Building a World of Justice and Solidarity:
Global Education in the School System

LISBON 2018 International Conference

Workshop speakers, facilitators and rapporteurs (alphabetically)

Eulália Alexandre
Eulália Alexandre

Portugal | Ministry of Education

Eulália Ramos Alexandre is Deputy Director of the Directorate-General for Education (DGE) of the Portuguese Ministry of Education (ME). The DGE is the department of the ME whose mission is to ensure the implementation of national educational policies related to the curriculum, teaching and assessment in preschool, primary and secondary education, and to support and coordinate the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of such policies.
As part of her work at the DGE, she is the national coordinator of the Project OECD Education 2030 and ME representative in several national and international working groups. She is a former teacher and school headmaster.

Speaker @ B1. The voices of the students in the school

Ellen Almgren
Ellen Almgren

Sweden | Swedish Representative in the PISA Governing Board

Ellen Almgren is a Director of Education at the Swedish National Agency for Education. She is the Swedish National Research Coordinator for the IEA-study International Civic and Citizenship Education Survey (ICCS) 2016 and 2022. She is also the Swedish National Project Manager for the OECD-study PISA 2018 and the Swedish representative in the PISA Governing Board.
She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Uppsala University, and she has been involved with the large-scale assessments on civic and citizenship since IEA’s Civic Education Study 1999, on which she wrote her dissertation.

Speaker @ B7. Global Competencies in the 21st century

Aggeliki Aroni
Aggeliki Aroni

Greece | Ministry of Education

Dr. Angeliki (Gelly) Aroni is the Head of the Independent Department for the Coordination and Monitoring of Refugee Education at the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. A Physical Education Teacher with an MSc and a PhD in Social Psychology, she worked in intercultural schools in Athens for 18 years before joining the Ministry in 2016 with the onset of the refugee crisis. Her experience of creating specially designed physical activities and student-centred cooperative games led to the writing of the Arigatou International “Learning to Play Together” manual on promoting intercultural cohesion through school-based P.E. and play. She is a Teacher Trainer on Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship. Since March 2013, Dr. Aroni has been the coordinator for Greece, translator and trainer for the project ‘Living Democracy’ organised by the IPE of the University of Zurich and the Council of Europe. 

Speaker @ B3. Global Education and relationship between the school and the community

Inga Belousa
Inga Belousa

Latvia | LAPAS - Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation

My academic and research experience includes more than 20 years of lecturing on Global Education, Education for Sustainable Development, intercultural education, holistic education, and qualitative research at national and international levels. I have shifted from full-time work in higher education to active involvement in civic society. Currently I am a board member and coordinator of Global Education at the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS), a coordinator of GE projects at the NGO Green Liberty (Zaļā brīvība), an expert and member of steering and advisory committees of GE projects, and a visiting professor for a course on education for sustainable development at University of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art.

Speaker @ B2. Initial Teacher Education in Global Education

Douglas Bourn
Douglas Bourn

UK | DERC - Development Education Research Centre

Co-Director of Development Education Research Centre at University College London, Institute of Education where he is also Programme Leader for the Masters’ Programme in Development Education and Global Learning. Author of The Theory and Practice of Development Education (2015) and Understanding Global Skills for 21st Century Professions (2018). Editor of the international Journal for Development Education and Global Learning from 2008 to 2014.
Chair of Academic Network for Global Education Researchers (ANGEL) Advisory Board. Formerly Director of the Development Education Association from 1993 to 2006 and in that capacity was a founder member of GENE.

Speaker @ A6. Global Education in Higher Education

Catherine Byrne
Catherine Byrne

Ireland | DICE - Development and Intercultural Education in Initial Teacher Education

Chair of DICE (Development and Intercultural Education in Initial Teacher Education) Ireland.
Formerly teacher and Teacher Trade Union Leader. Master’s in Education. Qualified Mediator and Facilitator. Former Board membership of the following organizations, Oxfam, VSO and The Ark Cultural Centre for Children.

Speaker @ B2.  Initial Teacher Education in Global Education

Christine Carabain
Christine Carabain

The Netherlands | The Netherlands Institute for Social Research

Christine Carabain studied psychology (social psychology, economic & environmental psychology) at Leiden University. In 2007 she obtained her doctorate at the VU University Amsterdam on the thesis ‘Taking too much for granted? A study on the measurements of social attitudes’. She then worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU University Amsterdam. From 2011 she led a research team at the NCDO Foundation focused on (global) sustainability issues and international cooperation. Christine has been working as Program Leader for Sustainable Society at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research since 1 January 2018.

