Keynote Speakers

Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik

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

Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her BA from McGill University and her PhD. from Oxford University. She is a world leader in the study of children’s l..

Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her BA from McGill University and her PhD. from Oxford University. She is a world leader in the study of children’s learning and development and was the first to argue that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions. She is the author or coauthor of over 100 journal articles and several books including “Words, thoughts and theories” MIT Press, 1997, and the bestselling and critically acclaimed popular books“The Scientist in the Crib” William Morrow, 1999, and “The Philosophical Baby; What children’s minds tell us about love, truth and the meaning of life” Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009. She writes the Mind and Matter science column for the Wall Street Journal. And she has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology for Science, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, New Scientist and Slate, among others.She has frequently appeared on TV and radio including “The Charlie Rose Show” and “The Colbert Report”. Her TED talk has been seen over 2 million times. She has three sons and three grand-children and lives in Berkeley, California with her husband Alvy Ray Smith. Her newest book “The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the new science of child development tells us about the relationship between parents and children” will appear in August 2016.




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Anne Looney

Anne Looney

Chief 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 a..

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.

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Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalisation and Education and NYU Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. He conducts work on child development and immigration in the United States and globally, including consultation to the United States, Colombia, Ch..

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. He conducts work on child development and immigration in the United States and globally, including consultation to the United States, Colombia, Chile and Peru governments. He is Co-Chair of the Thematic Network on Early Childhood Development and Education of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research network advising the Secretary-General on development and implementation of the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals. His books include Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage); Improving the Odds for America’s Children (a volume for the 40thanniversary of the Children’s Defense Fund, afterword by Marian Wright Edelman; 2014, Harvard Education Press); and Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality (forthcoming, Harvard University Press). He has conducted evaluations of programs and policies in areas of teacher professional development, HIV prevention, two-generation programs, early childhood education, parental employment policies, and direct income support / social protection.


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Leon Feinstein

Leon Feinstein

Director 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 Edu..

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.

 




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