Guest Lecturers

Prof. James Banks
University of Washington, Seattle

James A. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diveristy Studies Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was the Russell F. Stark Univeristy Professor at the University of Washington from 2000 to 2006 and founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education from 1992 to 2018, which has been renamed the Banks Center for Educational Justice. He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Banks is a speicalist in social studies education and multicultural education and has written widely in these fields. His books include Cutural Diveristy and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching; and An Introduction to Multicultural Education, Sixth Edition. His edited books include The Encyclopedia of Diveristy in Education (4 vols), and Citizenship Education and Global Migration: Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice.

Professor Banks has given lectures on citizenship education and diversity in many different nations, including Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, and New Zealand. His books have been translated into Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, and Arabic. Professor Banks has six honorary degrees.

An interview and video archive of his career is at –

Prof. Phuong Mai Nguyen

Phuong-Mai Nguyen (or Nguyen-Phuong-Mai) is Associate Professor at AMSIB where she has been working since 2008. She involves in diverse research projects. Her research interests include Diversity Management, Asian corporate culture, Middle East and Islamic culture, Face-work Negotiation, and Instructional Design.

In the last few years, she has taken interest in cultural neurosciences. In May 2017, she published a book with Amsterdam University Press titled: Intercultural Communication – An Interdisciplinary Approach: When Neurons, Genes, and Evolution Joined the Discourse. This is the first text book in the field of IC that incorporates insight from newly emerging disciplines. It advocates a fundamental change from seeing culture as static to a more responsive paradigm of seeing culture as dynamic. It challenges the dominant school of Hofstede and the like with scientific foundation in neurobiology and calls for shifting paradigm. Since the date of release, she has been invited to keynote at multiple conferences.

Phuong-Mai Nguyen holds a Master in Educational Science and Curriculum Design from Twente University, and a PhD in Intercultural Communication from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She contributes as member of several research advisory boards, including ELLTA (Leadership and Learning in the Asian century).

On the business side, Phuong-Mai Nguyen runs her own training agency Culture Move and designs tailor-made programs for universities and companies. She co-designed various business simulation tools including Cultural Detective® and Diversophy® which are frequently used in corporate training programs. Since 2015, she also coaches diverse governmental bodies on Radicalization.

Phuong-Mai Nguyen started her career as a journalist with training and fellowships at World Press Institute (USA), BBC (Thailand) and Reuter (UK). She now freelances for different media outlets including BBC, Islamic Monthly and Your Middle East. She spent most of 2012 in the midst of the Arab Spring, following the historical route of Islam from where it began, city by city, to the West and to the East.

She communicates as a public figure at

Dr. Barry van Driel
International Association for Intercultural Education

Barry van Driel was educated at universities in the Netherlands and the United States. He holds a graduate degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion with a specialization in education. He joined the staff of the Anne Frank House in 1992, where he is now international director for teacher training and curriculum development. He has been the Editor in Chief of the international academic journal Intercultural Education since 2000 and the Secretary General of the International Association for Intercultural Education since 2002. Barry is also senior education consultant to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw as well as a consultant to UNESCO and the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency). His most recent books include Variant Lifestyles (with Bram Buunk, Los Angeles 1986) and most recently Confronting Islamophobia in Educational Practice (London 2005) and Challenging Homophobia (London 2007).

He is reachable at

Dr. Marcelo Wexler
Senior Lecturer at Seminar Hakibbutzim