Simon-Breakspear-5-130x130Mrs. Avnita Bir
DIRECTOR PRINCIPAL- R N PODAR SCHOOL
Mrs. Avnita Bir, Director Principal, R N Podar School, Mumbai, is an internationally known personality in the education sector. A graduate in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College and Post-Graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Mrs. Bir has worked in the field of Education for over 3 decades across various institutes. She is a member of the Governing Body of CBSE and has been a member of Education Reforms Committee of the then Hon’ble HRD Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal. Ms. Bir is also a member of the India Jurisdiction at the Global Education Leaders Programme (GELP). Her dedication to the cause of good education propelled her to author two books on Economics in her early years in the profession. She was also appointed to mentor the children (Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi) of the late Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi for the subject of Economics.
Mrs. Avnita Bir is the recipient of the prestigious National Award for Teachers (2009) conferred by the Hon’ble President of India. She has also received the EQFI India Education Awards 2008 for Excellence in Education. She has also been honored by the President of Singapore for her contribution to the education sector. She was awarded the Microsoft Mentor School Award for Innovation in Education. Mrs. Bir writes a guest column on parenting for the Times of India group and has been covered widely in media like BBC, New York Times, Times of India, Times Now etc for her new ideas

Simon Breakspear
FOUNDER AND CEO, LEARNLABS
Simon Breakspear is recognized internationally as a leading thinker on the future of learning and educational innovation. Simon is the founder and CEO of LearnLabs, a global education consultancy that helps school, system, policy and business leaders design and deliver high-impact strategies to enable 21st Century learning. Simon has worked with and spoken to leaders across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe, Israel, Hong Kong and India. He has also worked as a senior associate in the office of Sir Michael Barber, a global authority on education reform.Simon holds a first class honors degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Teaching, a MSc. in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford, and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge. He was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford
 

 


Jessie-Arora-130x130Jessie Arora
Founder, TeacherSquare
Jessie is passionate about cultivating the education startup ecosystem to help create tools and services that improve teaching and learning for all students. Her recent work with TeacherSquare is focused on bringing educators and edtech together to build a community of practice of educators to help improve technology integration in schools.

 

 



Dr. Paul Kim
Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.
An education technology entrepreneur, Dr. Kim leads initiatives involving the design of learning technologies, educational research, and community development. In a trans-disciplinary project aiming to promote innovation and competition by constructing a Programmable and Open Mobile Internet (POMI 2020), Dr. Kim designs and implements mobile technologies and social learning environments.
In 2009, Dr. Kim founded Seeds of Empowerment, a 501(C3) non-profit global education incubator for social innovations leveraging mobile technologies. Under his direction and leadership, Stanford undergraduate and graduate students carry out mobile-social educational research and development in real-world classrooms and virtual learning environments. Some of the student-initiated projects he has helped develop and sponsor include the multiple award-winning TeachAids, a global HIV/AIDS education NGO, Adina’s Deck, an award-winning internet safety education program, SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment), a mobile platform that has been implemented in over 20 countries, ROSE (Remotely Operated Science Experiment), and 1,001 Stories, a global micro creative economy project. These and other Seeds of Empowerment initiatives have been recognized in global competitions sponsored by organizations including the Sesame Workshop, WISE by the Qatar Foundation, the Marvell 100K Challenge, Vodafone, etc.
Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development through education and information technology strategies and has advised Saudi Arabia’s national online education initiative, the national evaluation of Uruguay’s One Laptop Per Child project, Rwanda’s national ICT planning, and institutional advancement efforts for numerous universities.