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51st Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers and Annual Award Winner Addresses are highlighted on this page, with more information available in the conference program.

The Ernest Mannino International Superintendent of the Year Address
Dr. Chip Barder - United Nations International School of Hanoi
International School Leadership - Failures to Successes - It's in the Lyrics

The Keith Miller International Innovative Leader of the Year Address
Cary Reid - UWC Mahindra College
Walking With Our Students Into the Future

This year's speakers are foremost experts in the field of future forecasting, future trends in education and innovative programming that is reshaping the international landscape. Don't miss the opportunity to not only hear their Keynotes, but to engage personally in the related sessions several of them will be offering during the conference.

Monday, 6 February

Opening Keynote: Shaping the Future of International Education

Opening Keynote: Shaping the Future of International Education

Katherine Prince & Jason Swanson

We are rapidly entering a new era of living, working, and learning in which the ways we support learning and what we expect from education could change dramatically. This session will explore emerging global trends along with opportunities and challenges for international school leaders to shape the future of learning.

Katherine Prince

One of the United States’ foremost educational futurists, Katherine Prince leads KnowledgeWorks’ exploration of the future of learning. As Senior Director, Strategic Foresight, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem. She facilitates conversations that challenge assumptions about how education functions today and encourage education stakeholders to create and pursue transformative visions for learning.

Before joining KnowledgeWorks in 2006, Katherine supported large-scale changes in working practice at Britain’s Open University by introducing an online portal and an online student feedback system for 7,500 tutors distributed across the United Kingdom.

Katherine holds a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University; an MA in English from the University of Iowa; and an MBA from The Open University with emphases on creativity, innovation, and change and on knowledge management. She also earned a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Katherine serves on the board of trustees of the Union Institute and University and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.


Jason Swanson

Jason Swanson is the Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks, where he helps lead the organization’s research into the future of learning.

Jason holds a BA in Public Policy from West Chester University and an MA in Foresight from the University of Houston, is a fellow with the Royal Society of Arts, and is a board member of the Association of Professional Futurists.


Tuesday, 7 February

Women's Leadership Breakfast: Distinguished Lecture Series

Farah Mohamed is the Founder & CEO of G(irls)20. G(irls)20 cultivates future generations of female leaders through entrepreneurship, education and global experiences. It was the first social enterprise to encourage G20 Leaders to take action on increasing female labour force participation.

Farah served as Director of Communications for Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and has also served as an advisor to Virgin Unite, Richard Branson’s foundation. She co-anchored The Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls & Women in 2011. An ardent believer that everyone should exercise their right to vote, Farah was an International Election Observer with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), for the 2012 Egyptian & 2013 Jordan elections.

In 2014, she was named Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada by Women of Influence and BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for civic engagement.

Farah was born and raised in Uganda until 1972 when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion Indian Ugandans, her family sought refuge in Canada. She has a Masters in Political Science and 2007m she summited Mount Kilimanjaro.

Wednesday, 8 February

Key Updates for Global Leaders

This important sharing session features highlights and updates from AAIE Leadership Consortiums.

Jane Larsson will update the work of the International Task Force on Child Protection.

Richard Spradling will present the on going issue of student support and inclusion in International Schools.

Jane Larsson

Updates from the International Task Force on Child

Jane Larson will represent the many volunteers and law enforcement experts that make up the International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) as she reports on the outcomes of our work to help international school communities address
child protection challenges.

A progress report, including the launch of a website dedicated to resources for the international school community, a full agreement by accreditation and inspection agencies to launch enhanced child protection standards in 2016 and a new Interpol initiative to create one certification of clearance that will include 190 Interpol member countries.

Richard L. Spradling

When a Trend Gathers Momentum It Can Become a Juggernaut

In the last decade, inclusion of students with special learning needs in the student population of international schools has grown from a trickle in a very few schools to a steadily growing stream in many schools. Through shining examples such as the International School of Brussels, and the supportive work of Bill and Ochan Powell and NFI, this growing river of inclusiveness is poised to become full flood in the coming years. Each international school has its own unique tributary flow, of course, but learning from each other’s stories helps us gain impetus as we band together and increase in number. In this informal talk, the American School of The Hague (ASH) will share its own serpentine path to join this ever-expanding inclusion watershed.

Dr. Richard L. Spradling

Director - American School of the Hague


Closing Keynote: Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2009 through 2013 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In September 2013, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model. In 2013, Chris co-founded the non-profit Inquiry Schools with Diana Laufenberg to help more schools create more empowering, modern learning experiences for students, and he serves as Superintendent and Chair of the Board. Chris returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as an English Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Girls Basketball Coach and Ultimate Frisbee coach at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration.

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