Partner, International Education Practice
The Parthenon Group
As a Partner with Parthenon's Education Practice, Mr. Garga has worked closely with the leadership of various companies on market-opportunity assessment and sizing, growth forecasting, pricing strategy, competitor analysis and market share evaluation.
Mr. Garga has led teams on the evaluation of potential acquisition targets for education companies as well as investors. He has advised a number of large private equity companies on investments in the education sector across segments. Case examples include investment prioritization, and due diligence and integration. Mr. Garga holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
INTI Education Group
Amit is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Laureate Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and also the Chief Executive Officer for INTI Education Group. Prior to these roles, Amit served as the Chief Operating Officer of University of Technology of Mexico (UNITEC) which is one of the Laureate's largest and most successful private institutions.
Prior to joining Laureate, Amit was Vice President of DeVry University in Chicago. Before that, he held positions with Siebel Systems, Bain & Company, as well as several years of teaching and research in the US and in Asia. Amit has a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Asia (Country Director, India) Hobsons
Andy joined Hobsons (the leading education services provider- and part of the Daily Mail and General Trust PLC) in 2010 after 12 years working for a range of UK universities in a variety of international roles. Andy was Hobsons’ first Director Business Development Asia, where he established the company’s initial Asia presence (in Malaysia) and led on the development of the Asia strategy, sales and business development, M&A activity, and offshore operations. Since 2014, he has served as Country Director for India, leading on the company's first k12 investment and joint venture in India.
Andy was previously Director International Development at Coventry University, responsible for the recruitment, admission and welfare support for international and European Union (EU) students, where in 3 years Coventry became one of the UK's leading destinations for international students. Andy has a Bachelor's degree in History and Politics, and a Masters degree in Russian Studies. More recently he gained a Master's degree in International Marketing with distinction from Strathclyde University, UK.
Andy is a member and active contributor of NAFSA, the European Association of International Education (EAIE) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Andy was also previously Deputy Director of International Development at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to this, he worked for several UK universities in a range of senior international roles. Andy has extensive expertise creating, shaping and driving development strategies across the international and UK education services landscapes. He has also presented at numerous international conferences and workshops on international development, marketing, and student recruitment.
International Education Practice,
The Parthenon Group
Mr. Assomull advises global education clients, including leading private equity funds and investors and education operators and foundations on growth strategies such as market potential, market entry, investment decisions, and profit uplift strategies.
He has been instrumental in building the firm's knowledge and client network in the Middle East and leads Parthenon's education work throughout the Gulf, advising clients in Early Years, K-12, Higher Education, Transnational Education and Education Technology sectors. Mr. Assomull also leads the firm's international work in the public sector and has worked with government ministries and foundations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and India.
Mr. Assomull is a frequently requested speaker at leading education conferences around the world. He has been quoted on education in various publications such as Bloomberg, Times Higher Education, and Gulf News. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a B.Sc. from LSE.
Cambridge International Examinations, Southeast Asia & Pacific
Ben Schmidt was named Regional Director for Southeast Asia & Pacific in March 2012. Based in Singapore, he leads a team that is responsible for driving the organisation's growth in providing Cambridge programmes and qualifications to schools across the region.
Cambridge International Examinations is the world's largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. It has a broad and growing education remit, providing education solutions and consultancy services to governments and schools around the world.
Prior to joining Cambridge International Examinations, Ben has had over 15 years of experience in the education sector in Europe, having worked in numerous roles and capacities that led to educational transformation and strategic partnerships. He has successfully managed training and professional development programmes as well as research programmes and consulted on the design of educational facilities.
Ben has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Zurich, where he worked as a lecturer and researcher. As a fervent believer in lifelong learning, Ben completed a law degree and a second M.A. in Education with a thesis on learning-led design.
Head of Education & Family Entertainment Content Partnerships, Asia Pacific
Benjamin Grubbs is the Head of Education & Family Entertainment Content Partnerships for YouTube in Asia Pacific. In this role, Benjamin oversees the strategy and development of content partners targeting YouTube's 1 billion global users. Benjamin joined YouTube in Aug 2012 as the Head of Partner Marketing in Asia Pacific, and developed a series of programs and campaigns aimed at elevating YouTube partners in the region.
