Leaders in learning and skills development discuss edTech at ICES 2019 Brussels

The International CEOs Economic Summit (ICES), set to take place in Brussels on July 9-11, cuts across sectors where disruptions are taking place, with both similarities and differences. A session is dedicated to “Learning and Skills Development in business”. It is essentially about a new learning paradigm for an evolving digital and innovative economy and How funding can make innovative EdTech companies thrive. For this discussion, ICES has curated an impressive panel of business leaders.

John Martin, CEO, Sanoma Learning

John Martin has been CEO of Sanoma Learning since March 2014 and has served in the Executive Management Board of Sanoma Group since 2011, earlier heading digital and strategy. Sanoma supports about 10 m pupils and 1 m teachers with learning solutions, is a leader in some of the World’s best performing education systems and is a frontrunner in the digital transformation. Prior to joining Sanoma, Martin worked in strategy consulting (ContentConnected) and in science publishing (Wolters Kluwer and Swets & Zeitlinger). He has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Sheffield University and was a post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University.

Zachary Zielezinski, Founder, Declara

Zak Zielezinski is Chief Executive Officer at Declara and has been with the company since 2013.  He is responsible defining and implementing Declara’s overall business strategy, product vision and leading execution towards achieving company objectives.  Prior to assuming the CEO role at Declara, Zak served as VP of Business Development, where he led global sales and marketing, strategic partnerships and customer success to accelerate growth and impact for Declara, its customers and stakeholders.

Prior to joining Declara, Zak led Customer Success and Business Development for educational software provider SchoolOne, where he delivered professional development and managed implementation of the SchoolOne Student Information System product and a suite of integrated classroom applications across hundreds of K-12 schools and districts in the US. Prior to this, Zak founded multiple companies in the educational market while a full-time undergraduate student at Clark University. He founded and served as President of Interactive Purchasing Solutions (IPS), a company providing custom branded e-commerce storefronts and product fulfillment solutions, which was utilized by over 15 of the top 20 independent boarding schools in the United States.  Zak was also founder and CEO of The Campus Book Brokerage, a used textbook buy-back service that saved students tens of thousands of dollars per semester on their textbooks and course materials.

Arne van Damme, COO, INTUO (Confirmed)

Arne is an HR Futurist, HR Tech COO and general HR Speaker. As a computer scientist, I learned a lot about the digital & agile world. Every day, I try to apply those principles to HR. As COO of intuo, I’ve helped 100+ companies make the transition to more data-driven & agile HR. I talk about how HR can transform itself and how good leadership works in the digital age.

Neil O’Toole, Bridging Ed & Tech, EDvisor Finland – Learning Designers

Neil works for EDvisor Finland, which mentors all stakeholders on scaling EdTech Startups. A language teacher by training, he has taught all the way from Grade 1 to Grade 12, including as a primary classroom teacher using EdTech. In addition, he has been a teacher trainer and site visitor for the International Baccalaureate across Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Neil is active in all areas of EdTech; Education, Technology and Business: In 2019-2020 Neil will be completing a Masters in Educational Entrepreneurship at Oulu University of Applied Sciences, during which the EDvisor Finland Team will be building the 1st ‘EdTech for Edtech’, an EdTech & Startup Incubation App for the global market.

Sarah CHERIF, CEO, Cutesolutions

Sarah Cherif is the founder and CEO of CUTESolutions (www.cute.solutions), a Belgium-based company focused on helping individuals, teams and organizations change their habits. With a background in child education, filosophy and yoga, she has a particular interest in why people find it so difficult to change their habits and how to fix that. With her company, she helps companies like IKEA, Deloitte, Proximus, Euroclear,… change habits around leadership, digital acumen, result-orientation, agility, virtual work so that they become future-proof.

 

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