Sir Ken Robinson
An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business.
Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.
Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller.
Mr. Christophe Robeet
A Paris-based journalist and TV presenter who has been working for international news channel France 24 since 2006.
As the network's Europe Editor, he has extensively covered EU affairs, with a focus on human stories, culture and society. The anchor of France 24's flagship European talk show, Christophe Robeet has conducted long-format TV interviews with prominent leaders and policymakers such as Jean-Claude Juncker, Federica Mogherini, Petro Poroshenko and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As part of his work, he regularly reports live from key diplomatic events and European summits. Prior to his job in Paris, Christophe Robeet worked for the BBC World Service in London and Moscow. He is a polyglot and a sociable person who likes nothing more than getting to meet new people. His excellent presentation skills and perfect command of English, French, Russian and Dutch have led him to serve as panel moderator for prestigious institutions and corporate businesses.
Christophe Robeet holds a Master's degree in Politics, Security and Integration from the University College of London (UCL) and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Interpreting from ISTI Brussels (English and Russian). He has lived in Brussels, Paris, London, Moscow and Saint-Petersbourg. He was born in 1979 and spent his childhood in Waterloo (Belgium), just a stone's throw away from the battlefields where the fate of Europe was sealed in 1815.
In September 2015, Christophe Robeet took a one-year sabbatical leave from France 24 and is currently working in Brussels as Audiovisual Advisor for the European Council.
Mr. Pasi Sahlberg
Pasi Sahlberg is a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA.
He is experienced in classroom teaching, training teachers and leaders, coaching schools and advising education policy-makers around the world. Pasi is an international speaker and author who has given more than 400 keynote speeches and published over 100 articles, chapters and books on education.
Pasi has lived and worked in England (King’s College), the United States (World Bank in Washington, DC) and Italy (European Training Foundation in Torino) and worked with 50 education systems around the world. He earned his PhD from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1996 and has been invited speaker in world’s best universities, including Stanford University, Columbia University, George Washington University, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University in the U.S. and Parliament Houses in England, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union.
Pasi is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (Education Support Program), the Center on International Education Benchmarking and Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi. He is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu, and former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki.
His book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award and he received the 2012 Education Award in Finland and 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland. He is also known as international “school improvement activist” because his direct links to practitioners and their communities.
Mr. Stanislav Ranguelov
Coordinator of the Employment and Social Policies and European Social Fund for Spain in the DG of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.
Stanislav Ranguelov holds a PhD degree in Business Economics and a Master degree in Management and Innovation. Since July 2008 he is Coordinator for Education Policy and Systems Analysis at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission in Brussels.
He was Coordinator Education Policy and Systems Analysis of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.
Con anterioridad fue Coordinador de análisis sobre los sistemas y políticas de educación en la Agencia Ejecutiva de Educación, Audiovisuales y Cultura de la Comisión Europea.
His main area of responsibility is the management of comparative studies on European Education Systems combining statistical, empirical and administrative data sources. His main research interests are related to the forecasting analysis, human recourses development, informal learning as well as innovation processes and intangibles assets measurement.
Mr. Luis Fábrica
Chairman Meridians International
– Law Degree, Portuguese Catholic University Human Sciences Law School (1985)
– Ph.D on Legal and Political Sciences, Portuguese Catholic University Law School (2004)
– Master Studies on Legal and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon Law School (1990)
– Registered with the Portuguese Bar Association
– Of-Counsel with Abreu Advogados since 2012
– Professor at the Portuguese Catholic University Law School since 1990
– Lawyer at Garrigues Portugal (2007-2012)
– Director of the Portuguese Catholic University Law School (School of Lisbon) (2005-2011)
– Chairman of the Revision Committee for the Public Service’s Career and Remuneration System (2005-2006)
– Legal Consultant with Caixa Geral de Depósitos (1989-2005)
– Trainee Assistant and then Assistant at the University of Lisbon Law School (1986-2000)
– Legal adviser to the Portuguese Prime Minister, Mr. Cavaco Silva (1994-1995)
– Member of the High Council of Administrative and Fiscal Courts, designated by the President of the Portuguese Republic
– Collaborated in several courses, conferences and seminars and published several books on Administrative Law and Constitutional Law
– Public Law and Environmental Law
Mrs. Marisol Pastor
Director of the Technical Office at Fundación Universidad-Empresa (FUE)
Ms. Pastor’s professional expertise is focused on issues related to graduate entry in the Spanish labour market. She has played an active role in the design and development of FUE’s internship programmes for university students and graduates. Since 2004, she has lead or participated in 14 studies regarding: HR recruitment needs and profile requirements; graduate job placement; student and graduate entrepreneurship; university career services; graduate career expectations and commitment. Between 1994-2013 she was also responsible for the annual edition of FUE’s graduate job opportunities and orientation guide.
