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Dr. Teter is co-editor of the Handbook of Education Policy by Edward Elgar Publishing (forthcoming in 2023) and co-author of UNESCO’s guidelines on developing and implementing qualification frameworks in Asia-Pacific. His research focuses on understanding gaps in policy implementation, collaborative governance in diverse settings, and mapping complex accountabilities.

UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

Presenters & Panel Moderators

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President, Groningen Declaration Network;
Account manager Registers, DUO.

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Koichi Nakasaki is the Chief Research Officer of the Institute for Future Engineering, a Tokyo-based non-profit thinktank for science and technology. He is also currently a Board Director of Groningen Declaration Network.

He has previously worked at Thomson Reuters in products, strategies, strategic partnership, M&A and other business area, and has wealth of international business experiences in information technology across Asia, based in Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo.

His research interest is society, human, organization and information technology. His recent research outcome includes digital transformation of public policies, global trends of digital credentialing, society and humanities perspectives of deep learning and others.

Chief Research Officer, Institute for Future Engineering; Board Director, Groningen Declaration Network

Anthony Manahan – University of Melbourne
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Associate Director Student Administration and Deputy Registrar, Federation University, Australia; Board Secretary, Groningen Declaration Network

remy choo
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Remy is the Director for Planning and Programmes at SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), a statutory board of the Ministry of Education (MOE) responsible for driving and coordinating the implementation of the national SkillsFuture movement. SSG’s mission is to enable individuals to learn for life, pursue skills mastery and develop fulfilling careers, for a future ready Singapore, via these four key thrusts:
(a) Help individuals make well-informed choices in education, training and careers;

(b) Develop an integrated high-quality system of education and training that responds to constantly evolving needs;

(c) Promote employer recognition and career development based on skills and mastery; and

(d) Foster a culture that supports and celebrates lifelong learning


Director, Planning and Programmes Division, Training Partners Group, SkillsFuture Singapore (Singapore)

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Zheng Wei leads Accredify in establishing the company’s strategic vision and direction, focusing on business development, partnerships, and sales. 


Under Zheng Wei's leadership, Accredify has grown to become Asia Pacific's leading verifiable solutions provider. He has also established the firm as an enterprise SaaS company, implementing Accredify's TrustTech solution in over eight sectors, including Education, Healthcare, and Corporate, anchored by strong partnerships with the public sector.


Before Accredify, Zheng Wei was an Investment Banker at BNP Paribas, Chief Partnership Officer at FOMO Pay, and Managing Director at Lykke AG. These experiences gave him the full spectrum of operational knowledge, gained from working at a large MNC, expanding a late-stage scale-up, and growing a seed-stage start-up. He has also been recognised in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Class of 2022.

CEO and Co-founder, Accredify Sponsor

Darren MCDermott
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Team Leader,

andrew trnacek
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joanne duklas
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Executive Director, Groningen Declaration Network; President, DCC Inc.

Beka Tavartkiladze

Senior Director, Global Education and Knowledge, World Education Services


Welcome from the GDN President – Jelger de Boer, President Groningen Declaration Network

Groningen Declaration Network Primer

Dr Wesley Teter
UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

Anthony Manahan & Koichi Nakasaki
Groningen Declaration Network Board

Our two session leaders, Anthony Manahan and Koichi Nagasaki, will be sharing their ideas for convening an Asia-Pacific Regional Chapter. The opportunity exists to further the goals of the GDN and regional digitization projects by working together to learn, explore, and grow capacities within and across countries. Every part of the world is considering how to better support citizens, exchange credentials, and ensure trusted and secure networks. The opportunity to evolve efforts in this area holds benefits for all participants. Anthony and Koichi will explain the purpose of the GDN, provide in-region perspectives on why extending digital capacity matters, and identify some of the core benefits that working together will achieve through future convening activities.

  • Joanne Duklas, Executive Director, GDN, Canadian Exemplars
  • Beka Tavartkiladze, Senior Director Global Education and Knowledge, World Education Services
  • Darren McDermott, Team Leader, EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE 2020-2022)

This panel session of thought leaders will explore different models for how regions and countries have worked together to create new approaches for delivering office, trusted information about citizens and their academic studies. How to deliver a national level digital exchange network and sharing of critical supporting information is contextually situated as each region and partnering organizations have varying technology capacities and governance contexts. Plus, opprtunities exist to advance access for learners who are struggling to represent their past academic studies when digital support options do not exist or are needing additional supports. These experts will share their experiences and provide recommendations to enable digital solutions in region.

Koichi Nakasaki

Chief Research Officer, Institute for Future Engineering, Japan and GDN Board Member

This session will introduce the typology of technology options available to those considering implementing credential exchange networks in their region. Representing the outcomes of a comprehensive research study, Koichi Nakasaki will share specific examples, their data architecture model, the governance frameworks, and more to aid participants in the session with considering the different approaches and rationales for why these are relevant to particular regions.

Zheng Wei QUAH

Chief Executive Officer, Accredify



Chaired by Anthony Manahan


  • Remy Choo, Director, Planning and Programmes Division, Training Partners Group, SkillsFuture Singapore (Singapore)
  • Andrew Trnacek, CEO Higher Ed Services
  • Daniel Hibbert, Digitary by Parchment (Australia Asia Pacific)

This panel will explore the dimensions and practicalities of creating national digital credential exchange platforms and ecosystems supported by open standards and with consideration for privacy compliance and data security. Thought leaders, experts, and exemplars from around the world will share practical examples of data network and convening models, the challenges faced when considering and developing these networks, and the opportunities it presents for learners. The ultimate goal with this session is to identify and explore options and approaches using modern technology, policy, and practices and encourage reflection as we work together to extend the digital mobility of credentials for citizens.

Anthony Manahan, Koichi Nakasaki & Joanne Duklas
Groningen Declaration Network Board

This facilitated session will pull together the threads of the discussions throughout the day and consider the opportunities to create future convening activities. Participants will be asked to explore the following discussion questions:

What new ideas did you learn from today’s discussions?

What are some of the practical barriers to creating digital capacity in a region? How can we work together to solve these challenges?

What topics would participants want to explore in future convenings that are delivered virtually or in person? Does the opportunity exist to continue to work together to create an Asia-Pacific GDN Regional Chapter?

Jelger de Boer

President GDN

Jelger de Boer, the GDN president, will provide closing remarks and reflections from the day as well as share more about future GDN convening opportunities and events. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available, click here for more information.

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