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Speakers

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Keynote Speaker:                                                                                   

So-Young Kang

Founder of Gnowbe

So-Young Kang is a highly sought out speaker globally across US, Asia, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Africa on multiple topics across Transformation Design, Innovation, Leadership, Culture, Strategy, Education/EdTech and Entrepreneurship. She is an author, Huffington Post blogger, and frequent guest on Channel News Asia (Asian TV news channel), and has spoken to audiences that include leaders from multi-national corporations, governments, educational institutions, and social impact organizations. From the TEDx stage to innovation conferences to women’s leadership forums, So-Young is a powerful speaker who is described as “engaging”, “thought-provoking,” and “inspiring.” So-Young is a pioneer and serial entrepreneur constantly looking at new ways of solving big challenges. Her latest challenge is focused on how to maximize human potential and reach a billion people through founding Gnowbe, an innovative mobile-first training and engagement platform focused on driving behavior change for real impact. This was spun-out from her first company, Awaken Group, a multi-disciplinary Transformation Design (TD) firm that integrates strategy, leadership and innovation to catalyze change. Her experiences also include McKinsey & Company, Harvard Business School and Citigroup. With the impact of her work, she was nominated to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. She believes in giving back having founded The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) in 2000, a nonprofit in 5 countries dedicated to helping students achieve their professional dreams. She sits on the boards of Open University West Africa and Love North Korea Ministries. So-Young is a Korean-American based out of both the US and Singapore.

 

Keynote Speaker:                                                                                   

Brian O’Dwyer

Commercial Founder and Executive Chairman, CognaLearn, Duke-NUS Medical School
Adjunct Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia

Brian O’Dwyer founded CognaLearn to help people learn better and faster.  CognaLearn uses patent pending learning methods and technologies developed at Duke-NUS Medical School to close skill gaps with cognitive science.  CognaLearn has developed a technology platform for blended learning, provides train-the-trainer workshops for blended learning and provides turkey blended learning solutions in the corporate healthcare sector and consumer job sector sector.

Brian O’Dwyer is also an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia in Singapore where he teaches three courses with a team based teaching method that utilizes a flipped classroom:  Aeronautical Science for Management, Airport Administration and Finance and Airline Management.  He has also appeared as an Aviation Analyst on Channel NewsAsia on 18 occasions.   Brian has been an invited speaker and panellist on the topic of blended learning at conferences in Asia, Australia and the United States.

Brian is an experienced corporate finance professional having completed 50 corporate finance transactions with a total deal value of US$15 billion.  Previously, Brian was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Skywest Airlines Limited which was listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM and the Australian Stock Exchange until the sale to Virgin Australia in 2013. Prior to joining Skywest, Brian was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Singapore, Chicago and New York where he specialized in corporate finance.  He was also a strategy and operations management consultant with A.T. Kearney in Chicago.

 

Keynote Speaker & Conference Chair

Dr. Chanita Rukspollmuang

Assistant President, Siam University

Dr. Chanita is currently the Assistant President of the Siam University, Thailand. She also was a former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University. Dr. Chanita has been elected twice and served consecutive terms as the President of Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA). Her second term just ended early this year but she is still a member of CESA Board of Directors. Also she is presently Vice-President of the Thailand Comparative and International Education Society (TCIES).
At present, Dr. Chanita has been appointed in many important Thai committees. To mention a few:
• In the National Reform Steering Assembly, advisor to the Sub-Committee on Educational Management Reform and member of Taskforce Committee for the Revision of National Education Law.
• Office of the Education Council, Ministry of Education, member in the Committee of Educational Law Reform.
• Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Sub-Committee on Curriculum and Education Standards, Basic Education Committee.
• Office of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, member of Research and Development Committee
• Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), a member in the Committee for Development of Assessment Systems for Higher Education.

 

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Academic Chair

Dr. Pedro Isaías

Associate Professor, Information Management & Information Systems, Universidade Aberta, Portugal, Co-editor of Interactive Technology and Smart Education Journal

Pedro Isaías is an associate professor at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal, responsible for several courses and director of the master degree program in Electronic Commerce and Internet since its start in 2003. He holds a PhD in Information Management (in the speciality of information and decision systems) from the New University of Lisbon. Author of several books, book chapters, papers and research reports, all in the information systems area, he has headed several conferences and workshops within the mentioned area. He has also been responsible for the scientific coordination of several EU funded research projects. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and program committee member of several conferences and workshops.

 

 

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General Chair

Dr. Tan Jing Hee

Executive Director & Chairman of its Academic Board of East Asia Institute of Management

Dr. Tan Jing Hee is an Executive Director of East Asia Institute of Management as well as the Chairman of its Academic Board. He started work as a Retail Manager in a family business dealing with pharmaceutical products, toiletries and film development and processing. Dr Tan went on to become Senior Science Master of a government secondary school. After five years, he re-joined the private sector as a Merchandising Manager of Robinsons Departmental Store, with responsibilities over 6 departments in Menswear Division. In 1973, he joined the Singapore Institute of Management, initially as Information, Publications and Research officer before moving into management development responsibilities. During his 25 years stay in the institute, he helped to build it into the premier HRD organisation in the region. While in SIM, Dr Tan was also involved in establishing enterprise-wide MBO systems in six medium and large organisations in Singapore. In 1987, he co-edited a book on Developing Managers In Asia, published by Addison-Wesley. Dr Tan was the Chief Operating Officer of SIM before leaving it to pursue other interests. In 1994, he wrote doctoral thesis on Developing A Factor Model of Management Work in Singapore, for which he was awarded his Ph.D from Henley Mangement College/Brunel University.

 

Committee Member
Dr. Tan Jing Hee Executive Director & Chairman of its Academic Board of East Asia Institute of Management
Dr. Chanita Rukspollmuang Former Director, R&D Center for Educational Policy, Management, and Leadership, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Vice-President, Thailand Comparative and International Education Society (TCIES), and former President of Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA), Assistant President of Siam University
Dr. Pedro Isaías Associate Professor, Information Management & Information Systems, Universidade Aberta, Portugal, Co-editor of Interactive Technology and Smart Education Journal
Dr. Lin Wang

Associate Dean, Ad-Interim, for Undergraduate Programs and Student Success, The University of Texa Rio Grande Valley