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Charles Sosnik

Charles Sosnik is Editor at (ET) Magazine.

Robert Iskander

Robert Iskander is a global business transformation leader passionate about leveraging technology to improve the quality of life for all, with a special focus on K-12 education and was nominated as one of the Top 100 EdTech Influencers in 2017 by EdTech Magazine. Prior to his current role as CEO at GG4L, Robert had several corporate leadership roles over the past 30 years, including General Manager of Sun Microsystems in the Middle East and Global Director of Education at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle).

Charlie Warhaftig

Charlie Warhaftig is CEO at SBA Global Consulting.

Sal Gerardo

Sal Gerardo is Chairman of Value Spring Computing.

Steve Grubbs

Steve Grubbs is the CEO and co-founder of VictoryXR. As the son of a school teacher, he learned early in life the value of education. He is a former state legislator from the State of Iowa who served as chair of the House Education Committee and authored the first statewide technology funding bill.

Claire Quinn

Claire Quinn is Chief Privacy Officer & Head of the KPA Program, CIPP/e at PRIVO. She is a subject matter expert (SME) specializing in COPPA, GDPR, Student Digital Privacy and child safety in the digital world. She has worked closely with major well-known child directed brands, third party service providers, moderation companies, CEOP and US law enforcement. Claire also works directly with regulators including the FTC and EU data protection authorities and has more than 25 years’ experience in the media industry.

Karl Rectanus

Karl Rectanus is an educator and high-growth serial entrepreneur committed to expanding equitable outcomes through systemic change. As the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of LearnPlatform, a for-benefit research organization, he leads a team of educators, researchers and technologists committed to expanding access for all students to the tools and teaching that work best for them.

James Stoffer

James Stoffer is the Chief Executive Officer at Abre.io where he focuses on leading company growth, operations, and talent strategies. He has spent his entire career in the education industry, most recently at DreamBox Learning, successfully leading sales, customer experience, and business operations. Prior to DreamBox he also held leadership positions at Hobsons and MasteryConnect. His passion is helping scale social impact companies focused on improving the lives and futures of students and educators throughout the world. He has an MBA from Xavier University and BS in Marketing from Clemson University.

Todd Wirt

Dr. Wirt served as the Superintendent of Orange County Schools (NC) where he created a culture of data-use resulting in improved student outcomes and the successful implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Dr. Wirt also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Academics at North Carolina’s Wake County Schools, the 15th largest school district in the nation. During his time in Wake, Dr. Wirt oversaw the strategic vision and direction for the district’s instructional framework and pedagogical approach, and was a key contributor to the attainment of district goals.

Garrett Smiley

Garrett Smiley is the Founder and CEO of Sora Schools, a revolutionary online private middle and high school that’s completely revolutionizing how students learn and achieve. Garrett is a brilliant education innovator and a wealth of information on all things online education, education tech, non-traditional education, the future of education, school choice, student development (personally and academically), skills-based learning, career exploration education, and so much more.

Angelo Biasi

Angelo Biasi is a recently exited and serial EdTech entrepreneur-turned-coach. He is passionate about helping business leaders, committed to change, scale their businesses efficiently while reaching their personal and professional potential. Learn more at www.angelobiasi.com

Ted Willard

Ted Willard is currently the Senior Subject Matter Expert in Science for Discovery Education and assisted in the development of the new Discovery Education Science Techbook for Texas.

Jamie Candee

Jamie Candee is CEO of Edmentum, a digital curriculum provider, and has extensive experience in educational technology, private equity, and policy.

Jonathan Kendrick

Jonathan Kendrick is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the ROKiT Group of Companies. As a serial entrepreneur, Jonathan began his business career through securing the European rights to then-unknown Yokohama tires brand (which, having successfully brought to market, he sold back to Yokohama).

