Andy Cope

Andy Cope describes himself as a qualified teacher, author and learning junkie.

Andy is currently studying happiness, flourishing and engagement as part of a Loughborough University PhD thesis. His research feeds into a training course called ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ which has been delivered to rave reviews all over the world.

Andy is lucky enough to work with some very large businesses, including Microsoft, DHL, Pirelli, Pfizer, Hewlett Packard, Astra Zeneca and IKEA. Recently, he has tailored his workshops to meet the needs of children and teachers and now delivers to audiences from age 8 upwards!

Andy is also a best-selling author. He has written ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ and ‘Be Brilliant Everyday’, self-help books for adults, as well as ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’, UK’s first positive psychology book for young people. ‘The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence’ spent 6 months in the best-sellers charts and he’s got ‘The Little Book of Happiness’, ‘Now That’s What I Call Leadership’ and ‘Shine’ in the publishing pipeline.

Andy is a sought-after keynote speaker and authority on happiness, wellbeing and employee engagement. He’s done numerous TV and radio appearances as well as being featured in The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Esquire.

As for genuinely interesting asides, Andy is also a best-selling children’s author. His ‘Spy Dog’ series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide. Andy was born in the same year that England won the football world cup, he has pet pigs and has set up the hugely successful 2%ers club, the UK’s first, foremost and...err...only society for happy people.

His ambition is to be able to surf, brilliantly!

Curtis Jobling

The designer of worldwide hit television show 'Bob the Builder', and international best-selling author of numerous children’s books, Curtis lives with his family in Cheshire, England. 

Early work on ‘Wallace & Gromit’ and ‘Mars Attacks!’ led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning ‘Bob’. His own animated series, ‘Frankenstein’s Cat’ and ‘Raa Raa the Noisy Lion’, can both be seen on the BBC. His acclaimed picture books, ‘Old MacDonald Had a Zoo’ and ‘The Sheep Won’t Sleep’, are published by Egmont.

Although renowned for his work in film & TV, Curtis’ other love has always been horror and fantasy for middle grade and older audiences. His epic fantasy series, ‘Wereworld', was published by Penguin around the globe, the first novel, Rise of the Wolf, being shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize. His new ‘Max Helsing Monster Hunter’ novels, The Thirteenth Curse and The Beast of Bone Creek, are published by Viking in the US and Orchard in the UK.

Curtis visits schools around the world providing unique talks, workshops and learning experiences that cover three key areas of any curriculum — literacy, media and art. A champion of reading for pleasure, his work appeals to every audience, big and small.

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Lucie Mottier Lopez

Lucie Mottier Lopez est professeure ordinaire à la Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’éducation à l’Université de Genève. Ses recherches concernent l’évaluation et la régulation des apprentissages dans les systèmes d’enseignement. Elle est auteure de plusieurs articles, chapitres et livres sur l’évaluation en salle de classe (évaluation formative et sommative, jugement professionnel des enseignants, pratiques de modération sociale, évaluation collaborative). Elle dirige le groupe de recherche EReD (évaluation, régulation et différenciation des apprentissages) qui a mené des recherches collaboratives visant à produire des savoirs sur les pratiques d’évaluation des enseignants et à soutenir le développement professionnel de ces derniers.

Lucie Mottier Lopez is Full Professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her research concerns students’ assessment and the regulation of learning in educational contexts. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books on classroom assessment (formative and summative assessments,  teacher’s professional judgment in assessment, social moderation practices, collaborative assessment). She leads the research group EReD (assessment, regulation and differentiation of learning) that has developed collaborative research aimed at producing knowledge about teachers’ assessment beliefs and practices and at enhancing teachers’ professional development in assessment.

Oliver Rizzi Carlson

Since completing an MA in Peace Education at the University for Peace (UPEACE), Oliver has worked in this field with several organizations.

Former editor of the newsletter of the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE), he is the representative at the UN for the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders), and a Board member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP). In 2010, he was also part of the Youth Team that prepared the World Report from Civil Society at the End of the Decade for a Culture of Peace. His work at the international level, however, finds true meaning in the direct facilitation of various activities around peace learning with youth as well as adults.

For the past several years, Oliver has led courses in peace education at a public high school in Geneva, using a variety of methodologies, among which Theater for Living developed by David Diamond (an evolution of Theater of the Oppressed of Augusto Boal) and Restorative Circles as formulated by Dominic Barter. Oliver is also a member of the committee for a Federal Office for Peace in Switzerland and the Swiss Peace Education Network, which has organized a series of conferences on Peace Education in Switzerland in recent years. 

Oliver is also involved in other projects, mostly with youth and always around the culture of peace.

A third-culture kid who has travelled extensively, Oliver speaks English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, some Swiss German, and a little Arabic and Rumantsch.

Gala dinner

The Gala dinner will be held at Le Bouveret Cesar Ritz Campus with a special invite to all Gala Dinner delegates to visit the Anton Mosimann Museum.
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** As the Geneva Car Show will be taking place accommodation may be difficult if you do not book early.

There are many hotels in Montreux. Here are a list of hotels suggested by the Swiss Education Group.

Please ask when booking if they have any special rates for delegates attending the Swiss Education Group conference March 2018.

The Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic, Avenue des Alpes 45, CH 1820 Montreux
Tel: 0041 21 966 33 33

The Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic **** was built in 1870 in a “Belle Epoque” style by Eugène Jost. It is located just in front of the railway station in the heart of Montreux. For a good rest and a relaxing moment, for a weekend or for your events, the Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic is the ideal place. Montreux offers a wide panel of activities like a cruise on Geneva Lake where steam boats offer marvelous trips to admire the region. The Lavaux region has recently been declared World heritage by the UNESCO.

A few details: 155 rooms, 8 seminar and conference rooms . Fully renovated in 2010 -Lounge bar and Afterworks during the summer on an incredible terrace - A trendy and relaxed atmosphere Restaurant 45 : Open daily from 12h00 to 14h00 and from 19h00 to 22h00. This is a unique place where space and luminosity gives the best view on the Alps and the lake. Rated 13/20 in the Gault Millau 2014, the “45” is as great as its view. The seasonal cuisine with ingredients from the market mixes tradition and modernity. You will find the famous “Majestic Beef Tartare”, grilled meats and one of the most attractive wine menus in the region. It is a superb address with a high standard quality of service.

Fairmont Montreux Palace *****
Avenue Claude Nobs 2
CH-1820 Montreux
Tel: +41 21 962 17 17
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Hotel Eurotel Montreux ****
Grand-Rue 81
CH-1820 Montreux
Tel: +41 21 966 22 22
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Eden Palace au Lac ****
Rue du Théatre 11
CH-1820 Montreux
Tel: +41 21 966 0800
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Hotel Tralala ***
Rue du Temple 2
CH-1820 Montreux
Tel : +41 21 963 49 73
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Le Coucou Hotel & Restaurant Sàrl
Route des Monts 31
CH-1824 Caux/Montreux
Tel +41 (0)21 961 25 91
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Vevey Hotel & Guesthouse Sàrl
Grande Place 5
CH-1800 Vevey
Tel: +41 (0)21 922 35 32
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Sigrid Ott-Benson: pioneer of International Education

Sigrid Ott-Benson was a pioneer with a life of adventures. She spent her youth in the beautiful plains of North Dakota, USA and lived her later years in the picturesque Alpine village of Leysin, Switzerland. Her life’s experiences influenced her to become a leader in the international education movement.

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