Exceptional speakers

Session 1

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20

As Chief of Staff and Sherpa, Gabriela Ramos has been supporting the Secretary General’s leadership and contributing to the global agenda including G20, G7, and APEC. She leads the OECD's New Approaches to Economic Challenges, Inclusive Growth Initiative (incl. B4IG), Gender Strategy, and work on multidimensional well-being and children. She led the OECD's efforts in the COVID-19 response. As of 1 July, following nearly 20 years of service at the OECD, she will move to UNESCO to take up duty as Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.

Adrien Taquet

He is a French politician representing La République En Marche. He is an alumnus of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He was elected to the French National Assembly in June 2017, representing the department of the Hauts-de-Seine.  On 25 January 2019, he was nominated as Secretary of State for Child Protection, at the French Ministry for Solidarity and Health. He is in charge of child protection, parenting support for young children, and the fight against violence towards children.

Mathieu Lacombe

Mathieu Lacombe has been Quebec's Minister of Families since 2018, the year of his election. The youngest government minister, he has been in charge since March of a delicate and unprecedented crisis management caused by the current pandemic, the impact of which on the network of educational childcare services will have been sprawling. With an Honors BA in journalism from the University of Ottawa, he was a journalist for ten years before making the leap into politics. He was notably a reporter for the Société Radio-Canada - the Canadian public broadcaster - before joining the country's largest private French-language television network, TVA, as antennae of the 6 p.m. news bulletin in the Canadian Capital Region.

Guri Melby

Guri Melby is Minister of Education and Integration in Norway ( That means that she is responsible for primary and secondary school, upper secondary and tertiary vocational education, educational loans and grants, adult education and skills and integration). Melby graduated from NTNU –Norwegian University of Science and Technology i 2007, with master degree in PPU – practial pedagogy and Nordic Language. AFter graduation she has worked, among different things, as a teacher, as an advisor in the The Ministry of Education and Research, and as a chairman in the Board of the Language Council. Melby has been member of different Parliamentary committees since 2018, and she has beein substitue Member of the Storting for Oslo County, Liberal Party since 2013. Melby is born in Trøndelag, in the middle of Norway.

Dr Boris Cyrulnik

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Geneviève Avenard 

French Children's Ombudsman


Dr Rob Hale

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previously Director “Tavistock
and Portman Trust ”


After medical training Rob trained in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. His initial work was with those who had attempted suicide and since 1980, at the Portman Clinic with people convicted of sexual or violent acts. He was Director of the Portman Clinic and Dean of the Tavistock Clinic.  

Dr Sebastian Kraemer

Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Whittington Hospital,


After a first degree in philosophy, Sebastian Kraemer qualified in medicine in 1970. He trained in paediatrics in Glasgow, Manchester and London, then in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic, London. From 1980 he was a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic (until 2003) and in the Paediatric department  at the Whittington Hospital London (until 2015). He is an honorary consultant at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust and continues to write, teach and work with staff in NHS and children's services.

Dr Amanda Jones

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Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist, Strategic & Clinical Lead,


NELFT’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service, 

Perinatal Faculty, Lecturer, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust

Lecturer, Anna Freud Centre International Training School for Infancy and the Early Years (ITSIEY)

Catherine West

Member of the British Parliament and
Co-President, Foundation Years &
Information Research (FYIR)

Session 2

Géraldine Libreau


Géraldine is the policy officer for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in the Directorate general Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission. She currently coordinates an expert group, bringing together ministerial representatives from 34 European countries and representatives of trade unions, cities, children’s interests, etc. The group explores efficient policies and practices to professionalise further ECEC staff as well as to increase inclusiveness of ECEC systems and settings. Géraldine graduated in European and international public law and dedicated all her career to management and evaluation of European policies, programmes and projects in the field of education, training and youth.

Christian Paradis

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Christian Paradis is the Director of Early Learning and Child Care in the Social Policy Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada. As part of his work, Christian is responsible for intergovernmental relations both domestically and internationally as well as supporting innovative ideas with Canadian stakeholders and experts. Christian has been a regular participant of the OECD’s Early Childhood Education and Care Network for a number of years and a Chair of the Network since 2019. Christian has worked in the Canadian government for over 20 years where he held a number of positions across the government, including to better support skilled immigrants finding employment in Canada, reinforcing anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing rules, strengthening consumer protection in the banking industry and making savings for post-secondary education more appealing to Canadian families. Christian holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Dr. Orla Doyle

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Dr. Orla Doyle is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy at University College Dublin. Her research focuses on the economics of human behaviour and evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood intervention programmes using experimental and quasi-experimental designs. She is currently the Director of the UCD Childhood and Human Development Research Centre

Costas Meghir

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Costas Meghir is a professor of Economics at Yale University. His interests include labor economics, household behavior, retirement and pensions, income distribution, consumption, demand analysis and development economics. Since 2004, he has been co-director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Centre at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and he has been an ESRC Professorial Fellow 2008-2011.

Dr Kate Moriarty

She is responsible for leading INEE’s strategic engagement and thought leadership globally and representing INEE in Europe. Kate is a qualified teacher and has been working in the field of education for more than 20 years. In her early career Kate worked as a human rights educator, later focusing on policy and advocacy. Before joining INEE in September 2019, Kate worked for a number of NGOs and the UN, including as Chief of Section for Peace and Human Rights Education at UNESCO. Kate has Doctorate in International Education from the University of Sussex; her research provides a critical examination of the policy formulation of Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG 4) and unpacks the dimensions of quality and learning. Kate’s professional focus on early childhood development and education (ECDE) has grown over a number of years, and most recently she was a contributing author, together with Asma Zubairi and Professor Pauline Rose, to Theirworld’s 2019 report ‘Leaving the Youngest Behind: Declining aid to early childhood education’. Kate is INEE’s focal point for ECDE and supports INEE’s Early Childhood Development Task Team


GEORGE M. TARABULSY is a full professor at the School of Psychology at Laval University and scientific director of the University Research Center on Young People and Families. He was appointed regular professor, first at the Faculty of Education at Laval University in 2000, then at the School of Psychology in 2004. His recent work focuses on the family and environmental factors involved in development attachment and emotional regulation, the development of attachment disorganization, as well as the prevention of developmental difficulties in populations at psychosocial risk. Since 1999, he has been actively working on the development of intervention strategies based on the principles of parent-child attachment.

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