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Brian Holmes

Principal Administrator - eLearning, European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture

Brian Holmes is Principal Administrator in the unit dealing with the eLearning Initiative in DG Education and Culture at the European Commission. He is primarily responsible for links with industry - including the eLearning Industry Group,   professional skills development, standards and quality for e-learning.

He joined the unit in 2001, having worked for many years in DG Information Society on the IST programme, where he was responsible for state-of-the art research projects addressing e-learning for work. He developed ideas on self-directed learning at work, empowering employees through continuous skills development and knowledge acquisition.

Brian is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from a Paris business school. In his spare time he a tutor with the UK"s Open University Business School, involved with the MBA module on Managing Knowledge, for which he uses e-learning support for virtual collaborative work and on-line tutorials



Kurt Larsen

Administrator, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Kurt Larsen works as Principal Analyst at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation at Directorate for Education, OECD. He is 46 years old and of Danish nationality. He took up his duties at the OECD in 1997 and his principal areas of work are the following:

·          Internationalisation and trade issues in higher education. Analysing the recent trends and developments in the internationalisation of higher education across world regions. Two OECD publications are forthcoming in 2004: 1) Key issues and trends in cross-border higher education and 2) Quality and recognition in higher education across borders. A paper was published in the World Economy (June 2002), entitled "Trade in Educational services: Trends and Emerging Issues" together with John Martin and Rosemary Morris, OECD.

·          Knowledge economy and knowledge management. Analysing how knowledge is produced, disseminated and applied across sectors, organisations and firms. OECD publication: « Knowledge Management in the Learning Economy », 2000.

·          The use of ICT in post-secondary education and learning. Analysing the risks and opportunities of post-secondary institution using e-learning to improve the students learning experience through a questionnaire survey. Furthermore, identifying best practices in the way post-secondary education institutions and private companies are partnering to develop high quality educational software. Analysing the main developments in the post-secondary market of e-learning. OECD publication: "E-Learning - The Partnership Challenge", 2001.

·          Learning cities and regions. Analysing effective ways of investing in human and social capital in order to promote economic and social development at urban and regional levels. OECD publication: "Cities and Regions in the New Learning Economy", 2001.

·          OECD national reviews of educational R&D policies. Reviews of New Zealand, England and Mexico were carried out in, respectively, 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Before taking up the post at the OECD, Kurt Larsen occupied several posts in the Danish Public Administration as Advisor to the Danish Prime Minister in the policy areas of education, science, information technology and social affairs and as Private Secretary to the Danish Minister of Education in the field of higher education.

Kurt Larsen has a master"s degree in Geography and a bachelor"s degree in Mathematics from Aarhus University, Denmark. He has complemented his post-secondary education with an international degree in Public Administration at l"École Nationale d"Administration, Paris.




Thomas Stahl

Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung (isob), Regensburg, Germany


Doctor (Ph.D) in social sciences of the University of Konstanz. Between 1974 and 1982 assistant professor at the University of Regensburg. Between 1982 and 1989 Scientific Head of the Departement of research and development at the „Berufliche Fortbildungszentren der Bayerischen Arbeitgeberverbände„ (bfz). Since 1990 Director of the Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung (isob) and Professor for Human Resource Development at the College of Europe (1994 - 2003). Since 1991 expert for the European Commission in the fields of education and training, labor market policy and regional development.



Risto Ervalä,

Committee of the Regions, Chairman of the Regional Council of Southwest Finland


Rapporteur for the Committee of the Regions" opinion on the eLearning programme



Alfredo Taborlini

Director, Guidance Department of Campania Region (Italy), Past Director of the National Training Centre of the Italian Ministry of Labour



Xavier Comtesse

Director of the Swiss Future Foundation (Swiss)





Serge Ravet

Chief Executive, EIFEL, Co-ordinator, SEEL project

Serge Ravet is Chief Executive of the European Institute for e-Learning, a cross-sectoral professional body created in February 2001 with the aim of becoming the reference point for e-learning practitioners in Europe. Key Institute activities include the establishment of a European Centre for Quality in e-Learning; the production of a set of standards of professional competence, and the creation of a European consortium to promote the development of the electronic portfolio.

Serge Ravet combines both technological and pedagogical expertise. He is Director of Dimension Compétence, a training consultancy specialising in e-learning consultancy and the development of competence-based learning and assessment. He is retained as an expert in the assessment of innovative projects for a French government department and has participated in numerous European projects. Publications include "Technology-based Training" (Kogan Page, 1997) and "Valider les Compétences avec les NVQs" (DEMOS, 1999); a Guide to e-learning Solutions (2001) and numerous articles.

Serge was previously employed as senior consultant by the Paris Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for research in learning technologies and the training of trainers in the use of ICT. From 1983-1995 he worked for Bull in France and the USA where as training consultant he was responsible for the training of trainers in the use of learning technologies programmes, designer of a simulation authoring platform and author of numerous open learning resources.



