Speakers

Speakers Line-Up

Plenary Speakers
Alain Del B. Pascua
Undersecretary
Department of Education, Philippines
Seth Leighton
Executive Director
Envoys
Prof. Intan Ahmad
Director General of Learning and Student Affairs
Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia

Cheng Han Lee
Section Chief, Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Education, Taiwan

Richard Koh
Chief Technology Officer
Microsoft
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Khoong Chan Meng
CEO and Director
Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore
Prof. Angela Carbone, 
Associate Professor and Director,
Education Excellence, Office of Learning and Teaching, Monash University
Prof. Philippa (Pip) Pattison, 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education),
University of Sydney
Professor Koh Hian Chye
Head of the Institutional Research & Analytics Unit
(IRAU)
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Prof. Sandra Harding
Vice Chancellor
James Cook University, Australia
Professor Dr. Graeme Britton
President
Raffles University Iskandar, Malaysia
Dr. Hee Soo Yin
Director of Learning and Professional Development,
Institute for Adult Learning
Prof. Djoko Santoso, 
Professor
Bandung Institute of Technology

Tan Swee Liang
Practice Associate Professor, School of Economics Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence
Singapore Management University

Professor Kathy Belov
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) and Professor of Comparative Genomics in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science
University of Sydney

Prof. Dr. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu
Rector
Abdullah Gul University, Turkey

Professor Doune Macdonald, BHMS(Ed) (Hons), PhD, FNAK, FAIESEP, GAICD
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia

Shirley Alexander
Professor of Learning Technologies
University of Technology Sydney
Nachamma Sockalingam
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Lim Chee Leong
Associate Director, e-Learning Academy
Taylor’s University
Professor Dato' Dr Khalid Yusoff
Vice Chancellor and President
UCSI University
Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr Hassan Said, 
Vice-Chancellor,
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Malaysia
 
Prof. Ho Yew Kee
Associate Provost, SkillsFuture & Staff Development
Singapore Institute of Technology
May Lit Mei Wan
Associate Director, Learning Systems & Technologies,
Singapore Management University

Speakers Profile

Plenary Speakers

Cheng Han Lee
Section Chief, Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Education, Taiwan

This is Cheng Han Lee, and I have been a Section Chief in Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan for nearly 4 years. My current responsibilities in Ministry of Education are to implement the policy-making regarding quality assurance and competitiveness raise in higher education, especially launching some specific long-term projects.

Other than having higher education working experience, I also had been a specialist in Department of Compulsory Education for 3 years and worked in local government for approximate 2 years.

In 2011, I got my doctoral degree from National Taiwan Normal University, and the topic of my dissertation is concerning recognition indicators for evaluation organizations of higher education.


Seth Leighton
Executive Director
Envoys

A co-founder of Envoys, Seth currently serves as the Executive Director for the organization. With the support of the management team and staff, he is responsible for the creation and implementation of programs that meet the highest expectations for learning.
Seth is dedicated to the process of professional development of staff, with a particular focus on pedagogical training and methods for both online and field-based lessons.

Seth grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine, regularly exploring the outdoors with his friends and family. His desire for adventure and exploration has led him around the world, and he has lived, worked, and traveled across North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. A teacher’s son, Seth has been fortunate to develop his passion for teaching in public schools in Thailand, the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, the Korean Development Institute in South Korea, and Gimnasio La Montaña in Colombia. Seth has helped schools around the world to implement systems for data-based instructional improvement and is dedicated to ensuring that Envoys sets the standard for global competency education.

Seth graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and has earned advanced degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has worked with large international organizations as well as “on-the-ground” NGOs. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for Educate Lanka, and regularly consults with the ICT-in-Education division of UNESCO Bangkok.

Seth brings expertise and passion to every detail of Envoys and its programs, upholding the company directive that “today’s ceiling is tomorrow’s floor.”


Richard Koh
Chief Technology Officer
Microsoft

Richard Koh is the chief technology officer of Microsoft Singapore. In this role, he is responsible for engaging with key executive leaders across government, industry and academia; bringing in the macro technology landscape; and helping customers leverage technology innovations for their digital transformation. His focus areas include guiding technology policies, standards, legal and regulatory matters, as well as security, privacy and compliance decisions.

Always passionate about the promises that the Internet and cloud computing can bring, and with a keen eye on business strategies, product development and marketing, Richard’s professional experience spans the Asia and North America regions, as well as multiple functional areas including research & development, IT, product management, marketing, business development and sales operations.

Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the senior director for Emerging Businesses & Strategy under Group Enterprise at Singtel. There, he led a team of intrapreneurs, products managers, product marketers, architects, and engineers to catalyse new businesses, products and platforms in Cloud services, the Internet of Things, machine to machine, education and healthcare.

Earlier on in his career, Richard spearheaded Emerging Markets strategy for Microsoft Operations as the operations team unit lead based in Singapore. And in Redmond, Washington, he led product teams as director of technical product management in Microsoft’s Office, Servers & Tools, as well as telecommunication solutions businesses, which led him to be part of the founding product team for Microsoft’s flagship productivity suite – Office 365.

Richard also spent close to 12 years at Hewlett-Packard, with stints at the company in Singapore and in Cupertino/Palo Alto, California, where he gained wide experience in R&D, business development and marketing of emerging Internet/web-services and telecommunications technologies, as well as people and organisation management.

Richard graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science & Information Systems. Richard is married with two children. He loves to work with passionate people who wants to change the world for the better, and enjoys running, skiing/snowboarding, reading, indie movies and tinkering with tech gadgets.


Prof. Intan Ahmad
Director General of Learning and Student Affairs
Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia

Intan Ahmad is the Director General of Learning and Students Affairs, the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia, he is also a Professor at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).  Formerly he was the Chair of the Academic Senate Bandung Institute of Technology [Institut Teknologi Bandung, ITB], Indonesia.  At ITB, among others, he has served as Dean of the School of Life Sciences and Technology (2006-2011), Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2004-2005), Head of Information Resources (2003-2004), and Head of Department of Biology (1998-1999). Since 1997, he has been involved with a variety of tasks in the Directorate General of Higher Education, and he was a member of the Development Council in the Board of Higher Education (2002-2007). In addition, he was a Consultant for Improving Relevance and Quality of Undergraduate Education (IRQUE, World Bank), Ministry of Education Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (2004-2006). Since 2008, he has been actively involved in the International Deans’ Course (IDC) as program committee and international expert [organized by The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)]. He holds a BS in Biology from Bandung Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He specializes in urban and industrial entomology, and has been working with insects which develop resistance to insecticides, as well as developing methods to control urban and industrial pests. He has written more than 41 academic publications. He also holds a 2nd degree black belt in Karate, and was a gold medalist in the 1981 National Games.

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Professor Koh Hian Chye
Head of the Institutional Research & Analytics Unit
(IRAU)
Singapore University of Social Sciences

Professor KOH Hian Chye is currently Head of the Institutional Research & Analytics Unit (IRAU) at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). His main responsibilities are to: (1) build up the University’s analytics capability; (2) undertake and facilitate analytics projects; (3) develop a platform to facilitate information sharing and decision making; and (4) digitally “warehouse” critical data.

Prof Koh’s main research and teaching interests are in data mining, business analytics and learning analytics. He has published widely in international journals and conferences, and has served as a statistical and data mining consultant to several organisations. His previous appointments were Dean of the School of Business and Assistant Provost in SUSS.


Tan Swee Liang
Practice Associate Professor, School of Economics Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence
Singapore Management University

Associate Professor Tan Swee Liang heads the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Singapore Management University (SMU). She is also a faculty member in SMU’s School of Economics. Together with her CTE team, they engage, develop, grow, and empower faculty members to advance their teaching using evidence-based practices. Swee Liang holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Monash University, Australia. She teaches International Economics at the undergraduate level, and facilitates executive development courses on learning agility in the era rapid business transformation.   

In this presentation, Swee Liang will focus on SOTL as a key enabler for faculty members to engage students to be active learners. The address will cover strategy for change management through CTE’s programmes and engagement with senior management and faculty members. She will present a research-based case study on using adaptive technology for personalised learning in an undergraduate course. The address concludes with personal reflections on the urgency and need for SOTL as a key component of faculty professional competency.


Professor Kathy Belov
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) and Professor of Comparative Genomics in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science
University of Sydney

Professor Kathy Belov is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) and Professor of Comparative Genomics in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney. In the first position she takes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy. Key priorities are the development of the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She also promotes the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identifies and enables strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.

Kathy’s research expertise is in the area of comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife, including Tasmanian devils and koalas, two iconic species that are threatened by disease processes. Kathy’s research team has participated in the opossum, platypus and wallaby genome projects where they have gained insights into genes involved in immunity and defense, including platypus venom genes and novel antimicrobial peptides in the pouch. Kathy has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, including papers in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and PLoS Biology. Kathy has received two Eureka awards, the Crozier medal and the Fenner medal from the Australian Academy of Science for her research. She is currently the president of the Genetics Society of Australasia.


