edX Accelerate Education

Summit and Awards 2020

December 21, 2020 | Monday

Bringing together prominent experts and figures from some of the biggest schools, universities, solutions

providers, and more, the global event will look at accelerating education’s transformation through

technology and how digitisation can revolutionise the sector, specifically in the wake of Covid-19.

Why Attend?

The edX Accelerate Education Summit and Awards will promote change, at a time where a new approach to education is of utmost importance

Thought leaders from all around the globe will gather to present their most innovative ideas, while change makers will be recognized for their impactful projects

Be a part of the shift that will take place over the coming two years in the education sector and share your views and opinions with hundreds of participants

Locate potential opportunities and open new doors for your organization and personal career journey, while networking with C-level executives

Prepare your organization for what is yet to come in the wake of the “new normal” and stay updated on technology trends in education.

Who Should Attend?

School and University Administration, Staff and Management teams

IT Professionals in Education and beyond

IT Solution Providers

Students and Prospective Students

Education Veterans

Proposed Agenda

12:00 PM- 12:05 PM

Welcome note

12:05 PM - 12:15 PM

Opening remarks - 'The Future is here' by Krishnan Gopi - Group Chief Disruption Officer at GEMS Education

12:15 - 12:30

Keynote : 'EDU transformation and the need for Distance Learning' by Rich Henderson, Director, Global Education Solutions at Lenovo

12:30 - 12:45

Keynote: 'Technology, Planning and Adopting New Strategies for the Future' by Nithin Thomas, Head of IT at Amity Education Middle East

12:45 - 1:00

Keynote: 'Education Reimagined by Aruba' by Sandeep Pezhery, Technical Consultant at Aruba

1:00 - 1:30

Panel 1: Upskilling Teachers and Deploying New Strategies in Schools

1:30 - 2:00

Panel 2: Using Technology to Enhance University Learning

2:00 - 2:30

Panel 3: Digital Transformation in Education

2:30 - 3:00

Talk Show – Accelerating Education Through Technology in Times of Crisis

3:00 - 3:10

Entertainment & Lucky Draw

3:10 - 3:40

edX Awards Part 1

3:40 - 3:50

Entertainment & Lucky Draw

3:50 – 4:20

edX Awards Part 2

4:20 - 4:30

Closing Remarks | Thanking Note


Jeffrey Smith

Director of School Partnerships, iCademy Middle East

Dr Catherine Hill

Dean, School of Education, AUD

Ali Khawaja
Senior Instructor, Department of Management, School of Business Administration
American University of Sharjah
Dr Nadera Al Borno

Associate Professor of Education, AUD

Majid Mneymneh

Vice President – Higher Education and Corporate at Pearson Middle East

Rich Henderson

Director, Global Education Solutions, Lenovo

Krishnan Gopi

Group Chief Disruption Officer,  GEMS Education

Delia DeCourcy

Global Education Solutions Manager, Lenovo

Prof. Hisham Al Saghbini

Cambridge Assessment – Regional Head of Assessment

Vandana Mahajan

Founder & CEO – Futures Abroad

Refaat Kazoun

CEO, Stafford Global

Sandeep Pezhery

Technical Consultant at ARUBA

Krishna Raj
Co-Founder and VP Strategy, LogisEye
Member of The Board of Advisors, Al Dar University College
Dr Imogen Cleaver
Senior Research Associate
University of Cambridge
Shumaila Shahzadi
Social Studies and Moral Education Curriculum Head of Primary, Al Salam Private School
Dr. Alka Kalra
Academic Director 
Eduscan Group
Fehmi Sakkal

Regional Pre-Sales Lead – MESA | Consulting Systems Engineer at Aruba

Peter Davos

CEO and Founder , Hale Education

Dr. Ahmed Dabbagh

Director Of Professional Services at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence  

Stephen King

Lecturer, Media, Middlesex University Dubai

Lt. Col. Dr. Hamad Alnuaimi

Head of Telecommunication Abu Dhabi Police Founder of Digital Barza Part of AcceleratorsX

Dr. Mohammad Khaled

Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation Expert Founder of Digital Barza Part of AcceleratorsX

Dr. Fadi Aloul

Professor & Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering
Director of the HP Institute
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Khalid Khawaja

Provost at RIT Dubai

Prof. Marwan Al-Akaidi

Vice President for Research – The American University in the Emirates – AUE

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani

Academic Researcher – Civil Engineering/ New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

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