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Professor André Mazawi 


Department of Educational Studies
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

André Elias Mazawi serves as Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. A sociologist of education by training, he is interested in the politics and policies of teacher education, teachers’ work, school governance and the geopolitics of higher education, with particular emphasis on the Mediterranean and the Arab regions. 

He studied the intersections of statelessness and the shaping of the teaching profession in Palestinian society and the role Palestinian and Israeli textbooks play in the wider mediation and articulation of colonial relations and the subordination of teachers’ work within shifting conceptions of state, nation, and geopolitics. He has also studied the cultural politics of schooling in relation to the founding of Muslim schools in France and the modalities of educational activism surrounding these schools in relation to wider constructions of French citizenship and political culture.

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Professor John P. Portelli

Policy Advisor, Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta


John P. Portelli Ph.D., originally from Malta and a former middle school teacher, is a full professor in the Department of Social Justice Education,  Co-director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity, OISE, University of Toronto. He has published 17 books including 4 collections of poetry, a collection of short stories and a novel. His latest publication is The Challenges of Educational Policy in Neoliberal Times: International Perspectives (Routledge, 2019 with Stephanie Chitpin).

His areas of research include: student engagement and students 'at risk'; equity, diversity, social justice; and educational policy and leadership; quality assurance and professional development in higher education. He is currently conducting a study (supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Canada in the amount of a ¼ million dollars) to examine the impact of the Ontario Equity Strategy (issued in 2009). He has delivered keynote addresses and conducted consulting work in Canada, USA, Ireland, UK, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Malta, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Portugal, UAE and Jordan.

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Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz 
Department of Education, University of Haifa, Israel

Miriam Ben-Peretz is Professor Emerita at the Department of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has been Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Haifa, as well as president of Tel-Hai College.

Her main research interests are curriculum, teacher education and professional development, policy-making and Jewish education. Professor Ben-Peretz has been invited professor at Michigan State University, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Stanford University, among others and was visiting professor at the Institution of Education, London University. In 1997, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for her contribution to curriculum studies. She is the 2006 Laureate of the Israel Prize for research in education. In 2015 she received the Israeli Prime Minister Award, the EMET Prize for Educational Research.

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Dr Pasi Reinikainenpasi

Education Consultant, Finland

Dr Pasi Reinikainen has worked for over 20 years in education evaluation, policy-making and research. He has held various leading positions in Finland and abroad such as Secretary-General of the Finnish Education Evaluation Council, Chief consultant of Public Education Evaluation Commission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the EU’s Resident Twinning Advisor in Egypt and as Leading International Expert in Teacher Standards Development in Jordan. Nowadays, he is working as an advisor on Ukrainian school reform. Dr Reinikainen has also worked with the OECD, in the EU and the EC.

His work has been awarded by many national and international bodies, for example, FERA and IEA’s Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award 2008.  Pasi has written more than 70 publications, worked as a chief editor and editorial board member of many scientific journals and publication series and been an invited keynote speaker at various international conferences. 

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Professor Zelia Gregoriou 

Department of Education, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Professor Zelia Gregoriou  holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, M.A. minor in Gender Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Criticism and Interpretive Theory. She has taught at the University of Illinois, Georgia Southern University, the University of Nicosia and, since 2000, the University of Cyprus, where she coordinates the graduate programmes in “Multiculturalism, Migration and Decolonial Education” and “Gender Studies”. She teaches undergraduate and advanced graduate courses in theory of education, postcolonial theory, and queer theory. Her latest work focuses on genealogies of securitization and biopolitics in colonial and neocolonial settings. She is currently working on finishing the book Media's Remains: Migration, Affect and Gender on the Island for all Seasons.

She has published three collections of poems, participated in a number of international poetry festivals and edited the literary magazine Exaggelos, the first to introduce Turkish Cypriot Poets and Poetry to the Greek Cypriot public. Her fourth poetry book, Aetherian Mildew (Αιθερίην Ερυσίβην) is in press.

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Last Updated: 23 August 2019

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