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at the GiLE4Youth conference
Meet the Keynote Speakers
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Leading in a VUCA world: challenges and opportunities for leaders, organisations and educational institutions
Embracing uncertainty – a key leadership skill in the decisive decade
Dr Imre Porkoláb
Director, Academy for Leading Change
Mathias Corvinus Collegium Foundation
Senior Consultant at Reos Partners,
global social enterprise
Imre Porkoláb is currently the Director of the Academy for Leading Change at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Hungary.
In 2011 he has been appointed to be the National Liaison Representative to NATO’s strategic command (ACT). In 2014 he was selected to be Supreme Allied Commander Transformations’ representative to the Pentagon.
He was also actively engaged in building up NATO co-operation with the US defense innovation ecosystem. From 2018 he was serving as the Deputy National Armament Director for Research-Development and Innovation at the PrimeMinister’s Cabinet office in Hungary.
Yannick Wassmer is a Senior Consultant at Reos Partners – a global social enterprise focused on helping diverse teams of leaders from across a whole system to work together and make progress on complex, stuck challenges. He designs and hosts collaborative change processes and transformational learning experiences.
Yannick works as a learning partner for teams, organizations and communities when addressing complex social and ecological challenges. His work is grounded in systems and complexity theory – using participatory and dialogic methodologies for sustainable change.
Closing Keynote Speakers
Title: Sustainable Careers and the Future of Work: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Maria Mouratidou
Lecturer at the University of Cumbria (UK)
Dr William Donald
Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute (USA) and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Southampton (UK)
Dr Maria Mouratidou is a lecturer in HRM and OB at the University of Cumbria (UK). Maria completed her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 looking at public sector careers in austerity.
Maria has been published in various journals and books. Currently, she is working on her dissertation for her MA in Higher Education, looking at sustainable careers.
Dr William Donald is a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute (USA) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Southampton (UK). His research explores sustainable careers and sustainable Human Resource Management with a specific focus on early careers talent. Will is Managing Editor of the GiLE Journal of Skills Development, an International Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Management & Organization, a Research and Policy Steering Group Member for the Institute of Student Employers, and an Editorial Board Member of Career Matters. Will is also a qualified Life and Performance Coach, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI), an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), a Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists (MNCP NP), and a Member of the Career Development Institute (MCDI). For more information, please visit Will’s website: https://drwilldonald.wordpress.com/
Meet the Roundtable Panellists
Title: What are companies really looking for in job candidates?
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Philip J. Saxon
Corvinus University of Budapest
An experienced university teacher, Philip Saxon works as a course coordinator, English as a Foreign Language teacher, dissertation supervisor and proofreader at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He also teaches Business English to students at Budapest Business School and pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes to UK summer school students.
A member of IATEFL-Hungary, he maintains a keen interest in continuous professional development and teaching with technology. He is also a strong believer in both experiential learning and reflective practice. Now working as a volunteer for GILE, he hopes to help spread the message that soft skills are of the essence in an increasingly automated world.
Robert Szabo M.Ed
VP Learning Sciences
Dr Gábor Kismihók
Learning & Skill Analytics Research Group, TIB, Chair of ReMO
Robert Szabó, M.Ed (Applied Linguistics), is Learnship’s VP Learning Sciences. Based in Cologne, Germany, Robert is a former committee member of the IATEFL Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG).
An education manager, writer, and speaker, Robert has presented papers and given talks on Business Language and Communication Training, systemic functional linguistics and communicative competence at IATEFL associate events and corporate functions in Europe and Asia.
Robert works with Learnship’s CTO and Head of Product on innovative global solutions for corporate communicative competence training.
Dr Gábor Kismihók is the head of the Learning and Skill Analytics Research Group at TIB and chairing the ReMO – Researcher Mental Health COST Action and the Career Development Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA).
He concentrates his research efforts on matching processes between education, the labour market and individuals. He published his research in various peer-reviewed international journals and book chapters in the fields of Learning Analytics, Technology Enhanced Learning and Knowledge Management.
In the past years he has been busy with various EU-funded research projects focused on employability, person-organisation fit, open and personal learning management systems, context-aware educational systems and semantic technology in education.
Zsolt Abraham is a ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ listed entrepreneur, former management consultant with an extensive track record in competence development and competency mapping.
Founder and CEO of Case Solvers, a fast growing HRtech start-up in the educational space. Case Solvers’ vision is to skill-up society and develop problem-solvers worldwide. Case Solvers is present in 30 countries, has competency development training programmes and case competitions in Financial Times ranked business schools and Fortune 500 companies.
Case Solvers developed Spartafy, a gamified competency mapping tool to screen employees’ and the candidates’ problem-solving skills. Zsolt is a lecturer at the London School of Economics, the University of Saint Gallen and the Erasmus School of Management.
