Executive Board

Rupert Ward, PhD [Director of Strategic Partnerships] and Member of the Executive Board

Rupert Ward is a former Special Adviser to the Royal Household and Project Lead for iDEA, one of the world's most successful free educational technologies. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow, Professor of Learning Innovation and Associate Dean (International) within the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

He is a member of the BCS Accreditation Committee, a former board member of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Manager and a Chartered IT Professional.

His research focuses on digital skills, technology acceptance and mobile learning and he is author of two books on Personalised Learning. He is also an avid learner and is currently completing his eighth postgraduate qualification across a range of disciplines.

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.

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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