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Abel Caine

Program Specialist, Section for ICT in Education, Science and Culture, Information Society Division, UNESCO

Born in 1971 of Fijian nationality, Mr. Abel Caine holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems from the University of Auckland (1993).

Mr. Caine commenced duties as the Communication & Information Adviser for the Pacific sub-regional Office in Apia, Samoa in January 2005. He is responsible for all of UNESCO's programmes and activities in communication and information for 17 Pacific Island member states and associate members. These members include: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and associate member Tokelau.

Prior to joining UNESCO, Mr. Caine served as the Assistant Manager Business Development for ITC Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of Fiji from 2001 to 2004. He was responsible for strategic IT planning including the formulation of a National ICT Policy, e-Government Strategy Plan, and securing funds and resources for implementation. All Ministries and Departments across Fiji are connected to a high-speed Government Network with e-mail and broadband internet access. Almost all Ministries maintain dynamic websites and over 50% of all civil servants have connected PCs and enjoy advanced ICT training. Mr. Caine represented the Fiji Government at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Phase 1 in Geneva, 2003.

Mr. Caine was very actively involved with multi-sports both as a player and administrator.

He is married to Registered Nurse Joshline Caine with three children: Lei-Ming, Joshua, and Aiden.

Barbara Chow
Director, Education Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Barbara Chow began her term as the Education Program director with the Hewlett Foundation in the fall of 2008, coming from the House Budget Committee where she served as policy director. From 2001-2007 she was the executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and vice president for education and children's programs at National Geographic.

Barbara served in both terms of the Clinton administration. From 1993 to 1997, she was a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, acting as White House liaison to Congress on economic, budget, and appropriation matters. From 1997 to 2001, Barbara worked in the Office of Management and Budget, where she was the program associate director for education, income maintenance, and labor. Starting in 2000, she kept the OMB position and added the position of deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Earlier in her career, she worked as a member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, as staff member of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee specializing in energy and natural resource issues, and as a manager of federal budget policy at Price Waterhouse. She also served on two presidential transition teams – in 1992 for President-elect Clinton and in 2008 for President-elect Obama.

Barbara served as a member of the board of Grantmakers for Education from 2001 to 2006, the last two years as co-chair and then chairperson; as ex-officio board member of the National Environmental Education Foundation from 2004 to 2006; and as a member of the steering committee of the Geography Education National Implementation Plan from 2001 to 2006.

Raised in Fullerton, California, Barbara has a bachelor's degree in government from Pomona College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jim Fruchterman
CEO, Benetech

A technology entrepreneur, Jim Fruchterman is a former rocket scientist who has founded two of the foremost optical character recognition companies and developed successful social enterprises. Jim co-founded Calera Recognition Systems in 1982. Calera developed character recognition that allowed computers to read virtually all printed text.

In 1989, Jim founded Arkenstone, a nonprofit social enterprise, to produce reading machines for the disabled community based on the Calera technology. Following the sale of the Arkenstone product line in 2000, Jim used all the resulting capital to fund Benetech, with an explicit goal of using the power of technology to serve humanity.

Jim has also been active in public service, with two stints on U.S. federal advisory committees. He received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Jim was named an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in 2003 by the Schwab Foundation and continues to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Benetech received the Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship under Jim's leadership. Jim also received the Robert F. Bray Award from the American Council of the Blind in recognition of his outstanding efforts to make literary works accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Jim believes that technology is the ultimate leveler, allowing disadvantaged people to achieve more equality in society. "I'm an advance scout for social applications," notes Jim. "I find exciting technology waiting to be turned into non-commercial tools for disadvantaged groups."

Melissa Hagemann

Senior Program Manager, Information Program, Open Society Institute

Melissa Hagemann manages the Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access to Law initiatives within the Information Program.

Hagemann has held several positions within OSI, including managing OSI's Regional Library Program (1995-1997) in Budapest, as well as the Science Journals Donation Program (1998-2001).

