Mike Damiano

Mike is a seasoned expert in the field of educational technology, bringing over 28 years of diverse experience to the Middle East Thought Leadership Forum. He is deeply committed to bridging the $8.5 trillion global skills gap through innovative educational solutions. As a Venture Partner, Mike lends his extensive industry insights to empower founders poised to make a transformative impact on the educational landscape.

Mike has been at the forefront of educational advancements throughout his career, establishing key strategic partnerships and delivering significant projects in K-12, higher education, and government sectors across more than 50 countries. His leadership roles at global educational powerhouses such as Coursera, Interfolio, and Blackboard have given him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities inherent in modern education.

More than just a business leader, Mike is an advocate for educational impact. He specializes in crafting impactful go-to-market strategies that not only bolster organizational growth but also contribute to meaningful advancements in education. His strategic insights have helped both emerging startups and established institutions amplify their educational impact, extending far beyond business metrics.

Mike is eager to contribute to a substantive dialogue with ministers, practitioners, and educational leaders at the forum. He is particularly excited about the session on AI in education, a pivotal topic that stands to reshape our understanding of teaching and learning.

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22 November 2023
The Beyond Concepts forum brings together education pioneers, practitioners, and government representatives from the MENA region and worldwide. The event focuses on how technology is shaping education and will include interactive workshops, panels, and demonstrations from technology providers. This year, a call for papers and a poster competition have been introduced to add more perspectives to the forum, providing opportunities for networking and creating successful international partnerships.