We are pleased to announce this year's IB Global Conference keynote speakers.
Rosan Bosch, founder of Rosan Bosch Studio
Keynote title: Designing for a better world starts at school
Rosan Bosch is the founder of Rosan Bosch Studio and internationally renowned for her thought-provoking designs and innovative perspectives on how schools can sustain children as creative thinkers. She has a strategic, design-based approach and has worked with local and national authorities transforming education, from communities in Norway to the government of Argentina.
One of the most well-known projects of Rosan Bosch Studio is the Vittra School at Telefonplan in Stockholm, Sweden. With its open, imaginative, and dynamic interior, the physical space promotes modern and flexible teaching methods and principles. The design accommodates the school’s efforts to incorporate digital media and approaches to education – and the children’s playful approach to learning. Rosan Bosch Studio uses creativity as a tool for innovation and challenges established cultures and norms. She transforms physical environments into meaningful and significant experiences. The Studio has created celebrated and innovative public libraries and also designed workspaces for the R&D departments of global brands.
Rosan Bosch has worked professionally with art, design, and architecture for more than 25 years and founded Rosan Bosch Studio in 2011. She is educated at the University of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Michael Furdyk, co-founder & Director of Innovation, TakingITGlobal
Keynote title: Social Innovation for Student Engagement: Take your classroom global!
Michael Furdyk is the co-founder of TakingITGlobal, which provides innovative global education programmes that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.
Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, including the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition, and on the International Advisory Council for Microsoft's Partners in Learning program.