Adam Seldow
Head of Education Partnerships, Facebook

Dr. Adam Seldow leads education product partnerships at Facebook where he contributes to building learning communities worldwide

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Adam taught high school mathematics and led technology in US school systems. He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his masters and doctoral degrees in education policy and leadership from Harvard University.

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Alejandro Moreno
Founder and CEO, Alto Data Analytics

Before founding Alto Data Analytics in 2012, Alejandro was Vice President of Viacom for Southern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. Previous to Viacom, Alejandro was in charge of development of Yahoo.

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Business in Southern Europe, an extension of his work at the Vodafone Group, where he forged strategic partnerships with global companies such as Microsoft and Google. Prior to Vodafone Alejandro was a manager at Alcatel-Lucent. Overall, Alejandro has successfully helped companies with their digital strategies in more than 20 markets worldwide.

Alejandro earned a Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc. Eng.) with a focus in Electronics and Automation from UMA University (Spain) and an MBA from Henley Business School (UK).

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Alfredo Hernado Calvo
Innovative education expert, escuela21

Alfredo Hernando Calvo es psicólogo, investigador y padre. Tres facetas que une en su pasión por la innovación educativa.

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En el año 2013 creó el proyecto escuela21.org: un laboratorio de innovación educativa que viaja por todo el mundo con el objetivo de identificar, comunicar y replicar las mejores prácticas internacionales en las escuelas más innovadoras.
Alfredo es un precursor de la metodología de los paisajes de aprendizaje y un explorador del design thinking, la personalización, la integración tecnológica en el aula y de la gestión de procesos de innovación y cambio en la escuela. Con cientos de horas de formación y acompañamiento a claustros, es un compañero recurrente de instituciones educativas públicas y privadas, centros de formación de profesores, servicios territoriales, universidades, fundaciones y organismos educativos internacionales.

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Alicia Richart
Fundadora y Directora General, Asociación DigitalES

Alicia Richart es una ejecutiva con 20 años de experiencia en el ámbito tecnológico, relaciones institucionales, regulación y consultoría de negocio. Actualmente es la directora general de DigitalES, la nueva patronal tecnológica cuyo objetivo es liderar la digitalización de España.

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Representa los intereses de 39 empresas tecnológicas, operadoras de telecomunicaciones, consultoras y fabricantes de redes. Es ingeniero superior industrial, MBA de ESADE y master en finanzas corporativas por la Universidad de Ramón Llull.

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Almudena Arpón de Mendivil
Partner with the Spanish law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Group within the Corporate Department. Her expertise is diverse, with an emphasis on corporate, M&A, joint ventures and the like. During her career she has been involved and continues participating in some of the most relevant and complex cross-border transactions.

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Secretary General of the International Bar Association for the period 2019-2020. The IBA is the leading worldwide association of the legal sector, with more than 80,000 individual members from top law firms worldwide, and 190 bars spanning across more than 170 jurisdictions.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish satellite company Hispasat; member of its executive commission and of its appointments and remunerations commission (2013–2018).

Secretary General of Círculo Fortuny (the Association of Spanish Luxury Brands) and a member of the Executive Board of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance.

Member of the Executive Committee and of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law at the Centre for American and International Law.

Graduated in Law from ICADE (Institute of Business Administration) (1985). Master’s Degree in Community Law from the College of Europe in Bruges (1986).  PiL from Harvard Law School (1990). Joined Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in 1987, appointed partner in 1994.

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Andreas Schleicher
Director de Educación de OCDE

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic (7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Secretary of State Michael Gove in the United Kingdom called Andreas “the most important man in English education”, never mind that he is German and lives in France. Andreas is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded for “exemplary democratic engagement” in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

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Andrew Meltzoff
Professor and expert on child development; UW Co-Director, UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair and is the Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

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A graduate of Harvard University, with a PhD from Oxford University, he is an internationally renowned expert on infant and child development. His discoveries about infant imitation have revolutionized our understanding of early cognition, personality, and brain development. His research on social-emotional development and children’s understanding of other people has helped shape policy and practice.

Dr. Meltzoff’s 20 years of research on young children has had far-reaching implications for cognitive science, especially for ideas about memory and its development; for brain science, especially for ideas about common coding and shared neural circuits for perception and action; and for early education and parenting, particularly for ideas about the importance of role models, both adults and peers, in child development.

He is the co-author of two books about early learning and the brain: The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us about the Mind (Morrow Press, 2000) and Words, Thoughts and Theories (MIT Press, 1997). He is also co-editor of The Imitative Mind: Development, Evolution and Brain Bases (Cambridge University Press, 2002), a unique, multidisciplinary volume combining brain science, evolutionary theory, and developmental psychology.

Dr. Meltzoff is the recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2005, he was the recipient of an award for outstanding research from the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Kenneth Craik Award in Psychology, Cambridge University, England. Dr. Meltzoff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. He has been inducted into the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and is the recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award.

Dr. Meltzoff is active in volunteer work concerning children, having served on the board of directors of the Foundation for Early Learning, the board of directors of the University Child Development School, the National Advisory Committee for Grants of the March of Dimes Foundation, and the national advisory board of Parents Magazine.

Dr. Meltzoff has appeared on the PBS programs Scientific American Frontiers and NOVA, on ABC’s World News Now, NBC’s Today Show, the CBC Discovery series, and in numerous other media outlets. He is married to Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl, and they have one daughter.

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Anthony Salcito
Vice President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.

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Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.

Salcito spent his early years at Microsoft architecting high profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95. He is involved with a variety of outreach projects; has served on the board of directors for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Western Governors University, Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus, and currently serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Teach.org and the European Foundation for Management Development.

With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Salcito authors Daily Edventures (http://dailyedventures.com/), which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world. He has also helped author a book on Education Transformation which serves as a reference guide for schools looking to drive innovation to enhance student outcomes. You can engage with Salcito at @AnthonySalcito.

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Barbara Oakley
Professor of Engineering, author ``Learning how to Learn``, Oakland University

Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.”

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Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” the world’s most popular massive open online course. Her books A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), (Penguin, 2014) and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (Penguin, 2017) are international best-sellers. Dr. Oakley has adventured widely through her lifetime. She rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar.

She also worked as a communications expert at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, and has served as a Russian translator on board Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


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Bernhard Niesner
Co-founder & CEO, Busuu

Bernhard co-founded Busuu in 2008 following an MBA project and has since led the company to become the world’s largest community for language learning, with more than 90 million users across the globe

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Before starting Busuu, Bernhard worked as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He graduated summa cum laude in International Business from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and holds an MBA with honours from IE Business School. Bernhard is an active mentor and business angel in the startup community and an advisor to the Austrian Government on education affairs. Bernhard recently received the ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 UK Awards’ in the ‘Disruptor’ category.

