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Michele Kahn, Secretary General
University of Houston, Clear Lake


Michele is a former Spanish teacher and currently Associate Professor in the Studies in Language and Culture department at the University of Houston-Clear Lake where she teaches courses in cultural diversity, language, and communication. She is a frequent presenter on a broad range of issues and some of her more recent presentations include topics such as: “Intercultural dialogue and dangerous assumptions”, “World citizenship: What we can learn from the theatre”, “Multicultural education and controversy: How intercultural communication theories can help”, and “Creating community”.
Recent and forthcoming publications include: Homophobia (with B. van Driel), The irony of women teachers’ beliefs about gender (in press), and Personal, professional, and political identities of lesbian teachers (in press).

Her interests are presently focused on sexual orientation and gender issues in education and in her free time she volunteers for the Houston chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) as a teacher trainer. In addition to being Secretary General of the IAIE she also serves an Associate Editor of the Intercultural Education journal.
Dr. Maja Nenadović, Secretary General

Maja is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE). She has 17 years of experience working as a debate coach, public speaker, political consultant, researcher, human rights & advocacy trainer and identity de/construction educator in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Maja was also the coordinator of the EU-funded Anne Frank House project ‘Historija, Istorija, Povijest – Lessons for Today’ from 2014 – 2017. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Barry van Driel, President
Anne Frank House, Amsterdam


Barry has been a senior staff member at the Anne Frank House since 1994, where he is responsible for teacher training and curriculum development. Barry has been the Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal Intercultural Education since 2000.

In addition to being President of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), he has served as senior education consultant to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw as well as a consultant the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency). He presently serves as a consultant to the European Commission in multiple capacities. He was lead author of the 2015 NESET II report entitled “Education Policies and Practices to Foster Tolerance, Respect for Diversity and Civic Responsibility for Children and Young People in the EU.”
Barry was team leader for a European Commission initiated project mapping how Initial Teacher Education Institutions prepare future teachers to work in diverse classrooms, and is also expert consultant for the European Commission ET2020 Working Group on Promoting Citizenship and the Common Values of Freedom, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination through Education.

Since 2010 Barry has been a jury member of the prestigious UNAOC-BMW Intercultural Innovation awards and has been chair of the jury since 2013.
Dr. Nektaria Palaiologou, Vice President
University of Western Macedonia (UoWM)


Nektaria is assistant professor of “Intercultural Education” at the Department of Early Childhood Education-School of Education of the University of Western Macedonia (UoWM). Currently, vice president of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and serves as Associate Editor in chief of the “Intercultural Education” Journal, Taylor and Francis since 2006. She is coordinating the “Hellenic Association for Intercultural Education” that is the Hellenic Branch of IAIE.

In 2009, in cooperation the IAIE and the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute, under the aegis of UNESCO, she organized in June 2009 in Athens the International Conference entitled “Paideia, Polity and Demoi” with the support of 7 organizations.
She was the academic supervisor of the National Programme “Integration of second generation migrant students in the educational system” that is implemented by the Department of Early Childhood Education of the UoWM (until May 2010). Recently, she co-edited the book “Mapping the Broad Field of Multicultural and Intercultural Education Worldwide: Towards the Development of a New Citizen”, published at CSP.

Dr. Palaiologou’s current research interests focus on: education and citizenship issues for immigrant students in Greece, and on teachers’ education and training in the field of Intercultural/Multicultural Education.
Leslie Bash

Leslie is currently Honorary Reader and Director of the International Centre for Intercultural Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, and Reader in Jewish Education at Leo Baeck College, London.
Having graduated in sociology and trained as a secondary school teacher he subsequently taught social studies in London secondary schools and, at the same time pursued postgraduate studies in education, eventually gaining a PhD. He has published widely, having authored, co-authored, edited and contributed to a number of volumes, as well as journal articles, in urban, international and intercultural education.

Leslie is currently vice president of the International Association for Intercultural Education.
Fred Carlo Andersen
Associate professor, Teacher Education
Østfold University College

Fred is an Associate Professor in pedagogy and educational leadership at Østfold University College and Oslo University. He is a former senior advisor at the National Center of expertise on multicultural education in Norway, and worked as a teacher in upper secondary school, and as a school principal.

Fred's main research interest stretches over topics within school leadership and linguistic and cultural diversity, citizenship education, and peace education. Since 2004 he has been involved in several EU funded networks. His knowledge to and interest in the IAIE’s work go back to 2006. Its mission, main aims and means are in accordance with themes he is highly dedicated to.
Martha Montero-Sieburth

Martha is a Lecturer in Social Sciences and Humanities at Amsterdam University College. From 2007 to 2016, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Social Science Faculty at the University of Amsterdam.
Martha is Professor Emerita of the Leadership in Urban Schools Doctoral/Educational Administration Masters Programs at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is a multi-, cross-, and intercultural comparative educator with publications of American urban schooling, Latinos, and Mexicans in New England; bilingualism and curriculum development in Latin America; interculturalism in Spain; Latin Americans in Spain; Turkish Dutch youth in Dutch black high schools, and first and second generation Mexicans in the Netherlands. She has published extensively in English and Spanish and has several co-edited books.

Martha is currently teaching students to conduct community ethnographies of diverse ethnic and migrant groups in Amsterdam.
Miguel Prata Gomes
PhD in Philosophy –University of Salamanca, Spain


Miguel is Coordinator Professor at Higher School of Education Paula Frassinetti (Porto, Portugal) with expertise in the fields of Education and Intercultural Mediation, Human Rights, Philosophy of Education and Technology.

Miguel's present research interests focuses on building “critical thinking” in Intercultural Education/Mediation, Citizenship and Development, Support Refugees and Human Rights.
He is involved and coordinating several international research and intervention projects and networks which connect formal and informal education with social dilemmas in actual societies and the refugee training/support program in Portugal. He published several articles and studies related to those topics.

Miguel is also a board member of AKTO - Human Rights and Democracy, Director of International Association Intercultural Projects and Research, Anne Frank House Project Coordinator in Portugal, former board member of Paulo Freire Institute in Portugal and research member of Institute of Philosophy - University of Porto.
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