2011 Keynote Speakers

Margarita Pavlova, Griffith University, Brisbane

Margarita Pavlova is a Leader of sustainability research within the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, in Queensland, Australia and a research fellow at UNESCO-UNEVOC, Bonn. She has 20 years of experience in comparative research in education. Margarita works as a consultant within the technology and vocational education fields with international, state and national agencies, including the World Bank; UNESCO; Queensland Studies Authorities, and the Ministry of Education of Russia.

This work has involved developing policies, approaches and resources for technology and vocational education, and exploring related issues. She has had international experience working in a variety of countries, including Finland, USA, France, and Russia. Her current international research project on Vocational education and sustainability in China relates to capacity building of human capital and spreads across 11 VET institutes. Her most recent book ‘Technology and Vocational Education for sustainable Development‘ is published by Springer.


Phillip Gonon, University of Zurich

Philipp Gonon is Professor of Vocational Education and Training at the Zurich University, where he teaches vocational pedagogy, history and theory of (vocational) education, quality assurance and program evaluation at the graduate and undergraduate level. From 1986 until 1992 he was research assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Bern, Switzerland where he finished his postdoctoral lecturer qualification (Habilitation) in 1997. From 1999 until 2004, Gonon served as a Full University Professor of Vocational and Operational Further Education at the University of Trier in Germany. Since 2004, he has taught at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Internationally Philipp Gonon is known as an authority on the German dual system, the Swiss VET system and on the German pedagogue, Georg Kerschensteiner. He is the author of many scholarly publications. Recently Peter Lang published his book ‘The Quest for Modern Vocational Education: Georg Kerschensteiner between Dewey, Weber and Simmel‘, an analysis of the development of the idea of apprenticeship in the twentieth century. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training and of Vocations and Learning. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Universities of Zurich and Berne respectively.


Rick Moore, California State University

Rick Moore is a professor of management in the College of Business Administration and Economics at California State University, Northridge. He teaches: organizational behavior, leadership, human resources management and program evaluation at the graduate and undergraduate level. Currently he teaches Organizational Complexity and Change in university’s doctoral program in Education. In 2005, Moore was Fulbright Senior Scholar at Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.

Dr. Moore is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in measuring the performance of public programs. He currently directs a state-wide analysis of One-Stop Career Centers for the California Workforce Investment Board.

Internationally Moore has consulted for the World Bank in East Timor, Qatar and Indonesia. His work with the World Bank has focused on education, training and microfinance, as well as national human resource development strategy. He also evaluated Hong Kong’s first displaced worker retraining program. He currently directs an evaluation of Indonesia’s largest microfinance program.

Dr. Moore is the author of many scholarly and industry publications. Recently the Upjohn Institute published his book ‘Training That Works‘, an analysis of California’s Employment Training Panel program. He is a member of the editorial board of both the Journal of Vocational Education and Training and Human Resource Development International. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA.

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