Dr. Riina Vuorikari

Riina Vuorikari has actively worked in the field of education since 2000, her main interest is dealing with issues related to the adoption of new technologies and working methods in schools, and teachers’ professional development. She works as an in-house expert in European Schoolnet, a network of more than 30 Ministries of Education in Europe.

Recently, she ran an industry-led project where more than 8’000 netbooks were implemented in schools in six different countries and oversaw its evaluation aspects (Acer- European Schoolnet Educational Netbook Pilot). Currently, she runs a LLP project where the eTwinning action is studied using novel technologies such as social network analysis and information visualisation (Teachers’ Lifelong Learning Network). Lastly, she is responsible for the monitoring action of eTwinning, a community for European teachers that currently consist of more than 160’000 participants (see the report from 2010).

Dr. Vuorikari also contributes to the field of education as an invited speaker in conferences and through her involvement in research workshops, committees and as a reviewer of scientific journals. Dr. Vuorikari holds degrees in education (M.Ed), hypermedia (DEA) and her PhD is from the Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems. See More at: www.vuorikari.com

Oystein Johannessen

Oystein Johannessen is the current Chief Strategy Officer, Cerpus, former Deputy Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and has been working for the Ministry for over 10 years. In 2009, Mr Johannessen was seconded to the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). In this capacity, Johannessen has been involved in many strategic initiatives, plans and programmes in education.

His career started about 20 years ago, working in higher education with tasks related to teacher training and professional development for public service and education. Oystein was instrumental in the establishment of the Norwegian School of Film and Television in 1997.

Oystein Johannessen has extensive international experience. He was a member of the European CommissioneLearning Programme Committee, has served on the Steering Committee of the European Schoolnet (EUN), and in 2002, he chaired the IT-Policy Group for Education and Research in the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has been an active force of the OECD New Millennium Learner Project (NML) since it started in 2007.

Oystein Johannessen holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary German Literature with Minors in English and Economics. He is a frequent keynote speaker invited both at the national and international level.

Balint Magyar

Member, Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology
 Former Minister of Education (1996-1998; 2002-2006)

Dr. Magyar obtained his MA in History and Sociology at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Having started his career as a researcher (1977-1990), he was a member of the Democratic Opposition as well.

He has become a member of the Hungarian Parliament in 1990 and served on several parliamentary committees until 2010. Appointed Minister of Education and Culture (1996-1998, re-appointed Minister of Education and Science, 2002-2006), he initiated and carried out public and higher education reform process. Made a move towards competency based education,  initiated a schoolnet program for spreading digital literacy, directed the introduction of the Bologna process, modernised the management and business structure of higher education institutions, and carried out a huge PPP program renewing the infrastructure of HEIs. He developed and passed the Act on Innovation, set up an Innovation Fund and founded the National Office for Research and Technology. He was Vice President of the National Development Council under the direction of the Prime Minister (2006-2008) and Secretary of State for Development Policy (2007-2008).

Dr. Magyar is currently a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and a Strategic Consultant of the Financial Research Plc.  at Budapest.

Carlos Medina

Carlos Medina is currently working at the Ministry of Education as Head of ICT European projects in the Educational Technologies unit. This unit is in charge of ICT Spanish program Escuela 2.0 (2009-2013). Through this program, the Spanish Ministry of Education in coordination with the Autonomous Communities is training teachers through new training materials, creating interactive resources, distributing 1.500.000 netbooks for students, and installing 80.000 digital classrooms.

He started his work in this field as a teacher, creating educational digital materials for the Spanish Curriculum and coordinating teacher online training courses. Teacher training materials has been also part of his responsibilities under some European Projects as Malted, Oasis, Netdays, Springday, etc.

During this period as Head of ICT European projects, he is in charge of the Spanish Ministry of Education website about European ICT European Educational Policies, Coordinator of the Spanish National Support Service and member of the European Schoolnet Steering Committee.

Bruce Dixon

Bruce Dixon is the co-founder and president of the Anywhere Anytime Learning Foundation. He has more than 25 years experience working with schools and technology, as a teacher, principal, software developer and an undergraduate college lecturer.

In 1987, Bruce and a partner established an educational technology company, Computelec. As a national company of more than 90 staff, the company was fundamental to the establishment and growth of laptop programs in more than 80 schools across 3 states in Australia, before he sold it in the mid-nineties to focus on consulting.

Since 1995 he has worked extensively in North America, and was in part responsible for developing the 1:1 program there, through the Anytime Anywhere Learning initiative. He consults to schools, School Districts, Education Departments, Ministries of Education as well as technology companies such as Microsoft, HP-Compaq, Apple, Bertelsmann and Toshiba on 1:1 teaching and technology in education. Over the past 3 years, Bruce has consulted in Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, UK and New Zealand, and has been invited to speak at Conferences in Australia, Asia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and North America. Bruce is also director of IdeasLab, Victoria, Australia.

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou

Androulla Vassiliou is currently European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport.

Previously, she served as Commissioner for Health, from February 2008 to end 2009.

Ms Vassiliou studied law and international affairs in London and practiced law in Cyprus for 20 years (1968-1988). During this period she acted as legal advisor to The Standard Chartered Bank and, later, to the Bank of Cyprus.

Before her appointment to the European Commission, Ms Vassiliou was actively involved in politics in her home country, Cyprus. She was twice elected to the Cypriot House of Representatives: in 1996 and 2001 – representing the Movement of United Democrats (affiliated to the European Liberal Democrats and Reform Party ELDR).

As a Cypriot parliamentarian, she was an active member of the European Affairs Committee and represented the Cyprus Parliament to the Convention for the future of Europe as an alternate member.

Androulla Vassiliou was active in the field of international affairs and human rights as a President of the UN Association of Cyprus from 1978 until 1992 and as President of the World Federation of UN Associations from 1991 until 1995. She was unanimously elected Honorary President of the World Federation at the end of her term. Ms Vassiliou was also President of the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women from 1996 until 2000, Vice-President of the ELDR and chairperson of the European Liberal Women’s Network (2001-2006). From 2002 to 2008 she chaired the Board of Trustees of the Bank of Cyprus Oncology centre in Cyprus.

Eugenio Rivière

Eugenio Rivière studied linguistics and worked as a teacher inMadridandBonnbefore joining the European Commission in 1985. At the Education and Culture Directorate General he has been in charge of the eLearning portal and has worked on the design and the management of eTwinning since its inception phase.

Will Ellis

Will Ellis is currently working with European Schoolnet leading the European Commission funded iTEC Project, a four year project that examines the potential classroom of the future. With 27 project partners, including 14 Ministries of Education, iTEC will provide a model for the effective deployment and use of technology in the classroom that can become embedded in all Europe’s schools

Will previously held the post of Senior Manager within Becta, the UK Government Agency responsible for educational technology strategy.  Will oversaw national strategy for learning tools and resources including the Learning Platform Services procurement framework, delivered to support schools purchase VLEs.  Will also held responsibility for the annual BETT Awards which celebrate innovation and quality in learning technologies and led a programme of work on content technical standards including the development of interoperability specifications for interactive whiteboard content, VLEs and resource discovery.

Will started as a science teacher and progressed to the post of Project Manager in the high profile UK Education Ministry ICT Test Bed Project. The project explored and tested new and developing strategies in the use of ICT in education and arguably spearheaded further UK government funded work within England to improve schools use of technology.

Giovanni Biondi

Giovanni Biondi, Chair, European Schoolnet

He has directed for several years the ANSAS (National Agency for the Development of School Autonomy), the former INDIRE (National Institute for the Development of Innovation and Research in Education) until recent time. He has also planned and developed the first databases of the Italian school system. He is the Chair of European Schoolnet

Appointed as a professor in several Italian universities, Mr Biondi has also taught abroad in foreign universities. He has collaborated with numerous research institutes worldwide, such as ETS (USA) and UNESCO, and since 1985 he has also been involved in several international collaborative projects. He has developed as well experimental programmes such as those in automation, based on cd/isis software (UNESCO), while carrying out educational activities for international organizations (FAO)

Govanni Biondi has also an extensive experience in the management of European programmes and projects. In 1985 he became head of the Italian Eurydice Unit; in 1995 he was appointed as director of the Italian Socrates Agency and in 1996 he was among the founders of European Schoolnet…

In 2001, within INDIRE, Mr Biondi designed PuntoEdu, an eLearning environment initially targeting the new recruited teachers, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Education. Since then, the eLearning training environment of PuntoEdu has been implemented involving about 700.000 teachers every year. PuntoEdu has now expanded, becoming one of the largest and interesting eLearning environments in the world.

In 2009, Mr Biondi became Head of Department for the Planning and the Human, Financial and Instrumental Resources in the Italian Ministry of Education.

Giovanni Biondi is also a member of the scientific and directorial committees of several magazines and is the author of lots of publications on ICT in education.

Sergio Rossetti


He was born in Genoa, May 23, 1963, is married and has two children. Since 2003 he was general manager of the association “Chiossone Institute for the blind and partially sighted people” who operates an accreditation scheme RSA psychiatric health, two residences protected / RSA for a total of 152 geriatric beds, a semi-residential center for 15 visually impaired, a disabled RSA 17 beds, two visual rehabilitation centers, one for pediatric, one adult for a total of 160 employees and a turnover of over 8 million.

Previously, from 1993 to 2002 he served as commissioner for social services, health and relationships with local planning and management of health services in the Municipality of Genoa. In the two cycles also had administrative powers to immigration, catering and school transport, problems at work, the prevention of youth problems and school health.

His initial training was at the center of Solidarity of Genoa where he played both the voluntary activities of worker and manager of the center of the field studies and prevention