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Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers are still being confirmed and will include voices from the compulsory schooling and tertiary sectors as well as international and vocational contexts. 

Derek Wenmoth

Derek is regarded as one of NZ education’s foremost Future Focused thinkers in education. He works extensively with schools and clusters as they seek to prepare students for their future. He also consults with policy makers and government agencies regarding the future directions of NZ educational policy and practice. In recognition of his work, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation that recognizes individuals making a difference in education.​​

Derek has been a teacher, principal, teacher educator, distance educator, e-learning specialist and education policy adviser. In 2003 he co-founded CORE Education, a not-for-profit education research and development organisation based in Christchurch, New Zealand, a position he stepped aside from in 2017 to allow a new generation of leaders to take the reins, and to enable him to pursue his interest in developing FutureMakers. 

Derek is regularly invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally, and maintains a blog on matters relating to education and the future and that can be found here: http://www.wenmoth.net

Asha Kenwar

Professor Asha Singh Kanwar, one of the world’s leading advocates of learning for sustainable development, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning. Throughout a career spanning over 35 years, she has made outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, research and international development. Professor Kanwar's areas of expertise include open, distance and technology-enabled learning, open educational resources, quality assurance, gender and organisational development.

Professor Kanwar has written and edited a dozen books, published over 100 papers and articles, and delivered numerous keynotes at prestigious international conferences. Currently, she serves on the boards of several organisations, including the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies and Education (IITE).

Professor Kanwar won several international awards, including the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Prize of Excellence, and the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions in open and distance education from the Asian Association of Open Universities. She has been conferred eight honorary doctorates from Universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Gilly Salmon

Professor Gilly Salmon PhD, PFHEA, NTF is founder and CEO of Education Alchemists ​Ltd - a company formed around her life's work including Carpe Diem learning design methodology, pedagogical transformation, online teaching, Education 4.0, technology enhanced learning, the 5 stage model and e-tivities.

Learning, with and through technological enhancements, now operates in a landscape unrecognisable only months ago. Gilly Salmon sets off on journeys to the near and further futures… and what they have to offer us for online education. She offers suggestions for enhanced and direct pathways, and for those less travelled. Choose your own routes: steppingstones or huge jumps for you.


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