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Mark Surman,

Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

A  community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox and one of the largest social enterprises in the world. At Mozilla, he is focused on using the open technology and ethos of the web to transform fields such as education, journalism and filmmaking. Mark has overseen the development of Popcorn.js, which Wired has called the future of online video; the Open Badges initiative, launched by the US Secretary of Education; and the Knight Mozilla News Technology partnership, which seeks to reinvent the future of digital  journalism.

Prior to joining Mozilla, Mark was awarded one of the first Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowships, where he explored the application of open principles to philanthropy. During his fellowship, he advised a Harvard Berkman study on open source licensing in foundations, was the lead author on the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, and organized the first open education track at the iCommons Summit, which led to him becoming a founding board member of Peer-to-peer University (P2PU).

Mark Surman

Mark Surman

Dirk Van Damme

Head of Division in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD in Paris

Van Damme currently is Head of Division in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD in Paris. He holds a PhD in educational sciences from Ghent University and is also professor of educational sciences in the same university (since 1995). In his academic career he was also part-time professor in comparative education at the Free University of Brussels (1997-2000) and visiting professor of comparative education at Seton Hall University, NJ, USA (2001-2008). He spent many years in various positions in the field of education policy in the Flemish part of Belgium, among others as general director of the Flemish Rectors’ Conference, as deputy chief of staff for various Flemish education ministers, and as chief of staff of Mr Frank Vandenbroucke, Flemish minister of education between 2004 and 2008. Before joining the OECD in 2008 he was an expert for various international organisations, mainly on higher education policy, quality assurance and accreditation and innovation. His current interests are evidence-based innovation in education, comparative analyses of educational systems, innovation in teaching and learning environments, open education, new developments in the learning sciences and knowledge management in education. At the OECD he is responsible for the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), leading both the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Indicators of Educational Systems (INES) programme responsible for the yearly flagship publication Education at a Glance.

Dirk Van Damme

Dirk Van Damme

Kai Kight

Speaker for ACE Awards Ceremony

Kai Kight is an emblem of purpose and ingenuity. He believes in a future where all feel compelled to offer their unique passion to the world.

Described as a “virtuosic visionary”, Kai Kight teaches individuals and organizations how to become innovative leaders in their lives and work. A heralded violinist, composer and speaker, Kai has created impactful experiences for audiences ranging from top executives to MBA students. His mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose a path of imagination and fulfillment.

A product of Stanford University’s innovation mecca, the d. School, Kai remains fascinated by the leaders, artists, and companies who dare to be different. He has discovered some noteworthy principles which guide how they behave and dedicatedly empowers the world with his findings through his unique and effective CREATE: framework.

Kai Kight