Keynote Speakers

Professor Karanam


Professor of Educational Management

Department of Educational Administration
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Vadodara-390002, Gujarat, India.

  • Offg. Head and Professor of the Department of Educational Administration.
  • For the past 25 years, he has been teaching in the Department of Education and Psychology at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in the area of education and educational management, conducting research and social programs, supervising doctoral students, and providing consulting services in the areas of total quality management in education, teacher development, and educational leadership.
  • Member of the Senate of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (2012).
  • Member of the Senate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India (2020).
  • Coordinator of DSA-I Research Project of University Grants Commission, Government of India, in the Department of Educational Administration (2020)
  • Academic Advisory Member, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Jammu
  • Dean of Studies and Dean of Physical Education, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (2020).
  • Member of Academic Committee, Faculty of Education, Tezpur University, Assam.
  • Member of the Academic Committee of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
  • Member of resource team of various organisations like NAAC, UGC, NCTE, NCERT, NIEPA etc.
  • Visiting Scholar of Swedish Institute at Institute of International Education (IIE), Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • SASNET visiting scholar fellowship at the School of Education, Jonkoping University, Sweden.
  • Erasmus Mundus Visiting Professor Fellowship at the School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • Coordinator of E- ASEM from ASEM Lifelong Leaning Hub, University University Cork, Ireland.
  • Academic advisor to the British Council for the Global Teacher Accreditation Programme (GTA), India.
  • Member of the Research Group on Education for Rural Transformation, Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • Indo-Danish academic exchange program on Education for Global Citizenship with Efterschools of Denmark.
  • Visiting professor at Assumption University and Burapah University in Thailand.
  • Lead international training program (ITP) with Life Academy, Karlsted, Sweden, sponsored by SIDA on ICT and educational development.
  • Directed an international training program funded by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan District Education Officers, SIDA.

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Government of India, New Delhi has nominated Prof. Karanam Pushpanadham, Professor and Head, Department of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education and Psychology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda as a member of Western Regional Committee. The territorial jurisdiction of the Western Regional Committee established under the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 20 of the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 shall be the states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. He was also the Co- Chair of the NCTE committee for the development of Pedagogy courses for the 4-year Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) as per the recommendations of National Education Policy, 2020.



Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that Schleicher “understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth” (The Atlantic, July 11). Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Schleicher “the most important man in English education” – even though he is German and lives in France. Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”.  He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.



‘The Final Countdown! – Can Education Conquer AI, Polarisation, Apathetic Students and Other Megatrends of Our Time?”

Boris Jokić is the Director of the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb. He holds a degree in psychology from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. His scientific career has been strongly rooted in the field of psychology of education. His most recent research focuses on the effects of pandemic on aspirations of children and youth, their learning and trust. He was a member of the National Council of Education and is one of the authors of the current Croatian strategy of education, science and technology. He was the leader of the Comprehensive Curricular Reform of early and pre-school, elementary and secondary education in Croatia. The ideas, processes and values in this reform led to mass protests of support all over Croatia.

Peadar Callaghan



PhD student “Design of Cybersecurity Training games for Insider Attacks”
Tallinn University, Tallinn Estonia (2021-Ongoing)
MSc. Digital Learning Games.
Tallinn University, Tallinn Estonia (Graduating June 2022)
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland 2005
Master of Arts in Modern History
University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland 2001


Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn Estonia
Guest lecturer in Gamification and Learning Game Design. September 2020- present
King Fahd University of Minerals and Petroleum, English Language Department.
Dahrain Saudi Arabia.

Lecturer in English August 2016- September 2019
Professional development coordinator February 2017 -September 2018
101 course coordinator September 2018 – September 2019
Daegu University Language Education Center, Daegu Korea
Professor of English, September 2011 -January 2016
Kyungbook National University Language Education Center, Daegu Korea
Professor of English, September 2007-September 2011
MBT Academy Mugeodong, Ulsan Korea
Curriculum Writer/Teacher, November 2005- September 2007
Taught Conversation based language program for students Elementary to High school students. Was in charge of Curriculum selection and the design of testing materials.