Board of Directors

Beverley Oliver

Emeritus Professor Beverley Oliver is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Australian National Teaching Fellow. She is a non-executive director at Open Learning, an ASX-listed company.

Beverley was formerly the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at Deakin University (2013-18), Deputy Chair of Universities Australia’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) (2018) and Deputy Chair of the Board of EduGrowth, Australia’s not-for-profit acceleration network for high-growth, scalable, borderless education (2016-18). In 2017, she was awarded Deakin University’s highest honour, the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering Deakin University’s research and scholarship in the field of higher education.

At Deakin University, she led the implementation of several types of micro-credentials. She led an Australian Strategic Priority Project (21C Credentials: Curate, credential and carry forward digital learning evidence, completed 2016). In 2019, she published Making micro-credentials work for learners, employers and providers. She now works as a higher education consultant, speaker and researcher focussing on digital education, micro-credentials, curriculum transformation, quality assurance and graduate employability. She is the founder and editor of the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.

Brenda Mora Perea

Brenda Mora Perea, Director of Educational & Workforce Solutions at Credly, Inc. She brings 15 years of secondary, postsecondary, and workforce credentialing focused on identifying and target workforce skills not apparent in traditional credentials. At Credly, she leads the professional services team to assist clients in developing a system-wide digital credential system. Each consulting engagement entails building collaboration between a consortium of global business units, educational and training providers and workforce to identify and target workforce skills not apparent in courses, certificates, and degrees. She believes identifying verified competencies is critical for businesses and industry to ensure post-secondary education and career training is relevant for today’s workforce.

Brenda is an Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Credential specialist and is a member of several credentialing taskforces: ICE’s International Credentialing taskforce, IMSGlobal Foundations Digital Credentials working group, and W3C’s VD-Edu taskforce. Badge conversation on digital credentials, industry and business engagement, and workforce credentialing. She has extensive post terminal degree courses in Learning Science and Educational Technology from George Mason University, a Master’s of Science degree from Shenandoah University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of New Mexico.

Bryan Clancy

Educator, father and anthropologist, I spent my career trying to understand culture and how we develop the behaviors that form our societies and individuals. I completed my degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California , Berkeley, my master's degree in gender equality studies at the University College of Dublin, and I am currently completing my PhD at the University of Queens in Belfast studying Organisational Culture and Faith.
 
My goal is to make the unseen visible, and to prove that we are all capable of learning. Where we view that awareness has much to do with digital certificates, and digitally and physically representing ourselves. 

Foster Ofosu

Mr. Foster Ofosu is an economist with over 20 years’ experience in researching, teaching and practicing International Business and Innovation Management. He is an innovation and technology driver with entrepreneurial instincts and training, supporting creative initiatives inside and outside organizations. Foster has an insatiable passion for developing the capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa especially among the youth.

As an educationist and trainer, Foster has an in-depth expertise and practice of eLearning both in corporate and academic institutions. He led the integration of eLearning into programs of the Turku University of Applied Sciences, and the Turku School of Economics in Finland where he also lectured in International Business and Innovation Management. He was also Director, Africa and Northern Europe for WWEDU Worldwide Education, Austria. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, as part of the team that managed the Distance Learning Center of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).

Foster is currently a Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Development Specialist at the African Development Bank, where he has led the integration of ICT and digital tools into capacity building for Africa. He was named among the top 100 Africa’s Movers and Shakers in Online Learning in 2018. Foster is also the founder of the Idea2Market Africa, an initiative that helps develop, deploy and diffuse Africa-based innovations by enhancing the capacity of innovators and entrepreneurs to help maximize the value of their technologies, products and services.

Jacques Dang

Jacques Dang is Secretary of the board of L’Université Numérique, the French Digital University, and of AUNEGe, its Economics and Management branch. He leads international cooperation, especially with francophone countries. Together with ICDE and Université virtuelle du Sénégal, he steers a joint working group with UNESCO on the implementation of the November 2019 Recommendation on Open Educational Resources. In the context of the current pandemic, he is involved in several projects for HIgher Education in countries such as Bénin, Burundi, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali.

As Technology Director at HEC Paris, Jacques has also led collaborative initiatives in technological R&D, in cooperation with French universities, high-tech companies from the Systematic Paris Region cluster and academic partners in Europe. These projects involve next-generation networks, open education, and evaluation. Prior to joining HEC, he was founder and CEO of several companies in the fields of IT and telecommunications for the banking sector.

