National Correspondents

The National Correspondents are a vital part of ECHA, they are the contacts and communicators between ECHA and their country. To be a correspondent they need to be a regular participant at the ECHA Conferences, work to increase the ECHA membership in their country and send a regular report to the ECHA News.

The coordinator will contact all the national correspondents once a year to check that they are happy to continue in their role and  every second year ask national correspondents to write a report from their country, suggested word limitation of 500 words.

At each of the ECHA conferences there will be a meeting for all the national correspondents that the co-ordinator will organise. The time and the date will be notified to the correspondents before the conference.

For more information about the National Correspondent of your country please contact our National Correspondent Coordinator.

Please note that to access the addresses and email-s of National Correspondents you need to login as an ECHA member. If you forgot the username/password please contact: admin@echa-site.eu

Australia

Dr. Michelle Ronksley-Pavia
Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Griffith University
Australia
m.ronksley-pavia@griffith.edu.au

Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia is a Senior Lecturer in Special Education and Inclusive Education, program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Special Education, and a researcher with the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University, Australia. She is an internationally recognised award-winning researcher, working for over two decades in the field of gifted education, twice-exceptionality, and neurodiversity. Dr Ronksley-Pavia has developed gifted education professional learning programmes for schools and teachers, and regularly presents at international conferences on twice exceptionality, neurodiversity, and gifted education. She is a distinguished researcher renowned for her groundbreaking work in the field of giftedness and twice-exceptionality. Dr Ronksley-Pavia has published numerous articles, books, and book chapters and she frequently reviews for international journals. With a passion for understanding the complexities of gifted individuals who also face learning challenges, Dr Ronksley-Pavia has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge in identifying and supporting exceptional populations of diverse learners, including underserved gifted learners, neurodiverse learners, and students with disability. Dr Ronksley-Pavia is currently an Australian Delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) and served as a member of the writing team for the WCGTC’s influential Global Principles for Professional Learning in Gifted Education.

Canada

Andrée Therrien, Psychologist
ataclinique[at]hotmail.com
1+ 450-516-3545
AT A Services de Psychologie
916 boul. Ste-Adèle,
Bureau #113
P.Québec
Canada, J8B 2N2

Andrée Therrien is currently a psychologist in Québec, Canada in private practice in giftedness. She specialized in giftedness and ADHD, mostly in regard to evaluation and psychotherapy. She has worked in different settings: school, hospitals, Youth Protection, correctional facilities and private medical clinic. She has develop the 2Ti, a STEM protocol. International speaker since 2017 (ECHA,WCGTC,ICIE, MIB,APFG…), she is also the Canadian Delegate at the APFG and had been delegate at the WCGTC (2017-2021).

Cyprus

Michael Avanatis

Michael holds a BSc in Mathematics, a Ph.D. in Geophysics, and a PhD in Innovation Management. He has previously worked as a professor and researcher for Universities in the US, Israel, and
Europe (City University, Ben Gurion University, Ionio University, and European University of Cyprus). Taking advantage of this experience, Michael has established successful start-ups in
agriculture and food technology, oil and gas, defense, and venture capital.

Michael has a deep knowledge of various funding mechanisms, including VC and institutional funding. He has managed more than forty international projects covering a wide range of
social and economic activity. He holds three international patents and authorizes more than thirty scientific papers. For his achievements in science, he has been awarded the prestigious
Apajh Award under the auspices of the President of the French Republic. Michael serves, as an evaluator and member of several committees at the European Commission for Research and Development (Horizon 2020, COST, Eureka).

Czech & Slovak Republics

Ph Dr. Eva Vondráková
Bellusova 1827/53
15500 Praha 5
Tel. ++420 606 54 11 87 (mobil)
Skype: eva-vondrakova
vondrakova@gmail.com

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.

www.talent-nadani.cz

Denmark

Dr. Ole Kyed
18 Caroline Amalievej
DK-2800 Lyngby
Tel. +45-21312141
Website: www.olekyed.dk
email: info[at]olekyed.dk

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.

