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Baz Nijjar

Principal Advisor – Education Technology

GEMS Education

Baz is currently Principal Advisor – Education Technology for GEMS Education. Baz is recognised for his innovative approach to creating links between educational and industry needs, and has successfully embedded pioneering whole-school solutions. Baz successfully launched the first GEMS Centre of Excellence at FPS and the ground-breaking partnership with global top 100 organisations under the KHDA Rahhal 10X programme, making it the lead school in this region for industry links integrated within education. Baz launched the first esports and game design qualifications in the region, as well as a dedicated space within a school with leading technology to support student provision and the development of industry level skills. His research interests include award-winning blended learning models, innovation in enhancing education related outcomes, industry and education collaborations – which includes first in the UAE for industry qualifications and internship programs. Baz has a keen interest in establishing key industry partnerships to create a positive impact to as many students as possible. Baz believes that education should always look to integrate real-world, current and future industry needs to better prepare our children for the future.


30 October, 2023 | 12:00 to 12:20
Learning Reimagined: The journey from Education 1.0 to Education 4.0

Let’s trace the transformative journey from the traditional classrooms of Education 1.0 to the dynamic, tech-driven realms of Education 4.0. Witness the evolution of teaching methods, tools, and philosophies that have reshaped how we teach and learn. Grasp the profound changes guided by industrial revolutions through digitalisation, personalisation, and global connectivity. As we stand on the brink of an educational renaissance, this talk offers insights into harnessing the potential of Education 4.0 for future-ready learning. Join me on this journey of nostalgia, reflection, excitement, and anticipation, and prepare yourself to lead the way to the next era of education. The future is calling; are you ready? Or would you rather stay in your comfort zone?

30 October, 2023 | 13:30 to 14:30
EdTech: Future Learning

This panel focuses on the vital role of Edtech in shaping the future of education and paving the way for an ever-evolving learning landscape. Our expert panelists will provide valuable insight on how we can utilize different Edtech resources as efficiently as possible to prepare educators and our students for the current and future job markets.

30 October, 2023 | 16:30 to 17:00
Levelling Up: Gaming and the positive impact it can have on student development!

Step into the engaging world of gaming and esports and learn about how it’s not just about entertainment and having fun, and now is a powerful tool for supporting education and holistic student development. From fostering teamwork, critical thinking, and strategic planning to building resilience and digital literacy, the benefits are vast and varied, including transferring skills from the virtual to the real world. Learn how educators globally are integrating gaming into curricula, tapping into students' passions, and driving engagement and outcomes. Witness firsthand the potential of gaming in shaping future leaders, communicators, and problem-solvers. Learn with examples about why the world’s leading brands are sponsoring gaming-related initiatives and activations.