The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Announces Executive Committee Members 2023 – 2027

For Immediate Release

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC®) conducted an election to fill three Executive Committee positions set to expire at the conclusion of the upcoming virtual World Conference. Four candidates ran in the election. The following candidates received the most votes and will serve for a four-year term starting in August 2023: Anies al Hroub, Margaret Sutherland, and Eleonoor van Gerven. The other members continuing on the Executive Committee are Denise Fleith (President), Mojca Juriševič, Bronwyn MacFarlane, and Tracy Riley.

The WCGTC Executive Committee consists of seven members: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three members at large. Additionally, the Executive Administrator serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

Anies Al-Hroub is a Tenured Associate Professor in the fields of Educational Psychology and Special Education. He was previously of the Department of Education at the American University of Beirut. Al-Hroub holds a Ph.D. and MPhil in Special Education University of Cambridge, an M.A. in Special Education, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Jordan. He has been Scholar at several prestigious institutions, including the University of Connecticut, the University of Cambridge, and the School Social Studies in Slovenia. His work has been published in leading international journals and he has written three books on gifted education.

Professor Margaret Sutherland, PhD is Professor of High Ability Studies and Inclusive Practice and Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has written articles in the field of high ability and is author of Gifted and Talented in the Early Years: A practical guide for 3-6 year olds and Developing the Gifted and Talented Young Learner. She has 42 years teaching experience in primary schools, behaviour support and latterly in higher education. She is interested in social justice and issues relating to poverty and the role of formal and non-formal education in creating more just societies for all in the global north and south.

Dr. Eleonoor van Gerven is director of Slim! Educatief BV, a private teacher education institute in The Netherlands. She specialized in gifted education and the systemic change- and solution-focused approach. She developed a competency matrix for curriculum construction in the domain of gifted education for the continuous professional development of teachers. She developed the post-graduate teacher education Specialist in Gifted Education and the post-master teacher education Specialist in Educating Twice Exceptionals, accredited by the Dutch Society for Higher Education. Every year app. 400 students subscribe to the training courses of Slim! Educatief.


About the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Inc. (WCGTC®) is a worldwide non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support for gifted children. The WCGTC® is a diverse organization networking the globe with an active membership of educators, scholars, researchers, parents, and others interested in the development and education of gifted and talented children of all ages. To learn more about the WCGTC® or to become a member, visit

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