director for innovation and outreach
David Marsh PhD is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK, Member of the EduCluster Finland Advisory Council, University of Jyväskylä Group, and Director of MED, Finland. He has contributed to educational advancement in Finland over 25 years, worked on assignments in 50+ countries, and received 5 degrees from the United Kingdom, Finland, and Spain. His current interests include enabling educational change management, designing processes for implementing career guidance and navigation, and adjusting educational practices for digitally astute young people.
Research Fellow at Korean Educational Development Institute (April 2012 ∼ Present). Research Areas: Future Education, EdTech, Higher Education, Education Policy, School Evaluation, Lifelong Learning, Education Law.
Consultant at Asian Development Bank (February 2021 ∼ Present). Consulting Areas: EdTech, School Evaluation, Teacher Training.
Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. (March 2019 ∼ March 2020). Research Areas: North Korea’s Science and Technology Education.
Visiting Scholar at The East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. (March 2018 ∼ February 2019). Research Areas: Future Education, Education Policy, Strategic Foresight.
Assistant Secretary to the President for Education (July 2010 ~ April 2012, Job Areas: Education Policy, Education Law, Higher Education), and Assistant Secretary to the President for Public Administration (March 2008 ~ June, Job Areas: Administrative Law and Regulation, Tax and Public Finance) at The Blue House, the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Korea.
Chief of Staff for National Assemblyman Jaewan Bahk (June 2004 ~ Feb 2008, Job Areas: Political and Legislative Affairs/Health and Welfare Committee, Special Committee on Budget and Accounts), and Senior Legislative Staff for National Assemblyman Ui-Hwa Chung (September 2002 ~ May 2004, Job Areas: Political and Legislative Affairs/Strategy and Finance Committee) at The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.
Accounting Lecturer/Air Force Lieutenant, Air Force Headquarter at Republic of Korea Air Force, (July 1995 ∼ June 1998). Job Areas: Budget, Government Accounting, and Military Procurement, Korean Fighter Experimental Project (KF-X)
Stephanie M. Jones is the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Child Development and Education and Director of the EASEL Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research, anchored in prevention science, focuses on the effects of poverty and exposure to violence on social, emotional, and behavioral development from early childhood through early adolescence. Over the past fifteen years, her work has centered on evaluation research addressing the impact of preschool- and elementary-level social-emotional learning interventions on behavioral and academic outcomes and classroom practices, as well as new curriculum development, implementation, and testing. Jones is also co-Director (with Nonie Lesaux) of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative and Co-PI of the Early Learning Study at Harvard (ELS@H). She serves on numerous national advisory boards and expert consultant groups related to social-emotional development, early childhood education, and child and family anti-poverty policies, including recently as a member of the Council of Distinguished Scientists for the Aspen National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Her research is published in academic and educational journals as well as in trade publications, and she regularly presents her work to national academic and practitioner audiences. Jones holds a BA from Barnard College and a PhD from Yale University.
Host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls”, Nathan Wallis, Aotearoa’s renowned neuroscience educator, has been captivating audiences over 250 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia, & China.
With a profound reputation as a lively and engaging speaker, Nathan uses humour and plain language to condense twenty-five years of neuroscience research into his unique ‘tell you how it is’ style. You’ll be absolutely captivated and walk away jam-packed with more than a few “ahha” moments.
Nathan’s talks will be of interest to anyone who is committed to understanding the workings of their own brain and improving the quality of their lives, regardless of whether they have children or not. Twenty-five years of research is hard to fit into an hour-and-a-half chat, so, what Nathan has done is broken things down into a series of sequential talks:
1. The Developing Brain – The Big Picture – A summary of all of his talks
2. Understand Your Brain – The First 1000 Days
3. Engage Your Brain – 2-7-Years
4. Change Your Brain! Change Your Life! – Neuroplasticity and your brain
5. Teen Brain
6. Anxiety and Depression
So, here’s your chance to get all the latest brain development research from a valid source, in a series of talks that are made to make sense. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear Nathan Wallis speak.
director of digital innovation for the University Design Institute at Arizona State University
He works with university leaders to develop and implement digital solutions to enable student success. Those efforts have earned him the 2016 Sally M. Johnstone Award from WCET recognizing his thought leadership, excellence in practice, and demonstrated leadership capabilities. In 2018, he was honored by the IMS Global Learning Consortium with an outstanding service award for his leadership of the adaptive courseware community of practice.
Mr. Johnson has spoken on the topic of digital innovation in higher education at more than 20 conferences in the USA, Rwanda, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Vietnam, and led workshops on the subject at numerous universities. He has a bachelor of science in design degree from ASU and a master in public policy degree from Harvard University, a learning path that combined his interests in design, engineering and education policy. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and building things. He’s traveled to more than 40 countries, studied in Barcelona for a year as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, and built his own solar home in Phoenix
Tim Oates is a Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, focusing on national and international research on assessment and measurement
He has published widely on assessment and curriculum. He has undertaken wide-ranging international comparison of the performance of education systems, and advised OECD on its curriculum review work. In 2010 he published ‘Could do better’ which laid down the principles for the review of the National Curriculum in England. From 2010-2013, he was chair of the Expert Panel for Review of the National Curriculum. In 2014, Tim published ‘Why textbooks count’, a study examining the structural role of textbooks in educational reform. This led to national debate and co-ordinated work by publishers, on enhancing both the quality and patterns of use of learning materials. The ‘Cambridge Approach to high quality textbooks and resource materials’ was published in April 2016 and already has been widely used.
He was a member of Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group from 2010-16; he recently has moved from this group to the Ofqual Vocational Standards Advisory Group. Tim routinely provides briefings and advice to UK and other governments. He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge. In 2015 he was awarded a CBE for services to education.
Dr. Arnold J. Brouwer is assessment expert in educational measurement and psychological testing. He is an all-round researcher, innovator and consultant of methods and techniques for analysing, chievemen and auditing reliable and valid assessments. He is director of the Dutch Research Centre for Examination and Certification and he is a guest researcher at the Department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data Analysis at the University of Twente. He obtained his PhD on the Systems-oriented Talent Management (STM) model, which he elaborated into a method for aligning human talent with the business purpose from both a psychological and managerial perspective.
