Talk at the Library: How AI Can Improve Education


A Conversation with Joleen Liang


Despite considerable progress in primary education enrollment in East Asia and the Pacific, two out of three students are in poorly performing school systems and cannot meet the minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Can artificial intelligence (AI) help address this issue? What influence do AI learning programs have on the future of education? How do so-called adaptive learning technologies work anyway? And what are the challenges we have to address when integrating such learning techniques into our education system?

Joleen Liang, a Partner at Squirrel AI Learning, a leading AI education company based in Shanghai, and John Soleanicov, Program Director Education at UBS Optimus Foundation, will join us for a Talk at the Library, to discuss these and other questions about adaptive learning technologies and their role in today’s society.


11:50 – Doors open
12:00 –Joleen Liang in conversation with John Soleanicov
13:30 – End of Event

This event is for Asia Society Switzerland members only.

Space is limited and seats are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

A brown bag lunch will be served.

Attendance is free. In order to avoid no-shows, a CHF 50 no-show fee will be charged if you do not cancel your registration until 24 hours before the event the latest.

Joleen Liang

Joleen Liang is a Partner at Squirrel AI Learning, the leading AI+ education innovator at the forefront of K12 AI revolution. After joining Squirrel AI Learning, Joleen created the “Squirrel AI" brand and successfully put the brand under the spotlight globally. She is also a founding member of Artificial Intelligence + Adaptive Education (AIAED) Conference, an international conference focusing on important trends emerging from AI technology that applied to next-generation education and how these advances can impact adaptive human learning at scale and in various contexts. Joleen is an Oxford graduate in Business Management.

John Soleanicov

John Soleanicov is the Program Director for Education for the UBS Optimus Foundation. He is a Romanian-born American-raised professional with more than 15 years of global experience in financial services, management consulting and education. Prior to UBS, John was the founder and CEO of Teach for Romania and continues to serve as the Chairman of its board. Previously he worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he developed innovative student loan and school financing facilities in partnership with local banks in Mexico, Egypt, Ghana and Kenya. John also founded StreetWise Partners DC, a mentorship program pairing young professionals with low income job-seekers. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Columbia University.

Event Details

Mon 23 Sep 2019
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Asia Society Switzerland

Mühlebachstrasse 20

8008 Zurich


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