Speakers for the November 2014 TEDxASB Event
Dr. Rachel Sturman
Rachel Sturman is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College, a small liberal arts college near Boston, in southern Maine, where she teaches the history of modern India. She holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She has received grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Institute for Indian Studies, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholar Program).
Her interests have included colonialism, law, urban history, and histories of manual labor and labor activism. She has written a book about colonial property law in the Bombay region, published by Cambridge University Press, and her shorter writings have been published in numerous academic journals.
She is currently in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow, to conduct research for a book she plans to write about the building, sanitation, and food industries in the city of Bombay since the early twentieth century.
Sukriti believes efficient, simple, cross disciplinary design is a large part of the solution to Earth’s resource inequality & environmental problems. She is the Co-Founder of the Academy For Earth Sustainability, which helps schools, businesses, and individuals gain critical life skills and knowledge through collaborative, hands-on projects in sustainability. She has spent many years developing & leading educational workshops with schools and corporates at Ark Eden on Lantau, a similar permaculture education model. Holding a degree in Sustainable Design & Fine Arts from George Washington University, she has worked and consulted internationally at top hospitality firms, in both interiors and resource management. She is a passionate gender activist, outdoor enthusiast and self-professed shark lover.
Speakers for the February 2014 TEDxASB Event
Dr. Julie Anne Hudman is a public policy expert with over two decades of experience in the analysis, development and execution of social programs and policies with an emphasis on health care finance strategies and policies. She has lived in Mumbai since January 2012, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at St. Xavier's College and a consultant to the Reliance Foundation where she develops and helps execute strategies to improve implementation and evaluation of the Foundation's health outreach programs.
Since moving to India, Dr. Hudman has also worked with: IndiaSpend, a start-up non-profit organization that uses open data sources to analyze and report on a wide range of public policy issues to foster better governance, transparency and accountability in the Indian government; SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action), where she helped develop public policy initiatives to enhance visibility and communication of their successful interventions to improve the health outcomes of women and children residing in Mumbai’s slums, and; The Gates Foundation, where she assisted with the Foundation's partnership with the state government of Uttar Pradesh on public policy efforts on women and children's health.
Prior to moving to India, Dr. Hudman was a Cabinet member to Mayor Adrian Fenty in Washington, DC and Associate Director at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She earlier held health policy and research positions at the state and national level. Dr. Hudman has a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and an MPP from Georgetown.
She is a proud mom to Maya (3a) and Jay (2a) Kakani, both students at ASB; and founder of ASB Cares, a parent-led organization that provides opportunities for ASB parents and families to volunteer with non-profits in Mumbai.
Rikin Gandhi is chief executive officer of Digital Green. His interests include sustainable agriculture and technology for socioeconomic development. Rikin received a master's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from MIT and a bachelor's in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Rikin is a licensed private pilot and received patents for linguistic search algorithms that he helped develop at Oracle. Born and raised in the U.S., Rikin ventured to rural India to start up a social enterprise to develop biofuels.
He then joined Microsoft Research in Bangalore, India as a researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets team that incubated Digital Green. Digital Green is now an independent, not-for-profit organization with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Google, and others.
Gary Stager is an internationally recognized educator, speaker, journalist, consultant, and founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools (1990) and has taught students from preschool through doctoral programs. His new book (written with Sylvia Martinez), Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, explores the maker revolution and its implications for school reform. When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.
In 1999, Converge Magazine named Gary a “shaper of our future and inventor of our destiny.” The National School Boards Association recognized Dr. Stager with the distinction of “20 Leaders to Watch” in 2007. The June 2010 issue of Tech & Learning Magazine named Gary Stager as “one of today’s leaders who are changing the landscape of edtech through innovation and leadership.” CUE presented Gary with its 2012 Technology in Learning Leadership Award. A popular speaker, Dr. Stager has been a keynote speaker at major conferences around the world.
Gary was the new media producer for The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project – Simpatíco, 2007 Grammy Award Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Dr. Stager is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and a Senior S.T.E.M. and Education Consultant to leading school architecture firm, Fielding Nair International. Gary also works with teachers and students as S.T.E.M. Director at The Oaks School in Hollywood, California. Dr.Stager’s blog may be found at http://stager.tv/blog.
Speakers for the November 2013 TEDxASB Event
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is the author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and a member of the Buck Institute for Education National Faculty.
