on its campus between Geneva and Lausanne on Friday 24 May 2019
Be a part of a diverse audience, focused on establishing an understanding of education, enriched by global perspectives from leading institutions.
Join us in celebrating women’s accomplishments and sharing transformative experiences in education, designed to inspire female leadership and encourage strategies to foster resilience and self-belief in young women.
Discover the latest educational research from renowned international speakers, sharing their thoughts on teaching theory, behaviour and learning.
We are delighted to welcome over fifty speakers, delivering their differing voices and views through solo and panel presentations, debates and short “ed-talks” across the day.
Our first International Festival of Education will host over five hundred individuals, each devoted to the power of education to create change. Participants will enjoy a day of powerful and refreshing exchange of ideas.
Becky Allen is Chief Analyst and a co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the largest teacher survey and professional development tool in the UK.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh is the Co-founder and President of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) which is the first and only all-girls boarding school in Afghanistan.
Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education. In 2015, he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’.
Alvin Carpio is founder and Chief Executive of The Fourth Group, a public advocacy group established to shape tech for all, leaving nobody behind. In 2017 he was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 for his work.
With over twenty years’ experience in business, research & development, Dr Kerstyn Comley is an education technologist, volunteer teacher and co-CEO of MeeTwo Education, with its multi-award winning teenage mental health app, MeeTwo.
Jules Daulby is a literacy and inclusion expert, podcaster of The Inclusive Classroom and co-founder and national leader of #WomenEd, a grassroots organisation created to support existing and aspiring women leaders.
Becky Allen is Chief Analyst and a co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the largest teacher survey and professional development tool in the UK. Until 2018, she was Professor of Education at UCL Institution of Education and over her academic career she has written extensively on school accountability, admissions, expenditure and teacher careers. An economist by training and former secondary school teacher, she is an expert in the analysis of large datasets. Between 2014 and 2017, she was the founding Director of Education Datalab, a non profit research organisation that has developed a reputation for making complex, quantitative analysis accessible for those involved with running schools. In 2018, she chaired a Government working group to review how data is used in schools. In addition to her day job at Teacher Tapp, Becky continues to work directly with schools on research to help them make better use of data. Her book on teacher careers called ‘The Teacher Gap’ was published last year.
Shabana is the co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), the first and only boarding school for girls in her homeland. SOLA provides Afghan girls with a rigorous education that promotes critical thinking, a sense of purpose, and respect for self and others, and prepares them to become the confident women who will lead a peaceful and united Afghanistan.
Born and raised in Kabul, Shabana completed high school in the U.S. through the State Department’s Youth Exchange Studies program. She went on to attend Middlebury College in Vermont, graduating magna cum laude in International Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 2011.
It was in 2008, while still a Middlebury undergrad, that Shabana created SOLA. From its beginnings as a school of four students in a rented house, SOLA has grown to become a school of nearly 70 girls in grades 6-8, representing 23 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, all of whom live and study on a secure campus in Kabul. SOLA intends to more than double its student body over the next several years, with the goal of enrolling approximately 175 girls in grades 6-12, representing all 34 Afghan provinces, by the year 2022.
Shabana, and SOLA, are recognized in Afghanistan and around the world as pioneers in girls’ education. Earlier this year, Afghanistan’s President and First Lady awarded Shabana the Malalai Medal – one of Afghanistan’s highest civilian honors, and given in acknowledgement of her work for equality in education. Shabana is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, an international campaign for girls’ education; was named one of CNN International’s Leading Women of 2014; and holds an honorary doctorate from SOAS University of London.
Tom Bennett is the founder of researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education. Since 2013 researchED has visited and 13 countries, attracting thousands of followers. In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy.
He has written four books about teacher training, and in 2015 he was long listed as one of the world's top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year he made the Huffington Post's 'Top Ten Global Bloggers' list.
His online resources have been viewed over 1.2 million times. www.researchED.org.uk
Alvin Carpio is founder and Chief Executive of The Fourth Group, a public advocacy group established to shape tech for all, leaving nobody behind. Previously he spent the last decade campaigning on human rights and social justice issues as a community organiser and lobbyist for people in poverty. In 2017 he was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 for his work. Most recently The Fourth Group launched a new global democratic membership organisation called The Fourth Group to bring people together to address global issues.
Dr Kerstyn Comley is an education technologist, volunteer teacher and co-CEO of MeeTwo Education which has created MeeTwo a multi-award winning app that provides teenagers with mental help. For the past two years MeeTwo has been named as one of the 100 most inspiring innovations in education in the world by HundrED.org. With over twenty years' experience in business, research & development, Kerstyn was named Rising Star in the Europe-wide Technology Playmaker awards 2018. In 2011, in response to a shortage in local secondary school places Kerstyn led a project to open a new Free secondary school in East London. Kerstyn continues to support the school as both a volunteer teacher and Chair of Governors.
Jules Daulby is a literacy and inclusion expert, podcaster of The Inclusive Classroom and co-founder and national leader of #WomenEd, a grassroots organisation created to support existing and aspiring women leaders. She started out her teaching career as an English and Drama teacher and until December, 2018 was Director of Education for literacy charity, Driver Youth Trust. Jules’ quest is to find a way to make classrooms inclusive and allow all children to thrive. She has a particular fascination with inclusive design of knowledge organisers, text books, worksheets and presentations. All her work is grounded in expert knowledge and experience of literacy and SEND in particularly dyslexia and ADHD. Jules believes that all behaviour is communication and accountability pressures can sometimes create environments where students with SEND are not valued. It is her ambition to persuade OFSTED to reward inclusion rather than exam results and push the DfE into making exams more accessible for young people who have speed of processing and memory difficulties. Jules is a prolific blogger and tweeter and co-founder and national leader for the grassroots organisation, #WomenEd created to support existing and aspiring women leaders.