Innovation Research & Development
GEMS Education, Dubai
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Director: Dubai Science Festival
Founder: Cafe Scientifique Dubai
Co-founder: Intelligent Optimism
Host: Global Innovation Summit
Moderator: Emirates Festival of Literature
Curator: Project Tesseract | Astronomy Art
Editor: Phoebus Online
Rohan is the director of the Dubai Science Festival. He is the co-founder of Café Scientifique Dubai and co-founder at Intelligent Optimism. As the Innovation Leader at GEMS Education, he is responsible for promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship across 40+ institutions of learning in the UAE. He is a Microsoft certified Master Trainer, a Google Certified Educator, and has won numerous national and international awards in the field of Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and is the 2017 Finalist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize - out of 20,000 applicants from 179 countries.
Rohan has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds and is a published author. He has organised several TEDx events and is the lead organiser of the Critical Wonder conferences. He has been a moderator for the Emirates Festival of Literature and is the editor of Phoebus Online, an e-magazine for gifted teenage writers. He is a voracious reader of Science, Literature, and Philosophy, and is the lead astronomer of SciFest Dubai Astronomy Group.
Rohan is a prolific painter and has curated several Art exhibitions in Dubai's Bastakiya art district. As curator of Project Tesseract, he promotes Third Culture conversations among the intelligentsia in Dubai. As an innovator in education he has created novel and unique curricula for TED-Ed, Shots of Awe: Deep Think, and The HUMAN Project. He is also the author and facilitator of the GEMS Education Honours Programme and the Lead for the Global Futures Curriculum designed in collaboration with Singularity University.
He is an avid traveller and has visited 64 countries and over 200 cities. He has spoken at numerous panel discussions, and presented at various national summits and international conferences, including Google EdTech, UNESCO Expo-Sciences, Global Education Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival AD, and BETT, and was invited to TED Global in Geneva in December 2015. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, in various national magazines and newspapers, and is a regular guest speaker on national radio shows such as Dubai Today with Suzanne Radford, Talking of Books with John MacDonald, and on Classic FM's Morning Show with Andrew Hosie - where he is a proponent of science, technology, innovation, exponential technologies, and disruptive thinking. He was recently invited to host the prestigious 2016 Global Innovation Summit.
In the past, Rohan has taught Literature, Art, Philosophy, and Astronomy at University and at A Level. He is also a freelance consultant for various national and international think tanks, publishing houses, and knowledge institutions. He is currently part of the Global Learning XPrize Street Team.
Rohan has been described in the media and by those who know him as a Renaissance Man, a Polymath, and a Multi-potentialite. He takes an inter-disciplinary approach to problem solving and is passionate about promoting Scientific Literacy, Moonshot Thinking, Cosmic Citizenship, Radical Openness, Intelligent Optimism, STEAM, Neuro-Education, Innovation in pedagogy, the Technological Singularity, and Freethinking. Above all, he's keen to make a positive impact on the world around him and help young people find their Flow and solve the big challenges facing our planet and our species right now.
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2017 Finalist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize
2017 Educational Leadership Award, World Education Congress
2016 Finalist for the Disruptive Innovator Award at the Global Innovation Summit
2014 Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Distinguished Teacher Award
2014 Global Education Forum | GESS Award for "Innovation in Education"
2013 GEMS Education Award for Outstanding Educator
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SciFest Dubai | Festival Director
Cafe Scientifique Dubai | Co-founder
Intelligent Optimism | Co-founder
Astronomy Group | Lead Astronomer
Project Tesseract | Curator
Novel | Fiction, Booksurge Publishing, USA | Amazon.com
TEDx | Licencee and Organiser
The HUMAN Project Curriculum | Designed by Rohan Roberts
Neuro-education and STEAM Learning | Lead Trainer
GEMS Honours Programme | Designed by Rohan Roberts
As part of GEMS Enrichment 365, the GEMS Honours programme is a distinctive and exclusive programme certified by GEMS Education designed to integrate the study of arts, science, and philosophy. Through cross-curricular activities, field trips, and blended learning, the curriculum is meant to prepare a select group of motivated, more-able, high-functioning students in upper high school to be leaders, critical thinkers, innovators, and inter-disciplinary problem solvers. This GEMS programme affords a distinct advantage to students when applying for Honours and Scholarship programmes in major universities around the world.
Students selected to be in the programme are given the opportunity to engage with texts and study areas of knowledge that are not part of the regular high school curriculum. The programme allows for conversations to move outside the classroom, to shared experiences in museums, theatres, galleries, and also on national radio and international media and educational platforms.
The programme also gives students the opportunity to communicate with distinguished former GEMS students who are now on Scholarships or on in Honours Programmes or the Dean's List of prestigious colleges around the world.
Jason Silva: Deep Think | Designed and delivered by Rohan Roberts
Moonshots | Techno-optimists, Innovators, Serial Disruptors - Led by Rohan Roberts
Global Futures Curriculum | Programme Lead