Estonia

Viire Sepp
Institute of Education
University of Tartu
Näituse 2
50409 Tartu
Estonia
viire.sepp@ut.ee

Viire Sepp is visiting lecturer in gifted education at University of Tartu, actually she is acting as the head of departement of the Special Education of the Institute of Education. Considerable part of her professional career was assotiated with developing the Gifted and Talented Development Centre (nowadays Youth Academiy) of the University of Tartu. Since 2004 she has annually organised conferences and seminars on giftedness in Estonia. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and workshops, and is an acknowledged lecturer in teacher training courses. She has published numerous articles, book chapters and is the author of the handbook on giftedness and gifted children. She is the prize winner of educational publications and the National Award for Science Popularisation. In 2016 she initiated establishing nation wide compentence and information centre on giftedness and talent development – Estonian Talent Centre (ETC), and is member of Board of this NGO. Since Nov 2016 ETC is member of the European Talent Support Network.

Viire studied mathematics and psychology at the University of Tartu and has PhD in social sciences from Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). Her interests in research are academic Olympiads and motivational and personality factors of gifted children. She is the delegate of Estonia at the WCGTC. Her leisure hobbies are singing and the theatre.

Finland

Sonja Laine, Ph.D.

Dr. Sonja Laine is currently a university lecturer at the University of Helsinki, at the Department of Education. Previously she worked as a lecturer at the Viikki Teacher Training School of the University of Helsinki. Her main research interests are conceptions of giftedness, gifted education, teachers’ perspectives to gifted education, teachers’ and students’ mindsets in learning, and teacher education. She has published her research in international educational journals such as High Ability Studies, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research and Journal for the Education of the Gifted. She has also co-authored book chapters about giftedness and gifted education, as well as a book on inclusive education. Furthermore, she has years of experience in working as an elementary school teacher.

France

Valerie Cantero-Besançon Académie de Paris – International Coach Federation – World Hypnosis Organization
Tel : +33695785491 vcb@ways4change.fr
valerie.cantero.besancon@gmail.com

After receiving her master’s degrees in history and Education from the University of Paris Sorbonne, Valerie worked as a secondary teacher attached to the French Ministry of Education. She then decided to study in the field of special educational needs, including gifted education and psychology.

For 15 years, she taught to different students with special educational needs and developed several research projects and wrote articles and a children’s book. Beside her work as a teacher, she studied to become a professional coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation, and then to become a hypnosis practitioner, affiliated to the World Hypnosis Organization.

Valerie created Ways4change, which includes an independent coaching and hypnosis practice for gifted students and adults. She is also animating workshops for parents and other adults. She specializes in the counseling of gifted students in facing challenges related to their studies, in maximizing their innate potential and in making the best possible choices in regard to their future, while discovering their true self. 

Germany

Dr. Annette Heinbokel, Dipl. Paed.
Bismarckstr. 100
28203 Bremen
+49 – 421 69675131
annette.heinbokel@swbmail.de

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 of enrichment and acceleration: www.IEuA.de

 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 Talented Children (WCGTC; since 1977) and ECHA (since 1992). She has been the editor of ECHA News since 2004.

Greece

Aikaterini D. Gari
University of Athens
Tel. +30 1 72 77 555
Fax +30 1 72 77 534
agari@psych.uoa.gr

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.

Ireland

Dr. Leeanne Hinch
Academic Coordinator
CTY Ireland
Dublin City University
Tel: +3531-7008977
leeanne.hinch[at]dcu.ie

Leeanne Hinch PhD is the Academic Coordinator for the Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at Dublin City University. CTYI provides fast paced classes for academically talented students aged 6 – 17 years from all over Ireland and overseas. Currently the Centre caters for over 6000 students per annum and it is the only recognised teaching centre for gifted children in the Republic of Ireland. CTYI run over 150 academic courses annually for gifted students. 

Leeanne holds a PhD in Science Education from Dublin City University, specifically focussing on the preparation of pre-service science teachers. She has worked in the area of gifted and talented education for the last 8 years and has published articles and presented papers at conferences around the world. She has experience in teacher training for gifted students in Ireland and in her role as academic coordinator she is responsible for the organisation of many classes and initiatives for gifted children and teachers in Ireland. 

Her research interests include inquiry based science education, effective practices for teaching science to gifted students, professional development for teachers, and the views of parents and teachers towards gifted children. 

