Maxine Gary Lou Julien

Maxine Gary Lou Julien is the CEO of Caelis and is responsible for business development activities in member countries of the ADB. She has recently completed an advanced Internet Web Design Program with the Informatics Institute and is a BSc graduate of Centro Escolar University in Manila.

She was previously Manager of Operations with one of the Philippines largest passenger travel organisations, responsible for business development, security, customer relations, reservations, and logistics of passenger and cargo operations. She was Sales Agent with a major international flag airline where she handled customer relations, special requests, daily reporting systems, reservations, and telemarketing to develop clientele for cargo operations.

Angel DiezMr. Angel Diez is the Director of international Development and has participated in several high profile projects related to ICT and telecommunications engineering capacitation and training for Caelis International and the International Telecommunications Union/UNDP in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Benin, Madagascar, India, Rwanda, Senegal, Gabon, to name but a few of the countries of experience. He has also performed in depth sectoral studies for the Canadian Government related to applied research in telecommunications, particularly in the fields of data transmission, mobile radio and cellular telephony. He has designed and implemented several Local Area Networks and Wide Area Networks in Canada, Afghanistan, India, Rwanda, Chile and Senegal. Mr. Diez is a regular speaker at international conferences in data communications, seminars, and courses. He is a teacher at Université du Quebec à Montréal in the Computer Science department. Angel also designs RF circuits and systems for corporate and government clients from his own extensive RF laboratory. Mr. Diez has an M.Sc in Telecommunications from highly recognized international tertiary institutions: University of Madrid, Spain (1973) and a M.Sc in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (1985).

Kyle WhitingKyle Whiting, Senior ICT Consultant, has over 10 years experience in managing, analysis and field implementation of ICT projects. Mr. Whiting’s project portfolio includes the management, analysis and implementation of national e-government strategies; government Universal Access (mobile and internet services) market assessments, program and pilot development; needs assessment and capacity development for rural ICT business and education centre rollout, and development of locally appropriate online/mobile applications for locally appropriate natural resource management, environmental monitoring, and education tools. He has implemented projects in several countries Pakistan, Mozambique, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Thailand, Philippines, Costa Rica and northern Canada.

Dr. Neufeld enjoys a stellar international reputation as a distinguished educator. He has acted as senior advisor and expert for numerous organizations in such areas as distance education, special education, organizational development, effectiveness and structures, needs assessment, education and social resource policy development, advocacy, community services for persons with developmental challenges and individualized planning and personal goal setting in special education. He has presented many papers as guest or keynote speaker at major international conferences, and has edited or written a number of books, and is author of more than 40 chapters in books and articles in professional journals. He has proven a rich source of reports, position papers and planning documents for government agencies, boards of directors, and lobbying groups in education and human services. He has have also served as Project Director or course author for more than 50 TV productions on professional development of practicing teachers. He has served as Principal Investigator for grants and contracts, including a major national initiative in the United States that involved the establishment of an organization to provide training and technical assistance to Governor-appointed agencies in every US state and territory with the objective of implementing uniform national services to persons with developmental disabilities.

Mr. Cowan has more than 35 years' experience in all aspects of information technology, the majority of which was with IBM Canada Ltd. contributing in executive, sales and strategic management roles. He managed the IBM banking industry centre in Toronto. During that time, he spearheaded the introduction of the technology to drive the Interac system that has ultimately made cash from any bank available at any banking machine and almost every retailer in North America. Under his leadership, the group evolved from a cost centre of 28 people to an international profit centre of 129. Solutions were developed to automate many aspects of retail banking as well as foreign exchange trading.

Gerry Morgan is a well-known consultant is distance education and technology. He has served as a grade school teacher, a senior administrator, an author, a software developer, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC and an international consultant for a variety of aid and development organizations. Gerry currently holds the position of International Director of Education, Health and Technology for HRO, (Human Relief Organization). Gerry is providing the technology they require and is also serving to coordinate the grant writing required by the organization. Gerry also maintains a Senior Associate position with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

Peter Donkers has more than 20 years of practical experience at all levels in K-16 programs in Canada and the United States. Currently a senior executive in educational technology, distance education and open learning with the British Columbia Ministry of Education and the Open Learning Agency, he has also served as a consultant to IBM, Industry Canada and to governments and institutions in Mexico, Argentina, India and the Caribbean.

Peter's background includes research and analysis of comprehensive options for the implementation of educational technologies in the K-16 system; preparation of policy recommendations, briefing notes and reports for Ministers, consulting regularly with educational stakeholders, elected and non-elected officials, industry experts and content providers on the development and deployment of an education technology infrastructure, hardware and software standards, content and curriculum development and in-service teacher training programs.

As a professional educator Dr. Rubidge has been involved in most of the major educational developments in the Province of British Columbia over the last 20 years. Initially as a researcher, consultant and practitioner, and latterly, as the most senior professional in the Post Secondary Division of the Provincial Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, where as Director of colleges and institutional planning, he had direct responsibility for 14 of the province's colleges and institutes, and system wide responsibility for planning across the entire province. In this capacity, he was responsible for formulating provincial policy, establishing funding mechanisms, conducting program and project audits and evaluations, approving initiatives, negotiating solutions and encouraging institutional innovation. He managed, approved and allocate the ministry grant contributions, provided management advice to institutional presidents, and program and educational advice and leadership, to meet the needs within the some 70 communities served by the BC institutions. He is well familiar with the issues of regional or community competition, the difficulties of delivering quality education across distances and all aspects of institutional governance.

