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Dendev Badarch

Born in 1954, Mr Badarch holds an Engineering Diploma in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Computer Sciences (1978) from the Ural State Technical University in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, and a PhD in MIS and Computer Sciences (1989) from the Moscow Civil Aviation Engineering University, Russian Federation. Mr Badarch's extensive academic career with the Mongolian Technical University in Ulaanbaatar began with his position of lecturer, assistant professor, Chair of the Computer Science Department and the Director of The Computer Science School. In 1992, Mr Badarch was elected as a President and Rector of the Mongolian Technical University, a position he held until 2003. During this time the Mongolian University of Science and Technology became one of leading Universities of Mongolia through extensive reform initiatives implemented successfully. Mr Badarch joined the UNESCO Secretariat in May 2003 at the Organization's branch in Moscow as a Programme Specialist in Education. In June 2005, Mr Badarch was designated as Director ad interim of the UNESCO Office in Moscow and in 2006 he was appointed as the UNESCO Representative and the Director of the UNESCO Office in Moscow. In January 2008 he was also designed as a.i. Director of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (situated in Moscow). Mr Badarch is the author of various articles and publications in the fields of higher education, engineering and ICT in education.

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Alexandre Fernandes Barbosa

Mr. Barbosa is in charge of several nationwide ICT Survey projects in Brazil aimed at the production of ICT-related statistics and indicators, including statistics on the use of ICT in education. Mr. Barbosa holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Master Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University, a Master Degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University. He has conducted postdoctoral research at HEC Montreal in Canada. 

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Petra Wiyakti Bodrogini

Petra Wiyakti Bodrogini is a full time ICT in Education Consultant at the World Bank since 2011 until now, providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia for ICT in education initiatives, as well as managing programs such as Support My School (online school needs reporting system) and WAPIK (online good practices sharing). Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a Distance Education and ICT Training Manager in Education Development Center (EDC), Jakarta, working on USAID funded Decentralized Basic Education (DBE) 2 project from 2008 to 2010. With Mary Burns, Petra is the co-author of the Chapter of “Wisdom of Practice. Web 2.0 as a Capacity Building Tool in Indonesia”, editted by Michael Thomas and published in 2011. With Neil Butcher, she is also the co-author of SABER Pustekkom Case Study to be published by The World Bank in 2013.

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Radha Chauhan

Radha Chauhan is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service with more than two decades of experience in public service. Having served in various capacities including leading the implementation of major social sector initiatives at the field level and being part of policy formulation at the Government level (both Provincial and National Governments), Development Administration has been her area of interest along with use of ICT as a tool of intervention to bring in efficiency in public delivery systems. As an International fellow of the United Nation University- Centre for Electronic Governance, her interests extend to academic research on the subject of IT in eGovernance and she has authored research papers on the subject and presented in international Forum. She was involved in the initial stages of rolling out of the National e Governance Plan (NeGP) in India, as Principal Consultant to the Department of IT, Govt. of India. She has had the rare opportunity of steering the Unique Identity Project in its ‘concept and designing’ stage and also drafted the eDistrict Mission Mode Project for enablement of ‘e’ delivery of citizen services at the grass root level. She was part of the team that steered the ‘citizen centric’ assessment and evaluation of eGovernance initiatives at the national level. Currently, as Joint secretary School Education with the Government of India, she is anchoring the Mission Mode project in School Education through IT enablement.

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John E. Davies

John E. Davies is vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of the Intel World Ahead Program at Intel Corporation. The program enables access to modern technology, connecting millions of people to improve education and healthcare, stimulate economies, and enrich lives. During his 34 years with Intel, Davies has worked in senior engineering, marketing, sales, and has held numerous management positions. He was director of Marketing for the Mobile Computing Group and Consumer Desktop Products Group. He was also general manager of Intel Asia Pacific Region, based in Hong Kong. Intel has awarded Davies two prestigious Individual Achievement Awards: for establishing Intel in the European automotive market in 1986, and for driving Intel's mobile computing architecture into the Japanese market in 1992. More recently, he won Latin Trade's Bravo Award for 2010 Technology Leader of the Year.

Bruce Dixon

Bruce’s primary role has been in the development of programs that assist governments to make effective use of technology across their education sector. His strategic work has enabled governments to better manage large scale personal technology deployments, and ensure outcomes that drive both school improvement and ultimately transformation. His experience across more than 40 countries has led much of the current thinking around personal technology use in school, reflective of his role as a pioneer of 1 to 1 in the early ‘90’s. He has received commendations from the Smithsonian Institute, the National Schools Boards of America and others for his work. His background across software development and school leadership combined with several start-ups, both commercial and social, means he draws on a unique breadth of knowledge and experience in his advisory work. While his ability to build big-picture strategy has been at the forefront of much of his work of the past decade, he also allocates a deliberate amount of his time to sharing his thinking through keynotes and workshops which support his advocacy for bolder and more ambitious thinking around what universal access to technology now makes possible for young people. In his own time, Bruce can be found open water swimming, or surfing at Byron Bay.