Facilitator @ A1. Integrating Global Education into national curriculaB7. Global Competencies in the 21st century

Viviane Carriço
Viviane Carriço

Portugal | Pool of Trainers of the National Youth Council

I’m Luso-Brazilian, but I have many other nationalities in me. I believe that we have to put passion in everything we do and create empathy.
I have a Master’s degree in International and European Law and have worked with migration, interculturality and youth.

Facilitator @ A4. The world in the school: learning with refugees and migrants & B4. The world in the school: learning with colleagues from other countries

Ralph Carstens
Ralph Carstens

International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement

Ralph Carstens is the Co-Head for international studies at the International Education Association (IEA), based in Hamburg, Germany. He is currently directing the IEA International Civics and Citizenship Education study (ICCS) series, as well as the conceptual development and design of TALIS 2018 for the OECD. In connection with ICCS, he is contributing to the conceptual development and monitoring of Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development and liaises with UNESCO and other international organizations (European Commission, Council of Europe, APCEIU) in the context of monitoring progress toward regional targets as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, especially Target 4.7. Dr. Carstens has a background as a primary and lower secondary teacher with broad knowledge related to teaching and learning, methodological skills associated with large scale, cross-national studies and project leadership.

Speaker @ A7. Monitoring Progress toward Target 4.7 of SDG4

Lucie Cerna
Lucie Cerna

OECD

Dr. Lucie Cerna is an Analyst in the Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD, and a Research Associate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford. She is currently working on a new project on integrating immigrants and refugees in schools and training systems. Prior to coming to the OECD, she was a Lecturer in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford, and an Assistant Professor in Global Challenges at Leiden University, Netherlands. Lucie holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the governance of high-skilled migration policies. She has published widely on migration and education issues; her most recent book is Immigration Policies and the Global Competition for Talent (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Speaker @ A4. The world in the school: learning with refugees and migrants

La Salete Coelho e Jorge Cardoso
La Salete Coelho e Jorge Cardoso

Portugal | Sinergias Development Education Group

La Salete Coelho and Jorge Cardoso are the coordinators of Sinergias ED project, which aims to promote institutional dialogue and cooperation dynamics between Civil Society Organizations and Higher Education Institutions, strengthening a process of collaborative learning that enhances synergies and complementarities around research and action in the field of DE in Portugal.
La Salete is a researcher, lecturer and project officer on Development Education projects at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Oporto and at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo.
Jorge is member of the Global Citizenship and Development team of Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira.

Speakers @ B6. Higher Education and research on Global Education

Darren Coyle
Darren Coyle

UK I British Council Connecting Classrooms

Programme Director for the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning initiative, a UK-government supported programme to develop and embed Global Education in the UK and in 30 countries around the world.

Speaker @ B4. The world in the school: learning with colleagues from other countries

René Danz
René Danz

Germany | Engagement Global

After studying educational sciences at the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Exeter (UK), René worked for many years in the field of school development and teacher training.
Since 2016 he has been project manager for the Curriculum Framework Education Sustainable Development (CF) at Engagement Global. Engagement Global is commissioned by the German Federal Government and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Speaker @ A5. Global Education National Strategies

Rimma El Joueidi
Rimma El Joueidi

Ukraine I Teach For All and Teach For Ukraine

Rimma El Joueidi, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For Ukraine, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve educational outcomes for all children in Ukraine and unlock the vast potential of country’s young people. The organization recruits and trains exceptional young professionals to teach in underserved schools for a minimum of two years. Teach For Ukraine is the 41st partner of Teach For All, a global network dedicated to expanding educational opportunities in countries around the world.

Before launching Teach For Ukraine Rimma was a management consultant working on strategy development and capacity building in public and business sectors.

Speaker @ B4. The world in the school: learning with colleagues from other countries

Satu Elo
Satu Elo

Finland | EDUFI - Finnish National Agency for Education

Satu works in the Finnish National Agency for Education and is responsible for the curriculum development in Philosophy, Ethics, Global Education and Equality. That also includes work for the sustainable development goals, anti-bullying measures and preventing violent extremism through education. Previously she has worked as a principal of a culturally diverse comprehensive school in Helsinki. She has also written text books for Ethics and been involved in teacher training in Helsinki University. In her free time, she participates in developing a private nature reserve and, like all Finns, enjoys her summer house by the lake.

