RewirEd Summit Agenda


High-Level Panel: RewirEd Summit Opening Plenary

Opening Remarks:

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy

Minister of State for International Cooperation, UAE

Video Message:

Audrey Azoulay

Director-General, UNESCO


H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone


Henrietta Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF

Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth

Robert E Moritz

Chairman, PwC International

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO


High-Level Thematic Opening: Youth, Skills & the Future of Work

Restless Development Youth Researchers reflect on the learnings and recommendations coming out of their global youth survey, in conversation with three global leaders.


H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui

Minister of State for Youth

3 Youth Researchers

In conversation with three global leaders reflecting on the outcomes and recommendations from youth-led global research


Srijani Datta

Climate Activist and Youth Researcher, Restless Development

Purity Musatila

Youth Advocate and Youth Researcher, Restless Development

Mahendra Phagwah

Education and Disability Rights Activist and Youth Researcher, Restless Development

Moderators: Alice Mukashyaka, Advocacy Manager for Livelihoods and Education, Restless Development
Inés Yábar, Senior Global Campaigns Coordinator, Restless Development


The Future of Learning: Rewiring Education


Dr. Christoph Meinel

Director & CEO
The Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering

Florian Hoffman

Founder and CEO
The Do Group

Sarmad Khan

Board Director
Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)

Fiorenza Lipparini

Co-Founder, PlusValue (Virtual)

Moderator: Shaima AlQassab, Business Development & Strategy - GP at Siemens Energy Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


How to Skill the Workforce for Sustainable, Gender Equal Tourism

Tourism has a strong track record in youth employment and entrepreneurship. Hard-hit by COVID-19, a structural transformation is now needed for a responsible, sustainable, and resilient tourism economy, where young men and women find fulfilling and dignifying work. This session discusses forward-looking solutions for skilling for sustainable, gender equal tourism.

Essie Gardner

Director, GTTP Jamaica

Aura Lopez

Strategic Education Advisor
Education for Development, VVOB

Carmen Nibigira

Key Tourism and Workplace Learning Expert
GIZ Hanga Ahazaza Project

Somaly Hout

Professional Chef
Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia

Moderator: Anna Carmen Murru, Partnership Manager, VVOB Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)

RewirEd Systems Map Masterclass: Mapping Challenges and Opportunities in Education

In this masterclass, Radicle will provide an insightful overview of the RewirEd Systems Map journey and provide the audience with an interactive walk-through of the RewirEd Systems Map. Join us for a guided opportunity to interact with the map & get ready to unearth new thinking in education!


Eunji Kang

Strategic Design Lead, Radicle

Eunsoo Lee

Strategic Designer, Radicle

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

UNESCO Global Coordination Meeting

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


High-Level Panel: The power of public, private, youth partnerships to drive impact with and for young people

The panel will highlight the critical role of partnerships, including private/public sector, innovative partnerships for social impact, as well as the contribution of young people themselves in driving skilling opportunities and ultimately rebuilding economies and societies. The Passport to Earning initiative will be showcased as part of the session.


Alan Jope

CEO, Unilever

Robert E Moritz

Chairman, PwC

Omar Abdi

Deputy Executive Director, Programmes, UNICEF

Kate Behncken

Vice President and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft

Andrea Remes

CEO & Co-Founder, Erandi Aprende

Moderator: Kevin Frey, CEO, Generation Unlimited

Digital Skills for Future Jobs


Martin Giesswein

Faculty Member for Digital Economy, Leadership and Innovation, WU Executive Academy

Tomi Järvinen

Deputy Executive Director, Finn Church Aid

J.C Muyonjo

Musical Artist

Caroline Njuki

Chief Technical Advisor, ILO PROSPECTS Kenya

Moderator: Chris Maclay, Director of Youth Employment, Mercy Corps Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


How can we prepare young people for green jobs? Emerging skills needs and innovative educational approaches

In response to the global challenges caused by climate change, environmental degradation and lack of access to clean energy, many countries are transitioning to a more sustainable pathway. The shift to a green economy has resulted in the creation of new jobs and the greening of many existing occupations as well as a growing need for green entrepreneurs. This session will explore formal and non-formal educational approaches for meeting the emerging skills demands.


Samah Elsayed

Programme Officer - Renewable Energy Education and Skills, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Abdullah Khair

Manager of Strategic and Global Partnerships, Student Energy

Vivek Singh

Head of Portfolio – Employment & Entrepreneurship, IKEA Foundation (virtual)

Moderator: Michael Renner Programme Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


The role of assessment and certification in building more resilient and equitable futures

A huge amount of evidence underpins the idea that assessment is a critical part of the educational process. Done properly, it supports learning, creates useful accountability, and enables certification to unlock the next stages of education or employment.

However, the recent Covid-19 created disruption has also shone a spotlight on the limitations and resilience of traditional high-stake examinations, and accelerated the dialogue on how best to evolve assessments and certification.

This panel will consider some of the critical questions regarding the role assessment and certification play in creating more resilient and equitable futures for all learners.


Dr. Hanan Khalifa

Director of Education Reform & Impact, Cambridge Assessment

Mervi Jansson-Aalto

CEO, Omnia Education Partnerships (virtual)

Raya Bidshahri

CEO and Founder, School of Humanity

Sallyann Della Casa

Founder and Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC

Moderator: Jane Mann Managing Director, Cambridge Partnership for Education Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Re-imagining Tertiary Education: Going Beyond Tweaking

Tertiary education (both TVET & Higher Education) has proven to be central to economic, societal and personal development. Despite this, tertiary enrolment rates have seen the slowest growth in regions with some of the largest growing youth populations, threatening further inequality across countries. How can we develop resilient and accessible tertiary education systems for a more equitable future?


Fred Swaniker

Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group


HE Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology & Higher Education, Portugal

Ibrahim Safadi

Founder & CEO, Luminus Education

Jeff Maggioncalda

CEO, Coursera

Financial Capability: A Critical Skill for Youth Today and in the Future

JA Worldwide and HSBC have partnered to develop an innovative, skills-based financial-capability curriculum. The program is designed with scalability in mind by allowing options for in-class, virtual, or independent learning. The panel discussion examines the distinct differences between financial literacy and financial capability and offers deeper insights into the importance of building a financially capable generation.


Dr. Gus Schmedlen

President and Chief Revenue Officer, Merlyn Mind

Carolyn Bassett

Vice President, Global Development, JA Worldwide

Dominique El Azzi Ghazar

Senior Sustainability Manager, Future Skills Lead - Europe and the Middle East at HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Moderator: Dr. Asheesh Advani, President and CEO, JA Worldwide Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Transforming Education: A Route to Helping Young People Adapt to Climate Change

This interactive session will draw upon research findings from Uganda showcasing the impact of climate disruptions on young people’s livelihoods, their adaptations and resilience. The session will further explore the need for radical changes in education as a route to greater climate resilience and effective adaptation to the climate crisis.


Pauline Rose

Professor, University of Cambridge (Virtual)

Dr. Anna Barford

Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Anthony Mugeere

Lecturer, Makerere University

Peace Mbeiza

Youth Researcher, Restless Development

Mollen Nyiraneza

Research Assistant, Makerere University (Virtual)

Benard Isiko

Research Coordinator, Restless Development(Virtual)

Moderator: Charles Mankhwazi, Youth Research Manager, Restless Development Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)

With Us and For Us: Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises Settings

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Youth Guidelines provide a guide on how to pivot traditional response to innovate how we work with and for young people in humanitarian and protracted crises. Come and join young people as they share their ideas and experiences on how they are using the guidelines in their communities.


Robert Jenkins

Global Director of Education

Laura Valencia

GRYN Communications Coordinator (Colombia), Global Refugee Youth Network

Mahmoud Basem

Life skills Trainer/ Peer Educator (Jordan), UNICEF Youth Advisory Council

Anne Muthoni

Youth Champion of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, Kenya

Therese Curran

Regional Education Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council

Moderator: Foni Joyce Vuni, Global Refugee Youth Network (GRyN) Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Hintsa Performance Workshop

In all professions as well as in top sports, the capability to focus has become more and more essential. Yet the modern world offers a growing numbers of distractions. Hintsa Performance shares the tools that help Formula 1 drivers be 100% focused and presents how holistic wellbeing is a key to higher performance and improved resilience.


Pekka Pohjakallio

Director, Business Development & Executive Mentor, Hintsa Performance

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


(Future) Economies Start with Youth!

Speakers from the public sector, innovative private-sector initiatives and Youth Champions from Kenya will take the stage to go into current (economic) trends and developments, the future of work, and skills and opportunities for developing countries. Join the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE).


