CIS SYMPOSIUM ON INTERCULTURAL LEARNING | singapore

Dates: 23 & 24 March 2017
Location: 
United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Dover Campus, Singapore
Registration Deadline: 16 March 2017 

Keynote Speakers
 

Bruno della Chiesa

  • Visiting Lecturer on Education
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

A self-defined “pluricultural European”, Bruno della Chiesa speaks (and writes in) English, French, German, and Spanish. In the beginning a linguist trained at the Sorbonne, he has successively lived in France, Germany, Egypt, Mexico, Austria, the US, and now shares his life between four continents. When asked “where is your home?”, he answers “Earth”, and regarding his nationality, he says “humankind”.

In 1999, he left the French diplomatic service to join the OECD’s Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and founded there the project entitled “Brain Research and Learning Sciences”, considered a seminal work in the field of educational neuroscience. This led to the publication of his book Understanding the Brain: the Birth of a Learning Science (2007).

He then started to teach at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) a yearly course entitled “Learning in A Globalizing World”. At the same time, he created and directed the “Globalization, Languages and Cultures” program, a HGSE-CERI cooperation whose first product is the book Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding (2012).

Bruno’s work on “promoting and raising global awareness”, summarized in his ‘hyperspheres-in-the-brain’ hypothesis, links (educational) neuroscience, (language) didactics, (socio) linguistics, (international) policy, and (philosophy of) ethics.

Haifa Hajjar Najjar

  • Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament (Jordanian Senate)
  • Superintendent of Ahliyyah School for Girls and Bishop's School for Boys Amman

A prominent figure in the educational realm, takes a definitive endeavor to reshape education in Jordan. A Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament (Jordanian Senate) for the third session, the Superintendent of the Ahliyyah School for Girls and the Bishop’s School for Boys, she was selected amongst the most powerful women in Jordan in the Jordan Business Magazine in 2008 and 2014, and amongst the most 200 powerful women in the Arab World in Forbes Middle East Magazine in 2014.  She is also a member of King Abdullah Fund for Development (KAFD) Board of Trustees, the head of the Technical Committee of The Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, a member of the Council of Education in Jordan, a member of the National Committee for Human Resources Development and a member of the National Council of Competitiveness and Innovation, member of the Board of Trustees of the Middle East University, Amman. Mrs. Najjar was the President of The Business and Professional Women Association in Amman, a founding member of the Board of Trustees of The King’s Academy, a member of the Economic and Social Council in Jordan and the Head of its Educational Policies Committee, and a Board Member of The Greater Municipality of Amman in addition to many others.

Internationally, Mrs. Najjar is an elected member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).  She was an elected member of the IB Regional Heads Representative Committee (RHRC-IBO), the IB International Heads Representative Committee (IHRC-IBO), the IB Regional Advisory Committee (RAC-IBO), the IB Advisory Board for the International Directors (Heads Council-IB) and the IB Strategic Advisory Board for the Regional Directors (Regional Council-IB) (IBAEM Region). She was also chairwoman of the Regional Heads Representative Committee (RHRC) from 2006-2007.

Mrs. Najjar has received many awards including the Founding Trustee Award presented by His Majesty King Abdullah II and King’s Academy in appreciation of her educational services, the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Award for the Promotion of International Education, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East Shield for the continuous service, and Certificate of Honors from The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. These awards and memberships strongly reflect Mrs. Najjar's commitment to her educational mission of empowering youth to create a more peaceful, more humane and enlightened world for the future of humanity. 

Michael Stevenson

  • Senior Advisor, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
  • Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD)

Michael Stevenson is Senior Advisor, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) at the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation in Paris. He is also responsible for developing the content of the Future of Education and Skills: an OECD Framework for 2030.

From 2007-2013 Michael led Cisco’s education business, as VP Global Education. He also founded the Global Education Leaders Program, which he co-chaired with the Gates Foundation.

Michael began his career at the BBC, initially in television current affairs, later as BBC Secretary and Director of Education. He went on to lead strategy, communications and technology at the UK Department for Education in London.


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