Prior to YouTube, Benjamin was the Executive Director of Interactive Media for Turner Broadcasting in Asia Pacific. Benjamin drove the strategy and development of Turner's digital entertainment business, including product development, revenue management, digital marketing, and operations from 2008-2012.
Prior to Turner, Benjamin spent nearly 8 years at Yahoo! and eBay in Asia, overseeing Yahoo!'s Broadcast & Enterprise Solutions businesses in Southeast Asia, and marketing at eBay in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.
Six Red Marbles
Bob Fogel is CEO of Six Red Marbles, the largest US-based provider of K-16 custom learning experience design (LXDTM), content development and related technology development services. Bob has an impressive background in both leading Tier One learning organizations and teaching and consulting in strategic planning, operational assessment, organizational culture, innovation, and change management. Bob has designed and taught courses in top multinational companies and has been an executive coach with senior executives.
Bob has a long history of for-profit, non-profit, and government leadership with a career focus in technology innovation and adaptation for change. Within education, Bob was formerly Chief Program Officer for Fullbridge.com, Inc.; Executive Vice President and Executive Dean of Babson College; Dean for Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Founder, President, and CEO of Harvard Business School Interactive; and Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. He also created and founded the edtech company GatherEducation.com. In non-profit and government, Bob was formerly Chief Operating Officer at the Conservation Law Foundation; and as a Senior Manager at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, LLP, he was responsible for managing the Government High Tech Consulting Practice. In 2010, Bob was recalled to the Coast Guard to help lead Crisis Communications and Public Relations for the BP oil spill, as he is also a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He earned his BS degree from the Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nowadays Bob spends most of his spare time as chauffeur to his two sport maven daughters, Samantha and Julia. An avid skier but with less than stellar knees after many years of wrestling, rugby, and skiing, he now meanders down the slopes at a more leisurely pace, trying hard just to keep up with Sammie and Julia!.
co-CEO & Founder
The Fullbridge Program
Candice is co-CEO/Founder of The Fullbridge Program, a leading company addressing the global college to work skills gap. Through an immersive skills program and interaction with great companies and organization, Fullbridge enables college students and graduates worldwide to land and succeed in their dream jobs. Prior to Fullbridge, Candice was co-founder/ CEO of iVillage.com and was one of the first women in the U. S. to lead what became a highly successful IPO. She won an Emmy and Matrix and ran business development initiatives at American Express, Time Warner, and Comcast. Candice holds degrees from Stanford, Columbia Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Harvard Business School.
Founder & CEO
Chinezi is the Founder & CEO of Pioneer Academies, a new network of high quality affordable private schools. Chinezi was previously the Head of McKinsey & Company's African Education Practice, where he worked for 8 years gaining experience with over 25 countries' school systems across the world, including South Africa. Chinezi started his career as a secondary school mathematics teacher, where he was nominated by his students to Who's Who of American Teachers. He has also founded youth leadership programmes in South Africa and Nigeria.
Chinezi holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Education from Stanford University, a Bachelors in Psychology and an Honours Certificate in African Studies from Harvard University, where he also received the John P. Reardon award as Harvard's top scholar-athlete. Chinezi is Nigerian and American, and has spent 10 years living in South Africa.
Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise
Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) INSEAD
Claudia Zeisberger is an INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise and Academic Director of INSEAD's Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI), one of INSEAD's centers of excellence. She initiated the launch of GPEI in 2008 to focus INSEAD's existing achievements in Private Equity, increase its visibility and cater to specific industry needs in research and education.At INSEAD, she teaches in the MBA and EMBA programme as well as in multiple Executive Education programmes both in Singapore & in Fontainebleau. (Private Equity; Corporate Turnarounds; Hedge Funds & Risk Management). She has been nominated repeatedly for the Best Teaching Award in her PE elective and received the "Dean's Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching" for the last five years running.
