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Lewis Lansford

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1988 with a degree in English Literature, Lewis taught English in Spain for six months. Realising he loved the work but wanted to be better at it, he returned to the States and earned a Master's degree in TESOL (University of Arizona, 1991), which led to teaching academic and professional English in the US and Japan.

He moved into publishing full time in 1995 as an editor with Longman Asia in Hong Kong, and has since developed, edited, consulted on, and written materials at all levels for learners around the world. He also has taught materials development to graduate students at the University of Durham.

He's actively involved in publishing for a diverse group of English learners and training teachers globally. His latest project with National Geographic Cengage Learning is Keynote - the first British English publication that uses the TEDTalks

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Khalid Alkhudair

Khalid's current role is the Founder and CEO of Glowork a women empowerment organization that has created thousands of jobs for women.This led Glowork to be awarded the Best innovation globally for job creation by the UN, ILO & World Bank. He is a proud Ashoka Fellow, & a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.In March 2014 Khalid was elected to become a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum for his work in social entrepreneurship. Previously he held the role of COO- Markets at KPMG in Saudi, Kuwait and Jordan which helped him secure an expertise insight into all the key aspects of strategic and successful marketing and operations. Khalid managed to lead the firms he worked with to over 30 key awards which were aligned to the firm's overall corporate goals and strategy.in 2013 Khalid led Glowork to an investment of over 16M USD to expand its current operations into different verticals.
Khalid is an active writer & contributor international publications such as the Huffington Post, as well as publishing a book entitled "Communicating effectively in the work place". All this led him to being awarded the Excellence in Entrepreneurship award at the Global Thinkers Forum, The King Salman Award for Entrepreneurship, Saint Mary’s University Young Alumni of the year,selected as a Amends Fellow at Stanford uni, Ranked #3 in the 30 under 30 Gulf Business Magazine powerlist & ranked in the top 500 most powerful Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine. Khalid also sits on a number of Advisory boards throughout the Globe such as the CMO Council Advisory Board, the Country Officer for Women Campaign International,Steering committee member at the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia,Global Agenda Council Member on Middle East and North Africa at World Economic Forum, L'Oreal Global Panel of Critical Friends,Employment Committee Member at the Saudi Chamber of Commerce, Board Member at Saudi Bugshan Subsidiaries, & a mentor at the Founders Institute at Silicon Valley.

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Donald Freeman

Donald Freeman is a professor at the School of Education, University of Michigan, where he works with undergraduate and post-graduate teacher preparation in all subjects K-12. For 25 years, he was on the graduate faculty at the School of International Training, where he chaired the Department of Language Teacher Education and founded and directed the Center for Teacher Education, Training, and Research, a unit that designed and implemented teacher education projects around the world. He is editor of the professional development series, TeacherSource (Heinle-Cengage), and his books include Teacher Learning in Language Teaching (with Jack C. Richards; Cambridge), Doing Teacher-Research (Heinle-Cengage). Dr Freeman is a past president of TESOL, a past member the International Advisory Council for Cambridge University ESOL Examinations (formerly UCLES), and immediate past chair of the International Research Foundation for English Language Teaching (TIRF). Since 2010, he has led the academic team drawn from 10 countries to develop learning materials and assessments that will support the improvement of English language teaching and learning in public sector education. Known as ELTeach, the project, which is a joint undertaking of National Geographic Learning and Educational Testing Service, is advancing the principle that better teaching of English will create broadened opportunities for access and participation.

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Constance Adams

One of Adams's first projects with NASA was TransHab, designed to be a transit habitat for the first human mission to Mars. The requirements seemed mutually exclusive. To be launched, the habitat could be only 14 feet in diameter. But once in space, it needed to be three times that big to house a six-person crew.
"We proposed something completely new," she says. "We joined the hard core—needed to withstand phenomenal strain, radiation, up to 500 degrees of temperature fluctuation, and orbital debris moving faster than a high-speed bullet—with an inflatable shell."
The breakthrough design folds up for launch. It inflates and unfolds once in space, becoming a three-level habitat for the crew, complete with removable pieces for use as furniture and walls.
Habitats on Mars pose other design challenges for Adams. "How will we maintain vehicles that are constantly bombarded by incredibly fine dust? How will we protect crews and habitats from radiation? How will people perform tasks requiring great dexterity while wearing bulky EVA [extravehicular activity] suits?"
Despite the overwhelming obstacles, Adams is convinced that "sooner or later we're going to do it, and that's incredibly thrilling!"
Tying together innovations from diverse disciplines such as architecture, engineering, industrial design, and sociology can help solve complex design issues, Adams says.
"When you have a brand-new problem, you need as many tools as you can get. Who knows—an approach from a very different field might give you the insight you need. For example, I'm working to forge communication between advanced engineering and consumer-product design to bring more user-centered designs to aerospace."
That cross-discipline appreciation may stem in part from her liberal arts training at Harvard-Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, where she received a B.A. in social studies. After receiving a master's degree in architecture at Connecticut's Yale School of Architecture, she apprenticed in Tokyo and worked in Berlin.
"I'm a big believer in international relations," she says. "Working with the International Space Station program is extraordinary. There's almost no other place you can see this kind of international collaboration. We are making the biggest, most expensive, most elaborate, technically challenging scientific platform in human history—and it's up there right now!
"Some day I'd like to apply these principles to terrestrial projects," she says. "We need to understand how our planet and all the little systems inside of it can coexist without causing too much strain. I'd like to find a way to bring it all back home again."

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