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Career Ready   English Ready  Future Ready

Join National Geographic Learning, 80 other educators and thought-provoking speakers at our exclusive event in Abu Dhabi to discuss the challenges posing education and employment providers in today's society.

We can share ideas on how to best prepare students for their lives and careers ahead.

10th - 12th November 2022

Meet The Speakers

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CEO, Cengage Group

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National Geographic Explorer

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   British Explorers

John Hughes

ELT Author


Hakan Ayaz

Head of Sales (Gulf Region)
National Geographic Learning

Sales Manager - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Kingdom of Bahrain

National Geographic  Photographer & Artist

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Executive Editor,
National Geographic Learning

VP, Technical Product Management
Cengage Group

Executive Editor,
National Geographic Learning


(Local Timings)

Day 1

1pm - 3pm           Registration & Lunch

3pm - 3.15pm              Welcome


3.15pm - 4.30pm       Opening Workshop

                                         Silence is more eloquent than words

                                         Jonathan Coxall and Hakan Ayaz


4.30pm - 5.30pm     Opening Plenary

                                         Developing career skills in the English classroom                                                                           John Hughes, DipTEFL, MA, ELT Author 


7pm - 9pm                  Welcome Reception & Dinner

Day 2


9.30am - 10.30am    Education for Employment: Solving the Skills and Talent Gap

                                       Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage Group 


10.30am - 11am       Break

11am-12 noon           Data-driven differentiation: Harnessing the power of data for a                                             stronger student experience

                                       Matt Nespoli Vice President, Technical Product Management                                             Cengage Group

12 noonpm - 1pm   Lunch

1pm - 2.15pm           Prayers

2.15pm-3.15pm        Exploring Endangered Languages

                                      David Harrison

                                      National Geographic Explorer

3.15pm-3.30pm      Break

3.30pm - 5pm        Live as Lived – capturing the spirit of Saudi

                                    Tasneem Al Sultan , National Geographic Learning Photographer

6.30pm                   Coaches will leave the hotel for Offsite Dinner

Day 3 

9am - 10am               The Strongest Tree in the Forest is the Most Flexible

                                       Hugo and Ross Turner – The Turner Twins

                                       British Explorers

10am - 10.30am       Break

10.30am - 11.30am  Preparing Students with Global Competencies

                                       Laura LeDrean and Sean Bermingham

                                       National Geographic Learning 

11.30am - 12 noon   Closing remarks


 12 noon                      Lunch and departures

We’d be delighted if you would join us in Abu Dhabi in November, to share your own thoughts and experiences.

RVSP as soon as possible as spaces are limited

Event Location : Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi

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