Mrs. Tanja Bastianic

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Tanja Bastianic is an Education Policy Analyst in the PISA for Schools team. She regularly contributes to data analysis and serves as country liaison officer for the Russian Federation, Australia, Kazakhstan and the European Shools Network where she leads project implementation and relations with schools and education authorities. Tanja joined the OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills in 2015, and has worked on a range of projects, including on low skilled adults, apprenticeship and National Skills Strategies. Prior to joining the OECD, Tanja worked for 10 years in the French public sector on health and social affairs, mostly within the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs (OFDT). Tanja holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Padua (Italy) and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Paris V (France). She speaks English, French, Italian and her native Serbo-Croatian.

Dr. Bottery Michael Paul

University of Hull

Dr. Mike Bottery is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Hull, England, having formerly been Director of Research.  He taught in Primary schools in England and Australia before moving into the University sector, taking his doctorate in values education in 1986. He became a full Professor in 2000. He has published ten books, and numerous peer-refereed articles on educational values and policy, the sustainability of educational leaders, and education’s contribution to global sustainability. Awarded the titles of Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia, Visiting Professor at Seattle Pacific University, and both Advisory and Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Education, he has also taught at universities in the UK, Canada, the US, mainland China, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore.  He was awarded the British Educational Leadership and Management Association’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award, and his book Sustainable School Leadership (Bloomsbury, 2018) was shortlisted for the American Publishers Association for its English Prose Award.  Writing a Watertight Thesis (Bloomsbury, 2019) has been translated into Chinese, and a 2nd Edition will be published in 2021. The Educational Leader in a World of Covert Threats (Bloomsbury) will be published later this year. 

Univ.- Prof. Dr. Stefan Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz

Professor for quality development and quality assurance in education
Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt

Univ.- Prof. Dr. habil. Stefan Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz is the holder of the Chair on Quality Development and Quality Assurance in Education at the Institute of instructional and school development. His main academic fields and interests lie within framework conditions to the education system as well as the different governing mechanisms in educational administration, management and leadership, which affect the development of quality assurance, and learning in education. Furthermore, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education) of UC Berkeley and Stanford University, the Open University of Cyprus, the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Umea, Sweden. Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz has also acted as a consultant on a large-scale school leadership needs assessment study on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Prof. Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz is also a jury member of the prestigious German School Award. Within the global ISSPP Network Stefan Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz represents the research activities on successful school leadership in Austria.

Diana Ghazaryan

Senior Industry Executive in K12 Education, Microsoft Central Eastern Europe

Diana Ghazaryan is the K12 Industry Executive for Central and Eastern Europe, Microsoft Education team. She works with the governments, ministries of education, partners, school leaders and educators  to support customers in their journey of education transformation to realize the teaching and learning potential.

The way students engage their world, the way they learn, create, and share has changed. Education leaders and educators worldwide need the ability to plan strategically, so they can meet the needs of learners entering the digital economy, by helping all students achieve their potential by taking a student-centered approach to explore all aspects of teaching and learning: curriculum, assessment, devices, and spaces with a focus on understanding and meeting the needs of all students. Recognizing this challenge, Microsoft developed an Education Transformation Framework to guide leaders through the complexity of transformation. It facilitates the process of envisioning what’s possible and developing a strategy to achieve it. Additionally, school in their journey for transformation can join the Microsoft Showcase Schools (SCS) program.  It is a leadership-focused initiative to support highlight innovative leading and teaching across globally recognized schools. The SCS program nurtures and support schools aspiring to be Showcase Schools while offering a global community of school leaders that support each other and share best practices.


Dr. Hadjitheodoulou Loizidou Pavlina

Head of In-service Teacher Training Department, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute

Dr Pavlina Hadjitheodoulou-Loizidou has been working as a teacher trainer at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute since 2000 and she is head of the In-service Τeacher Training Department of the Institute since 2012. She got her M.A. in Education and Society (1989-1990) at the University of Reading, UK, and her PhD in Pedagogics at the University of Ioannina, Greece (1996). She has worked at ASPAITE Pedagogy School in Athens (1996-2000) and as a tutor at the Greek Open University (1998-2009). She has worked as a post doc researcher for the Education of Roma Children project of the Greek Ministry of Education and the University of Ioannina (1996-2000). She has also worked as an expert for the Council of Europe Project on Teaching Socio-cultural Diversity and the Pestalozzi Modules on Intercultural Education. During the last years she has been promoting the implementation of action research and other inquiry based methodologies for teachers’ professional learning in the Cyprus Educational System as well as the idea of fostering professional learning communities in schools in Cyprus.

