2017: From an Outside Perspective

Niels Huismans

Niels Huismans is an young strategic thinker fascinated by the way people act and learn. He is a business developer, an entrepeneur and a counceler of a city council. He developed a concept which represents the next stage of Life Long Learning. It combines learning in the outside world with the learning in the ‘inside’ education system, formal with informal learning.

Anthony Heidweiller

Anthony Heidweiller, a baritone, operamaker, creator, inspirer and promoter of innovative opera concepts, is a man with a mission: he wants to improve the world through art.
Like no one else, he succeeds in making opera relevant and bridging gaps between generations. Concepts such as participation and community arts are central to much of his work. In 2001, he set up a Youth Opera Festival (YO! Opera) to introduce opera to young people. In 2006, his Yo! Opera community arts project, Opera on the Bus, won an award for ‘the most innovative event’. In 2008, Yo! Opera was awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prize for art education. In 2011, Heidweiller received the Culture Award of the Municipality of Utrecht.

Since 2012, he has been artistic director of the Operamakers Foundation, as well as being affiliated with institutions such as the Dutch National Opera ( Opera Forward Festival), the Festival of Flanders ( 2014, 1000 Voices for Peace) and RUHR 2010 ( Sing Day of Song 2012, 2014). The aim of Operamakers is to connect groups of people through singing. The common years he will be connected with Festival Aix en Provence and education projects in Holland; Vocal Statements.

Dr. Cha-Hsuan Liu (劉家瑄)

Dr. Cha-Hsuan Liu (劉家瑄) is a university lecturer at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University. Her current given courses include Youth Study, Multicultural society and Health in society. Her research work mainly on Diversity sensitivity, Migration study, Health care provision, Health psychology and behaviours, but also on other interdisciplinary studies, such as Education and Innovation & Sciences. She has published articles, book chapters and books in the subjects related.

In 2011, she worked with a Taiwanese scholar and published three journal papers in Chinese to introduce Dutch Education System and brought discussions on its characteristics with the system of Taiwanese. During her previous assignment as a Senior Science and Technology Officer at Netherlands Trade and Investment Office in Taiwan (2015-2016) for Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, she received TV interviews and gave several public talks about Dutch Education and Health care. In January 2017, one of the Dutch main newspapers, NRC, have published a column article discussing the high education performance among Asian migrants based on an interview with her and a collection of stories of Asian migrants in the Netherlands.

She was granted her PhD degree in Social and behavioural science at Utrecht University (2014) and master degree of Health psychology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Before that, she was awarded master degree of Healthcare administration (MHA) and has studied Medical technology in Taiwan. She is affiliated with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) and Inter-universitary Research School for Resource Studies for Development (CERES).

Frank de Wit

Frank de Wit is father of four young kids and a designer that ran into a software development method at work that optimizes workflow, focuses on the outcome and creates happy workers. His talk will focus on the learnings he and his wife had while using this method called scrum at home and thereby empowering their kids.

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes is the founder of AKKA Architects, which specializes in designing buildings that evoke creativity, cooperation and learning in their users. Her Talk will focus on her ideas about the perfect environment for learning and how small changes in the design of a building can have a great impact.

Liam Tjoa & Tim van der Wiel

Two of the Netherlands' youngest entrepreneurs, Liam Tjoa and Tim van der Wiel, have founded successful business 'GoSpooky. They advice large corporations on how to effectively use Snapchat in their marketing campaigns and strategies. In their talk, they speak about the skills they where never taught in school, but are necessary in business.

Rolf Winters

Rolf Winters, maker of the successful documentary, Down to Earth, spent eight years travelling the globe with his wife and children, searching for insights. His Talk will focus on the lessons he and his family learned during their trip and whether he found a new perspective on life.

Ilias El Hadioui

Ilias El Hadioui, professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, studied the relationship between street and school culture. Thereby distinguishing feminine from masculine values. During his Talk he will share with the audience the most important insights from his research on social exclusion of youngsters from various ethnic backgrounds.

Jelle Jolles

Jelle Jolles, a neuropsychologist with the Centre for Brain and Learning and author of 'The Adolescent Brain. He speaks about the teenager as "work in progress" and shows how the development of the brain and cognitive abilities are dependent on the active support of teachers and parents.