Matthew Farber

Coordinator for K-12 and Secondary Education
University of Northern Colorado
United States

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy (TIP) at the University of Northern Colorado, and the founder of the Gaming SEL Lab. His research is at the intersection of game-based learning (GBL) and social and emotional learning (SEL). He studies how games can teach empathy, perspective-taking, and ethical decision-making. He also works in youth initiatives around game design as a form of self-expression.

Dr. Farber has been invited to the White House, to keynote for UNESCO, and he has been interviewed about games and learning by NPR, Fox News Radio, APA Monitor on Psychology, EdSurge, The Denver Post, The74, Fast Company, USA TODAY, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent Games for Change collaborator, an Edutopia contributor, a Certified BrainPOP Educator, a Classcraft Ambassador, and a member of the iCivics Educator Network.

Dr. Rosenna Bakari

Executive Director, Talking Trees, Inc.
Empowerment Organization for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Dr. Rosenna Bakari has been teaching in higher education for over 20 years. She has taught at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She has trained preservice teachers and preservice counselors at private and public institutions. She has authored two theories of supporting wellness and empowerment. Her Living Openly Model of Advocacy and Support has empowered many survivors on the healing journey.

Her curriculum-based empowerment practice helps clients reset healthy life patterns. She has authored scholarly articles, book, and social media articles to educate and inform best practice. Her most recent professional presentations include the 2022 Colorado Educating Children of Color Conference, 2021 American Counseling Association Conference, and a Telehealth presentation on Online Advocacy. Her bestseller book, “The Healing Journey: Relationships and Wellness Guide,” is a radical book on wellness that carries her message of transformation. Each of her six books speaks to the human spirit, and she has been a model for living with transparency and authenticity for many years.

Dr. Bakari earned her B.S. degree in psychology from Cornell University, M.S. in counselor education from SUNY, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. As an educator, poet, and empowerment expert, Dr. Bakari’s work changes generations. She is the founder of the growing #HealingChallenge2022 movement whose aim is to normalize healing as personal development. She lives her life to the fullest as a marathon runner, martial artist and enthusiastic traveler.


dr fida sanjakdar

Deputy Dean Research Cluster
(Social Advancement and Happiness)
University of Malaya

Dr. Ahmad Zabidi Bin Abdul Razak is an Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Management, Planning and Policy, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, and he is currently the Deputy Dean Research Cluster(Social Advancement and Happiness), Universiti Malaya.

He is a former of Deputy Dean (Research and Development), Faculty of Education and Head of Department (Educational Management, Planning and Policy), Faculty Of Education, Universiti Malaya. He received his Bachelor Degree and Master degree from University of Malaya and PhD degree from Massey University, New Zealand. His area of specialization and research is in educational management and leadership; and human resource management in education.

He has headed several researches in the area of educational management and leadership; and human resource management in education, funded by various agencies. He has authored and co-authored several books, articles and research reports in the area of educational management and leadership; and human resource management in education and education in general. He can be reached:

Prof. Dr. Marcel Köhler

German Scientist & Full Professor Director
of the Roma Research Centre Silesian University in Katowice

Prof. Dr. Hristo Kyuchukov is a German Scientist (born and raised up in Bulgaria) and Full Professor at the Silesian University in Katowice, Poland, and an academician at the International Russian Academy of Educational Sciences in Moscow, Russia. He is known in Europe and worldwide for his psycholinguistic research with Roma and Turkish children, his research on intercultural education, on Roma and Turkish language, on Roma history and culture.

Prof. Kyuchukov is the Director of the Roma Research Centre at the University of Katowice, Poland and the President of the European Roma Scholars Network, based in Berlin.

In the 1990s, Prof. Kyuchukov introduced Roma language education for primary and secondary school children in Bulgaria, as well as university-level Romani language education programs in Bulgaria and Slovakia.

He is also the author of over 800 scientific publications and books for children in Romani, English, Bulgarian, Turkish and Arabic languages.

Dr. Diego Gormaz-Lobos

Universidad de Talca

Formerly studied Education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He completed a Master Degree and a PhD program in Education at the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) specializing in University and Technical Education.

Between 2014 to 2020 Dr. Gormaz-Lobos worked as a Research Assistant at the Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Education. Dr. Gormaz-Lobos coordinated two cooperation projects with a focus on strengthening Engineering Education in Chile led by the Technische Universität Dresden and funded by DAAD: “Engineering Didactics at Chilean Universities” (Pedagogía en Ingeniería en Universidades Chilenas) and “Strengthening engineering training at Chilean universities through practice partnerships at Chilean universities” (Fortalecimiento de la Educación en Ingeniería en universidades chilenas). The projects are financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Dr. Gormaz Lobos is currently part of the academic staff of the Universidad Autónoma de Chile (Chile) and executive director of the International Center of Engineering Education. Dr. phil. Diego Gormaz-Lobos is the author or co-author of numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals and conferences, has co-chaired symposia and conferences on Engineering Pedagogy and Education, and has made contributions to books on Higher Education and Vocational Education.

Presently, Dr. Gormaz-Lobos serves as the General Secretary of the Chilean Section of the International Society for Engineering Education (IGIP).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marius Brade

Professor for Media Computer Science
New Work Design Lab
Fachhochschule Dresden (FHD) University of Applied Sciences, Dresden

Speech Title: “New Work meets Education: How to use Technology to Create Meaningful and Forward-Looking Education Experiences in a Digital Age”

Since joining Fachhochschule Dresden, Marius has been involved in research and teaching regarding user experience design, human computer interaction, game-based-learning and cognition. Based on understanding human factors regarding knowledge representation and creation processes, he applied these domains especially to the development of tools and methods for knowledge work. As head of the New Work Design Lab his interest lies in creating and researching tools for empowerment of humans regard New Work

Contact Information:

New Work Design Lab
Fachhochschule Dresden (FHD) University of Applied Sciences
Güntzstraße 1
01069 Dresden