Professor Abdullah Aljughaiman

Professor Abdullah Aljughaiman is a full professor at the Education College in King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He is currently a Member of the Saudi Parliament, and the President of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). He was the Dean of the Research and Consulting Institute, the Director of the National Research Center for Giftedness and Creativity at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, The primary focus of Prof. Aljughaiman’s professional activities is the development and education of gifted and talented students. He has published books, book sections, and peer reviewed articles on the identification of and services for gifted children. Prof. Aljughaiman has received multiple awards for his professional and administrative work in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the USA. His research and practice have been supported by funds from King Faisal University and the Ministries of Higher Education, Education, Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hamdan Award for Excellence in Education (UAE).








Professor Albert Ziegler

Professor Albert Ziegler, PhD, is Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is the Founding Director of the State-wide Counseling and Research Centre for the Gifted. He has published approx. 400 books, chapters and articles in the fields of talent development and educational psychology. Presently he serves as the Secretary-General of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), as Vice-President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), and as Chairman of the European Talent Support Network (ETSN). He is Editor-in-Chief of High Ability Studies, the scholarly journal of the ECHA. Since 2017 he is also a Director at the World Giftedness Center in Dubai.

Professor Elena Grigorenko

Prof Grigorenko’s background is unique because of her joint degrees in developmental psychology and molecular genetics. She completed her doctoral and habilitation qualifications in general and educational psychology at Moscow State University, Russia, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and genetics from Yale University. Dr. Grigorenko is a licensed clinical psychologist (CT) with a specialization in forensic psychology. She previously held the position of Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Child Studies, Psychology, and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale and joined the University of Houston’s psychology department in September 2015. Dr. Grigorenko is also a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books. She has received multiple professional awards for her work and received funding for her research from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Cure Autism Now, and the Foundation for Child Development. Dr. Grigorenko has worked with children and their families in Africa, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Professor Heidrum Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education. 

Professor. Rena F. Subotnik

Professor. Rena F. Subotnik

Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D. began her position as Director of the Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association (APA) in January 2002. From 1986 through 2001, Dr. Subotnik was Professor at Hunter College, where she coordinated the secondary education program and served as research and curriculum liaison to the Hunter College laboratory schools for gifted children (grades PK-12). From 1977-1984 she was a gifted education specialist in the Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Subotnik is also Director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association. The Center’s mission is to generate public awareness, advocacy, clinical applications, and cutting-edge research ideas that will enhance the achievement and performance of children and adolescents with special gifts and talents in all domains (including the academic disciplines, the performing arts, sports, and the professions). Dr. Subotnik has b een awarded grants from the McDonnell Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education Javits program, and the Spencer Foundation. She is co-editor of Developing Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span, Research Methods for Gifted Education, Optimizing Student Success with the Other Three R’s: Reasoning, Resilience and Responsibility, The Scientific Basis of Educational Productivity, The International Handbook of Research on Giftedness and Talent(2nd Edition), Remarkable Women: Perspectives on Female Talent Development, Beyond Terman: Contemporary Longitudinal Studies of Giftedness and Talent. She is the first author of Genius Revisited: High IQ Children Grown Up. Dr. Subotnik was the 2002 recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children NAGC Distinguished Scholar award.