Kathleen O'Hare

Kathleen is Chair of the Northern Ireland Skills Council, an advisory body to Government and Vice-Chair of  the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). She is a Board Member for the Teachers Regulation Body in England and Wales.

Her leadership in education has been recognised by becoming UK Head teacher of the Year in 2009 and Head teacher of the Year in Belfast through the Blackboard Awards in 2017 and recently on being named in the Kings New Years Honours List.


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Tatiana Popa

Tatiana is a deputy academic director at Heritage International School in Moldova. She has been an eTwinning Ambassador since 2015, working in global projects and being a teacher trainer for Moldovan educators and globally. She is also a country ambassador for Global School Alliance, and T4 Education.

Tatiana has been shortlisted for the Top 75 Global Education Influencers in 2021. She has published many educational articles and participated in various global conferences and webinars.

Tatiana is also the country ambassador for the Climate Action Project since 2020, promoting the project nationwide, contacting the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment and other decision-makers in Moldova. For their work on sustainability, her school - Heritage International School - has been shortlisted for the prestigious International School Awards 2023, for the Sustainability category.

Tatiana is passionate about using technology in education. In March 2020, she helped move her school online in just one day, and later she helped the Ministry of Education to switch the entire country to distance learning. With new technologies emerging, she has delivered webinars and training sessions nationally and internationally about the integration of AI tools in education.

Victoria Pendry

Victoria is the CEO of the Curriculum Foundation and has enjoyed a career in National Curriculum Review and redesign in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Victoria has co-developed teaching and learning materials for organisations such as Save the Children, OFAM, UNICEF and UNHCR. Victoria co-authored, ‘A competency-based Curriculum in the context of Africa’ through Mountain Top Publishers in Nairobi. Victoria is a doctoral candidate at IoE, UCL, winning a BERA ECR award in 2022. 

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Dr Funke Baffour-Awuah

Dr. Funke Baffour-Awuah is a renowned clinical psychologist, author, and keynote speaker who specialises in wellbeing and educational transformation.

As the Head of Wellbeing Division at Al Rayan International School in Ghana, she spearheads innovative initiatives to foster a vibrant culture of health and happiness among students and staff. Dr. Funke's work focuses on creating exceptional learning environments and integrating creativity and technology for enhanced student learning.

Her international keynote speeches and consulting engagements promote positive mental health and empower individuals. She is also an author of engaging books that offer practical guidance on body image, self-esteem, and relationships. With her dynamic vision and unwavering commitment, Dr. Funke Baffour-Awuah brings a fresh perspective to education by implementing comprehensive wellbeing strategies, advocating for mental health empowerment, and fostering transformative learning experiences.