David Heath, Director of EMEA Education, Adobe
Before taking the position of Director of Education, EMEA, at Adobe Systems, David worked independently as a Sales & Marketing consultant, specialising in education for companies including Macromedia. Prior to that he enjoyed the dotcom boom as Operations Director at AltaVista EMEA, and held Education positions at Compaq, Xemplar and Apple Computer. David graduated as a physicist, holds postgraduate qualifications in Solid State Physics and Science Education from Sheffield and London Universities, and is a member of the Institute of Physics and Institute of Directors.
Previous roles include microelectronics process engineer and teacher of physics and computer science as well as being seconded as an ICT Advisory Teacher and Warden of a Teacher Development Centre for an LEA in the United Kingdom, setting ICT policy and defining training requirements for the authority.
Johann Zimmern, Worldwide Education Program Manager, Adobe
Johann Zimmern is the worldwide education program manager at Adobe Systems in San Francisco where he is responsible for developing integrated school and university marketing campaigns and licensing programs, building education community engagement, and facilitating industry association partnerships. His work is centered on the development of creativity and innovation, and digital literacy skills, with special focus on career & technical education including graphic design, web design & development and film and video production. Prior to joining Adobe, Johann held marketing positions with Macromedia, Luidia, and Electronics for Imaging. Johann studied English & American literature and linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany and holds a degree in the performing arts. Johann Zimmern is married and lives with his two children in San Francisco, California.
Michael Chaize, Sr Creative Cloud Evangelist, Adobe
Michael is a Sr. Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe where he focuses on Web, Mobile, Digital Publishing and Gaming experiments. In his previous roles, he had the chance to work with creative agencies and large accounts on Flash and Flex applications. In 2010 and 2011, he blogged about the Flash Platform (www.riagora.com). He is also a regular speaker at conferences worldwide for the last 5 years (Adobe MAX, JAX, Flash in the City, Devoxx, UXLX…). His digital magazine, Appliness, targets web designers and web developers. Appliness is available in the app store for free. He's also the co-creator of the iOS game Smart Aliens and now blogs about the Creative Cloud on www.creativedroplets.com. Feel free to contact him on twitter via his account @mchaize.
Mihai Corlan, Sr Education Evangelist, Adobe
Mihai Corlan is a senior education evangelist at Adobe with more than ten years experience on developing and designing web products and sites. You can read more about what he is doing on his blog http://corlan.org or Twitter @mcorlan
Terry Ryan, Education Evangelist, Adobe
Terry is also the author of Driving Technical Change, a Pragmatic Bookshelf title. It's about convincing reluctant co-workers to adopt new tools and ideas.
He blogs at http://terrenceryan.com/blog and is tpryan on Twitter.
Michael O’Neill, Business Development Manager, Adobe
Michael is Adobe's European Pro Video Evangelist for Education, Adobe Master Trainer and Adobe Certified Instructor who's passion for storytelling and technology began on the stage at Williamstown Massachussetts Summer Theatre Festival while a teenager. This enthusiasm for expression grew into directing visual effects for music videos for artists like U2 and Radiohead. Then into a lengthy stint at MTV's in-house production department responsible for producing over 600 hours of MTV content per year.
With the advent of the internet Michael moved to Macromedia and was the Technology Expert working on the development of the Futuresplash cell based animation tool into Flash with customers including Disney and Viacom.
In 2001 Michael took up a UK post with Adobe as the Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects guru working with agency, broadcast, animation and film accounts like Ridley Scott Films, Warner Brothers, Sony, WPP, Moving Picture Company, Cartoon Network, BBC, SKY and Aardman. Working to create end to end workflows for multi-platform commissioning, production and delivery to traditional TV, Broadband, Mobile Phone, Film, Print, Interactive, Social Networking, Advertisement and Integrated Marketing on a strategic, consultative and tactical level. Michael was Adobe's member of the BBC iPlayer development team with Anthony Rose and the BBC department heads from production & the genres of Comedy, Drama, News, Factual & Learning, Children's and Sports for the initial prototyping, beta testing through to its initial launch in 2007 with Doctor Who & Kyle Minogue.
