Meet our Keynote Speaker

We're so excited to announce that Maha Bali will be the keynote speaker at the 2021 Innovate conference on Wednesday, May 5.

Portrait of Maha Bali, Innovate 2021 keynote speaker
Maha Bali, Innovate 2021 keynote speaker
Teaching through pandemic has highlighted the struggle to build community and equity in the landscape of online education. Enter Maha Bali. During her keynote address, "Building Community with Equity and Care," Maha will explore the ways in which equity and care must work together if we are to truly connect with our students and each other.

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo where she teaches digital literacies and intercultural learning to undergraduate students. Her passion for open pedagogy and equity for all students is reflected in her work with Equity Unboundan online platform for equity-focused, intercultural curriculum.

The massive transition to remote education over the past year presented many challenges for teachers and students. As a co-facilitator for Equity UnboundMaha helps create equity-focused resources for teachers across the globe to build community in their virtual, hybrid or in-person classrooms. These resources guide educators to create stronger and more sustainable connections with their students. 

In her keynote address, Maha will discuss her work with Equity Unbound and the importance of building communities to support all students’ learning and wellbeing. She will also share practical tips for how to teach in ways that promote "Intentionally Equitable Hospitality" like how to reach every student, especially those furthest from justice.

Learn more about Maha Bali on her blog, "Reflecting Allowed," and on her American University in Cairo faculty page.