Dr. Andrew Penaluna

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, UK

Andy’s experience as a designer, whose role is to use creativity to solve other people’s problems, has led him to work at all levels of education, from Primary Schools to Post-Doctoral studies. He led the UK’s Quality Assurance Guidance for the Higher Education sector and helped to initiate and support the EntreComp Framework’s development. Through his work with the UN and OECD he looked at the core of learning to be a creative innovative thinker, concepts which have helped him to lead the development of school curriculum in North Macedonia and in his homeland of Wales. Here he led the development of ‘Skills Essential to the Four Purposes’, and currently advises the National Academy for Educational Leadership. Recognition of Andy’s contributions includes a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which he received from the late Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.

Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas

University of Nicosia
Charalambos Vrasidas is co-founder and Executive Director of CARDET, an international non-profit research and development organization based in Cyprus with partners from around the world. He is Professor of Learning Innovations & Policy and Associate Dean for elearning at the University of Nicosia. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Council for Educational Media. He is Editor-in-Chief for the scholarly journal Educational Media International. A lifelong learner, a teacher, researcher, innovator, and social entrepreneur, he led the design and implementation of more than 400 initiatives and projects in more than 40 countries. 

Dr. David Rae

De Montfort University

Professor David Rae is Professor of Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Innovation at Leicester Castle
Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.
His personal mission is to maximise the value created for all, by connecting research, enterprise and innovation between
Universities and education, with businesses and society.

He is an innovator and researcher in entrepreneurial learning, leadership, and management who has held senior academic
roles at six universities, in the UK and Canada, since 1996.

He has been deeply involved in research, development and teaching on entrepreneurial learning, development and enter-
prise education for over 20 years, gaining one of the first PhDs in Entrepreneurial Learning in 2003.


His work was recognised by conferment of the European Entrepreneurship Education Award Winner (EEEA) 2020. The award

citation recognised his contribution at national, European and international levels as the ‘boundary spanner between entre-
preneurial learning and enterprise education’.


He has gained professional and academic recognition for many contributions to entrepreneurship research, education, policy
and regional development, with international keynote presentations and connections, across Europe, in North America, in
Africa, and South Asia.

Dr. Kathryn Penaluna

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, UK

Kath’s career started in banking, where she had considerable success in funding entrepreneurial business starters. With one of the highest success rates on loan repayments in the UK, she brought her experiences into education, noting the shortfalls she spotted in many Business School approaches. UWTSD recently won the prestigious Three E European Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award, partially because of formal entrepreneurial teacher training that she helped to start in 2010. This extended to leading the 52 country EntreCompEdu project, which supported teachers who wished to be more entrepreneurial using EntreComp. Impact of Kath’s leadership includes the success and survival rates of UWTSD graduate start-ups, consistently ranked highly according to HEBCIS data. This year UWTSD are No. 1 in the UK rankings for business survival of over 3 years or more, and Kath considers that the insights gained can inform schooling developments.

Dr. Manos Pavlakis

Frederick University

Manos Pavlakis works as Learning & Development Director in JA Greece. In addition, he is Lecturer of Adult Learning and Leadership at Frederick University. For more than 15 years Manos has worked as an adult trainer and HR consultant for enterprises in the public, private, and the third sector and has contributed to the design of innovative educational programs on issues of adult education, human resource development, coaching, group dynamics, communication and collaboration for organizations, such as the National Centre of Public Administration, the Institute of Educational Policy, the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, and others. He was the Learning Manager and the creator of the training material for the Youreca program, which received Unesco's global Quality and Excellence Award and has been recognized for his social action, receiving the 2013 European Citizen Prize by the European Parliament, as the President of NGO Youthnet Hellas. His research interests include the concepts of transforming learning, teaching methodology, and learning organizations. He holds degrees in Greek Literature (National University of Athens) and European Culture (Hellenic Open University), postgraduate degrees in Human Resource Management (Leeds University Business School) and Political Sciences (University of Crete), and a Doctorate in Adult Education (Hellenic Open University), while his postdoc research (Stockholm University) was focused on work-based learning and vocational training.