Two day edtech summit

Victorian EdTech Summit Event Programme

The virtual event is designed for leaders in education and will feature leading global education professionals focussing on edtech.

Taking place on the 25 – 26 May 2021 - 10:00 – 13:00 GST / UAE, 09:00 – 12:00 AST / Saudi Arabia. The event will cover key topics around edtech looking at digital transformation, governance and integration. All sessions will have English to Arabic simultaneous translation.

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Day 1 (Below timings are GST/UAE)

10:00 – 10:15 – Victorian Government Introduction
Kassem Younes - General Manager Middle East , Africa, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and CIS at the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office

10:15 – 11:00 – How Digital Transformation Will Change the Education Sector in the GCC

  • Faisal Ali Al Balushi – Chairman of the Omani Society for Education Technology (Chair and Moderator)
  • HE Dr. Abdullatif Mohammad Alabdullatif - General Supervisor of Digital Transformation and Information Security at the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia 
  • HE Dr. Hamad Al Yahyaei - Assistant Undersecretary for the Curriculum & Evaluation Sector at the Ministry of Education, UAE
  • Laila AL Hadhrami - Senior Executive Digital Transformation at the Ministry of Transport, Communication, & Information Technology, Oman 

11:00 – 11:10 – Exhibitor Video Showcase

11:15 – 12:00Digital Governance: Sustaining Digital Changes in UAE International Private Schools

  • Philippa Wraithmell - Director of Digital Learning at Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi (Chair and Moderator)
  • Andy Turner - Group Head of Education Technology & Innovation at ALDAR Education
  • Hillary Hunt - Head of Teaching & Learning at VISS
  • Linda Parsons – Digital Lead at Deira International School
  • Olly Lewis - Assistant Headteacher of Teaching & Learning at Nord Anglia - The British International School Abu Dhabi

12:00 – 12:10 – Exhibitor Video Showcase

12:15– 12:50 – Skills mapping to drive workforce development from school-age

  • Pauline Farrell, Founder Skills 4 the Future
  • David Linke, Managing Director EduGrowth

12:50 – 13:00 – Closing Remarks  

Day 2 (Below timings are GST/UAE)

10:00 – 10:15 – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Barış Satar - Director Education Services, Middle East, Africa & Turkey at the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office, Dubai

10:15 – 11:00 – Technology Integration in Higher Education

  • Faisal Ali Al Balushi – Chairman of the Omani Society for Education Technology (Chair and Moderator)
  • Dr. Hussein Elmehdi - Dean Academic Support Services at the University of Sharjah, UAE 
  • Ian McNaught - Director of Teaching and Learning at the National University of Sciences and Technology, Oman 
  • Mohamed Abdel Aal - Director of Digital Experience & Innovation, “KAUST Smart” at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia 
  • Rana Tamim - Dean at College of Education & Professor of Educational Technology at Zayed University, UAE 

11:00 – 11:10 – Exhibitor Video Showcase

11:15 – 12:00 – Realising the Potential of EdTech - Perspectives from GCC Leaders in Education

  • Janecke Aarnaes - Director, Universal American School, Dubai (Chair and Moderator) 
  • Eesa Christopher McKenzie - Vice Principal at Alforsan International School, Saudi Arabia 
  • Kai Vacher - Principal at the British School Muscat, Oman 
  • Salsabeel Samy - E-learning specialist, Assafwah School
  • Sandra Ospina - Assistant Principal, Data and Analysis, Misk Schools Riyadh

12:00 – 12:15 – Exhibitor Video Showcase

12:15 – 12:50 – Partnerships with universities for a richer experience for the modern student

  • David Bowser, CEO and Founder Curio
  • David Linke, Managing Director EduGrowth

12:50 – 13:00 – Closing Remarks

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