Hagemann currently sits on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia as well as other leading open content projects, and has served on the Member of Experts' Group of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Library Initiative. She was profiled as a SPARC Innovator in December 2006 for her work within the Open Access movement.

Prior to joining OSI, Hagemann received an MSc from the London School of Economics and worked in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Ben Janssen
Senior Policy Advisor, Open University of the Netherlands

Ben Janssen is senior adviser to the Executive Board of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL), which he joined in 2002. He is also responsible manager for the Networked Open Polytechnic. Prior to this he was Director Business Development of the OUNL.

The OUNL, which is strongly devoted to adult, lifelong learning, provides academic programs in different sciences leading to bachelor and master degrees. The OUNL offers open and flexible education that people can follow when and wherever they want, without setting any prerequisites regarding prior education. Adults who are unable to follow a complete program can choose from nearly 300 courses, leading to formal academic certificates.

The latest offerings are short free courses (OpenER and Spinoza), the Free Technology Academy and the Networked Open Polytechnic; all based on the use of Open Educational Resources.

Ben Janssen’s formal education is in regional planning and economics. He worked as assistant professor in urban en and regional infrastructure planning at the University of Technology Eindhoven, as researcher/consultant the Dutch Research Institute TNO, and as managing director at NEA Transport research and Training (Tilburg/Rijswijk). Activities carried out covered economic and regional research and consultancy projects in transport, logistics and infrastructure, nationally and internationally. Until joining the OUNL he was director of the NEA Transport University, an independent university for professional education providing web-based bachelor courses in logistics, freight and passenger transport.

David Kernohan
UKOER Programme Manager, JISC

David graduated in 2000 with a degree in English Literature and Music from De Montfort University. After a number of roles in academic administration, he joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2003, working on a number of state-funded teaching quality enhancement programmes and contributing to strategy and policy debates. In 2006 he was seconded to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as a programme manager in the eLearning innovation team, and has (among other responsibilities) been responsible for the planning and implementation of the UKOER programme since its inception.

Diana E. E. Kleiner

Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics, Yale University, and Principal Investigator, Open Yale Courses

Diana E. E. Kleiner is an art historian known worldwide for her expertise on the art and architecture of the ancient Romans. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Roman art in its political and social context including Roman Sculpture (Yale University Press), the fundamental reference on the subject.

She has done seminal work on Roman women (I, Clavdia I and II) and her latest book, Cleopatra and Rome, published by Harvard University Press, opens a new perspective on one of the most intriguing women who ever lived. The study reveals how the iconic episodes of Cleopatra's life, absorbed into a larger historical and political narrative, document a momentous cultural shift from the Hellenistic world to the Roman Empire.

Professor Kleiner is also Principal Investigator for Open Yale Courses. Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the initiative provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. One of her own courses, HSAR 252: Roman Architecture, recorded at Yale in spring 2009, is available at, as well as through iTunes U and YouTube.

Professor Kleiner was Yale's Liaison for Faculty Programs at AllLearn from 2001 to 2006. She authored three online courses, including “eClavdia: Women in Ancient Rome,” which she regularly teaches as a Yale College seminar. She has also created web portals for her two undergraduate lecture courses — Roman Art and Roman Architecture — which are among the most sophisticated at Yale in their use of digital technology and the online discussion board.

From 1995 to 2003, Professor Kleiner was Yale’s Deputy Provost for the Arts with responsibility for arts, divinity, and new media.

Catherine Ngugi
Director, OER Africa

Catherine Ngugi is the Project Director of OER Africa. Prior to holding this post, she established the African Virtual University’s Research & Innovation Facility (RIF) in January 2005 and managed it until September 2007. During this period, the RIF hosted two OER projects and launched a Pan-African pilot study on the use of OER in African universities. Catherine holds an MA from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Catherine began her career in the private sector, working for a multinational manufacturer. In 1997, she relocated to Dakar, Senegal to work with CODESRIA (the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa), where she initiated and coordinated a grants management system and designed the CODESRIA Endowment Plan. Upon joining Oxfam GB, she conducted regional training sessions (Senegal, Mali, and Mauritania) in project sustainability across the organization’s regional group and facilitated the funding by SIDA (Swedish International Donor Agency) of the Oxfam GB West Africa Regional Girls Education Program.