Professor of Special Education and obtained a PhD from the University of Lisbon. He has taught in Portuguese and foreign universities (Belgium, Brazil and China) and ended his teaching career in 2015 as Full Professor. He has worked on international projects for UNESCO, UNICEF and Humanité & Inclusion on issues of Human Rights and Social and Educational Inclusion. He is a guest lecturer in countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. He has published 32 books and dozens of articles in specialist journals. He is founder of the NGO Pró-Inclusão, was its President (2008~2020) and director of the Journal “Educação Inclusiva”. He received in 2017 the “International Leadership Excellence Award” by the Council for Exceptional Children – DISES (USA) and in 2020 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Human Rights by the Portuguese Parliament. Since 2015 he has been a member of the National Education Council.
senior researcher, NIEPR
Senior researcher of National Institute for Educational Policy Research
Toshiya has worked as an administrative officer of the Ministry of Education of Japan. In 1993 he became a university professor, and since 1998 he has worked as a senior researcher of the National Institute for Educational Policy Research.
Founder of Dana private school and Yerkem-ai private kindergarten
Kulanda Batyrbekova is the founder of Dana public school network and Yerkem-ai kindergartens, and Vice-President of Bilim Invest National Association of Education Investors.
She is also a certified accountant and financial analyst.
Kulanda Ualikhanovna is also a mentor in private education and a trainer for entrepreneurs in the field of education.
Kulanda Batyrbekova was awarded the Yeren Ynbegi Ushin medal (for labour distinction) and the Aru Ana Business Recognition Award established by the Council of Business Women under the Presidium of Atameken NCE of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the third-degree Adal Yenbegi Ushin medal (for conscientious work) of Atameken NCE.
Akmaral Bekbayeva is the principal of Dara Business Academy lyceum school in Kosshy, Tselinograd district, Akmola region. The school has been operating since 2019 providing a variety of educational services to promote the development and socialization of students, and meet their physical, intellectual and creative needs. The school focuses on developing business mindset and gaining the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. In the future, this will help the students to prepare for the labour market, start a business and use this knowledge in real-life context.
Akmaral allocates educational grants to help children from large and disadvantaged families. The best students, winners of competitions and Olympiads receive a monthly scholarship of 20,000 tenge.
Akmaral Bekbayeva also has extensive experience in the quasi-public sector. Previously, she worked at Kogamdyk Kelisim Republican State Institution under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Menin Atamekenim Republican Public Association and Kazakhstan Republican Television and Radio Corporation. She is a member of the Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan.
С 2003-2009 гг. работал учителем казахского языка и зам.директора в г Костанай.
С 2009-2011 гг. занимал различные должности в отделе образования и управлении образования городов Костанай и Астана.
С 2011 г. работает в сети «Назарбаев Интеллектуальные школы». За годы работы прошел путь от учителя казахского языка до директора школы. За время своей профессиональной деятельности принимал участие в республиканских и международных конференциях НИШ и Международного Бакалавриата. Является лауреатом множества наград, среди которых Нагрудной знак «Ы.Алтынсарин» Министерства образования и науки Республики Казахстан, а также грамоты и благодарственные письма от малой академии наук Республики Казахстан.
генеральный директор Tamos Space School
Ludmila Viktorovna Rozdestvenskaja is a teacher and educational technologist in Tallinn Central Russian Gymnasium, Tallinn, Estonia. Trainer of teacher training courses and blogger. Founder and moderator of Signum.
Ludmila is a Google Certified Teacher and an expert of Google Apps for Education.
She has developed more than 20 cutting-edge Mathematics and ICT courses. She is the co-author of the following books: School Step into Blended Learning and Google Apps for Education.
Ludmila Viktorovna is the Teacher of the Year 2020, Estonia.
An associate professor in multiliteracies at the Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä in Finland. She teaches courses related to academic and professional literacies and literacy pedagogy. Her research interests include adolescent and adult reading literacy, reading engagement as informal literacy learning, and disciplinary literacy. She has worked in several international reading literacy assessments since the late 1990’s, such as the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) as well as the IEA’s Progress in Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2011). She served as a member in the European Commission’s High level Group on Literacy (2011–2012), and a member of the Reading Expert Group for PISA 2018. Currently she is working in a project focusing on historical literacy practices in Finnish general upper secondary schools. Since March 2018, she is also Adjunct professor in the field of Reading literacy pedagogy, specifically assessment, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu.
• Founding member in the Association European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) (est. 5.7.2017−). Moreover, she is a member in the Management group of ELINET and the co-chair of the thematic working group on Adolescent and Disciplinary literacy.
• Membership in the PISA 2018 Reading Expert Group (2014–2019).
• Membership in the National Literacy Forum in Finland (2017–2018) which was an expert group set by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture
PISA national project-manager, Department of International Comparative Studies, IAC, MoE of RoK, Kazakhstan
Rizagul Syzdykbayeva works in the Department of International Comparative Studies of the IAC JSC, which is responsible for conducting the OECD and IEA international studies in Kazakhstan. Rizagul is a PISA National Project Manager.
Anneke de Graaf
Language expert, Institute for Educational Measurement, Cito
Dr Courtney is an educational assessment expert, psychometrician, and statistical software developer from New Zealand. He has expertise in both classical test theory (CTT) and item-response theory (IRT), automated statistical analysis and reporting, and online collaborative learning. Dr Courtney completed his PhD in Education from The University of Auckland in 2015. His PhD supervisors included Professor Gavin Brown and Laureate Professor John Hattie.
Currently, Dr Courtney works as an Assistant Professor at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, a research-intensive university in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. He provides expertise in quantitative research methods in education and has 20 publications in top international journals in the field chieve on the field of student assessment and learning.
Aiman Kazybayeva received her PhD degree in Marketing in 2015. Doctor Aiman Kazybayeva has worked as a head of the AlmaU Marketing Programme from 2018 to 2021. In 2018, she founded the Neuromarketing Laboratory. In 2022, she has become a head of the Neuromarketing and Neuromanagement Laboratory. In August, 2021, she was appointed to the position of the Dean of AlmaU Management School.
Dr. Kazybayeva is a Kaizen trainer. In 2021, she was nominated for the award “The best teacher 2020” by the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. Her research interests are related to higher education, consumer’s behaviour and neuromarketing.
