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October 15, 2020
18:00 GMT+8 | 11:00 BST | 03:00 PDT

Students and graduates face new challenges in the education and job markets. We discuss what skills students in Eastern Europe need to prepare for tomorrow.

Our Speakers


Skills Transformation Lead

Adam is the Skills Transformation Lead at EMEA in Coursera. In his role, he advises companies, governments and universities on the skills they need for the future and helps them to design digital learning programmes to develop their people.

Before working at Coursera, Adam was a management consultant at Moorhouse, helping clients to deliver transformational change. He also designed the firm’s first consulting academy.

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Adam Lewis
Olga Mamaeva


Deputy Head of eLearning
HSE University

Olga is the Deputy Head of eLearning at HSE University in Russia. Before joining HSE University, Olga was at Gazprom Group where she initially served as Head of Press Office of TGC-1 PJSC. She organized special projects with St.Petersburg State University and School of Media Journalism (The School of Journalism for the Energy Sector).

She is a co-founder of MyEnergy.ru, a web-encyclopedia about Russian energy branches for children and students. Olga holds a PhD in Philology, and is a writer, journalist and editor.


Director, Directorate for Academic Affairs
University of Szeged

Alex Chisholm is Head of Analytics for the QS Intelligence Unit where he leads a product team that creates dashboards and insight reports for global universities. Since joining in 2017, he has also leveraged results from wider QS survey findings to better understand trends impacting students and higher education institutions worldwide.

Alex has 15 years of experience helping organizations use data to make more evidence based decisions. Previously Alex spent nearly a decade working with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where he led a broad management education research program.

Alex, who lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two daughters, is an avid teacher and continues to deliver online, synchronized data analytics courses for working professionals at Harvard University Extension School. He holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Ekaterina Lyubimova


Director of Digital Content Service
University 2035

Ekaterina is the Director of Digital Content Service at University 2035, a non-profit organisation focused on data-driven solutions in the EdTech sphere in Russia. In her job, Ekateina, works with public and private universities and non-academic partners to develop digital (online) content  in the areas of big data, AI, machine learning, VR, AR, neurotechnologies, IoT, robotics, among others.

Before joining University 2035, Ekaterina worked at HSE University as Head of the Master’s Program in Digital Transformation in Education. She also worked as Head of Educational Direction at the Internet Initiatives Development Fund, and as Director of the Institute of International Education at Ural Federal University.

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Editor and Program Designer
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Anton John Crace is Editor and Program Designer in the QS Intelligence Unit in Singapore. Through his role, he edits QS’ university news and rankings supplements. He has worked within international education for almost a decade including within an education provider, education agent training platform and media.

He was the Asia Pacific Editor of The PIE News, an international education media outlet, and broke stories including the decision of some universities to pay Indian agents GST and the New Zealand government’s decision to scrap a review into in-study work rights for international students. For many years he was also a familiar face on the conference circuit throughout the Asia Pacific through live tweeting – follow him on Twitter @antoncrace.

Anton was recognized as the Universities Australia Higher Education Journalist of the Year in 2019 at the National Press Club of Australia, and received the Excellence Award for Professional Commentary from the International Education Association of Australian in 2018.


Past Episodes

As the world changes, the skills graduates and workers require for employment are also changing. We look at the findings of QS’ Global Skils Gap report and discuss with employers.

– Sean O Ferguson, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business (ASB)
– Esra Aldhaen, Executive Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Ahlia University Bahrain
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Many students expect they will be able to find a job after their studies and undertake an internship during it. How are universities engaging with employers and how can they continue to do so during a period of social distancing?

– Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant, EduBrief
– Kym Nguyen, Director, Global Market Development, QS Enrolment Solutions
– Gordon Scott, Managing Director, Successful Graduate Pty Ltd

Partnerships are integral for growth and innovation. Private sector and education provider collaboration has driven excellence, but creating that collaboration is not straightforward. This episode considers how reputation can be used to foster partnerships for the future.

– Andy Free, Head Of Partner Markets, Impero Software
– Ann Gabriel, Senior Vice President For Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
– David Reggio, Frsa, Global Head Of Consulting, Qs Quacquarelli Symonds

The traditional classroom model is in many ways a controlled environment which eliminates many distraction. Online, however, removes control from lecturers and tutors. How can institutions maintain student engagement online and avoid losing to other distractions?

– Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds
– Dr Gog Soon Joo, Chief Futurist, Chief Skills Officer, Chief Research Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore