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Diane Claver

Head of School, ISBerne Online

Diane Claver serves as the Head of School for ISBerne Online and iCademy Middle East, the region’s leading provider of full time online and blended education for Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Diane has been an educator for the past twenty years, with experience as a K-7 teacher, high school academic adviser, special education coordinator and administrator. She has spent the last seventeen years working in online and blended model education.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Policy from A.T. Still University. She was the top-ranked graduate within her class from each program. Diane is a two-time winner of the “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education”, a Middle East Education Leadership Award.

Ron Packard

CEO and Founder of Pansophic Learning As CEO and founder of Pansophic Learning, the global technology-based education company that operates iCademy Middle East, Ron Packard is highly regarded in his field. He is well known as an educator, entrepreneur, and visionary and is the author of ‘Education Transformation’ – a book that demonstrates why technology is critical to the future of education. Mr. Packard was the long-time CEO and founder of K12 Inc. and in that role oversaw the growth of K12 from an idea to a billion dollar business. It is now one of the world’s leading education companies. Before K12, Mr. Packard was vice-president of Knowledge Universe and CEO of Knowledge Schools, one of the USA’s largest early-childhood education companies. He was instrumental in the successful investments in Learn Now, Children’s School USA, Leapfrog, TEC, and Children’s Discovery Center. He has also received the Education Industry Association’s James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.

Maria Szalay

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Pansophic Learning

Maria Szalay brings more than 20 years of strategy, operations, and development capability to Pansophic Learning. She joined K12 in 2000 and was instrumental in growing it from a pre-revenue startup to a $900 million public company. During this time, Ms. Szalay served in a variety of roles including product management, product development, operations, strategy, and corporate development.

Before joining K12, she was practice director at Operon Partners, an e-business consulting firm where she led consulting teams assisting clients with business strategy, product management, and business transformation consulting services. She worked directly in client organizations developing business plans to obtain funding, and assisted with the implementation of online initiatives, with specialized expertise in integrating these solutions with their brick-and-mortar business.