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Conference Plenary Sessions

April 23 – 27




Wednesday, April 24, 2024

8 – 11 am


PDI 1: Human-centric Career Design: A Devotion to Worker Welfare through Career Development by Dr. Brian Hutchison

11 am – 1 pm


6 – 8 pm

Meetup Dinner:  Zam Zam Restarurant

Thursday, April 25, 2024

7:30 – 8 am

Registration and Coffe

8 – 8:20 am


Opening Ceremony

8:20 – 9:20 am


Welcome Keynote: Reinventing Career Development for the 21st Century by Dr. Brian Hutchison

9:20 – 9:40 am

Coffee break

9:40 – 10 am


Awards Ceremony

10 – 11 am


Keynote: Supporting Young People to Find Success within a Constantly Changing Industrial Landscape

In a world that is constantly evolving and changing, how can educators adequately prepare their students for the rigors that lie ahead of them?  With the rapid development of ChatGPT, AI and machine learning, do our education systems need to change from teaching the knowledge and skills to answer the questions, to knowing how to ask the questions?  This is not a talk about technology, and predictions for the future.  In his address, Mr. Tompkins will look at how we prepare young people of today to consider opportunities that will face them in their future.

Matthew Tompkins, Vice President at GEMS Education, has worked in education for 27 years, 8 years of which were as a Principal. Educated in England, Mr. Tompkins originally worked in schools in the UK.  He led the school he was Principal of in the south of England to an Outstanding judgement with OFSTED in June 2016. He has worked in Dubai for GEMS Education since September 2018. In January 2022, Matthew led his GEMS school, where he served as Principal, to an Outstanding BSO Inspection and 3 national awards: Most Community Focused School in the UAE (MEA); Best Mainstream School for Students of Determination in the UAE (TSA); and Best School for Technical and Vocational Stream Education in the UAE (TSA). As a Principal, Matthew was well known for his innovative approach and his commitment to preparing every young person to find success.

In September 2022, he moved into a corporate role as a Vice President at GEMS Education, one of the world’s oldest and largest K-12 private education providers. It is a highly-regarded choice for quality private education in the Middle East and North Africa region. As a company founded in the UAE in 1959, it holds an unparalleled track-record of providing diverse curricula and educational choices to all socio-economic means.  Matthew’s portfolio now covers Student Employability across approximately 135,000 students, University and Industry Partnerships for approximately 60,000 young people and the GEMS Alumni with 30,000 adults.

11 – Noon


Panel Discussion: Strengthening Theory-Practice Connections: What Now and What Next? by Dr. Nancy Arther, Dr. Mary McMahon, and Dr. Roberta Borgen

11 am – 1 pm


1 pm – 5 pm

Optional Tour of the Indian Space Museum

6 – 8 pm

Reception and Carnatic Singing

Friday, April 26, 2024

7:30 – 8 am

Coffee available

8 – 9 am


Keynote: Wired to Resist: The Neuroscience of Change by Dr. Britt Andreatta

9 – 9:20 am

Coffee break

9:20 – 11 am


Panel Discussion: Career Development in India

11 – 11:30 am


Official Closing of 2024 APCDA Conference

11:30 am – 1 pm


1 – 5 pm

Optional Tour of a weaving workshop

8 – 10 pm

Board Dinner

Saturday, April 27, 2024

8 – 11 am


PDI 2: The Science of Guiding Others Through Change by Dr. Britt Andreattta

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