State of the Art Speakers


Professor Chris Chapman
Professor Christopher Chapman was appointed Chair of Education and Public Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow in January 2013. Prior to this he was Professor of Education at the University of Manchester and previously held academic and research posts at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick. Before moving into academia Chris taught in challenging secondary schools in Birmingham where he undertook a part-time MA before completing his Ph.D thesis on intervention and improvement in schools in challenging circumstances.

Prof Chuing Prudence Chou
Prudence received her PhD in Comparative and International Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a professor in the Department of Education at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan. She has been a visiting professor for research and teaching with Fulbright and other fellowships in several universities (Harvard University, University of Auckland, South Normal University in China, Akita International University, Tohoku University in Japan, and University of Vienna).
Her research interests include comparative studies on international higher education reform, the impact of world-class university ranking, and cultural exchange in rival states. One of her books entitled The Great Experiment of Taiwanese Education: 1987-2003 (2003), is a well-known and widely-cited publication in Taiwan. Some of the topics that Prudence lectures on include: Comparative Education, Chinese Education, World Trends in Education, (2000-2014, NCCU, Taiwan); Culture Exchange in Rival States (2015, University of Vienna, Austria), Peace and Conflict.


Professor Clive Dimmock
Professor Clive Dimmock was appointed Chair in Professional Learning and Leadership at the University of Glasgow in October 2013. Prior to this he was Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore, and Professor Emeritus at University of Leicester. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership, Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has held earlier appointments at Cardiff University, The University of Western Australia and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His undergraduate degree was completed at the London School of Economics and doctorate in Comparative Education and Policy at the Institute of Education, London University.

Dr Asmaa Alfadala
Dr Asmaa Alfadala is the Director of Research and Content Development at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). She has twenty years of professional experience in schools as well as higher education. Dr. Alfadala was an Associate Policy Analyst at the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. Before Qatar Foundation, she worked in the Ministry of Education as a teacher, then as a Head of the Science Department. She has served at Qatar University as an Assistant Professor of Educational Sciences at the College of Education, as well as Assistant Professor of Education at Georgetown University in Qatar. Dr. Alfadala holds a PhD and MPhil from Cambridge University, UK. Dr. Alfadala is the author of 'K-12 Reform in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC): Challenges and Policy Recommendations' and co-author of "Developing Agile leaders of learning: school leadership policy for dynamic times" published by WISE, Qatar Foundation. She is a member of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), and the British Educational Research Association (BERA). Dr Alfadala has participated in numerous conferences in Qatar and internationally, both as a featured panelist and moderator.

Dr Karen Edge
Karen Edge is the Pro Vice Provost (International) at University College London (UCL) and Reader in Educational Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education in London, UK. Karen is an academic and advocate committed to asking new questions to shake up how policy and educational leaders think about educational opportunities and challenges. Karen's latest international research project was funded by the ESRC (UK) and engaged 60+ Generation X school leaders in London, New York and Toronto in exploring their careers, leadership and future aspirations. She is a member of the six-person Advisory Panel for International School Leadership Principals and the ICSEI board and has held visiting academic in Canada, Malaysia and Chile. Karen is Past Editor-in-Chief of Educational Assessment Evaluation and Accountability and sits on the Editorial Boards of School Leadership and Management and Leadership and Policy in Schools. Karen regularly gives talks and supports organizations in relation to knowledge management, leadership, networks, talent spotting, retention and wellbeing. Karen can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @drkarenedge

Dr Mardiana Abu Bakar
Mardiana is a lecturer at the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) Academic Group. Prior to joining CTL, she headed the research team at the Centre for Educational Development, Republic Polytechnic.
Mardiana completed her PhD with CTL after a short stint at the State University of New York in 2012. Before leaving for New York, Mardiana was part of the pioneer team of the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) and undertook fieldwork to collect the initial data for the Singapore Pedagogy Coding Scheme at primary and secondary schools island wide. She was also involved in the Centre's preliminary project of an integrative Normal Technical curriculum at a neighbourhood secondary school. Mardiana was also an adjunct at NIE and NTU, prior to joining CRPP full-time.

Her research and teaching interests include curriculum history and reform, sociology of curriculum, curriculum theory and design, educational research, reflective practice, equity and social justice and intercultural education. She was recently a collaborator in an ethnographic study of the PERI project commissioned by the MOE, was a co-Principal Investigator of a comparative project on School-Based Curriculum Innovation. She is currently a consultant at self-help group Yayasan Mendaki where she is training 800 tutors on an Ethics of Care Pedagogy. She has also developed a Teachers' package on the Ethics of Care for this purpose and is now developing a series of students' booklets.