Ms. Pastor is currently a leading member of the Erasmus+ GRADual Strategic Partnership, which seeks to provide useful guidelines for the establishment of innovative and efficient formulas that may contribute to increasing graduate employment readiness.
She is also a member of the Group of Experts at the Observatory for Graduate Employment and Employability, an initiative launched by the Spanish Rectors Conference (CRUE) and LaCaixa in 2012, and was Chairman of the European Forum for Careers Information (EFCI) from 1996 to 2000.
Ms. Jane Murphy
Staffing Programs Manager, EMEA
The Staffing Programs team in Google is responsible for finding the best and brightest students for internships and full-time positions in Google’s EMEA Headquarters based in Dublin. Jane is responsible for managing three teams in EMEA which deliver innovative and creative student programs to potential future Googlers while developing relationships with Universities, Professors and Diversity organisations throughout the region. Jane joined Google in 2011 having worked previously in education and business development for one of Ireland’s professional accountancy bodies.
Mr. Alfonso Alcántara
Consultant, Adviser and speaker on employment 2.0
Alfonso Alcántara, better known as @Yoriento, is a consultant and speaker for the reinvention of professionals and executives, and specialises in business change management.
His main areas of interest are employment 2.0 and business 2.0; motivation and innovation management of people (HR), personal branding and online reputations.
His aim is to help professionals, executives and entrepreneurs improve their productiveness and expand their social presence, in order to better connect with their clients and discover new opportunities, both on the internet and other digital environments.
He is the author of #SuperProfesional, published by the editorial Alienta (Planeta), and is the editor of Yoriento.com, a popular blog which focuses on change in careers and companies.
He is a consultant for human resources and personal management at Media Net Software, a technological innovation company with more than 200 professionals in Spain, Mexico and the USA.
Granted Extraordinary Doctorate Award in Psychology, he organises initiatives and projects focused on motivation to encourage change in organisations through the use of humour, practical cases and dynamic participation, and is a regular presenter and public speaker at events related to the world of communication and business.
Alfonso is very active on social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Plus, in which he has around 200,000 contacts.
Mr. Wolfgang Bliem
Project Manager of the Institute for the investigation of the qualifications and vocational training. Austria.
Wolfgang Bliem is project manager at the ibw Austria which is an institute on research and development in vocational education and training. The ibw is the leading institute in Austria in development apprenticeship training.
After studying Economics at the Vienna University at Economics and Business and some years in a small tax consultancy he started at ibw in 2004 as a research assistant. Since 2005 he is project manager in various projects in career guidance. Today his projects focus primarily on the topics apprenticeship training, career guidance and qualifications research.
In the national context he manages the Projekt “Standing Committee on New Skills” of the Public Employment Service Austria. In international context he is involved in some projects to transfer the apprenticeship system to countries like Slovakia or Romania.
Ms. Marcella Phelan
Assistant Director Planning, Commissioning and Partnerships in Children’s Services Ealing Council. Exyonet Program of United Kingdom.
She works since 2000 as an Assistant Director Children and Families in the Ealing Council which has a population of more than 300,000 habitants, being its population the most diverse in United Kingdom. She coordinates the “European Project Exyonet” in Ealing City, through the resource research of employment, youth, education and integration.
She also develops the Program “Ealing Pathways” destined to young people from 16 to 25 years old. The program works with twenty young people per annum in a learning system to prepare them for the employment, internship in companies and training and labour resources.
The origin of the minors is diverse, being all in the teams of young people in risk of social exclusion (juvenile justice, programs of health or social services).