Clara is an Education Specialist and former teacher from Spain based in Finland. She has experience working in schools at the classroom level and her research is focused on global education, education policies, wellbeing, student agency, and social justice in education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Development, Education, and International Cooperation from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She works now at HundrED, a Finnish non-profit organization, doing research in education innovation. During the past year, she has helped organizations such as the World Bank, The LEGO Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Jacobs Foundation and others, to identify some of the most innovative practices in education today.
Ulzhan Ospanova is the Director of the Department of Applied Research and Development, IAC JSC. She is the research project manager on functional literacy in secondary and higher education
Phil Ball works as a consultant for the Federation of Basque Schools, based in San Sebastián in Spain.
He is a CLIL materials writer and teacher-trainer and has been closely involved with the award-winning Basque multilingual project, ‘Eleanitz’.
He has been involved in several European-based CLIL projects, and has written a wide variety of CLIL-based textbooks for the Basque and Spanish social science and English language programmes.
He co-designed the new ‘CLIL Essentials’ online course for the British Council and is the module leader on the MA CLIL degree for NILE in England.
He is the co-author of the new book about CLIL, ‘Putting CLIL into Practice’ (Oxford University Press 2015) and his CLIL textbook series for the Basque curriculum was nominated for the ELTONS Innovation Award in 2016.
Katie’s primary responsibility is to help CIS and school and university members to keep children and young people safe and to support and strengthen their mental health and well-being. In this capacity Katie carries out and supports research into new areas, develops resources, provides guidance and oversees professional development.
Katie is currently undertaking a professional doctorate at the International Centre for Research into Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, focusing on how schools can build effective responses to abuse and harm between students. After graduating with a first class degree in history and political science from Trinity College, Dublin, Katie studied international public law at the University of Cordoba, Argentina and subsequently completed a law degree in England. Katie speaks fluent French and Spanish.
In Anne Taylor’s world, art, architecture and education are one—integrated within the total ecology of the order in the universe. Based on the new philosophy of Ecosopy (Arne Naess), the design of learning environments, architectural programming for schools, curriculum development and professional development for teachers spring from this clear sense of the world as a whole and as a very useful teaching – learning tool—if not a “textbook” of the future. We live in the built, natural and cultural environment, why do we not use it to help students understand the world in which they live P/K-12+?
After earning her MA and Ph.D. from Arizona State University, she joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico in the Art Education Department and later the School of Architecture and Planning. She became and ACSA Distinguished and Regents professor there. She also worked collaboratively with architects from Alaska to New Orleans to California to program and design schools and playground landscapes as three-dimensional teaching-learning tools.
Taylor wrote with architect George Vlastos design education curriculum published by School Zone Institute where she was founder and president. Recently she produced with the help of consultants, videos for teachers and children with directions for learning many design concepts from schematic drawing to model building. These tools set up an instructional model for creative problem solving and the value of creative visual thinking for all students. It gives children power to solve problems and to contribute their ideas to society. In Alaska she and Vlastos designed a Phantasmagoria architecture children’s exhibit for the Anchorage Museum of History and art. 250,000 visitors attended.
Dr. Taylor has written many books among including “Linking Architecture and Education: Sustainable Design of Learning Environments”, “School Zone: Learning Environments for Children” (with Vlastos) and an “Architecture and Children Guidebook” and learning posters for teachers.
Dr. Taylor and Albert Liang are collaborating to sponsor new models of learning environments and design education internationally.
In 2019 Taylor was honored by the National American Institute of Architects with the Collaborative Achievement Award.
founder and director of BEEP Lab
Albert Liang, the founder and director of BEEP Lab, school of Design and creativity for children and youth.
A registered social enterprise with RaiSE, established in 2018 with the vision to empower, enrich and engage the younger generations to learn about our built, natural, and cultural environment through ArCHiTecTure: art, community, history, technology and nature.
As a trained architectural designer and a passionate education innovator, and adjunct design tutor teaching in NUS Department of Architecture, Albert aspired to equip the new generation of architects with design facilitation and teaching skills that would enable them to develop a mentoring relationship between our shared environment and the learners.
He has recently been featured as an ambassador to represent his faculty College of design & Engineering to communicate his dream to shape the mind of the younger generation through design & architecture.
BEEP Lab has been selected by a Finland Education Innovation platform as a top 100 Innovative creative education startup since 2019-2021
Anna is a coordinator of the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) programmes on climate change, child injury prevention, children’s emergency preparedness, access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Anna promoted UNICEF initiatives in partnership with the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan such as disaster risk reduction through education, local risk analysis with a focus on children, application of innovations in emergencies. Together with the National Volunteer Network, the volunteer programmes on green lifestyles, road safety and emergency preparedness of school children were supported. Together with the experts from the Ministry of Healthcare and Bureau of National Statistics Anna led a study on knowledge, attitudes and practices of parents and guardians of children from 0 to 14 years on the prevention of child injuries. Based on the recommendations of the study, they resulted in the development of training programmes for educators, school health workers and parents.
Within the framework of the initiative “Child Friendly City/District in Kazakhstan”, and in cooperation with the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the MoE and representatives of 21 cities and 4 districts involved in the initiative, Anna coordinated the development of child-friendly indicators for cities and districts of Kazakhstan, training of initiative leaders on its implementation and evaluation. In partnership with Urban Forum Kazakhstan, and on behalf of UNICEF Anna coordinated a study on Child Friendly Almaty, trainings for urbanists, representatives of state bodies, architecture students and the non-governmental bodies on the involvement of children in the planning of urban and play environment.
Роман является экспертом по транспорту со специализацией на безопасности дорожного движения (БДД). Роман отвечает за подготовку предложений и оценку разных транспортных проектов и инициатив в фоне Urban Forum Kazakhstan. Роман также участвует в исследованиях фонда, посвященных транспортной политике и дорожной безопасности.
Перед тем как присоединиться к фонду Urban Forum Kazakhstan он работал на позиции менеджера в “АлматыЭлектроТранс” (2019 г.), в качестве специалиста по транспортному планированию в “Транспортный холдинг г. Алматы” (2017- 2019), а также как специалист проекта ПРООН – ГЭФ “Устойчивый транспорт г. Алматы” (2016 – 2017). C с 08.2019 по 02.2022 Роман являлся менеджером направления Vision Zero (с 08.2019) в компании “Korkem Telekom” в Алматы, а также внештатным советником акима (мэра) г. Алматы (с 06.2020) по безопасности дорожного движения и участвует в разработке мер по успокоению трафика на улицах города.
