Keynote Speaker

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Prof. Dr. Silvia Zanazzi

Proffesor at Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy

Speech Title: Ariadne's thread. Metacognition for emancipatory rationality in education.

Prof. Dr. Silvia Zanazzi, PhD in Educational Research. Currently a senior researcher at the University of Ferrara. She teaches education in Bachelor’s and master’s degree courses in education and sports sciences, and coordinates the education science curricular internship program. Her main research interests are inclusive education, metacognition and reflective practices, analysis and management of critical incidents in educational contexts.

Past Speakers

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Dr. Olga Samsonova

 Victory Charter School, USA

Speech Title: Students, Teachers, Social Aspects, and Corse Design as Main Factors in Blended Learning

Besides her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with Special Education Endorsement from Brooklyn College, USA (2009), Dr. Olga Samsonova also holds a master’s degree in History from Simferopol State University, Ukraine (1999). In 2017, she earned a Ph.D. from Walden University, USA, in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation. With over 20 years of experience in adult continuing education and K-12 environments. Among her primary research interests are 1) Technology in Teaching and Learning, 2) Online Resources for Effective Teaching, and 3) Blended Learning.

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Dr. Katalin Lipták

Dr. Katalin Lipták is an associate professor, head of department, and vice-dean at the Faculty of Economics, University of Miskolc, Hungary. Her research fields are regional labour market processes. She is currently researching the evolution and development of the labour market and the changing labour market processes as well as the social and solidarity economies. She is editor-in-chief of Socialis Series in Social Sciences journal.

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Ass. Prof. Meng Zhang

Meng Zhang is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the EAP Program at New York University Shanghai. Her job is to design and teach content-based EAP courses to freshman and sophomore students. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Education. Her current research interests include second language speaking-writing connections, academic socialization, and design-based research methodology. Dr. Zhang published in TESOL Quarterly and served as a peer reviewer for TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, International Journal of Educational Research, and AERA conferences.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nazmi Xhomara

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nazmi Xhomara is a lecturer and researcher at Luarasi University in Tirana, Albania. He graduated a bachelor’s in science teaching, a master’s in education research, and a Ph.D. in Education Sciences at University of Tirana. He published books, and many articles and conference papers. His research interests include Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Leadership of Education.

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Prof. Sherif Elbarrad

Prof. Sherif Elbarrad is an Associate Dean and Professor at MacEwan University School of Business in Alberta, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting and he is a Fellow CPA in Alberta. He received several awards in innovation in teaching. He also authored several books in Accounting.

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Dr. Eugénia Azevedo

Eugénia Azevedo is currently concluding her PhD in Sport Sciences and holds a master’s degree in Physical Education. Her areas of interest include reflective practice in Physical Education Teacher Education, action research, collaborative learning, and sports pedagogy.

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Dr. Rendani Mercy Makhwathana

Dr. Rendani Mercy Makhwathana is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Venda, South Africa. Her areas of interest are Language in Education, Early Childhood Education and Care, and Education policies and management. She has published in peer reviewed and accredited journals. Orchid: https://orchid.org/0000-0002-3113-6459

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Prof. Newman Wadesango

Newman is a Full Professor at the University of Limpopo in South Africa. The phenomenal Professor has presented 35 conference papers and published 230 manuscripts (cited 2092 times as of 2022). Prof Newman is the Editor-in-Chief of the budding African Perspectives of Research in Teaching and Learning. He is also an Associate Chief-Editor for The Journal of African Education; an Editorial Board Member for the following Journals: Journal of Educational Studies; Acta Universitatis Danubius. economica Journal; Journal of Accounting, Finance and Auditing Studies; Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and a permanent Board member: (TERA) – Teaching and Education Research Association. Predictably, Newman received the 2022 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Best Overall Established Researcher during University of Limpopo’s annual excellence awards held on 28 October 2022. Prof Wadesango was bestowed with the same prestigious award in 2019.

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Dr. Silvia Zanazzi

Silvia Zanazzi, PhD in Educational Research. Currently a senior researcher at the University of Ferrara. She teaches education in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in education and sport sciences. She moreover coordinates the education science curricular internship program. Her main research interests are: inclusive education; reflective practices; analysis and management of critical incidents in educational contexts.

