WISE 2012: Speakers and Moderators

2012 World Innovation Summit for Education Speakers, Doha, Qatar

The 2012 WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar will bring together over 1,000 practitioners, decision makers and thought leaders from multiple sectors and more than 100 countries. 

Scroll down to read the confirmed list of Speakers at WISE 2012. Please check this list again as additional speakers are regularly added to this evolving list. 

Sir Fazle Hasan ABED
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC (Bangladesh)

Dr. Talal ABU-GHAZALEH
Chairman & Founder, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAGorg); President, TAGIUNI (Jordan)

Mr. Mohammed AL-JABERI
WISE Learner 2011 (Yemen)

Ms. Buthaina AL NUAIMI
Executive Director of Pre-University Education, Qatar Foundation (Qatar)

Ms. Fareah Al SAQQAF
Chairperson & Managing Director, LoYAC (Kuwait) 

Ms. Al Jawhara Hassan AL-THANI
WISE Learner 2011 (Qatar)

Mr. Hassan Abdullah AL-THAWADI
Secretary General, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee (Qatar) 

Mr. Roderick ALLEN
Superintendent of Learning and Achievement, Learning Division, British Columbia Ministry of Education (Canada)

Mr. Ahmed ALMEER
WISE Learner 2012 (Qatar)

Prof. Jusen ASUKA
Director, Climate Change Group, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); Professor of Environmental Policy, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University (Japan)

Mr. Patrick ATTIE
Co-Founder and Dean, Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti (ESIH) (Haiti) 

Dr. Jean-Eric AUBERT
Senior Consultant; Coordinator, WISE Haïti Task Force (France) 

Ms. Aïcha BAH DIALLO
Chair, Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) (Guinea)

Dr. Subraya BELEYUR MANJAPPA
Head, Global Education Centre, Infosys Technologies Limited (India)

Prof. Colin BLAKEMORE
Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford (UK)

Mrs. Irina BOKOVA
Director-General, UNESCO (Paris)

Mr. Farooq BURNEY
Director, Al Fakhoora (Qatar)

Dr. Monique CANTO-SPERBER
President, Paris Sciences et Lettres ; former Director, Ecole Normale Supérieure (France) 

Dr. Arne CARLSEN
Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg (Denmark)

Prof. Roberto CARNEIRO
President, CEPCEP - Research Centre on Peoples and Cultures, Portuguese Catholic University ; former Minister of Education (Portugal)

Dr. Madhav CHAVAN
CEO and President, Pratham Education Foundation (India)

Prof. Paul CLARKE
Co-Director and Founder, Pop-Up-Foundation; Professor of Education, St.Mary's University College ; Director of Sustainable Leadership at Mott MacDonald / Cambridge Education (UK)

Mr. Chris COOK
Education Correspondent, Financial Times (UK)

Mrs. Natacha COSTA
Executive Director, Associação Cidade Escola Aprendiz (Brazil)

Sir Philip CRAVEN
President, International Paralympic Committee (UK)

Ms. Yara DARWISH
WISE Learner 2012 (Qatar)

Mr. Martin DE ANGELIS
WISE Learner 2011 (Argentina)

Prof. Stanislas DEHAENE
Chair, Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Collège de France; Director, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, INSERM-CEA (France)

Prof. Mamadou DIOUF
Leitner Family Professor of African Studies; Director, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University (USA/Senegal)

Ms. Noor DOUKMAK
WISE Learner 2011 (USA)

Mr. Niwa DWITAMA
WISE Learner 2011 (Indonesia)

Dr. Christine EVANS-KLOCK
Director, Department for Skills and Employability, Employment Sector, International Labour Organization (Geneva)

H.E. Dr. Andrey FURSENKO
Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation (Russian Federation)

Dr. Helene D. GAYLE
President and CEO, CARE USA (USA)

Ms. Susan H. GILLESPIE
Vice President, Founding Director, Institute for International Liberal Education Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson (USA)

Prof. Georges HADDAD
Director, Education Research and Foresight (ED/ERF), Education Sector, UNESCO (Paris)

Ms. Valerie HANNON
Board Director, Innovation Unit; Lead author of the 2012 WISE Book (UK)

Mrs. Dominique HUDICOURT
Executive Director, Tipa tipa Foundation (Haiti)

Dr. Safiqul ISLAM
Director, Education, BRAC (Bangladesh)

Ms. Mervi JANSSON-AALTO
Head of Learning Solutions, Innovation Manager, InnoOmnia (Finland)

Dr. Fumiyo KAGAWA
Research Director, Sustainability Frontiers (UK/Japan)

Dr. Matthew KAM
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University; Founder, Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE) in India (USA)

Mr. Brian KELLY
Editor and Chief Content Officer, US News and World Report (USA) 

Mr Gwang-Jo KIM
Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok (Thailand)

Ms. Martha KIMWERI
WISE Leaner 2011 (Tanzania)

Ms. Ky SAMPHY
Executive Director, Krousar Yoeung (Cambodia)

Dr. Frannie LEAUTIER
Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) (Tanzania)

Mr. Ronel LEFRANC
WISE Learner 2011 (Haiti)

Dr. Manuel MANRIQUE CASTRO
Director Regional Medellín, Fundación CINDE (Colombia/Peru)

Mr. Rakesh BHARTI MITTAL
Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises; Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board, Barthi School of Telecommunication Technology and Management (India) 

Ms. Tamara MINICK-SCOKALO
President of the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Interim CEO, Pearson International (USA)