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Berta González
Journalist and Education Expert, el Mundo

Colaboradora en El Mundo Andalucía. Licenciada en Periodismo por la Universidad Complutense, Master en Relaciones Internacionales en la Fundación Ortega y Gasset. 20 años de periodismo todoterreno, los cuatro últimos con especial querencia por la educación. www.smartick.es

Carissa Véliz
Digital Ethics expert, University of Oxford, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Carissa Véliz is a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, and Christ Church, at the University of Oxford.

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She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and specialises in ethics and political philosophy. She is the recipient of numerous academic distinctions and awards, including the British Spanish Society Prize granted by the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, and the National Award for Excellent Academic Performance from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Her work has been featured in El País, the BBC, Publico.es, Slate, the Independent, and the New York Times, among other media. Carissa is currently finishing a book of privacy, and she is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics.

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Caroline Mol
Directora, EDX Europe
César Alierta
César Alierta
Presidente, Profuturo

En la actualidad es Presidente Ejecutivo de la Fundación Telefónica y miembro del Consejo de Administración de China Unicom.

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Desde septiembre de 2010 es también consejero independiente, presidente de la Comisión de Retribuciones y vocal de la de Comisión de Nombramientos en el Consejo de Administración de International Consolidate Airlines Group (IAG), la compañía resultante de la fusión entre Iberia y British Airways.

Forma parte además del Columbia Business School Board of Overseers y es académico de Número de la Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras de España.

Fue Director General del área de Mercado de Capitales en el Banco Urquijo de Madrid entre 1970 y 1985. Posteriormente fue Presidente-Fundador de la sociedad Beta Capital, puesto que a partir de 1991 compatibilizó con la presidencia del Instituto Español de Analistas Financieros. También fue miembro del Consejo de Administración y de la Comisión Permanente de la Bolsa de Madrid.

En 1996 accede a la Presidencia de Tabacalera, S.A., posición desde la que impulsa y favorece la fusión transfronteriza con la compañía francesa Seita. Fruto de esta fusión nació Altadis, compañía que presidió hasta julio de 2000, momento en que es designado Presidente de Telefónica. Desde enero de 1997, ya formaba parte del Consejo de Administración de esta compañía. En julio 2000 es nombrado Presidente Ejecutivo de Telefónica, S.A., cargo que ocupó hasta el 8 de abril de 2016.

En junio de 2010, César Alierta recibió en Nueva York la Medalla de Oro de la Americas Society en reconocimiento a su importante contribución al crecimiento y desarrollo de Latinoamérica. Cinco años antes, también en Nueva York, Alierta recibió el premio “Empresario Español Global” (The Global Spanish Enterpreneur), otorgado por la Cámara de Comercio de España-Estados Unidos. Este galardón es un reconocimiento a la gestión desarrollada en la Compañía que ha permitido la entrada del Grupo Telefónica en el índice bursátil Dow Jones Global Titans 50 de Nueva York.

Alierta preside desde su creación, en febrero de 2011, el Consejo Empresarial para la Competitividad (CEC), una entidad constituida por 15 grandes empresas y el Instituto de Empresa Familiar que suma compromisos y esfuerzos para aportar propuestas que mejoren la competitividad, ayuden a la recuperación económica y fortalezcan la confianza internacional en España.

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Christina Blacklaws
Chair, NED, speaker, consultant,Immediate Past President of the Law Society

Christina studied Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She has developed and managed law firms including a virtual law firm and set up the first ABS with the Co-op. More recently, she was Director of Innovation at a top 100 firm.

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She now runs her own consultancy business providing strategic advice particularly in the area of transformational change, technological developments and diversity and inclusion.

She holds a range of public appointments including chair of the LawTech Delivery Panel, chair of the Next Generation Services Advisory Group, part of Innovate UK, member of the Legal Support Advisory Group and of the Family Justice Council.

Christina was President of the Law Society of England and Wales until July 2019 and performed a huge range of ambassadorial and representative functions both domestically and internationally.

She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology and access to justice and uses every opportunity to advocate and progress positive change in these areas.

On access to justice, Christina led on a number of high-profile campaigns to protect and empower some of the most vulnerable in our society including chairing the Grenfell Lawyers Forum.

On innovation and the future of legal services, Christina chaired the Law Society’s Legal Technology Policy Commission which produced a wide-ranging report and recommendations about the use of algorithms in the justice system: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/research-trends/algorithm-use-in-the-criminal-justice-system-report/. In addition to her government posts, Christina sits as a Commissioner on the Oxtec Commission which is advising government on the use of technology in elections. She is heavily involved in the technological issues relating to supra-national legislative and regulatory frameworks as well as the need to demystify lawtech and empower all lawyers to embrace relevant technology. Christina led on the Society’s relationship with Barclays to develop lawtech incubators.

On diversity and inclusion, Christina has developed and leads on a programme focussed on women in leadership in law. The project produced the largest ever global survey on the issue, two toolkits which supported over 250 roundtables in 22 jurisdictions and led to 3 insight reports and a Women in Law Pledge which was supported by the government and all legal representative bodies. This was launched at the international symposium Christina arranged in June 2019.

Christina represents the Women Lawyer’s Division and is an active committee member. She also sits on the Thomson Reuters Women in Law Advisory Board and the Chartered Institute of Insurers’ ‘Insuring Women’s Futures’ Advisory Board.

Christina is a multi-award winning (for innovation and diversity and inclusion) published author, speaker and lecturer and frequent media commentator.


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Claudia Costin
Founder and Director of the Center for Excellency and Innovation in Education Policies at Fundación Getulio Vargas, former global director of Education at World Bank and Education Secretary of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Claudia Costin is the founder and Director of CEIPE- Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education Policies, a Think Tank within Getulio Vargas Foundation, a leading private University in Brazil where she is a professor. She was in the recent past a visiting scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Senior Director for Global Education in the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, Claudia Costin was the Secretary of Education of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She holds a BsC in Public Administration in Getúlio Vargas Foundation, a Master in Economics and has taken all her doctoral courses in the same University, although she has not obtained her PhD, since she became vice-minister at the time where she was supposed to do the research for her thesis.

