22-25 September 2017

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Breakaway Speakers

Dr. Judy Willis (USA)

Topic: Constructing Durable, Transferable Memory – Keys to Accessing the Brain’s most Powerful Information Processing Network

Dr. Judy Willis is practicing neurologist with ten subsequent years as a classroom teacher and a leading authority in the neuroscience of learning. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at Upland where she completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and Master’s of Education degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. lndu Khetarpal

Topic: Inspirational Schooling: A focal Study of an Indian Public School

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Khetarpal was the Founder Principal of Salwan Public School in Delhi NCR from 1997 to 2013 before taking up her current appointment as Principal, Salwan Public School, New Delhi. She has demonstrated outstanding commitment to excellence in her present assignment including drawing together five different schools in the campus with different management to address common challenges and ensuring the quality of student education through Public-Private-Partnership.

She holds a PhD in Educational Management and is an active participant in various innovative programmes of the Education Board. A prolific researcher having a long list of papers presented at various forums, she has wide interests in the Whole Brain Learning and has also written several articles. She has been invited to speak at many educational conferences-nationally as well as internationally. She is the Editor of Navtika, a Journal on Early Childhood care and Education intended for parents, teacher educators, research workers and teacher trainees.

Dr. Indu Khetarpal has received various awards in recognition of her outstanding work and was conferred with the National award for excellence in school leadership by President of India 2005. She has also received Endeavour Executive Award 2009 conferred by the Australian Government. She is also the Founder and Executive member of Gurgaon Progressive Schools Council and CBSE Sahodaya School Complexes, Gurgaon Chapter.

She strongly believes in investing in oneself so as to inspire others and be inspired by them.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn & Ridwan Samodien

Topic: “Partners for Possibility”- a unique South African developed programme to support and develop school principals through cross sector partnerships

Dr. Louise van Rhyn and Mr. Ridwan Samodien are the founders of the Partners for Possibility leadership development and principal support process.

Join this session to hear the inspirational story about Partners for Possibility – a unique programme of cross-sector partnerships and active citizenshipwhere business leaders and school principalsare working together to mobilise the community around the school to support the school

Norman Zhang (Canada)

Topic: Accessibility, Applicability, Affordability – Modular Education AAAdvantages

Norman Zhang is the founder and principal of Victoria Academy, a private high school located in Brantford, Ontario. He has a broad educational and professional background, holding a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University, a Masters of Law from Tsinghua University, and a Bachelors of Engineering from Ocean University, as well as having been a lecturer at Ocean University. Outside of academia and education, his business ventures include shipping, business consulting, and immigration. This combination of extensive experiences within academia and the business world, are what drive his current goals for Victoria Academy. He hopes to create a modular approach to online education, using ideas and methods from the business world to deliver high quality educational content to students in the most efficient and learner-centered way possible while maintaining the quality and sense of connection of more traditional methods.

Dr. Sharon Parkes (Australia)

Topic: Radical Leadership – How Radical can the Principal’s Leadership become and Yet Still Retain the Core Function of Leading and Managing a School?

Dr. Sharon Parkes has extensive experience as a principal in the NSW Australian government comprehensive high schools. Currently she is principal of Warners Bay High School, a large comprehensive high school catering for 1325 students. Throughout her principalship Dr. Parkes has held a number of positions providing support, advocacy and professional development for both primary and secondary NSW principals and their leadership teams. Currently, she is a coach for newly appointed principals as well. As the leader of the NSWSPC Principal Support Reference Group for 14 years, Sharon’s team have collected and collated data from principals in relation to the issues and concerns influencing their workload, wellbeing and their capacity to keep their focus on teaching, learning and school improvement. Using survey data collected from practicing principals, Sharon is in a position to identify the changing role of the principal and to discuss how principals in NSW secondary government schools are thinking and leading differently so that they maintain their focus on teaching and learning.