Recognizing, early on, the enormous potential of the mobile industry, Jonathan founded ROK to create the technology to simplify the process of pre-paid vouchers for mobile phones. Jonathan sold ROK’s electronic voucher technology to a leading mobile industry player in 2002, while still retaining the ROK brand – which he re-launched with co-founder, fellow entrepreneur, John Paul DeJoria, founder of Paul Mitchell line of hair products and Patron Tequila. Over the next decade Jonathan began to focus on the telecommunications world by providing mobile television to network providers around the world. In 2007 Jonathan streamed the world’s first live music concert over mass-market 2.5G via GPRS to mobile and was streamed across a 4-hour period, live and exclusive, to mobile operator AIS’s ROK TV service. Due to the success in Thailand it led to the formation of ROK TV. ROK TV deployed in over 50 countries by 2013. Partners included China mobile, AIS Thailand, Telenor in Pakistan, American Movil in Latin America, Celcom in Malaysia, and the world’s first free tv mobile service offered globally called Freebe tv.xa

Jeannette M E Lee Parikh

Jeannette M E Lee Parikh, PhD, is the assistant editor for Intrepid Ed News as well as the chair of the English department and head of community reading at The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW). Before CSW, where she has been since the fall of 2010, she taught at the college level for six years. She is an ISTE Certified Teacher and OER advocate. She is an experienced practitioner of integrating department-wide academic technology that serves pedagogical and curriculum goals. Her teaching philosophy exists at the intersection of the science of learning and cultivating creative thinking, joy, curiosity, playfulness, and self-awareness in all learners. She has presented at conferences on the importance of deep reading, critical listening, authentic discussion, and strategic writing in the 21st-century classroom.

John Kelly

John Kelly is the owner and general director of a boutique Kinder and Primary school in Mexico City, at the forefront of educational innovation. In addition to his role in the school, he also works as a Metaverse and VR consultant, collaborating with schools and educational companies worldwide. Colegio Ikigai has earned the distinction of being recognized as the first school in Mexico to embrace the Metaverse, and their teaching methodology draws inspiration from the Phenomenon Based learning principles pioneered in Finland.

As an empathetic and intuitive leader, Kelly places great importance on fostering collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills within the educational system. He is driven by a desire to create a positive impact in the world through the kindness with which he connects with people on a daily basis. He take great pleasure in developing transformative educational projects that shape a new breed of learners, equipped to navigate the complexities and challenges of the future.

Eric Pulier

As CEO & Founder of Vatom, Eric Pulier works to provide everyone access to the Vatom Metaverse Platform so creators and brands can realize unlimited creative and financial opportunities.

In 2015, Pulier envisioned a new world of human interaction and empowerment made possible by a better NFT. He saw beyond the mere dynamic art objects in the space, and proposed non-fungible tokens on blockchains that would come alive with 3D graphics, animation, sound, and programmability. This NFT would move seamlessly between AR & VR, change state based on external events, be redeemable and collectable, and help usher in the future of online engagement and commerce. He called this object a “Vatom,” short for “virtual atom,” which became the very first Smart NFT. Today, Vatom Smart NFTs are the most widely used NFTs, with 40 million created and distributed by some of the world’s largest companies, including Verizon, Unilever, P&G, Nestle, State Farm, iHeartRadio, and PepsiCo.

Ken Spero

Ken Spero is CEO of SchoolSims (formerly Ed Leadership SIMS), whose objective is to use computer based simulation to build resilience, leadership skills, and decision-making capacity in large numbers of Educators and Administrators. He has been in the simulation field for more than 30 years focusing on how to capture and deploy experience in an efficient and scalable manner to enable the adage that “Experience is the Best Teacher.” Ken earned his MBA from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Education Innovation, a national school superintendent think tank driving change in education, and the creator of the Supes’ Choice Awards for ed-tech companies.

Keith R. Kreuger

Keith Krueger is the CEO of CoSN.

Ann Lee Flynn

Ann Lee Flynn, Ed.D. is the CEO of Flynn Strategies, LLC. She has spent 30 years working at the intersection of policy and practice to support K-12 school and industry leaders. As the National School Boards Association’s Director of Education Innovation, Flynn oversaw membership programs, site visits, events, and established the “20 to Watch” and Technology Innovation Showcase recognition programs for emerging leaders and start-up companies. She focused on innovative approaches for teaching and learning, administrative practices, communications, and digital equity.

Flynn is a past President of the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training (NCTET) and has been active with the edtech industry DOLS for more than 20 years. In 2014, she was honored as one of the 30 Top Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education where she is currently a Senior Fellow.

Glenn Kleiman

Glenn Kleiman is a Senior Advisor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where his work focuses on the potential of AI to enhance teaching and learning.

