levels (Winner of the Government Prize in the field of quality - handed 23.01.2014), independent quality assessment activities of the Institute.


Mohammad A. Mannan, Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh Open University. Dr. M A Mannan, Professor of Management at the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka joined as Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University on March 24, 2013.

At Dhaka University, he was the Chairman and Director of MBA Program (Evening) of the Department of Management Studies, Director, Bureau of Business Research, Provost of Zahurul Haque Hall and Senate Member. Dr. Mannan received higher education in Management/Business administration at Dhaka University, Delhi University, Manchester University (UK) and Western Kentucky University (USA).

He received the most coveted Commonwealth Senior Staff Fellowship awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, and the highly prestigious Fulbright Senior Academic Fellowship awarded by the United States International Agency for postdoctoral programs in Britain and USA respectively. During his 38 years of teaching career at the University level, for a few years, he worked as the Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), and as visiting Resource Person at the ILO international Training Centre, Turin, Italy and as guest lecturer in the MBA program of Delhi University.

Anaida Mkrtschan

Anaida Mkrtschann, Head of the Combined kindergarten 822

Anaida Mkrtschan has been working in the sphere of education for more than 29 years, and she has been holding leading positions for more than 14 years. Being led by her, the kindergarten has succeeded greatly.

All the required conditions for improving of quality of preschool education were created, and the institution possesses modern innovative interactive equipment. Due to the high level of employees proficiency, the kindergarten operates in 2012-2016 as an Internship Platform From Modern IT to Effective Management of Preschool Education Institutions and as an experimental platform Research of Educational Methods and Tools Correlation by Realization of Educational Standards in Preschool Education Institutions (Electronic Educational Resources) (2013-2016).

Anaida Mkrtschan was awarded for her work several times. In 2011, she won the competition on the Best Employer of Moscow in the nomination for Development of Staffs Potential in Nonproduction Sphere. In 2006, she participated in Moscow competition on the Manager of the Year and was awarded with the diploma. In 2004, she became the Laureate of municipal competition on Woman Director of the Year. She also took part in the All-Russian competition of projects in the nomination from the Past to the Future. In 2004, AnaidaMkrtschanwas awarded with the badge Honorary Worker of Education of the Russian Federation.
Fabio Nascimbeni

Fabio Nascimbeni, Director of the MENON Network, Belgium.

Fabio Nascimbeni has a degree in Economics with an international business management specialisation and PhD on ICT for Development in the Knowledge Society.

In his present position of Director of the MENON Network, Fabio Nascimbeni is in charge of business development, coordination of international working groups, policy advisory and strategic consultancy. He has been coordinating more than 30 international research and innovation projects in the fields of e-learning and lifelong learning, as well as a number of international collaboration actions in fields spanning from Science and Technology, ICT research, information society development, educational research. He has been working on assignments by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture, DG CONNECT, Europeaid, DG Research, DG ENTR, DG Employment), as well as collaborating with international organisations such as UNESCO, CEPAL or ITU. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) as well as of the Editorial Board of the EURODL Journal. He is the Vice-President of the association New Technologies for Learning, member of the Scientific Committee of the Web Based Communities and Social Media Conference, of the Advisory Board of the ABEST Office for Argentina-Europe cooperation in Science and Technology, of the Scientific Board of the Institute for the Relations between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. He has actively participated in the set up of a number of international entities such as the MENON EEIG, the European Foundation for eLearning Quality (EFQUEL) and the VIT@LIS Network.

Maria Pannatier

Maria Pannatier, PhD in Pedagogical Science (Distance Education), Head of the Department of Applied Informatics in Education, Institute of Computer Technologies, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (ICT MESI)

Director of Research Center for Open and Distance Education ICT MESI, author and scientific supervisor of BD and MD educational programs in Applied Informatics in Education, leading researcher at the Russian Academy of Education in the field of ICTs in education, certified author and teacher of DL course "Written English" in IATP, Project Harmony Inc. (USA), regular participant and organizer of distance learning conferences and events in Russia and abroad, the head of organizing committee and editor of annual conference on eLearning, distance and open education Polatovskiye Readings.

A participant from MESI in the OER for HR, NetCu and OpeneupEd international projects, reviewer and member of Program Committee in CSEDU annual conference as well as regular presenter at Online Educa Berlin.
Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts, Senior Researcher, the Institute for Open and Distance Learning (IODL) at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

She has undergraduate studies in Statistics and Sociology, a Masters degree in Tourism Development and Management and a D. Litt et Phil in the teaching and curriculum design of Biblical Archaeology, and as such is a true interdisciplinary scholar.

