• What Works? Education Conference – 2019 Speakers

    For What Works? Education Conference at The London Book Fair 2019, we are pleased to welcome Conference Chair Jane Mann, Director Education Reform, Cambridge University Press, who will lead a field of experts in educational publishing.

  • Jane Mann

    Director Education Reform

    Cambridge University Press

    Jane Mann is an experienced publisher, author, editor and trainer, and Director of Education Reform at Cambridge University Press. She has worked in educational publishing for over two decades, leading many international education reform projects in publishing and capacity development. Jane has implemented and managed publishing programmes to support international and national curricula, working with ministries of education, government agencies, NGOs, donor agencies and educational organisations to design effective materials and infrastructures.



    Lynne McClure


    Cambridge Mathematics

    Lynne McClure is the Director of Cambridge Mathematics, a University-wide programme bringing together the expertise of the University’s Mathematics and Education Faculties, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press to develop a research-based tool to design connected curricula, classroom tasks, assessments and professional development.




  • Diane Glass

    Commercial Director  

    ISC Research

    Diane Glass has been with ISC for more than five years and works with the company’s education vendor and higher education clients to identify the most appropriate market intelligence and data services available from ISC to meet their international development strategy and ongoing international marketing and sales requirements. She works closely with a wide range of clients including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, Cambridge Assessment International Education, The International Baccalaureate, The New York Times, Lenovo and Macmillan.

    Jill Jones

    Independent Consultant and Chair of Innovation Excellence Awards, Stationers Foundation


    Jill Jones is a non-executive Director and independent consultant and building a portfolio career.  Jill is an independent non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee for Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. She is also on the boards of Kogan Page Ltd. She is a former non-executive of Edinburgh University Press and The Learning Network (NL), the largest schoolbook distributor in the Netherlands.

  • Nuno Crato

    Former Portuguese Education and Science Minister 

    Education expert

    Nuno Crato was Portugal’s Education and Science Minister from 2011 to 2015. During his tenure, compulsory schooling was extended from nine to twelve years, English was made mandatory for seven consecutive school years, the dropout rate was reduced from c. 25% to 13.7%, retention rates improved, and Portuguese students achieved the best results ever in international surveys.

    Kate Cotton

    Senior Programme Specialist (Education)

    Unicef UK 

    Kate Cotton is a specialist in social development programming, with 25 years of experience working in the international development sector, focusing on equity and the realisation of human rights. Originally trained as a teacher, she has worked for a range of non-government organisations and intergovernmental organisations including Save the Children Australia, VSO, and Unicef UK.  Her roles have included everything from programme management, policy and research, to innovation, fundraising, and global partnerships.  Her work has taken her from country level roles in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, and India to regional advisory roles for Southern Africa and South Asia.  Currently based in the UK, she is focused on bringing an international education programmes lens to Unicef UK’s fundraising, advocacy, and communications work and in the process discovering opportunities for partnerships which could be game-changing for children’s learning.

  • Joy Tan

    General Manager 

    Marshall Cavendish  

    Currently the General Manager of Marshall Cavendish, Joy has 26 years' experience in the educational publishing industry. Joy's experience has been in the K-12 segment of the industry for most of her career. Joy loves being a part of the creation and product development process, and particularly, the satisfaction of knowing that there are people out there using the products she has been involved in developing. 

    Ivan Ostrowicz

    General Manager 


    Ivan Ostrowicz is the CEO and cofounder of Domoscio, an international award-winning startup specialised in combining cognitive science, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to personalise learning. Thanks to his expertise in the EdTech market, he is teaching in Master EdTech curriculum at Paris-Descartes University. He is also a frequent speaker and mentor in different EdTech events like TEDx, Enlighted or Seedstars. In 2018, he was awarded as “Entrepreneur of the year” by the Neoma Alumni.

  • Caroline Bayley

    Founder & CEO 


    Caroline Bayley, founder of Pinemarten Education Ltd and designer/developer behind SmartRubric, is a former secondary English teacher and Head of Department. Frustrated with the lack of digital tools for formative assessment available for non-STEM subjects, she left teaching in 2015, taught herself to code, and built SmartRubric, a tool to help secondary teachers mark complex student work more quickly and efficiently. She’s on twitter @smartrubric.


    Siroun Shamigian

    CEO & Founder 


    Siroun Shamigian is the co-founder and CEO of Kamkalima. A seasoned teacher and administrator, she has been working with schools in the MENA for over 25 years. More recently as education technology specialist, she has supported schools with strategy and capacity building for successful education technology integration focusing on 21st century skills.

  • Hary Candra



    As an entrepreneur, Hary Candra established the Education Software company PesonaEdu back in 1986. The company has been a prominent name in the regional digital education industry for K-12 Maths and Science. Recently, PesonaEdu Interactive Learning Objects have been licensed by Singapore Ministry of Education and various international publishers.
    Over the last 30 years, Hary has seen the rise and fall of edtech companies and believes that the key to success is the right content, step-by-step implementation and collaboration with publishers, noting that PesonaEdu’s zero cost scheme for publishers seem to serve as a win-win solution to assist publishers to achieve digital relevancy. As a practitioner, he firmly believes good implementation of digital interactive content can help in solving teacher and student competency issues especially in maths and science.

    James Orr

    Publisher – Custom, Caribbean and International Curriculum 

    Macmillan Education

    James Orr has worked for 19 years in the publishing and book industry. The last 13 have been in publishing roles for international education markets where he has published materials that support either international or local school curricula.  James has worked for Nelson Thornes, Oxford University Press and most recently Macmillan Education where he currently has remit for International Curriculum, Custom Publishing and the Caribbean. 

  • Hannah Cooper

    Freelancer and Project Lead

    Just Content 

    Hannah Cooper is a Freelancer and Project Lead with Just Content – a packager specialising in publishing strategy and project management across the education and professional sectors.

    Hannah has 16 years’ experience of content development; previously working in house at Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Education, The Social Care Institute for Excellence, City & Guilds, and BSI. She has led teams, established new print and digital workflows and toolkits, and managed the development of textbooks, elearning resources, videos, and corporate publications.

    Hannah’s passion is making great content happen – supporting organisations, subject matter experts, and suppliers to exceed the expectations of learners, tutors, and clients.


    Cai Reaich

    Global User Experience Manager 

    Cambridge University Press

    Cai Reaich is the Global User Experience Manager at Cambridge University Press. He has worked in Education for the past 5 years, collaborating with hundreds of teachers and students in India, South Africa and Australia to name but a few countries, to improve the digital learning materials and services that Cambridge can offer to schools. Cai has also produced the Brighter Thinking Pod, a podcast aimed at providing international school teachers with snapshot insights from thought leaders within the Cambridge family.

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