Inspired by educators who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom, she consults with teachers who are ready to shift their practice to project-based learning (PBL). A frequent conference presenter, she also has worked with educators online, facilitating webinars and extended professional development events such as a summer PBL Camp for the Edutopiaaudience. In 2011, she spent several weeks delivering workshops on project-based learning to teachers across India.
Her professional expertise extends beyond the traditional school day. She has developed programs for nonprofit organizations that teach youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions. A recent focus has been introducing project-based learning strategies to after-school providers to enrich the out-of-school-time experiences of at-risk youth.
Her wide-ranging interests in education were shaped by several years as a writer, editor, and field researcher for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now known as Education Northwest). Working at the lab, which focuses on applied research in a multi-state region, offered a useful complement to her previous experience as a journalism instructor at the community college level.
Eshaan Patheria is a senior at the American School of Bombay who has the belief that technology enriches an education; he has experienced it first-hand. In 2010, he founded Plugged In to teach digital literacy to Municipal School students, to fulfill an extended vision: that economic disparity should not limit who can be enriched and empowered by an education in an era of technology. His endeavor has met many challenges that emphasized the scale and depth of what it would mean to realize his vision. Plugged In is just a small start up in the context of fulfilling the goal of empowerment of all students. To be a student social entrepreneur means to target an element of a larger problem. Eshaan looks forward to seeing many more student social entrepreneurs lead society to embrace the challenges that are beyond the scope of Plugged In, to make digital literacy a fundamental right of every 21st century student.
Speakers for the April 2013 TEDxASB Event
Shantanu Moitra is an Indian music director who has composed music for the Hindi film industry, and is most known for his score in films Parineeta (2005), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), and private albums, Mann ke Manjeere and Ab ke Saawan sung by Shubha Mudgal.
Shantanu was born in Lucknow; his father came from a Bengali musical family. He was very young when he moved to Delhi. He was the singer of his school band that created history of sorts by hosting the school's first rock show. "What was even better was receiving an award in school for my contribution to music at a time when my school, Springdales, didn't usually give awards for music. When I look back now, I think the award instilled huge confidence in me," he said. He went on to graduate in Economics from Delhi University.
Shantanu started his career as a client servicing executive at an ad agency, while music remained a hobby. He started composing music for advertising jingles accidently, when he was asked to compose a jingle at the last minute by the creative head of an agency. The jingle became an instant hit, and he later composed several jingles for several advertising brands. This led to composing music for several hit Indipop albums including Ab ke Saawan, Mann ke Manjeere: an album of women's dreams for Breakthrough, and Sapna Dekha Hai Maine (2003) for Shubha Mudgal.
In 2002 Shantanu moved to Mumbai when he started working for Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, his first signed film, and soon teamed up with lyricist Swanand Kirkire, starting with the song, "Bawara Mann. . ." He gained recognition with his music in Parineeta (2005). His music was critically acclaimed and he won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. In 2009, he composed score for his first Bengali film, Antaheen, that received four national awards. His soundtrack for the film 3 Idiots created history by being the most downloaded album ever.
Shantanu continues to compose ad jingles, and recently won a Bronze Lion in Cannes in the category of best music for an advertisement. His love still remains traveling, photography, and archiving folk music and travels round the world, giving talks about need to preserve and keep alive folk music in India.
Andrea Johnston comes from a long line of storytellers. Her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all artists/musicians and teachers, so it's no wonder she has a passion for stories. After years of telling stories as an elementary school teacher, Johnston wanted to blend her passion for teaching and travel, with her passion for art. She found photojournalism a perfect avenue to do just that. Johnston graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where she was awarded Photojournalist of the Year, 2009. After a short bout of freelancing, her teaching roots were calling to her so she returned to the classroom. She is now happily listening to the stories of her Grade 5 students, encouraging them to find their own voices, and embraces any opportunity to tell her tales of her experience living in India. For more stories and photographs please visit her blog http://halfeleven.wordpress.com
Speakers for the January 2013 TEDxASB Event
Dr. Adam Gazzaley
Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed clinical residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the UC San Francisco, an Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His laboratory studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the impact of distraction and multitasking on these abilities. His unique research approach utilizes a powerful combination of human neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)).