Claudia was, till 2009, vice-president of the Victor Civita Foundation, dedicated to raising the quality of public education in Brazil. Believing in the transformational power of education, she helped create the civil society movement Todos pela Educação, also serving on its technical committee.From 2009 to 2014 she integrated the Sustainability External Advisory Board of Dow Chemical International.

From 1995 to 2000, she was vice-minister and minister of Public Administration and State Reform, during Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s presidency and participated in the design and implementation of the first regulatory agencies in the country, including ANATEL and ANEEL.

She is also a member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work organized by ILO- International Labor Organization, a board member in the non-profit Fundación Bunge y Born from Argentina and a columnist in one of the leading newspapers in Brazil, Folha de São Paulo, writing about Education and Public Policies.

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Cristobal Viedma
Founder & CEO, Lingokids

Passionate about engineering, education and cross-cultural communication. Serial-entrepreneur with a background in Computer Science. 2x start-up founder.

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Former Head of Language Learning Platform at Viki, acquired in 2013 by Rakuten for $200M. Cristobal launched the Lingokids app in 2016 in an effort to create the world’s first English learning platform for early childhood learners. Cistobal has been able to attract collaboration from Oxford University Press and EF (Education First) and investment from top tier firms Holtzbrinck Ventures, JME y Bessemer, and 500 Startups.

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Darío Gil
Director, IBM Research

Dr. Dario Gil is the Director of IBM Research, one of the world’s largest and most influential
corporate research labs.

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IBM Research is a global organization with over 3,000 researchers at 12 laboratories on six
continents advancing the future of computing. Dr. Gil leads innovation efforts at IBM, directing
research strategies in Quantum, AI, Hybrid Cloud, Security, Industry Solutions, and
Semiconductors and Systems.
Dr. Gil is the 12th Director in its 74-year history.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Gil served as Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research and
the Vice President of AI and Quantum Computing, areas in which he continues to have broad
responsibilities across IBM. Under his leadership, IBM was the first company in the world to
build programmable quantum computers and make them universally available through the
cloud. An advocate of collaborative research models, he co-chairs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab,
a pioneering industrial-academic laboratory with a portfolio of more than 50 projects focused
on advancing fundamental AI research to the broad benefit of industry and society.
A passionate supporter of scientific discovery and education, Dr. Gil is a Trustee of the New
York Hall of Science, which provides schools, families and underserved communities in the
New York City area with exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Dr. Gil received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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David Calle
Top10- Global Teacher Prize 2017, Unicoos Founder

Born in Madrid in 1972. When he was little, he loved science-fiction movies, because he was amazed with special effects. Above all, he loved it, because he was always leaving the cinema with a question in his head. Perhaps, some of the movies are guilty his future choices of Telecommunication Systems Engineering as a field of study.

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When during the crisis he found himself being unemployed, he decided to fund an academy. Unfortunately, that same crisis prevented many of his students from being able to pay for their studies. Thereby, he decided to open a YouTube channel – the only way that allowed the students to follow the classes. Today, he is having over a million of subscriptions (he has just received another Golden Play Button from YouTube), his channel is a reference for the world of education world and the Spanish-speaking scientific environment, becoming the first science channel in Spain and one of the three most followed channels in Spanish language.

David Calle also uses the channel to contribute to the greater cause and now, altogether with his book, he promotes vocations at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), especially among women. Development of these competences is one of the fundamental objectives of the educative agenda, not only for the European Union and United States, but also for the international organisations.

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Derek Yeung
Principal, Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School Hong Kong

Derek Yeung is the Principal of Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School. He has been responsible for primary school management for over 25 years. He believes that every kid has unlimited potentials. Through different interactive experiences and self-exploration, every kid can find joy in life.

Diego Álcazar Benjumea
Executive Vice President, IE University

Since 2014 He is the Executive Vice President of IE University and he sits on its Board of Directors. He plays a key role in the strategic vision and the general management of the institution, highly focused on promoting the innovation strategy and its execution, driving IE’s digital transformation and leading IE’s technological immersion.

Diego Rubio
Director, IE Center for the Governance of Change

Diego Rubio is Professor of the Practice of Applied History & Global Governance at IE, and the Executive Director of its Center for the Governance of Change, a newly created institution that seeks to enhance our ability to understand, anticipate, and manage innovation and its externalities in a variety of domains –political, economic, and societal.

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Diego is also the Director of the Fourth Sector Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum (WEF) that seeks to facilitate the creation of a more prosperous, socially fair and environmentally sustainable economy in the 22 countries of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, by advancing the development of a new ecosystem for benefit-driven enterprises.

Before moving to Madrid, Diego worked as Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford for several years and advised a number of organizations, including the UN, the European Commission, and the Spanish Government. As visiting scholar, he has lectured at various universities –including Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, Singapore, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work and ideas have been featured in BBC, El País, El Mundo and Social Europe, among others.

Diego holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and a Master from the École Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines. He has received several distinctions and awards, including the British-Spanish Society Prize granted by the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, and the First National Award for Excellent Academic Performance from the Spanish Ministry of Education, after graduating with the highest GPA of his national cohort.


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Fredrik Lindgren
President and CEO, Kunskapskolan

Fredrik Lindgren is President and CEO of Kunskapsskolan i Sverige AB since 2012. Kunskapsskolan is one of the largest free/independent school organizations in Sweden with over 14.000 students in 29 secondary (year 4-9) schools and seven upper secondary schools spread out around Sweden.

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Kunskapsskolan’s pedagogical idea is a more personalised education based on among other things individual coaching, goal setting and scheduling. Kunskapsskolan also arranges adult and corporate education, under the brand name SkillEd. Kunskapsskolan has been internationally noticed for its personalised education model and has partner schools in India and the Netherlands among other countries, that are wholly or partially using the same educational concept.

Fredrik has a degree in business and administration from Stockholm School of Economics. Prior to joining Kunskapsskolan he held various positions, e.g. Head of Communications, at Investor AB – Sweden’s largest listed industrial holding company controlled by the Wallenberg family. Investor is an active long-term shareholder in well-known international companies such as e.g. ABB, Atlas Copco  and Ericsson.

Fredrik is a board member of the Swedish Association of Independent Schools and Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (an independent school outside Stockholm). He is also currently chairman of the jury for His Majesty the King’s Award for Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year (“Årets Nybyggare”) for the Stockholm Region.

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Esther Wojcicki
Founder, Media Arts program at Sao Paulo Alto High School

The Godmother of Silicon Valley, legendary teacher, and mother of a Super Family shares her tried-and-tested methods for raising happy, healthy, successful children using Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness: TRICK.

