1. Ramji Raghavan ( Organizing chairman ) is an India based social innovator and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chairman of Agastya International Foundation, a Non Profit, sparking curiosity, creativity and leadership amongst underprivileged children and government school teachers. Ramji is also a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education, Government of India, Karnataka State Innovation Council, a board member of Vigyan Prasar, Government of India, board member of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, executive committee member of the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and has served as a member of the Working Group on Attracting Children to Science and Math of the Prime Minister’s National Knowledge Commission. He is also a well recognized public speaker and has spoken at the Education World Forum, the annual INK Conference in association with TED, the Clinton Global Initiative, Harvard India Conference, MIT Media Lab, Peking University, Indian Institute of Science, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research the PanIIT Conference, the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, the WISE Summit 2014, Qatar and Indiaspora, USA.
2. Gavin Dykes is Program Director for the Education World Forum which began in 2004 and has taken place each year since. It brings together Ministers of Education and senior leaders to share experience and debate policy challenges and practice. In the last event in January 2016, over 80 ministers have participated, and 97 countries were represented. Gavin is also Program Director for the Asian Summit on Education and Skills which takes place in India.
He is Co-founder and Chair of Education Fast Forward, a charity focused on sharing and improving understanding of key education issues. Education Fast Forward convenes global discussions and debates using an innovative blend of technologies and social media to bring participation within the reach of the widest range of stakeholders. At the last event based in UNESCO in February 2016 as part of Mobile Learning Week, Quality and Innovation were debated with participants from 17 countries, and the video stream enabled just under 500people to contribute by twitter, with over 3 million tweet recipients.
Gavin also supports teaching, learning and innovation in education through a range of consulting roles. His clients have included the OECD, the World Bank, UNESCO, governments and commercial corporations. For example, in 2012 Gavin was lead author for the UNESCO Publication, Mobile Learning for Teachers in Europe. In June 2014 he chaired the OECD’s ministerial meeting in Japan to launch the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey publication, and he was facilitator for the OECD’s Global Education Industry Summit in Helsinki in October 2015.
Gavin started working life as a Civil Engineer. He then moved into teaching and leading in further then higher education. Following innovative initiatives in which, for example, he and his students worked with the Football Association Premier League to develop support in learning for young professional footballers, he was invited to work on secondment to the English Government’s ICT in Schools Division, the Government’s Innovation Unit and then Futurelab. His international work has developed from these foundations.
Gavin has particular interests in developing and supporting learner voice as well and believes that much can be achieved through project or challenge based, authentic learning.
3. Ajith Basu is Chief Program Executive at Agastya International Foundation (www.agastya.org). His role involves Program Development & Management.
He coordinates ‘Constructivism’ based Teacher Training Programs, 'Giftedness' Identification Program among rural children with National Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (GOI); Impact Assessment, Young Instructor Leader Program (YILP), installation of GOI sponsored ‘Innovation Hub’ at Agastya’s campus, Theatre Program, Art & Design programs and several such initiatives. In the past he coordinated Agastya’s leadership of HP Catalyst New Learner (Global) Consortium which worked in across 8 countries.
He comes with several years of experience in Instructional Design, Leadership / Teacher Training and Project-Program Management.