Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The 10th European Conference on Education (ECE) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.


  • Kwame Akyeampong
    Kwame Akyeampong
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Anne Boddington
    Anne Boddington
    Kingston University, UK
  • Steve Cornwell (1956-2022)
    Steve Cornwell (1956-2022)
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
  • Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Jo Van Herwegen
    Jo Van Herwegen
    UCL, UK
  • Tamsin Hinton-Smith
    Tamsin Hinton-Smith
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Christian Klinke
    Christian Klinke
    UCL Institute of Education, UK & The OSIPP IAFOR Research Centre, Osaka University, Japan
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech, USA


Previous Organising Committees

View details of organising committees at past ECE conferences via the links below.

Kwame Akyeampong
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Kwame Akyeampong is Professor of International Education and Development at the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Sussex, UK. He has international research experience in educational evaluation and research and has worked on education and development research projects in a range of countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Malawi. His research interests include education policy analysis, teacher governance, educational access and equity, impact evaluation studies in education, and employing quantitative and qualitative research methods. He also has experience managing large research education projects. He has consulted for the World Bank, DFID, and JICA on education evaluation projects and programmes. He was senior policy analyst with UNESCO, Paris, from 2011 to 2013. He is currently the co-chair of the Teacher Alliance for the Global Education and Skills Forum.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Inclusive Education: A Critical Dialogue on Marginalised Communities

Previous ECE Presentations

Plenary Panel II (2017) | Education for Change: Addressing the Challenges of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4
Anne Boddington
Kingston University, UK

Biography

Anne Boddington is Professor of Design Innovation, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business and Innovation at Kingston University in the UK and recently appointed as the Sub Panel Chair for Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory for the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Professor Boddington has extensive experience of the leadership, management and evaluation of art and design education and art and design research in higher education across the UK and internationally. She is an experienced chair and has held trustee and governance roles across the creative and cultural sector including as trustee of the Design Council, an independent Governor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a member of the executive of the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD) and a member of the advisory board of the Arts & Humanities Research Council. She has an international reputation in creative education and research and has been a partner, a collaborator, a reviewer and evaluator for a wide range of international projects and reviews across Dofferemt nations in Europe, the Middle East, Southern and east Asia and North America.

Plenary Panel (2020) | Embracing Difference? Adaptive Lifelong Learning

Previous Presentations

Plenary Panel I (2017) | Think Like a System, Act Like an Entrepreneur
Steve Cornwell (1956-2022)
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan

Obituary: Professor Steve Cornwell (1956-2022)

President of IAFOR (2016-2022)

It is with great sadness that we write of the passing of the President of IAFOR, Professor Steve Cornwell, who died of cancer earlier this week in Osaka, Japan. He was Chairman of the International Academic Advisory Board, and a member of the Board of Directors. He was also until March of this year Vice-President of Osaka Jogakuin University. Before moving to Japan and becoming an academic he held a number of management positions in non-profit organisations in the arts and theatre sectors in the United States.

An extremely popular professor, as well as a highly capable senior administrator, Steve Cornwell was one of IAFOR’s earliest and strongest supporters. As a Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies he identified strongly with our core mission of encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness, and promoting international exchange.

He was a respected academic in the field of English language teaching, holding an MA in English from Wake Forest University, an MFA from Virginia Tech., an MAT from the School for International Training, and an EdD from Temple University. He also taught on the MATESOL program for The New School in New York, and was engaged with teacher professional development both in Japan and abroad, serving in many roles both local and national with the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), including three terms on its National Board of Directors, as Director of Programme from 2010 to 2016. He also worked closely with the Bangladesh English Language Teaching Association (BELTA) for several years, jointly putting on professional development events for English teachers in Bangladesh.

From 2009, Professor Cornwell helped nurture and shape IAFOR, bringing to bear a wealth of experience in directing academic institutions, international programmes, and administering NPOs. He helped guide IAFOR’s Osaka conferences from 2010 onwards as the local conference chair, and was a popular face at events, often leading the traditional welcome address, and telling overseas delegates how much better his beloved Osaka was than Tokyo.

A founding member of the International Advisory Board of IAFOR, he became steadily more involved with the organisation over the years. Following the death of the Reverend Professor Stuart Picken in 2016, Steve Cornwell agreed to become the Chair of the restructured International Academic Advisory Board, and President of the organisation.

His input, insight and deliberation was indispensable in guiding IAFOR through challenging times, notably the 2011 earthquake and nuclear crisis, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Cornwell was an educational leader of great resolve, but with enormous kindness and unwavering integrity. He was a man of great resilience, and despite suffering the tragedy of his wife’s death in 2019, whom he loved dearly, and his own cancer diagnosis, he continued to embrace life with dignity and humour. He was a loyal and true friend to many, seeing and encouraging the best in them.

His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his many friends and colleagues, and in the thousands of students he taught and inspired.