Throughout her 20 years in Asia, she has worked with clients in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan & the Middle East in the areas of Integrated Risk Management, Structured Products, Private Wealth Management & Portfolio Construction. She continues to advise selected financial institutions, family offices and regulators from Asia & the Middle East, focusing on Market Dynamics, Risk Management and Alternative Investment related issues.
Claudia has lived and worked in more than ten countries and continues to teach throughout Asia. She brings to her teaching solid insights into the best practices of the global financial markets through her time in Derivatives trading, structuring and institutional sales, working for international financial institutions (Deutsche Bank, Berisford Capital Markets Group (BCMG) and Dresdner Bank) in New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo & Singapore.
She is a founding committee member of the Financial Women's Association (FWA) in Singapore. Her hobbies include martial arts and she is a passionate Polo Player.Research interest:
- Private Equity - GP/ LP relationships
- PE in Emerging Markets
- The intricacies of Corporate Turnaround/Restructuring situations
- Trading simulation & Game theory
- Risk Management focussed on extreme market movements and liquidity
Deputy CEO of ERC Institute
David holds a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Rutgers University. He spent 19 years with a Fortune 100 company in the Aerospace sector, 10 of those years with full P&L responsibility. He is an experienced executive with greenfield startups, merger and acquisition, and divisional expansion, and has lectured in China, Singapore, and the US on change management and strategy. In 2007, David founded Executive Education Center, LLP. and was the Executive Director offering an EMBA program through Rutgers Business School in Singapore. He was a director of the American Association of Singapore from 2000 through 2011 and its President from 2002 through 2005. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and also served on the General Committee of the American Club in Singapore from 2002 through 2007. He is the past Chairman of the Singapore American Community Action Council, an organization dedicated to providing counseling and sports opportunities to youth and families in Singapore. He is a founding Director of Junior Achievement Singapore and its current Vice Chairman..
Chief Executive / Chief Learning Architect
Kydon Learning Systems Institute
David heads up a Singapore-based innovative learning solutions company which seeks to transform learning for the 21st century workforce. Under his leadership, Kydon (www.kydon.com.sg) rapidly expanded into a multi-million revenue company with footprints from Thailand to Kazakhstan. As the Chief Learning Architect of Kydon, David assists organisations establish the structure of their knowledge and learning systems. In Singapore, Kydon's clients include MINDEF, MHA, PMO, SSC, WDA, MDA, at-Sunrice Global Chef Academy, NEC, SATS etc.
David spent the first half of his career in the Army, where his most notable contribution was the landmark LEARNet project that revolutionalised the way knowledge acquisition and distribution took place. The success of the project resulted in the defence ministry securing the coveted Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) award in 2011. David was subsequently awarded the Defence Corporate IT - Special Recognition (Individual) Award in 2012.
David hold a MSc in Instructional Systems from Florida State University under the Defence Ministry's first training development Postgraduate Award, a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Organisation Development (L&OD) from the Civil Service College, and a certificate of Leadership in Education (LEP) from NIE. David was commissioned from the Royal Military College (Duntroon), and was awarded the Command and Staff College Distinguished Graduate Award.
Head of Pearson Qualifications Venture Markets
Dennis Foo is the Head of Qualifications for Pearson Venture Markets. He is based in Singapore and tasked with growing the qualifications business in territories spanning Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He was the immediate past Managing Director of Pearson Qualifications International for the Asia Pacific region from 2008 through to 2013.
Dennis has more than 15 years of senior management, leadership and board experience in the Information Technology and Education sectors. He embarked on his professional career with KMPG Consulting in 1998.
Dennis holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Glasgow and post-graduate qualifications in e-Business and International Business from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford & the National University of Singapore.
Chief Executive Officer
PSB Academy, Singapore
Evan Law is the Chief Executive Officer at PSB Academy. The Academy operates its main campus in Singapore at Tiong Bahru with a student population of over 10,000 supported by a team of over 200 staff; and has a city campus located at Shenton in the central business district. It also has a strong regional footprint in Asia with offices in China and Vietnam. PSB Academy is one of the largest private education providers in Singapore with 50 years of heritage and experience.
