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Robert Torres
Chief Strategy Officer , Global Education and Technology
Louisville, KY, United States
A driven leader in International Development, Robert leads innovation projects that help solve the global education crisis He has spent his entire professional career focused on poverty reduction — creating pioneering educational solutions that have influenced the work of institutions and businesses around the world.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Dynamic designer of deep and effective large-scale learning systems with 28 years of experience including 11 years in high-level leadership roles in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Teach the World Foundation, EkStep Foundation, and the Institute of Play. Has managed grant-making portfolios as large as USD 65 million.

Visionary and purposeful global strategist who leads, creates, expands, and continually refines strategic initiatives. Intently studies local contexts to spot emerging trends, innovation potential, needs, market readiness, risks, and growth opportunities. Effectively influences policy and catalyzes markets through the levers of research, communications, convenings, and advocacy to ensure impact endures beyond singular interventions or investments.

Innovator in international development, driving projects to solve the global education and workforce crises. Experienced in innovation execution, moving ideas through the critical stages of prototyping, research, market uptake, and scale-up. Promotes human-centered design, data-driven and holistic strategies, and innovations that can adapt to the unique challenges faced by different regions.

Pioneer in the application of computer games for learning. Helped demonstrate the value of game-based learning as a thought leader in academia; helped realized its potential by launching projects as a grantmaker. Outspoken advocate, leading solutions that engage and motivate young and older students. Led groundbreaking research at the University of Wisconsin’s Games, Learning and Society Group which showed that educational video games can promote systems thinking and design skills.

Key advocate for the competency-based education movement which helps students and employers value and appreciate the competencies and skills that students acquire apart from diplomas and degrees.

Dedicated educator who delivers on ambitious education goals with globally distributed teams. Devoted to poverty reduction, helping the hardest-to-reach communities with innovations in education technology. Experienced in acquisition and development of high-quality learning content. Co-founder and designer of the internationally acclaimed games-based school Quest to Learn, the first of its kind.

Adept in leading seminal research and impact measurement efforts across internal teams and external partners and grantees.

Capacity-builder who oversees and delivers organizational development, professional development, and individual learning. Coached 30 school design teams. Supports NGOs in transforming their internal operations and staffing structures so they can implement large-scale digital learning programs.

A masterful talent scout with a keen ability to identify and select emerging leaders who have the intellectual and human capacity to execute breakthroughs with the potential to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands or millions.

Multimedia communicator who has delivered major keyn
Education:
Doctorate in the Learning Sciences and Technology.

Extensive experience in research and educational assessments.

Games and learning expert.

Masters in Educational Supervision and Administration.
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Doctorate
    Languages:
    English, Spanish
    Nationality:
    United States
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-torres-phd/
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