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Mr Mosharraf Zaidi

Leading Public Policy Analyst; Senior Fellow at Tabadlab


Mr Mosharraf Zaidi has advised governments and international organisations on international aid, education, technology and trade. Until January 2013, he was the principal advisor to the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, where he established the Ministry’s public diplomacy unit. In 2013, he founded the Alif Ailaan campaign for education in Pakistan.

Ms Stephanie Dobrowolski

Co-Founder, Rising Academy Network, West Africa


Stephanie Dobrowolski is the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Rising Academies, a growing network of schools in West Africa. Her role focuses on effectively delivering quality education at scale and achieving learning gains for all students. Stephanie has a DPhil in Social Intervention from the University of Oxford.

Professor Tahir Andrabi

Prominent Economist, Researcher, & Educational Leader

Professor Tahir Andrabi is the Stedman-Sumner professor of economics at Pomona College. He was the inaugural Dean of the LUMS School of Education from 2017-2020. He is a Principal Investigator for Research in Systems of Education (RISE) project and of the Learning and Educational Achievement in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) research programme.

Ms LaCheyna Sparrow Adebiyi

International Inclusion Specialist


Ms LaCheyna is an international Special Education expert with nearly 20 years of experience in both public and private education sectors. She has taught, trained, coached and volunteered with a variety of organisations in the United States and abroad; and Johns Hopkins University, School of Education where she mentors graduate students.

Ms Madeeha Ansari

Founder, Cities for Children


Ms Madeeha has experience across the development spectrum, from community-based schools in urban slums to international organisations like the Malala Fund. As Founder of Cities for Children, she creates programmes promoting learning, play and wellbeing for street-connected children. She is particularly interested in the role of play in supporting positive mental health and resilience for young children. Madeeha’s writing on policy and child rights issues has been published by Jinnah Institute, Dawn and Express Tribune.

Professor Maggie Atkinson

Educator, Former Children`s Commissioner for England

Professor Maggie Atkinson is an experienced management and leadership consultant. She was the Children’s Commissioner for England from March 2010 to February 2015. She led the institution to influence positive changes in the lives of young people. She is an experienced management and leadership consultant, and a member of several Boards.


Mr Mohsin Hamid

Award-winning, International Author


Mr Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels -- Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West -- and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been translated into forty languages, featured on bestseller lists, and adapted for the cinema.

Mr Stephen John Crowley

Director, School Evaluation Unit, Beaconhouse


Mr Crowley has over 45 years of experience working in the education sector. He has managed schools in the UK and India; worked as a school evaluator in the UK, the Caribbean, the UAE and Pakistan; and designed several leadership development courses and teacher training courses. Steve was the owner/manager of a consultancy firm in the UAE focusing on development and improvement in the education, health, construction and oil & gas industries.

Mr Uzman Jaffrey

Brand & Marketing Specialist, Beaconhouse


Mr. Syed Uzman Jaffrey is the Head of Brands at Beaconhouse. Some of the notable milestones he has achieved over the years include the proprietary brand & marketing matrix ‘Branatomy’ and tailored workshops in the area of reimagining the 'Art of Presentation and You’

Lord David Puttnam

House of Lords, UK; Academy Award-winning Film Producer


Lord David Puttnam is the Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company founded in 2012 that delivers audio-visual seminars to students all over the world. In addition to this, he is a member of the House of Lords where he pursues an active role in a variety of areas, from educational and environmental issues to digital skills. In 2019 and 2020, he was appointed to chair a special inquiry committee to investigate the impact of digital technologies on democracy. He spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Local Hero. Together these films have won ten Oscars, 13 Golden Globes, nine Emmys, 31 BAFTAs and the Palme D`Or at Cannes.

