Organization - Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board of Trustees: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer

Between 1999 and 2005, Helmut Hoyer was Vice President of ICDE and from 2005 to 2008 Acting President of ICDE. He has been the Program Chair of the 19th ICDE World Conference 1999 in Vienna (Austria) as well as of the 20th World Conference in Düsseldorf (Germany), both with more than 1200 delegates from nearly 90 countries all over the world.


Board of Trustees Vice Chair: Jan-Atle Toska

Jan-Atle Toska has broad experience from international organisations and other forms of international collaboration, such as European Union projects. He has also been a member of various advisory boards and committees in Norwegian higher education.

Jan Atle Toska was born in 1955 in Bergen, Norway. He studied Humanities (History and Linguistics) at The University of Bergen, where he received a Cand.Phil. degree in 1984. He also has a Master of Public Administration from Copenhagen Business School.


Meg Benke

Meg Benke, Ph.D., is a professor at Empire State College in the United States in adult learning and emerging technologies. Dr. Benke has had an extensive administrative career at Empire State College, serving as dean of the Center for Distance Learning, vice provost, provost and acting president.


Stavros P Xanthopoylos

Founder and CEO of SPX Consulting, specialized in Educational Solutions and Business Model Design, Author and Guest Professor at FGV-IDE – Executive Educational Unit at FGV. Former Vice-Dean FGV-IDE, Dean FGV Online – DE Unit of FGV. Xanthopoylos has been involved with open, distance, flexible and corporate education for 22 years, as an author, coordinator and lecturer.

He is the International Director of the Brazilian Distance Education Association (ABED), and was the Vice President until 2015. He has been involved in research and implementation of OER practices in Brazil and Internationally. He is a member of the executive committee and project advisor in the ROER4D (Research for OER in the Developing World) and the OEC-MIT Board.


Tian Belawati

Professor Tian Belawati is a seasoned academician, researcher, as well as a practitioner in the field of open and distance learning (ODL) and is a Former President of ICDE. 

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education (University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master of Education in Management of Distance Education (Simon Fraser University, Canada.), and a Bachelor degree in Agriculture. She started her career in academic life in 1985 as an editor for the learning materials published by Universitas Terbuka (UT), Indonesia. UT is one of the mega universities in the world providing quality higher education through open and distance education for Indonesians residing across the archipelago and those living overseas. Being among one of the promising young staff at UT, she was offered to further her study.