Keynote Speakers & Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel Day 1: Opening Up Poland

The panel will focus on sharing experiences from Open Education leaders in Poland. Speakers invited to the the panel will represent different sectors – higher education, governmental and non-governmental in which Open Education initiatives are present. Sharing good practices and case studies from implementations will be the main focus of the panel. The discussion will concentrate on opportunities and enablers but also will consider and reflect upon barriers and measures to overcome in each sector represented.

List of the panelists:

Zbigniew Kąkol, Vice Rector for Science, AGH University of Science and Technology
Jan Kozłowski – Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Kamil Śliwowski – Coalition for Open Education
Krzysztof Kurowski – Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center
Alek Tarkowski – Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt Polska (moderator)

Plenary Panel Day 2: Opening Up Europe

Jan Gondol

Panel Speaker: Jan Gondol, PhD., worked for the Slovak government in 2014 and 2015. During this time he was a manager of the COMSODE open data project at the Ministry of Interior and was responsible for Slovakia’s open data commitments under the Open Government Partnership (OGP) umbrella. He also introduced the theme of open education in the country’s OGP second National Action Plan and drove the initiative to build foundations for OER policy and open access policy in Slovakia.

He’s now working with several organizations to promote open data, open education and open source software. He lives in Bratislava with his wife Lenuška and two children, Olivia and Hugo. More information:

Anka Mulder

Panel Speaker: Since April 2013, Anka Mulder is Vice-President at TU Delft responsible for Education and Operations. Furthermore she is a member of the edX University Advisory Board, a global network of universities including Harvard, MIT and Berkeley, that produce Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and promote innovation in education worldwide. She is member of the Supervisory Board of the Hotel School The Hague and of the Comité d’orientation stratégique of the University of Sorbonne.

In 2008 Anka Mulder was a member, from 2011 to 2013 president of the board of the international OpenCourseWare Consortium. The Consortium is the largest international organisation in the field of free online provision of education in the form of complete courses. From 2011 to 2013 she combined the post of director with that of Secretary General of the university.

Anka Mulder studied History at the University of Groningen, where she later lectured in International Relations. She worked in Brussels, Vienna and The Hague and became Director of Education at TU Delft in 2004.

Lisa Marie Blaschke

Lisa Marie Blaschke, is program director of the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning (MDE) graduate program at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, as well as an associate professor (adjunct faculty) within the MDE at the University of Maryland University College, USA. She is a vice-president and executive committee member of the European Distance Education and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and an EDEN Fellow. Her research interests are in the areas of lifelong and self-determined learning (heutagogy) and the pedagogical application of Web 2.0 technologies. Before rejoining academia in 2006, Lisa was head of information development for SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany, designing, leading, and implementing enterprise-wide knowledge management and training solutions. Lisa is also head of a communications consulting firm, which offers education services, from e-learning design and development to project management.

Jaroslaw Lipszyc

Keynote Speaker Day 3

Jarosław Lipszyc is the President of the Modern Poland Foundation. Before he started working for the Modern Poland Foundation, for many years he had worked as a journalist, poet and musician, and currently he is an active booster of modern education and free culture. He co-founded the Coalition for Open Education.

He was the author of the concept and the contributor to such OER initiatives as the portal “Włącz Polskę” (eng: Turn Poland On) and the “E-textbook” project (the major element of the “Digital School” reform) prepared by the Polish Ministry of Education. He plays a substantial role in all projects conducted by the Modern Poland Foundation; he leads workshops for teachers and gives lectures on subjects related to new technology, education and the Internet law.

He promotes dialogue and cooperation between NGOs and public administration. His main area of interest is free speech in the age of digital technology.