Speaker @ A1. Integrating Global Education into national curricula

Fernanda Ferreira
Fernanda Ferreira

Portugal | Inspirational coach

I believe that universal values must be spread widely in the world and that education is the most powerful way to achieve it. I have been a transformative agent as a youth trainer also working in international environments and as a Personal Development Coach. I support inspiring individuals and teams to change from within and to act as active participants for positive social transformations. The final thesis of my Degree in International Relations was on Global Education titled: “Education for Global Citizenship” and I support initiatives that promote Global Education to become part of the everyday social and organizational conscience (and practice) in Portugal, Europe and around the World. Fernanda is an Inspirational Coach and Trainer based in Lisbon.

Facilitator @ A2. In-Service Learning for teachers in Global Education B7. Global Competencies in the 21st century

Teresa Ferreira
Teresa Ferreira

Portugal | Freelancer

Teresa Ferreira was born on November 18, 1982 in a small village in the north of Portugal. She graduated in Social Psychology (Universidade de Coimbra) in 2006. Until March 2018 she coordinated the Youth Department of Santa Maria da Feira City Council, planning and developing youth projects such as “Jovem Autarca” (“Young Mayor”) and “Desafia-TE” (“Challenge Yourself”). She has also worked in the child protection system (2012-2015). In November 2016, she was the head of a mission by the NGO Refugee Support Platform to Lesvos island (Greece), working with women and young people. Since April 2018, she coordinates the Strategic Planning Department in the National Commission for the Promotion of Rights and the Protection of Children and Young People.

Facilitator @ A1. Integrating Global Education into national curriculaB1. The voices of the students in the school

Sara Franch
Sara Franch

Italy | Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Speaker @ B3. Global Education and relationship between the school and the community

Lucy Gray
Lucy Gray

USA | Global Education Conference Network

Lucy Gray is the co-founder of the Global Education Conference Network, a 27 000 member community focused on connecting educators and organizations around the world. She also is the Director of Educational Technology at North Shore Country Day School, a PreK-12 independent school located in the suburbs of Chicago.
In addition to these roles, Lucy is an educational innovation consultant working with schools, organizations, and corporations. She has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional development coaching to school districts, and presented internationally at numerous conferences. Lucy is the recipient of ISTE’s Making It Happen award and the Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator distinctions.

Rapporteur @ B2. Initial Teacher Education in Global Education

Helmuth Hartmeyer
Helmuth Hartmeyer

Austria | Institute for International Development, Vienna University

Teacher and researcher at the Institute for International Development at Vienna University, supervisor of master theses, former Head of Department, Cooperation with Civil Society at ADA (Austrian Development Agency).
Chair of GENE 2008-2016. Chair of Austrian UNESCO Committee Education for Sustainable Development (2006-2015). Chair of Austrian Strategy Group Global Learning (2004-2015). Co-editor of two books on Global Education in Europe (2013, 2016).

Facilitator @ A6. Global Education in Higher Education

Zuzana Hlavickova
Zuzana Hlavickova

Czech Republic | Charles University

Zuzana Hlavičková is an expert in development cooperation and global development education. She started her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in 1994 and in the period 2010-2014 she acted as the Director of the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Department. In 2003 and 2004 she was seconded to the United Nations Development Program. In 2017 she became a member of the Board of CARE Czech Republic. Currently she works as a pedagogue at the Charles University in Prague and as a consultant with the Czech Development Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the United Nations Development Program in the field of development cooperation and global development education.

Facilitator @ A6. Global Education in Higher Education

Frances Hunt
Frances Hunt

UK | DERC - Development Education Reseach Centre

Dr Fran Hunt is a researcher based in the Development Education Centre, UCL Institute of Education. Until recently Fran has been leading the research and evaluation strand of the Global Learning Programme in England, a national programme involving 8,000 schools. In the coming months she will bring together evidence from the GLP in a series of publications.  She has also been involved in monitoring and evaluation for Erasmus + projects: Schools for Future Youth and Future Youth Forums and has carried out survey analysis for the International Citizenship Service (ICS). Fran’s PhD looked at citizenship in South African schools and she has also worked on educational access in international contexts.

