Selected speeches, talks, and presentations

This page includes selected recorded presentations of recent talks that I have been invited to present for LSi, the Geneva Learning Foundation, and the Scholar Partnership.

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The Geneva Learning Foundation Dialogue on learning, leadership, and impact

We opened up the first Dialogue on 28 March 2021 to include real-world challenges, successes, and lessons learned from over 150 that were submitted by invitees. Those we discussed include:

  • Children adapting to digital learning in Lebanon during the COVID-19 period with involvement of girls actually increasing because of the use of digital technology.
  • How to deal with resistance against peer-supported learning in pyramid organizational hierarchy.
  • Bringing a single digital infrastructure for data collection across a global network.

The digital transformation of learning, education, and training (LET) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Presentation at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) workshop organized by the Geneva Learning Foundation, Geneva (forthcoming, 12 June 2017).

Remote partnerships in the Digital Transformation. Presentation at the workshop “Re-thinking Remote Partnerships: Exploring a new approach to the significant challenges of partnering long-distance”organized by the Partnership Brokers Association, British Red Cross, Partnership Resource Centre (Erasmus University, Netherlands), and Action Against Hunger, Trigonos, Wales (25 January 2017).

#DigitalFacilitator: how to strengthen facilitation skills in fragile contexts. Presentation and workshop organized in partnership with War Child Lebanon, Beirut (19–22 January 2017).

School of Project Management for global health: The Scholar Approach. Presentation to the World Health Organization Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCE), Geneva (3 November 2016).

Meeting of the minds: Rethinking our assumptions about the superiority of face-to-face encounters Swiss Knowledge Management Forum, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, 8 September 2016).).

Learn as you work: A practical method to strengthen informal and incidental learning. Presentation at the Center for Humanitarian Research and Action’s Humanitarian Distance Learning program (4 November 2015).

OECD Academy business plan (7 October 2015). Presentation to OECD senior managers of two years of research and analysis in consultation with LSi’s business modeling braintrust of 15 global education business leaders.

Google Education Moonshot Summit. Participant in invitation-only, special event that convened “innovative teachers and education leaders from around the world to design EDU moonshot projects that move education forward” (Amsterdam, 21 July 2015).

Disruptive change in education: choose your own adventure. Presentation at the Online Learning Summit of UK NGOs (London, 16 June 2015)

The design of a learning system to teach analysis and critical thinking for humanitarians. Presentation to the First International Forum on Humanitarian Online Training (IFHOLT) hosted by the University of Geneva (Geneva, 12 June 2015).

Online learning 101 for humanitarian managers and decision makers. Presentation to the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) (22 September 2014).

Complexity and scale in learning: a quantum leap to sustainability. Scaling corporate learning online symposium (18-19 June 2014). Co-organizer (with George Siemens) and presenter.

How scale can transform learning strategy for humanitarian and development organizations. People In Aid Learning & development network (London, 13 March 2014).

Scaling up humanitarian education. 2nd European MOOC Summit (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 12-13 February 2014). Presenter and organizer of breakout session on MOOCs for NGOs.

Power of Humanity, Power of Education. Presentation at the AIESEC Youth 2 Business Forum, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (20 August 2013).

Wicked Problem Solving: Epic Boot Camp. Keynote presentation and three-hour workshop with Roch Parayre (Executive Education Fellow, The Wharton School) and Samantha Howland (Senior Managing Partner, Decision Strategies International) for an audience of 150 Chief Learning Officers from Fortune 500 companies. Global Leadership Congress (University of Pennsylvania, April 21-23 2013).