Dr. Kelly Peter

Associate Professor (Reader) in Comparative Education, University of Plymouth, UK

Dr Peter Kelly is Reader in Comparative Education at the University of Plymouth, UK. His research on educational policy making and leadership critically explores education politics and the working lives of school leaders and teachers in Europe. He is link convenor for Network 23 of the European Educational Research Association, Politics and Policy in Education, and research lead for the European Policy Network on Teachers and School Leaders. Web:


Mr. Kokkinos Kyriakos

Deputy Minister to the President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Cyprus

 Kyriacos Kokkinos is the Deputy Minister to the   President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, since March 1st 2020. He previously served as the Chief Scientist for Research & Innovation of the Republic of Cyprus, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research & Innovation Foundation and Member of the National Board of Research & Innovation. He is a distinguished professional with 30 years of experience in Executive Management, Technology and Business Consulting, served at senior Executive roles in global corporations such as IBM Europe (Executive Director & Partner) and PwC. He also served at the Board of Directors of many Organisations, including Invest Cyprus (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency – CIPA), the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Cyprus Port Authority (CPA), and the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for professional excellence, including the ‘Business Leader of the Year Award’ 2016, by Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and the ‘Quality Leader Award 2015’ by Cyprus Quality Association. His Academic qualifications include Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Henley Management College (UK) and MSc & BSc in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA).



Kristian H. Haugen

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

As a PhD candidate in political science at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway my work has revolved around mapping and explaining geographical inequalities of school performance in Norway. As a political scientist the focus has been on political structures such as the municipalities, but have also investigated more local factors such as pupil density, gender compositions and formal teacher qualifications at the school level. The work has been quantitative, and the data has been collected from various public and open data.


Dr. Kyriakou Nansia 

Frederick University

Dr Nansia Kyriakou works as a Lecturer at Frederick University Cyprus. She received her PhD in Education and MSc in Educational Research Methods from the University of Exeter and MPhil in Research in SL Learning from the University of Cambridge. She has a bachelor’s degree in Primary School Education from the UCY. She has been part of European research projects. Current research interests lie in the field of multilingualism, multiculturalism, bidialectism and language learning and assessment. She has published papers in academic journals, chapters in educational books and conference proceedings. She has developed eLearning materials for teaching Greek as a SL both for younger and adult learners. Currently she is co-authoring the new school textbooks for teaching Greek as a SL in Cyprus. She has taken part in and coordinated multiple international conferences and has trained in service teachers of kindergarten and elementary schools.


Ms. Laszlo Janka Luca 

ESHA consultant

Luca Laszlo is a consultant and responsible contact person for members of the European School Heads Association since 2018. She has an educational background in social sciences, with a special focus on ethnic and minority policy. She has been working on EU-funded education-related projects since 2016.


Dr. Levy Ariel

General Director Joint -Ashalim at JDC Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Levy has a rich social, public, academic and managerial background, with over 25 years of experience in both formal and informal education frameworks, government and the non-profit sector. Ariel is the director of Joint-Ashalim. Joint-Ashalim was established in 1998 as a strategic partnership between JDC-Israel, the Israeli government, and the UJA-Federation of New York. Ashalim aims to promote the social mobility of vulnerable young people in Israeli society (from birth to age 30), by advancing them in five areas of life: education, economic resilience, health, digital, and social belonging. He joined JDC Israel Ashalim in August 2020, after recently serving as a visiting faculty member at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and as an advisor at the Yad Hanadiv Foundation. Prior to these positions, Ariel was a Senior Deputy Director in the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Pedagogical Secretariat Division Director. At the Ministry of Education, Ariel was responsible for implementation of nationwide reforms within the Israeli education system. Before joining the Ministry of Education, Ariel served as Director of Professional Development for School Leadership at the Avney Rosha Institute – the Israeli Institute for School Leadership established by the Ministry of Education and Yad Hanadiv to advance the Israeli education system by training school principals and supervisors. In this position, he was responsible for the professional development offered to 4,000 serving principals. Ariel served for six years as the principal of a large six-year high school in Jerusalem. Ariel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Education, a Master’s in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Education, all from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Mr. Mellor Andy

National Wellbeing Director for Schools Advisory Service and Strategic Lead for the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools at Leeds Beckett University

Andy is the National Wellbeing Director for Schools Advisory Service and on 1st May 2021 took on an additional role as the Strategic Lead for the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health in Schools based at Leeds Beckett University. He is a Past President of the NAHT and was until December 2019, headteacher of the outstanding rated St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Blackpool. He was also a National Leader of Education, having worked in Blackpool schools for 22 years and also created the Blackpool Teaching School Alliance. Andy is a member of the Blackpool Education Improvement Board, is a previous member of the Blackpool Opportunity Area Board and was also a member of the NAHT Accountability Commission. He is currently the independent chair the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust CEO group.