Peru

Prof. Dr. Sheyla Blumen
146 Pasaje Prescott
San Isidro, Lima 27
Tel. +511 265 8652
Fax + 511 421 5871
sblumen@pucp.edu.pe

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.

Lithuania

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bronė Narkevičienė
Studentu str. 50-217
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Kaunas University of Technnology
51368 Kaunas
Lithuania
brone.narkeviciene[at]ktu.lt

Dr. Bronė Narkevičienė is associate professor at Kaunas University of Technology. Her research interests are research on the education of gifted children and young people and mathematics didactics. She is the author of the first dissertation on the education of gifted children and young people in Lithuania.

The impact of Dr. Narkevičienė’s research on gifted children and young people results on society:  

– In 2004, the National Student Academy for gifted and motivated children was established. One of the Academy’s two founders is B. Narkevičienė. Since 2015, the National Student Academy has been the centre of the European Talent Support Network;  

– In 2005, B. Narkevičienė chaired a working group set up by the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, which prepared the first Lithuanian Strategy for the Education of Gifted Children and Young People; 

– In 2007, she organised the first international scientific conference in the Baltic States on the topic of giftedness and its development. Plenary lectures were given by Prof. Dr. Joan Freeman, Prof. Dr. François Gagné, Prof. Dr. Detlef Heinrich Rost.

– In 2009, together with two colleagues, she founded the Enhanced Study Group (now Gifted Programme ) and the mentoring programme at Kaunas University of Technology;

– In 2009, she founded the first Children’s University in Lithuania, which was based at Kaunas University of Technology;

– In 2017, together with representatives of Kaunas City Municipality and Kaunas universities, she created the Kaunas City Interdisciplinary Programme for the Education of Gifted Students; The programme is now in its seventh year and is funded by Kaunas City Municipality.

Dr. B. Narkevičienė regularly conducts trainings and seminars for teachers.

Luxembourg

Lony Schiltz
10, Rue Gabriel de Marie
L-2131 Luxembourg
Phone: 00352 433668
lony.schiltz[at]education.lu

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)

Dr. Henderika de Vries

Dr. Henderika de Vries is currently psychologist at the ‘Centre pour enfant et jeunes à haut potentiel’ (CEJHP), the center for giftedness of the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education. She received her PhD degree from the Université Paris Sorbonne Cité, France, with supervisor Prof. Todd Lubart. Dr. de Vries is a researcher in the field of creativity, lecturer, and regularly presents at international conferences. She is a Fulbright scholar
and was a research scientist at Yale University (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence), USA. She is also fluent in five languages and once worked for the late Prof. Geert Hofstede, world-renowned for his research in cultural differences. Her main research interest concerns the relation of tolerance of ambiguity, specifically cultural and emotional aspects, with (high) creative potential. Dr. de Vries has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and lately edited and co-wrote a book
on creativity of astronauts. Besides her research interests Dr. de Vries has more than 12 years of experience working in education, from kindergarten until high school. She knows from experience how vital adequate support at the right time is, especially for high creatively gifted children, to thrive and for their wellbeing. Her experience, with a very culturally diverse school population, also convinced her that every child has, sometimes more indiscernible and surprising, talents. The gifted population in Luxembourg however has received relatively little support until now, therefore she is excited to contribute as National Correspondent of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), and to enhance knowledge and support for these precious, and (creatively) gifted, children in Luxembourg.

Poland

Dr. Maria Aleksandrovich

Dr. Maria Aleksandrovich, PhD, a psychologist and associate professor at the Department of Psychology, Pomeranian University in Slupsk, Poland. Her research covers developmental psychology, the psychology of gifted and talented, psychology of dance, as well as aspects of job success and satisfaction.

Her professional journey includes roles such as serving as a psychologist at the Belarusian State Ballet School and the Belarusian State Beauty School from 1999 to 2004, offering vital psychological support to students, teachers, and competition participants. Since 2005, she has been an integral part of Pomeranian University, where her expertise has flourished. From 2009 to 2014, she also worked as a psychologist and specialist for Veronica Sherborne Developmental Movement at Integration Kindergarten #8 in Slupsk, Poland, providing care and psychological assistance to children, parents, and kindergarten teachers.

