Conference Speakers

Past Speakers

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shema Bukhari

Dean of Communication and Multimedia Department at University College of Bahrain

Speech Title: Public Relations and Artificial Intelligence

Associate Professor Dr Shema Bukhari is an expert in Communication and Media Management. Currently. With various certificate courses & programs to her credit, and membership in international academic and professional organizations; she has successfully published various academic research in various international journals. In her teaching career spanning over 23 years, she has worked in administrative and management positions.

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Dr. Augustine Ugar

Lecturer and an expert in public policy, conflict studies, global governance and political discourse analysis

Speech Title: Exclusivism and Ethnicization of Religion in Practice? A critical discourse analysis of Conflict in Nigeria

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Policy and Administrative Studies and distinctions in Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Public Policy from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He is currently with the Institute of International Political Sociology, Kiel University, Germany. He has over ten years of experience in research/academic writing. He has collaborated with several authors to publish about twelve papers in international journals with high impact factors. He has attended and presented many scholarly papers at local and international conferences, including the 6th International Conference on Research in Social Sciences at Oxford University, German-American Conference held at Harvard University, Africa-Europe Security Conference in Brussels and the International Conference on Ethno-Religious Conflict in New York; he has also served as lead/keynote speaker at several fora. Dr. Akah is a certified international conflict mediator, completing the mediation course organised by ICERM in collaboration with United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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Asst. Prof. Suhair Safwat Hashim

Suhair Safwat Hashim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Sulaimani/ College of Languages/ Department of English. I worked as an advisor in the department of certificate evaluation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for 7 years. I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics/ Pragmatics from the University of Baghdad. I have published many researches concerning Pragmatics. I have been teaching Linguistics, Grammar, Phonetics and Phonology, and Semantics at the University of Baghdad, Almustansirya University and Al- Maamoun College since 1999. Now I am a teacher/ Professor at the University of Sulaimani/ College of Languages/ Department of English. I have supervised different PhD and MA theses and dissertations. I am a member in Editorial Board in International Journal of Language and Linguistics and a member in Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA). I am also a reviewer in Universal Journal of Educational Research.

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Dr. Matteo Antonini

Matteo Antonini PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Padua. His recent works focus on populism and its cultural psychological underpinnings. He is currently funded by Stars framework (Unipd) to study this topic in Italy. He is interested in integrating psychoanalytical, social-psychological and political sciences frameworks to address his research subjects.

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Ms. Pallavi Roe

Pallavi Roe, holding a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and about to graduate with a Master’s in Geographic Information Systems. She is an enthusiast for hiking, painting, and scrapbooking. With a passion for continuous learning, she is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt and GIS Certificate holder, driven by exploration and growth.

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Prof. Katsuyuki Yamasaki

1998-2020, Professor, Department of Psychology and Educational Science, Naruto University of Education.

2015-2016, Visiting Researcher, Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, Michigan State University.

2020-present, Specially Appointed Professor, Department of Psychology and Educational Science, Naruto University of Education.

Areas of Interest: Personality end education.

Dubovitskaya Maria Anatol’evna

Assoc. Prof. Dubovitskaya Maria Anatol’evna

Dubovitskaya Maria Anatol’evna: Candidate of Sc., Associate Professor at English Department №3 at MGIMO. Research interests: cross-cultural literature, intercultural communication, identity and language, coaching in education.

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Dr. Phil Hulbig

PAL Professor at Curry College and Special Education Consultant, USA

Speech Title: Metacognition, Self-Authorship and Social Justice

Dr. Phil Hulbig M.Ed, Ph.D. has extensive experience designing programs for and working with neurologically diverse learners at all educational levels.  He works as a professor at the Program for the Advancement of Learning at Curry College and as a special education consultant and learning specialist. He will be speaking on themes from his upcoming book Pathway to Self-Authorship and Transformational Learning: The Neurocognitive Impact of Metacognition. 

He recently attained a doctoral degree from Lesley University researching metacognition and has presented this work at the New England Doctoral Student Conference, Harvard Student Research Conference and Lesley Community of Scholars events. Most recently he presented his research Prepandemic Teacher Perceptions of their 2019-2020 K1 Class Readiness at the 5th International Academic Conference on Research in Social Sciences in Copenhagen, Denmark. Presently, he is working on a project that will expand upon his Wholistic Problem Solving approach, which will help colleges and highschools provide mentorship to all incoming freshman at their institution. In the fall he will publish his book The Path to Self-Authorship and the Development of Transformational Learning: The Neurocognitive Impact of Metacognition with Springer Nature books.

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Dr. Corina Rotar

An enthusiastic teacher and a Public Relations specialist at Babes-Bolyai University, the largest Romanian higher education institution

Speech Title: Public Relations role in improving the image of a public institution among stakeholders

Dr. Corina Rotar, An enthusiastic teacher and a Public Relations specialist at Babes-Bolyai University, the largest Romanian higher education institutionWith teaching experience at universities in Europe, South America and Asia, Corina Rotar received the title of “Bologna Professor”, an honorable distinction at the national level. Corina’s research experience is on topics related to strategic role of PR in organizational development.

