Speaker bios

Plenary Sessions

R.H. (Bob) Fryer CBE

Born: 15.09.1944, Solihull, Warwickshire.
Current job title: Chair, Campaign for Learning.
Organisation: Campaign for Learning

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Professo783ae281cd50431c9c3de1b8f1ba4b2fr R.H. (Bob) Fryer CBE is now retired from full-time paid employment. He is Chair of the Campaign for Learning UK, a Board member of NIACE, and a Visiting Professor at several British universities.. He is also Learning Advisor to Agilisys and Arch, its subsidiary established to champion an ambitious programme of high quality apprenticeships. Until March 2010 Bob was also a Director of Investors in People UK and, until June 2010, a Non-Executive Main Board Director of Melorio plc.

Bob was formerly Chief Learning Advisor to the Department of Health and National Director for Widening Participation in Learning. Prior to taking up those posts, Bob was the founding Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor Designate of NHSU. In its first full year of operations in 2004-05, NHSU provided learning opportunities and support to 103,000 NHS staff.

Bob was Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Southampton and Director of New College. Between 1999 and 2001, he was on secondment to Ufi as Executive Director and Board member. Before that, Bob was Principal of the Northern College for Residential Adult Education for 15 years. He was a founder member of the national Learning and Skills Council and chaired the UK government’s National Advisory Group for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. He was one of the Commissioners on the NIACE-sponsored Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning.

Bob has published extensively in the fields of trades unionism, industrial relations and adult education. His latest publications include Promises of Freedom: Citizenship, Belonging and Lifelong Learning (2010) and Leadership and Democracy: The History of the national Union of Public Employees (2011, with Stephen Williams).

Bob was awarded a CBE for services to Community Education 1999.


Workshops sessions
Pieter Hogenaad4864095774f0faad82603950af5a9birk is rector of the Helen Parkhurst Dalton School from January 2008 on. Recently he became chair of a national network of schools for internationalization.
Before 2008 was an inspector of education since 2000, with special duties in the field of ICT in education and international collaboration. From 2005-2007 he was chairing the Pedagogical Advisory Group (PAG) of eTwinning. Until 2013 he was chair of the IFIP-Working Group 3.1 on secondary education and involved in a number of Dutch, European (eTwinning) and Unesco projects. From 1988 he was project manager of more than 100 projects on ICT in education. In 1997 he was appointed as process manager for integrating ICT in education on behalf of the Dutch Government.


Dr Conor G043ff1bf979949a3ba6c58aeb0586e21alvin is a University Lecturer & Researcher at UCD Dublin College of Human Sciences where he works on various education, development practice, ICT and research programmes. He regularly speaks at conferences and events in Ireland and Europe on the information society, education policy, the politics of education, new literacies, and technology enhanced learning.
Recently, he has keynoted Media & Learning, IADIS e-Society, LILAC, eTwinning, British Council, Apple Education and Microsoft Innovative School events. His research interests include the politics of professionalism, literacy in an information age, technology enhanced learning, and the impact of new and emerging technology on learning and society.
Dr Galvin is the Coordinator for the Global Classroom strands of the UCD Masters in Development Practice programme – a unique, co-awarded programme with Trinity College Dublin – which has been developed in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation and Columbia University, New York.
He also contributes to peace support education programmes at the UN School Ireland (UNTSI) where he directs field exercises for both humanitarian and military personnel preparing for PSO deployment.Dr Galvin holds The President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UCD Dublin. Before joining UCD Dublin he worked at University of Wales Swansea and University of Cambridge, England.


With he086ff5b23294046ba854a428485bbc5er company kommweit® Bettina Zeidler works as an education adviser, trainer, coach, facilitator and author. With her company kommweit, she supports official organizations, schools and companies in setting up processes as well as in developing skills in management and communication. Within eTwinning, she has been acting as an expert on intercultural collaboration, communication and creativity right from its beginnings and was part of the Pedagogigal Advisory Group (PAG).Her competence is based on more than 20 years of practical experience in national and international education projects, trainings, facilitation and coaching.
In the field of schools, her main topics are school and team development, intercultural communication und cooperation, conflict management, creativity and humor. On her way, she has been inspired by arts, music and theatre. From 2001 to 2002 Bettina worked as a project manager for public private partnership projects within the e-nitiative.nrw – Netzwerk für Bildung (today: Stiftung Partner für Schule). Also, she worked as a free-lance education adviser. As program director she was in charge of establishing the media academy “Medienakademie Köln” on behalf of the “Bertelsmann Stiftung” between 1998 and 2000.After her studies in linguistics and technical translation (English, French, electrical and mechanical engineering) at University of Hildesheim, she worked for the IT department of the Bertelsmann AG between 1990 and 1998. First as project manager in international projects (USA and France), then as adviser, trainer and facilitator. In addition, she was in charge of the internal communication, chief editor of an employees’ magazine and initiated the first intranet and company theatre.

Important steps at a glance:
09/2002: Foundation of kommweit® – kommunikation und weiterbildung
01/2001 – 09/2002: e-nitiative.nrw – Manager for Public Private Partnership Projects
08/1998 – 09/2000: Medienakademie Köln, Bertelsmann Stiftung – start up and programme director
02/1990 – 08/1998: Bertelsmann AG – Manager for education projects and internal communication; project management, facilitation, training and consulting in France and the US
1988 – 1989: Blackwood Hodge Ltd. – project manager, Northhampton, England
1987 – 1988: Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft e. V. – interpreter for delegations
1983 – 1988: Study of lingustics, English and French, mechanical and electrical engineering


87b6701bdfa74c8abc6136c5f39a2e54Marta Hunya PhD is a senior researcher at the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development. She has been doing projects related to renewing the traditional methods of teaching. She lead an R+D project called eLEMER which resulted in an on-line self evaluation tool for schools. The English version can be tested athttp://ikt.ofi.hu/english/, it shows how ICT can be used to improve the school.
She was involved in several EUN projects like Celebrate and was a member of the Pedagogical Advisory Group for eTwinning for three years. She was also responsible for the ESSIE survey in Hungary.


riinaRiina Vuorikari works in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in Europe since 2000. Her areas of interest range from pedagogical  innovation to school collaboration, networks and to systems that  support social learning opportunities. Dr. Vuorikari also holds degrees in Education (M.Ed) and hypermedia (DEA). She is self-employed and contributes to the field as an academic. Since 2007, she has worked in various roles with and in eTwinning. Find more at www.riinavuorikari.net

4 thoughts on “Speaker bios

  1. Good morning,
    is it possible to listen/view the Professor Fryer’s contribution to the Conference again?
    If yes, how and where, please?
    Thank you
    Susanna Serpe

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