HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Princess Laurentien is social entrepreneur, author, strategist and dialogue facilitator. Thematically, she focuses on education, literacy, sustainability and child participation. She is the author of the Mr Finney children’s book series (translated into 9 languages), several fairy tale books and a leadership book through the voice of children. She was elected Dutch Philantropist of the Year in 2017 for her successes in ‘systemic change’ in various fields and in 2010 she received the Dutch Salvation Army Prize for her work on illiteracy and social justice.

She is UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development and founder of the Dutch Reading and
Writing Foundation (2004). She also holds a range of honorary positions in culture and language-related organisations, including President of the European Cultural Foundation. She is founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation, an NGO that facilitates inter-generational dialogue between children and decision-makers in the public and private sectors. She is President of Fauna and Flora International (FFI), Member of the Board of Trustees of the Oceana Azul Foundation, Special Advisor to Rewilding Europe and Fellow at the European Climate Foundation.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in
political science from the University of London. She and her husband HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands have three children.

OUR SPEAKERS

Professor Anant AGARWAL

Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2018; Founder and CEO, edX

Mr Tom BLACKWELL

CEO & Co-founder of EM

The Rt Hon Gordon BROWN

UN Special Envoy for Global Education; Former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer

Mr Ronnie C. CHAN

Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Limited

Mr Arnold CHAN

Founder and CEO of non-profit Teach4HK

Dr Charles CHEN Yidan

Founder, the Yidan Prize

Mr CHI Yufeng

Founder and Chairman of Hongen Education and Technology Co., Founder and Chairman of Perfect World Group

Ms Peggy CHOI

Founder and CEO of knowledge-sharing platform Lynk

Mr Simon COX

Emerging Markets Editor at The Economist

Dr Jacob (Yaki) DAYAN

Founder & CEO, EdTech Israel

Ms Yaneth GIHA

Former Minister of Education, Colombia

Mr Alvin GRAYLIN

China President, HTC

Professor Larry HEDGES

Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018; Chair of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Mr Lavine HEMLANI

Co-founder and CEO of ed-tech company Xcelerate

Dr Julian HUPPERT

Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge

Mr Clive LEE

Chief Executive Officer, Yidan Prize Foundation

Mr Peter LEWIS

Presenter of "Money Talk", RTHK Radio 3

Dr Dennis LITTKY

Co-founder and Co-director, Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound

Mrs Graça MACHEL

Child Rights Advocate and Humanitarian

Ms Margaret McCABE

CEO and Founder of Debate Mate

Professor Sugata MITRA

Professor, Educational Technology; Pioneer, "Hole in the Wall" experiment

Dr NG Pak Tee

Author, Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes; Member, the Global Education Innovation (GEI) Lab

Minister Naledi PANDOR

South Africa's Minister of Higher Education & Training

Dr Cathy SEELEY

Educator, popular speaker and author; Expert on "Constructive Struggling"

Dr Stephen D SMITH

Finci-Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation

Ms Isabella STEGER

Senior Reporter at Quartz

Mr Gareth STOCKDALE

CEO, Micro:bit Educational Foundation

Mr Ruben VARDANYAN

Impact investor and social entrepreneur

Mr Terry VIRTS

NASA Astronaut and Author of View From Above

Ms Rana WEHBE

Senior Editor-Special Projects Forbes Asia

Mr David WESTON

Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust; Expert on "Lesson Study"

Mr Lee WILLIAMSON

Editor, Generation T Asia

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