Tijmen Rooseboom

Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work
Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Brencil Kaimba

Sr. Consultant Product Strategy and Development
Serianu, Private Sector Implementing Partner, CFYE

Mohamed Almas

Youth Champ - Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (VSO)

Fridah Okomo

Youth Champ - Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (VSO)

Moderator: Oiza Nicholson, Country Director Nigeria, The Palladium Group Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Linking Industry to Traineeships & Entreprneurship Learning Models

  Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Can innovation in youth engagement be the vector to a prosperous post-pandemic world?

In this breakout session, young people, representatives from private/public sectors and the UN will galvanize their insights to reimagine innovative pathways of engaging young people post Covid-19. How will innovation in youth engagement be the vector to a prosperous post-pandemic world, uplifting young people, their communities and entire nations?


HE Colm Brophy, TD

CV of Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora

Jayathma Wickramanayake

United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth

Ted Chaiban

Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF

Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

Rolake Rosiji

CEO, Jobberman Nigeria

Moderator: Taha Bawa, Co-Founder & CEO, Goodwall Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: The Workforce of the Future: From Play to Pay – Solutions to Accelerate Change

According to the World Economic Forum, automation and the COVID-19 recession are set to displace an estimated 85 million jobs in the next five years. How can education systems incorporate in-demand skills to create future-ready youth?


Saadia Zahidi

Managing Director, World Economic Forum


HE Niall Collins

Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Alain Bejjani

CEO, Majid Al Futtaim

Lady Mariéme Jamme

Founder, iamtheCODE

Euan Wilmshurst

Head of Advocacy & Communication, LEGO Foundation

Sangheon Lee

Director of the Employment Policy Department,
International Labour Organization

Girls and Young Women Renewing Energy #lightuptheirfuture

The panel discussion will address the role of education and training of girls and young women in the energy sector to achieve gender equality. Two flagship projects, led by Plan International Spain in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, the European Union and the OPEC Fund for International Development will serve as a basis for discussion.


En’amulrahman Malkawi

Lead Youth Empowerment Specialist

Waleed Altarawneh

CEO, Partners for Good

Zainab Al Ali

Head of Outreach and Stakeholder Relations, Masdar

Macarena Romero Tejero (Video Message)

Desk Officer, Subsaharan Africa, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID)

Yvonne Faye

Tecnician collaborating in the DESFERS project
Supported by the European Union, and the OPEC fund

Moderator: Concha López, CEO, Plan International, Spain Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Celebrating and supporting refugee and migrants’ contributions to society through entrepreneurship

This session will explore the powerful path that entrepreneurship offers refugees and migrants; promoting self-reliance and helping to overcome societal integration barriers. Reflecting on recent research, the session will combine video content of migrant and refugee entrepreneurs with a panel discussion on their varied needs; exploring how education and entrepreneurship organisations can support them.


Mohamed Kawsara

Founder & CTO, also company name is mentioned as Multicaret Inc.

Yannick Du Pont

Director, Spark

Susana Puerto Gonzalez

Senior Youth Employment Specialist, International Labour Organization

Moderator: Anita Tiessen, CEO, Youth Business International Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Inclusive hiring and skilling: moving from theory to reality

Myths and misconceptions about hiring and skilling people of determination have prevented a bold approach to defining the actions needed to leverage the diverse perspectives and skills in the workforce. Through the lens of our four very different panelists we will seek to provoke an open, committed discussion around long-standing blocks and how to turn them into proposed steps.

This will be a hands-on session where we will be taking participants through a thinking map exercise that will be circulated to invitees, and together we aim to identify a specific solution for each of the challenges raised during the discussion.


David Houlihan

Recruitment Director, Accenture

Dominique El Azzi Ghazar

Future Skills Lead - Europe and Middle East, HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd

Sam Cooper

Filmmaker and Fitness instructor

Price McCarthy

HSBC employee
Currently enrolled in academic studies in NY (virtual)

Heidi Strawson

Corporate Citizenship Global Lead, and Impact Hiring expert, Accenture, Middle East and Turkey (virtual)

Moderator: Begoña Agueda Carrillo de Albornoz, Corporate and Citizenship Lead, Accenture Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


What is the point of Tertiary Education?

Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) is hosting a lively, provocative discussion bringing together the perspectives of employers, education leaders, governments and students to ask: ‘what is the point of tertiary education when young people face high unemployment and few formal-sector jobs?’


HE Joseph Mucheru

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya

Anurag Banerjee

Co-founder & CEO, Quilt.AI

Angela Owusu-Ansah

Provost, Ashesi University

Angel Warira Mbuthia

Gender & International Relations Secretary, All African Students Union

Moderator: Milton Nkosi, Former BBC Africa Bureau Chief Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Resilience & Soft Skills: Key Competencies for the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the disconnect between education systems and our contemporary needs. With a growing rhetoric on technology and innovation, how can we ensure a continued prioritisation on soft skills- such as creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving- within education systems to allow children and young people to thrive in transforming environments and confidently face uncertainty?


Juha Akras

Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Hintsa Performance


Dr. Fanta Aw

Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, American University

Hamoon Ekhtiari

CEO, Future Fit AI

Sallyann Della Casa

Founder and Chief Identity Hacker, GLEAC

Phil Noble

Founder, World Class Scholars

Moderator: Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, School of Humanity

Passion and Profit – How can Agriprenuership be rewarding for youth and sustainable for the planet?

The session will facilitate a fusion of passion and profit as we explore how agriprenuership can be rewarding for youth as well as sustainable for the planet. Young green entrepreneurs together with policy makers and funders will tap into the potential of green agri-prenuers innovations to build sustainable rural livelihoods.


Tijmen Rooseboom

Ambassador for Youth, Education and Work
Dutch Government

Per Heggenes

CEO, IKEA Foundation

Sriram Bharatam

Founder, Kuza One

Christelle Kwizera

Founder and MD at Water Access Rwanda

Moderator: Chigozie Bashua – CEO The Nut Place, TEF Alumni – Young agripreneur from Nigeria Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Delivering TVET at scale

Young people are now three times more likely than adults to be unable to find a job. TVET, with its focus on providing work-related skills, is central to tackling youth unemployment. The session will discuss prerequisites for a successful TVET program, embedding it within mainstream education system and scaling it up.


Erik Swars

Head of International Affairs
Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training

Ibrahim Safadi

Luminus Education

Raj Gilda

Lend a Hand India

Doris King

Associate Director, Programs
Co-Impact (virtual)

Moderator: Maud Seghers Senior Education Advisor, TVET, VVOB Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Global Launch of the 2021/22 Global Education Monitoring Report – Non state actors in education: Who chooses? Who Loses?

The global launch of the 2021/22 GEM Report will harness wide-ranging interest in the theme of non-state engagement in education to drive progressive, evidence-based policy dialogue with key stakeholders. Hear ministers and experts respond to questions about some of the key issues in non-state engagement based on the bedrock of new evidence and recommendations in the 2021/22 GEM Report.


HE Minister David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

HE Colm Brophy, TD

CV of Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora

Koumba Boly Barry

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Rodger Voohies

President, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Gates Foundation

Moderator: Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


The Great Debate: Universal Secondary Education For All vs. Alternative Pathways

In countries where large numbers of youth do not have access to secondary education, do we continue to pursue universal enrollment in traditional secondary or do we build cheaper alternative pathways around tangible skills for employment to more rapidly achieve universal post-primary education for all?


Dzingai Mutumbuka

Former Minister of Education in Zimbabwe & Former Chairman ADEA (virtual)

Robert Jenkins

Global Director of Education, UNICEF

Harry Patrinos

Practice Manager, World Bank Group

Maryanne Ochola

Head of Partnerships & Programmes, Shujaaz Inc

Meghan Kellner

Associate Director, Education and Adolescent Empowerment, BRAC

Moderator: Boris Bulayev, CEO and Co-Founder, Educate! Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Emerging Models of Higher Education in Conflict

  • Building sustainable financing models
  • Building skills into and out of HE
  • Expanding access to HE


Ben Webster

CEO, Mosaik Education

Nick Sabato

Director of Country Programs, Education for Humanity, Arizona State University

Rebecca Granato

Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, Bard College

Chrystina Russell

Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Global Education Movement, Southern New Hampshire University

Christian Hülshörster

Director of the Scholarship Programmes Southern Hemisphere, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Karen Dunwoodie

Deputy Director, Deakin University

Phyllis Mureu

Executive Director, Windle International Kenya

Gavin Brockett

Associate Dean of Arts, Wilfrid/ISOW

Marcello Scalisi

Director, UNIMED

Saraswathi Samusarma

CIO and Global Registrar, Jesuit Worldwide Learning

Helena Barroco

Diplomatic Adviser
Portugal/Global Platform for Higher Education in Emergencies

Mia Ozegovic

Head of Research, Al Ghurair Foundation

Oshish Ungras


Alvaro Zuniga

Project Habesha

Moderator: Asma Rabii, DAFI Scholar Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Official RewirEd Opening Segment


Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education & former Prime Minister
United Kingdom

H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

CEO and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares

Emtithal Mahmoud

World Champion Poet & Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

Deyvit Adonis Castro Melgar

Peruvian Student and Singer


High-Level Panel: Day 1 Closing

Youth-led summary and reflections on Day 1 of the RewirEd Summit

Evening Events


Business Taking Action for Education – An event co-hosted by the Global Business Coalition for Education and DP World during the RewirED Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai

Format: Invitation Only Location: DP World Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai

Education in Crisis and Displacement: Education Cannot Wait Case for Investment – An event co-hosted by Dubai Cares, Global Affairs Canada and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government during the RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai

Format: Invitation Only Location: Canada Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai


High Level Opening Panel on Why do we need to innovate in education and what does it take?

