Greg Butler is currently responsible for leading education audience strategy and government relations development for Microsoft Public Sector through supporting strategic partnerships and programs that align Microsoft’s Citizenship activities and commercial efforts. Through this role Greg works with key global organizations such as UNESCO, World Bank, the Commonwealth and OECD.
After spending 15 years as a teacher, principal, technology consultant and university lecturer, Greg founded two successful companies and a not-for-profit organization. He joined Microsoft in 2001 to lead all academic programs for Microsoft in the US, moving on to the role of Worldwide Director for K12 Strategy, Solutions and Programs. Greg played a leadership role in the initial design and implementation of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative. This initiative continues to be a major focus of Microsoft’s Citizenship efforts, with an investment of nearly US$500M and 100 dedicated people for worldwide implementation.
Following on, Greg was appointed NSW Public Sector Director for Microsoft Australia. In this role he led Microsoft’s Education, Government and Healthcare teams in NSW, working with government to improve student outcomes and government services through the use of technology.
Greg is passionate about partnerships as a model to tap into the power of ICT to transform learning, engagement and improving student outcomes. He is an internationally accredited Partnership Broker and Trainer, Chair of the International Partnership Brokers Association and board member of the Global Partnership for Education. He is a founding member of the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) partnership, which is transforming student assessment globally.
Richard Kimbell founded the Technology Education Research Unit at Goldsmiths University of London in 1990. Since that time, research sponsors include research councils, industry (e.g. LEGO, BP), government departments and professional/charitable organisations such as Engineering Council, Royal Society of Arts.