Executive Board

Armin Hopp

I currently serve the ICoBC as the president of the Executive Committee. Also, I am the co-founder and president of Speexx, a leading provider of digital language training and skills assessment solutions for international corporations. Prior to starting Speexx I was involved in creating several businesses in the digital learning space. 

My academic background is in Linguistics, Computer Science, and English Literature. I am passionate about family, digital learning, EdTech, HR tech, learning transformation, guitars, Speexx, and badges. I am a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars and contribute to leading L&D blogs and HR journals around the globe.

Cherie Diaz

Cherie Diaz is the Managing Director, Australia for OpenLearning.com a cloud-hosted, lifelong learning platform that has enabled educators to deliver effective, enjoyable and transformative online courses to more than 2.6 million learners globally. In 2020, Cherie co-authored OpenCreds in response to the need for a scalable and interoperable micro-credential framework that focused on quality outcomes for lifelong learners. Initially developed to support the Australian Qualification Framework, OpenCreds has since been adapted to support the Malaysian Guidelines to Good Practices: Micro-credentials. 

She has more than 15 years of experience in education, spanning a range of levels and modes; including:

  • Academic Board Member for the Academy for Information Technology a division of
    RedHill Education Limited
  • Head of Education Delivery at the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Director of Customer Success for Scentia Education
  • Director of Student Success for Ivy College
  • Head of College and registered CEO for the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences

Having worked across a range of business types (from start up to regeneration), Cherie is dedicated to building experiences that put the learner at the centre of the design and delivery process. After leading education innovation programs for Ivy College and the Australian Institute of Management, Cherie’s efforts in driving the evolution of education quality resulted in individual and business awards for service excellence by the Customer Service Institute of Australia and the International Council of Customer Service Organisations.

Jake Hirsch-Allen

Jake Hirsch-Allen works with North America's governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities, to leverage LinkedIn's Learning Solutions and Economic Graph data to close skills gaps. Jake is passionate about supporting disadvantaged groups such as newcomers and refugees, indigenous populations, the formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities.

Jake speaks regularly on the changing nature or future of work and learning. He is:

+ a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity and the Canadian Club of Toronto
+ on the Advisory Boards of the Hot Docs Cinema and Code for Canada and
+ an Executive at the International Council on Badges and Credentials.

Jake founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada's foremost software development bootcamp and Hacking Health. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform, taught Global Health at McMaster University and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel.

Jean-Baptiste Milon

After getting a two-year degree in 2008 from the Sorbonne University in languages (English & Chinese) applied to international trade, Jean-Baptiste graduated with a Bachelor and a Master of Management from the Assas University in Paris. Since 2010 he has been working as European Project Manager throughout Europe. He worked successively in London, Ireland, Paris, Norway and Switzerland. Since 2017 Jean-Baptiste has been working as Senior Project Manager and Executive Coordinator at ICDE, the International Council for Open and Distance Education. PMP and Lean Six Sigma certified, Jean-Baptiste graduated in 2020 with a Global executive MBA from a joint international EMBA programme including 4 business schools in Norway (BI), Spain (IE), Singapore (Nanyang) and the US (Berkeley).

Rebecca Stromeyer

Rebecca Stromeyer is the Managing Director and Founder of the media company ICWE GmbH, as well as a co-founder and co-owner of ICEF GmbH (since 1991), the recognised global leader in international student recruitment.

She is Co-Founder and the Conference Chair of the flagship conference of the OEB Global conference series since 1995 and has played a leading role in the conference series’ ongoing success. The annual conference is the leading global cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training and is regarded as the key networking event of the international e-learning industry, which brings together 2300+ experts and practitioners from 80+ countries.

She is the Founder of the eLearning Africa annual conference and exhibition series which was launched in 2005 and is attended by over 1,000 delegates from across Africa. In 2012 she launched the eLearning Africa Report, a leading source of news, information, and analysis about ICT, EdTech, digital technology, learning, training and skills development. She is Chair of the charity East Trust, which focuses on technology enhanced learning and training in Africa, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Business School Network, a Council Member of the Drucker Society, and on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organisation Management Skills for Wildlife Conservation. Between 2010 and 2014 she was a board member of the Global Development Learning Network, which has 120 affiliates in 80 countries.


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