INVITED SPEAKERS

Dr. Peter Cochrane

Dr. Peter Cochrane

Peter Cochrane is a futurist, entrepreneur, business and engineering advisor to international industries and governments.

He has worked across: hardware, software, systems, network, adaptive system design and operation. He currently runs his own company across 4 continents, and was formerly CTO at BT, The Collier Chair for the Public Understanding of Technology @ Bristol, and winner of numerous awards including an OBE and IEEE Millennium Medal.

External Supervisor to MSc and PhD Students at Essex, NELP, Kent, RGIT Aberdeen, UCL, Stafford, MIT 1980-2001. External Examiner for BSc, MSc and PhD Students at Essex, Cambridge, Leeds, Trent, RGIT, Indian National Technology Institute and MIT 1983-2003. Chairman of London Colleges Telecoms MSc Board 1995-97. Member of Oxford University Advisory Council on Continuing Education 1997-98.

Johannes de Gruyter

Johannes de Gruyter

Johannes de Gruyter, Portland State University (see attached). Johannes De Gruyter is the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI). He has 15 years’ experience of progressive leadership in educational development, with a specialty in digital and lifelong learning. He is committed to envisioning higher education experiences for young people and non-traditional learners. Prior to OAI, he worked for the University of Leuven; leading complex, regional and multi-national projects on e-learning and innovation in higher education (EuroPACE, LERU, EADTU, Coimbra Group).

He holds an MA in History from the University of Leuven and an MS in Contemporary Asian Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He also has a Postgraduate certificate in Business Management from the EHSAL Management School and a Certificate from the MIT Sloan School of Management.