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Dr. Fleura Shkëmbi

Dr. Fleura Shkëmbi is a lecturer at the Mediterranian University of Albania. She graduated a bachelor’s in psychology and education, a master’s in clinical psychology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the European University of Tirana. Dr. Fleura Shkëmbi is a psychologist who uses Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness with her patients.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darazha Issabayeva

Darazha Issabayeva is PhD (2010), associate professor (2018). Her area of research: computer sciences education and informatization in education. “The best teacher at the university of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (2019), “Honorary worker of education of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, the author-initiator of innovative projects “Digital teacher 1, 2”.

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Ms. Esztella Rostási

Esztella Rostási is a senior project manager at Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd for Applied Research. With an Executive MBA from the Central European University, Hungary (2014), she has successfully panned and managed numerous international projects. She played a pivotal role in developing the Communication Strategy for the Research Center, resulting in the creation of impactful studies, e-learning education-, and communication/marketing materials.

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Mrs. Elena Papa

Elena Papa is a Computer Instructor at Language Centre of Cyprus University of Technology, where she teaches Statistics and Computer lessons at various departments. She graduated from the University of Leicester, with an MBA in Information Technology Management and recently a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing at Neapolis University. Her interests lie in the fields of e-learning, marketing and Information Technology.

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Dr. Emmanuel Deogratias

Dr. Emmanuel Deogratias is a mathematics lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Sokoine University of Agriculture. He specializes in Mathematics Education and has expertise in designing and implementing engaging instructional activities in a mathematical learning context. Awarded a Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Alberta in Canada in 2020.  Dr. Deogratias has published several articles in International Journals and proceedings. He has more than 13 teaching experiences with undergraduate mathematics student-teachers in Tanzania. He offers consulting services in mathematics education, including how to design and implement authentic activities for students in primary, secondary and university/college levels.

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Prof.Dr. Dragoș Cimpoieș

Prof.Dr. Dragoș Cimpoieș is a Senior researcher and full professor at the Department of Economics and Management of the Technical University of Moldova, where he teaches farm management, human resource management, career management. His research is focused on land reforms, farm restructuring and structural changes in transition countries from the former Soviet Union. Rural development and management of higher education issues are also among his research fields of interests. In 2015 – deputy minister of environment. Since 2013 – International and national expert of FAO for Agriculture Policy Analysis. Elected member of the Science Section “Social, Economics, Humanities and Arts” of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. Coordinator of the research project “The adjustment of agricultural education and research system in the Republic of Moldova to the conditions of the contemporary society”. Deputy rector on research, innovation, and international relations of the State Agrarian University of Moldova (2022). Author of over 100 publications.

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Dr. Yun Zhu

Dr. Yun Zhu is graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph. D in education.
This is her 13th year at St. Catherine’s School teaches Chinese 1 to AP Chinese. Dr. Zhu was the 2022 Central Virginia Chinese School,the Teacher of the year; 2021 St.Catherines Upper School Faculty Award, and Master chair of the Foreign Language Department at St. Catherine’s from 2009-2012. .
She loves comprehensive input teaching style and is interested in Gradually releasing responsibility —GRR teaching model.

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Dr. Simona Nicolosi

Dr. Simona Nicolosi is researcher and lecturer in the Sport Psychology, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Kore University of Enna (Italy). She has MD in Methods of Social Research, Sapienza University Rome; PhD St. in Applied Psychology, University of Cordoba. Her areas of Interest are; Physical Self-concept and Achievement Goals in Physical Activity; Teaching and Learning in PE.

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Prof. Dr. Aggelos Kavasakalis

Prof. Dr. Aggelos Kavasakalis is Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences and Social Work, University of Patras, Greece with the subject: “Lifelong Learning Policies”. His main research field is the analysis of the processes of production and implementation of European LLPs and their transformation at national and sub-national level.

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Dr. Laura McNeill

Dr. Laura McNeill, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Alabama. Dr. McNeill holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include teaching presence and student engagement in online, asynchronous courses and microlearning.

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Prof. Dr. Cindy P. Stevens

Prof. Dr. Cindy P. Stevens is a Professor of Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has a Ph.D. in Technology Management, a Masters in Technical & Professional Communication and Baccalaureate in English. She has two certificates in Online Instruction and one in Facility Management. Her area of interest is ePortfolios.

