Rafig Aliyev

Rafig Aliyev - Doctor of technical sciences, correspondent member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, BA program director at the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University, BBA program director at the Georgia State University (Atlanta, USA), president of the Zade Heritage and Artificial Intelligense Association.

Rafig Aliyev established invariance conditions for the MIMO (multi-input and multi-output), determinastic, stochatic, fuzzy control sytems. He suggested methods for the synthesis of fuzzy and stochastic systems with variable structures  with  direct and feedback control. He developed a new direction in the industrial robots with artificial intelligent working in fuzzy environment. He supervised more than 130 Ph.D. and 25 Doctor of Sciences students. R. Aliyev is a chair of the international conferences Application of Fuzzy Systems, Application of Fuzzy Systems and Soft Computing, Voice Command Computers and Soft Computing in the System Analyzing, Decision Making and Control.

He is an author of about 70 books and more than 350 scientific papers on the informatics and control, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic and soft computing.

Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley - Interculturalism, higher education and Belt and Road Initiative

Michael Peters


Michael A. Peters is Distinguished Professor of Education at Beijing Normal University Faculty of Education PRC, and Emeritus Professor in Educational Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the executive editor of the journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Knowledge Cultures (Addleton), The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (Springer), Open Review of Education Research (T&F). His interests are in philosophy, education and social policy and he has written over one hundred books, including most recently: Wittgenstein and Education: Pedagogical Investigations, (2017), Wittgenstein’s Education: ‘A picture held us captive’ (2018) and Post-Truth and Fake News (2018)

Tina Besley


Tina Besley is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University. Tina was previously Professor  and Associate Dean International, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato; Research Professor, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign: Professor, California State University San Bernardino, and Research Fellow at University of Glasgow.  She is Founding President of the Association for Visual Pedagogies and Immediate Past President of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). Tina has published over 11 books and many articles and is Co-Editor Knowledge Cultures, Associate Editor, Educational Philosophy and TheoryOpen Review of Educational Research, Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy and the Beijing International Review of Education. Recent books include: Post-Truth, Fake News: Viral Modernity & Higher Education, Eds M.A. Peters, S. Ryder, M Hyvonen & T Besley ( Springer, 2018) & Teaching, Responsibility & Corruption of Youth (Besley & Peters, Brill/Sense , 2019).

Jeyhun Mammadov

PhD Jeyhun Mammadov - Rector of Azerbaijan Institute of Theology

Jeyhun Mammadov attended Dawraat and Irshad Institute of the Abu Nour Islamic Foundation, Syria from 1991 to 1994. He received his BA in Arabic Language and Religious Studies from Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya University in 1994-1998 and graduated from Khazar University with MA in Arabic language in 2000-2002.

From 2004 to 2007 he studied at the ANAS Institute of Manuscripts named after Mahammad Fuzuli and received his doctoral degree in theology completing his PhD thesis on Shamsaddin as-Sakhavi and the Place of his Work Richanul-kaffati fi bayani nubzatin min akhbari ahlis-suffa in Islam in 2011. He is currently conducting a research on State-Religion Relations in Azerbaijan: History and Modernity for his post doctoral thesis at the ANAS Institute of Oriental Studies named after Academician Z.M.Bunyadov.

From 2006 to 2011 he was the editor of the journal State and Religion published by the State Committee on Religious Associations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. At present, the journals such as Religious Stuides and Theology as well as the newspaper Theologian are published under his editorship.

He is the author of 2 monographs, 15 scholarly articles and the editor of 20 books. He delivered lectures at 10 international conferences. The previous year, he was awarded with the medals of 100th anniversary of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918-2018), 100th anniversary of Baku State University (1919-2019) and medal of Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Kate Maguire - An exploratory look at truth, value, identity and knowledge power from an anthropological perspective

Kate Maguire


Dr Kate Maguire is Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences at Middlesex University, London and head of its transdisciplinary research degree programmes. Her background is social anthropology of the Middle East and organisational psychology both as a researcher and practitioner. Coming into higher education from careers in journalism, political research and trauma studies she has engaged with anthropologically informed innovative research methodologies and research pedagogy relevant to professional practice research with particular interest in bridging difference, embracing complexity and theorising professional practice to enhance professional learning and organisational change. She has led on field work design and implementation for a number of projects and innovations in the private and public sectors and has published regularly on Trandisciplinarity in Springer pub

Abdullah Sahin   - Islamic higher learning at a crossroads: retreating to the epistemic economies of a sacred past

Abdullah Sahin


Dr. Abdullah Sahin is a Reader in Islamic Education, Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick. Dr. Sahin comes from an Islamic Studies, Theology, Educational Studies and Social Sciences background. He has conducted research on religious identity formation among British Muslim youth and worked on educational strategies to address the impact of religious extremism within Muslim minority and majority contexts. Dr. Sahin has developed the first recognised Masters' level degree programme on Islamic Education within the UK higher education system. He has produced numerous scholarly publications on Islam and education with a specific focus on exploring challenges facing contemporary Islamic higher education. He is the author of ‘New Directions in Islamic Education: Pedagogy and Identity Formation’, (Kube Academic, Leicester, Rev. Imprint 2014). Dr Sahin has taught at the universities of Birmingham, Aberdeen, and the Gulf University for Science and Technology (Kuwait). He served as a visiting professor (2009/10 Academic Year) at the Institut d'Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Dr Sahin is a member of International Seminar on Religious Education and Values.