RewirEd Innovation Day Video


H.E. Ibrahim Al Hammadi

Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates


H.E. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh

Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Liina Kersna

Minister of Education, Estonia

H.E. Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister of Government, Delhi, India

H.E. Patrizio Bianchi

Minister of Education, Italy


Keynote: Don’t fall when you can fly - The importance of wellbeing in education and in life


Dr. Abdulla Al Karam

Director General, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Moderator: Essie North, CEO, Big Change


Educate, Empower, Inspire - Sharjah’s child rights-based approach to education (official launch of Sharjah Child Friendly Schools & Nurseries toolkit)

The Sharjah Child Friendly Office aims to launch the Sharjah Child Friendly School and Nurseries toolkit in this invitation-only session. The toolkit has been guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and experience of UNICEF worldwide, in implementing rights-based approaches to education and evidence pertaining to child development.

Dr. Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal

Executive Director
Sharjah Child Friendly Office

H.E. Dr. Khawla Al Mulla

General Secretary
Supreme Council For Family Affairs

H.E. Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi

Sharjah Private Education Authority

H.E. Dr. Saeed Musabeh Al Kaabi

Sharjah Education Council

Mr. El Tayeb Adam

Area Representative
UNICEF Gulf Area Office

  Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High Level Panel: Creating a New Education Story: How to Transform Education Systems

New research led by Big Change brings together the wisdom of global contributors to share a new framework for transforming education systems. Centred on three key drivers and examples from different contexts, the intention is to enable education policy makers, system leaders and funders to focus efforts on transformation, not reform.

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Annie Kidder

Executive Director, People for Education

Fred Swaniker

Founder and CEO, African Leadership Group

Wendy Kopp

CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All

Ryan Burgess

Global Lead for Primary and Secondary Education and TVET, Porticus

Moderator: Essie North, CEO, Big Change


From Spiders to Starfish: Why De-Centralising Education Works

This panel will explore decentralized and accelerated education models in West Africa. It will examine why these approaches are needed, especially in crises contexts where state delivery is limited and where INGOs and UN actors are playing a bigger role in education provision.

Dr. Mansur Muhtar

Vice President
Country Programs
Islamic Development Bank

Marjorie Chéron

Head of Cooperation
Embassy of Canada to Burkina Faso and to Benin

H.E. Mr. Stanislas Ouaro

Minister of National Education and Literacy of Burkina Faso

Titus Tenga

Estonian Minister of Education and Research

Moderator: Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Chief Programs Officer, Plan International Canada Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)

RewirEd Provocation Masterclass

This masterclass, facilitated by Aman Merchant, Chief Provocateur at Radicle, and Indy Johar, Chief Strategic designer at Radicle, will provide an insightful overview of the RewirEd Provocations journey.
Key Learning Objectives include a) Identifying and creating your own provocations, b) Experimentation: A means to catalyze collaboration between unlikely allies and attempt bold new ideas or approaches.

Aman Merchant

Chief Provocateur of Radicle

Indy Johar

Chief Strategic Designer of Radicle

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Improving Learning Outcomes Through Data (workshop)

Azad Oommen

Global School Leaders

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


Remote Learning in the Early Years: Media, Muppets, and Innovative Collaboration

Early education lays the foundation for lifelong learning, yet millions of children in crisis contexts have no access to education. COVID-19 has only exacerbated this challenge. But join us in this session to explore how the pandemic has also prompted innovation in remote learning solutions – redefining how we deliver early education in crisis and beyond.

Anita Anastacio

Initiative Lead
Systemic Impact
LEGO Foundation

Kuri Chisim

Programme Specialist

Nina Papadopoulos

Vice President Education
International Social Impact
Sesame Workshop

IRC Speaker

  Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Innovating Education in Africa Pitch

Five of Africa’s most promising Education Innovations will pitch to a highly experienced panel of judges for awards of $100,000, $70,000 and $40,000. The selected innovations will be implemented as pilot projects in AU Member countries.

In-Person Judges:

Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo

Director of Education
Technology and Innovation
African Union Commission,speaker (Opening remarks and presentation of awards)

Ernst Hustaedt

Programme Manager
GIZ - SIFA (Judge)

Nicholas Ouma

Senior Youth Advisor
African Union (Judge)

Michael Onobote

Program Coordinator
Coding for Employment AfDB (Judge)

Unami Mpofu

Team Lead-Skills & Employability


Elijah Lubala

Founder & Software Engineer

Samson Wambuzi

Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Yiya AirScience

Warwick Vlantis

Project Co-founder & lead
African Coding Network

Rudolph Ampofo

Craft Education
Hunu Teletherapy

Omar Trabesi

Class Quiz

Virtual Speakers (Judges):

Hema Vanam

Regional Programme Officer

Angela Arnott

Program Design

Shem Okore Bodo

Senior Program Officer

Moderator: Hambani Masheleni, Ag. Head of Education Division, African Union Commission Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Achieving concurrent benefits for youth and young child development through novel youth training programmes in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Youth-led programs for early childhood care and education (ECCE) offer an innovative strategy to provide mutual benefits for both youth and young children. This session will feature case studies from Pakistan, Colombia, Liberia, and the United States, highlighting implications for policy development, new directions for programs, and continued research.

Angelica Ponguta

Assoc. Research Scientist
Yale Child Study Center

Amanda Devercelli

Global Lead of Early Childhood Dev
The World Bank Group

Saima Siyal

Research Director

Emily Franchett

Research Co-ordinator
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Randi Wolfe

Exec Director
Early Care and Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) (virtual)

Vidya Putcha

Senior Program Officer
Results for Development (R4D) (virtual)

Frances Beaton-Day

Education Consultant
The World Bank Group (virtual)

Moderator: Dr. Aisha K. Yousafzai, Assoc Professor of Global Health. Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High Level Panel: The Future of Learning for All: EdTech and Learning Equity

In many places, technology has created endless boundaries of where learning can occur, with whom, how and why. It is something that needs to be incorporated in the future of education to ensure students are equipped with the skills to cope in a world dependent on technology. The influence of AI and Machine Learning in EdTech is predicted to grow exponentially in the coming years, as is the use of Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). However, these new technologies are not accessible for over half of the world’s learners. This high-level panel will discuss current trends in the adoption of education technologies in various contexts, and how education in the future needs to demonstrate how technology can be used to students’ advantage everywhere, with equity of access at its core.


H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications


H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

Dr. Karina Edmonds

SVP and Global Head of Academies and University Alliances, SAP

Dr. Aida Nazarikhorram

Co-founder and CMO, LuxAI

Audran Le Baron

Digital Director for Education, Ministry of Education of France

Antonello Barbaro

CEO and General Manager of Education, H-Farm

Moderator: Dr. Susan Liautaud, Vice-Chair, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Accelerating Education 4.0

Organised by: World Economic Forum (by invite only) - WEF meeting room, Level 1


The power of books, literacy and storytelling to inspire young girls to thrive

An conversation between inspiring women who share a common passion for promoting innovation in literacy, storytelling, and book accessibility particularly among vurnable children and communties. The discussion is envisioned to be convened from the speakers' personal perspectives and capacity, rather than presenting their respective organisations.

Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi

President of the International Publishers Association (IPA)

Emtithal Mahmoud

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Noella Coursaris

Founder/CEO of Malaika and Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Covid-19 Learning pathways for getting learners back on track

COVID-19 dictated the need to rapidly scale up flexible education options to reach all learners, however there is still confusion around which programmes are appropriate for which learners. This interactive session introduces the Accelerated Education Working Group’s COVID-19 tools and guidance supporting programme design, implementation and evaluation.

