Below is the list of confirmed speakers. A complete list of participants can be found on our wiki.

  • Hal Abelson

    Hal Abelson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation.

  • Nicole Allen

    Nicole Allen is the Textbook Advocate for the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) and director of the Make Textbooks Affordable campaign, a national student effort to address the rapidly rising cost of college textbooks. Since 2007, Nicole has been one of the leading issue experts on textbook affordability and the role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in reducing costs.Nicole’s research and comments have been cited in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Chronicle of Higher Education and EDUCAUSE Review.

  • Richard Baraniuk

    Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. Baraniuk is a founder and leader of the open education movement, and was one of the framers of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration.

  • Jon Bergmann

    Jon believes teachers should ask one question: What is best for my students? Answering this question led him to start flipping his classroom. He is considered one of the pioneers of the flipped class movement, wrote a book on the flipped class, writes a blog on all things flipped, and manages a network of over 3000 educators flipping their classes. In 2010 he was a semi-finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2003. He is currently the Lead Technology Facilitator at The Joesph Sears School, in Kenilworth, Illinois.

  • Ahrash Bissell

    Ahrash Bissell is the Special Projects Manager for the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), as well as a Consultant on innovation in education and science for several projects and foundations, and a board member for a number of organizations, including Peer 2 Peer University. Dr. Bissell’s current and prior work encompasses educational research and technology, with special focus on science and math (STEM) disciplines, open educational resources (OER), and data-sharing. Dr. Bissell has a Ph.D. in Biology (Evolutionary Genetics) from the University of Oregon and a BS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

  • Catherine Casserly

    Cathy Caserly is CEO of Creative Commons. Cathy’s career is dedicated to openness, and particularly to leveraging possibilities at the boundaries of formal and informal learning to equalize educational opportunity. As the Director of the OER Initiative at the Hewlett Foundation she managed investments totaling more than $100 million to harness the efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge sharing worldwide.

  • Jennifer Childress

    Jennifer Childress joined Achieve in 2011 as Senior Advisor for Science, where she is responsible for coordinating multiple initiatives, including Achieve’s work on the development and validation of rubrics to assess quality and alignment of OER to the Common Core State Standards. Previously, she was the Director of Center for Building Awareness of Science Education (BASE) at the Smithsonian Institution (2007-2011). Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri- Columbia and her doctorate of philosophy in Biomedical Science from the University of Texas- Houston.

  • Barbara Chow

    Barbara Chow is the Education Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Previously, she was a Policy Director for the House Budget Committee, Executive Director of the National Geographic Education Foundation, and Vice President for Education and Children’s Programs at National Geographic. Barbara has served in both terms of the Clinton administration, as a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, a Program Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor at the Office of Management and Budget, and Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

  • Sir John Daniel

    Sir Daniel John is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver. Previously, he has had appointments at the Télé-université (Directeur des Études), Athabasca University, Concordia University, Laurentian University, the UK Open University and UNESCO. He has also been affiliated with the International Council for Open and Distance Education, the Canadian Association for Distance Education, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.

  • Katie Davis

    Katie Davis is a Project Manager at Harvard Project Zero, where she works on a number of projects investigating the role of digital media technologies in adolescents’ academic, social, and moral lives. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for MTV’s digital abuse campaign, A Thin Line. She graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a doctorate in Human Development and Education in 2011. She also holds a master’s degree from Harvard in Mind, Brain, and Education and another in Risk and Prevention.

  • Vicki Davis

    Vicki Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. Vicki co-created three award winning international wiki-centric projects, the Flat Classroom project, the Horizon project, and Digiteen. These projects have linked more than 2000 students from both public and private schools in such countries as Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Spain, Qatar and the US. The Flat Classroom project won the edublog award forr best wiki in 2006 and 2008, and the Horizon Project was a finalist for best wiki in education in 2007. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator.

  • Juan Carlos De Martin

    Juan Carlos De Martin is an Associate Professor of Information Engineering at the Politecnico of Toniro, Italy, as well as a Faculty co-director of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society, which he co-founded in 2006. He started to lead the Creative Commons Italy team in 2003 and he has been representing it on a volunteer basis since 2005. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the coordinator of COMMUNIA, the European thematic network on the digital public domain. Since 2007 he is president of the libraries of the Politecnico di Torino.

  • William “Terry” Fisher

    Terry Fisher is the Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard University and a Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.

  • Rob Faris

    Rob Faris is the Research Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. His recent research includes Internet content regulation, state censorship and surveillance practices, broadband and infrastructure policy, and the interaction of new media, online speech, government regulation of the Internet and political processes. Rob holds a M.A. and PhD. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Urs Gasser

    Urs Gasser is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Executive Director. Before joining the Berkman Center in this capacity, he was Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), where he led the Research Center for Information Law as Faculty Director. His research and teaching focuses on information law and policy and the interaction between law and innovation. He is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen (S.J.D. 2001, J.D. 1997) and Harvard Law School (LL.M. 2003).

