All Speakers

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Professor Emeritus
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies,
University of Tokyo | Japan

Dr. Kurokawa started his career in medicine, achieving significant accomplishments including President of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine and Chair of the Board of the International Society of Nephrology. He is a well-known thought leader for the health agenda (under G7/G8/G20 processes), and for broader science and innovation policy and education. He has served as President of Japan’s Science Association and Science Adviser to the Japanese Prime Minister, and provided technical advice to Harvard, MIT and Columbia universities (USA), Singapore, Malaysia and UAE.

His awards include the Order Legion de Honour from France, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan. After his remarkable work as Chairman of the National Parliamentary Investigation Commission on the Nuclear Accident, he received the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award and was included in Foreign Policy’s 2012 list of “100 Top Global Thinkers”.

Professor Neville Ying

Pro-Chancellor, Professor
The Mico University College | Jamaica

Professor Neville Ying has had a distinguished career in the public sector, private sector and Higher Education Institutions. His research and consultancy work span the areas of:

  • Strategic Future Creative Thinking and Innovation
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Strategic Business and Organizational Development
  • Labour and Employment Relations
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Psychometrics (Measurement, Statistics & Research Designs)
  • Project Design & Management
  • Project Evaluation
  • Diaspora Strategic Engagement and Governance.

With specific reference to this Summit he is a major in Mathematics and Physics and a renowned mathematics educator.

Dr Alfonso Echazarra

Analyst for Education and Skills
OECD | France

Alfonso Echazarra is an Analyst in the Directorate for Education and Skills of the OECD. He currently works on the Innovation Strategy for Education and Training project at CERI.

Alfonso holds a BA in Political Science from Complutense University of Madrid, a MSc in International Migration from Ortega y Gasset Institute, Spain, a MA in Social Sciences from Carlos III - Juan March Institute, Spain, and a DPhil in Social Statistics from the University of Manchester.

Prior to joining the OECD, Alfonso worked as a research associate at the Carlos III – Juan March Institute in a project on welfare regimes and migration and at IESE Business School in a project on healthcare innovation. Other than in education inequalities, he is interested in deviant behaviour, public opinion, residential segregation and social capital.

Dr. Asburn Pinnock

The Mico University College | Jamaica

Dr. Asburn Pinnock, President of The Mico University College is an educational leader who has moved up the ranks of the teaching profession.

He has served for over 30 years at various levels of the education system; firstly, as high school teacher in St. James and Clarendon then he transitioned from the position of assistant lecturer to the rank of principal at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College. He also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University in the United States; and adjunct lecturer at western campuses of the University of Technology (UTech); and the University of the West Indies.

Dr. Pinnock is a member of the Board of Directors of the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ); and sits on many other boards in Western Jamaica.

His professional goal is to provide quality instructional leadership geared towards training dynamic educators capable of creating learning environments and teaching opportunities that nurture the development of productive citizens.

He is an advocate for educating all irrespective of their gender, life experiences or challenges.

Dr. Paul Riccomini

Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)
Penn State College of Education | U.S.A

Paul J. Riccomini, PhD, began his career as a dual certified general education mathematics teacher of students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and gifted and talented students in Grades 7–12 in inclusive classrooms. His teaching experiences required a strong content knowledge in mathematics and the development and maintenance of strong collaborative relationships with both general and special educators.

His research focus is on effective instructional approaches, strategies, and assessments for students with dyscalculia and students who are low achievers and/or students with learning disabilities in mathematics. He has written several research and practitioner articles related to effective strategies for teaching mathematics to students who struggle and has coauthored three math intervention programs targeting fractions, integers, and algebraic equations. Additionally, he is a co-author of the bestselling Response to Intervention in Math (Corwin, 2010) and Developing Number Sense through the Common Core (Corwin, 2013).

Antonia Cameron

Director of Professional Development & Master Coach,
Elementary Mathematics

Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities (MTLC) | U.S.A

Antonia Cameron is the Director of Professional Development and Chief Academic Officer of Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities (MTLC). In this capacity, she is responsible for coaching consultants and for developing all the elementary professional development offered by MTLC. Her current work is focused on how to develop feedback cultures in schools. Her recent publication, Agents of Change, How Content Coaching Transforms Teaching, co-authored with Lucy West, is used nationally as a tool to mentor coaches and other leaders.

