Keynote & invited Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ann Lopez

Professor in the department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Program. Director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity at the University of Toronto and Provostial Advisor on Access Programs since 2017.

Ann Lopez CV

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Claudia Finkbeiner

Head of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Research and Intercultural Communication at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of English, University of Kassel, Germany. President of the Association for Language Awareness, Area Chair of the International Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning study group of the Literacy Research Association.

Claudia Finkbeiner CV

Invited Speaker: Dr. Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai

Neuroscience and Change strategies: In the world of VUCA, intercultural learning involves a direct challenge of how to change and adapt successfully. This keynote lecture uses neuroscience to first explain why change is so challenging. Next, it will introduce a framework based on research evidence from a wide array of studies, especially from brain science. This framework provides concrete strategies that can support individuals and organizations to face the challenges of cultural adaptation and creation. The underlining message of this lecture is, we may find it difficult to change, but we are built to adapt, and we are the only the species that can do so deliberately.

Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai CV

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michael Byram

Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at the University of Durham (UK) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences He ‘read’ Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College, University of  Cambridge (UK), completed a PhD in Danish literature, and then taught French and German in secondary and adult education. He has been at Durham University since 1980 engaged in teacher training, research student supervision and research on languages and education. After retirement from Durham, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Luxembourg where he still teaches on a master’s course. He is currently Guest Research Professor, Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski, where he is involved in a comparative study of the assessment of the PhD in a dozen universities across the world.

Michael Byram CV

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Nimrod Aloni

Senior lecturer in the area of Philosophy of Education at Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv. Head of “The Institute for Progressive Education” and holds “The UNESCO Chair in Humanistic Education”. Prof. Aloni has published books and articles mainly on humanistic education, ethics in the education profession, and on activist education for democratic citizenship.

Nimrod Aloni CV

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Rachel A. Lotan

Professor (Teaching) Emerita, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University. Professor Lotan served as Director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) Secondary between 1999-2014. Currently, she directs the Program for Complex Instruction, and serves as Director of Pedagogy and Strategic Planning for Programa de Especialização Docente (PED Brasil), Lemann Center, Stanford University. Professor Lotan’s research focuses on teaching and learning in heterogeneous classrooms, teacher education, and the social organization of classrooms and schools.

Rachel A. Lotan CV

Invited Speaker: Prof. Randa Khair Abbas

Prof. Randa Khair Abbas is Academic Head of the Arab Academic College. She was the first Druze Israeli woman to gain a PhD from Bar-Ilan University and the the first Druze Israeli women to have the admission to the degree of Professor from the Council for Higher Education in Israel. She is a researcher and one of her area of research has included Multi-Cultural Education, Educational leadership, Generational gaps in traditional societies, Perception of female leadership in relation to society and culture, Perception of identity and language in relation to the culture. She works in women’s rights and the advancement of Arab women in the professional landscape.

Randa Khair Abbas CV