Rapporteur @ A2. In-Service Learning for teachers in Global EducationB4. The world in the school: learning with colleagues from other countries

Bob Kartous
Bob Kartous

Czech Republic | EDU IN

Bob Kartous is Head of Communications and Analyst at educational think-tank EDUin. He has been published in many Czech media outlets and serves as regular media commentator on educational events. He has taught at the University of Economics and Management in Prague, helped to launch the start-up Education Republic, and contributed to the realization of Forum 2000 in Prague. With the Center of Contemporary Culture DOX, he created the Map of Social Stereotypes. He also contributed to Philip Zimbardo’s Heroic Imaginations Project into the Common Heroism education program. Bob is the editor of the critical internet daily Britské listy. He has written on the future of education for the book 2036, and for the cultural revue Prostor on the relationship between hate and education. He graduated from the Pedagogical Faculty and the Faculty of Sports Studies MU in Brno and holds a PhD from the Media Institute at Faculty of Social Sciences UK in Prague

Facilitator @ A5. Global Education National StrategiesB5. Global Education and multi-stakeholder cooperation

Emilie Kjærnli Kristiansen
Emilie Kjærnli Kristiansen

Norway | Students Union of Norway

Emelie Kjærnli Kristiansen is the International Officer of the School Student Union of Norway.
The organisation is a national, politically independent organisation that represents pupils in middle schools and high schools in Norway. They provide information on student rights, and work to influence the national and local school politics. The organisation is based on the principle that all employees should be a representation of Norwegian students, and because of that they are experts on the student voice in schools.

Speaker @ B1. The voices of the students in the school

Vic Klabbers
Vic Klabbers

The Netherlands | The Network University

As the managing director of The Network University it is my task to connect learners from all over the world and offer them a space on and offline to learn together and to create new concepts and thoughts together irrespective of their background. Global Education themes include human rights education, inter-cultural learning, and citizenship. Other themes include ecological sanitation, online entrepreneurship training for disadvantaged youth (for instance in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis), setting up vocational training centres in Bangladesh, training of policy makers in Africa on themes like rights-based approach and corruption, develop a course on genetic resources policies, or design an awareness campaign on the sickle cell disease.

Rapporteur @ A3. Global Education in changing school ethos and culture

Facilitator @ B1. The voices of the students in the school

Ernstine Kornelis
Ernstine Kornelis

Luxembourg | Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ernstine. C. Kornelis is a diplomat working in the Department of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, where she is in charge of projects implemented by NGOs, be it in the field of development cooperation abroad or of global education in Luxembourg. Previously, she has had roles in the Department of European Affairs and International Trade of the Luxembourg MFA and has worked as a Personal Assistant to HRH the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg. Previous roles also include work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the British Embassy in Luxembourg and in communication and public relations in Munich, Germany.

Rapporteur @ B3. Global Education and relationship between the school and the community

Katarina Kovacova
Katarina Kovacova

GENE - Global Education Network Europe

Katarína worked for UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava, then for the Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation, dealing mainly with global education, public awareness, capacity building and democratisation projects. Katarína was a Slovak representative to GENE during her work for SlovakAid and she took part in GENE Peer Review Processes monitoring Global Education in Austria and the Czech Republic. She has been a part of the GENE team since 2016 assisting mainly with the Increase and Innovation Programme.

Rapporteur @ A5. Global Education National StrategiesB5. Global Education and multi-stakeholder cooperation

Also: Conference Team

Mateja Kraševec
Mateja Kraševec

Slovenia | Association Humanitas

Mateja Kraševec is the Managing Director of Humanitas Society – Center for Global Education and Cooperation. She studied Geography in Ljubljana and graduated with a major in Political Geography. Her thesis was entitled ‘Problems concerning the return of refugees and internally displaced persons in the frame of the post-Dayton structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina’. Her professional path lead her from the Slovenian Environment Agency to the NGO Humanitas Society. She was also a project manager of various global education projects and worked as a global education trainer. She co-developed GE manuals for teachers and different GE material for NGOs. She was one of the first presidents of SLOGA’s (the NGDO platform) executive council and a representative of SLOGA in the global education group of CONCORD (DARE Forum).