Prof. Dr. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu
Rector
Abdullah Gul University, Turkey

Prof. Sabuncuoğlu is the founding rector of Abdullah Gul University. He earned his BS and MS in industrial engineering from Middle East Technical University, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He earned his PhD in industrial engineering from Wichita State University in 1990. Dr. Sabuncuoğlu worked for Boeing, Pizza Hut and the National Institute of Health in the United States during his PhD studies. He joined Bilkent University (Turkey) in 1990, where he worked as a full-time faculty member until 2013. In the meantime, he held visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States and at Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée (IFMA) in France. His research interests are in real-time scheduling, simulation optimization, and applications of quantitative methods to cancer-related health-care problems. His research has been funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey) and EUREKA (a European-wide initiative to foster European competitiveness through cooperation among companies and research institutions in the field of advanced technologies). Dr. Sabuncuoglu also has significant industrial experience in aerospace, automotive, and military-based defense systems. His industrial projects are sponsored by a number of both national and international companies.

In addition to publishing more than a hundred papers in international journals and conference proceedings, Prof. Sabuncuoğlu has edited five books. He is on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals in the areas of industrial engineering and operations research. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineering, the Institute of Operations Research, the Management Sciences, and the Simulation Society. He is also a member of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH) and various other professional and social committees.


Professor Doune Macdonald, BHMS(Ed) (Hons), PhD, FNAK, FAIESEP, GAICD
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, Prof. Macdonald is responsible for achieving the university’s teaching and learning objectives, including innovation in teaching and learning, the development and recognition of excellent teaching, and quality assurance and enhancement. Having co-authored UQ’s new Student Strategy she now has carriage of its implementation.

Prof. Macdonald has published 14 books and more than 200 book chapters and research papers in curriculum, policy and equity. In 1998 won an Australian Award for University Teaching.  She is an International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), USA, a Fellow and Board Member of the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique (AIESEP) and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Prof. Angela Carbone, 
Associate Professor and Director,
Education Excellence, Office of Learning and Teaching, Monash University

Angela Carbone is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow. Her flagship Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme, sponsored by the Australian Government Office has led to unit enhancements and the development of leadership capabilities in academics across Australia.   She has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including a Monash University Vice Chancellor’s award, an ALTC Citation and the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year.  Angela has recently completed a multi-institutional OLT commissioned project aimed at developing employability skills in students through a shared responsibility between employers, academic, students and graduands.  She created and leads the Continuing Education Excellence Development (CEED) program, a successful university-wide academic development program, for all staff involved in teaching and learning to enhance their teaching practice and develop students’ employability skills.


Prof. Djoko Santoso, 
Professor
Bandung Institute of Technology

Prof. Djoko Santoso received a Doctor of Engineering Degree in Geological Engineering from Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) (1990). Currently, Prof. Djoko Santoso serve as a professor in Exploration Geophysics at ITB. He was the Rector of Institute Technology Bandung (2005-2010) and also Rector of University of Indonesia, Jakarta (2012-2013). He was the Director General of Higher Education (DGHE), Ministry of Education and Culture (2010-2014). He leads some Government Taskforces to develop Indonesia Bill such as Higher Education Bill (enacted 2012), Medical Education Bill (enacted 2013) and Engineering Bill (enacted 2014). Some awards/recognitions received are Indonesia Development Medal, Life Member of Geophysical society of Indonesia, AIT Hall of Fame, Honorary Fellow of Asean Federation of Engineer, and Ph.D. in Engineering (Honorary) from National United University, Taiwan.
As a geologist and geophysicist he has some experiences as a Private Consultant to some National and International Oil and Gas Companies and Engineering Firm.

He is a member of some professional international and national organization such as Active Member of Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG-US), Active Member of American Society of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG-US), Life Member of Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS), Indonesian Association of Geologist, Life Member of Geophysical Socity of Indonesia (the President on 2006-2008), Indonesian Institute of Engineer (Member of Expert Group and Chairman of Earth and Energy Engineering Chamber)).


Dr. Hee Soo Yin
Director of Learning and Professional Development,
Institute for Adult Learning

Dr Hee Soo Yin is Director, Learning and Professional Development Division, Institute for Adult Learning (IAL). The IAL facilitates the development of a responsive Continuing Education and Training (CET) ecosystem by raising capabilities, catalysing innovation and leading research in workforce and skills development and utilisation. IAL works with stakeholders and partners to develop and enhance the capabilities of Training and Adult Education (TAE) professionals to meet the skills development needs of industries and the Singapore workforce. Soo Yin has held senior positions in education, staff and education development, workforce development and CET in public sector organisations as well as the Ministry of Education. In her current position at IAL, she oversees programmes and initiatives to develop and raise the capabilities of TAE professionals as well as the exploration and use of innovative pedagogies and learning technologies to enhance adult learning.


