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Charles Fadel

Charles Fadel

Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader, author, futurist and inventor. He is the founder and chair of Center for Curriculum Redesign, chair of the education committee at BIAC/OECD, a member of the OECD AI Experts group, co-author of Education for the Age of AI, Artificial Intelligence in Education, Four-Dimensional Education and 21st Century Skills. He has worked with education systems and institutions in more than 30 countries, and spent 25 years in technology management (M/A-COM, Analog Devices, and as founder of Neurodyne AI).  Formerly, Charles was global education lead at Cisco Systems, a visiting scholar at MIT Experimental Studies Group (ESG), chief learning officer at Wharton/Penn, project director at Harvard Graduate School of Education, a member of the President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering and an angel investor with Beacon Angels.  He has seven patents awarded and one pending.   


John B. King Jr

John B. King Jr

John B. King, Jr is the 15th Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States of America. As chancellor, King established four pillars for his vision of SUNY: student success; diversity, equity, and inclusion; research and scholarship; and economic growth and upward mobility. Under his leadership from January 2023, the State University has seen its largest operating aid increase in over 20 years, including double-digit percentage increases for every state-operated campus, and dedicated, recurring annual funding of USD 10 million for mental health services, internships, services for students with disabilities, and research. It has also seen its first overall enrolment increase in a decade. 

Before being appointed SUNY chancellor, King served as president of The Education Trust, a national civil rights non-profit oganization. Prior to this, King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th US Secretary of Education. Upon inviting him to lead the US Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator”, citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to public education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems. Chancellor King had previously served as Deputy Secretary of Education. 

His service in Washington DC followed King’s tenure as New York State’s first African American and first Puerto Rican education commissioner. In this role, he oversaw all elementary and secondary schools, as well as public, independent, and proprietary colleges and universities, professional licensure, libraries, museums, and numerous other educational institutions.  

Chancellor King holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, and a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 


Steve Bollar

Steve Bollar

Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert.  He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality. Steve has been identified as one of the Top 30 Global Gurus In Education. He is the author of the leadership book Stand Tall Leadership, school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book Because of a Teacher and School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time. Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the world about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.