С 03.2022 по 07. 20222 работал в качестве транспортного аналитика в ТОО Smart Parking. На данный момент ведет общественную деятельность в фонде Urban Forum Kazakhstan.
2015), а его серия учебников CLIL для баскской учебной программы была номинирована на премию ELTONS Innovation Award в 2016 году.
Alesya is a social psychologist, urbanist, social and cultural initiative coordinator, and community cooperation specialist. She is also the initiator of the projects on creating public spaces and developing local communities such as “Это Двор” (“This is Yard”), and “Театр Соседей” (“Neighbourhood Theatre”). Research projects: “Children in the City” (Urban Forum Kazakhstan, UNICEF); Study on the needs of Almaty residents “What Almaty residents want”. Alesya also took part in the urban community festivals such as “Depo”, “Warm Winter Fest”, and developed an urban online game “Горожаным” (“My Dear Citizen”).
Alikhan Kusherbayev has been engaged in urban activism since 2019, having started posting his ideas and opinions on blogs. Alikhan lives in two cities, Petropavlovsk and Nursultan, trying to combine both education and urban studies. Alikhan has started his path with the development of maps-schemes for public transport in Petropavlovsk and the abolition of whitewashing of trees in his city. He is also the author of the book “5 steps to change Petropavlovsk and any city in Kazakhstan”. For several years, Alikhan has developed several draft laws together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also, he is overseeing the Working Group on changing legislation in the field of road safety together with the Majilis and the Senate of the Parliament, as well as the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2020, he registered the public association Qazaqstan Urban Community, which is a platform for the exchange of experience and research in the field of urban studies.
honorary research associate, UCL
Dr Peeter Mehisto (Honorary research Associate, University College London, Institute of Education) has worked internationally with a wide variety of stakeholders to develop and manage bilingual and trilingual programmes. Generating strategic plans and work plans, building teacher-training programmes, managing public relations and creating learning materials have been integral to these initiatives. They have often constituted a major change in the given education system.
He has won several awards for his work. Exploring the complexities of the change process, Peeter Mehisto has researched factors contributing to and hindering successful bilingual programme development.
He has taught at the primary, secondary and university levels. He has extensive experience working with teachers in the classroom to support the implementation of best practice in bilingual programmes. Peeter Mehisto has also worked extensively with programme administrators.
His publications, including the co-authored awarding-winning book Uncovering CLIL (Macmillan), have been addressed to teachers, school principals and/or to the research community. His latest books, which are a co-publication, are Building Bilingual Education Systems: Forces, mechanisms, and counterweights (Cambridge University Press), Lessons from Estonia’s Education Success Story. Exploring equity and high-performance through PISA (Routledge) and Curriculum Reform in the European Schools: Towards a 21st Century Vision (Macmillan).
Chair of “OYNA Institute of Childhood” public association and a researcher. She holds a Master’s degree in Early childhood development from University of Missouri, USA. Gaukhar works as an independent expert on quality of preschool education with the Ministry of Enlightenment and has co-authored the Model of development of preschool education and care and the new State standard of Kazakhstan on preschool education and care. She is a certified Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-3 (ECERS-3) user
Prof. Iram Siraj (OBE) has held positions at the Universities of Warwick, London and Oxford. Iram has an international reputation and expertise for longitudinal research and policy, she has co-directed a number of world-first influential studies, including the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE, DfE, 1997-2015), the transformative Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY, DfE, 2002), and the Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector (ELEYS) studies. She has also co-investigated Effective Early Educational Experiences in Australia (E4Kids, Australian Research Council 2009-2015).
Her recent studies focus on professional development (PD) interventions looking at the impact of evidence-based PD in Australia, the UK and Norway, leadership in early education in LMICs (World Bank); a British Academy Grant to study the development of refugee pre-schoolers in Malaysia (2019-2021) and an EEF maths intervention in 106 primary schools to improve maths for 4-6 year olds in the UK. She was Technical Advisor to the OECD IELS international pilot study advising on child measures. She has three widely-used quality rating scales in the cognitive (ECERS-E 4th Ed. 2010), social-emotional (SSTEW, 2015) and physical (MOVERS, 2017) domains.
Deborah MacNamara, PhD, is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute, author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), and operates a counselling practice supporting families. She is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom.
Deborah MacNamara is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor with over 20 years’
experience in educational and mental health settings. The purpose of all services is to put adults in the driver’s seat by making sense of kids from the inside out.
Deborah MacNamara travels nationally and internationally, speaking on child and adolescent development issues. With over 60 presentations a year to parents, educators, childcare professionals, social workers, foster and adopt community, and health care professionals, Deborah shares her insight and passion for making sense of kids. She is also a regular guest on radio and television programs dealing with developmental issues.
Founder of the Ozim Platform project
Founder of Ozim Platform Public Fund
Co-founder of the Association for the Development of Inclusion in Kazakhstan
Holds a master’s degree from Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, majoring in Multilingual Education
Member of the Young Researchers Alliance
Assem also took part in research: Creating conditions for inclusive education in Kazakhstan, Module on inclusive education, Cognitive testing (Nazarbayev University), Students’ attitudes towards doctoral programme in Kazakhstan (UNICEF), Young Researchers Alliance.
Founder of Kamkor Zhurek fund, Taraz
Elizabeth Turnock is the co-founder and director of Caring Heart Public Fund in Taraz, Kazakhstan. Caring Heart has been working with single mothers, aged-out orphans and children with special needs since 2015. Their focus is to provide support to help strengthen families. Originally from the United States, Elizabeth’s education and experience is in social work and psychology. Prior to Caring Heart, Elizabeth worked 8 years for a humanitarian aid company in Taraz as their Director of Operations. In the US she worked for 15 years with at-risk families in the largest residential treatment facility in the Midwest. In that role she actively worked with the juvenile court system, probation department, special investigative unit on child abuse, department of social services and the department of education. She helped design the alternative education program for children with special needs and the treatment programs working delinquent, abused and neglected children and their families. Elizabeth provides training and consultation for social workers, psychologists and educators.
