Tibor Navracsics

Tibor Navracsics is a Hungarian lawyer and politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from June to September 2014. He previously served as Minister of Administration and Justice between 2010 and 2014. He is a member of the Fidesz and he is currently the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Dr Gerald Bast

Dr Gerald Bast (*1955) is president of the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2000. After Studies in law and economics he earned a Doctorate in Law, worked at the Federal Ministry of Higher Education and at Ludwig Boltzmann Research Society. He is member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and editor-in-chief of the book series ”Art, Research, Innovation and Society”. As university president he initiated various new programs focusing on cross-disciplinary teaching and research, like “Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation”, “TransArts“, “Art and Science”, “Cross-disciplinary Strategies – Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy and Global Challenges” and a PhD program in artistic research. He founded the “Angewandte Innovation Lab” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, accentuating the role of the arts in innovation processes by facilitating cross-disciplinary intellectual and aesthetic intercommunication between art, science & technology, economics and politics, and he initiated an annual 2-million-€ grant program for artistic research at the Austrian Science Fund.

He published in the fields of university law, university management as well as educational and cultural policy, including the future of education in the Digital Age. He has been lecturing on the role of art-based knowledge for societal and economic innovation, and on the future of Higher, among them Johns Hopkins University Washington D.C., Columbia University New York City, Tsing Hua University Beijing, TongJi University Shanghai, University of Auckland, City University Hong Kong, University of the Arts Utrecht, Lakit Kala Akademi New Delhi, the European Culture Forum Brussels, University of Porto and NTU Singapore.

Dr Shyamal Majumdar

Dr Shyamal Majumdar is the Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training since May 2011. Prior to taking up the position at UNESCO-UNEVOC, he served as the Director General of the Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), an inter-governmental organization for human resources development in the Asia-Pacific Region based in Manila, Philippines. Dr Majumdar was also the Vice President of IVETA (International Vocational Education and Training Association) and was Professor at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India, where he originally comes from.

Dr Majumdar has published over 150 research papers; and has received various international awards including the International Partnership award from UNESCO-UNEVOC, an IVETA Award and CPSC TVET Leadership Award.

Dr Majumdar holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering, a Master’s degree in telecommunications engineering, and Ph.D. in educational computing.