Dr. Mona MOURSHED
Senior Partner, Head of the Global Education Practice (USA)

Dr. Geoff MULGAN
Chief Executive, NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts); former CEO of the Young Foundation (UK)  

Ms. Geetha NARAYANAN
Founder-Director, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology (India)

Mr. Saul NASSE
Controller, BBC Learning (UK)

Dr. David NOSTBAKKEN
Lecturer, Carleton University; President, China Green Channel International (CGCI); Senior Executive Vice President, Ecology Global Network (Canada)

Ms. Ayo OBE
Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Gorée Institute; Legal Practitioner and Partner, Ogunsola Shonibare (Nigeria) 

H.E. Naledi PANDOR
Minister of Home Affairs (South Africa)

Fr. Joseph PARKES 
President, Cristo Rey New York High School (USA)

Dr. Harry Anthony PATRINOS
Manager, Education, The World Bank, (Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Francesc PEDRO
Chief, Teacher Development and Education Policies, UNESCO (Paris)

Dr. Michèle D. PIERRE-LOUIS
President, FOKAL; former Prime Minister (Haiti)

Ms. Naa QUAYNOR-METTLE
WISE Learner 2011 (Ghana)

REZA
Founder, Ainaworld; Photojournalist, National Geographic (France)

Ponce Ernest SAMANIEGO
WISE Learner 2011 (Philippines)

Mr. Andreas SCHLEICHER
Advisor to the Secretary-General on Education Policy, Deputy Director for Education, OECD (Germany)

Mr. Frank SCHULENBURG
Global Education Program Director, Wikimedia Foundation (Germany)

Dr. Michelle SELINGER
Director, Education Practice, Cisco International Limited (UK)

Mr. Abner SEPTEMBRE
Coordinator and Co-Founder, Association of Townspeople of Vallue; Founder, Eco-Mountain Organization (Haiti)

Mr. Chetan SHARMA
Founder, Datamation Foundation Trust; Founder and CEO, Datamation Group (India)

Mr. Khozema Z. SHIPCHANDLER
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, GE Global Growth & Operations; Company Officer, General Electrics (USA)

Mr. Andrew P. SWIGER
Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation (USA)

Dr. François TADDEI
Genetician and Systems Biologist; Director of the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity at Paris Descartes University (France)  

Mr. Paul TAGLIABUE
Former Commissioner of the US National Football League; Chair, Board of directors, Georgetown University (USA)

Mr. Marwan TARAZI
Director, Center for Continuing Education, Birzeit University (Palestine)

Prof. Paul TENG
Dean, Graduate Studies & Professional Learning, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Mr. Peter THIELE
Head of Division - Policy Issues of Initial and Continuing Vocational Training ; Deputy Director Vocational Training Policy, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)

Ms. H. Elizabeth THOMPSON
Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Coordinator, UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20; former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados (Barbados)

Mr. Conrad WOLFRAM
Mathematician, Strategic director, European co-founder and CEO of the Wolfram Group (UK) 

Prof. Bingqi XIONG
Education Expert; Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Vice-President, 21st Century Education Research Center (China) 

Mr. J. Leonardo YANEZ
Programme Officer for Latin America, Bernard van Leer Foundation (The Netherlands/Venezuela)

Mrs. Gabriele ZEDLMAYER
Vice President, Sustainability and Social Innovation HP (Switzerland/Germany)

 

Moderators and MCs

Mr. Tom BENTLEY
Deputy Chief of Staff to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; Past Director, Demos (UK) 

Dr. Thomas CASSIDY
Fellow, Education Impact; Advisor, WISE Learner’s Voice Initiative (USA) 

Dr. Bruno DELLA CHIESA
Faculty Member, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; Head of International Studies, Ulm University ZNL (France)

Dr. Don D. GUTTENPLAN
Journalist and Premier writer for the Education section, International Herald Tribune (UK)

Ms. Mishal HUSAIN
Journalist and broadcaster (UK)

Dr. Anthony JACKSON
Vice President for Education, Asia Society (USA) 

Mr. Tony MACKAY
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Education (Australia)

Mr. John B. MAHAFFIE
Co-founder and Principal, Leading Futurists LLC (UK)

Mr. Jon SNOW
Broadcaster and journalist (UK)

Mr. Michael TRUCANO
Senior ICT and Education Specialist, Human Development Network, The World Bank (Washington, D.C.)

Mr. Anver VERSI
Editor, African Business and African Banker (UK/Kenya) 

Mrs. Freda WOLFENDEN
Director, Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) ; Associate Dean, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, The Open University; (UK) 

 

Spotlighters

Mr. Douglas BEAL
Partner and Managing Director BCG Middle East (USA)  

Dr. Miguel BRECHNER
President, Plan Ceibal (Uruguay)

Ms. Mary BURNS
Project Direct+or and Senior Technology Specialist, Education Development Center (USA)

Prof. Sara DE FREITAS
Director of Research, Serious Games Institute, Coventry University (UK)

Dr. Dahlia KHALIFA
Regional Head, E4E Initiative for Arab Youth, International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group (Egypt)

Mrs. Rina LOPEZ-BAUTISTA
President, Knowledge Channel Foundation INC. (Philippines)

Dr Kimmie WEEKS
Founder and Executive Director, Youth Action International (YAI) (Liberia)

Mr. Wei WEI
National Director, Right To Play (China)

Prof. Dr. Youmin Xi
Executive President of Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University (China)

Ms Heleen TERWIJN
Founder, Director IMC Weekend School (The Netherlands)