About SCOP 2013

Keynote Speakers
Pierre Mairesse

Pierre Mairesse
Pierre Mairesse is Director, Directorate General Education and Culture at the European Commission. He is responsible in the European Commission for issues related to the European strategy for Education and Lifelong Learning that affect all the sectors of education systems in the EU Member States (general education, vocational training, higher education, adult education, .). These include the role of education and training in the 'Europe 2020' strategy, organization and implementation of the coordination between Member States, the social role of education and training, as well as their role in the European integration, multilingualism and tools for a better understanding of education systems in Europe.

He studied engineering and information technology at the universities of Lille (France) and Montreal (Canada). He joined the European Commission in 1984 and worked in the Directorate-General for Staff and Administration until 1992. Between 1996 and 1999 he was the Head of Unit for "Programming, Budget, and Finance" in the Commission's Directorate-General "Information, Communication, Culture, Audiovisual". He later served as Head of Unit for "Youth - Policies and Programme" and as acting director before he became director for "Youth, Sport and Citizenship" in 2006.


Tony Bates

Tony Bates
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. The company was started in 2003, and since then has served over 40 clients in 25 countries. Recent contracts include work for the Government of Alberta, assisting with the development of strategic directions for information technology management in the post-secondary education system, and for several Canadian colleges and universities, advising on their e-learning strategies.

In recent years he has been Chair of the International Experts Panel for the Open University of Portugal (UAb), advisor to the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) and to Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana (Chile), part-time Chair of Research in e-Learning at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain, and was on the Academic Advisory Board of the Volkswagen AutoUni, based in Germany. He was also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on Technology and Education between 2008-2009.

Previously, he was Director of Distance Education and Technology in the Continuing Studies Division of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada from 1995 to 2003 and Executive Director, Research, Strategic Planning, and Information Technology at the Open Learning Agency of British Columbia, from 1990 to 1995. Prior to that, he was Professor of Educational Media Research at the British Open University, where he worked for 20 years as one of the founding members of staff. He is the author of eleven books.

Dr. Bates has a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of London, England. He was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Open University of Portugal in 1995, Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, from Laurentian University, Canada, in 2001, Doctor Honoris Causa from Athabasca University, in June 2004, Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa from the Open University of Hong Kong in December 2004, and Doctor Honoris Causa from the Open University of Catalonia, Spain, in June, 2005.

His hobbies include golf, skiing and flying a small plane.


Bakary Diallo

Bakary Diallo
Dr. Bakary Diallo is the Rector of the African Virtual University (AVU), an intergovernmental organization based in Nairobi Kenya, which specializes in Open Distance and E-Learning since 1997. He joined the AVU for the first time in 2005 and held several senior positions within the organization before his appointment as Head of AVU. Dr. Diallo earned a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa Canada, with a focus on the introduction of ICT in Higher Education Institutions.

He has been working in the education sector for the last 19 years as a secondary school teacher, an academic, a consultant, a project administrator and a researcher. From July 2001 to July 2005, he worked at the University of Ottawa as part-time teacher at the Faculty of Education as well as a Consultant of Integration of ICT in Education at the Center for University Teaching. He taught at the Secondary Level in Senegal from 1988 to 1997 before joining the University of Ottawa in 1997. His latest research activities focus on the use of ICT in higher educational institutions.

He is fully bilingual (French and English) and also speaks 3 African languages: Bambara, Wolof and Mandigo. Dr Diallo is a native of Senegal and a Canadian citizen.

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Universidade Aberta International Council For Open And Distance Education Eden
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