Ms. Cameron designed Collaborative Communities of Practice, a groundbreaking professional development model for New York City’s Department of Education. This model served as the foundation for the mathematics collaborative coaching community implemented by Toni in over 100 schools in collaboration with Carol Teague in Region 8 of New York. Toni continues to refine this practice in her Principal and Coaching Learning Communities at Metamorphosis.

Dr Jodie Hunter

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education
Massey University | New Zealand

Dr Jodie Hunter has been involved in collaborative work with teachers and students across the UK and New Zealand to facilitate change in mathematics classrooms. Her previous research while working at Plymouth University had a strong focus on developing early algebraic reasoning in primary classrooms.

This also included a focus on teacher professional development, classroom and mathematical practices, and student perspectives.

Dr. Lorna Thompson

Education Officer Core Curriculum Unit
Ministry of Education Youth and Information | Jamaica

Dr. Lorna Thompson is a Curriculum Developer, a National Mathematics Advisor, a trained Adult and Early Grade Educator. She entered the field of Education as the JTA Teacher of the Year with the greatest potential to be the best teacher in the year 1987.

Dr. Thompson has been involved in curriculum design and development activities at the national level since January 1999. This aspect of her work life spans the areas of Mathematics and Integrative Studies for children in the early grades; including children with special needs, comprising the gifted and talented and children of the state through to the tertiary level. Dr. Thompson has led the development of aspects different curricula including the National Standard Curriculum for Grades 1-3 (2018) and the Jamaica Early Childhood Curriculum guides for birth to three and Four and five.

Dr. Lois George

Lecturer, Mathematics Education
University of the West Indies, Mona | Jamaica

Dr. George holds graduate degrees with specialized study in Mathematics education from the University of Southampton and Measurement, testing and evaluation from UWI Cavehill Campus. She has approximately 20 years of combined work experience in the field of mathematics education and in secondary school management. She has served as assistant examiner for mathematics for the Caribbean Examination Council for 10 years and a reviewer for the British Journal of Educational Psychology.

She is a member of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). In 2013 she was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue doctoral studies and in 2011 she was nominated for principal of the year award (secondary schools) in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Professor, Department of Middle & Secondary Education
University of Louisville | USA

For over a decade Jennifer Bay-Williams has been working at University of Louisville. She has been able to work with students and teachers in many schools all across the world with varying cultural norms and backgrounds. She has traveled to many places inside and outside the United States to work with teachers of mathematics. In these settings, she has worked on how to better teach so that all students feel confident and competent about their mathematics.

Jennifer Bay-Williams is involved in many organizations related to mathematics teaching. She's a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, a former president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE), and active in TODOS: Mathematics for All.

Dr. Tamika Benjamin

National Mathematics Coordinator
Ministry of Education | Jamaica

Dr. Benjamin is the National Mathematics Coordinator with the Ministry of Education – responsible for the development and implementation of policy designed to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in Jamaica. For the past 23 years, she has served the Jamaican education system at all levels as classroom teacher, Principal, teacher educator and researcher. She played a critical role in the establishment of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching a research institute of the Mico University College where she served as director for a period of 2 years and conducted research on pre-service teacher education as part of the International Comparative Study of Mathematics Teacher Education.

Dr. Benjamin’s wide range of experience focused on mathematics education has also led her to serve as:

  • Mathematics Chief External Examiner and Teaching Practice Team Leader for the Joint Board of teacher Education
  • a member of the review team for the Teacher Education programmes in Belize
  • Consultant to the Mutual Building Societies Foundation Centres of Excellence project
  • course developer for Guyana’s Teacher Education programme

She has written several articles for the Gleaner focused on issues relating to mathematics education in Jamaica. In her work at the Ministry she has provided leadership for the development and implementation of the Primary Specialist Teacher Model and has supported the administration in preparing Jamaica for its participation in PISA 2021.

Leo Pahkin

Counsellor of Education
Finnish National Agency of Education | Finland

Mr. Leo Pahkin (M. Sc), Counsellor of Education at the Finnish National Agency for of Education (former The Finnish National Board of Ed.) since 1999. His main area is the development of mathematics and science education in pre-school, basic and upper secondary general education.

His expertise covers curriculum redesigning, gifted and talent children, education system, financing of education, etc. Before he worked as a subject teacher in basic and upper secondary schools and teacher trainer and researcher in the University of Joensuu, Finland. He is also deputy member of the Finnish matriculation examination board and member of Mathematics committee for European schools.