Assel Yeszhanova is not only an architect but also a cultural public figure. She worked as a coordinator at exhibitions and art projects dedicated to various topics ranging from Stalinist repression and the subculture of young skateboarders to illegal labour migration. In 2015 Assel launched the independent discussion platform Urban Forum Almaty to discuss the most pressing problems in the city. The initiative has grown into the Urban Forum Kazakhstan public fund, which is steadily developing and working on such issues as comfortable and safe streets, attractive public spaces and facilities for people with disabilities, efficient public transport and bicycle infrastructure. Assel has been involved in the project planning for the countries of three continents.
Iva Boneva is the founder and CEO of the Association for Shared Learning ELA (former Centre for Inclusive Education), a Bulgarian NGO, working to support all children getting quality education. She is also a teaching fellow at Sofia University, Department of Education, specialized in the field of inclusive education.
She worked for UNDP, Catholic Relief Services and as an independent consultant. She has significant experience in conducting research, analyses and trainings on management and social development, mainly concerning leadership, building effective teams, inclusive education and special educational needs.
Iva Boneva was formerly Director of Save the Children UK in Bulgaria and has an MA in Social Policy and Social Development from the Institute for Development Policy and Management at University of Manchester in UK, MA in Librarian and Informational Sciences from Sofia University and PhD in Education.
Iva Boneva is a Board member and one of the founders of the Bulgarian Platform for International Development, a former Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) USA Board member, former Board member of the Bulgarian National Network for Children, Fulbright and Chevening Scholar, German Memorial Marshall Fund Fellow and is awarded the Honorary sign of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria for outstanding contribution and merit in protecting children’s rights.
Dr. Simon Brownhill FHEA is Senior Lecturer in Education (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Education, University of Bristol where he teaches Masters students and supervises PhD/EdD candidates. He was previously a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, working as a trainer and researcher as part of the Education Reform and Innovation team. Prior to working in Higher Education, he was employed as a qualified class teacher, gaining experience of the full 3-11 age range in a variety of contexts and roles including Assistant Head Teacher for the Early Years (3-6) in a large, culturally diverse, inner-city primary school. His research and writing interests include supporting adult learners, creative assessment, children’s writing, their physical development and effective behaviour management, self-reflection, education in Australasia, and the male role model in the Early Years (the focus of his doctoral work-based project). He has been invited to present his research at local, national and international conferences including Ireland, Portugal and Indonesia (all as a Keynote Speaker). He is the co-author of the award-winning book ‘Men In Early Years Settings: Building A Mixed Gender Workforce’ by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2019.
In Department of General education and early childhood and care her expertise areas are support for learning, inclusion, special needs education, student well-being, and guidance and counselling. One of her tasks is to develop the national curriculum and support education providers in its implantation. Previously she worked as a teacher trainer in the University of Helsinki Viikki Teacher Training School. She is inspired to enhance teachers’ professional development. She holds a M.A. in Education and a PhD in Social Sciences (social psychology) combined with special needs teacher and professional guidance counselor qualifications. She currently works as a researcher in Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK). Her research interests are in supporting learning and tailoring individual learning paths. Previously she has presented workshops for teachers and teacher trainers and taken an active role in developing learning materials.
Head of the Centre for social inclusive programmes
Saltanat Murzalinova-Yakovleva was born in 1983 in Petropavlovsk. In the early 90s her family moved to Almaty.
In 2000, she graduated from the Lyceum of Space Science and entered the Faculty of International Relations at KAZGUA. After graduation she worked in several social projects. Then she graduated from the Academy of Arts named after T.K. Zhurgenov, and had a career in film directing. Saltanat worked as a journalist for several editions. And at the same time she worked with children. In 2016, she became part of an international inclusive project, and when the team that implemented it in Kazakhstan left, she founded a Public Foundation “Centre for social inclusive programs” in 2018.
Since then many interesting inclusive projects have been implemented.
Now she is an expert in the working group of the international foundation Inclusive Practices, a member of IACD
Foster mom. Public person.
Dr Becky Sage has worked in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education for her whole career, spanning 20 years. She has been on both sides, being an EdTech entrepreneur/innovator herself and supported other EdTech and innovative impact businesses through coaching, accelerator programmes and community building.
She is passionate about transformative educational approaches, ethical leadership, and inclusion. Her press and media appearances include Sky News, Channel 4, The Sunday Times, Huffington Post, The New York Times & Forbes. She was awarded the Women in Innovation award by Innovate UK and was named a Maserati 100 innovator by the Sunday Times.
She was CEO of award-winning start up, Interactive Scientific from 2015 – 2021 when she successfully negotiated an acquisition deal, she remains a shareholder of the company. She is an associate of the University of Exeter Business School, Director of Acceleration at Educate Ventures, Co-founder of Exponential Changemakers and 3 x British Adult Gymnastics Champion. She holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Bristol.
Mike Feerick is CEO & Founder of Alison, one of the world’s largest free empowerment platforms with 22m registered members. Alison provides 3,500 free courses for workplace learning. One of the first free learning platforms, it also provides free psychometric and aptitude tests and assessments, along with free tools for mental health and well-being. Subject matter experts can earn revenue by sharing their expertise. Career advice and job matching services are provided at no cost.
He is an internationally chievemen social entrepreneur receiving Diploma Award, UNESCO (2010), Ashoka Fellowship (2011), Guinness Social Fund Award (2012). In 2013, Alison was a WISE Award winner (Qatar Foundation). He was a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2016. Alison was awarded the EU Civil Solidarity Award in Feb 2020 for educating the world about COVID. He holds two degrees in business, UL (BBS 89) and Harvard (MBA 94).
Chief executive officer of the Digital Government Support Center
Head teacher for teaching and learning, High school #12 in Zhetikara, @budni_zaucha
Deputy Director of the first category for educational work in Secondary School No.12 Municipal Public Institution of the Education Department of the Akimat of Zhetikarinsky District under the Education Department of the Akimat of Kostanay region.
Teacher-researcher, teacher of chemistry and biology, Master of Chemical Sciences.
