Key Speakers


Dr. Fernando León García, Cetys University (Mexico)

Dr. Leon-Garcia is President of the International Association of University President (IAUP) for 2021-2024. He has also been President of CETYS University since 2010, leading the institution to accreditation in the USA (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the most internationalized universities in Mexico. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor of City University of Seattle‘s International Division, with a presence across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

He currently serves or has served on boards and/or advisory groups: Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement of the American Council on Education, Council of Presidents of the Association of Governing Boards, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, NAFSA International Educators Association, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Mexican Federation of Private Universities, Santander Universidades-Mexico, and Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration.

Dr. León-García holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis and an M.A. in International Development Education from Stanford University, as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from CETYS University. He has been named to the Top 300 Leaders in Mexico (Los 300) from 2019 to 2022. In addition, Dr. León García has received Honorary Doctorates from Wysoka Skola inanci a Spravni (Czech Republic), Dimitri Cantemir Christian University (Romania), and Caucasus University (Georgia).


Prof. dr. Ico Migliore, Italian architect and designer, Professor at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Chair Professor at Dongseo University in Busan (South Korea)

In 2020 he founded the research unit “Cultural Proximity” at Politecnico di Milano, an innovative research program that involves young talents and builds on a ten-years-long academic experience working on the urban redevelopment issue.

In the last four years, he was appointed by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs as ambassador of Italian Design in Doha, Seoul and Bogotà. He took part in several conventions and exhibitions such as: “Metamorph – IX Biennale di Venezia”, the International Architecture Exhibition of Venice, and the Italian Pavilion “4 Elements/Taking Care” at the 22nd International Triennale Exhibition of Milan “Broken Nature: Design takes on Human Survival” (2019), where he was art director and co-curator.  He was one of nine members of the award jury of the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) for Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, and he has been part of the Scientific Committee of the Biennale di Architettura of Pisa “TimeOfWater”, in 2019.

Ico Migliore has contributed to discussions on the evolution of interior, communication and urban design with texts and articles, among them: “Sketches, Maps, Sceneries” (2021) Electa, “Time to Exhibit” (2019) Franco Angeli and “Spacemorphing” (2007) Five Continents.

He is co-founder with Mara Servetto of Migliore+Servetto, Milan based design studio that is behind several major cultural destinations in Italy and all over the world, such as the Egyptian Museum in Turin, the Miramare Museum in Trieste, the Chopin Museum in Warsaw and the ADI Design Museum in Milan.

Migliore+Servetto won numerous prestigious international awards, including 13 Red Dot Design Award (DE), 3 Compasso d’Oro Award (IT), 3 FX International Interior Design Award (UK), 2 German Design Award (DE) and 1 International Design Award IDA (USA).


Dr. Juliette E. Torabian, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Dr Juliette E. Torabian is a postdoctoral researcher in sociology of education and the deputy team-leader in the European H2020 project PIONEREED (pioneering policies and practices in tackling educational inequalities). She is a senior expert in international development (education planning/policy & gender equality) with 25 years of experience across Southeast, Central, West Asia as well as Western, Eastern Africa, Western & Eastern Europe. She has managed international and European multi-stakeholder projects, advised ministries of education on national strategic planning and policy making, delivered capacity building workshops, drafted toolkits and trained teachers and education experts in these regions in order to ensure equity, equality, quality, access and right to education. She is the regional editor (Western Europe) at the Journal of International and Comparative Higher Education (JICHE) and an advisory editorial board member at the Journal of Sustainability and Climate Change, University of Michigan & Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Juliette is a member of the British and Luxembourg Educational Research Association (BERA, LuxERA) and the UNESCO inclusive Policy Lab. Her research focuses on comparative higher education (policy & practice), sociology of education, human and gender rights, political sociology, education for sustainable development, and social policy analysis.


Dr. Dawn DeLay, Arizona State University (USA)

Dr. Dawn DeLay’s research is on social relationships, with a specific focus on how similarities and differences in individual identity during childhood and adolescence affect relationship processes and outcomes. She has a related interest in understanding how and why bias is present in statistical methods and analyses. She teaches on the use of appropriate methodologies and statistical techniques, with a specific interest and expertise in the use and application of longitudinal social network methods and analyses. Research projects on which Dr. DeLay is currently a principal investigator include:

(1) The APPLE Project designed to support healthy teacher-child and peer relationships in classrooms and to promote gender integration that may reshape gender stereotypes and provide the possibility of more cross-gender peer interactions in public elementary schools.

(2) The Fostering Adolescent School Transitions (FAST) Study which examines the interplay between peer relationships, gender identity, and adjustment outcomes during middle school. 

Dr. DeLay collaborates on interdisciplinary national and international research teams. Collaboration allows her research to expand across disciplinary, cultural and national contexts.


Dr. Roger A. Petry, University of Regina (Canada)

Dr. Roger Petry is a Professor of Philosophy at Luther College at the University of Regina (Canada) teaching in the areas of ethics, sustainable development, and philosophy of religion. His research explores strategic dimensions in moving to sustainable systems including historic transitions in production, disruptive technologies, and the role played by universities. He coordinates the University’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program and Certificate in Sustainability. Dr. Petry is Co-coordinator of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Saskatchewan (RCE Saskatchewan) acknowledged by the United Nations University (UNU) in 2007 and was appointed the UNU’s Regional Advisor to RCEs in the Americas in 2020. He co-leads the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) Higher Education Cluster on Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12).


Dr. Eddi Omrcen, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Eddi Omrcen has been environmental manager at the University of Gothenburg, with responsibility for the university’s environmental unit and environmental management system. Since 2016, he has the function of Sustainability Strategist at the University of Gothenburg and Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, where he leads the environmental management team and works mainly with education, research and collaboration for sustainable development. Eddi Omrcen has a degree in business administration from the School of Business, University of Gothenburg. He has worked as a consultant in the areas of environmental management systems, project management, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.

Eddi Omrcen has conducted research on environmentally adapted product development, organizational change, environmental management systems, project management, temporary organizations and intrapreneurship. Today, his research focus is in the area of “Organizational Change Management for Sustainability” (OCMS). He is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), and has initiated the Nordic part Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (NSCN). He is the university’s contact person in international networks such as the International Association of Universities (IAU), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Northern Europe (SDSN-NE).

He coordinates the University of Gothenburg’s commitment as a leading university for SDG 8: “Promoting sustainable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, which is part of the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) strategic initiatives “Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development ”(IAU-HESD). Eddi Omrcen is leading the Vinnova-funded national project “Agenda 2030 and the global goals for sustainable development as a framework for collaboration” (AGERA).