A major accomplishment of his research has been to expand our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline. His most recent studies explore how we may enhance our cognitive abilities, and/or prevent them from declining in various neuropsychiatric conditions, via engagement with custom designed video games. Dr. Gazzaley has authored over 70 scientific articles, delivered over 250 invited presentations around the world, and his research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-‐impact media, such as The New York Times, Wall Streett Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News. Recently, he wrote and hosted the nationally televised, PBS-‐sponsored special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adamt Gazzaley”. Awards and honors for his research include the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Award, the Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging, and the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award in Neurobehavioral Science.
Dr. David A. Sousa
Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
Dr. Sousa has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.
Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).
Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns, third edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns, second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns; How the Brain Learns to Read; How the Brain Influences Behavior; How the ELL Brain Learns; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers’ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain, suggests ways for educators to lead today’s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian and several other languages.
Dr. Sousa is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now called Learning Forward). He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Bridgewater (Mass.) State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.
Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.
Dr. Judy Willis
Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research regarding learning and the brain. With the unique background as both a neurologist and classroom teacher, she writes extensively for professional educational journals and has written six books about applying the mind, brain, and education research to classroom teaching strategies, including an ASCD top seller, Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree.
She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.
Currently, Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California, gives neuroeducation presentations, and conducts professional development workshops nationally and internationally about educational strategies correlated with neuroscience research. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, a “Big Thinker on Education” and is a staff blogger for both Edutopia and Psychology Today online.
Dr. Larry Rosen
Dr. Larry Rosen is Past Chair and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology." Over the past 25-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 30,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries.
He has written five books including: iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us; Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn; Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation; and TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play; and writes a technology column for the newspaper The National Psychologist and a regular blog for the magazine Psychology Today.
Dr. Rosen has been featured extensively in television, print, and radio media and has been a commentator on Good Morning America, NPR, and CNN. He has been quoted in hundreds of magazines and newspapers including USA Today, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He maintains an extremely active research program and his most recent investigations include:
(1) Generational differences in technology use and multitasking,
(2) Integrating technology in education,
(3) The impact of social networks on adolescents and parents,
(4) Online empathy,
(5) The impact of task switching during studying and in the classroom, and
(6) The impact of texting language on English literacy.
He has four children including two in the iGeneration and two in the Net Generation and lives in San Diego, California.
Speakers for the April 2012 TEDxASB Event
Bittu is the editor of Sanctuary Asia Magazine and the Founder of Kids for Tigers, the Sanctuary Tiger Programme involving one million children across India. He is also a member of the Government of India's National Board for Wildlife. His work centers around issues that connect biodiversity conservation and deforestation to climate change. He advocates for investments in low carbon energy and ecosystem protection as an adaptation and mitigation strategy against the worst impacts of climate change.
Sanjeev has been serving as the CEO of Reliance Entertainment since 2009, the movie production, distribution, home entertainment and animation arm of the Reliance Group, based out of Mumbai, India.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment and advertising industry with Ogilvy and Mather Advertising in India, The Walt Disney Company in Asia and the US and the Weinstein Company in New York in senior international positions across movies, video games, consumer products and advertising for global brands.
In his current role he is responsible for managing the development of movies in Indian Languages and their distribution, marketing and sales worldwide across all platforms for Reliance Entertainment, the production and distribution of home entertainment products in Indian language films and major Hollywood Studios including Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and Breakworks, plus the development of animated content for both television and feature films.
Speakers for the February 2012 TEDxASB Event
_Safeena has been committed to girls' education in India since 2002. She has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. From 1997 to 2004, she was the Chief Executive Director for Child Family Health International in San Francisco, managing and supporting a range of development programs in the area of health. She was also Board Chair of the International Development Exchange in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as serving on the Advisory Council of the Clarence Foundation. Safeena Husain holds a B.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She was recently elected as one of the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders to engage in discussions about “Worlds Apart Together: Shared Values for an Asia-Pacific Community.”
_Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is a mythologist, leadership coach and the Chief Belief Officer of the Future Group. Trained in medicine, he worked for 14 years in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry and had brief stint with Ernst and Young as Business Advisor before turning his hobby into a vocation. He has written and lectures extensively on the relevance of myth and mythology and the cultural differences in notions of business and governance. His column Management Mythos in Corporate Dossier of Economic Times has been a reader's favorite for the past 4 years. His expertise lies in Myth Theory based on Mythology, especially Indian Mythology. He calls this Business Sutra. His best seller books include "Jaya: an illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata", and "7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art". To know more visit devdutt.com
_Globe-trotting percussion ensemble Tālavya revels in the hidden potency of the Indian hand drums - tabla as a rhythmic and melodic instrument capable of expressing just about anything. Composed by music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil and performed by young, highly trained tabla players, Tālavya was created with the intention of showcasing the power of this ancient drum in a form that expands its palette and audience, while keeping to the essence of Indian classical music. The compositions are filled with the nuances of classical tabla, while appealing to contemporary music sensibilities, thus striking a balance between tradition and modernity.