A Rockefeller Associate of the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, Catherine has worked as a consultant in higher education and the Arts to various international organizations headquartered in Nairobi. Her work has been published in Kwani and in the Journal of African Cultural Studies. She has co-edited various publications including the eight country report on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Higher Education in Africa commissioned by the Centre for Educational Technology (CET) for the Educational Technology Initiative of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA).

Reg Leichty

Partner, Education Counsel

Reg Leichty is a partner of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. He provides comprehensive legal, federal legislative, media, and strategic planning services to state and local education agencies, national associations, foundations, and a variety of communications and technology firms.

Mr. Leichty focuses on helping his clients create and implement effective federal advocacy plans, including facilitating informed policy development, drafting complex legislation, supporting grassroots outreach and coalition building, and providing direct advocacy on Capitol Hill and before key federal agencies. His recent work includes counseling clients focused on the accountability, assessment, education technology, community engagement and safe schools provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He also helps clients navigate the federal budget and appropriations process, including recently working to increase funding for the State Longitudinal Data Systems program and other key accounts.

Mr. Leichty's communications practice focuses on broadband and broadcast law and policy.  He represents organizations focused on broadband deployment to unserved and underserved communities as well as radio and television stations with interests before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress. His current work includes counseling broadcast stations on the FCC's political broadcast, Equal Employment Opportunity, and media ownership rules and on facilitating compliance with cable and satellite compulsory licensing requirements. He also assists all manner of entities in satisfying federal and state privacy laws, with a focus on helping public and private entities satisfy state data breach notification requirements.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Leichty served as a telecommunications and technology advisor to Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and as Chief Counsel for Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. During his eight years on Capitol Hill, he worked extensively on education technology, data security, and other technology and new media issues pending before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees.

He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  
Mr. Leichty lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Arlington, Va.

Bob Lenz

Chief Education Officer and Co-founder, Envision Schools

Bob Lenz is the Chief Education Officer and Co-founder of Envision Schools. Bob and his educational support team at Envision Schools help school leaders and teachers create the culture, processes, systems, curriculum and assessments that produce powerful teaching and learning, a community of learners and results. Bob has served public education as a teacher, student activities director, school reform leader, consultant and principal.

Bob has an undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California and a M.A. in Education from San Francisco State University. Bob lives in San Rafael, CA with his wife, Cathy, and their children, Evelyn and Brendan.

Doug Levin

Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

Doug is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). SETDA serves, supports and represents the technology leadership of state departments of education of all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Bureau of Indian Affairs, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands.

He has nearly 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience gained through a variety of prominent roles in the private and non-profit sectors. He formerly served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education and prior to that as Senior Director of Education Policy at Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's national education foundation. Levin also served as a principal research analyst with the American Institutes for Research.

Over his career, Doug has had the opportunity to be involved in numerous high-profile initiatives, including key roles in developing each of the nation’s first three national education technology plans, evaluations of major federal educational technology programs, and an innovative effort to bring computer and online learning resources to communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He also is the primary author of the Pew Internet study, The Digital Disconnect, which highlighted the gap between internet-savvy students and their schools. Most recently, he launched an effort to rethink textbook adoption processes for the 21st century in light of innovations offered by the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement.

Doug holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s in English from the College of William and Mary.

Linda Lorimer, B.A., J.D.

Vice President and Secretary, Yale University

Since returning to Yale in 1993, Linda Koch Lorimer has served as the senior counselor to the President and the leader of major strategic initiatives for the University. For five years she was responsible for Yale’s efforts to contribute to the revitalization of the city of New Haven. In recent years, she has developed an ambitious strategy and numerous programs for internationalizing Yale. She currently is guiding Yale’s use of digital technology to disseminate the University’s intellectual treasury much more extensively in this country and around the world. She assumed oversight of Yale’s sustainability initiative in 2009, to underscore Yale’s aspirations to be a model of best practice for universities worldwide.