  • Jennifer Glennie

    Jenny Glennie is the Executive Director of the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE). She is also the Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

  • Cable Green

    As Director of Global Learning, Cable Green is responsible for setting Creative Commons strategic direction and priorities to build on the global OER movement. Cable leads Creative Commons’ recently-announced project to provide technical assistance to winning grantees of the US Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community and Career Training Grant program. Previously, Cable was the Director of eLearning and Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

  • Joichi Ito

    Joi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is the Chair of Creative Commons, on the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of The Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr,, Kongregate, Fotonauts/Fotopedia, Kickstarter and other Internet companies.

  • Sarah Kirn

    Sarah Kirn has been the Vital Signs program manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute since 2002. She has overseen the evolution of Vital Signs from its start as a Palm-based pilot in six schools to its current incarnation as a web-based platform serving thousands of students, hundreds of educators, and dozens of scientists. Her credentials include a B.Sc. degree in geology-biology from Brown University, a USCG 100-ton Master Inland Waters with Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement, and a M.Sc. degree in oceanography from the University of Maine.

  • SJ Klein

    Samuel Klein is the Director of Outreach for One Laptop Per Child Foundation. Sam lives in Cambridge, and has experience in organizing multilingual communities around learning, and in working around the world. He previously served as OLPC’s Director of Content from 2006-2008. He has worked on software planning, database design, and management of global education projects, including a collaborative multilingual dictionary, a translation software startup (later acquired by SDL), and an online school for computer science. Sam has developed various Wikipedia projects since 2004, and serves on the Board of the Wikimedia Foundation.

  • Alex Kozak

    Alex Kozak works for Google Public Policy covering education and copyright policy. Alex came to Google from Creative Commons where his focus was educational resources and metadata. He’s also been a technical consultant with WikiWorks, a Semantic MediaWiki consulting group. Alex graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Philosophy.

  • John Lesperance

    John Lesperance is an Education Specialist for the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth at the Commonwealth of Learning, after serviing as the Director of Further Education Development for Seychelles’ Ministry of Education. He is also a member of the Seychelles Qualification Authority Board.

  • Douglas Levin

    Doug Levin serves as Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, he serves, supports and represents U.S. state and territorial education technology leaders on a range of primary and secondary (K-12) education issues, including championing the shift from print textbooks to predominantly digital, interactive and open (OER) content. He was instrumental in developing the nation’s first three national education technology plans (under the Clinton and Bush Administrations) and in conducting research and evaluations of major educational technology programs and initiatives.

  • Alan D. Lishness

    Alan serves as GMRI’s Chief Innovation Officer, where his responsibilities include the design, funding and implementation of innovative programs to cultivate a scientifically-literate public. He has served as a Principal Investigator for NASA, NOAA and the Department of Commerce, and is presently a National Science Foundation Co-principal Investigator. He has been an invited speaker at the National Science Teachers Association, the National Marine Education Association, the European Collaborative for Science, Industry and Technology Exhibitions and TEDx Dirigo. He presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Maine STEM Collaborative and the Center for Law and Innovation. Prior to joining GMRI in 1988, Alan held marketing and senior management positions with solar, wind and technology-based start-ups in Maine.

  • Colin Maclay

    Colin Maclay is the Managing Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions. Both as Co-founder of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard’s Center for International Development and at Berkman, Maclay’s research has paired hands-on multi stakeholder collaborations with the generation of data that reveal trends, challenges and opportunities for the integration of ICTs in developing world communities.

  • Catharina Maracke

    Catharina Maracke is an associate professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance at Keio University. Her current work and research interests include copyright law and policy, the interaction between law and new media, and the role of Universities in the development of Internet policies. She is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

  • Martha Minow

    Martha Minow, the Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses have included civil procedure, constitutional law, international criminal justice, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. She also serves as Vice Chair of the board at Legal Services Corporation, Chair of the board at Charles H. Revson Foundation, Director of the Legal Services Corporation, Director of the American Bar Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the International Independent Commission on Kosovo. Dean Minow received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, an Ed.M. from Harvard, and a J.D. from Yale University.

  • Anka Mulder

    Anka Mulder is the President of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, to which she was elected in May 2011 as the first president from outside the U.S. She is also the Secretary General of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where she is responsible for university-wide projects concerning innovation, research, education, quality and efficiency of support services, and the “Herijking” Task Force.

  • Catherin Ngugi

    Catherine Ngugi is the Project Director of OER Africa Initiative at South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE). The OER Africa Initiative is a new project that started in 2008 in order to leverage African experts and expertise to harness the concept of OER to benefit higher education systems, institutions, academics, and students on the African continent.

  • Kathy Nicholson

    Kathy Nicholson is the Manager of Application Development and Support for the Information Technology and an Associate Program Officer for the Open Educational Resources at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Kathy leads a team of  application developers and business analysts in support of the Foundation’s custom software applications projects, as well being responsible for managing an international grant portfolio for the OER initiative.  Kathy earned her M.B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies at Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer Science at Santa Clara University.