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Esther Wojcicki—“Woj” to her many friends and admirers—is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They’re the result of TRICK, Woj’s secret to raising successful people: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical.

Wojcicki’s methods are the opposite of helicopter parenting. As we face an epidemic of parental anxiety, Woj is here to say: relax. Talk to infants as if they are adults. Allow teenagers to pick projects that relate to the real world and their own passions, and let them figure out how to complete them. Above all, let your child lead. How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.


Esther Wojcicki is a leading American educator, journalist and mother. Leader in Blending Learning and the integration of technology into education, she is the founder of the Media Arts program at Palo Alto High School, where she built a journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1984 to one of the largest in the nation including 600 students, five additional journalism teachers, and nine award-winning journalism publications. Wojcicki serves as Vice Chair of Creative Commons and has previously worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.

Esther has been intimately involved with Google and GoogleEdu since its inception, where she was one of the leaders in setting up the Google Teacher Academy and remains a guiding force. With two Honorary Doctorate Degrees – Palo Alto University (2013) and Rhode Island School of Design (2016). She was California Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; a recipient of the Gold Key by Columbia Scholastic Press Association in recognition of her outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press; a board member of Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC, and on the Board of Newseum in DC; and a has been consultant for the U.S Department of Education, Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, Google, Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Time Magazine Education.

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Gonçalo Matías
President, Law Schools Global League, and Dean of Católica Global School of Law

Professor of the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University, where he completed his first degree (2002), his Master’s degree (2010) and his doctorate (2014). He is the Dean of the Catholic Global School of Law and Co-President of the Law Schools Global League.

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He is the Director of Studies and member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation.
He carried out research as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law School. He is particularly involved in the areas of Regulatory, Administrative, Constitutional and International Law. He was an invited professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
He was an Adviser for Legal and Constitutional Affairs to the President of the Republic between 2008 and 2014 and has been a consultant since 2014. He was Director of the Migration Observatory.
He was Secretary of State for Administrative Modernization of the 20th Constitutional Government.
He is a lawyer and has been registered at the Portuguese Bar Association since 2005, and a legal consultant, especially in the areas of Public Law. He is a member of UIA – Union International des Avocats.

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Gonzalo Manrique
Co- Founder, Ironhack

Gonzalo Manrique is the co-founder and CEO of Ironhack, a tech school ranked in the world’s top 2 in the market, with presence in Europe, US, Latin America and more than 2,000 alumni. Ironhack is changing the educational model, reducing the tech skill gap through bootcamps based on learn-by-doing and focused on the latest technological trends.

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With Gonzalo as CEO, Ironhack has achieved a growth of 95% YoY from 2014 until now, expanding to 10 cities and forming partnerships with companies such as Uber, Facebook and McKinsey.

Prior to Ironhack, he completed an MBA at Wharton (UPenn) after completing his studies in Road Engineering and has been part of the Sacyr Board of Directors for more than 7 years.

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Gonzalo Martin-Villa
Chief Innovation Officer, Telefónica

Since May 2016 Gonzalo has served as Telefónica’s Chief Innovation Officer leading 3 Innovation Verticals and 2 subsidiaries: Core Innovation, Open Entrepreneurship & Open Investments, Telefónica Alpha & Telefónica Educación Digital (TED), respectively. He reports to Telefónica’s Chief Commercial and Digital Officer (CCDO)

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Prior to this appointment, Gonzalo led Telefónica’s startup Accelerator – Wayra – as its CEO since its beginning in 2011, helping it become one of the top and largest technology accelerators in the world, with operations in 12 countries across 2 continents.

Gonzalo has a degree in Law by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, an LLM by Georgetown University and holds an MBA from IESE Business School – University of Navarra. Gonzalo is a passionate marathon runner.

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Javier de Cendra
Dean, IE Law School

Javier de Cendra, (LL.M, PhD) is Dean of IE Law School. He studied law and economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, earned a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Energy and Environmental Law from the University of Leuven (Belgium), and a PhD in international and European climate change law from Maastricht University (the Netherlands).

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Javier´s fields of academic expertise span across environmental and energy law, with a particular focus on climate change, an extremely dynamic and innovative area of environmental law. Javier has engaged intensively in research and consultancy on climate change and energy law and in his PhD, he explored the role of legal principles in shaping the distributional consequences of climate change and climate change policies.

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Javier Bardaji
CEO, Atresmedia

He has a degree in Information Sciences from the University of Navarra and a PhD in Communication from the same university, he is also PADE (2015) in Business Management from IESE and Strategic Marketing from ESADE (1991).

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Before reaching the general direction of Atresmedia TV, he was General Director of Multimedia, Director of Communication and Corporate Marketing, and Director of Content for the Group.

Bardají has extensive experience in the field of communication. He has worked in organizations such as Vocento Group (Editorial Director and General Audiovisual Director), Mediaset Group (President of ATLAS, company that managed the Tele 5 news programs) and Unidad Editorial (Marketing Chief in El Mundo).

He has made several publications, among which “The management of creativity on TV: The Globomedia case” and “From Antena 3 to Atresmedia through LaSexta”.

He is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Communication of the University of Navarra and a member of the Television Academy.

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Javier Imbroda
Regional Ministry of Education for the State of Andalucia

Speaker at numerous conferences, university and social sports forums.

Jorge Cerdio
Titular, Facultad de Derecho del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Jorge Cerdio is a Full Professor at The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México’s Law School (ITAM), where he has been Dean for the past 10 years

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He is also head of the Center for Access to Justice, a Center that provides legal aid and counsel to underprivileged persons and promotes social awareness among the legal community through an extensive clinical education program. He is also in charge of the research program at ITAM on Open Government, Open Justice, Open Legal Data and Transparency.

His research topics are Legal Argumentation, Law and Logic, Legal Theory and AI and Law.

He holds an LLB degree from ITAM and a PhD in Law from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Jose María Álvares Pallete
Chairman & CEO, Telefónica

Mr. Álvarez-Pallete has a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also studied Economics at the Université Libre of Brussels (Belgium), holds an International Management Programme (IMP) from IPADE Business School and an Advance Research Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid.

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In February 1999 he joined the Telefónica Group as Chief Financial Officer of Telefónica Internacional S.A.U., and in September of the same year he became Chief Financial Officer of Telefónica S.A. In July 2002, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Telefónica Internacional S.A.; in July 2006, General Manager of Telefónica Latinoamérica, and in March 2009 Chairman of Telefónica Latinoamérica. In September 2011 he was named Executive Chairman of Telefónica Europe. And in September 2012 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica S.A.