Evan has more than 17 years of experience in the private education industry. Prior to joining PSB Academy, Evan spent almost 7 years with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (ICPAS). He held his last post as their Acting Chief Executive Officer, managing the Institute and its various subsidiaries. Before that, he also held various positions including Chief Operating Officer, Training Director and Head of Membership of ICPAS.
As the Head of Membership, he managed over 25,000 strong professional membership and its 16,000 joint examination-scheme students.
In his role as a Training Director, he provided leadership and direction for ICPAS' Continuing Professional Education (CPE) ensuring delivery of relevant and affordable CPE training to its members. Evan also helped built up ICPAS' key subsidiary that funds and supports the activities of ICPAS - SAA Global Education, formerly known as the Singapore Accountancy Academy. It remains one of the largest accountancy schools in Singapore (both private as well as public) enrolling over 6,000 students a year into various degrees and professional programmes.
Evan also served a 6-year term as a member of the Institute of Technical Education's Business School Academic Advisory Committee for its Business courses.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Oregon as well as a Master in Business Administration from Portland State University, Oregon.
LiveIt Investments, Ltd. and LiveIt Global Services Management Institute
Management Committee Member, Ayala Corp.
IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)
Fred is CEO of LiveIt Investments, Ayala Corporation's Business Process Outsourcing investment arm, and LGSMI, its Education investment arm. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the IT-Business Processing Association of the Philippines, the industry's umbrella organization. He is also Chairman of Integreon, Vice Chairman of Stream, and a director of Affinity Express and IQBackOffice, as well as Managing Director and Member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corp.
LiveIt invests in innovative BPO companies that can leverage the Philippines and have the potential to become a Global Top 5 leader in their sectors. It has invested over $200 million in the Voice (Stream), Knowledge (Integreon), Ad/Marketing Production (Affinity Express) and F&A/HR (IQBackOffice) sectors. Its investees have combined revenues of over $1 billion and total employees of over 40,000. Fred was formerly CEO of eTelecare, a pioneer of the Philippine call center industry, and Chairman of SPI, one of the country's first non-voice BPO companies.
LiveIt also invests in the private education sector, in both the K-12 and Higher Education sector. It is focused on delivering high quality, affordable education that can significantly enhance the employability of middle and lower income students on a scale basis.
He holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Development Studies (Honors) and Economics from Brown, and prior to that attended the Ateneo de Manila.
CEO of WizIQ
Harman Singh is the CEO of WizIQ. He founded the company in 2006, which has evolved to be the first and only online global education marketplace to offer live instructor-led learning. His career as a visionary e-learning innovator spans more than 13 years. Singh has successfully leveraged technology to replicate the classroom experience online making it more accessible, for both students and teachers. Singh has directed the company’s growth, while developing and creating WizIQ's vision and business strategy.
Singh is recognized for his expertise in conceptualizing, planning and developing specialized solutions for the online learning industry. He provides both strategic and tactical direction at WizIQ. His leadership and determination has enabled WizIQ to consistently excel at developing and implementing solutions that create value for working professionals, instructors and corporations. The company has received multiple leading awards for its innovative solution, including the award for the 'Best Virtual Classroom Provider' for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014 by different award giving organizations. Singh has also been conferred with LMA-Trident Award for Young and Innovative Entrepreneur of the year 2011.
While working on his Master’s thesis in 2001, Singh began conceptualizing solutions to connect teachers with learners. These efforts laid the foundation for his first venture, authorGen Technologies that provided e-learning services and customized solutions to meet the requirements of local community schools and colleges. Later this company became WizIQ and currently, it has 290,000 educators and 3.7 million registered learners using the platform in more than 100 countries.
Singh also founded authorSTREAM, an online PowerPoint sharing platform. authorSTREAM was founded in 2007 and today has more than than 5 million registered members. Singh has a Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, N.C., USA.