  • John Palfrey

    John Palfrey is the Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is also the Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research and teaching is focuses on internet law, intellectual property, and international law.

  • Katherine Perkins

    Kathy Perkins is the Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations and Associate Professor of Physics at University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on pedagogically- effective design and use of simulations, students’ beliefs about science, and sustainable course reform.

  • Prasad Ram

    Prasad Ram is the founder and CEO of Ednovo, a start-up education technology non-profit. Ednovo is developing Gooru, a free web-based education solution that began while he was at Google and was piloted in India in 25 classrooms with 1,000 students. Gooru allows teachers to use openly-licensed web resources, find standards-based lesson plans, and customize lessons to their specific classroom needs.

  • Justin Reich

    Justin Reich is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and recently completed his dissertation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the project manager of the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative that examines how social media and peer production tools are used to promote deeper learning in K-12 settings. He is also the co-founder and co-director of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy that helps schools and districts leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.

  • Todd Rose

    Todd Rose is a Research Scientist at Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). Todd is interested in the ways perception, attention, and working memory interact to shape learning, and in the development of tools that support the recognition and strategic components of Universal Design for Learning. Before joining CAST, Todd was a post-doctoral fellow with the Laboratory for Visual Learning (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), where his work included NSF-funded research on the link between dyslexia and visual abilities in astrophysics. Todd also serves on faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education..

  • Geanne Rosenberg

    Geanne Rosenberg is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a professor at Baruch College and at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her areas of expertise include: 1. Media law and empowering those engaged in public interest journalism with media law education and resources; 2. News literacy and information quality education to help teenagers and adults become more discerning consumers of and contributors to news information. She was founding chair of Baruch’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.

  • Carolina Rossini

    Carolina Rossini is a lawyer and researcher working on open education, open innovation, cooperation, the digital commons, and Internet and IP law and policy. She has lived and worked in Brazil, Spain, the UK and is a resident of the USA. She founded and coordinates the OER-Brazil Project aimed at supporting OER policy and practices development in Brazil and Latin America. She coordinated the Industrial Cooperation Project at the Berkman Center at Harvard, working with Yochai Benkler, and collaborates with Berkman on Open Education issues.

  • Philipp Schmidt

    Philippp Schmidt is a co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University, a project that uses open educational resources to create high quality learning communities for self learners. He has also spearheaded open education activities at the University of the Western Cape, the United Nations University MERIT, and he is a board member of the Open Courseware Consortium.

  • Peter Suber

    Peter Suber is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Senior Researcher at SPARC, Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and a non-practicing lawyer. He has been active in promoting open access for many years through his research, speaking, and writing.

  • Jutta Treviranus

    Jutta Treviranus leads the FLOE Project (Flexible Learning for Open Education), FLOE provides the tools and infrastructure to help deliver OER that match the diverse individual needs of learners. Jutta is the director of both the Inclusive Design Research Centre and the Inclusive Design Institute and a professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto. Jutta and her team lead many global open source communities and research networks that support the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices.

  • DeLaina Tonks

    DeLaina Tonks is the Director of the award-winning Open High School of Utah where she promotes collaboration and leverages technology to improve education. She holds a BA in French/Spanish Teaching from Brigham Young University and an MA in Second Language Acquisition from The Ohio State University. She is also a three-time recipient of the President’s Gold-Level Volunteer Service Award, was selected as one of the Fab Fifty to watch in Utah Valley, and was recently named as an OER Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.

  • Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić

    Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic is an independent consultant in global higher education, based in Paris, and Senior Consultant to COL for the project Fostering Governmental support to OER Internationally. She spent 20 years at UNESCO in higher education working on a variety of projects, ranging from quality assurance and accreditation, recognition of qualifications, new providers of higher education. She was also Executive Secretary of the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. Prior to her work in UNESCO, she was Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of former Yugoslavia.

  • Zeynep Varoglu

    Zeynep Varoglu is a Programme Specialist of ICT in Education of the Knowledge Societies Division, Communications and Information Sector at UNESCO in Paris, France.

  • Victor Vuchic

    Vic Vuchic is the Program Officer for Open Educational Resources at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Vic’s focus in the Education Program is on technology-based grants in the area of OER. Previously, he worked as an e-business management consultant for both start-ups and large-scale companies in Silicon Valley.He holds a B.S.E. in systems science engineering focused on telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently completed his Ed.M. in the Learning, Design & Technology Program at Stanford University.

  • David Wiley

    David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, where he also leads the Access to Knowledge Initiative in the David O. McKay School of Education’s Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling. He is founder and board member of the Open High School of Utah and Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge.

  • Freda Wolfenden

    Freda Wolfenden is a Senior Lectureship in Education in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the Open University, UK where she currently holds the post of Associate Dean for Curriculum. Her specialist area is international teacher education and from 2008 to 2012 Freda directed the Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme of activities. TESSA is an OER Research and Development programme, led by the Open University, UK, working closely with a large number of African and international partners seeking to improve the quality of teacher training.

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society, the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American. His book “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It” is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK — and under a Creative Commons license.