Keynote speakers

Understanding Students’ Needs in the Age of the Internet
by Cesar Ortega-Sanchez

  Cesar Ortega-Sanchez

Associate Professor Cesar Ortega-Sanchez is a Computer Systems Engineer from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City. He obtained the degree of Master of Science in Digital Systems from Brunel University in London, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics from the University of York. He joined Curtin University in 2005 as Senior Lecturer of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where he taught courses in digital design and embedded systems. In recent years he has taken leading roles in teaching and learning at School and Faculty levels. He is currently Academic Lead of the Engineering Foundation Year, the common first year of engineering serving 800+ student engineers every year. He has supervised over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate theses and has published over 60 papers on Electronics and Engineering Education. His research interests are in embedded systems, bio-inspired architectures, intelligent systems and engineering education. He is a consultant in curriculum design, capstone projects, and first year experience. In 2015 he won a national citation from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching for his outstanding work facilitating activities to improve students’ employability skills.

Competences Hangover
by Harri Lappalainen

  Harri Lappalainen

Harri Lappalainen is a passionate competences enhancer, coming from far north of Europe. He has over 20 years’ extensive experience on international development project activities in several roles like project initiator, project coordinator, external evaluator and consultant. In addition to his career in universities, Mr. Lappalainen has been working 8 years as a full-time entrepreneur in Project Cycle Management consultation business and 2 years as a Senior Consultant in international public affairs and communications sector. Since 2011, Harri Lappalainen has been acting as a Senior Advisor in the Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland). At the moment, Mr. Lappalainen is heavily involved in several global pedagogical and societal development projects. During recent years, he has given numerous key note presentations, lectures and workshops about modernization of education in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Transformative leadership for equity, social justice and change in HE
by Janet Lord

Janet Lord
Janet Lord

Janet Lord is  Head of Education for the faculty of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.  Janet has worked as a social sciences teacher and a lecturer in higher education for many years, specialising in education studies, teacher education and the social sciences.  She has a  doctorate in education from the University of Manchester; her thesis concerned the development of identity in teachers. She also has experience in school governance and educational consultancy.  Janet’s research and writing concerns pedagogy, leadership, school funding , student experience and the nature of critical spaces in education.