Cornelius N. Grove

Cornelius N. Grove, Ed.D., is an independent ethnologist of education. His most recent book is How Other Children Learn: What Five Traditional Societies Tell Us about Parenting and Children’s Learning. Visit this book’s website at www.howotherchildrenlearn.info.

Joel Backon

Joel Backon is a retired Educator, Editor and Writer who supports educators doing brave and interesting work, and writers telling the truth. He spent twenty-seven years in independent school education and fifteen years in the graphic arts industry. Joel is currently dedicated to moving educators forward.

Katie Boody Adorno

Katie Boody Adorno is the CEO and Founder of LeanLab Education. She is currently focused on new product development, education research, technology and helping mission driven, impact and research focused EdTech products achieve scale. Strategic planning, community building and the intersections of education, innovation, community organizing and entrepreneurship are what gets her going. Reach her at katie@leanlabeducation.org. Follow @katieboody

Colin Gillespie

In January 2019, Colin joined The Renaissance Network as Chief Operating Officer. In partnership with CEO Lisa Sacchetti, he is tasked with setting and driving the organization’s vision and long-term strategy to build world-class teams in innovative education organizations. He acts to steward the strategic plan while designing and leading organization-wide goal setting, performance management, and annual operating planning to accommodate the organization’s rapid growth.

Kiran Kodithala

Kiran Kodithala is a technology leader and a seasoned expert in the field of educational technology. As the founder and CEO of N2N Services Inc. since 2010, Kiran has been at the forefront of driving innovation in higher education through technology. With a career spanning over 25 years dedicated to the sector, he has established himself as a pivotal figure in transforming how educational institutions leverage technology for better outcomes. Under Kiran’s leadership, N2N Services Inc. has grown to become a leading integrator providing cutting-edge solutions to the challenges faced by educational institutions. His passion for integrating technology into education has led to the development of transformative products like Illuminate and LightLeap.ai. These innovative platforms embody his commitment to harnessing the power of AI and secure data integration to revolutionize educational institutions globally.

Lee D. Lambert

Lee D. Lambert is Chancelor of Foothill- De Anza Community College District. Lambert is a visionary leader who has served as a senior- level community college executive for more than two decades.

Prior to Foothill-De Anza, Lambert served as chancellor of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, where he led a transformation of the college into Centers of Excellence in applied technology, health care, hospitality, information technology and cybersecurity, public safety, and the arts.

Lambert is a dynamic advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, student success, and community engagement. He also believes and invests in employee professional development and growth to better serve students and the community.

Advisory Board

Member

Robyn D. Shulman

Robyn D. Shulman is a writer, editor, educator and the Growth Marketing Manager for Summit K12 – where we empower learners and support teachers in the ESL/Bilingual and Dual Language Field. In 2018, Robyn won LinkedIn’s Top Voice, and is a former contributor to Forbes, where she covered education and entrepreneurship.

Robert Iskander

Robert Iskander is a global business transformation leader passionate about leveraging technology to improve the quality of life for all, with a special focus on K-12 education and was nominated as one of the Top 100 EdTech Influencers in 2017 by EdTech Magazine. Prior to his current role as CEO at GG4L, Robert had several corporate leadership roles over the past 30 years, including General Manager of Sun Microsystems in the Middle East and Global Director of Education at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle).

Adam Geller

Adam Geller is Founder and CEO of Edthena, and one of LinkedIn’s top education voices.

Victor Rivero

Victor Rivero is editor and publisher at EdTech Digest.

Daylene Long

Daylene Long is the founder of Catapult X, a market and product development agency that consults exclusively with STEM EdTech Providers to catapult them forward using data-informed insights.

Olli Vallo

Olli Vallo is CEO of Education Alliance Finland.

Stephen Wakefield

Stephen Wakefield is SVP at Discovery Education.

Sal Gerardo

Sal Gerardo is Chairman of Value Spring Computing.

Charlie Warhaftig

Charlie Warhaftig is CEO at SBA Global Consulting.

Jim Snyder

Jim Snyder is Director of Community Engagement and Marketing at Quality Matters

Kevin Dorsey

Kevin Dorsey Ed.D. is Solutions Engineer at Beacon and Host of Dr. D. and ET, the official podcast of ET Magazine.

Eileen Belastock

Eileen Belastock is CEO of Belastock Consulting.

Michael Forshaw

Michael Forshaw is CEO of EdTech Impact.

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