Dr. Maria Aleksandrovich is the author of numerous scientific articles and monography, as well as the co-editor of 6 scientific editions. She is also an active member of various scientific societies, including American Psychological Association, International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Dance Studies Association and Polish Choreology Forum. Her contributions have been recognized with such awards as the Pomeranian University Rector’s Awards and the medal “For Merits to the University” in 2019.

Outside her professional pursuits, Maria finds joy in Argentine tango, history of art and fashion, as well as sculpture and plasticinography. For further inquiries or collaborations, please contact Maria Aleksandrovich at maria.aleksandrovich@upsl.edu.pl

Portugal

Dr. Alberto Rocha

Alberto Rocha, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Educativas do Douro (ISCE Douro). Lecturer at ISEIT/Viseu – Instituto Superior de Estudos Interculturais e Transdisciplinares de Viseu (Piaget Institute of Viseu). Degree in Psychology (pre-Bologna). Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. PhD in Educational Sciences, specializing in Educational Psychology. Full member and member of the Assembly of Representatives of the Portuguese Psychologists’ Association.

Specialist in Educational Psychology, Special Educational Needs and Early Intervention by the Portuguese Psychologists’ Association. He is President of the National Association for the Study and Intervention in Giftedness (ANEIS), and is also coordinator of the Enrichment Programme in the Domains of Aptitude, Interests and Socialization (PEDAIS), under the responsibility of the Porto/Gondomar Delegation, and director of the scientific journal “Giftedness”. He directed the Project for the Identification of Giftedness and Talent in Primary School Students (PISTA|1).

He is the technical coordinator of the 1st Observatory for Giftedness and Talent, a project funded by the
Active Citizens program. Representative in Portugal of the International Network for Research, Intervention and Evaluation of High Intellectual Abilities (REINEVA). Member of the Editorial Board of the digital science journal in the disciplines of Psychology and Education, Talincrea: Talent, intelligence and creativity. Member of the Research Group on Cognition, Learning and Performance (GICAD). Member of the Center for Global Studies of the Open University (CEG-UAb). Member of the Centro de Investigación en Psicopedagogía e Investigaciones Psicopedagógicas, Argentina [CIPsp].

Member of the Research Center of the Higher Institute of Educational Sciences (CIISCE). Member of the American Psychological Association. Member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and delegate of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). He has published 14 books and is the author and co-author of numerous scientific papers presented at national and international conferences. His areas of interest include giftedness, creativity, executive functions, talent diversity, socio- emotional skills, enrichment programs, teacher training and professional excellence in
adulthood.

Netherlands

Sietske van der Worp, Netherlands
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Campus 2 / A1.85
8017 CA Zwolle
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 88 469 7472
Email: s.van.der.worp@windesheim.nl

Sietske van der Worp received her Master’s degree in Dutch Language in Literature in 2008, after which she obtained her teaching qualification. For eleven years she worked in secondary education. During this time, she trained to become a certified ECHA-specialist and developed a program for gifted students at her school.
In 2019 she transferred to Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and started working as a teacher educator. Sietske is currently an active member of a group of colleagues who support and create activities geared towards gifted people in order to create an inclusive learning- and working environment. She coaches students, supports teachers, organizes the ‘cafe for the gifted’ and next to this, she is a member of ECHA Netherlands.

Serbia

Zora Krnjaić, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute of Psychology Čika Ljubina 18-20, 11000 Beograd, Serbia Tel: + 381 11 2639 724
Fax: + 381 11 2639 356
Email: zkrnjaic@f.bg.ac.rs
zora.krnjaic@gmail.com

