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Rebecca J Dahl, M.Ed.

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER

Rebecca J Dahl is an American national and international educator, raised in the ranch country of Montana. Rebecca is unique in her profession with a depth and breadth of experiences that can be matched by few. She earned her Master of Education with concentrations in psychology, education, and leadership through... Read More

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Rebecca J Dahl, M.Ed.

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER

Rebecca J Dahl is an American national and international educator, raised in the ranch country of Montana. Rebecca is unique in her profession with a depth and breadth of experiences that can be matched by few. She earned her Master of Education with concentrations in psychology, education, and leadership through Montana State University, University of Alaska, and Harvard Leadership Seminar. Rebecca made the decision to follow career pathways that would provide the opportunity to learn about:

• Learning and learners
• Effect/importance of social, economics, culture, and heritage
• Global and 21st Century implications
• Effectiveness factors of learning environment and success of organizations

The purpose of this approach has been to discover, develop, and implement programs that support and guide the youth and young adults for a life of quality with 21st Century careers for the benefit and value of self, family, community, country, and globally. She continues her studies living in a variety cultures and socio economic conditions including: Fortune 500 families, inner city, rural, suburbia, Native American reservations, Alaska communities, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

 

Rebecca’s career has encompassed work in the corporate world, government, social agencies, law enforcement, military, entrepreneurial, and in PK-12 schools, vocational, colleges, university, and adult education environments. She has served as a teacher, counselor, principal, curriculum director, director, university adjunct professor, grant writer/manger, and developed vocational and adult education programs. She authored “Skills for You” to prepare non-traditional and second language students for university/vocational and the World of Work. By invitation, Rebecca has served on numerous state, national, and international commissions addressing youth, young adults, education, social issues and business/education partnerships including:

• Governors’ Task Force on Employment Skills – Leading to US Secretary of Commerce SCANS – Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills
• U.S. Congressional Liaison for Education
• NASA Arctic Visit Coordinator
• Association of Commerce & Industry Education Council,
• State, National and International Accreditation, Inspection, Improvement Teams
• School Leadership Mentor Program Coordinator - UAE
• Curriculum Review/Professional Development Chair
• Educational Reform Task Force
• Education/Business Partnerships
• State-wide Service Learning Board
• Olweus Curriculum Review
• Strategic Planning Committees
• Long-Range Planning Board
• Commission for High Risk Student Options
• Police in the Schools Advisory Council
• Inner City Gang Task Force

She has presented at various state, national, and international conferences and trainings.
The world and its people are her “education” and the empowerment of others is her “honorarium”.

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Sorin Matei

Vice President, Chief Financial and Operations Officer

A highly motivated, results-focused and trusted advisor, with a dynamic personality, a drive for excellence, and a lover of learning and coaching with over twenty-six years of experience in business. Possess strong leadership and successful team building abilities, excellent technical, communication and presentation skills. Negotiation, conflict mediation, entrepreneurial, flexible, and... Read More

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Sorin Matei

Vice President, Chief Financial and Operations Officer

A highly motivated, results-focused and trusted advisor, with a dynamic personality, a drive for excellence, and a lover of learning and coaching with over twenty-six years of experience in business. Possess strong leadership and successful team building abilities, excellent technical, communication and presentation skills. Negotiation, conflict mediation, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative capabilities.

Demonstrated record of persuasive communication and assertive negotiation with strong abilities to close the deal. Recognized for influencing growth and elevating market perceptions in terms of quality and consistency.

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Karen Venter

Vice President, Academic Engagement and Relations

Karen is a qualified Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator and Outcomes Based Learning Programmes Developer.  She is a registered assessor and moderator with several accreditation bodies.  She designs learning material which is utilized by accredited institutions and assists clients with the accreditation process and is familiar with the level of quality... Read More

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Karen Venter

Vice President, Academic Engagement and Relations

Karen is a qualified Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator and Outcomes Based Learning Programmes Developer.  She is a registered assessor and moderator with several accreditation bodies.  She designs learning material which is utilized by accredited institutions and assists clients with the accreditation process and is familiar with the level of quality which is required in the educational environment.

