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Keynote presentations

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Event information

This hybrid event took place on 24 March 2022 in Eddington, Cambridge.

Join DEFI, the Digital Education Futures Initiative, for this trans-disciplinary event, essential for anyone curious about the future of education and interested in mapping its shape and scope.

Intended to focus the broad, often dispersed, knowledge of the wider Cambridge education eco-system, this one-day event will bring together visionary thinkers and future-focused organisations to inspire and guide a select group of attendees and open up challenge spaces for future shared endeavours. 

Online sponsor

Beijing Normal University Center of Education for the Future logo

Supported by

Cambridge University Press and Assessment logo

Cambridge Partnership for Education

Session conveners

      • Prof Rupert Wegerif, DEFI director
      • Zubair Junjunia, DEFI entrepreneur-in-residence

Event agenda

Morning session

Arrival and registration for in-person attendees

Event begins – Introduction from organisers
Livestream begins


Rupert Wegerif

Rupert Wegerif

Director, DEFI

Event welcome

Zubair Junjunia

Zubair Junjunia

Entrepreneur-in-residence, DEFI

Event host

Julia Citron

Julia Citron

Head of EdTech Solutions, Cambridge Univ. Press and Assessment

Event host


Keynote presenters

Isaiah Wellington-Lynn

Isaiah Wellington-Lynn

Founding Faculty, London Interdisciplinary School

Speaking at 10:15

Emily Shuckburgh

Emily Shuckburgh

Director, Cambridge Zero

Speaking at 10:35

Avi Warshavsky

Avi Warshavsky


Speaking at 11:15

Panel with the keynote speakers

Carla Aerts

Carla Aerts

Director of Digital Change, Hodder Education

Panel moderator

Online programme ends
Lunch for in-person participants


Challenge partners

Centre for Social Innovation at Judge Business School logo
Dr Michelle Darlington

Dr Michelle Darlington

Head of Knowledge Transfer

Centre for Climate Engagement

Dr Emily Farnworth

Dr Emily Farnworth


Center for Futures Studies, University of Dubai

Dr. Saeed Aldhaheri

Dr. Saeed Aldhaheri


Dr. Fawaz Hazza Abu Sitta

Dr. Fawaz Hazza Abu Sitta

Director, Futures Research

Group presentations

Closing thoughts

Event close – open networking continues at Hyatt Centric, opposite the Storey’s Field Centre

More about our presenters
Isaiah Wellington-Lynn

Isaiah is on a mission to tell powerful, impactful, and relatable stories about people, products and problem-solving. Isaiah has created his own interdisciplinary path that has 3 interweaving lanes. He is reading for a DPhil at Oxford, sits on the faculty at a brand new university, the London Interdisciplinary School, and he is an Anthropologist in Residence at TwentyFirstCenturyBrand. He is also a Board Member at Project Access, an international NGO that leverages technology to improve access to education. Isaiah did his undergrad in Anthropology at UCL and Harvard and also studied Psychology, Engineering Science, African-American Studies and Computer Science

Avi Warshavsky

The Unboxing School Movement

To trigger a rippling effect that will accelerate an agile transformation of educational systems towards truly meeting the needs currently re-defined by the COVID-19 crisis. To seize the opportunities provided by the upheaval of educational habits, in order to pursue educational systems that truly respond to the long-neglected learning challenges of the Digital Age. To inhibit the natural instinct of “going back”, by providing resourceful alternatives and possibilities better suited to the different educational stakeholders (students, educators, parents, decision-makers, and society in general). To target a global perspective, that not only strengthens and enriches every local activity, but that also provides the opportunity to leverage digital divides aggravated by the 2020 world crisis.
Three things will you gain from attending
  • Be acquainted with a global movement that is changing the future of education
  • Vision on how Edtech startups can and are enabling the needed changes in practices
  • MindCET work to strengthen the value of new tech to education
About Avi
Founder and CEO of MindCET EdTech Innovation Centre (established by the non-profit Center for Educational Technology, Israel’s leader in technological-based educational solutions, where he is currently member of the Board of Directors), a global leader in EdTech including a wide range of activities for startups and educators such as accelerators, R&D, investment, testing as well as education institutions’ adoption of innovative pedagogies based on cutting edge technology. Warshavsky is a pioneer and founder of global initiatives such as GESAwards (world’s largest EdTech competition and community), member of many multi-national ventures as well as at the board of successful EdTech startup companies. BA and MA in Humanities by Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University.
Emily Shuckburgh

Emily is a climate scientist and mathematician, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey. She leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks. A polar expert, she previously led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

Dr. Saeed Aldhaheri
About Emily 
Emily has over 25 years of experience working with businesses, governments and non-profit organizations to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Emily was previously the Head of Climate Initiatives at the World Economic Forum where she was involved in setting up the Climate Governance Initiative.
Dr. Fawaz Hazza Abu Sitta

About Dr Abu Sitta:

Dr. Abu Sitta is the co-author of Dubai e-Government Excellence Model and has received recognition certificates for his distinguished work in the field of organizational excellence from HH. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Royal Highness King Abdullah II.

Dr. Abu Sitta is known for his role in promoting government agility and scenario planning. He has co-authored several studies in the field of foresight and Knowledge Management that have been adopted regionally and globally.

Abu Sitta has achieved his Master of Science in Foresight from University of Houston and a PhD from University of Bath in 1995.