Adobe recently blessed Michael with the perfect job of taking the experience of these industry practices to the top Film, Media and Design Schools across Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Russia while sharing tips, tricks and inspiration for the next generation of storytellers enabling them to share their visions with the world.
Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of the Economy and Knowledge, Catalan Government, Spain
Andreu Mas-Colell studied Economics at Barcelona University and went on to gain a Doctorate from Minnesota University. He also holds an Honoris Causa Degree from the Universities of Alicante, Toulouse, HEC (Paris) and the Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina).
Claudio Moderini, Domus Academy, Italy
Claudio Moderini is an interaction design director and researcher, with a background in architecture and industrial design, founder of the Master Program in I-Design and head of Online Programs at Domus Academy, the international institute focused on innovation in design, based in Milan, Italy. His main competences range from creative direction to envisioning and strategic design, to the development of design concepts for future scenarios and interaction design solutions. His main design and research interests range from the introduction of Digital Technology in the everyday life environment, to the potentiality of interactive solutions in supporting the social relations, to the impact of interaction design in the innovation/transformation of the product and service design processes.
Dale Pearce, Principal, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Australia
Dale Pearce is the Principal of Bendigo Senior Secondary College, a Year 11 and 12 school of 1750 students which is Victoria’s largest provider of senior curriculum. The College has a national and international reputation for its innovative use of information technologies and development of practices applicable to teaching and learning at senior secondary school level. In addition to membership and leadership of a range of professional networks Mr Pearce is also a member of the Board of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Since 2009 Mr Pearce has been the sponsor of the Victorian Virtual Learning Network (VVLN), which develops high quality, interactive, asynchronous senior school curriculum and delivers it to schools across the state. The VVLN currently delivers Mathematics and Sciences to 28 schools and will add an additional range of subjects in 2014.
Wouter Verweirder, Howest, University College West Flanders
Wouter Verweirder is a faculty member of the Technical University of West-Flanders (HOWEST), where he teaches multimedia and web development. He is also owner of a company called "Happy Banana," where he works on award-winning Flash platform projects.
Currently, he’s working on the Devine (Digital Design and Media) curriculum, a three-year creative bachelor course combining front- end development with design. Wouter makes sure the development track is up-to-date.
In his classes, students learn the basics of programming with Actionscript then advance to larger, experimental projects with Adobe AIR, ObjectiveC, OpenFrameworks, Arduino, ... Hands-on experience is very important and his students get a lot of practical lab sessions as well as real world projects.
He's all in on sharing code with the community on github. Some of the open source projects he has worked on are AIRKinect and LeapMotionAS3.
Adele Adendorff, The Open Window, South Africa
Adele Adendorff is an artist, gallerist, curator and lecturer within the fine art and design world in South Africa. Enrolled for a D(Phil) in Fine Arts, her research is rooted in a multi-disciplinary reading of visual art and design, popular culture, philosophy, art practice and curatorship and she produces creative work including painting, illustration and exhibitions. Having taught at numerous universities in South Africa, she is currently appointed as the Head of Visual Communication at The Open Window where, apart from curricular and administrative, she concerns herself with teaching on a post-graduate level in contemporary design discourse and practice and, especially, the supervision of the Honours students specialising in subjects including Illustration, Communication Design, Photography and Interaction Design.
Pluto Panoussis, The Open Window, South Africa
During the course of his career, Pluto Panoussis has been a designer, an illustrator, a writer, an architect, and the director of a number of award-winning productions, which span a range of media, including film, television and the stage. He has co-written and directed two television series, exhibited as a fine artist with 5 solo exhibitions to his name, created the corporate identities of numerous companies and designed and headed the publicity campaigns of over a 100 local and international theatre productions. He is co-founder and art director of the social commentary cartoon strip ‘Skaapstad’. Currently he is head of the Film Arts Department at the Open Window School of Visual Communication. iMPAC (the Initiative for Motion Pictures within the African Continent), founded by him in 2009, is the latest initiative in his ongoing commitment towards fostering a culture of exploration in the visual arts.
