Dr. Manoj Varghese
Senior Director of Strategy & Partnerships – Connecta Global Ltd.,
Former Global Director – Technology & Risk Management – GEMS Education,
Former Regional Committee Member – Varkey Foundation,
UK, UAE & India
Dr. Manoj Varghese is a Senior Technology, Education Technology & Innovation leader with over two decades of unmatched international experience and expertise. He is an EdTech researcher with strong knowledge of BYOD, STEM Education & 21st Century Learning skills.
As Senior Director at Connecta Global Ltd, Manoj leads advisory, consulting, innovation initiatives, strategy & partnerships.
Connecta Global is a global education research and innovation company focusing on connecting anything that matters to Education (students, parents, administrators, faculty members, academic researchers, recruiters, industry professionals, organizations and all other stakeholders) through its platforms.
Connecta’s mission is to make international expertise available to schools, colleges and universities in a most affordable and non-commercial manner. Connecta facilitates Education, Education Technology & Technology advisory and consulting services through its associated organisations & consulting team. Multinational consulting team associated with Connecta Global has over 200 man-years of proven international education experience with the world’s leading organisations.
Manoj was the Global Director – Technology & Risk Management at GEMS Education (World’s Largest Private International School operator) leading the Technology Strategy, Execution of Strategic Plans, Technology Budget, Technology Governance, Compliance, Security, Risk & Audit for over 250+ GEMS’ Global and Partner Schools, and related businesses in 10 countries.
He was the Former Regional Committee Member of Varkey Foundation which organizes world-famous Global Teacher Prize, an annual US $1 million award.
As a Project Director at GEMS, Manoj led all aspects of Pre-Operational ICT for over 45 new International School projects in North America, UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, Singapore, Malaysia & China, and two prestigious Higher Education projects for university campuses in Dubai.
He was the Project Director of GEMS’ SAP ERP project, where SAP S/4 HANA was implemented over 180 schools integrated with School Management System. He was the Architect of GEMS’ proprietary ERP, VLE & School Bus Management Systems.
Manoj is a world traveller and he loves nature photography. He had been to over 40 countries and keeps exploring more every year. Cross country drive through villages are his favourite. He also explored a wide range of K-12 and Higher Education systems during his travel.
Manoj is an IT Engineering Graduate, has completed the MBA program in Systems and has MS and PhD in E-Learning Methodology.