Siva Kumari

Siva Kumari

Director General, International Baccalaureate

Dr Siva Kumari is the 7th Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the first woman to hold the post. She has achieved significant results over 25 years in both higher and pre-university education.



Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly

Artistic Director Southbank Centre

Jude Kelly became Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, in 2005. In the course of her career she has directed numerous award-winning theatrical productions.
Prior to this she was the Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse. In this role she sat on the National Advisory Committee for Culture, Creativity and Education (NACCCE), led by Ken Robinson.


Simon Breakspear

Simon Breakspear

Learning Strategist

As Founder of LearnLabs Simon works on systemic challenges in education reform and redesign. He is co-author of ‘Talent Magnets’ a highly practical and acclaimed white paper on attracting, retaining and developing quality teachers.


Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Professor & Author

With an expertise in the future of schooling, Pasi’s best-seller book ‘Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland’ won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University.


Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

RANDI WEINGARTEN is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities.



Cathy Rubin

President and Co-Founder CMRubinWorld

C. M. Rubin (Cathy) is the founder of CMRubinWorld and the co-founder of Henmead Enterprises, Inc., She is a best-selling author, a journalist and editor, an executive and entrepreneur in the fields of publishing, film, television, video and education. Her award-winning syndicated blog, “The Global Search for Education,” brings together distinguished thought leaders from around the world to explore the key education issues faced by most nations.

@ cmrubinworld

Chernor Bah

Chernor Bah

Co-founder of A World at School

A renowned youth advocate for global education, a girl champion and former refugee from Sierra Leone, Chernor is a Co-founder of A World at School. He is the youth representative on the High-Level Steering committee for the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative and was the founding Chair of its Youth Advocacy Group. 




Steve Mesler

Olympic Gold Medalist & President & CEO of Classroom Champions,

Steve is the co-founder and President & CEO of Classroom Champions, an international award winning education organization. An Olympic gold medalist and three-time Olympian, Steve has been a finalist for the International Champion of Peace Award and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee.



Jon Burgerman

Award winning purveyor of doodles
Burgerman references and playfully questions popular culture in his work by using humour and arresting, colourful visuals.
His work has an instantly recognisable aesthetic that exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals, sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and people (as tattoos and temporary drawings).
His artworks are collected worldwide in several institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Commercial collaborations include work with Nike, Puma, Samsung, Pepsi, Coke, Levis, BBC, AOL, MTV and Rip Curl. nd events all. He encourages mistakes, ‘quiet interventions’, experiments and unexpected occurrences within his practice to allow for improvisation and new ways of making.
It’s Burgerman’s belief that through playful, creative acts, Art can act as an agent to change the world, by being the catalysis to allow people to change their worlds. (photo credit


Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is responsible for the vision and management of education and public programs encompassing a range of educational experiences and live arts performances designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences. Prior to this she was the Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs/ Adjunct Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art Department at the Seattle Art Museum. Known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture and non-traditional art-going communities, she is invested in curating experiences that foster dynamic exchanges between art/artists, past/present, public/private and people/places.



Taylor Mali

Slam Poet

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society. Years ago he was the official voice of Burger King.


Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas

Education Leader at Innovation Unit

Louise leads Innovation Unit’s work in education, including programmes redesigning secondary schools, our partnerships with innovative school providers around the world, and the Coalition for Innovative New Schools. Before joining the Innovation Unit, Louise worked as a Senior Researcher at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on a range of innovative programmes with schools: including Opening Minds, Whole Education and the RSA’s Area Based Curriculum. Prior to this Louise worked and studied in the field of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons. This experience means that Louise has strong interests in inclusion, diversity and social justice, and the impact of education reforms on the most vulnerable communities.



Michael H. Levine

Founding Executive Director- The Joan Ganz Cooney Center

The Center conducts research and convenes leaders to promote investments in high quality media experiences for children.    Levine also serves in a senior executive position at Sesame Workshop  concentrating on educational impact for the global non-profit. Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as Vice President for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of other world regions and cultures.  Michael previously oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media, and primary grades reform and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives.  Dr. Levine is a Pahara-Aspen Education Reform Fellow. He is a frequent adviser to the White House and the U.S. Department of Education and writes for public affairs journals,


Wendy Kopp

Founder and Chair, Teach for All

Wendy is co-founder and CEO of Teach For All—a global network of more than 35 independent organizations cultivating many of their nations’ most promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential. Her work at Teach For All builds on her experience founding and building Teach For America; after 24 years as CEO, she now serves as board chair.




Craig Hatkoff

Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival

Craig Hatkoff is a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival along with Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro. The largest film festival in North America, the festival was created immediately following the events of September 11th to help revitalize lower Manhattan. In 2010, Craig created and curates the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in collaboration with Professor Clayton Christensen [with whom he is Co-founder of the Disruptor Foundation] Craig is Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications LLC, a private entertainment and media based company.   He is on the Board of Directors of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, the Child Mind Institute, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, The Wild Bird Fund and the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation.  He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a Director of two NYSE companies, Taubman Centers Inc. and SL Green Realty Corporation.