Jacques is a member of the French delegation to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36, a member of the Steering Committee for Telecommunications at Systematic Paris Region and an expert for the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Lena Patterson

In 2015, Lena helped to create eCampusOntario, a non-profit consortium in Ontario, Canada, designed to drive the evolution of online and technology-enabled teaching and learning at 45 post-secondary institutions across the province. She worked closely with academic and government partners to establish the non-profit consortium model in Ontario and now heads up a growing project team in her role as Senior Director, Programs and Stakeholder Relations. Lena is known for mobilizing diverse stakeholders from government, business and education to carry out emergent, rapid development projects. Lena’s work has focused on bridging higher education and industry, online and technology-enabled teaching and learning, and open education.

Lena is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Western University in the EdD program in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on agile philosophy and leading through ambiguity in a non-profit environment. You can find her on twitter @lpatter10.

Misheck Mwaba

Dr. Misheck Mwaba is Vice-President, Academic at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is a professional engineer registered in the province of Alberta. Misheck has a broad professional background in progressively responsible roles that include academic leadership, instructional and curriculum design, applied research, and cross-functional engineering team leadership. Prior to joining Bow Valley College, he was the Dean of Media, Trades, and Technology at Niagara College. He is passionate about facilitating cohesive environments that enable collaboration and success in the workplace and is guided by a conviction to promote student persistence and achievement. In Canada, Misheck has been leading the initiative to develop a national standards framework for micro-credentials.

Misheck has extensive research and teaching experience obtained through his work at Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Zambia. His research findings have been presented at conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. His industrial experience includes working at Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) as a Mechanical Research and Development Engineer combining simulations and experiments to validate safety aspects of CANDU nuclear reactors.

Misheck is currently a Council Member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Alberta Council of Senior Academic Officers. He has previously served as Vice-Chair of the Niagara Industrial Association; Chair of the Council of Deans of Trades and Apprenticeship Canada; and Council Member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

Rebecca Stromeyer

Rebecca Stromeyer is the Managing Director and Founder of the media company ICWE GmbH, as well as a co-founder and co-owner of ICEF GmbH (since 1991), the recognised global leader in international student recruitment.

She is Co-Founder and the Conference Chair of the flagship conference of the OEB Global conference series since 1995 and has played a leading role in the conference series’ ongoing success. The annual conference is the leading global cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training and is regarded as the key networking event of the international e-learning industry, which brings together 2300+ experts and practitioners from 80+ countries.

She is the Founder of the eLearning Africa annual conference and exhibition series which was launched in 2005 and is attended by over 1,000 delegates from across Africa. In 2012 she launched the eLearning Africa Report, a leading source of news, information, and analysis about ICT, EdTech, digital technology, learning, training and skills development. She is Chair of the charity East Trust, which focuses on technology enhanced learning and training in Africa, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Business School Network, a Council Member of the Drucker Society, and on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organisation Management Skills for Wildlife Conservation. Between 2010 and 2014 she was a board member of the Global Development Learning Network, which has 120 affiliates in 80 countries.

Simone Ravaioli

Entrepreneurial, creative EdTech influencer with a cutting-edge portfolio of accomplishments and experience founding and contributing to the advancement of digital credentials initiatives in international higher education. Simone Ravaioli is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Digitary.

Simone chaired the EAIE Digital Student Data Portability task force (2010 – 2014), initiative which seeded the creation of the Groningen Declaration Network. For this role was presented with the EAIE Rising Star award.

Simone is a member of the ESCO Maintenance Committee, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, the Advisory Board of the Open Recognition Alliance as well as the Steering Committee of the PESC Competencies and Credentials UserGroup. 

In 2019 Simone is the recipient of the PESC Distinguished Service award for his long-standing contribution to interoperability in global student mobility.

Stella Porto

Stella C. S. Porto has 20 years of experience in online learning and adult education. Since 2014, she has been at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB – https://www.iadb.org) as a Learning Specialist. She leads a team managing online training and online courses in various areas of development, for professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as IDB staff. Previously, she was the director of the Masters of Distance Education and E-Learning at University of Maryland Global Campus.

She holds a doctorate in Computer Science and masters' degrees in Computer Science and Distance Education. Stella also taught for 10+ years in the field of Computer Science and Engineering. Stella's research interests involve educational technology, online course design, and e-learning projects for both adult education and professional training, with a focus in technology and management. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stellaporto)   

Vera Gramkow

Vera is responsible globally across the employee lifecycle to drive talent and engagment solutions that shape a culture of inclusion and innovation. She works end-to-end across the talent value chain, starting with the business, considering internal ecosystem and external market perspective to ensure an impactful employee experience.

With all aspects of her portfolio driven by and based on data and KPIs, Vera leads with agility, leverages technology and AI and measures progress and success to ensure relevance of her talent and performance strategy. Vera's expertise includes all aspects of shaping a modern approach to talent, a deep understanding of learning & development, organisational effectiveness, assessment and psychometrics, culture and inclusion & diversity. She is passionate about the new way of how work gets done and and embedds empowerment and accountability into how she knows, grows and flows talent.

Follow her on Twitter: @GramkowV

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