Since April 8th 2016 he is Chairman & CEO of Telefónica S.A. and Member of the Board of Telefónica S.A., position he holds since July 2006.

He began his professional career at Arthur Young Auditors in 1987, before joining Benito & Monjardín/Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1988. After this, in 1995, he joined the Compañía Valenciana de Cementos Portland (CEMEX) as head of the Investor Relations and Analysis Department. In 1996, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in Spain, and in 1998 to Chief Administration and Finance Officer of the CEMEX Group Indonesia and to member of the Board of CEMEX Asia Ltd.

In 2001 he was granted the best “CFO Europe Best Practices” award in the Mergers & Acquisitions category for the year 2000. In 2003, he was appointed Member of Merit at the Ibero-American Forum of the Fundación Carlos III and in 2007 he was awarded with the Gold Master of the Executive Management Forum. In 2011 he received the Personality of the Year in Economics Award, given by the Spanish newspaper “El Economista”. In 2013 he received the Excellence 2013 Award, for his contribution to the development of telecommunications, granted by the Spanish Telecommunication Engineers Association. In 2014, Mr. Álvarez-Pallete received the Medalla Sorolla by The Hispanic Society of America and was named Innovative Corporate Leader of the Year by Latin Trade Magazine. In 2016 he was named “Best CEO” in Spain by Forbes Magazine

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Kelly Palmer
Chief Learning Officer, Degreed

Kelly Palmer is on a mission to change the way the world learns. A well-known thought leader on learning, business, and career development, she is currently on the executive team of Degreed and was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn

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Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She is the co-author of the book The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed. She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Financial TimesFast Company, ForbesEntrepreneurInc., Barron’sChief Learning Officer (CLO), and on Bloomberg radio. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in English/communications and a Master of Science in adult learning and education technology. Kelly lives in San Francisco.

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Lucia Dellagnelo
President, Center for Innovation and Education of Brazil

Diretora-presidente do Centro de Inovação para a Educação Brasileira (CIEB), é doutora e mestre em Educação pela Universidade de Harvard (EUA)

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Foi Secretária de Estado de Desenvolvimento Econômico Sustentável em Santa Catarina, onde criou o Cluster de Inovação na Educação. É fundadora e Presidente do Conselho do Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis. Atua como consultora de organizações nacionais e internacionais na área de educação e desenvolvimento territorial.

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Lucia Figar
IE Chief of Corporate Innovation & Chairwoman IE Rockets

Lucia has spent most of her life working in the public sector. After finishing her BA in Business Administration and Economics from CUNEF in 1998, she held positions in the Staff of the Presidency of the Government of Spain and the European Parliament in Brussels.

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In 2002, she was appointed Secretary for Social Affairs, with overall responsibility for the social services portfolio. Lucia has also been for more than 8 years the Regional Minister of Education in the Government of Madrid, responsible of a system comprised of 3.500 schools, 6 public universities, 1.3 million students and more than 100.000 teachers. As Chairwoman of IE ROCKETS, she leads several education and technology initiatives at IE Business School, where she obtained her Global Executive MBA in 2016. She is Member of the Board of Telefonica Foundation.

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Markus Witte
CEO, Babbel

Markus is CEO and founder of Babbel, the top-grossing language-learning app. He describes Babbel as a learning company inside and out: “Heading a team in which each and every person, and the organization itself, is constantly learning new things is incredibly fulfilling.”

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Markus began his career at NYU, and later lectured at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Following his time as an academic, he led the development of online marketing and web infrastructure and managed the online and systems teams at music software company Native Instruments for 6 years. Coming back to learning and teaching, he founded Babbel with three others in 2007.

He has taken an unusual route from academia to the tech industry and later entrepreneurship. Independent study, however, has been the constant theme uniting these disparate paths. Markus’s passion for autonomous learning was sparked by teaching himself programming in 1984 on an Olivetti L1 M44 computer in order to fund the purchase of his first drum kit. As a result of these experiences, he views continuous learning as an approach to living.

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Matías Rodríguez Inciarte
Presidente, Santander Universidades

Born in 1948. Is an economist for the University of Madrid and has studied Business Management at Boston’s M.I.T.

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He has participated, as a member of the Spanish Delegations, in many international trade negotiations with GATT (WTO) and the European Union. Between the years 1979 and 1981 he actively took part in the negotiations enabling Spain to joint the EEC.

In 1981-82 was member of the Spanish Government as Minister of the Presidency.
He joined in 1984 Banco Santander where he was from 1988 to 2017 member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman since 1994. He is now Chairman of Santander Universities and Vice Chairman of Universia.
He is Chairman of UCI, and Member of the Board of BUPA and also member of the Board of financial companies of the Santander Group. He has also been President of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

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Montserrat Gomendio
Head, OECD Center for Skills

Ms. Gomendio works with the Director to support the Secretary-General’s strategic orientations in the area of education and skills with the aim to help countries strengthen employability, social participation and inclusiveness and to build effective and efficient educational institutions to make reform happen. As Head of the OECD Centre for Skills she ensures effective collaboration with employment and other areas at the OECD in order to promote an integrated approach.

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Ms. Gomendio was Secretary of State for Education, Vocational Training and Universities at the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, from January 2012 to May 2015. During this period of time the Spanish Government undertook an education reform.

Previously she enjoyed a productive career in academia. She worked at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) from 1991, where she became a Research Professor. In 1997 she was appointed Director of the Natural History Museum, and from 2003 until 2004 served as Vice-President for Organisation and Institutional Relations of the CSIC.

Ms. Gomendio, a Spanish national, holds a General Management Program degree from the IESE Business School, a PhD in Behavioural Ecology from the University of Cambridge (U.K.), and a BSc in Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid.

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Niall Fergurson
Stanford University& CES Harvard

Niall Ferguson is one of our most influential commentators on Geopolitics and the Global Economy. The wide range of his expertise underscores his ongoing importance as a keynote speaker.

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A Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has published fifteen books, including “The Pity of War“ (1998), “The Cash Nexus” (2002), “Empire” (2003), “Colossus“ (2004), “The War of the World“ (2007), “The Ascent of Money“ (2009), “Civilization: The West and the Rest“ (2012), “The Great Degeneration“ (2014), is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which—”Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist“—was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. His most recent book, “The Square and the Tower,” was a New York Times bestseller.