New Silk Route, Dubai
Jens joined New Silk Route in September 2007 and focuses on private equity opportunities across the Middle East and Asia out of the Dubai office.
Jens has two decades of Private Equity experience and a track record of building successful businesses internationally. After working for Booz, Allen & Hamilton's acquisition services team in the early 90's, he joined a pioneer buyout group in Germany in 1995, before co-founding HGU Hamburg Private Equity AG in 1998. Since 2004, Jens has been working in Private Equity in South Asia and the Middle East. He has led over 40 Private Equity investments, served on over 20 boards and founded several companies in the US, Europe and Asia.
Jens holds a MBA degree from the Harvard Business School, from where he graduated in 1995. He is a founding member of the Harvard Business School alumni organization in Germany and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Member of the Executive Board
Born in 1968, Jorg Drager studied physics and business administration at the University of Hamburg before transferring to Cornell University in New York State, where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics. During his time in Cornell (1991-1996), he served as an academic assistant while completing his studies and doctoral thesis.
He began his professional career 1996 at the management consulting firm Roland Berger in Frankfurt/Main. In 1998, he returned to Hamburg to become executive director of the newly founded Northern Institute of Technology, a private institute of higher education that focuses on international MBA programs. From 2001 to 2008, he served as Hamburg's (politically independent) minister of science and research and was a member of Germany's Permanent Conference of Educational Ministers as well as deputy representative to the Bundesrat, the federal body that represents the German states at the national level. From 2004 to 2006, he also held the office of minister of health and consumer protection in Hamburg.
Since July 1, 2008, he has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. He also serves as Executive Director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education. In January 2012, Drager has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Red Dot Ventures
Leslie is a serial entrepreneur and technology venture investor. Mr Loh founded his first technology startup almost immediately after his graduation and led the one-man outfit to a publicly listed global enterprise until it was acquired in 2006. Since then, Mr Loh has been actively involved in investing and nurturing high-tech startups in Singapore and the region.
Mr Loh was selected the winner of the 1998 ASME Rotary Entrepreneur of the Year in Singapore. In 1999, Mr Loh received the National Youth Award (Individual) for his success as an entrepreneur. In 2006, Leslie was awarded the "Person of The Year" IT Leader Award by the Singapore Computer Society.
Managing Director HR
Group Head of Learning and Talent Development for DBS Bank
Laurence Smith is currently the Managing Director HR and Group Head of Learning and Talent Development for DBS Bank.
Before this he was a Consulting Partner of the RBL Group. He was most recently one of the very few foreigners to ever hold an Executive HR Leadership position in a major Korean conglomerate, & be specifically charged by the CEO with a transformational agenda.
As the Global Head of Learning & Development for LG Electronics in Seoul, he was part of the senior HR Leadership team driving the global HR Transformation. As part of this strategy, he developed a new Global Leadership Frame- work, drove cross-boundary collaboration & innovation with new Social Media approaches & completely re-structured the learning organisation to support the CEO’s vision of transformation & globalization.
Previously he was Head of Learning & Development for GE Money Asia in Tokyo, with responsibility for GE's most senior leadership development programs in Asia. Prior roles were as Head of one of Accenture's Business Process Outsourcing businesses in Asia, & with the Organisation Design Practice of McKinsey in Boston.
He holds an MSc in Organisational Learning from the US and a BA Hons. in Organisation Studies from the UK. He has spent 13 of his 22 year Human Resources career, based in Asia.
Principal Education Specialist
Southeast Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Norman LaRocque is a Principal Education Specialist in the Southeast Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), based in Manila, the Philippines. His work involves designing and implementing projects in ADB developing member countries and undertaking research on education issues. Current projects include preparation of a proposed $300 million secondary education program in the Philippines, preparation of $40 million higher education project in Lao PDR and administration of a $213 million higher education project in Viet Nam. His research focuses on the regulation of education, higher education financing, public-private partnerships and student finance.