Ms. Lorimer also serves as Secretary of the Yale Corporation, and she is the officer responsible for Yale’s public relations, alumni affairs, safety and security, corporate governance, and licensing.

A graduate of Norfolk Academy, Hollins University, and Yale Law School, Ms. Lorimer practiced law in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell and then held a series of administrative positions at Yale between 1978 and 1986, including service as the youngest Associate Provost in the University’s history. From 1986 to 1993 Ms. Lorimer served as President of Randolph–Macon Woman’s College in her home state of Virginia. During this period, she was elected as a Fellow of the Yale Corporation.

Ms. Lorimer has been a leader of numerous nonprofit and corporate enterprises. She was President of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Vice Chair of the Board of the Center for Creative Leadership, Chair of the Board of the Women’s College Coalition, Vice Chair of the National Association of Methodist Colleges and Universities, and a member of the boards of a dozen regional community or arts organizations. She has given board service to all of her alma maters as well as four public corporations. She currently serves on the Board of the McGraw-Hill Companies, having served as the Lead Director for five years.

Ms. Lorimer was awarded the Order of Merit by the Government of Argentina for advancing international education (2003), the Sandra Day O’Connor Award by the American Bar Association for board excellence (2008), and the Yale Medal for conspicuous service to Yale (2008). She has received four honorary degrees for her efforts to advance women.

Wayne Mackintosh
Director, OER Foundation

Dr. Wayne Mackintosh is a committed advocate and user of free software for education. He was the founding project leader of New Zealand's eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) project ( and founder of WikiEducator ( - an international community of educators collaborating on the development of free/libre teaching materials in support of all national curricula by 2015. Currently, Wayne is the founding director of the International Centre for Open Education at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation. Dr Mackintosh is an elected member and inaugural Chair of the WikiEdcuator Community Council. Wayne is a strategy innovator with a passion for making educational futures happen.

Wayne has extensive international experience in educational technology, learning design and the theory and practice of open and distance learning (ODL). Previously, he was Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT policy at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an intergovernmental organisation based in Vancouver, Canada. Before joining COL he was Associate Professor and founding director of the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. At the University of Auckland, he was tasked with eLearning strategy and leading CFDL's professional staff team. Prior to moving to New Zealand he spent eleven years working at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution and one of the world's mega-universities. Wayne has participated in a range of international consultancies and projects including work for COL, the International Monetary Fund, UNESCO and the World Bank. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Open Learning and publishes regularly in the field of flexible and distance learning. Wayne is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

Wayne is married with three children and lives close to Dunedin on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

Anya Kamenetz

Author, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education and Staff Writer, Fast Company

Anya Kamenetz grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Yale University in 2002. She covers innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. In 2005, when she was 24, the Village Voice nominated her for a Pulitzer Prize for the feature series and column Generation Debt, which led to a book published by Riverhead in 2006. Generation Debt drew national debate with its argument that young people are facing unique and unprecedented economic challenges. As a national figure representing her generation, she has appeared in several documentaries including the "Generation Next" series on PBS, on media outlets including CNN’s Larry King Live, ABC’s The View and NPR, been featured as a "Yahoo! Finance Expert," and submitted testimony to Congressional committees and state legislatures about student debt and college affordability.

Her new book, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, April 2010) is about one of our society's central institutions, higher education, undergoing a phase change under massive pressure: from the monolithic ivory tower to learner-centered education that is lightweight, networked, and fluid, addressing the challenges of cost, quality, and access.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York magazine, Slate, Salon, the American Prospect, and the Nation. She speaks regularly on campuses and elsewhere across the country, blogs at, the Huffington Post, and, and Twitters at Anya1anya.

