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Global Education First Conference

Improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship

UL 5.20.13

Conference Presenters

Shelley Chapman

Shelley A. Chapman is Senior Educational Consultant for The IDEA Center, a non-profit organization that assists higher education institutions with teaching, learning, and leadership. Prior to joining IDEA, Shelley served as a faculty member and administrator in a large metropolitan community college, a major research university, and a private university.

Lee Cherry

Lee O. Cherry is the President and CEO of the African Scientific Institute, a non-profit organization representing a network of scientists, engineers, technologists and health professionals that strive to get more minorities pursue careers in science and technology. Through ASI programs, young people have an opportunity to learn of the possibilities and rewards of a technical profession.


Paul Crawford

Paul Crawford serves as a Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory, which focuses on mobilizing and coordinating Place Management, Social Capital, and the development of Learning Regions. PASCAL operates globally from four regional offices around the world: Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois), the University of Glasgow (Scotland), the University of South Africa (Pretoria), and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). Crawford is also the Director of Community College Relations NIU, a position within the Division of Outreach, Engagement & Information Technologies. As an outreach and engagement practitioner, a key focus is on widening access to higher education for community college students with career and technical (CTE) credentials traditionally thought to be terminal.

Hendrina Doroba

Hendrina Doroba is the acting Executive Director of the Federation of African Women Educationalists (FAWE). FAWE is a pan-African non-governmental Organization working in 32 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education. Hendrina has over 20 years experience in teaching and social development work. She has worked with the Commonwealth Education Fund project under Oxfam GB Zambia and has developed and coordinated in-service training programs for Mathematics teachers.

Mustafa Elbashir

Mustafa Idris Elbashir is currently serving as Assistant Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities. He is also a Professor of Biochemistry and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Khartoum. Professor Elbashir has been leading an international group of researchers interested in infectious diseases mainly focused on malaria and viruses, epidemiology, immunology, genetics and therapeutics, in addition to sickle cell anemia. Professor Elbashir is a referee for several scientific journals involved in tropical and infectious diseases research, and is now the chief editor of the Journal of Association of Arab Universities.


Deborah Eldridge

As Senior Vice President for Accreditation and Administration of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Dr. Eldridge provides leadership for all aspects of accreditation and organizational administration. Her background includes serving as a classroom teacher, faculty in higher education, department chair, Dean of Education, author and presenter.


Jean-Pierre Ezin

Professor Jean-Pierre Ezin is the former Commissioner in charge of Human Resources, Science and Technology at the African Union Commission. Professor Ezin has previously held positions as Head of the Mathematics Department, Dean of the Faculty of Science, and Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Benin. He is also the Founder and former Director of “Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques,” a National University of Benin graduate school specializing in mathematics, theoretical physics and computer science.

Jonathan Furr

Jonathan Furr, the Director of the Office of Education System Innovation (OESI) at Northern Illinois University, is actively engaged in state and national education policy and legislative developments in key areas of education reform. Mr. Furr is also involved in various projects with ministries of education and district offices in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, and Malawi. He has been working with these partners to coordinate Illinois STEM education strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Furr has been a partner in the public policy and education practice of an international law firm. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Furr served as the General Counsel for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Donald Green

Donald Green serves Ferris State University as the Vice President and Dean for Extended and International Operations. His principal areas of work are the development of unique technology, science and business related degree programs for future labor markets, improving educational services to non-traditional student populations through extended sites and distance technology, and the University’s community outreach.

Olugbemiro Jegede

Professor Olugbemiro Jegede is the Secretary to the Kogi State Government. He is the immediate past Secretary-General and Chief Executive of the Association of African Universities, a position that he assumed on December 1, 2010 after a successful tenure in Nigeria on a special assignment in Higher Education. Prior to his special assignment, he served in various capacities in different parts of the world including being the Staff in charge of the M.Ed. program by ODL at the Curtin University of Technology Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Perth, Australia; founding Director, Centre for Research in Distance & Adult Learning, The Open University of Hong Kong; Foundation Head, Research & Evaluation Unit Distance Education Centre, The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia; and Foundation Dean and Professor of Education; Head, Department of Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Abuja, Nigeria.


Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is the Director of the Wiley Learning Institute, which provides professional development through workshops and online learning labs. Through partnerships with college and university systems, campuses, and faculty development centers, the Wiley Learning Institute enables faculty to excel in their work, fulfill the education mission of their institutions, and provide additional opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.

Craig Kissock

Craig Kissock is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. He is also Director of EducatorsAbroad Ltd. providing, since 1987, personalized professional development for over 3,000 individuals from 17 countries through intercultural experiences in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in 66 countries including prospective teachers from more than 135 universities and employed teachers and teaching assistants.