Dr. Jennifer Roberts has published numerous articles on distance education, discipline in education, metacognition and engaged scholarship research. She is currently a co-editor and contributor to a textbook on the teaching of Life Orientation, and has presented papers at many local and international conferences in Australia, New Zealand, China and other African countries. Dr Roberts is the first South African to be elected to the executive committee of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA). Her areas of interest are Learner Support, Metacognition, MOOCs, Neuro-education and Life Skills. She is the leader of the Unisa research thrust Technology and the Changing Role of Academics in Distance Education, as well as a team member together with colleagues from other South African universities on a National Research Foundation (NRF) project on self-directed learning in an ODL context. She describes herself as a lifelong learner, even at a distance, as can be seen from the fact that she is currently enrolled for various Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) in teaching mathematics, psychology and research methodologies.
Luiza Plotnikova

Luiza Plotnikova, Educational Advisor for Russia, SMART Technologies

Luiza Plotnikova has graduated from Faculty of Foreign Languages of Kazan State Pedagogical University. She has a fifteen-year experience of teaching English at school. She has developed a teaching program Play-based Teaching English Grammar and methodological guide for working with interactive SMART Board at school.

Nowadays Luiza Plotnikova is Educational Advisor for Russia, SMART Technologies. She deals with webinar design and realization, trainings for pedagogic community on SMART solutions, implementation of and monitoring educational projects, and holding seminars on educational content creation.


Jon Rubin, Director, the Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), the State University of New York (SUNY), USA

Jon Rubin is the Founder and Director of the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (The COIL Center), which is a unit of the State University of New Yorks Office of Global Affairs. Between 2010-13 he also directed the National Endowment for the Humanities funded: COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities, which has engaged 22 U.S. and 26 international universities in developing collaborative, shared, networked classrooms. More recently he has led COILs partnership with the American Council on Education in an awards program for technology in support of Internationalization.

He was Associate Professor of Film and New Media at SUNY Purchase College where he developed a Cross-Cultural Video course in which SUNY students co-produced videos over the Internet with students in Turkey, Lithuania, Mexico, Belarus, and Germany. His own films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Whitney Museum in NY. He has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation and Fulbright fellowships.
Paul Rühl

Paul Rühl, Managing Director of the Bavarian Virtual University (BVU), Germany.

Paul R?hl has been Managing Director of the Bavarian Virtual University (Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern; www.vhb.org) since its foundation in 2000..

The BVU is an institute set up by 30 Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences, funded by the Free State of Bavaria. The BVU finances online-courses which can be integrated into the study programmes of the member universities. All BVU courses provide individual tuition for the participants. In the academic year 2013 / 2014, in the BVU courses there were 130,000 enrolments by nearly 50,000 students.

Before he joined the BVU, Paul R?hl was Chief Editor at Langenscheidt Publishers, Germanys leading publishing house for bilingual dictionaries. Until 1986 he worked as a researcher in comparative educational and cultural studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he obtained a doctoral degree.

In 2006 Paul R?hl was elected Co-Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the German Eduserver (www.bildungsserver.de). He has been working as a consultant for various German States and Federal Ministries and for the European Union.

Michael Steinmann, Project Manager, Head of University Value Global, StudyPortals, Germany.

Michael Steinmann holds a Diploma in Media Sciences and currently works as Head of University Value, Global at StudyPortals.

At StudyPortals Michael Steinmann champions the worlds premier information portal on online and distance education, Distancelearningportal.com - and as such comprises of unique insights into the global demand for online education.

Together with his team in the US and Australia, Michael helps open and traditional universities on a daily basis to promote their online and distance education programmes globally. Additionally, Michael is leadingly involved in a broad variety of international projects, and closely cooperates with ICDE, for example on the GlobalOHER project.

Christian M. Stracke, Managing Director, Research Institute for Technology-Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training (TELIT), Coordinator of European and International Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Prof. (KR) Christian M. Stracke is Managing Director of the TELIT Research Institute and Coordinator of European and international research at the University of Duisburg-Essen (www.telit.wiwi.uni-due.de), Advisory Professor at the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, and Adjunct Professor at the Korea National Open University (KNOU) in Seoul.
He is senior researcher and strategy consultant with international reputation and numerous references for learning policies, innovations and quality in all learning sectors. As an internationally recognized expert and innovator, his main working fields are learning innovations and quality, technology-enhanced learning (TEL) as well as evaluation, impact measurement and competence modelling in learning, education and training (LET). In international Standardisation he is elected Chair of international (ISO PC 288 on QM for Education) and of European (CEN TC 353 on (E-)Learning, Education and Training) Standardisation Committees for Education.

He is author and editor of numerous books, handbook chapters, articles, and standards on learning innovations and quality (latest publication: Stracke, Chr.M. (2013): Learning Innovations and Quality. Berlin: Logos. ISBN: 978-3-8325-3406-6).

Christian M. Stracke is invited keynote speaker and PC member at many international conferences. He is Conference Chair of LINQ, the annual international conference on Learning Innovations and Quality (www.learning-innovations.eu) initiated by him.
Christian M. Stracke is invited keynote speaker and PC member at many international conferences. He is Conference Chair of LINQ, the annual international conference on Learning Innovations and Quality (www.learning-innovations.eu) initiated by him.
He has studied educational sciences and gained extensive experience in leading large scale projects and in consulting and supporting institutions and public authorities to develop long-term policies and to introduce and improve learning innovations and quality.

Many research projects were coordinated and supervised as quality manager by him including ODS (15.3 Mio Euros, see: www.opendiscoveryspace.eu) and Q.E.D. (budget: 4.0 Mio Euros, www.qed-info.de) as two of the biggest e-Learning projects next to many other international research and development projects.

