OUR WORLWIDE RENOWNED EXPERTS
Dr. Maureen N. Dunne
Neurodivergent Children: The importance of all kinds of minds to our collective future
Dr. Maureen Dunne is a globally recognized neurodiversity expert, thought leader, and public policy professional. She currently serves as the neurodiversity expert for the LEGO Foundation’s $20 million Play For All global accelerator social impact fund targeting neurodiversity inclusion. She is also the co-founder of the first neurodiversity social impact investment association and the CEO of Autism Community Ventures, a neurodiversity inclusion consultancy, and social impact firm.
Dr. Flossie Chua
Sparking Civic Inquiry Through the Arts
Flossie Chua is a Principal Investigator at Project Zero, and her work focuses on understanding how people think about and experience complex ideas and challenges in different contexts, and how we can nurture good thinking and practices that develop not just better thinkers but also learners engaged by a range of topics, relating them to both individual and social needs and aspirations.
She is also currently working with BroadBand Collaborative and OAcademy to design reflective artistry practices that support and empower musicians to play leading roles as artists in orchestras and changemakers in communities. Flossie holds an Ed.D from Harvard University and is also an Instructor in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Prof. Nissim Ben-Arie
Shaping the Next generation: Shifting from Teaching to Learning
Prof. Nissim Ben-Arie holds B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Biology. He is a Professor of Developmental Genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He teaches Developmental Biology and studies the genetic regulation of nervous system development in the embryo. In parallel, he is highly interested in education and serves as Academic Head of the Pre-Academic Preparatory Schools of the Hebrew University. These schools provide a second opportunity for those who were not accepted to the university, to increase the representation of all communities in the higher education system. He was voted numerous times as an excellent lecturer and awarded by the University with the Milken Prize for continuous excellence in teaching.
Dr. Gill Francis
Children's Play in Early Education: Evidence, Challenges, and Opportunities
Dr. Gill Francis is a developmental cognitive psychologist interested in researching play and development in children. Currently, she is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (cohort 2021-24) and works as a researcher at York University, England.
She is a professional educator with over ten years of classroom experience and has completed a Ph.D. in Education with the Research Center for Play Education Development and Learning (PEDAL) and an MPhil in Education and Psychology from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
Dr. Carla Hannaford
Awakening the Child Heart
Dr. Hannaford is a Ph.D., biologist, author, and educator with over forty years of teaching experience, including two years as a high school teacher. She has over twenty years as a biology teacher, and four years as a counselor for elementary school children with learning disabilities. She has spent twenty years as an international consultant in more than forty-five countries, conducting workshops and keynote presentations.
She is the author of great titles such as “SMART MOVES", "Why Learning is Not All in Your Head” and “Playing in the Unified Field”
Dr. Americo Amorim
How Scientific Evidence Fosters Early Childhood Education
Américo is an accomplished entrepreneur and researcher. He started early, at the age of 15 he became a Linux consultant for an ISP that was starting up in Brazil. At the age of 17, he founded his first company, which became the most popular music education site in Brazil in 2002. Later he joined Daccord, a startup that created 15 educational applications that were used by millions of students worldwide. 115 countries.
In 2014, he founded Escribo, where he develops educational games that help students achieve their language, math, and science learning goals.
Dr. Caroline Buzanko
Growing Up Resilient: Helping Children Tame Anxiety Gremlins & Build A Resilient Brain
Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a psychologist, mother, international speaker, and ADHD Superhero. With over twenty years of working with children, teens, and their families, her focus is on developing long-term success, forging their resilience, and fostering strong connections. She also works with professionals and educators to maximize their success working effectively with children and teens.