Eunis 2014

EUNIS 2014

A programme in the making – Invited speakers

The programme for the EUNIS annual congress in Umeå this summer is beginning to take shape. Submissions are coming in and several invited speakers are confirmed.

Invited speakers so far are:

Gerry PennellGerry Pennell – University of Manchester

Gerry read Mathematics at the University of Manchester before pursuing a career in software development and project management in a variety of sectors and organisations.  Prior to his current role as Director of IT at the University of Manchester, Gerry was CIO for London 2012 for which he was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List 2013.



Michiel BoreelMichiel Boreel – SogetiLabs, CTO Sogeti Group

Michiel Boreel has worked in the IT Industry for over 21 years and since 2007 has held the role of Chief Technology Officer with Sogeti. Michiel started his IT career at a company now owned by Sogeti advising about the reverse engineering of legacy information systems and migration estimation methods.

In 1994, Sogeti asked Michiel to lead a new initiative, called the Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT), a small research and trend spotting group with the goal of inspiring customers to apply new technology in business processes. A constant theme in all of the VINT research is the question what role IT will play in the future society and how technology can be applied to create meaningful business innovation.

Dan PetersDan Peters, Blackboard

Dan manages Blackboard’s European and Australian solutions engineering team where he helps schools, universities, colleges, and enterprises effectively use technology to support teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. While Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford University he became involved in web-based learning in 1995 with a key role on the Asynchronous Distance Education ProjecT. From this work, he played a key role in creating Stanford Online, which was the first completely online degree program in the world to incorporate video with audio, text, and graphics in its distance learning offerings.  In the years since, he has worked with hundreds of universities globally to improve their adoption and effective use of educational technology.  Before joining Blackboard in 2006, Dan worked at WebCT in the same capacity.


Eden DahlstromEden Dahlstrom, Director of Research, EDUCAUSE and ECAR

Eden Dahlstrom is the Director of Research for the Data, Research, and Analytics unit at EDUCAUSE. She oversees research initiatives on the topics that matter most to the higher education IT community. She is also the principal investigator for the annually recursive research on undergraduate students’ technology experiences and expectations hosted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research.