Winner of the Republican Contest – Festival of Teaching Ideas, 2019.
Winner of the Republican Contest – Best Author’s Programme, 2020.
Author of the blog @budni_zaucha
• History teacher in Astana NIS, KCIS (Shanghai), Galaxy International School (Almaty)
• IB and Cambridge International examiner
• Author of history textbooks
• Winner of the Digital Ustaz Almaty 2021 competition.
• Author and host of workshops and master classes in Kazakhstan and abroad
Designer, illustrator, project visualizer for: soros.kz, Impact Hub, Shymbulak Water, iTeacher workshops EDTECH 2022 and Apple Learning Event Nur-Sultan (iTeacher Academy, Apple Authorized Reseller, the only company in Kazakhstan focusing on Apple Education)
Ulan Ussenov, chemistry teacher, studied in Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Japan, England, and the USA.
Worked in Taldykorgan NIS PhM, High Tech Academy in Almaty, 7 years of experience, tutor, blogger, author of WannaBeTeacher channel (explaining chemistry through anime and music), participant of the 100 New Faces of Kazakhstan project and Forbes “30 under 30” list
Student of the NIS of PhM in Shymkent
A student of Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Shymkent. He is passionate about biology, and in grade 11 he participated for the first time in a networking Olympiad. He likes to help people, so he joined volunteer organization New Wave. In cooperation with NIS KOMEK team, he has o rganised student support service within his school, and tries to personally help younger students, either with advice or support.
Bagdat’s achievements include a research paper on history conducted with a school friend. He won the “Do you want to be a journalist?” competition and made the Honorable Mention list in the international Re:Think competition.
Zhaniya was born on the 15th of May 2007 in Almaty. A student of grade 10B of Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Taldykorgan.
In 2021, she became president of the Young Psychologists club. Together with club members, Zhaniya organized school events and workshops to provide the students with support from 2021 to 2022.
In August 2022, she created a website for the Young Psychologists club, and educational animated videos for grade 7 students with detailed explanations of the NIS Taldykorgan rules.
Alongside with supporting the well-being of the school students, she is also working on robotics projects. In June 2022, Zhaniya won a gold medal in the WRO Future Innovators Republican Competition in the Junior category.
In 2022, she won second place at the Festival of Robotics Projects.
Grade 12, NIS IB.
Record of chievement:
– President of Self-Government School, 2020-2021
– Leader of the NISA PRESS school media
– Secretary General at Ibee MUN, organized the first international Model UN conference
– Chemistry Olympiad student
– International scientific projects competitions winner
– Welcome letter from Johns Hopkins University CTY and Yale
Interests in fashion industry, economics, dance and Chinese. Likes reading classics and watching ballet concert performances.
Carmel Cefai PhD, FBPS, is the Director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, and Professor at the Department of Psychology, at the University of Malta. He is Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence, joint founding editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education, and a coordinating member and expert of the European Commission Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training. He has led various local, national, European and international research projects in social and emotional learning, mental health in schools, children’s voices, and resilience and wellbeing in children and young people. He is the coordinator of the first Masters programme on Transdisciplinary Childhood Studies at the University of Malta. His research interests include the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people, mental health in school, children’s voices, and social and emotional education. He has published extensively with numerous books, research reports, journal papers and book chapters.
Dr Sue Roffey has been a teacher, educational psychologist and academic. She is currently honorary a/professor at Exeter and Western Sydney Universities and Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide. Sue is a prolific author and well-respected authority on all aspects of wellbeing in education, including behaviour, relationships, social and emotional learning and teacher wellbeing.
policy analyst in the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research
Francesca Gottschalk is a policy analyst in the 21st Century Children project in the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. Francesca is the co-editor and contributing author of Education in the Digital Age: Healthy and Happy Children (2020) and Educating 21st Century Children: Emotional Well-Being in the Digital Age (2019). She has published working papers on cyberbullying (2022) and on the impacts of digital technology use on children (2019). She previously worked on the OECD’s Teacher Knowledge Survey, and on the Strength Through Diversity project. Francesca holds a master’s degree in public policy and international affairs from the American University of Paris and an honours bachelor of science in human biology and psychology from the University of Toronto.
Altynay Bektemirova is a co-founder of “OYNA Institute of Childhood”. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics (Brandeis University, USA) and is on track to receive a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a certified Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-3 (ECERS-3) user.
For over thirty years Tracy Gallagher has worked within the Early Years field. She has been employed as a practitioner working directly with young children and their families and as a lecturer in Early Years; sharing her passion and interest for working with young children.
Tracy has worked at Pen Green Center in the UK since 2000 and has been employed in various roles within the Centre. She is currently Joint Head of Centre with her colleague Angela Prodger.
Tracy has always been passionate about working with young children and their families and is a strong advocate for hearing the voice of the youngest children. Tracy strongly believes in ensuring the needs and wishes of the youngest children are seriously taken in to account.
She is also interested in leadership within the Early Years; studying for the MA in Early Childhood Education with Care and the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL) gave her the opportunity to deepen her understanding of the complex role of a leader and how to effectively support practitioners working with very young children and their families.
As one of the Joint Heads of Pen Green Centre in the UK Angela Prodger works collaboratively with children, parents, staff, and partners from a multi-disciplinary background. In this role Angela, alongside Tracy Gallagher, has strategic responsibility for the centre, leading and managing a team of 120+ staff. Angela Prodger endeavors to provide high quality inclusive services for children and their families. The integrated nature of the work means that Angela undertakes many roles within the Centre.
Angela Prodger is passionate about working with families to improve their life chances. She believes that all children should have a voice, and this must be heard. Angela’s responsibilities include working jointly with colleagues from across the centre to offer training and continuous professional development.
Angela Prodger has worked at the centre since 1989 and has contributed to publications and presented at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.
Post-doc in Special Education and Expressive Therapies by the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Teacher at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal and at the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, in initial teacher training courses, master’s and doctorate in Inclusive Education. Member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development – coordinator of the Center for Studies in Social and Educational Inclusion. Peer reviewer of international scientific journals. Author of books, chapters and articles in the areas of Inclusive Education, Active Methods and Sociodrama.
Keynote speaker and invited lecturer in countries such as Finland, Scotland, Cape Verde, Argentina, Italy, Canada and several others.
