Maria João Horta

Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General of Education, since 2019.
She has a PhD in ICT in Education in the specialty of Information and Communication Technologies in Education, from the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon (2012) and Master in Education – Specialization in Didactics of Sciences at the Faculty of Science of Lisbon (2002).
She is Team Leader, INCoDe.2030 Education Team at the Directorate General of Education, Ministry of Education, since 2017.
She is a representative in the Thematic Working Group – Digital Citizenship of European Schoolnet and in the Better Internet for Kids Advisory Board of European Schoolnet, since 2017.
She has been a guest lecturer at the Almeida Garrett School of Education since 2016.
She was Director of the Educom Teacher Training Center (2012/2017).
She was part of the Working Group that had the mission of defining the exit profile of young people at the end of 12 years of compulsory education, a group appointed by the Secretary of State for Education, through Order No. 9311/2016, of July 21.
She was a seconded teacher at the Ministry of Education, at the Educom ICT Competence Center (2011/2017).
She has been a certified trainer by the Scientific and Pedagogical Council for Continuing Education since 2008.
She develops research work in the area of education and ICT. She is author and co-author of books, scientific articles, studies, curriculum guidelines and evaluation reports of educational projects.

Badrul Kan

Badrul Khan

Professor Dr. Badrul Khan, formerly founding director of Educational Technology Graduate Cohort Programs at the George Washington University and University of Texas at Brownsville, coined the phrase Web-based instruction with his 1997 best-selling Web-Based Instruction book which paved the way for the new field of e-learning. Recognized as the founder of modern e-learning by 2014 NATO e-Learning Forum, he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame.
He authored/edited fifteen books and over 100 manuscripts in e-learning, his Managing E-learning book has been translated into 23 languages. He is the host of KDW TV show on FOX 5 PLUS Washington, DC. Website:


Mark West

Mark West works in UNESCO’s Education Sector, where he examines how technology can improve the quality, equity, and accessibility of learning, especially in developing countries. He is part of a small team that is reimaging how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet as part of a flagship UNESCO initiative called Futures of Education.
The initiative is steered by an International Commission chaired by the President of Ethiopia and relies on a global consultation process that will run until early 2021. Mr. West is also active outlining strategies to make digital solutions more inclusive for people with low literacy skills, helping governments enact policies and practices to ensure that women and girls develop strong digital skills, and supporting country-level reviews of ICT in education work.
He has written extensively about technology and education, and his most recent publication, ‘I’d Blush if I Could’ (2019) was positively reviewed in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, Der Spigel, Time Magazine and numerous other publications. Prior to joining UNESCO in 2011, Mr. West researched education in Azerbaijan as a Fulbright Fellow and worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in the United States. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

Antonio Moreira

António Moreira

Has a PhD and a Master’s degree in Education Sciences from the University of Coimbra.
He is an Associate Professor with Aggregation in the Department of Education and Distance Learning, Director of the Delegation of Porto and Coordinator of the Development Unit of the
Local Learning Centres of Universidade Aberta (UAb).
Researcher and Coordinator of the Centre for Higher Education Pedagogy Studies at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20) at the University of Coimbra and Foreign Coordinator of the Digital Education Research Group at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (GPe-dU – UNISINOS/CAPES-CNPq), Brazil.
Collaborating Professor in the Post-Graduate programmes in Education and Contemporaneity and Management and Technologies Applied to Education of the University of the State of Bahia (UNEB) and Guest Professor in the Specialisation Course in Education and Technologies of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil.
Since 2020 he is coordinator of the Digital Teaching Course for Higher Education Teachers at Universidade Aberta.
He currently coordinates the Project Distance Education in Prisons in Portugal (UAb) and Responsible Foreign Researcher of the Institutional Program of Internationalization CAPES/PRINT: “Digital Transformation and Humanities: Education, Communication and Technologies” (UNISINOS/UAb).

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