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Sudhir Giri, head of Learning technologies at Google, to open the first Charity Learning Conference

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The Charity Learning Consortium is delighted to announce Sudhir Giri, Google’s Global head of learning technology, as the keynote speaker at the first Charity Learning Consortium Conference and Awards. In his keynote, in London on 15 September 2011, Sudhir will explain why you don’t necessarily need a big budget for L&D - but you do need to think creatively to encourage a dynamic learning culture.

Understanding how learners and ‘teachers’ interact is critical to the successful use of learning technologies says Sudhir Giri, the global head of learning technologies at Google. He’ll be talking about how Google enables a learning ‘ecosystem’ in his keynote speech at the first Charity Learning Conference on 15 September, London.

Sudhir has been using Google technologies to support the learning needs of the more than 20,000 employees, or ‘Googlers’, around the world in the famously non-hierarchical company.

Martin Baker, founder and CEO of The Charity Learning Consortium, said he was looking forward to welcoming Sudhir to open the Conference: “Our members said they would like to hear some good corporate examples of innovative L&D which they could emulate, and so we are thrilled that Sudhir could share his knowledge with us in this way.

“Google is one of the most admired companies in the world, renowned for its creativity and innovation, growing rapidly to the worldwide phenomena that it is today, so it’s a great way to start our first conference!”

Sudhir commented: “We’ve been experimenting with a range of learning technologies at Google, and I’m delighted to be able to share my experience with charity L&D teams.”

Prior to working for Google, Sudhir previously managed learning programmes for Accenture and Deloitte Consulting - his work included delivering an eLearning programme to nurses in Kenya. He has a biomedical engineering background and spent four years at NASA, developing and testing biomedical flight hardware for the Space Shuttle program, which included astronaut training. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Texas A&M University.

The Charity Learning Conference has been designed to both celebrate L&D in the Third Sector and inspire members of the Consortium in the invaluable work that they do. The event is exclusively for the 100 charities which are members of the Consortium.

The exciting conference line-up includes a workshop with creativity and innovation specialist Nigel Paine and the event is being steered by renowned eLearning expert Clive Shepherd as the chairman. Laura Overton, the MD of Towards Maturity, will be leading an interactive discussion and revealing early highlights of her latest study into the effective use of learning technologies. While Iain Napier, BT’s Learning Technology Consultant, will be talking about BT's dare2share initiative, the successful 'How To' video forum used within the company – he’ll be suggesting ways to engage employees using both social learning and technology.

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