Speakers

The European Conference on Education 2017 (ECE2017) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ECLL2017). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Matthew Taylor
    Matthew Taylor
    RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), UK
  • Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott
    Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott
    Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Professor Brian Hudson
    Professor Brian Hudson
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Professor Kwame Akyeampong
    Professor Kwame Akyeampong
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Professor Charles Wild
    Professor Charles Wild
    University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Dr Bernard Montoneri
    Dr Bernard Montoneri
    Tamkang University, Taiwan
Matthew Taylor
RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), UK

Biography

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) since 2006. He has blogged over 1,200 times on topics ranging from policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory to the RSA itself. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of the RSA, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, has written numerous articles, and is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

Featured Presentation | TBA
Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott
Western Sydney University, Australia

Biography

Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004 to 2012 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at Western Sydney University. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development – Greater Western Sydney. He is a widely published author on change leadership, professional capability, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. His book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) was nominated for the 2010 US Colleges Bellwether Award. He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor and consultant in many countries. From 2014 to 2016 he was a National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.

Featured Presentation | TBA
Professor Brian Hudson
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Brian Hudson is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. He is the main Organiser of the World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network on Didactics - Learning and Teaching; a member of the WERA Outreach Committee; an Associate Editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies and a Board Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Network. He is Honorary Member of the EERA Network on Didactics - Learning and Teaching; Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Leadership at the University of Ghana.

Featured Presentation| TBA
Professor 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.

Featured Panel Presentation | Education for Change: Addressing the Challenges of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4
Professor Charles Wild
University of Hertfordshire, UK

Biography

Professor Charles Wild is currently the Dean of Law, Criminology and Political Science at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Amongst his academic qualifications, Professor Wild holds a degree in Economics from UCL, a Master’s and Doctorate in Law from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire. Professor Wild is a thought leader on legal education and, more generally, higher education in relation to teaching excellence, cultural diversity, and the use of authentic assessment. His articles have been published widely in such journals as the Higher Education Review and International Journal of the Legal Profession. Professor Charles Wild is also a leading authority on legal risk management, governance and compliance, having published over a dozen academic texts including Legal Risk Management, Governance & Compliance: A Guide to Best Practice from Leading Experts (2013) and Legal Risk Management, Governance & Compliance: Interdisciplinary Case Studies from Leading Experts (2016).

Spotlight Presentation | Enhancing the Development of Law Students’ Critical Reasoning Skills Through the Use of Complex Decision-Forcing Case Studies
Dr Bernard Montoneri
Tamkang University, Taiwan

Biography

Bernard Montoneri is the co-founder of the IAFOR Journal of Education. He earned his PhD (African, Arab, and Asian Words; History, Languages, Literature) and his BA in Chinese from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I, France. He taught Literature (European, Children, American, and British) and languages (French, English, and Italian) at Providence University for 16 years. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tamkang University, French Department, Taiwan. Bernard has around 40 publications, including journal papers (including SSCI, SCI, and THCI), conference papers, and books and has obtained many teaching and research projects. His research interests include French literature, children literature, English writing, automated scoring systems, teaching and learning evaluation, data envelopment analysis, networking, and teaching methods. He is a reviewer for top academic journals such as Review of Educational Research (ranked #1 in Education), American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and European journal of Operational Research.