Dr. Anne Looney is Chief Executive of the NCCA.
Anne is from Dublin. A former post-primary teacher of Religious Education and English, she joined the full-time staff of the NCCA in 1997 and was appointed CEO in 2001. She was reappointed to the post in 2011. Anne holds a Doctorate in Education from the Institute of Education of the University of London.
She has published on curriculum and assessment policy, school culture and ethos, and religious education and has presented papers in Ireland, north and south, in the US, Canada Australia and China on a range of curriculum and assessment themes and on issues of school reform.
Anne Gilleran has many years experience in education as a guidance counsellor, teacher, school principal and teacher trainer. She has extensive experience in Information Communication Technology in Education both at in practice and research, and is currently part of the pedagogical team for eTwinning, and project coordinator of the European School Leaders Network (ESLN). She has also coordinated EUN’s Virtual School and the European Network of Innovative Schools (ENIS) networks. In relation to these positions Anne has been brought into direct contact with the teachers, head teachers and policymakers in education throughout Europe.
Anne has also carried out or been involved in a number of educational research and development programmes in EUN surrounding emerging issues in education in Europe such as eWatch, VALNET and OASIS, which have brought her into direct contact with over 400 schools across Europe. She represented the European School Heads Association (ESHA) on an expert’s panel for the European Commission in the area of ICT in Education.
Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology (University College Dublin)
Master Letters / research degree (Trinity College Dublin)
Master of Science in Information Technology in Education (Trinity College Dublin)
Higher Diploma in Education (University College Dublin)
Diploma in Counselling (University College Dublin)
Certificate in Computer Science (City and Guilds, London)
Mother tongue: English
Foreign languages: Excellent French, knowledge of Italian & Spanish
Adam Pokorny studied literature, languages and philosophy in the UK before joining the Department for Education in London, where between 1990 and 2001 he worked on dossiers including further education reform, education finance, school curriculum and examinations, and teachers’ pay reform, as well as spending a couple of years running the private office of the Minister of State.
He was seconded to the European Commission 1995-1998, where he worked on the Erasmus Programme. From 2001 he moved to Brussels and worked for the European Commission on the preparation and negotiation of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the coordination of education and training policy, and, since 2007, on school policy cooperation and the implementation of the Comenius Programme.
Specialist in public policy analysis in education, comparative education and knowledge-based policy-making, Patricia Wastiau is currently working as Principal Adviser for Studies and Development at European Schoolnet. Since she has joined EUN, the main studies she has coordinated (also acting as author in many cases) are related to the use of digital games in the classroom for teaching and learning purposes.
Previously she worked for 10 years at Eurydice (the information network on education in Europe), becoming end of 2001 Director of the Eurydice European unit and coordinator of the whole network of national units based in the ministries in charge of education, specialising in comparative analysis of education systems and policies.
Patricia Wastiau has also extensive experience of leading and/or participating to European Union research projects and programmes (Socrates, LLP, FP6 and 7 programmes). She also participated to several committees and expert meetings implemented by OECD, UNESCO, Council of Europe, Cedefop, etc. in the field of education.
Marc Durando has over 20 years experience in the field of education and training, both at European and national level. Since 1983 he worked in the education and training area, where after 5 years of activities in the field of continuing education for enterprises he developed specific expertise in the area of European cooperation in the field of education and training. He occupied successively the post of Director of the COMETT Technical Assistance Office and the SOCRATES&YOUTH Technical Assistance Office. At the end of 1998 he joined the Pôle Universitaire Européen de Lorraine where he developed European projects in the field of education and training and provided consultancy services in the area of European cooperation in education and training (he has run for the Commission the Maths Sciences and Technology cluster in 2005/2006).
Since September 2006, Marc Durando joined the European Schoolnet network as Executive Director of EUN. As a network of 31 MoE, European Schoolnet provides its member Ministries with in-depth analysis of the state of play of ICT in education acrossEurope. It also facilitates peer learning activities between Ministries of Education in key areas such as development of digital learning resources, standardisation, impact of ICT in schools, use and impact of interactive whiteboards and 21st Century digital skills for teachers and pupils. EUN thus provides a platform where all Ministries can define together the agenda for the future development of ICT in education and exchange policy and practice. In addition, European Schoolnet provides a unique space for collaborative teaching and learning for any teacher or school in Europe.