Kristen Keating Weeks

Senior Manager-Business Development at Knewton

Knewton is the world’s leading adaptive learning technology provider with the mission of personalizing learning so every student is engaged and no student slips through the cracks. Kristen builds strategic partnerships with educational content creators, distributors, and other organizations interested in promoting adaptive learning. Knewton has partnerships with 22 education companies in 19 countries, including Pearson, Sesame Workshop, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and more. Prior to Knewton, Kristen worked for the Boston Consulting Group and Google. She earned her AB at Harvard College and her MBA at Columbia University.


Frances Strickland

Educational Psychologist, Former 1st Lady Ohio

Frances Strickland began her career as a classroom teacher and educational psychologist.  She authored a leadership book for children, The Little Girl Who Grew Up to Be Governor, and also the Screening Test of Prerequisite Skills to “ready” schools for entering kindergarteners.  As a former First Lady, she led the Governor’s Institute on Creativity and Innovation in Education, and chaired the Family and Children First Cabinet.

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw

Educational Journalist

Michael Shaw is a journalist now working in ed tech. He is programme director for online learning at TES, creating social courses for teachers in partnership with universities and practitioners. He joined the Times Educational Supplement in 2002, and spent a decade in journalistic roles (including becoming its deputy editor) before switching to the technology side and leading the creation of the popular TES magazine and TES Jobs apps.  His other employers have included the Cartoon Network and the Bristol Evening Post. He was one of the authors of the book “Openness and Education” edited by the United Nations University and European Learning Industry Group. He is sometimes accused of coining the phrase “happy slapping”.



Barnett Berry

Barnett Berry

Founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality

The CTQ launched the nation’s first virtual network of teacher leaders. The CTQ Collaboratory now supports more than 8,300 teachers who have unique opportunities to lead boldly without leaving the classroom. Barnett is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency bureaucrat, and university professor. His two books, TEACHING 2030and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leaveframe a bold vision for the profession’s future.



Harriet Taub

Executive Director of Materials for the Arts

Materials for the Arts is one of the largest reuse centers in the U.S. Taub also co-founded and helms its affiliated nonprofit, Friends of Materials for the Arts, which provides teacher training, arts and environmental education, and arts programming residency opportunities.


Cheryl Perera

Cheryl Perera

Children’s Rights Activist and Founder of OneChild

Named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 and Canada’s Top 20
Under 20, Cheryl Perera is the Founder and President of OneChild, the
premier organization empowering a movement of youth taking action against
child sex slavery. She is also the Canadian Representative to the United
Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative Youth
Advocacy Group, and a Youth Advocate for The Global Partnership for



Jamira Burley

Jamira Burley

Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International

Jamira Burley  is the Senior Campaigner for Gun Violence and Criminal Justice at Amnesty International USA. Prior to joining Amnesty, Jamira served as the Executive Director for the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission. Jamira is also co-chair to the UN Global Education First Initiative, Youth Advocacy Group and co-founder of GenYNot.



Andy Hargreaves

Scholar, Author and Chair at the Lynch School of Education

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Andy serves as adviser in education to the Premier of Ontario. This year, he was ranked the #6 scholar with most influence on US policy debate. His coauthored books include Professional Capital which received the Grawemeyer Award in Education for 2015 and Uplifting Leadership, with Jossey Bass, 2014.


John Merrow

Education Correspondent

John Merrow is currently Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New York City. He began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio nearly 40 years ago with the weekly series, Options in Education, for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. In subsequent years, he expanded into broadcast television, documentaries, and print. In 2012, he became the first journalist to receive the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education.


Meghan Groome

Meghan Groome

Executive Director of Education at the New York Academy of Sciences

Dr. Meghan Groome is the Executive Director of Education at the New York Academy of Sciences which includes programs for primary, secondary and post-graduate students. Dr. Groome is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation Grants.



Erick Gordon

Innovations Fellow at Teachers College

Erick Gordon is the first Innovations Fellow at the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University. A creative catalyst and prolific project
builder, he believes in purposeful play across real world and virtual
environments where learners are encouraged to experiment, fail,
discover and evolve.



Jessica Kehayes

Executive Director of Education at the Asia Society

Jessica leads the Global Cities Education Network, a network of cities focused on best practice sharing in education.  She writes and speaks regularly on global education, and authored Leading with the World in Mind a study of global leadership with colleagues at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Prior to joining Asia Society, Jessica was with the New York City Department of Education, worked with City Harvest, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Sunchon, South Korea.  She attended the College of William & Mary and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  She is an adjunct graduate lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Gavin Dykes

Independent Education & Technology Advisor

Gavin is co-founder and Chair of Education Fast Forward, a charity that seeks improve communication between education’s stakeholders and accelerate its development.  He is also Programme Director for the Education World Forum an annual meeting of education ministers in London, and for the Asian Summit on Education and Skills which takes place India. He is a board member of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations and works with governments and corporations to develop appropriate strategy and policies for innovation, learning and education.



