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Impressive speaker lineup for GESS Dubai 2023

The event will also host more than 350 brands and 6,000 experts in education from 40 plus countries around the globe 

Dubai, Oct 25, 2023: The 16th edition of GESS (Global Educational Supplies and Solutions) Dubai is poised to welcome more than 6,000 education experts from across the world. The event, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (Za’abeel Halls 4 to 6) from October 30 to November 1, 2023, will also host more than 350 education brands from more than 40 countries around the globe. Joining this year’s edition as a Strategic Partner is Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE).  

The education conference and exhibition will feature three remarkable keynote speakers this year.  

Peter Milne, the Founder/Director of Target4Green, will engage GESS Dubai attendees with thought-provoking discussions on topics such as ‘Consuming Habits and Responsibility’, ‘Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals from a Local to Global Perspective’ and ‘Teaching Students About Climate Change and Their Environment Towards a Sustainable Future’, among others. 

Ewan McIntosh, the Managing Director of NoTosh, will share insights on topics such as ‘The Power of a Promise’ and participate in panel discussions, including ’Schools of the Future’. 

Darren Coxon, the founder of, an advisory specialising in the effective and sustainable integration of AI into educational institutions, joins the impressive lineup of speakers with his insights on AI in education. Coxon passionately advocates for the responsible use of AI in schools and is an active participant in the Education 3.0 and Future Foundation Groups, which work together to drive much-needed change in the education system.  

GESS Talks (Live Stage)  

The new inclusion at GESS Dubai 2023 introduces an exciting element, offering a roster of speakers and guests from GESS podcasts and webinars. Attendees will enjoy an exclusive chance to interact with industry thought leaders in live sessions.  

Some panels to look forward to include ’Knowledge vs skills: what students should really learn’ with Dr Gilda Scarfe, Ambika Gulati, Jenin Al Shalabi and Soha Halfawi; ’Exploring contemporary visions of Early Years Education’ with Dr. Sarah Rogers, Jacqueline Harmer, May Zalat and Erin Herndobler; ’Education for the Heart: How to Thrive in a Noisy World’ by Prem Rawat, Founder of The Prem Rawat Foundation; ’Education for the future, are we there yet?’ moderated by Olly Lewis and Al Kingsley; and ’How sustainable is your early years and school setting’ moderated by Frances Powell 

The Leaders in Education Conference is another attraction designed for principals and others within the Leaders in Education community. It explores the complex challenges faced by school leaders, emphasising the vital skills and qualities required for successful leadership and achievement in senior positions. Some of the talks as part of the conference include a fireside discussion, ’Essentials for Life: The journey of continuous learning’ moderated by Katia Al-Kaisi; apanel discussion, ’It’s all about the How: Practical Approaches and Lessons’ moderated by Jaakko Skantsi, Program Director at Education Finland / EDUFI; ’Great Leaders Build Great Teams: how do they do it?” by Dr Helen Wright, Director at Global Thought Leadership; ’Empowering Tomorrow’s Contributors: Arabic Wikimedia in Education’ by Serine Ben Brahim, Project Manager at Emirates Literature Foundation; ’Raising the Bar: Enhancing Music Education and Building a Musical Culture in Schools’ by Martin Barraclough, Director of Music at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi; and ’The Power of a Promise’ by Ewan McIntosh, Managing Director of NoTosh. 

Wellbeing Space  

The dedicated panel has been designed to offer attendees the opportunity to discover global research findings and delve into innovative approaches for fostering overall well-being within educators and their educational communities. Topics for the talks include ’Interventions for Supporting Able & Gifted Learners’ by Taruna Khattar, Head of Inclusion & Wellbeing at Ambassador School, Dubai, and Manjula Balakrishnan, Special Educator and AGT Coordinator at Ambassador School; ’Understanding and Responding to Behaviours that Challenge’ by Paul Bray, Training Lead at SEND International; ’How Mantra Vibrations Impact the Three levels of the Brain and the Four levels of the Mind’ by Seema Nambiar, Director at Skanda Well-being & Skanda Yoga Centre; ’Developing STEM Skills in Early Childhood: Secrets of Success’ by Hanan Assaf, Early Childhood Specialist at Queen Rania Teacher Academy; ’‘Being Me. How to Promote Agency and Empower Children Through Entrepreneurship Education’; and ’Consuming Habits and Responsibility’ by Peter Milne, Founder & Director of Target4Green 

Skills Development  

Through immersive workshop-style sessions and in-depth discussions, participants are encouraged to actively participate in comprehensive conversations and demonstrations designed to offer practical, hands-on opportunities for leadership teams to acquire fresh skills and techniques. The workshops include ’From Phonics to Fluency: Building Strong Literacy Foundations’ by Ibrahim Alomari, Training Specialist at ESE; ’Rethinking Arabic Language Teaching and Learning’ by Hanada Taha Thomure, Endowed Professor of Arabic Language at Zayed University; ’Empowering Young Voices of Arabia’ by Shama Noman, Voices of Future Generations and Education Initiatives Manager at Emirates Literature Foundation Dubai; ’Sustainability Integration: Practical Approaches to Embedding Environmental Education in Curriculum’ by Hannah Mainds, Head of Global Awareness Studies & Service Learning / Secondary Ecoliteracy Teacher at The Arbor School, Dubai; and ’Voices of Future Generations and Education Initiatives Manager’ by Hagop Dertavitian, Arabic Voices of Future Generation & Educational Project Manager at Emirates Literature Foundation 

Education Innovations  

Attendees can delve into emerging technologies and transformative trends that are poised to define the future of education, unlocking the possibilities they offer. These include ’Augmented and Virtual Reality in Classroom’ by Sara Dara, CEO of Programmers Zone; ’AI in Education’ by Krishnan Gopi, Group Chief Disruption Officer at GEMS Education; ’Podcast as a communication channel that supports girls in future STEM Careers’ by Natalija Budinski, Headteacher/Teacher of Mathematics at Petro Kuzmjak School 

‘Sustainable Storytelling and Social Media in Schools’ by Hannah Hall, Head of Marketing and Communications at Hannah Hall; ’AI: The Unexpected Human Opportunity – Tools to Future-Proof Your Students’ by Skyler Carr, Co-Founder & Chief Handraiser at Infini-D Learning; ’Accelerate Your Impact With AI: How AI Can Help You Do More For Less’ by Darren Coxon, Founder of Coxon A.I

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