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Prof. Nisrine El Hannach

Prof. Nisrine El Hannach is an Assistant Professor of English Linguistics. She is a Moroccan Professor and Researcher. She is the manager of an educational institute in charge of empowering nonspeaking Arabic communities and helping them learn Arabic using creative approaches, she has also been involved in developing and designing a platform for online Arabic language assessment e-lang. Throughout her career as a professor, she has been teaching a number of subjects related to FLT and ESP in a number of private and public institutions. Along with her interest in linguistics, education, and communication Nisrine El Hannach is interested in Gender issues in relation to communication and migration.

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Dr. Akah Augustine Ugar

Akah Augustine Ugar is an expert in international relations, conflict studies, defence/security policy & political discourse analysis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Policy & Administrative Studies, distinctions in Master’s degree in Public Policy & a PhD from Calabar, Nigeria. He is also a PhD candidate at the Institute of International Political Sociology, Kiel University, Germany. While at Kiel University, he works as an Academic Staff at the Faculty of Social Sciences, where he teaches public policy, conflict mediation & research methodology. He has over ten years of experience in research/academic writing. He has collaborated with several authors to publish about twelve papers in international journals. In addition, he has participated in over fifteen academic conferences, including the most recent German-American conference at Harvard University. He is a DAAD, PTDF and ABO Scholar with over twenty awards and recognitions.

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Mr. Robin Cox

Robin Cox is a retired school principal and developer of youth mentoring and school peer mentor programmes, who has lived and worked in Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand where he currently resides. Robin’s passion is encouraging young people to reach their potential, heavily influenced by his cancer journey as a young boy. He has trained over 1000 volunteer adult mentors, and personally mentored over 1000 teenagers. Robin is the author of eleven books covering education and youth mentoring issues.

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Mr. Fradreck Jockonia Mujuru

Fradreck Jockonia Mujuru is a Zimbabwean PhD student in the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University, India training to entertain the intimidations and silences that entangle security studies from the scourge of landmines that are present in Zimbabwe, with efforts bending to create safe spaces where the life of the state, humans and non-humans have a positive meaning.

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Ms. Toh Catherine Mui-Hua

Catherine Mui-Hua is currently pursuing her higher degree research at James Cook University Singapore. Her research project aims to explore how trainee counsellors in Singapore make sense of their hindering self-awareness (HSA) experiences or when their self-awareness becomes overwhelming to manage during training. Beyond her PhD, Catherine is a counsellor and a community volunteer

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Ms. Xiao Yu

Xiao Yu is a PhD student of English language study at National University of Malaysia, and also a lecturer for teaching English in Zibo Normal College in China for 17 years. Her area of interests includes sociolinguistics, teaching English to speakers of other languages and second language acquisition.

Feiyang He

Mr. Feiyang He

Feiyang He is a Research Assistant at the School of Law and Humanity of Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University. His main research focuses on carbon decoupling and environmental policy.

Berna Köseoğlu

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Berna Köseoğlu

Berna Köseoğlu obtained her B.A., M.A. and PhD. degrees from the Department of English Language and Literature. She is currently working at Kocaeli University, Turkey, in the Department of English Language and Literature as the Vice Head of the Department and teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programmes.

Julius Brejohn Calvert

Mr. Julius Brejohn Calvert

Julius is a Junior Research Fellow at The American Counterterrorism Targeting & Resilience Insitute studying the ecological nature of right-wing extremism online and the cognitive predictors of radicalization. Julis is also an incoming Master of Science candidate for Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience at Keele University in Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Erika Mattio

Ms. Erika Mattio

Erika Mattio, born in 1989, lives in Venice. She is a PhD candidate at the Complutense University of Madrid and at the Bicocca University of Milan. She is a journalist, archaeologist and anthropologist, she studies the relations between China and Africa and the geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East.

Ansgarius Wahana Mau

Mr. Ansgarius Wahana Mau

Ansgarius Mau is a civil servant at the Department of Research and Development of East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. His concerns are related to poverty and inequality, education for children, and economic development. Besides working for the local government, he actively participates in some volunteering organizations in order to advocate for dropout pupils, share ideas to get a scholarship to study abroad and do some activities for youth empowerment in sports and music. Currently, He is doing a Master of Public Administration in Comparative Applied Social and Public Policy, Evaluation, and Research (CASPPER) at the University of York, United Kingdom.

Maria Weickardt Soares

Ms. Maria Weickardt Soares

Maria Weickardt Soares is a doctoral researcher affiliated with the Technical University Dresden and the University of Warwick. She has been working in global health research for about five years, focusing on digital health, inequality research, international organizations, and human rights.

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Ms. Cinzia Cilento

Cinzia Cilento, born in 1996 and living in Sorrento Coast, is a PhD candidate in Comparative Law and Integration Processes at the Department of Political Science of the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, located in Caserta, Italy. Currently she is collaborating with the General Sociology Chair. Her research focuses on migration issues, particularly on climate refugees, and political communication within the digital sphere.

