England Johanna M. RaffanJohanna M. Raffan
NACE, National Centre
P.O. Box 242, Arnolds Way
Oxford 0X 29FR, UK
Tel. +44 1865 861879
Fax +44 1865 861880
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Johanna Raffan is a Trustee for the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), she is a founder member and a Past President. She had thirty four years experience of working in Nursery, Primary and Middle schools, and was a headteacher for twenty five years. She was a member of the ECHA Executive and Secretary for 8 years, and is now an Honorary Member. She is the UK delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Her experiences in the field of gifted education over 40 plus years has led her to lecture throughout the world and she was the Consultant for More Able and Talented education for five years to the Government of Madeira and ten years for the Government of Wales. She has written numerous articles, contributed chapters to a number of books and published materials for use by Able, Gifted and Talented pupils.

Johanna is a Fellow of The College of Teachers and is currently Vice President and Secretary, with particular responsibility for all the College's EU Projects

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Federation Councillor for Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland.

Denmark-Ole-KyedDr. Ole Kyed
18 Caroline Amalievej
DK-2800 Lyngby
Tel. +45-21312141
Website: www.olekyed.dk
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Authorized psychologist 1977

1980 - 2016 deputy chief psychologist at the Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbaek, as well as private practice mainly for gifted and talented children for about 20 years.

1984-1990 board member of the Danish National Association for school psychologists

1986– 1988 functioned as psychologist at the Danish section of the International School in Brussels

1996 and 1997 – worked with inclusive education projects in Kenya and Nepal for Danida under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1998-2006 chairman of UNICEF Denmark.

2006-2012 member of the Danish National Council for Children.

From the 1990’es Danish delegate of ECHA and World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

Author of several articles in Danish media about gifted children and gifted education in Danish schools.

Author, co-author and editor of 5 books in Danish, on gifted children and talents in school.

Ph Dr. Eva VondrákováCzech-Eva-Vondrakova
Bellusova 1827/53
15500 Praha 5
Tel. ++420 606 54 11 87 (mobil)
Skype: eva-vondrakova
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Eva Vondráková is a psychologist, co-founder of the Czechoslovak ECHA branch (1989), president of the Association for Talent and Giftedness (Společnost pro talent a nadání – STaN). Author and co-author of projects: "Centre for the Development of Giftedness" (1990), the Mensa Gymnasium (1991), a system of the care for gifted children (1993, 2001) for the Ministry of Education. She lectures to teachers and students of education.

She organizes the STaN seminars as well as lectures for parents at her clubs for parents (and teachers) of gifted children. Her many activities and writings serve to popularise ECHA, WCGTC, NYEX, ICIE etc. and stress the importance of the development of potential in children. Her professional experience has been with counselling centres for school children and the resident school psychologist. At present she is a psychologist at the private Centrum Filip.

Chair of the local organizing committee of the 19.WCGTC conference in Prague (2011). Initiator and co-organizer of the 1st summer school for children (5-16) interested in science – realized in July 2012, in cooperation with GMK Bílovec (Mikulas Kopernik´s Grammar School near Ostrava). Since January 2012 chief of a group of experts and practicioners in GC education, invited for cooperation by the Ministry of Education.


belgiumMrs Carine DOUTRELOUX
28 Rue Emile Banning
1050 Bruxelles
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After her BA in translation, MA in social & political sciences (1992), Carine Doutreloux worked in the fields of head hunting, cooperation development and vocational training as international project manager Africa - Europe. To strengthen her interests in special education needs, she took several training modules on giftedness, psychoeducation, multiple intelligences, brainology and ADD/H. Her specialities are stimulating networks, developing partnerships, advocating for the rights of the child, education and giftedness. Co-founding and chairing the association EHP-Belgique since 2005, she edits the monthly newsletter, organises yearly conferences and workshops and train parents and carers of high potential learners in French speaking Belgium. More recently, she has been coaching gifted adolescents and young adults with learning difficulties as well counsel school boards and parents associations to become EHP-Friendly. Her book “Parcours HP. Mieux comprendre pour mieux accompagner”* is coming out in April 2017.

* High Potential learners. Understanding better to guide more efficiently.

Dr. Wilma VialleAustralia-Wilma-Vialle
Faculty of Education
University of Wollongong
Wollongong NSW 2522
Tel.+61 24221 4434
Fax +61 24221 4657
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Wilma Vialle is currently a Professor in Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong. She teaches subjects on gifted education and has published extensively in this field. She is currently the President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented and the editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education. Wilma is also on the Executive board of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence. Wilma's research interests focus on maximising intellectual potential and she is particularly interested in issues of social justice.

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