Keynote Speakers

1.. "Emotions in the Education Space:  Challenges for Students, Teachers and Leaders”


“All over the globe, one of the growing areas educators are being asked to address is what is referred to as socio-emotional skills.  But challenges impacting emotions and emotional health impact all actors in schools and education institutes.  Research on students entering schools and universities, issues impacting teaching at all levels, and the strains confronting leaders are shaping schools as we know them.  The changing nature and needs of today’s students, the ubiquity and growth of social media, the ease of spreading false and hateful information and messages, and the strain of budget challenges and demands for increasing performance levels all combine to shape the dynamic nature of schooling as we know it.  This discussion aims to identify the key challenges and issues confronting all those who make up the school milieu, and offers ideas that educators can employ to address the varying concerns.”

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr Rick GINSBERG- Dean of Education Faculty at Kansas University

Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D., has served as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas since August, 2005.  He is the co-author or editor of four books and over 90 refereed articles and book chapters.  His research examines issues related to individual and organization success and school policy and reform.  His most current studies examined how academic leaders and institutions deal with social media crises, with his co-authored paper for in the Journal for Higher Education Management awarded the Neuner Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publication by the American Association of University Administrators.  His 1997 book, Exceeding Expectations:  Successful Adults With Learning Disabilities, was the 1997 American Library Association recommended learning disability book of the year. His work has been funded by over $4.5 million of federal and state grants.  He co-chaired both the 2018 and 2019 Global Education Deans Forum, served as the co-chair of the Kansas Anti-Bullying Task Force, and serves as a Tri-Chair for the Learn Coalition.  He is the former Chair of the Kansas Professional Standards Board, past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), is former member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).   Dr. Ginsberg completed his doctoral work in Administrative, Institutional and Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

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2. Pandemic and Effectson  Education System-Round Table 

Keynote Speaker : Dr. Özgür BOLAT

Dr. Ozgur Bolat had his B.A. from Bogazici University School of Education. He later received the Fulbright and TEV scholarship to study for a Master’s degree at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Upon completion, he returned to Turkey and taught at Bogazici University for two years.  Bolat received his PhD at the School of Education University of Cambridge in the UK.  During his PhD studies, Bolat spent one year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management as a visiting PhD student and at MIT Leadership Center as a researcher.  During this time, he conducted research on leadership and in 2008, he won ‘The Best Young Researcher’ award at an international conference in New Zealand.  Returning home to Turkey, Dr. Ozgur Bolat worked as a columnist at Hurriyet Newspaper (a mainstream newspaper with the highest circulation in Turkey) for 12 years. With his extensive education and considerable experience, he is a sought-after keynote speaker. He routinely offers workshops for parents, teachers and managers, speaking to more than 20,000 people each month.  Dr. Bolat has also developed a culturally appropriate leadership assessment tool which has been used in many companies for leadership selection and leadership development in Turkey. He is the spokesperson for Google, Youtube, Youtube Kids, Unilever and Hepsiburada (the Amazon of Turkey) for their corporate social responsibility project. He has founded a parenting school, and a teacher training institute. He has also founded a parenting app that helps parents raise self-confidant children.  

In this talk, Dr. Ozgur Bolat will talk about how Covid affected the educational practices and policies in Turkey, what factors hindered or facilitated the learning process, how children and families were affected psychologically and why some children benefited from this crisis while others were influenced negatively.

3.The Four E’s, Leadership and Sustainability on the Covid Time

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof.Dr. David HOWARD-Oxford University/ENGLAND

He is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He is Director of the Sustainable Urban Development Programme at the University of Oxford, which promotes lifelong learning for those with professional and personal interests in urban development. David is also Co-Director of the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation at Kellogg College, which hosts public debates and promotes research on key urban issues affecting society today, with the aim to provoke discussion and constructive action, linking current best practice in related areas of research.

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4. "Covid-19 impact on Higher Education and Student's Perception of Emergency Online Educational Processes?"

Keynote Speaker : Prof.Dr. Carlos Sousa de REIS -COIMBRA UNIVERSITY PORTUGAL

He was born at OPorto, Paranhos, 1960.11.15. He is studying at University of Coimbra Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences.

Academic and professional degrees 2008: Doctorate (PhD) in Education Sciences, specialty of Philosophy of Education, by Coimbra University. Thesis title: Education and media culture: Analysis of un-educative practices Directors: João José S.M.Boavida, António Simões; Committee: Angel Garcia del Dujo, Manuel Pinto, Maria das Dores Formosinho, Manuel Alte da Veiga, João Boavida, António Simões, Ana Paula Relvas Classification: Praise and Distinction 1998-1996: Attendance of the curricular part of the Doctoral Programme in “Comunicación y Pluralismo”, Salamanca Pontifical University; seventeen subjects: 31 ECTS; Click for more infos please click here 


5.   Topic: Pandemic and Effect on Education System 

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mirzana Pasic Kodric - University of Sarajevo-Faculty of Education/ Bosnia & Herzegovina

She was born in Bosnia and also she worked in the USA universities about 10 years . Her academic career is below;

March 2017: PhD:“Džemal Bijedić” University of Mostar, Faculty of Humanities, Department of the Bosnian Language and Literature. 

