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IMS Europe Leadership Board

The IMS Europe Leadership Board identifies major challenges facing the European learning community worldwide, both current and future, and to help guide the strategic priorities of IMS member community to advance technology to support innovative models for improving student outcomes.


Andrew Law
The OU has over 170k students studying at a distance using a range of digital services. Andrew has worked on the design and development of OU’s open, informal OpenLearn and FutureLearn platforms (around 15m learners a year combined). He’s currently looking at new, edtech led business opportunities for the OU, as well as consulting with UK and African governments on edtech for skills development.

Annette Grande Furset
Senior Advisor, EUNIS
Annette represents EUNIS on the IMS Europe Board and works as a strategy advisor at Unit, The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education & Research. Annette has a technical background and has earlier been working with standardization of learning technologies in the K-12 sector in Norway for 10 years (Uninett and Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education).

Trondheim, Norway
Arjan Aarnink
Enterprise Architect
Arjan brings more than 15 years of experience in building advanced and effective IT-solutions for the testing industry. As an architect, he is involved in development and implementation of advanced e-assessment tools.

Arnhem, Netherlands
Eva Mjøvik
Head Advisor
Oslo, Norway
Francesc Santanach
EdTech Architect, UOC
Francesc Santanach-Delisau is EdTech Architect at UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - Open University of Catalonia). He is responsible for Education Technologies architectures at the institution, providing the vision, the principles and mechanisms for the improvement and growing of the EdTech ecosystem at UOC. He has been engaged in projects in the field of learning technologies ever since 1998 and is expert in disciplines such as interoperability, learning analytics and AI. He holds a Master degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering of the UPC (Universitat politècnica de Catalunya - Polytechnic University of Catalonia).

Barcelona, Spain
Gill Ferrell
IMS Europe Program Director
Dr Gill Ferrell supports the IMS member community in Europe. In a career spanning over 30 years she has managed the implementation of administrative IT systems in higher education and led research and edtech projects in areas such as assessment, learning design, course management, learner records and learning analytics. She directed a UK-wide support service for Jisc providing advice, guidance and training in ICT for further and higher education providers in the UK and, as an independent consultant, she has been involved in projects of national significance. For almost 20 years she has volunteered with EUNIS fostering knowledge exchange and developing communities of practice across European higher education.

Gill holds British and French nationalities and lives in south-west France.
Jasmijn Jacobs-Wijn
Programme Manager Online Education & Digital Assessment
Jasmijn works as a programme manager Online Education & Digital Assessment at SURF, a Dutch National Research & Education Network (NREN). Through this programme, we stimulate the use of open standards by higher education institutions and suppliers of educational applications.

A video on the importance of open standards in the digital learning environment: https://edu.nl/74th9.

See for more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasmijnwijn/
Lee Farmer
Manager, On-boarding and Integration
Lee Farmer is Director of Customer Success, Integrations and Onboarding at VitalSource, a division of the Ingram Content Group. VitalSource is a global educational technology company with a suite of learning and analytics tools, including Bookshelf® the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world. Lee leads high performance, global teams that focus on technical implementations, and building long lasting customer relationships to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes with partners. Lee joined VitalSource six years ago and has a deep interest in data and software systems.

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Luba Schuyler
Product Manager
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monica Trippodo
Research & Development
Monica is graduated in Economics from Bocconi University. After a few years spent in a consulting company and mass market retailer she started in IQC, the Italian Quality Company. IQC provides innovative tools and services for the companies that desires to enhance their digital performances of management systems, processes, products and people’s skills. IQC strongly believes in the adoption of digital badges and therefore despite having has realized C-Box, a platform that issues badges compliant to IMS Global. IQC has founded a Digital Badges Stakeholder Table where their members contribute in defining guidelines for the diffusion and adoption of open badges.
Nicolaas Matthijs
Ally Product Manager
Nicolaas Matthijs is an entrepreneur and product creator with over 12 years of experience in Educational Technology. Nicolaas has worked at several leading R1 institutions such as Cambridge University, UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech, where he developed Learning Management Systems, Academic Collaboration Tools, Learning Analytics solutions and other learning tools. 

Nicolaas was the co-founder and CEO of Fronteer, developing a revolutionary tool, called Ally, that helps institutions make course materials more accessible for all learners. Following the acquisition of Fronteer by Blackboard, Nicolaas now acts as the Product Director for Ally at Blackboard.

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Technology Director, Santillana Global
Sidharth Oberoi
Int'l Product Manager
Sidharth is the Head of EMEA Product for Instructure and oversees the strategy and vision of Product for both Canvas and Bridge at Instructure. Sidharth manages the strategic direction of the fast growing platforms and works with the Global teams to ensure that as the Product is developed, that it is thought about in a global capacity. Additionally, Sidharth works to identify market specific Product initiatives recognising that education can vastly vary in between and inside of regions and sometimes may require additional Product needs.

Sidharth has been actively working in Education Technology for nearly 10 years and is dedicated to providing avenues for institutions and learners to have access to the best tools and resources to enhance education.

London, United Kingdom
Uwe Erpel
Head of EdTech Engineering
Uwe is Head of the EdTech Engineering department at Cornelsen, one of the leading publishers of educational media in Germany. With more than 25 years of professional experience in software development, a clear focus on interoperable and scalable EdTech solutions, a DevOps mentality, agile and lean methods and the advocation of best practices of modern software development, he is dedicated to creating inspiring products for learners and teachers.
Wietze de Vries
Product owner
Working as a learning technologist at the medical university Karolinska Institutet, Wietze de Vries is also one of the product owners of the Sunet LMS at Sunet, which is an organisation providing Swedish universities and colleges access to national and international data communication, national academic identity infrastructure and related services. Sunet is part of the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Stockholm, Sweden