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Opening Statements

Tibor Navracsics

Commissioner Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Tibor Navracsics is the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports for the Commission of President Juncker (2014 – 2019). Before this mandate, he started his career as a university professor and was subsequently appointed Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, member of the Hungarian Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is responsible for improving the quality and efficiency of the EU education systems, notably through the European Semester and ET 2020. In a context of high youth unemployment and skills mismatch, the modernisation of education in the EU is crucial to meet the challenges of employability and innovation in the digital age. He is also in charge of the education dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the implementation of Erasmus +, the EU’s Youth, Sports and Culture policies.


Keynote Speakers


Minister Maja Makovec Brenčič

Prior to taking up the position of the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič was full professor of international business and Vice-Rector for the area of knowledge transfer at the University of Ljubljana. Dr. Makovec Brenčič bibliography comprises over 400 scientific and professional titles. Her scientific research was focused on company internationalisation, relationship marketing, international marketing and connections between marketing, sales and human resources. In June 2013, she was appointed President of the European Marketing Academy (EMAC), the largest European academic organisation in the field of marketing. In 2011, she chaired the EMAC Annual Conference. She was President of the Društvo za marketing Slovenije (Marketing Society of Slovenia) from 2008 to 2014. She has considerable experience in the field of development and quality-assurance in higher education, internationalisation, and the integration of education and enterprise sector and wider social environment. In more than twenty years of working in education, dr. Makovec Brenčič held many positions, such as member or vice-chair of quality assurance committees (Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana), head of Education Centre of the Faculty of Economics, member of the Senate of the Faculty of Economics, and co-founder of Student Business Conference (linking the study and research achievements of students with the needs of companies and institutions).



Ryan Merkley

Creative Commons

Ryan is Chief Executive Officer at Creative Commons. He joined the organization in 2014 to define a new strategy and to establish long-term sustainability for CC. Today, CC is implementing its renewed strategy to build a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Since 2014, CC nearly tripled the number of individual donors, and the commons grew to over 1.1 billion licensed works. In early 2016, CC announced a landmark $10M donation from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, supporting its ongoing work and renewed focus.

Prior to joining CC, Ryan was Chief Operating Officer of Mozilla. He also worked as Director of Corporate Communications for the City of Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, and was a Senior Advisor to Mayor David Miller in Toronto, where he led the Mayor’s budget policy and initiated Toronto’s Open Data project. Ryan is an experienced campaigner and advocate for social causes, and has advised political campaigns on the local and national levels. Ryan is an avid cyclist and an amateur barista. He lives in Toronto with his daughter.