The School Innovation Forum was created with the aim to establish a platform for exchange among key actors of the European Schoolnet community, connecting and empowering its members to explore and discuss topics connected to common focus areas and priorities.
The School Innovation Forum 2022 will feature the following speakers. We are updating the list of speakers as we approach the dates of the event.
Meet our speakers
Tommaso Dalla VecchiaTommaso Dalla Vecchia has joined European Schoolnet in 2012. As Development and Advocacy Manager, he is responsible for the relations with public and private bodies supporting European Schoolnet in the field of innovation in education. In this area, he coordinates the activities of the inter-ministerial Interactive Classroom Working Group and represents EUN within the European Commission's ET2020 Working Group on Digital Education. Since 2021, he manages the Future Classroom Lab, an inspirational learning environment dedicated to technology enhanced education and school innovation. Tommaso is contributing to the management of awareness raising, education and training projects, and he coordinated EUN contributions to the EU Code Week, a major advocacy and communication campaign that celebrates creativity, problem solving, and computer science.
Marc Durando is Executive Director at European Schoolnet since 2006. European Schoolnet is a European non-profit organisation whose mission is to transform the future of education through innovation. As a network of 32 MoE, European Schoolnet's mission is to support ministries of education, schools, teachers and relevant education stakeholders in Europe in the transformation of education processes for 21st century digitalized societies. Marc has over 35 years' experience in the field of education and training, both at European and national level. Since 1983 he worked in the education and training area. After five years of activities in the field of continuing education for enterprises, he developed specific expertise in European cooperation in the field of education and training. He took successively the position of Director of the COMETT Technical Assistance Office and the SOCRATES&YOUTH Technical Assistance Office. At the end of 1998, he joined the Pôle Universitaire Européen de Lorraine, where he developed European projects in the field of education and training and provided consultancy services in the area of European cooperation in education and training.
Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak is the Head of the Unit "Interactive technologies, Digital for Culture and Education " since January 2018. The Unit 's mission is three folds:
- • To foster a wider use of extended reality technologies in industrial and societal domains.
- • To support the digital transformation of cultural and education institutions by promoting the digitisation, preservation and reuse of cultural heritage assets and the further development of Europeana as Europe's platform for digital cultural heritage and as the core of the common European Data space for cultural heritage
- • To support the modernisation of education and training systems in an age of rapid technological changes
and In her previous positions at the European Commission, Rehana was the deputy Head of the Unit responsible for Learning, Multilingualism and Accessibility. Prior to it, she was closely involved in the development and follow-up of the European regulatory framework on audio-visual media and the Commission's strategy on Data. Rehana holds a degree in finance and economics and a master's in actuarial science.
Tracey Burns is Strategic Advisor and Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, DC. She is seconded to this position from the OECD's Directorate for Education and Skills, where she was Chief of Research for the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. She is additionally a Commissioner in the UNESCO Broadband Commission and was an expert for the UNESCO International Commission on the Future of Education. Tracey has authored numerous articles, reports, books, and book chapters, most recently What Schools for the Future? Leadership for Uncertainty; Trends Shaping Education 2022; Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling; Education in the Digital Age: Happy and Healthy Children and Educating 21st Century Children: Emotional Well-Being in the Digital Age. Previous to her time at the OECD she conducted research on language acquisition in children and newborn infants and was an award-winning lecturer on child development. Tracey holds a B.A. from McGill University, Canada, and a PhD in experimental psychology from Northeastern University, United States.
Beth Havinga is the Managing Director of the European EdTech Alliance and the EdSAFE AI Alliance having previously served as Managing Director of the German Alliance for Education. Most recently, Beth has served on the special board of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics in Austria, as an expert in the field of "digitalisation in apprenticeships", and as a member of the expert Platform, "Digital Future: Learning. Researching. Knowledge" of the German Digital Summit by invitation of the German Federal Minister for Education. She is currently chair of the advisory board of Kids.Digilab.Berlin. Beth has considerable experience developing interoperability standards frameworks, representing Germany as head delegate to the European Committee for Standardization of Interoperability for Learning Technologies and EdTech, and has worked closely with multiple governments and data protection agencies on national definitions for data modelling and certification. In addition to creating her own consulting firm, Beth has taught in schools, managed education software and publishing houses, founded two start-ups, and worked with multiple education ministries, and corporations developing their digital education strategies.
Patricia Wastiau is an expert on public action analysis in (digital) education and innovation, comparative education, evidence informed policymaking, and policy experimentations. Patricia is currently working as Principal Adviser for Research and Studies at EUN. Since she has joined EUN in 2009, she has coordinated the Survey in schools: ICT and education (benchmark study), and several studies, investigations and projects about school (shared) leadership, schools as learning organisations, (digital) learning environment, digital formative assessment, and more recently on the use and governance of learning analytics. Previously she has been for more than 10 years the Director of Eurydice (the education network in Europe). Patricia has also extensive experience of leading and/or participating to European Union research projects and programmes (Socrates, LLP, FP6 and 7 programmes). She has also been part of several expert groups organised by OECD (evidence informed policy), UNESCO (citizenship education), etc.
Elisabetta Mughini is Research Director at INDIRE, a public research body of The Italian Ministry of Education. She coordinates, since 2013, the research projects related to the "Didactic and organisational innovation of the school model". She is also scientific principal investigator of the activities promoted through the Movement of "Avanguardie educative", founded by Indire in 2014 together with 22 Italian schools around a Manifesto signed by 1358 schools. The Network promotes experimentation of innovative teaching tools and methodologies in which the schools voluntarily participate to the exchange of didactic and organizational innovative practices. The network is based on a "peer-coaching training system". Her main research interests therefore concern the school's innovation process through educational technologies, digital resources, and new approaches for an inclusive and efficient learning environment, and finally how to support a systemic educational innovation. As a member of the Strategic Coordination of Indire she is responsible for the internationalisation of the Institue's research. In June 2021 she was elected Vice-Chair of European Schoolnet, the network of 33 European Ministries of Education, that aim to support innovation and transformation of educational systems.
