Dr. Fred de Vries
Program Manager ‘Open Learning Scholars’, Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, UAE
Fred is professionally committed to the design and organisation of high quality flexible education, with focus on open and online learning and the use of educational technology. A key drive is impact of innovation into actual implementation. Currently he manages the Open Learning Scholars program of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE). It focusses on bringing innovative online and blended learning degree programs and recognized credentials from high quality accredited universities to Arab youth anywhere they are. He had various roles at the Open University of the Netherlands, including instructional designer, researcher on Technology Enhanced Learning, EU project manager and policy advisor for the executive board. Besides he worked at the UNHCR on the design and delivery of innovative training solutions. He has been an external expert for the European Commission, UNESCO, IRC and the OSCE. Before joining the AGFE he was a Program Director for Digital Education at Saxion, a large Dutch University of Applied Sciences in transformation.