Kathryn Chang Barker

Futured, LIfIA (Canada)

The ePortfolio for quality assurance of learning services, products and organisations

Dr. Kathryn Chang Barker is a consulting education futurist with a PhD in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Alberta (1994).  She has been engaged at all levels of Canada"s education and training system, and having started as a teacher and college administrator in Alberta, she has worked across Canada and internationally as a consultant and writer.  Dr. Barker provides leadership in changing learning systems in the future for the future.

As founder and president of FuturEd Consulting Education Futurists Inc.,  Dr. Barker has provided research and development in the education industry since 1995.  Clients include HRDC in Ottawa as well as various provincial ministries and training institutions.  Dr. Barker has expertise in the fields of e-learning; workforce development and lifelong learning; education reform in the context of global change; accountability, Return on Investment, and quality assurance in learning systems; international education and national standards development; adult and workplace literacy; learning technologies and distance education; prior learning assessment, human capital assets management, and various other fields related to changing learning systems in the future for the future.  Her current passion is the ePortfolio - the electronic record of a person"s acquired skills and knowledge.

Dr. Barker has become a "consumer's advocate" in the field of education and training.  She is concerned that the end-users get the information they need to make informed choices, and this is reflected in such FuturEd projects as the Consumer"s Guide to e-Learning.  In 2002, Dr. Barker launched QualitE-Learning Assurance Inc. - a service to assess and certify the quality of on-line learning.  Based on the Canadian Recommended E-learning Guidelines, QualitE-Learning licenses the eQcheck certification mark to products and services that meet consumer-oriented standards of excellence. 



Michael Drabe

director of 'LernMIT' (i.e. 'Learning with New Media and Information Technologies')  Bremen (Germany)

Michael has been Managing Director of LernMIT since 2001.  In this role he is Head of the Education Agency - Learning with the New Media and Information Technology - (LernMIT), and also Chief Editor of the Online service  He is also responsible for the implementation of IT-infrastructure, maintenance and financing concepts, and for organisation of teacher training and further education.

Prior to his current position, Michael was Chief Executive Director of Schulen ans Netz in Bonn, and Head of the department - Informationszentrale Schule und Daten - in the Hesse Ministry of Education and Research, having started his career first as a teacher and later as a university lecturer.

Michael has published a number of books, interactive CD-Roms and Videos, and has been involved in a number of international advisory and steering committees.  He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.



Brian Merison

British Learning Association


Brian Merison is General Manager of the British Learning Association (the BLA), a leading "not for profit", cross sector association of over 600 organisations and practitioners committed to innovation and excellence in learning.

Brian has been involved in open and distance learning since the mid 1980s when he helped to establish the Open Learning Unit of the Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB) in the UK. There he project managed the development of a number of training packages for engineering and management skills using a variety of media including text, video and multimedia.

With extensive consulting experience around learning materials development and implementation Brian has participated in a number of EU schemes for materials development and 'trainer training' in open and distance learning in member states and in Eastern Europe. Currently this includes the development of learning guidelines that support the implementation of successful regional e-learning schemes.

Since joining the BLA Brian has worked on a variety of projects including:

·          The development of guidelines on good practice - 'Ensuring Quality in Open Learning'

·          The establishment of a national UK Quality Mark for open, distance and elearning now being updated to include many aspects of elearning provision that support the concept of a UK national elearning strategy.

Brian has a particular interest in the new methods and techniques for learning and in quality models for performance improvement. This includes a recently completed project for the UK"s University for Industry to investigate the use of quality models in the development of UK Online centres. These centres have a major role in UK schemes for social inclusion.



Maureen Layte

Development Director, European Institute for eLearning (EIfEL) Co-ordinator, SEEL project

Maureen Layte has had many years of experience in the design and delivery of open and flexible programmes of learning and development for professional bodies, government departments and industry. She is Director of Development at EIfEL and joint Co-ordinator of the Europortfolio, the European Consortium for the e-Portfolio.

As a consultant and qualified Assessor and Verifier for competence based assessment, she has a particular interest in the use of the e-portfolio for continuing professional development. She is co-author of Technology Based Training (Kogan Page 1997) and Valider les compétences avec les NVQs (Demos, 1998) as well as numerous open learning modules.



Claudio Dondi

President of Scienter, Vice-President of EIfEL

Claudio Dondi is President of SCIENTER, a research institute linked with Bologna University and specialising in the field of open learning and innovation in education and training systems. He co-ordinated several projects in national and European Programmes (COMETT, DELTA, FORCE, TEMPUS, LEONARDO, SOCRATES, ADAPT, EMPLOYMENT). He co-ordinates the European Observatory on Multimedia Educational Software and advices the European Commission, national and regional authorities in Italy, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Russia, Hungary on themes related to innovation in education and training systems.

Beside its main role at SCIENTER, Claudio Dondi is Secretary General of CAMPO - the Italian Open Learning Association, a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Educational Technology and of EURODL - The European Journal of Open Distance Learning, he became professor of Human Resource Development at the College of Europe in 1999.