Kemble Elliot (SA)

Surfing the Waves, Riding the Crests and Managing the Dumpers: Redhill School’s Story

Kemble Elliott has been a teacher for 30 years and has been involved in all four phases of education. Her main goal is to see students thrive in their educational environments. Kemble is passionate about supporting educational change and growth, making education relevant and authentic. Kemble contends that unless we focus on ‘education for tomorrow’, we will be relegating our children to the side lines of an ever-changing world.

She is currently Director of Creative and Critical Thinking and Professional Redhill School, where she engages teachers in a programme, Thinking About Thinking, focussing on educational practice and pedagogy. She instigated a new Project Based Learning subject (DIY: Dream. Innovate Yourself) at her previous school, where experiential, real-life learning is explored. Her Master’s Degree studies this educational innovation and its initial findings point to Project Based Learning opportunities offering interesting ways to build and develop metacognition and reflexivity in learners. Kemble has been invited to speak at many educational conferences both nationally and internationally. She is known for her focus on making learning a creative and exciting experience.

Joseph Gerassi

Surfing the Waves, Riding the Crests and Managing the Dumpers: Redhlll School’s Story

Joseph Gerassi, the Executive Head of Redhill School has extensive experience in preparing young people for the future world of work, both locally and internationally. Joseph realises that leaders of the future can be found in today’s schools – Joseph’s passion is to bring innovative forward thinking concepts into Redhill with the view to ultimately influence educators and students, providing business with and insight into the future workforce.

Michelle Lissoos (SA)

Radical Leadership in a Digital World – Leading Schools Through Digital Transformation

Michelle is the Managing Director of Think Ahead Solutions and Director of iSchoolAfrica Educational Trust. She has spent the last 16 years specialising in the integration of ICT Into teaching and learning. The Think Ahead mission is to support school leaders and educators in their quest to enrich student learning experiences through technology. Think Ahead currently partners with over 400 schools (private and public, across all grades, mainstream and special needs). Michelle focuses on understanding “future school” trends and the practical application of such trends into mainstream education. Michelle has presented at local and international conferences on trends within the digital education arena.

Amy Coupal (Canada)

Using the Power of a Technology Framework to Transform Teaching and Learning

Amy’s career has been focused on learning and development. She is passionate about creating learning opportunities that are meaningful and impactful. Amy joined Learnography in 2006 and she became the CEO of Learnography and its charitable affiliate, MyClassNeeds Foundation, in 2009. Amy came to Learnography from the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO), where she oversaw the development of multiple teacher-training programs (both online and face-to-face) while simultaneously completing her Masters of Education in Workplace and Adult Learning. Amy applies her broad education background, which includes teaching at the TOSS and the Osaka school board in Japan, to ensure Learnography’s high standards are upheld in all its service areas.

Alfred Okello (Uganda)

Making Teaching Work with Limited Resources

Alfred Okello is a professional with rich teaching experience of 32 years. Currently he is the Head teacher at Pallisa Secondary School, a mixed public school in Uganda. He has taught in schools with diverse students backgrounds and received various awards in recognition of his outstanding performance. He has served in the Association of Secondary School Head teachers of Uganda (ASSHU), and has participated in various professional bodies. Alfred is a facilitator validated by the British Council to train school leaders and teachers in British Council global programmes. He is very passionate about Integrating ICT in teaching and learning, and in this regard, he trains teachers and conducts ICT-aided lessons.

Fiona Forbes (ICP President)

Topic: Leading Learning 4 All: Principals, Principles and Professional Performance


Fiona Forbes has worked in early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and special education fields for 26 years. She has been a principal for the past 19 years in special education working for the past 15 as the Principal of a unique special school catering for early childhood students with language disorders. Fiona also leads within her school a state-wide service for teacher development in supporting students with speech, language and communication difficulties in mainstream schools. Fiona holds an Honorary Doctorate with the Australian Catholic University. She is the current Presi­ dent of the International Confederation of Principals and Board Chair of the Australian Special Education Principals’ Association. Fiona has numerous publications in the area of special education such as recently the Journal of Research in Special Education (2014) and Support for Learning (2013). Fiona has lead the development of Leading Learning 4 All a leadership website to support inclusion in Australian Schools. She continues to represent leaders and to write and present papers both nationally and internationally on inclusion, educational leadership, initial teacher education, curriculum, and assessment.

