Prof. Ph. Dr. Carmen M. CretuRomania-Carmen-Cretu
University of Iasi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza (UAIC)
11, Carol I Boulevard
postal code 700506,Iasi, Romania
Mobile: +40 744 630 295
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Carmen Mihaela Cretu is professor at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania, (, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and president of RO-Talent (Romanian association of psychological and educational support for talented people) which is founded since 1992 and currently is a Talent Point in Europe (

Carmen is former vice-rector (2008-2016) at UAIC; she is the current President of the Romanian National Commission for the Assessment for Teacher Training Programs; member of the National Commission for Academic Titles Accreditation; member in the National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education; coordinator of Talent Management Laboratory (LMRT) at UAIC; she works as an independent expert at REA -EU Commission in Brussels. Carmen is involved, since many years ago, as a national expert in several major programs of educational reforms and innovation in the field of HE policies and management.  Her interest in giftedness was consolidated after her doctoral fellowship at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, supported by UNESCO and NUFFIC, 1992 and other postdoctoral stages in universities from US, UK, CH, ES and FR. Since 1991, she has introduced teaching undergraduate and master programs courses on giftedness at UAIC. Besides she has supervised many Ph.D. theses on talent issues. She has initiated and developed international and national research projects on gifted education (related to subjects such as curriculum differentiation, teacher training, school effectiveness and comparative education). She has published books and articles in peer reviews on differentiated and personalized curriculum, teacher training, gifted adults and educational policies and management. She is the author of Global Success model published at The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education. International Handbook(2009). As a member of the Romanian National Teacher Training Council she is an advocat for gifted education. Professor C.M. Cretu has been ECHA member since 1992.

Re-election of the National Correspondent is in progress

Kari KolbergNorway-Kari-Kolberg
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Kari Kolberg has a Master of adaptive teaching from Hedmark University College and works as a teacher in Baerum municipality outside Oslo. She has done teacher training on giftedness/adaptive teaching methods for high ability pupils since 2012. She blogs (in Norwegian) on high ability pupils and teaching at and Tweets as @Kariekol.

Eleonoor van GervenDrs. Eleonoor Van Gerven

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James Stewartstraat, 13 Almere 1325 JA The Netherlands

Drs. Eleonoor Van Gerven studied the history and philosophy of education (educational sciences) at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). She is the managing director of Slim! Educatief, a Dutch private teacher education institute at postgraduate level. Eleonoor van Gerven specialises in teacher education courses on educating able learners in an inclusive environment. She is a registered teacher educator at the Dutch Society for Teacher Educators. In her daily practice, she delivers short training courses for beginners in gifted education, masterclasses, and intensive advanced training courses for specialists in gifted education.

She developed for her own company two advanced education courses at post-master level: “Specialist in Gifted Education” (one-year course, 450 hours) and “Specialist in Dual and Multiple Exceptionality” (two-year course, 340 hours) both accredited and registered by the Dutch Society for Higher Education (Stichting Post-HBO Nederland). In 2018-2019, a new advanced teacher education course starts with the first cohort of students: “Educating able underachievers.” For these projects, she developed the competency matrix for Specialists in Gifted Education (2011). She also developed for Fontys Hogescholen their original Master EN programme on gifted education (2009).

Eleonoor has published (in Dutch) more than 15 books about educating able learners. Eleonoor van Gerven has over 25 years of experience in teacher education. During these 25 years, more than 4000 teachers have joined her courses and masterclasses. Eleonoor van Gerven has won a Mensa-award for a lifelong contribution to education in The Netherlands.

Luxemburg-Lony-SchlitzLony Schiltz
10, Rue Gabriel de Marie
L-2131 Luxembourg
Phone: 00352 433668
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Lony Schiltz  is a clinical psychologist , psychotherapist and arts therapist
Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University René Descartes-Paris-V (F)
Habilitation to Direct Research (HdR) at the University Paul Verlaine-Metz (F)
Head of the Research Unit in Clinical Psychology (PCSA) of the Hôpital Kirchberg in Luxembourg (CHU University of Heidelberg, D)

Head of studies of the Master curriculum “DESS en Art thérapie de l’Université du Luxembourg”

Head of studies of the "Diplôme de spécialisation en Art thérapie multimodale" and of the "Diplôme de spécialisation en Psychothérapie à médiation artistique "

Several completed research projects in the realm of highly gifted underachievers, funded by the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the National Research Fund of Luxembourg. Many international publications related to those projects.

Visiting professor at the University René-Descartes Paris-V (DU and Master in Arts therapies), University Paul-Verlaine Metz (Master in Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology), University Marie-Curie Lublin (Pl) (Master in Psychology), Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg (D) (International Master in Arts Therapies).

National correspondent for the report: “Schulische Begabtenförderung in Europa. Bestandsaufnahme und Ausblick“, published by the „Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung“ (D).