Cathy Lewis Long

Cathy Lewis Long

Founding Executive Director of The Sprout Fund

Cathy Lewis Long is the founding Executive Director of The Sprout Fund, a non-profit organization that supports innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania.



Jerry Maraia

Jerry Maraia

Head of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Léman Manhattan.

Prior to joining Léman Manhattan, Jerry was a curriculum consultant and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University where he consulted in private and public schools across New York City, the United States, and around the world.



Marcel Fukuyama

Marcel Fukayama

CEO, CDI Global & Co-Founder, Sistema B Brasil

Social Entrepreneur, Cancer Survivor and CEO of CDI Global, social organization pioneer in digital empowerment with presence in 15 countries and 842 communities. Co-Founder of Sistema B in Brazil and one of the leaders of the global movement of B Corporations committed to use business as force for good.



Suzanna Jemsby

Suzanne Jemsby

Head of the Galloway School

Suzanna Jemsby, who became Head of the Galloway School in 2012, believes that learning can happen anywhere. She was previously Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), and Head of Atlanta International School (AIS). With a 20 year career in education, Suzanna has also worked in schools in London and Frankfurt. She speaks five languages, has published short stories, and plays the cello.


Bethany Koby

Co-Founder Technology Will Save Us

Bethany Koby is a mom, CEO, designer, art director and maker interested in creating brands, businesses and experiences that help imaging a more positive and collaborative future. In 2011 Bethany co-founded Technology Will Save Us – a business dedicated to helping people become more productive and creative with technology through its beautifully designed educational DIY kits for every day life.



Saku Tuominen

Author, Innovation Expert

Saku Tuominen is a a Finnish entrepreneur, author & innovation expert who has written 8 books and created over 100 tv shows that have travelled to more than 30 countries. At the moment  he is using this knowhow in education. His company Scool is  an educational development company that  helps schools change by creating innovative concepts that enhance creativity, curiosity and co-operation.



Naomi Williams

Adolescent Girls Advocacy and Campaigner

Naomi has 13 years experience of advocacy, campaigns, communications and project management in the charity sector, specialising in adolescent girls for the past five years.


Oliver Quinlan

Writer and Educator

Oliver has worked as a school teacher, a lecturer in education, and now manages digital education projects for innovation foundation Nesta. Most recently he has published his first book: ‘The Thinking Teacher’



Kati Koerner

Co-Chair New City Arts in Education Roundatable

Kati Koerner is the co-chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, a service organization for arts education administrators and teaching artists in New York City’s schools and communities. She has been Lincoln Center Theater’s Director of Education since 2002.




Jake Hayman

CEO + Founder Future First Global

Jake founded Future First in the UK in 2009 and, in 2014, founded Future First Global, dedicated to taking the alumni-volunteering model forward internationally. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a leading UK newspaper recently named Jake one of London’s ‘Most Influential’ for his work in social campaigning.



Pauline Noyes

Coordinator of School and Educator Programs- Whitney Museum of American Art

Pauline is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all guided school group tours for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as multi-session projects with teachers and students, and school partnerships. Additionally, she oversees and trains a staff of freelance museum educators. Before joining the Whitney’s Education department, Pauline worked at the Rubin Museum, where she ran the high school and college programs and also worked in school and teacher programs.


Christopher Wisniewski


Christopher Wisniewski is the Deputy Director for Education and Visitor Experience at Museum of the Moving Image. Since 2005, he has overseen all aspects of the Museum’s education programs for students and teachers; children, teens, and families; and adults and seniors. A published author and instructor at New York University, Wisniewski has spoken nationally and internationally on media education, museum education, and digital media and learning. He also served on the steering committee to develop the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Moving Image.


Amelia Peterson

Global Education Researcher

Amelia Peterson – Amelia is currently part of the first cohort of the PhD in Education at Harvard University. She additionally works as a researcher for the Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP), as well as for the RSA, for whom she was a co-author of the report Schools with Soul.


Jim Knight, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth

Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global

Jim is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab .

As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.  Jim is also involved in developing solar powered digital projectors for wireless use with iPads in schools in Africa and Asia, and on malaria diagnosis using smartphones. He is chair of the Tinder Foundation and deputy chair of the Nominet Trust.



Noah Gordon

English Teacher

Noah Gordon is the founding English teacher at Special Music School’s high school, where his classes address questions concerning artistry and literacy in the 21st century.

Jari Multisilta

Professor of Multimedia Tampere University, Finland

Jari Multisilta is the professor of Multimedia at the Tampere University of Technology, the director of the University Consortium of Pori. His research interests include mobile learning, social media, video storytelling, and mobile social video applications. He was a Visiting Fellow at Nokia Research Center on 2008-2009, Nokia Visiting Professor 2012 and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, H-STAR Institute.


Marilyn Achiron


Marilyn Achiron is the Education and Skills Editor at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She was a staff writer at Newsweek magazine and later reported out of sub-Saharan Africa and Cairo for The Boston Globe and BusinessWeek magazine.