Before joining ADB, Norman was an independent consultant, based in New Zealand. He has worked in more than 25 countries and has consulted for several organizations, including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Prior to that, Norman worked with the New Zealand Business Roundtable, the New Zealand Treasury and the New Zealand Ministry of Education. He has several publications, including Non-state Providers and Public-private Partnerships in Education for the Poor (2011), The Evolving Regulatory Context for Private Education in Emerging Economies (2009) and Public-private Partnerships in Basic Education: An International Review (2008).
Norman is a Canadian and New Zealand citizen and has an MA and a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.
Pankaj Makkar is currently the Managing Director of Bertelsmann India Corporate Centre. He led the setup of the Corporate Centre in 2011 and has been active in helping define and execute the growth strategy for Bertelsmann and its divisions in India. He currently runs the Bertelsmann India Investment fund, which is Bertelsmann strategic investment vehicle investing in venture and growth opportunities in Media, Education, Digital and BPO sectors.
Pankaj sits on the board of various companies such as Authorgen Technologies, Big RTL Broadcast and Bertelsmann India Corporate Services.
Pankaj joined Bertelsmann Inc. in 2009 in the company's Bertelsmann Entrepreneur's program. As part of the program, Pankaj initially worked on projects including Random House (US), ZD group on their education initiatives.
Pankaj worked from 2003 to 2007 with the Malaysian conglomerate - The Usaha Tegas Group and helped the group invest in various sectors in India and South East Asia. Working with various top executives of the group, he led key investment projects in the Television, Radio, TV Distribution, Internet, Telecom and Real Estate sectors for the group's divisions including Astro All Asian Networks, Maxis Communications, Measat Satellite Systems, Powertek and UT Real Estate.
Pankaj holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in Commerce (Hons.) from Delhi University. He is also a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has spent around 3 years (2000-2003) in audit, accounting and consulting assignments for his family firm SSA India for Indian and International clients.
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Ex-Dean of The School of Education
National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore
Professor S Gopinathan is currently an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He served as Dean of the School of Education (1994-2000) and then, Dean of Initial Teacher Education Programmes (2000-2003), National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. He has served on various MOE review committees and was a resource specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, as a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a board member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, McKinsey and Company, and MENA Ministers of Education, and School of Education, Qatar University.
His research interests span teacher education, higher education, values and citizenship education, and education development. He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. His recent book, Education and the Nation State published by Routledge in 2012, offers a comprehensive overview of Singapore's education policies and practices.
From 2003 to 2010, he helped NIE establish the Emirates College of Advanced Education for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, and the Bahrain Teachers College for the EDB in Bahrain. In his personal capacity, he helped establish the Sampoerna School of Education in Jakarta, Indonesia.
McKinsey and Company's Education Practice, India
Ramya Venkataraman is the Leader of McKinsey and Company's Education Practice in India. For the last several years, Ramya has also pursued her long-term passion in education through involvement in various initiatives, and towards the end of 2008, took on a new role to pursue this passion fully. She now leads McKinsey's Education practice in India on a full-time basis, as part of the Firm's global Social Sector practice.
Her experiences in education cut across school, higher and vocational education. Recent examples include driving a large urban school system transformation effort with a municipal corporation in India, working with a neighbouring country's government on end-to-end education reform, conducting rural education diagnostics in a few districts, serving foundations, non-profits and private education players on their own strategy, working with some higher education institutions of national importance, helping investors evaluate potential opportunities, and providing input into policy discussions.
Ramya completed her B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi
Global Head of Education
International Finance Corporation
Salah-Eddine Kandri is currently the Global Education Head leading IFC's Education practice globally since April 2014. Prior to that, Salah-Eddine was the Manager for Consumer Services (which includes the Education Sector) for four years covering Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa regions (EMENA) based in Dubai.
Salah-Eddine joined IFC in 2006 as a Senior Investment Officer in Washington, DC and moved to Dubai in 2009 to lead IFC's program in the Health and Education sectors in the Arab region. Since early 2010, Salah-Eddine spearheaded the Education for Employment (E4E) Initiative for Arab youth and was co-lead for the development of IFC and IsDB's report 'Education for Employment: realizing Arab youth potential' which was launched in April 2011.
