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Announcing next round of speakers and panelists for LINC 2019


We'd like to announce the second round of speakers for the MIT LINC 2019 Conference! Our next round of speakers will be announced soon. To register for LINC, visit the registration page. Early Bird registration closes on April 19, 2019. 

The MIT LINC Conference brings an international group of researchers and practitioners together to discuss how learning science, pedagogical approaches, and digital learning can provide quality pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning at scale, particularly in developing nations.


This round of speakers and panelists include:

  • Dr. Byron Breland - Chancellor, San Jose - Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD)
  • Damian Ewens - Learning Designer
  • Robert Fadel - Executive Director, MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT)

To see additional speakers, read our first announcement or visit the LINC program page. Our keynote speaker will be announced shortly. 


Speaker Bios

Byron Breland

Dr. Byron Breland

San Jose – Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) 

Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland currently serves as Chancellor of San Jose – Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). He served as President of San Jose City College from spring of 2013 until being named Interim Chancellor in July 2018. He was appointed permanent Chancellor by the SJECCD Board of Trustees in November 2018. Dr. Clift Breland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer economics and a Master of Science degree in family studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also has a Master of Science degree in education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in counseling psychology, both from the University of Southern California.


Damian Ewens

Damian Ewens

Learning Designer

Damian Ewens is a career educator and ocean adventurer with a passion for helping all people create lives of purpose and meaning. For 20 years, Damian has taught in, launched, and led inclusive learning communities, non-profits, and tech start-ups that create opportunity for all. Now, Damian brings his expertise to companies, schools, and learning leaders to increase awareness, inclusion, and impact for their initiatives. In his work and life, he is passionate about connecting marginalized communities to the life-changing power of mindfulness, relationships across lines of difference, and the ocean.

He holds a Master of Arts in Education (Teaching of Mathematics) from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Santa Clara University. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Gordon School and The Steel Yard.


Robert Fadel

Robert Fadel

Executive Director
MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT)

Robert Fadel is the Executive Director of the MIT Refugee Action (ReACT) Hub.  Working together with its founder, Prof. Admir Masic, ReACT has been designing and offering a growing number of new blended learning programs to refugees where they live. By cultivating partnerships across multiple sectors, they now provide displaced students in 10 countries paid internships and new professional pathways as they complete the MIT ReACT Computer and Data Science and MITx MicroMasters certifications.

Robert was previously Vice-President of One Laptop per Child, where he led OLPC’s ground-breaking project in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. During his time at OLPC, Robert worked with the private sector and scores of countries in South America and Africa to design, manufacture, and deliver connected laptops filled with innovative learning content to children. Robert has also served as Assistant Director of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and Assistant Director for Finance at the Media Lab.  Robert holds an MBA from Boston College, an MA from Boston University, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.