Moufida Mnakri Labyadh

Dr. Moufida Mnakri Labyadh

Moufida Mnakri is a professor of international relations, a trainer of ESP and cross-cultural communication, and a sworn translator. She holds a Ph.D in translation studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations, and a master’s degree in applied linguistics. She is the CEO and founder of The Ambassador Consulting, a firm for translating, training, and diplomacy consulting. Her research interests cover diplomacy and peace building, gender issues, translation and ideology. Her training courses cover cross-cultural communication, diplomacy negotiation, legal translation, and ESP. Dr. Mnakri is a member of Open Diplomacy think tank, and Sorbonne Human Rights Organization. She is a volunteer professor of languages for a number of associations.

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Dr. Philip Hulbig

Phil Hulbig M.Ed., Ph.D., has over 30 years’ experience developing/running special education programs for at-risk students. He is a Professor at The Program for the Advancement of Learning at Curry College and researches metacognition, human development and problem-solving.

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Dr. Ahmad Jamshid Safi

Ahmad Jamshid Safi is an Afghan research scholar and Ph.D. candidate in the field of strategic management. Mr. Safi has more than 8 years of progressive experience in managing and being a part of educational programs/projects with INGOs, National academic institutions. He has been teaching management sciences in various national and international academic institutions since 2012. Mr. Safi has attended many international academic events with remarkable achievements.

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Ms. Thanyanuch Tantikul

Thanyanuch Tantikul has over ten years of experience as a Thai criminal justice lawyer and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Her research focuses on inequality, sentencing culture, and lived experience in the criminal justice system.

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Ms. Rola Yousef

The applicant is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal and obtained her MA degree at the University of Greenwich, UK. She has long-standing professional experience in marketing communication and political communication with a particular focus on the Middle East. Her research interests include cyberculture, cyber activism, feminism, political communication, surveillance culture, social transformation, and Middle Eastern studies. Her current research addresses online activism and women journalists’ engagement in political and religious communication in the Middle East.

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Mr. Adil Ahmad Mughal

Adil Ahmadis a researcher in Financial Economics & Mathematics – of their philosophical aesthetic mainly. An auto-didactic but reluctant philosopher; an economist who is desperate to be recognized as a mathematician

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Ms. Swami Carolina Antolinez Vasquez

Lawyer and professional in international relations from Universidad Santo Tomás in Colombia. Erasmus Mundus master’s degree fellow in transnational migration

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Dr. Thomas J Ward


Thomas J. Ward serves as President of Unification Theological Seminary in New York City and as Professor of Peace and Development Studies there. Prior to his current role, he served for eighteen years as Dean of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Public and International Affairs where he taught graduate courses on Culture and Development, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Political and Economic Integration.

Dr. Ward has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Latin America and East Asia. He lectures in English, French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of several other European and Asian languages. In 2008 he was appointed to serve as a member of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Policy Advisory Council on International Education and served in that role until 2011.

Ward’s writings and research have been published in the Washington Times, World and I Magazine, the International Journal of World Peace, East Asia Quarterly, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, the Journal of Unification Studies, Paragon House, New World Encyclopedia, and E-International Relations. He is a member of several academic honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Taiwan Foreign Ministry Research Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the Academy of Social Science in Beijing and at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Modern History in Taipei.

Dr. Ward has been author, co-author or editor of more than ten books including Development, Social Justice, and Civil Society: An Introduction to the Political Economy of NGOs (Paragon 2004); March to Moscow—The Role of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the Collapse of Communism (Paragon 2005), Park Statue Politics: World War II Comfort Women Memorials in the United States (E-International Relations 2019).

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Dr. Madhuparna Gupta


Madhuparna Gupta is currently an Instructor at the Department of International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from Jadavpur University, India, and served as Assistant Professor of Political Science for thirteen years in India.

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Dr. Robert Lake

Dr. Robert Lake is with the Department of Sport Science at Douglas College, Canada. His research focuses on social and historical issues in sport, particularly tennis. He has authored/edited several books, including A Social History of Tennis in Britain (Routledge, 2015) and The Routledge Handbook of Tennis (Routledge, 2019). He is serving as President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport in 2021/22.

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Dr. Sami Abdullah Hamdi

Sami Hamdi is an assistant professor at the English Language Institute- Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico-USA. Dr. Hamdi’s research interests include critical discourse studies/analysis, text analytics, and intellectual security.

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Ms. Vidya Suresh

Vidya Suresh is a graduate student in Computer Sciences and Engineering at Amrita Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, India.

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MSC. Aleksejs Jelisejevs

Aleksejs Jelisejevs, PhD Candidate in Law Science of Turība University, Riga (Latvia), lawyer whose professional length of practice service is 25 years (including eight years as a sworn advocate). Subject of current scientific research is issues with legal protection of consumers’ rights when banks close accounts unilaterally.

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Ms. Rong Yuan

Rong Yuan is originally from Beijing, China. She’s currently a Master’s student in International Affairs following the Global Security Track at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is passionate about research on global governance, development, and public communication. Her latest research is on MSF’s communication strategy during the 2017-2018 cholera outbreak in Yemen.