Maureen Reilly

Educator, Blue School

When not instigating STEAM projects at the Blue School, Maureen likes building Maker Spaces, is a founder/director of the Jr. Explorers Club, and leads Responsive Classroom, Design Thinking, LEGO robotics, and technology workshops for teachers. Maureen is a LEGO Ambassador of Fun and consults on LEGO robotics initiatives.


Clare Hammoor

Theater Practitioner

Clare is a theatre practitioner, playmaker, and performer with roots in circus, queer praxis, and ritual. He/she collaborates, creates and teaches in schools, public spaces and prisons. Clare is the Primary Drama Specialist at Blue School.


Caroline McAuliffe

Studio Arts Specialist at Blue School

Caroline has a passion for art making, arts enriched education, and food advocacy. She has taught art in New York City schools, district 79 settings, and museums with all ages, abilities and materials. She is the founder of goldpennyloafer, a thoughtfully made food company and organizer of the Journal Square CSA.



Sadye L. Campoamor

New York Department of Education

Sadye L. Campoamor was born in El Salvador and bred in New York City. There, she was raised by her single mother, Pamela and is a proud graduate of the New York City Public Schools. After Sadye graduated from Oberlin College she became a teaching artist and later the Lead Community Organizer and Special Assistant to the, then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. She now works as a Special Advisor for Community ewAffairs under Chancellor Carmen Fariña at the NYC Department of Education. This position serves as one of the core representatives of the Department maintaining and developing relationships with key external contacts and the community at large. Her current role allows her to focus her vision on improving student achievement by executing outreach strategies that engage and empower school communities with educational stakeholders across New York City.



Jon Schnur

Executive Chairman and co-founder of America Achieves

Jon also advises philanthropists seeking to improve education, including Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Jon served as a senior advisor to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and presidential transition team as well as to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He has also served as President Clinton’s White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, Senior Policy Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore, and special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley. Jon is currently serving on the Visiting Committee to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and on the Aspen Institute’s jury for their Prize for Community College Excellence. He is a board member of New Leaders as well as Be the Change and its Opportunity Nation initiative to increase economic mobility in America.


Kevyn Klein

Director of Customer Success and Advocacy at Edmodo

Kevyn Klein is  responsible for customer success initiatives, including community management, product champions, and customer support. She was previously a high school history teacher in the Bronx for Teach for America, where she discovered Edmodo.



Neelam Chowdhary

Director, Global Learning Programs

Neelam Chowdhary, Director of Global Learning Programs at Asia Society. Former Vice President of Programs at Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Instructor, Global Competence Certificate, Teachers College, Columbia University. Co-author Exploring Careers for the 21st Century (2011)


Dalit Halevi

International Baccalaureate

Born and raised in Mexico with Israeli parents. Experienced international education by living in the US and Israel during my school years.  IB Diploma Coordinator, IB Psychology and TOK teacher in the American School of Puebla, Mexico. Currently responsible for the IB Educator Network Department for the IB in the American continent.


Julia Vallera

Programs Manager, Mozilla, Hive NYC
Julia Vallera (@colorwheelz) has been working in the arts as an educator, printmaker, public engagement artist, illustrator, consultant and designer for 16 years. She is a technology enthusiast and collaborates with many people to invent new ways to use it for STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) education. As Programs Manager at Mozilla Hive NYC Julia works with more than 70 cultural organizations to create new learning pathways and innovative educational practices for youth, educators, families, artists, technologists and more.




Jane Evans

Head of Biology, Westminster School

Dr. Jane Evans previously worked in academic research at UCL before retraining as a teacher, and is now in her fifth year teaching Biology at Westminster School in London. Her research interests over the last few years have focused on how to encourage pupils to develop their creative thinking skills in the science classroom, and what we can learn from the global community about harnessing the learning opportunities offered by practical work.

Julie Hiltz


Julie Hiltz is a NBCT Media Specialist, a Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur and a National Blogging Collaborative Coach. She works with teachers to personalize their leadership experience by helping them capitalize on their passions and skills. Julie’s blogs have been published by the Washington Post, EdSurge, Impatient Optimists, Kappan and the CTQ Website


Alan Cheng

Principal, City As School

City-As-School is a non-traditional academic high school that serves over 600 students, ages 17-22, through highly structured internships and interdisciplinary courses. Founded in 1972, the school targets students who have not thrived in traditional learning environments or are at risk of dropping out. CAS is a NYC iZone360 school and an Apple Distinguished School. The model has been replicated in over 50 schools across 14 European countries and is linked together via the International Network of Experiential Programs and Schools.


Sylvia Lowe

Director, NESTA

Sylvia is a Director at UK innovation charity Nesta’s Innovation Lab. She leads the Digital Education programme which explores innovation at the intersection of technology and learning – both in terms of what young people learn and how they learn.


Teshomech Olenja

Teshomech Olenja is a spitfire southern belle from Atlanta, GA, who currently resides in New York City. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy,  where she studied musical theatre.  Although she is in the beginning of her career, she has already done a range of work that ranges from working as a Playlist Performer for Carnival Cruise Lines, to being the voice of an NBC television pilot, under the direction of Mrs. Debbie Allen.

