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2023 Keynote Speaker


Speaker I


Dr. Sven Schuett, CEO of IU Group, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Biography: Sven joined the IU in Fall 2010 when IU has been a small campus-based university. Under Sven’s leadership IU has developed into the largest German university as well as the largest European EdTech player. During this time IU has developed the largest integrated digital education platform for university education to fulfill its vision to democratize education across the globe.
Previously, Sven was Managing Director of the Hertie School of Governance, a private University based in Berlin with over 50 % of international students and a very strong growth path.
From 2005 to 2008, Sven developed and implemented the reform of the German public employment service – one of the biggest and most successful reforms in the public sector in Europe. Amongst others, the German public employment service is the largest provider of further education with a yearly budget of ~ 10 billion € p.a..
Beforehand, Sven worked as a Consultant at McKinsey&Co focusing on engagements in the service sector.
He graduated in physics and philosophy and has completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology on Learning, Development and Data Science in 2001

Speaker II


Prof. Edmundo Tovar,Technical University of Madrid, Spain

Biography: Edmundo Tovar, received the computer engineering degree and Ph.D. degree in informatics from the Madrid Technical University (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM), Madrid, Spain, in 1986 and 1994, respectively. He is currently with the UPM as a Professor of information technology in enterprise. He has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (2009–2013), Executive Director of the OCW Office of the UPM (2008–2012), and Executive Director of the Open Education Office at UPM (2013-2016).
President of IEEE Education Society (2021-2022) and junior past President (2023-2024). He leads the UPM Research Group REFERENT in technologies applied to Open Education. He has been awarded with the 2022 Research National Prize in Computer Engineering.