THESA2017 will feature world-acclaimed speakers recognised for their work internationally. The speakers will bring together a wide variety of inspiring presentations, innovative case studies and interactive workshops, suitable for all levels of education.


Dr. Yong Zhao

Voted One of the World's Top 10 Educational Scholars, Best Selling Author and Speaker on Education in an Era of Globalisation and Disruption

Dr. Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. His works focus on the implications of globalisation and technology on education. Dr. Zhao examines what educational institutions and other stakeholders need to do to prepare successful citizens for the globalised world. He travels worldwide speaking on how technology affects education and what needs to be done to prepare learners to live in a world increasingly medicated by technology. Dr. Zhao is an expert on education reform efforts and educational strategies around the globe. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including the most recent titled Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016) and Never Send a Human to do a Machine Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015). He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and is an elected Fellow of the International Academy for Education.

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Tan Sri Dato’ Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim

Distinguished and Highly Regarded Academic Leader in Asia

As well as his initial Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim has been conferred six more Honorary Doctorate Degrees from universities internationally. He has held various prominent positions in both management and academic leadership throughout his career, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and Vice-Chancellor at UPM, a post he held until his retirement in 2001.

After his retirement from UPM, he was involved in the corporate sector and held several posts in both the public and private sectors including Director of Esso Berhad, Chairman of Bank Rakyat Berhad and HDC. He is currently the Chancellor of Taylor’s University, Chairman of University of Putra Malaysia, University Tun Abdul Razak, Asia e University, University College Fairview and Executive Member of International Center for Education in Islamic Finance. He has published over 350 papers in journals and proceedings.In recognition of his contributions, he has been bestowed with awards such as the National Science Laureate in 1993 and the National Academician in 2008. He has also been conferred the title of Emeritus Professor by Universiti Terengganu Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Mark Curcher

Program Director of Finland's 21st Century Educators Program and Senior Lecturer, School of Vocational Teacher Education, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland Mark Curcher is the Program Director of the 21st Century Educators Program and manages and develops Finnish vocational teacher education for the global market. Mark has close to 30 years' experience as an international educator, teaching finance and economics courses in a variety of institutions in Europe and the Middle East before becoming involved in teacher education, professional development and the implementation of educational technologies to enhance student learning. His interests include teacher professional development, authentic e-learning, educational use of social media, learning communities, professional identity, narrative and critical pedagogy.


Dr. Eva Wong

Leading Expert and Practitioner of Campus-wide Outcomes-based Education, Hong Kong

Dr. Eva Wong is the Director of the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning at the Hong Kong Baptist University. The Centre has major responsibilities for professional development in teaching and learning of faculty members, assisting in the implementation of the outcomes-based approach to teaching and learning, supporting the University’s e-learning endeavours, collecting evidence for the assessment of students’ attainment of learning outcomes, and helping students’ whole person development with the aim of enhancing student learning with a holistic approach. In 2014, the Centre received a total grant of some HK$7million for three teaching and learning projects through a sector-wide competitive exercise. One of the projects which used augmented reality on mobile learning trails to reinforce ethical concepts in students won Silver for Asia in the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2015.

Dr Wong was educated in the United Kingdom, received her first degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Abertay Dundee. She worked in a number of tertiary institutions in the United Kingdom, including the University of Dundee, University of Cambridge and University of Essex, during the earlier part of her career in computer science and information systems before returning to Hong Kong with her family in 1991. Dr Wong joined City University of Hong Kong as a faculty member in the Department of Information System, and received the University’s 1996-1997 Teaching Excellence Award. In 2010, she joined Hong Kong Baptist University where she continues to focus on enhancing student learning through professional development for frontline teachers.

Dr Wong’s current interests and expertise are in the enhancement of student learning through the use of engaging and learner-centred pedagogies leveraged on e-learning, in which area she has presented and published.

Peter Weng

Highly-Sought Expert on Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence from Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Search Inside Yourself (SIY) uses attention and mindfulness training to help people build the emotional intelligence skills needed for sustained peak performance, strong collaboration, and effective leadership.

