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 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.
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.
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
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
- Doctor Degree in Philosophy at Catholic University of Milan, Italy
- From 16/6/2009 to current date Director General of the Regional Education Authority forLombardy, Ministry of Educaion
- From 2002 to 2009 Director of the Local Education Authority inBrescia
- From 1998 to 2002 Inspector at the Regional Education Authority forLombardy. In the year2000 incharge of the Dept. for the Development of School Autonomy, subsequently responsible for the ICT Department.
- From 1982 to 1998 occupied the post of PRINCIPAL at theStateUpper Secondary School“Astolfo Lunardi” in Brescia
- Since 2005 temporary positions held as a professor of Educational Research Methodology at the Faculty of Education Sciences of theCatholicUniversityinBrescia
- temporary positions held as a professor of Public Law and School Legislation in the postgraduate courses run by theCatholicUniversityinBresciafrom 2002 to 2004.
- Member of the Executive Board “Centro Formativo Provinciale Giuseppe Zanardelli” special training agency for theprovinceof Brescia
- Lecturer at a number of conferences and training seminars organized by different institutions at local, regional and national levels on topics such as school management, innovation in the education field, school autonomy, work-related learning and apprenticeship programmes and revision of local curriculum.
- Speaker at international seminars held in English and French regarding The Italian school system, the impact of changes on the Italian school System that are currently being enforced and the new challenges ahead.
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.