Dr Caroline Ladewig

Senior Management Consultant, Grosvenor Performance Group
  • Grosvenor Performance Group
  • Australia
Helen Connolly

SA Commissioner for Children and Young People, Government of South Australia

Helen Connolly is South Australia's inaugural Commissioner for Children and Young People. Her role is to promote and advocate for the rights, development and wellbeing of all children and young people in South Australia with a special focus on vulnerable children who are less likely to have their voices heard. Helen has 30 years of experience as a leader in human services. Throughout her career, she has taken an active advocacy role on the main policy issues that impact the wellbeing of Australian families and children, with a strong focus on early intervention and prevention strategies.

Tang Wee Teo

Associate Professor, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Tang Wee Teo (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is the Co-Head of the Multi-centric Education, Research and Industry STEM Centre (meriSTEM@NIE) and the founding Co Editor-in-Chief of Research in Integrated STEM Education. Tang Wee also serves as an Editorial Board Member of the journal Asian Women (Social Science Citation Indexed). As an equity scholar in STEM education, her work focuses on underprivileged and underrepresented groups in STEM education, including women/girls. 

Georgina Rippon

Author, The Gendered Brain; Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Neuroimaging, Aston Brain Centre, Aston University

Gina Rippon is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Aston Brain Centre in the United Kingdom, using brain imaging techniques to investigate developmental disorders such as autism. Her work also work challenges the myth that gender gaps are linked to ‘essential’ differences between female and male brains. She is an outspoken critic of "neurotrash", the populist (mis)use of neuroscience research to (mis)represent our understanding of the brain and to prop up outdated stereotypes. Her book on this topic, ‘The Gendered Brain’, was published in 2019.

Vincent F. Hendricks

Professor of Formal Philosophy; Director of Center for Information and Bubble Studies, University of Copenhagen

Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. Hendricks is the author of multiple books on logic, methodology, formal epistemology, attention economics, information theory and bubble studies and has been was awarded a number of prizes for his research among them The Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, The Roskilde Festival Elite Research Prize, Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award and The Rosenkjær Prize. He was Editor-in-Chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science between 2005-2015. 

Ken Bluestone

Head of Policy and Influencing, Age International

Ken leads Age International’s policy and influencing work in the UK and internationally on issues affecting older people in lower and middle-income countries.

Ken's team focuses on government relations, parliamentary work, research, and building relationships with stakeholders who have a policy interest in ageing and international development. Ken has worked in policy and influencing for over 30 years with a wide range of NGOs, including: ACORD, CIIR, VSO and The Water Dialogues. He is on the Board of Directors of CommonAge and was previously Chair of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP).

Andreas Schleicher

Director, Education and Skills, OECD

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
James Robson

Deputy Director of Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, Oxford University

James Robson is Deputy Director of Oxford University’s Centre for Skills, Knowledge, and Organisational Performance (SKOPE). His research focuses on structures, policies and political economies of Higher, Tertiary and Adult Education systems with a particular focus on the intersection between education and employment, skills supply and demand, research eco-systems, and social justice. Recent projects have focused on narrative skills in business contexts, reconceptualising the value of humanities degrees, global science eco-systems, and widening participation in elite HE. He has received major research funding from the ESRC, the AHRC, GCRF, the Edge Foundation, the Royal Society, and the British Academy.