SIY is based on cutting-edge neuroscience research on mindfulness and emotional intelligence—a proven track record which includes the importance of self-awareness, the power of optimism and resilience, and the benefits of empathy and compassion. THESA2017 delegates will be provided with a concrete path to cultivate engagement, develop authentic leadership and unleashing the innate creativity in themselves.

Search Inside Yourself will help you learn skills to:

  • Improve communication and collaboration skills
  • Develop outstanding leadership
  • Increase creativity and innovation
  • Reduce stress and experience greater overall wellbeing

Peter Weng leads Marketing and Communications for Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and is also one of its teachers. Previously, he was a director at

Google and led various organizations, including global search quality evaluation and online sales and operations for Greater China. Prior to Google, Peter worked at Dell in sales, operations and marketing roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also held sales management and engineering positions with Rohm and Haas and Argo Scientific. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University and both a master’s in environmental engineering and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked on mindfulness and meditation programs in settings that range from corporations to prisons and is also involved in efforts that support wildlife conservation and sustainable transportation.

Greg Jansen

World Leading Expert on Restorative Practices, New Zealand

Greg Jansen co-created Restorative Schools in 2007 and since then has worked with over 450 primary and secondary schools, over 20,000 teachers, learners, principals, administrators, youth workers and parents both within New Zealand and internationally, with extensive work in Singapore and Malaysia. Greg is an educational consultant working across the educational sector throughout New Zealand and internationally focusing on developing strong teaching and learning relationships through strengthening relational capacity and the use of restorative practices. This includes specific skill training for teachers and learners across the continuum of restorative approaches, through to school strategic and leadership development and whole school change. He is passionate about developing the potential and capability in those he works with, sharing strategies that are practical and real.

Glen O' Grady

Highly Sought After Expert on Problem - based Learning and Director of the Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching , Australian National University, Australia

Glen O’ Grady’s research interests lie in constructivist pedagogies, both from a sociological and psychological perspective. He conducts extensive research on Problem-based Learning (PBLi), small group facilitation, learner assessment, blended and flexible learning and epistemology. He serves as an executive on a number of national and international education associations including The Pan American Association and The Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development. He was formerly the Director at the Centre for Educational Development at the Republic Polytechnic, Singapore and led a Problem-based Learning Institute that facilitated the development of Problem-based Learning throughout Asia. Prior to joining Australian National University, he held posts in academic staff development at The University of Queensland, The National University of Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the role of academic staff development in higher and further education.

Alison Hampshire

Principal, Nexus International School Malaysia

Alison Hampshire is originally from the UK and brings a wealth of experience as a school leader in various roles in both the UK and internationally. She has worked in Africa and Asia, with eight years at South Island, an ESF school, in Hong Kong. Whilst at South Island Alison was instrumental in the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme and the introduction of 1:1 connectivity for 1,400 students using MacBooks. Alison is well known across Hong Kong for her passion for teaching and learning, in particular for her innovative approach to curriculum and organisational structures. She is respected for her understanding of the needs of Chinese language learners in a Hong Kong context and has been an advocate for the development of a new IGCSE courses.

Alison trained as a Learning Support teacher and was awarded Advanced Skills teacher status in Cambridgeshire where she was an English and Drama teacher. She has also taught and developed PSHE curricula and for the last five years has delivered TOK as part of the IB Diploma Programme. Alison believes that school leadership is about empowering people to be the best they can, both teachers and students. She believes that we are all learners and that when we work together towards a common goal we can achieve great things. Alison recognises the importance of technology as a learning tool and that developing learner attitudes, such as those enshrined in the IPC and IB Learner profile will be increasingly crucial for success beyond school. She feels we must take conscious steps to develop learners who are creative and critical thinkers and who are intrinsically motivated by the love of learning, whilst also ensuring that they are well prepared to enter the next phase of their educational journey.