Bradley Moody, American University, Dubai
Brad currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Digital Media at the American University in Dubai as well as Coordinator for the Digital Media Concentration within the Visual Communication Department. His personal work and research employs digital media, emerging technologies, hybrid physical ubiquitous design, mobile media, interaction design and new technologies and their integration in education. Brad holds a BS from Skidmore College in Art Education and an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Matthijs Clasener, Grafisch Lyceum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Matthijs is a teacher from The Netherlands whose specialty is the moving image at the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam. He teaches classes in animation as well as film and video courses. Matthijs also teaches Adobe software courses for adults at the Mediacollege. He is an Adobe Education Leader for these institutes and does a lot of things in that role. He has also won an Adobe Impact Award for his contribution to the Education Community. He has built a worldwide competition between students in Animation and Film and Video courses.
In this Adobe Education Leader community Matthijs enjoys to reach out and get the European teachers together to start working together. He thinks it is important to share experiences of teachers across the border and the same goes for students. He hopes that in the next school year even more international projects will start.
Danielle Harrell, Art FX, France
Danielle Harrell is a native English speaking American who has lived and worked in Boston, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California, as a teacher, arts administrator, musician and professional fundraiser. Since 2010, Danielle has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at ArtFx that provide students with a variety of techniques to improve their written and verbal communication skills. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at ArtFx, Danielle serves as their International Relations Manager. Within this position she is responsible for establishing and managing relationships between ArtFx and various anglophone studios, schools, online magazines, etc.
Julien Pons, Art FX France
Julien Pons is an experienced graphic & motion designer. He is a self-taught man, and has been a professional freelance designer since 2001. His passion became his job when he was first asked for design works, while he was still going to school. He has always been devoted in sharing his knowledge, and he started to publish books on Photoshop and GIMP in 2005. Starting from 2006, he recorded more than 500 tutorials on the most popular software (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Lightroom) on Tuto.com, being the best independent seller in France.
He is also head of communication at ArtFX, one the best visual effects & CG school worldwide. Always learning new techniques and improving his cultural knowledge, Julien is always looking to go further in his visual style and research.
Lieve Weymeis, KaHo Sint-Lieve
Lieve is Civil engineer (ir.) and professional musician. After years of research in stability of shell constructions she started as a college lecturer in departments of Construction/Real Estate, teaching several technical courses and ICT. In Flanders she is known as a specialist in project management. blended learning and eLearning. As head of the department of Construction she introduced new pedagogical methodologies.
She is currently doing research work on blended learning, eLearning and social media, developing eLearning courses and trains in Photoshop, Indesign, Captivate, Presenter.
As beta-tester she was invited in 2009 to be member of the Advisory Board for Captivate. In 2011 she became an AEL and ACE and was granted an Impact Award. She is an active member of the Captivate Community on the user forums, Twitter and Linkedin.
She presented several webinars for Adobe and sessions/workshop at DevLearn 2011 and 2012. Her blog http://blog.lilybiri.com is a reference for worldwide Captivate users.
Nuno Martins, Co-founder and principal of The Animation School in Cape Town
Since the launch of The Animation School in 2000, Nuno has been an influential player in the South African education industry for animation, providing skilled graduates to Africa's growing digital arena.
For over a decade he has collaborated with local accreditation bodies to raise the standards of animation education in South Africa to globally competitive levels. He has cultivated an ethos of artistic expression, creative thinking and technical ability at The Animation School, resulting in a crop of exceptional graduates. In testament to this, students of The Animation School have been the recipients of numerous accolades and awards in local and international film and animation competitions over the past 14 years.
Antonetta Eilers, AATC college of MultiMedia in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Antonetta Eilers is a graphic designer and an ACI for photoshop, InDesign and DPS at AATC college of MultiMedia in Amsterdam. Antonetta is also an artist and illustrator.
She started to work with Photoshop in 1990 and knew from the start that here lies her future. After many years of experience at advertising agencies, studios, publishers, printing and pre-press companies she started her own studio, Adeam in 1999. In 2007 she became an ACI and began to teach at CMM. At Adobe Summit Antonetta shows more creative ways to use the DPS tools.
Companies now hireAntonetta for her expertise, her creative solutions and her talent to inspire.
Tanja Schmitt-Fumian, Macromedia Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation
Tanja Schmitt-Fumian studied product design and media technology at the College of Design in Karlsruhe (hfg) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA. She then went onto become the managing owner of a design agency in New York between 1999 – 2005.