Gavin Keller (SA)

Topic: CRACKING SUCCESS (EGG) – At the Heart of Riding the Wave of Life, Empathy· Gratitude· Grit


Gavin is a passionate educator and school leader who has used the research in neurolearning and leading to change a school and the community. He shares the practical application with schools, corporates and leaders in order to improve performance and the quality of life. Gavin and his wife Heather have raised two boys to be successful adults – leaders in their fields. He speaks from experience and practice. His guidance is simple, humorous, but dynamic.

Mark Sparvell (Australia)

Topic: Affective Computing and Cognitive Services – Coming to a Classroom Near You


Mr. Mark Sparvell is Senior Manager, School Leader Audience Strategy in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation, working with education leaders and organizations globally to identify innovative practice, build community and capacity by leveraging digital solutions.

Mark’s previous roles include school principalship and teaching for 20+ years. As Associate Director, Professional Leaming with Principals Australia Institute, Mark designed and delivered professional learning for leaders across Australia and Asia Pacific. Mark has taught both pre-service and post-graduate studies at Flinders University, Australia and Seattle University. Mark developed Australia’s largest online community of practice for schools leaders providing innovative blended synchronous and asynchronous experiences. Mark’s education leadership is documented in numerous professional publications and he generates much content to maintain an influential professional social media footprint. His work as educator and leader has been recognized for its impact with Australian and international awards.

Ros Curtis (Australia)

Developing a Creative and Agile Mindset in all Aspects of School Operation to Further Develop 21st Century Skills in our Students: creating a Culture of Innovation Which Significantly Impacts on School Success and Student Outcomes


Ros began her career as a teacher in the teaching areas of History and Drama. Since that time she has worked in five independent schools in both pastoral and curriculum roles · Moreton Bay College, Brisbane Girts Grammar, St Hilda’s School, St Aidan’s Anglican Girts’ School and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School.

Ros completed her Masters of Education in Leadership and Management in 2005 and received the Australian Council for Education Leaders (QLD) award from Queensland University of Technology for Academic Excellence in postgraduate study in Educational Leadership. Her areas of interest include school leadership structures and their effectiveness, curriculum leadership and aspirant leaders, effective governance and change leadership and management. In 2011, Ros received the John Laing Award for her significant contribution to the professional development of Senior Leaders in Schools. She is a Queensland Fellow of the Australian Council of Education Leaders and the Australian College of Educations for her services to the teaching profession. Ros is the Queensland Representative and executive member of the board of the Alliance of Girls’ School Australasia, member of the executive branch of the Queensland Branch of AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent Schools), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Business School at Bond University.

Karen Spiller (Australia)

Developing a Creative and Agile Mindset in all Aspects of School Operation to Further Develop 21st Century Skills in our Students: creating a Culture of Innovation Which Significantly Impacts on School Success and Student Outcomes


Karen Spiller has been Principal of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane since 2000. As well as being National Chair of AHISA, Mrs Spiller is Deputy Chair of Independent Schools Queensland and a Director of Yalari, an organisation that assists young Indigenous students to gain a quality education. Mrs Spiller is also a past National President of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia. Mrs Spiller established the multi-award winning annual Aspiring Women Leaders conference in 2006 and has also delivered similar programs for the Associations of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW) and Western Australia (AISWA). In 2011 Karen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship ‘to examine strategies for preparing female leaders for the position of Principalship in Australian schools’. Karen was the first Principal in Residence at Bond University, where she is also a Fellow.