Tālavya is comprised Rushi Vakil, Kaumil Shah, Sahil Patel and Rahul Shrimali on tabla with accompaniment by Heena Patel on harmonium.
_Hinesh Jethwani, Founder & Head of Indian Hippy (www.hippy.in), is an entrepreneur with a deep rooted interest in beautifying the ordinary. Indian Hippy offers a gamut of products and services that rekindle the magic and charisma of old school, hand painted movie poster art by infusing it with a fresh dose of innovation. Hinesh holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering and has worked in diverse fields ranging from Technology Journalism to Partner & Program Marketing for Open Source giant, Red Hat India. Before launching Indian Hippy, Hinesh founded and successfully ran a technology outsourcing venture called Text Sourcing that provided technical documentation and marketing services to Fortune 500 client.
Lakshmi Pratury brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. In December 2010, she curated and hosted The INK Conference, in association with TED, (www.theinkconference.com) that carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia. Lakshmi Pratury brings with her a varied and rich experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital and nonprofit organizations. Featured in the list of '100 Most Powerful Women' by Forbes Asia in 2010 (http://www.forbes.com/global/2010/1108/power-women-10-zeti-akhtar-aziz-peggy-liu-women-watch_2.html), Lakshmi has traversed an incredible distance professionally. As a social entrepreneur, Lakshmi was a leading force at the American India Foundation (AIF), where she was part of the management team that raised over $30M in five years to channel towards development activities in India. She was the founder of the Digital Equalizer program, which brought technology education to over 100,000 children and 2,000 teachers in India. Prior to AIF, Lakshmi was a partner at the venture capital firm Global Catalyst Partners. At Global Catalyst Partners, she established relationships between GCP, the development community in India, and key executives in India. Before this Lakshmi was with Intel Corporation for 12 years and had various roles in marketing, marketing communication, advertising, and evangelizing the developer community. Lakshmi holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Nizam College, Hyderabad, India. She attended IIT, Mumbai; got an MBA from the Bajaj Institute, India, and a second MBA from Portland State University, with a minor in theater arts. Lakshmi has published articles in San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Chronicle, Mint (leading business daily in India); interviewed celebrities, contributed to radio shows, including National Public Radio, and acted in local (US) theater. Lakshmi spoke at conferences like TED conference in the US (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/lakshmi_pratury_on_letter_writing.html), the DLD Conference in Germany, and at IIM Bangalore.
__Speakers for the March 2011 TEDxASB Event
Dr. Jillian Campana
Dr. Jillian Campana is the Artistic Director of Studio Three Theatre which focuses on social, political and cross cultural theatre and has performed with the group in Europe, Asia, the US and Brazil. She has been honored at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for her Theatre work in higher education. Jillian is currently conducting a research project in Sweden and Finland that looks at the impact the Arts can have in brain injury rehabilitation as well as preparing to hear her new play, Waking Up In Brahmin Heights, performed at the American Center here in Mumbai in April. Most recently she has used Drama Therapy to help girls who have been rescued from human trafficking. The end of the school year will see Campana returning to the faculty at the University of Montana in the US where she teaches in the Theatre Department and the Creative Pulse, a Masters of Arts teacher program. Campana holds a Ph.D. in Theatre for Social Justice and teaches at various colleges in Mumbai. She is also the high school theatre teacher at the American School of Bombay.
Namita Devidayal is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir 'The Music Room', which was described by Mick Jagger as "the best book on music he has ever read". She also wrote the bestselling novel 'Aftertaste' about an indian business family. She is a graduate of Princeton University and works as a journalist with The Times of India in mumbai.
Speakers for the November 2010 TEDxASB Event
Sharon Lowen has dedicated her life to presenting and promoting excellence in Indian performing arts. Sharon is hailed today as one of the leading international performing artists of three forms of Indian dance: Odissi, Chhau and Manipuri.
