Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Sue Clegg Kopano Ratele
Carole Frampton Crain Soudien
Glenda Mac Naughton Joan C. Tronto
Brian O’Connell Michalinos Zembylas

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Sue Clegg
Professor Sue Clegg heads the Centre for Research into Higher Education at Leeds Metropolitan University and is Director of Research Students. She has written about the ‘personal’ from a feminist perspective and explored students’ understandings of personal development planning and the significance of temporality for understanding higher education. She has recently published work on academic identities and on the significance of kindness in academic life. She is Editor of Teaching in Higher Education and she chairs the Publications Committee of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Carole Frampton
Carole Frampton is a conflict resolution trainer and facilitator. Her first role was in South Africa at the Centre for Conflict Resolution where she worked for two years. She then joined Search for Common Ground, one of the pioneers in the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding ( Search for Common Ground implements comprehensive programs to address social issues while strengthening society’s capacity to deal with conflicts constructively. Over nearly thirty years the organization has developed a wide range of innovative tools, including radio soap operas; tv series; training; community organizing; and interactive theatre. The intention is to help adversarial groups at every level of society better understand their differences and act on their commonalities. Working with local partners the organization operates in 17 countries including Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and the United States. Carole joined SFCG as the Director of their women’s project in Burundi, Central Africa. Significantly, she facilitated a transition to local leadership and thereafter moved to the organization’s Washington DC headquarters in 2002 where she developed their outreach and training programs. She joined the Senior Management team in 2007, as Director of Institutional Learning. In this role she helped develop and articulate the organization’s methodology and was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of its work around the world. She promoted a culture of reflection and learning both within the organization and in the field. Carole recently stepped down to have more time for her family but continues to develop training manuals, facilitate meetings and represent the organization when needed. She has a BA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and a Masters in Gender Studies; she was ordained as an inter-faith minister in 2009.

Glenda Mac Naughton
Glenda Mac Naughton has worked in the early childhood field for 40 years and is currently a Professorial Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Education, at the University of Melbourne where she was founding Director of the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood. Her years in early childhood have included work across all sectors as a practitioner and a manager and she has been a senior policy advisor to government internationally and across Australia. Glenda has a passionate interest in social justice and equity issues in early childhood and has published widely nationally and internationally on these issues. Her two most recently published books focus on action research in early childhood and race and young children. Details of Glenda’s work and of the CEIEC can be found on the website for the CEIEC (

Brian O’Connell
Professor Brian O’Connell was born and raised in District Six in Cape Town, South Africa, an area which the Apartheid regime declared white in 1966 and from which the O’Connell family was forcibly removed in 1971.

He has been a professional educator for 41 years, serving as a Teacher, Principal, Rector (Head) of a Teacher Education College, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, Vice-Rector at Peninsula Technikon and Superintendent-General (Head) of the Western Cape Provincial Education Department with more than 1million students and 2000 schools. Since 2001 he has been the Vice-Chancellor and Rector (President) of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he is also a Professor in Education Leadership and Management.

He has a B.A degree and Education Diploma from the University of the Western Cape, a B.A Honours in History (cum laude) from UNISA, and MA and MEd degrees from Columbia University in New York. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has also received study grants from the British Council and the Anglo American Chairman’s fund. In May of this year he will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Professor Brian O’Connell has served on the boards of scores of community and state organisations. These include: the Paarl Detainees Support Group, the Strand Community Forum (Chair for 7 years), the Harold Wolpe Trust, SAQA ( South African Qualification Authority), the Centre for the Book, the Golden Arrow Foundation (Chair for 3 years), NEPI (National Education Policy Initiative), and NBFET (National Board for Further Education and Training). Amongst others he currently serves on HOPE (an NGO focusing on HIV and AIDS), OUR PEOPLE (an NGO focussing on youth education with respect to HIV and AIDS), IADP ( International Association for Digital Publication), a Not For Profit Organisation focusing on digitally providing higher education text books to students in developing countries at very low cost, the Community Chest Western Cape (Chair for the past 7 years), the Community Chest South Africa, affiliated to United Way International (Chair for 3 years) and now Patron, Patron of ACUHO-SA (Association of College and University Housing Officers South Africa), The National Access Consortium (Chair for 8 years), and Higher Education South Africa (HESA). He has since 2005 represented the South African Universities on SANAC (the South African National Aids Council), and is currently the Chair of the HESA Strategic Advisory Committee on HIV and AIDS. He is also a trustee of CHEC (Cape Higher Education Consortium) and Chair of SANORD (Southern Africa Nordic Centre) based at UWC.

Professor Brian O’Connell co-authored the National Education Policy Initiative’s report on Teacher Education and has written extensively on education and the legacy of apartheid. He was also Chair of the History Teaching Society for 6 years. He is a noted public speaker and has made hundreds of speeches and presentations from community to state level in Africa and abroad. His vocation and passion is education. He has represented the Western Province in a number of sports, notably soccer and cricket, and he has held provincial and national titles in athletics and badminton.
He is married to Judith, also and educator, and has two children, Amanda-Leigh and Bryan.

Kopano Ratele
Professor in the Institute of Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and co-director of the Medical Research Council-UNISA Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit (SAPPRU), Kopano Ratele has a range of scholarly and wider social interests spanning such areas of epistemology, methodology, violence, injury, safety and peace; psychology, sexuality, race and culture, as well as happiness, status, men and masculinities. However, Kopano is best known for his work on issues of identity, violence, sexuality, and masculinity. Prior to the ISHS and SAPPRU, he was professor at the University of Western Cape in the Department of Psychology and in Women & Gender Studies. Kopano has an extensive list of scholarly articles, books, and presentations delivered around the world. Among others, he has edited or co-edited the books From boys to men: social construction of masculinities in contemporary society and Inter-group relations: South African perspectives. His latest book is There was this goat, co-authored with Nosisi Mpolweni and Antjie Krog. He is editor-in-chief of African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention and books editor of the South African Journal of Psychology. Kopano Ratele is the immediate Past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa.

Crain Soudien
Professor Crain Soudien is formerly the Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town and currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He is a widely published sociologist and educationalist. He was educated at the Universities of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is the Chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and was in 2008-2009 the Chair of a Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education.

Joan C. Tronto
Joan C. Tronto is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, USA. From 1982-2009 she taught political science at the City University of New York. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is the author of Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care (Routledge, 1993), which has been translated and published in Italian and French. She is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles about the nature of care and gender; they have appeared in such journals as Signs, Hypatia and American Political Science Review. Tronto has also written about feminist political movements in the USA and about women in politics. She is currently working on a project on the place of carework in the global political economy.

Michalinos Zembylas
Michalinos Zembylas is Assistant Professor of Education at the Open University of Cyprus. His research interests are in the areas educational philosophy and curriculum theory, and his work focuses on exploring the role of emotion and affect in curriculum and pedagogy. He is particularly interested in how affective politics intersect with issues of social justice pedagogies, intercultural and peace education, and citizenship education. Zembylas is the author of the books, Teaching With Emotion: A Postmodern Enactment (Information Age Publishing, 2005), Five Pedagogies, a Thousand Possibilities: Struggling for Hope and Transformation (Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SensePublishers, 2007), and The Politics of Trauma in Education (New York, Macmillan Palgrave, 2008). He is also co-editor of Peace education in conflict and post-conflict societies: comparative perspectives (with C. McGlynn, Z. Bekerman, & T. Gallagher, New York: Palgrave, MacMillan, 2009), ICT for education, development, and social justice (with C. Vrasidas and G. Glass, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2009), and Advances in Teacher Emotion Research (with Paul Schutz, Springer, 2009).