April 2012:  PhD candidate, “Džemal Bijedić” University of Mostar, Faculty of Humanities, Department of the Bosnian Language and Literature.

April 2012: MPhil, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of the Literatures of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language, Postgraduate Studies (Prior to the-Bologna Process).

April 2007:  Licensed teacher of the Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian language and literature, Ministry of education and science of the Canton of Sarajevo.

1998 – 2003: BA/MA, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of the Literatures of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language, Graduate Studies (Prior to the-Bologna Process).

1994 – 1998: Classical Grammar School “Third Gymnasium”, Sarajevo

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6. Topic: Pandemic and Effects on Education System-Round Table

Keynote Speaker : Assoc. Prof.Dr. Muhammad Faizal Bin A. Ghani (University of Malaya, Malaysia).

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Management, Administration and Policy, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Her expertise is Educational Leadership focusing on Educational Management and Administration, and School Finance. His expertise is for the benefit of society by sharing some academic knowledge, skills, and value in the forms of reading material such as publishing nine academic books and more than hundred articles. His latest academic book entitled “Effective School: Theories and Practices”. In terms of delivering an academic speech, he has been selected to be keynote speakers and invited speakers for some international and national conferences, seminars, and workshops. In the research area, besides being an evaluator for research proposals of his university’s academic staff, he has been awarded more than USD80,000 research grants for his interest in Effective School, Educational Leadership, School Finance, and Principalship. Therefore, all experiences of  him are put in the shape of a journal namely Journal of Educational Leadership by appointing him as an editor besides being an editorial board for some international journals like Bannu University Research Journal in Education, Journal of Economics and Finance, European Journal of Educational and Social Sciences and International Journal of Education Teaching and Learning.

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7. Keynote Speaker : Assoc. Prof.Dr. Dr. José Gijón Puerta- SPAIN

*Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics and School Organization, University of Granada. Bachelor's in Biological Sciences, Advanced Studies Diploma in Paleoanthropology -Human Evolution-, and Ph.D. in Pedagogy.

*Chair of the Community of Research & Development ENTENP-ED, Enabling Teachers for Entrepreneurship Education, within the Association for Teacher Education in Europe ATEE, and director of the Laboratory for Cognition, Health, Training, and Interaction among Humans, Animals and Machines, University of Granada. He is also a founding partner and consultant of the firm labOSfor Innovation & Development, Spin-Off of the University of Granada, and a member of the Direction Committee of Deep University International and Deep Education Institute, WI, USA.

He has participated in twenty-two international research projects and contracts (Morocco, Turkey, Chile, Bolivia, and Costa Rica), with funding from the EuropeAid, FEDER, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank IDB.

-Currently, the research interest is focused on Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Genetics, and Students Wellbeing through Assisted Dog Therapy ADT (project Stress-Less. Take my Paws -

Keynote Title: COVID 19 Impact in Spain: Educational Challenges

 Before the plague, there were already several challenges for education systems around the world. The appearance of SARS CoVID-2 and its worldwide expansion has accelerated the need to face pre-existing challenges and has revealed new ones. Spain, as a European Union country, shares some of the current post-COVID 19 challenges with its European partners but has some specificities in its educational system.

In this presentation, we will first attempt to establish the pre-existing challenges for education systems, and how these have been accelerated or modified by the pandemic. We will also describe the specifics of the Spanish educational system. Then we will present an overview of the COVID impact on educational systems and, specifically, on the Spanish educational system: data, general prevention policies and specific adaptation measures in the educational system. Finally, we will present some proposals for the post-pandemic, in relation to the challenges presented and the possible responses in Spanish educational policy.

8. Keynote Speaker : Dr. Regina Frank - De Monfort University / ENGLAND 

Job: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7371


Keynote Title : Impact of C19 on HE & beyond. Build Back Better or a System Reset?

9.  Keynote Speaker :  Dr. Dan-Ionut Petrica  - Agora University of Oradea /ROMANIA

Dr. Dan Petrica is an Assistant Professor at the Agora University of Oradea, where his main subject is Sociology. He holds a PhD in political science and has an educational background in cultural studies, program management, international relations, and regional development policies. He is also his institution’s Erasmus+ Program Coordinator and a council member of the Career Counseling and Guidance Center therein. If you would like to contact please click

Topic: Pandemic and Effect on Education Systems:  The current pandemic has brought significant disruptions to education around the globe. Romania has not remained unaffected, being forced to continually adapt its education-related policies and practices in reaction to the fluctuating numbers of virus infections. In this keynote intervention, Dr. Dan Petrica will provide an overview of the main transformations suffered by the educational process in Romania in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the main talking points will focus on the fast-paced shift from classical to online (and hybrid) education, underlying the core challenges faced by stakeholders - including the lack of infrastructure, devices and know-how. The overarching psychological repercussions of the said pandemic on Romania’s students and teachers will also be delved into.