SPEAKERS

 

DANNY PIETERS

Prof. Danny Pieters was professor at Tilburg University (1986-1992), before becoming professor at KU Leuven’s Faculty of Law in 1989, where he is the head of the Institute for Social Law since 2005. He is in charge of the Research Unit Europe and Social Security (RUESS) since 1993, and programme director of the Master in European Social Security since 1998.

 

Professor Pieters was a member of the Belgian Federal Parliament from 1994 to 2003 and from 2010 to 2013 (first in the Chamber of Representatives, then in the Senate where he was president in 2010/2011). From 2013 to 2017, he was Vice Rector for Humanities and Social Sciences as well as International Policy at KU Leuven.

KAI L. CHAN

Prof. Kai L. Chan is a distinguished fellow at INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative. Additionally, he is part of the senior management team of a Montreal-based technology company. Prior to moving to Montreal in 2017 he advised the UAE government on matters of competitiveness and statistics, with a focus on the use of global performance indices to guide policy. Before his stint in Dubai, Dr. Chan worked at a consumer finance merchant banking firm in New York. Prior to that he worked in the Singapore office of a global management consulting firm with projects in Europe and East Asia.

 

Dr. Chan holds a BSc in economics & mathematics from the University of Toronto, and an MA and PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Dr. Chan grew up in Toronto, Canada. He speaks English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin and German, and is currently learning Russian.

NICHOLAS FARACLAS

Prof. Nicholas Faraclas teaches Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.  Having received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, he has published widely in theoretical, descriptive, socio-, and applied linguistics, promoted community based literacy projects, and conducted research on the languages of Africa, the South Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

RICHARD WYN JONES

 

Prof. Richard Wyn Jones is Director of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre and Dean of Public Affairs. He has written extensively on contemporary Welsh politics, devolved politics in the UK, and nationalism. In addition, Professor Wyn Jones was one of the founders of Critical Security Studies. He was previously professor of Welsh Politics and founding Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.

Professor Wyn Jones is a regular and widely respected broadcaster, commentating on Welsh politics in both Welsh and English for the BBC in Wales and across the UK. He has also presented two TV series and is a regular columnist for the Welsh language current affairs magazine Barn. Professor Wyn Jones is a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and the Academy of the Social Sciences.

ERIC MIJTS

Eric Mijts studied Linguistics and Literature at the University of Antwerp and is specialised in sociolinguistics. In 2000, he joined the University of Aruba where he works as a researcher and lecturer in skills and linguistics as well as an initiator of educational innovation and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programmes. As a researcher he is affiliated with the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. He coordinates the Academic Foundation Year and the UAUCU student research exchange. His research and publications focus on multilingualism, language policy and planning, identity, and social inclusion/exclusion processes.

MERLYNNE WILLIAMS

 

Merlynne Williams holds a Masters degree in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Nijmegen and a Bachelors degree in Translation Studies from Hogeschool Maastricht in the Netherlands. She is currently working as a pre-service and in-service language teacher and researcher at the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CIDE) at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA) and specializes in research on multilingualism in education. She is also member of the Continuous Professional Development (CDPC) team at IPA, which is responsible for preparing and facilitating training for in-service teachers implementing a mothertongue-based multilingual education program in Aruban primary education since 2009. Ms. Williams is currently finishing her master’s degree in the Papiamento language at the University of Curacao.

ANA TUBENS PEREZ

 

Ana Tubens obtained a BA in English Education for the Secondary Level from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán campus, where she also completed two minors: one in English Education for the Elementary Level, and another one in Music. She is certified by the Department of Education for both the elementary and secondary levels. She is currently completing an MA in English Education in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Professionally, she has worked as an independent tutor since 2008. In 2013, she started working as a tutor and was later promoted to full English teacher in the Upward Bound Program in San Germán. She has also worked in the Department of Education as an Elementary English teacher. As of 2017, she teaches Intermediate English I and II as an Instructor of Record (GTA) in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus.  

ZULEIKA FERNANDEZ PERNA-SILVA

 

Zuleika Fernandes Perna-Silva has been teaching and coordinating Papiamento at Colegio Arubano since 2004. After having received her Master of Education in Papiamento from the University of Curacao in 2015, she has joined the Proyecto Scol Multilingual support team at Instituto Pedagogico Arubano. In 2016 she has joined the University of Aruba as a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Science and in the Academic Foundation Year. She has several publications. Her main goal is to promote translanguaging in the Aruban classrooms.

 

ARTWELL CAIN

 

Artwell Cain PhD is founder/director of the Institute of Cultural Heritage & Knowledge. He attained his Master in cultural anthropology at University Utrecht and his PhD at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He has held various research and management functions. From 2009 to 2012 he was director of NiNsee (National Institute of Dutch Slavery Past and Legacy). His research interests include social mobility, identification and the politics of belonging, representation, modernity/coloniality, slavery and its heritage, managing diversity and civic education.

CARLOS RODRIGUEZ-IGLESIAS

 

Carlos Rodriguez is Lecturer of English and Spanish at the University of Aruba.  His prior teaching experience includes several years as an EFL and Linguistics instructor at the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras) and InterAmerican University, also in Puerto Rico. He holds Master's degrees from Harvard University and Brandeis University, and is currently writing his dissertation to complete his Ph.D. in Caribbean Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Puerto Rico.  His current research focuses on a comparison and contrast of the creole languages spoken in the region, including the Caribbean coast of Central America.

 

ITZA HERNANDEZ

 

Itza Hernández is originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico.  She earned a B.A. in teaching English to Spanish speakers from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras campus.  Ms. Hernández is also certified by the Department of Education to teach English at both the elementary and secondary levels. She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts in English Education program at UPR, Mayaguez campus, where she also works as an instructor of record (GTA) teaching Intermediate English, part one and two. Some of her research interests include translanguaging, bilingualism, and media literacy.

RÉGINE CROES

Régine Croes holds a master degree in Educational Sciences and has specialized in Multilingual Education. She has worked for more than 20 years in Aruba in both teacher training, language and education policy and research in the area of multilingual education in general, and the Scol Multilingual project for primary education in particular. She has served in the past as an educational advisor for the setup of the Papiamento teacher training program for secondary education, that started in the year 2002, and has worked again as an educational advisor with the team that prepared the new Bachelor of Papiamento study that just started in August 2018.

JENNY LOZANO-COSME

 

Jenny Lozano-Cosme earned her PhD in Caribbean Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico in 2017.  Since 2004, she has taught a variety of courses that include ESL, SSL, communications, literature and linguistics in universities in Wisconsin (USA) as well as in Puerto Rico.  Currently, she is a lecturer for the Academic Foundation Year at the University of Aruba.  Her research interests include language variation, multilingualism, language acquisition and language attrition.

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