How shall we transform ourselves, our communities, society, and the world to embrace the full potential of the future? How shall we transform our education system, policies, and relationships beyond 2030 and 2050? The Latvian education sector has been undergoing a series of reforms at various levels in recent years. Indeed the change is here, but the essentials remain: we are still human beings pursuing a life-long journey. Therefore, while modernizing our institutions, we cannot forget our more authentic identities and needs. Let’s talk about the future today! I would call for future ideas on our skills, personality, mindset, values, ethics, and beliefs that we should nurture within a futureproofed educational response. See you in a thought-provoking discussion about the future of learning and teaching here in Riga on June 3rd.

Anita Muizniece, Minister of Education and Science
Anita Muižniece  - Izglītības ministre

Moderated by Antoni Lacinai

Antoni Lacinai (Sweden)  is a communication expert, keynote speaker and moderator. He loves to simplify complex matters (which is his excuse to only learning four cords on his guitar…)

As a moderator, Antoni has been traveling to almost every continent. He creates a positive atmosphere and guide both the speakers and the audience, and he will make sure that everyone gets their time in the spotlight. Antoni has written and co-written 14 books on communication and has just been nominated as the International speaker of the year in Finland.

Forum Keynote Speakers

Gerd Leonhard (Switzerland) - Futurist and a Humanist

Gerd Leonhard (Switzerland)

Futurist and a Humanist, a leading global Keynote Speaker (live-on-stage as well as virtually / remotely), the Author of 5 books including ‘Technology vs. Humanity’ and a Film-Maker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in London, and the CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland. People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity is Gerd's credo. Since dominating the pre-pandemic conference stages around the globe and working with the likes of Microsoft, Audi, Lego, Mastercard, DELL Technologies, UBS, Electronic Arts, the European Commission, and many more Fortune 500 companies, governments and NGOs, his industry-defining presentations and commitment to digital excellence has allowed him to become the world’s leading virtual speaker and presenter for those organizations that look not only to survive but to thrive despite the Corona-Crisis and beyond. 

Perttu  Polonen (Finland)

Futurist, inventor, and author. He has studied future technologies at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, co-founded an ed-tech company in Myanmar, written two books, and won the EU’s biggest science competition for youth. In 2018 MIT Tech Review honored him among the 35 Innovators Under 35 in Europe. In his home country, Finland, Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people with his lectures. Perttu’s book Future Skills was recently published in the USA. The evolution of work can be summarized in one simple sentence.

Prof. Fernando M. Reimers (USA)

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of The International Education Policy Program at Harvard University. He is interested in advancing understanding of the ways schools can empower students to participate civically and economically, and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of UNESCOs Commission on the Futures of Education. 

Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar (USA)

Vijay Kumar has been providing leadership for sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for the past 24 years. He is currently MIT’s Associate Dean of Open Learning and the Executive Director of the Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). In his prior roles at MIT as Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Computing, as well at other institutions, Vijay has been responsible for strategy development, launching and leading units engaged in the effective integration of information technology and media services to enable educational change.

Vijay's research as well as his advisory engagements are directed toward strategy, planning and implementing technological innovations to advance educational equity and quality, globally. These include the recent partnership between MIT J-WEL and Latvia for the development the higher education system.