Joseph Haldane
Chairman and CEO, IAFOR

Jean-Marc Dewaele
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Biography

Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He has published over 250 papers and chapters, seven books and seven special issues. He is the author of the monograph Emotions in Multiple Languages in 2010 (2nd ed in 2013). He is former president of the European Second Language Association and the International Association of Multilingualism. He is former General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and current General Èditor of Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | Fighting Deficit Views of English Foreign Language Learners and Users

Previous Presentations

Featured Interview (2021) | A Life in Language: Lessons in Language and Language Learning
Keynote Presentation (2019) | The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Foreign Language Learners and Teachers
Panel Presentation (2019) | Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s global business and academic operations.

Dr Haldane’s research and teaching is on history, politics, international affairs and international education, as well as governance and decision making, and he is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance. Since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and, since 2017, Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within the University.

In 2020 Dr Haldane was appointed Honorary Professor of UCL (University College London), through the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. He holds Visiting Professorships in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, and at the Doshisha Business School in Kyoto, where he teaches Ethics and Governance on the MBA, and is a member of the Value Research Center. He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.

Professor Haldane has given invited lectures and presentations to universities and conferences globally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and advised universities, NGOs and governments on issues relating to international education policy, public-private partnerships, and multi-stakeholder forums. He was the project lead on the 2019 Kansai Resilience Forum, held by the Japanese Government through the Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Office, and oversaw the 2021 Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned study on Infectious Diseases on Cruise Ships.

Dr Haldane has a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the Université Paris-Est Créteil, Sciences Po Paris, and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas, and the schools of Journalism at both Sciences Po Paris, and Moscow State University.

From 2012-2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu), and since 2015 has been a Trustee of HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012 and the Royal Society of Arts in 2015. He lives in Japan and holds a black belt in Judo.


Previous Presentations

Featured Interview (2021) | A Life in Language: Lessons in Language and Language Learning
Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference? Adaptive Lifelong Learning
Panel Presentation (2020) | That's NOT Online Learning!: The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning
Jo Van Herwegen
UCL, UK

Biography

Dr Jo Van Herwegen is an associate professor in developmental psychology at UCL Institute of Education. Her research focuses on improving educational outcomes of children, especially those with special educational needs. She has examined mathematical abilities, language abilities, transitions and the impact and quality of Education, Health, and Care plans for a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders. She is an associate editor for Research in Developmental Disabilities, and educational needs advisor for the Williams Syndrome Foundation.

Panel Presentation (2020) | The impact of COVID19 on Children and Young People Across the Globe

Previous ECE Presentations

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Challenges and Solutions to Improving Educational Outcomes
Tamsin Hinton-Smith
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Tamsin Hinton-Smith is Head of Education at the University of Sussex. A sociologist of gender and education, she has particular interests around inequalities of access and participation in higher education internationally; and inclusivity of curricula and pedagogies in higher education. Tamsin's previously funded research includes studies exploring experiences of student parents, young people in the care system, and young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds. She is currently leading an international research project, funded under the Global Challenges Research Fund, exploring inclusion and exclusion of gender inclusivity across disciplinary and international contexts. The research includes international partner universities in India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria and the UK. Tamsin's work includes working with colleagues internationally to develop inclusivity in pedagogic leadership, including in ASEAN, Morocco and Nigeria. Her latest forthcoming book is Leading Change in Gender and Diversity in Higher Education from Margins to Mainstream by Anna CohenMiller, Tamsin Hinton-Smith, Fawzia Mazanderani and Nupur Samuel, published by Routledge.


Previous ECE Presentations
Panel Presentation (2020): Inclusive Education: A Critical Dialogue on Marginalized Communities
Christian Klinke
UCL Institute of Education, UK & The OSIPP IAFOR Research Centre, Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Christian earned a Masters’ in history, politics, and philosophy at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and an MBA degree in education and knowledge management, specialising in organisational development in higher education from Carl-von-Ossietzky-University of Oldenburg, Germany.

In the past, Christian worked in different branches in the private industry f.ex. as a project manager for the ministry of education of his state and ran his own start-up company in the education sector.

Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

Barbara Lockee is a professor of Instructional Design and Technology in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. Since 1996, she has engaged in teaching and research related to instructional design and distance education, and has advised the research of more than three dozen doctoral students. Her scholarly inquiry is focused on mediated and online education and has been funded by various federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Agency for International Development, among others. She has also consulted for a variety of organisations, including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US Army Training and Doctrine Command and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Her recent co-authored book, Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide for Instructional Design, strives to make the design of learning solutions accessible and pragmatic for those who develop educational courses and programs in workplace contexts.

Dr Lockee is Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Panel Presentation (2020) | That's NOT Online Learning!: The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning
Keynote Panel Presentation (2020) | Flexible Learning in Uncertain Times: The Hy-Flex Model in Response to COVID-19

Previous ECE Presentations

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Interaction in Online Learning: A Design Paradox
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