The following speakers are already confirmed
Sara de Freitas
Sara is an executive consultant, professor, former university Deputy Vice Chancellor, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of London.
An eminent educator with twenty-five years’ experience working in higher education in Europe and Australia, Sara has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sector and is a champion of enhancing the educational experience. She has been a driving force for the use of learning games for over a decade and has led numerous programmes of higher educational curriculum development, organizational transformation and global engagement.
Named the most “Influential Woman in Technology” by Fast Company in both 2009 and 2010, Sara’s research to date has been led to the publication of 7 books and over 200 papers and she has delivered over 140 keynote speeches to audiences around the world. She continues to influence sectoral change working as a consultant and adviser to public and private sector organisations in the areas of education, health, media, and manufacturing (to name but a few).
Pere Juarez Vives
Pere is a Professor at the University of Barcelona who focuses on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and agile Learning methodologies. He uses games and Lego® Serious Play® for all his executive training assignments. Pere has also taught at IESE Business School, Toulouse Business School, and LATAM Business School. Before entering academia, Pere worked for Philips where – among other things – he developed and facilitated High Performing Teams in Knowledge and Innovation Management. He served as an International Business Learning Games Competition judge in 2017.
Pere holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Barcelona, a MSc in Computer Science from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and a PhD in Educational Innovation from the University of Barcelona. He is a qualified Excellence Assessor, a Certified Lego® Serious Play facilitator, and a Fellow of the Business Excellence Institute.
Michael is a multidisciplinary scholarly-practitioner with experience in design thinking, information systems, knowledge management, education, and games. Having worked in business and as entrepreneur, he moved into education and – despite being a fan of innovative and disruptive approaches to education – has served as an Adjunct Professor at a number of universities in the US.
He is an internationally recognized thought leader on game-based Learning and co-author of the upcoming book The Professor and the Mad Man’s Guide to Successful Game-Based Learning. Michael has won awards for teaching excellence and is an award winning author of papers on both educational technology and business. He also serves as a research advisor for the Harvard Business Review.
Michael holds a PhD in Knowledge Management (McGill University). He is a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the Business Excellence Institute. He has been a International Business Learning Games competition judge since 2017.
Rob Alvarez Bucholska
Rob works for IE Business School in Madrid – one of the world’s leading business schools – as their Publishing Manager where he leads the publication of active learning experiences and paper-based learning materials. He is also the founder and host of the Professor Game, a weekly podcast featuring with interviews with leading thinkers and practitioners who are bringing games to education around the world.
Rob, whose interest in games started when he got his first Nintendo aged seven, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering (Universidad Simón Bolívar) and an MBA (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración).
Lars is Director of Learning at the software, engineering, and consulting firm DHI. He has previously served as a Learning Architect at Henley Business School – where he also taught personal development to executive MBAs. He has worked as a management consultant for Gartner Group and Nykredit and has founded two companies within game-based learning; Games & Theory and ADEO. Lars serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Copenhagen and as external examiner at both Aarhus University and at the Technical University of Denmark. He has designed well over 40 games for learning and change in large organizations and is serving as a judge for the 2018 International Business Learning Games Competition.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen as well as numerous certifications in psychometrics tests and learning tools. His interests include sports, science and playing all kinds of board games. Since 1999, Lars has designed well over 40 analogue games for learning and change in large organizations.