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On the 23rd of April at 4 PM PST (9 AM AEST on the 24th April), our stellar panel will debate the pros and cons of the integration of Edtech in education, exploring the intended, and unintended, consequences of such, and reflect on whether Edtech has impacted positively overall towards global education.

Meet the Panelists:

Zeina Chalich

Principal of St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School Arncliffe, Sydney NSW

Zeina is an Edu Hot lister, learning experience designer, and international storyteller, busily co-creating purposeful learning futures in partnership with students, their families, and the wider community.

She is co-founder of #aussieED, Australia’s largest professional learning network on Twitter, and national lead of @WomenED Australia, a global movement supporting the development and recognition of women leaders in education. 

Zeina is passionate about innovation, equity, and leveraging digital technology to unleash the creative potential and confidence of everyone she meets. 

Twitter: @ZeinaChalich

Clubhouse: @ZeinaChalich

Lauren Sayer

Executive Director Digital Learning, Research, and Innovation

Educational leadership has always been at the heart and center of Lauren’s professional career. Her expertise, dedication, and enthusiasm in this area of education led her to (several) leadership roles within the educational technology industry where, always with the learner at the center, she helped international learning technologies companies grow and develop their products and professional learning for educators.  

Lauren is now part of the executive of Melbourne Girls Grammar School where she is developing best practices in learning technology, digital literacy, and building an evidence base for modern digital capability as director of the school’s Centre for Educational Enterprise.

Twitter: @lilylauren

Clubhouse: @lilylauren

Mr Kai Liang

Business Development Director of MEL Science; VP of Smart Stone Technologies 

Kai is the Director of BD for MEL Science – worlds leading innovative Science Education content maker, with award-winning VR and AR content.  He also co-founded Smart Stone Technologies in Sydney, after serving as directors of a number of leading VR education companies in China. 

Kai is a serial entrepreneur with many successes in funding and business deals globally across different technologies and sectors.

Twitter: kai_business


Bethanie Maples

Product Manager, Google AI, and Research Lead, Stanford HAI Institute. 

An expert in AI and Machine Intelligence for learning and education, Bethanie leads a team at Google focused on combining AI in education with unique, human-focused design.

She works with the OECD on the global PISA STEM test strategy and leads a research team through funding from the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, focused on solutions for marginalized and vulnerable adult distance learners. 

Twitter: @BethanieMaples

Clubhouse: @BethanieMaples

Dr Sabba Quidwai

Host: Sprint to Success and education researcher

Dr. Sabba Quidwai believes that cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. Her research focus is how design thinking can prepare individuals with the mindset and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

Sabba hosts a podcast, “Sprint to Success with Design Thinking,” where she interviews researchers and practitioners about their stories and strategies for navigating change with design thinking and thriving in today’s world. To learn more visit

Twitter & IG: @askMsQ

Clubhouse: @askdrQ

This panel will be moderated by Lottie Dowling

Manager, Going Global at Meg.

Lottie Dowling has worked around the globe as a classroom educator, curriculum designer, and writer and works as a professional learning leader at global, national, and regional levels.

She has worked globally with schools and networks on whole school improvement aligned to Global Citizenship and building intercultural understanding through language and culture programs through a range of online and face-to-face programs.

She feels passionate about the way education shapes society and how we can truly engage the next generation to achieve their maximum potential through it. 

Twitter: @LottieDowlingNZ