António Silva Mendes

antonioSince March 2012, António Silva Mendes has been the Director for the Education & Vocational Training at the Directorate-General (DG) of Education & Culture in the European Commission. He is also Coordinator of the Erasmus + programme.

Of Portuguese nationality, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Lisbon and was professor at the same University for 10 years. Then he became director at the Ministry of Industry in Lisbon. He began his career at the European Commission in 1990 in DG Enterprise, where he took part in international negotiations in the field of the industrial policy and contributed to the promotion of European industrial competitiveness. He was appointed Head of Unit in the Social policy unit in DG Human Resources. In 2003, he headed the Pensions unit, before joining DG Education & Culture in April, 2006 as Director of Resources.

Lord David Puttnam

puttnam2David Puttnam is the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus, through a unique arrangement with BT Ireland, delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.

David spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.

He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries. In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards, which he chaired until 2008, also serving as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2002. From July 2002 to July 2009 he was president of UNICEF UK, playing a key role in promoting UNICEF’s advocacy and awareness objectives.

He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television from 2006 until January 2012, and Chairman of North Music Trust (The Sage Gateshead) from 2007 until November 2012 . He was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and chaired both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School for ten years. He has also served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery, the Science Museum and many other organisations.

He has been Chairman of two Hansard Society Commission Reports on the relationship between Parliament and the Public and has served as a non-executive director on a number of public companies.

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006. He has been the recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees from Universities in the UK and overseas.
He was most recently appointed the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma.


Marc Durando

MaDu-photoMarc Durando has over 20 years experience in the field of education and training, both at European and national level. Since 1983 he worked in the education and training area, where after 5 years of activities in the field of continuing education for enterprises he developed specific expertise in the area of European cooperation in the field of education and training.

He occupied successively the post of Director of the COMETT Technical Assistance Office and the SOCRATES&YOUTH Technical Assistance Office. At the end of 1998 he joined the Pôle Universitaire Européen de Lorraine where he developed European projects in the field of education and training and provided consultancy services in the area of European cooperation in education and training.

Since September 2006, Marc Durando joined the European Schoolnet network as Executive Director of EUN. As a network of 30 MoE, European Schoolnet provides its member Ministries with in-depth analysis of the state of play of ICT in education across Europe. It also facilitates peer learning activities between Ministries of Education in key areas such as development of digital learning resources, standardisation, impact of ICT in schools, use and impact of interactive whiteboards and 21st Century digital skills for teachers and pupils.

EUN thus provides a platform where all Ministries can define together the agenda for the future development of ICT in education and exchange policy and practice. In addition, European Schoolnet provides a unique space for collaborative teaching and learning for any teacher or school in Europe under the umbrella of the Future Classroom Lab.

Marc Durando is responsible for the overall strategy, operation and development of all activities of the EUN Office. Originally trained as an engineer, he has been consistently leading and involved in education and training activities at regional, national and European level. He has developed skills and competences in the field of European cooperation in education and training covering higher education, secondary education as well as vocational training.




Brian Holmes

Brian HolmesBrian Holmes is currently Interim Director of the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA). He is also Head of Erasmus+ Department and EU Aid Volunteers. Brian has been working on education and training for many years at the European Commission. He has been closely involved with European policy for innovation and lifelong learning, supported by ICT, and was responsible for co-ordinating the EU’s eLearning Programme.

Brian is a Chartered Engineer and has an MBA from a Paris business school. He has been a tutor with the UK’s Open University Business School, for the MBA module on Managing Knowledge. He holds a PhD on technology enhanced learning with the University of Lancaster in the UK.


Riina Vuorikari

RiinaRiina Vuorikari joined the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in July 2013. She contributes to the research and policy support on “ICT for Learning and Skilling”. Her work focuses on an exploratory project on Digital Science 2.0 and she also contributes to the on-going work on Open Education.

Riina holds degrees in education (M.Ed in 1998 in Finland), in hypermedia (DEA in 1999 in France) and her PhD, which was completed in 2009, is from the Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems. She has actively worked in the field of education in Europe since 1999; her main interest is dealing with issues related to innovation and the adoption of new technologies in education. Before joining IPTS in Sevilla, she worked as Project Manager and Research Analyst, many of her clients were based in Brussels, including educational organisations such as European Schoolnet and Flemish Ministry of Education.


Patrick Griffin

Professor_Patrick_GriffinProfessor Patrick Griffin holds the Chair of Education (Assessment) at the University of Melbourne and is Director of the Assessment Research Centre. He is the Deputy Dean and Associate Dean for Knowledge Transfer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He has published numerous books and journal articles on assessment and evaluation topics that include competency development, language proficiency, industrial literacy, school literacy and numeracy profile development, professional standards portfolio assessment and online assessment and calibration.

Professor Griffin has been awarded the John Smythe medal for excellence in research for his work on profiling literacy development and his work on profile reporting was identified in the annual 1996 yearbook of the American Society for Curriculum Development in Washington as world’s best practice. He is a project team leader for UNESCO in southern Africa, and was awarded, in 2005, a UNESCO Research Medal by the Ministers of Education from southern African nations. Professor Griffin is a World Bank consultant in Vietnam and China, leading national and international teams in studies of literacy and numeracy assessment and has developed a system of teacher assessment recently signed into law by the Vietnam Government to be applied to more than 380,000 teachers and to be replicated in China.