David Wylde (SA)

Topic: Conversation on Bridging the Gap in Education


David Wylde was educated at St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown, the University of Cape Town, Oxford University, and the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated with a BA (Hons) (UCT), M Phil (Oxon) and B Ed (Wits) respectively. He taught for a number of years at well-known English public schools, Radley, Wellington College and Manchester Grammar School. On his return to South Africa in 1977, he taught at various school and has risen to the rank of Headmaster at his alma mater (St Andrew’s College). He retired from St Andrew’s College at the end of 2008. After David served on the Executive of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) he was elected as President of this organisation in July 2003. He is the first South African to have lead the ICP which represents over 200,000 principals worldwide. He was Co-Chair of the National Organising Committee for the ICP 2005 Convention held in Cape Town. During his involvement in international principal matters, he launched the African Confederation of Principals (ACP) in Johannesburg in 2000, for African Principals to meet and discuss issues of education in Africa.

Kelly Kempel (Canada)

Topic: The Principalship: A Viable and Attractive Leadership Opportunity


Kelly is a school administrator with over 20 years’ experience as a Vice-Principal and Principal at the secondary level in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. Serving as the President of the Ontario Principals’ Council for the 2016/17 school year, she had the opportunity to collaborate with school leaders from across Ontario and beyond who lead a variety of schools in both urban and rural settings, and serving a wide range of school communities. These leadership experiences have contributed to a firm commitment of support for school leaders and the significant impact that their leadership has upon the student learning and well-being in their schools.

John Hamilton (Canada)

Topic: The Principalship: A Viable and Attractive Leadership Opportunity


John Hamilton has been in administration for 13 years and has served on Provincial Council for five years. As well as serving on the OPC Executive, he is a member of the Durham District Terms and Conditions Committee and also serves on the OPC T & C caucus. John strongly promotes OPC membership in his district and is involved in leadership initiatives and succession planning at the local level.

Prof. Philip Riley (Australia)

Topic: Principal Health & Wellbeing:Longitudinal Results from Australia and Ireland


Prof. Phil Riley, a former school principal, spent 16 years in schools before moving to the tertiary sector. He researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership, producing more than 200 publications and peer reviewed conference presentations. In 2010 Prof. Riley’s research was recognised with an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award. This award funded the first two years of The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey, the first independent research project into principals’ occupational health and wellbeing. He has since won the Dean’s award for Excellence by an Early Career Researche,rand the award for Excellence in Innovationand External Collaboration, at Monash in 2011. In 2015, Phil won the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Award for Most Outstanding Article of 2014. He has presented 9 international Keynote addresses and 69 local Keynote addresses to industry groups in all states and territories of Australia. The Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey is now conducted in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

Dr. Corrin Varady (Africa)


Dr Corrin Varady is the CEO of the global digital education company. IDEA Digital Education, started in 2014. Corrin has finished two masters (University of New South Wales and the London School of Economics) with First Class Honours and a PhD at the London School of Economics. Corrin has held a number of ambassadorships for both government and university institutions including being an Australia Day Ambassador and ambassador for the Australian Graduate School of Management. In 2015 he was name Young Alumni of the Year at UNSW. IDEA currently has 122 team members across 6 countries and the IDEA suite of products launched in 2017 with over 500 curriculum topics for students in South and East Africa. The IDEA team continues to create self-paced, personalised, interactive digital content for teachers and students. IDEA Digital Education in partnership with the South African Council of Education, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and Training Room Online has begun rolling out a transformative digital education program. Throughout 2017, teacher professional development and student STEM education is set to undergo a radical changeover powered by IDEA’s revolutionary, locally produced digital content. Together with the DBE Cloud, the WCED and Training Room Online, IDEA is currently powering up digital programs for teachers and STEM content for students in both urban and rural areas in the Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal. Corrin has also established a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute in endorsement of IDEA’s Science content. Corrin was named Educator of the Month by Kids Discover in USA for his work with IDEA.

Dr. Margaret Varady (Australia)

Topic: How can Technology Personalise Learning?