"Never before has a college degree been more important, making the need to address the failure of many higher ed institutions to deliver on that promise that much more critical. Kamenetz captures a higher ed system on the brink of dramatic transformation, and paints two provocative futures: revolution from within the system and disruption from the outside. This is valuable reading for higher education leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in understanding how innovation and market forces can begin to drive real and necessary change."--Josh Jarrett, Senior Program Officer for Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kathy Nicholson
Associate Program Officer, Open Educational Resources, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

As Manager, Application Development and Support, Kathy leads a team of four application developers and business analysts in support of the Foundation's custom software applications projects. She also works with the Open Educational Resources (OER) team as an Associate Program Officer, responsible for managing an international grant portfolio, participating in the Education Program’s strategic planning process, and coordinating metrics benchmarking. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Kathy was the Associate Director of HR Information Systems at Borders Group, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also spent five years as a computer communications officer in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Arkansas and in Okinawa, Japan. Kathy earned her M.B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies at Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer Science at Santa Clara University.

Susan Patrick

President and CEO, iNACOL

Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is the international K-12 nonprofit association representing the interests of practitioners, providers and students involved in online learning worldwide.

She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, she published the U.S. National Education Technology Plan for Congress and managed research and technical assistance programs on educational technology. In addition, she co-chaired the federal government’s Advanced Technologies Working Group for Education and Training; and served as a member of the Secretary’s Rural Education Task Force.

In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior, Patrick worked in Arizona on government technology policy and legislation under Governor Jane Dee Hull. She received the 2001 Governor’s Spirit of Excellence Award.

She is a former Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET distance learning program.

Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.

Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.

Lisa Petrides
President, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education

Lisa Petrides, Ph.D. is president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) an independent, nonprofit research institute in Half Moon Bay, CA, that conducts social science research in education, develops research-based innovations, and facilitates field building to improve knowledge sharing. Petrides has led research that contributes to the ways in which those in both K-20 formal and informal education foster the creation and sharing of information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on improved learning and organizational success. She also brings extensive experience as an innovator working at the forefront of understanding how developments in open source, social networking, resource use, and social media can impact—and already have impacted—educational practice and policy. This includes the creation of OER Commons (, an open source teaching and learning network that supports and facilitates the creation, sharing, and modification of open educational resources.

Dr. Petrides is a former visiting scholar at Stanford University and professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. She received a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and an MBA from Sonoma State University, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Educational Policy Research Division at Educational Testing Service. Petrides is widely published and has given many keynote addresses.

Her publications include: Open Educational Resources: Inquiring into Author Use and Reuse in International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, Democratize the Data on Campuses, in The Chronicle of Higher Education; The Squeeze of Accountability in Higher Education: The Challenges of Using External Mandates to Create Internal Change, in Planning for Higher Education; Strategic Planning and Information Use: The Role of Institutional Leadership in the Community College, in On The Horizon; Data Use and School Reform, in Technology Horizons in Education, Anatomy of Schools System Improvement: Performance-Driven Practices in Urban School Districts, report for NewSchools Venture Fund, Turning Knowledge Into Action: What’s Data Got To Do With It, published by the League for Innovation in the Community College; and Knowledge Management for School Leaders: An Ecological Framework for Thinking Schools, in Teachers College Record.

Hal Plotkin
Senior Policy Advisor, United States Department of Education

Hal Plotkin is the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education (OUS), United States Department of Education. The OUS has responsibility for all federal higher education policies and programs. Previously, Mr. Plotkin was a trustee and board president at the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, based in Silicon Valley California, where he helped oversee two community colleges with a combined enrollment of approximately 45,000 students.

Mr. Plotkin has been an advocate for technology mediated education reform for decades, and for OER since 2001, when he wrote one of the first nationally published accounts of MIT’s OpenCourseWare project which, he wrote at the time, could establish a new more socially constructive “eco-system for higher education.” While on the board at Foothill-De Anza Hal proposed and as board president managed to enact the first official governance policy in the United States that supports the use and development of OER as an official higher education institutional purpose.

Before joining the Obama administration, Hal founded the Center for Media Change, Inc., a 501c3 based in Palo Alto that facilitates public financing of high-quality documentary film project thru its website,  Hal is a writer and editor by profession, who has published more than 600 articles on business, science, technology and education. His publishers include Inc. magazine, Forbes ASAP, Family Business magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle’s, and, where he served as Silicon Valley correspondent.  He is also a founding editor of public radio’s Marketplace program and, several years ago, the recipient of a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to produce an OER guide for higher education governance officials, which he is still working on, albeit in a way none of us ever expected.