Teshomech has always had a passion for the arts, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to Usher’s New Look leadership academy that she found her passion for philanthropy. Through New Look, she’s discovered ways to make her passion for the arts and philanthropy work together as one. She is now working towards starting a talent agency in her hometown, Albany, Georgia, to help provide more opportunities to the youth, who otherwise, might not have had the opportunity.


Nathan Blom

English Teacher

Nathan Blom teaches English at LaGuardia Arts High School. Nathan’s more than 15 years of pedagogical experience have taken him from teaching elementary English in the Himalayas of Nepal to graduate courses at Teachers College where he is an adjunct instructor.


Johan Hägglund

CEO of DigiExam

Johan is co-founder and CEO of DigiExam – the next generation flexible cloud based platform covering the whole exam process and that can be used across all courses and subjects. With DigiExam students use their own laptop while the teacher saves a lot of time and can easily measure and track the students’ learning progression.


Lasse Leponiemi

Head of Operations at Dreamdo Schools

Lasse manages the operations at Dreamdo Schools – the platform offering activities and materials to create and share student-driven projects with schools around the world. The projects last up to one semester, are supported by program sponsors and can be included in the school curriculum.


Maarit Rossi

CEO of Paths to Math

Maarit is the founder and CEO of Path to Math – the seamless web-based math learning solution for Grades 6-10. The service is easy to introduce into the classroom; saving teachers time, while simplifying their transition to modern teaching methods. The learning theories stem from the PISA-award winning Finnish education system and makes for a flexible, personalized and fun learning experience.


Mia Crilley

Head of Education at Plotagon

Mia manages the Educational application of Plotagon – the creative animation app that develops students’ skills in social emotional learning, creativity and writing. The user chooses the characters and scenes, writes a story in the form of dialogue and adds sound effects and music without any need for knowledge of animation at all. Students learn while being busy having fun making self-made 3D animated videos.


Fredrik Olofsson

CEO of Sensavis

Fredrik is CEO of Sensavis, the company behind The 3D Classroom – an interactive educator centric software enabling educators to visualize areas often perceived too abstract to be understood easily. The software offers a high degree of realism with the Stereoscopic-3D experience, which includes content in most STEM subjects. The 3D Classroom can also be used for flipped classroom activities.


Harri Ketamo

Founder SkillPixels

Harri Ketamo, Ph.D. is a founder at SkillPixels Ltd. He is also a Senior Fellow at University of Turku. During his academic career, Ketamo has specialized in Cognitive Psychology of Learning, Complex Adaptive Systems and Game AIs. He has published over 80 international peer-reviewed research articles and had more than 100 presentations on his studies in international forums.


Olli Vallo

Pedagogical Expert at SongHi

Olli is the Pedagogical Expert at SongHi – the digital entertainment platform designed to motivate music learning through gamification. The application allows for easy music creation and sharing with no requirement of prior knowledge of music creation. The aim of the pedagogical use is to support creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication through music creation.


Julieann Cappuccino

Teacher, Classroom Champions

Julieann Cappuccino has been teaching for nine years, most recently at Northwood Academy Charter School in Philadelphia.  She recently earned a M.Ed in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification. The student body of Northwood has been involved in Classroom Champions for three years through Miss Capp’s fifth grade classroom. Northwood emphasizes digital literacy and character development, while serving a K-8 student population that is 70% economically disadvantaged and more than 90% ethnic minority. 


Rachel Evans

Teacher, CTQ

Rachel Evans is a National Board Certified Teacher at Denny International Middle School in Seattle, Washington where she teaches 8th grade Language Arts and Literature. Since 2010, Rachel has been an active member of the district’s International Schools Leadership Team, and during the 2014-15 school year she has worked on a hybrid contract with release time for leadership. Rachel is a Teacherpreneur and Virtual Community Organizer with the Center for Teaching Quality.


Chris Jackson

Chief Communications Officer, Big Picture Learning

Big Picture Learning designs innovative learning environments, researches and replicates new models for learning, and trains educators to serve as leaders in their schools and communities. 55 public schools make up the network of schools in the United States using the Big Picture model. Including schools in the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, and handful of other countries, the Big Picture model as been replicated by over 200 schools from around the world. Big Picture Learning is currently celebrating its 20th year educating the nation, one student at a time.



Armando B. Somoza

Program Director, The Academy & Adobe Youth Voices
Armando Somoza is a NYC-based new media artist, social entrepreneur, and educator who has committed his life’s work to the empowerment of young people through the fusion of education, innovation and the creative arts. He is committed to the creative application of digital technologies as an agent of provocation, education, community empowerment, cultural entrepreneurship and change. Armando is a Program Director at Urban Arts Partnership, NYC’s largest and fastest growing arts education organization. UAP’s mission is to promote the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students and close the achievement gap. As Program Director, he leads three programs where he pilots new initiatives, including an advanced programming for high school students, college-age students, and Teaching Artists in Digital Media practices including Coding & Game Design, Digital Video, Music Production, Photography and Design. UAP delivers cutting-edge arts programs designed to develop student voice, strengthen academic performance and position graduates as agents of change in their communities.