Speaker @ A2. In-Service Learning for teachers in Global Education

Saša Kregar
Saša Kregar

Slovenia | National Education Institute

With a degree in Biology, I have worked as a Biology and Biotechnology teacher at a secondary school for over 10 years. I am involved in the preparation of national examinations in Biology and Biotechnology. I’ve been working at the National Education Institute Slovenia since 2010. As a consultant for biology teachers I prepare training, seminars and workshops. I work in the field of Secondary Education as part of the Department of Secondary Education, where I cover the area of Education for Sustainable Development. I carry out further education secondary school teachers and I oversee the curriculum development of secondary school. I also participate in several projects, especially to promote formative assessment in classroom practise and develop practice for enhancing student voice.

Facilitator @ B2. Initial Teacher Education in Global Education

Fanny Labory
Fanny Labory

Sweden | Swedish Council for Higher Education

The Global School’s overall objective is to strengthen the educative system’s ability to educate young people to be able to take act for a sustainable development in a multicultural society. The Global School does this mainly through free seminars for all school staff in ESD. I coordinate and steer the consultants who implement the activities throughout Sweden. I have a Master’s in European Studies from Göteborg University. I worked for several years as International advisor at the Swedish Parliament, mainly with the Swedish delegation to the Council of Europe and other inter-parliamentary organisations. Three years ago, I transferred to the Swedish Council for Higher Education, two of those I have been working as Manager of the Global School.

Rapporteur @ A7. Monitoring Progress toward Target 4.7 of SDG4B7. Global Competencies in the 21st century

Simon Laffineur
Simon Laffineur

Belgium |Oxfam-Magasins du Monde

Oxfam-Magasins du Monde (Belgium) – Trainer in Global Education (ECMS : Education à la citoyenneté mondiale et solidaire).

 After law studies, I worked for a few years for the association “Jeune et Citoyen” who aim for more participation of the students in schools (Students councils). Along with being part-time musician, I work now for Oxfam-Magasins du Monde, supporting groups of students in secondary schools and universities.

Speaker @ A3. Global Education in changing school ethos and culture

Filipa Maia
Filipa Maia

Portugal | Student at University of Coimbra

My name is Filipa Maia Fernandes, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Coimbra, Portugal. I’ve recently graduated from secondary school in Humanities and am currently studying International Relations in Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra. I’ve been working with the Student Voice in Portugal since October 2017 when I had a meeting with the Portuguese Secretary of State of Education and since then I started working with OECD in the Education 2030 project, where I was elected the International Student Leader.

Speaker @ B1. The voices of the students in the school

Aishling McGrath
Aishling McGrath

Ireland | WWGS Global Passport Award, WorldWise Global Schools

Aishling McGrath is Programme Director of WorldWise Global Schools, Irelands national Global Citizenship Education programme for Secondary Schools. She holds a BA in Geography and Economics from the National University of Ireland Galway and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Oxford. Aishling is a qualified teacher and has worked in education since 2007, teaching geography and economics in inner city London until 2012. In 2013 she completed a MSc in Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Maastricht. Aishling believes that engaging young people in global issues will help empower them to become active global citizens for a more just and sustainable future.

Speaker @ A3. Global Education in changing school ethos and culture

Joan Cortinas Muñoz
Joan Cortinas Muñoz

France | École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Joan Cortinas Muñoz is a postdoctoral researcher of the UMI iGlobes specialized in the study of public policy related to social and environmental issues. His PhD focused on the construction of policies aiming to fight poverty in Spain in 1980s. Afterwards, he was involved in several research projects on health inequalities in France. He has worked on water policies in the Western United States since 2014 intended to fight severe drought. He combines bottom-up and top-down approaches, focusing on structural processes shaping public policy: institutional architectures of political arenas, professional and personal profiles of people involved and resources of the actors, and on micro-structural elements related to the actors and arenas in public policy implementation. He has published articles in scientific journals in Europe and America and is working on two books on drought response in Western United States.  