Nick Punt
VP of Products at Inigral, Inc.

Nick is the VP of Products at Inigral, Inc., makers of a Facebook-based
social environment for college student retention called Schools on
Facebook. Nick's background includes a 3 year stint in video game
design, a lifelong passion and occasional employment (Yahoo, Inigral)
in online community development, and entrepreneurship, having most
recently co-founded a company called 'Socialfly' funded by Facebook's
fbFund. Nick's passion lies in educational entrepreneurship, using the
power of social software to transform and enhance lives. Nick has a BA
in Psychology from UC Irvine, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of
Business, and an MA in Education from Stanford School of Education.

Carolina Rossini

Coordinator, OER Brazil & Fellow, Berkman Center at Harvard University

Carolina Rossini is a Fellow with the Cooperation Research Group at the Berkman Center, coordinating the Industrial Cooperation Project. She is an attorney with experience in intellectual property, international development, innovation policy, internet policy, the digital commons, and the impact of technology on cultures. Carolina is a legal advisor of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington in Intellectual Property and Innovation International Negotiations.

Carolina also coordinates the Brazilian Open Educational Resources Project:Challenges and Perspectives funded by the Open Society institute. Carolina holds positions at the Diplo Foundation as a fellow for the Intellectual Property and Internet Governance Program, where she authored and teach an online course on Intellectual Property, and at IQSensato as a Research Associate for the Access to Knowledge and Innovation Program.

Before moving to the US, Carolina was part of the Brazilian Creative Commons team at Fundacao Getulio Vargas Law School, where she coordinated the Legal Clinical Program and the CC Latin America chapter of Open Business, and was a lecturer in Intellectual Property and Introduction to Law disciplines. During her time at FGV she also assisted discussion and research on access to medicines; access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (having represented the academic community during the Convention on Biologic diversity COP in Curitiba, Brazil) and free and open source software.

Before joining the academic life, Carolina was a counsel for almost 7 years at Telefonica Telecommunications Group in Brazil, having worked in Brazil and Spain.

She holds a LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008), and degrees from the Sao Paulo State University-UNESP (Master in International Negotiations - 2006), University of Sao Paulo (Bachelor in Law - 2000), Instituto de Empresa-IE, Spain (MBA in E-Business - 2004), Specialist in Industrial Property (University of Buenos Aires - 2006) and other certificate courses. She also studied international relations at the Catholic University in Sao Paulo.

Carolina is an active author of papers and book chapters, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.

Doug Sovde
Senior Associate, Mathematics, Achieve, Inc.

Doug works for Achieve as a senior associate for mathematics.  Prior to joining Achieve, Doug spent 12 years in the Bellevue (WA) Public Schools as a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. As a mathematics teacher, Doug taught courses from pre-algebra to AP Calculus BC and participated in district-wide curriculum development.  He later became an assistant principal at Bellevue High School and Sammamish High School, where he supervised the mathematics departments and supported mathematics curriculum development, including the development of a the “Curriculum Web,” an on-line educational resource for the district’s teachers, students, and parents. 

In 2006, Doug became the principal of Chinook Middle School, where he managed the development of new curriculum in mathematics, science, and social studies at the school level.  He also served as the liaison between the school district and the University of Washington’s LIFE Center to provide staff development to principals and curriculum developers on the applications of learning theory and cognitive science to instructional leadership, curriculum development and classroom instruction. 

Mr. Sovde earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington, his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Washington University, and his principal certification from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program.

