Past Speakers

Aaron Friedland

Founder & CEO at Simbi

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

Global Education Editor, Financial Times

Andrew Kay

Founder and CEO - World Literacy Foundation

Azhar Aslam

Plastic Surgeon by profession

Barbara Schindelhauer

Co-author and trainer Let’s visit Numberland


Lecturer at Federation University, Gippsland.

Caitlin Baron

CEO at the Luminos Fund

Carla Aerts

Director - Tmrw Institute

Daan Beeke

Dutch Reading Foundation and EURead

David Kirkpatrick

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

Debra E.S.Bogle

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

Denine Torr

Director Community Initiatives, Dollar General

Dr Donald Green

Chair World Literacy Foundation

Dr. Susann Dattenberg-Doyle

Founder, Right for Education

Emem Opashi

Lead consultant of the School Resource Center (SRC)

Emma Bell

Executive Director of Innovations for Learning UK

Emma Pauncefort

Founder of Dilectae

Greig Metzger

Executive Director Little Free Library

Hadiza Gidado

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

Horacio Álvarez

Senior Education Specialist at the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)

Janette Ballard

Lead Project Manager, BBC

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

CEO National Literacy Trust

Kimberly A. Smith

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

Ludger Woessmann

Professor of Economics, University of Munich / Director, ifo Centre for the Economics of Education

Malak Abdel-Ghaffar

Junior Student Majoring in Literature and Creative Writing

Maria del Pilar Rojas Quimbay

Program Manager Sun Books - World Literacy Foundation

Martyn Farrows

COO, SoapBox Labs

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

Rana Dajani

Associate Professor at Hashemite University

Rania El-Kelani

Co-Founder -

Renata Eccles

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

Ruth Sorby

Development Manager - Worldreader

Safiqul Islam

Director, BRAC Education Programme (BEP)

Samantha Sida

Director & Co-Founder at Limited Space

Sameera Ahmed

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

Sharon Kehl Califano

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

Sibusiso Sibisi

Student at the University of South Africa

Sophie Edwards


Stacey Fru

Child Author

Stephen Tugwell

Principal, Sacred Heart School

Steve Wind-Mozley

Chief Marketing Officer - Vizrt

Sue Costello

Manager, 26TEN Strategy

Susan M. Holloway

Associate Professor - Faculty of Education, University of Windsor

Tiina Neuvonen

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

Abigail Gosling

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

Alfred Chidembo

CEO - Aussie Books For Zim

Alinery Lianhlawng

Founder - ROCHUN: Pay it Forward

Alisha Jean-Denis

PhD Candidate - UMASS Amherst

Amelia Hewitt

Associate Professor Early Childhood Education - University of Houston

Amina Humayun Khan

Literacy Specialist - International School of Islamabad (ISOI)

Ana Sanches de Arêde

Publisher for the Story Makers Press

Andy Salmon

Founder Sir Linkalot’s

Angela Caroline Abraham

CEO - Descriptionari

Ann Attridge

CEO - Klik2learn

Anna Gill

Founder & CEO - Kinephonics® Pty Limited

Aprile Denise

Founder & Literacy Advisor - Yayasan Literasi Anak Indonesia

Armene Modi

Founder - Ashta No Kai

Basirat Razaq-Shuaib

Founder - The Winford Centre for Children and Women

Caitlin Lowery

Educator at Lagos Elementary in Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas

Cassandra O’Sullivan Sachar

Assistant Professor of Writing - Bloomsburg University

Catherine Gilliland

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

Charles Muwangala

World Literacy Foundation - Sunbooks Uganda

Chioma Momah

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

Christina Sturm

Project Coordinator - Bücherpiraten e.V.

Cindy O. Charles

Founder and CEO - Kupanda Sisters, Inc


CEO/Director - Happy Readers Zimbabwe

Deborah Grover

Educational Consultant and Director - Beagle Innovations Limited

Diana Garlough

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

Dorka Horvath

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

Dorothee Gaile

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

Farzana Ahmad

Doctoral Candidate - University of Waikato

Fraser Hutchinson

Head of Publisher Partnerships - The Reading Agency

Gerhard Friedrich

Author of Let’s visit Numberland

Hanchao Hou

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

Ian Cheffy

Literacy and Education Senior Consultant - SIL International

Isang Awah

Project Manager - University of Oxford; Department of Social Policy and Intervention

J. David Magee

Founder - OSH literacy

Jacob Bronstein

Director of Operations and at NEST USA

Joy Allcock

Literacy Consultant and Director - Code-Education Ltd

Karen Vogelsang

Executive Director - ARISE2Read

Kathleen Seeman, MRD

Reading Specialist -The College School

Kevin Wheeler

Chief Executive Officer - Kaizen’s Company

Kim Pinkerton

Literacy Educator - Texas A&M University-Commerce

Kimberly A. Smith

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

Kirk R. Person

Senior Education Consultant - SIL International

Lanxi Huang

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

Lily Msae Nyariki

Focal Point - ADEA Books and Learning Materials Section

Luminita Hartle

Instructional Assistant Professor -Illinois State University

Margaret Chen

Founder - Reading in Colour

Mary Ressler

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

Maysoon Masoud

Research & Development Program Manager. - Queen Rania Foundation

Melinda Thompson

Founder/President - Budding Reader

Melissa Cheese

Assistant Professor of Reading - Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Mohammad Asad

Middle East Youth Ambassador / ICT Officer

Nafez Dakkak

CEO - Queen Rania Foundation

Pamela Gray

Literacy Coach - Manor ISD/Lagos ES

Patricia Gouthro

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

Paula MacKinnon

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

Paula Rico

Program Manager DINGO - World Literacy Foundation

Pauline McLeod

Author - HerbAnn Publications.

Penny Kittle

President, Book Love Foundation - Plymouth State University

Philippa Bodien

BSc in Education and Psychology.

Prue Anderson

Principal Research Fellow - Australian Council for Educational Research

Rehan Allahwala

Founder - Institute Of Peace

Robert F Achgill

Mother Tongue literacy researcher - His Hands Reader

Ronke Kokoruwe

Director - iVerbalize Limited

Saman Rashid

Student City of Vienna

Samantha-Kaye Johnston

Research Scientist and Teaching Academic - Cinglevue International and Curtin University

Sara Pan Algarra

President of ElevatED, NYUAD's Student Group on Education

Sarah Mirza

Assessment Specialist - Mera SABAQ Learning Systems Private Limited

Sarah Warring

Adjunct Professor of English - Mohawk Valley Community College

Shahida Maheen

Director Supplementary Resource Development - Pakistan Reading Project

Shubhrata Das

Program Manager - Wipro Foundation

Stephen Faul

President & CEO - Frontier College

Susan M. Holloway

Associate Professor - Faculty of Education, University of Windsor

Susan Rook

Lecturer in Primary English at Leeds Beckett University

Suzanne Bogaerds-Hazenberg

PhD Student - Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University

Valerie L. Williams-Sanchez

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

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

Yue-Yi Hwa

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

Zoltan Pompor

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