Marek Hyla has been delivering services to the training and development industry for more than 20 years. During that time, he worked across a variety of IT, investment, training, and consulting companies. During his career, he has cooperated with more than 100 companies on full-scale projects. He was responsible for the design of digitalization of the learning function, learning strategies, project management, and instructional design, among more.
Marek leads Accenture’s thought leadership agenda in talent development and learning practice. He manages the global network of people involved in innovative initiatives. Recent activities have focused on virtual reality, inclusion and diversity in learning, learners’ experience, and excellence in delivery of state-of-the-art learning services based on new technologies.
He is the author of three books (in Polish) on the topics of new training technologies and instructional design.
Ariel Wrona, learning consultant at Accenture Poland in strategy and consulting, works in the field of learning process design, instructional design, and training development for Fortune 500 clients. He is passionate about effective, evidence-based training strategies and looks forward to finding the most efficient ways of applying them to the new and existing business processes.
Darlene Christopher, CPTD, is a senior knowledge and learning officer at the World Bank in Washington, DC, where she directs global learning programs and leads a community of practice of 150 subject matter experts. She has designed and delivered virtual training programs for 15 years and authored The Successful Virtual Classroom on the subject. Previously, Darlene held technology development and management positions at Disney Internet Group, 3Com, and Nextel.
Angela L.M. Stopper is the chief learning officer and director of people and organization development at the University of California, Berkeley. She leads the team responsible for the creation and delivery of campus-wide initiatives supporting all learning efforts for the campus’s 9,000 staff and faculty administrators. In addition, she leads organization development efforts ensuring that the campus is prepared and has the workforce in place to be successful today and in the future.
Kenneth M. Nowack Ph.D is a licensed psychologist (PSY13758) and co-founder of Envisia Learning (envisialearning.com). Ken received his doctorate degree in counseling psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has published extensively in the areas of 360-degree feedback, assessment, health psychology, and behavioral medicine. Ken serves on Daniel Goleman’s Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and is editor-in-chief for the Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research and a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology).
José Oller is partner and founder of Horie Riki, a Japan-based consultancy and trading organization.
Yasuo Igarashi, CEO of I’ll-Career, has been speaking about time management and career design for the past 15 years to more than 80,000 participants. He is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and is a nationally certified career consultant. He designs programs from his unique perspective based on the blending learning design of the Future Learners Association of Japan and Bob Pike’s instructional design. He also facilitates group coaching techniques using Action Learning Coaches courses, which he completed at George Washington University.
Bruce Watt is passionate about helping organizations transform and grow through unleashing the potential of their people. Throughout his career working with multinational companies around the world, he has considered it a privilege to have helped thousands of leaders develop their self-insight and leadership capabilities. Bruce joined DDI in 2000 and serves as senior vice president for DDI’s operations in Europe, India, and Australia; DDI’s Global Centre of Excellence in Pittsburgh; and DDI licensee operations around the world. His team is on a quest to build stronger organizations by creating better leaders for a better future. Based mainly in London, Bruce’s role requires him to be mobile, and he loves working with his teams and clients across such a diverse landscape of regions and cultures. Bruce’s passion for football (soccer) has helped him develop a better appreciation and understanding of the world as every club tells a story about a city or region’s history and culture.
Katsura Ito has years of experiences working at software companies such as IBM Japan and Adobe Systems. She joined Microsoft Japan in 2011 and has been a member of the board of directors of Nomura Real Estate HD since 2021. Katsura is an International Kikisake-shi (sake taster) and holds a WSET Level 3 in sake. Her goal is to create value for local communities through sake.