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Dr. Sumer Bahadur Singh
Dr. Sumer Singh is an alumnus of The Doon School and St. Stephens College. He was the Head of Lawrence School, Sanawar, for seven years and served as the Director of the Asian School, Dehradun. He has taught at the Doon School, at Gordonstoun, Scotland, at Boxhill and Windermere St. Anne’s in England and in UWC, Wales. He has also served as the Chairman of a marketing cooperative society for 100 villages; as Vice President of SUTRA, an NGO with 40,000 women as members; as Advisor Education at the rank of Secretary in the Punjab Government; as Vice President in Himachal Pradesh of State Federation for Swimming, Tennis, Squash, Shooting & Cricket and as a Director of Indore Management Association. He has designed a number of Schools including Pathways World School, Doon Girls and Sanskar Valley. He has also served on the Governing Body of Mayo College & Mayo Girls.
He has been elected the chairman of IPSC for two years in January 2014, Trustee of the Round Square Board in London, on the Advisory Executive of HM King Constantine and is a member of G 20 and the Global Connections, and on the Advisory Board of AFS India.
In 2013, he was conferred a Doctorate of Literature in Education by De Montfort University, England and was felicitated by the Education World for his outstanding contribution to the field of Education.
From 1967 till a few weeks ago, Dr Roberto Ruffino was the Secretary General of Intercultura, an Italian organization for international pupil exchanges at secondary school level, established in 1955 as a non-profit organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2007 he still serves as the Secretary General of the Intercultura Foundation which promotes research and experimentation in educational exchanges. Until 2011 he was Chairman of the European Federation for Intercultural Learning and of the Italian branch of SIETAR.
His main interest has been in the area of the pedagogical content of international pupil exchanges and he has encouraged research in this field, by promoting study sessions with the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the European Commission. In 1993 he was awarded the “Senior Interculturalist Award” at the SIETAR International Congress in Washington. In assigning him an honorary doctor degree in education science, the University of Padua defined him “an entrepreneurial leader in the field of intercultural education, that he has contributed to introduce into Italian schools”.