His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, was a UK bestseller. In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000. In 2003 Ferguson wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK broadcaster. The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 by Penguin, and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS in 2007. The international bestseller, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, followed in 2008; it too was a PBS series, winning the International Emmy award for Best Documentary, as well as the Handelszeitung Economics Book Prize. In 2011 he published Civilization: The West and the Rest, also a Channel 4/PBS documentary series. A year later came the three-part television series “China: Triumph and Turmoil.” The book based on his 2012 BBC Reith lectures, The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, was a New York Times bestseller within a week of its publication. An accomplished biographer, Ferguson published High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg in 2010 and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which was published in 2015—to critical acclaim—as Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. The book won the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. In 2011 his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger”, which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary. He is an award-making

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Nick Van Dam
Board Member & Chief Learning Officer, IE Unviersity

He is an internationally recognized thought leader, adviser, researcher, author, and speaker on learning innovations and leadership development. Nick has over 30 years of business experience as a former partner, Chief Learning Officer, HR Executive, and Client Advisor at McKinsey & Company, Deloitte as well as Siemens. As an advisor he has served more than 100 clients around the world.

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Nick is Chief of the IE University Center for Learning Innovation, serves on the University Advisory Board and is professor in Learning, Talent and Leadership Development. Additionally, he is a full professor at Nyenrode Business Universiteit (The Netherlands), as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works with candidates in the executive doctoral program for Chief Learning Officers. He is affiliated with McKinsey as a Senior Advisor.

Nick has written articles for various publications and has been quoted by Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, India Times, Information Week, Management Consulting, CLO Magazine and TD Magazine.

He has authored and coauthored more than 25 books and numerous articles on innovations in learning and leadership development. Under the patronage of the European Parliament Federal Ministry of Education & Research, he received the 2013 Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award for ‘shaping the future of organizational learning and leadership development’.

He is the founder of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation, which has provided digital lessons for more than 20 million underprivileged elementary school children.

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Orlando Ayala
Chairman Emerging Businesses and Corporate VP, Microsoft

In his 35 years in the technology industry and 25-year history with Microsoft, Ayala served in many senior roles, joining the company in March 1991 as the senior director to create the Latin America region for the company. Ayala opened 33 worldwide subsidiaries as Senior Vice President of the Intercontinental Region (all southern hemisphere countries), before taking on the role of Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Sales Marketing and Services Group, with direct responsibilities managing 40 thousand people and 50+ Billion dollars in revenue, across 115 subsidiaries around the world.

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In this capacity he had the chance to work several years closely with Bill Gates as part of his most senior leadership team. Ayala also managed the WW Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partner group, during which time, he also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer of the then-nascent Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM businesses.
Across these direct responsibilities of large revenue, profitability, and people development roles, Orlando also focused efforts on helping the largely underserved (low income) segments populations, realize the significant benefits of technology to build and grow their communities and organizations. Mr. Ayala has always been committed to driving innovative partnerships between Microsoft, Governments, NGO’s and individuals to improve access to technology and education that offers new ways for individuals, communities and entire countries to realize their potential in the coming years. As part of this work, Ayala was a senior member of World Economic Forum Technology Advisory Committee. Resulting from these efforts, Orlando incubated the Microsoft National Plan initiative from 2012-2016 which focused on empowering national, provincial, and local governments to develop the digital infrastructure, educational programs and human resource potential and turn societal capabilities into competitive advantages.
In his last role with Microsoft as Chairman/CVP of Emerging Business, Ayala catalyzed growth and development in new business models for Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing and Services Group (SMSG), fostering internal and external collaboration to help drive innovative long-term success. Leveraging technology as a transformative force, Ayala has been well known for accelerating growth with emerging audiences, segments and markets around the world. As part of that work, Ayala incubated the Worldwide Sports Industry digital transformation team, starting with a broad Cloud technology partnership agreement with Spanish F.C. Real Madrid, to enable two-way close digital relationship between that football Club and its 500 million fans around the world. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Ayala spent 10 years with NCR Corp., where he held international assignments including that of Sales Director for NCR Mexico and Senior Product Manager in Dayton, Ohio.

Currently retired from Microsoft, Ayala is today a busy and active international consultant and speaker focused on leadership, and technology trends with emphasis in creating ethical innovations to enable human potential. He is also an independent Director of three boards: Centene Corp. (CNC) since September, 2011,
http://www.centene.com/investors/corporate-governance/board-of-directors/. the largest Colombian company Ecopetrol (EC), since April 2019. Ayala is also an active board member of his Alma Mater since 2007 – Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia.
National and International honors and awards: 2007 Microsoft Global Leadership Award (Given by Bill Gates), 2013 Exemplary Colombian National residing abroad (Given by The Colombiano Newspaper), 2013 Decorated with the Civil Order of Alfonso X “The Wise” (Given by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Sports)
For more detailed information on Ayala’s profile, go to: https://www.linkedin.com/in/orlando-ayala-619a45a/

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Pablo Navas
Rector, Universidad de los Andes

Rector Navas was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1950. He is an industrial engineer from Cornell University and holds an MBA from Universidad de los Andes. He was member of Uniandes´ Board of Trustees since 1983, becoming its Vice President and President for several times between 1997 and 2003. In 2011, he was elected as the Rector of Universidad de los Andes, a position he held until July 2019

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Throughout his professional career, Rector Navas has performed as Vice Rector of the Colegio San Carlos in Bogotá, founding member of Colegio los Nogales, Manager of the Asociacion Alianza Educativa, Manager of Productos Lácteos la Campiña and as the President to the Global Education Group Colombia. He has been a member to numerous executive boards, among them, Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá and Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.

He is the author of the book The Journey of Frederic Edwin Church through Colombia and Ecuador, April-October 1853 (2008), and accomplished the academic edition and compilation of the piece Colombia en Le Tour du Monde (2013).

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Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy started his teaching career in 1979 working initially in the prison service, followed by 14 years in the UK secondary school state education where his last role was as a deputy head teacher in a large urban comprehensive school

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In 1993, having moved to Germany to become a stay at home dad, he joined the German Development Ministry with responsibility for teaching adults sustainable change for developing world settings. In 1997, he was asked to join the founding leadership team of Bonn International School as director of studies, MYP coordinator and DP coordinator. In 1999 he became the secondary school principal and in 2003 the Director. After 13 years establishing a thriving three IB programme international school, he moved to Vienna International School as the Director in 2010.  During the last four years in Germany, Peter served as the Board Chair of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) establishing a strong regional association with the IB, and the German International Schools Sports Tournament (GISST).

