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Keynote speakers

Dr Conrad Hughes

Conrad Hughes (MA, PhD, EdD) is Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissiere.
Rethinking education: the Universal Learning Programme

We will journey through the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous landscape of the 21st Century to find a path that will lead to individual, collective and public good.

Biography

Conrad Hughes (MA, PhD, EdD) is Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissiere. Conrad, who is also a member of the advisory board for the University of the People and a senior fellow of UNESCO's International Bureau of Education, teaches philosophy. His most recent books are Understanding Prejudice and Education: The Challenge for Future Generations (2017, Routledge) and Educating for the 21st Century: Seven Global Challenges (2018, Brill).

Dr Stefanos Gialamas

Dr Stefanos Gialamas is the President of the American Community Schools Athens (ACS Athens) in Greece.
Inspiring Individuals to Transform Society as Architects of their Own Learning

Today, more than ever, academic institutions should focus on molding and shaping young people to transform the world. This is imperative to prevent youth from becoming conditioned by today's challenges, thus making them devoid of emotions, incapable of forming community bonds, and turning into organizational "drones" trained for specific jobs. Therefore, the following questions are raised:

  • How do we prepare young people to transform the world?
  • What kind of educational experiences should they receive?
  • What kind of educators are needed to guide them and
  • What type of leadership is necessary?

Therefore, a new educational paradigm is urgently needed to prepare young people to become tomorrow's leaders with ethos, which will make the world a better place to live in for the benefit of all people. Such a paradigm, global Morfosis paradigm (gMp), will be presented.

Biography

Dr Stefanos Gialamas is the President of the American Community Schools Athens (ACS Athens) in Greece; he began his presidency fourteen years ago. He holds a BS, an MA and a Ph.D. in Mathematics (Knot Theory). Prior to his arrival at ACS Athens he served as a Provost, Dean, and a Professor at higher education institutions in the United States and Greece.
His professional work includes research in Leadership, Faculty Development, Innovative Approaches in Teaching and Learning, Mathematics and Arts, the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Mathematics Education and Knot Theory. He has published more than 150 articles in both English and Greek languages, four books, a chapter book, and many manuals.

He has developed an authentic education paradigm, the Global Morfosis Paradigm (www.g-morfosis.gr), which has been implemented at ACS Athens for the past decade. This dynamic paradigm consists of three inseparable, interconnected, and interrelated components: the Educational Philosophy of Morfosis the iFlex Delivery Methodology, and the Aristeia Leadership Approach

Nalini Cook

Nalini Cook is UK School Relations Manager and Head of Europe Research: ISC Research
Trends in the International Schools Market; Past, Present and Future

Understanding what drives demand for international education is key for anyone working to deliver excellence and stay relevant in an international K-12 or Higher Education environment. This session will take a look at trends in the global international schools market and their demand drivers as well as touching on some of the current values and hot topics in international education such as wellbeing, governance and inclusion.

Biography

Nalini joined ISC Research in 2014 having lived and worked in Dubai since 2003. She became Head of Middle East and India Research before relocating to the UK in 2016. Here she took on the role of Schools Relations Manager working with UK independent schools and investors towards brand and branch expansion overseas. Nalini continues to work with the UK independent schools and investors and now also leads ISC's Research of international schools in the UK and mainland Europe as Head of Europe Research. Nalini has lived and worked in the UK, Dubai, Italy and Denmark and has a strong network in the world of international education. She can regularly be found on the road visiting schools across the region and is a frequent presenter at global conferences on international education.

Prof Fazal Rizvi

Fazal Rizvi is Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne Australia, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.
Teaching Ethical Responsibilities to the Privileged

My talk will be based on research I have conducted over the past few years in elite schools in a number of countries. Some of this research is reported in a book, Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalisation (Palgrave 2017). Each of these schools is aware of the privileges its students enjoy and is committed therefore to such programs as CAS, service learning, community action and so on, along with the notion of international communication and understanding. In this talk, I will discuss how students participation in these activities could be utlized to develop a greater sense of ethical responsibilities towards those who are less privileged. This I will argue demands teaching the virtues of relationality and critical self-reflection.

Biography

Fazal Rizvi is Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne Australia, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy and Australia-Asia relations. A collection of his essays is published in: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014). His most recent books include a co-authored volume, Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalization (Palgrave 2017) and a co-edited volume, Transnational Perspectives on Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Education(Bloomsbury 2019). Professor Rizvi is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and a former Editor of the journal, Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, and past President of the Australian Association of Research in Education.

Terry Haywood

Terry Haywood became an international educator in 1974 and served as Headmaster of the International School of Milan from 1985 until his retirement in 2016.
Rethinking International Education- a Priority for Those Who Care!

Biography

Before becoming a teacher, Terry studied Physics (Natural Philosophy) at Oxford University but he always blended scientific interests with a fascination for history and the human context in which ideas are generated. He has been involved in a wide range of professional activities, serving on the Board of Directors of the European Council of International Schools, serving as Chair for two years, and leading accreditation teams to schools in five continents. Over the past twenty years he has published numerous articles and presented at a wide range of conference on topics related to international education.