Martha Hewison

Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG) Chair, UNHCR

Kayla Boisvert

AEWG advisor

Ayuk Peterkings Ayuk

refugee youth representative

Moderator: Manal Stulgaitis - UNHCR Venue: Classroom hall (45 mins)


Re-build-ing & Rethinking our Learning Environments

Led by Radicle, this session will focus on access to a healthy environment as a precondition for physical and mental well-being as well as cognitive development and learning. However, our schools and learning environments, much like our cities, are currently modeled on reductive principles of management and efficiency rather than on ecological consciousness, humaneness, well-being, and creativity. What might education look like, if we repurposed and redesigned our learning environments to be more directly connected to nature and the community? This interactive dialogue will also share the experiment journeys & learnings of 3 experiments from the Sandbox on this topic.

Speakers: TBC

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)

Hands-on, Minds-on – what is so special about learning through play?

This playful hands-on workshop will present why the LEGO Foundation believes that learning through play is one of the most effective way for children to learn and develop the necessary skills to become lifelong learners.

Michael Renvillard

Facilitation Lead
The Lego Foundation

Casper Aarlit Jensen

Senior Facilitation Manager, The Lego Foundation

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)


Accelerating Digital Transformation in Education: Promising Models for Digital Learning Innovation in the UAE

In this session, by delving deeply into some of the promising models emerging from the UAE, experts will provide a nuanced overview of the core components of successful digital learning solutions and the necessary conditions for innovation in this space to thrive particularly in contexts left farthest behind in the digital divide globally.

Dr. Waleed Al Ali

Executive Office of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Mr. Anthony Bloome

Founder and Executive Director
mEducation Alliance

Mr. Gopi Krishnan (Krish)

Group Chief Disruption Manager, Varkey Foundation

Marcos Muller-Habig

Chief Technology Officer, 42 Abu Dhabi

Moderator: Shireen F. Chaya, Technical Advisor, Dubai Cares Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


High Level Panel: The Future of Teaching: How Best to Support Educators to be Leaders of Learning in Times of Uncertainty

The global education sector must view teachers as the key constituency in co-creating the future of teaching and learning. This session will showcase and discuss concrete solutions for supporting teachers for the future, which are co-created by teachers and a leading civil society organization in global education. The session will demonstrate the need for rewiring the dialogue between teachers and education decision-makers focusing on co-created solutions that work for the future of teaching, worldwide.

Gwen Hines

CEO, Save the Children UK & Teacher Nagham Baydoun

Dr. Tanjina Mirza

Chief Programs Officer, Plan International Canada & Teacher Charlotte Adinku

Vongai Nyahunzvi

Chief Network Officer, Teach for All & Teacher Emmanuel Kimuli

Michael Kocher

General Manager, Aga Khan Foundation & Teacher Rashmi Prabha

Moderator: Bronwen Magrath, Schools2030 Global Manager, Aga Khan Foundation


Exploring School Leadership Through the Lens of Culture, Context and Change: Stories from Egypt, India, Malaysia, and South Sudan

Across the world, school leaders have had to reimagine and reinvent their approach to leadership, often heavily influenced by changing national priorities and policy contexts, the evolution of social norms and rituals, performance cultures, and more. This panel discussion with school leaders will explore the role culture and context plays in crisis management, decision making, and overall school improvement.

Tenzing Nagdon

School Leader

Ngor Maja

School Principle

Chong Suat Mooi

School Leader

Dr. Deena Amiry

ACT Microschools in Cairo

Moderator: Azad Oommen, Co-Founder, Global School Leader Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Cyber Wellbeing in Education

DIGITAL LEARNING AND CYBER WELLBING – Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University with Private Sector

The panel will discuss how to support cognitive, physical, and mental health of learners in online environment and what are available solutions for safety and cyber wellbeing in education from academic, private and UNESCO perspectives. Participants are international experts, prominent researchers and academicians, and representatives of the private sector.

The panel will present the findings from a global EdTech innovations landscape analysis. UNHCR will draw on the collective experience of implementing Connected Education programmes in refugee-contexts, along with presenting the increasing digital divide. Participants will also be shown a newly launched wiki to map and crowdsource global EdTech innovations.

Prof. Awoniyi Awofeso

Professor and Program Chair, School of Health and Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Ms. Elena Tarasova

Strategic Affairs Manager, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Mr. Ala'a Ahmad

Facilities Manager, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Mr. Tekha Selim

Vice President, Global Market Development, Delos

Mr. Tigran Yepoyan

Chief of Unit of ICT in Health Education, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) (Virtual)

Prof. Moustafa Hassan

Vice Chancellor for International Cooperation Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) (Virtual)

  Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


From Mapping Global EdTech Trends to Co-designing Local Humanitarian Education Solutions

The panel will present the findings from a global EdTech innovations landscape analysis. UNHCR will draw on the collective experience of implementing Connected Education programmes in refugee-contexts, along with presenting the increasing digital divide. Participants will also be shown a newly launched wiki to map and crowdsource global EdTech innovations.

Jeremy Kirschbaum


Jaqueline Strecker

Connected Education Lead

Joseph Andrews Omoluyi

Operations Director

Moderator: Atish Gonsalves, Head of Education Innovation, IRC and Founder Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)

Improving Learning Through Data: The Learning Data Compact

Data about learning and schooling has never been more vital. But many countries still lack the data needed to halt Learning Poverty. How can countries assess learning and use data and drive change? And how can the international community improve coordination and quality in global efforts to measure what students learn?

Jaime Saavedra

Global Director Education
World Bank

Robert Jenkins

Director of Education

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General

  Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


High Level Dialogue on Girls’ Education: The Perspective of Islam

The RewirEd Summit will host a high-level dialogue exploring the important position of Girls Education in Islamic history and thought in which the education and socioeconomic empowerment of girls has held a prominent position. With examples from leading Mulsim-majority countries, this session will shed light on the historic significance of women and girls in Islamic thought, practice, and legislation and how a long history of opposing political and ideological agendas have distorted Islam’s supportive position of girls education and empowerment with the goal of achieving self-serving political gains. This high-level dialogue among senior scholars and representatives from Muslim countries will shed light on the various experiences in systematically addressing the distortive stereotypes employed by politically motivated Islamic groups and the countries under their control and what the way forward can look like in the Muslim world to empower women and girls to chart a prosperous future for themselves and their countries

Speakers: Senior scholars and representatives from Muslim countries

Moderator: Mohannad Al Khatib, SkyNews Arabia

EdTech Collectives - Unlocking new frontiers in Edtech Innovation

This session will share the experiment journeys & learnings of the ReimaginED Collective and the EdTech Consortium. ReimaginED will touch upon how it is building towards the region’s first-of-its-kind Edtech venture studio, whereas EdTech Consortium will share insights from their collective action framework for cross-sector collaboration that meets the educational needs of youth on the move.

Ash Kaluarachchi

Started Accelerator

Julia Moffet

Founder & CEO
Future of Learning Fund

Leila Toplic

Head of Emerging Technologies Initiative

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Creating a new education story in your context - Exploring the drivers for transforming education systems

Drawing on new insights and evidence from practice around the world, this session is aimed at education system leaders and funders who want to focus their efforts on transformation, not just reform. We will explore the three drivers for transformation (purpose, power and practice), consider how to apply them in your context, and generate ideas for tools that can support decision-making and action.

Fred Swaniker

African Leadership Group

Annie Kidder

People for Education

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


Reaching those left behind: Is Non-formal/ alternative learning the missing piece?

For the 258 million children who were not enrolled in school before the pandemic – including those affected by emergencies – ensuring they can learn is even more important. This panel will highlight innovative practices of non-formal education and mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) being used to meet the rights of out of school children.

Emma Wagner

Head of Education Policy and Advocacy
Save the Children

Teresa Sordé Marti

Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Virtual)

Mairead King

Arsenal Foundation

Dr. Iyad Zaqout

Head of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) unit Gaza, UNRWA

Moderator:Ashley Nemiro. Technical Advisor. MHPSS Collaborative Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Indigenous Education: How can we learn from indigenous people's knowledge, culture and learning systems in creating a more radically inclusive future?

Innovation goes way beyond new and future technologies. This panel will focus on how to re-think mainstream education by integrating indigenous people's knowledge, models and learning systems into mainstream education.