Professor Rozhan Idrus

Professor of Open and Distance Learning and Technology, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

Professor Rozhan Idrus is currently the Director at the Global Open Access Learning (GOAL) Centre in the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM since 2014). He is a Professor of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) & Technogogy with 29 years of experience in ODL. Rozhan is an e-learning analyst, consultant, presenter and workshop facilitator and has presented 35 Keynote addresses in 17 different countries. He has published more than 170 publications in international citation-indexed journals, books and handbook chapters. Spearheaded the first home-grown electronic portal (2003) and pioneered use of sms in teaching of physics (2008) while in the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He has also garnered awards in mobile learning in the World Education Summit (2011), e-INDIA Awards (2010) and the Asia Pacific Mobile Learning & Edutainment Advisory Panel (APACMLEAP) Mobile Learning Initiatives Recognition (2009). He has given a definition to the term ‘technogogy’ and is passionately promoting it. He is the founding chief editor of the Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology and the International Journal of Excellence in e-learning (based in Dubai). He has presented more than 31 keynote addresses in 17 different countries including the UK, Singapore, Indonesia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia. 

Jack Sim

Inspirational Speaker and Advocate for a Values-drive Education, and Founder of the World Toilet Organisation, Singapore

Jack Sim founded The World Toilet Organization (WTO) established with the aim to break the taboo around toilets and the sanitation crisis. Since 2001, WTO has lobbied governments, public and private sector stakeholders and the international community to prioritize sanitation in the development agenda. Through their initiatives including World Toilet Day, World Toilet Summit, World Toilet College and SaniShop, WTO mobilises an international network of partners, supporters, donors, governments and international organisations to advocate for effective sanitation policies to ensure health, dignity and well-being for everyone, everywhere. Jack is one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) comprised of over 130 organisations active in the sanitation sector. Jack also sits in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and also the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.

Professor Dato' Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Expert in e-Learning and M-Learning, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi is a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a leading a consultant, expert and master trainer on e-Learning in Malaysia and in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy’s Training of Master Trainers Programme, he has conducted more than 200 specialized training on e-Learning, interactive lecture, e-content development, Web 2.0, OER and MOOC. He is also a strong proponent of Open Educational Resources and an active contributor of Web 2.0 resources. His recent publication entitled ‘Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series’ has recorded more than 1.5 million ‘reads’ in Scrbd.com and Slideshare.net. A Web 2.0 mobile application that he has developed known as JiT2U (Just-in-time Training 2U) has also attracted educators from more than 113 countries worldwide. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the Director, Centre of Teaching and Learning Technologies, UKM. Presently, he is the President of the Mobile Learning Association of Malaysia. For his outstanding and significant work in education, he has received numerous prestigious international awards including the Open Education for Excellence Individual Educator Award 2016 and the Open Education for Excellence Open MOOC Award 2016 (from the Open Education Consortium) as well as the ISESCO Prize for Science & Technology in 2010 (for e-Learning Technology). He has also received several national awards including the National Academic Award 2006 (Teaching Innovation), the Muslim Outstanding Award 2008 (Education), the Malaysia Achievement Award 2012 (Outstanding Achievements in Education Category), the Higher Education e-Learning Personality 2014 and the Higher Education Best e-Learning Facilitator 2014.

Dr. Jonghwi Park

Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Bureau for Education

Dr. Jonghwi Park is Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok). Her main duty is to support 46 Member States of the Asia-Pacific region in integrating ICT in their education system. Led by Dr Park, ICT in Education Team at UNESCO Bangkok provides ICT policy review, technical supports for ICT policy development and regional comparative research on ICT in education. Her team is also specialised in designing and implementing various capacity building modules for teachers and teacher educators to facilitate the effective ICT-pedagogy integration. She oversees high-level policy fora to promote policy dialogues on ICT in Education at regional and sub-regional levels, including the Asia Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education, the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education, and the Regional Seminar on Innovative ICT Practices, to name a few.