Marc Durando is responsible for the overall strategy, operation and development of all activities of the EUN Office. Originally trained as an engineer, he has been consistently leading and involved in science education projects at EU level. Marc Durando has developed some skills and competences in the field of European cooperation in education and training and more specifically with regard to several aspects of education and training, such as: higher education management, assessment of projects, programmes and initiatives, adult education and lifelong learning, development of elearning, ICT innovation in secondary schools, the image and attractivity of vocational education and training, collaboration between education and industry, promoting science and technology with young people through education.
Managing Director USR Liguria
Modern Literature Degree – History course University of Perugia (110/110 cum laude)
Thesis publication: History of the Renaissance
Two-year post-graduate degree in Science and History of Italian Literature. University of Urbino
Qualify Teacher Status Lower Secondary School Literacy teacher (100/100)
Upper Secondary School Reform: Participant/Coordinator Member of national and regional committees/working groups to implement the vocational and educational training system particularly in Technical High Schools: focus on evaluation, quality assurance and guidance in education.
Publications: Articles on education and training, school autonomy, school-work balance, orientation, organizational models and management policies, quality, adult education, published in national and regional magazines.
Emanuele Fidora is the Director General for the Statistic and Information Technology of the Italian Minister of Education. In this position he manages the National Digital School Plan which is a Italian Government’s framework programme to provide schools with new technologies aiming to reach significant change in teaching and learning methods.
His previous work positions and experience include Cabinet Assistant Chief of the Honorable Minister of Education, Chief Operating Officer of the Legislative Department of the Ministry of Education, and Tributary officer dealing with tax verification.
Dr. Riina Vuorikari has worked in European Schoolnet (EUN) since 2000. She deals with a wide variety of issues ranging from digital learning resources, web 2.0 issues such as tagging and social networks to e-learning interoperability and metadata, as well as school collaboration.
Her current job description is divided between project management, and research and evaluation. She is a project manager of a large-scale project directly collaborating with industry (Acer-European Schoolnet’s educational netbook pilot, www.netbooks.eun.org), implementing and evaluating the educational use of more than 8000 netbooks in six European countries. She also manages Lifelong Learning projects such as Teachers’ Lifelong Learning Network (www.tellnet.eun.org) using visualisation techniques, Social Network Analysis (SNA) and prospective scenario building exercises to better understand informal learning networks, and Quality Network for a European Learning Resource Exchange (www.eqnet.eun.org). Dr. Vuorikari contributes to the monitoring of eTwinning (www.etwinning.net).
Dr. Vuorikari completed her doctoral thesis in November 2009 under the auspice of the Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS). She studied as an external doctoral student in the CELSTEC, in the Open University of the Netherlands. Her post-graduate studies were completed at the University of Paris 8, France, in Hypermedia resulting in a diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA). Her first degree is Master of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Joensuu, Finland (Savonlinna Department of Teacher Education) with a Minors in Media Education.
Leonardo Tosi works as researcher for the Italian national institute for documentation, innovation and research in education (ANSAS-INDIRE). He graduated from the University of Florence in Economics and Education Science and continued Post Degree studies in “E-learning and blended learning”, “Online educational design”, “Content management for online learning environments”, with a First Level Master’s Degree in “Digital Writing”. He teaches in the First level University Master “E-tutor in online learning environments”. After an experience in the consumer-IT business sector in Italian and international companies he took up a professional career in the educational field starting his research and project management activity for the “Education and Training” department of INDIRE focusing on ICT, pedagogy and school leadership. He works on training and professional development projects addressed at school Teachers and Head Masters promoting innovation and change through the integration of ICT in the school system. He published articles on following topics: instructional models and online learning environments, Multimedia and digital resources, ICT and professional development, Interactive Whiteboards and new teaching methods.