Michael Running Wolf

Indigenous AI LLC

Makaela Jade


Prof. Tom Calma

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) (Virtual)

  Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


High Level Panel: GCC Regional Innovations in Education Systems



H.E. Dr. Abdulla Al Karam

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

H.E. Dr. Saud bin Saeed Al-Matham

Deputy Executive Director Management, UNICEF

H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar

Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and Governing Board Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

MoE Bahrain


Moderator: Dr. Nada Mourtada, Vice-Chancellor Development and Alumni Affairs, American university of Sharjah

High Level Panel: MENA Regional Innovations in Education Systems

In light of the changing nature of jobs and skills and the growing mismatch with education systems and the job market in the MENA region more broadly, this panel will highlight the need for transformation in education to continue nurturing a strong sense of innovation. As part of the conversation, panelists will showcase the latest thinking and case studies from the region.


H.E. Jameela Mheiry

Minister of State of Education

H.E. Maitha Shamsi

Minister of State,

H.E. Dr. Saud bin Saeed Al-Mathami

Secretary-general Mawhiba

H.E. Dr. Mansoor Al Awar

Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and Governing Board Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education


Education Shifts that will enable a better Future

Teachers around the world have innovated to keep children learning during the pandemic. In this panel, a group of teacher leaders will share the mindset shifts these innovations have caused for them, which offer us all hope of creating a more equitable education system to support all children to shape a better world.

Emmanuel Kimuli

Teaching Fellow
Teach for Uganda

Khadija Bakhtiar

Teach for Pakistan

Oindrila Sanyal

Teach for India (virtual)

Moderator: Wendy Kopp, CEO. Teach for All Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


National languages at school for improving quality of learning

Research shows that children learn better in a language they use daily. Many countries have experienced successful bilingual education and obtained encouraging results. Several of them decided to move scale. In this session, panelists will discuss features of bilingualism, the francophone experience, and how la Francophonie supports projects from different countries.

Ndeye Aby NDAW

Director of Elementary Education
Ministry of Education of Senegal

Séraphine BEN BOLIE

Deputy Director of Informal Education
Ministry of education of Cameroon

Mamadou Amadou LY

Director General
NGO ARED (Senegal)


Director of Curriculam and Educational Research
Ministry of Education of Madagascar

Moderator: Mona LAROUSSI, Director. Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation (IFEF) Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


The Journey to Scaling Education Innovations: The Ins and Outs, and the Ups and Downs

Moderated by J-PAL, this panel will share inspiring examples from leading organisations who are scaling innovative, evidence-based programs to millions of learners around the world. Panelists will reflect on the key levers which facilitate scale-up as well as challenges they grapple with along the way.

Boris Bulayev


Devyani Pershad

Head of International Collaborations

Girish Menon

Stir Education

Tom Venderbosch

Global Director of Programmes

Dr. Tahereh Pazouki

Lead Manager at Magrid

Moderator: Laura Poswell, Executive Director. J-PAL Africa Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


EdTech Developers Confidential

An intimate opportunity to hear from and ask questions of globally recognized EdTech CEOs who are operating highly impactful for-profit social enterprises and innovating to bring basic and higher education instruction to learners around the world.

Soonin Lee

CEO & Co-Founder

Mike Feerick

Founder and CEO

Lak Chinta

CEO & Co-Founder

Moderator: Anthony Bloome, Founder and Executive Director. mEducation Alliance. Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Spontaneous Session More Info TBC

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Consultation on the 2023 GEM Report on technology and education

The 2023 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report will draw on the most recent evidence to critically examine the role of technology in the provision and quality of education. It will take stock of recent initiatives and examine the potential gains, risks and side effects for an expanded role of information and communication technologies in education. There are often bitter divisions in how the role of technology is viewed. These divisions are widening as the world of technology is evolving at breakneck speed. Join a consultation with the GEM Report’s Director Manos Antoninis to find out how the publication will explore these debates, suggest relevant evidence for the theme or new areas of research to be explored in the report.

Manos Antoninis

Global Education Monitoring Report

Gwen Hines

Chief Executive, Save the Children UK

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


High Level Panel: Reimagining Our Futures Together: UNESCO’s flagship publication on the futures of education.

This session will share messages and recommendations from UNESCO’s newly released publication ‘Reimagining our Futures Together’. Two years in the making, the publication proposes ideas to remake education towards 2050. The work was steered by an International Commission of thought-leaders chaired by the President of Ethiopia.


Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Badr Jafar

CEO, Crescent Entreprises

Arjun Appadurai

Emeritus Professor Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Maha Yahya

Commission Member and the Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Lebanon

Moderator: Olajide King, Training and Curriculum Development Expert, West Africa Vocational Education, Nigeria


The Right to Wellbeing?

NRC’s flagship Better Learning Programme (BLP) is currently funded by Porticus and ECW. In response to growing Psychosocial Support (PSS) needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, NRC introduced BLP in 10 new countries, bringing its total coverage to 22. We will present its latest research in this masterclass, demonstrating the positive impact of BLP to promote the global rollout of this approach.

Camilla Lodi

Regional Advisor

Gerhard Pulfer

Portfolio Manager
Education in Displacement

Moderator: Rula Dajani - Country Director - AMID EAST UAE Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)

Looking beyond the school: the importance of family and community engagement


Ms. Daniela Martinez

Program Officer
Global Fund for Children

Pradeep Kumar

Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships, World Reader

Rebecca Winthrop

Senior Fellow and Co-director
Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution (virtual)

Moderator: Manushi Yadav, Head, Strategic Partnerships. Pratham Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Innovations in Strengthening the EiE Evidence Base: Towards Equitable and Localized Knowledge Generation

We have increasingly seen investment in and prioritization of research in EiE, however knowledge production remains driven by predominantly Global North institutions. While National and Regional evidence exists, it is necessary to elevate and amplify this work globally. This session will showcase innovations in localized knowledge production as well as provide an opportunity for open discussion and creative brainstorming of best practice.

Kayla Boisvert


Nadeen Alalami

Dubai Cares

Zeena Zakharia

University of Massachusetts Boston

Silvia Diazgranados


Moderator: Anne Smiley, Deputy Project Director of Research, International Rescue Committee Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


How to Catalyze Teacher-Driven Innovations to Advance Holistic Learning and Inform Systems Change

Bronwen Magrath

Global Programme Manager
Aga Khan Foundation

Nora Marketos

Learning Schools
Jacobs Foundation

Shaibu Athuman

Schools2030 National Coordinator
Aga Khan Foundation

Lasse Leponiemi

Executive Director

Celia Hsiao

Initiative Lead Systemic Impact
LEGO Foundation

Moderator: Nafisa Shekhova, Global Lead, Education and ECD. Aga Khan Foundation Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Loud and Clear: Children should be taught in a language they use and understand

Globally, 37% of children are taught in a language they do not speak at home. The policies that should be setting children up for success are stacking the odds against them. How can this be addressed? In this talk, we discuss some of the key practical solutions available.

Hanada Taha-Thomure

Professor of Arabic Language
Zayed University

Jaime Saavedra

Global Director, Education
World Bank Group

Amanda Devercelli

Senior Education Specialist
World Bank Group (Virtual)

Moderator: Andreas Blom, Practice Manager, Education, Middle East & North Africa. World Bank Group Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


INEE - Education in EiE


Kayla Boisvert


Nadeen Alalami

Programs Research Officer
Dubai Cares

Zeena Zakharia

Assistant Professor
University of Maryland (virtual)

Silvia Diazgranados


  Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)

Playing (and creating) Human-connected, Game-based Learning Experiences

This workshop session will explore how human connection and gamification can be integrated into digital learning through virtual mentoring, role playing and co-creation. Participants will have the opportunity to “play & connect” with another participant at the session through a fun and interactive experience.

Atish Gonsalves

Head of Education Innovation, IRC and Founder, Gamoteca

Melisa Zelaya

Head of Content, Gamoteca

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Building resilience and focusing on mental wellbeing

A training workshop led by Hintsa Performance, a global leader in human high-performance coaching. More details to follow.

Mikael Vainio

Executive Mentor and Managing Partner
Hintsa Performance Workshop

Pekka Pohjakallio

Executive Mentor and Director of Global Business Development
Hintsa Performance

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


High Level Panel: Education & Climate Change: Education and its crucial role in combating the climate crises

Education is a powerful society-wide lever for climate action, but education has not been prioritized as a solution to climate change. This session will discuss the broader context and challenge at hand, explore synergies and opportunities between education and climate change, and discuss concrete routes of action by global leaders.

Performance by Chief Moomen


Helen Grant

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Girls’ Education, United Kingdom (UK)

Safeena Husain

Founder and CEO, Educate Girls

Armel Azihar Sly-Vania

Youth Leader, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Moderator: Amel Karboul, Director, Education Outcomes Fund


Digital learning for every child by 2030

This session shifts the discourse on digital learning from why it is needed to how to implement at scale, focusing on system-wide change and reaching marginalised children. The story is told by program countries, and teachers, youth, and parents, working in shared value partnerships to deliver digital learning at scale.