This is a remarkable achievement for an artist from the U.S.A. who first arrived in India in 1973 after acquiring her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Humanities, Fine Arts, Asian Studies and Dance from the University of Michigan. She came to India as a Fulbright Scholar to continue her studies of Manipuri dance and learn Odissi and Chhau. Sharon has made India her home to dedicate herself to her work as an artist and to promote education in the arts.
Dev Benegal’s first feature English, August (1994) ignited the next generation of Indian cinema and is acknowledged as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema. His second feature Split Wide Open on the water wars in Bombay premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. Between them the two films have won seven international awards. Dev Benegal’s work represents modern Indian cinema which is distinct from the realist or popular traditions of Indian cinema. The strength of his films has been their humor, the characters and the unique style combining Indian narrative and western genre. The screenplay of his new film, Road, Movie was an official selection at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Speakers for the April 2010 TEDxASB Event
Few individuals choose to walk away at the height of their corporate career to dedicate their life to a social cause. At age 35, John Wood did just that. He quit his position as Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region in order to found Room to Read, an award winning non-profit that over the past nine years has established over 7,500 libraries, donated and published 6 million books, built over 830 schools, and funded over 8,800 long-term scholarships for girls - impacting the lives of over 3.1 million students worldwide.
John has received countless honors for his work, including recognition as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum and as one of Time Magazine's "Asian Heroes." Room to Read is a five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist Award, a recipient of the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Innovation, and a recipient of Draper Richards Fellowship for social entrepreneurs.
Dr. Paul Fochtman
Paul Fochtman is an award-winning educator bringing 20 years of experience exclusively in school administration and strategic planning. He is currently Superintendent of the American School of Bombay. His deep knowledge and experience in organizational learning is reflected in his leadership style and in the success of the schools he leads. He works closely with school owners, school boards, faculty, parents, and students to build world renowned, dynamic, child-centered international schools. He has many years of experience developing and implementing school strategic plans aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and 21st Century learning through the infusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital learning resources. He has executed the world’s most successful and internationally recognized tablet/laptop program that is focused on integrating 21st century skills and standards across the curriculum. Schools under his leadership have ensured enrollment growth and financial good health through effective oversight of school budgets. After a dozen years of experience leading two world-class schools in India, he holds a vast storehouse of knowledge about India. Dr. Fochtman will be leaving ASB at the end of this school year and joining Frankfurt International School/ International School of Wiesbaden as the next Head of School. His blog - The Banyan Tree.
Devdutt Pattanaik is a self-taught mythologist, and the author (and often illustrator) of several works on aspects of myth, including the primer Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology and his most recent book, 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art. He writes a column called "Management Mythos" for Economic Times that juxtaposes myth onto modern leadership challenges. His newest area of inquiry: How is traditional management, as expressed in old Indian cultural narratives, different from modern scientific management techniques?" As the Chief Belief Officer at Future Group in Mumbai, he helps managers harness the power of myth to understand their employees, their companies and their customers. He's working to create a Retail Religion, to build deep, lasting ties between customers and brands.
Speakers for the February 2010 TEDxASB Event
Dr. Scott McLeod
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the United States' leading academic experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. Dr. McLeod is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Administration Program at Iowa State University. He also is the Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE, www.schooltechleadership.org), the country's only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. Dr. McLeod has worked with nearly 40 corporate and organizational partners to provide publications and resources for school administrators. He also has helped numerous schools, districts, and state departments of education with their technology leadership and data-driven accountability challenges. In 2007 he was named as a Leader in Learning by the cable industry; an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International; and one of the National School Board Association's 20 To Watch. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org.
Scott Klososky currently sits on the Boards of ConXpoint, Accord Human Resources, and engages clients on a broad array of advisory tasks including IT strategy, software implementation and design, and technology utilization within organizations. In addition, he speaks professionally on subjects such as technology, future trends and leadership, and is a published author of books on technology and trends. He is a founding partner of a Shryk, LLC, a startup technology company that is providing online banking systems for kids. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Critical Technologies, a company he served as CEO from 2001 until 2004. Klososky’s role at Critical Technologies was to build-out a fledgling Web-based imaging product, rebuild the employee base and product line while also adding referenceable customers.
