Keynote Speakers

2017 Keynote Speakers:

Rob Curtin

Director, Higher Education
Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Students as Consumers: Change is Coming

Come hear a perspective on the coming changes for global higher education that will be driven by technology advances and the rising expectation of students as consumers.

Speaker Biography

Rob is the Director of Higher Education for Microsoft’s worldwide education team. Based in Redmond, WA, he is responsible for global market strategy, and priorities for engagement in Higher Education.  Rob is passionate about the role of technology to guide student ownership of their lifelong learning journey, and works with institutions and partners to deliver more student-centric engagement.

Rob has focused on technology in education for over 25 years.  He has a combined 15 years with Microsoft, where he first joined in 1991 – before Excel had the AutoSum button. He held various roles in Microsoft’s US Education business including national sales management and Chief Applications Officer before taking on his current Worldwide role.  He also spent 10 years as an EdTech entrepreneur working in the SIS space during the “Big ERP” period of ’96-04 and in 2014 he co-founded Pip Learning Technologies helping schools protect student privacy in the cloud.

Rob received a B.S. from Northeastern University, his favorite sport is whatever his children are playing that day, and he deeply appreciates his wife for tolerating his travel schedule.



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