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4836-3754

Zora Krnjaić, PhD in Developmental Psychology is a Senior Research Associate and Head of the Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Her expertise includes: giftedness and expert thinking; everyday life and youth development in specific socio-cultural contexts; and youth policy. She participated as member of the author team in numerous scientific developmental psychology projects and brought her scientific expertise into drawing up national strategies, policies and guidelines as well as projects and programmes to support the development of young people, especially gifted and vulnerable groups. Focus of her work is giftedness, supporting development of giftedness and higher mental functions, sellecting the most academically succesful students for scholarships and expert thinking. She is the author of the books Intellectual Giftedness in Young People (2002) and Expert Thinking in Science (2019), co-author of the book The Culture of Critical Thinking: Theoretical Foundation and Implications for Teaching (2007) and co-editor of the books Societal Crisis and Education: a Document of an Era (2004), and Advancing the well-being of adolescents in foster care: From action-oriented research to better policies and practices (2019), as well as the author and co-author of several chapters in books. Zora Krnjaić published in international and national scientific journals and she presented papers in international conferences in Serbia, United Kingdom, Croatia, Romania, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Estonia, Slovakia and Germany. She is member of European Council for High Abilities (ECHA), and head of the Commission of Fund for Young Talents of the Republic of Serbia (since 2008).

Scotland

Catherine Reid
Lecturer in Teacher Education
School of Education
University of Glasgow
Catherine.Reid@glasgow.ac.uk

Catherine Reid, Lecturer in Teacher Education, University of Glasgow  (MEd Inclusive Education, 2019). Catherine
has 23 years secondary teaching experience prior to coming to study and work at the University of Glasgow.
Catherine was an English teacher and teacher of support for learning. She teaches on Masters programmes and
undergraduate programmes within the University. Her research interests are around highly able learners in areas of
deprivation and widening participation into universities and she explores this in her PhD thesis.

Spain

Martina Rosenboom
Carrer de Son Borras 30, 
07340 Alaró (Islas Baleares)

martina.rosenboom@talentconsulting.info
www.talentconsulting.info

Martina Rosenboom (*1963) has got a diploma in computer science. She is member of the DGhK (German Association for Gifted Children) since 1997 and was working in counseling parents, organizing seminars and leading parent groups since 2000. From 2006 to 2015 she was leading the regional branch of the DGhK in Lower Saxony. Concurrently with this she was working in various national activities of the association like establishing concepts and structures, organizing advanced training and contributing to publications. 2011-2013 she has been member of the national board of the DGhK. From 2015-2019 she was president of DGhK and until the end of 2021 she worked for DGhK in Bremen in educational policy. Since 2021 she works as a facilitator for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), freelancer and author. As a member of ECHA (European Council for High Ability), she has attended and contributed to several conferences in recent years. Her main focus is the empowerment of families with gifted children. 

Sweden

Caroline Sims
caroline.sims@hig.se

Uruguay

Susana Graciela Pérez Barrera
Email: susanapb56@gmail.com

PhD in Education at the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio Grande do Sul, postdoctoral studies at the Federal University of Santa María (Brazil). Coordinator of the Research Unit, the Education Doctoral Program, the Specialization on Inclusive Education for gifted students, and the Group of Studies on Giftedness, professor, thesis and dissertation advisor at the Master and Doctoral Programs, and chief editor of the scientific journals of the School of Educational Sciences of Universidad de la Empresa, Uruguay. Leader of the research group – Grupo de Investigación en AH/SD (GIAHSD), delegate at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children representing Uruguay, former president of the Brazilian Council for Giftedness (ConBraSD) for four periods and of AGAAHSD, Rio Grande do Sul state association supporting giftedness, consultant to the Ministries of Education of Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, UNESCO, Mawhiba Foundation (Saudi Arabia), and Brazilian state and local education departments. Author of several publications and keynote and panelist at national and international events. Fulbright visiting scholar at the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development at UConn (USA), member of the National System of Researchers (Uruguay) and of Brazilian research groups.

Türkiye

Assoc. Prof. Gülşah Batdal Karaduman
Istanbul University- Cerrahpasa

USA

Kimberley L. Chandler, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum 
Center for Talented Youth
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
8kimberleychandler8@gmail.com

Kimberley L. Chandler, Ph.D., is the Director of Curriculum for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she supervises professional learning and curriculum development for online and face-to-face courses. Her professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as a central office administrator supervising school district gifted education/enrichment programs and managing federal grants, and providing professional development training for teachers and administrators nationally and internationally.

Kimberley is the co-editor (with Jaime Castellano) of the 2022 book Identifying and Serving Diverse Gifted Learners: Meeting the Needs of Special Populations in Gifted Education. She has also served as the editor and contributing author of many curriculum materials from the Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary. She has served as Guest Editor of Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG) for special issues focusing on international issues in gifted education and learning resources.