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Dr. Khaled Benkrid is Director of Education and Research at Arm Ltd, Cambridge, England. Prior to joining Arm in 2013, he was Associate Professor in Electronic Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he taught and researched extensively in the areas of computer engineering, business management and entrepreneurship.
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Robert has been working as an information professional in the publishing industry since 1998, and has represented publishers in markets as diverse as Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. He’s an evangelist for the use of technology as a way to drive innovation in the online publishing world. Robert originally joined Arm’s University Program in 2014 and in 2017 became part of the Arm Education Media team. His role is to promote the interactive online courses and e-first textbooks that enable students, academics, aspiring and professional engineers to keep up with the latest Arm technologies.
Nick began his career at Heinemann Educational Publishers, commissioning Maths and Science curriculum resources for UK schools. At Pearson he led product development for International and Caribbean schools across a range of curriculum subjects, before focusing on Higher Education and Applied Learning in the Middle East. Immediately prior to joining Arm, Nick was an educational product development consultant, working with organisations including Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Macmillan Education and Hodder Education. Nicholas is now School Program Manager at Arm Ltd, Cambridge.
Sadanand Gulwadi launched his career in academia in 1992, he joined the faculty of Electronics Engineering at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA after graduating with a doctorate in semiconductor materials and devices. In the summer of 1997 he joined a group of engineers at a startup called Siliconions, Inc., in Santa Clara, California, USA, until he joined Synopsys, Inc., in Mountain View, California, USA in 1998 at the end of the year. At Synopsys, Sadanand worked in the verification group for almost 13 years covering roles ranging from corporate applications engineering and technical marketing to new-technology validation and management. He returned to the field of education in 2011, where he became South Asia Regional Manager of the Arm University Program at Arm in Bangalore India. He was Director of Education at Arm Cambridge in the UK where he headed up the Arm University program which provides university academics worldwide with free teaching materials and technologies for many Computer Engineering and related courses.
Anna has a background in the not-for-profit sector and, before joining Arm, worked for the University of Cambridge. Anna is Community & Inclusion Specialist at Arm Ltd, Cambridge, where she runs Arm’s employee community engagement program, Team Arm. This involves enabling everyone at Arm to use their skills, passion and expertise to create positive change in their communities and contribute to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Through Team Arm, employees at Arm are able to get involved with education outreach activities with the strategic aims of closing the STEM skills gap and encouraging more young people – especially girls - to pursue STEM careers.
Rob is the Content Development Manager for the Arm School Program and has worked in education his entire career. He started as network engineer installing schools fibre optic networks and then taught Information Technology and Computer Science in secondary schools, leading departments in getting outstanding results. Rob then worked for Cambridge Assessment reforming the Computer Science A Level and GCSE in the UK and then developed assessment products for international clients for Cambridge International Education before joining Arm.
Nic has over 20 years operational management experience for a number of medium and large enterprises, working for leading brands such as Direct Line Group, Green Flag, Churchill and RBS, operating in the highly regulated financial services industry where operational effectiveness and maintaining high levels of customer service are key.
He has distinguished track record of adding significant value driven by effective people management and development, operational customer strategy, collaborative problem solving with internal and external stakeholders, which has been recognized by winning external industry awards. Building and developing talent to become highly performing teams is a key area of focus both in his career and also out of work where he is a Youth Development Soccer Scout for a prestigious English team.
Nic sees his role within Arm Education as an unique opportunity to use his previous successes, experience and skill sets to deliver and maintain a world class customer service experience for our Education programs going forward.
Michael Shuff is the Publishing Editor for Arm Education Media (AEM). He started in academic publishing with Chadwyck-Healey and went on to run his own technical writing and editing business in Cambridge. Prior to joining Arm, Michael led the marketing for 7Safe (part of PA Consulting Group), a technical services company that helps organizations to develop cyber security and digital investigation capabilities. Michael blogs on cyber security and total quality management issues, and is the author of ISO 9001:2015: How to apply risk-based thinking to Quality Processes.
Hao Xue is the China Arm Education Manager and oversees APAC education relationships with government, customers, partners and go-to-market activities. Previously, Hao held engineering and marketing roles within technology corporations. At Fujitsu, he led the automotive product development department, with the clients including Visteon, Continental and Panasonic. Before joining Arm, he worked as University Program Manager in Atmel and built strong relationships with key partners of the education ecosystem in China.
Rosalie is the Senior Sustainability Coordinator at Arm and has been with the company since 2016. She is passionate about education, promoting social mobility and equal opportunities and encouraging more young people to pursue careers in STEM. She was therefore responsible for developing Arm's local community and education outreach programmes and strategy.
With a background in HR and recruitment within the education sector, Rosalie has experience in end to end early talent acquisition from skills development to recruitment.
Suriya Gunasekaran is a Customer Service Analyst for the Arm University Program, India, handling customer enquiries and operations since March 2019.
Her focus is around front-end customer interfaces and building strong customer relationships. Previously, Suriya worked in the banking sector, where she extended thoughtful service to the customers by addressing their banking needs.
Being based in India, while working in the Arm University Program team, Suriya is able to expand her skills and provide operational excellence within one of Arm Education's key global markets.
Apurva Varma is the Regional Manager, Arm University Program, India and has 18 years of experience in the education management space with a Masters in Sociology and Business Administration. She started her career in 1997 teaching high school students, followed by managing various initiatives in the K-12 space, which included creating an employability program for the Physically challenged .
In 2011 Apurva moved to Foundation for Innovation and Collaborative Education (FICE), which works in the higher education space and is focused on bridging the academia-industry divide, enhancing student employability and creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem for youth. Apurva was involved in conceptualizing programs for Tech Institutes/Universities, managing content creation focusing on experiential learning and implementing these programs across India.
Becky is Arm Education's Global Certification Manager and passionate about skills development and credentialing of all kinds, including digital badging and certificates. She has worked in academia for more than 15 years in a variety of roles, most recently developing from scratch and managing a large-scale skills certification programme called the UEA Award at the University of East Anglia. The quality of the UEA Award was recognised in Becky's appointment to the position of co-chair of the AGCAS Skills Award Task Group, which is the UK national body for skills awards in the careers sector. With a background as an academic in the fields of computer science and sociology, she is best known for her research on eBay; specialising in qualitative methods, the user journey and micro-ethnography. Rebecca previously worked for the University of Essex, University of Suffolk and BT in research and lecturing roles. Becky is also a qualified primary teacher and lecturer, with a keen interest in teaching pedagogy.