Rapporteur @ A1. Integrating Global Education into national curricula

Facilitator @ B6. Higher Education and research on Global Education

Marta Mucznik
Marta Mucznik

Portugal | Chamber of the Municipality of Lisbon

Since early 2018, Marta Mucznik serves as Political Advisor to the Social Democratic Party (PSD) City Councillors at the Municipality of Lisbon, covering issues of social inclusion, intercultural dialogue and social rights. Prior to that, she has worked and consulted in areas such as Middle-East peace, transatlantic dialogue, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue, human rights, minorities and social inclusion for the Transatlantic Institute, the American Jewish Committee, the Platform for Sustainable Growth, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the EU Delegation to the USA and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published articles and policy papers and writes opinion pieces for the online daily Observador.pt. She sits on the executive board of The Platform for Sustainable Growth and serves as Intercultural Dialogue Mentor for the Reach Alliance Global Network. She has a BA in International Relations from Universidade Lusíada and an MA in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Facilitator @ A5. Global Education National StrategiesB5. Global Education and multi-stakeholder cooperation

Maria José Neves
Maria José Neves

Portugal | Ministry of Education

Maria José dos Reis Neves holds a Master’s in Education and Society. She is a Senior Technician of the Directorate-General for Education – Ministry of Education, Portugal, working in Citizenship Education.
She represents the Directorate-General for Education in GENE (Global Education Network Europe), in the Monitoring Commission of the National Strategy for Development Education and in other working groups. She is co-author and co-coordinator of the Development Education Guidelines (ME, 2016). She has experience as in-service teacher trainer in the field of Citizenship Education, at national and European level.

Speaker @ A1. Integrating Global Education into national curricula

Marco Oberosler
Marco Oberosler

Italy | CCI Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale

With a background as a civil society activist I started working in the field of development cooperation in post-conflict Bosnia Herzegovina. Back in Italy I linked my personal and professional interest for international relationships with migration issues. I have been working for the International Cooperation Centre since 2011, where I cover the position of networking and project design officer. I lead awareness raising and training activities with migrants and international protection seekers.

Speaker @ A4. The world in the school: learning with refugees and migrants

Karen Pashby
Karen Pashby

UK | University Manchester

Dr. Karen Pashby is Reader of Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, Adjunct Professor at University of Alberta, and Docent at University of Helsinki. She is an experienced educator and has taught secondary school, teacher education, and under- and post-graduate students in Toronto (Canada), Campinas (Brazil), Oulu (Finland), and Edmonton (Alberta). Having published widely in the area of critical global citizenship education, her research focuses on theoretical and empirical work towards decolonial pedagogy in global learning.

Speaker @ A2. In-Service Learning for teachers in Global Education

Anielka Penialzek
Anielka Penialzek

UK | DERC - Development Education Research Centre

PhD Researcher at UCL Institute of Education, London. Scholarships and Bursaries Manager at University Campus of Football and Business. Anielka is a creative individual who bridges civil society, academia, and business. She is researching the concept of global education from the perspective of Kenyan and South African scholars. In her work, she focuses on making the football and sports industry more diverse and inclusive through scholarship programmes.

Rapporteur @ A6. Global Education in Higher EducationB6. Higher Education and research on Global Education

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Mark Fonseca Rendeiro

The Netherlands | Citizen Reporter

Portuguese-American, Amsterdam-based writer, teacher and podcast producer. Specialties include: podcast journalism, digital security, sociology, oral history and global conflicts. Currently working in association with Wikimedia Deutschland, HONEST 2020, and Radio Open Source. 

Verónica Rivera
Verónica Rivera

Spain | Ministry of Education / AECID - Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development

Speaker @ A5. Global Education National Strategies

Manuel Rodrigues
Manuel Rodrigues

Portugal | Nova University of Lisbon

Experienced Teacher with a considerable history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in English as a Second Language (ESL), Coaching, Teaching English as a Second Language, Lesson Planning, Curriculum Development, and Dissertation & Scientific Article Proofreading for highly categorized SJR Indexed Publications. Studied English & History at the University of South Africa. Currently active and certified Cambridge Assessment English – Cambridge English Examiner. 

Facilitator @ A6. Global Education in Higher EducationB6. Higher Education and research on Global Education

Mary Margaret Ryan
Mary Margaret Ryan

Ireland | National Youth Council

A graduate of English, Media and Cultural Studies. Mary has a decade of experience working directly with groups from marginalised communities. She has worked with travellers in Ireland, Israeli and Palestinian youth in Jerusalem and economically marginalised youth in Europe, focusing on interfaith initiatives and the intersection of race, gender and class. As a lecturer in the English, Drama and Film school of the University College Dublin, she coordinates the under-graduate course in ‘Gender and Sexuality in Modern Middle Eastern Film and Literature’. As an experienced trainer in intercultural youth work, development education, inclusion and youth empower-ment, she is a contributing member of IDEA’s Development Education Advisory Group to the Irish Government regarding their commitment to mainstreaming the SDGs. This all informs her work in Production in the Irish Film Industry.