Margaret has been a secondary teacher for 39 years and has taught in various schools in NSW and New Zealand. She was Principal at Sydney Girls High School from 1992-2008. She worked for the Board of for 2 years mainly in the area of Assessment and Reporting and was Supervisor of HSC marking for 9 years. She was the Coordinator of the Office of Educational Leadership in the School of Education UNSW from 2009 until 2014. She was awarded an AO in the Australia Day Honours in 2005, the Wyndham Medal in 2008, selected as one of the top principals across the world (Beijing 2006) and one of the most influential educators in Sydney (2007 SMH). She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders and was a ministerial appointment on the University of Sydney Senate (2002-2009) and the Centennial Parklands Trust (2002-2010). She has been a NSW Australia Day Ambassador. In 2013 she was highly commended for the Community Engagement Award at UNSW. She was a member of the UNSW Global Advisory Committee in 2013 /2014 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the UNSW in 2015. She is currently working on digital education initiatives as Head of Education, Institute of Digital Education Africa (IDEA) to improve teaching and learning programs in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.

Phillip Butterfield (Rep. of Georgia)

Topic: Radical Leadership to Change Education Systems in Developing Countries.


Phillip Butterfield is an international development specialist with over 17 years of experience in the management, coordination and implementation of large and complex education initiatives in developing, conflict and post conflict countries. Mr. Butterfield currently manages a national education reform initiative for IREX in the Republic of Georgia aimed at improving how STEM subjects are taught in all Georgian public schools by supporting the Ministry of Education and Science’s Teacher Professional Development Center (TPDC). Mr. Butterfield has extensive experience living and working in post-Soviet countries to include Romania, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Macedonia. He has also implemented large-scale education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Marina Kutateladze (Rep. of Georgia)

Topic: Radical Leadership to Change Education Systems in Developing Countries.


Ms. Marina Kutateladze holds Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School and Medical Doctor’s degree from Tbilisi State University. She also attended number of Executive Education courses from Columbia and Harvard Business Schools. Ms. Kutateladze has more than 15 years of experience of designing, planning, managing, and supporting development projects. She worked with numerous international organizations and donors, including International Red Cross Federation, United Nations World Food Programme, Children investment Fund Foundation, managing projects of different size. She started to work at Millennium Challenge Corporation Resident Country Mission in 2006 as Associate Director and acted as principal contact person, provided guidance, advice, technical feedback and support to the Millennium Challenge Account-Georgia staff on implementation of Agribusiness Development Project, Regional Infrastructure Development Project and on Monitoring Evaluation for Georgia I Compact ($395 million). She serves in the same role for the second $140 million Compact, covering Improving Quality of General Education and Industry Led Workforce Development Projects.

Nino Udzilauri (Rep. of Georgia)

Topic: Radical Leadership to Change Education Systems in Developing Countries.


Nino Udzilauri is General Education Project Director at Millennium Challenge Account Georgia (MCA-Georgia}. Nino started her career at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia as a chief specialist of the Analytical department; afterwards she moved to USAID funded education projects implemented by Chemonics International at various managerial positions. Nino has international experience since she worked at the Governmental Department of Children, Schools and Families in London, UK. Since 2010 – 2012 Nino teaches at the Tbilisi lvane Javakhishvlli State University as a Higher Education Support program Scholar. Currently she continues to teach as an invited lecturer and delivers lectures in the research methods to the social science students.

lrine Abuladze (Rep. of Georgia)

Topic: Radical Leadership to Change Education Systems in Developing Countries.


Mrs. lrine Abuladze holds Master of Arts Degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University (Class 2011), New York. Mrs. lrine Abuladze currently manages “Millennium Challenge Account-Georgia Project – Training Educators for Excellence•, which is being implemented by the National Centre for Teachers Professional Development, Georgia. Project is aimed to train more than 18000 STEM teachers and all public school principals in the country. Before appointing to this job, she used to be deputy director of the National Centre for Teachers Professional Development for two years, where she supervised teacher professional development policy and implementation. She has ample experience of working in the education policy and management field for around 15 years: she worked at different managerial positions at the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as various educational institutions. Up to the present, she delivers lectures in Education Administration Program to active and future school principals at the Ilia State University of Georgia.

Sophio Khvedelidze (Rep. of Georgia)

Topic: Radical Leadership to Change Education Systems in Developing Countries.