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Tan Chen Kee

Mrs Tan Chen Kee graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. A passionate educator, she began her career as a Biology teacher in Temasek Junior College. After nine years in teaching, she assumed the position of Assistant Director in the Ministry of Education, Singapore. In her capacity as Assistant Director, she was directly involved in conceptualizing and implementing Singapore’s FutureSchools@Singapore programme. After obtaining her Master of Arts (Education) from Stanford University, she took up the role of Vice-Principal in Gongshang Primary School before assuming her current role as Principal of Crescent Girls’ School – one of only 8 schools in the FutureSchools@Singapore programme. Crescent Girls’ School is a Gold Excellence Award winner of the UNESCO-Intel Teach Regional Awards. It currently plays a leading role in the use of technology for school-wide transformation of teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Shweta Khurana

Shweta is leading the K12 Education Initiatives for Intel in South Asia. Her primary work involves catalysing transformative practices with governments for creating a student centred learning environment. To ensure systemic integration; she is involved with helping various governments frame appropriate education policies and master-plans. She advocates sustainable models for public private partnerships for both formal and non-formal education segments. Shweta has more than 20 years of experience in the education sector which spans a host of functional areas as education policy advocacy, STEM education transformation, program management; as well as developing and managing education products and solutions.

Cheah Horn Mun

Dr Cheah Horn Mun is currently the Director for the Educational Technology Division of the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore.  His main responsibilities are to plan and co-direct the implementation of the 3rd IT Master-plan for Education.  Prior to joining MOE, he was in charge of all initial teacher preparation programmes as the Dean of Foundation Programs at the National Institute of Education.  This entails providing leadership in the curriculum development and delivery of the programmes.  Dr Cheah received a BA in Physics from Pembroke College in 1988 and a MPhil & PhD for research work on High Temperature Superconductivity from Cambridge University in 1991.  Among his educational and research interest are the effective integration of IT into education and curriculum development.  His other previous work included leading respective consulting teams ICT policy and computer science syllabus development in Bhutan and independent school policy formulation in Qatar.  He is a member of the Horizon K12 Advisory Board, sits on the Executive Board of the ATC21S project, and is an International advisory panel member of the NEXT-TELL project.

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Rosalie O’Neale

Rosalie O’Neale is a Senior Advisor with the ACMA’s Cybersmart program, which aims to empower children, their parents and teachers to enjoy the benefits of being online whilst staying safe. Rosalie has been instrumental in helping shape the focus and direction of the Cybersmart education program, and in building strong and productive relationships with the education sector, internet industry and other stakeholder agencies. Recent projects have included project-managing the build of the ACMA’s Cybersmart website, developing and implementing the Cybersmart social media strategy, and developing a range of cybersafety resources for children and teenagers, with a particular focus on cyberbullying. Rosalie has a long-standing involvement in research into the way Australian families use the internet. This includes both Click and Connect: young Australians’ use of online social media (2009) and the recently released follow up study Like, post, share: Young Australians’ experience of social media. Rosalie has presented to both Australian and international audiences on a diverse range of issues, including how children use the internet, the risks and opportunities they meet there, and the ways we all can guide them to become engaged and empowered digital citizens.

Jonghwi Park

Ms Jonghwi Park is Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok). Her main duty is to support Member States across the region in integrating ICT in their education system in a holistic manner. Led by Ms Park, ICT in Education Team at UNESCO Bangkok provides ICT policy review, technical supports for ICT policy development and regional comparative research on ICT in education. Her team is specialized in designing and implementing various capacity building modules for teachers and teacher educators to facilitate the effective ICT-pedagogy integration as well as for policy makers to reform teacher education programmes. She holds MA in Educational Technology from Hanyang University, Republic of Korea and PhD in Educational Psychology (specialized in Learning Sciences) from McGill University, Canada, where she provided her consultancy for technology-enhanced active learning.

Praveen Prakash

Mr. Prakash has more than 18 years experience in administration with the Indian government, at various levels and departments. During his career he developed and successfully implemented national & state programmes at municipal, district and state level. He is currently serving as Joint Secretary for Technology Enabled Learning at the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

Wang Jian

Wang Jian, male, Deputy Director-general of the Hunan Province Department of Education; professor and doctoral supervisor; the eleventh session of the CPPCC national committee; Hunan province standing committee of the Chinese people's political consultative conference (CPPCC). Taking charge of Informatization education and vocational education affairs in Hunan province, he first proposes “online learning space for everyone” in Hunan vocational education field, which changes the educational concept and teaching methods of traditional vocational education. His proposal greatly promotes the rapid development of educational informatization in Hunan province and produces an extensive and profound influence across the country.

Jongwon Seo

Jongwon Seo is a senior researcher in the Center for Global Cooperation and Policy Research at KERIS. He was actively engaged in a number of research and field projects including Korea’s ICT in education policy study; u-learning model schools; the evaluation of ICT use in teaching and learning; and the design of ICT-enhanced learning environments. To date he has conducted various ICT in education policy consultancies for emerging countries, researched international ICT in education indicators, and developed e-Learning training modules and international cooperative projects in the area of education. Mr. Seo was seconded to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris as a seconded expert and programme specialist in the area of ICT in education for 2 years. During this time he was engaged in a number of education programmes including the UNESCO Mobile Learning Initiative, WSIS (World Summit for Information Society), CapEFA Initiative and the Korea Fund in Trust Programme focusing on the use of ICT in education. Working closely with international organizations and UN agencies including UNESCO, the World Bank, ITU and APEC, Mr. Seo has participated in a variety of collaborative ICT in education projects which aim to improve ICT in education policy and build the capacity of teachers in developing countries. He completed a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Nebraska in the United States and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Technology at Korea University in Seoul.

