Conference Speakers

Alison Gopnik

Cognitive Scientist and Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the University of California, Berkley, USA

With an interest in Psychology and the Early Education, Alison Gopnik has had a fruitful career as a researcher and a University professor. Her latest break-through in field of cognitive theories that help children with autism take part in educational systems she has made her mark on history and education community. Mrs. Gopnik’s lectures are here to help our students understand better both cognitive theories in general and their practical application.


Anne Looney

Anne-LooneyChief Executive of the National Council

Anne Looney is from Dublin and has been the Chief Executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in the Republic of Ireland since 2001. A former teacher, she completed her doctoral studies in education at the Institute of Education in London and has published on curriculum and assessment, school ethos, civic, moral and religious education and education policy. She has worked with the OECD and with the EU on projects relating to assessment, key competencies and new and emerging technologies. From September 2014-September 2015 she was professorial research fellow at the Learning Sciences Institute Australia at Australian Catholic University.


Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Hirokazu-YoshikawaHirokazu Yoshikawa is from Tokyo, Japan, but he got his education from several worldly-renowned universities. Currently, Mr. Yoshikawa teaches at Yale University together with Ross Matthews, Professor of Globalisation and Education and NYU Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. They have combined their knowledge and experience and made a significant break-through in research of education and human development which they will hopefully present at the up and coming conference at the DCU this summer.


Leon Feinstein

Leon-FeinsteinDirector of Evidence, Early Intervention Foundation and Chief Analyst, Implementation Unit at the Cabinet Office, UK. Leon is Director of Evidence at the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Visiting Professor at the LSE’s Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion. Before joining the EIF Leon was an academic and civil servant. From 2003-2008 Leon was Professor of Education and Social Policy at the Institute of Education and Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, undertaking inter-disciplinary quantitative and qualitative research on education and social policy. Between 2008 and 2013 Leon worked in the Treasury and the Cabinet Office on policy implementation and performance policy.