Education’s tech reinvention has received the necessary jolt it needed due to the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown. The world’s educational establishment stopped ‘business as usual’, in March 2020 and had to go fully digital. Technology and innovation are now changing the system of education, especially the relationship between teachers and students. Old strategies and business models in education need to adapt to this new environment. We also review the role of corporate culture as a barrier to change and how to overcome it. Nicolas De Santis, CEO of De Santis® and expert guests Mário Ghio Junior, CEO, and Andrés Cardó, Board Member, VASTA Platform (Somos Educação) will guide you to understand the crucial dynamics at play in the future of tech learning for K12. VASTA is a high growth education company that has successfully concluded its recent IPO on Nasdaq, the largest IPO of a Brazilian education company.

Special Show Guests​


Mário Ghio Junior is the CEO of VASTA Platform, a high growth education group that has successfully concluded its recent IPO on Nasdaq, the largest IPO of a Brazilian education company. Mr. Ghio Junior is also our Chief Executive Officer and a Board member of several companies and non-governmental organizations, or NGOs dedicated to improving education in the public sector. He was Chief Executive Officer of Abril Educação (currently Somos Educação), has served as Director of Educational Support at Estácio, Director of educational platforms of the Santillana Group, General Director of the COC System, General Director of CPV Vestibulares and Chemistry Teacher of Anglo Vestibulares. ​


Andrés Cardó, is member of the board of VASTA Platform and President of Andrés Cardó Asociados. Previously Andres was CEO of PRISA RADIO and Cadena SER (2014-2018), International Managing Director at Prisa Radio (2011-2014) and Chief Operations Officer at Prisa (2011). Andres was also Member of the Board of Directors at Grupo Santillana (2010-2012) one of the largest educational publishing groups. ​


Your Show Host

Nicolas De Santis, is the CEO of De Santis the visioning consultancy and innovation ventures lab. Nicolas is a change agent and advises global corporations on strategic vision, global branding, business model innovation and organisational culture. Nicolas is an internet entrepreneur with several start-ups under his belt, including the travel group that reached €1 billion in online sales. ​




Vasta (Somos Educação) is a leading, high-growth education company and platform in Brazil powered by technology, providing end-to-end educational and digital solutions that cater to all needs of private schools operating in the K-12 educational segment. Vasta’s mission is to help private K-12 schools to be better and more profitable, supporting their digital transformation. Vasta believes they are uniquely positioned to help schools in Brazil undergo the process of digital transformation and bring their education skill-set to the 21st century. Vasta promotes the unified use of technology in K-12 education with enhanced data and actionable insight for educators, increased collaboration among support staff and improvements in production, efficiency and quality. Since the start of the pandemic, the Plurall digital education platform has achieved more than 3.0 million live classes, 2.4 billion interactions and more than 200 million activities, proving itself to be an essential tool for maintaining schools’ academic calendar.