Global Educational Leadership Conference 2016
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The Global Educational Leadership Conference (GELC) is an annual event organised by the Academy of Principals (Singapore).  The theme Leading for the Future was chosen to draw the attention of educational leaders to the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world where old patterns do not seem to hold anymore and where the new come at a faster and fast pace. What would be a sufficiently responsive leadership style? Will there be a greater role for community and is there a need for such a role? Can parents be brought in as partners in this process and not just stakeholders?

The aim of GELC is to provide insight into inter-related strands: the processes and dynamics of change and the leadership skills needed to succeed in leading and managing teacher performance, and delivering the best outcomes where the standards for teachers and school leaders are now explicitly stated. Leading, managing, and delivering effective educational change in an intensively political, social and economic environment is a challenge that all educational leaders face as a critical aspect of their roles and responsibilities. New policies and strategic directions imposed from outside and within systems are constantly evolving to challenge current mind-sets and skills.



The Academy has invited international speakers from Canada, Finland and the USA as well as our own from Singapore, to deliver keynote addresses on the imperatives of educational leadership, on the leadership development needed nationally and internationally, on the related learning needed for such future work as well as on the power of working in community.


Professor Arnoud De Meyer

President, Singapore Management University, Singapore


Professor Walter Woon

Deputy Chairman, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Professor Sharon Friesen

Vice-Dean, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada


Dr Thomas Hoerr

Emeritus Head of School, New City School, United States


Professor Hannele Niemi

Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland


Professor Emeritus Craig Richards

Director, Summer Principals Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States


Ms Chia Yong Yong

Partner, Yusarn Audrey & Partners, Singapore



Who Should Attend?
School Leaders • School Middle Managers
• Educators • Academics • Researchers • Ministry of Education Officers

What Past Delegates said about the GELC?
“The perspectives shared were enlightening and aptly aligned to theme.”
“I like the spread and range of addresses and how they are linked to each other.”
“Good coverage of educational developments and issues globally.”
“Highly eminent and superbly qualified speakers touching on a repertoire of issues.”
“The speakers are engaging and help me as a school leader to refresh and re-examine leadership philosophy.”