Lien Deleenheer has been working for more than 20 years in the technology industry in all kinds of roles ranging from marketing, product management and sales management, of which the last 15 years at Microsoft. Driven by the passion for technology and the promise to empower every individual and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. Currently, and for almost five years, she is leading the education department at Microsoft Belgium & Luxemburg. The past years the pandemic has clearly surfaced the opportunities and the challenges digitalisation in education offers. How can we make sure technology can support educators in discovering, unleashing, and developing the unique talents of every learner? How to support the education system to realize this in a safe & secure environment. Microsoft truly believes that people make the difference, and that technology is there to support and amplify human ingenuity. Inspired by teachers and eager to work with the education sector to make sure every learner can realize its full potential at school to be ready for a job that may not exist today.
Maria João Horta
Maria João Horta is a science and ICT teacher and holds a PhD in ICT and Education from IE/UL – Institute of Education, University of Lisbon and a master's degree in science teaching from FC/UL, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. She is currently Deputy Director-General of Education at Ministry of Education. Previously Maria João was Director of the EDUCOM teacher training center and Head of the INCoDe Team for Education, an integrated public policy initiative to enhance digital competences. Moreover, she has been developing several tasks as a Teacher Trainer and as a Researcher in the domain of Educational Technology, as well as a Consultant in the area of ICT for Teaching and Learning purposes. This includes the monitoring and the evaluation of ICT projects at elementary and secondary schools, as well as the supervision of the teachers' training in the field of the educational use of digital technologies. She is the Portuguese national representative on WG DELTA, Working Group on Digital Education: Learning, Teaching and Assessment at the European Commission.
Jill Attewell is specialist consultant focussing on the use of technology and innovative pedagogy to facilitate learning, enhance teaching and improve access to learning. After 12 years in the ICT industry in the UK and Singapore, she supported Learning and Skills development at national level for 17 years. Jill led the EU's first large mobile learning project and the MoLeNET programme, which involved UK colleges and schools in over 100 mobile learning action research projects. She contributed to GSMA's mEducation project for 3 years and developed training materials for the Mobile World Capital mSchools project. For European Schoolnet, Jill has carried out research and consultancy focused on: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in schools; The Future Classroom Lab and Building Learning Labs; Technology Enhanced Teaching Self-Assessment; Makerspaces; and improving support for EdTech Start-ups. Jill is a Director, and a former Vice President, of the International Association for Mobile Learning.
Georgi Dimitrov is responsible for the newly created unit Digital Education in the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture. He joined the European Commission in 2008 and was first involved in various roles in setting up the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He then helped to develop and launch HEInnovate, an initiative by the European Commission and the OECD aimed at supporting universities to become more entrepreneurial. He led the development of the first Digital Education Action Plan adopted in January 2018 and also of the new Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 that was adopted in September 2020. Before joining the Commission, Georgi worked for a leading multinational telecommunication company and in a software start-up in Germany. Georgi studied at the University of Bonn (M.A.), the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (PhD) and the Open University UK (MBA in Technology Management).
Martin Sønderlev Christensen
Martin Sønderlev Christensen is the Head of Institute of Didactics and Digitaliastion at the Faculty of Teaching at University College Copenhagen (KP), Denmark. He is amongst other things overseeing the Future Classroom Lab initiative - and other digitalisation and digital literacy programmes related to the development, support of and research in the use of digital technologies in the ground school in Denmark. Previous to this Martin has been Head of Institute at the Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design and Conservation for several years - Heading efforts in research and teaching within design for learning/reading, interaction design, Edtech, game design and creative computing. Martin has a more than 15 years of digital industry experience as co-founder of a digital innovation agency in which he has worked with many companies and organisation to innovating ways of learning, working and playing through digital tools and media. Martin also holds a Ph.d. from the IT-university of Copenhagen in the field of human-computer interaction and creative computation.
Marine Rabeyrin in her role as the EMEA Education Segment Director is leading Lenovo strategic focus to bring smart solution for Education across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has been working in the PC industry and IT solution for 20 years, first at IBM then at Lenovo. She started as Account Manager, took different Sales Manager roles in France and then leveraged her experience in Sales on an EMEA scope. She has been leading strategic business and programmatic initiatives to strengthen and develop Lenovo Sales on Large Enterprise and Public Sector and now leading Lenovo focus in Education. She is very much involved in promoting Diversity & Inclusion in Tech industry and most particularly in Artificial Intelligence, around which she is leading different national and international cross-companies initiatives like the Women & IA Pledge from Cercle InterElles. She was honored to receive the "Sales Women of the industry" award in France in 2020.
Sabine Verheyen has been a Member of the European Parliament for the German Christian Democrats (CDU) since 2009. In 2019 she got elected as Chairwoman of the Committee for Culture and Education, after having served as coordinator for the European People`s Party in this committee for five years. Furthermore, she is a member of the special committee on disinformation. As former mayor of Aachen (1999 to 2009), she focuses additionally on issues that are of relevance to the local authorities. Sabine Verheyen studied architecture at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
Jan De CraemerJan De Craemer is a staff member of the Knowledge Centre for Digital Education (Flemish Ministry of Education & Training) where he is responsible for co-ordinating the ICT and digital media policies. He represents Flanders to the European Commission ET2020 Working Group on Digital Education (DELTA). He is also the Chairman of the European Schoolnet Steering Committee and member of the Board of Directors of European Schoolnet.