He has founded and established ICORE, the International Council for Open Education and Research (www.ICORE-online.org) and eLC, the European Institute for Learning, Innovation and Cooperation (www.elc-institute.org). as well as QLET, the Quality Portal (www.qualitydevelopment.eu). He is Co-initiator and Board Member of the German E-Learning Association D-ELAN and also after the merger, of the SIG "Learning Solutions" of BITKOM, the biggest ICT association worldwide (www.bitkom.org/en).

Paul Taillefer, Chair of the Board of Directors of Contact North-Contact Nord, Ontarios Distance Education & Training Network, Canada.

As a high school teacher, Paul was involved in the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) for over 25 years.

Paul Taillefer was a member of AEFO's Board of Directors for 10 years, served on the executive committee for 8 years and was Provincial President from 2004 to 2008 (www.aefo.on.ca). He served on the Board of Governors of the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) from 1998 to 2009 and sat on the Executive Committee of OTF from 2004 to 2008 (www.otffeo.on.ca).

Paul was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) for 10 years and was a Vice-President of the CTF from 2007 to 2011 and served as President of the CTF from 2011 to 2013 (www.ctf-fce.ca).

Internationally, he took an active part in the Comit? syndical francophone de l'?ducation et de la formation (CSFEF), a network of international trade unions representing Francophone education and training personnel and falling under the umbrella of Education International (EI) (www.csfef.org). He also been a CTF trustee and has chaired the Trust Fund. The CTF Trust Fund manages the international programs and the International Aid Fund.

Paul Taillefer spares no effort to promote the teaching profession and defend the interests of his teaching colleagues. In August 2004, the Ontario Teachers' Federation awarded him a fellowship to recognize the quality of his commitment. In 2007, his local honoured him with its highest award, the M?rite AEFO Nord-Est catholique, for pioneering the locals establishment and growth. In 2010, AEFO bestowed its highest distinction, the Lifetime Membership Award, to Paul for his outstanding commitment to teachers and the teaching profession.

Elena Tikhomirova, CEO of eLearning Center Company, Founder of eLearning PRO Community, Russian Federation

Elena began her career in 2003. Upon finishing her masters degree in Educational and training systems design at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, she has started the development of e-learning at Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI). For 4 years, she had been realizing the project on development of e-courses for students and e-learning standards for university.

Later in 2006, Elena launched her own company called eLearning center, specializing on the development of e-learning courses. Today, this company occupies the leading position on Russian e-learning market. It has such authoritative clients as Gazprom JSC, Rosneft JSC, TNK-BP JSC, Danone-UnimilkJSC, Sberbank of Russia, VTB Bank, Alfa Bank,Severstal JSC, X5 Retail Group, etc.

Besides, Elena carries out outreach activities: under her leadership the professional eLearning PRO community was founded; annually she provides numerous open webinars devoted to the most acute problems in e-learning; she also has personal professional blog "Live Learning" for sharing her thoughts, ideas and experiences with readers.
Moreover, every year eLearning center organizes the largest e-learning conference in Russia - The eLearning elements Conference - annual professional e-learning meeting widely recognized as the leading Russian event on instructional design, distance education, human resource development and corporate learning.
"Learning should be interesting and bring pleasure ", thats the basic principle of her work.
Judith Zubieta Garcia

Judith Zubieta Garcia, General Director, Office for Open and Distance Education (CUAED), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico.

Doctor in Social Systems Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, she is a Full Researcher at UNAMs Institute for Social Research and currently holds the position of Coordinator of UNAMs Open and Distance Education.

In the academic sphere, Dr. Judith Zubieta Garcia teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and gives advice to a growing number of students working on their thesis and dissertations. She is actively involved in UNAMs Graduate Program in Engineering and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops in the Graduate Program of Management. Her commitment to human resources formation has always been strong, including training and updating courses.
Her engagement with science dissemination has driven her to direct two academic and very successful programs geared towards promoting science and technology among highschool and undergraduate students. One of them still runs at UNAM and the second one is sponsored by the Mexican Academy of Sciences (Program Summer for Scientific Research). In the last ten years, she has been involved in different initiatives to increase womens participation in Science and Technology, a concern she has long stressed through several projects like GenTec, financed by UNESCO and OEI, and as Co-Chair of the Women for Science program, economically supported by IANAS (Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences).
Dr. Zubietas administrative skills are also very well grounded and documented since she has performed different managerial and executive roles within Mexicos federal government as well as inside UNAM. She has authored numerous publications and articles for scientific diffusion. She is a member of Mexicos National System of Researchers (level II) and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, as well as some other professional associations. She was elected Vicepresident of the Mexican Mathematical Society for the period 2012-2014. She has participated very actively in many scientific committees, evaluation groups and editorial boards. Her books, articles and papers have been presented in a great number of national and international conferences and simposia and she has been invited to carry out jury work in prestigious academic contests and research prices.
She is currently President of the Board of Directors of ECOESAD (the Mexican Common Space for Distance Education), an association which groups 39 public higher education institutions.