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Jagdish Gundara, President
University of London, London, UK

JAGDISH S. GUNDARA is Emeritus Professor of Education at the Institute of Education at the University of London. He holds the UNESCO Chair in International Studies and Teacher Education at the School of Culture and Lifelong Learning and was appointed the Director of the newly re-established International Centre for Intercultural Studies in June 2012. He was appointed as the first Head of International Centre for Intercultural Education in 1979 and retained this position till 2006.

He is the founding member and the current President of the International Association of Intercultural Education. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Scarman Trust, based in London and following the death of the first President of the Trust Lord Leslie Scarman, he was elected as the second President of the Trust.
Professor Gundara is a founding member of the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT), and Vice-Chairman of the Board of IBT (till 2012) and was a Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality until its closure in August 2007. He was the President of Jury of Evens Foundation Intercultural Education Jury from 1997 to 2009. He is a member of the Board of Trustee of UNICEF UK. His research interests include curriculum studies; development studies; comparative education; citizenship education; multilingualism and asylum and refugee issues. He is the author of Interculturalism, Education and Inclusion (Paul Chapman, 2000) and co-editor of Intercultural Social Policy in Europe (Ashgate, 2000) and has published extensively in the fields of human rights and education in multicultural societies.

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Michele Kahn, Vice President
University of Houston, Clear Lake

Michele Kahn 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 serving on the executive board of the IAIE she also serves an Associate Editor of the Intercultural Education journal.

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Barry van Driel, Vice President
Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Barry van Driel was educated at universities in the Netherlands and the United States. He holds a graduate degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion with a specialization in education. He joined the staff of the Anne Frank House in 1992, where he is now international director for teacher training and curriculum development. He has given more than 100 workshops for teachers in some 20 countries around the issues of Holocaust Education, Human Rights Education, International Justice and Intercultural Education. Additionally, he works directly with teenagers around tolerance and intolerance issues. Barry has been the Editor in Chief of the international academic journal Intercultural Education since 2000 and was the Secretary General of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE).
He is presently Vice President of the IAIE. Barry is also senior education consultant to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw as well as a consultant to UNESCO and the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency).

Since 2010 he has been a jury member of the prestigious United Nations-BMW Intercultural Innovation awards. He recently edited books entitled: Confronting Islamophobia in Educational Practice and Challenging Homophobia (with Lutz van Dijk). Email:

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Leslie Bash, Secretary General

Leslie Bash, Secretary General Leslie Bash lives and works in the UK where he is Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Intercultural Studies, Institute of Education, University of London. He is also Reader and Research Fellow 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 secretary-general of the International Association for Intercultural Education and an Associate Editor of Intercultural Education.

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Gunther Dietz University of Veracruz, Mexico

Gunther Dietz holds an M.A. and a Dr.phil. in Anthropology from Hamburg University; has been teaching at the Universities of Hamburg, Granada, Ghent and Aalborg, currently Research Professor at Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico). Main research interests: minority/majority relations, ethnicity, interculturality and intercultural/inter-religious education.
Last publications: Muslim Women in Southern Spain: Stepdaughters of Al-Andalus (co-author, San Diego, 2005), Islam in Education in European Countries (co-editor; Münster, New York, München & Berlin, Waxmann, 2009), Multiculturalism, Interculturality and Diversity in Education (Münster, New York, München & Berlin, 2009), Interculturalidad y educación intercultural en México (co-author, Mexico-City, 2011), Multiculturalismo, interculturalidad y diversidad en educación (Mexico City, 2012).

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Dr. Nektaria Palaiologou University of Western Macedonia (UoWM)

Dr. Nektaria Palaiologou is assistant professor of “Intercultural Education” at the Department of Early Childhood Education-School of Education of the University of Western Macedonia (UoWM) Currently, a Board Member of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and serves as Associate Editor 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.  

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Rosa Guadalupe Mendoza Zuany
University of Veracruz, Mexico

Rosa Guadalupe Mendoza-Zuany is a researcher in the Institute of Educational Research (IIE) at the Universidad Veracruzana (México).

For several years (2007 to mid-2012), she was a researcher at the Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural, one of the first intercultural universities created in Mexico, where she conducted research on interculturality and educational policies for the higher level, and taught at the bachelor and postgraduate levels.
Her current research projects examine the construction and development of intercultural education policy in higher and primary levels in México. Her main research interests are in educational policies in culturally diverse contexts, anthropology of public policies, participation as a basis for public policy processes, and indigenous autonomy and education.

She is collaborating as associated researcher in the InterSaberes projects (I and II) led by Gunther Dietz. She gained her PhD in Politics from the University of York (United Kingdom) and her Masters in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (México).

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Francesca Gobbo
University of Turin, Italy

Francesca Gobbo is Professor of Intercultural Education at the University of Turin (Italy), where she also teaches Anthropology of Education. She was the Associate Editor of Intercultural Education from 2005 through 2006 and continues to serve on the editorial board. Her long standing professional interests in the cultural and social changes obtaining in complex societies (particularly in the North America and in European countries) and in their schools developed first from her studies in anthropology of education at UC Berkeley, and then from her participation into associations such as the “International Association for Intercultural Education” and the “European Education Research Association”. In the latter she is linkperson for the network “Social Justice and Intercultural Education”, and was one of the founding members of network “Ethnography”.
She is in the editorial boards of the European Educational Research Journal, Ethnography and Education, and International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. She studies and teaches contemporary educational issues from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective that combines educational theory with methodological and theoretical approaches from the fields of cultural anthropology and anthropology of education. She coordinates research on Italian schools attended by immigrant pupils, while she has carried out ethnographic research among her country’s “internal minorities” such as the Albanian speaking minority of Calabria, the Waldensian religious minority in Piedmont and the occupational minority of travelling fairground and circus people.

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Paul Gorski

Paul C. Gorski is founder of EdChange and associate professor of Integrative Studies at George Mason University, where he teaches in the undergraduate Education concentrations and founded the undergraduate program in Social Justice.
He has published four books and more than 40 articles on multicultural and intercultural education, educational equity, poverty, and multicultural teacher education.

Today his scholarship focuses on strategies for creating equitable schools for poor and working class youth and examining intersections in movements for human rights, animal rights, and environmental justice. In addition to serving on the Board of the International Association for Intercultural Education, he is on the advisory board of the Institute for Humane Education. He lives in Washington, DC, in the United States with his cats, Unity and Buster.

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Dr. Mikael Luciak
Universität Wien, Austria

Mikael Luciak holds a position as assistent professor in the department of education at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research and teaching have an emphasis on intercultural education, the schooling of ethnic minorities in comparative perspective and on inclusive education.
Dr. Luciak conducted scientific activities in the areas of education and counseling at the University of Economics in Vienna, the University of California in Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. He also works as educational expert for the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia and is A World of Difference trainer for the Anti-Defamation League.

Mikael Luciak has written for different journals and books on diversity, inequality, school achievement, and integration related to minority schooling and recently completed a guide for Austrian teachers on implementing intercultural education in daily school practice. Currently, his research concentrates on the situation of Roma in special education.