Keynote Speakers

Jelena Vranješević
University of Belgrade
Keynote Title: Teachers as knowledge creators: emancipatory potential of teacher leadership

Jelena Vranješević holds BA, MA and PhD degrees from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade, Department of Psychology. She is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade where she teaches Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Education. Her fields of expertise are child development, child rights (especially child participation), teacher professional development and promotion of human and children’s rights through education for social justice and intercultural education. Professor Vranješević is an author of four monographies and  numerous papers and articles published in relevant journals and scientific conference proceedings. She coauthored and coordinated national and international projects on social justice/education for diversity, non-violent communication  and alternative dispute resolution techniques (mediation and negotiation), intercultural education and children’s rights, and she also wrote reference books on these topics. Professor Vranješević participated in research projects dealing with different aspects of improving the quality of education: parents’ participation in education, inclusive education and teacher professional development.


Hilal Peker
Bilkent University
Tentative Keynote Title: Imagining a Non-Victimized Balanced Self in the Era of Refugee and Immigrant Traumas

Hilal Peker completed her B.A. degree in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University (2007) and M.A. degree in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar (2013). Then, she received her PhD degree in Education/TESOL from the University of Central Florida where she was also teaching a variety of ESOL courses while working as a Research and Teaching Assistant. After completing her PhD degree, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Foreign and Second Language Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, for two years. She joined her current workplace, the Graduate School of Education at Bilkent University, in the Fall of 2018. She has been authoring multiple peer-reviewed papers, presenting her research studies at many national and international conferences, and providing her services as an editor and manuscript reviewer of peer-reviewed journals. She received several research and teaching awards in the field, including TESOL International Professional Development Award, Sunshine State TESOL Research Award, and Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research interests include Early Language Learning and Teaching, Second Language Motivational Self System, Bullying Victimization of English learners (ELs), EL identity, simulation technology, and teacher training.


Martin Luxton
British English Board
Tentative Keynote Title: Five Important Steps for Teachers in the Future

Martin Luxton is a writer and educator with extensive teaching and training experience in the TEFL sector. He also works on content strategy with startups and B2C companies. This gives him has a unique insight into the relationship between education and the business world. He is currently Education Outreach Manager (EMEA) for British English Board.


Irena Vodopija-Krstanović
University of Rijeka
Tentative Keynote Title: English-medium instruction: Global trends and local realities

Irena Vodopija-Krstanović is an Associate Professor in TESOL and serves as the Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka. As a visiting professor, she taught in the English Department at the University of Klagenfurt. Irena received a Ph.D. from the University of Klagenfurt, an M.A. from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, and a B.A. from the University of Zagreb. She has presented at more than 30 international conferences, published numerous research papers, co-edited two books, and is the co-author of the book Uncovering English-medium instruction: Glocal issues in higher education (Peter Lang, 2017).  Irena has collaborated on several national and international projects on internationalization of higher education and English-medium instruction. Currently, she is working on the “Transnational Alignment of English Competences for University Lecturers” Erasmus+ project and the TAEC EMI Teacher Handbook. Irena also runs a Language Support for Teachers in EMI lifelong learning program. For more than 15 years, she has been actively involved in EFL teacher education at both the pre-service and in-service levels, and is a member of the Croatian EFL Teacher Certification Board. Among her research interests are English-medium instruction, (inter)cultural issues in ELT, teaching English as an international language, EFL teacher education, and non-native English language teachers.


Yagmur Cerkez
Near East University
Tentative Keynote Title: Reflections of Perfectionism in Educational Settings: Reasons, Effects and Precautions

Assoc. Dr. Yağmur Çerkez received her undergraduate degree from Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department of Eastern Mediterranean University. She completed her master's degree at Kingston University, Department of Applied Child Psychology with a thesis titled ‘Perfectionism in Middle School-Aged Children: Its Relationship to Parental Authority and Self-esteem’. In 2014, she completed her Ph.D. program in Psychological Counseling and Guidance at the Near East University with her dissertation titled ‘Investigation of the Frequency of Catharsis and Perfectionistic Personality Traits of University Students’. She started her career as a lecturer at Atatürk Teacher Academy in 2008-2009 academic year and has been working as a faculty member at Atatürk Faculty of Education at Near East University since 2010. She taught courses such as Guidance Services in Education, Child Development Theories, Learning - Teaching, Play Development and Education, Group Guidance, Individual Intelligence Tests, Principles and Techniwues in Group Counseling, Psychological Counseling with Children and Individual Counseling. In addition to authoring and translating book chapters, her research topics and publications include perfectionism in children and adolescents, parental perfectionism, psychological resilience, communication skills, and personality development. She is on the board of the Turkish Cypriot Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association and Social Research and Development Center.