Past Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Ph.D. Beth Bassima Bakkar

LECTURER AT THE LEBANESE UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT

Presentation Title: Exploring the Complexities Higher Education Instructors Face when Teaching Non-English Speaking Students in the English Medium of Instruction

Beth B. Bakkar is a lecturer at the Lebanese University of Beirut, responsible for teaching academic courses. She has a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, a Master in Education, and a Master in TESOL. Beth’s professional background in school leadership and curriculum coordinator has contributed to her research areas of focus.  Her research interests lie in pedagogical development and educational reform and theory in teaching English foreign language and English second language students acquiring academic knowledge in the English Medium of Instruction. Beth has also participated in various national and regional conferences related to teaching, curriculum, and education.

Prof. Frederic Fovet

Prof. Frederic Fovet

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Presentation Title: Returning to inclusive practices in a post-pandemic landscape: what has changed for the worse and what has improved?

Frédéric Fovet is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Technology. He is an inclusion specialist with a specific interest in emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD), critical pedagogy and universal design for learning (UDL). Fovet also has a strong grounding in Disability Studies. He has served as a teacher and principal in schools. Fovet was previously an assistant professor at UPEI for three years. He has also been director of Accessibility at McGill University. Fovet consults nationally and internationally in the area of UDL and was the instigator and program chair of the first three Pan-Canadian conferences on UDL.

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Prof. Dr. Julia Torres

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Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at Facultad de Química, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. Main research interests target both coordination chemistry and chemical education, especially involving technology-mediated active learning.

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Dr. George Cremona

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Dr. George Cremona is senior lecturer and Coordinator for German and Media Literacy at the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta. He is also a radio and tv producer and presenter of educational programmes. For this work, three times, he was awarded the prestigious national IĠM award.

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Dr. Maria Balatsou

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She has Ph.D., and currently is working in department of Humanities Social Sciences and Law, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens.

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Prof. Anna Hakobjanyan

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Anna is the Head of Marketing Master’s Degree Program at Yerevan State University, Deputy Head of the Management and Business Department at Yerevan State University, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor.

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Dr. Mamiko Takeuchi

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Mamiko Takeuchi is a professor of economics at Aichigakuin University. Her research interests include the impact of globalization and technological innovation on the career development of women.

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Dr. Miguel Ferrando-Rocher

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Dr. Miguel Ferrando Rocher holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Alicante (Spain). In the last few years, he has been interested in improving teaching innovation in undergraduate courses.

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Mr. Jorge Andrés Olivares Funes

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He has a master in mathematics and serves as an academic in the department of mathematics of the University of Antofagasta in Chile.

He works on research on numerical solutions of differential equations and on the use of Geogebra in the learning of differential equations and differential calculus.

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Mr. Adrian Estrela Pereira

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Adrian Estrela Pereira is a Brazilian arranger, pianist, and music producer with a Bachelor’s degree in Composition and Arrangement for Popular Music at the Federal University of Bahia and a master’s degree in music education at the same university.  Currently, Adrian investigates Power Relations in Curricula of Higher Education Music Courses as a Ph.D. student at the Eötvös Loránd University.

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Mr. Mark Joel Pierce

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Mark Pierce was an Educator in the Dallas Independent School District for 27 years.  For 23 of those years, he was the Program Manager of the Dallas ISD Homeless Education Program.  He retired from education in 2018 and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Southern Methodist University. He will defend his dissertation on how COVID19 affected the lives of homeless children in July 2022.

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Ms. Emily Anne Hicks

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Emily Hicks, MA, is Lecturer in English and Academic Resource Specialist for International Students at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A

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Mrs. Alice Azzalini

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Alice Azzalini is a PhD Student in Educational Linguistics at the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies (DISLL), University of Padua (Italy). Her main research areas are Gifted Education, students with Special Educational Needs and Specific Learning Disorders.

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Mrs. Layla Halim Nasr

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She is a mathematics teacher and a researcher on mathematics education in the Lebanese university, faculty of education. Research interest: conceptual learning, infinity concept, innovative teaching strategies.

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Ms. Lee Wei-Chen

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She is a student from the department of English instruction in a master’s degree at National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan).

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Dr. Hakan Kilinc

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Dr. Hakan KILINC is currently working as a research assistant doctor of Open and Distance Education at Open Education Faculty, Anadolu University. He received his Ph.D. Degree in the feld of Distance Education in 2020. Hakan Kilinc continues to work in the feld of distance education technology, information and communication technologies, synchronous, asynchronous, and interactive communications, learner-generated content and online group discussions.

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Ms. Daria Borodina

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She studies at Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary. She is a third-year Ph.D. student in European Doctorate in International Teacher Education and Higher Education (EDITE) program. The area of her professional interest is Academic motivation and Self-regulated learning among international students. Also, she is a member of the Association of Hungarian Ph.D. and DLA Candidates.

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Mrs. Carole Vinick Rosbruch

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She is an English teacher and a Ph.D. student of Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Letters at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi.  Her main research areas include teaching English to students at-risk, students with learning difficulties, and students with special educational needs.

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Dr. Eleni Tsami

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Dr. Eleni Tsami studied Mathematics at the University of Athens and she holds Masters in “Teaching Mathematics and Methodology” and in “Banking”, PhD thesis, “The use of new technologies in teaching economics”. She is a member of the Laboratory Teaching Personnel at the School of Finance and Statistics of the University of Piraeus.

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Dr. Carol Johnson

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Dr. Johnson is a bilingual educator and International Education Officer at Renaissance. She holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, specializing in how people learn second languages.

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Dr.Virginia Bodolica

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Dr. Virginia Bodolica is The Said T. Khoury Chair of Leadership Studies and a Professor of Strategic Management in the School of Business Administration at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. She is a passionate academic, an advocate of cross-disciplinary research and practice, and an award-winning case studies’ writer. Her research interests are related to corporate leadership dynamics and soft and hard governance issues in for-profit settings, family-owned enterprises and healthcare institutions. Virginia has published in the Academy of Management AnnalsStrategic Management JournalJournal of World BusinessStrategic OrganizationJournal of Business EthicsJournal of Business ResearchBusiness Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility, and Journal of Management & Organization, among other journals. She co-authored and co-edited several books, including Mergers and Acquisitions and Executive Compensation, Corporate Governance in Arab Countries, and Managing Organizations in the United Arab Emirates. Virginia serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals, consults with local and international businesses, facilitates strategic retreats and delivers executive education sessions and customized programs, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker at professional conferences, workshops and events.

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