Prof. Messiou Kyriaki (Kiki)

Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, UK

Dr Kyriaki (Kiki) Messiou is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, UK. She is Director of Research/Deputy Head of Southampton Education School. Internationally known for her research in the field of inclusive education, her work focuses on children’s and young people’s voices as a means of understanding marginalisation and developing inclusive practices in schools. These are the themes of her publications, including her book ‘Confronting marginalisation in education: A framework for promoting inclusion’. Her research aims to have a direct impact in the field, whilst at the same time advancing theoretical understandings around notions of inclusion. Previously she worked at the University of Hull. She was also a primary school teacher in Cyprus before completing her postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester (MEd Special Education, MSc Educational Research, PhD Education). Kiki is a regular contributor to international conferences (e.g. AERA, BERA and ECER). She has made keynote presentations in Austria, Cyprus, Italy, South Africa and Spain. In 2019 she was invited to Stanford University to present her work and this has led to ongoing research collaborations.


Mrs. Nihill Mary

National Director of The Centre for School Leadership (CSL), Ireland

Mary Nihill Mary started her career in education as a post primary Science and Maths teacher. She coordinated the Transition Year programme in St Paul’s Secondary School Oughterard, Galway for a number of years and was appointed Principal of St Pauls in 1994. In 2005 she was seconded as Assistant National Coordination to the Leadership Development for Schools (LDS) team and coordinated programmes for newly appointed Principals and developmental programmes for established Principals and Deputy Principals. She was appointed Principal of Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Galway in 2010. Mary was elected as President of The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals(NAPD) in October 2014. She is currently seconded as National Director of The Centre for School Leadership and is completing a PhD in the National University of Ireland Galway.


Prof. Pashiardis Petros

Professor of Educational Leadership, Rector of the Open University of Cyprus

Dr. Petros Pashiardis is a Professor of Educational Leadership and the Rector of the Open University of Cyprus. He has been a Visiting Professor with the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Principal Development, Umeå University, Sweden. For the period 2004-2008, Professor Pashiardis has been President of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM). In 2008 he co-edited the International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders, (with Jacky Lumby and Gary Crow), published by Routledge. In 2014 his book, Modeling School Leadership Across Europe: In Search of New Frontiers, was published by Springer Publications. His research interests revolve around Pedagogical and Entrepreneurial School Leadership. His current thinking takes him beyond the WHAT effective/successful school leaders do and into the HOW they do it.


Prof. Phoenix Ann

Thomas Coram research Unit, Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education

Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial studies at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is on the Nuffield Foundation Trust Board. Her research is mainly about the ways in which psychological experiences and social processes are linked and intersectional. It includes work on racialised and gendered identities and experiences; mixed-parentage, masculinities, consumption, young people and their parents, the transition to motherhood, families, migration and transnational families. Her recent books include Environment in the Lives of Children and Families: Perspectives from India and the UK. Policy Press, 2017. (with Janet Boddy, Catherine Walker and Uma Vennan) and Researching Family Narratives. SAGE, 2020. (with Julia Brannen, Corinne Squire and the Novella project research team). Nuancing Young Masculinities (with Marja Peltola), Helsinki University Press, 2022.


Mr. Risku Mika

Head of Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä, FINLAND

The Finnish Principals’ Association (SURE FIRE) claims principals are Finland’s most important leaders, and I love them doing this, extending the claim to include all educational leaders. The claim and my love for it has a strong linkage with the topic of the ESHA conference 2022: School leadership in 2020+, trends and challenges for quality and inclusion. I became a secondary education principal in 1993, exactly when the whole Finnish society and education system radically changed. I believe that we are amid a paradigm shift, and that this shift is an ultimate game changer. I think that our operational environment has altered dramatically, but that our structures, processes, practices, and mindsets have not. I regard the shift so fundamental that even the questions we ask must be renewed. This also applies to how we conceive quality and inclusion, and what trends and challenges they are facing, and we must meet. The Finnish education system is often depicted as uniform, consisting merely of public schools, and having a serene climate. I would rather view it as much more diverse underneath the surface. In fact, I would describe it as a wonderful experimental laboratory, the education system and all its organisations. To me, Finnish principals and all educational leaders are primary experimenters and innovators both in relation to their organisations and how they together with their professional communities and students are creating the future. This is also why I love them being viewed as Finland’s most important leaders.