Marilyn Leask

Research Professor Marilyn Leask (Educational Knowledge Management University of Bedfordshire, UK) has initiated and project managed a number of innovative projects funded by government and other sources focused on using digital technologies to make the evidence base for educational practice more accessible to all stakeholders.Marilyn is also a chief editor of Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow (MESH). MESH is a major web-based publishing project, open to engagement by all, focused on improving teaching and the learning of individuals through improving teacher access to research based pedagogic knowledge. MESH is part of the Education Futures Collaboration, an independent online organization for educators and their partners who wish to work collaboratively to improve the quality of education.

Lila Leff

In 1997, Lila Leff founded Umoja Student Development Corporation in Chicago, IL. Umoja provides more than 8,000 young people living in poverty the social emotional, academic, and post-secondary supports they need to thrive in high school and make an effective transition into college. Lila served as Umoja’s CEO until November 2010. Since transitioning out of this role, she has continued to support the organization by providing teacher and principal professional development and helping to translate Umoja’s program model to new schools.


Generosa Lopez-Molina

Generosa Lopez-Molina is the Co-Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Vice Provost of Academic Programs and Faculty Development at National Louis University, a private, non-profit institution with a strong history of serving a diverse population and preparing teachers and leaders from the baccalaureate to the doctoral level. Generosa has extensive background working with local and international students, staff, faculty, administrators and other colleagues in the field of education. She facilitates NLU faculty development, diversity, and academic planning initiatives that are tightly woven into the core functions and decision-making processes of the University.

James O'Meara

Professor James O’Meara is the Lead Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching at National Louis University in Chicago. He also serves as the President of the International Council on Education for Teaching, an INGO with UNESCO associate status. As a member of the UNESCO NGO Liaison Committee, he works to advance collaborations between UNESCO and INGO’s by internationalizing the works of UNESCO in the Education sector. Professor O’Meara also serves on the Chief Editorial Board of the Mapping Educational Specialist Know How Project. His current research agenda examines the contributions of transformational pedagogic content knowledge and catalytic communities to the achievement of UNESCO’s Education First priorities of improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship.

Sue Offutt

Sue Offutt is the Executive Director at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. She provides leadership and oversees the day-to-day operations that relate to the McCormick Center’s mission and vision. As a former director of rural Head Start programs, she understands the need for ready-to-use tools to improve program effectiveness.


David Perrin

Daid Perrin is the CEO of World Literacy Summit Ltd. WLS operates the World Literacy Summit, which is the peak conference for literacy in the world. This biennial summit based in Oxford UK brings together officials from Government, NGO's and the NFP community from around the world, and the brightest among the globes' academia.


Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez is the Director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University. His multinational experiences and his recent work with Latino and non-Latino entrepreneurs have given him a unique perspective on the “emerging” Latino entrepreneurship culture. He is on a mission to seek the best practices on entrepreneurship taking place in Latin America and the U.S. to develop cultural-relevant practices for Latino entrepreneurs in the U.S. Carlos is very active in the community, serving on several Boards and committees; Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Dyer Ives, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Center for Community Leadership and the Davenport University Alumni Board.


Parag Shirname

Parag Shirname has intricate knowledge of Executive Search, Diversity in the workplace, manufacturing operations and the retail network. As a former diplomat, Parag was responsible for top-secret international technology transfer and negotiations between the arms trading company of Russia, called Rosvorouzhenie and the Indian purchasing organization. The corporate world welcomed Parag, after his stint as a diplomat, through multi-faceted assignments from Country Manager, MSX International, to Regional Manager Asia Pacific and Africa and onto the Manager and Dean of the Ford Academy for Ford Australia. He successfully developed company strategy to expand operations in Australia and Asia-Pacific including establishing presence in Japan, China, India and Thailand. Parag is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kerstin Sorensen

Kerstin Sorensen is the Associate Director of Special Internationalization Programs at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.


Karen Melhuish Spencer

Karen Melhuish Spencer joined the CORE Education team in 2010 after five years working in blended educational professional development and consultancy, and 13 years in teaching and middle management (Years 7-13), both in New Zealand and the UK. Karen is experienced with in-depth, evidence-based professional development models, in the context of e-learning and online communities of practice. Karen is the ICET Senior e-Fellow, representing the Asia-Pacific region, assisting in the induction of e-Fellows from the four UNESCO regions, socializing UNESCO resources and messages, and motivating and enthusing people to contribute to online discussions and collaboration.


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