Sophio Khvedelidze has both, teaching and managerial experience in Georgian Public schools for more than 10 Years. She holds Master’s degree in Education Management and Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature teaching. She started her career in 2004, as a teacher of English language in Public School N 117, where she later became Head of English language department. In 2010 she successfully participated in TEA (Teaching excellence and achievement) program. Acknowledging to have management and leadership skills, she applied and successfully graduated from the Education Administration MA program in 2011. While continuing teaching, she passed school principals’ certification and has been later elected as school principal in Public school N105. She is in parallel involved in training of teachers and principals, in the frame of Millennium Challenge Account Georgia Program “Training Educators for Excellence”, which is implemented by Georgian National Teachers’ Professional Development Centre. Sophio is good example of Principal’s career development from the teachers’ community, having instructional, managerial and leadership knowledge and skills.

Dr Melodie de Jager (SA)

Topic: Leadership for the Future


Dr Melodie de Jager is the founder and author of ground breaking programmes and books on preconceptual care, birth, child development, leadership and quality of life – irrespective of age. Although Melodie’s education has been broad and diverse she whole heartedly admits that most of her learning takes place at home amongst her children, grandchildren and clients. Melodie regularly hosts workshops, is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and much in demand as a keynote speaker. She is listed on the American Biographical Institute as one of the Great Women of the 21st Century.

Melodie has obtained a B.Prim.Ed (1982), a B.Ed Psych (1985), M.Ed Psych (1993 and D.Phil (2005) from RAU, now known as the University of Johannesburg. In the latter the focus was on techniques to stimulate whole-brain functioning. Similarly, her career includes a wide range of experience. In 1982 Melodie qualified as a nursery school teacher and became principal of a nursery school in 1984. In 1987 she bought a private nursery school, which she ran until 1990 when she started in private practice as a life coach and profiler. For the next 8 years she expanded her career to include corporate training (mentorship, motivation, communication, team building and Mind Dynamix). The year 2000 saw a further expansion into motivational speaking, particularly in the field of Mind Dynamix, goal setting and diversity. In 2003 Melodie founded The BG Connexion (Ply) Ltd and remains the managing director of the company. In 2005 Melodie founded the BabyGym Institute and in 2007 she founded the Mind Moves Institute. She is actively involved in both Institutes promoting the importance of physical develop to optimise brain and whole child development.

Ari Pokka (Finland)

Topic: Break on Through to the Other Side – Mindset of the 21st.


Currently immediate past President of ICP, Mr Ari Pokka is upper secondary school principal, education policy maker and author. He’s now working as the executive principal in Schildt Upper Secondary School which is the biggest upper secondary school in Finland and operates in two campuses. As a Former President of Finnish Association of Principals Ari Pokka is well-known professional speaker, education policy maker and writer in Finland and abroad. His current national commitment belongs a development of Finnish upper secondary school’s legislation. During his twenty-three-year career he has affected principals working conditions and training considerably. He is writer of well-known book Top Class – Finnish school Leadership and management and co-writer “Rehtorin lakitieto• – Legal aspects of being a principal. Passionate about realizing the potential of all students, Ari Pokka’s career has been instrumental in developing the school as a profound professional community where aspirations are nurtured targets met, and achievements celebrated. Ari Pokka’s book Top Class has been published in the Ukraine during 2017 and has been awarded by the Ukrainian Principals Association. Ari Pokka lives in Jyvaskyla, Central Finland. He spend most of his spare time fishing, reading and listening vocal jazz or rock music. He’s a big soccer fan and loves Italian cuisine, specially made by himself.

Rebecca Pretorius (SA)

Topic: How Technology is Changing Teaching and Learning.


Rebecca started her career in education teaching Art and English before moving into Publishing. Rebecca finished as Publishing Director of Heinemann Publishers prior to moving into the eLearning space as Head of Learning Innovation for Pearson South Africa and now heads up eLearning at Pearson as Director. Rebecca is fulfilled through a collaborative working approach with fellow Pearson colleagues, partners, schools and teachers. Her passion is working in education towards making a sustainable impact.

