The IBAP Regional Conference starts today; the theme is “innovate, educate, create”. I’m really looking forward to the Keynote Speakers – Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, Ben Walden and Professor Paula Barrett.
They are considered to be some of the world’s most inspirational speakers and will share their ideas and passion for education over the next few days. I am expecting to be challenged, inspired, and excited by these people, and many of the other, lesser known but equally as committed educators who will be presenting. As well as a number of IB Regional and Global staff; I’m particularly looking forward to Saturday morning to hear the new Head of IB DP, Malcolm Nicolson speak about some of the upcoming changes to both the MYP and DP.
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I will also be representing Global Jaya International School at a break out event called the IB Recognition Forum. Over 50 participants from various countries in Asia Pacific will be attending. The Forum will include short presentations by IB Recognition staff on global and regional updates and key initiatives, Delhi University, and schools in the region.
IB Asia Pacific have also allotted space in the schedule for IB Association and Network meetings. Thus schools and networks from within South East Asia will meet in Function Rooms 7 & 8 on day 2 : Friday March 22nd, from 1300 – 1400. I guess we will be speaking about and sharing ideas for increasing the effectiveness of our networks and also the possibility of forming an actual IB South East Asian Association.
Vendors that we’ll need to meet with include the staff from ManageBac and Pronin.
Finally, the IB Regional Conference will be a chance to network , meet and catch up with old friends and colleagues with whom I have crossed paths with over the last 20 years or so of International Education.
A quick bio of each the keynote speakers.
Dr. Sohail Inayatullah
A political scientist and futurist, Professor Sohail Inayatullah is adjunct professor at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Macquarie University, Sydney. He is professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan and an associate of Mt Eliza Executive Education, Melbourne Business School.
Ben’s work has received major acclaim. He is an actor and presenter who has played a number of leading roles on television and for the Donmar and Almeida theatre companies as well as at Shakespeare`s Globe. Having run many masterclasses for the Shakespeare`s Globe Education Centre he has worked in close collaboration with Mark Rylance and Richard Olivier in the development of an experiential theatre learning technique called Mythodrama.
Professor Paula Barrett
Professor Paula Barrett, B.Sc (Hons), M.Clin.Psych., MAPS, PhD, is internationally recognised as a prominent scholar and groundbreaking researcher in the field of child psychology. Paula has a distinguished international reputation as a keynote presenter, and has been published widely in the area of prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression and the promotion of resilience through the evidence-based ‘FRIENDS’ programs. Recently, Paula received the Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year Queensland Award and the Queenslander of the Year Award, and received the Highly Commended Certificate in the Human Rights Medal of the Australian Human Rights Commission for her contribution to the wellbeing of children, youth and the wider community.