Reviewer for several French, English and American journals in psychiatry and clinical psychology.

External expert for the E. C. (Framework programme Horizon 2020)

Peru-Sheyla-BlumenProf. Dr. Sheyla Blumen
146 Pasaje Prescott
San Isidro, Lima 27
Tel. +511 265 8652
Fax + 511 421 5871
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Sheyla Blumen is Full Professor of Psychology at the Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), she obtained her Ph.D. at Radboud University Nijmegen. Dr. Blumen was the recipient of the 2011 Multi-Nation Eisenhower Fellowship, the 2008 Templeton International Fellowship in Gifted Education, and the 2005 Global Development Network (GDN) Award for Young Researchers in Applied Education, among other recognitions received for her academic and professional work in Peru. Her research areas are related to Creativity, Gifted Talent Development, as well as ICT applied to human learning. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Revista de Psicología, and President of the Committee of Curriculum Design in Psychology at the PUCP. Director of Mente Futura Foundation, dedicated to support the gifted and talented at risk in Peru, she is the National Correspondent of Peru/Latin America to the European Council for High Ability, as well as the Peruvian Delegate to the Inter-American Society of Psychology.

italy-RoncoroniDr. Anna Maria Roncoroni
Via Maragliano 5/7
16121 Genova - Italy.
Phone: 00393498288893
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She is a Neuropsychologist and has Ph. D. in General Psychology. She is the founder and president of the Italian Association for Gifted and Talented Children. Since 2008, she is the Italian correspondent of ECHA and from September 2012 member of the General Committee of ECHA.

Since 2001, she has been the responsible of the Italian Gifted Children Programme of Mensa Italy. In 2013 she received the International Award for benefit to Society of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation for her work with gifted and talented students during the previous decade. All her professional career has been dedicated to gifted students: in particular she is an expert in cognitive evaluation and inside the association she is the responsible of the creation and organization of the events.

Her research activities are based on the study of intelligence and mathematical giftedness.

Hungary-Csilla-FuszekCsilla Fuszek
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Csilla Fuszek worked for over 15 years as a teacher in primary, secondary and higher education.
Since 2000 she has focused and become specialized in the field of gifted and talented education. As a civil servant she worked for 7 years as a managing director of nationwide talent development programmes aimed at promoting equal opportunities to the disadvantaged strata of society.

From 2007 – 2011 she was the managing director of the Csányi Foundation which is one of the biggest civil education foundations focusing on talent support in Hungary.

She has been a lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University since 2008 and since 2009 she has been working for the Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations. Initially she was responsible for establishing international connections and for collecting best practices outside and inside Europe. More recently Csilla has become responsible for the newly formed European Talent Centre – Budapest.

Greece-Aikaterini-GariAikaterini D. Gari
University of Athens
Tel. +30 1 72 77 555
Fax +30 1 72 77 534
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Aikaterini Gari is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her main interests include attitudes and values, community well-being, socio-psychological dimensions of contemporary families and the Greek dual-career family, and social psychology of education issues such as the socio-psychological characteristics of children and adolescents with high abilities, identification processes, the school community members attitudes towards the gifted and talented and attitudes towards the gifted with learning difficulties.

She has coordinated, as programme director, many research projects financed by the University of Athens (1997-2009) and participated in various projects financed by the Greek Ministry of Education (1999-2008) as a member of the scientific committee. Since 2007, she is the Programme Director for Greece of the “European Value Study” (EVS) and since 2002, she is National Correspondent of the “European Council for High Ability” (ECHA). She has also been a member of the International Organizing Committee of the 8th Conference of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), Rhodes, Greece, 9-13 October, 2002. She co-chaired, with Kostas Mylonas, the 18th International Congress of the “International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology”, on the isle of Spetses, 11-15 July 2006.

She is a full member of four international and three national psychological associations. She has published more than 40 papers, in peer reviewed books, international and Greek journals, and in congress proceedings.

Germany-Annette-HeinbokelDr. Annette Heinbokel, Dipl. Paed.
Bismarckstr. 100
28203 Bremen
+49 – 421 69675131
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Annette Heinbokel, PhD, Dipl. Paed., is a retired teacher. She was the driving force behind the founding of the German Association for Gifted Children (DGhK; 1978). While still teaching, enrichment was more important than acceleration, because that was what most of the parents and the children wanted. Her research, however, concerns mostly acceleration because from her experience - and research! - that it is a good option for children who lack challenge - if handled properly. She started a German website on the subject:

From 1994-2006 she lectured on gifted education at the University of Osnabrück.

She is an honorary member of the DGhK, besides a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talentet Children (WCGTC; since 1977), ECHA (of course!) and the Arbeitskreis Begabungsforschung und Begabungsförderung (ABB). She has been the editor of ECHA News since 2004.

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