Rapporteur @ B1. The voices of the students in the school

Elisabet Santpere
Elisabet Santpere

Intermón Oxfam

Speaker @ B3. Global Education and relationship between the school and the community

Vanessa Sheridan
Vanessa Sheridan

Ireland | Irish Aid

Vanessa joined Irish Aid in 2014. To date she has been responsible for the development of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2017-2023 and the co-ordination of Ireland’s engagement with the 2015 Peer Review of Ireland. Prior to joining Irish Aid, Vanessa worked as a primary school teacher for eight years. She holds an M.Phil. in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.A. in Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Speaker @ A5. Global Education National Strategies

Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva

North-South Center of the Council of Europe

Coordination of Global Education PEDAGOGICAL support scheme: GE Guidelines; GE on-line training course; GE & Youth Training for Trainers. Coordination of the Global Education POLICY support scheme: GE Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)4 of the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers to member states on education for global interdependence and solidarity; GE pan-European Congresses (Maastricht 2002; Lisbon 2012 & Zagreb 2015); European national and regional seminars (in the framework of the Joint Management Agreement Council of Europe/European Commission for the period 2009-2019). Coordination of the Global Education AWARENESS-RAISING mechanism: Global Education Week (GE awareness-raising activities, 3rd week of November) & GE Week network (40 national coordinators in CoE member States). Coordination of partnerships with sister organisations (Anna Lindh Foundation; British Council; CONCORD-DARE Forum; European Development Education Multistakeholder group; UNESCO)

Speaker @ B5. Global Education and multi-stakeholder cooperation

Nuno da Silva
Nuno da Silva

Portugal | Ripples of the New Experiment

A “recovered” Economist, Nuno is an expert in learner-centred, collaborative, participatory, experiential approaches to learning. He has designed Trainings for Trainers in Global Education for the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, the Asia Europe Foundation, the European and the Euro-Latin-American Youth Forums, and the Portuguese National Youth Council. He has also worked with the World Bank and the Timor-Leste Ministry of Education. Recently, he has been hosting, facilitating, speaking and exploring new innovative educational approaches. He is involved in the emergence network, the RIPPLES of the New eXperiment, the Evolutionary Entrepreneurs Community “João Sem Medo” and FESCOOP – the first ethical finance cooperative in Portugal. He is a member of the trainer pool of the Transition Network Portuguese Hub and of the Cultural Evolution Society, the Pool of Trainers of the Portuguese NGDO Platform and of the Council of Europe.

Facilitator @ A3. Global Education in changing school ethos and cultureB3. Global Education and relationship between the school and the community

Krassimira Todorova
Krassimira Todorova

Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria

Rapporteur @ A4. The world in the school: learning with refugees and migrants

Leen Van Craesbeek
Leen Van Craesbeek

Belgium | VVOB / eNSPIRED - VIVES University of Applied Sciences

Leen Van Craesbeek is head of the bachelor Primary School Teacher and coordinator for internationalization at the Teacher Training Department of VIVES University of Applied Sciences. She teaches French and International Competences to outgoing students and she monitors students during their internship abroad. Leen is also involved in research projects concerning blended learning and foreign language acquisition. VIVES participates actively in VVOB’s eNSPIRED program. In this program, VVOB offers inspiration from the Global South for working on equity and diversity in education.

Speaker @ B4. The world in the school: learning with colleagues from other countries

Francesca Vanoni
Francesca Vanoni

Italy | Trento Province

Francesca Vanoni is Senior Programme Manager at the Autonomous Province of Trento. Since 2015 she directs the European project “Global Schools”, in which 17 partner organisations and LAs in ten EU countries work to integrate GCE in primary education. Francesca was also part of the coordination team for the drafting of the Italian GCE National Strategy, involving stakeholders across the country from 2017-2018. The strategy was approved at national level in February 2018. She lived for seven years in the Balkans and over two years in Great Britain. In almost 20 years of professional life, Francesca has mainly worked in the non-profit sector and in local and international institutions in the fields of democratisation, human rights, sustainable development, global citizenship education, media freedom, and EU enlargement.