Georgie has been working in assessment for more than a decade. Her skills include item writing and rubric development, standard setting, vocational assessment development, on-screen marking, data analysis, and benchmarking and comparability. Her current areas of work are the quality assurance of qualifications Accredited by Cambridge, assessment framework development with UNICEF at the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, and the development of new standard setting methodologies in Bahrain.
music composer, producer, head of a recording studio, professional user of digital programs on iPad for producing electronic music, iLector and podcast editor of iTeacher Academy (a company with the status of Apple Authorized Reseller, the only one in Kazakhstan with a focus on Apple Education)
Olga Shiyan – PhD in Education, leading researcher of the Laboratory of Child’s development in the Research Institution of
Urbanizm and Global Education. Main areas of research: cognitive development of preschoolers, development of creative thinking, assessment and development of the quality of preschool education. Olga Shiyan took part in the development of the Federal State Educational Standard for Preschool Education in the Russian Federation.
Olga took an active part in the translation into Russian and testing of the ECERS-R and ECERS-3 in Russia. In 2017 Olga was certified by Environment Rating Scales Institute (ERSI), North Carolina, USA as an Anchor Level ECERS Expert, certification was confirmed in 2019 in ERSI (North Carolina, USA). She was a coordinator in several studies of the quality of preschool education using the ECERS-R scales, including the national study of the quality of preschool education.
She is the main author and the editor of two books on the quality of early childhood education – “Modern Kindergarten as it Should Be” and “Modern Kindergarten: Universal Targets for Early Childhood Education”.
She is the author of the curriculum aimed at the development of creative thinking in preschoolers (“Transformations: The Development of the Dialectical Thinking in a Kindergarten”) and a co-author of the scales for assessing the conditions for the development of creative abilities and supporting of child’s play in a nursery – Creative Abilities Support Rating Scale (CASRS) and Play Support Rating Scale (PSRS) – an extensions for the ECERS-3).
She was invited by The World Bank Group to the study on Early Childhood Education Quality in Russia.
Olga participated in Erasmus+ Project “Mobility for learners and staff. Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility in 2016-2018. Inter-institutional agreement between institutions (University of Gothenburg and Moscow City University). Exchange faculty”.
Main areas of research: adult development and education quality assessment. Igor Shiyan is one of the initiators of the implementation in Russia of ECERS-R, ECERS-3, ECERS-E, SSTEW, MOVERS. He supervised the National Early Childhood Education Quality Study (Russia) using Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R): assessment of more than 1400 kindergartens (2016-2017). Igor Shiyan is national coordinator of the International Validation Study “Parents’ and educators’ ratings of quality criteria for childcare facilities” initiated by Pädquis Stiftung, Berlin, Germany (participating countries: Austria, Chile, China, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Russia, Vietnam).
He collaborated with the World Bank study on Early Childhood Education Quality in Russia (short term consultant appointment, 2021-2022), in the project “Expansion of the Master Program in Educational Assessment in Europe and Central Asia” (2018-2019).
He has been involved in two Erasmus+ Projects:
2016-2018 Mobility for learners and staff. Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility. Inter-institutional agreement between institutions (University of Gothenburg and Moscow City University) (project coordinator from MCU).
2019-2022 Supporting Culturally Responsive School Leadership and Evaluation in Schools (Dublin City University (Ireland), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria), University of Salamanca) – project coordinator from MCU.
Igor Shiyan supervised developing and preparing for publication ECERS extensions, based on Vygotsky’s theory (Creative Abilities Support Rating Scale (CASRS), Play Support Rating Scale (PSRS), Emotional Intelligence Support Rating Scale (EISRS), Child’s Agency Support Rating Scale (CHASRS)).
Driven by improving Education and Inclusion in Central Asia. She takes pride in being a facilitator for her students and patients. As an Educator she knows that the secret for learning is building a relationship with her students and taking each one of them as an individual living in society, focusing on developing them as the best citizens they can be. In addition to her primary job, Danielle has been recognized for her commitment and passion for children with learning disabilities in Central Asia. She is currently writing her book series for children with SEND in Kazakh, Russian and English, where those children will not only be able to see themselves in the book and seek help, but families and caregivers will be able to help those children with tips, furthermore, find a community with similar interests and help one another in the journey of Inclusion.
Vice-President of Bilim Innovation International Social Foundation
Aubakirov Yerzhan Beisembekuly is the vice-president for strategy and development of th “BILIM-INNOVATION” ISF, he has a master’s degree in pedagogy. He went from an English teacher to vice president of an educational organization. Over the years, he worked in various secondary education organizations as a teacher, deputy director, director. Yerzhan Aubakirov was a coordinator of educational and methodological issues, further strategy and development issues at “BILIM-INNOVATION” ISF.
Nurbolat Bisengaliev is the graduate of the Bolashak program. In 2013, he received a master’s degree from Queen’s University Belfast (UK) with a degree in Educational Leadership.
He has 13 years of experience in the field of education. In 2009, he began working as an English teacher. From 2010 to 2018, he worked in the Nazarbayev Intellectual School system, holding the positions of an English teacher, Deputy Principal for external relations, Deputy Principal for scientific and methodological work.
He also has 4 years of experience in managing an international school. From 2018 to 2022, he held various leadership positions at Vinschool Central Park, (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), working as Deputy Principal for the Cambridge Program, Principal of International Accreditation, and Principal of the School.
During his career, he took various international courses, including CIS and Cambridge Assessment International Education courses, as well as foreign internships. He has several scientific papers and experience of speaking at international educational conferences.
Awarded with letters of gratitude from the Chairman of the Board of AEO NIS.
DJ West is a National Director of Professional Learning at McGraw Hill. He has spent over 25 years in science and math education as a teacher, Dean of Students, Principal, adjunct faculty in Biology at Schoolcraft College and as the Senior Naturalist at the Belle Isle Nature Center. He developed the Achieve program for helping at risk high school students graduate through intervention and alternative programs to meet their specific needs.
In his current capacity, DJ works with the National Curriculum Specialist Team at McGraw Hill coaching professional educators in presentation and technology skills as they impact districts across the country in K-12 core disciplines. In addition, he also travels nationally and internationally conducting workshops and in-service presentations for teachers in middle school and high school. He has created and delivered professional workshops on the regional, state, and national level for science, math, and health, technology, and best practices in education.
