Keynote Speakers


Prof. James A. Banks, 

Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies,  

University of Washington, USA   


Professor Banks is a renowned social studies methodologist, and strong advocate for social justice issues. He is a specialist in social studies education and multicultural education and has written widely in these fields. He is editor of several research handbooks and book series on multicultural education. His research on how educational institutions can improve race and ethnic relations has greatly influenced schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and the world. He is widely recognized as the “father of multicultural education” for his pioneering research and distinguished contribution to the development of the field.




Prof. Fred Dervin, 

Professor, Department of Education,  
University of Helsinki, Finland 


Professor Dervin is the Director of the Education for Diversities (E4D) research group at the University of Helsinki. He has embarked on different multicultural projects, including education for Chinese students and teachers. He has widely published in international journals on identity, the ‘intercultural’ and mobility/migration. He is the editor of several book series, and Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Education for Diversities.