Dr Ibrahim Hakan KARATAŞ

We are an independent initiative that has come together as educators, administrators, experts, researchers, volunteers, entrepreneurs from different fields of the education sector from different countries.

The foundations of LIFE were laid during the 1st International School Principals Conference held in Istanbul in 2019. The purpose, principles, working areas, strategies and priorities of LIFE were determined during the 1st International School Principals Initiative Meeting, which was held face to face with participants from 6 different countries (Turkey, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, TRNC) on 28 June 2019. Two years later, in the 2nd International School Principals Initiative Meeting held online on June 25, 2021, it was decided to implement LIFE as an independent initiative.

LIFE was co-founded by representatives from 5 countries (Turkey, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Egypt).

  • Dr Ibrahim Hakan KARATAŞ

İbrahim Hakan Karataş, after his BA and MA in Turkish language and literature, earned his Ph.D. in 2008 in Educational Leadership. He spent five years writing course books for high school literature and Turkish language as well as elementary level course books. He taught in K-12 schools in Turkey for 12 years and in 2010, he began working as an assistant professor at the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision at Istanbul Medeniyet University in Istanbul, Turkey. Karatas is currently the head of the Educational Administration Department at Istanbul Medeniyet University. He had been in the USA as a visiting scholar for a year of post-doctoral studies on modeling a school principals’ training preparation program for Turkey in Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Iowa. He is one of the founders of Leading School principals Society and LIFE (Leading Innovation for Educators). 

  • Dr Rania SAWALHI

Rania Sawalhi, holds a PhD degre on Educational Leadership from University of Warwick, currently, Rania is co-founder of Eduenterprise. Rania has won a number of awards such as ICSEI/JPCC 2020 Innovation Award and has a number of research published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, Rania is a co-founder of Eduenterprise, a non-profit organization registered in USA, and has launched the Educational Leadership Lab applying design thinking approach and launched Rushd educational leadership coaching e-platform. She is a co-founder of WomenEdMENA, and co-coordinator of ICSEI_ELN.

  • Dr Fatıma SAMADZADE

Fatima Samadzade is a senior lecturer at Foreign Languages teaching (FLT) Department of Azerbaijan University of languages and deputy director of Center for Political Psychology (CPP). She has been working in educational institutions for more than twenty years and has been involved into numerous projects. In previous years; she was a director of Information Resource Complex of AUL and was responsible for such projects as training center for students and teaching staff; digital library; test center(TOEFL,TOMER) etc. Her research focuses on the cognitive approach to discourse analysis. Currently, Fatima Samadzade is involved promoting CPP school for young and talented Azerbaijanian students.

  • Dr Amal FARHAT

Amal Farhat is an assistant professor at the Lebanese International University, an educational counselor at the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and the educational consultant at Rawafid School. She believes that schools should be transformed into communities of learners. Such communities require purposeful relationships among all the stakeholders where they interact for the fulfilment of a common vision. In addition, she advocates the idea that practices that work with young learners can be adapted for adult learners.Farhat’s research interests pertain to the co-creation of knowledge in K-12 private and public schools. In addition, she has been coaching teachers and teacher coaches on integrating technology in their educational practices.Farhat is a senior fellow at Cambridge Global Fellowship, a member of the International Association for Teachers of English Language and an associate at RITE Education. In addition, she is a MEPLI-Harvard Graduate School of Education Fellow.

  • Mohamed M. Bahgat

Mohamed M. Bahgat, the founder & CEO of SeGa Group. He is also, the author of “FIRST Framework” book, and is an ATD International facilitator. In 2014, Bahgat founded SeGa Group, a US based LLC in talent development consultancy with its operational office in Middle East SeGa; a social entity with a mission to “Develop Human Developers” in Active learning, Gamification and coaching. In 2017, Bahgat published his book “FIRST Framework, 5 Domains 15 Principles: Design & Facilitate Active Deep Learner eXperience”. He presented a session in ATD 2017 international conference and expo; the session was titled “FIRST LXF”. In 2018, Bahgat with Research Team had published “FIRST Framework Design and Facilitate Active Deep Learner eXperience” Research Paper in Journal of Education and Training Studies. He presented a session in ATD 2018 International Conference and expo; the session was titled “LXD (Learner eXperience Design) Using Design Maps for Active Deep Learner eXperience”. In 2020 he presented a session in LXDCON “Learning Experience Design Conference”; the session was titled “Humanizing the Education Machine FIRST-ADLX Framework”. In 2014, he has been selected from ATD to facilitate their learning programs, mainly the “Corporate Coaching” Certificate, “Needs Analysis” Certificate and others. Bahgat is an ATD (Association of talent development) accredited facilitator for the Coaching Certificate. In 2016, Bahgat was chosen for ATD Middle East conference chairman in May 2016 in Dubai and presented in ACTO conference in USA his paper titled “Gamification and Gaming in Coach Training”. He is the only person in the Middle East to be certified by NASAGA (North America Simulation and Gaming Association) in educational
game design. Also, Bahgat is the only current certified facilitator in the Middle East from (Thiagi Group USA), the leading approach of interactive training strategies and game-based learning. In 2015, he became GALLUP certified strengths coach and received the certification of Sententia Gamification for talent development level 2 and eligible to certify others
on level 1 as well. He is also a 6Ds certified facilitator.

  • Hilal KARAOĞLAN (The Secretariat)

Hilal Karaoğlan is currently studying in the Foreign Language Education Department of Boğaziçi University. She is interested in Educational Administration and Comparative Education. She is a student representative on the Accreditation Board of the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs and a student evaluator at the European Students’ Union (ESU) Student Experts Pool on Quality Assurance. She was the volunteer team leader at the International School Administrators Conference 2021 and volunteered at the Tomorrow’s Education Summit and the Future in Education Conference. She is the secretariat of LIFE (Leading Innovation for Educators).