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Dr. Niki Melanidou

Dr. Niki Melanidou has a PhD in Education. She is a Special Teaching Scientist at the University of Cyprus and a Greek Teacher at the English School of Nicosia. She writes articles, presents her work at conferences in Cyprus and other European Countries and trains other educators in effective teaching and learning.

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Mr. Mario Perez

Mr. Mario Perez has an M.S.Ed in Applied Linguistics and is a tenure-track lecturer at Kobe Shoin Women’s University in Japan. His research focuses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and content-based instruction (CBI) for second language learners.

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Ms. Shahd Quotah

Ms. Shahd Quotah, a doctoral researcher at the king’ College London. Her research focuses on English Medium Instruction in Saudi Arabia and in STEM programmes specifically. She looks at the implementation of the policy at the institutional and class level, stakeholders’ experiences and the use of the L1.

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Ms. Briana Salas

Ms. Briana Salas is a first year PhD student at the University of Illinois Chicago. She received her Master’s in History at Texas Christian University with certification in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and her Bachelor’s at the University of North Texas with certification in Latina/o and Mexican American Studies.

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Dr. Shqipe Haxhihyseni

Dr. Shqipe Haxhihyseni is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education at “Aleksandër Moisiu” University Durrës, since 2019. She is a lecturer in the Master’s Degree Programs, for the subjects of ‘Curriculum Development’ and ‘Teaching methodology”, also her fields of research.
She has 20 years of prior experience in pre-university education.

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Dr. Lufuno Sadiki

Dr. Lufuno Sadiki is a lecturer in the department of Social Work & Criminology at the University of Pretoria where she lectures Criminology Theory, Political Offences and Violent Crimes. She serves on the Faculty of Humanities Transformation Committee and is a member of the Department of Correctional Service Research Ethics Committee. She is part of the editorial team of the academic journal Acta Criminologica: African Journal of Criminology and Victimology and soon to be launched (De)constructing Criminology.

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Dr. Seyit Ahmet ÇAPAN

Dr. Seyit Ahmet ÇAPAN holds his PhD in English language teaching. His research interests include language teacher education, intercultural competence, integration of technology into language classrooms and individual differences. He currently works as an assistant professor at English language teaching department of Harran University, Turkiye.

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Dr. Nicoleta Gaciu

Senior Lecturer in Education

School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Speech Title: How survey research is addressed in current educational research?

Nicoleta is an active researcher and she has considerable experience in research methods, theoretical Physics, numerical simulations and tutoring various disciplines (Education, Physics, Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics) in universities throughout the UK and Europe. For more than two years, she has worked as a consultant, helping students and professionals with research design and data analysis. After her PhD, she was a Senior Research Fellow at Ashridge Leadership Centre investigating the applications of Physics to Leadership and organizational design. Prior to this, she has taught for many years in both primary and secondary schools. She was also Head of Teaching and Learning Committee and responsible for Continuous Professional Development for primary and secondary teachers.

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Dr. Gloria Romero

Dr. Gloria Romero has a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the University of Ottawa and is currently working at Universidad de Santiago de Chile in the area of English language teaching training. Her research focuses on socio-cultural issues in Second Language Education, equity in English teaching, novice teachers’ participation in school Communities of Practice, international professional development experiences, and volunteer English teaching.

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Dr. Pello Jimbert

Dr. Pello Jimbert is Engineer in Materials Engineering by the École Centrale Nantes ECN (France) in 2002. Doctor in Engineering by the Mondragon University MU (Spain) in 2009. Working as a Professor/Researcher at the University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU since 2008 and Associate professor since 2019. Teaching Graphic Expression for Engineering students and involved in different Educational Innovation projects.

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Dr. Olga Samsonova

Dr. Olga Samsonova holds two Masters’s Degrees, one in Early Childhood Education with Special Education Endorsement from Brooklyn College, USA (2009) and the other in History from Simferopol State University, Ukraine (1999). She earned her Ph.D. in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation from Walden University, USA (2017). She has over 20 years of experience in adult continuing education and K-12 environments. Her primary research focuses are 1) Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 2) Online Resources for Effective Teaching, and 3) Blended Learning.

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Ms. Abhipriya Roy

Ms. Abhipriya Roy is Qualified English teacher with two years‟ experience and passion for teaching students written and spoken words. Possess excellent communication and presentation skills and strong knowledge of teaching methods to ensure students are learning the instructional materials. Energetic and approachable person with positive attitude, maturity, and patience.