Ms Lara Rathod

Speaker; Creator & Host, Red Sofa Conversations


Lara Rathod is a Speaker, Activist, Thought Leader and Content Creator. She left an 18 year career in corporate law, culminating as Head of Legal of an investment management firm to pursue work which meaningfully impacts others. Lara's WHY is to use her voice consciously so that people are inspired to effect change in themselves, their life and the world. In an effort to combat the divisiveness that exists in society, she created and hosts the Red Sofa Conversations interview series on YouTube. Its mission is to delve into topics that connect us as humans to show that we are more alike than different. Lara has created compelling content on IGTV including series on Racism and Grief/Resilience. To help people struggling with lockdown, Lara created a 77 part series called The Corona Diaries in which she shared tools, thoughts and inspiration on navigating Life. Lara has spoken on multiple London stages and been a guest speaker on podcasts.

Ms Munizae Jahangir

Broadcast Jounalist & Anchorperson


Ms Munizae Jahangir is an award winning TV journalist and documentary filmmaker, currently working at Dawn Media group. She was an Executive Producer, Anchor and Special Correspondent at Pakistan’s Express media group. She was NDTV's correspondent in Pakistan from 2004-2010 and from 2013-2014. She has previously anchored current affairs primetime shows, called “Pakistan Poochta Hain’; an audience based debate show;“Siyah Sufaid”; a show on Afghan Pakistan relations, “Sarhad keh Uss Paar”; “FACE OFF” interview-based show tailored on BBC’s Hard Talk. Ms Jahangir has focused on conflict areas and has produced and directed an award winning documentary on the war in Afghanistan, called “Search for Freedom”. Ms Jahangir completed her BA in Political Science from McGill University and her MA in Media Studies from the New School University in New York. She is an alumni of Harvard’s Executive Program at the Kennedy School. Ms Jahangir was honoured as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. She is the co-founder of South Asian Women in Media.

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky

Cognitive Scientist & Co-author, `The Conspiracy Theory Handbook`


Mr Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist, currently Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol and a member of the university's Cabot Institute. His research examines people’s memory and decision making, with particular emphasis on how people respond to corrections of misinformation. He has published over 140 scholarly articles, chapters, and books.

Dr Lawrence Bernard Michael Burke

Chief Education Advisor, Beaconhouse Group


Dr Burke has worked across Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Argentina, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Fiji, along with introducing the OECD'S PISA for Schools project in Pakistan. He holds several awards and has taught various courses in a joint Master's programme with Deakin University and the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Dr Tristian Stobie

Director, Curriculum and Qualifications Development, CAIE


Dr Tristian Stobie joined Cambridge International as Director of Education and was appointed Director of Curriculum & Qualifications Development in February 2020. He leads the strategic design and development of Cambridge programmes, qualifications for learners aged 5 to 19, as well as the education services provided by Cambridge International to governments worldwide.

Ms Cynthia Guyer

Executive Director, Global Dignity


Ms Cynthia Guyer is the first executive director of Global Dignity, an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Prior to Global Dignity, she worked as the Director of External Affairs for a museum in New York City and was the founding executive director of the Portland Schools Foundation in Oregon.

Dr Umar Saif

Leading Technology Advisor & Entrepreneur


Dr Umar Saif is a Pakistani computer scientist and academic. He is currently serving as CEO of SurveyAuto, Chief Digital Officer of the Jang Group and the Chief Investment Officer of Khudi Ventures. He is also serving as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in Pakistan.

Mr Vikas Pota

Prominent Education Leader; Creator of Global Teacher Prize


Mr Vikas Pota is a driving force in the education, international development, philanthropy and technology sectors. Some of the notable milestones he has achieved over the years include the Global Teacher Prize, the Global Education & Skills Forum, Arc Skills and the Tmrw Digital, promoting the use of new technologies

Mr Nassir Mahmud Kasuri

Executive Director, Beaconhouse Group


Mr. Kasuri is a Director at Beaconhouse and is the head of Beaconhouse International College, a new initiative by the group to offer a range of transnational undergraduate programs in the country. He also heads Beacon Energy Limited, a novel renewable energy company set up by the group. With a keen interest in the use of technology in education, he is on the board of Knowledge Platform; a company focused on leveraging AI and Machine learning in Pakistan. As part of the organisation's philanthropic efforts, he sits on the board of Teach for Pakistan which aims to place university graduates in government schools to enhance teaching and learning.

Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE

Global Director of Education, KidZania


Dr Graus has been associated with KidZania since 2017. He was the founding Chief Executive of the Children's University and continues to work with organisations globally, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, the World Bank, as well as, LEGO and Discovery Education.

Dr Roger Carl Schank

AI Researcher & Revisionist Educator; CEO, Socratic Arts


Dr. Schank is the Chairman and CEO of Socratic Arts, a company that delivers Story-Centered Curricula to businesses and schools. He was Chief Education Officer of Carnegie Mellon West and founded the renowned Institute for Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in 1989 where he is John P. Evens Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education and Psychology. As a leading Artificial Intelligence researcher, he has written more than 20 books for educators.

Dr Siva Kumari

Director General, International Baccalaureate


Dr Siva Kumari, the first woman appointed as the Director General of IB in January 2014, after serving as Asia Pacific Regional Director and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the IB, she served a 15-year tenure at Rice University, USA, leaving as the first Associate Provost for K-12 Initiatives.

Ms Suzie Boss

Journalist & Renowned PBL Advocate


Ms Suzie Boss is a writer and educationist who works with schools interested in innovative approaches to teaching and learning. She is the author of 10 books, most recently Project Based Teaching and Reinventing Project-Based Learning, 3rd Ed. She is also a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty and contributor to Edutopia.

Mr Lance King

Renowned Author & Educator; Developer, `Art of Learning` programme

Mr Lance King is the creator of the Art of Learning programme taught in 300+ schools in 34 countries. Within the International Baccalaureate Organisation, he developed the Approaches to Learning (ATL), followed in 4000+ IB schools in 150 countries. He is also the author of six books on teaching and learning.

Ms Safia Cassim

Cluster Director North, Beaconhouse


Associated with the Education sector for last 20 years, Safia Cassim, an acclaimed trainer, has served at prime positions in leading private schools of the country. She has been an education task force member for KP Govt. After completing her degree from University of Strathclyde she has been involved in teacher training and developing models for new and growing schools.

Mr Henry Warren

Specialist in Disruptive Digital Businesses


Mr Henry is a multi-award winning innovation expert and entrepreneur specialising in Education Technology. Through his company, he works with a wide range of companies, charities and philanthropists to launch new education-based businesses around the globe and has now run projects on all seven continents.

Approaches to Learning: A seminar for students, teachers, and educational leaders by Lance King, Developer of the IB's ATL Philosophy

Lance King, developer of the International Baccalaureate’s Approaches to Learning, says that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed that educators, teachers and students worldwide were poorly equipped and unprepared for remote teaching and learning. He suggests that the capacity for remote, self-managed learning has become the most important skill for all students to master in order to succeed in future learning at school, college, university, and over their lives and careers. This master seminar for students, teachers, educational leaders and policy-makers offers a welcome perspective on new approaches to learning remotely.
Driving questions:
  • How can students learn all the skills of self-managed, remote learning – remotely?
  • What major changes to teaching and learning do schools need to make post-Covid?
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Could Emerging Learnings Offer Hope to the World's 258 Million Out-of-School Children?

    The UNESCO Institute for Statistics, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Goal of Education for 2030, tracks literacy and identifies the highest numbers of out-of-school children and youth in African and South Asian countries. Many factors contribute to this mass global injustice including poverty, decolonisation, war, and gender inequity. This session features an engaging, outcomes-oriented conversation between leading public policy analysts and educators from West Africa, Pakistan, the UK, and the US.
    Driving questions:
    • - What do global literacy and numeracy mean in today's world?
    • - How does the history of a nation impact the future of its children?
    • - Is there a chance that the number of out-of-school children could grow substantially once schools finally reopen?
    • - Could some of the emergent learnings from post-Covid educational and remote learning solutions address the pre-Covid reality of over 258 million out-of-school children and youth?

