5th Round Speakers

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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.

4th Round Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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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.

Highlighted Speakers

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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.