Kozhakhmetova Dinara is a senior manager of the Linguistics Department at Centre for Educational Programmes. Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools AEO, an international examiner for the course “Language A: Language and Literature” of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. From 2008 to 2011 she worked as a teacher of Russian language and literature at Karaganda regional boarding school for gifted children “Daryn”, from 2011 to 2021 – at Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Nur-Sultan. During her professional career, she took part in local and international conferences, in the development of “Language A: Language and Literature” course programmes for secondary and high schools, in development of learning materials “Russian Language and Literature” for grades 11 and 12 of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools “.
Gulmira Kozhamkulova graduated from Buketov Е. A. Karaganda State University as a teacher of Russian language and literature. She has a master’s degree in pedagogy. Current Phd student at ENU named after Gumilyev. Her total work experience is 25 years. From 1997 to 2014 she worked as a teacher at the Kazakh University of International Relations and World Languages, from 2002 to 2014 at the same time she worked as a teacher of Russian language at school-gymnasium N6 in Almaty. Since 2014 she has been working as a senior manager of the Centre for Educational Programmes of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS), her responsibilities include the development of educational content for “Russian language”, “Russian literature”.
Duissenova Bakhytzhan – Senior Manager of the Social-humanitarian and Complex-aesthetic Subjects Department of the Centre for Educational Programmes of NIS AEO, art critic, film critic, journalist, translator, author of Art textbooks for grades 7-10 of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and public schools.
In 2020-2021, she has done training under Zero Year of Master’s Programs at Nazarbayev University. Since 2021, she continues to study at Nazarbayev University under the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program: Secondary Education. The area of research interests relate to the art education of students, in particular, the development of creativity (the ability to create) of students in the process of artistic and creative activity.
She began her career in 2011 as a teacher of the history of theater and drama at the North Kazakhstan Regional College named after Akan Seri and continued her pedagogical activity as a teacher of Art at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Petropavlovsk.
She is a trainer, methodologist and author-developer of subject programmes and subject plans of Art subject integrated within the NIS-Programme, as well as the Broadcast project on the “Artistic Work” subject. She has developed the programme of Development of emotional intelligence of students through various types of art elective course for students of Grades 9-10 within the project for Assistance in development of the secondary education system of Atyrau region. She is also a certified trainer under the development of SOFT SKILLS programme specialized in “Skillfolio Profi” and “Skillfolio Junior”, as well as the author of the Artistic work textbook (boys and girls) for the Grade 7 approved by the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan No.967 dated June 10, 2017 for use in as a basic recommended textbook for secondary schools of the country. She is also an editor-methodologist of textbooks for Grades 7-10 on Art developed under the NIS-Programme, coordinator of the development and revision of the NIS-Programme.
Ospanova Anar – Senior Manager of the Social-humanitarian and Complex-aesthetic Subjects Department of the Centre for Educational Programmes of NIS AEO. She started her career in 1994 as a teacher of music and theoretical disciplines at the Ekibastuz Higher Pedagogical College, she also worked as a music teacher in general educational schools with Kazakh and Russian languages of instruction, a teacher of music and theoretical disciplines at the M.Glinka Children’s music school in Ekibastuz. She trained prize-winners of vocal and theater competitions for regional and republican competitions (2002-2013). Since August 2013, he has been working in the Centre for Educational Programmes of NIS AEO.
Anar Ospanova is a trainer, methodologist and author-developer of subject programmes and subject plans of Art subject integrated within the NIS-Programme, as well as the Broadcast project on the Music subject. She is the author of Music textbooks for Grade 1 (approved by Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 286 dated June 10, 2021 for use as a basic recommended textbook in secondary schools of the country) and for Grade 2 (approved by Order of the Minister of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated June 21, 2022 No. 291 for use as an alternative recommended textbook in secondary schools of the country).
She has developed the programme of Development of emotional intelligence of students through various types of art elective course for students of Grades 9-10 within the project for Assistance in development of the secondary education system of Atyrau region. She is a certified trainer under the SOFT SKILLS Development programme: “Skillfolio Profi” and “Skillfolio Junior”.
Gaukhar Zhanbulatova is a Senior Manager at the Centre for Educational Programmes of NIS AEO. She graduated from Atyrau State University named after K. Dosmukhamedov in 2005 with a degree in Chemistry and Biology. She has a master’s degree in chemistry.
From 2005 to 2013 she worked as a teacher of chemistry at Atyrau Polytechnic College, from 2013 to 2020 she worked as a teacher of chemistry at Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Atyrau.
Akan received his MSc in Physics from the University of Glasgow in 2019. He has an experience as a physics teacher at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Mathematics in Astana.
Currently, Akan works as a senior manager of the department of competitive selection of students in the branch of the Center for Pedagogical Measurement, AEO NIS. Akan coordinates the subject “Natural Science”. In particular, he involves in the development of assessment tools for the subject “Natural Science” and cooperation with foreign partners in this area. Akan is also involved in organizing and conducting selection test procedures for students at NIS.
Master of Natural Sciences
defended his master’s thesis in 2018. Winner and prize-winner of the Republican Olympiads in physics. Has more than 4 years of teaching experience in NIS in the subject “Physics”.
Berik currently works as a senior manager of the Monitoring and External Summative Assessment Department at the Center for Pedagogical Measurements branch AOO NIS.
Since 2012, she has been working as part of a project for assessing teaching staff based on the results of advanced training courses, and since 2017, she has been acting head of the department for the competitive selection of students at Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools.
Associate professor of law and director of the Center for Research on Human Rights, Inclusion and Civil Society of the Eurasian Technological University, Khalida is a national coordinator and teacher of the educational project on the protection of children from violence, bullying and cyberbullying “Street Law Kazakhstan”, director of legal affairs of the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK (www.kpauk. org), co-chairman of the Science Committee of the British-Kazakh Society (https://www.bksoc.org.uk), member of the Consultative and Advisory Body “Dialogue Platform on the Human Dimension” under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ”he Republic of Kazakhstan, expert of the Interdepartmental Commission of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan on economic security, member of expert councils under the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Commission for Women, Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, public expert on anti-corruption expertise of the NPA, member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan