Keynote Speakers

Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal, edX

Armando Fox
Armando Fox, the UC Berkeley MOOCLab

Javier Hernández-Ros
Javier Hernández-Ros, Data Directorate

Carolina Jeux
Carolina Jeux, Telefónica Educación Digital

Rick Levin
Rick Levin, Coursera

Simon Nelson
Simon Nelson, Chief Executive of FutureLearn

Sir Timothy O’Shea
Sir Timothy O’Shea, University of Edinburgh


agarwalAnant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook «Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.» Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012.Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM. He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras.


rosJavier Hernández-Ros Carried out Civil Engineering studies and holds a Masters in Business Administration.
Joined the European Commission in 1986 and was involved in technology transfer and innovation policies.
From June 2002 to December 2010 he was Head of the “Access to Information” unit, promoting legal initiatives to support the development of the digital content industry, notably the “Directive for re-use of public sector information”. He was responsible for the e-Content and the Safer Internet programmes for the period 2002-2005.
In January 2011, he took over as Head of “Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning” unit, responsible for research and innovation actions in the domains of Technology Enhanced learning, Digital Preservation and ICT for Access to Cultural Resources.
In July 2012 the Directorate General underwent a reorganisation and he now heads the “Data Applications and Creativity” unit within the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. It provides research and innovation funding for the creative and cultural industries and promotes policies for the digitisation and on-line accessibility of Europe’s cultural heritage.
Following a further reorganisation of the Directorate General in July 2016 he was appointed Acting Director of the Data Directorate.


levinRick Levin
 is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. In 2013, he completed a twenty-year term as President of Yale University, during which time he played an integral role in growing the University’s programs, resources and reputation internationally. He was named to the Yale faculty in 1974 and spent the next two decades teaching, conducting research, serving on committees and working in administration at the university. Rick served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Rick received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University and studied Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Letters degree. In 1974, Rick received his Ph.D. from Yale University and holds Honorary Degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, and Peking Universities. Rick and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren.


NelsonSimon Nelson is Chief Executive of FutureLearn, the social learning platform and first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Simon founded the Open University-backed initiative in December 2012 and has quickly established it as a high quality entrant to the emerging online learning market. The FutureLearn site went live in September 2013; since then, we have attracted over 5 million registered learners studying over 12 million courses between them. In May 2015, FutureLearn delivered the biggest single run of a MOOC ever, with a record of more than 440,000 people signing up for the IELTs course from the British Council. To date, FutureLearn has partnered with over 62 UK and international universities, and 40 specialist education providers and centres of excellence, including the British Council, European Space Agency and the National Film & Television School, to deliver free online courses to its global community of learners. The company was named “Start-up of the Year” at the 2014 British Interactive Media Awards. In 2015, FutureLearn won the ‘Best Education or Learning Experience” category at the UXUK Awards and then went on to compete for and win the overall Best User Experience Award. Simon Nelson has a background in digital disruption as a pioneer in taking media brands and content online. He spent 14 years at the BBC, where he was instrumental in putting radio online, and overseeing its podcasting service and the innovative Radio Player around the turn of the millennium. He then moved to head up all digital content activities for its television divisions where he led the development of the BBC iPlayer and other ground-breaking online products and services. After leaving the BBC, Simon led a number of digital strategy and product development projects in the TV, radio and publishing sectors, working as an advisor to companies including Random House, UKTV, Lime Pictures, United Business Media and Phaidon Press. He has won multiple awards for digital innovation and product development, including several Emmys, Webby and Bafta awards, the Prix Italia, Prix Europa and Rose D’or.


osheaProfessor Sir Timothy O’Shea is currently Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. He obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Experimental Psychology from Sussex and a PhD in Computer Based Learning from Leeds University. He then worked as a researcher in the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas at Austin, the Bionics Research Lab, Edinburgh and the Systems Concepts Lab, Xerox PARC. He held an Open University personal chair in Information Technology and Education and was later appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. In 1997 he was elected Master of Birkbeck and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, holding the three posts concurrently before returning to Edinburgh as Principal in 2002. Sir Timothy is currently serving as Chair of: the Scottish Institute for Enterprise; the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society; the Coursera University Advisory Board; and Chair of the Newbattle Abbey College Trust. He is Convener of the Scottish Government’s Further and Higher Education Sector Oversight Board for Information and Communications Technology, and is a member of: Universities Scotland; the University Council for the All-Party Parliamentary University Group; the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board; the Scottish Government’s digital Services Sponsor Board; the Universities Longer Term Strategy Group; the Advisory Board of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy; and the Governing Council of the Chinese Government’s Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Spanish Track (EMOOCs-ES)


Fox Armando Fox is a Professor in Berkeley’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department and the Faculty Advisor to the UC Berkeley MOOCLab. He co-designed and co-taught Berkeley’s first Massive Open Online Course, “Engineering Software as a Service”, which over 10,000 students worldwide have completed and inspired the highly-rated textbook of the same name. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of EdX, helping to set the technical direction of the OpenEdX MOOC platform. He has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring, and research, including the 2015 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for the impact of his online education work. He has addressed the California legislature, the China Ministry of Education, and the Japan Top Global University Project, among others, on topics related to online and hybrid education. His current research in online education includes automatically helping students improve their coding style and improving engagement and learning outcomes in MOOCs. He is particularly interested on how MOOC and classroom education can mutually support each other. His degrees are from MIT (BS in EECS), the University of Illinois (MS in EE), and UC Berkeley (PhD in CS). He is also the author of “Piano/Conductor: So They Talked You Into Being Music Director”, which he believes to be the best book on music direction written by a computer scientist. He is a classically-trained musician and performer and a bilingual/bicultural Cuban-American New Yorker living in San Francisco.


jeuxCarolina Jeux es CEO de Telefónica Educación Digital, compañía del Grupo Telefónica especializada en soluciones integrales on line para la educación y la formación.
Carolina se incorporó a Telefónica en 2001, como CEO de Educaterra (hoy Telefónica Educación Digital). Su reto actual es posicionar Telefónica como referencia en Educación Digital y elearning en el mercado mundial y, además, liderar su expansión en América Latina.
Carolina es ingeniero informático por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y MBA por INSEAD ocupando con anterioridad posiciones en Arthur Andersen y Alcatel-Lucent.