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Anshul Sonak

Anshul Sonak is responsible for evangelizing education transformation & policy reform with thought leaders and government decision makers, drive relationships with development agencies and oversee Intel’s Corporate Affairs Education program development in Asia Pacific countries. He has over 18 years of experience in worldwide education technology & skills development industry with expertise in global strategic planning, large scale business management, and product & market development & policy advocacies. He is strong champion of innovations in education & skill development for creating impact in lives of people worldwide using technologies and has travelled around the world for advising multiple countries on new business models for education transformation. His key forte are in areas like K12 systemic reforms with assessments, digital inclusion, technology enabled skill & employability education. He is Post Graduate in Rural Management from IRMA (Institute of Rural Management) in India.

Raju Varanasi

Raju Varanasi is the Chief Operating Officer of Education Services Australia, a ministerial company delivering innovative, cost-effective services across all sectors of education and training in Australia. Raju’s role involves supporting national initiatives to ensure access to quality assured digital learning content, alignment to curriculum, and interoperability between systems. Raju Varanasi was previously Director of the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (NSW CLIC) at the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, Australia. The Centre developed high quality teaching and learning resources in all areas of school curriculum, professional learning courses, tools, portals and support materials to support delivery in classrooms. As Director NSW CLIC Mr Varanasi’s key responsibilities include the promotion of a culture of innovation through the development and implementation of major teaching and learning initiatives using ICT. Raju was a speaker at the 2012 UNESCO Bangkok Forum on ICT Policies in Education, a speaker at the National Broadband Network Summit at UNSW in 2009 and a panelist for OpenGov forum in 2012. He was also a member of the national education groups for Digital Architecture and E-learning, managed by the federal education department (DEEWR). Mr Varanasi is an Australian Fulbright Scholar and was a Director in TAFE and School Education in NSW for several years prior to joining Education Services Australia. He has an excellent understanding of and broad experience in the development and delivery of digitally based services for both school and vocational education within NSW and Australia.

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Jianhua Zhao

Prof. Jianhua Zhao is Deputy Dean of School of Information Technology in Education, South China Normal University, China. He is Director of the Institute of Learning Sciences and Technologies. He holds various memberships from international associations, i.e. EC member of APSCE (Asia-Pacific Society of Computer in Education), EC member of GCSCE (Global Chinese Society of Computer in Education), Steering member of Teaching Committee for Educational Technology in Guangdong Province, and EC member of Guangdong Society of Educational Technology. Prof. Zhao got his first PhD from South China Normal University in 2002, and the second PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2006. He was a PhD Research Fellow at UNU/IAS in 2000-2001, and a Research Associate at the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University in 2005-2007. Prof. Zhao has published more than 120 research papers and 6 books. He has been undertaking several research projects, e.g. HP project from Chinese NatCom for UNESCO, eChina~UK project from HEFCE, EQUEL from EU, and Project-based Tele-collaborative Learning project from UNESCO Bangkok as principle researcher, coordinator, or participants. His research interests include technology-supported teaching and learning, online learning, learning sciences, and teachers professional development.

Cheng Yi

Cheng Yi, male, a native of Jixi County, Anhui Province, of Han ethnic group, was born in August, 1960 and joined the CPC in July,1987. He is currently Secretary of Education Commission of CPC Anhui Provincial Committee and Director-General of Anhui Provincial Education Department. He started working in March 1977, and received a bachelors degree in Mathmatics at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1982, and a doctors degree in Applied Mathematics at University of Manchester in 1987. He was promoted to professor in 1992, and became doctoral supervisor in 1993. In 1997, He received an award of National Science Fund For Distinguished Young Scholars. He served in various posts at USTC, as vice Dean, Dean of School of Mathematics, member of Standing USTC Committee of CPC, vice president and Dean of the Graduate School. He became vice secretary of Anhui Education Commission of CPC Anhui Provincial Committee (a rank of Director-General) and deputy Director-General of Anhui Provincial Education Department in September 2005. He was elevated to secretary of the Commission and deputy Director-General in December 2005. He took his present position in January 2006. He was a member of the 17th CPC Committee and a member of the 8th CPC Anhui Provincial Committee. He is a member of the 18th CPC Committee and a member of the 9th CPC Anhui Provincial Committee.

Wang Zhuzhu

Wang Zhuzhu, the President of National Center for Educational Technology (NCET) and National Resource Center for Basic Education (NRCBE), Ministry of Education, is also the guest professor of Peking University and Eastern China Normal University. Since1995, she has started to work in the field of management and research of educational technology and distance education. Currently, she is organizing the construction and the application of national education resources public service platform.