H.E. Tarek Shawky

MInister of Education & Technical Education

Robert Jenkins

Global Director
Education and Adolescent Development

Henrietta Fore

Executive Director
UNICEF (video message)

Hà Ánh Phượng

2020 Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalist
Huong Can High School (virtual)

Niki Abrishamian

Chief of Education Zimbabwe
UNICEF (virtual)

Tajudeen Oyewale

Representative, Zimbabwe
UNICEF (virtual)

Olusegun Ogunsanya

Airtel Africa

Omar Abdi

Deputy Executive Director for Programmes

Zohra Yermeche

Head of Connect to Learn
Ericsson (video message)

Moderator: Mina Al-Oraibi, Editor in Chief. The National Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


The University Of The Future: Rewiring Higher Education

“The University of the Future” graduates job creators instead of job seekers. The Curriculum of the Future equips pathfinders with skills, attitudes, and mindset to become intentional learners to be able to create and re-create their careers. The discussion brings experts and pathfinders to discuss this disruption in higher education.

Dr. Fiorenza Lipparini

Co Founder
Plus Value

Prof Taieb Znati

Dean of College of Information Technology

Sheikha Ulhaq

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Nicolas Sadirac


Fady Michel

Ergo Design

  Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Creative jobs

  Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


High Level Panel: Closing of Innovation Day - Provocations Award Ceremony

The closing plenary will highlight the journey of the RewirEd Provocations, an initiative led by Dubai Cares and partners. The RewirEd Provocations focus on co-developing, testing and launching bold experiments aiming to address systemic, complex, and structural challenges in global education. The culmination of the session will be the announcement of a select number of experiments who will be awarded seed funding to further develop and roll-out the experiments.

Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Vice-Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Aman Merchant

Co-Founder and Chief Provocateur at Radicle

Moderator: Tom Urqhuart, Dubai Eye

Evening Events


Generation Unlimited: Global Leadership Council Meeting (followed by dinner)

Format: Invitation Only Location: Youth Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai


Opening Segment for Education Financing Day: Education - An Investment for a Sustainable and Prosperous Future for All


The Rt Hon Gordon Brown

former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education


H.E. Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Minister of Finance, Indonesia

H.E. Dr. Jakaya Kikwete

Former President of Tanzania and Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education

Filippo Grandi

High-Commissioner, UNHCR

Kersti Kaljulaid

Former President of Estonia

Moderator: Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO


High-Level Panel: Building Forward from COVID-19: Financing Catch-Up Education for the World’s Most Vulnerable Children

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused abrupt changes around the world and exacerbated existing inequalities. Building forward from it is an opportunity to ensure all children can access supportive learning environments. But what will it cost to finance catch-up education? How can financing support the most vulnerable children?


Mamta Murthi

Vice President for Human Development, The World Bank


Alicia Herbert

OBE, Director of the Education, Gender and Equality Directorate (EdGE) at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom

Caitlin Baron

CEO, Luminos Fund

Indermit Gill

Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI), The World Bank

Moderator: Jaime Saavedra, Global Director - Education Practice, The World Bank


Play, Pluralism and the Planet: How Might We Prepare the Next Generation of More Climate-Literate, Climate-Resilient, and Climate-Compassionate Learners and Educators?

Alison Bellwood

Creator and Director of The World's Largest Lesson, Project Everyone and Representative of Generation Earthshot

Dr. Nicole Fournier-Sylvester

Education Manager, Global Centre for Pluralism

Anna Lovell

Head of Global Alliance Partners, The Earthshot Prize

  Moderator: Dr. Andrew Cunningham, Global Lead, Education, Aga Khan Foundation Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

Rewiring Higher Education Open Learning in the Arab World

There is a strong push for access to open learning for vulnerable communities in the Middle East, especially refugees, however, the open education ecosystem is currently being led by western institutions with few representations in the Arab world. To ensure momentum to promote and enable open access to learning across the Arab world grows and is inclusive, Community Jameel, the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, the Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT and the American University of Beirut are bringing together leading voices from the higher education ecosystem to discuss challenges, learn from experiences and create a framework for action.

Sonia Ben Jaafar

CEO, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

Vijay Kumar

Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education

Alan Shihadeh

Dean of the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. American University of Beirut

Moderator: Uzma Sulaiman, Assiciate Director, Partnerships. Community Jameel
Amna Fatani, Associate Director, Strategy. Community Jameel
Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


Can Crypto Pay for Connectivity?

The session will explore innovative financing tools in connectivity for education, i.e. the use of cryptocurrency and staking. It will focus on existing explorations in Sierra Leone and Rwanda, with partners Ethereum Foundation, but will equally aim to provide a broader perspective to bridge the digital divide in Giga countries.

H.E. Paula Ingabire

Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

Aya Miyaguchi

Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation

Andile Ngcaba

Founding Partner & Chairman, Convergence Partners Investments

Moderator: Christopher Fabian Co-Founder of UNICEF Innovation and Co-Lead of Giga Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Moving Minds Alliance Championing Financing for Early Childhood Development in Crisis.

This session focuses on increasing commitments for early childhood development in crisis, scaling up the financing, policies, and leadership needed to effectively support young children affected in humanitarian and crisis contexts. The discussion will unfold from different perspectives, from the voices of children to the opportunities presented to stakeholders to champion investments and priorities for the young ones in crisis.

Amanda Devercelli

Global Lead for Early Childhood Development, World Bank

Anita Anastacio

Initiative Lead The LEGO Foundation and MMA Steering Group Member

Joanie Cohen-Mitchell

Division Chief of the Center for Education, USAID

Moderator: Chernor Bah, CEO and Co-Founder, Purposeful Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Funding Evidence for Education in Emergencies: How, why, by whom and for whom?

This panel will bring together funders across public and private spaces, who are working to support evidence in education in emergencies. The panel will discuss the rationale for funding evidence for education in emergencies (EiE), approaches to funding research (funding mechanisms, partnerships, design), priorities and considerations, and impact of evidence on EiE policy and practice.

Christian Stoff

Chief, Monitoring, Evaluation and Global Reporting, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) (virtual)

Gerhard Pulfer

Portfolio Manager Education in Displacement, Porticus

Joseph Wales

Education Research Advisor, FCDO

Omot Okony Olok

Director General for Curriculum Development Centre, South Sudan

Moderator: Nadeen Alalami, Programs Research Officer, Dubai Cares Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


New Lessons in the Time of Covid: Practical Experience of Non-state Actors Funding Health Interventions Delivered by Education Systems

The Covid pandemic has forced the realisation that health interventions are a key contribution to educational attainment. In this session, three major non-governmental organisations share their real world experience of helping governments deliver health interventions through the education system.

Carmen Burbano

Director of School Feeding Division, World Food Programme

Carol Karutu

Vice President, Programs, The END Fund

Nick Virr

Head of Development – UK and Europe, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Sumrana Yasmin

Global Technical Lead: Eye Health URE, Sightsavers

Dr. Shariha Khalid Erichsen

Private Sector Core Action Group member of UHC2030, Managing Partner, Mission & Co

Moderator: Professor Donald Bundy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High Level Panel: Turning Political Ambition to Financing Action through Evidence

Rewiring of education requires three things: the political ambition to drive change, financing to fuel action, and the right evidence to unlock effective solutions. This plenary will shed light on the political leadership and commitment already in motion to improve volume, equity and efficiency to domestic financing for education.


H.E. Dr. Jakaya Kikwete

Former President of Tanzania and Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education

Video Messages:

H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta

President of Kenya

H.E. Felix Tshisekedi

President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

H.E. James Marape

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

H.E. Arif Alvi

President of Pakistan


H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

H.E. Prof. George Albert Omore Magoha

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kenya

H.E. Joyce Ndalichako

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Tanzania

H.E. Dr. Abdirahman Dualeh Beile

Minister of Finance, Somalia

Maryjacob Okwuosa

Global Partnership for Education Youth Leader, Nigeria

Moderator: Tony McAleavy, Education Director, Education Development Trust


Paying for the Skills of Tomorrow: How Outcomes Funding Delivers Results

This session will focus on how outcomes funding delivers results in skills for employment programs. Results that truly matter to individuals and society—people who move into high-quality employment and stay there. Innovative financing creates a laser focus on results; it brings in new actors to the sector and ensures all parties are held accountable. It can also create strong incentives to assist traditionally underserved groups, such as women, refugee populations, and those with disabilities.

This session brings together a group of leaders including donors, impact investors, service providers, and government representatives at the forefront of this movement to hear first-hand about outcomes funding in skills for employment programs and how this delivers impact.