Schmitt-Fumian decided to take a position teaching and researching as a project manager at ZHdk, Zurich University of Arts. In 2005 Scmitt-Fumian also set up a strategic design consultancy with her husband, which they run alongside their professional positions. In 2006, she implemented one of the first DVB-H films for mobile devices in collaboration with the artist group M+M and Vodafone R&D, which premiered at the Munich Film Festival 2006, and Ars Electronica Austria 2007.
Tanja Schmitt-Fumian has won a number of prestigious awards including Art Directors Club Bronze and IF Communication Design Award, German Prize for Communications Design and taught “Interaction Design” at international universities in USA, Zurich and Berlin. In 2010 she took over the Design Chair position of the MHMK BA programme in Media and Communication Design.
Susan Villanueva-de Guzman, Higher Colleges of Technology at Sharjah Women’s College, Sharjah, UAE
Susan Villanueva-de Guzman is currently working as an Academic Coordinator for Applied Communications program at the Higher Colleges of Technology, at Sharjah Women’s College, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
She has 30 years of professional practice as a designer/artist and has been in the educational Proffession for almost 26 years. She completed her Masters in Education in Online and Distance Learning at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
De Guzman was selected as a chief Expert in Graphic Design for the National competition called Emirates Skills and presented the UAE in the World Skills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as an expert in September 2009. She is also involved in the GCC Regional Skills Competition as a chief Expert. She is currently the Deputy Chief Expert in the two World Skills competition that took place in London 2011, Lepzig in Germany 2013 and was re-elected as a Deputy Chief Expert for the World Skills 2015 in Sau Paulo, Brazil.
Hilde Maassen, Grafish Lyceum, Rotterdam
Hilde studied photography at The Art Academy in Breda (Netherlands). After a successful career as a freelance photographer, she decided to complete an additional course which would allow her to become a teacher. This led to a teaching position at a K-12 school and then onto Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, where she still works part time. During her career, Maassen has found that photography has changed significantly. From analogue to digital, moving pictures and filming. Because of the ever changing trends and technology, Maassen likes to keep up to date with new features and experiment with them. She is an AEL, ACI on photoshop and Lightroom and an ACE on Muse.
Along with teaching, she maintains a professional commercial career, while also working on bigger projects for Exhibitions.
Jan De Coster, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels, Belgium
Jan De Coster grew up with a vivid fascination for physics, science fiction stories and hacking stuff. In college he realized that all the stories around science were often far more appealing than the theory behind them. In the mid 90's he started on his first multimedia productions en eventually evolved to working in advertising, where he invented stories and games for online campaigns. But soon his interest in virtual worlds tiered, and he started to invent interactive machines in the real world. Besides working in his studio, Slightly Overdone, Jan also started teaching at Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels this year, telling students specializing in "Art & Technology" about the creative side of electronics and the design of interactivity in physical space.
Jonathan Shaw, Coventry University, UK
Jonathan is a photographer and educator based in the UK. His work has been published alongside photographic pioneers such as Muybridge & Edgerton. As Associate Head of Media Department (Innovation, Profile & Research) at Coventry University he led the team which pioneered free & open photography educational resources. The classes picbod.org & phonar.org have been accessed by thousands of people all around the globe, the apps have been called groundbreaking & the iTunesU collection he curates has just surpassed it's millionth listen.
Jonathan is an Adobe Education Leader, a Fellow of Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and a Fellow of the RSA.
Ferran Giménez, Director, Multimedia Studies Programme
Master in Multimedia and Instructional Design from San Francisco State University (USA). Currently, professor at the Computer Science department, and director of the UOC's Multimedia degree program
He has taught at various educational levels and areas, from adult to higher education, participated and coordinated diverse European projects (Socrates, E-Ten), and written several learning materials.
He is also a staff member of the e-magazine Mosaic (http://mosaic.uoc.edu/).
He is a member of the research group TACEV (Treball i Aprenentatge Col·laboratiu en Entorns Virtuals) and IC-EVEA (Disseny Intruccional i Tecnologies de la Informació i la Comunicació) of the IN3 institute.
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