Prof. Abdullah Aljughaiman received his PhD from the University of Idaho, USA, in 2002. He is currently Dean of the Research and Consulting Institute and the Director of the National Research Center for Giftedness and Creativity at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. The primary focus of Dr. Aljughaiman’s professional activities is the development and education of gifted and talented students. He has published books, book sections, and peer reviewed articles on the identification of and services for gifted children. Dean Aljughaiman has received multiple awards for his professional and administrative work in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the USA. His research and practice have been supported by funds from King Faisal University and the Ministries of Higher Education, Education, and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently, he received a grant from the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia to support a research project titled “Etiology Basis of Giftedness”.

Vice President

Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is a Full Professor for Education at Regensburg University, Germany. She holds the chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She has published books, chapters and articles in the fields of talent development, educational psychology and education. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal High Ability Studies and member of the editorial board of the German Journal of Talent Development. Her main interests in the field of talent development and excellence are underachievement, teacher trainings, the Actiotope Model of Giftedness, learning and motivational training programs.

Secretary General

Albert Ziegler, PhD, is a Full Professor for Psychology at the University of Ulm, Germany. He is the head of Educational Psychology at the Institute of Educational Sciences. He has published approx. 250 books, chapters and articles in the fields of talent development, excellence, educational psychology and cognitive psychology. He is also Founding Director of the “State-wide Counseling and Research Centre for the Gifted”. His main interests in the field of talent development and excellence are the development of exceptional performances, the Actiotope Model of Giftedness and motivational training programs.


Professor Jiannong Shi is director of the Division of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and also the director of the Research Center for Supernormal Children, Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a former president of the Asia-Pacific Federation of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. His research on giftedness and talent development include neuropsychological as well as educational studies and embrace various age groups and domains. He has published books, chapters and articles in the fields of talent development, educational psychology and education, among them Discovering Gifted Children und Developmental Psychology of Gifted Children. He was visiting scholar at various Univeristies such as Yale University, University of Michigan or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He twice received the Excellent Scholar Award.

Executive Officer

Dr Wilma Vialle is currently an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong. She teaches child development, psychological foundations of education and gifted education and supervises a number of postgraduate research students in related fields. Her interests are predominantly in the nature of intelligence and creativity, with a particular focus on giftedness. She has published extensively on topics related to giftedness and children’s learning. She is the chief editor of the ‘Australasian Journal of Gifted Education’ and is on the editorial board of several international journals. In 2006 she was awarded the Eminent Australian for her contributions to gifted education.

Assistant to the Executive Committee

Ms. Min Tang is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Munich, Germany. Since 1998, she has worked in different universities of P. R. China in the fields of e-learning, continuing education, and cross-cultural communication and cooperation. She is a published author of cross-cultural studies of science learning and intercultural communication. Her research interests include creativity, inventiveness, self-regulated learning and cross-cultural studies. She is an active member of several associations, including the Association of the Former Scholarship Recipients of Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and the Chinese Society of Education.