Keynote Speakers


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The Rt Hon, Mrs Laine Randjärv: Vice-President of the Estonian Parliament
Mrs Laine Randjärv is the Vice Speaker of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) and has been a member of parliament since 2011. She is Vice President of the Baltic Assembly, President of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and Head of the Estonian delegation to the Baltic Assembly. Ms Randjärv was Minister of Culture of the Republic of Estonia in 2007-2011, after serving as Mayor of Tartu City in 2002-2007. She is a trained conductor and music teacher, and holds a Master of Music from the Estonian Academy of Music. Her professional career also includes teaching jobs in music and conducting, as well as management posts in the field of music.


His Excellency Gianni Pittella: Vice-President of the European Parliament
HE Gianni Pittella is an Italian politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1999 and in 2009 became its first Vice President. A graduate in medicine and surgery, Pittella specialised in the legal aspects of medicine. He has been an active politician for most of his working life and has a special interest in training and culture. Pittella has advocated transforming the EU currency bloc into a political super state modelled on the United States, with a single military across all European countries to replace each country's individual military, and a single President installed by direct election for what he referred to as "a United States of Europe".


Joseph Mifsud

Prof. Joseph Mifsud
is the Director Interim of the LAD and Director, International Strategic Development, LONDON ACADEMY OF DIPLOMACY, University of East Anglia, London, UK

He was elected President of Emuni,the Euro-Mediterranean University by European and Mediterranean, Rectors and Presidents of Universities, in November of 2008 after the Paris Summit established Emuni and Euro-Mediterrranean higher education.

He has lectured extensively throughout the world on International education, Diplomacy and Euro-Mediterranean studies in Europe, Russia, Africa, USA and throughout the Mediterranean region. He has been invited keynote speaker to the EU Parliament, the European Council, the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the Union of the Mediterranean, the Committee of the Regions, Arlem, and various schools of Diplomacy in the world.

Joseph Mifsud has also served prominently in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta, in the Ministry of Education of Malta as Chief Advisor between 1996 and 1998 and as Malta’s representative to the Council of Europe in Education and at Unesco. He was also in charge of the establishment of the European Programmes Unit when Malta joined the European Union. He has served as Head of Department, and as a member of the Senate of the University of Malta.

Prof. Mifsud sits on a number of Boards in higher education both in Europe and in the Commonwealth. He is also the author of a number of contributions on higher education in the Mediterranean. He is international adviser to many national and international organisations, including the EU; the EU Parliament, the Parliament of Malta, various Regions and organisations in Italy, Spain, Africa.


CarolynCooperProfessor Carolyn Cooper
Carolyn Cooper is a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She has written extensively on cultural politics in Jamaica. She is the author of Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (2004); and Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the 'Vulgar' Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993). She is the editor of Global Reggae (2012), a distinguished collection of essays on the cross-cultural dynamics of Jamaican popular music.

In 1992, Professor Cooper initiated the establishment of the International Reggae Studies Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona and provided intellectual leadership for the enterprise for a decade and a half. In 2010 she launched her own Global Reggae Studies Centre as a private sector initiative.

Professor Cooper frequently contributes to debates on cultural politics in the local and international media. She currently writes a weekly column for the Sunday Gleaner which she irregularly translates into the Jamaican language for her blog, Jamaican Woman Tongue. Professor Cooper is a public intellectual committed to broadening the audience for vital conversations about culture and identity across the Caribbean region and beyond.

FrankSalterDr. Frank Salter
Dr. Frank Salter is an Australian academic and researcher formerlyat the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology in Germany. Best known for his writings on ethnicity and ethnic interests, he is a political ethologist studying political phenomena using the methods and theories of behavioural biology.

Dr. Frank Salter's work on ethnic genetic interests and his critique of multiculturalism are well known. His brilliant analyses of the plight of White majorities in all Western countries as they attempt to cope with displacement-level immigration and with sweeping changes in national identity and culture are both insightful and thought provoking. His attempt is not to chart the causes of this sea change, but to describe the changes by presenting a realistic analysis in terms of ethnic interests of all groups in this dynamic process.

Dr Salter will be giving a TED-style presentation and key-note presentation.

JanelGautier2Professor Janel Gauthier, Ph.D.
Professor Janel Gauthier has a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology. He is Professor of Psychology at Laval University in Canada, President-Elect of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and Canadian Delegate to the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS). He also is a Fellow and a Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters on the applications of behavioural, cognitive, and social psychology to mental health. Since 2002, ethics has become the main focus of his research and writings. His most recent achievement involves the development of the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists, which was unanimously adopted by IUPsyS and IAAP in 2008 following a six-year process of research and broad international consultation. Professor Gauthier was the chair of the international working group which drafted the Universal Declaration. He has received several awards for his distinguished contributions to the international advancement of psychology and ethics.


PhuongMaiNguyenPhuong-Mai Nguyen, Ph.D.
Phuong-Mai Nguyen started a career as a journalist in Viet Nam and Asia Pacific. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is currently teaching at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and running her own training agency Culture Move. As a professional trainer and freelance writer, she has lived, worked in, and travelled to more than 80 countries world wide.

 Alone, Asian, and Atheist in the Middle East: 10 things I learned after one year living in post-Arab Spring.

I just came back from one year rolling through post-Arab Spring Middle East as a single non-Muslim woman.

In January 2012, I set out to embark on a project that eventually brought me through 13 different Islamic countries during the peaks of their historical lines: Three of them without governments (Libya, Egypt, Yemen), one of them in the mist of a civil war (Syria), while protests and confusion characterise the daily life of the whole region.

RobertSchreiterProfessor Robert Schreiter
Robert Schreiter is professor of theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (USA), and has held professorships in Germany and the Netherlands. He has written extensively on intercultural communication, especially about the relation of religion and culture. He has lectured in more than fifty countries around the world. In addition, he has been active in peacebuilding and reconciliation work on all six continents. Among his books are Constructing Local Theologies and The New Catholicity: Theology between the Global and the Local.

"Varieties of the Local at the Concourses of Globalization"
The impact of globalization on local scenes has brought new configurations of what it means to be "local." The asymmetrical forces at work have made both positive and negative impacts upon it. This presentation will map out some of these new configurations and explore their implications for intra- and intercultural communication.