    Supporting Vulnerable & SEN Learners during School Closures: Negotiating Access and Inclusive Learning for All

    School closures have been difficult for everyone; however, school closures have been hardest for and presented gravest risks to children with special education needs (SEN) and those in vulnerable situations, particularly those experiencing social and economic hardship, or those at risk of maltreatment or domestic abuse. Have the vulnerabilities expanded, shifted, or multiplied during these times of emergency when the safety of the school environment was no longer an option? This session features England’s former Children’s Commissioner, who was mandated to protect the rights of children, in conversation with international SEN specialists and an award-winning novelist with a unique background.

    Driving questions:
    • - What has the impact of school closures been on the education of children with SEN?
    • - How has the shift to remote learning impacted vulnerable children?
    • - Can schools realistically provide meaningful support to SEN and vulnerable children through remote platforms?
    • - Can schools sensitize caregivers, parents and teachers to set up structures and routines to ensure learning continues for vulnerable and SEN students?

    Negotiating an 'Info-demic': Fact versus Fiction in an Age of Misinformation

    From selling fake Covid cures online to a cyberattack on hospitals’ critical information systems, criminals are exploiting the Covid crisis. Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology. Meanwhile, our mental health continues to suffer. This session features a stellar cast of speakers including an Academy Award winning British film producer, a leading Pakistani broadcast journalist, an eminent Australian researcher in fake news, and an inspirational storyteller.

    Driving questions:

    • - How is fake news impacting our mental health during these trying times?
    • - What will happen to the online information environment in the coming decade? How will we deal with ‘deepfake’ videos, for instance?
    • - Will trusted methods emerge to block false narratives and allow the most accurate information to prevail in the overall information ecosystem? Or will the quality and veracity of information online deteriorate due to the spread of unreliable, sometimes even dangerous, socially destabilizing ideas?
    • What role can major purveyors of information like Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. play in addressing misinformation?

    Transformative Values & Competencies for a New World: The Paradox of Preparing for Unknown Futures

    In the current health crisis, WHO calls for global cooperation, and nation states choose to respond unilaterally. This has heightened a preexisting conflict of values and highlighted a lack of competencies in managing the crisis. Is it time for a rethinking of the values and competencies which will sustain us through and beyond the crisis and help lay the foundation for a new global knowledge society? Our penultimate plenary, this session features the head of Global Dignity, an important values influencer, the head of curriculum development for Cambridge Assessment, a leading technology thinker and innovator, and the creator of the renowned Global Teacher Prize.

    Driving questions:
    • - To what extent has the digital economy supported the individual, community, society and nation during the pandemic?
    • - Are values and competencies transferable from a ‘pre-Covid time’ to a globally secure and safe world?
    • - Will a recovering global knowledge economy favor one set of values over another?
    • - Will technology and artificial intelligence play a role in the transition towards sustainability in the future, or lead to further clashes of values and ethics?
    • How do we decide what skills, competencies and values are important for young people when we have little idea of what the future holds?

    Reimagining the Future of Learning: Will the Pandemic be a Catalyst for Evolution or Revolution?

    Mass global experimentation with remote teaching has become the new normal, changing the face of education overnight. Before the pandemic, few schools expected educators to be prepared for teaching students remotely. Now, the world’s educational communities are wondering whether previous approaches to learning will resume in the near future, or whether the ‘Covid kick’ will finally empower and embolden us enough to break through the traditional boundaries of the classroom -- once and for all. Our closing plenary, this session features global education and thought leaders including a revisionist US education powerhouse who believes schools should not exist in their present form, two visionary leaders of experiential learning from the US and the UK, and the Director General of the International Baccalaureate.

