Annual Conference 2018 – Speakers
Prof Dr Kim Shinil is Professor Emeritus at the Seoul National University (SNU) and Adviser of Korean Federation for Lifelong Education. Prof. Kim is one of the leading advocates and architects of lifelong learning in Korea and in East Asia. He studied at SNU and the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught Adult Education as well as Sociology of Education at SNU for most of his professional career. He has been also instrumental in the founding of organisations important to a learning society, including the East Asia Forum for Adult Education and the National Institute for Lifelong Education. He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, 2006-2008. In this position, he enhanced the visibility of adult education and lifelong learning in his country and internationally.
Denitsa Sacheva holds an MA degree in Public Relations from the Faculty on Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and an MA degree in health management from the Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov Univerity of Bourgas. She is a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Pedagogics awarded by Neophit Rilski South West University of Blagoevgrad. Her professional carrier began in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy holding different positions – from specialist to head of sector in the National Centre for Social Assistance. In 1999 she is one of the first employees of the newly founded National Health Insurance Fund and became Head of Directorate for International Cooperation, European integration and projects. In 1999 – 2001 Denitsa Sacheva was head of the cabinet of the Minister of Health responsible for the liaisons with international institutions, IMF, World Bank and European Commission. In 2016 – 2017 she . Denitsa Sacheva is fluent in English, works with German and Russian.
Prof Rineke Smilde is a musician and social scientist. She is Professor of Lifelong Learning in Music at Hanze University (Prince Claus Conservatoire) in Groningen and at the University of Music & Performing Arts in Vienna. She leads the international research group ‘Lifelong Learning in Music’ that examines questions on the relationship between musicians and society, and what engaging with ‘new audiences’ means for the different roles, learning and leadership of musicians. Her particular research interests are into biographical learning within the context of lifelong and lifewide learning. Rineke has published numerous articles and book chapters on different aspects of lifelong learning in (higher) music education. She lectures and gives presentations worldwide. Her book ‘Musicians as Lifelong Learners: Discovery through Biography’ (2009) underpinned curriculum development and continuing professional development in various European institutions.
Prof Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is a learning innovation expert and has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2016 he held the position of Vicepresident at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He held positions as Associate Professor of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning of University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA).
Michel Servoz is the Special Adviser to President Juncker for Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Labour. Prior to joining the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the European Commission, Michel was Director-General of Directorate-General "Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion" from 2014 to 2018. Earlier (2011-2014), he was Deputy Secretary General responsible for coordination of the EU Semester and the upcoming Multi-Annual Financial Framework. Michel has diplomas from the Institute of Political Science and the National School for Judges in Paris, and a Master Degree in Law. Prior to joining the Commission, Michel has experience working as a Law Professor, Judge and Deputy Secretary General of the Court of Cassation in Paris.
Stefan Zotti (* 1976, Vienna) holds a doctoral degree in Catholic Theology from the University of Vienna and a master degree in European Studies from the Danube University Krems. He started his professional career as assistant to an Austrian Member of the European Parliament. 2007 he became political adviser to the Minister for Science and Research on national and European research and innovation policy and acting Head of cabinet in 2009. In 2010 Dr Zotti joined the cabinet of Mr Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy. One of the main tasks he dealt with was establishing stronger ties between regional development and national or regional research and innovation strategies the context of theEuropean Cohesion policy’s reform. Since January 2016 he acts Director General of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD GmbH). He is Vice-president of the European Academic Cooperation Association and since 2017 he also serves as CEO “Innovationsstiftung Bildung”.
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