Topic: 21st Century skills for global citizens: what are they and how can they be developed?
Dominic Regester has been Deputy Director Education for the British Council in East Asia since July 2013. He is based in Jakarta and is responsible for British Council work with schools and technical and vocational education across thirteen countries and territories in East Asia, with a particular focus on the ASEAN region.
Prior to this he spent five years in Bangladesh as School Programmes Development Manager for the British Council in South Asia working primarily with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
His areas of interest and research include education leadership, education and employability, 21st century learning skills and collaboration within education.
Dominic has an MA from the Institute of Education in London in Education and Development.
In Bangladesh he was a member of the planning committee for bi-annual Asian Centre for Inclusive Education international conference with Dhaka University. He presented at the 2013 UKFIET conference in Oxford on the correlation between school clusters and community cohesion in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Topic: Digital transformation for effective education reform
As Education Director for the Asia Pacific Region in Microsoft, Beth Watson leads the Education product group and Education teams across Asia Pacific in ensuring that both Microsoft and their partners deliver relevant, effective, and scaleable technologies, services and programmes that focus on improved learning outcomes for all.
Prior to assuming this role, Beth was working for NetSupport Limited in the UK working directly with end customers, resellers, OEM’s and partners around the globe, to help decrease costs but increase attainment within education. This role enabled her to see first-hand teaching methodologies used around the world and of course the positive impact of student outcomes and employability by embracing technology.
Education is a key driver in Beth’s life, a former School Governor she understands the challenges many schools, teachers, local and regional governments are facing and is deeply committed to playing her role in trying to ensure that education is truly available for all.