Speaker @ B5. Global Education and multi-stakeholder cooperation

Jan Verschueren
Jan Verschueren

Belgium | Kleur Bekennen

Jan Verschueren coordinates the Belgian governmental programme on Global Citizenship Education (GCE), called Kleur Bekennen, a programme implemented by the Belgian Development Agency. The programme aims to support, inspire and interconnect all relevant actors in the formal education sector on GCE, with a strong focus on anchoring and mainstreaming GCE within a whole school approach. In the first years of the new millennium. Jan studied Social Pedagogy and gained an additional master on Cultures & Development Studies

Speaker @ A3. Global Education in changing school ethos and culture

Conference Team

Mette Bjerkaas
Mette Bjerkaas

United Nations Association Norway

Regional leader and current Head of Education in the United Nations Associations (UNA) of Norway, where she promotes research, information, and education about the goals of the Charter of the United Nations.
Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in journalism, she worked in the field for three years before going on to become a second level teacher. After seven years teaching Norwegian, Religious Studies, Social Studies and Physical Education while she was also a Teacher’s Union representative, she undertook a Master’s degree in Culture Meet. The focus of her thesis was the treatment of minority students with trauma in the Norwegian school system.

Ditta Dolejsiova
Ditta Dolejsiova

Increase & Innovation GENE Secretariat

Social innovator, policy advisor, educator and concept developer. Inspired to contribute to social change through innovative global education, face-to-face and online learning, and empowerment of young people. Currently works for GENE as a Global Education Specialist on the Global Education Increase and Innovation Programme. Slovak, lived in Brazil 2007 – 2015. Next to her global consultancy work, which involved development of the UNDP Global Strategy on Youth, she coordinated a Brazilian NGO called University of Youth. Holds a Master in International Relations from the International School for Humanities and Social Science, at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Celina del Felice
Celina del Felice

Freelance

Based in Spain, Celina works as trainer and researcher for different NGOs and youth organisations in the fields of conflict transformation and intercultural/peace/ global education. She is one of the course facilitators of The Network University – North South Centre Global Education e-learning programme. She works for the Open University of Catalonia in its Master in Conflict Studies. She holds a Master degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University, Austria, and a PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University, the Netherlands. Recently, she co-edited the book “Youth in Africa, Agents of Change” documenting examples of constructive youth agency in Africa with Casa África/Los Libros de la Catarata (Spain). Celina is assisting the GENE Secretariat with the Lisbon conference report.

Lidia Labbaci
Lidia Labbaci

Office Manager GENE Secretariat

Lidia Labbaci works in the GENE secretariat as Office manager. She possess a solid back ground in Project cycle managing Logical framework approach from writing of proposal to its evaluation. She has worked several years on rural development cooperation initiatives for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for the private sector in rural development projects financed by International Funding Institutions (World Bank, UNDP, African Development Bank). Within the Italian National Council of Research, she has worked in the field of technology transfer, preparing and submitting, in collaboration researchers and EU companies, funding proposals to various programs that support commercialization of new technologies (ex. H2020).

Ana Larcher
Ana Larcher

Communications & ANGEL Liaison GENE Secretariat

Ana Larcher Carvalho is an invited assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy of ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and a researcher at the Centre for International Studies. She holds a Phd from Imperial College London. She teaches in the masters in African Studies and in Development Studies and in the doctoral programme in African Studies. Her research interests focus on development cooperation, critical development perspectives and global education. She also works as a consultant for multilateral and bilateral organizations (UN, EC, CEDEAO, WTO, ADB, Camões, ICL). She regularly collaborates with NGOs and is part of the GENE secretariat with responsibility for research and policy.

Jo McAuley
Jo McAuley

Peer Reviews & Research 
 GENE Secretariat

Jo McAuley works for the GENE Secretariat, where she co-ordinates the Global Education Peer Review Process and as well as GENE’s in-house policy research and publications.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and Uppsala University, she is a political analyst and researcher with a background in Global Education, Humanitarian Affairs and Civil Society Dialogue. Jo likes to negotiate and co-create policy and practical solutions in areas of real and/or perceived tension and has previously worked for a range of NGOs and international organisations in roles such as researcher, community organiser, grant manager and editor.

Sabine Seiffert
Sabine Seiffert

Engagement Global

Sabine Seiffert is on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development contact person to the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) at Engagement Global. She joined Engagement Global in 2016, to build a network of coordinators on ESD with federal ministries of education. Prior, she worked on a political historical project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung focusing on Asian issues. She received her M.A. in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin in 2011, after studies in Germany, Denmark and the U.S.