The University of Toronto was excited to welcome a broad range of industry leaders in higher education and IT from across the world to HERUG 2021. These leaders discussed the latest developments in SAP technology, innovation, and human resources system transformation.

Keynote Speakers:

(in alphabetical order)

Jodi Baker CalamaiGlobal HR Strategy & Digital HR Leader – Deloitte
Canadian HR Transformation Advisory

Jodi leads Deloitte’s Global HR Strategy, EX and Digital HR and emerging technologies practice – and is the Canadian Services HR Transformation Leader. She brings deep expertise in digitizing and reimaging HR to deliver measurable work outcomes to a global, diverse, and digital workforce.

A future-of-work enthusiast, Jodi is experienced in using design thinking to put the workforce at the center of the experience through augmented, adaptable, agile and well-architected solutions.

Constantly sought out by clients and colleagues for complex HR transformation journeys, Jodi has partnered with some of the world’s leading organizations to increase productivity, create value and beat the competition.

A published author, Jodi has written a book on the topic of global HR transformation and a number of articles on the topic of HR shared services, HR outsourcing, and HR metrics. Most recently she has co-sponsored a report called the Design of Everyday Men, Deloitte’s Approach to Exponential HR, and a POV on How HR can Accelerate Value in an Era of COVID-19.

Steven Hunt

Chief Expert, Work & Technology – SAP North American Innovation Office​
Executive Advisor Team​

Dr. Hunt’s work focuses on the design and deployment of technology-enabled processes to improve workforce agility, productivity, engagement and well-being. An industrial-organizational psychologist by training, he has played a central role in creating human resource solutions that have positively influenced millions of employees working for thousands of companies around the globe.

A thought leader in the field of HR technology, Dr. Hunt regularly speaks on topics related to the changing nature of jobs, organizations, talent management, and the experience of work. He has written hundreds of articles and several books on strategic HR methods including “Commonsense talent management: using strategic human resources to increase company performance” and “Hiring success: the art and science of staffing assessment and employee selection”. Recent articles by Dr. Hunt can be accessed by following his account on LinkedIn.

Malcolm Woodfield

Industry Head, Higher Education and Research, SAP

Dr. Malcolm Woodfield was born in England and educated at Cambridge University where he obtained his Ph.D., which was subsequently published by Oxford University Press. After a successful career as a teacher and widely-published researcher (at Cambridge University and the University of Chicago), Dr. Woodfield joined SAP Labs in 1997. Dr. Woodfield established SAP’s practice in Higher Education and initiated a number of major product developments, including SAP’s Student Information System.

Dr. Woodfield leads the Global Business Unit for SAP’s Education and Research. As such he is responsible for worldwide business development and product development of SAP’s portfolio of solutions for Education.

He is responsible for advising SAP regarding technology trends and requirements in the School, Higher Education, and Workforce Development sectors, and for managing relations with approximately 8,000 Schools, Universities, companies, and Ministries of Education using SAP technology for teaching, research, and administration. His team has ultimate responsibility both for SAP business and product strategy, but also for the success of all SAP projects in Higher Education and Research worldwide.

He has spoken at numerous conferences and events worldwide on how Universities can plan and execute Information Technology strategies to achieve their institutional, academic, research, social, and financial goals.

Dr. Woodfield is currently based in California.

Ron Yanosky

Research Director, Education Advisory Board (EAB)

Ron Yanosky is a director in EAB’s Research and Advisory Services organization, where he frequently gives presentations and conducts workshops for campus partners both online and in person. His areas of expertise include information technology, business affairs, and facilities management. He is actively involved in EAB’s best practices research, and recently concluded a project looking at the evolving role of remote work in higher education workforce strategies.

Prior to joining EAB, Ron held research positions at EDUCAUSE and at Gartner Inc. During the 1990s, he was an assistant professor of history at Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.

Vice President Solution & Product Management, Analytics at SAP

Passion speaks for itself, certainly when it concerns Iver van de Zand – SAP Vice President Product Strategy, Augmented BI. He lives and dies with a passion for analytics, interactive analyses and visualization techniques; always striving to help customers get better performance insights.

​Based in Belgium, Iver has been in business analytics for almost 25 years always working with customers, improving their abilities to get the most adequate performance metrics they need to optimize each company’s performance.

The current era of Digital Transformation excites him massively: IoT, unstructured data, Big Data, integration of networks and in-memory platforms, they all make analytics and performance insights even more interesting than ever.

Iver works with SAP and focuses on Analytics. He owns and drives the SAP overall Analytics strategy. He is an active member of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) community that focuses on data visualization standards and Hichert principles. Find more on Hichert and IBCS.

​Furthermore, Iver is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker on the major Analytics events organized by various organizations and institutions.

​In February 2016 he published his first book Passionate on Analytics which brings together the wealth of knowledge and experience he has gained over time. Passionate on Analytics focuses on the value analytics can have in today’s Digital Business and shows this with over 33 deep-dive insights and 60+ best practice tutorial videos. The book has been a landmark in Iver’s career. In 2019, Iver published the SAP Leonardo book as co-writer.

​As of 2019, Iver is Vice President Product Strategy Augmented BI for SAP. In this role, he owns the Analytics strategy for SAP, which is instrumental also in light of the Intelligent Enterprise. His role also brings the ownership of the Analytics go-to-market. In the recent past, Iver headed SAP Global Analytics PreSales.



(in alphabetical order)

Jose Escamilla

Educational Innovation Director, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Professor José Guadalupe Escamilla De los Santos studied Computer Systems Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and a master’s and doctorate degree in Computer Science at the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France.

He has worked for the Tecnológico de Monterrey since 1987 as director of the Graduate School in Education of the Virtual University of Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Centro Innov @ TE, Center for Innovation in Technology and Education. Since May 2014, he has been Director of the Observatory for Educational Innovation in the Office of the Vice President for Educational Innovation.

He has worked as a consultant for companies, universities and governments (BBVA; IBM; World Bank; UNCTAD; Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia; Ministry of Education of Argentina and seven National Universities; Ramón Llull University in Spain; CONAFE; UASLP; UNIVERSIA; OEA and INTEL). He is a member of AERA.

He was responsible for coordinating the group of academics that defined the standards that CONACYT uses to evaluate distance education programs within the PNPC. He was also responsible for coordinating the group of academics that defined the standards used by the CIEES to evaluate distance education programs.

Laura Gogia

Research Director, Learning Technologies and Student Success

Research Expertise:

Faculty development, instructional design, learning management systems, student experience and success, and teaching and learning technologies

Roles and Responsibilities

Dr. Gogia researches, advises, and publishes at the intersection of pedagogy, student experience, and academic technology. She has extensive experience in online learning design and faculty development across higher education, community, and professional learning contexts.

Professional Background

Dr. Gogia practiced medicine in rural Virginia before transitioning to educational research and instructional design. She consulted with higher education institutions and government and nonprofit organizations to develop and evaluate educational programming. Prior to joining The Tambellini Group, she served as the Director of LX Innovation at iDesign, where she conceived and edited the iDEA book, an open educational resource on digital instructional design for faculty and online learning professionals.

Education & Certifications

  • M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ph.D., in Educational Research and Evaluation, VCU
  • B.S., Biology and History, College of William and Mary