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Jul 30, 2020
18:00 GMT+8 | 11:00 BST | 03:00 PDT

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.

Our Speakers

Andy Free


Head of Partner Markets
Impero Software

Andy has a background in publishing and academic content aggregation and has worked in international business development in Africa and South East Asia for more than 30 years. , Andy has been involved with educational technology since the late 90’s and jhas worked with a wide range of solutions providing services to education including content platforms, classroom management and student well-being. This experience is combined with in depth knowledge of international education and the digital information environment and Andy has worked closely with governments and senior decision makers in educational institutions and large commercial organizations.

Andy is passionate about delivering innovative and effective education solutions and providing access to high quality education for all.

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Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Networks

Ann Gabriel and her global team engage with key stakeholders across the research enterprise to establish strategic collaborations and to use analytics and data to address societal challenges in the area of sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and open science. She has held a variety of positions at the forefront of scholarly communication, most recently as Elsevier’s Publishing Director for journals in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as electronic product development for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform. She was previously with Cambridge University Press.

Ann represents Elsevier on several STM (Scientific, Technical & Medical) industry committees, including the CHOR board, Association of American Publishers (AAP PSP committee) and University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) each with a mission to enhance access to scientific data and publication. Ann holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ann Gabriel, Elsevier
David Reggio


FRSA, Global Head of Consulting
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Dr. David Reggio is the QS Intelligence Unit’s Global Head of Consulting, a seasoned international advisor and strategist with extensive global experience in partnership building, innovation linkages, research frameworks and frontier science.

He has worked in Latin America, and Brazil particularly, in the fields of government engagement, strategic alliances, public health and frontier research. He has also designed stakeholder management systems, geo-targeting strategies, research strategies and innovation frameworks for institutions and organisations in Asia, the U.S.A, Europe and the Middle East.



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 Episode

Student Engagement In A Digital World (May 7, 2020)

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