    Driving questions:
    • - How can education be redesigned to meet the needs of a highly uncertain future? What stakeholders need to be on board for this to happen?
    • - What does the future of learning look like in terms of reliance on technology? If tech will play a key role, will this not further exacerbate existing global inequities?
    • - Will the future see us assessing student learning in more holistic ways or will we forever be tied to examinations? How do university entry requirements shape student assessment at school level?
    • - What new systems and structures need to be adopted to prepare students for the needs of future economies, for jobs that have yet to be created, and technologies that have yet to be invented?

    Abstract

    Session title Abstract Panelists Session 1 (panel discussion Setting Directions for a Brave New World The world as we knew it in 2019 is a lost world​. The new decade will see us reconstruct a brave and courageous new world defined through our negotiation of the complex challenges surrounding the Covid-19 global pandemic. Sharing our intellectual, emotional and social competencies, will help understand the global pandemic that both afflicts us and drives us to create a better world. Driving questions: Is the ‘Covid-effect’ temporary or has it permanently altered the future of education? How do we balance the seemingly competing yet equally compelling forces of protecting lives and saving global economies from complete obliteration? Will the post-pandemic world really be different? Will we ever be able to eliminate poverty, unequal distribution of wealth, and unequal access to healthcare? What did we learn from the WHO’s warning in 2005 of a global pandemic and Bill Gates’ elaboration on this in 2015? What lessons can humanity now learn about the future? SM: Sugheer Zeb Moderator: Kasim Kasuri Panelists: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson

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    DAY 3: 12th July, 2020

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    0800 - 0900
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    Seminar: Approaches to Learning: A seminar by Mr Lance King, creator of the IB`s ATL Philosophy
    Host: Ms Safia Cassim
    Presenter: Mr Lance King
    0815 - 0915
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    Panel Discussion: Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Could Emerging Learnings Offer Hope to the World`s 258 Million Out-of-School Children?
    Moderator: Mr Henry Warren
    Panellists: Mr Mosharraf Zaidi , Ms Stephanie Dobrowolski, Professor Tahir Andrabi
    0915 - 1015
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    Panel Discussion: Supporting Vulnerable & SEN Learners during School Closures: Negotiating Access and Inclusive Learning for All
    Moderator: Ms LaCheyna Sparrow Adebiyi
    Panellists: Ms Madeeha Ansari, Professor Maggie Atkinson, Mr Mohsin Hamid, Mr Stephen John Crowley
    0930 - 1030
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    Panel Discussion:Negotiating an `Info-demic`: Fact versus Fiction in an Age of Misinformation
    Moderator: Mr Uzman Jaffrey
    Panellists:Lord David Puttnam, Ms Lara Rathod, Ms Munizae Jahangir, Professor Stephan Lewandowsky
    1045 - 1145
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    Panel Discussion: Transformative Values and Competencies: The Paradox of Preparing for Unknown Futures
    Moderator: Dr Lawrence Burke
    Panellists: Dr Tristian Stobie, Ms Cynthia Guyer, Dr Umar Saif, Mr Vikas Pota
    1200 - 1300
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    Panel Discussion: Reimagining the Future of Learning: Will the Pandemic be a Catalyst for Evolution or Revolution?
    Moderator: Mr Nassir Mahmud Kasuri
    Panellists: Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE, Dr Roger Carl Schank, Dr Siva Kumari, Ms Suzie Boss

    DAY 3: 12th July, 2020

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    0915 - 1015
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    0930 - 1030
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    1030 - 1130
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    1045 - 1145
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    1145 - 1245
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    1200 - 1300
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    1145 - 1245
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson
    1200 - 1300
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    Panel Discussion: Setting Directions for A Brave New World
    Moderator: Mr Kasim Kasuri
    Speakers: Dr Tedros Andhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr Andreas Schleicher, Maggie Atkinson