In collaboration with:
University of Phoenix
Orlando, Florida, USA February 15-17, 2017


Dr. Raghu KrishnaiahDr. Raghu Krishnaiah

Raghu Krishnaiah is an innovative leader experienced at turning transformative products and business concepts into successful global companies. His career as a seasoned change agent and strategist spans more than 20 years of progressive P&L management, strategy, sales and marketing, product, operations, technology, human resources, and data-analytics responsibilities.

Krishnaiah currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at University of Phoenix, where he is instrumental in the transformation of the University and responsible for all operating strategy and results. Before joining University of Phoenix, Krishnaiah held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Western Governors University, where he led significant growth in student learning outcomes.

Prior to Western Governors University, Krishnaiah worked as senior vice president at Kaplan Higher Education Group, and has served in a number of leadership roles throughout his career, overseeing large operational infrastructures at complex global organizations.

Krishnaiah earned both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Matteo MartiniProf. Matteo Martini

Matteo Martini is Associate Professor of Physics at "Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi" of Rome and his didactical activity is performed in different courses for engineering school. Concerning scientific research, he has 10+ years activity in High Energy Physics with collaboration with: Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (Italy), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (USA), CERN (Switzerland). Matteo Martini published 100+ scientific papers on International refereed journals together with an important activity in science outreach.

Dennis LittkyDr. Dennis Littky

Dennis Littky is the co-founder and co-director of The Met School, Big Picture Learning and  founder and President of College Unbound. He is nationally known for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As an educator, Dennis has a reputation for working up against the edge of convention and out of the box, turning tradition on its head and delivering concrete results. From 2000-2010 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Big Picture Learning 20 million dollars to replicate The Met School nationally and internationally. Currently there is a network of 113 schools, 52 across the country, 40 in Australia and 21 in the Netherlands.
Presently, Dennis’s focus has been to expand the Big Picture Learning design to include a  college, College Unbound, for adults, that allows them to earn a Bachelors Degree while creating a project around their interest and working full time. The innovative college is rethinking how we educate the 37 million adults who started college but didn’t finish.

Dr. Littky holds a double Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. His work as a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, N.H. is featured in an NBC movie, A Town Torn Apart based on the book Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School. In 2004, he wrote  (along with Samantha Grabelle) The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business, which went on to win the Association of Educational Publishers’ top award for nonfiction in 2005. In 2003, Dennis was recognized as a leader in education and awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Fast Company ranked Littky #4 among the top 50 Innovators of 2004, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation recently selected Dennis as part of their Daring Dozen. Locally,  Dennis was awarded the Local Hero Award by Bank of America in 2008 and  College Unbound was awarded The Innovative and Creative Program Award by UPCEA, New England. Most recently, Dennis was awarded the New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2011.

Dr. Robert W. RobertsonDr. Robert W. Robertson

Dr. Robert W. Robertson is the President of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute.
He holds a Visiting Professor post at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Dr. Robertson has more than twenty five years of experience leading award winning organizations in Canada, Kazakhstan, the United States and the Bahamas. He has worked in online education throughout his career.
In 2016, Dr. Robertson was named a Fulbright Scholar by the United States Department of State; and, an Emerging Leader in the Americas by the Global Affairs, Government of Canada.

Steve ChazinSteve Chazin

Steve has more than 25 years of experience designing, building, marketing, and selling innovative technology that changed the world. He was rehired by Steve Jobs in 1997 to reboot Apple’s education efforts and return the company to profitability. Chazin accomplished these goals by reconstituting the Apple University Consortium, becoming Apple’s first representative to EDUCOM, CAUSE (later EDUCAUSE), and League for Innovation, and providing Mac OS X as open-source software exclusively to higher education. He has created products for both consumers and businesses, reimagined collaboration in the Cloud at Cisco, Salesforce, and Symantec, launched three successful enterprise startups, and built new consumer solutions for video editing, file sharing, and web services. Earlier, as an engineer at Raytheon, he designed new defensive missile technologies that saved countless soldiers’ lives. Chazin earned a MSEE from Princeton, a BA in physics from Franklin and Marshall College, and holds three collaboration technology patents.

Dr. Hinrich EylersDr. Hinrich Eylers

Dr. Hinrich Eylers is the Executive Dean of the School of Advanced Studies, which offers the University’s doctoral programs across all academic disciplines. His career spans 25 years in business, academia and the sciences. As Executive Dean, Dr. Eylers’ emphasis is on providing quality professional doctoral programs, expanding the program portfolio, increasing student retention and promoting and enabling innovative research and scholarship on behalf of the entire University. He is also one of the primary executive sponsors for University-wide technology projects related to student learning. 

 At the University, Dr. Eylers held a number of additional leadership roles including Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Before joining University, he spent 15 years in leadership roles in environmental engineering consulting, sustainability consulting, teaching and business and technology program management.

Dr. Eylers earned a University Diploma in applied physics from the Technical University in Munich, Germany, before attending the California Institute of Technology where he received both a Masters and Ph.D. in environmental engineering sciences. He also holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and was amongst the first to be licensed as a professional environmental engineer in the State of Arizona.