Past Speakers

Aaron Friedland

Aaron Friedland

Founder & CEO at Simbi
Adrienne Gear

Adrienne Gear

Teacher/Author/Speaker - Founder Reading Power Gear, ltd. - Simbi Literacy Expert

Alex Gillis

Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Educator Success at Simbi

Andrew Ashe

Co-founder and CEO onebillion
Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor, Financial Times
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Andrew Kay

Founder and CEO - World Literacy Foundation

Azhar Aslam

Plastic Surgeon by profession
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Barbara Schindelhauer

Co-author and trainer Let’s visit Numberland


Lecturer at Federation University, Gippsland.
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Caitlin Baron

CEO at the Luminos Fund
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Carla Aerts

Director - Tmrw Institute
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Daan Beeke

Dutch Reading Foundation and EURead
David Kirkpatrick

David Kirkpatrick

Co-founder of MIT Center for Future Storytelling, President of Paramount Pictures, Production Chief of Walt Disney Studios, optimist, author and teacher.
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Debra E.S.Bogle

Author, Principal, Global Innovator, Adjunct Professor/Action Researcher - Academy of the Arts

Denine Torr

Director Community Initiatives, Dollar General
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Dr Donald Green

Chair World Literacy Foundation

Dr. Susann Dattenberg-Doyle

Founder, Right for Education
Emen Opashi

Emem Opashi

Lead consultant of the School Resource Center (SRC)

Emma Bell

Executive Director of Innovations for Learning UK
Emma Paucefort

Emma Pauncefort

Founder of Dilectae

Greig Metzger

Executive Director Little Free Library
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Hadiza Gidado

Deputy Director Training - : Impact(Ed) International (Formerly Discovery Learning Alliance)

Horacio Álvarez

Senior Education Specialist at the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)
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Janette Ballard

Lead Project Manager, BBC
Jared Lee

Jared Lee

Principal and co-Founder, The Education Outcomes Fund

Jeannie van der Linde

Associate professor - University of Pretoria

Jemma Pym

Development Manager of the World Literacy Foundation
Jonathan Douglas

Jonathan Douglas

CEO National Literacy Trust
Kimberly A. Smith

Kimberly A. Smith

Technical Advisor & Director Supplementary Resource Development for the Pakistan Reading Project - International Rescue Committee
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Ludger Woessmann

Professor of Economics, University of Munich / Director, ifo Centre for the Economics of Education
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Malak Abdel-Ghaffar

Junior Student Majoring in Literature and Creative Writing
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Maria del Pilar Rojas Quimbay

Program Manager Sun Books - World Literacy Foundation
Martyn Farrows

Martyn Farrows

COO, SoapBox Labs
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Mary McKenna

Founder and Director of NEST-USA

Maurice de Greef

UNESCO Chair on Adult Education, Vrije University Brussel

Minister Li Andersson

Minister of Education, Finland

Miyako Ikeda

Senior Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Directorate for Education and Skills (OECD)

Monica Burns

Founder of
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Rana Dajani

Associate Professor at Hashemite University
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Rania El-Kelani

Co-Founder -
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Renata Eccles

Lecturer and speech-language therapist - University of Pretoria: Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Ruth Sorby

Development Manager - Worldreader
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Safiqul Islam

Director, BRAC Education Programme (BEP)
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Samantha Sida

Director & Co-Founder at Limited Space
Sameera Ahmed

Sameera Ahmed

Assistant Professor in the Media and Creative Industries Department at the UAEU.
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Sharon Kehl Califano

Director, General Studies Strategy - Western Governors University, General Education

Sibusiso Sibisi

Student at the University of South Africa
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Sophie Edwards


Stacey Fru

Child Author
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Stephen Tugwell

Principal, Sacred Heart School
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Steve Wind-Mozley

Chief Marketing Officer - Vizrt
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Sue Costello

Manager, 26TEN Strategy
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Susan M. Holloway

Associate Professor - Faculty of Education, University of Windsor

Tiina Neuvonen

Thematic Lead in Education, United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL)
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Abigail Gosling

Senior Lecturer - School of Education and English Language, University of Bedfordshire
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Alfred Chidembo

CEO - Aussie Books For Zim
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Alinery Lianhlawng

Founder - ROCHUN: Pay it Forward
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Alisha Jean-Denis

PhD Candidate - UMASS Amherst
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Amelia Hewitt

Associate Professor Early Childhood Education - University of Houston
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Amina Humayun Khan

Literacy Specialist - International School of Islamabad (ISOI)
Ana Arede

Ana Sanches de Arêde

Publisher for the Story Makers Press

Andy Salmon

Founder Sir Linkalot’s
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Angela Caroline Abraham

CEO - Descriptionari
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Ann Attridge

CEO - Klik2learn
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Anna Gill

Founder & CEO - Kinephonics® Pty Limited
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Aprile Denise

Founder & Literacy Advisor - Yayasan Literasi Anak Indonesia
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Armene Modi

Founder - Ashta No Kai
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Basirat Razaq-Shuaib