Irvin Sigler


Irvin Sigler is a fifth grader at Northwood Academy Charter School. He worked on a bluetooth beacon project to help his blind Classroom Champion mentor Lex Gillette navigate the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Google Glass. He enjoys basketball and hopes to be an NBA Star.

Jasmine Bailey


Jasmine Bailey is a fifth grader at Northwood Academy Charter School. She worked on a bluetooth beacon project to help her blind Classroom Champion mentor Lex Gillette navigate the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Google Glass. She is a member of the Northwood Student Leadership Organization. She enjoys singing with her friends and hopes to be a pediatrician.

Steve Moffitt

CEO, A New Directio

Steve Moffitt is the CEO of A New Direction. A New Direction is the key strategic body for connecting young Londoners with the city’s creative and cultural resources. The organisation commissions research, campaigns for access to more and better cultural education for young people and  designs and runs programmes in partnership with schools, local authorities, and businesses. Between 2008 – 11 AND delivered the government’s Creative Partnerships programme across London working with hundreds of schools across the city and a range of creative and cultural organisations. Steve worked for English National Opera as Head of ENO Baylis between 1996 and 2002 and was Artistic Director and Associate Director of Theatre Venture between 1989 and 1996. He studied Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall and in 1984 he joined Community Arts Workshop in Manchester developing a variety of cross art form projects throughout the North West region.



Mya Bonds


Mya Bonds is a fifth grader at Northwood Academy Charter School. She worked on a bluetooth beacon project to help her blind Classroom Champion mentor Lex Gillette navigate the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Google Glass. She enjoys being with her family and hopes to be a teacher.

Tyrek Tyler


Tyrek Tyler is a fifth grader at Northwood Academy Charter School. He worked on a bluetooth beacon project to help his blind Classroom Champion mentor Lex Gillette navigate the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Google Glass. He enjoys playing football and hopes to be a soldier for the Armed Forces.

Saniyaa Payne


Saniyaa Payne is a fifth grader at Northwood Academy Charter School. She worked on a bluetooth beacon project to help her blind Classroom Champion mentor Lex Gillette navigate the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Google Glass. She enjoys being athletic and sewing. She hopes to be a Dance Teacher or a Chef.

Scarlet Garcia~ Pena


Scarlet Garcia~ Pena  is a fifth grader at Northwood Academy Charter School. She worked on a bluetooth beacon project to help her blind Classroom Champion mentor Lex Gillette navigate the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center with Google Glass. She enjoys singing and hopes to become a famous Singer.

Holly Donagh

Partnerships Director A New Direction

Holly Donagh is the Partnerships Director for A New Direction (London’s strategic agency connecting arts, culture and young people). She leads on innovation in delivery of cultural education at a city wide and local level. Holly is an experienced arts leader, committed to getting more young Londoners involved in the creative life of the city


Eric Goldstein

Chief Executive of the Office of School Support Service, NYC Department of Education

n his role as CEO, Eric manages busing, food services and the PSAL (Public Schools Athletic league) for over 1 million children in the City. Eric is a graduate of Jamaica High School (Queens), Cornell University (Arts and Sciences) and Oxford University (St. Antony’s College).


Michael J Carter

Founder, President & CEO, Strive For College

Michael Carter founded Strive for College while a freshman at Washington University . While there, Michael taught at-risk middle school youth, founded and ran Strive for College, interned at Google and a venture capital firm, and conducted public policy research and analysis at American Enterprise Institute. During these years, he also studied at Oxford University in England, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and wrote his senior honors thesis on a history of admissions to elite universities in the U.S. and UK. Michael graduated cum laude in 2010.

His work with Strive for College has been featured in Forbes, Education Week, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Michael was named a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2012 Bluhm Helfand Social Innovation Fellow, a 2013 CNN Hero and a 2015 Forbes ’30 Under 30′ leader in Education.


Nathaniel Brown

Senior Program Officer, College Ready Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nate currently works on the College Ready Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on teacher engagement and teacher effectiveness.  Nate brings with him both public and private sector experience as well as 13 years working to improve educational outcomes for America’s children.  He previously served as the Director of Operations at the NYC Department of Education managing the Data & Strategic Analysis Group and HR technology as well as spearheaded several human capital initiatives. Prior to his time at the NYC DOE, he worked at Edison schools in an operations capacity and Merrill Lynch as a financial analyst.


Myles-Amir Harlan


Myles-Amir Harlan is a 19 year old, classically-trained oboist and singer-songwriter from Grosse Pointe, MI, who is currently in his sophomore year at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Oboe Performance and Pre-Law. Myles-Amir is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where he received the Merit Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, and is an ambassador for Usher’s New Look, a non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, that works towards developing youth into leaders through talent, education, career, and service. Myles-Amir has appeared on the television series, Detroit Performs, as a featured artist discussing his life and journey into becoming an oboist. He states, “I sincerely thank everyone who has supported and helped me hone my craft, as well as those who have molded me into the person I am today. I look forward to paying everything that I have been fortunate enough to receive forward and impacting someone else’s life, as mine has been impacted.”