Chris Presland (Australia)

Topic: Future Focused Learning and Leadership: Lessons from Education Reform in NSW.


Chris Presland is in his third Principalship at the multi award winning St Clair High School in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has previously been a senior Principal at the NSW DEC State Office and prior to that he was the Principal of Airds High School, located at Campbelltown in Sydney’s south west. He has a strong history of developing a shared understanding of learning across the school, leading to improved teaching and learning, greater levels of professional dialogue between teachers and improved learning outcomes for students. He has presented keynote speeches and workshops relating to successful organisational change and the foundations for effective leadership, in the USA, Finland, Canada, New Zealand and in every State and Territory in Australia. Whether in writing or as a lively facilitator, his areas of expertise focus upon the processes rather than just the theory of how to create highly focused and dynamic organisations. Chris is currently President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council (NSW SPC), SPC representative on the NSW Forum of Principals Australia Institute (PAI), immediate Past President of ACEL NSW, Adjunct Fellow at the Western Sydney University and a member of multiple working parties at both state and national levels. Chris is the recipient of various awards for being an outstanding educator and Excellent Service to Public Education. In the 2015 Australia Day Honours his contribution to educational advancements at State and National levels resulted in the award of the Public Service Medal.

Craig Petersen (Australia)

Topic: Future Focused Learning and Leadership: Lessons from Educational Reform in NSW.


Craig Petersen is the Principal of Denison College of Secondary Education, a multi-campus secondary college in the regional centre of Bathurst, NSW, and Australia. He was previously Principal, Forbes High School in the central west of NSW. Under his leadership, both schools have been recipients of multiple awards, including the prestigious Director-General’s Award for School Achievement. Craig is also a Deputy President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council and has been responsible for the development of significant position papers on behalf of the association. In 2013, Craig was seconded by the Department of Education to lead the consultation and development of Rural and Remote Education: A Blueprint for Action, which became part of the Minister for Education’s significant reform agenda. Craig has delivered presentations to a number of major conferences, including the Secondary Principals’ Council Annual Conference (Bathurst, Australia, 2014), Alberta Rural Education Symposium (Alberta, Canada, 2014), the International Confederation of Principals’ Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 2015), NSW Rural & Remote Education Conference (Bathurst, Australia, 2016) and Ignite the Spark Fuel the Fire: Leading Differentiation (Sydney, Australia, 2016). In 2014, Craig received both the Department of Education Educational Leadership Fellowship, and the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council’s Academy Research Fellowship. In 2017, Craig was appointed by the Minister for Education to the Board of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), the body responsible for curriculum and assessment, examinations and credentials, teaching quality and school registration for the largest education jurisdiction in Australia. Craig chairs the NESA Research and Technical Advisory Committee on behalf of the Board.

Craig has extensive leadership experience beyond the principalship. He is a past-president of both the Riverina English Teachers’ Association and the Dubbo Deputy Principals’ Association (which he co-founded). He was previously a station commander with NSW Fire Brigades and is currently a field officer with the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Christine Dell Gallo (Australia)

Topic: Future Focused Learning and Leadership: Lessons from Educational Reform in NSW.


Will be updated as soon as information is received.

Andrew Turvey (Australia)

Topic: Future Focused Learning and Leadership: Lessons from Educational Reform in NSW.


Will be updated as soon as information is received.

Tim Middleton (Zimbabwe)

Topic: The THREE R’s of Modern Education: Rights, Responsibilities and Rewards.


As an educationist Tim Middleton has been dealing with young people’s failures and enjoying their successes for over thirty years in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Scotland while as a sportsman he has been playing, coaching, officiating, administering and watching competitive sport for over forty years around the world. Tim is currently the Executive Director of ATS (Association of Trust Schools) having previously served as the Headmaster of Gateway High School in Harare as well as serving as the founder Head of Petra High School in Bulawayo and the Principal of Baobab College in Lusaka. He is a former national hockey player for Scotland as a result of which he was inducted into the St Andrews University Sports Hall of Fame. He is the author of a number of books, including “Failing to Win”; he is a regular contributor of articles for magazines and newspapers while he is also a popular motivational speaker at educational sporting and Christian conferences, workshops and functions. He is a ‘stirrer’ and ‘starter’ and loves puddings.

