Keynote speakers

The organizers and ICLHE are delighted with the contributions of our five outstanding keynote speakers at the ICLHE Symposium 2021. 

Anna Kristina Hultgren

Anna Kristina Hultgren is Professor of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at The Open University, UK. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary project funded by the UK Research and Innovation on English as a Medium of Instruction. With collaborators at six European universities, the project seeks to apply theories, methodologies and concepts from political science to arrive at a deeper understanding of why universities increasingly teach in English. Kristina serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of English-Medium Instruction, the Journal of English for Research Publication Purposes, the Journal of Applied Language Studies and the Routledge Studies in English-Medium Instruction. Prof. Hultgren gave the opening interview on Thursday 21 October 2021, and is scheduled to give to closing keynote address at the ICLHE Conference on Friday 21 October 2022.

Kwok-Kan Tam

 Kwok-kan Tam is Chair Professor of English and Dean of Humanities and Social Science at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. His recent publications include The Englishized Subject: Postcolonial Writings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia (2019). Prof. Tam discussed the implications of the Englishization of higher education from an Asian perspective on Thursday 21 October.





Alma Maldonado-Maldonado

Alma Maldonado-Maldonado is a researcher at the Department of Educational Research (DIE) of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) of Mexico. Her lines of research are: policies on higher education, higher education in Latin America; international organizations, globalization, internationalization and international student mobility. Prof. Maldonado was interviewed on Thursday 21 October 2021 about the impacts of Englishization on poverty, inequality and access to higher education.




Philippe Van Parijs

Philippe Van Parijs is a guest professor at the Universities of Louvain and Leuven and a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence). He was the founding director of Louvain’s Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics from 1991 to 2016, and a regular visiting professor at Harvard University from 2004 to 2008 and at the University of Oxford from 2011 to 2015.

He is a member of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was awarded the Francqui Prize in 2001 and the Arkprijs voor het Vrije Woord in 2011. He is one of the founders of the Basic Income Earth Network and chairs its Advisory Board. He is (with Alex Housen and Nell Foster) the coordinator of the Marnix Plan for a Multilingual Brussels and  (with Paul De Grauwe) of the Re-Bel initiative (“Rethinking Belgium’s institutions in the European context”). An opinion piece he published in May 2012 under the title «Picnic the Streets» triggered the civil disobedience movement that led to the pedestrianization of Brussels’ central lanes.

His books include Evolutionary Explanation in the Social Sciences (Rowman & Littlefield, 1981),  Qu’est-ce qu’une société juste? (Seuil, 1991), Marxism Recycled (Cambridge U.P., 1993),  Real Freedom for All (Oxford U.P. 1995), What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch? (Beacon Press, 2001), Just Democracy. The Rawls-Machiavelli Programme (ECPR 2011), Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford U.P. 2011), After the Storm. How to Save Democracy in Europe (Lannoo 2015, ed. with L. van Middelaar), Basic Income. A radical proposal for a free society and a sane economy (Harvard U.P. 2017, with Y. Vanderborght) and Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps/ Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd (Académie royale de Belgique/ Polis, 2018). Prof. Van Parijs was interviewed on Friday 22 October 2021 about linguistic justice and democracy with respect to Englishization. He is scheduled to give a plenary at the Symposium on Thursday 20 October 2022. 

Aminata Cairo

Aminata Cairo is an independent consultant and the former Lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (2017 – 2020), the first and only research professor in the Netherlands of African descent.  Born and raised in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents, she left for the US to pursue her college education. She obtained Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology. As an international woman of color she experienced firsthand the challenges of diversity and inclusion. In her applied anthropological work with students, education and community organizations she has continually strived to promote inclusion at both the academic and the community level.  She received the International Education Faculty Achievement Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 for her efforts. In 2016 she received the Honorary Order of the Palm, a state decoration by the Government of Suriname for her contribution in culture. Prof. Cairo gave the closing interview on Friday 22 October 2021 presenting higher education from different cultural perspectives. She is scheduled to give the opening plenary at the Conference on Wednesday 19 October 2022.