The drive to continually raise the profile of learning on the European political and commercial agendas has been given greater impetus with a newly expanded Executive Committee for the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG). The ELIG is an open industry group with members representing the full value chain of 21st century services, products and solutions in support of knowledge and learning advancement. The Executive Committee, which is elected on a biennial cycle, oversees the strategy for the group, identifies key areas to target and provides guidance on issues relating to policy initiatives.
The new ELIG Executive Committee, chaired once again by Fabrizio Cardinali, VP of Global Business Development at eXact Learning Solutions, the new market name of Giunti labs after the Company underwent a MBO in 2010, has been extended to include new roles and new members. These include Martti Raevaara of Aalto University, Finland, an example of the new public private partnerships in academia; Fadi A Khalek, McGraw-Hill, a globalised learning content provider and Rolf Granow of On Campus, Germany, a small and medium enterprise. Paul Hunter, Director of the Corporate Learning Network, IMD, takes on the newly created role of Vice Chair for the Group.
Fabrizio Cardinali comments: “We welcome the additional members to the Executive Committee because of the increased diversity they bring, representing as they do these key areas of SME’s who continue to represent the largest business group in Europe and for whom workplace development is always a challenge. Public private partnerships are emerging as a new model within the education sector and global content development is increasingly commonplace.”
“The breadth of the new Executive Committee reflects the growing importance being placed on learning – especially technology-enhanced learning – in the workplace. As rapid technology development learning becomes pervasive, and an increasingly competitive factor for organisations to relentlessly increase productivity and drive innovation, thus ELIG has a strategically critical role to raise awareness and enable high level discussion with key opinion formers and regulatory bodies,” he continues.
Richard Straub, Secretary General of ELIG, adds: “The re-election of Fabrizio Cardinali as Chair of the Executive Committee provides continued stability for ELIG, while the new members bring a dynamic perspective and reflect the organisation’s strengthened role as a voice of the learning solutions industry.”
The European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), founded in 2002, seeks to promote innovation in technology enhanced delivery of learning and knowledge creation throughout Europe. ELIG provides community and sharing activities for its members, targeted actions and projects as well as communication and updates about trends and tendencies in the learning solutions industry. ELIG’s mission is targeted towards providing policy input at a European level and as appropriate at country/region level, acting as a communication channel to the marketplace, representing the position of the industry, constituting a platform for cooperation, sharing and concerted action for its members and being a pragmatic thought leader - by leveraging the 'collective intelligence' of the ELIG membership.
The ELIG Executive Committee:
• Eric Baber, Innovations Director, Cambridge University Press;
• Fabrizio Cardinali, VP of Global Business Development, eXact Learning Solutions (ELIG Chair);
• Peter R Hamilton, Director Intel Performance Learning Solutions;
• Rolf Granow, Managing Director, oncampus GmbH;
• Diem Ho, Manager of University Relations for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA);
• Richard Horton, Senior Director of Education Strategy, Blackboard International;
• Paul Hunter, Director of Corporate Learning Network, IMD (ELIG Vice Chair);
• Fadi A Khalek, Vice President - Educational Services at The McGraw Hill Companies;
• Martti Raevaara, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Education) at Aalto University;
• Sabine Schumann, Vice Managing Director, Director Projects and Departments, p.a.u. Education.