James Harris

Rapper + Usher's New Look Foundation

James “Dewey Da Don” Harris began his adventure after being selected by his high school teachers to attend Camp New Look in 2007. His positive evolution led him to take on a UNL staff role in 2011 as the Atlanta Program Coordinator. Today, he serves as New Look’s Digital Coordinator and the only UNL alumni to ever serve as a New Look Board Member.

Harris is also an aspiring rapper with his musical partner Casanova Butler and their group Urban Republic ( Though music is his passion, his aim is to ultimately become an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Most recently he has started his own Label and Entertainment group, Loudpack Productions LLC.


Mattias Boström

Director of Product Development at Sensavis

´m a former principal in the public school system. Last school was Högalidsskolan on Södermalm in inner city Stockholm. I´ve had several positions as Principal and before that as a special pedagogue after several years as a teacher.

Our vision is to revolutionize education. We aim to be at the forefront in bringing 3D interactive learning to the world, enhancing understanding for young and old, and adding to life’s enjoyment. Explaining complex and abstract things in an easier way enabling teachers to reach their full potential.


Elli Suzuki

Chief Operating Officer at Global Minimum

Global Minimum is an international nonprofit organization that fosters young leaders in Africa through innovative learning programs that encourage hands-on learning and critical thinking. She is responsible for raising capital, business development, and building partnerships. Previously, she worked with youth development organizations in South Africa, such as MIT Global Startup Labs and Raymond Ackerman Academy.


Agata Czopek

Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Young Digital Planet

Young Digital Planet is a Sanoma Company
Constantly trying to find answers – how to connect education and new technologies to bring added value. Responsible for creating the conditions for developing new digital products. Self-experimenting with students as a lecturer, PhD. Sailing and skiing addict.


Eleanor Klufio

Dream Director Future Project

Eleanor Jewel Klufio is an Awe-Inspirer and Artistic Leader whose work manifests itself in the roles of artist, performer, facilitator, coach, friend, cultural canvasser and good human being.  She currently serves as a Dream Director with the Future Project where she helps students to transform school culture and live a life of passion and purpose.


Shantae J Edwards

Movement Director, The Future Project

Shantae J. Edwards, a Chicago native, is passionate about exposure, education and college access for underserved youth and works as a Movement Director with The Future Project, Inc.  Shantae’s the founder of I AM D.O.P.E., Inc. a self-empowerment platform designed to create narratives to save humanity, one story at a time, through workshops, speaking engagements, and transformative programing. Shantae’s blog can be found online at and on twitter and Instagram @theshantaej.


Amanda Elezovic


My name is Amanda Elezovic and I am a senior at the NYC Lab School.  I am a passionate, compassionate and responsible activist at my school and in my community.  I plan on continuing my role as a leader and friend to others at Fordham University in the Fall.  My main goal in life isto change the way  elementary schools influence their students by being an amazng, memorable, teacher and mentor.

Benjamin Gordon


My name is Benjamin Gordon and I am a senior at the NYC Lab High School.   I wear glasses and play bass avidly and love listening to musci and people.  I am looking forward to continuing my music and education at Lafayette College in the Fall.

Kamey Gomez

Kamey Gomez is an alchemist. A 16-year old from East Harlem New York, she has transformed traumatic experiences into stories of inspiration through spoken word, rhymes, and motivational speeches. Attending the NYC Lab School down in Chelsea, NY as a Junior, she uses education as an outlet of escape from harsh circumstances. She uses life’s trials as inspiration for her work–pushing herself and others to create lives others deem impossible. An empowerment advocate, she dreams of a world in which girls from even the harshest circumstances can attain their wildest dreams.

Craig Swann

Founder, Looplabs

Craig has been an active member of the online community since its early days. As an educator, curator, speaker and writer of new media technologies, Craig has given more than 50 International talks on interactivity, written and contributed to seven books on Internet and Flash development and created and curated over a dozen Design+Technology events including Canada’s largest : FITC Festival. His love for both music and technology led to his creation of Looplabs – the Web’s first music creation platform in 2001. Looplabs has been used by millions of people worldwide, received top Interactive honors including SxSW, the prestigious Webby award, demo’d by Steve jobs during an Apple Keynote and been licensed by top global brands including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Sony, ESPN, Bacardi, HP, AOL and many others as part of national marketing campaigns. Currently he is focused on re-imagining the future of music and developing new interactive products and cloud-based experiences for both education and the music industry.


Daniel Marion

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dan applied to grad school after using the analytical essay section of the GRE to criticize the test itself. Before that, he did higher education innovation and strategic planning, and circumnavigated the world. Like Dewey, Dan also believes that education is “a process of living.” He will graduate from HGSE in May 2015.



Melissa Halpern

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Melissa is a high school English teacher and newspaper advisor from Palm Beach County, FL. Presently an Ed.M. candidate at Harvard University, she will be returning to the classroom this fall. Outside of the classroom, she plans to advocate for the student and teacher voice.