Founder - The Winford Centre for Children and Women
Caitlin Lowery

Caitlin Lowery

Educator at Lagos Elementary in Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas
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Cassandra O’Sullivan Sachar

Assistant Professor of Writing - Bloomsburg University
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Catherine Gilliland

Senior Lecturer Language and Literacy - St Mary's University College

Charles Muwangala

World Literacy Foundation - Sunbooks Uganda
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Chioma Momah

Initiator/Founder - Let's Encourage A Reading Nation (LEARN)

Christina Sturm

Project Coordinator - Bücherpiraten e.V.
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Cindy O. Charles

Founder and CEO - Kupanda Sisters, Inc
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CEO/Director - Happy Readers Zimbabwe
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Deborah Grover

Educational Consultant and Director - Beagle Innovations Limited
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Diana Garlough

Chair of Licensure and Endorsements/Associate Professor - University of Findlay, College of Education
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Dorka Horvath

CEO and Co-Founder - Mra-BOOKR Kids Kft.
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Dorothee Gaile

Scientific advisor of the PeP-Project - PeP-Project at Ernst-Reuter-Schule 1
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Farzana Ahmad

Doctoral Candidate - University of Waikato
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Fraser Hutchinson

Head of Publisher Partnerships - The Reading Agency

Gerhard Friedrich

Author of Let’s visit Numberland
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Hanchao Hou

PhD Student - Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne
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Ian Cheffy

Literacy and Education Senior Consultant - SIL International
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Isang Awah

Project Manager - University of Oxford; Department of Social Policy and Intervention
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J. David Magee

Founder - OSH literacy
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Jacob Bronstein

Director of Operations and at NEST USA
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Joy Allcock

Literacy Consultant and Director - Code-Education Ltd
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Karen Vogelsang

Executive Director - ARISE2Read
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Kathleen Seeman, MRD

Reading Specialist -The College School
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Kevin Wheeler

Chief Executive Officer - Kaizen’s Company

Kim Pinkerton

Literacy Educator - Texas A&M University-Commerce
Kimberly A. Smith

Kimberly A. Smith

Technical Advisor & Director Supplementary Resource Development for the Pakistan Reading Project - International Rescue Committee
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Kirk R. Person

Senior Education Consultant - SIL International
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Lanxi Huang

PhD Candidate - Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
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Lily Msae Nyariki

Focal Point - ADEA Books and Learning Materials Section
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Luminita Hartle

Instructional Assistant Professor -Illinois State University
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Margaret Chen

Founder - Reading in Colour
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Mary Ressler

English Language Arts teacher in the United States - Literacy Speedway/XPRIZE-
Maysoon Masoud

Maysoon Masoud

Research & Development Program Manager. - Queen Rania Foundation
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Melinda Thompson

Founder/President - Budding Reader
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Melissa Cheese

Assistant Professor of Reading - Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
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Mohammad Asad

Middle East Youth Ambassador / ICT Officer
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Nafez Dakkak

CEO - Queen Rania Foundation
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Pamela Gray

Literacy Coach - Manor ISD/Lagos ES
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Patricia Gouthro

Professor in the Graduate Studies of Lifelong Learning program in the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University
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Paula MacKinnon

Director for Education, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion - Impact(Ed) International
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Paula Rico

Program Manager DINGO - World Literacy Foundation
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Pauline McLeod

Author - HerbAnn Publications.
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Penny Kittle

President, Book Love Foundation - Plymouth State University
Philippa Bodien

Philippa Bodien

BSc in Education and Psychology.
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Prue Anderson

Principal Research Fellow - Australian Council for Educational Research
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Rehan Allahwala

Founder - Institute Of Peace
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Robert F Achgill

Mother Tongue literacy researcher - His Hands Reader
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Ronke Kokoruwe

Director - iVerbalize Limited
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Saman Rashid

Student City of Vienna
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Samantha-Kaye Johnston

Research Officer and Teaching Associate - The University of Oxford & Monash University
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Sara Pan Algarra

President of ElevatED, NYUAD's Student Group on Education
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Sarah Mirza

Assessment Specialist - Mera SABAQ Learning Systems Private Limited
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Sarah Warring

Adjunct Professor of English - Mohawk Valley Community College
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Shahida Maheen

Director Supplementary Resource Development - Pakistan Reading Project

Shubhrata Das

Program Manager - Wipro Foundation
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Stephen Faul

President & CEO - Frontier College
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Susan M. Holloway

Associate Professor - Faculty of Education, University of Windsor
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Susan Rook

Lecturer in Primary English at Leeds Beckett University
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Suzanne Bogaerds-Hazenberg

PhD Student - Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University
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Valerie L. Williams-Sanchez

Doctoral Student - St. John's University, Department of Education, Queens, New York, USA
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Wei Zhang

Associate Professor of Linguistics; TESOL - The Department of English The University of Akron

Wendy Yorke

Literary Agent, Author Coach, Editor - WRITE. EDIT. PUBLISH
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Yue-Yi Hwa

Research Fellow - Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)
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Zoltan Pompor

Educational Developer - The Curriculum and Learning Material Developing Group of the Reformed Church in Hungary