2017 Keynote speakers
Pioneer in MOOCs, for FutureLearn
Adviser to UNESCO on Open Educational Resources
Former President and CEO of The Commonwealth of Learning
Former Chief of the Higher Education Section of UNESCO
International leader in education reform and innovation
Catherine Casserly is passionate about designing learning eco-systems that support high quality education experiences for all. She is Vice President of Learning Networks at EdCast, a Stanford StartX company, that advances learning effectiveness with scale. Cathy is a Fellow with the Aspen Institute, providing leadership for the implementation of recommendations emerging from its Task Force on Learning and the Internet. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group for the development of the 2015 National Education Technology Plan.
Previously Cathy was CEO of Creative Commons, a global nonprofit dedicated to sharing educational, scientific, data and cultural assets. An early architect of the open educational resources (OER) field, she launched and managed a complex portfolio for The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation as the OER Initiative Director. As Vice President of Innovation and Open Networks at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she spearheaded work in the science of improvement research to accelerate progress for community college students in developmental education. Early in her career, Cathy taught mathematics in Kingston, Jamaica.
She is a founding board member of the Digital Public Library of America and Peer-2-Peer University. She is a member of the Advisory Council for NSF, Education and Human Resources. Cathy earned her Ph.D. in the economics of education from Stanford University and holds an honorary doctorate from the Open University, UK.
Sir John Daniel
Sir John Daniel was educated at Christ’s Hospital and pursued his full-time university studies in Metallurgy at the universities of Oxford and Paris. Later he demonstrated his commitment to lifelong learning by taking 25 years to complete a part-time Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University. The internship for that programme, which took him to the UK Open University in 1972, was a life-changing experience. He saw the future of higher education and wanted to be part of it.
This quest took him on an international odyssey with appointments at the École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal (professeur assistant/agrégé, 1969-73); Télé-université, Université du Québec (Directeur des Études, 1973-77); Athabasca University (Vice-President for Learning Services, 1978-80); Concordia University (Vice-Rector, Academic, 1980-84); Laurentian University (President/Recteur, 1984-90); The Open University (Vice-Chancellor, 1990-2001); UNESCO (Assistant Director-General for Education, 2001-04); and the Commonwealth of Learning (President, 2004-12).
His non-executive appointments have included the presidencies of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, the Canadian Association for Distance Education and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. He also served as Vice-President of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He now works on various international projects: as Education Master in the Beijing DeTao Masters Academy, China; Senior Advisor to Academic Partnerships International; and Chair, pro bono, of the UWC (United World Colleges) International Board.
Among Sir John’s 370 publications are his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers:
Sir John is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (1990), the College of Preceptors (1997) and the Commonwealth of Learning (2002). He won the Symons Medal of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in 2008 and his 32 honorary degrees are from universities in 17 countries.
The three countries where he has lived and worked have each recognised his contributions with national honours: France – Ordre des Palmes Académiques : Chevalier ‘pour services rendus à la culture française en Ontario’ (1986); Officier : ‘pour services rendus à la culture française au Royaume-Uni’ (1991); United Kingdom – Knight Bachelor ‘for services to higher education’ (1994); Canada – Officer of the Order of Canada ‘for his advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world’ (2013).
Former Chief of the Higher Education Section of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić is an international leader in education reform, innovation, quality assurance and accreditation with more than 20 years of higher education experience.
Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić’s first senior role in higher education was as Secretary-General of the Association of Universities in Yugoslavia. In the early 1990s, she joined UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education in Bucharest with the goal of enhancing the quality of higher education throughout a more integrated Europe. Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić was quickly promoted to lead the unit managing higher education at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Her major achievements include developing the 2005 UNESCO-OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education, launching the Global Forum on International Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications and initiating the UNESCO-World Bank partnership for capacity-building in quality assurance for developing countries.
Inspired by her work with innovative providers of higher education in a world of huge unmet demand, Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić collaborated on the A Tectonic Shift in Higher Education paper with Sir John Daniel and Asha Kanwar.
Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić was voted International Higher Education Professional of the Year 2009 by her peers in the International Community of Higher Education. That same year, she was centrally involved in the organization of UNESCO’s 2009 World Conference on Higher Education as Executive Secretary. Over 2,000 ministers, officials and institutions from countries all over the world attended the conference.
Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić continues to be a consultant to UNESCO on issues related to the Recognition of Degrees and Qualifications in Higher Education. In the past year, she was a Senior Consultant to the Commonwealth of Learning in a project that resulted in the 2012 UNESCO Paris Declaration on Open Educational Resources adopted by acclamation. She is the Education Master with the DeTao Masters Academy in China and was recently named Senior Consultant to the U.S. Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the creation of its International quality group. She joined Academic Partnerships as a senior advisor in February 2013.
Ms. Uvalić-Trumbić studied at the Universities of Belgrade and the Sorbonne.
Dr. Joseph Press is the Global Innovator & Strategic Advisor to the President of Switzerland. He is CEO of Center for Creative Leadership, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), division Switzerland. Collaborating with leadership across CCL globally, he champions innovation, digital transformation and creative leadership with our clients, in support of delivering engaging and innovative experiences that accelerate personal and organizational impact. As an experienced business consultant and passionate digital innovator, he is deeply committed to co-creating meaningful experiences that transform people, organizations and society. His creative mindset helps unleash client creativity to co-design innovative business models, products, and services in design thinking-inspired workshops. With over five years of online teaching experience, He also design and deliver high-impact developmental experiences in synchronous and asynchronous virtual environments.
He was previously the Director of Deloitte Digital Switzerland, capping a 16 year career as a digital transformation consultant. Working with global clients, he was responsible for consulting companies on digital transformation and innovation initiatives to achieve business results and accelerate organizational evolution. He was also responsible for designing the Deloitte Switzerland Greenhouse, an innovation space for exploring business challenges with clients. This work leveraged his prior career as an architectural designer. For 10 years, he designed workplaces in France, Germany, Israel and the U.S.
Joseph completed his B.S. in Managerial Economics at Carnegie Mellon, and SMArchS + Ph.D. in Design Technology at MIT. He is a guest lecturer at IMD, Parsons The New School For Design in the Strategic Design & Management Masters Program, and the Design Thinking program at St. Gallen, where he teaches graduate courses on design, digital business models and innovation. He previously held teaching and research positions at MIT, Delft Technical University, and Bezalel Design Academy.