Candice Thille
Director, Open Learning Initiative (OLI), Carnegie Mellon University

Candace Thille is the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University, a position she has held since the program’s inception in 2002. She is also the co-director of OLnet, an open educational research network, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon and the Open University, UK. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Candace was a partner in management consulting and training firm specializing in collaborative change management and work-place learning solutions. Her current focus of research and development is in applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of web-based learning environments. In her seven years in the academic sector, she has published and presented over eighty conference proceedings, workshops, articles and book chapters on open educational resources and effective web-based learning environments. Her most recent publication is a chapter in the book Opening Up Education published by MIT press in October 2008. Candace also serves as a redesign scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation and was elected a Fellow of International Society for Design and Development in Education in 2007.

Vic Vuchic
Program Officer, Open Educational Resources, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Victor's focus in the Education Program is on technology-based grants in the area of Open Educational Resources. For eight years before joining the Foundation, he worked as an e-business management consultant for both start-ups and large-scale companies in Silicon Valley. His work has been in domains such as wireless, online retail, music and rich media, high tech, and content management. Vic's skills are focused on user-centric business analysis: that is, helping companies refocus their strategies and operations around end users' needs.

He holds a B.S.E. in systems science engineering focused on telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently completed his Ed.M. in the Learning, Design & Technology Program at Stanford University. Vic also received a scholarship and attended the Berklee College of Music during his undergraduate years.

Linda Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Virginia Department of Education

Dr. Linda M. Wallinger has worked at the Virginia Department of Education since 1998.  Currently she is assistant superintendent for instruction, providing leadership to the offices of early childhood education; elementary, middle, and high school instruction; and federal programs. Dr. Wallinger has also served as Title I director; director of the office of high school instruction; and associate director of both teacher quality enhancement and foreign languages and English as a second language.  Prior to her service at the Department of Education, she was a middle school administrator in Hanover County (VA) and a French teacher in Botetourt and Henrico Counties (VA).

A native Virginian, Dr. Wallinger holds a B.A. in French and an Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary.   She earned a M.Ed. in School Administration from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Wallinger has traveled and studied extensively in francophone countries and has won a number of honors and awards for her excellence in foreign language teaching and her contributions to school leadership.

At the Department of Education, Dr. Wallinger has worked on numerous projects for the General Assembly and the Board of Education, and she works closely with the Governor’s office to accomplish the educational goals of the administration.  She has led many collaborative initiatives between the Department and other organizations such as the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  She is currently providing leadership for Virginia’s Race to the Top application and other federal requirements related to the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund and School Improvement Grants. 

Dr. Wallinger is a member of the CCSSO Deputies Leadership Commission and participates on CCSSO’s EdSteps initiative.  She chairs the Virginia Council on Accreditation and School Improvement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI) and is a reviewer of journal articles for the Northeast Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  She has published a number of journal articles and edited a book on topics related to foreign language education and school leadership.

Phoenix Wang

Co-founder, StartL

Phoenix has spent her career enabling people to achieve and lead transformative change. Adept at strategic, product and operational plans, Phoenix has spearheaded a range of initiatives, from corporate systems integration to new media ventures to systemic change in urban school districts. She spent her early career in business as a team leader on large-scale organizational change projects at Accenture Consulting and, later, as vice president of Strategic Operations at iVillage Inc. Since joining the field of education, Phoenix has been a relentless advocate for using technology to better serve students and bring about equality of opportunity.

Phoenix was formerly an education program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, directing investment strategies aimed at improving instructional practices and using digital media to enhance learning. Phoenix’s passion for social change began with grassroots organizing while pursuing a B.A. from Williams College and M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dave Zook

Chair, B&D Consulting

Dave Zook has over twenty years of experience working with corporate and non-profit clients to achieve their public policy goals. Beginning in his role as legislative and communications advisor to three Members of Congress and the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Dave has focused his work on research, science, and technology initiatives at the state and federal levels. He is particularly noted for innovative approaches to complex advocacy campaigns that require a blend of evidence development, messaging, and direct advocacy. Dave serves as the chair of B&D Consulting, a sector-focused, multidiscplinary firm based in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA) and the DePaul University College of Law (JD). Dave and his family live in Arlington, Virginia.

Jeffrey Levick
16:57 on 31 March 2010 (Edited 17:25 on 9 April 2010)

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07:23 on 6 April 2010

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