Christine Lewis

Sheffield City Council (UK)


Christine has been working since 2001 as Project Director for the South Yorkshire eLearning Programme for Sheffield City Council.  Prior to that she worked for the University of Nottingham from 1989 to 2001 as a School Manager in the Faculty of Science having come from an earlier technical research background working in electron microscopy.   Having gained an MBA in Educational Management with a dissertation on "What factors are driving the e-learning and virtual university development: an organisational perspective", she has spent the last five years developing an understanding and expertise of what really happens when an organisation starts to embed eLearning.  Christine has also been a Member of the JISC Committee for Learning and Teaching since 2002



Didier Moreau

Director of Espace Mendès France (France)





Patrick Chevalier

Aska (France)



Rachel Allen

MRS Consultancy (UK)





Sue Fairest

Engineering Employers Federation, Yorkshire and the Humber (UK)





Tuuli Kurkipää

The Tampere eLearning Cluster (Finland)





Jean-Pierre Michel

eMission , Région of Poitou-Charentes (France)


Jean-Pierre MICHEL , Doctor ( PhD ) in economic sciences of the University of Poitiers , is an expert in Local and Territorial Development and in Local Innovation Management and Policy .

He is actually General Secretary of the Mission " Knowledge Industry " supported by the regional authorities of Poitou - Charentes .

He has been responsible for the Scientific and Technological Development of this Region during several years .



Patrick Chevalier

Patrick CHEVALIER, Aska, is an expert in e-learning, and before in distance education, first at CNAM, a French university, then at ORAVEP, an organisation responsible for research into learning technologies established by the French Ministry of Employment.

Since 1985 he has been involved in a variety of activities in the field of ICT applied to learning: design and development of educational resources, training of project managers, audit of distance learning systems, market research, identification and exploitation of best practice in learning technology. He is the author of numerous publications concerning the pedagogy and economy of ICT in learning.

Patrick Chevalier also works as e-learning policy and strategy adviser with regional authorities.



Jean-Paul Macès

Région Guadeloupe (France)



Kennet Lindquist

STPKC (Sweden)

Kennet has had a long and distinguished career, ranging over a number of different roles, including Senior Regional Development Adviser for the United Nations and Consultant for the WorldBank.  Since 1993 he has been Managing Director of the Swedish TelePedagogic Knowledge Centre (STPKC) a 'Knowledge broker' organisation in the areas of telematics, multimedia, e-learning and e-commerce, with a market covering not only Sweden but also Eastern and Western Europe as well as Asia and Africa



Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

European Quality Observatory  -- EQO (Germany)



Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers studied English, Social Sciences and Educational Sciences at the University of Bielefeld where he finished his Ph.D. on "Quality in E-Learning" in 2003. He is now the coordinator of the "European Quality Observatory" for the Department for Information Systems for Production and Operations Management. His main research interest in the field of e-learning is quality development for learning processes from the learners perspective, a topic he published many articles in. Dr. Ehlers has been responsible for a number of evaluation and quality development as well as consulting projects, amongst them the German Lighthouse Project "L³:

Lifelong Learning", in which he development a quality strategy for a comprehensive national e-learning-infrastructure with a consortium of 20 partners.


Track Français / French track

Jean-Pierre Jambes

Maître de conférences à l"Université de Pau et des pays de l"Adour


Maître de conférences à l"Université de Pau et des Pays de l"Adour - Directeur du développement Communauté d"Agglomération Pau Pyrénées. Auteur de « Territoires apprenants  (L"Harmattan) : le développement local du XXIème siècle ». En lien entre agglomération Pau Pyrénées et Université de Pau et des Pays de l"Adour, il anime une équipe d"un quinzaine de personnes dédiées à l"opération de déploiement très haut débit, Pau Broadband Country, opération qui fait de Pau Pyrénées l"une des agglomérations pilotes dans le domaine de la société de l"information et des outils interactifs. Il publie en 2004 aux éditions Sycomor un nouvel ouvrage que « Le lien plus que le lieu. Actions publiques et intelligence territoriale » qui sera, avec l"opération de Pau Pyrénées, au centre de son témoignage.



Jean-Michel Saussois

Professeur à l"ESCP-EAP, Consultant à l"OCDE 


l"administration apprenante 



Bertrand de Quatresbarbes

Directeur, France Qualité Publique 



Pierre Dessons

Responsable du développement, Parthenay

 M Dessons, is the project manager for local cultural and economic development in the Communauté de Communes de Parthenay (France).  With Master"s degrees in local economic development and in urban development for Cities and Territories, he is also head of the Economic Department and Head of the Historical Training Centre in Parthenay.

Christel Lefevre




Patrick Faugoin

Institut Atlantique d"Aménagement du Territoire (IAAT)



M. Satre




Cécile Gilles




Pascal Clouaire

Grenoble Universités (GRECO)



Michel Le Maignan




Pascal Baijot

GIP Qualité



Diane Eyrben

Chargée de la société de l"information à la DG Emploi, Commission européenne



Juan José Duque

SPRI, Sociedad para la reconversion y la inovacion - Pays Basque



Françoise Micoult




Alain Faure





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