Bill Gladstone

Solutionary School

Bill Gladstone has been a New York City based educator for over 20 years with plenty of scar tissue to prove it.  As a teacher and administrator he has worked to start a magnet, charter and regular public schools.  Still at the drawing board to find what is best for kids and teachers, he is now working with a team to develop the first Solutionary School, grounded in the principles of humane education and using the ingenuity of children to solve the World’s most pressing problems.


Rocky Killion

Superintendent of schools for West Lafayette Community Schools in West Lafayette, IN

Rocky Killion is the executive producer of the education documentary “Rise Above the Mark.”  Narrated by Peter Coyote, the documentary focuses on Indiana’s struggles with mandated “corporate reforms”-the same types of reforms experienced in schools throughout the U.S.  Experts Diane Ravitch, Pasi Sahlberg, Linda Darling-Hammond and others discuss how we can protect our public schools.


Vivian Adhiambo Onano

Women & Girls Advocate and Youth Leader

Vivian Onano is a women and girls’ advocate and youth leader who was born and raised in rural Kenya. Her arduous upbringing has forged her strong commitment to education, to women, and to leadership. Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa’s growth and development.

A Moremi fellow, she is recognized as one the top 25 emerging women leaders with the courage to lead change on the African continent. Vivian recently graduated Carthage College and currently works with the African Leadership Academy as an External Relations Fellow. She is a Youth Advisor to the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group, Women Deliver Young Leader and a Global Youth Advocate for the Mara Mentor Program.

Josh Elder

Comics Ambassador

As a comic author and “comics ambassador” for the US State Dept., Josh travels the world teaching teachers how to teach with comics! He is currently working on the Comics Uniting Nations that illustrates the UN’s Global Goals through the universal language of comics:


Tim Watson

Director of Admission, EXPLO

Tim Watson is the Director of Admission for Explo, which runs boarding and day programs at Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. Explo believes it takes daring and courage to live life fully and that developing that courage can begin in childhood.  During the summer, Tim helps Explo’s 2nd through 7th graders develop that courage in his role as Dean of Students.



Moira Kelly

President of EXPLO

Moira Kelly is the President of Explo, a growing organization that has provided 65,000 kids from across the globe hands-on opportunities to develop their creativity, a sense of camaraderie, and intellectual daring.  She is also associate producer and Director of Education and Outreach for the Commission on Presidential Debates.


Dave Hamilton

Creative Director, EXPLO

Dave Hamilton is the Creative Director of Explo.  As one of Explo’s teachers said, “Explo is what school would be like if school was always awesome.”  Dave is the driving force behind many of Explo’s critically acclaimed ventures ranging from out of the box class projects, to massive learning festivals, to quirky blended-learning STEM initiatives.


Karen Kaun

Founder of Makeosity

Dr. Karen Kaun is an elearning innovator whose work in the public and private sector and schools domestically and internationally has received acclaim. Dr. Kaun’s Maker Kids ( site is a “go to” for youth and adults interested in DIY invention. Dr. Kaun’s newest initiative is the launch of Makeosity, Inc. a hybrid on-school site and online elearning community that engages teachers and students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through making and invention.


Charles Gleek

North Broward Preparatory School

Dr. Charles Gleek teaches courses in IB Global Politics at North Broward Preparatory School and courses in International and Comparative Education at Lynn University. Dr. Gleek collaborates with educators around the world in developing experiential learning curriculum and integrating forms of narrative assessment into instructional practices


Neil Goodman

Neil Goodman in an eleventh grader at NBPS as well as an IB Diploma candidate. He has used his passion for acting to win consecutive 1st place titles in the declamation category of the Meritas Academic Olympiad, and he will be attending the Meritas Seminar at Oxford this summer.

Stender Von Oehsen i


Stender Von Oehsen is a junior working toward his IB Diploma at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. He is currently taking seven IB courses, including Global Politics, which has helped him appreciate many diverse perspectives. He plays guitar, center field, and loves all things Chicago.

Micah Nelson

Global Strategist

Micah Nelson is leading global strategy at, the largest organization for young people and social change in the world. With 3.7 million members, members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Through her work, Micah get’s to make sure that these members are given unhindered access to social change opportunities – regardless of their location in the world.

@dosomething @micahaubrey

Yvette Rose

Village School

Yvette Rose is the Head of Library at the Village School in Houston, Texas. She attended Mary Washington University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and later returned to study for a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences. She has been with the Village School for over 20 years.

Bryan Mascio

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bryan Mascio taught for over ten years in New Hampshire, primarily working
with students who had been unsuccessful in traditional school settings.
Bryan is now a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education, where he conducts research on the cognitive aspects of
teaching, and works with schools to support teachers in improving
relationships with their students.


Devika Manish Kumar


Devika is an 11th Grade Student in the IB Diploma Programme at the Village School in Houston, Texas. This past year, she moved from Calgary, Canada, to Texas, and though she misses her old school and friends back home, Village is her new home, and she is thrilled to represent her school at the OPPI Festival.


    • Darina Garland

      Thanks! So exciting to have so many wonderful minds in one place at one time!

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