Mr. Myding Kasper

School entrepreneur

Kasper Myding is a former teacher and school leader with many years of experience in both public and private schools. He has a master’s degree in Learning and Pedagogical Change. Together with Casper Rongsted he is the co-writer of The World’s Best Teacher. Furthermore, he is the co-inventor of The Nordic Teaching Model. His work is foremost devoted to giving every student the best conditions of possibility to learn and thrive in school focusing not only on vocational skills, but also social and emotional learning.

Moreover, Kasper is known for his work on transforming educational research into everyday school practice in schools all over Scandinavia.


Dr. Van Wessum Loes

Associate Professor Leadership in Education, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Dr Loes van Wessum is Associate Professor Educational Leadership at Windesheim, University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. Her research centers on how to develop educational leadership contributing to enhancing learner opportunities for all- both students and professionals. Recently she has conducted research for revising the Dutch National standard for schoolleaders in secondary education. In her work she combines practical wisdom and theoretical knowledge. She is an experienced teacher, manager, teacher educator, researcher, member of the supervisory board, consultant and writer.


Mr. Vrasidas Charalambos

Executive Director, CARDET – Professor of learning Innovations and policy, University of Nicosia

Charalambos Vrasidas is co-founder and Executive Director of CARDET, an international non-profit research and development organization based in Cyprus. He is Professor of Learning Innovations & Policy and Associate Dean for elearning at the University of Nicosia. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Council for Educational Media. He is Editor-in-Chief for the scholarly journal Educational Media International. He has published 11 books and more than 100 articles in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. A lifelong learner, a teacher, researcher, innovator, and social entrepreneur, he led the design and implementation of more than 400 initiatives and projects in more than 40 countries. His team coordinated the development of the Cyprus lifelong learning Strategy 2021-2027, in partnership with EAEA and the MoECSY.


Mrs. Salamon Eszter

Director, Parents International and Education Consultant, ESHA

Originally trained as a teacher, she started her career as a teacher at a primary cum secondary school. Later she became an economist and has been teaching in higher and vocational education. She started dealing with rights of the child topics in 1989 and has specialized in students’ rights and parents’ rights in the past 20+ years, being active internationally since 2009. She has earned her Doctorate at education leadership focusing on parental empowerment and engagement, and child participation. Her activities and research interests are related to 21st century education, school leadership, parental engagement, quality and inclusion, education-related rights and accountability, and collaboration. Her worked is framed by her experience as a teacher, as a parents, as a school board president as well as a researcher and trainer. She works as Director of Parents International and is also an Education Consultant, focusing on inclusion in education at ESHA.


Drs. Stienstra Koos

Director of the academy of Healthcare and Education, University of Groningen Netherlands

Director of Intraverte since 1996 – Present 100+ employees, Director of the academy of Healthcare and Education since 2018 – Intraverte (100+ employees) is a nationally operating Dutch care institution for children whose development is not entirely automatic. For example, for children who have low self-confidence, cannot concentrate well in class, have difficulty with a divorce or can sometimes become very angry and do not know how to deal with it. But also when motoric skills lag behind such as writing, cycling, climbing and running. We help children – often in collaboration with the teachers – by connecting to a child’s own development; so through play and movement. The Academy for Education and Health (50+ employees) is a development place for everyone who works in education and/or healthcare. We offer training, education, workshops and share knowledge and inspiration. This knowledge and inspiration are about themes that contribute to the development of children and adults.


Prof. Zembylas Michalinos

Prof. of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies Open University of Cyprus, Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia

Michalinos Zembylas is Professor of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies at the Open University of Cyprus, Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. He has written extensively on emotion and affect in relation to social justice pedagogies, intercultural and peace education, human rights education and citizenship education. His recent books include: Affect and the rise of right-wing populism: Pedagogies for the renewal of democratic education, and Higher education hauntologies: Living with ghosts for a justice-to-come (co-edited with V. Bozalek, S. Motala and D. Hölscher). In 2016, he received the Distinguished Researcher Award in “Social Sciences and Humanities” from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.