Prior to joining the UNESCO Bangkok, Dr Park managed various e-learning projects in both private and public sectors in Korea and worked as ICT-pedagogy consultant for secondary teachers and university professors in Canada. She holds MA in Educational Technology from Hanyang University, Republic of Korea and PhD in Educational Psychology (specialised in Learning Sciences) from McGill University, Canada

Mohamed Heikal Mohamed Yusope

Educator and Expert Trainer on Character and Leadership Development, and Executive Director of Mendaki SENSE Singapore

Mohamed Heikal Mohamed Yusope is the Executive Director of MENDAKI SENSE, Singapore, overseeing SENSE’s operations and key business units, namely SENSE College, Education Department, Lifelong Learning/Continuing Education Department and Social Programmes and Services Department, managing over 60 staff, 10,000 students and 1100 tutors across 56 Schools/Centres in Singapore. To achieve the desired outcomes of the myriad of projects conducted by SENSE, Heikal works closely with various relevant Ministries including key Government Agencies, local and overseas Universities, relevant private/business organisations and Statutory Boards in Singapore. Heikal brings with him over 18 years of educational experience, specifically in the realm of educational leadership and management, continuing education and training, pedagogical and curriculum innovation, educational business development, and character and leadership development.

Dr. Mike Perkins

Quality Leader, British University Vietnam

Dr. Mike Perkins is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Quality Leader at British University Vietnam (BUV). Mike carried out his university studies at The University of York, UK, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Management and a PhD in Operations Management. His thesis examined public perceptions of the police and the underlying factors affecting this.

Mike's research interests revolve around performance management, public sector management and academic integrity. His research in the field of academic integrity has focused around student plagiarism and how universities can help reduce this.

As the Quality Leader at BUV, he is responsible for ensuring that the quality standards relating to assessments, marking and moderation are met by all faculty at the University. He also leads a broad variety of management courses with a focus on Operations Management.

Jasper Roe

Programme Leader for English, British University Vietnam

Jasper Roe is the programme leader for English instruction at British University Vietnam. Over the last four years in Vietnam he has worked with educational institutions, NGOs, and multinational corporations in the design and delivery of English instruction and language policy planning. He now oversees the English language education of over four hundred students. Jasper holds postgraduate qualifications in Teaching Methodology, English for Academic Purposes, and Conflict Studies.

Zaid Ali Alsagoff

e-Learning Expert and Speaker, Malaysia

Zaid Ali Alsagoff is a Learning Innovation Specialist with over 15 years' experience in education. He has conducted research, spoken at conferences and facilitated workshops in several areas, including Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses, social media, gamification, flipped classroom and instructional design. He has passionate interest in understanding how the brain learns and how we can improve our ability to learn (how-learn), remember, think and innovate. Zaid was formerly the e-Learning Manager and Fellow of the Centre for Medical Education at the International Medical University. He was voted number 1 in the World (and Asia - Pacific) on the Top e-Learning Movers and Shakers in 2013 poll based on votes from learning professionals and educators around the world.

Professor Zoraini Wati Abas

Academic Researcher and Expert on 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Malaysia

Prof. Zoraini Wati Abas is a Bachelor of Science degree holder in Biological Sciences (1978), Master of Education (1980), and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology (1985) from Northern Illinois University. She has 30 years of experience in teaching higher education, and was consultant to the Malaysian Ministry of Education, National Center for e-Learning and Distance Education in Saudi Arabia and Telekom Malaysia. She has been invited to speak and train in Australia, Canada, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and USA.

Her research interests include learner engagement, e-readiness, new learning technologies, as well in the application and use of social media and open education resources. Her field of research is in 21st Century learning and teaching, with a recent project called e-Mundus sponsored by the European Union, and the ASEAN Cyber University project based in Korea. She among the top two educators among 14 influential higher education leaders in Southeast Asia and received an Education Leadership Award from the World Corporate Universities Congress in 2014.

Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah

Acting Dean, School of Education Taylor’s University

Dr. Logendra Ponniah has worn many hats in Taylor's University. He embarked on his career with Taylor's University as an academic staff in 2005 and was conferred his PhD in Education in 2006. In Taylor's University, he has held roles as Programme Director , Head- Teaching Educational Development , Acting Director, Teaching & Learning and most recently, Lead eLearning Specialist for Pedagogical  Practice. He is the Chief Architect of the Blended Learning Eco-system and regularly shares his  knowledge, experience and ideas with  schools within the university in his role as Lead e-Learning Specialist for Pedagogical Practice.

Dr. Logen was strongly involved in the setting up of the School of Education in Taylor’s University and contributed significantly on the development of the programmes in the School especially the Master of Teaching & Learning and the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching & Learning. He has also worked with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and contributed towards the “Guidelines to Good Practices: Curriculum Design & Delivery” as well as to the nation's educational circle at various events such as the Future Campus, National Conference of Higher Education and Asia Pacific Education Research Association's conferences.

Break-Out: Expansive Practicum for a more Holistic Teacher Education Programme

Dr. Esyin Chew

Academic Researcher and Expert on Learning Technologies and Academic Integrity. Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dr. Esyin Chew is an interdisciplinary academic in IT and Education who is committed to on-going research and practice of seamless technologies enhanced assessment and feedback. Before joining Cardiff Met, she was the Coordinator for the Master in Business Information Systems programme and a Senior Lecturer in IT at Monash University Malaysia. Dr. Esyin was an independent academic consultant prior to Monash, a SL the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), University of South Wales and a lecturer in the Faculty of Computer Science and IT, University of Malaya.

Specialising in educational technologies, Dr. Esyin provides academic consultancy and training workshops for a wide range of educational innovations such as Turnitin & GradeMark, personal response systems, humanoid robot for assessment and feedback, learning spaces and flipped classroom. She facilitated institutional blended learning implementation, staff development and TEL best practices / policy development for higher education. With the teaching excellence and educational research contribution, she is granted the Fellow status of the UK Higher Education Academy since 2011. Dr. Esyin is invited as a reviewer for various indexed journals and international conferences.

Delicia Ng Ly-Ann

Life-Skills Program Head, Taylor’s College, Malaysia

Delicia Ng Ly-Ann spends her weekdays living her dream job as a lecturer engaging her students in the South Australian Matriculation/ SACE International Programme at Taylor’s College and her weekends as a Youth Fellowship Chairperson at her church. She is also the Project Coordinator for the Taylor’s College Holistic Education Project since August 2016.

Her formal introduction to the field of Holistic Education began in April 2013 when she had the opportunity to be under the tutelage of an executive coach. From then on she became a Performance Coach at Taylor’s College coaching high performance scholars on life and leadership skills namely on people management skills, problem solving and decision making skills in order to help them in their personal mission and career vision.

Delicia has since been involved in leading various teams at work and in her spare time to develop more programmes that guide young people in self-discovery and exploring their full potential.

Kaveen Parthiban

High Achieving Student from the Australian International School Malaysia

Kaveen Parthiban is currently a Year 11 student from Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and has been a student at the School for the past eight years. He enjoys playing sports such as tennis, football and basketball. Besides playing the piano in his free time, he also enjoys travelling and taking landscape photographs. In school, Kaveen actively participates in several co-curricular activities such as the orchestra, football, the Model United Nations and The World Scholars Cup. In 2014 he was elected as the male Middle School Captain. He was also named Senior School Sportsman of the Year back in 2015, as just a Year 9 student! In the same year, he followed an entourage of students and teachers to Sabah, under the Matilda Project, which helps provide education opportunities for under-privileged children in rural areas.

His favourite subjects include Mathematics, Economics and Geography. When he was in Year 9, Kaveen was selected to play the cello in a string quartet at the annual Malaysian Australian Alumni Council (MAAC) dinner. It was his first performance representing the school at such a prestigious event and he truly enjoyed the experience. As a young child who grew up to love music, the opportunity was a truly rewarding one. Upon graduation, Kaveen hopes to enter university in either the United Kingdom or Australia with hopes to pursue a degree in Economics or Accounting.