Khoong Chan Meng
CEO and Director
Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore

Mr Khoong Chan Meng is the Director and CEO of the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS). He is driving NUS-ISS to develop and inspire the next generation of infocomm and digital business leaders through education, applied research and consulting services. Chan Meng has transformed NUS-ISS with a vision and strategy focused on delivering impact to the industry and aligned to the national agendas of SkillsFuture, the Smart Nation and the Future Economy.

Prior to joining NUS-ISS, Chan Meng was the Group CIO of RGE, where he oversaw investments in IT and IT-enabled shared services across the RGE group of companies. Prior to RGE, he was the Government CIO of Qatar, driving national programmes in e-government, e-health, e-education, e-inclusion and ICT industry development. Before relocating to Qatar, Chan Meng held leadership positions in EDS Corporation, Atos Origin, Singapore Computer Systems, National Computer Board, and Information Technology Institute.


Prof. Philippa (Pip) Pattison, 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education),
University of Sydney

Professor Philippa (Pip) Pattison was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University in Sydney in June 2014. 
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Pattison is responsible for the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience.  She oversees institution-wide development of better support for student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance for learning and teaching.

A quantitative psychologist by background, Professor Pattison began her academic career at the University of Melbourne, and has previously served as president of Melbourne’s Academic Board and most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).  

The primary focus of Professor Pattison’s research is the development and application of mathematical and statistical models for social networks and network processes.  Recent applications have included the transmission of infectious diseases, the evolution of the biotechnology industry in Australia, and community recovery following the 2009 Victorian bushfires. 

Professor Pattison was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1995.
Professor Pattison was named on the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education, particularly through contributions to the study of social network modelling, analysis and theory, and to university leadership and administration.


Prof. Sandra Harding
Vice Chancellor
James Cook University, Australia
BSc (Hons) ANU, MPubAdmin UQ, PhD NCSU, Hon Doc JIU, FACE, FQA, FAICD, FAIM

Professor Sandra Harding took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.

Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two key areas: education policy and related areas; and; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development.

Professor Harding has undertaken a wide variety of external roles within the business community and the higher education sector, including Chair of the peak body representing all Australian universities, Universities Australia (2013-2015); Member, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board (2012-2015); and; Member, Northern Australia Advisory Group (advising Prime Minister Abbott, 2014-2015).

Current roles include: Project Convener, State of the Tropics project; Chair, Australian Bureau of Statistics Independent Assurance Panel on 2016 Census of Population and Housing data; Commissioner, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; Member, Trade, Tourism and Investment Policy Advisory Council; Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation; Director, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Board; Councillor, Queensland Futures Institute; Co-Vice Chair, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group; Council Member, the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Director, North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Director of Townsville Enterprise and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies); and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).


Shirley Alexander
Professor of Learning Technologies
University of Technology Sydney

Shirley Alexander is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Technology Sydney where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Education and Students). She has worked at UTS for over twenty years; having previously held the positions of Director, Institute for Interactive Media and Learning and Dean, Faculty of Education.

Shirley has an international reputation for her research on the use of information and communication technologies in education. Her portfolio responsibilities include the quality of courses and teaching, student services, and the student experience.

The University of Technology Sydney has been engaged in a major $1 billion campus redevelopment project. Shirley is leading a system of projects to ensure these developments support the future of learning. This involves driving significant innovation in learning and teaching including curriculum design, the use of technology in learning, and the development of learning and teaching spaces to support these changes.


Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr Hassan Said, 
Vice-Chancellor,
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Malaysia
 

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan Said is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor’s University. He was appointed as the Director General of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia from January 2005 until April 2008. He was also the Director, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia, a position he held since May 1998 before his appointment as the Director General.

He obtained his

  • Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, UK in 1979
  • Master of Science from Brunel University, UK in 1981 and
  • PhD from Brunel University UK in 1984 – area specialisation is Computer Aided Geometric Design.

He joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1984 as a lecturer in Mathematics at the School of Mathematical Sciences, and was later appointed Dean of the school in 1990.

He was then appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the university in1995, before being seconded to the Ministry of Education in 1998 as the Director of the Department of Higher Education.

