Stanford University

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Johanna Waters

Johanna Waters Ph.D.

Professor of Human Geography & Co-Director of Migration Research Unit & International and Affiliate Tutor, University College London

Johanna Waters is Professor of Human Geography at University College London (UCL) and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. She is co-Director of the Migration Research Unit and International and Affiliate Tutor for the Department of Geography, UCL. She works on issues relating to student mobilities, international and transnational higher education and the educational migration of families from East Asia. Her forthcoming book (Waters, J. and R. Brooks, 2021) is entitled Student Migrants and Contemporary Educational Mobilities, published by Palgrave. She is also co-editing a book on Migration and the Family (forthcoming with B. Yeoh, published by Edward Elgar).

Title of Speech: Social Science Perspectives on Student Mobilities for Higher Education

Ben Fahimnia

Ben Fahimnia Ph.D.

Professor and Chair in Decision Sciences, The University of Sydney
Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA)

Ben Fahimnia is a Professor and Chair in Decision Sciences at the University of Sydney. He also serves as Director for Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA). After receiving his PhD in 2011, Prof fahimnia held various academic and leadership positions prior to his promotion to a Full Professor at the University of Sydney in 2016 – distinguishing him as the youngest Australian Full Professors. He has a multidisciplinary background with degrees in business/management, engineering, psychology, and dramatic arts. This diverse background has enabled him to lead a range of multidisciplinary projects with the overall goal of helping individuals, companies, and governments to make more systematic and informed decisions. Prof Fahimnia is frequently consulted by a range of businesses, from small and medium size companies to Fortune 500 corporations. His research has attracted substantial funding of over $120m from the governments, industries and universities. Professor Fahimnia has published over 100 articles in premier journals and is a regular speaker at academic conferences and industry events. He has been widely recognised and continuously awarded for his passion and contributions to practice-oriented education and innovative teaching approaches.

Title of Speech: Strength-Oriented Supply Chain Education

Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler Ph.D.

The Nominelli & Olivier Professor of Education (Mathematics) & Co-founder of

Dr Jo Boaler is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ‘Early Career Award’, the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014) and the CMC Walter Denham Mathematics Leadership award (2015). She is the author of fourteen books, numerous research articles and several online courses. She is a White House presenter on women and girls. She formed youcubed to give teachers, parents, and students the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics. She was named one of the 8 educators “Changing the Face of Education” by the BBC. Her latest book is: Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead & Live without Barriers, published by Harper Collins.

Title of Speech: The Data Revolution. Ideas for Data Infused Teaching

Murali Nair

Murali Nair Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Social Enterprise Administration, Columbia University

Over his 45-year academic career, Murali Nair has served as a BSW, MSW, and DSW professor and administrator at five universities in the United States and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at three overseas universities. In his last positions, Nair was the Clinical Professor of Social Change and Innovation at University of Southern California (2012-2020) and a Professor and the Director of the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University (1992-2012). His areas of teaching expertise include macro practice, social enterprise, social responsibility, wellbeing innovation, harnessing technology for social good, advancing long and productive lives, and social responses to changing environments.

Nair has published extensively in the area of social development, including 13 books, nine short documentaries, and over 100 journal articles and peer reviewed paper presentations at national and international conferences. His latest books include Engaged Learning, Leading and Managing Human Service Organizations (4tth edition), and Evidence Based Macro Social Work Practice (2nd edition). He is a CSWE member of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice and an Associate Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work.

Title of Speech: Engaged Learning For Professional Practice


Dave Delgado

Founder and Headmaster of Cambrian Academy

Mr. Delgado, a graduate of UC Berkeley, has 30 years of private school management experience including various levels of administration, school development and organization, multi-campus accreditation, quality assurance, curriculum development, teacher selection and training, student assessment, student counseling, teaching, and problem solving. He is the Founder and Headmaster of Cambrian Academy, a private college preparatory school in Silicon Valley serving local and international students in grades 6-12. His community involvement includes serving as Youth Services Chair and Board member with the Rotary Club of Saratoga, Andas Vice President and Board member with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.

Title of Speech: East Plus West a Recipe for Excellence, if Done Correctly

Aditya Vishwanath

Aditya Vishwanath, Ph.D. Candidate

Co-founder of Inspirit, Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University

Aditya is a Ph.D. candidate in Learning Sciences and Technology Design and a Knight-Hennessy scholar at Stanford University. He is the co-founder of Inspirit, a company that develops virtual reality learning content, and his research focuses on developing technologies that support universal access to immersive learning content. Previously, he worked with the Google Education team where he explored strategies to integrate low-cost virtual reality toolkits into curriculums, and was a three-time recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award at Georgia Tech. Before Inspirit, he co-founded MakerGhat, a makerspace and incubator for youth from low-income communities in urban Mumbai.

Title of Speech: The Many Futures of Virtual Learning Environments

Daniel Vuillermin

Daniel Vuillermin, Ph.D.

Associate and Honorary Lecturer, University College London (UCL), Section Editor, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Health Humanities (Springer Nature)

Lecturer and researcher specialising in cross-cultural medical humanities. Currently employed as a lecturer at the School of Health Humanities at Peking University. Diverse teaching and research experiences at leading universities in the UK, China, and Australia. Strong research skills cultivated through completing PhD research, professional research assistant and author. Currently researching narrative medicine in China, using art as research in medical/health education, Chinese cinemeducation, and a cultural history of diagnosis.

Title of Speech: Medical Art Projects: Using Art to Cultivate 'Medical Humanities Care' in Chinese Health Education

Syed Nitas Iftekhar

Syed Nitas Iftekhar, Ph.D.

Education Director & Co-Founder of Kidtopia Children’s Museum

Dr. Syed Nitas Iftehkar has worked in the field of education for several years taking up many roles such as those of a professor, environmental campaigner, academic, policy analyst, and researcher. He was awarded a Ph.D. for his work on environmental pedagogies from Beijing Normal University, China. His published works focus on issues related to critical pedagogies, environment sustainability, and global citizenship education. Currently, he is the Education Director and Co-Founder of Kidtopia Children’s Museum (KCM) in Beijing. KCM focuses on providing families with the best possible early childhood education and lifestyle services in China.

Title of Speech: Contestations of Global Citizenship Education in the Global South

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