Géraldine Chapelle is a born entrepreneur and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). With degrees in Applied Linguistics, Mandarin Chinese, NeuroLinguïstic Programming and diverse coaching techniques, she started her career as a freelance language trainer and was quickly approached by local university colleges to apply her teaching skills there. For several years she was a lecturer at Artesis University College in Antwerp, then at Thomas More University College, where she was also Programme Manager of the International Studies.
As a Programme Manager, she was able to implement much needed soft skills courses for students into the curriculum. Next to being teacher and manager at University Colleges, she developed her own trainings for companies and individuals which today makes her a versatile trainer. Today she is a European Learning and Development Manager at Shurgard, where she develops the soft skills competences of everyone in the company and creates personal development paths for managers.
Her trainings on focus, mindset, leardership, but also alternative medecine and taoism have inspired many to change their lifestyle and become Leader of their Life. Her mission is to make people thrive! To help you become a successful, happy and healthy person.
Dr Ron Morrain
University Duisburg Essen (Germany)
Syntax Solutions (the Netherlands)
Global Speech Academy (Singapore)
Ron Morrain is an American (Houston, Texas), and currently lives and works in Germany. He is co-founder and Director of Studies at the Language Learning Centers Europe which is headquartered in Duisburg, Germany. He is also the Educational Consultant for Syntax Solutions located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has been working as an Educational Consultant and Business English Trainer for over 25 years internationally. Ron speaks three languages fluently (English, German, and Spanish), but gets along with several other languages as well.
Ron Morrain is the innovator of the graphic facilitation concept of *Ready-made Mind Maps *(RMMs), which promotes learning/teaching methodologies E.g. – TBL (Task-based Learning) and PBL (Project-based Learning), Content and language integrated learning (CLIL), and Content-based Instruction (CBI). Language Coaching sessions for L2 and L1 learners are also facilitated by RMMs. Ron has been promoting the concept of Mind Mapping with TBL and PBL at conferences, universities, teacher workshops, and webinars internationally since 1992.
Heather Hansen is Managing Director of Global Speech Academy, a corporate training firm based in Singapore. She is author of recently-published UNMUTED and four other titles all covering the intersection of language, culture and identity in global business.
She has delivered programs in person with top leaders from the world’s largest multinational companies in 16 countries across 4 continents. Her online work reaches every corner of the world.
Heather is a TEDx speaker and host and is regularly featured in the media and on international podcasts: www.heatherhansen.com
Bonus Interactive workshops
Meet Our Trainers
Registered participants and attendees of the GiLE4Youth conference may join in workshops, at no extra cost!
Meet the workshop speakers who are passionate about young people and their skills development. Find out more about the learning outcomes of the sessions at a digital facilitation platform: HOWSPACE.
The conference schedule is available on the conference website!
Title: Feedback: Fear or Fun?
Title: Become the most efficient version of yourself
Karin Cornet is the owner of YUMATTER, a company dedicated to personal development and growth. Her specialty is brain training, a combination of neurofeedback, coaching and the philosophy of mindfulness.
Not only individuals, but whole teams benefit from personal growth. Karin brings back the autonomy, choice and personal responsibility.
All her working life she dedicated to the human in all its aspects. After studying as a physical therapist and acupuncturist in her twenties, she worked in Portugal for over 15 years as therapist and life coach.
Being curious by nature the question arose why people find it so hard to change. And why they act as they do when they come under stress and pressure. The answer pointed to neurofeedback and the brain as base of all actions and behaviour.
In 2010 she went to the USA to study neurotherapy. After returning to the Netherlands, her home country, she developed training programs and trained coaches to work with neurofeedback.
In 2019 she added a postgraduate Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/Mindfulness based Cognitive therapy to her list of studies to further deepen the effect of braintraining.
‘I believe that we can take charge of our life, when we recognize what our patterns are.
Automated reflex patterns can become conscious choices. We can change our mind.
We can create and co-create. One step at the time.’
Géraldine Chapelle is a born entrepreneur and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). With degrees in Applied Linguistics, NeuroLinguïstic Programming and diverse coaching techniques, she started her career as a freelance language trainer and was quickly approached by local university colleges to apply her teaching skills there. For several years she was a lecturer at Artesis in Antwerp, and at Thomas More, where she was also Programme Manager of the International Studies. As a Programme Manager, she was able to implement much needed soft skills courses for students into the curriculum. Over the years she developed her own trainings for companies and individuals, which makes her a versatile trainer. Today she is European Learning and Development Manager at Shurgard, where she develops the soft skills competences of everyone in the company and creates personal development paths for managers.