Alex Grech is a strategist, change consultant and academic, and is the conference Chair.
Alex is the founding Director of the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning. He has advised multinationals, governments, NGOs and startups in sectors ranging from ICT and neurosciences to culture and education. In the past decade, Alex has been working in EdTech, advising on digital education policy, 21st century skills agendas and lifelong learning. Alex is currently coordinating a nation-state blockchain credentials pilot in Malta and is the co-writer of a recent study on the Blockchain in Education, in collaboration with the European Commission. He teaches new media literacy at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, and is an expert on two ET2020 working groups. He holds a PhD in Internet Computing from the University of Hull and is an FCCA by profession. Alex’s research interests are in digital citizenship, blockchain & identity, social media and power.
Nation-state applications for blockchain in education are in their infancy. Alex will introduce the context and pathways that led to the development of a blockchain pilot in Malta and highlight the challenges and opportunities for the project to be used as a model of best practice by other jurisdictions.