Andrew Baird

CEO, Education for Employment

Christian Braendli

Deputy Head Private Sector Development, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

Malika Laasri Lahlou

Director General, Millenium Challenge Account Morocco, Morocco

Dhun Davar

Head of Social Finance and India Head, UBS Optimus Foundation

Moderator: Milena Castellnou, CEO, Education Outcomes Fund Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Connectivity & Digital Learning Investor Roundtable

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


Celebrating and Strengthening the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Ariel Solari

Coordinator for Standards & Practice. INEE

Charlotte Bergin

Capacity Building Coordinator. INEE

Eric Batonon


Raksha Sule

Co-founder. Students & Emerging Professionals Coalition: Education in Emergencies

Josué Trillos

Head Teacher

Nina Weisenhorn

Senior Advisor in Education in Crisis and Conflict. USAID

  Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)

Unblocking Impact Through Islamic Philanthropy

Explores best practices around Islamic Philanthropy, new avenues for collaboration and partnership to help scale impact and leverage resources effectively. It also examines prominent Islamic Philanthropy tools including Zakat, Sadaqah and Waqf, and how they can have a significant and sustainable impact on beneficiaries, especially in crisis or emergency environments.

Dr. Ahmed Al Haddad

Grand Mufti of Dubai

Khaled Khalifa

UNHCR Senior Advisor and Representative to GCC countries

Maram Ahmed

Fellow, SOAS, University of London

Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar

CEO, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

Houssam Chahin

UNHCR Private Sector Partnerships MENA Region. UNHCR

Dana Jawad Amr

Programs Manager, Dubai Cares

Iqbal Khan

CEO, Fajr Captal

Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health

Moderator: Joanne Bladd, Director of Content, Philanthropy Age Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


Better Together? Why Governments are Partnering with Non-profits

Governments are partnering with local non-profit education organizations in a range of ways to help them expand access to quality education. In Pakistan, The Citizens Foundation has built over 1,000 independent schools serving low-income children and now manages over 350 government schools under seven diverse PPP agreements. In Madhya Pradesh and Odisha in India, a coalition of non-state actors, facilitated and managed by Central Square Foundation, are working alongside state governments to strengthen the delivery of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in state schools. PEAS is leveraging its experience operating schools to provide a wider range of system strengthening support to the Ugandan government. In this session, leaders from non-profit organisations from South Asia and Africa will share how they are working together with governments to sustainably transform systems at scale. They will explore the perceived benefits and challenges of these partnerships, and discuss how we might expand our understanding of PPPs beyond traditional subsidy or contract management models to broader “Partnerships for Public Purpose (PPP)

Zia Akhter Abbas

Executive Vice President, The Citizens Foundation

Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja

Managing Director, Central Square Foundation

Jenny Groot

Acting CEO, Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS)

Moderator: Aashti Zaidi, Founding CEO, Global Schools Forum Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Investing in Early Childhood: Financing First Things First

This panel will explore what it will take to fully finance comprehensive early childhood development and how the public and private sectors can work together to give every child the best start in life. Whether it’s employment, resilience, creative thinking or working with others, these skills are hardwired in the early years. Around the world, rich and poor countries are failing to deliver on the promises made to the world's youngest children, risking their development and future life chances. By the time a child reaches the age of five, 90% of their brain has already developed. Yet millions of children from poor and marginalised households are unable to access early childhood development services, including education. Countries on average only invest 2% of their education budgets on pre-primary and aid to pre-primary education is less than 1% of global education aid, despite needing to reach 10% to put countries on track for the Sustainable Development Goals.


Sherrie Westin

President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Video: Muppets


Asif Saleh

Executive Director, Bangladesh Rural & Advancement Committee (BRAC)

Sarah Bouchie

Chief Impact Officer, The LEGO Foundation

Omar Abdi

Deputy Executive Director for Programmes, UNICEF

Michael Feigelson

CEO, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Moderator: Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld and Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition for Education


Domestic Financing: Translating Commitments into Action

A conversation to explore what more equitable and efficient financing looks like in practice, with insights from countries as well as multilateral agencies, and evidence of what works for domestic financing.

H.E. Joyce Ndalichako

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Tanzania

Andreas Schleicher

Director of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Manos Antoninis

Director, Global Education Monitoring Report

Moderator: Margarita Focas Licht, Senior Education Specialist, Global Partnership for Education Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Financing is Everybody's Business: Our Options for Adding 66 Million New School Seats Globally in the Next 5 years

If we believe ‘Education is Everybody’s Business,’ then low-fee private schools also have a role to play in rewiring education and unlocking access for more children. This session will debate the financeability of different low-fee private schools operating models, considering the strengths and challenges facing each model to attract increasing incremental funding.

George Werner

Former Minister of Education, Liberia

Grace Matlhape

CEO, SmartStart Social Franchise

Jenny Groot

Acting CEO, Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS)

Moderator: Andrew McCusker, Head of Education Finance, Opportunity International Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Unlocking Innovation to Finance Secondary Education for All

A discussion on how we utilize innovative and equitable financing to ensure secondary education systems, including alternative pathways, reach all young people and prepare them for work and life. We will feature the World Skills Clock that highlights new data of the extent of the global learning and skills crisis.

H.E. David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone

Robert Jenkins

Global Director, Education and Adolescent Development, UNICEF

Dr. Liesbet Steer

Director, Education Commission

Saddam Sayyaleh

Young Global Board member of Generation Unlimited (GenU), Founder of I Learn Jordan Initiative

Moderator: Urmila Sarkar, Senior Adviser, Generation Unlimited (GenU) Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Dubai Cares Ecosystem

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)


Funding for Impact: Good Practices & Investment Needs

Join this interactive dialogue where the world’s education leaders will provide passionate pitches on where future Education investments should be directed for Education in Emergencies and Crisis Contexts. Our pitch experts will try to convince you and our renown panel of Investors –on how to best invest for impact.


Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar

CEO, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

Euan Wilmhurst

Head of Advocacy &Communications, LEGO Foundation

Rebecca Telford

Chief of the Education Section, UNHCR

Mrs. Mariam Al Hammadi

Director, Big Heart Foundation

Pitch Presenters:

Najeeba Wazefadost

Asia Pacific Network of Refugees

Lindsey Brown

New York University

Rita Bissoonauth


Lauren Lichtman

Learning Equality

Judith Flick

WarChild Holland

Education in Emergencies’ Geneva Hub’s representative

Moderator: Jacqueline Strecker, Connected Education Lead. UNHCR Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Education in Crises: Time for a Re-set?

A short, provocative panel discussion exploring what needs to happen over the next five years to improve education opportunities for children and youth in the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Five years on from the creation of Education Cannot Wait at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, despite progress in some areas, threats to education around the world have evolved. COVID-19 has shown, on a scale not seen before, the devastating impact health emergencies can have on learning. This high-level panel will bring together a variety of voices to consider these challenges and address tough questions about the collective global response.


H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadera

President of Central African Republic


H.E. Colm Brophy

Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora, Ireland

H.E. Awut Deng Acui

Minister of Education and Instruction, South Sudan

H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg

CEO and Vice-Chairman, Dubai Cares

Yasmine Sherif

Director, Education Cannot Wait

David Miliband

President and CEO, International Rescue Committee (IRC)

H.E. Faustin-Archange Touadera

President of Central African Republic

H.E Harjit Sajjan

Recorded Video by the Minster of International Development, Canada

Moderator: Alicia Herbert, OBE, Director of the Education, Gender and Equality Directorate (EdGE) at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom


Meaningful Connectivity for Education: Achieving Universal Access with a Purpose

Why is meaningful connectivity - having sufficient data, reliable quality connection, and adequate devices - critical for quality education? This session will explore this question and spotlight countries that have mobilized resources during the current pandemic to show how important meaningful connectivity has been for education

H.E. Paula Ingabire

Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

Ali Cheema

Head of Government & Industry Relations Middle East & Africa, Ericsson

Boutheina Guermazi

Director of Digital Development, World Bank

Christopher Fabian

Co-Founder of UNICEF Innovation and Co-Lead of Giga

Osman Issah

Project Manager, Broadband and Internet Initiatives, Smart Africa

Moderator: Sonia Jorge, Executive Director, A4AI Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Pooled Funding to Pool or Not to Pool

Global funds have transformed the delivery of EiE - connecting education stakeholders to deliver collaborative and rapid responses for children and youth affected by crises. Join us to discuss the benefits and challenges and how we can work together to ensure global funds continue to achieve maximum impact in communities.