 

She has an especially avid interest in working with and contributing towards capacitating people through the recognition of their own potential, particularly in the area of behavioural change.  Karen is eager to share the philosophy that there are infinite possibilities available and to help individuals who she works with to realize that the only limitations are those which they set for themselves, shifting perceptions from limitation to unrestricted.

 

Karen is a certified Trainer for the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) capacity building entrepreneurship program Empretec. Her years of training and mentoring experience are a result of her passion and commitment to assisting individuals who are on entrepreneurial journeys in order to create a foundation for successful and sustainable new ventures.  She is equally as inspired by the personal growth journeys of young people who are in the formative stage of their lives and are building the foundation of their futures through their education.  Therefore she views excellence in education as a priority – this is linked to quality control in learning institutions as well as attaining efficiency in education and learning.

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Fernando Gameleira

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Advertiser, entrepreneur, served as a visitor professor at MBA Business Management and Competitive Intelligence ESPM and IBMEC.

International Master Trainer of EMPRETEC also participated in the implementation of the program in South Africa, Zambia and India by the invitation of the United Nations. Fernando is Coach formed by the Brazilian Society... Read More

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Fernando Gameleira

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Advertiser, entrepreneur, served as a visitor professor at MBA Business Management and Competitive Intelligence ESPM and IBMEC.

International Master Trainer of EMPRETEC also participated in the implementation of the program in South Africa, Zambia and India by the invitation of the United Nations. Fernando is Coach formed by the Brazilian Society of Coaching: SBC.

He acted as adviser in the Brazilian version of The Apprendice. In 1994 founded the consultancy company Commutare and nowadays is a stake holder and board member of Treebos S.A. He is also a Consultant for Startups and Scale Ups companies.

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Shannon Bruce Ramaka

Vice President, Education Innovation

Shannon Bruce Ramaka has taught all ages of students and subjects; preschool through college within public schools in Oregon, and private International schools abroad (Zambia, Hungary, and Morocco). She has an MS in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, and a BS in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University with extensive study... Read More

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Shannon Bruce Ramaka

Vice President, Education Innovation

Shannon Bruce Ramaka has taught all ages of students and subjects; preschool through college within public schools in Oregon, and private International schools abroad (Zambia, Hungary, and Morocco). She has an MS in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, and a BS in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University with extensive study in the fine and performing arts.

 

In 1999 she created the Renaissance Charter School in Southern Oregon, in which she founded a school with the focus of integrating the arts and project based learning into the curriculum. From 2005 to 2007 she was the Adjunct Art Education Professor at Southern Oregon University.

 

As an educational leader she has served as the Upper School Assistant Principal at GWA in Morocco, The International High School Principal at BLIS in Turkey, and is currently, the Head of School at the American School of Kosova. She is currently working on her Ed.D from Wilkes University and is curious about the systems and leadership that will raise schools out of organizational crisis. Her passion is to improve and transform learning communities through authentic leadership, collaboration, creative problem solving and compassionate communication. She has published one book on Amazon.com “Breaking Free in Zambia-Tales of a Western Woman”.

Dr. P. T. JOSEPH, S. J., Ph.D.

Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Dr. P. T. JOSEPH, S. J., Ph.D. (Marquette University), is Professor, Information Systems and Organizational Behaviour at the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar, India. Currently, he also holds the position of the Director of XIM Bhubaneswar. Prior to joining XIM, he was Professor at the Xavier Labour Relations Institute... Read More

Dr. P. T. JOSEPH, S. J., Ph.D.

Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Dr. P. T. JOSEPH, S. J., Ph.D. (Marquette University), is Professor, Information Systems and Organizational Behaviour at the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar, India. Currently, he also holds the position of the Director of XIM Bhubaneswar. Prior to joining XIM, he was Professor at the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, India. Earlier, he also taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Dr. Joseph has done research in image processing and published several papers, both in India and abroad.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Marquette University, USA, 1992.
  • B.A. St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, USA,1987.
  • MSc. (Physics), Madras University, 1981.