Dr. Maher Bahloul holds a Ph.D in Linguistics from Cornell University, New York, USA, 2 MA degrees: one from the Sorbonne University, Paris III, France and a second from Cornell University, New York.
Dr. Bahloul has taught courses in language (English, Arabic, and French), translation, and linguistics for the past 26 years.
His research interest covers issues in theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, the sociology of language, and pedagogy, especially the growing field of edutainment.
He published books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of internationally well renowned peer reviewed venues including BRILL and ROUTLEDGE. He also participated in more than 70 international conferences in various parts of the globe through which he has been sharing his views about language, its structure, meanings, and most effective ways of teaching & learning.
Finally, Dr. Bahloul has taught in the United States, North Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently Associate Professor of English & Linguistics at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
For more information, please visit Dr. Bahloul’s website and feel free to correspond with him:

Todd Lubart is Professor of Psychology at the Université Paris Descartes, and Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and was an invited professor at the Paris School of Management (ESCP). His research focuses on creativity, its identification and development in children and adults, the role of emotions, the creative process and intercultural issues. Todd Lubart is author or co-author of numerous books, research papers, and scientific reports on creativity, including the books Defying the crowd: Cultivating creativity in a culture of conformity (NY: Free Press, 1995), Psychologie de la créativité (The psychology of creativity, Paris: Colin, 2003), and Enfants Exceptionnel (Exceptional Children, Bréal, 2006). He is the co-founder of the International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE), and the associate editor of The International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity (IJTDC).

Dr. Sandra K. Linke is a specialist in gifted education. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Education, and she made her Ph.D. in the field of Creativity. She has developed a dynamic model to represent the conception of creativity. She has published two books and a number of articles. She has conducted a number of workshops in different countries, including: Germany, France, Austria, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Jordan. She is an active member of different cademic institutions including: The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. In 2006 she was elected as a member of the editorial board of the Gifted and Talented International. In addition, she has established, in cooperation with Taisir Yamin and Todd Lubart, the International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE).

Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author and consultant. He has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consultant. His consulting work has taken him throughout the United States and internationally.

His areas of expertise are educational programming, rigorous and challenging curriculum design, differentiated instruction, 21st century skills, brain-compatible classrooms, gifted & talented education, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Cash authored the books Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century, (Revision & Update 2017); Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (2014) (co-author Diane Heacox); and Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn (2016). All books are published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. (www.freespirit.com).

Christine Boyko-Head (Ph.D. McMaster University, 1995) is an interdisciplinary scholar, creative education consultant, Thinking Preferences & Design Thinking facilitator, curriculum specialist, author and playwright. She has taught, presented, and published nationally and internationally. Between 2001-2011 she confirmed her belief in the empowerment of learners through the arts by teaching for Lesley University’s Integrated Teaching through the Arts Master of Education program. Currently, she applies creative problem solving and arts-based strategies in the college classroom to create anti-oppressive spaces enhancing learners’ creative-critical thinking. Her eclectic experiences include television production, creating and operating a social issues theatre company (1989-2002), co-founding an arts magazine for and by young people (1990-1995), creating a community mentoring four-year curriculum for youth (2001-2004), designing and implementing a million-dollar fundraising community campaign (2011-12), being an Ontario college program quality auditor (OQCAS), and researching applied theatre strategies to increase learner self-efficacy and literacy. Alert to new learning opportunities, she is currently trialing an intercultural collaboration between Canadian post-secondary students and elementary students in Croatia. She is also designing a creativity curriculum for recovering substance abusers in her community. Her energized, interactive workshops have given her the opportunity to meet dedicated educators and life-long learners around the world including 21 states in the USA, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Portugal, France and now Finland. She lives in Southern Ontario, Canada and teaches at Mohawk College.

Fred Bonner II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the MACH-III Center at Prairie View A&M University. He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and an esteemed expert in the field of diversity in education. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration & college teaching from the University of Arkansas. Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundation's Dissertation of the Year Award from the University Of Arkansas College of Education. His work has been featured nationally and internationally. He is the author of several books, including Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline.

The Wonder Wall: Making the Extraordinary Happen

Peter Gamwell 

The Wonder Wall, USA


This workshop will focus on exploring more deeply the imperatives and conditions discussed in the Wonder Wall. Participants will be encouraged to personalize the implications of these ideas for sparking and unleashing the potential and innovation that lies within their own organizations.  


The workshop ideas are grounded in Peter’s belief that the health and prosperity of any organization is directly proportional to the manner in which it values its people; affords them autonomy to make decisions; and allows them creative rein. Peter shares easily implementable and practical ways to spark fresh dialogue, dynamic learning, and productive and immediately actionable next steps specific to your situation or organization. In our complex, bureaucratic times, you’ll find out the three imperatives that will help you transform your organization to embrace the new creative age.


The presentation explores some critical questions:

  • How do you set the stage to foster imaginative, creative and innovative organizational cultures? What barriers can you expect to encounter? How can you encourage buy-on?
  • What strategies can you use to move forward successfully?
  • What are the conditions required for optimal learning and creativity to flourish?
  • What is needed to reveal the creative capacity that lies in all of us?


Peter will show you how to find the unique answers to these crucial questions in your specific organization—and suggests ways to move forward with implementing these conditions to foster an innovative environment.

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