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of various local public and private universities, and council members of various local and international bodies including the Governing Board Member of the South- East Asia Minister of Education for the Regional Centre of Higher Education (SEAMEO- RIHED) from 1999-2008. He currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of Asia e University (AeU), and Chairman, Board of Directors, Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis. He is also a board member of the Security Commission Malaysia (SC) and also in its Capital Market Development Fund (CMDF) Board. He was a member of the National Higher Education Council (MPTN), and currently is heading the Science and Mathematics Cluster of the National Professorial Council (MPN).

He is a Fellow of the Malaysian Mathematical Society, Fellow Institute of Mathematical and Its Applications, United Kingdom (FIMA) and Fellow Academy Science of Malaysia (FASc).

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan has received a number of Federal and State Honours, including JMN (Federal), DPMP (Perlis), DMSM (Melaka), DSPN (Penang), PGBK (Sarawak) and DPMK (Kelantan). He has also received the Chevalier de l’ Ordre National du Merite Award from the Government of France. Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan received the following Honorary Awards:

  • Honorary Doctor of Science from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNiMAP)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science from Multimedia University Malaysia (MMU)
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering from The University of Birmingham (UOB), UK
  • Doctor of Business Administration (Honorary) from University of West England, UK
  • Honorary Doctor of Educational Leadership from Asia e-University, Malaysia (AeU)
  • Honorary of Doctor in Human Resources Management from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Toulouse Jean Jaures, France
  • Emeritus Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Honorary Doctor in Law, University of Nottingham, UK

Professor Dato' Dr Khalid Yusoff
Vice Chancellor and President
UCSI University

Professor Khalid’s inaugural year at the helm of the University continues to bring about great achievements and transformations. His dedication to the pursuit of excellence and quality ties in nicely with UCSI University’s founding values and his insight will set the University in good stead. The march to push the University further and higher with passionate commitment and sustained team effort has elevated UCSI University to Tier-5, an “Excellent” status in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions 2013 exercise (SETARA 2013) awarded by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). UCSI University is at the same Tier as the best universities in Malaysia, branches of foreign universities included. Recently, the University was recognised as one of the 300 best universities in Asia by QS ranking. He is networking the University with top universities and institutions from Australia, Ireland, UK, Canada and France while expanding its role as a provider of quality higher education to Oman, India, Nepal, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and China.


Lim Chee Leong
Associate Director, e-Learning Academy
Taylor’s University

Mr. Lim Chee Leong was a senior lecturer at Taylor’s Business School, Taylor’s University and now the Associate Director of e-learning Academy (eLA), a department under INTELLECT (Integrated Teaching and Life-long Learning Centre at Taylor's) that has been set up with the specificmandate to drive and support theimplementation of blended learning atTaylor’s University.

Mr. Lim has been in the education industry for 17 years, both in teaching and administration. He is passionate in exploring, evaluating and integrating various emerging classroom technologies in teaching, learning and assessment activities. He is also actively conducting innovative workshops to promote “learning how to teach with technology” and “Be A 21st Century Educator: Reimagine Learning, Redesigning Teaching”.

He has contributed very significantly in transforming the learning and teaching of students in the University. He is the first notable individual from a private university in Malaysia to be awarded the prestigious National Academic Award (Anugerah Akademik Negara, AAN2013) by the Ministry of Education Malaysia for his innovative teaching methodologies.

He was also the recipient for the following awards (2013-2016):

Gold Medal, International University Carnival on E-Learning (IUCEL), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, 2016.

Shortlisted for Digital Content Award, Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016.

Higher Education Institution Award 2015 at Bett Asia Leadership Summit in Singapore.

Best e-Learning Management Award and Best Learning Management System

Award at National University Carnival on E-Learning (NUCEL), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, 2015.

Excellence in eLearning Award at Global LearnTech Congress & Awards 2014 in Mumbai, India.

Taylor’s Education Group (TEG) CEO’s Award (Brand Ambassador) 2014.

Taylor’s University President’s Awards (Transformational Teaching and Learning Category), 2013.

Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Class of 2013.


Nachamma Sockalingam
Singapore University of Technology and Design

Nacha is a passionate educator, who believes in technology-enhanced, learner-centered teaching methods that empower learners achieve their true potential. She started up and leads the Learning Sciences Lab at SUTD. She has over 17 years of working experience with 5 higher education institutions, including SMU, UniSIM, Republic Polytechnic and NUS in Singapore, and USP in Brazil. Her professional work includes being an expert panel member with NMC- Horizon report, a consultant for UNESCO (Bangkok) for project-based learning and her contributions to the educational field has been recognized with 3 international awards, and one local award.