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Friday, March 30, 2012

Dancing with Elephants: Influencing Education Systems in a World in Flux

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Session Description

Location: Lecture Theatre 4
Education is one of the sectors most impervious to change, as evidenced by continued reliance on outdated curricula, teaching methods and administrative processes.  Yet helping  today’s youth develop new ways of thinking  and relevant skills has never been more urgently required, given complex and accelerating local and global challenges.   Where are innovations in the education system coming from and how are creative entrepreneurs working in traditional educational institutions to mainstream these approaches?

When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 30

Session leaders

  • Principal Secretary, Department of Education, Government of Bihar
    As Principal Secretary, Department of Education, Anjani Kumar Singh is in charge of elementary to adult education in the state of Bihar, India, and is responsible for the education of 20 million children. His efforts to improve the status of adult education for the people of Bihar have been recognised by the government of India, and were awarded twice successively the UNESCO prize for Literacy by the President of India. He places a special emphasis on bridging the gender and social gap in the domain of education.
  • Manager of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Natura Chile
    Daniela Bertoglia is Manager of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for Natura Chile. Her role emphasises developing, implementing and communicating Natura's sustainability strategy and related plans to internal and external stakeholders. She has pursued relevant opportunities to encourage the development of the company's social entrepreneurship endeavour as well as its educational programme.  Daniela has a Master's degree in Strategic Communications and a Bachelor of Social Communications from de Del Pacifico University, Chile.
  • Debra Dunn Speaker
    Co-Founder, FEED Collaborative, Stanford University
    Debra is a faculty member at Stanford University's d.school where she co-founded the FEED (Food Entrepreneurship, Education and Design) Collaborative, an exciting partnership between the d.school and the School of Earth that cultivates radical innovation in the food system through human centered design, project-based, experiential learning and social entrepreneurship. She also works as an advisor to social ventures around the world. Previously Debra was a business executive at Hewlett Packard where the common threads in her broad, 22 year career were driving large scale change, creating new businesses and producing positive social impact and good business results concurrently. She serves on the Boards of the Skoll Foundation. B Lab and IDEO.org and the global advisory board of the African Leadership University. She is dedicated to food system transformation, social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. Debra received her BA from Brown University and her MBA from Harvard University.
  • Director, California Career Resource Network, California Department of Education
    John Merris-Coots is the Director of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program within the California Department of Education. CalCRN provides career information, resources, and training materials to California’s middle school and high school students, parents, counselors, educators, and administrators. He has spent the past 19 years providing professional development training and resources to California educators while working for the Sacramento County Office of Education and the California Department of Education.
  • Madhav Chavan Speaker
    Co-Founder, Pratham
    Dr. Madhav Chavan is a full time Board member of Pratham Education Foundation in charge of vocational training programs and digital learning innovations. He co-founded Pratham in 1994. A Ph D in Chemistry from The Ohio State University, he returned to India in 1986 after a three-year stint at the University of Houston as a Post-doctoral Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor. He got involved in the National Literacy Mission of India from 1989 and gradually moved away from academia. Dr. Chavan has written songs on women’s issues and one of his songs became the anthem of girls’ education in the state of Maharashtra in 1998. He worked on creation of a popular prime time TV show on adult literacy in 1991 and has been using his media experience in creating learning videos for the Pratham Open School over the last one year. He was the CEO of Pratham till June, 2015. He has been recognized with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the WISE Prize – considered the Nobel of Education, and more recently as a Game Changer by the Asia Society.
  • Founder and Executive Director, Fundación Origen
    Mary Anne Müller is a social entrepreneur, educator and Buddhist instructor. In 1991, she founded Escuela Agroecologica de Pirque and in 2004, she founded Fundación Origen, an institution for Sustainable Education, Entrepreneurship and Peace. Mary Anne is an Ashoka fellow, Avina leader and member of Schwab Foundation. She is currently launching the School for Peace & Sustainable Education to train South American teachers and social leaders.
  • Mike Marriner Speaker
    Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation
    Mike Marriner hit the road upon graduation in an RV to interview leaders across America and learn how they found their roads in life. That experience was nationally released through a best-selling book and PBS Series, which led to the development of The RTN Experience curriculum. To date, in partnership with the California Department of Education, the curriculum has guided over 80,000 low-income students in building their own Roadtrip Projects and has been shown to significantly impact the influencing factors that keep students in school.