Author of numerous articles and papers on school issues such mathematics education, learning environment, gifted and talented children and curriculum development process. National and international level conference presenter and consultant for development of education especially curriculum area and school safety.

Professor Masataka Koyama

Professor of Mathematics Education,
Dean of Graduate School of Education

Hiroshima University | Japan

Masataka Koyama has been professor of mathematics education at Hiroshima University in Japan since 2007, and Vice-dean of Graduate School and Faculty of Education since 2009. He obtained his B.Ed., M.Ed., and Ph.D. from Hiroshima University.

He began his career as an assistant professor of mathematics education at Hyogo University of Teacher Education in 1986 and moved back to Hiroshima University as a lecturer of mathematics education in 1991. His research includes students’ mathematical understanding, international comparative study on students’ mathematical attainments, mathematics teachers’ professional development, and school mathematics curricula and textbooks for primary and secondary schools.

He teaches prospective secondary school mathematics teachers in the undergraduate and Master programs and prospective university educators/researchers of mathematics education in the Ph.D. program at Hiroshima University. He is also actively involved in the international and national activities for society of mathematics education and the teachers’ professional development through lesson study of mathematics in primary and secondary schools.

David Burghes

Director, Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT)
University of Plymouth | UK

David Burghes is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) at the University of Plymouth. His publications include The Kassel Project in Comparing Standards Internationally and The Potential of Technology to Enhance Mathematics Teaching and Learning.

He has contributed to Politeia’s Comparing Standards series, including Teaching Matters: The Recruitment, Employment and Retention of Teachers and Academic and Vocational: 16-19 year olds.

Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

Professor, Mathematical Sciences
George Mason University | U.S.A

Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University and serves as the Director of the STEM Accelerator Program in the College of Science as well as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

His research in computational biomechanics includes developing, extending and applying mathematics for the purposes of better understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the human vascular system. Integrated with the research plan is a STEM education plan where the primary goal is to teach students and teachers at all levels to apply well-developed research concepts, to fundamental applications arising in STEM disciplines.

During the last decade, Dr. Seshaiyer initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels. During this time he received multiple grants from several agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Whitaker Foundation, Texas Advanced Research Program, Virginia Department of Education and State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.

Wayne Thompson

Physics & Electronics Lecturer
The Mico University College | Jamaica

Mr. Wayne Thompson has fourteen years of experience in STEM Technologies beginning his career as a Mathematics Teacher at the Stella Maris Foundation and expanding into the areas of Physics and Electronics. As a Physics Educator at the Calabar High School in 2015 he started and continues to manage the High School’s STEM Academy along with the Robotics programme.

His most current research areas cover topics such as; Robotics as a teaching, learning, and assessment tool for the constructivist classroom, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, The impact of robotics on pedagogy and the development and implementation of a STEM Academy to improve the teaching, learning of science and to drive technology innovation among youths for nation building.

His professional experiences have had him present at various workshops and conferences locally such as the Diaspora Conference in 2017 among various graduate research symposiums at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Dr. Albert Benjamin

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology
The Mico University College | Jamaica

Dr. Albert Benjamin is the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The Mico University College and Dean of the Jamaica Stock Exchange eCampus. He is a certified STEM Experiential Educator from the Loma Linda University in California.

He has taught and written curricula in secondary and primary integrated science education for Jamaica and the Caribbean and has been a science teacher educator for 20 years.

Dr. Grace Mclean

Chief Education Officer
Ministry of Education Youth and Information | Jamaica

Dr. Grace McLean is a trained teacher and Human Resource practitioner. Dr. McLean is no stranger to the education sector. She taught at the St. Jago High School for five (5) years where she served as Head of Department. Before joining the Central Ministry, Dr. McLean served at the HEART Trust/NTA (an agency of the Ministry of Education) for 14 years. She left HEART Trust/NTA as the Senior Programmes Director.

Her other achievements include; past Chairman of the Board for the Norman Gardens Primary and Junior High School and Technical Delegate to Worldskills International for Jamaica 2004 to 2010. Her wealth of experience and technical skills include Strategic Planning, Log Frame Planning and Balance Scorecard Methodologies, Change Management, Business Process Improvement as well as Behavioural Interviewing Techniques.

Dr. McLean has served and continues to serve on several boards in various areas of the Country. She is regularly involved in public speaking, responds to various educational issues in the media and aims to continuously improve the educational system.