Peter has represented the region of Africa, Middle East and Europe on the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Executive from 1999 to 2001. In 2009, he was nominated to join the IBAEM Regional Council – a group that he chaired from to 2016. Peter subsequently served as an elected member of the IB Heads Council from 2016 to 2019. In support of the IB’s goal of increased regional representation, Peter has been one of the founding members of the Association of Central European Schools (ACES) bringing representatives from 42 schools across eight countries together.

In addition to the work with the IB, Peter continues to provide support in school accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). He has served on team visits in many countries with responsibility for chairing visits over the past ten years.

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Patricia Kuhl
Professor & Director, UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences / NSF Science of Learning Center

Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl holds the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, is Co-Director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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She is internationally recognized for her research on early language learning and bilingual brain development. She pioneered brain measures that show how young children learn, and presented her work at the Clinton White House, the Bush White House, and the Obama White House. Dr. Kuhl is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Rodin Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is a Fellow of the AAAS, the Acoustical Society of America, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Cognitive Science Society. Dr. Kuhl received the Silver Medal and the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America. She was awarded the IPSEN Foundation’s Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology Prize, the William James Award for significant lifetime achievement in psychology, the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. Dr. Kuhl co-authored The scientist in the crib: Minds, brains, and how children learn and has given a popular TED talk on the linguistic genius of babies.

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Pierre Dubuc
Co- Founder & CEO, Open Classrooms

Pierre Dubuc has been working on creating the education of tomorrow for the past 20 years, creating his first ever online course in 1999, at age 11. Pierre Dubuc is on a mission: make education more accessible.

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OpenClassrooms, the platform he founded in Paris, now powers 1,000+ courses and 50 fully certified diplomas; the company has 200 employees and a faculty of  1000 mentors training 3 thousands of degree students a month across 140 countries. By 2025 the company should place one million degree students in the workforce every year. Among numerous other distinctions Pierre Dubuc was featured among the “30 under 30” by Forbes magazine; in May 2019 OpenClassrooms was also distinguished as “Europe’s Next Unicorn” during the tech trade show Vivatech.

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Polly Akhurst
Co-founder and Co Executive Director, Sky School

Polly is the Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Sky School, a not for profit organization which uses transformative education to create opportunities and inspire positive change in the life of refugees and their communities.

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Sky School has developed the first international high school programme specifically designed for displaced youth, and also runs short courses for young people to re-enter education and develop their sense of agency. Polly has also acted as a working group leader and contributor to the OECD’s Education 2030 project. Prior to Sky School, Polly spent five years working for UWC (United World Colleges) in the area of community engagement and outreach. She is an alumna of UWC Atlantic College, where she studied the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programe, and the University of Oxford.

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Rebeca Grynspan
Directora General, Organization of Ibero-American States

Rebeca Grynspan was born in San José, Costa Rica. She was unanimously elected as Ibero-American Secretary-General at the Extraordinary Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Ciudad de Mexico, on 24th February 2014. She took office on 1st April 2014 and in 2018 her mandate was renewed for a further four-year term.

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In 2010 she was named Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). From 2006 to 2010, she was UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms Grynspan served as Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She was also Minister of Housing, Minister Coordinator of Economic and Social Affairs, and Deputy Minister of Finance. In addition, she has been a member of the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development, convened by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2001.

She is a renowned advocate of human development, who has helped to focus the world’s attention, and also that of Latin America, on relevant issues such as the reduction of inequality and poverty, gender equality, South-South cooperation as a tool for development, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among others.

She was also a delegate to the United Nations Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti, a group consisting of the Haitian government, the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, and other prominent international partners.

In June 2014 she was appointed as chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), one of the most influential organisations worldwide in the field of policy research, devoted to the study of the interface between development and the environment.

Ms Grynspan is a member of the steering committee of the UNICEF Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; member of the Governing Council of the Society for International Development (SID), a global network of individuals and professionals at the forefront of development; and member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, among others.

In addition to her experience as a conference lecturer and advisor to a number of international organisations and institutions, she has been actively involved in key

United Nations initiatives, such as the Millennium Project’s Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development and the High-level Panel on Financing for Development.

In 2014 and 2015, she was recognized as one of the 50 leading intellectuals of Latin America. Since 2016 she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Complutense Institute for International Studies (ICEI), which forms part of the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. In 2017 she received the Forbes Award for Excellence and the Spanish government awarded her the Gran Cruz de la Orden Civil de Alfonso X El Sabio.

Ms Grynspan holds a degree in Economics by the University of Costa Rica and a MSc in Economics by the University of Sussex. She has been awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Salamanca, the University of Extremadura and the European University of Madrid in recognition of her professional career.

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Ricardo Mesquita
Head of Immersive Learning, IE XL

Ricardo believes there is a growing gap between what most education provides and what humans need for the future. He´s Currently building the immersive learning initiative at IE using bootcamps to meet the demands of the fast changing world of work.

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This is fueled by a deep interest in the evolution of employment, skills acceleration, workplace automation, cross generation learning and talent development with the rise of AI. How will we learn, work, play, connect and find purpose in our ever-evolving planet and AI driven world?

Entrepreneur, self-starter and lifelong learner, the former CEO of The LAB Miami, is one of the original co-founders of Beta-I, board member at chicaspoderosas.org and co-author of the book “The Soul of Business”, a roadmap for entrepreneurs looking to launch their ventures in Portugal.

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Richard Vaughan
CEO, Vaughan Systems

Richard Vaughan is the founder and chairman of Vaughan Systems, the market leader in Spain in English-language training.

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In addition to a 30-minute daily English class on Spanish national television, his company also operates nine radio stations around the country, broadcasting 24 hours a day of English-learning content. In publishing, Vaughan is also the national leader, with more than one-hundred different titles currently in circulation in bookshops around the country. His impact on English learning in Spain, both at the individual and corporate level, is widely recognized throughout the country.

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Rocio Albert
Deputy Minister of Political Education in Madrid .

She has been Deputy Minister of Economy and Innovation, General Director of Universities and Research and General Director of Quality of Education

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She has also been General Secretary of the Economic and Social Council and Chief of the Cabinet in Madrid’s Minister of Economy. She is a professor of Economics at Complutense University of Madrid, Director of the Master in Law and Economics and Public Policy at EAE Business School and Coordinator of the Course of Law and Economics in Harvard Law School. She has a PhD from the Department of Applied Economics by Complutense University of Madrid, a European Master in Law and Economics from Hamburg University and she has an advanced program in Law and Economic by Harvard Law School. She has written numerous academic papers in Economics, regulation and Public Policy. Her last book is “La regulacióón del transporte colaborativo” (Aranzadi, 2018). She has been a weekly columnist for an economic newspaper and a business magazine for a long time.