Yona Nestel

Inclusive Quality Education Lead, Plan International Canada

Nasser Al-Faqih

Chief Strategic Partnerships, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

Margarita Focas Licht

Manager, Effective Partnerships, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Asif Saleh

Executive Director, BRAC

Moderator: Therese Curran, Regional Education Advisor, NRC Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Last Mile Teachers: Cost-effective Solution to Catch-up

We are facing an unprecedented learning crisis, and yet too often we limit ourselves to business-as-usual thinking. UNESCO estimated a shortage of 69 million teachers even before Covid. How can the education sector draw inspiration from global health and the community healthcare worker model to serve the hardest-to-reach cost-effectively?

George K. Werner

Former Minister of Education, Liberia, Executive Committee Member, Education Outcomes Fund

Harry Anthony Patrinos

Practice Manager, World Bank Group, Europe and Central Asia (virtual)

Manushi Yadav

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Pratham Education Foundation

Moderator: Caitlin Baron, CEO, Luminos Fund Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Connected Education for Refugees Challenge

This event will support the launch of the Refugee Connected Education Challenge, which will work with governments and education actors to make strong commitments to help narrow the growing digital divide faced by displaced learners. We need to ensure that schools that host refugees, and forcibly displaced students, are prioritized and meaningfully included in global and national digital education and connectivity efforts.

Khaled Khalifa

UNHCR's Senior Representative to the GCC Countries

Jessy Inga

Refugee Digital Inclusion Advocate

Dubai Cares representative

Rebecca Telford

UNHCR Chief of Education

Yasmine Sherif

Director, Education Cannot Wait

UNESCO representative

UNICEF representative

  Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Innovative Financing for Education: Loans, Bonds & Beyond


H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair

Chairman, Mashreq Bank and Director, Abdullah Al Ghurair Group of Companies


Justin van Fleet

President, Theirworld

Dr. Amel Karboul

CEO, Education Outcomes Fund

Phyllis Konstanza

UBS Optimus Foundation

Thierry Simon

CEO, Middle East Africa, Crédit Agricole CIB

Carol Karutu

Vice President, Programs, The END Fund

  Moderator: Aman Merchant, Co-Founder and Chief Provocateur, Radicle


  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)

School Health and Nutrition Investor Roundtable

  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


A new Urgency for Funding Results in Education

The session aims to show the key learning from results-based funding in education and highlight how critical these are in the changed landscape of education as a result of theCOVID-19 pandemic. It will bring in expert views from foundations and the private sector set against the backdrop of a renewed set of urgency coming from government and policymakers

Abha Thorat-Shah

Executive Director Social Finance, British Asian Trust

Harry Anthony Patrinos

Practice Manager, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

Moderator: Dhun Davar, Executive Director, Head of Social Finance and India Head - UBS Optimus Foundation and Philanthropy Services Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


The World Cannot Afford SDG4. So What?

To achieve universal primary and secondary schooling, unit costs will have to come down—dramatically. We’ll present new data on the policy preferences of over 900 officials from aid receiving governments. And we’ll debate the comparative cost-effectiveness of policy levers to achieve education goals, with some unpalatable and unexpected suggestions.

Alicia Herbert

OBE, Director of the Education, Gender and Equality Directorate (EdGE) at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom

Carmen Burbano

Director of School Feeding Division, World Food Programme

Biniam Bedasso

Senior Research Associate, Center for Global Development

Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry

Special Rapporteur, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Shem Bodo

Special Rapporteur, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

Moderator: Jack Rossiter, Policy Fellow, Centre for Global Development Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Smart Financing Mechanism

  Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Schools2030 as a Live Case Study in Collaborative Philanthropic Financing: How to Invest in Innovation Through Education During Times of Uncertainty?

Rewiring education requires new collaborative and long-term investments that can form and mature when collective agendas for improving learning are made and sustained. Using the Schools2030 consortium of diverse philanthropic funders as a concrete example, this session provides a deep dive into the funding mechanisms, strategies, and collective potential of working more together as philanthropic and bi-lateral/multi-lateral partners to advance agendas in education innovation and sustainability. Learn, in detail, why such a diverse consortium of funders are joining forces within Schools2030 - and how they have gone about doing so against all odds during COVID-19.

Donika Demovska

Chief Knowledge Officer, Jacobs Foundation

Ryan Burgess

Director of Primary and Secondary Education and TVET, Porticus

Bethiel Holton

Programme Officer, Oak Foundation

Laura Savage

Executive Director, International Education Funders Group

Moderators: Dr. Andrew Cunningham, Global Lead, Education, Aga Khan Foundation
Nada Al Hajjri, Acting Director of Programs, Dubai Cares
Venue: Future Hall (45 mins)


High-Level Panel: Launch of RewirEd Declaration on Connectivity for Education: Framework for Action and Investment

Launch of the RewirEd Declaration on Connectivity for Education, which has been developed by UNESCO in partnership with Dubai Cares to ensure that connected technology better supports the right to education, drawing on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reflects the inputs of a 22-person expert advisory group and a global consultation process, involving governments, civil society, youth, teachers, researchers, private sectors organizations, and other stakeholder groups. The RewirEd Declaration puts forward principles and commitments to establish normative directions and priorities for the digital transformation of education. It also provides important orientation for educational financing. The launch will include a high-level panel discussion about the ways the Declaration can help steer financing efforts and initiatives, followed by a high-level panel on various ways to finance this effort.


H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Crown Prince of Dubai


H.E. Antti Kurvinen

Minister of Science and Culture, Finland

Stefania Giannini

Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

Alex Wong

Chief of Special Initiatives, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Zohra Yermeche

Program Director, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson


H.E. Joseph Wakaba Mucheru

Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya

Dr. Liesbet Steer

Director, Education Commission

Olusegun Ogunsanya

Managing Director and CEO, Airtel Africa

Christopher Fabian

Co-Founder of UNICEF Innovation and Co-Lead of Giga

Robert Jenkins

Global Director, Education and Adolescent Development, UNICEF

Moderator: Jane Mann, Director of Education Reform, Cambridge University Press

Collaborations Session (Big Change & Learning Planet)

  Venue: Think Tank (60 mins)


  Venue: The Loft (60 mins)


Getting the Costs and the Effectiveness Right in Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Education

With limited time and funding to meet the scale of our global learning crisis, investments must be not only effective, but cost-effective. Yet, cost and cost-effectiveness studies are rare, and even more rarely made public. This panel will explore tools and research to improve the efficiency of global education investments.

Dayoung Lee

Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Milena Castellnou

CEO, Education Outcomes Fund

Emily Gustafsson-Wright

Senior Fellow Centre for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution

Moderator: Abha Thorat-Shah, Executive Director Social Finance, British Asian Trust Venue: Talent Arena (45 mins)


Transition from Beneficiary to Donor Country: Education at the Core

Kersti Kaljulaid

Former President of Estonia

  Venue: Debate Arena (45 mins)


Marginal Gain for Marginalised Girls: How Can Better Education Financing Commitments Really Deliver Gender Equality in Education?

Education Development Trust invites you to an interactive discussion with education ministers and leaders to unpack ‘how’ they see the unprecedented global financial commitments to girls’ education delivering value for money and impact for marginalised girls. What does the evidence tell us? What do you think? Let’s debate, challenge and improve solutions together.

Alicia Herbert

OBE, Director of the Education, Gender and Equality Directorate (EdGE) at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom

Ruth Kagia

Deputy Chief of Staff for the Policy and Strategy Office of the President of Kenya

Roland Hancock

Partner, Education, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Moderator: Dr. Patrick Brazier, Chief Executive, Education Development Trust Venue: Classroom Hall (45 mins)


Dignified Storytelling: Teaching Information Literacy in the Age of Digital Media

Digital media is a powerful influencer of social change as a tool for communications and a channel for the wide dissemination of information and knowledge. The rise of digital media has added new complexity to the relationship between schools and media.

This event will explore the important role of education in fostering the skills needed to critically examine the digital stories and information that we consume daily. It will also explore the question of how media sources, social media corporations, and educational institutions can collaborate more effectively to ensure that information literacy is central to education – towards the creation of more just, open societies built on accurate information.

We all have important roles to play in fostering the competencies needed to decode digital media. This event highlights the role of education systems and global media corporations in teaching the skills needed to analyse the many types of stories that we consume daily in our increasingly digitised world.

Niamh Spelman

General Manager of the Solutions Sales Unit, Microsoft

Michail Bletsas

Director of Computing and Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab

H.E. Mona Ghanem Al Marri

Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Officee

Derek Murray Wyatt

former Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

Moderator: Phil Noble, Founder of World Class Scholars and Digital Innovator in Global Civic Sector


Closing Segment for Education Financing Day: Future of Education and Governance

Closing Remarks:

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy

Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director for the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau

Evening Events


Ministerial Dinner

Format: Invitation Only

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