Given that the Forum will be held online this year, two main keynote addresses are scheduled for the week of September 28th. You can find more information on each session and its corresponding presenter below. Registrations need to be made through the official Forum website.


Keynote session: Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Medical Education: It is Difficult, Expensive and Essential

28 September 2020 (Mon), 15:30 - 16:15 Moscow time
29 September 2020 (Tue)
, 15:10 - 15:55 Moscow time

David Gordon

David Gordon has been president of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) since 2015. After qualifying from the University of Cambridge, Professor Gordon held research, academic and clinical appointments in Leicester, Cambridge and London. He was on the staff of the Wellcome Trust, then dean of the medical faculty in Manchester, president of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe and chair of the Council of Heads of Medical Schools in the UK. He left Manchester in 2007 to join WFME, then based in Copenhagen, Denmark and now in Ferney-Voltaire, France, near Geneva.


Keynote session: Connected Credentials and Competencies Linking Education and Careers

30 September 2020 (Wed), 15:10 - 15:55 Moscow time
1 October 2020 (Thu)
, 14:10 - 14:55 Moscow time

Deborah Everhart

Dr. Deborah Everhart serves as a Chief Strategy Officer at Credential Engine, leading the expansion of credential transparency initiatives that enable more effective connections between education and career opportunities. With the American Council on Education, she has led research groups of nationally-recognized experts, authoring "Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials," "Communicating the Value of Competencies," and "Clarifying Competency Based Education Terms: A Lexicon." She has long been a leader in the development of open technology standards, including leading IMS Global workgroups for competency-based education, comprehensive learner records, and digital credentials. She chaired the Badge Alliance workgroup that defined a conceptual framework and technical standards for Open Badge endorsements. Her business expertise includes leadership roles in technology architecture and product strategy at Cengage and Blackboard. Her thought leadership has evolved through numerous white papers, book chapters, and presentations on innovations in education, emerging technologies, portfolios, learning engagement, badges, digital credentials, and competency-based learning. She lives and works in Washington, DC, where she contributes to federal strategy papers and national initiatives.