Prior to IFC, Salah-Eddine spent six years at the Islamic Development Bank Group in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in charge of the Infrastructure and ICT private sector division. Earlier in his career, he worked for three years at the Central Bank of Morocco focusing on sovereign debt and the development of the local capital markets. Salah-Eddine is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MBA and an MSc. in Finance from the University of Maryland College Park as well as an undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Nationale de l'Industrie Minerale, Rabat, Morocco.
International Baccalaureates (IB)
Dr. Siva Kumari started as the 7th Director General of the International Baccalaureate's (IB) in January 2014; she is the first woman to hold the post. She started at the IB as Regional Director for Asia Pacific in April 2009, and from May 2010 she served as IB's Chief Operating Officer.
To join the IB, Dr Kumari left Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she served as the first Associate Provost for K-12 initiatives. She also served as Associate Dean in the School of Continuing Studies, and received critical acclaim for her work, winning several national and regional awards. She grew teacher professional development (PD) programmes into the largest in the country, and vastly expanded the School's portfolio of IT and PD programmes. Several key projects initiated by Kumari have received competitive funding from state and federal governments, private and corporate local and national foundations. In 2002, she created the Advanced Placement Digital Library (DL) for science teachers, and secured funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), serving as chair of NSDL conferences. Kumari has voluntarily served on boards, national and international advisory committees and conference committees for various associations.
Dr. Kumari has a Bachelor's degree in Science from India, a Master's degree and a Doctorate in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology, from the USA. She was awarded "outstanding doctoral student" for her pioneering work, which studied online higher education courses in 1999 via a web survey about online learning pedagogy.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
Stavros N. Yiannouka was recently appointed CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a major initiative of the Qatar Foundation. WISE is dedicated to advancing universal access to education, lifelong learning and education anytime, anywhere.
Until August 2012 Stavros was the Executive Vice-Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He joined the LKY School in June 2005 to spearhead the implementation of an ambitious growth strategy, which he had helped develop as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Together with Kishore Mahbubani et al. Stavros is the co-author of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: Building a Global Policy School in Asia, World Scientific (2012).
Before joining the LKY School, Stavros spent 5 years with McKinsey & Company from 2000-2005 serving private and public sector clients in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Canada, predominantly in the financial services and healthcare industries. Prior to joining McKinsey, Stavros practiced corporate law in the City of London from 1995-1998 with the firms Gouldens and Mayer, Brown & Platt. He holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the London Business School, an LLB (with Honours) from the University of Bristol, is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and an Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor at the LKY School. A native of Cyprus, Stavros is married to Sherena Mistri, a Singaporean, and they have two children Stephania and Nicholas.
Professional and International Education, DeVry Education Group
Steve Riehs, President, Professional and International Education, DeVry Education Group Riehs joined DeVry Education Group in 2004 as Vice President and General Manager of Online Operations. He was named President of DeVry Online Services in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed President of K-12, Professional and International Education, which consists of five of the eight DeVry Group institutions.
DeVry Group's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Group is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare, technology, accounting and finance.
Riehs has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University.
Universal Training Solutions
22+ years of Business experience in the FMCG, Telecom & Internet sectors.
Worked on strategic and operational roles across Sales, Brand, and Product Management, Business Development and P&L responsibilities.
Have been a key participant in the evolution of telecom and consumer internet businesses in India and SE Asia with operational and strategic roles with telecom operators and consumer internet companies.
Ran the Yahoo India business as Senior Director in charge of Sales and Business Development across Yahoo India covering the web and mobile from 2005 till 2013.
Currently CEO of Universal Training Solutions which is a unique business model in the Distance Education Space in India. The company, a Kaizen PE funded venture, is focused on the regulated education space. UTS works with Universities & Institutions to help them deliver their Distance Education supported by Multimedia, allowing students the ability to access academia anytime, anywhere via the power of Information Communication Technologies ( ICT).
Active Angel Investor, Mentor and Advisor to start ups in the Consumer internet space.