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Rory Simpson
Chief Learning Officer, Telefónica

Rory is currently Chief Executive Learning Officer of the Telefónica Group. His main responsibilities include: leading the Telefónica Corporate University; looking after the development needs of the company’s executives; and spearheading the initiative of using “learning as a lever for transformation” in the company.

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Previously he has been Associate Dean of London Business School; Vice President of Thunderbird, The International Graduate School of Management; and Director of International Executive Education at IESE, Barcelona. Rory was also the founder of “Leadership Essentials”, a company that enables individuals and companies to expand their leadership potential.

Rory conducts leadership, communication and negotiation master-classes and management education seminars. His big-picture insights, compelling observations, and fresh business thinking have impressed a wide range of audiences all over the world. He mixes insight, inspiration and information drawn from personal experiences from the front line of business, arctic adventure, and professional sport. His media appearances include, CNN, Business Week, The Financial Times and The BBC.

Rory’s heart lies in the mountains and in the natural environment. As a professional ski racer he represented his country for 8 years. As a climber and traveler he has been on numerous expeditions to remote parts of Alaska, Greenland, Lapland, The Andes and The Himalayas. The BBC production, The Land Where the Glaciers Grow was a film of one of these journeys.

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Santiago Íñiguez
Dean, IE University

In fact, the dean’s outlook is a decidedly global one. Chairman of the Equal (European Quality Link), Prof Iñiguez also serves on the Boards of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Education) and AMBA (Association of MBAs, UK) and has been portrayed by the Financial Times as “Ambassador of Europe’s business schools”

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He has also been instrumental in setting up the Sumaq Alliance, a network of eight leading business schools from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.
While Prof Iñiguez has been co-author of several books on moral and political philosophy as well as articles and case studies on business management, his priority for now is to build Instituto de Empresa into an influential and highly-respected international centre for management education. He intends to propel the institution into the list of the top 10 business schools worldwide.
Behind this ambitious project lies Prof Iñiguez’s firm belief that education is the key to overcoming intolerance and improving people’s lives. And, he says, management education has a particularly important role to play, since business schools are preparing the social architects of the future.
“I’ve always been optimistic person”, he says. “I believe in people and I think we can change things in our environment and in society through education – it is the most powerful tool”.

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Simon Nelson
CEO, Future Learn

Simon Nelson is Chief Executive of FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform and first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Previously of the BBC, Simon has a background in digital disruption as a pioneer in taking media brands and content online.

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FutureLearn formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has almost 10 million people signed up worldwide.

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Siva Kumari
General Director, International Baccalaureate

Dr Siva Kumari started her tenure as the seventh Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in January 2014 and is the first woman to hold the post.

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Siva joined the IB in April 2009 as Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, responsible for services to schools in the Asia Pacific region of the IB. In May 2010, she was named the first Chief Operating Officer of the IB located in Bethesda, USA, responsible for IB regions worldwide. In this role, she led a global team responsible for providing high quality cost-effective educational services that included authorization and evaluation of schools; professional development; research including programme validation and programme impact studies and university recognition.

Prior to joining the IB, Siva was the first Associate Provost for K-12 initiatives at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. Reporting directly to the President and the Provost she was tasked with overseeing the university’s over 80 outreach efforts in the K12 area, creating efficient systems and identifying new opportunities to accomplish the university’s strategic mission. She also served as Associate Dean and Executive Director of Programs in the School of Continuing Studies, receiving critical acclaim for her work and winning several national and regional awards. Siva grew the university’s teacher professional development programmes into the largest in the USA, and vastly expanded the school’s portfolio of information technology programmes.

Several key projects, initiated by Siva, received competitive funding from state and federal government, as well as local and national foundations – both private and corporate. In 2002, she created the Advanced Placement Digital Library for science teachers, with funding from the US National Science Foundation, serving as Chair of the National Science Digital Library Conference.

Siva has served on a wide range of local, national and international professional advisory boards and committees.

She has a bachelor of science degree from India, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and holds a doctorate in education from the University of Houston, Texas, USA. Specializing in instructional technology, she was awarded “outstanding doctoral student” for her pioneering work studying pedagogical practices of higher education faculty in online education.

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Stela Campos
Periodista, Valor Económico

Stela Campos is Career editor at Valor Econômico. Her expertise covers human resources, management, executive behavior and executive education. She writes a column called “Trabalho SA” and presents the video interviews’s program “Carreira em Destaque” at Valor Online.

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She is the author of the book “Guia Valor Econômico de Desenvolvimento Profissional”. Works at Valor since the begining in 2000. She created and is coeditor from three anuaries “Executivo de Valor”, “Valor Carreira” and “Mulheres na Liderança”. Before, she worked at Exame Magazine, Eldorado Radio and SBT TV. She studied journalism at Faculdade Casper Libero and did an specialization in business management and entrepreneurship at Saint Paul Business School.

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Tal Shahar
Positive Psycology Professor, Harvard

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on “Positive Psychology,“ and the university’s third most popular course on “The Psychology of Leadership“—with a total of more than 1,400 students.

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Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include leadership, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His latest book is Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from My Barber. He is also the author of The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World, The New York Times bestseller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, and others.

Ben-Shahar is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of the Happiness Studies Academy (HSA), Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.

An avid sportsman, Ben-Shahar won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

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Tan Liang Soon
Master Teacher in Mathematics, Academy of Singapore Teachers

Dr Tan Liang Soon is a Master Teacher in Mathematics at the Academy of Singapore Teachers, leading, mentoring and inspiring teachers to be caring, competent and passionate educators who live out the ethos of the profession and provide quality education experience for students.

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Prior to his appointment as Master Teacher, Dr Tan possessed a wealth of experience in teaching and leading Mathematics learning in Singapore with students across different age groups, including 15 to 16 year olds at Raffles Institution, and 17 to 18 year olds at Jurong Junior College, where he also held the position of Head of Department for Mathematics. As Teaching Fellow at the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group in the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, he taught pre-service teachers enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Education) for undergraduates with pre-university qualifications, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme for university graduates.

Dr Tan holds a Master of Information Technology in Education from University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Master of Science in Mathematics as well as a Doctorate in Mathematics Education from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is interested in mathematical modelling, cognitive psychology and professional learning of teachers, and regularly engages in professional development and computational thinking programmes, and research projects involving mathematical applications and modelling.

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