I am excited to announce that three long-standing members of the Open edX community have agreed to join the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC). In a previous post I detailed the role of that group in the Open edX project. The community members represent the diversity of our community representing universities, ecosystem firms, and national platforms.

The addition of community members is an important step in establishing a more inclusive and open leadership for the Open edX project. I am personally humbled by the wisdom, expertise, and commitment this group will bring to the TOC.

Catherine Mongenet, CEO of France Université Numérique

Catherine Mongenet is professor in Computer Science. From 2009 to 2012, she has been vice-president of the University of Strasbourg in charge of the digital strategy. In May 2013, she was appointed Policy Officer at the French Ministry of Higher Education in charge of the digital strategy. Since September 2015, she is the CEO of France Université Numérique. The objectives of this public organization are to manage the FUN MOOC platform and its evolutions, to develop new partnerships and activities, especially in the context of life-long learning education and continuous professional development, and to increase its Francophone and international visibility.

Ignacio Despujol, MOOC Initiative Coordinator at Universitat Politècnica de València

Ignacio Despujol holds MsE. Telecommunication Engineer and MsE. Aeronautical Engineer degrees from Universitat Politècnica de València and an Executive MBA from Catholic University of Valencia. He has the exciting task of incorporating the 2.0 philosophy into the UPV and implementing new Internet tools for teaching, especially network video platforms and MOOCs. He is the MOOC initiative coordinator of UPV. UPV has its own MOOC platform (upvx.es), presence on the edx.org platform and has made more than 450 editions of more than 100 courses since January 2013, with more than 3,700,000 enrollments. In former jobs he was the technical director of the University’s radiotelevision and the telecommunications infrastructure manager of UPV.

He also teaches Airport Engineering to 130 students in flipped mode in the Aerospace Engineering Bachelor of the same university, is an IEEE senior member, is part of the board of Valencia Telecommunication Engineering Guild and holds a commercial pilot license.

Xavier Antoviaque, Founder and CEO of OpenCraft

Xavier Antoviaque is an Open edX developer and contributor. He is also the founder of OpenCraft, which is the largest contributing organization to Open edX besides edX/2U, as a provider of development and hosting services on the Open edX platform. The projects and clients involve many key actors of the Open edX community, including Harvard, MIT, edX/2U, ASU, UBC, Cloudera, as well as state projects like the ones initiated by France and Israel. He is a long-time contributor of free software communities: he co-created the free software game Card Stories, initiated the Ryzom.org campaign, and is a former board member of April, the main free software advocacy organization in France.