Dr. Muavia Gallie (SA)

Topic: Excellent Schools by Design.


Dr. Gallie has been a teacher, HoD, Principal, Lecturer and Education Consultant for more than 25 years. He specialises in turning dysfunctional and under-performing schools around as well as focusing on solution generation from a systems point of view. He works with organisational leaders who take full responsibility and ownership for the current state of the organisation, and therefore his work is about supporting, analysing, developing, designing and empowering positional leaders. Dr. Gallie also does Organisational Development work with educational districts and other organisations

Leendert-Jan Veldhuyzen (Netherlands)

Topic:K12 – Acceleration Model ‘Quality for All’


Leendert-Jan Veldhuyzen studied Music in Education at the Rotterdams Conservatorium from 1998-2003.After teaching music in several schools he became administrator of the Roncalli Scholengemeenschap in Bergen op Zoom and principal at the Berlage Lyceum in Amsterdam. In 2014 he started a new International School in Amsterdam called De Nieuwe Internationale School Esprit, in short: DENISE. With all different backgrounds students, parents and teachers build a community of learning which serves the needs of students. This public school offers a broad international curriculum for a broad student body of immigrants, expats, refugees and Dutch students age 4-18. Leendert. Jan also works as a consultant and speaker on events on innovation in education.

Bob Jackson (Canada)

Topic: Leading School Achievement: Networks for Learning


Dedicated to building relationships and developing people, Bob is a renowned instructor and presenter who works with international delegates from around the globe. He has contributed to high standard of program development for international programs. He instructs the international modules online and onsite and has provided Master training to jurisdictions including Peru and New Zealand. He provides presentations on a variety of educational topics, throughout Ontario, Washington D.C., Australia, Peru, Brazil, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Qatar, South Africa and China. Bob has over 20 years of expertise in school leadership in various school settings. He was a valued instructor for the Principals’ Qualification Program at the University of Western Ontario and has authored a number of articles for the OPC Register magazine, an award winning professional publication for Ontario’s school leaders. Bob continues to consult for the Ontario Principals’ Council and is a founding member and district facilitator for the Leading Student Achievement Initiative in Ontario.

Dr. Joanna Robinson (Canada)

Topic: Leading School Achievement: Networks for Learning.


Dr. Joanne Robinson is the Director of Professional Learning for Education Leadership Canada (ELC) at the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) and the Chief Executive Officer of International School Leadership. Her involvement with the OPC began in 1998 when Joanne was a member of the Interim Council that developed OPC. She was appointed as OPC President in 1999, for a one-year term. In 2001, she returned to OPC, to continue her work on designing, developing and implementing the Principals’ Qualification Program and Supervisory Officers Qualification Program. Joanne continues to spend much of her time working with school leaders to develop workshops, courses, online learning programs and other opportunities to develop the school leadership skills, expertise and experiences needed in this new environment. Joanne has completed her Doctorate of Education Leadership. Joanne has many years of international school leadership expertise and is called upon in many corners of the world to assist in the assessment of leadership needs and in the development of professional programming. She devotes much of her time to supporting international school systems and school leaders through program development and consultation.

Anita Sherman (Canada)

Topic: Unleash the Power of Our Greatest Resource – Practical Strategies to Empower Students to Take Ownership of Their Own Learning


Anita has worked in the education sector for forty years, first as a teacher and school principal and now as an educational consultant. With a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Anita’s focus throughout her career has been on what makes learning work for individuals and communities. Prior to joining Curriculum Services Canada in 2008, Anita worked extensively with the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario developing and delivering workshops for school principals on the topic of Professional Learning Communities. At Curriculum Services Canada, Anita is responsible for project management of the Trillium List, a list of approved textbooks for use in Ontario schools. She is also involved in international projects focusing on teacher training.

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