Previous to his position with Critical Technologies, Klososky served as Vice President of Production for iBEAM Broadcasting® Corporation. Klososky led a 150-person team that covered the geographical areas of California, Oklahoma, New York and London. Under his leadership iBEAM completed two acquisitions, produced $40 million of business to become one of the industry’s leading streaming communications solutions provider.
Scott was the founder and CEO of webcasts.com, a premier Internet broadcaster for interactive webcasts. Webcasts.com established itself as the Web's only full-service broadcast production company, helping clients in the corporate, sports and entertainment industries webcast the most interactive, cost-effective, highest-quality productions. Webcasts.com was acquired by iBEAM for approximately $115 million in stock in April of 2000.
Klososky's predecessor company to webcasts.com was an interactive marketing company, which effectively continued to operate as a division of webcasts.com. In 1999, he spearheaded the acquisition by webcasts.com of The Rock Island Group, a network design and management company, which developed and operated webcasts.com's network for webcast delivery.
Klososky’s vision and leadership positioned webcasts.com to lead with innovations that include the first music CD to launch to the Internet, the first interactive CD-ROM to be used to lobby Congress, and the first CD-ROM/Web-based product designed to generate donations for a non-profit organization. The company’s clients included IBM, Compaq, AOL, Hewlett-Packard, Enron International, Conoco Inc., and BMG Music, among others
Prior to founding webcasts.com's predecessor company in 1994, Klososky was a digital-age international entrepreneur. A protégé of former President Richard M. Nixon's chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, the pair collaborated on "The Haldeman Diaries," a New York Times bestseller. Klososky had the foresight to work with Sony Entertainment and create the diaries into a book/CD-ROM, and it was one of Sony's first profitable CD-ROM products in 1994. Mr. Haldeman passed away before the products were released, so Klososky represented Haldeman as the national book tour spokesman.
In 1988, at the age of 26, Klososky founded one of the first profitable Soviet/American joint ventures, ParaGraph, Inc., with Russian partners including Garry Kasparov, the world chess champion. ParaGraph designed the original handwritten text-recognition software for the Apple Newton and was later sold to Silicon Graphics. The ParaGraph software standard is now commonly used in personal digital assistants.
Inari Kolu, currently a junior at ASB, is a Finnish singer/songwriter who has been composing music since she was 15 years old. She has performed in both Finland and India, most recently for the Bandra Festival and at the Blue Frog. She is currently recording an E.P with Ayan De at Studio 72. She says, “I compose to sing, and I sing to enjoy,” and the piece she performes was especially commissioned for TEDxASB.
Bio: Doug Johnson has been the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of four books: The Indispensable Librarian, The Indispensable Teacher’s Guide to Computer Skills, Teaching Right from Wrong in the Digital Age and Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part. His regular columns appear in Library Media Connection and on the Education World website. Doug’s Blue Skunk Blog averages over 50,000 visits a month, and his articles have appeared in over forty books and periodicals. Doug has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 130 organizations throughout the United States as well as in Malaysia, Kenya, Thailand, Germany, Qatar, Canada, Chile, Peru, the UAE and Australia and has held a variety of leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL.
Writings: Doug’s articles have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, MultiMedia Schools, School Library Journal, The Book Report, Teacher Librarian, Leading and Learning with Technology, Internet Research, Creative Classroom, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer-Press, the NASSP Bulletin, and Cricket. He writes a regular column for Library Media Connection, ISTE’s Leading & Learning with Technology and the Education World website. He also contributes regularly to AASL’s Knowledge Quest and AASA’s The School Administrator journals. His books The Indispensable Librarian (1997) and The Indispensable Teacher’s Guide to Computer Skills 2nd edition (2002), and Teaching Right from Wrong in the Digital Age (2003) are published by Linworth Publishing. A small book, Machines Are the Easy Part; People Are the Hard Part: Observations About Making Technology Work in Schools was published in 2004 and is now a free download.
Speaking: Doug has presented and given keynotes for over 150 local, state and national conferences including NECC, AASL, FETC, MACUL, GaETC, and TIES; conducted workshops for the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the United States Information Service and in Germany for the Department of Defense Schools of Heidelberg; and presented at NE/SA conferences in Bangkok, Nairobi, Istanbul, Amman, Cairo, and Dubai, at the ECIS conference in Berlin and at EARCOS conferences in Bangkok. He has also given workshops and done consulting for school districts throughout the country.
Leadership: Doug’s leadership experience includes working on a variety of state and national library committees and task forces, serving in a variety of official positions including president in the state media/technology organization (MEMO, an AASL/ISTE Affiliate), and working on a variety of committees and work groups for the state of Minnesota’s Department of Education. He has testified on technology issues for state legislative committees, helped write state standards and technology plans; and chaired state-wide media/technology conferences. He is a “charter” member of the ISTE SIGMS, served on a NETS writing/review committee, chaired the AASL SPVS division, and served from 2003-2008 on the ISTE board.
Dr. Helen Barrett
In 2005, Dr. Helen Barrett retired from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is now living in the Seattle area. She has been researching strategies and technologies for electronic portfolios since 1991, publishing a website (http://electronicportfolios.org), chapters in several books on Electronic Portfolios, and numerous articles. She was on loan to the International Society for Technology in Education between 2001 and early 2005, providing training and technical assistance on electronic portfolios for teacher education programs throughout the U.S. under a federal PT3 grant. In 2005, Dr. Barrett became the Research Project Director for The REFLECT Initiative, a two-year research project, underwritten by TaskStream, to assess the impact of electronic portfolios on student learning, motivation and engagement in secondary schools.
In the fall of 2007, she received a courtesy appointment as a Research Associate with the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE), part of the College of Education at the University of Oregon, where she will be researching emerging strategies for electronic portfolios and digital storytelling to support lifelong and life wide learning. She is currently working on several book projects on electronic portfolios. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and a George Lucas Educational Foundation Faculty Associate.
At the European ePortfolio Conference in Maastricht, October 2007, Dr. Barrett received the first EIFEL Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to ePortfolio research and development.
From a background as an educator, educational software developer, business and social entrepreneur, and strategic consultant, Bruce Dixon has developed a unique niche in building effective strategies for educational leaders and policy makers around the effective use of emerging technologies.
His work throughout the late 80’s and 90’s led the development of the first 1 to1 initiatives in the world, in schools across Australia. In 1996, supported by Microsoft, he took the concept to North America, Canada and the UK, before co-founding the not-for-profit Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation, which provides thought leadership and resources to policy makers and educational leaders in the effective implementation of 1-to-1 initiatives world-wide. The Foundation believes all children should have access to unlimited opportunities to learn anytime and anywhere and that they should have the tools that make this access possible. Currently the AALF community reaches more than 2,000 1 to 1 educational leaders in countries around the world.
In 1997 Bruce received a award from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC for his work world-wide pioneering 1 to 1, and in 2006 was named as one of “20 People to Watch”” by the National School Boards Association of America.
He consults to schools, School Districts, Education Departments, Ministries of Education and corporations in the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, Asia and New Zealand, and regularly speaks at national and international conferences around the world.; throughout 2006/7 he spoke at numerous events in over 20 countries, reaching educational leaders from around the world.
Bruce continues to work on a diverse range of innovative projects that aim to making learning a more compelling experience for kids through their immersion in a technology-rich learning environment, and continues to challenge traditional notions of what school should be.
Speakers for our December 2009 TEDxASB event
Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee
Dr. Bill Magee is a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon who founded Operation Smile in 1982 when a group of medical volunteers traveled to the Philippines and saw the hundreds of children who were scarred by deformities. Operation Smile’s mission is to “mobilize a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.” Every year, this non-profit organization provides free reconstructive surgery for hundreds of children and young adults in underdeveloped countries who have cleft lip or cleft palate deformities. Since 1982, thousands of volunteer healthcare professionals from Operation Smile have treated more than 130,000 children worldwide for facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The organization currently has a presence in 51 countries. In addition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and leaves behind crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency. Hear more about Operation Smile through the World Journey of Smiles.
Shaheen Mistry is the CEO of Teach for India and the Founder of Akanksha Foundation. The World Economic Forum has named her among the “Global Leaders of Tomorrow”. She is also an Ashoka fellow. An alumnus of Tufts University and Manchester University, Shaheen founded Akanksha Foundation in 1989 with the vision to provide children from all strata of society with the education, the skills, and most importantly, the character that they would need to lead empowered lives. Akanksha means ‘inspiration’ in Hindi, and Akanksha Centers provide supplemental education for poor children living in slums. The opportunities she provides are designed to supplement what they receive in government-run schools. Akanksha Centers operate before and after regular hours in donated spaces such as private schools, colleges, corporate offices, and science centers. Akanksha Foundation also provides formal education through Akanksha Schools.