Trevor has 38 years practical classroom experience in the UK and in the British Columbia educational K-12 systems as a Science specialist, with the last 8 years as a Teacher-librarian. Since 1988, he has been involved in educational technology, especially in the use of the Internet for Education; he has given workshops at the School, School District and Provincial Level In October 2000 he became involved with a cacheing project at his school which was funded by the Canadian Department of Industry and other local partners including the Open Learning Agency and the British Columbia Ministry of Education. The project was implemented by Advanced Interactive, a Vancouver company specializing in delivery of the Internet by cable and satellite. The project was set up to investigate the possibility of cacheing whole websites onto a special cacheing server located in the school; the websites would then be delivered at LAN speeds from the cache to the students. This involvement led to an extension of the project through which the management of content in the cache, and the application of metadata to the process were further refined.

Stephen Caswell - International consultant and teacher at Simi Valley HighStephen A. Caswell has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, market research, needs assessment, marketing communications and public relations as both a consultant and as a staff manager. Beginning with an M.A. in Communications, Mr. Caswell started his career in the high tech industry working for Mini-Micro Systems magazine as a senior editor in 1973. In 1975, he joined International Resource Development (IRD), which was one of the companies that pioneered the field of multi-client market research studies.

From 1975 to 1987, Mr. Caswell was the project manager for more than 20 multi-client market research report on a variety of computer and communications topics, and, in 1977, as the founding editor of Electronic Mail & Message Systems (EMMS) newsletter, the first to cover electronic mail. Mr. Caswell is the author of two books on information systems: E-Mail (published in 1988 by Gage Publishing) and Using CC:Mail (published in 1992 by M&T Books) and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Mail Association. In addition, he worked on a variety of marketing and strategic planning consulting projects for companies that included Digital Equipment Corporation, MCI Communications, Bell Canada, AT&T, CNCP Telecommunications, and DMR Canada.

Mayuri Naik - Interntional expert in distance educationMayuri Naik is an eLearning and User Experience (UX) Strategist for over fifteen years committed to crafting user experiences for products, services and interfaces. Mayuri's extensive work in interactive product management & design and strong business acumen has enabled her to lead, execute and deliver customer centric solutions with an outstanding closure record. Mayuri is a well-respected professional in the Indian Telecom, eLearning and Media Industry sectors and she also enjoys an enviable global reputation in her profession.

As an eLearning Specialist, Mayuri has been instrumental in developing and strategizing cross-platform, multi-lingual, multi-media learning solutions for a variety of segments –K-12, Adult and Vocational Training, Teacher Training, Corporate and Govt. Sector Training. A strong commitment to use of ICT in developing nations, Mayuri has also committed her knowledge and skills to successful projects with the Asian Development Bank in Cambodia and in Sri Lanka.

Lekey DorjiMr. Lekey Dorji has participated in several high profile projects related to ICT and telecommunications in Bhutan. Having started his career in the erstwhile Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, the present-day Bhutan Telecom, he promoted and established Bhutan’s first private wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) in 2005. He consulted for Tashi Group, Bhutan’s biggest private group of companies when they promoted the country’s first cellular mobile services in 2007. He was involved as the lead consultant for the group from pre-feasibility studies to business case development to actually establishing and building the company from scratch to its incorporation as Tashi InfoCmm Limited. He also established and promoted one of the first professional software development companies in Bhutan, New Edge Technologies Private Limited.

Prashant Lal ShresthraPrashant Lal Shrestha is an IT Professional specialising in System Development and Project Management in Nepal since 1993. He Graduated in Computer Science Engineering from Karnataka University, India. An excellent communicator, he has participated and presented papers, both nationally and internationally in his field of work. He has good analytical, documenting and supervisory skills in IT, Computer Management and Support, as shown by his extensive involvement in International Donor funded Private and Public organisational projects. This also demonstrates his written and verbal communication skills in English and Nepali and his ability to work independently with little or no supervision.

Yousef Mahbubul IslamHaving returned to Bangladesh after completing his PhD from Strathclyde University in 1988, Yousuf started work in the initial stages of the software industry in Bangladesh as a pioneer and entrepreneur. Being a developing country with low literacy, low power density, low telephone density and almost no computers he faced severe implementation problems. He left almost no stone unturned in efforts to avoid software project failure and therefore found innovative ways to tackle and often circumvent the problems. He now uses this experience and expertise to teach students at both graduate and undergraduate levels in the subjects of Systems Analysis & Design, Software Project Management, Software Documentation Methodologies and Software Engineering.

Shalini SharmaShalini Manandhar Sharma is a Senior Associate with Caelis International Development. She is responsible for exploring business opportunities, conducting research, preparing EOIs, and identifying consultants for a variety of RFPs.  Ms. Sharma has completed a Masters in Business Administration specialized in Marketing Research and International Markets from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.  She also holds a degree in Project Management from Centennial College, Canada and is undertaking a yearlong degree program in Information Systems Business Analysis with George Brown College, Canada.