Forum Program & Speakers

Wednesday, 7 July Thursday, 8 July

09:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Introduction
Opening video Change The World
Forum host Anthony Salcito, Vice President Education, Microsoft Corporation
Student Perspective: Dan Brown, Internet Blogger and currently the 38th most subscribed director on YouTube
10:15 Welcome
Prof. Dr. hab. Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Poland
10:30 Keynote: Economic Competitiveness and Education - A Global Perspective
Jean Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft Corporation
11:00 Keynote: Development of Vocational Learning, Vocational Skills and the College Sector
Hal Plotkin, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
11:30 Video Address
Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, introduced by Dr. Tarek Shawki, Director of the Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States, UNESCO
12:00 Lunch
13:15 Expert Panel 1: Future Perspectives

  • Geoffrey Scott, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Hossan Badrawi, Chairman of the Education and Research Committee at the National Democratic Party, Egypt
  • Janice Richardson, Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet, Belgium
  • Michael Furdyk, Co-founder and Director of Technology, TakingITGlobal, Canada

Facilitator Willy Roe, Scotland Commissioner on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Table Discussion
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:30 Expert Panel 2: Overcoming Obstacles

  • Krzysztof Stanowski, Former Under Secretary of State, Poland
  • Balint Magyar, Member of Governing Board of European Institute of Innovation and Technology and Former Minister of Education, Hungary
  • Beno Csapo, Professor of Education, Institute of Education, University of Szeged, Hungary
  • Paula Vickers, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University, UK

Facilitator Willy Roe, Scotland Commissioner on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills
17:15 Reflection & Closing
Forum host Anthony Salcito, Vice President Education, Microsoft Corporation
17:30 Networking Reception
19:00 Departure

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