Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce some of our keynote speakers at the conference.

  • Lord David Puttnam


    Lord Puttnam is Digital Champion for Ireland, and has had a long-standing involvement in education and the uses of technologies to support teaching and learning. He is a very active working peer in the UK’s House of Lords. Among other important roles, he was the first Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, was Chancellor of the Open University, and Chair of the Academic Board for Pearson College (the first major company to offer degrees in the UK).

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  • Val Shute


    Val Shute is the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor in Education in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, USA. Her current research involves using games with stealth assessment to support learning — of cognitive and non-cognitive knowledge, skills, and dispositions.


    Val will present on: Stealth assessment — what, why, and how?
    Games can be powerful vehicles to support learning, but this hinges on getting the assessment part right. In the past couple of years, we have designed, developed, and evaluated a number of stealth assessments in games to see:
    (a) if they provide valid and reliable estimates of students’ developing competencies (e.g., in the areas of qualitative physics understanding, creativity, and persistence)
    (b) if students can actually learn anything as a function of gameplay
    (c) if the games are still fun. Val’s presentation will cover the topic of stealth assessment in games to measure and support important 21st century competencies – why it’s important, what it is, and how to develop/accomplish it, with lots of examples and videos in the context of a game she has developed called Physics Playground.

  • Andreas Schleicher


    Andreas Schleicher is the Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD


    Andreas will present on: What does PISA say about digital technologies and skills in schools?
    Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a key member of the OECD’s Senior Management team, he supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. In addition to policy and country reviews, he oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Skills Strategy, the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).
    Before joining the OECD, Andreas Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

  • Dr Indrajit Banerjee

    Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO


    Davide Storti

    Programme Specialist, YouthMobile Coordinator, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO