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Dr. Kenji Hakuta
Professor of Education
Stanford University
Dr. James Tooley
Chairman of the Board
Omega Schools
Mr. Jacob Kragh
LEGO Education
PhD, Harvard University
BA, Harvard University
Kenji Hakuta is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University. He has been at Stanford since 1989, except for three years when he left to start the new University of California at Merced as its Founding Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Hakuta received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University, and began his career as a developmental psychologist at Yale University. He is the author of many research papers and books, including Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism. Hakuta is active in education policy.
He has testified to Congress and other public bodies on language policy, the education of language minority students, affirmative action in higher education, and improvement of quality in educational research. Hakuta is an elected Member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognized for his accomplishments in Linguistics and Language Sciences. He has served on the board of various organizations, including the Educational Testing Service, the Spencer Foundation, and the New Teacher Center.
Improving Schooling for Language-Minority Children: A Research Agenda (National Academies Press)
In Other Words: The Science And Psychology Of Second-language Acquisition (Basic Books)
PhD, Institute of Education, Univ. of London.
MSc, University of Sussex
Professor James Tooley, Director of the E. G. West Centre at Newcastle University, is renowned for his work on low-cost private education in developing countries. He is the author of The Beautiful Tree (Penguin, New Delhi), a bestseller in India and winner of the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize. This work built on his groundbreaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa, for which he was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition. His research has featured in an American PBS documentary where it was profiled alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus and Hernando de Soto. It also featured in documentaries for BBC World and BBC Newsnight.
Following on from his research, Tooley has dedicated himself to creating and improving working models of innovative practice in low-cost private education to help demonstrate its efficacy and potential to extend access and improve educational opportunities for the poor.  He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Omega Schools, a chain of low-cost private schools in Ghana. He also co-founded Empathy Learning Systems in Hyderabad, India, as well as other initiatives in India and China. Professor Tooley has held a number of teaching and research posts around the world, including at Oxford and Manchester Universities.
The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves (Cato Institute)
From Village School to Global Brand: Changing the World through Education (Profile Books)
Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award, 2010.
Alexis de Tocqueville Award for the Advancement of Education Freedom, 2007
M.Sc., University of Arhus, Denmark
Jacob Kragh is President of LEGO Education. LEGO Education is a division of the LEGO Group, based in Billund, Denmark. The division was established in 1980 in response to demands from childcare practitioners, and today it develops educational solutions for children and students from 1½ to 16 years and beyond. LEGO Education is committed to the development of children’s creative, problem-solving and teamwork abilities and its solutions are sold through specialised educational distributors in more than 50 countries around the world. Prior to his position as head of LEGO Education, Jacob Kragh has held various marketing and management positions within the LEGO Group. He has been 13 years with the company.
Jacob Kragh is M.Sc. in Business Administration and has studied at the University of Arhus, Denmark as well as at Universitá degli Studi in Bologna, Italy. He has studied and worked in the US, Italy and Switzerland but is now, at age 40, back in native Denmark.
Jacob is committed to making a positive difference to children in their development. Not just to his two children at home but also to the millions around the world.
Dr. Richard M. Luecht
Director, Center for Education Research & Evaluation
University of North Carolina
Dr. Patrick Kyllonen
Research Center Director
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Dr. Donald Hossler
Executive Director (Ex)
National Student Clearinghouse
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Dr. Richard Luecht is a Professor and Chair of the Educational Research Methodology Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he teaches graduate courses in applied statistics, educational research, and measurement technologies.  He is also the Director of the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation at UNCG.
From 1989 to 1994, Ric was a research psychometrician with ACT, Inc., where he conducted technical research on automated test assembly, computer-adaptive testing, and statistical estimation issues involving item response theory. He also worked extensively on the NAEP standard setting project.  Ric also serves as a technical consultant/advisor for various testing organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Microsoft Corporation, the Medical Council of Canada, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Educational Testing Service.
Ph.D., Stanford University
B.A., St. John's University
Dr. Patrick C. Kyllonen is the Research Center Director for the New Constructs Center at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, N.J. Before joining ETS in 1999, Dr. Kyllonen received his B.A. from St. John's University (1977) and his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1984). He held positions at the University of Georgia (1985-1988) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (formerly Armstrong Laboratory, and the Human Resources Laboratory) in San Antonio, Texas (1982-1985, 1988-1999).
Dr. Kyllonen's research has focused on the measurement of human abilities and on learning and skill acquisition. More recently, he and New Constructs Center colleagues have been investigating affective as well as cognitive mediators of educational success and job performance, along with associated new assessments and delivery modes.
Extending Intelligence: Enhancement and New Constructs (Routledge)
Aptitude: A Special Issue of Educational Psychologist (Routledge)
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
Don Hossler is a Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Director of the Project on Academic Success. Don has served as the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services for Indiana University Bloomington. His areas of specialization include: college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and enrollment management. Don has consulted with more than 45 colleges, universities, and related educational organizations. He has presented more than 130 scholarly papers and invited lectures in the United States, Canada, China, and Russia on the topics of student college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and higher education finance. He is currently involved in funded projects from the Lumina Foundation and The College Board conducting research on postsecondary participation, student success, and student persistence. Don is the author, or co-author, of 12 books and monographs and more than 65 articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Incentive-Based Budgeting Systems in Public Universities, was published by Edward Elgar. He has received national awards for his research and scholarship from the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Sydney Suslow Award
Award for Excellence in Mentoring, School of Education, 2008
Mr. Luis Fernando Sanabria
General Manager
Fundación Paraguaya
Prof. Geoff Whitty, CBE
University of Bath,
Former Director of Institute of Education, University of London
Law Degree, Catholic University, Paraguay
Management, Golda Meir Institute, Israel
Luis Fernando Sanabria was born in Asunción in 1965. Married with 4 children, a lawyer for the Catholic University and a Masters in Business Administration from IAE, Austral University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also has a degree in micro-management by the Institute awarded Golda Meir in Haifa, Israel and has received training in finance and credit methodology in numerous workshops, seminars and internships in Latin America. He has also developed consultancy for Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Program for Development, the Avina Foundation, the Inter. American Foundation among others.
Under the auspices of AVINA and on behalf of the Paraguayan Foundation developed the Evaluation System of Organizational Development, aimed at evaluating development agencies and is the founder and first president of the College of Civil Society Organizations of Paraguay. In the public sector, between 1997 and 2001 led the Reorganization Tax Program of the Municipality of Asunción, which allowed the city to double its annual revenue.
He is particularly proud of the growth achieved by the microfinance program of the institution in the last three years. Luis Fernando Sanabria is responsible for the operational integration of the three programs of the Paraguayan Foundation.
University of London
University of Cambridge
Geoff is a former Director of the Institute of Education, University of London and offers experience of both theory and practice of leadership and management, especially in education and related professional fields.
He has led evaluations of the implementation of major education reforms and has assisted universities, schools and local authorities in building capacity for improvement. His academic background is in history and sociology, and his current research includes studies of the interface between schools and higher education and of the practice of international policy borrowing.
Geoff’s book (with others) Education and the Middle Class won the Society for Educational Studies book prize in 2004. In 2009, he was awarded the Lady Plowden Memorial Prize for outstanding services to education and he recently received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Geoff is a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee for Education and a member of the General Teaching Council for England and the Board of Ofsted. He has held visiting appointments in the USA, New Zealand and China and is currently an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University.
Making Sense of Education Policy (Sage Publications).
Devolution and Choice In Education (Open University Press).
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), 2011.
Lady Plowden Memorial Medal, 2009
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