Experts

Dr. Rafael Rangel Sostman

Former rector of ITESM – Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico.
For 25 years, he served as the rector of ITESM, an institution comprising 33 campuses in Mexico and several others throughout Latin America. As rector, he strengthened academic education programs for his teachers, and promoted an educational model centered on including innovative didactic techniques and information technologies in students’ learning. He reinforced the internationalization of university and online education and promoted research, especially in areas strategic to the country’s development.
In the year 2000 he was chairman of the Commission on Education for president Fox’s transition team, and he was also invited by President Calderon to be part of the Scientific Research and Technologic Development General Counsel. He holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Prof. Alec Gershberg

He is a specialist on the economics of education, social policy, public finance and economic analysis in developing countries as well as in countries attached to the OECD. He has experience in policy reform processes, institutional and system analysis, education finance, accountability, and decentralization.
He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Regional Science Department with a dissertation on education finance, decentralization and intergovernmental fiscal relations in Mexico.
He has done research and applied policy analysis in Latin America and has also worked in Egypt, Jordan, Romania, Georgia, and Tanzania.
Professor Gershberg has been a frequent consultant to the World Bank, the inter-American Development Bank, USAID, the UK Department of International Development, UNESCO and the Urban Institute. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University School of Education, the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and El Colegio de México.

Eva Cendon

She is a national and international expert on competency and learning outcome orientation for didactics in higher education, new roles for teachers, and in ways to implement lifelong learning in universities.

She is a senior researcher in FernUniversität’s Lifelong Learning Department in Hagen, a German government-funded initiative (2011–2020). “Aufstieg durch Bildung – offene Hochschulen” (Rise Through Education: Open Universities). She currently accompanies over 100 universities in Germany in developing new concepts and programs for lifelong learning and in the creation of new forms of cooperation with companies and other stakeholders outside the university. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Karl-Franzens University in Graz, which focuses on education and gender studies for adults.

Mpine Makoe

Between 2010 and 2012 she was Director of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). She is currently the president of the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA) and has enabled the development of ODL-related policies in several universities across the continent.
She is the author of several publications in the area of educational technology focused on mobile learning, staff development, quality assurance and policy formulation in Open Distance Learning. She holds an MSc degree and a Ph.D. in educational technology from the Open University and an MA in journalism from the University of Michigan.

Félix de Moya

pSCImago Group, Spain

He works on I+D projects such as “Scimago Journal & Country Rank-SJR” and “Atlas de la Ciencia” (Science Atlas) for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Venezuela, as well as “Ranking Iberoamericano de Instituciones de Investigación-R13” (Ibero-American research institutions ranking) and “Mi perfil Investigador-MPI” (My research profile).
He has taken part in projects lead by science and technology entities and by universities in Spain, Colombia, Mexico and Chile. And has worked with UNESCO’s Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC).
His research interests are: advanced information retrieval techniques for the development of real-time information systems; scientific information visualization techniques oriented towards interface design, analysis and assessment of scientific domains, and scientometric analysis. He holds a doctorate in philosophy and letters from the University of Granada in Spain.

Martha Burkle, PhD

Director, Centre for Learning, Innovation & Research
Grant Research Officer
Assiniboine College, Brandon, MB, Canada

Director, Centre for Learning, Innovation & Research – Assiniboine College – Canada, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Adjudication Committee member since 2014. Her works at SSHRC has contribute to determine research funding for more than 150 research proposals across colleges and universities in Canada, partnering with industry and non-profit organizations.

Research Associate for the NSERC/iCORE Research Chair on Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics Project, Athabasca University, and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Distance Education, at this university.

Research dedicated to advancing the exploration on the application of education for social development (particularly among women and minorities), and the transformation of universities facing the challenges of the 21st Century. Research interests in the area of the impact of technologies on culture and society, the influence of technologies in cognitive abilities, and the access and use of technologies by women

Josep Duart

As a researcher at the UOC’s Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) he leads the Information Technologies, Universities and Network Society (ITUNS) research group and the PIC Universities research project, which analyzes the changes brought about to the university system by the use of ICT. He is the director of UOC’s UNESCO and E-Learning chairs and of the Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento (RUSC).
He played an active role in the development of UOC’s educational model and has advised different universities, especially in Latin America, on e-learning methodologies and their applications.
He is the author of several publications and books including: La organización ética de la escuela y la transmisión de valores (1999), Aprenentatge i virtualitat (1999), Aprender en la virtualidad (2000), and La universidad en la sociedad red (2007), as well as articles in academic periodicals. He holds a doctorate in pedagogy from Ramon Llull University and a master of business administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School.