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You can look forward to keynotes and welcoming speeches from representatives from science, business, and politics. They will provide insights on the changing role of EU and what this means for MOOCs. The impact of MOOCs in the health sector, MOOCs and HEI, and the future of MOOCs and similar formats are a selection of other topics which we want to discuss.

So far, the following speakers have confirmed:

Dr. Georgi Dimitrov is responsible for the newly created unit Digital Education in the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture. He joined the European Commission in 2008 and was first involved in various roles in setting up the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He then helped to develop and launch HEInnovate,  an initiative by the European Commission and the OECD aimed at supporting universities to become more entrepreneurial. He led the development of the first Digital Education Action Plan adopted in January 2018 and also of the new Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 that was adopted in September 2020. Before joining the Commission, Georgi worked for a leading multinational telecommunication company and in a software start-up in Germany. Georgi studied at the University of Bonn (M.A.), the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (PhD) and the Open University UK (MBA in Technology Management).

Dr. Gaya Gamhewage is a medical doctor and public health expert with three decades of experience in the public health sector. She has worked with the World Health Organization for 19 years, mostly leading capacity building initiatives for health emergencies, including for COVID19 trainings. She is currently Head of Learning & Capacity development for WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme and is leading the development of the first-ever global strategy to frame the contribution of education and learning to achieve Health For All.
Dr. Gamhewage also holds Masters Degrees in International Health and in International Policy-Making and Negotiation. She is skilled in supporting countries to build up their own capacity to protect the health of their populations. She is a passionate advocate for and creating fair and sustainable environments and ecosystems where women and men grow and thrive in the service to other. Her areas of expertise include education & learning for health; public health programming; negotiation & advocacy; knowledge networks & ecosystems management; and community engagement and risk communications. She is also an experienced trainer, facilitator and certified coach. 

  • Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera
  • Dr. Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research