Membership Changes in the EDEN Executive Committee

At the EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, UNED, Madrid the 30th EDEN Annual General Meeting has been held. At the event the dedicated work of six years to EDEN Vice President Diana Andone, and Ebba Ossiannilsson was thanked. Our community very much appreciates their valuable contribution and continues to rely on their expertise in the future. Diana Andone has been elected as Senior EDEN Fellow on 22 June and at the same time has been appointed as a new member of the of the EDEN Fellows’ Council, she will resume her outstading work in support of our community in that position from now on.

We are delighted to announce that at the Annual General Meeting two new members have been elected: Don Olcott Jr. and Willem van Valkenburg. We look forward to their contribution and welcome them in the leadership of our professional team.

Don Olcott, Jr.
Global Higher Education Consultant, Romania


Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA, is President of HJ Associates, specialising in global open and distance learning; and Honorary Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL at the University of South Africa and an adjunct instructor with Oldenburg University, Germany.   In June 2018, Don was made a senior Fellow of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) and was honoured as a global Leader and Legend of Online Learning.  Don is the Chair of the EDEN Council of Fellows for 2021-2022 and a recently-elected member of the EDEN Executive Committee.  He was adjunct Professor of Leadership and ODL at the University of Maryland Global Campus from 2011 -2021.

Willem van Valkenburg
Executive Director TU Delft Extension School for Continuing Education


Willem van Valkenburg is the executive director of the TU Delft Extension School for Continuing Education based in the Netherlands. The Extension School offers open and online education to professionals and lifelong learners worldwide.

Since 2003 he has been active in the field of ICT in education. Since the start in 2014 of the Extension School Willem has been involved in different roles within the organization.