Keynote Speakers

Was appointed the Executive Director of Ana Aqra, as of Jan 2016.  Rima was instrumental in evolving the NGO’s mission from ‘Making Reading Accessible to All’ through providing class libraries, to ‘Making Learning Accessible to All’ through building teacher capacity in support of creation of enabling learning environments. With a background in the private sector, Rima took on the challenge and responsibility, in 2006, as a full time volunteer for Ana Aqra, to work towards sustainable solutions aiming at reducing the achievement gaps of public school learners.  In 2010, capitalizing on the relationship of trust that the association had with MEHE and the knowledge of the challenges facing the young learners and their teachers, Rima along with a team of volunteers and professionals started a pilot program called “I also can read”.  Using the summer hours, away from the stress of curriculum, to build teacher capacity and provide the opportunity to apply best practices in teaching literacy using a leveled class library, in classrooms inclusive of struggling readers, proved to be a promising formula. This program now serves as an education pathway to formal schooling for out of school Syrian refugee children and as a remedial program for in school children. Rima served as a member of the board of Ana Aqra Association for 8 years, acting as president from 2011 to 2015. Rima participated in local and regional conferences with UNESCO. Rima holds a certificate of attendance of Readers and Writers Workshops from Columbia Teacher’s College, an MS in computer science from the University of Utah and a B.A. in Mathematics from AUB.

Mr. Tarek Jallad is Chairman of the Board of Jallad Group, the sole authorized Caterpillar dealers in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Caterpillar is the world’s leading Earthmoving and Power generation equipment manufacturer, with around $50 Billion in annual turnover and over 100,000 employees

In 2017, Mr. Jallad became a Board member of Ana Aqra Association, a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political organization founded in 1994, which targets the educational, cultural and psychosocial needs of underprivileged children of Lebanese public schools and their communities. Ana Aqra builds the capacity of school teachers and administrators to improve teaching and learning, as its core mission is to advance literacy and promote independent learning.

In April 2015, Mr. Jallad joined the Board of Jordan Ahli Bank (JAB) as an Independent Director. He is also a member of the Governance and Strategy committees. JAB is a leading Jordanian bank founded 60 years ago, and the sixth public shareholding company to be established in the country. The Board has been tasked and mandated to oversee a substantial transformation in terms of all aspects of the bank’s businesses and systems.

From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Jallad worked at Morgan Stanley, a global Investment Bank, as part of the Corporate Derivatives Group in New York. Prior to that, he worked from 2001 to 2002 with Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup’s Investment Bank, as a member of the Equity Capital Markets team in New York. 

Mr. Jallad holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and a Masters of Science in International Political Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE). He is fluent in English, French, Spanish & Arabic. He is a member of YPO’s (Young Presidents Organization) Jordan Chapter since 2009 and is one of the youngest members of the group. He enjoys reading, art collecting, sports, backgammon, travel and outdoor adventure.

Marten Roorda started as ACT chief executive officer on October 1st, 2015. ACT, headquartered in Iowa City, USA, is the world market leader in assessment of college and career readiness, and the world research leader in adaptive learning and learning analytics. 

Before joining ACT he served thirteen years as chief executive officer of Cito, a not-for-profit educational test publishing company in Arnhem, The Netherlands. During his tenure at Cito he built an internationally recognized organization with cutting-edge testing technology and a world-class psychometric division doing pioneering work in learning analytics and diagnostics, and in adaptive testing and learning. Prior to working at Cito, Marten had several positions in the publishing industry, at VNU and Reed Elsevier, among others. 

In 2006, Roorda co-founded Kryterion, the company that first launched online proctoring and still is market leader in that field. In 2011 he co-founded OAT Technologies in Luxemburg, home of the world-leading open source test platform TAO. 

Marten Roorda was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Test Publishers for more than ten years, and was their Chair in 2010. In 2016 he received the Professional Contributions and Service to Testing Award of the ATP. Roorda is a member of the advisory board of the Reach Higher Initiative, chaired by Michelle Obama, the IMS Board of Directors, and is a member of the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Board. 

Roorda holds a Master’s Degree in Language and Literature from Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Rajib Roy is the President and CEO of Riverside Insights and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Rajib joined Riverside Insights on October 1, 2018, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience running businesses owned by private equity firms, venture capital firms, and public shareholders. Prior to heading up Riverside Insights, Rajib led corporate transformations in four different industries.

Rajib has laid out a strategy for Riverside Insights that aligns with its mission of “One Billion Lives Enriched Globally By 2030”. This strategy calls for deep investments in a full digital transformation, insightful analytics, accelerated product revisions, and expansion outside the US through partners. Further, in line with this strategy, Rajib has led two quick acquisitions – ESGI Software and ImPACT Applications and looking to add more renowned brands to accelerate the path to one billion lives. 

Rajib starts each morning with a reminder of “memento mori” and focuses his personal time on learning new skills, building relationships, and helping those in need.